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O ne of the KLM MD-1 Is that
regularly makes a fuel stop in
Bonaire en route to South America de-
veloped a major engine problem and
was grounded at Flamingo Airport last
week until KLM could fly in a new en-
gine aboard a 747 "Combi" (part freight/
part passengers). It was successfully in-
stalled and tested in Bonaire by local per-
sonnel and the team of technicians flown
in with the engine.
A ArkeFly, a Dutch air charter com-
pany, will begin flying a Boeing 767-
300ER from Holland every Saturday
starting this winter season. A nine-day
holiday to Bonaire including flight, ac-
commodations and transfers begins at
499. With the two Continental flights,
ArkeFly, KLM and regional traffic, it
should be very busy at the airport on Sat-
terminal which opened over the week-
end. International departure tax in Bon-
aire is $20. There is a $2 "transit tax" if
you have to connect to an overseas flight
from Curagao. Fly overseas from Bon-
aire, save $10. The new terminal cost
$44 million and is meant to serve the
growing tourist industry in Curagao. The
airport handled 1.1 million passengers
last year. The new terminal is expected to
serve 1.6 million people by 2014 and 2.5
million by 2031.
Air Jamaica's losses are now
placed at $85 million as of the end of
June, The Caribbean Business Report
wrote last week. Reports from sources
within Air Jamaica say that in 2005 the
company lost $136 million. The airline
has cut most of the value-added services
which distinguished it from other carri-
ers, like the flying chef and regular meals
on all routes. It has been bedeviled by
lateness and growing dissatisfaction by
passengers with its service. These factors
have served to compound its problems.
With jet fuel set to go up further and a
reduction in the number of routes and
flying time, a loss of $175 million in
2006 seems to be a distinct probability.
Air Jamaica still continues to fly to Bon-
aire every Saturday.
Two recent high school graduates,
Christopher Frans and Janie Rombley,
speak with Governor Domacasse before
leaving for school in The Netherlands
their education elsewhere. Some of them
went to Aruba and Curagao, but the ma-
jority went to the Netherlands, where
they spent the first night in the Schiphol
A4 Hotel. The next day they continued
their journey to the city where they are
going to continue their education.
A A group of parents told the Bo- I
A The Curacao Executive Council nairean student grants foundation,
decided recently to raise its airport tax FINEB, that the students had a safe trip A STINAPA is continuing with its
to $32. Curagao Airport Partners (CAP) and arrived in the Netherlands last week. Junior Ranger Program. Five of their
wanted to raise the airport tax to cover Similar to other years, a big group of stu- new junior rangers got their open water
expenses associated with the new airport dents left the island this year to continue (Continued on pave 3)
Everest Cover 7
Opinion- African Dust 7
Portraits (Riavan Ballegooijen
and Ben Oleana) 8
(feature article) 10
Divi Employees Anniversaries 12
Economic Report #7 (Work Permits) 13
Prokids Freestyle this week 14
Gardner (Mealy bugs) 18
Fitness (Good Posture) 18
Flotsam & Jetsam
Biologist's Bubbles (shorter showers)
Snack Detectives (Jos')
(Montclair, New Jersey)
Movieland Film Schedule
Pet of the Week ("Lassie")
Shopping & Dining Guides
On the Island Since
(Feliciano da Silva-Piloto)
Sky Park (Mercury & Venus)
The Stars Have It
Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
diver certification at Buddy Dive Resort.
Buddy Dive said they were happy to
train them and introduce them to our be-
loved underwater world. In the picture
are the two new certified junior rangers.
The other three were certified the week
before, together with Krisanta Martha,
who is in charge of the Junior Ranger
Program for STINAPA. Also in the
photo are Marco, the Buddy Dive in-
structor who trained them, and Augusto,
Dive Operations Manager at Buddys.
A Well known Bonairean artist No-
chi Coffie is shown working on his
mammoth, 9-meter-high painting in
Nijverdal, Holland. The painting is on
the wall of one of the biggest dive shops
in the world owned by Dick Lucas who
not only is an avid diver but a passionate
lover of Bonaire. Knowing he wanted
something special on one of the walls in
his 4,000 square meter shop, Lucas con-
tacted the Tourism Corporation Bonaire
(TCB), asking that they recommend an
artist. Nochi Coffie was chosen and on
July 19 the 48-year-old artist flew off to
Holland, his first trip by air. In Nijverdal
he set to work, painting an underwater
scene from the Bonaire Marine Park of
the wreck of the Hilma Hooker as well
as typical Bonaire birds and reptiles. The
work of artist Coffie will now be known
in Holland as well as Bonaire, reports the
At this moment Nochi Coffie has 35
pieces of religious art being shown in
Rincon. Congratulations, Nochi. What a
A BNMP, STCB and the Freewinds
are organizing a quick Clean Up at
Klein Bonaire's No Name Beach this
coming Sunday, August 6. Clean up
day for Klein Bonaire is on the agenda
for September but Park Manager
Ramon DeLeon doesn't think this par-
ticular area can wait that long. There-
fore, he invites all the interested volun-
teers to participate. If you are inter-
ested please confirm by e-mail to
The visiting Scientologist cruise ship
Freewinds will contribute 15 people
and provide drinks and sandwiches.
If you need transportation, departure
time is at 7 am from Harbor Village
Marina. We hope to see you there and
Do Not Forget Your Gloves! Sun-
block and a waterbottle are good too.
A Last Friday night at 11 pm there
was a very bad accident at the inter-
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co r-a I g
(a bit of information about corals presented
each week by naturalist Dee Scarr)
I i rrm s
ure, you know that's healthy brain
coral to the right, some flower coral
to the left, and a fuzzy pencil coral or
similar type next to the flower coral. But
can you identify what the pencil coral is
beginning to grow upon, visible between
itself and the brain coral?
It's an old shoe that the pencil coral is
beginning to encrust. That's why it's so
important for divers on cleanups to make
sure there's nothing growing upon or
within trash before moving it. 1 photo by
id You Know...You can help coral reefs I
by taking shorter showers?
Climatologists world-wide are now agreeing that
humans are causing changes in the Earth's atmos-
phere and are warning of catastrophic climate
changes due to the burning of fossil fuels. Fossil
fuels, including gas, oil, propane, and coal, are used to power electric plants and
many modes of transportation in today's society. Coral reefs are already dying due
to over-fishing, nutrient influx and pollution. Now their biggest threat is climate
change. This year, climatologists are predicting that hurricanes will be more severe
and more frequent. Last year, coral bleaching took its toll on northern Caribbean
Bonaire's fresh water is all a result of a very costly desalinization process that
burns great amounts of fuel oil. By taking short showers (get wet, turn off the tap,
soap up, rinse) and using as little fresh water as possible, you're helping the coral
reefs. Remembering to shut off the air conditioners, lights, and fans when you're
not using them also helps! O Carin Eckrich
Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
section of Kaya Korona and Kaminda
Lagun. Apparently one of the vehicles
was coming from Playa at high speed
when the driver lost control at the inter-
section and hit another vehicle nearly
head-on. The first vehicle turned over in
the ditch by the side of the road. That
driver complained of pain in his left el-
bow and chest. Amazingly the driver of
the other vehicle didn't suffer any per-
sonal injury. Please drive carefully. The
Reporter needs every reader.
A There's action at the Divi Fla-
mingo. Free wireless Internet access is
now available throughout the entire Divi
property. Additionally, Divi Dive Bon-
aire is now fully operational for technical
diving, offering gear rental, the complete
guests) and offers full and half day char-
ters and sunset cruises for sailing and
snorkeling. For more information call
786-7619, email email@example.com or
P Salsa on the water-
front, Bonaire's most
rant, is now open for
lunch and dinner with an exciting new
menu. Stop in for a drink or a meal and
enjoy the awesome view of the harbor
from an exotic, two-story thatched roof
"palapa" style restaurant. Salsa is across
from City Cafe. See their ad on page 13.
