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D utch Antilles Express (DAE)
will increase its capacity on
February 1 when it introduces jet ser-
vice. New flights to St Maarten, the
Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Haiti,
Surinam and Colombia will begin.
DAE will use its second Fokker-100
on regional routes to Santo Domingo,
Port of Spain (Trinidad), Port au Prince
(Haiti) and Bogota (Colombia). The jet
will fly to Santo Domingo four times
per week, to Port of Spain three times
per week, and to Port au Prince and
Bogota twice each.
The jets will free up the ATR propjet
schedule to increase capacity on other
routes. Flights between Curaqao and
Aruba will increase to six per day; the
number of flights between Curaqao and
Bonaire will go up to 40 per week. The
frequency to Valencia in Venezuela
will increase to six times per week.
DAE head Floris Van Pallandt said,
"After 9,500 flights our departure
punctuality was 91.6%, which is very
high for international and Antillean
standards." He added that the cancella-
tion rate was a low 0.6%.


1 DAE will appeal the case
against Insel Air that it lost last
week. At that time, the judge decided
that both Insel Air and DAE are al-
lowed to fly to St. Maarten.
According to DAE, the consequence
of Insel Air flying to St. Maarten is
that the route becomes uneconomical
for both airlines which would cause
both companies to lose money and
possibly fail. The failure may make it
worse for both Curaqao and St.
Maarten; they might even end up with-
out air service, said DAE Director Flo-
ris van Pallandt.
DAE's lawyer, Lex Gonzales, argues
that the Antillean government did not
comply with the regulation dealing
with the handling and evaluation of
permit requests for intra-Antilles
flights. This regulation requires that
permits for routes must conform to
demand.
Meanwhile, Insel Air has started an
aggressive marketing campaign to fill
the 167 seats on its MD-83 jet. Round-
trip tickets cost NAf360, with a second
person flying for half price. This cam-
paign will continue until February 16,
said Insel Air Director Edward Heeren-
veen on Thursday.

> A group of Dutch "movers and
shakers" visited Bonaire last week.
The CEOs and ex-CEOs of numerous


large companies in Holland toured the
island, enjoyed the beach at Sorobon
and drinks and snacks at the Balashi
Bar at Divi Flamingo. They also held
informal get-togethers with some Bon-
aire businessmen and elected officials.

Member of the Dutch Parliament,
Hans van Baalen, told the NRC Han-
delsblad newspaper that he demands
apologies from Venezuela for last
week's interception of two Dutch
patrol airplanes stationed in Cura-
cao by Venezuelan F-16 fighters.
A spokesperson in the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs says that Venezuela
admitted that the incident was a misun-
derstanding but that they did not apolo-
gize. Venezuela unjustly thought that
the Coast Guard airplanes were flying
over Venezuelan territory, but Van
Baalen says that "that is too easily said
by Venezuela. Venezuela has to offer a
plain apology. Saying that they admit
the misunderstanding is too sparing."

> All pensioners in the Nether-
lands Antilles got a higher pension
payment this month, but not all got a
NAf 100 increase. The pension was
increased by NA 100; but only for
those already getting the maximum.
The amount each pensioner will get is
proportional to the amount of his/her
pension. For example, those getting
50% of the maximum amount will re-
ceive only 50% of the increase: NAf
50.


(Continued on page 3)


THIS IEEK:


ThREPORTER
Table of Contents
Coral Glimpses 3
Envirowatch-refrigerator 3
Predictions & Results 4
Artistic Visions of Bonaire's Future 5
Letters 6
Santa Forgot
Regeneration
The Truth about the Donkeys
Yachtsmen and Women Help
Mangrove Village to be Removed 7
A Shrink Studies SCUBA
(Panic) 8
Fireworks Frazzle Animals 9
Lost Dogs, Happy Adoptee 9
22 Days til Special Olympics
Walk-a-Thon 10
"Recipes for Success" Aids
Special Olympics 11
Gear Doctor (regulators) 12
STCB Needs Contributions 13
1st Baby of 2007 18
WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Picture Yourself
(33,000 Feet Over Ocean) 8
Pet of the Week ("Jordan") 9
SuDoku Puzzle 12
Classifieds 12
Straight Talk 14
Tide Table 14
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Movieland Film Schedule 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Corine van der Hout) 17
Sky Park (Jupiter) 19
The Stars Have It 19
SuDoku Answer 19

Only 22 days
before theWalk-a-Thon!


Bonaire Reporter- January 12 to January 19, 2007


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Flotsam and Jetsam, continued from page 3.

> Montserrat re-
mains on high alert Interet photo
following a collapse
of the dome of the
Soufriere Hills vol-
cano last week. Scien-
tists at Montserrat
Volcano Observatory
(MVO) said yesterday
that pyroclastic flows
continued to flow
down the northwestern
side of the volcano.
The alert level re-
mained at "4" which is
the second highest. Last week hundreds of residents in the Belham Valley were
evacuated as a precautionary measure.
The volcano awakened from its geological slumber on July 18, 1995, and in
1996 eruptions started with a major killer eruption in 1997 which took the lives of
19 people. The capital city Plymouth was also destroyed. The population was
moved to the north where a new capital has been constructed.



ENVIRBO H




One of our readers
wrote, "If somebody
has lost his/her fridge,
I've found it. Unfortu-
nately the contents are
gone. The legal owner
can retrieve his/her
property along one of
the side roads of the
Kaminda Broertje


coral glimpses
(a bit of information about corals presented each
week by naturalist Dee Scarr)


Sam Williams at work inspecting one
of Bonaire's parrot nests.

> Sam Williams, one of the two par-
rot researchers working with Bonaire's
endangered Lora, will be visiting Bon-
aire this month to help with our annual
Lora count.
He will also be making some prepa-
rations for the coming breeding sea-
son and there are a couple of things he
needs help with.
* Do you have a cordless drill capa-
ble of drilling masonry? Sam would
like to borrow a strong portable drill for
one or two days in mid January.
* Are there any bee keepers on the
island? If so lease get in touch with


uch canals on boulder-type coral
formations are said to be created
by resident snapping shrimp. The resi-
dent creature prevents anything but algae
from growing in the canals, but the bur-
row shape is usually more straightfor-
ward! 1 Captions and photos by Dee Scarr.
Dee's Photos restored by Jack Drafahl of the
Oregon Coastal Digital Center
Dee Scarr conducts "Touch the Sea"
dives. They will enhance your diving
forever. Call 717-8529. See her slide
show "Touch the Sea" at Capt. Don's
Habitat, Mondays, 8:30 pm.

Sam as he needs some advice so he can
help the parrots without getting stung!
If you have parrots near your house after
1800 hrs can you let Sam know. He is
interested to find any new areas where
they are roosting.
Contact Sam by email at
sam.williams@shef.ac.uk, or leave your
phone number with The Reporter (786-
6518/6125) so he can call you when he
lands on the island.


Bonaire Reporter- January 12 to January 19, 2007


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THE BONAIRE REPORTER ANNUAL PREDICTIONS and RESULTS

F or the last 11 years we've been trying to determine how the coming year will work out. This year we continue with our views in four important
areas. And so you can see how accurate we were, you can refer to our HITS & MISSES.
Sr How did we do? Prediction made for 2006 How Accurate was our prediction
Prediction for 2007 Published January 2006

Structural: Structural: Structural:
The journey to establish "Direct Ties" with the Nether-
The prime issues facing the negotiators in finding lands will be painless for Bonaire and the small Antillean Direct hit
Bonaire's "spot" in The Netherlands will have to do islands during the year. Round Table negotiations for Cura- Bonaire and the two other less populated islands
with the currency to be used-Dollars, Euros, Guild- 9ao and St. Martin will be more difficult. signed off with a final agreement, the
ers or "Trupials?"- because it will directly affect the We think that agreement conflicts between Holland and "Slotverkalring," to obtain a unique municipal status
Bonaire won't arise until 2007 as the July 2007 deadline for
buying power of all Bonaireans and how import du- the new order nears. in The Netherlands.
ties will be handled. The collection of taxes and po-
lice presence will also be sticky issues. The election for Bonaire's three seats in Parliament at the The UPB won two of Bonaire's three seats in the
Many issues will be set to be resolved over the next end of January will be the closest in years. The UPB, national Parliament but the PDB coalition made a
five years, minimizing the difficulty of the transition, buoyed by a stronger economy, could win two of the seats. formidable showing and took the remaining seat.
But the PDB move that consolidated candidates from the
Island Council elections in the spring will again be Socialist and Labor parties into itself may swing enough
hotly contested. Unless the PDB can come up with a votes to win two of the three seats. The election is too close
new strategy and popular candidates we predict a to call.
UBP landslide. If Bonaire integrates with Holland as
scheduled the councilmen will have new roles and
parliamentary and local elections will be the way of
the future
J. AbrahamR I
R. Booi J. Abraham, PDB leader R Uoo LPB leader


