Title: Bonaire reporter
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Publication Date: February 9, 2007
Copyright Date: 2005
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Based on the figures reported by
Bevolking, the island's census
department, Bonaire's population in-
creased last year by 466 persons,
from 13,540 to 14,006. That is the final
number based on births (123) and im-
migrants (1,129) minus the numbers for
deaths (46) and emigrants (740).
The highest number of births, 14,
occurred in December; the fewest, 5, in
The highest number of immigrants,
122, occurred in August. Number of
deaths was pretty much spread out
through the year. The highest number
of emigrants, 166, was in July. More
population figures will be coming from
Bevolking and will appear in future
editions of The Reporter

> A roundtrip ticket from Cura-
cao to St. Maarten should cost
NAf444 and to Bonaire, NAf175,
demands the new Curacao airline
Insel Air. The proposal made to the
Transportation Minister, who is taking
her time in answering, is strange con-
sidering the fact that Insel Air currently
charges NAf360 for the ticket and 50%
off for a second person traveling to-
gether to St. Maarten and has a very
limited flight schedule to Bonaire.
Competitor Dutch Antilles Express
(DAE) hasn't asked for minimum tar-
iffs. Neither has Divi Divi Air. DAE
charges NAf447 to fly to St. Maarten.
"First they say that we're going to
compete, because it's good for the con-
sumer. Now they want to agree on a
minimum price. What's still good for
the consumer then?" asks DAE director
Floris van Pallandt. The minimum price
is not much lower than the current low-
est fare. The Curaqao press quoted him
as saying price fixing is absolutely
wrong. "You would go to jail for this
in America." Insel Air alleges that
Bonaire-based (not much longer, see
next item) Dutch Antilles Express
(DAE) has ties to KLM that would al-
low it to operate below cost to kill off
the Curaqao airline.

lZ Air Harbin aircraft

> The Papiamentu language daily,
Extra, reported that many DAE per-
sonnel on Bonaire must transfer to
Curacao because DAE is moving ad-
ministration, reservations and main-
tenance there. Currently DAE and
Divi Divi Air fly daily between Bonaire
and Curaqao. Insel air flies at the end of
the week. Soon a new "commuter"
airline, EZ Air, organized by former
DCA/ALM pilot Rene Winkel, who
also used to run the Air Ambulance,
will begin flying with a 14-passenger,
Chinese-built Harbin airplane.

1 This Fokker 100 jet is in the
hangar at the airport of Bonaire be-
ing painted with DAE livery. As soon
as the 100-seat jet is ready DAE will
start using it on the St. Maarten route.
Later next month, the second Fokker
100 will arrive from Europe. DAE will
permanently move its operation center
to Curaqao because all the new regional
flights will originate from there. DAE
announced earlier that the company
will start with flights to Colombia,
Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Suri-
nam, and Caracas.

> President and CEO of Air Jamaica,
Mike Conway, says that replacing its
Airbus fleet with Boeing aircraft will
cut costs by more than US$38 million
within two years. Air Jamaica cur-
rently flies weekly to Bonaire from its
Montego Bay hub.
The airline plans to lease nine 737-
300 and six 757-200 Boeing aircraft
but, in their report to the committee,
some of the airline's technicians argued
that the new fleet was unable to fly
beyond 1,400 nautical miles and are not
as fuel efficient as the Airbus, which
has a longer range.
"That's not true," said Conway on
Friday. "The airplane has a greater pas-
senger and cargo capacity as well as a
range of over 2,000 nautical miles [and]
can fly any route we fly with the excep-
tion of London and Los Angeles."
Conway said that on full Airbus A320
flights from the northeast US it was not
unusual for Air Jamaica to leave up to
100 pieces of luggage behind.
The aircraft swapping will take place
on a staggered basis over an 18- to 24-
month period, beginning in the second
half of this year. Conway noted that
Boeing was prepared to give Jamaica a
good deal on the 15 new planes.

Royal Dutch Airlines, KLM, is
reducing the fuel surcharge on its
tickets in response to continued de-
creasing fuel prices. The fuel surcharge
will be reduced by five euros, about
NA1f2, per stretch on all intercontinen-
tal flights, including those between
Amsterdam and the Netherlands Antil-

> Recent Bonaire Reporter columns
have discussed the escalating cost of
housing on Bonaire and its impact on
local people. China came up with its
answer last week. Foreign home buyers
in Beijing will have to prove they have
lived in China for a year for work or
study and will be barred from renting
out the property, the Beijing Morning
Post and China Daily newspapers said.
China's government is trying to restrain
a jump in housing prices and cool an
investment boom that Chinese leaders
worry could spark inflation or a finan-

cial crisis. Developers will pay a value-
added tax of up to 60% on new pro-

> After five years of research Par-
liament approved a controversial
draft law on undivided property-
squatter's rights- applicable to all is-
lands of the Netherlands Antilles last
week. The law proposes that a judge
have authority to assign an undivided
property, or parts of it, to those who are
using it. The person in question must
have been using the property for at least
the past 10 years and residing legally in
the island territory in question.
The law proposes too that persons
who aren't directly using a property,
but by all indications are the rightful
heirs, be named as the rightful users of
the property. The law also deals with
possible problems with inheritance; for
example, in case the heirs aren't willing
to cooperate or the whereabouts of the
heirs are unknown.

The Partido Demokratiko Bo-
nairiano (Democratic Party of Bon-
aire -red), Obrero Nobo (the New
Labor blue) and Partido Boneriano
Sosial (Socialist-yellow) have again
decided to join forces against the rul-
ing UPB (Patriot green) in the up-
coming April 20 Island Council Elec-
tions. The new party is called the
"Aliansa Demokratiko Boneriano."
UPB Leader Ramonsito Booi warned
that a vote for the opposition would be
a vote against the agreement that Bon-
aire, St. Eustatius and Saba signed to
become overseas municipalities of the
Netherlands. Bonaire radio talk shows
recently have aired the concerns of
some people that closer ties with Hol-
land would not be in Bonaire's best
It should be a good race.