A Seven soon-to-be-moms are
shown with their certificates of com-
pletion of a six-week baby care course
given by SEBIKI. The ladies and their
partners were very pleased with the
A On July 1 a new charter yacht be-
gan operating on Bonaire. The luxury
sailing yacht Bowalie is a comfortable
and well equipped 40-footer ideal for
cruising or racing. The yacht is available
for small groups only (maximum eight
A Customs Officer Nolly Wilsoe, one
of Bonaire's walkers in the 90th Vier-
daagse (Four Days Walk) in Holland,
reports that although the weather was
extremely warm it
was no deterrent to
the Bonaire walkers.
"We could have fin-
ished," Wilsoe said. SB
"It was too bad they
had to cancel it after
the first day." "We Nolly Wilsoe
didn't get our money
back, but we hope
they'll apply it to next
year's race, which I
for sure want to at-
tend." This year there
were 48,854 people
who registered to
walk. Another Bon-
aire Customs officer, Dennis Lensink
Dennis Lensink, also Serphos photo
participated in the
walk as part of a Customs team. Due to
the high temperatures two persons in the
A STINAPA reports that advertising
flyers were left on cars in the affluent
SABEDECO neighborhood seeking in-
vestors in a new development called the
Sorobon 'Mangrove Village Resort.' It
wasn't a prank because an investment
group was recently granted a long lease
to build in the Lac Bay conservation
zone. However, no building permits have
Lac is an internationally recognized
"Ramsar Site." These sites are named
after the Iranian city where an agreement
was signed protecting wetlands around
the world. Construction at Lac, unless
very special precautions were employed
would be disastrous to the marine
nurseries of Bonaire. OG./L.D.
Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
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MORE COMMENTS ABOUT
BILLBOARDS FROM OUR READERS
T he Reporter has been receiving lots of correspondence and comments about
our article two weeks ago, "Billboards Plague Bonaire." The story was re-
printed in the Papiamentu language newspaper, extra, which also reported that the
Governor of Bonaire had charged the island's legal department, JAZ, to investigate
If you have an opinion, send your letter to The Reporter (email: re-
porter @bonairenews.com) and/or to Governor Domacass6 (email:
Below are some more reactions:
I am glad to see that many more peo-
ple hate these ugly billboards spoiling
our island more and more. In one week
there were three huge boards placed at
the airport area. What a shame! I
thought there were some strict regula-
tions for this matter but apparently that
is history. Let us hope someone
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from the island gov-
ernment wakes up
and has the decency
to remove these aw- -b
ful billboards so we
can enjoy an un-
M. Reichert 5.W
IN THE PAST
I remember when one had to pay to
put up a sign. It had to be measured
and a yearly fee was charged. People
from DOW (now DROB) and OGEM
(now WEB) would come and check it
out and recommend the exact spot and ing cellular phones, cleaning services,
height for the sign to be placed. There lotteries, etc. Kaya Korona is starting
is nothing wrong with people being to look like the 1-95 corridor in the
creative and advertising their thing, but States. Would the government institute
it is getting way out of hand. The size and placement limits? Our island
"mine is bigger and better" concept is is special because of its natural beauty,
taking over. under and ABOVE the water.
Name withheld Mel McCombie (part time resident
and professor in art history)
By and large, your article on the visual
pollution wrought by the size and num-
ber of billboards brought up an impor-
tant issue that Bonaire must address
now. I would make a distinction be-
tween signage for businesses, particu-
larly those catering to tourists, and
those big roadside visual beasts tout-
Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
COVER PAGE PRAISE
Wonderful front page to last week's Bonaire Reporter.
We are going to Australia and Papua New Guinea in Oc-
tober and we were planning to once again bring a copy of
The Bonaire Reporter with us. Now I don't think we'll
even take a camera.
Andrew J Uhr (Andy Uhr is a two-time past winner of
"Best Picture with The Bonaire Reporter.)
The sounds of nature are i
divine...birds singing, the
gentle trade winds and
then, it is all disturbed by
the yelping and crying of
your neighbor's dog. The
dog is not barking to warn
off an intruder nor is he
greeting his owner. He is in
misery because he is
chained to a tree or if he is
lucky, his wooden prison.
The dog's owner has a nice
fenced in yard but has cho-
sen to imprison this beast.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week he is chained. He is not allowed a walk or a break to run
and exercise. Each day the torment continues for the dog. My question is how can any-
one treat their animal this way? If you do have an intruder he is chained and cannot
intervene. In Bonaire we preserve the environment and protect the sea creatures but
those on land are in misery. My peaceful Sunday was disturbed by the sad reminder
that my neighbor has two lovely dogs on chains, with no shelter aside from a tree. They
cannot frolic and play.
I retreated inside to avoid hearing the pitiful cries of the two animals. Ann Phelan
Visit http: www.unchainyourdog.org/for more information on what you can do. Ed.
AFRICAN DUST EFFECTS r 4
A beautiful, bright-red
sunset seen from Carib-
bean beaches could be a cause
for alarm rather than for de-
lighted contemplation because it
signals the annual arrival of dust
from the Sahara desert, which
could be harmful. Millions of
tons of dust reach the Caribbean,
the Gulf of Mexico and the
southern US, brought across the
Atlantic by the winds. The dust African Dust covers the Caribbean
is suspected of containing pollut-
ants and has been studied closely by the scientific community in the last few dec-
Ever since a continuing severe drought hit North Africa in 1970, there has been a
dramatic increase in the dust clouds in that region, with especially high concentra-
tions in 1973, 1983, 1987 and 2000. Experts agree that this natural phenomenon
has been occurring for millions of years. According to Andrew Goudie, a geogra-
phy professor at the University of Oxford, dust is one of the least understood com-
ponents of the atmosphere and could have a greater influence on climate change
than has been realized up until now.
Researchers warn that the dust's chemical and biological composition has a num-
ber of effects on human and animal health, oceans and their biodiversity, and the
weather. Studies in the southern US, Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean
suggest that there is a rise in illnesses such as asthma when the dust clouds arrive
in the region.
The phenomenon has also been linked to the decline of coral reefs in the West
Indies, which are suffering from several fungal diseases, and even to the occur-
rence of "red tides" or algal blooms, the rainfall cycle, and the frequency and in-
tensity of tropical cyclones. (Another recent discovery is that African Dust suppos-
edly suppresses the formation of conditions that lead to hurricanes. Ed.)
The world's most active dust source is the Bodele depression in Chad, in Africa.
Although other deserts, such as the Gobi desert in Asia, also contribute dust parti-
cles to the atmosphere, it is the Sahara desert that has direct impact on the Western
hemisphere. The dust cloud takes approximately six days to cross the Atlantic and
reaches the Caribbean region between June and October. 1
Orlando Matos. Cuba News Service
bonaire Reporter August 4 t0 August 11, ZUUO
0 < ne traffic light
changes back. In Almelo, of
excitement there's no lack,"
said comedian Herman Fink-
ers, as he put my birthplace on
the map in an unexpected way.
Our island has no traffic
lights, and yet there's plenty of
excitement. Today, it's elec-
tions: you can vote green or
red, not easy for them, but nei-
ther for people seeking nuance.
I find myself full of doubt in
the voting booth: red or green,
stop or go, risk or safety? A Ri
little bit of both maybe, red and
green working together? No way -- I have
Outside election time, when dozens of
deep red or green flags hang from the
houses, Bonaire has always been an island
full of color. Nature offers an endless vari-
ety, from white beaches, pink flamingos,
the azure of the ocean, through to the ka-
leidoscopic colors of the salt deserts and
all the deep greens you can imagine in
The people on the island are equally col-
orful. Without a Ministry for Integration or
any other way of governmental control,
people of different origin, culture or skin
color are living together harmoniously.
There are some 'mixed couples.' These
couples see each other's different back-
grounds and cultures as enriching, rather
an van Ballegooijen and Ben Oleana
than limiting and use the power of love to
overcome any complications -- for as long
as it will hold, of course.
"Are you alone?" he asked at Kareltje's
Bar. His friend was standing behind him.
She responded with a quizzical smile; she
was having a happy-hour drink with her
friend -- of course she wasn't alone! But a
few moments later, her friend stood up to
leave. So he invited her to join him at the
Disco Fantasy, where more than a few
couples had danced their first dance. His
friend accompanied them through the
small alleyway connecting the bar with the
dancing. She felt a bit awkward, a blonde
Dutch woman being escorted by two strap-
ping black men.
