Title: Bonaire reporter
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Place of Publication: Port-au-Prince
Publication Date: November 10, 2006
Copyright Date: 2005
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Prime signers of the agreement giving Curacao and St. Maarten autonomy were Antilles President Emily de Jongh-Elhage;
St. Maarten leader, Sarah Wescot-Williams; Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations, Atzo Nicolai; and Curacao Commis-
sioner Zita Jesus-Leito Dutch news service photo

F ollowing agreements with Cura-
cao and St. Maarten, the Dutch
government and the Netherlands Antil-
les have signed a long-awaited agree-
ment granting the Caribbean territo-
ries of Curacao and St. Maarten auton-
omy and giving smaller islands in the
group the status of Dutch municipali-
ties, officials said last Friday.

The Netherlands Antilles which in-
cludes Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eusta-
tius and St. Maarten has been a self-
governing territory since 1954, deferring
only the issues of foreign policy and de-
fense to the Netherlands. A target date of

> Holland's ruling Christian De-
mocrats and their Labor Party rivals
are likely to be forced into a shaky
coalition after the Dutch general elec-
tions on November 22, following a
trend seen elsewhere in Europe re-
cently, analysts said.
The Netherlands has seen a period of
unprecedented political instability since
the murder of anti-immigration populist
Pim Fortuyn in 2002, with three gen-
eral elections in four years, and a
"grand coalition" is unlikely to stabi-
lize government.
Elections due in 2007 were brought
forward after the CDA coalition with
the free-market VVD and the left-
liberal D66 collapsed in June in a row
over immigration policy, leaving CDA
in a minority caretaker government
with VVD.
Polls indicate that CDA and VVD
together would lack the necessary ma-
jority of 76 seats, as would another
possible alliance of Labor, the Socialist
Party and Green Left.
"Absolute differences in policy posi-
tions are small," said Amsterdam Uni-

January 2007 was set
for the transition for the
small islands and Feb-
ruary 2007 for St.
Maarten and Curacao.
The formal dissolution
of the Antilles is set for
July 2007.
The restructuring was
motivated by the less
populated islands which
have long complained
they are under funded
and overlooked and
exploited by the Antil-
lean central govern-

versity Professor Jan Kleinnijenhuis.
The Christian Democrats promote cen-
trist policies and Labor has shifted to-
ward center ground in recent years
amid the erosion of its traditional work-
ing-class constituency.
The new Dutch Government will
have the final say in any restructuring
of the Antilles.

> Air Jamaica, in an effort to cut
costs and stem its losses, is consider-
ing replacing its existing modern
fleet of Airbus aircraft with aging
Boeing 737-300s and 757s. This
formed part of a plan submitted by Air
Jamaica's senior management team to a
Cabinet sub-committee in an effort to
resuscitate the faltering airline. Since
returning to Government control in
December 2004 to the present, Air Ja-

The historic signing Dutch news service photo

maica has received financial assistance
to the tune of US$550 million.
The plan is to replace A320/321s
with the 22-year-old 737-300 and 757s.
The older Boeings carry fewer people
and bur more fuel, a critic noted.
Last month former Air Jamaica chair-
man Gordon "Butch" Stewart said, "It
breaks our hearts as Jamaicans to see
Air Jamaica being destroyed and no
longer able to justify its existence. It is
now carrying 40% fewer people than it
did in 2004 and losing money at a pace
that no one can justify." Air Jamaica
lost $155 million last year. It flies Sat-
urdays to Bonaire and connects with 10
US cities from its Montego Bay hub.

> On Sunday October 29th Air
France KLM's world-wide new win-
ter schedule became effective. For the
Antilles and Aruba route, there are few
changes to report. Curaqao will keep its
daily flights with a Boeing 747, of
which three are a circle flight via Sint
Maarten and two are a circle flight via
Aruba. Aruba will also have a non-stop
flight three times a week with an MD-
(Continued on page 3)

ment, based in Curaqao's capital of Wil-
Curaqao and St. Maarten argued that
they are economically viable to stand
alone. The three less populated islands
want to become Dutch municipalities.
"This is a historic agreement," Dutch
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende told
reporters in The Hague. "It is very impor-
tant that we've taken this step."
He said the government hoped to hold a
"round table" conference early next year
with leaders of the Netherlands Antilles
to work out more details of the agree-
Antilles President Emily de Jongh-
Elhage, in The Hague, said the agreement
meant "the bonds will be closer, not only
between the islands, but also with the
European part of the kingdom."
Some officials have said that the dis-
tances between the islands have made it
harder for the territories to stop criminal
gangs from moving drugs through the
region. In its statement, the Dutch Interior
Ministry said part of the deal involved
substantial reforms to police and prosecu-
tion offices throughout the region. "But
before this new system comes, police
standards will have to be improved," the
ministry said.
The Netherlands Antilles, along with
Aruba, were colonized by the Dutch in
the 17f century, and for years were
known as the Dutch West Indies.
The agreement signed Friday followed
referendums on all islands. Curacao, with
about 250,000 people, and St. Maarten,
with 39,000, will govern themselves inde-
pendently except on matters of defense,
foreign policy and law enforcement,
which will be decided at The Hague an
arrangement similar to Aruba's.
Bonaire, with 13,000 residents, Saba,
with 1,200, and St. Eustatius, with 3,000,
will take on municipality status within the
Netherlands. The Dutch government
agreed to take over 85% of the islands'
debts of NAf5 billion (2.2 billion/
US$2.9 billion).
The status changes were announced a
week before Dutch Queen Beatrix was to
visit the Netherlands Antilles.

Table of Contents
Letters (Thanks-Wounded Warriors) 5
Day of Thanks 6
Barracudas in Cura9ao 7
Kids Get Sailing Experience 7
ArkeFly's Back to Rock & Roll 8
Sea Turtle Heit 9
Antique Houses (Kas di Hala) 10
Looking Good While Being Fit 11
Where to Find the Reporter 11
Predator & Prey 12
Defending Sailing Flag in USA 13
Lora Update 15
Calendar for Christmas 17
Humboldt's Orchid in Bloom 22
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologist's Bubbles (Frog Fish) 3
Bonaire on Wheels (Toyota F-J) 6
Snack Detectives (Maiky's) 6
Picture Yourself (Bangkok, Thailand) 7
Straight Talk 14
SuDoku Puzzle 14
Classifieds 14
Pet of the Week (Jack) 18
Tide Table 18
Reporter Masthead 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
On the Island Since (Marcel Carpay) 21
Sky Park (Moon, Saturn, & Leo ) 23
The Stars Have It 23
SuDoku Answer 23

Bonaire Reporter November 10 to November 17, 2006


Page 2

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
11. The flight frequency for Bonaire
will remain the same. For further infor-
mation visit www.klm.com.

> Arkefly, a Dutch air charter com-
pany affiliated with the TUI tour com-
pany, began regular weekly flights to
Bonaire last Saturday afternoon with a
Boeing 767-ER. It offers three-class seat-
ing capacity of 245 passengers with 25
kilos of baggage.
Their warm welcome by government
and business officials was marred by a
job action by Bonaire taxi drivers who are
upset that numerous resorts choose to

greet their guests and transport them to
their vacation accommodations them-
selves rather than have the visitors use
taxi services.

> Within the last few months there
were two instances of people finding a
Lora with a damaged wing. Each of the
injured birds was brought to the Klinika
Veterinario Bonaire on the Lagoen Road
for help. In both cases, due to the extent
of the injuries, the veterinarian had to
amputate the damaged wing. The Loras at
first were in shock and suffered from the
trauma. But after awhile, with loving
care, each of the Loras began to flourish.
It was hoped that even though the birds
were handicapped that they could still
breed. In other parts of the world experi-
ments with injured birds have proved
that, although they are physically dis-
abled, they could still become "parrot
But it was not to be. During the night
recently, a person or persons broke
into the cage where the handicapped

D id You Know...Frogfish have
one of the fastest strikes of
the animal kingdom?