Crime among young Antilleans
is on the rise in Rotterdam, the Dutch
newspaper NRC Handelsblad reported
last Friday. According to the study An-
tilleans are especially involved in vio-
lent crimes and crimes related to drugs.
Young Antilleans, mostly hailing
from Curaqao, are also generally more
involved in murder and manslaughter.
Of the youngsters born in the Antilles,
ages 12-17, almost one in five has
come into contact with the law. Crime
among Antillean adults has decreased
slightly in the last two years.
Antilleans living in Rotterdam have
criticized the study as being based on
outdated information and inaccurate.
About 20,000 Antilleans and Arubans
live in Rotterdam, where they consti-
tute 3.4% of the city's population.

> An important precedent-setting
lawsuit is underway in Curacao. Peo-
ple living "under the smoke" of Cura-
gao's Isla oil refinery are suing the op-
erator, Isla, (subsidiary of Petroleos de
Venezuela), the Antillean Government,
the Island Government-owned holding
company "Refineria di Kbrsou" and the
Build Own and Operate (BOO) energy
plant of the Curamao Utilities Company
(CUC). The plaintiffs want the court to
order the operations to halt the pollu-
(Continued on page 4)


Table of Contents
Barracudas on the Road 3
Unconvinced and Upset
Slow Down -It's Good Insurance 5
Gear Doc- Orifices 6
Bonaire Energy Update 7
Walk-a-Thon Success 8
New Pasa Dia Rincon Canteen 10
Portraits- Doei Diaz 12
Good News for Loras 13
Pelican School Goes Lora
Watching 13
Diving with Dee-Morays 15
Lost Dog-Tyson 17
Shrink Studies SCUBA (Obesity) 22

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Biologists Bubbles (Scorpionfish) 3
Coral Glimpses 3
Picture Yourself (Lake Michigan, US) 14
Classifieds 14
Straight Talk 14
Pet of the Week (Poogy; Flea Market) 17
SuDoku Puzzle 17
SuDoku Answer 18
Tide Table 18
Reporter Masthead 18
What's Happening 19
Movieland Film Schedule 19
Karneval Schedule 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 20
Born on Bonaire (Emma Sint Jago) 21
Sky Park (Saturn) 23
The Stars Have It 23


Bonaire Reporter February 9 to February 16, 2007

Page 2

Bonaire Barracudas On the Road coral glimpses (a bitofinformationaboutcoralspresentedeachweek
Bonaire Barracudas the Road coral glimpses by naturalist Dee Scarr)

F orty-four Bonaire Barracuda
swimmers participated in the 3rd
Annual Bonaire School Swimming
Championship on Sunday, 28 January.
One week later six Barracuda team
members were "on the road again" trav-
eling to Curaqao for the Curaqao Swim-
ming Federation 5th Open Swim Meet
held at Sentro Deportivo Korsou on
Saturday, 3 February.
Barracuda swimmers continue to show
(Continued on page 5)

Rooske Wagemakers swims the 100
meter butterfly

A though flower coral doesn't
build massive formations, the
polyps grow and split like the polyps
of massive formations. The polyp(s) in
the center of the photo is (are) in the
process of splitting; three split polyps
surround it (them).
1 Captions & photos by Dee Scarr.
Dee's Photos restored by Jack Drafahl
of the Oregon Coastal Digital Center
See also Dee's article on morays,
page 11.

e~ nNooDQ rN [B5[

Barracuda Boys (front row L/R) Luis Marcano, Samson Evertsz, Asdrubal
Marcano, Olivier Wagemakers, (back row L/R) Alejandro De Lima and Chris-
tian van der Dijs (Bulado Swim Team)

D id You Know... There's a step called
the "Scorpionfish Shuffle?"
We have a very common species of scorpion-
fish here in Bonaire called the Spotted Scorpion-
fish. It's not the most beautiful fish by any
means, but I love to point them out because
most novice snorkelers/divers never notice them
due to their incredible camouflage. If I want to
show someone a scorpionfish, all I usually do is
search in the shallow rock/rubble zone. I'm talking shallow between two and five
feet deep. I never enter the water without fins or booties on because I have a
healthy respect for these venomous fish. They have several hollow dorsal fin spines
that inject venom into anything that presses down on them. If you're determined to
enter the water barefoot and it's rocky, I would strongly advise you to do the
"Scorpionfish Shuffle" and slide your feet along the bottom as you go. If there hap-
pens to be a scorpionfish, chances are it will swim away when your foot bumps it
from the side. If you're stomping around and step down on its back, you'll regret it.
But even the scorpionfish shuffle won't save you from other hazards such as urchins
and fire coral, but that's another story altogether! o CarenEckrich

Bonaire Reporter February 9 to February 16, 2007

Page 3

(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
tion that they allege is damaging their
health. If the refinery is closed the own-
ers must assume responsibility for
cleanup as well. Bonaire environmental-
ists are also concerned about the cleanup
of the BOPEC trans-shipment site if it
should close. The area south of the
BOPEC facility, where divers used to
enter the water and fishermen launch their
boats, is currently being fenced in.