But their first dance turned out to be the
prelude to a complicated tango, lasting for
"I am the great-great grandson of a slave
wife in Bonaire. Her first name was
Oleana." As the slaves were liberated, the
family of a slave wife had to take on her
name, which was the usual procedure on
the island. "I grew up in a family of nine; I
used to be a bratty little kid. I always ques-
tioned ways and decisions, asking for the
'why's'. I got a lot of beatings for that,
more than I care to remember. I wanted to
leave the island when I was 16, so I moved
to the Netherlands. There, I studied me-
chanical engineering at the Anthony Fok-
ker School, but I had a lot of trouble with
the Dutch language. I found a job anyway,
and after some time I discovered what I
really wanted to do: become a teacher,
maybe even a principal in a Bonairean
school. That became my goal."
Benedicto Olympio (Ben) Oleana took a
teaching course and practiced teaching in
various schools, even in a Rotterdam
'trouble school,' but left for Curagao six
years later to work as an education con-
sultant. He didn't stay long, though. He
was asked to come to Bonaire, to direct
Selibon, the company keeping the streets
of Bonaire clean. "Tene Boneire Limpi,"
as it said on the side of the vans.
During the same period, Maria
Pietemella (Rian) van Ballegooijen, a
long-time practicing naturist, traveled to
Bonaire in reply to an ad in a naturists'
magazine. She would build a new future at
the Sorobon Beach Resort, a heavenly
place for naturists on the east coast of the
"I needed to rearrange my life at that
point. I had been married before and had
been trying all sorts of jobs here and there,
from being a cook on a private yacht in
Greece to being a nanny in Switzerland. I
had always wanted to live in a warm cli-
mate, though. That might have been trig-
gered by the stories of my first boyfriend,
who was of Indonesian descent.
Zwijndrecht, where I was born, saw the
first repatriates from Indonesia. When I
was small, I came into contact with them,
learning to appreciate and prepare nasi
goreng, for instance.
"In Bonaire, I was immediately taken up
by my job as interim manager for the re-
sort. After three months, I was the only
manager. I've been doing it for 10 years
now, and I still love this job."
Ben Oleana took on his newjob full of
enthusiasm. He reorganized and updated
the Selibon organization. Rian van Balle-
gooijen did the same thing with Sorobon,
in the way every newcomer seemed to do:
as in the Dutch proverb, 'New brooms
sweep the cleanest.' It might have been a
coincidence, or maybe a sign, but the first
hotel Selibon signed a contract with for
garbage collecting was the Sorobon Beach
Resort. 'Contract #1' bore the names and
signatures of Mr. Oleana and Mrs. Van
Ballegooijen, business partners.
"Our paths had crossed numerous
times," Rian continued. "We have shown
each other all the places, here and in the
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Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
(Portraits. Continued from page 8)
Netherlands, where, as it turned out, we
must have been both at roughly the same
time. Our trains arrived on opposite plat-
forms, but had never waited for each
other before. I feel they may have been
good omens, signs of predestination. But
do not assume it was an easy relationship
once we did meet! On a small island such
as this, word gets around. For Ben, it was
even more difficult: a married man hav-
ing an affair with a white woman -- that is
just asking for trouble."
Indeed, Ben Oleana had a difficult pe-
riod then. He explained, "It was certainly
not easy. My family did not approve, and
some of my friends made unkind remarks.
They called me, only half-jokingly, 'black
makamba' (makamaba being a deroga-
tory term for a white Dutchman). But you
know, to love is to share, in good and in
bad times -- and we did share the burdens
then. When I was asked to step down
from my function, Rian gave me full sup-
port. Six years later, I had to leave Seli-
bon due to political machinations. Again,
she supported me. These days, I have my
own coaching agency. I've reorganized
Paramaribo's garbage collecting system
by making some amendments to the
waste disposal laws and setting up busi-
ness and execution plans. I'm doing the
same for the island of St Maarten now.
I've also turned my attention to Rincon,
the oldest village on Bonaire, because
there's a lot of room for improvement
there. The people of Rincon haven't been
given the attention they deserve by the
For Rian, life wasn't a bed of roses ei-
ther. Just before her son Noah's first
birthday, doctors discovered a malignant
tumor in her head. "In the days before the
operation, I was very depressed. I was 40,
we just had our son Noah, and then some-
thing like this comes along. We went to
St Maarten on holiday, and afterwards I
always carried a photograph of the three
of us with me because I wasn't sure I
would survive. After the operation, one
side of my face was paralyzed. I looked a
mess. When Ben saw me for the first
time, six weeks after -- we didn't live to-
gether back then -- he reacted calmly; no
fear, no amazement. That was a big relief
for me. From that moment on, I knew we
would be together and I knew we would
be alright. It brought us closer together
and taught me what the really important
things in life are."
Noah comes in. He spent the afternoon
after school with grandma Oleana.
"Sometimes people think it was easier
for me to be accepted by the locals be-
cause my partner is from the Antilles. But
that isn't the case. Ben and I each have
our own circles of friends, our own jobs.
Children mingle though, at an early age:
that does work well. At the Pelikaan,
Noah and Jason's school, the only school
where Dutch is taught in the first years,
there are children from Bonaire, the Neth-
erlands, Venezuela and the United States.
They learn about each other's back-
ground, and learn to value those differ-
I hope this will be so tomorrow. Mar-
jolein and Jason, Ben's children from his
first marriage, will come to stay in their
house in Lac Bay for the first time. They
will sleep in one room with Noah, they'll
play and have fun.
If that goes well, their parents will be
satisfied. And maybe later, they will say it
was an important moment for them.
Working together, sharing experiences; it
seems like the only way to go. OGuus
Gerritsen, portrait by Henk RoozendaaL
The Snack Bar Detectives <
Their Mission: To seek out themysteries that le behind the
doors ofBonaire's snacks
he Snack Detec-
tives don't work
Sundays. We like to
keep the Sabbath in our
own way. It was early
Sunday evening and I
was out driving with
"she that should be
obeyed." Just then, I
saw a sign "Jos, Sun-
days Only." A slave to
my instincts I thought,
"Dare I go it alone,
without Big D?" We
followed the little signs
that took us on a dust
trail into the mondi.
Just as we were convinced that we were on a wild goose chase, there it was, an oasis
in the wilderness. We parked the truck and gingerly ventured through the door. The
interior was a whacky warehouse of the weird and wonderful. Lights made from paint
cans, old mobile phones hanging next to Christmas lights and advertising memorabilia
from days gone by.
Behind the bar stands Jos, a resident of some 10 years. Standing there in his straw
hat, he greets us with a cheery hello. A well stocked bar offers ice cold beer and spirits.
Jos' own Rum Punch has to be tried. Make sure that you have a designated driver
though! The music is varied with everything from Andre Hazes to Elvis Presley. As
Jos' wife, Astrid, mixes the music, people sing along.
On the menu: one thing, Sate! So no decision making tonight. Herman presides over
the Grill, a jolly guy with a smile for everyone. Dinner is served: three sticks of
Chicken Slte in a delicious sauce, French bread, potato chips and sauerkraut. At NAf
12.50, I wasn't complaining.
As night falls, everywhere lights up and a surge of heat fills the air. A bonfire is lit
behind us and everyone looks on as sparks shoot into the evening sky. I sat with my
good lady and we take another drink. Looking around, I think to myself, "Could this
place happen anywhere but Bonaire?" I don't think so.
If Big D forgives me for flying solo, someone else will be getting a visit from, "The
Snack Bar Detectives" very soon. O Story & Photo by SBD
Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
Bonaire Honors Its Ambassadors
B onaire has an Ambassador's Corps- visitors who promote Bonaire by their fre-
quent trips to the island and the kind words they offer to all willing to listen.
Several years ago, at the suggestion of then TCB (Tourism Corporation Bonaire) Mar-
keting Director, Delno Tromp, the island's ambassadors became official Ambassadors.
Tourism Corporation Bonaire recently honored two special visitors, Pat and
Irwin Nejdi. Pat and Irwin have been visiting for the last 20 years and de-
scribe their feelings every time they land on the island as, "a peaceful and serene
Pat and Irwin further describe their love for Bonaire: "Once again, as for the past
20 years, Bonaire invites us to enjoy the beauty of surrounding nature and the
beauty of friendships new and old." Over the years they have enjoyed the island of
Bonaire with friends from the Chicago Scubaneer Dive Club and with three genera-
tions of family.