Frogfish are small, camouflaged
predators that have a unique method of
catching prey. The frogfish's first dor-
sal spine has evolved into a tasty look-
ing lure that the frogfish waves in front
of its mouth to attract small fish and
Frogfish photo by Albert Bianculli

1- During Regatta the
Fundashon Tene
Boneiru Limpi (Keep
Bonaire Clean Founda- A
tion) conducted a ball -
toss to raise awareness
about tossing trash,
"sushi," into containers. A
drawing of the partici-
pants' names was held last
week and the lucky win-
ner was Kristan Finies,
three years old, who won
the bike provided by the
Bonaire Super Store.
During Regatta around
2,000 liters of trash was
collected in containers,
showing that people are
getting the message.

Loras were sleeping, removed the Lo-
ras and killed them with a knife. The
dead bodies were left outside the cage
where the birds' caretakers found them in
the morning.

other prey items. The frogfish sits very
still and is adept at blending into what-
ever it sits on. When the prey gets
within one frogfish length, the frogfish
strikes. To strike, the frogfish expands
its oral cavity, which creates suction
pressure and allows the frogfish to en-
gulf its prey. A frogfish's strike takes
about 6ms. I've seen a frogfish eat a
fish out of a school and the other fish
didn't even notice! Frogfish are consid-
ered voracious predators and are able to
eat prey twice their own length. They
must curl these fish up in their large

> Pre-paid electric service from
WEB, Bonaire's water and electric ser-
vice provider, was made available on a
selected basis to 50 homes in the Ambo-
(Continued on page 4)

bellies! Caren Eckrich

Bonaire Reporter NovemDer 10 to NovemDer 1/, 2006

Page 3

u (Flotsam and Jetsam.
Continued from page 3)
ina neighborhood
S ee last month as part of
0558 a study to determine
S DIl if pre-paying can
resolve bill paying
problems and dis-
connects of electric
service to poor peo-
ple. Consumers us-
ing a system named
Pagabon, similar to a
successful similar system in use in Aruba
and Curaqao, pre-select the amount of
electricity they need ahead of time, allow-
ing better control of their expenses.

> Last week the Bonaire Jazz Foun-
dation reported the financial results of
the 2006 Festival. A small profit was
recorded. They thank the sponsors and
public for their support. In 2007 the Bon-
aire Jazz Fest will be held one week be-
fore the Curaqao Jazz Festival, on May
17, 18 and 19. Each of the two main con-
certs will run from 7:30 pm to 1 am. On
May 17 entrance will be free.
The fest will be renamed The Heineken
Bonaire JAZZ & SALSA Festival to
reach a broader audience with greater em-
phasis on local Krioyo bands. The stu-
dents band performances and jam sessions
will continue. The venues for the Festival
have not been finalized. If you have any
commentS, questions or suggestions with
regard to the 2007 program contact The
Bonaire Jazz Foundation (717-4496).

Marion Wilson was named the
new Executive Admin-
istrator of the Bonaire
Hotel & Tourism As-
(BONHATA), on No-
vember 1st. Marion is a
long time resident of
Bonaire with many
years of experience in
the tourism industry. She's previously
been on the Board of Directors of BON-
HATA as well as being a Past President
and the former Executive Administrator in
2001-2002. Diana Sint Jago will continue
herjob in the BONHATA office as
Marion's assistant. Marion can be reached
at E-mail marion@bonhata.org

> Last week an international group
of ecologists and economists warned
that the world will run out of seafood
by 2048 if steep declines in marine spe-
cies continue at current rates, based on
a four-year study of catch data and the
effects of fisheries collapses. The paper,
published in the journal, Science, con-
cludes that overfishing, pollution, and
other environmental factors are wiping out
important species around the globe, ham-
pering the ocean's ability to produce sea-
food. filter nutrients and resist the spread

of disease.
The 14 researchers from Canada, Pa-
nama, Sweden, England, and the US spent
four years analyzing fish populations,
catch records and ocean ecosystems to
reach their conclusion. They found that by
2003, the last year for which data on
global commercial fish catches are avail-
able, 29% of all fished species had col-
lapsed, meaning they are now at least 90%
below their historic maximum catch lev-

l Stichting Project is a training center, founded in Bonaire in 2004, to edu-
cate and help youngsters from ages 12 to 17 who have problems at an intellec-
tual, social, behavioral or emotional level. The foundation assists both children and
parents in learning social skills and helps to stimulate the child's personal develop-
ment in order to create positive self-esteem. It offers a safe environment in which the
child participates in group activities and training programs. This helps them to inter-
act with others and cope with their problems in a very practical way. In the final part
of their training they learn to apply their skills: i.e. at a sport club, in school, as a
trainee or at work.
After the summer holiday Stichting Project started, in addition to the already exist-
ing projects, Junior Divers and Turtle Watchers, with the project Junior Hostess pro-
gram for girls. (photo). There are six girls participating. One of the classes is boat
handling given by STINAPA. In the lessons they learn knots, how to drive a boat and
other nautical tasks. Stitchting Project photo

Chavez and supporters

1 Some gas station owners in Okla-
homa are dropping the Venezuelan
state-owned Citgo brand, saying sales
have dropped significantly since the
Venezuelan president criticized Presi-
dent Bush in a speech last month.
The president of Tulsa-based Arkansas
Valley, a wholesale distributor which
delivers Citgo gas to about 30 stations in
Oklahoma and Missouri, said sales fell
from 10% to 15% after Venezuelan Presi-
dent Hugo Chavez's United Nations
speech in which he referred to Bush as
"the devil."
Vance McSpadden, executive director of
the Oklahoma Petroleum Association, said
the boycott of Citgo wouldn't hurt Chavez
because Citgo doesn't own any of the
13,700 US outlets.
"It's not Citgo they're getting back at,"
McSpadden said. "It's that independent
businessman who has got his livelihood
invested in that business. That's who
you're punishing."
CNN newscasters expressed concern
that a Venezuelan company has a con-
trolling interest in the company that
manufactures the voting machines used
in 14 states. It is demanding an investiga-
tion. Perhaps they're afraid that Chavez
will be elected the next US president?

SNews From Bonaire's Radio World::
*The Love Parade will replace the Eng-
lish language Forum talk show for the
next three weeks on Mega FM 101 Noon


(I I

to 2 pm Sunday.
*And there's a new radio station on the
air-"Traveling 97.1 FM" all in Eng-
lish with music from 50s on, news, inter-
views, more. Owners are Zamir Ayubi
and Gregorio Ostas (photo on the left).
More on these developments next week.