Netting masbangu at Lac
> Lac Bay was the focus in Bonaire for
the observance of World Wetlands Day
on Friday last week. Lac is the nursery
for many of Bonaire's fish and sustainable
fishing by Bonaire's indigenous fisher-
men. Lac bay was prominent in Reporter
pages in recent months because Antillean
Governor Frits Goedgedrag annulled de-
cisions by Bonaire's Executive Council to
allow Mangrove Village to be built there
without a favorable environmental impact

> Because of a jump in burglaries, the
Bonaire Police established a special
team on January 8th to focus on those
crimes. Investigation has collected evi-
dence so more arrests will take place in
the next few days. Complaints were ana-
lyzed and a plan was drawn up to tackle
this problem. The team has already ar-
rested five persons suspected of burglary.
The burglaries took place at houses in
Republiek, Kaminda Lagoen, Playa
Pabou, Antriol and in some hotels. The
youngest suspect is 26 and the oldest is
62. The police ask everybody who has
information about a burglary or robbery
to please call them at 911 or 717-8000.

1 The 2007
Bonaire Jazz J
Festival is set
to begin on
May 16 and
run for five
days. Starting
with an art
"Jazz and Art," at Kas di Arte on
Wednesday, May 16, and ending with a
jam session at Little Havana on Sunday,
May 20, the event will feature jazz greats
from America, the Antilles, Aruba,
Europe, Puerto Rico and South America.
The Bonaire Reporter will keep you in-
formed as the Festival gets closer.

> Thirteen singers, accompanied by
Happy Band, Grupo Aichi, Glenn &
Friends and Bon Bini Combo took part in
the tumba festival last Saturday evening.
Jonathan Clarinda, just 16 years old,
was crowned king in the singing com-
petition. He was accompanied by Glenn
& Friends band. The winning tumba
'Sak'e way'e 'was composed by Johnny
Leoneta, who has won the best song
writer award for three consecutive years.
Almar Nicolaswon best arrangement. In
an unrelated competition, Tico Balentien,
a Bonerean native, was named king of
tumba in Curacao.

> Venezuela's Congress last Wednes-
day granted President Hugo Chavez
powers to rule by decree for 18 months
as he tries to force through nationaliza-
tions key to his self-styled leftist revolu-
tion. The vote allows anti-US leader
Chavez, who has been in power since
1999, to deepen state control of the econ-
omy and other sectors of public life. Af-
ternoon headlines in the anti-Chavez
Venezuelan press were scathing. Tal Cual
splashed with "Heil Hugo" and equated
the enabling law with powers granted to
Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in the 1930s. El
Mundo had the headline "SuperChavez

> Several of The
Bonaire Reporter's
restaurant advertis-
ers are offering spe-
cials to commemo-
rate Valentine's
Day. Check their ads
on pages 12, 13, 24.


The new 5th edition of Bonaire
Shore Diving Made Easy is now avail-
able in Bonaire and on the web at
www.bsdme.info. In the photo Sandra
Blonk of Buddy Dive receives the first on
island copy from Editor Susan Porter.
The fifth edition is Susan's second since
taking over the guide from Jessie Arma-
cost in 2005. Contact Susan at
Susan(ibsdme.info for a copy or more

> A new photo shop focusing on digi-
tal imaging will open this month at the
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort, reports
Divi General Manager Sara Matera.
"Capture Photo" will be a full-service

underwater photography shop for divers
looking for unparalleled facilities.
It will offer underwater camera and
video camcorder rentals, photography
lessons, digital imaging. It's co-founded
by Dan Blodget, owner of Sub Aquatic
Camera Repair Company, the world's
largest underwater camera repair facility,
and Kathy Lapsys, entrepreneur from,
Austin, Texas.

Duofest 2007 is coming on Febru-
ary 26th onboard the ship Freewinds at
7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale at Boutique
Vita, Bonaire Boekhandel, Flamingo
Bookstore and the Rose Inn Bar Restau-
rant -Rincon for NAf 25 to benefit the
Foundation for Art & Culture of Bonaire.
See "On the Island Since..." on page 21
to find out more about the organizer of
this great event.

> And don't forget the big Kamaval
events begin this weekend with the Chil-
dren's Parade in Rincon on Saturday and
Playa on Sunday. Have fun. It's Bonaire
after all. O L./G.D.

Bonaire Reporter February 9 to February 16, 2007

Page 4



Dear Editor:

Like many residents
of Bonaire, I am very concerned
about issues related to the devel-
opment of the island, and am
interested in all data and ideas in
this regard. I looked forward to
learn about "The GOOD Exam-
ple of Bermuda" in the last week
Guest Editorial. Unfortunately, it
was very disappointing, even
disturbing to read. Not only be-
cause the author failed to con-
vince me that the Bermuda ex-
ample is at all good. Not
only because many of the meas-
ures mentioned in the article, I
feel are not appropriate for Bon-
aire. Not only because many of
the Bonaire issues are not re-
ferred to. But mostly because of
the "slip of the tongue" of the
author that the Bermudian citi-
zens to be protected by the real
estate regulations are "61%
black". Black? What does the
skin color of the Bermudian citi-
zens have to do with the issue?
Obviously nothing, and obvi-
ously it was not what the author
had in mind.

(Barracudas. Continued from page 3)
their strength in the Boys 9 10
and 11 12 years categories.
Alejandro De Lima achieved an
"A" time in the 50-meter back-
stroke while Asdrubal Marcano
swam an "A" time in the 50-
meter breaststroke and Samson
Evertsz had an "A" time in the
50-meter backstroke. Samson,
Asdrubal and Olivier Wagemak-
ers have consistently finished in
the top three places in events
swum in their age categories so
far this year. Rooske Wagemak-
ers, the only female swimmer
from Bonaire to participate in
this meet, improved her personal
best times in each event she
swam as did 8-year-old Luis
The Barracudas plan to send a
team to the 4th Bulado Meet in
Curaqao March 30 April 1.
This short course meet is organ-
ized by Curaqao's Bulado Swim
Team and will be held at the 25-
meter SOV Asiento swimming
pool in Rust & Burgh. Masters
swimmers are also invited to

I'd like to know what is
the relevance of the
61% black." Are we supposed to
infer something about these peo-
ple because they are black? Does
Bermuda's government, which
makes these regulations, also
have 61% blacks? How does it
relate to Bermuda as
an example?
Genady Filkovsky.