Pat and Irwin love the diving and have introduced diving to their families who
have been instructed at Divi Flamingo, the hotel they visit every year. Among their
memorable moments on the island are the dives they have shared with their loved
What they appreciate about Bonaire, besides the diving, are the plants, colorful
flowers, the warm people, hence the whole atmosphere that is brought to life when
they are on island. They
say; "For us Bonaire is
about the past, the present
and the future." 11
t was a great pleas-
ure honoring a very
enthusiastic group of peo-
ple who have a deep love
for Bonaire with seven
gold, 10 silver and three
bronze medals! The Brubaker family, the Lynch family, Mrs. Schmitt,
Among this group there Mrs. Jackson, Mrs. Pfaff the Parker family, the Clif-
were two youngsters who ford family, Mrs. and Miss Sheppard, the Daniels family
began visiting Bonaire and the Kiracofe family.
There are three levels based on the number ofyears the Ambassador has been visiting
Bonaire: Bronze, 10 years; Silver, 15; and Gold, 20.
When a visitor has accumulated the visits the operator of the resort where he or she is
a guest, notifies the TCB who, in a brief ceremony, presents the new Ambassador with a
medal of appropriate level, a certificate and a small gift.
There has been aflurry of new Ambassadors recently, some of whom are recognized
in the following paragraphs:
when they were two years and six months old. Among the 19 ambassadors was
also a couple who celebrated their honeymoon on Bonaire.
They come here for the diving. Although there are other nice diving places in the
world, Bonaire has something special. Everybody has his own definition of what is
special about Bonaire. Some of them say it's the people, the relaxed atmosphere.
Others explain that it is safe to walk around, the island is child friendly and there is
no mass tourism like on most of the other Caribbean islands. Someone made a nice
remark about the friendliness: "When we are driving or walking around the island
everybody honks, waves and says 'Bon Dia' to us even they don't know us person-
ally. That makes a very special impres-
sion on me and my family!" 1
German, but speaking
M arina and Reinhard Kowalke
come from Berlin and have
been visiting Bonaire since 1992. They
too were recently honored as Bonaire
Ambassadors by the TCB.
They say they love the friendly and
helpful people from Bonaire and the
fantastic reefs on the west side. When Ma a ad R d
Marina and Reinhard Kowalke
returning to Berlin in 1992, they were
so impressed that they told a lot of
members of their dive club, Duc Berlin, about Bonaire. Since then more than 10
other couples have visited Bonaire for diving and relaxation.
Since 2004 they have been staying at Tropicana Apartments after meeting Bob
and Annemieke and are happy with the accommodation. Marina has also learned
the Papiamentu language and can even speak and understand it.
It is a pleasure for TCB to recognize Marina and Reinhard as Bonaire Ambassa-
dors. We thank them for their visits, the love they share for the island and are
happy to see them year after year. O
T CB would like to congratulate
Mr. David Graham and his two
sons, Zachary and Taylor, with their sil-
ver ambassador medals for the island of
Bonaire. Dr. Graham, his wife and two
sons started traveling with the US Scuba
Center Group 17 years ago. Then their
third son, Taylor, was born. Taylor was
six months old on his first trip to Bon- Mr. David Graham and his two sons,
aire. So it is Taylor's 15th consecutive Zachary and Taylor
year traveling to Bonaire.
They love the friendly people of Bonaire, the tranquility and the spectacular div-
ing. The three Graham children have always referred to the Divi Flamingo as their
"Bonaire Home" because they love the swimming pools and the friendly Divi Fla-
Everyone in the Graham family scuba dives. They know that the best diving in
the Caribbean is in Bonaire.
It is a pleasure to honor the Graham family with the Silver Ambassador medal.
We hope to see them back year after year. D
(Continued on page 11)
Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
(Bonaire Ambassadors. Continued
from page 10)
R icky Lesser:
"Bonaire has been
like a second home to me and
my family for quite sometime
now. The diving is excep-
tional; the weather is great,
but most importantly the peo-
ple are wonderful. If it were
not for the people who have
been so welcoming I sincerely
doubt we would have re-
turned. Bonaire has now
claimed a special place in my
heart and I can't wait to go back." 1
Congratulations to Dennis and
Rosie Jarboe for their bronze
medal award. This is their 11th con-
secutive year visiting our island and,
according to them, there will be many
more. Dennis and Rosie have contin-
ued and will continue to visit Bonaire
for the wonderful diving, beautiful
reefs and friendly atmosphere. While
Bonaire is not the easiest place to get
to, they say it is worth the effort. They
have seen many changes over the years
and they hope that all the new con-
struction doesn't result in damage to
the reef environment. "Coming to
Bonaire and staying at Happy Holiday
Homes is like visiting our extended
family," say the couple. D
shapes. Colorful corals and sea anem-
ones grow on the broken former piers
visit Bonaire on a
yearly basis at the
same time and stay at
Sorobon each year.
They have even made
yellow t-shirts with
the words "Sorobon
Reunion" and the vari-
ous years on it. It has
become a tradition for
them to wear them
when they are having From left to right: Ambassadors Ed and Joan from New
their daily game of Jersey, Rian (Sorobon Beach), Ambassadors Larry and Dee
petanque (bolas) and from North Carolina, Joanny(TCB), and Ambassadors Neil
happy hour drinks at and Sandra from the United Kingdom They all celebrated
the bar of Sorobon their 10th visit to Bonaire at Sorobon Beach this year.
Ed and Larry are divers, the ladies enjoy the beach, and Neil and Ed are also fanatic
kiters and bring a new spectacular kite every year. They leave the kites when their va-
cation is over to the children of one of the employee's of Sorobon. 1
TCB -All TCB photos
Picture Yourself with The Re orter
Montclair, New Jersey, USA
ichard Swanson, the son of Brad and
Sandra Swanson, longtime Bonaire
residents of TWR-Bonaire, recently returned
from their son's wedding. On Saturday, July
15, Richard married Nancy Banghart in
Montclair, New Jersey. They had this photo
taken at their wedding reception with The
Richard grew up in Bonaire and attended
high school and college overseas. 1
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Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
Divi Employees' Anniversaries Celebration
Last week a number of Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino employees were hon-
ored for their years of dedication and good service. The event was at the Balashi Bar
and was enjoyed by the employees, their colleagues and management and a rousing group of
return visitors. They're shown above with General Manager Sara Matera and "Mama" Ma-
relva Soliano of Human Resources. Congratulations to all the awardees.
A Special Accolade should also go to Divi Flamingo which has managed to run an opera-
tion throughout the years where so many employees choose to remain working there. They
must be doing something right!
5-year Awards to: Virginia Pietersz, Operations; Selimah Agostien, Front Office; Juan
10-year Awards to: Derrel dePalm, Housekeeping; Marlon Mercera, Houseman
15-year Awards to Carlo Winklaar, Accounting; Radilla Martines, Assistant Manager,
20-YearAward to Paulino Cicilia, Maintenance
25-year Award to FErique Molina- Dive Masterand Boat Captain.
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Also interior or exterior design advice,
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CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 nursery. Specializing in garden/
septic pumps and irrigation. Kaminda La-
goen 103, Island Growers NV (Capt. Don
and Janet). Phone: 786-0956
LUNCH TO GO
Starting from NAf5 per meal. Call
CHINA NOBO 717-8981
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
The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support to
To learn more about making a US tax de-
ductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
Would you like to visit Bonaire's beauti-
ful caves with a professional guide?
Night tours and snorkeling also available.
Please call: 540-0389
S uDoku means "the digits must remain single" in
DO YOU a Japanese. To solve the puzzle, enter the numbers 1
through 9 to the partially filled in puzzle without repeating
a number in any row, column or 3 x 3 region. For a tuto-
SUDOKUT rial visit the web site www. sudokushack.com. O Molly
Kearney (who has to solve the puzzles)
Complete solution on page 14.
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3 8 5
2 7 9 3
7 2 5
94 5 7
2 3 4
1 2 9
Pass on your REPORTER to
Carib Inn has new dive tanks available
once again. Contact Carib Inn at 717-8819
or stop by, 8 am to 5 pm.