Bonaire Reporter November 10 to November 17, 2006

Page 4



An open letter to the people of Bonaire:

Last June when I was asked to help out by
doing a Discover Scuba Program for
Wounded Warriors, veterans from the Iraq
and Afghanistan war, I never thought it
would take me on an adventure of a lifetime.
Starting at Breezy Point in Queens, New
York, it would then take me to Bonaire,
Netherlands Antilles, where the people are
as beautiful as the fauna and flora
I could see the calm, clear ocean water of
your beautiful island as we made our de-
scent into Flamingo Airport and I knew it
was going to be a great week.
On arrival, we were met by a host of local
dignitaries including Governor Domacasse.
From the moment I shook hands with him, I
could tell he was a caring, loving person
who felt deeply about the island, the people
who live there and where the island's future
was headed. I was impressed with the time
he gave me to talk about the island and the
form of government on Bonaire. (THANK
Our group was also welcomed by Ronella
Croes, General Manager of Tourist Board
Corporation (TCB), and Onnie Emerenci-
ana, Commissioner of Tourism. (THANK
As we exited the airport, we were met by a
flag waving welcoming committee who live
on the island who offered us refreshments
after our long flight. Then:

We were whisked off to Captain Don's
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Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club.
(THANK YOU) While on the way to Cap-
tain Don's Habitat we had a motor tour of
downtown Kralendijk.
Captain Don's Habitat was our home for
the week, a very beautiful resort, and the
employees were always there to help us in
anyway they could. The dive operation was
first class, and instructors and dive masters
took us to dive sites that are some of the
most beautiful reefs in the world and on a
special dive to the Hilma Hooker. (THANK
Meeting Captain Don was ? well let's just
say I heard him tell one story, with two
different endings. He is truly an island
treasure. Your night with the Wounded
Warriors will stay with them forever.
(THANK YOU, Captain Don)
Jack Chalk and his family really made our
time there fun filled. Jack has a heart of
gold and each member of his family are his
shinning stars. (THANK YOU)
After the warriors were certified, we ven-
tured off to Divi Flamingo for a day of
diving and enjoyed a dinner fit for a king.
Divi is a colorful resort. Just being there
makes you feel good inside. (THANK
We hit the beach at Buddy Dive for a day
of diving. (THANK YOU)
We toured Washington-Slagbaai National
Park. It was really a treat. The pristine park
is just peaceful and calm. Bonaire Tours
did a great job getting us to the Park and
back. (THANK YOU)
We were treated to lunches and dinners at
City Cafe, Cactus Blue, KFC, a dinner
hosted by Bonaire Talk and a Texas BBQ
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ited. (THANK YOU)
We also had a beautiful dinner at the Gov-
ernor's residence, where we met the Gov-
ernor's lovely wife who made everyone
feel as if they were in his or her own home.
At the dinner I met so many loving and
caring people. I talked with the acting Lt.
Governor, Ubaldo Anthony, a very inter-
esting gentleman who loves music, and I
now enjoy listening to "Pal'i Wiri." I don't
understand the words, but the beat is great.
Maybe someone on the Island can translate
the songs for me. (THANK YOU)

The week went by too fast. As I stepped
onto the airplane to leave the beautiful is-
land of Bonaire, my heart swelled up with
happiness and my eyes filled with tears.
The week I had spent on the island was over,
and I knew I would miss this island where
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where for a week I didn't hear a car horn
blow, an unkind word spoken, or my cell
phone ring, where people greet you in the
streets and make you feel at home.
As we boarded the plane I looked around at
the friends I had been with that week, and
they all had smiles on their faces and talked
about coming back.
I will return one day to your enchanting
island where the people open their hearts to
Thank you, to everyone who made the week
a pleasure! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
God Bless and Keep Bonaire.
P.S. Keep up with the good work "Special
Olympics Bonaire" Great Web Site.
Stewart W. Snyder III,
PADI Master Instructor
Handicapped Scuba Association Course

tonaire Reporter NovemDer 10 to NovemDer 1/, 200U

Wounded warriors arrival (The writer is secondfrom left, top row)

Page 5


The first of a new series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brower, featur-
ing some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

New FJ Cruiser
Winks At the Past.

The first Toyota Land
Cruiser, the BJ1, was
produced in 1951. The very
popular J4 or J40 was in produc-
tion in Japan from 1964 to 1984.
Toyota produced the J4 in more
than 20 countries, such as Vene-
zuela and Brazil. In Brazil the
car was produced until 2003 and
was known as the Toyota
There are still some old Toyota
B4s left on the island. One of
them, a light blue one, is owned
by Jose Cieremans, general man-

ager of Sun Rentals Bonaire. The
light blue coloured 4WD is often
parked in front of her office at Kaya
Grandi 65.
Jose: "Besides my children and my hus-
band I love this car the most! I took it all
the way from Curagao to St. Maarten to
Curagao to Bonaire. My Land Cruiser was
built in Venezuela in 1985. It's a six-
cylinder in-line and it has never disap-
pointed me. I have owned the car for al-
most 10 years now and I am very proud of
Jose Cieremans is so proud of her short
wheel base Land Cruiser that she's even
looking for another one. In South America
she has seen some truck versions: two-
seaters with a wooden bed for transporting
heavy loads.
Jose's straight in-line six cylinder over-
head valve Landcruiser is a "no nonsense"
version: no power steering, no fuel injec-
tion, no elec-
tric windows,
no alarms -
just an iron
work horse
with a vinyl
top. o
The brand
new Toyota
FJ Cruiser,
which is al-
ready on the
road in the
US, is one of
the 10 win-
ners of the The brand new T

The 1985 Toyota Land Cruiser BJ4, owned by

Jose Cieremans
J@n Brouwer photo
Popular Mechanics Automotive Excel-
lence Awards 2007. The four-wheel-drive
multi-purpose vehicle surprised the editors
of America's PM in many ways. The car,
in blue or yellow, obviously winks at the
well known classic Toyota Landcruiser
FJ4, launched in the 60s, but when you
turn the ignition key you know this is
really the 21st century!
The new Toyota FJ Cruiser is equipped
with a 4.0-liter DOHC 24-valves V-six
engine with 239 horsepower @ 5200 rpm,
independent suspension, 17-inch wheels
and all kinds of gadgets people expect
from a modem car today.
The Cruiser is expected on the island in
the spring of 2007. For more information:
Toyota.com (the official web site of Toy-
ota Motor Corporation USA) or toyotabo-
naire.com. Jd)n Brouwer

ovota FJ Cruiser. Tovota.com ohoto

O n Sunday, Novem-
ber 19, from 9 am
to 3 pm, Bonaire and the
New Creation Group will
celebrate their 4th An-
nual Day of Thanks (Dia
di Grasia). On this Sun-
day, anyone who needs
anything can go to the big parking lot in
front of the St. Dominicus School
(behind San Bernardus Church in Kral-
endijk) and receive everything gratis.

And if you have clean, non-perishable
items in usable condition of any kind,
you can bring them to the Dia di Grasia
for others to receive. This includes
clothes, baby items, appliances, tools,
canned goods, decorations, office items,

s regular readers may
remember, Big D and I
did lunch a few weeks ago and
we liked it. Following on from
that success, we decided to do it
again. This week, our dining ex-
perience was to be enjoyed at
Maiky's Snack. Anyone who is
not sure how to get there will be
advised to take the road to Soro-
bon past the baseball field; there
they will see a sign on the left.
Maiky's has a feel of a ranch. Sitting
alone on its own grounds with parking for
plenty, it gives you a real feeling of being
on a kunuku. We arrived around 1pm on a
Saturday. The place was already full. We
found ourselves a table and took a few
Now, lunchtime is not our chosen time to
imbibe in alcoholic refreshment so a little
restraint was shown. I afforded myself a
Polar, but Big D stood by his principles
and ordered a Coke. We placed our orders
at the window: Kabritu Stoba for us both
served with fries and rice. Looking around
we saw it's clear that Maiky's is a favour-
ite with the locals. While we sat in the
breeze, car after car arrived to sample the
fare. We didn't have to wait too long. The
service was very efficient considering how

toys, bikes, shoes, pet items,
paint, housewares and hard-
ware...anything and every-
thing! If you have extra
things around your home,
share them. Someone wants
*4-' them, and you both benefit.
What a wonderful way to
give thanks!
For those of you who wish to drop off
your donated items before Sunday,
November 19th, you can do so by con-
tacting Termo Teck, at Kaya Korona
81, tel. 717-4658, where they will re-
ceive and hold the items until the Dia
di Grasia. For more information, you
may also call 786-1919 or 790-7272.
Happy Thanksgiving, Bonaire!
Maggie Fuller

many people had to be served. Our Kabritu
Stoba looked tasty enough served with a
little salad and fried bananas. The Kabritu
was sweet and fell off the bone just as it
should do. The portions are just right for
lunch, enough to fill you but not over fac-
Big D was not at his best due to some
over indulgence the evening before. How-
ever, a hearty meal soon put the colour
back into his cheeks and gave him the
courage to face the day.
We sat and finished our drinks as still
more people came and went. There is a real
community feel about Maiky's; everyone
seems to know everyone else. Families
and friends assemble around big tables to
eat, drink and talk. Whether you go for the
food or for the atmosphere, you won't be
disappointed. Story & Photo by SBD

Bonaire Keporter Nlovember 1u to November i, zuuo

4th Annual Day of Thanks in Bonaire

The Snack Bar Detectives

Their Mission: To seek out the mysteries that lie behind the
doors of Bonaire's snacks

This week: Maiky's Snack Kaminda Nieuw Amsterdam 30.