As a resident of Hato who
walks my dogs on Kaya Guber-
nador N. Debrot, I'm very
aware of the vehicles traveling
through this area, and that too
many of them are traveling at
speeds much too fast to be safe
in a residential area.

swim in this meet and do not
have to be affiliated with the
Swimming Federation of the
Netherlands Antilles or the Cura-
qao Swimming Federation.
Masters swimmers interested in
participating in this event should
contact valarie(,Ztelbonet.an for
more information.
Sixteen Barracuda swimmers
qualified for the swim team
which will represent Bonaire at
the Weganan Escolar Interinsu-
lar (Interisland School Games).
Dates for this competition are
The 8th Dutch Caribbean Invi-
tational Swim Meet will be held
in Aruba at the end of April.
This will mark the third year of
competition in this international
contest for the Barracudas.
Fundraising efforts are underway
to allow as many Bonaire swim-
mers to participate as possible.
Donations to the Barracuda
Travel Fund can be directed to
luisabm(@telbonet.an. O Story &
photos by Valarie Stimpson

Bonaire Reporter February 9 to February 16, 2007

Page 5



- a really irritating problem
cially if you just paid a 1
money to have a regulator overhau
That little continuous hiss from the
stage just after
you turned on
your air is usually
an easy fix.
First though, in
defense of those
who did overhaul
your regulator, it
is very possible it
was working fine
when it left their
store. A regulator
can "settle in" for Two Views
lack of a better
term, and a minor
adjustment is necessary.
What does keep the air from con.
flowing through a 2nd stage? There
orifice that is coned shaped and thi
against a small rubber disk. A sprit
pushes this rubber against the orifi
When you inhale you are mechanic
pulling that rubber disk away from

ear Doc
A bi-monthly feature in The Reporter
devoted to helping you maintain your

cone and air passes through. Those cones
are made from metal or a tough plastic.
Sooner or later that rubber disk will leak
Not all, but most modem regulators can
easily be adjusted. Remove the hose from
the 2nd stage end. Always use two
. Espe- wrenches one on the 2nd stage fitting and
ot of one on the hose. Look in the hole (tube)
led. where the hose was. You should see what
S2nd looks like a slotted flat head screw with a
hole through the center. Mares and a few
others have a hex head hole
and not the slot. If there is
no slot and the hole does not
accept a hex wrench, the
adjustment is from inside
the 2nd stage. Not impossi-
ble, but extremely awkward

of an O0

is an
is rests

at best. Sorry, but better to have someone
do it who knows exactly what is going on
in that case.

A typical 2"d stage. Orifice is located inside the chrome "tube" on the right side
of this 2nd stage.

Using a screw driver or the correct size
hex wrench and being very careful not to
scratch the sides of that tube-like piece
on the 2nd stage, turn the orifice (screw)
clockwise about 15 degrees. 15 degrees is
about how far the hour hand turns from
12 o'clock to 12:30. The hour hand not
the minute hand! Put the hose back. Try it
again. If it still free flows (hisses air) try
another 15 degrees clockwise. For the
record, 90 degrees is a huge adjustment
and in that case maybe the little rubber
disk or other parts need to be replaced -
something best done by a professional. If
you can't turn it easily it may be semi-

frozen. Better for a professional to fix.

You can also make a regulator breathe
easier by turning that orifice counter-
clockwise Turning too far though will
cause the regulator to free flow hiss. I
define free flow as any unwanted air com-
ing from the 2nd stage, whether it is a little
blip every 20 seconds or
a mad rush of air. S A

Article & photos by
Bruce Bowker, owner-
operator ofCarib Inn.

RuPce nn ,L'ar

Bonaire Reporter February 9 to February 16, 2007

Page 6

Bonaire Energy Update

E coPower Bonaire BV, a consor-
tium of Econcern, Enercon and
MAN, has signed a contract with the Wa-
ter and Energy Company of Bonaire
(WEB Bonaire NV) to build a new wind
turbine. This is the first step in a wind/
diesel project that will supply the island
with 10 MW (million watts of electricity)
from wind and 13 MW from diesel. Bon-
aire requires approximately 12 MW at
peak times. The system will be able to
provide the whole island by the end of
2008. It aims to lower energy prices for
consumers while at the same time reduc-
ing Bonaire's dependence on the fluctuat-
ing oil prices. The labor union of WEB,
Bonaire's power and water company,
disputes the claims and cites figures that
say wind park power raises rates, not low-
ers them.