For sale: large modern mirror, square
Plexiglas ( you can look through it) with a
triangle-shaped mirror in the middle,
NAf50, tel. 786-5591
FOR SALE: Boat, Container, bottle
cooler and freezer. Tel 786-0730
Your Ad can go here...
And it's still free
For Sale: Wooden five-drawer desk,
pecan finish, in very good condition, NAf
200.00; Top Quality Wooden Two-Drawer
Filing Cabinet (made by Kimball), very
good condition NAf 100.00; Chest of
drawers with five drawers, wood, good
condition, great for storing spare parts,
etc., NAf 85.00 ; Ceiling fans with four-
light units, white, various size downrods,
220 v, NAf 90 each, or NAf 500.00 for all
six.; 3 different TV/VCR stands avail-
able, all wooden finishes, one is NAf
40.00, one is NAf 50.00, and one is NAf
60.00 If you are interested in any of these
items, please call 717-2848.
For Sale: BMW 520i 4-door sedan,
white, excellent condition. NAf8,000-
1998 Toyota Camry, Black, Fully
equipped. In good condition. NAf 12.500.
For Sale: 2000 Nissan Sentra, 4 door,
auto/ac, NAf7.000 email- LadyLar-
LADA NIVA (jeep) for sale
1991-4X4 drive 1.6 It.; 95.000km
NAf 1,800 717-2844 or 786-2844
W u-n ted
Who would like to take one of my be-
loved cats? I leave the island and can not
take them with me. The cats are between 2
and 3 years old. They are all special. Call
WANTED: VHS video recorder/player
for use in Lora (parrot) research. Call 09-
R:e -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-
P ro pe rty
House for Sale Nicest and prettiest house
in Antriol, good neighborhood, swimming
pool, 2 bathrooms, 3 bedrooms +/- 3.000
sq. meters. Place for another house. Was
$450,000, now $375,000. 717-7362 / 6605
August 5, 9 am to 4 pm, #7 Lighthouse
Beach Resort, Portable gas barbeque,
16ft. ladder, tools, stereo, HP color printer,
household goods, Chinese bicycles -
Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
-,Bonaire Economic Report
DEZA, Bonaire's Department of Economic Part 7
and LaborAffairs, has issued its comprehen-
Ssive report for 2005. It describes all aspects of the
0 economy. The Reporter continues topass on informa-
tion from this report.
T here were more initial work per-
mit requests in 2005 than in 2004:
236 in 2005 compared to 196 in 2004.
These work permits are granted most of
all to construction workers from abroad,
53 in total. The trend is continuing in
2006 with many work permit petitions
for new construction projects because
there is not enough local manpower
In 2005, many first work permit re-
quests were granted to live-ins (20) and
teachers (17). The number of work per-
mit requests has increased in general
even though, since 2005, foreign nation-
ality business owners with a director's
license do not need to request a work
In 2005, most of the first permit re-
quests for short term were granted to the
HORECA sector while in 2004 they
were mainly granted to construction
workers for specific projects.
Beginning in 2005 a new procedure
was put in place with respect to hiring
staff from abroad. Employers need to list
their vacancy at DEZA to check whether
there is any local worker available in
DEZA's database of job seekers. Em-
ployers also need to publish their va-
cancy in the local newspaper to see if
there is any suitable local candidate.
Only after completing this procedure can
they apply for a work permit for a for-
eign worker. This explains why there
were fewer work permits denied in 2005
than in 2004, as people became more
aware of the procedure to follow and
only enter a request after all attempts to
find a suitable local candidate have been
Work permit requests are shelved when
the documentation requested has not
been provided within six weeks or when
the petition has been abandoned.
In August 2005 there was a record
number of work permits approved (84 in
total), mainly for construction workers.
The majority of first work permit re-
quests as well as changes and renewals
are for workers of Colombian national-
ity. In 2005 they represented 38% of the
first requests and 28% of changes. These
Colombians are mainly construction
workers and employees of the HORECA
sector such as waiters and cooks, but also
live-ins and gardeners. The second lead-
ing nationality is Peruvians with 13% of
first work permit requests and 12% of
renewals. A majority is employed in the
construction sector and some as live-in
housekeepers. The third leading national-
ity for changes and renewals is for Vene-
zuelans already living on the island with
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15% of work permit renewals covering
all sectors of the economy but mainly
construction and the HORECA sectors.
Those Chinese requesting a work per-
mit are mainly cooks. Dominicans rep-
resent mainly live-ins, and work permit
requests for Americans are for the
In 2005, 39% of all work permit re-
quests were for employees with a secon-
dary education in the technical field, that
is to say construction, and in the field of
personal and social care, which covers
the HORECA sector, but also live-ins
and hairdressers. The second highest
category of work permit requests, repre-
senting 24% of all permit requests, is for
workers with a basic education, primarily
in the HORECA sector. Work permit
requests for employees in the technical
field with a junior college level of educa-
tion represent electricians, car mechanics
and air conditioning technicians. Those
with a similar level of education in the
field of personal and social care represent
employees of the HORECA sector. Work
permit requests for employees with a
college degree (10% of all requests) rep-
resent teachers, medical assistants and
business managers. Those with an aca-
demic level (6%) represent teachers of
the medical school. O DEZA
Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
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T he long awaited Pro Kids Freestyle event is
less than a week away and the excitement is I
building. Bonairean kids are registering in record
numbers for the August 3-6 freestyle competition. At
press time it appears that more than 77 kids will be
competing, plus there will be teams coming from the .
other ABC islands and beyond.
The popular Baby class has over 15 little ones reg-
istered, including a few two-year-olds. Beth Powell
Winkler, a windsurf school owner who now resides
on island, is on the water training local kids how to
compete and run heats. The trick is to do as many
moves possible in five to six minutes.
Wind conditions are impor-
tant, and the combination of
time and Mother Nature's coop-
eration can make or break a heat
or time slot. With double ladder
eliminations, competitors each
have two attempts to score and
move up the ladder. Tinho and
Susie Domellas are flying in
from their school, Calema, to
run the heats and the event.
Who will be the pro kids this
year? Only time will tell. Excit-
ing news is that Pro Kids will
have live streaming of the event
on the Internet courtesy of
Telbo and Bits Bonaire. Aaron The Finies brothers, Endro and Clay, between
Balentien has worked hard with training sessions Ann Phelan photo
the Telbo Bits Team to provide
this wonderful opportunity. Go
for the live broadcasts set to
commence August. 4th.
By day the excitement will be
on the water but, commencing
August 3, the night time wind-
surf scene is non-stop. Bonaire .
Windsurf Place is hosting a
BBQ on August 3, at 7 pm. The
public is welcome to purchase
tickets to this stellar event.
Unlimited Dancers will be put-
ting on a dance show. Friday
night the action is at the Hulan- Andrea Simal, a Bonairean teen training
des Patio. Tickets will be avail- for Pro Kids Marguerite Rose Wynter photo
able at the door. Saturday night
is a free night to dine in town and listen to local music. It all comes to an end for the
weekend finals and closing party at Sorobon on August 6.
O Ann Phelan
(puzzle and direc-
tions on page 12)
Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
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WEIILt ERVIE IHOIlI
Cal to makesure (Usually9pm)
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
Thursday-Sunday, August 3-6 Pro
Kids Event Windsurfing Championship,
Saturday, August 5-Big Monthly Rin-
con Marshe-Now a Bonairean tradi-
tion stands selling gifts, fruits and vegeta-
bles, candles, drinks, BBQ, local foods and
sweets, music, friendly people, 6 am to 2
pm. In the center of Rincon. Info: www.
Saturday, August 5 Artists are invited
to submit up to three pieces of art be-
tween 9 am and noon for the "Homage to
the Bonairean Artist" to be held in No-
vember. Artists may sign up at the Bonaire
Museum, Kaya J.C. van der Ree. Tele-
phone 717-8868. Questions? Call Jackie
Bernabela of SKAL (same address as the
A Sunday, August 6-Clean up at
Klein Bonaire, organized by BNMP,
STCB, Freewinds.. Meet at 7 pm at Har-
bour Village. Confirm by e-mail to
email@example.com. Drinks & sand-
wiches provided by Freewinds. See page 3.