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Barracudas in 2nd Curaao Open Swim Meet

Barracudas at an earlier swim meet

E ight Bonaire Barracuda swimmers traveled to Curaqao for the 2nd Curaqao
Swimming Federation Open Swim Meet at Sentro Deportivo Korsou on Sat-
urday, October 21st. Team members and accompanying parents watched the
weather anxiously as severe thunderstorms moved through Curacao Saturday morn-
ing bringing torrential rain. The sky cleared by late afternoon and the meet started
at 17.00 as scheduled.
Once again the electronic timing system was not functioning so all times had to be
taken by stopwatch and manually calculated by meet officials. Official times will
be sent to the club via email the week after the meet.
No awards are given in the Open Meets. The competitions provide (1) an oppor-
tunity for swimmers to swim new events or to improve their personal best times in
an event they have previously swum, (2) a chance for coaches to evaluate the swim-
mer's performance and (3) the possibility for swimmers to meet qualifying criteria
for the Netherlands Antilles National Championships in December.
Swimmers participating in this meet were Churmer Bomba, Ryda-Luz Emer,
Samson V. Evertsz, Alejandro De Lima, Asdrubal Marcano, Olivier Wagemekers,
Rooske Wagemakers and Philip Winkel. The final Curaqao Swimming Federation
Open Meet of 2006 will be held on Saturday, 11 November at Sentro Deportivo
Korsou. Story & Photo by Valarie Stimpson

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N amthip Paine sent us this
photo to show that The
Reporter gets around the world.
She writes, "I've been living on
Bonaire for one year and three
months. I took a trip to Thailand
to visit my family for three
weeks and took this photo. In
the picture I was in front of the
Thai temple near my house in

Kids Get Big Yacht Sailing Experience

BSSA Optimist racers out for the day on a yacht

Last Saturday was the start of a new sailing experience for the optimist-sailors
from the Bonaire Sailing School Association (BSSA).
It seemed a nice idea to give the young sailing kids some more experience on a
real sea-going sailing yacht. When Karel de Regt, chairman and coach of the BSSA,
met the Boawalie crew, the idea became a reality.
The Bowalie, a 41ft. cruising yacht owned by Bonaire residents Walter and
Liezeth, is the newest charter boat in the Bonaire sailing fleet. Her crew has been
offering special charters aboard their yacht in Bonaire's fantastic waters since last
On board the Bowalie the young sailors got explanations and after that the sails
were hoisted for a trip round Klein Bonaire.
Every young sailor spent some time during the trip at the helm; a real thrill. The
special movements to tack to starboard or port were a lot of fun and provided a good
feeling of what is going on with the sails. While sailing back to the marina every-
body said they really enjoyed the trip. Karel de Regt

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Back To Rock 'n' Roll

Friday, November 10 at the Plaza Resort Beach
Beach Opens- 8 pm
DJ Michiel -9 pm
Shuman and Angel Eye Concert- 10 pm

T his week is a big week for Rock 'n'
Roll fans on Bonaire as we wel-
come Shuman, Angel-Eye and band in
concert at Plaza. The show is a must for
fans ofRock 'n' Roll music. Plaza is defi-
nitely the place to be on Saturday, No-
vember 10th from 8 pm.

The stars of the show are already on
Bonaire and enjoying the island. I got the
chance to meet up with them and chat. I
asked them about the maiden flight to
Bonaire with ArkeFly.

Shuman & Angel-Eye: "Great, we
have traveled around the world and
Europe many times and this was one of
the most pleasant flights. Everyone was
served with a cocktail to mark the occa-
sion. As vegetarians, we were very im-
pressed with the food; the vegetarian op-
tion was superb. With four pilots on
board, they had everything covered."

Bonaire Reporter: "I know that you
have only just arrived, but what are your
first impressions ofBonaire?"
S&A: "Hot! It was something of a
shock to the system. When we arrived at
the airport we were greeted by a local
band, members of the Government and
directors of ArkeFly. It was a great atmos-

B R: "Why do you think Rock'n 'Roll
has stood the test of time while other
styles have faded away"?
S & A: "We think that Rock'n'Roll is
about free expression. You don't have to
follow strict guidelines. The great thing
also about Rock'n'Roll is that it crosses
over with so many other music styles.
Because it is so adaptable, we can play
Rock'n'Roll that is relevant to 2006.
There is a whole new generation of kids
who are hearing Rock'n'Roll for the first
time and enjoying it.

Interviewing them together, it is easy to
see why they come together so well on
stage. They have a mutual respect for

each other as artistes as well as people.
Both unassuming with a genuine hint of
modesty, they were a pleasure to talk to.
We continued:

B R: "So guys, how long have you per-
formed together"?
Rene: "We have been performing to-
gether for seven years now. I was working
on projects involving collaboration with
people such as Chet Atkins, TCB (Elvis's
former backing group) and a duet with
Phil Everly as well as writing and re-
cording my own material before we met.
Angel-Eye: "I was under contract with
EMI, writing pop songs for other artists as
well as collaborating with Robbie Wil-
liams's songwriter, Guy Ritchie.
B R: "So, what can we expect on The

S&A: "A big party! A collection of
songs that everyone knows and everyone
can dance and sing along to. We like to
create an atmosphere on stage that makes
everyone want to join in.

B R: "With plenty of time before the
concert, what are your plans for your time
on Bonaire"?
S&A: "We have a pretty hectic sched-
ule. There will be plenty of photo shoots
and personal appearances. Of course we
want to make some time to enjoy Bonaire,
maybe do a little diving and see the is-
land. We hope also that the publicity of
our appearance here will help to promote
Bonaire as fun place to visit."

You can follow their time on the island
by logging onto their diary at tros
www.sterren.nl which is constantly up-
dated or visit their website at;
www.always-online. tv

After meeting Rene & Angel-Eye along
with the rest of the band, it is evident that
Bonaire is in for one great night. Don't
miss out on this unique event. Tickets are
available from: Plaza Resort, City Cafe,
Mona Lisa and Warehouse Bonaire for

Bonaire Reporter November 10 to November 17, 2006

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Sea Turtle 'Heit': Ambassador for World Heritage Site