Economic: Economic: Economic:
The rosy economic outlook for Bonaire will continue.
The word, boom, means trees in Dutch but an ex- Rental apartments will continue to be the strong sector. Direct Hit
plosion in English. Look for an explosion in inves- There will be at least one more non-stop flight a week All the year-end reports released to date show strong
tors and real estate prices as easy access to Bonaire from the US, motivated by the Continental non-stop's high growth for Bonaire, primarily in construction.
for Europeans becomes a matter of course. Decisions load factor. The second non-stop Continental flight began in De-
Housing starts, especially for Bonairean workers, will be a
will have to made to protect Bonaire's trees and its growth areacemberand Arkefly, a Dutch charter airline, began
growth area. cember an A rk
environment from the continuing building boom. Real estate values will soar in anticipation of the 2007 flights in November.
conversion to the euro, especially if it remains significantly Real estate values continued to move upward, reported
Two and possibly three major hotels will begin con- higher than the US dollar. at least two of Bonaire's leading realtors.
struction and numerous other tourism related projects Ground will be broken for at least one, maybe three new While ground wasn't
will begin. hotels. broken, two major
At least one additional airline route to the US will new resort developments
be started and there will be increased flights non-stop will be underway soon.:
from Holland. Divi Sunset, an all
Inclusive resort, and
a major hotel school.



.Environmental:Environmental: Environmental:
The Bonaire government will get behind a real alternative
The sewage plant project will finally begin, pwer project this year. Partial Hit
hopefully in coordination with other infrastructure The sewage plant will continue to creep toward completion While the Bonaire government announced plans for
improvements and road repair. without being halted by environmentalist interests despite its a wind turbine park, no progress was made on instal-
Developments will threaten Bonaire's trees, water and acknowledged shortcomings. lation of a sanitary sewer system.
land. The Mangrove Village debacle will seem minis- Bonaire's Parks will continue to improve under their two Bonaire's land and sea parks continued to be models
cule compared to what will happen unless safeguards to strong managers
protect Bonaire's environment and culture are built-in for the rest of the world.
to the integration agreement.
Encouraged by past success STINAPA will function
as an environmental watchdog.

STINAPA_


Social: Social: Social:
Until integration with Holland is achieved a combination Under the moral leadership of the Governor and funda-
of local and Dutch social programs will serve as a safety net mental reinforcement from the Central Government, Bon- Miss
for the island's population. aire's police will have more presence which will bring about After a good start Bonaire fell back into a past pat-
After integration, if politicians' promises are kept, Bon- a reduction in crime. tern of not being able to stop home, hotel room and
aire will move closer to Holland's social support system to The charitable grant-giving powers ofAMFO will be auto break-ins. Police presence in Bonaire remains
the betterment of all Bonaireans. refined and systemized. Grants to worthy causes will re- elusive, however, there were reports of better citizen
Bonaire's police will get a shake-up once the Dutch jus- sume early in 2006. and tourist victim nations and the police department
tice system looks closer at Bonaire's needs.and toust victim relations and the police department
claimed a 15% increase in arrests.

AMFO never was reborn.
-- However, USONA became
the prime distributor of
government aid to the island.


Bonaire Reporter- January 12 to January 19, 2007


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 3)
> Last week we reported that the
Dutch province of Noord Holland of-
fered to take the three smaller islands,
Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius under
its governing responsibility and to assist
the islands in a number of areas. Noord
Holland already has 65 municipalities
with a combined population of almost 2.6
million people and intense economic de-
velopment including Schiphol Airport,
Amsterdam, the country's capitol, sea-
ports, factories and 1.1 million automo-
biles. The province of Noord Holland was
established in 1840 and is one of 12. The
province system is a level of govern-
ment that is between the central gov-
ernment in The Hague and municipali-
ties.
Many Dutchmen feel it is an unneces-
sary level of government in the 21st cen-
tury. However, in the Antillean Refer-
enda that were held several years ago,
Bonaire opted for "direct ties with Hol-
land" which was motivated by the inade-
quate performance of the Central Govern-
ment layer in Curaqao. Therefore, opting
for provincial membership may be con-
trary to the wishes of the Bonaire popu-
lation.

> American Airlines announced that it
is starting the New Year by offering cus-
tomers on Caribbean flights new
choices in fresh light meals, snacks and
bottled water... at a price. The new
choices are part of the airline's
"continuing efforts to give customers
what they value," American said in a
press release. Snacks and bottled water
will be available on all flights two hours
or longer, and the fresh light meals can be
purchased on all flights three hours or
longer.
In September, American tested selling
snacks on approximately 250 domestic
flights. Results indicated that customers


appreciated the choice and value of pur-
chasing individual items onboard the air-
craft rather than having the items bundled
together in a snack box.
The airline launched its food for sale
program a year ago on US domestic
flights. The program is offered in addition
to the complimentary beverage service
which remains unchanged.

> BONHATA, Bonaire Hotel and
Tourism Association, announced its
2007 Board of Directors.
Executive Board: AP
President Mr. Boudewijn
"Bous" Scholts, Plaza Resort
Bonaire
Vice-President Ms. Irene
Dingjan, Port Bonaire
Secretary/Treasurer Mr. Serge De Groote,
Divi Dive

Directors At Large:
Mr. Jack Chalk, Captain Don's Habitat
Ms. Sara Matera, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort
& Casino
Mrs. Elizabeth Ginocchio, Golden Reef Inn
Mr. Maxim Van Dortmondt, Bonaire Affair
Mrs. Corine Gerharts, Bonaire Tours & Vaca-
tions
Mr. Dirk Jan Methorst, Budget Car Rental

> The first underwater cleanup of
this year co-sponsored by Dive Friends
Bonaire and NetTech is scheduled for
this Saturday, January 13, at the Yellow
Submarine dive shop. It's especially
needed now because of the debris under-
water from the New Years fireworks
shows.
Everyone is invited to join in. As shore
support is needed as well as divers, those
who don't wish to dive are certainly wel-
come too. Anyone interested in helping
out should meet at 1 pm Yellow Subma-
rine for their briefing and the dive (tanks
are provided at no charge). A potluck
BBQ will be held after the dive with main
courses provided by the sponsors; all oth-


Artistic Vsions of Bonaire's Future -

by well known personalities


The Bonaire Lions Club plans a unique fundraiser where well-known Bo-
naireans, assisted by local artists, will make and sign their work of art which
will be auctioned. Revenues will be used to fund the renovation of the Skol di Arte
building; Sosiedat Diabetiko Boneriano; Drecha Kas (renovation of houses of the
less fortunate in Bonairean society). The theme is "Bonaire, a special municipality
within the Kingdom as of 2007. Your vision!"