Sunday August 6-Bonairean Night at
Divi Flamingo's Calabash Restaurant
with all the local specialties and more. Live
Music. $20-total. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.
Friday, August 11- Pre-exposition at
Kas di Arte of all works submitted for the
November exposition, "Homage to the Bo-
nairean Artist" 5 to 9 pm at Kas di Arte.
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 Sun.) 5 to 7
* 2 for 1 appetizer with entree, Cactus
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily for
hot slot machines, roulette and black jack,
Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am; Sun. 7 pm- 3 am.
* Daily by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $12
(NAf12 for residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
* Grill Night on the Beach, Buddy
* Rincon Marshe--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 Satur-
day of the month.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo 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 ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5 to 10
* Caribbean Night live local music-
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart of
Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria 717-
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 pm Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
* 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
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with DIR,"
6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adventure 786-
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7 to
9 pm, Cactus Blue
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-6:30
* Beach BBQ 7-10 pm & Live music
by Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf
Place at Sorobon
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive
Live music by the "Flamingo Rockers"
5-7 pm-Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen and
others, Vespucci Restaurant, Harbour Vil-
lage Marina. HH drinks, gratis tapas, 5-7
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
* Live music by the "Flamingo Rock-
ers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar -
* 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 by Al You
Can Eat BBQ
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt Gal-
lery, 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
Pet of the Week
SJT assie" is a special needs pet at the Bonaire
SAnimal Shelter. She's so shy that she needs
someone who can give her a lot of attention. In her past
she was left alone a lot and consequently she became an
introvert. But despite that she's proved to be a really
nice dog with a good character, and being so small she's
perfect as a lap dog. She just needs some TLC to bring
out her best qualities those that are just under the sur-
face. Lassie is between eight months and a year and at
the time the photo was taken she was in heat. As soon as
that's over she'll be sterilized and ready to go. You may
see her at the Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Saturday, 8 am to 2 pm. Telephone 717-4989.
This year, 2006, is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese
calendar. Other dog years are 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, "Lassie"
1970, 1982 and 1994. People born in the Year of the
Dog possess the best traits of human nature. They have a deep sense of loyalty, are
honest, and inspire other people's confidence because they know how to keep secrets.
Doesn't that sound like the traits of a good dog too? L. D.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity" slide
show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm, 717-
Sunday "Bonaire Holiday" -Multi-
media dual-projector production by Albert
Bianculli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat.
Monday- Dee Scarr's "Touch the Sea"
slide show at Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conser-
vation (STCB) Slide Show by Bruce Bra-
bec. Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm,
Wednesday -Buddy Dive Cocktail Video
Show by Martin Cecilia, pool bar Buddy
Dive, 7 pm, 717-5080
Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past in
this venerable oldhome thathasbeenrestored
and fumished so it appears the family has just
stepped out. Local ladies will tell you the story.
Open Monday thruFriday, 9 -12,2-4. Weekends
by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit homes fromthe 17th century.
Daily. Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya 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.
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
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or 717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Majes-
tic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes Shop-
ping 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 Forma Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank. All levels
invited NAf5 entry fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire (JCI
Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire Jay-
cees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Renata
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7
pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12
noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Zeezicht Restaurant. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon Arte
Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarie@telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery. 717-7103.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
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
New Apostolic Church, Meets at Kaminda
Santa Barbara #1, Sundays, 9:30 am. Ser-
vices in Dutch. 717-7116.
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:00 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday
at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10 am.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30 pm.
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cell. 786-6518
Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
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Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
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
A thii Chii 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 ao Italian Restaurant Moderate Chef David prepares exquisite dishes with authentic ingredients.Be served in
Closed Mondaye a garden settmg 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 daily.
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 made from
717-3293 pm, Closed Sunday scratch.
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
Salsa Moderate Fantastic food in a fantastic setting. Varied menu.
On the Waterfront across from City Caf e or c d ier Special Fish by Weight menu on Thursdays.
Downtown... but miles away in atmosphere 717-3558 Open for Lunch and Diner Best views of the harbor.
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. Wednesday night BBQ at 7 pm BBQ night a specialty
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16 FURNITURE, ANTIQUES REPAIRS
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an- Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
choice for inter-island travel. tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts. trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345
APPLIANCES /TV/ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest Green Label has everything you need to start or main- Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
service and in-store financing too. it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden keling and exploration.
BAKERIES chemicals. Incredible selection of pots.RETAIL
The Last Bite Bakery-Now in town next to Xerox. Fresh Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
baked specials every day. Make it a regular stop. GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts, men, women and children.
BANKS souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices. SECURITY
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon- Special Security Services will provide that extra
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance, measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
BEAUTY PARLOR The Great Escape Under new management. Quiet
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, and tranquil setting with pool and luxuriant garden in SHIPPING
waxing and professional nail care. Belnem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
bar. New! Spa! Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS FedEx agent.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP WATER TAXI
brand bikes. Have your keys made here. b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ- Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.
DIVING ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch WINDSURFING
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade Nature Exploration The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com- Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking, windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
puter H.Q. hiking, biking, caving, rappeling/abseilen and more struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
reservations : 791-6272 or 717-4555 E-mail : and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow email@example.com nights.
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Hamlet Oasis. Join their monthly cleanup dives and Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of- Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
BBQ. fers fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
services Full digital services, from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
WannaDive They make diving fun while maintain- Free delivery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Tuesday-
ing the highest professional standards. In town at REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS Saturday 9 am-12 noon.
City Caf6 and at Eden Beach. Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize inprofessional cus-
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Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
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Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Ljt "eIU Mla" inte. Iul19
Whfe left Madeira, Portugal,
VV because we were suffering
under the dictatorship. Everybody wanted
to flee the country, especially those who
had sons who, at age 18, had to fight in
the colonies. My father and his brother
managed to get permits for Curaqao and
Bonaire. At the time they didn't know
anything about their destination. If my
dad ever saw the name Bonaire on his
papers he probably thought it was a place
in Curaqao. So his brother went to Cura-
qao and my dad came to work for the
Joubert family as a gardener at the Santa
Barbara plantation. Two years later my
mom came over with us five children. I
was 10 years old and the eldest.
As Papiamentu comes from Portuguese,
the first thing I noticed when I arrived
was the way people spoke. It was like a
child's language and I thought, 'these
people are so childlike; it's as if they're
just learning to speak.' I didn't under-
stand why at school there was this one
language (Dutchl) and in the street an-
other one (Papiamentu). I went to the
third grade at St. Dominicus School with
Mr. Raimundo Josephia. I was com-
pletely miserable because the Dutch lan-
guage was so alien to me. However, I did
speak a little French and so did Mr. Jose-
phia, and that's how we sort of managed.
I'd come from a village and I went to a
village, but the mentalities were very dif-
ferent, and I remember saying immedi-
ately, 'I'm not from here,' and that's how
I feel up until today. I think if it had been
up to me I'd have said, 'I'm going back.'
Both places were small villages and I
thought, 'Why should I stay here?'
Something that wasn't different was that
everyone talks to everyone else, and
you're greeted in the streets at least 10
times a day. That was similar to the ways
of Madeira. But I'm not from here and I
will never be from here. When my
brother and sisters (the family who all
still living here, except for my mother
who passed away three years ago) are
together they speak Papiamentu amongst
themselves, but when I join them they
switch to Portuguese! I am Portuguese,
but here is the problem. I don't feel that I
am from here, but I also don't feel that I
am from there that's the problem of the
immigrant... you don't have a country of
which you can say, 'This is where I am
Well, I finished MAVO and then
started working at the only gas station,
filling up cars. I did that for a couple of
months, then I went to work at Karl
Mayer's garage and I was also driving
tourists around. Then I went to work for
an insurance company, then to Radio
Netherlands World Broadcasting, and in
1975 I started with Radio Hoyer III.
I remember when I was 15 and we lived
at Tera Kora; I'd always been fascinated
by radio, by communication so I made
a transmitter in a cigar box and put it at
home next to my record player. I'd put a
record on to play, then I'd go out on my
bicycle, listening to my portable radio to
see how far it would reach!