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) has just completed a first exciting col-
laboration with conservation counterparts in the archipelago of Los Roques,
Venezuela. The catalyst for all the excitement was one of Bonaire's own nesting
hawksbill turtles, 'Heit.' Fitted with a satellite transmitter earlier this year, 'Heit'
defied researcher expectations. Instead of migrating to either Nicaragua, Puerto Rico
or the Dominican Republic, where Bonaire's other tracked turtles have gone, 'Heit'
left her nesting ground on Klein Bonaire and swam steadily east to the waters of Los
The trip was significant in that 'Heit's entire 180-kilometer migration occurred
within the boundaries of a very special area which is under consideration to become a
UNESCO World Heritage site.
Such a designation would be the first time a World Heritage site is shared by sev-
eral countries, encompassing the waters surrounding the Venezuelan islands of Las
Aves and Los Roques as well as marine reserves of Bonaire and Curaqao, for a total
area of 2.5 million hectares (25,500 square km).
World Heritage nature sites spring from a 1972 UNESCO aim to "stimulate interna-
tional cooperation to protect the world's superb natural and scenic areas and historic
sites for the present and the future of the entire world citizenry." By regarding heri-
tage as both cultural and natural, the WHS designation "reminds us of the ways in
which people interact with nature, and of the fundamental need to preserve the bal-
ance between the two."
A World Heritage Site designation would lend important support to sea turtle con-
servation on Bonaire. STCB's mission is to ensure the protection and recovery of
Bonaire's sea turtle populations, not just on Bonaire, but throughout their range. Be-
cause sea turtles migrate extensively during their lives, no one government/state can
fully protect "its" sea turtle resource; cooperation and collaboration are vital if we are
to achieve an increase in sea turtle populations.
'Heit's migration provided us at STCB with an excellent opportunity to initiate just
such a collaboration.
In my capacity as Project Director of STCB, I contacted Bladimir Rodriguez who is
the Director of La Fundacion Cientifica Los Roques (FCLR). He was excited about
our two organizations joining in collaboration and provided great support.
On October 16, I traveled to Los Roques, joined by my colleague, Gielmon
(Funchi) Egbreghts, STCB's Project Assistant. We traveled for a one-week work
session with our counterparts in the turtle project of FCLR. Funded by the World
Wildlife Foundation (WWF), the trip was intended to forge the beginning of an ongo-
ing collaborative relationship with LFCR.
Funchi and I flew to Los Roques, where we were met by Humberto Camissoti, the
biologist in charge of the station. The three of us then proceeded by boat to Dos Mos-
quises, an island 40 minutes away and where FCLR's base is located.

Pedro, Humberto, Mabel, Angela and Jeanritplan a busy week

There we met Pedro Vernet and Angela Arias, the biologists in charge of the Los
Roques sea turtle conservation project, their assistant Jeanrit Gonzalez, and Pablo
Mata, boat captain and legendary fisherman who also works for the Foundation.
The excitement of finally meeting each other led us to an immediate rapport, based

Pedro and Funchi in front, Captain Pablo at the wheel
on our shared interests, passions and experience, and following a tour of the project's
facility, our new team immediately sat down to make plans for the week.

One of the week's goals was to try to locate 'Heit' and retrieve the transmitter
that STCB had deployed to her carapace two months before. In addition, we worked
together on the FCLR staff's ongoing work schedule which included daily beach pa-
trols, in-water surveys and daily maintenance of the "sala de cria," a care center
where sea turtles are rehabilitated and hatchlings from endangered nests are reared
until they are ready for release after reaching six months of age.

Aerial view of islands surrounding the central lagoon

The area where 'Heit' is currently is somewhere in the unspoiled wilderness called
the Central Lagoon, an area of 186 square kilometers surrounded by most of the is-
lands that form the archipelago.

Using coordinates from the daily data received from 'Heit's satellite tracking device
in the previous weeks, our team determined the best locations to look for her. Even
with the help of the data, looking for 'Heit' was like looking for a needle in a hay-
stack. We never did locate 'Heit', but sub-adult and adult turtles were spotted on
every search.
At the conclusion of the week of demanding field work, any fatigue we felt was
overshadowed by a renewed enthusiasm for turtle conservation. Sharing that week of
work with Angela and Pedro was an incredible experience. It gave us the chance to
compare field techniques used by both projects and to learn from each other, reaching
one of, or maybe the most, important goals of this trip, which was to establish a rela-
tionship and cooperation between projects in order to improve the protection of our
sea turtles.

'Heit', a migrating sea turtle fitted with a satellite transmitter, swam east and gave
us a new piece of the story of our natural heritage. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
and La Fundacion Cientifica Los Roques hope to develop a model of collaboration
that will lead to significant improvements in sea turtle conservation and recovery in
the Southern Caribbean. Mabel Nava

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A.ntiquae Living Houses of Bonaire

Kas di Hala Preserving Bonaire's Architectural Heritage byWilnGroenenboon

T his house has had my attention for
many months. The day after I took
the photos the restaurant that was located
there, Croccantino, was sold, and a new
restaurant will open soon.

This Kas di Hala is more than 100 years
old and is mentioned in the government's
"Historic Monuments ofBonaire" (1987).
The current owner of the house bought it
on 8 April 1983 from the Visser family a
brother, Juan Antonio, and his two sisters,
Maria Enriqueta and Damian Maria. The
Visser family bought the house from
A.W. Hellmund on 13 October 1928.
Although there was a big restoration in
1983 it didn't change the exterior of the
house. Compare the old photo made in the
70s with the present pictures of today.
For the last six years everybody knew
this building by the name, Croccantino
Italian Restaurant, run by Elisabeth
Wigny. The building will soon house a

new restaurant, the Papaya Moon Cantina,
run by the Perpich and Brietzke families
from Texas.
A Kas di Hala with two floors is unique
in the Caribbean. And it's even more spe-
cial because the second floor extends
completely over the roof, from the right to
the left side. Up until six years ago this
house always had living spaces on both
levels again, unique of its kind.
On the Kaya Grandi side of the house
we see a smaller building. This was then,
and still is, the kitchen, the place to cook.
It's dominated by the chimney of the
fornu or oven (photo left below). Al-
though it is still in operating condition it's
no longer being used.

If we look carefully, we can see some
differences from the past. The wooden
shutters on the doors and most of the win-
dows have been changed into glass win-
dows to allow in more light. The gate pil-

lars around the property are the same as in
1971 and maybe even as in 1928 (photos,
top left and right). In front of the gate
some low concrete extensions were built
to provide more shade and green around
the house. That and the open roof con-
struction by the entrance were all done in
such a way that they can be removed.
Also the street name has been changed,
from Willemsplein to Kaya Grandi. But
all those small changes haven't affected
the old atmosphere of the house. This
house is a perfect example, proving that a
100-year-old old building can be func-
tional and useful in our modern society.

The black and white photo is from the book:
Nieuwe West-Indische Gids ISSN 0028-9930 Writ-
ten by Ank Klomp about The Old Bonairian House
(Het "Oude" Bonairiaanse Woonhuis).

Wilna Groenenboom is an artist
and photographer who teaches
art at the SGB high school

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Looking Good While Being Fit

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Defending the Bonairean flag in the USA

signal sounded everyone wanted to be the
first, so it was very crowded and exciting.

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weight, and now she can't do many of
the physical things we used to do to-
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sex life hasn 't been very active, either.
To me, sex is the glue that binds. She
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PhD research students Sam Wil-
liams and Rowan Martin from the
University of Sheffield, England, have
been investigating the ecological and evo-
lutionary pressures facing the endangered
yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot (Lora)
on Bonaire. Their work will extend over
the next two years. Recently they pre-
sented a progress report of their Bonaire

work in an international parrot conven- Sam Williams is studying the factors
tion in Tenerife in the Canary Islands. limiting the distribution and abundance of
Their work is important because a wor- an Amazon parrot. He says, "My research
ryingly high proportion of Amazon parrot aim is to determine the key limiting fac-
species are threatened with extinction, yet tors that influence the A. barbadensis
many aspects of their ecology are un- population on Bonaire. Potential limits
known. Scientific research into the factors include: chick and egg mortality resulting
limiting populations and parrot mating is from nest site competition with the ag-
vital for future conservation efforts. gressive pearly-eved thrasher, predation,

poaching of chicks, and reduced adult
survival during extreme weather events.
My fieldwork involves monitoring re-
productive success and investigating the
parrot's ecological requirements through
habitat assessment and bird surveys. My
study will also look at the levels of ge-
netic variation in the population and the
(Continued on paee 16)

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(Lora Update. Continued from page 15)
incidence of inbreeding. Ultimately it is
hoped that this research will provide
information on which to base the future
conservation management for this spe-

Rowan Martin is studying the mating
systems and conservation of Amazon
parrots. He reports, "Amazon parrots,
in common with many other parrot spe-
cies, form strong monogamous pair
bonds which are maintained for many
years. This mating system is extremely
unusual, and the ecological and evolu-
tionary drivers remain poorly under-
stood. Mating systems can determine
the rate of reproduction and genetic
variation of populations. Gaining a
greater understanding of the causes and
consequences of monogamy in parrots
will help us explain why so many are
currently threatened.
My research involves behavioral ob-
servations of wild parrots on Bonaire,
studies of captive birds and computer
models. By combining approaches it is
hoped that this research will not only
benefit the Yellow-shouldered Amazon
on Bonaire but parrot populations
around the world."