The event will be held at the Kas di Arte: ISr
Exposition: January 21-28 from 17.00- 20.30
Barbecue: Sunday, January 28 starting at 17.30
Auction: Sunday, January 28 starting at 20.00
There will be Workshops: on Wednesday, January 17 and
Thursday, January 18 starting at 17.30


The auctioneers will be Aymed Ayubi and Felix (Papi) Cicilia


Participants in
alphabetical order:

Abraham, Jopie
Antoin, Boi
Bemabela, Jackie

Artists in alphabetical
order:
Booi, Frans
Bijl, van der, Renate
Coffie, Nochi
Dania, Winfred
Ebing, Josephine


Beukenboom, Elsmarie
Booi, Ramoncito
Dammers, Geraldine
DeSalvo, George
Don, Captain
Daal, Hector

Figaroa, Ady
Huckaby, Janice
Ledezma, Nina
Marten, Sedney
Nijdam, Germaine
Rijna, Jenny (o.v.)
Rivas, Dianir


Domacass6, Herbert
Hart, Richard
Maartense, Maarten
Piar, Evert
Saleh, Raymundo
Soliana, George

Roozendaal, Henk
Silfhout, van, Rien
Sluizeman, Marianne,
Stapert, Sipke
Trinidad, Tony (o.v.)
Twillert, van, Eefje
:Dick Dissel


ers are asked to bring a small side dish.
./G D.


tonaire Reporter- January 12 to January 19, 2UUz


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I LETTERS


Dear Bonaire Reporter:
This is Santa reporting in from the North
Pole. It was a great pleasure to visit Bonaire
and see all the friendly folks in Rincon. I
had a wonderful experience giving out toys
to the children. You have some great sup-
porters of the community. I really enjoyed
seeing my picture with the children in your
paper two weeks ago, but I noticed that one
of those special supporters of many chil-
dren projects were mistakenly left off the
list.
Please give a special thanks to Jack
Chalk and Captain Don's Habitat for
supporting this gift giving event and many
others events in the past.
Their continued support really is great!
Sincerely, Santa

REGENERATION
Dear Editor:
While educating divers as well as con-
cerned dive masters about the nature of
coral damage, it is important to understand
both sides of the process, which are the
diver's action and the coral's response.
Coral is a living organism, not a passive
fragile vase set on top of a sharp rock.
Corals are cnidarians, together with
anemones, sea jellies and hydrozoans. Cni-


darians are well known for their remarkable
regeneration capacity. They can regenerate
any amputated head or foot, and when dis-
sociated into single cells, even intact ani-
mals will regenerate from reaggregates.
Studies have shown that coral polyps of a
colony not only the ones directly border-
ing an injured area but also as far as 15 cm
away allocate resources to repair the in-
jury to achieve fast recovery. This is impor-
tant in order to prevent colonization of a
lesion by competitors. Regeneration ability
and rate depend on a lesion shape. For ex-
ample, long narrow lesions like lacerations
from pressing coral tissue against underly-
ing skeleton may be closed in minutes,
while closing of circular lesions even of
much smaller size like parrotfish bites may
take hours or days; and lesions of a larger
area may never be closed.
In other words, recovery of small damage,
caused by things touching coral here and
there is part of normal life of a coral reef.
The real enemy of reef is larger scale ef-
fects: from rock-anchors thrown onto reef
by fishermen, to over fishing of essential
species, to water pollution. This is where
the conservation efforts need to be directed.
Genady Filkovsky.


YACHTSMEN AND WOMEN HELP OUT

Dear Editor:
The cruising community from the visiting
yachts moored in Kralendijk Harbor was
able to brighten up the lives of the eight
boys at the Maria Hoppner Home on Thurs-
day. Each yacht gave generously for the
boys, aged four to 16. Each child received a
bag containing a book, paper, pens, a toy,
toothpaste, toothbrush and other goodies,
and there was enough money left over to
buy each child a set of sheets and a towel!
Thanks to the cruisers from all over the
world who are happy to help, from counting
fish, tagging turtles, beach cleaning. This
time it was the boys who benefited, but I
personally benefited far more from seeing
their happy faces!! Happy 2007 Maria
Hoppner Home!
Susie Stanhope aboard S/V Wishful
Thinking



THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DONKEYS

To the Editor:
To dispel the rumors circulating about
what's happening with the donkeys of Rin-
con, I must tell the truth. They are being
sent to Curagao by members of the De-
saroyo of Rincon and the LVV. Veeteeld
and Visserij from the government are work-
ing together with the vet from Kaminda
Lagun to collect the donkeys of Rincon,
tranquilize them, and then bring them in a
horse trailer to the harbor at night. There
have been several shipments of the donkeys
of Rincon since June/July 2006 with the


total of
shipped don-
keys at ap-
proximately
100 now. One
shipment I
followed my-
self and found
out then that
these donkeys
were being
used as food
for the zoo in
Curagao. In
fact when I
was told this
fact by the
man in Cura-
gao who had
the donkeys in his kunuku, I went to the
zoo to discover that he told the truth also.
Unfortunately some of the shipped donkeys
have actually died in the horse trailer sitting
at the harbor in the heat without water.
Some are saying that Marina Melis and
the Donkey Sanctuary are the ones sending
the donkeys of Rincon to the zoo for food.
But that is simply a lie. I wish so much that
these donkeys could be taken in the sanctu-
ary, but already we have over 300 donkeys,
and it is very difficult to find funding to
provide for their food and care, so we can't
take in any more donkeys under the current
circumstances. But please know that be-
cause of all the donkeys taken in by the
Donkey Sanctuary, the number of car acci-
dents involving donkeys on the streets has
been reduced from 120 in 2005 to only 5 in
2006. We are happy with that success and
wish for you a good, safe, and happy New
Year. And thank you for all those who help
and support the donkeys of Bonaire.
Marina Melis and the Staff of Donkeys
Help Foundation


Bonaire Reporter- January 12 to January 19, 2007


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(iMangrove Village

Must Be Removed


As we went to press last week the office of the Governor of the Netherlands
Antilles, in its overseer role, cancelled the building permit for the mangrove
Village development project at Bonaire's Sorobon Beach on the grounds that no envi-
ronmental impact study was made and that in any case it violated the principles of the
Treaty of Ramsar (Iran, 1971) that protects costal wetlands around the world. Holland
is a signatory to that treaty. Since then reaction to the ruling has been heated. The
ruling vindicated the position of the environmental conservation NGO, STINAPA,
that said the construction in that area was illegal because it violated the treaty and
harmed the mangroves that grow in the area. Despite the opposition construction was
well underway when the cease order was finally confirmed.
Bonaire's UPB ruling party-controlled Executive Council, which issued the build-
ing permit, said its action was no different than the permits issued for other develop-
ment in the Sorobon area and that the complaint was politically motivated. They la-
mented the fact that developer Angelo Clarinda, a Bonairean, who also built the fuel-
ing facility at Flamingo airport, was denied the right to build. However, the Executive
Council will abide by the Governor's ruling.
The opposition PDB party focused on the abuse of power by the ruling party, a pat-
tern it says is typical of
current Bonaire govern-


A tranquil scene in the mangroves


Bonaire Reporter- January 12 to January 19, 2007


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Picture Yourself with The Reporter


At 33,000 ft. over the ocean


Diver Response to First Dive
Panic Experience
Examination of Panic in
12,087 Recreational Scuba Divers


What happens when divers panic underwa-
ter? David and Lynn Colvard sent us the
results of their scientific study of a large sample of
certified divers:


Remembered Training
Utilized Training
Another Diver Offered Help
Rapid/Uncontrolled Ascent
Obtained More Training
p < 0.0001


L ongtime friends of ours, Marijn and Laura van Erp, are seen here reading The
Bonaire Reporter aboard their KLM flight to the Netherlands at an altitude
of 33,000 ft. 1



WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your
next trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the
newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE
PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
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Males Females
(N=2206)(N=1099)
82% 77%
81% 73%
38% 67% *
15% 15%
82% 80%


But is it really OK?
Among the 499 with a panic dive and rapid or
uncontrolled ascent, 14 males and 9 females reported having signs or symptoms of de-
compression illness, and 7 males and 2 females underwent hyperbaric treatment, an
insufficient number of cases for meaningful statistical analysis. One diver reported long
term residual effects: numbness in the left toes after 5 years.

A history of panic prior to diving corresponded to about a two-fold relative risk of
panic while diving, (2.3 for males and 1.7 for females). However, a history of panic
prior to diving made little difference in the incidence of rapid or uncontrolled ascent
with panic, either during or after initial training. A follow up study of the divers from
this survey is currently underway. A prospective study of new dive students is needed
to better determine the incidence of panic, the relative risk with a history of panic prior
to diving, the incidence of rapid ascent, and the morbidity and mortality from the same,
so that physicians can better advise potential dive students. 1 David F Colvard, MD and
Lynn Y Colvard, PhD

David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private psychiatrist and clinical investigator
in Raleigh NC, and a divemaster, He hosts the website
www.DivePsych.com which provides evidence-based information for di-
vers on psychological and stress factors in scuba divers. O


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S Fireworks Frazzled Animals Pet of the Week


O rphaline Saleh writes from her home, the blue house
when you enter the Hato neighborhood:
"Our young (8 month old) female Rottweiler ran away on New
Years. Unfortunately she was not wearing a collar because of
irritation on her neck. (Photo at right) We have checked with
WEB, Animal Shelter, the vets and several neighbors, searched
the neighborhood and surrounding bushes, however, so far she has
not turned up. In case someone in the neighborhood has seen her
or knows her whereabouts, please let us know at 786-8866
(Juaquin) or 717-2404. Please also tell your friends, as we suspect
she might have run to Republiek or Nort Salinja. We are offering a
NAf200 reward for her safe return."
Thank you."