In 1980, when I was 23, I bought Radio
Hoyer III. I didn't have a plan, but I had
to do something because radio was my
life! Around that time Horacio Hoyer, the
owner of the station, had his leg ampu-
tated. He lived on Curacao and only had
one daughter. When he started talking
about selling the station I was afraid that
they'd kick me out, so a friend and I went
to Curaqao and told Mr. Hoyer that we
wanted to buy the station. He told us we
were absolutely crazy because you could-
n't make any money with a radio station
We went back to Bonaire, pretty sure
that it wouldn't work out, but after a few
"I didn't understand why at
school there was this one
language and in the street
days Mr. Hoyer phoned me and said,
'You have to go to MCB Bank because I
arranged everything and you're going to
get a loan of NAf35.000... but to be hon-
est, you're not buying anything really
because I'll keep the building and the
equipment is no good, but if you want to
do it, this is the way it has to go!' He
called it 'goodwill' a word I'd never
heard of in my life. We went to MCB
Bank and talked to Mr. Piar. It turned out
that everything had been arranged the
only thing I needed was my passport and
I had to sign a contract to rent the build-
ing. I did it! Why? I don't know! In 1982
we moved to where we're now; later on I
got another loan and I built what is now
the Voz di Bonaire building..
We always had lots of people doing
radio shows, and many kids would come
straight to the station from high school to
make music. I remember Gino Saleh,
Dwight Leoneta, Robert Sanchez, Erwin
Albertus, Betty Francees and a couple of
other kids. I miss it because nowadays
kids don't seem interested anymore. We
didn't have many advertisers but you
didn't need a whole lot of money to keep
a radio station on the air. Bonaire Trading
was our biggest support in the beginning,
.***" .- : ::: ,- i -, "
Feliciano da Silva-Piloto
and MCB Bank supported us too, proba-
bly so we could pay off our loan!
In the beginning it went slow, but then
it went better with a high peak in the
early 90s when we renovated and
switched to an automatic computer sys-
tem, something new for the Antilles.
Only Radio Korsou had it, then we
bought it and people from Aruba and
Trans World Radio came to see how it
worked. Radio Korsou was the first one
to broadcast via Internet, but we were the
second! My vision was that radio was a
way to inform the people, to teach them
new things, to teach them to speak up for
themselves something that didn't work
out so well because people here don't
like to come out for their opinion in pub-
lic. It scares them."
Feliciano da Silva-Piloto (50) is a spe-
cial guy with a great sense of truth and a
wonderful sense of humor and it makes it
that he can say a lot without offending
"I like informative programs, but I
don't have the time for them and I can't
find people who know how to do them.
We have three radio stations: Voz di
Bonaire, 94.7 in Papiamentu; Alpha FM,
93.1 in Spanish; and Mega FM, 101.1 in
Dutch. The competition doesn't bother
me. They've all started here and they're
doing it differently and that's good. I can
be at the station 24 hours per day it still
doesn't feel like a job it's a hobby and I
can make money with it. I like to be here
and when I don't have to be here, I'll
make something up so that I can be here.
In 1985 I married a girl from Antriol,
Merugia Saragosa. We have three boys:
Jadyr, 21, Jaid, 16, and Jaryd, 11. Jadyr
works for a computer business in Playa
and Jaid just left for Holland to study
nursing. His mother and his youngest
brother went with him for six months to
help him settle in. I didn't want him to go
alone. We've raised our children in a pro-
tective way not that they're better than
other children but they don't know
about Bonaire's street life. When I'm not
at home I'm at the station.
It can be boring on Bonaire if you don't
make your own life, but I don't want to
leave I won't go I'll stay here. From
time to time you have to get off the is-
land. It's not easy because I don't like
airplanes, but it makes you aware of the
fact that the world doesn't end at Klein
I watch a lot of informative programs
on the Portuguese channel, the Spanish
channel, Dutch TV and the BBC. I don't
watch CNN because that's all Bush's
propaganda. Sometimes I hear Americans
saying, 'Hey, how cute!' I think they say
it to please the local people, but the local
people should not try to imitate the US.
Here they don't think of their own people
first, they think of the tourist as number 1
and that's not normal! You create much
more respect with the tourists when you
do your own thing; that's what they come
What I like about Bonaire? Nothing!
But I wouldn't want to live in another
country! Look! I come from Madeira, an
island they named 'flower island,' and
those are things you don't see here. I
don't enjoy the beauty of
Bonaire with my eyes,
Bonaire's beauty is more
abstract you don't see
it but you feel it inside."
story and photo by
Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
The Bonaire Gardner
FOR FOLIAR AND SYSTEMIC INSECT CONTROL ON
ORNAMENTALS, FRUIT AND NUT,
VEGETABLE PLANTS IN GREENHOUSES,
NURSERIES, AND INTERIOR PLANTSCAPES
Imidacloprid,1-[(6-Chloro-3-pyridinyl)methyl]-N-nitro-2- imidazolidinimine 21.4%
OTHER INGREDIENTS: ..................................... 78.6%
Contains 2 pounds of imidacloprid per gallon
SHAKE WELL BEFORE USING
I hope everyone is as pleased as I am with last week's rains. We sure needed it.
Everything was very dry and most of the plants have been looking bad these last
weeks. Also, along with the drought we had some very strong winds. You will see how
fast everything will recover with these latest nice rains. It is not yet a good time to
judge whether certain plants that look bad will recover from last week's rain. But we
still need to be very diligent in watering the plants. Inspect your irrigation system on a
regular basis and make sure that hand-watered plants get enough water too. This rain
helps, especially for the kunuku, but for planted plants you still have to be alert. As I've
written many times before, it is better to water a little on a regular basis rather than a lot
all at one time!
Also, with the drought during these last months certain plants are much more vulner-
able to diseases. As I've said so many times, the Mealybugs, locally called Pies-Pies,
are becoming more and more of a threat. In January I wrote it was my personal goal to
try to find a solution for this. We still don't want to spray a lot, so maybe we've found
an answer to this problem.
As Bonaire is trying to be the eco-island everybody loves, we try to use as few
chemicals as possible. In my last container from Florida, we brought in a new systemic
granulate called Marathon. We've had it before, but now with all the plants that can
possibly be and are already infected with the mealybug, we decided to try it again. We
did some tests and the results are very hopeful. First we will have to test it on a number
of different plants to see if any damage is done to the plants themselves, but so far we
haven't seen one. Marathon is a granulate that you can put on the ground near the roots
so the plants can absorb this systemic treatment. And it will work for three to four
months! That is what they promise. I don't know about the last part yet, but I sure know
that if this is true it will save us from a lot of nasty spraying. You only have to use a
little bit each time. The stuff is very expensive but it is very well worth it.
We always mix it with a good fertilizer like the Peters or Miracle Grow. They will
help the plant absorb the treatment better. But don't think you can just put some Mara-
thon on the ground when you see the mealybug. You have to take the whole package:
Prune off the infected parts, get rid of all infected leaves, rake and loosen the soil sur-
rounding the plant and make sure there is a water source nearby, either a dripper or the
hose. Then use the chemical with the fertilizer and water it in a bit.
If you have a gardener, they might not be familiar with this system, but you can tell
or teach him, the same way as we have to teach our workers. Because I think it is so
important, we can also offer this service everybody. You may come by our shop and
we can set up a treatment for the whole garden because that is what is very important.
You have to do all the infected plants otherwise the results might be disappointing. We
do not have a large stock of Marathon yet. First I want to make sure it works in a
proper way before taking people's money.
Let's hope this is a start to get rid of these nasty bugs! I will keep you informed. O Ap
Ap van Eldik owns Green Label Landscaping which designs, constructs and maintains residential
and commercial gardens. Two nurseries and a garden shop in Kralendijk carry terra cotta pots from
Mexico and South America. Phone 717-3410. NOW OPEN SATURDAYS, NON-STOP 9 TO 4.
ROSITA'S FITNESS FACTS
Are you aware of your posture? Most of us are usually
unaware that we have poor posture. More startling is that
we show little concern or interest in having good posture.
In the past, strong emphasis was placed on analysis and exer-
cises to correct posture. Posture should be of great concern.