For more information go to:
email Sam. Williamskisheffield.ac.uk
and www.parrot.group.shef.ac.uk/
rowan; email
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Sam Williams checkingfor nests

Rowan Martin videos the interior of the parrot nest

(Defending Bonairean Flag. Continued from page 13)
day morning they were among the first to sign in and to assemble their new boats.
Sunday at 2 pm they were allowed to go on the water to get used to the new boats
and to have a practice race. On Monday the first real race started. There was not
much wind, but sailing was possible. After the first race they had to wait for about
10 minutes before the next race started. This was about the same every day, but the
wind got less and less. If there was not enough wind to sail with they had to wait on
the water until the wind picked up.

Of the three Bonairean sailors, Sipke Stapert had the best finish. He ended up be-
ing 60t. Victor Brouwer was 81st followed by Vianco Serberi who got 83rd.
Without their sponsors they wouldn't have been able to experience this event so
they would like to thank: the Bonairean Government, BSSA, Yellow Submarine,
Flamingo Printing, Telbo, MCB, Rocargo, Kloos Holding, Sun Rental, Cargill, Ak-
kermans, Harbour Village, WEB, City Shop, Chat 'n' Browse, Van Dijk, It Rains
Fishes, Boomerang, Manrique Capriles & Sons and a lot of individual sponsors.
Victor Brouwer

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It's Not Too Early to
Think of Christmas
On Sale Now!

Now less than eight weeks away,
Christmas is nearly upon us, and
for Bonaire oriented businesses and
Bonaire fans, it's high time to start
thinking of stocking stuffers and holi-
day gifts to show your appreciation of
friends and clients alike. Local artists
Linda and Jake Richter think that their
new Bonaire Creations 2007 Calendar
might be just the ticket for that perfect
gift that says "Bonaire" all over.
Featuring 12 artistic images from and
of Bonaire, the Calendar is available for
a quantity discount for as few as 20
pieces. And, as a special service for
Bonaire businesses with clients in the
US, Canada and Europe, full fulfillment
services can be provided from the US,
saving on the cost of shipping from
All the business need to do is provide
a mailing list and a stack of note cards
or Christmas cards, and for a small ad-
ditional fee to cover in-country mailing
and handling costs, their intended re-
cipients can get a Calendar Christmas
surprise. Gift wrapping for such ship-
ments is an option as well.
For more information on volume pur-
chases of the 2007 Bonaire Creations
Calendar, as well as this innovative ful-
fillment service, contact Linda or Jake
Richter at info@tbonairecreations.com
or 717-4112.

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Pet of the Week

W hen "Jack" and his sib-
lings ("Joe," "Jody" and
"Judy") were brought into the
Bonaire Animal Shelter with their
mom they were only one week
old. And now, not even two
months old, these adorable pups
are growing into very handsome
and intelligent dogs. Their mother
has a very sweet disposition and
the pups seem to have inherited
that trait. But it looks like they'll
be a lot bigger than Mom. In fact
they're looking more and more
like little Labs. These pups should
respond well to training and be-
come valued family members to
kind and loving owners. Like all
the other adoptees at the Shelter
these pups have been checked out
by the vet, proclaimed healthy,
and observed by the staff and
proclaimed social! The adoption
fee for dogs, NAf105, includes
all the testing, shots, worming and even sterilization when they're old enough. The
Shelter on the Lagoen Road is open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm. Tel.
717-4989. Pay them a visit. It's a happy place with happy pets. L.D.

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides

DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
11-10 1:54 0.6FT. 16:29 1.9FT. 74
11-11 2:26 0.7FT. 17:27 1.8FT. 62
11-12 2:51 0.8FT. 18:14 1.7FT. 49
11-13 3:11 0.9FT. 11:20 1.5FT. 14:09 1.4FT. 19:07 1.6FT. 39
11-14 3:18 0.9FT. 10:33 1.5FT. 15:55 1.3FT. 19:52 1.5FT. 34
11-15 3:10 1.0FT. 10:26 1.6FT. 17:20 1.3FT. 20:33 1.4FT. 35
11-16 2:36 1.0FT. 2:37 1.0FT. 10:33 1.7FT. 18:27 1.2FT.
21:33 12FT. 41
11-17 1:53 1.0FT. 10:50 1.8FT. 19:48 1.1FT. 22:26 1.1FT. 49

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Late Show
Call tomakesure (Usually9pm)
The Guardian
(Kevin Costner)

Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf14 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAfl2
2 MOVIES 7 & 9PM

SATURDAY 4 PM November:
Open Season


Wednesday, Thursday, November 8, 9
- Her Highness, Queen Beatrix's
visit to Bonaire
Friday, November 10-Arke Fly's
"Back to Rock n Roll concert, Plaza.
See page 5 & 7.
Sunday, November 12 -International
Day of Diabetes parking lot behind
Catholic Church in Playa, free-11
am-5pm. See page 10
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting around 10 am to early
afternoon: Wednesday, Nov. 15 -
Crown Princess

Sunday, November 19 Bonaire Day
of Thanks-See page 5
Saturday, November 25-Sint
Nicholaas arrives in Bonaire, Wilhel-
mina Park. Sponsored by the Fun-
dashon Sanikolas. Call 717-8482 for
more information.
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting around 10 am to early
afternoon: Sunday, Nov. 19 -
Rijndam; Tuesday, Nov. 21 Sea Prin-
cess; Wednesday, Nov. 22 -Amster-
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.) 5-7
* 2 for 1 appetizer with entr6e, Cac-
tus Blue
* Divi Flamingo Casino open daily
for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Mon. to Sat. 8 pm- 4 am;
Sun. 7 pm- 3 am.
* By appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $12 (NA1f2 for
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.


* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open everyday into the evening
* 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, 6 am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi
Flamingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 44.
Wine Tasting at AWC's ware-
house, 2nd Saturday of the month, 7 to
9 pm, Kaya Industria #23, across from
Warehouse Bonaire. Great wines.
NAf20 per person for 6 to 8 wines.
Flea Market every first Satur-
day of the month from 3 to 7 pm,
Parke Publico. Everyone welcome to
buy and to sell. NAf5 per selling table.
For more information and reservations
for a spot, call 787-0466.

* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoy-
ing a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restau-
rant & Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open
daily 5-10 pm

* Caribbean Night live local mu-
sic- Buddy Dive.
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435

* Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar
* Wine & Cheese/ $1 glass of wine,
5-7, Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach
* Buy a Bucket of Beer & get free
chicken wings, 5-7, Cactus Blue
* Caribbean Gas Training free
"Beyond Gravity An Evening with
DIR," 6 pm, Bonaire Dive & Adven-
ture 786-5073.
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-
9, Cactus Blue.
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* Movie Night at Buddy Dive

* Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar, 5-7
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachts-
men and others, Vespucci Restaurant,
Harbour Village Marina. HH drinks,
gratis tapas, 5-7

* 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
* Swim lessons for children by
Enith Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at
Sorobon from 13.00, for children 0 -
* 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

Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-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.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation (STCB) Slide Show by
Bruce Brabec. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm, 717-8819.