Is this dog yours?
66 As always, the time around the holidays is
partly spoilt by the terrible fireworks that
start way too early and in Hato were still going
on January 5th. This year there seemed to be a
new bomb that made one feel the island was in a
war zone and freaked out people as well as all
the animals.
Just imagine how this money could be spent on
the "Breakfast for Schools" Program instead.
This little dog was found hiding behind the fur-
niture on the porch of Divers Paradise on January
2nd. It was very afraid and it took a couple of days
to make friends. Thanks to Edith Foks we caught it
and took it to the Animal Shelter. If it's yours go
there to claim it." 1

Lost Chihuahua
And another lost dog is Chihuahua DIVA
from Kaya Mars 22 Call: 717-4578/
526-2819/ 525-6000/ 786-3824.


Happy Adoptee

N ot all stories this week about animals -
are sad. Shelter Manager Jurrie
Mellema sent us this photo of a Bonaire dog
that was adopted two years ago and brought
to Switzerland. "Her name is Bony and the
photo shows her playing in the Swiss wa-
ters. The owner's name is Esthi and Bony is
her best friend." L./G. D.


O ur Pet this week,
"Jordan," was
shown last week with the
girl volunteers, but he has
such a great big smile and
happy face that we had to
show him again. A face like
that just makes you want to
smile too. Jordan was found
running loose in town. He
was trying to make his way
because he's such a very
friendly, sociable and trust-
ing guy with people, but
living on the street was a
sad life and he's much too
good a dog for that. So now
some lucky person has the "Jordan"
opportunity to be an owner
of this terrific, big loveable fellow. He's about three years old, has been castrated,
has had his shots and tests and is ready to go. You may see him at the Bonaire Ani-
mal Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Saturday, 8 am to 1 pm.
Tel. 717-4989.

Why is it so important to have
your pet spayed or neutered?

1 It's good for your pet. It reduces the risk of certain reproductive cancers and
diseases for both males and females, and these pets also generally live longer. For
females, it eliminates the heat cycle and therefore the nervousness, blood and un-
welcome males. For males it stops the mating desire, reduces mounting and the ten-
dency to roam.

2 It's good for you. It reduces the risk of unwanted litters. There will be no more
problems with blood stains, males breaking into your yard, pets running away in
search of a mate and the job of taking care of and finding homes for an unwanted
litter.

3 It's good for the community. Homeless pets often create serious problems.
They destroy property, spread disease and cost a lot of money to control. It's an
agonizing job to have to euthanize animals because of irresponsible breeding. OL.D.


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Onl 22 days Special Olympics Walk-A-Thon
before the


It's the FIFTH ANNUAL SPECIAL
OLYMPICS BONAIRE WALK-
A-THON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4 -
Bonaire's most popular fund raising
event, and all the pro-
ceeds go to a great cause
- sending our Special
Olympics Athletes to
compete in international
games, and this year to
the World Games in
Shanghai, China, in
October. The event,
begun five years ago,
was the inspiration of
ex-head coach, Elizabeth
Wigny, who wanted it to not
only be a fund raising event
but one that was historically
important the route taken by
the slaves between Rincon and the salt
pans where they labored.
Not only will you be contributing to a
good cause, but the past years' Walk-a-
Thons have been great fun not only for


individuals but for groups too who even
get others to sponsor them. So take the
opportunity and get a group to-
gether and enjoy the
walk.
r National Director
S Clair e Sealy reports
that during this
year's Walk-a-Thon
there will be some
surprises along the
route and a special
one at the very
end at Pasa Dia.
Also this year
students from
the 5th and 6th
grades and
members of the
FKPD have been participating in a
contest to design a new logo for the Walk-
a-Thon T-shirt. First prize is a laptop and
there are 10 other smaller prizes. The con-
test ends this Friday, January 12, so you'll
see the winning logo next week in The


Reporter.
Instructions to Participants
You may walk, you may run, jog, bike
or even roller blade. Everyone meets at 5
am at the Slave Huts at the south end of
the island, and the 30-kilometer trek be-
gins.
Or you may leave your car at the Sta-
dium in Playa and take the FKPD bus
which will leave at 4:30 am SHARP
which will take you to the Slave Huts.
Then you'll be able to get a ride back to
the Stadium from the Pasa Dia in Rincon.
Bikes can get a lift back to town from
the Pasa Dia. All along the route there
will be pick up trucks to take those who
get tired or have any problems. The Red
Cross people will be there too, monitoring
the well being of everyone.
You'll follow the route of the slaves
with the final destination, the Pasa Dia in
Rincon. Every five kilometers there will
be a "refreshment station" where you'll be
offered water, fruits, snacks and lots of
encouragement. And at the Pasa Dia


you'll receive a certificate and a delicious
meal and drink.

Tickets, etc
Tickets are NAf25 and include a Walk-
a-Thon T-shirt, water bottle, bag, baseball
hat and the meal at the end. Get your tick-
ets from any board member (see list),
Chat 'n' Browse, Obersi Electronics
(Xerox) or Bowling di Danilo. Or email
info@ specialolympicsbonaire.org.
No matter who you are you may buy a
ticket. You don't have to do the walk and
next week we'll tell you about a special
offer for non-walkers..
Once you get your ticket you may pick
up your gift bag at City Cafe/Hotel
Rocheline in the lobby on Friday, Febru-
ary 2 from 4 to 7 pm or Saturday, Febru-
ary 3 from 10 am to
4 pm.


See you there!
1 L.D.











"Recipes for Success" to Aid Bonaie Special Olympics

Recipes for Success is a mini-book compiled by Delno Tromp, for Special
Olympics Bonaire. For many years Delno has given his time and love to his
native island with Special Olympics, the FKPD, the elderly, the tourist sector and
many more organizations. This book was made especially for generating funds for
the Bonaire Team for their upcoming World Games to be held in Shanghai, China,
in October, 2007. The cost of the book is $10, all of which goes to Bonaire's Spe-
cial Olympics Team.
Recipesfor Success is an
87-page book with over -"F
290 quotations about suc- i **
cess. Says Delno, "Success
is about the person you are
and the person you are be- -
STf * .1 f F .-1* :


Well known walker, Bbi Antoin of
extra, last year

GENEROUS SPONSOR 2007

Maduro & f
Curiel's Bank
Bonaire

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coming. It is all aoout ul-
filling your potential and
achieving your dreams.
Success is what will bring
you in a life ajoy and pride
in your accomplishments.
The key to success is to be
the best in what we do and
to be happy in what we do."


The books are available at:
Benneton
Bonaire Gift Shop
Bonaire Motorcycle Shop (Lando)
Capt. Don's Habitat
Chat 'n' Browse
Daniela Gustowski Bemabela


I


De Kapper
Ennia
Flamingo Book Store
Remax Paradise Homes
Sand Dollar Grocery
Sun Rentals
Xerox 1


Bonaire Reporter- January 12 to January 19, 2007


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DO YOU SUDOKUT?


S uDoku
means "the
digits must re-
main single" in
Japanese. To
solve the puzzle,
enter the numbers
1 through 9 to the
partially filled in
puzzle without
repeating a num-
ber in any row,
column or 3 x 3
region. For a
tutorial visit the
web site www.
Sudoku shack.
com.
1 Supplied by
Molly Kearney
(who has to
solve all the
puzzles first)


9


8 4


1


6 5 7 9 8

1 3 5 6

2 4 9 7 8

6 4 2

5 8 1 3 9

7 9 4 1

6 3 5


Complete solution on page 19.


'm W IM 404
A bi-monthly feature in the Reporter devoted
to helping you maintain your gear.
A/ second stage that never gets cleaned or re-
Sceives a brief rinsing and is left wet repeat-
edly can wind up looking rather bad inside. I mean
bad enough to almost make one's stomach turn
when you see it.