Why? Good posture is important to health. When our posture is
good, our muscles are basically in balance and our body is
symmetrical. Posture can determine the outcome of your per-
formance and well being. It affects how you walk, run, jump,
lift weights and perform other skills. Good posture is also
needed to keep the organs in place and to allow them to work
efficiently and effectively. For example, in case of a swayback,
the intestines press against the floor of the abdominal cavity
instead of being held in place. This interferes with their nor-
Good posture: mal work.
Waldo and Dawn- If you have rounded shoulders and an excessively rounded
Teacher and Student upper back, there is constriction in the chest cage. It will be-
come impossible to completely fill the lungs with air, which is
vital in fitness activities. Also in walking or running your arms may be slightly in front of
your body instead of hanging alongside your body. As a result, instead of lifting the arms
sideways directly overhead, you are lifting them up and in front of the body. This changes
the muscular movement and the movement pathway.
When there is a deviation in posture, it is usually due to a lack of strength of particular
muscles to hold the body in the needed position. For example weak muscles of the lower
back are the main culprits in not being able to maintain an erect trunk in standing and
walking or in maintaining proper back posture when lifting weights. If
you cannot hold your trunk erect during running, you will not have an
effective push-off or knee drive for a long stride length. And in walk-
ing, if your feet or thighs are excessively rotated outward, greater stress
will be placed on the hip and knee joints. And if walking in this manner
is carried on for a long period of time, inju-
ries to these joints can occur.wner-operator of Fit 4
To find out if you have good posture, Life at the Plaza Resort,
stand with your back against a wall. Your Rosita Paiman, aphysicalfitness instructor,
heels, backs of the calves, buttocks, upper personal trainer and nutritionist, offers
back and head should comfortably touch classes, a weight/exercise room and a staff
the wall. If not, you need to work on your to guide you in reaching your idealphysical
posture. Till next time. ORosita fitness level
Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006
*to find it...just look up
See the Two Planets Closest to the Sun Side by Side
Mercury and Venus shortly after sunset this week
G reetings, greetings fellow star gazers. Almost every one knows that our
Earth, sometimes called "The third rock from the Sun," is the third planet
out from the Sun in distance. But do you recall the names of the planets closer to
the Sun than Earth, planets #1 and 2? Well planet #1 is Mercury and planet #2 is
Venus. And this week and next you'll be able to see them side by side if you get
up with the chickens.
In the middle of this week, Thursday August 3rd, about 45 minutes before sun-
rise, face northeast where the brightest thing you'll see in the sky will be planet #2
from the Sun, 8,000-mile-wide Venus, which is often called Earth's twin because it
is almost exactly the same size. Then, shining not so brightly, 5 degrees below it
which is about the width of 10 full Moons lined up end by end, is tiny pinkish
3,000-mile-wide Mercury. Now I recommend that you wait until next week to
look for them because by Wednesday, August 9t, they'll be much closer, in fact
only 2 degrees apart, which means they'll be only 4 full Moon widths away from
each other and thus much easier to find. In fact they'll also be about 2 degrees
away from each other on Thursday the 10th, Friday the 11th, Saturday the 12th
and Sunday the 13th.
But to see them you must have a clear, unobstructed horizon. And you have to
look during twilight because they won't be high enough above the horizon to see
while it's still dark out. Now because Mercury is planet #1 and Venus is #2 from
the Sun it would stand to reason that Mercury would be farther away from us than
Venus, but, aha! Such is not always the case and here's why. If we could go out
into space and look down at our Sun, Mercury, Venus and Earth, all lined up in a
row in their proper order from the Sun we would see that Mercury's distance from
us is 57 million miles, while Venus' distance from us is 26 million miles.
But we rarely ever see the planets like this in such an idealized situation because
they are always moving in their orbits around the Sun.
So this week and next, Mercury and Venus are in much different places in their
orbits relative to the Sun and Earth. Mercury, instead of being farther away from
us than Venus, is 82 million miles away, whereas Venus, on the far side of its orbit
from us, is a whopping 145 million miles away from us. Yet here on Earth they
appear perfectly lined up, one above the other, all due to our perspective.
So sometime this week and next get outside and look for the first and second
rocks from the Sun, from the third rock from the Sun. It's as simple as 1,2, 3! i
(Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
8-04 6:50 0.8FT. 21:05 2.0FT. 40
8-05 7:25 0.8FT. 21:43 2.1FT. 49
8-06 7:57 0.8FT. 22:20 2.1FT. 62
8-07 8:25 0.8FT. 23:02 2.1FT. 75
8-08 8:56 0.8FT. 23:53 2.1FT. 86
8-09 0:34 2.0FT. 9:29 0.9FT. 95
8-10 1:24 1.9FT. 9:53 0.9FT. 14:49 1.1FT. 16:28 1.1FT. 101
8-11 2:19 1.7FT. 10:13 1.0FT. 15:40 1.3FT. 18:23 1.2FT. 102
8-12 3:27 1.5FT. 10:28 1.1FT. 16:20 1.4FT. 21:02 1.2FT. 99
8-13 0:03 1.2FT. 4:42 1.4FT. 10:32 1.1FT. 17:15 1.5FT. 92
8-14 2:07 1.1FT. 6:40 1.2FT. 10:06 1.2FT. 18:05 1.7FT. 82
8-15 3:27 0.9FT. 18:52 1.8FT. 70
8-16 4:25 0.8FT. 19:43 1.9FT. 59
8-17 5:21 0.8FT. 20:25 2.0FT. 52
8-18 6:08 0.7FT. 21:12 2.1FT. 50
8-19 6:49 0.7FT. 21:54 2.1FT. 55
8-20 7:34 0.8FT. 22:31 2.0FT. 62
Sunday, July 30 to
Saturday, August 5, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You may want to pull out some of those unfinished
projects you've got tucked away. Travel should be on your agenda. Do not react
too harshly when dealing with partners. Stop telling others about your problems.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Give everyone in the house a physical chore that
will help bur off some of the excess energy. You may find yourself in an oppor-
tune position if you are willing to take a bit of a risk. Do not invest in ventures that
only appear to be lucrative. Avoid functions that will bring you in contact with
those you find difficult to get along with. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Your high energy and discipline will enable you to
complete any seemingly insurmountable tasks. You will do extremely well if you
get involved in competitive activities this week. Check your project over carefully
if you were not the only one contributing to the end result. Concentrate on spend-
ing quality time with children. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will be able to communicate well this week.
Your high enthusiasm will be sure to inspire anybody around you. Don't rely on
others to handle the workload. Good friends will give you honest answers. Your
lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) This is a great day to beautify your living quarters or to
entertain at home. You can come into money; however, perhaps not under the best
circumstances. Go to the top if you're being harassed or held back. You will be
popular and will easily attract members of the opposite sex. Your lucky day this
week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You should get out and meet new people this
week. Changes involving your domestic scene may be unpleasant. Don't be critical
or overly opinionated with dislikes; it could cause disapproval and unwanted oppo-
sition. This is a wonderful time to look into courses or hobbies that interest you.
Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may need to make a few alterations to your
living arrangements. Residential moves are evident. Don't bother getting even;
they'll make themselves look bad. Refuse to get involved in idle chatter; it will
only make you look bad. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Don't jump too quickly if someone tries to make
you join in on their crusade. Don't bother trying to make someone you live with see
your point of view. You will be highly sensitive to comments made by your lover.
Make amends if you can. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You need to concentrate on your business
ventures more than on your relationship this week. Do your own thing without
drawing attention to it. The knowledge you have will enhance your reputation.
Spend some time with the one you love. Pleasure trips will be satisfying. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22.- Jan. 20) You may find that your plans will cost a little
more than you had expected. Stop telling others about your problems. Do not sign
contracts or get involved in any uncertain financial deals. You need to fulfill your
needs and pre sent your talents. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Try to keep to yourself; work diligently on do-
mestic chores and responsibilities. Anger might lead to carelessness and minor In-
juries. You must not let fellow workers take advantage of your fine talents. Talking
to those you trust and respect will help you sort out any problems. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Drastic changes regarding your personal attitude
are evident. Take a look at yourself and prepare to make those changes you've been
contemplating. Sit tight. Things aren't as bad as they appear. You'll look guilty if
you don't lay your cards on the table. Your lucky day this week is Thursday. D
Bonaire Reporter August 4 to August 11, 2006