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaile's
past in this venerable old home that has been
restored and furnished so it appears the fam-
ily hasjust 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. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17thcentuy. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
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-
days. 717-8444/785-0017

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717- 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-
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 ently fee. Call Cathy
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 Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30
to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Con-
tact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Now meeting at 'Pirate
House', above Zeezicht Restaurant. All
Rotarians welcome. Tel. 717-8434

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246
or 7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451; Vala-
rie @telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) -717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-
Volunteers to train children in
sports. Contact Quick-Pro Track and
Field Rik 717-8051

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services
in Papiamentu, Dutch and English on
Sundays at 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, Services
in Papiamentu on Sundays at 8.30 am.
Children's club every Saturday at 5 pm
in Kralendijk.
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm
in Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer
meetings, every Thursday at 8 pm. in
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 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk
- Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7
pm in Papiamentu 717-8304. Satur-
day at 6 pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto
in Antriol, in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194
Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter@bonairenews.com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cell. 786-6518

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Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Fnday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
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Bistro de Paris Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
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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 &
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise sea while enjoying a breakfast buffet or
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The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
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717-7488 Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.

Pasa Bon Pizza Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the frnest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate dients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
12 mile north of town center. 780-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday Call ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111

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At Sorobon Beach Open from 10am-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service
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flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel.
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances. Fast
service and in-store financing too.
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, wax-
ing and professional nail care.
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
Bonaire Creations new 2007 Calendar available now
at shops around town.
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade
on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive com-
puter H.Q.
Dive Friends Bonaire (Photo Tours Divers-Yellow
Submarine) -low prices on the seaside at Kralendijk,
at Caribbean Court and the Hamlet Oasis. Join their
monthly 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.
Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Incredible selection of pots.

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 Bel-
nem. Cyber Caf6, DVD rentals, restaurant and bar.
New! Spa!
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and ser-
vices Full digital services.

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor, special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.

Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's most experi-
enced real estate agent. They specialize in profes-
sional customer service, top notch properties and home
owners insurance.

Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of Choices-
International/US connections. 5% of profits donated to
local community. List your house with them to sell

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, stop in and see them.

Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electri-
cal, plumbing, woodworking, etc. 717-2345

Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Under new manage-
The Touch Skin & Body-Birkenstock shoes for men
and women. New styles
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup.

The Bonaire Windsurfing Place can fulfill all your
windsurfing dreams and more. They offer expert in-
struction, superb equipment on a fine beach. Lunch
and drinks too. BBQ and windsurf videos Wednesday
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
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On the Island Since ... co

IN.. a r C.el

C a r ~ a ~

e came here October 19t
V 2003 with the intention of
staying a year and seeing how it would
work out. The first time I came to Bon-
aire was in 1984; I was studying biology
and working at Carmabi, a biology re-
search center in Curaqao. When a dive
club friend of mine from Holland went to
Bonaire I decided to visit him here. I
stayed at the old Hilltop for a week. We
went diving and that was my first intro-
duction to Bonaire. It was quite a differ-
ent island at the time! Captain Don's
Habitat was a very simple place and the
island was empty compared to now.

In 1999 when Hurricane Lenny passed
by, my wife Florien and I were here on
Bonaire for vacation. In 2001 we came
again; we thought it was a beautiful is-
land and we'd both fallen in love with it.
Every time we saw a For Sale sign we
would look at each other: 'Jeez, how
much would that cost?'

The winter of 2002-2003 was a very
boring one, and without knowing Florien
was doing the same thing, I would be at
the computer looking at Bonaire's real
estate websites. The island had become a
real issue in our life and we said, 'Maybe
we should just try it for a year.' We sold
our house in Holland and by coincidence
I heard from Tom van 't Hoff that
STINAPA was looking for a project man-
ager for Lac. We thought it would be a
good thing if one of us could have a job
beforehand, so I applied and ended up as
one of the four final candidates. There
was a possibility of a job in healthcare for
Florien, and we had decided if one of us
gets a job, he or she goes first.

But in May 2003 we went to Curaqao
for three weeks because Florien could get
a job there and we were still not sure of
what we were going to do. However, the
moment we set foot on the island she
disliked Curaqao, and so we said to each
other, 'Let's go to our island; let's go to
Bonaire.' Riding in the taxi from Fla-
mingo Airport to town, a donkey crossed
the road. I looked at Florien and saw a
tear running down her cheek, and I could-
n't keep my eyes dry either, and so it was
the donkey that made the decision for us:
it was going to be Bonaire. We flew back
to Curamao and spent a lovely vacation
there because there was no doubt in our
hearts anymore.

In September Florien went to Bonaire
for 10 days to arrange the paperwork. She
went with a girlfriend and they stayed in

a house in Nikiboko which we had rented
already, but being there she didn't feel
safe and through a real estate person she
found a beautiful house in Antriol and
rented it immediately. October 18t 2003
we got on the plane with our two cats.
The cats almost flew on to Lima, but
luckily we got them out on time!

It was then that our dream began... we
felt so rich... the sun, the climate, the
sea... here you can be satisfied with very
little. You don't miss anything and that's
also a luxurious feeling. We had lots of
plans. Of course we were thinking of
going into the apartment business, we
were thinking of giving courses to
wealthy people like they do in Europe
where people go to the Provence in
France to take a painting course. Florien
got a permit for a second hand book and
furniture store and really, we were just
looking around: what would be good and
what would we like. I went to see a house
on the water because I thought that would
be lovely, but apart from the fact that it
was unaffordable Florien didn't like the
idea because of the constant sound of the

The job with STINAPA didn't work
out, but I'd taken my work from Holland

"The island has stolen
our hearts; I feel at
home here, I don't feel
like a guest but I do
behave like one, I
respect the
Bonaireans and their

with me. I had my one-man PR bureau
and as long as I have a telephone line and
an Internet connection I can work any-
where, so we had a basic income. I did
some things for the Antilliaans Dagblad
and for STINAPA, but to get PR clients
on Bonaire takes a lot of time, however,
I'm working on it.

Florien worked in several restaurants as
a waitress and with Green Label in the
shop. In Holland she'd been a highly
qualified healthcare worker; working
with disturbed people. Then came the
time when she started missing the chal-

Marcel Carpay

lenge in what she was doing here, and in
the beginning of September she went
back to Holland."

A silence drops and he looks at me a bit
sadly: "The more I think about it... I
might make the same choice because in
Holland there are more possibilities for
me too. Now Florien is back in her old
profession and very happy and content
although she has moments that she's
homesick for Bonaire which is under-
standable. And yes, in Holland she has
more certainties considering work and
old-age pension and she has this whole
network of friends which is very impor-
tant to her. So, at the moment I'm here on
my own."

Marcel Carpay (49) is a sweet man
who obviously misses his wife a lot. He's
in turmoil and at a point in his life that
everything is sort of loose. "I travel for
my clients three times a year to Holland
and what I am going to do in the future is
still uncertain. I would like to grow old
here, under 'our' tree. We bought this
little house in November 2005 and I'm
not planning on selling it. We had a beau-
tiful time here; the island is gorgeous, the
people are friendly and the sea and coast
are magnificent a life without stress.
But when you come together to Bonaire
it's just the two of you and you get to

know each other very well, and if you
want to make it here you have to do it all
by yourself. The island has stolen our
hearts; I feel at home here, I don't feel
like a guest, but I do behave like one. I
respect the Bonaireans and their culture.

I think home is where my friends are
and where my partner is, but I will al-
ways have the feeling that I'm living in
two different worlds at the same time:
Bonaire and Holland. I am divided now.
But I also am a person who feels at home
everywhere I go. During my studies I was
in Australia for five months and it didn't
cost me any effort to feel at home there
immediately. I don't think either one of
us ever felt any regret about coming to
Bonaire, but that was also the deal we
made: whether it turns out right or wrong,
nobody can ever take this away from us.
And when you think about it: How many
people are walk-
ing around with
a dream and the
only thing they
do is talk about
it that's not
us... we did it."