Most, NOT ALL, 2nd stages are not difficult to remove the
front cover and diaphragm. Some have a side pin or a clip.
Most have nothing. Just unscrew the front cover and carefully
see what comes next. Some have a friction ring. Others have
another screw-on ring with a friction ring under that. The last
item should be the rubber diaphragm which might be blue,
black, clear or white and possibly other colors. Aqualung (US
Divers) makes a very small 2nd stage called the Micra that
can be a bit of a problem. I have a special tool to remove and A regulator second
install the cover so you might not want to tackle that model. stage
Some really old 2nd stages such as metal Dacors and Scu-
bapros have a ring that holds the cover and the ring is held by one or two screws. These
are a pain but not impossible. I have had some newer regulators that I needed a ring
wrench to unscrew the cover only because they had been on for so long. Some manu-
facturers make special tools although there is usually a way around this. Using a kitchen
rubber top removing cloth thing pad works wonders also.
With care, an old toothbrush can be used to scrub out the inside if necessary. Perhaps
the dive shop you use can show you how to take the cover off, explaining any "tricks"
such as keeper pins or friction ring etc. Of course the best thing to do is clean and dry
the 2nd stage well after diving by running water through it, not just soaking.
One last point when you do have the cover off, clean the threads. There can be sand
pieces in there which don't help when putting it back together. Just screw the top down
snuggly. Do not over tighten.
After all is said and done, take a gentle breath through it to make sure you get no air.
If you get air, you have not put the diaphragm back correctly or the
exhaust valve got disturbed. o Bruce Bowker is owner-operator of
Carib Inn


JANART GALLERY
Kaya Gloria 7, Bonaire Local Art, Art
Supplies, Framing, and Art Classes. Open
Tu-We-Th & Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7
pm; or phone 717-5246 for appt.


IS YOUR HOUSE NEW TO YOU?
Make it more livable from the start.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Also interior or exterior design advice, clear-
ings, blessings, energy, healing, China-
trained. Experienced. Inexpensive. Call
Donna at 785-9332.


BONAIRENET
The leading consumer and business infor-
mation source on Bonaire. Telephone (599)
717-7160. For on-line yellow pages directory
information go to http://
www.yellowpagesbonaire.com


CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and plants, Bonaire grown. 8000m2
nursery. Specializing in garden/septic pumps
and irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Island
Growers NV (Capt. Don & Janet). 786-0956


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


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


SUPPORT BONAIRE
The Island you love could use your help!
Support Bonaire, Inc. provides support to
Bonaire's non-profits. To learn more about
making a US tax deductible donation visit
www.supportbonaire.org and help make a
difference!


JELLASTONE PETPARK
Pet boarding / Dierenpension
Day and night care. phone: 786-4651


V/acatio rl
Re rn ta I
Cozy guest cottage
available
Studio with kitchen,
airco, cable TV, two
single beds (or king)
pull-out sofa, porch,
yard and private entrance. Five minute
walk to seaside promenade; 10 minute
walk to town. $50/night. Contact: bo-
nairecottage@aol.com


Tarot Readings- Call 700-9422 Louise


For Sale
Phillips 29" TV. Perfect
condition. NAf225. Call 786-
6518 or 786-6125


MASH TV Show Season 7 set, 25 epi-
sodes on 3 DVDs. New and unopened
NAf 35. Swanson 717-8814

NIKONOS II-
Camera and Macro
tube Set. Still the best
camera for macro shots.
Original owner. NEVER
been flooded. Past Niko-
nos Shoot-Out winner. Complete $250.
Call George 786-6215.

For Sale: Nikon N90S Underwater
System with Sea &
Sea Housing:
Pelican Case; Nikon
N90S; AFN Nikkor
2.8-80MM 1:35-5.6D;
AF Micro Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8D; AF Nik-
kor 28-80MM 3.5-5.6D Zoom Gear; 2
aperture gears, Bower 62-52 gear; NX-990
Pro housing (Sea&Sea); NX-90 Dome
Port/cover; NX50/90 Flat Zoom port/
cover; aperture gear; dual sync cord
(Sea&Sea); 2 YS-120 Duo Strobes
(Sea&Sea); 2 Sea&Sea head adaptors; 4
ultralite clamps; 2 dovetail adaptors; 1
dovetail shoe; 2 strobe screws; 3 ultralite


Correction: In the last Scuba Doc
article we printed a photo of a valve
cover. The photo at right is a dust
cap, the subject of the story, .




4" D-ball; 2 ultralite 12" D-ball; extra o-
ring set; Sekonic Marine meter II. Asking
$1,000. Call 717-2050.

New Diadora Cayman Mtn. Biking
Shoes, size 39 (mens 6.5, womans 8) but
seem to fit smaller than that, NAf 35.
Swanson 717-8814

For sale -Dive tanks 80 cu ft. alumi-
num. NAf125 Call 717-8819 8 am 5 pm

For Sale Woman's shorty
ScubaPro wet suit with long
sleeves. As newwom twice.
Black with magenta trim. Size
13-14. NAf70 ($40) OBO.
Call 786-6518.

High quality Universal@ printer/copy
PAPER- Large format 11" x 17" (279mm
x 432mm). Two cases of 2500 sheets.
White (84 brightness) 20 lb. grain long
NAf60 per case., two for NAf100. Call
786-6125


For Sale
1995 Toyota 4-Runner. Good Condition,
low mileage, NAF 11500. Call 717-8019

BMW 520i 4-door se-
dan, 1991, white, excel-
lent condition. Fast, beau-
tiful. A CLASSIC! Call
785-9041

FOR SALE: FIAT BAR-
CHETTA Cabrio, 1997,
yellow, with hard-top and
windstop. Tel. 786-5591.

FOR SALE-Deawoo Nubiria 98 In Good
General Condition -Few Scratches and


Bruce Bowker


repair needed. Book Value is Fl 8000. Sell-
ing Price Fl 5000 Call-717-6997.


Pro pe rty,
Sales & Re ntals
Harbour Village Marina Front Condo
For Sale- Large one-bedroom, two-bath
apartment located in a secluded all-condo
building away from the hotel traffic. Full
kitchen and laundry, tons of storage space,
large patio with walkout to marina dock.
Private owner sale.
www.luxurvbonaire.com


wta r tend
Looking for work. Cleaning lady
(speaking Spanish and Papiamentu) is look-
ing for part-time work. 568 9506.

Dog kennel, medium size for dog weigh-
ing 13 kilos/30 lbs. Airline approved. (Not
needed until March) 717-6862.

Cashier needed part time. Dutch, Eng-
lish, Papiamentu preferred. Last Bite Bak-
ery. 717-3293


The Bonaire Reporter is looking for a
person to do layout for the weekly
editions. Must be very competent with
Microsoft Publisher
and familiar with Mi-
crosoft Office pro-
grams. Great part-time
job and could possibly
be done from home.
Call George at 786-
6125 or 786-6518.


Bonaire Reporter- January 12 to January 19, 2007


Bonaire Reporter Classifieds- Are still free
Got something to buy or sell?
Non-Commercial Classified Ads (up to 4 lines/ 20 words):
Free ads run for 2 weeks.
Commercial Ads only NAf0.80 per word, per week.
Call 786-6518 or 7866125 or email ads@bonairereporter.com


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Bonaire Sea Turtle Conservation Needs Contributions


that the funding program
had been terminated and that a newly
defined environmental program would
begin in April, 2007. Unfortunately, sea
turtle conservation would not be consid-
ered for any future grants.
The representatives were further ad-
vised that with the recent commitment of
the government to a long-term trust fund
for the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance
(DCNA), STCB would not qualify for
future grant money.
Andy Uhr, STCB spokesman writes,
"So where does that leave us? Well, we
are working on identifying other grants
and will be submitting one mid-January.
But the scope of this, and most other
available grants, is nowhere close to what
we had hoped to secure from Holland. In
addition, we have been raising funds