Dirk Berkhout,
member of the
board of Econ-
cern: "The cost
of the wind/
diesel combina-
tion is approxi-
mately 35-40
million dollars.
We expect that
some of this can
be recovered via Dirk Berkhout

CO2 credits (Payments made by air pollut-
ers to pollution free energy providers
which are part of an international system
whose ultimate goal is to reverse the ef-
fects of global warming. Ed.). The main
objective of the first phase of the project
is to gain experience with wind energy on
Bonaire and to reduce short-term electric-
ity costs. The final system design will rely
on 40% of the total power supplied by
wind. The remainder will be supplied
with fuel oil, preferably biofuel. By 2010
it is conceivable that Bonaire will get all
of its electrical energy from natural, re-
newable sources."
EcoPower intends to install a new Ener-
con E33 wind turbine at Sorobon. An
obsolete Nedwind turbine will be re-
moved. The turbine has not been opera-
tional for the last 10 years. The Sorobon
site is the ideal location for the new wind
turbine, with its favorable climate condi-
tions and the existing grid connection for
one medium-sized device. The first wind
turbine will start supplying electricity in
the second quarter of 2007.
The next phase to be completed in the
3rd quarter of 2008 will involve the
construction of a 10 MW wind farm and a
13 MW diesel power plant. The wind
farm (11 or 12 turbines) will be built on
the Northeast coast, the windward side of
the island. Each turbine has the capacity
to produce 0.8 0.9 MW of energy. Under

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ideal circumstances, this
wind farm alone could
meet Bonaire's current
electrical needs. The
wind farm will be de-
signed based on meas-
urements registered by a
Met mast that was in-
stalled in January. A
new 13-MW diesel
power plant will be built
by MAN at the BOPEC
site. The plant will be
equipped to bur both
conventional and biofu-
Econcern is the hold-
ing company of Ecofys,
Evelop, Ecostream and
Ecoventures. The mis-
sion of these European
companies is to ensure
'a sustainable energy
supply for everyone'.
Econcern delivers
unique projects and in-
novative products and services for a sus-
tainable energy supply. The Econcern
group employs about 550 professionals in
15 countries.
The new company, Ecopower Bonaire
BV, will build, own and operate (BOO)
the facilities. It is also responsible for
technical management during the first
phase. MAN, the largest diesel engine
manufacturer in the world, will manage
the technical aspects involved in building
the new power plant near BOPEC in the

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northwest corer of Bonaire. Enercon, the
world's fourth largest manufacturer of
wind turbines, will deliver the turbines. 1
Press release/G.D.

Editor's note: For more information
contact Linda van Maaren, PR Officer for
Ecocern, 31 (0)30 280 83 90

Walk-a-Thon Success

t was dark; it was cold; it was excit-
ing when all the participants in Bon-
aire's Fifth Special Olympic Walk-a-Thon
gathered at the Slave Huts in the south
side of the island at 5 am, prepared to
make the 30 kilometer trek to Rincon.
Rain clouds threatened, but nothing could
dampen the spirits of the walkers, runners,
bikers and roller bladers as they set out in
the dark on the road along the beaches.
Along the way others joined. Some
dropped out but were nevertheless proud
of their achievements. About every five
kilometers they were greeted by
enthusiastic volunteers who offered
them water, oranges, watermelon,
pan dushi (sweet rolls) and lots of
After a couple of hours the sky
opened up and it poured. But they
all kept on trekking. Some had
wisely brought rain gear and extra
shoes. The ambulance and cars pa-
trolled the route, checking to make
sure everyone was okay and in good
At the end at Pasa Dia in Rincon
each arrival was cheered. Shoes
were kicked off, feet put up, and
stories were traded. Everyone got a
hot meal prepared by the staff at
Pasa Dia and a suitable-for-framing
The organizing committee is so W

pleased with the results: There were 450
participants. 500 tickets were sold. Some
people gave them back to sell again. The
total collected in fundraising was
NAf15.000. That ought to get them a
long way towards their goal of competing
in the 2007 Special Olympics Interna-
tional games in Shanghai, China, this Oc-
The Board wants to say thank you to all
the sponsors, coaches, all the volunteers
who gave so generously of their time and
financial help and especially to all those
who did the route. DL.D.

NunU and Rnhhie natrnl the route

Bonaire Reporter February 9 to February 16, 2007

e Bonaire Bikers station offered laughs and refreshments

Page 8

Norka's, th rst stop
Norka 's, the first stop

rectors with
Jordy Bern-
bela, winner
of the logo

Bonaire Reporter February 9 to February 16, 2007

Page 9

New Canteen at Pasa Dia Rincon

Last Friday a small party took place at the FKPD (Foundation for Handicapped
Care) facilities in Rincon where a new eating facility for the clients was
"As part of the FKPD complex recently moved from Rincon to Playa some space
became available and so we developed this brilliant idea to transform the room into a
cozy canteen," Director Lupe Uranie laughs. "There's space for 16 people and as we
have 32 clients here for lunch, people can choose for an early or a late lunch; it's up
to them! The clients used to eat in a corer of the kitchen and the people who were
working there always had to move out during lunch hours, so now the problem is
solved. We always want to move on and improve what can be improved," according
to Mrs. Uranie.
The party was a big success. The canteen looks beautiful and very professional and
there were lots of happy faces... as always at the FKPD! O
Story & photo by Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter February 9 to February 16, 2007

Page 10


Finest Sea View on Bonaire?

Cliff-hugging villa overlooking the sea on the coast of Bonaire. Superb home or income property. Just steps away from the Carib-
bean and spectacular dive sites. Adjacent to, but separated from, a small hotel with a dive shop, pool, and restaurant with three bed-
rooms, separate entrances, atrium, two terraces and much more. Price $535.000

The villa has an unsurpassed
million dollar view of the sea
and Klein Bonaire. There's peace
and quiet. In fact there is a view of
the sea from every room (except the
guest bathroom).
It's a light, airy place with a natu-
ral inner garden with a shade tree
and flowers. The villa, exemplifying
both Caribbean and Antillean archi-
tecture, was designed for the tropics
- to catch the trade wind breezes and
pass them from room to room. Just
steps away from the sea and a spec-
tacular dive site. The villa is located
near a small hotel with a dive shop,
pool, and restaurant.
One of five villas with a permanent
view of the sea. The land is sepa-
rated from the sea by a coastal road.
It sits 45 feet above the sea... low
enough to see the fish jumping, high
enough for storm protection.
The villa consists of a living room
with two terraces, kitchen, two bed-
rooms that border on a patio garden,
and a studio with a separate en-
trance. The master bathroom has a
bath, shower, double sink, toilet and
bidet. The guest bathroom has a
shower, single sink and a toilet.
A separate powder room is in the
hall (toilet and sink)

There is a large indoor/outdoor laundry room and two large built-in closets an "owner's closet" a pan-
try for the kitchen. All bedrooms have large built-in closets.
The studio is made up of a large room with built-in closets and a bathroom consisting of shower, toilet
and sink. There is ample space for an apartment-sized kitchen.
Mature garden with many shade trees and flowering shrubs. Built-in recycled-water drip irrigation sys-
Call Sunbelt Realty to view this home. Ask for the Hilltop Villa.