Story & photo
by Greta

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Humboldt's Orchid in Bloom

On a recent nature tour into Wash-
ington/Slagbaai Park, I found the
Humboldt's orchids in bloom. This was my
second time to see this particular colony in
flower. The last time was fall, 1999. It is
possible that the orchids flowered in the
interim and were missed, but I can find no
one else to verify exactly how frequently
they bloom. It is assured that their flower-
ing is dependent upon the amount of rain
that falls in the wet season, and perhaps
even what amounts have fallen in years past
in order to get them ready. I do know that
the past two wet seasons have been good
ones during the winter '04 and '05. And
thus far in 2006, it appears that we are in
for ample amounts of rain.
In my notes from 1999, I wrote that they
were in flower after four or five weeks of
moderately heavy rains, and they remained
in flower for a full two months. The internet
has a reference to this species from the Or-
chid Club of Curagao, http:/
www.Curacaoorchidclub. com/native/
native orchids.htm
It is interesting to note that the genus
name has been changed to show the pecu-
liar relationship this orchid has with ants.
The previous genus was Schomburgkia, a
name bestowed back in the 1800s. In 1917
the new name was applied, Myrmecophila
humboldtii, which fittingly means ant-
bearing. In the hollow bulbs, which resem-
ble bananas, giving the local common name
of Banana Shimaron, ant colonies set up
their nests and can be seen to scurry all over
the plant and even out to the flowers. The
ants protect the orchids from such plant-
sucking insects as thrips and may even pro-
tect it from human miscreants who try to
steal samples. This is excellent because all
orchids are protected by Antillean law and

these ants make better protectors than the
good intentions of ink-on-paper.
Indeed, there is a commercial industry
devoted to orchids, which was fittingly
described in the book, The Orchid Thief a
True Story ofBeauty and Obsession, by
Susan Orlean. On another website, of a
commercial orchid grower, our species is
listed for $35 and a white variety for $150
each, so orchids have for centuries, and will
continue to abound as economic tempta-
tions for humans.
My own interests in orchids started back
in Colorado as a naturalist in Rocky Moun-
tain National Park where there were several
beautiful species which appeared to grow in
the most enchanted and secret places for
some species. Other species could be found
right along the hiking trails but were usu-
ally inconspicuous and only noticed by
sharp-eyed naturalists. I frequently pre-
sented a slide presentation on the Wild and
Threatened Orchids of Rocky Mountain
National Park to audiences, and I always
wondered if I were giving in to the human
capacity of wanting to covet that which is
precious, rare and beautiful, and would the
knowledge that I was imparting to the audi-
ences be misused by the unscrupulous.
These orchids now in flower in Washing-
ton/Slagbaai may not be in flower too much
longer, and yet, the way the flowering stem
is leaning down towards the ground as if to
present the perfect photograph, they seem
to want to entice us humans and for sure do
make our explorations much more enjoy-
able. Jerry Ligon

Bonaire Reporter November 10 to November 17, 2006

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*to find it... just look up

"The Moon, A Planet and A Star Line Up in A Row
This Sunday Morning"

The moon and Saturn

W hat a beautiful sight the Sky Park has for you this coming Sunday morning
a couple of hours before sunrise. You'll see three very different kinds of
celestial objects lined up in a row: our Moon, the ringed planet Saturn and the
brightest star of Leo the Lion. Don't miss this please.
This Sunday morning, November 12, about two hours before sunrise face south
where the brightest thing you'll see will be an exquisite 21-day-old Moon which is
more popularly called a last quarter Moon. And just below it is the only planet eas-
ily visible this month, planet #6, my favorite, ringed Saturn. And just below it is the
bright bluish star which marks the heart of Leo the Lion, Regulus. Now you'll no-
tice that all three of these are lined up in a row. If you've never been able to find
Regulus or Saturn before, this is the morning to use the Moon to find them.
Now the reason I want you to see them is because this is a perfect opportunity to
compare three different kinds of cosmic objects of incredibly different sizes and at
incredibly different distances. The closest of course is our nearest neighbor in
space, the Moon. At 2,000 miles wide it will be only 244,000 miles away this com-
ing Sunday morning. And if we compare it in size to Saturn, Saturn really blows it
away because it is 75,000 miles wide, which means we could line up almost 38
Moons across its middle. Or think of it this way: Saturn is so huge we could fit al-
most 10,000 Moons inside it. And believe me it's much farther away than our
Moon. Indeed, this weekend it's a whopping 855 million miles from Earth. But as
big as Saturn is it pales in size and distance when compared with Regulus because
Regulus is a 1.4 million-mile-wide star, even bigger than our own 865,000-mile-
wide Sun, so we could fit over 15 million Moons inside it.
But to understand just how far away it really is let's not talk in miles but in the
speed of light. You see our Moon is so close it takes only 11/3 seconds for its light to
reach us. Saturn, however, is so much farther away that it takes 76 minutes for its
light to reach us. But Regulus is so incredibly far away it takes 77 years for its light
to reach us.
So go out this Sunday about an hour before sunrise and look for our Moon, a
planet and a star-all lined up in a row. And in case you're rained out on Sunday
go out on Monday and you'll see a 22-day-old Moon almost on top of Regulus,
which shows you just how far our Moon moves from one night to the next. Remem-

ber: Sunday to Mond




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solution is:
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directions on page


Jack Horkheimer

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Sunday, November 5 to
Saturday, November 11, 2006
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Regardless of your first reaction, the outcome will be
favorable. You might want to spend some time by yourself in order to decide ex-
actly how you feel. Residential moves are evident. You will meet a person who may
turn out to be more than just a friend. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Problems with in-laws may cause friction in your
personal relationship. You could be drawn to events that concern children. Avoid
any petty ego confrontations; they could lead to estrangement if you aren't careful.
Not everyone will be pleased with your plans. Your lucky day this week will be
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You may feel a need to make changes to your legal
documents. Be careful that you don't overextend yourself. You will find good buys
and you will lift your spirits. Children may be less than honest with you. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will be emotional about your personal life. Travel
will be favorable and bring you the greatest rewards. Get together with friends and
catch up on reading and letter writing. Things are looking up. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Minor accidents may occur if you don't concentrate on
what you're doing. You may find that romance will unfold through business connec-
tions. Be prepared to step into the limelight if you wish to promote your ambitions.
Don't let your emotions interfere with moneymaking deals. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You need a change and you need to earn more cash.
Make changes in your domestic scene. Your ability to talk circles around your col-
leagues will help you forge ahead in the workforce. You will find that unfinished
projects at home will be most satisfying. Your lucky day this week is Wednesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Your professional attitude will not go unnoticed. They
won't get away with it. Relationships will be erratic this week. Someone may be
trying to take advantage of you. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You will probably have to defend your mate. Do
not let in-laws upset you. Don't hesitate to voice your opinions at a group meeting;
however, keep your thoughts to yourself at home. You can make a difference if you
offer your help at functions that involve children. Your lucky day this week will be
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Partnerships will be favorable and contracts
can be signed. Mingle with those who have similar interests, and you should be able
to start something. Sudden changes regarding work and colleagues are apparent.
You can't lock your partner up and if you keep restricting their freedom you may be
left out in the cold. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22- Jan. 20) Seminars will provide you with knowledge and
amusement. Try not to discuss important matters with colleagues. New methods and
innovative technology will make your job far easier than you anticipated. You may
want to get involved in some kind of creative group. Your lucky day this week will
be Sunday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) There are ways of making extra cash if you put
your mind to it. Your ideas are right on the mark and your work commendable.
Don't go out of your way, and don't let these unexpected guests cost you money.
Adventure will result in added knowledge. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Investments are best left alone this week. You will
meet new romantic partners through the company you keep. You don't need to pay
out in order to have fun. Make alternate plans just in case you need to make a career
shift. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.

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