In reallocating its
environmental aid
the Dutch Government
cut off aid to Bonaire's
Sea Turtle Conservation
(STCB). It had been a
major source of funding
for several years.
In early December,
two STCB board mem-
bers visited The Hague
and met with the appro-
priate minister to con-
tinue the conservation
activity which had re-
ceived the approval of
the Bonaire Island Coun-
cil in August 2006. At
the meeting the repre-
sentatives were informed


from supporters such as yourself and
have had some success. Donations from
Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) N.V.
and BOPEC have been encouraging and
we received a generous donation from the
Foundation for the Preservation of Klein
Bonaire (FPKB). Still, we have a long
way to go to meet our goal of raising
NAf100.000 this year."
He adds, "I'm taking the liberty of list-
ing the STCB website -
www.bonaireturtles.org- and other con-
tact information below. Please take a
moment to review the site, in the hope
that if you have not already contributed,
you will do so now. Making a contribu-
tion is easy, can be done right on-line
using a credit card and for US taxpayers
the contribution is tax deductible. For that


There is an even greater need for
contributions from commercial spon-
sors like Re/Max Paradise Homes
with the cutoff of government aid

simply go to the Support Bonaire Inc.
website. Be sure to select the Sea Turtle
Conservation Project when completing
the form.
If you would rather handle your dona-
tion in a different manner, please refer to
our website for information about making
a contribution. If you have any questions,
please contact me. Many thanks to the
people and organizations that have made
contributions thus far." G.D./Andy Uhr
STCB photos
Contact Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire at PO Box 492, Kralendijk,
Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, phone
(599) 717 2225, cellular (599) 780 0433.
email
stcb(&abonaireturtles.org; Internet
address-www.bonaireturtles.org 1


tonaire Reporter- January 12 to January 19, 200/


The tracking program is in jeopardy.


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STRAIGHT TALK
It's all about dating, love, sex, friendship, and marriage so let's
talk. Email your relationship questions to my attention:
reporter(@bonairenews.com.

Question from: Betty Wills
"Financial woes"

Dear Betty,
My wife spends, spends, spends. I think she's addicted to spending. I had to sell
my business to cover her credit card debt, and now I'm working two jobs. I would
appreciate any suggestions you could send my way.

ANSWER: So why don't I get emails from men whose wives have sexual addic-
tions? We already know the answer, right? Ok, so now we have a husband whose
wife has a spending addiction asking someone with a spending addiction how to
stop his wife from spending! Seriously, spending addictions are very real and very
troublesome, not to mention very costly. They are usually symptomatic of a deeper
problem, including fear of being unlovable or unattractive, so the afflicted literally
buy their way to temporary happiness. In a previous column, I wrote about neuro-
transmitters and pain killing endorphins which are released in the brain when
women shop. Retailers love women with spending addictions, so don't expect any
help from them. They will continue having clearance sales with 20% off, regardless
of your wife's issues. You might consider seeking professional help while you can
still afford it. Let your wife use her credit card to charge the office
visits....at least until the doctor says otherwise. You'll both be much
happier.

SJoke of the Day
Bumper sticker seen on a cookie delivery truck:
"Driver carries no money; he's married."



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
1-12 8:57 1.8FT. 18:49 1.OFT. 20:21 1.0FT. 21:52 1.OFT. 31
1-13 9:21 1.9FT. 19:07 0.9FT. 32
1-14 9:46 2.0FT. 19:43 0.8FT. 39
1-15 10:12 2.1FT. 20:13 0.8FT. 49
1-16 10:45 2.1FT. 20:43 0.7FT. 61
1-17 11:25 2.2FT. 21:21 0.7FT. 73
1-18 12:01 2.1FT. 21:58 0.7FT. 84
1-19 12:43 2.1FT. 22:29 0.8FT. 92


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WAr


MOVIELAND



WEEKLY MMVIE SHDWTIMES
Late Show
Call to make sure (Usually9 pm)
Dejavu
(Dezel Washington)

Early Show (Usually 7pm)
Casino Royale
(James Bond)

Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAfl4 (incl. Tax)
Children under 12 NAf12
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
January: Happy Feet


THIS WEEK


Until March 30-Guest Artist Mar-
kus Taurer Exhibit at the Cinnamon
Art Gallery.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting 10 am to early afternoon:
Tuesday, January 16- Sea Princess.

Saturday, January 13 Clean up dive
sponsored by Yellow Submarine and
NetTech, 1 pm, Yellow Submarine.
BBQ at 5 See Page 5.



COMING

January 21 28 -Local well known
people show their art for the Lions
Club Fundraiser Kas di Arte. See
Page 5.
January Arts and Crafts Markets at
Wilhelmina Park during cruise ship
visits 10 am to early afternoon: Tues-
day, January 23 Veendam, Wednes-
day, January 24 Crown Princess
Sunday, February 4 -5th Annual Spe-
cial Olympics Walk-a-Thon-See
Page 10.

REGULAR EVENTS
Daily (more or less)

* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off Buddy Dive Resort,
5:30-6:30
* HH Cactus Blue (except Sun.) 5-6
* 2 for 1 appetizers with entree 6-7,
Cactus Blue
* 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.


HAPPENweG


* By appointment -Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $12 (NAfl2 for
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open everyday into the evening
hours.

Saturdays
* Steak Night On the Beach (a la
carte) Buddy Dive Resort,
kitchen open 6:00 pm 10:00 pm
* Rincon Marsh--6 am-2 pm. En-
joy 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.
Sundays
* Live music 6-9 pm while enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10
pm
Mondays
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10,-. Buddy Dive Resort, kitchen
open from 6:00 pm 21:30 pm
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
717-6435
Tuesdays
* 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 Bar
* 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 & Adventure
786-5073.
*
Wednesdays
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-
9, Cactus Blue.
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf
Place at Sorobon -Reserve ahead. Tel.
717-5091, 717-2288
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
6:30.
* Caribbean Night A la Carte -
Buddy Dive Resort, kitchen open from
6:00 pm 10:00 pm

Thursdays
* Live music by the Flamingo
Rockers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi
Beach Bar, 5-7
* "Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-


bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7
* Buddy's Bingo Show Buddy Dive
Resort, 8:00 pm 9:30 pm
Fridays
* 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 Soro-
bon from 13.00, for children 0 18.
* Manager's Bash-free Flamingo
Smash & snacks, Divi Flamingo, 5-7
pm
* Free Rum Punch Party (5:30 pm -
6:30 pm) & All-u-can-eat BBQ (7:00 pm
- 22:00 pm) Buddy Dive Resort
* 5-7 pm Social Event at JanArt
Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7. Meet artist
Janice Huckaby and Larry of Larry's
Wildside Diving. New original paint-
ings of Bonaire and diver stories of the
East Coast every week.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS

Saturday- "Discover Our Diversity"
slide show-pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm,
717-5080
Monday-Dee Scarr's "Touch the
Sea" Slide Show, Capt. Don's Habitat,
8:30 pm. Call 717-8290.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation (STCB) Slide Show by
Bruce Brabec. Carib Inn seaside ve-
randa, 7 pm, 717-8819.

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9-12, 2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Lear about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060/ 790-2018
Bonaire Museum on Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017

CLUBS and MEETINGS

AA meetings every Wednesday, Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group Ma-
jestic Journeys Bonaire N.V. Lourdes
Shopping Center 2nd Level Kaya LD
Gerharts # 10. Call 717-2482/566-6093.
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 5664056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.


JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO build-
ing, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to
9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact:
Renata Domacasse 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Bonaire Arts & Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonaireano) 717-5246 or
7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Vala-
rie telbonet.an
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics- Call Roosje 786-
7984
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik
717-8051

CHURCH SERVICES

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. Services in
Papiamentu, Dutch and English on Sun-
days 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 meet-
ings, every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kral-
endijk.
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. Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on
Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at
7:30 pm. 717-2194

Send event info to:
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter(@onairenews.com
Tel:786-6518 or 786-6125


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DINING GUIDE


See advertisements in this issue


RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Balashi Beach Bar Open every day Extensive snack/salad/burger.
Bar and Beach Service 8am 8pm. Menu available daily from noon.
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront Happy Hour, two for one, 6-7 pm.
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast daily 6:30 am Buddy's Magnificent Theme Nights: Sat. Steak Night A la Carte; Mon. Fish
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort 10:00 am. Lunch daily 11:30 17:30 am. or Meat Dinner Special ($10,-); Wed. Caribbean Night A la Carte; Fri. Free
717-5080, ext. 538 Dinner on theme nights 6:00 pm 10 pm. Rum Punch Party (5:30- 6:30 pm) and All-u-can-eat BBQ for $ 19.50 (7:00 10:00 pm)
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Superb dishes prepared with care and love by a French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Lunch Monday Friday 11 am-3 pm 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 &ModerateExensive
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breaatunc and Dinner Biggest BBQ Buffet on Bonaire everySaturday
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort Waterfront On 7 das from 6-9pm. Only NAf 28 or $15.75.
717-8285 Open 7 days
The Great Escape Moderate Bar-Restaurant poolside -under the thatched roof.
EEG Blvd #97-across from Belmar Breakfast Breakfast Buffet 7:30-10 am every day
717-7488 Sandwich Lunch 10 am-12 noon Super beer selection-Happy hours 5 to 7 daily.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate NAf 10 lunch every day
Kaya Grandi 70
717-3293 Open Tuesday through Saturday main dish with 2 side dishes.
Papaya Moon Cantina Moderate Margaritas a Specialty
Downtown- Kaya Grandi 48 Open everyday except Tuesday 2 for 1 Happy Hour 6-7:30
717-5025 For Dinner Incredible Mexican Cuisine
Papagayo Moderate Breakfasts featuring Eggs Benedict
Downtown, Kaya L.D.Gerharts, opposite MCB Open for Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner Burgers andSalads
717-8003 Closed Monday Open at 8 am
Pasa Bon Pizza Low-Moderate Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest ingre-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday dients. Salads, desserts. Eat m or take away. Nice bar too.
Smile north of town center. 780-1111Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-SundayCall ahead to eat-in or take out 790-1111
The Bonaire Windsurfing Place Low-Moderate A genuine sandy beach restaurant cooled by the trade winds
At Sorobon Beach Open from 10Oam-6 pm daily, Top quality food and friendly service. Reserve for the Wednesday Beach BBQ.

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AIRLINES
Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

APPLIANCES lIV/ ELECTRONICS/ COMPUTERS
City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast ser-
vice and in-store financing too.

BANKS
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.

BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, wax-
ing and professional nail care.

BICYCLE / SCOOTER/ QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

DIVING
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
Cafe and at Eden Beach.

FITNESS
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.

FURNITURE, ANTIQUES
The Plantation Has lots of classy furniture and an-
tiques at very competitive prices. Stop in to see great
teak furniture and Indonesian crafts.


GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain
it and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Incredible selection of pots.

GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a wide selection of gifts,
souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras, things
for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
HOTELS
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!
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
NATURE EXPLORATION
Outdoor Bonaire for individually guided kayaking,
hiking, biking, caving, rapelling/abseilen and more
reservations : 791-6272 or 785-6272 E-mail:
hans@outdoorbonaire.com
PHOTO FINISHING
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints, slides, items and ser-
vices Full digital services.

REAL ESTATE / RENTAL AGENTS
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
fast.

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


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

RETAIL
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-
ment.
The Touch Skin & Body-Birkenstock shoes for men
and women. New styles
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent.

WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein

WINDSURFING
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
nights.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
delivery. Shop at Kaya Industria 23, Monday-Saturday
9 am-12 noon.


ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
Tel. 786-6518, 786-6125
Did you know that listing in the Guides is FREE
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On the Island Since... @ w


Corine van der Hout Ut 7 11


X 7hile I was studying I was
V about 18 my parents
bought an old farm house at an auction.
It was then that I met this real estate
broker and I thought: This man has a
nice job; he's driving around all day,
he's seeing people's houses inside and
out, he's drinking coffee with them and
he meets all kinds of people that's
what I want too! I was doing a high pro-
fessional education study, a leisure
study, and I liked it, but this seemed
something far more interesting. So I
started studying to become a real estate
broker and at the same time I finished
the other study. But before I finished the
real estate course I got a job at a real
estate office, a very fancy one. I was 22.
In the meantime I finished my studies
and was sworn in as a broker when I
was 24.
I liked my job a lot, but after four
years I was looking for a new challenge.
Our headquarters wanted to open a new
branch in the north of Holland, in Gron-
ingen, and they asked me if I was inter-
ested and I thought 'Yes'! And so I went
to Groningen and I stayed there for four
years. Then I wanted something new.
Either I was going back to school again
to become a financial controller or I
would go abroad. I saw an ad in a trade
journal about a real estate office for sale
on Bonaire and I wrote them a letter,
just for the fun of it! After two months -
I'd practically forgotten about the whole
thing Ben van Zutphen, the owner of
Sunbelt at the time, called me. I'd never
been here, nor in any part of the Carib-
bean, but I did know where it was! After
many phone calls, faxes and E-mails I
went to have a look, together with my
partner Jan-Henk van der Wier.
My first impression? It was hot, very
hot! We figured we had to see the island
first and so, being two typically Dutch
people, completely stressed, we raced
around the island and came back three
hours later, telling the people we were
staying with: 'We've seen the whole
island!' Of course the sea was marvel-
ous; the fact that you could see the
fishes swimming in such transparent
water was really amazing, but about the
island itself I honestly didn't have an
opinion.
We spent 10 days on Bonaire, assist-
ing Ben a little bit and I soon realized
that things worked quite differently here.
Selling and buying was an international
affair, and clients come from all over the
world. Their backgrounds and knowl-
edge were completely different, so what
a broker does here is amongst many
other things, giving a lot of information,
not only about the sale, but also about


the island, the laws and the way things
are working here in general.
Well, we went back to Holland, back
to our jobs, letting the idea sink in for a
while. But after some time we felt it was
too big a challenge to let go and so we
bought the business. We sold everything
we had, everything! We arrived here
with 110 kilos of luggage, and the big-
gest part of that were the computers. It
was such a good feeling; I didn't have
anything anymore! I felt totally free!
Super!

We started with Sunbelt at the end of
2000. It was a very bad year and 2001
and 2002 were a drama Bonaire's
economy was way down... We'd known
that when we bought the business, but as
my first boss always used to say, 'All
over the world houses will always be
sold and bought because people need to
have a house, simple as it is...' And we
thought, 'As long as we'll survive it's
enough.' Here we would get a commis-
sion of 4% versus 1.5% in Holland, so I
thought, 'We can make it.' Anyway, it
was only the two of us.



"I soon realized that
things worked quite
differently here. Selling
and buying was an
international affair, and
clients come from all over
the world."



The moment KLM came to the island
the market started booming because the
Europeans could come and go every day
and the Euro was high, and from that
time on everything went way out of
hand, positively speaking, because now
were here with 10 people!"
Corine van der Hout (36) is pretty,
very elegant and straight; she's easy to
talk to, but she knows exactly what she
wants.
"On Bonaire", she says, "we depend
very much on the number of flights that
come to the island. I am sure that when
KLM stops at the end of March with
their Amsterdam-Bonaire-Lima flight it
will have an impact on the market, but
on the other hand, we've got ArkeFly
back. I also noticed that since the nego-
tiations between Bonaire and the Dutch
government started about a new status
for the island, the number of invest-
ments on Bonaire has gone up. And


young people with children (a group we
never had before) are coming to live
here. Also many Americans and other
non-Dutch foreigners want to get a resi-
dency permit now because it's still rela-
tively easy and nobody knows how it
will go in the future.
I am a guest here and I am doing my
job, but I also hope that I am contribut-
ing something to the island, in the sense
that my company creates work for other
people too. The island will change...
and I don't know if that's a good thing,
but when I look at the young people here
on Bonaire I see they also want to ac-
complish things. They also want pro-
gress and to be able to go forward with
their lives. They want the things they see
on the Internet and on TV, like the peo-
ple living in the States and in Europe. So
I think that you can't stop progress. I am
an intermediary here. I am between the
parties, and I don't force anybody to sell
or buy; that's not the way it goes and
that's not the way I want it because I see
those people every day.
When we speak about the mangrove
development at Sorobon, for which the
permits were cancelled the other day, I
have to say that at first the argument
those people who were against it were
using, saying that it was such a beautiful
and undisturbed place that argument
didn't make any sense to me, from a
developer's point of view. But then, as it
turns out by a scientifically proven study
of the environment that it will have a
negative impact on the environment,
specifically the mangroves, I changed
my opinion and I am against the con-
struction of the development; the whole
eco-system... that's where I draw the
line. But, on the other hand, I have noth-
ing against 'high-rise' buildings of four
stories. Anyway, it's up to the govern-
ment to make the rules.
Our market has changed a great deal;
the clients who are coming now are a