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Page 11

Fish For Sale

T he rainy season is al-
most over, and we are
enjoying breakfast at the
kunuku house of 'Doei' Diaz,
beyond Kaya Nieuw Amster-
dam, with a lovely crisp repa
and sanger on our plate. Early
that morning a goat was
slaughtered, its blood was
gathered in a big pan. The
blood was cooked with herbs
and onions into a sweet tasting
paste. We dip pieces of repa
(sorghum pancakes) in it:
delicious! My wife suggests
it might be an original business class
breakfast for our national airline: 'A taste
of Bonaire'!
Around us, men are working in the
field, cutting the tops of maishi chiki with
machetes. They collect the corn ears un-
der a makeshift little rooftop. The corn
will dry there until it is ready to be
threshed hitting the corn cobs with
sticks until the kernels come off. Then
flour will be ground from the kernels.
Meanwhile, the women sort and clean
the sweet potatoes and the long green
beans they grow on a separate little field.
A 15-liter pan is cooking on a wood fire:
the goat soup they'll be having for lunch.
Bertje, Doei's youngest son, mixes the

'Doei' Diaz

soup and prepares the leftover meat with
herbs and spices for that evening's barbe-
Doei welcomes the helpers, having a
kind word left and right to everyone. All
the same, he keeps a keen eye on the pro-
ceedings in the field. All children, friends
and fellow kunuku owners from the area
are here to bring in the entire harvest of
two acres of maishi chiki in one day -
maybe tomorrow it will rain again. Today
looks good though, the botelir is already
walking around with a bottle of rum,
passing out little shots; supposedly to
widen the arteries and increase motiva-
Constantino Pedro 'Doei' Diaz was

born on Bonaire in 1934, son of a Vene-
zuelan fisherman and a Bonairean
woman. His father died at 33, when Doei
was just a year old. "We were alone.
There was family playing 'Father' in im-
portant matters, but normally it was just
us and my mother. I'll never forget the
day she came home from her work in a
shop and said her boss assured her we
could work there after we got our educa-
tions. Children need to learn before they
work. I'm still grateful for that, and I of-
ten thought of that moment with regard to
my own children. They all have had good
educations and have fine jobs now.'
Doei was raised at the seaside, right
where his father built his first little home.
The salty air and gentle surf on the lee-
side of the island formed the backdrop of
his youth.
"If you live next to the ocean, you have
one dream: to sail the seas. I went to work
on ocean-going ships, and when I came
back I took my own boat to go fishing. I
lived my life on the sea. In time, I took a
job as a pilot boatsman in the Bonaire
harbor, a job I kept for 30 years starting
out as a young hand fastening ropes, then
as assistant and finally as helmsman and
captain. We had a wooden pilot boat from
Holland back then, not so flashy as to-
day's ships, but sturdy and fast. It was a
24/7 job, bringing in ships and helping
fishermen who had run into trouble. Be-
ing on the pier by the boat, I've seen my
share of near-drownings as well.

I remember little Robbie Swinkels, six
years old at the time you know him, I
see you and him playing in a band from
time to time he fell off the boardwalk
and panicked. I saved him by taking him
out of the water with my emergency
hook. My youngest son Bertje is now
captain of the pilot boat; one of the pilots,
Rob Sint Jago, is the son of my sister. The
fruit doesn't fall far from the tree, as they
Doei walks off; there's a lady wanting
to buy some fish. Chana, his wife, closes
the sale of two pounds of wahoo. "We've
been selling fish here for over 35 years
now. I buy it from the guys who now use
my boat, the Speranza, for fishing. I've
stopped going, but in the olden days I was
always at sea, either as a pilot or as a
fisher. I've lost two boats, one close to
Curaqao, one here at Klein Bonaire. They
were sailing boats, and I lost them in
heavy storms. Luckily, I came away un-
harmed both times. These days, I clean
the fish and chop it into pieces. I sell
salted fish as well. People eat that a lot
around here."
He gazes into the distance, his seaman's
eyes scanning the horizon as if looking
for something. Memories? Does he
clamor for a life on the big pond behind
his house?
(Continued on page 16)

Bonaire Reporter February 9 to February 16, 2007

Page 12

Lora with a dirty face from eating
calabash gourds. Sam Williams photo

F or the second year running the an-
nual Lora count result was high.
The Lora population has historically al-
ways hovered around 400 individuals, but
last year a surprising 700 parrots were
counted. Skeptics (myself included)
doubted that such a number was possible,
and this year the Lora count organizers
put a lot of effort into improving the pro-

tocol and accuracy of the count. As a
result we have a lot of confidence in the
population estimate of 650 birds. It
seems the parrots have had a good few
years and their future looks bright. But
what has caused this population increase
and what effect will it have on the is-
land's ecology?

Almost certainly the number of chicks
taken from wild nests to be sold as pet
birds has reduced. The effect of the 2002
registration campaign and an increase in
public awareness is finally being seen.
Well done, people of Bonaire! Letting
the birds do their thing without humans
upsetting the balance has made a big
difference. Poachers continue to take
parrot chicks from Bonaire to sell them
on other islands, however, and this is
something that needs to be stopped.

The weather over the last couple of
years has also been good for the Loras.
Plenty of rain and good food availability
during the Lora breeding period means
more chicks have survived in each nest
to go on to join the wild population. But
that is not to say the parrot population is
without limits. An equal number of males
and females would lead to 325 breeding
pairs, and that certainly is not the case.
Even if there were 200 pairs nesting on
the island we would be finding nests eve-
rywhere, and we are not. The Lora does
not make its own nest. It requires a tree or
cliff cavity. Nest site limitation is some-

Pelican School Students Go Lora Watching
Pelican School photo

n Tuesday, January 30th a group of 15 Pelican school children and parents
visited Dos Pos along with their teacher, Femke, and parrot biologist, Sam
Williams. No parrots made an appearance at Dos Pos, and it was clear that talking
about parrot food items and troupial nests wasn't going to hold the kids' attention for
long! So off they went to a nearby roosting place where, much to Sam's relief as the
light faded, 20 or so Loras were eventually seen. Everyone had a great time and there
are already plans for future visits to see more parrots. O Sam Williams

thing I will look at with my ongoing re-

But is it necessary for there to be "so
many" Loras?
The simple answer is YES! It is impor-
tant to let the population grow as this im-

proves the population's genetic health.
Future years may not be so kind to the
Lora and in particularly dry years the
population size will inevitably be re-
duced. This is a natural process, and the
"fittest" animals will survive. The impor-
(Continued on page 17)


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Page 14


00 :

The long-jawed Purplemouth moray

This Chain moray was too busy looking at the camera to i

This Chain moray was too busy looking at the camera to give me a profile...

Whenever I see a Goldentail
moray, I think, "That eel looks
as if its tail is trapped and it's trying to
escape." I don't know why they wriggle
so enthusiastically -- maybe to get a bet-

ter view of what's going on around
them. Goldentails around Bonaire are
most likely to be brownish with golden
flecks; toward the eel's tail there are
(Continued on page 16)

At first glance,
this little Spotted
moray looks nor-
mal From the
front, the serious
damage to this
moray's upper
jaw is appar-
ent. What's also
apparent is that
the injury is
healed and the
moray is surviv-
ing. I'm hoping
this eel sticks
around so we can
see how its pro-
gress continues.

Bonaire Reporter February 9 to February 16, 2007

Page 15

(Moravs. Continued from paee 15)

more and larger flecks until the tail itself
is yellow. We also have the occasional
solid-brownish Goldentail, and I was
thrown for a loop a couple of years ago
by a yellow eel with thin dark honey-
comb-like markings that turned out to be
a "reverse color pattern" Goldentail mo-

No matter the color variation, every
Goldentail has a distinctive mouth: the
inside is cotton-white, the teeth are rela-
tively short and stocky, the jaw itself is
shorter and wider in proportion to the eel
than the jaw of, say, a Spotted moray.
Morays have a middle row of teeth on
their upperjaws, which is especially no-
ticeable on the Goldentail. When I saw
the puzzling yellow eel with brown mark-
ings, I knew it was like a Goldentail but
thought maybe it was a related species.
[As of not so many years ago, there was
no way to distinguish whether fish, in-
cluding eels, were of the same species or
not. The test with mammals is, can the
two animals interbreed, and can their
offspring produce offspring? For exam-
ple, although a horse and a donkey can
interbreed, the product (a mule or a
hinny) is usually sterile.
That system doesn't work with fish,
though, because almost all species of
marine fish spawn externally, by releas-
ing sperm and eggs into the water. Those
eggs which are fertilized, and the larval
fish who hatch from the ones which
aren't eaten by plankton-pickers, drift
near the surface for a week or so before
settling to the reef. Duplicating those
conditions in a controlled way is almost
impossible. Nowadays, DNA testing
could probably answer a lot of fish-
relationship questions, but such testing is
not yet inexpensive enough to be used
The Chain moray is shaped like the
Goldentail, but grows larger, up to
around three feet. Both types are happy
in shallow water I used to find Chain
morays in tide pools a lot they're
shaped about the same, and they each
have a short wide jaw with short stocky
teeth. Since crabs and other crustaceans
feature prominently in the diets of both
Chain and Goldentail morays, their very
sturdy teeth are necessary.
The other two morays we most com-
monly see around Bonaire are the Spotted
and the Purplemouth. They are shaped
similarly, with longer, thinnerjaws and
longer, thinner teeth than the chain and
goldentail. We're more likely to see very
young spotted morays than pur-
plemouths, and purplemouths grow lar-
ger. Purplemouths can appear a mottled