very different kind of people. I am
amazed at the amounts of money people
are willing to spend. Those are different
people, not the people of the old Bonaire
who liked the simple way of life. How-
ever, these new people do appreciate the
tranquility, and they love to go around in
shorts and flip-flops. On the other hand,
they want luxury and they want high-
speed Internet! Maybe this could be the
ideal solution for Bonaire for the future -
no mass tourism, but people who love a
more exclusive life-style...
As for myself... I have no ambition at
all, really, not at all! It all turned out this
way by itself somehow. I am a serious
person, and I am involved, and I am
certainly a positive person. I like so
many different things and I think I am
straight. I like to dress well." She
laughs. "It started because my first job
was with this exclusive real estate busi-
ness and it was highly appreciated to
conform to the dress code, and it's
something you grow into. I also feel that
it shows I'm serious about my relation-
ship with my clients. When I am going
to talk to someone about a contract I feel
I can't show up in shorts because these
people are spending money they've been
working hard for all their lives and by
dressing up I want to show them that
I'm approaching them in a serious way.
When I came here I didn't know if I
was going to stay here for a year or
longer, but as time passed by I realize
now the longer I'm gone from Holland
the less I want to go back. If I go, it's
only for a family visit. You see, the mo-
ment I close the door of the office, I feel
I am on vacation. I go surfing or biking
and the weather is always
beautiful. The longer I am
here, the more I've come
to love the island."
Story & photo by Greta
Kooistra


Bonaire Reporter- January 12 to January 19, 2007


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PRI^B W y ^ 2


7 l--^ rFundashon Mariadal pi1oto

With delight the management of San Francisco
Hospital (Fundashon Mariadal), announced the
birth of Bonaire's first baby of 2007.
The baby, a girl, was born on Thursday, January 4, at
10:25 am. Mother and child are well. Congratulations to
the parents, Gilusa Thielman and Riglen Makaai. During
the delivery Dr. R.Guera was assisted by nurse-midwife
Marita Djojopawiro and nurse Ruthsella Wanga.
In the photo above are the parents, Ms. Gilusa and Mr.
Riglen Makaai, with Dr Guerra and hospital staff.


Bonaire Reporter- January 12 to January 19, 2007


All babies born on Bonaire are spe-
cial, but the very first birth of the
year is showered with gifts. Recently
representatives of MCB paid a per-
sonal visit along with Lito the Lion,
their mascot for children's savings, to
present a savings passbook to Lito's
newest friend. Princess Rilushka
Makaai, the first baby born on Bon-
aire this year. Lito said he's very
happy with his newest little friend
and gives best wishes to her parents.
During the visit MCB also gave the
new baby a nice packet of gifts as
well.
In the photo below are: MCB Di-
rector Gabrielle Nahr, Lito, Princess
Rilushka and her mom.


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*to find it... just look up

Use the Moon to Find the Biggest Planet
and an Even Bigger Star"
n the Sky Park this Sunday
January 14th and Monday
January 15th you'll be able to use
an exquisite waning crescent Moon
to find the king of the planets and
one of the biggest stars you can see
with the naked eye. There is one
catch, however. You'll have to get
up with the chickens. This Sunday,
January 14th, about an hour before
sunrise face southeast where you'll
see an exquisite 25-day-old waning
crescent Moon complete with
earthshine which will look like a
grayish black full Moon nestled
within the bright crescent. And that
term, earthshine, is a very descrip-
tive term compared with moon-
shine. Because while the bright
slender crescent you'll see this Sun-
day is called moonshine, it's really
reflected sunshine because the
Moon does not make its own light.
It simply reflects light from the Jupiter
Sun.
So moonshine is reflected sunshine. Earthshine is an entirely different story, how-
ever. It's actually sunshine bouncing off the daytime side of our Earth onto the
darkened portion of the Moon, which is then reflected back to Earth. So earthshine
is sunlight which bounces off our Earth onto the Moon and then back again. And
the only time we can see this earthshine phenomenon is during phases of either the
waxing, which means growing, crescent Moon and the waning, which means
shrinking, crescent Moon. Don't miss it because it's absolutely beautiful.
Now once you've found the Moon look over to its left and the brightest object
you'll see is the king of our sun's planets, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter, which is so
huge we could line up 11 of our Earths side by side across its middle. And please if
you got a telescope for Christmas take a look at Jupiter because not only will you
be able to see details of its layers of storm systems but you'll also be able to watch
its four largest moons as they change position from night to night as they orbit the
king. In fact you can even see Jupiter's four largest moons with a pair of binoculars.
Next if you look just down and to the right of Jupiter you'll see another giant ob-
ject, although much dimmer than Jupiter because it's so much farther away. It's the
red star called Antares which marks the heart of Scorpius the Scorpion. And to
make sure you've found it simply go out 24 hours later on Monday January 15th
and an even skinnier crescent Moon complete with earthshine will be parked right
next to it.
What could be simpler? And although Antares looks dimmer than Jupiter from
our perspective, it nevertheless blows Jupiter away because it is a star 600 times as
wide as our own Sun. It is in fact so huge we could line up 5,800 Jupiters across its
middle.
Once again this Sunday the crescent Moon with earthshine is up and to the right
of the king of the planets. And on Monday it's huddled right next to the second big-
gest star we can see with the naked eye! O Jack Horkheimer


DO YOU

SUDOKU?

ANSWER


And the
solution is:
(puzzle and
directions
on page 12)


Sunday, January 7 to Saturday, January 13
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) One sided attractions are likely. Secret love affairs may
be enticing; however, you must be prepared for the restraints that will follow. Get
involved in activities that will be fun for the whole family. Romance is likely if you
can bring yourself to go out with friends. Your lucky day this week is Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Make sure that new mates live up to your high stan-
dards. Don't be shy to promote your own interests. Take a close look at any con-
tracts you've signed in order to be sure exactly where you stand. Do not overspend
on entertainment. You could find that children will be a handful. Your lucky day
this week will be Thursday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You may find that children are not as accepting as you
have been. You will get along well in social situations. You can make excellent ca-
reer moves if you are open to the opportunities that exist. You should be in business
for yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Things at home may be somewhat rocky. You can
make progress professionally. Visitors are likely to drop by and chances are, they
may even stay a little longer than you want them to. You may have problems with
skin, bones, or teeth if you haven't been taking proper care of yourself. Your lucky
day this week will be Monday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Your high energy will enable you to enlist the help of those
in a position to back you. Be sure not to reveal private information to the wrong
individuals. You could experience delays in shipments or mail, and should be care-
ful while traveling. Delve a little deeper if you really want to know the score. Your
lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Changes in your domestic scene are evident. You can
make money through your creative efforts. Business conducted in your own office
will proceed smoothly. Don't get involved in joint ventures. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Plan some family outings. Don't be too quick to judge
your position or surroundings at work. Keep on your toes when dealing with others.
A passionate party for two might be just the remedy. Your lucky day this week will
be Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You can make life easier for an older member of
your family. Take the time to do your job correctly or you may find yourself looking
for a new one. Try to curb your habits, or you could find yourself in an awkward
financial position. Be diplomatic when dealing with in-law. Your lucky day this
week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your lover will cost you dearly if you let
them. This will be a very hectic time if you've made promises to too many people.
The great outdoors will allow you to teach youngsters some of the things you
learned when growing up. Spend some quality time with the one you love. Your
talents will shine at work. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your partner may not understand your mood
swings but if you are willing to communicate, a lot of grief can be avoided. Drastic
changes regarding your personal attitude are evident. Be careful when dealing with
investments. Dealing with foreigners will be most enlightening. Your lucky day this
week will be Thursday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Opportunities to pamper yourself may unfold. You
should be in business for yourself. You can make new friends by taking part in so-
cial events involving colleagues. Spend time getting into physical activities with
your lover. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Conflicts over joint finances are likely. Be sure to look
into travel opportunities that will provide you with mental stimulation. Don't get
involved in joint ventures. You can make a serious attempt at quitting those bad
habits that you've picked up over the years. Your lucky day this week will be Mon-
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