greenish-grey, sort of like a Spotted mo-
ray that'd been dipped in pea soup. Be-
cause Purplemouths are greenish, people
describe them as Green morays, which
they might not realize isn't the same as
Green morays, the largest of Caribbean
morays. The inside of a Purplemouth's
mouth is always imagine this! purple.
A couple of weeks ago while snorkel-
ing I came upon parts of a little tunney,
an oily muscular fish the rest of which
had been used for bait. The tunney had
attracted two Chain morays, one from
each direction. The two morays pulled at
the large fish from opposite directions,
using each other for leverage to rip away
pieces of the tunney.
I'd never seen that behavior before, and
I suspect that it was luck rather than de-
liberate cooperation Moray eels are not
team players.
So, what would a solitary Moray do if it
discovered that tunney?
A Green moray would swallow it in
one piece. If a Spotted or Purplemouth
moray found that carcass, the moray
would take a bite and try to rip it away.
If that doesn't work, the moray wraps its
tail around its head and pulls its head
through the resulting knot, giving itself
the leverage to rip off a piece of the car-
cass. The eel swallows that mouthful,
then repeats the procedure until there's
no food left, or it's too stuffed to eat any
The two little tubes protruding from a
moray's upper jaw are nostril tubes; they
continue into the upperjaw of the eel and
end in a little hole in front of the eel's
eyes. So although the moray doesn't
breathe through its nostrils, it does detect
scents through them. When there's a
scent of fish in the water, morays appear
- even from upstream in a matter of
moments. Spotted and Purplemouth mo-
rays hunt most actively at night, explor-
ing crevices on the reef. When the mo-
ray's nostrils make contact with a sleep-
ing fish, the moray strikes more quickly
than the sleepy fish can react.
I did see a Spotted moray get a snack in
the daytime once, though. I'd named the
moray Captain Don, so when a three-inch
damselfish took up residence at one end
of the pipe that Don lived in, I named the
damselfish after Captain Don's lady,
Janet. My dive buddies and I visited the
Captain two or three times a week, and
we usually found him looking out of the
end of the pipe away from Janet. Then
one day Captain Don realized that we
always arrived from the direction of
Janet's end of the pipe. When we ap-
proached, he turned around and greeted
us from Janet's entrance.
Janet, being a damselfish, didn't like
having anyone so close. She began to
harass Captain Don in that infamous
damselfish way, pecking at his body and
his head. As we watched, Captain Don
flinched a couple of times, but Janet kept
on hassling him until finally he
whipped his head to the side, caught
Janet in his jaws, and swallowed her!
Moral: just because morays are less
aggressive than they look, doesn't mean
they should be underestimated. n
Dee Scarr

"The sea life gets to you. Even if you don't sail your-
self anymore, it's in your way of life. About 15 years
ago a couple of friends and I thought up a fun enter-
tainment. Some 50 boats, all registered on Bonaire,
partake in this event; most of them hand-built, small
vessels. We throw a couple of nice prizes together,
prizes that the sponsors come and present in person.
The final scores are presented here in the garden, after
which we have a party with fish, drinks and music. You should come next time! It's
like a fishermen's family gathering, held on the patrons saint's name day."
Doei, 71 years old now, looks at us kindly. You cannot fail to notice his friendly,
charming face and his calm, reassuring demeanor. It's a character trait hard to come
by these days.
At the same time, he hardly sits still. He stopped working for the pilot service
years ago, but his days are as busy as ever. His mornings start early, as he goes to his
kunuku house to check up on the hundred goats he owns, or to chase away birds
from the maishi chiki crops. Afterwards, he goes home to sell the day's fish with his
wife Chana. Doei is always working, and always willing to give advice to his chil-
dren and friends in important matters. A real Father, a man who exudes power and
warmth. "That's life for you. You're born on land and live your life at sea. You grow
older, spending the rest of your days on land again, in the kunuku, but close to the
ocean. I'm a happy man, though! Could you wish for more than a loving wife, beau-
tiful children and a crowd of good friends?"
It is the first of May, the parade left from the station at 4 pm. Family, friends and
fellow kunuku owners make up the crowd. The women wear wide, flowing dresses;
they dance and wave flags and the best corn ears they could find. The men carry the
dressed-up scarecrows, relieved of their duty on the fields harvest is in. Others
carry dishes filled with potatoes, beans and corn.
Doei and Chana Diaz's Simadan Parade is making its way towards their house at
J.A. Abraham Boulevard. Spectators along the route join in the celebration. People
dance and sing the traditional songs: 'Dan Simadan,' Mailo,' and 'Dalia mi densio.
The members of the Pal' i Wiri orchestra, standing on a platform on wheels and ac-
companied by boys blowing on karko shells and kachus (cow hons), excite the
crowd with their tambu drumming and kuarta playing (the kuarta is a small, four-
string guitar). The closer they get to their destination, the more exalted the atmos-
phere becomes. The chanting grows louder and louder and is repeated until they
have arrived."
He is waiting there, greeting the arrival of the parade with his wife. The crowd is
invited into the garden and treated to drinks and food. Pal' i Wiri, the orchestra his
daughter Lucy sings in, continues playing in the garden. People are dancing into the
night, hand in hand in long serpentines, like one big family.
At Doei's signal, the band launches into the last song of the evening: 'Bon nochi,
te manan.' (Good night, see you tomorrow.) Everyone joins in, closing off the party
in a single voice.
When we stand to leave, we run into Bertje, who prepared the goat soup and
sanger earlier and did the live sound for the orchestra tonight. "I almost forgot to
give you the sanger recipe! Listen: slaughter a young goat, catch the blood in a pan.
Knead the blood with your hands before it clots, pressing the substance between
your fingers. Make sure it's nice and creamy!
Next, add onions, garlic, a little yerba di hole,
let simmer to a paste... Enjoy!"
We bid our goodbyes to Doei. He is content,
and looks younger and stronger than ever. I'm
sure he will be up at five again tomorrow,
tending his kunuku garden.
Bon nochi, Doei! Te manan. Story by Guus
Gerritsen; portrait by Henk Roozendaai

Portraits of Bonaire, Volume 2,
is for sale at better shops around Bonaire.

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, 8:30pm.

Bonaire Reporter February 9 to February 16, 2007

Page 16

(Loras. Continued from page 13)
tant thing is that from a bigger
population the genetic structure
of surviving Lora will be
healthier. Global climate
change is likely to bring
changes to the Bonairean envi-
ronment. A Lora population
with good genetic health will be
able to adapt to the new envi-
ronment. On the other hand a
population of closely related
"inbred" individuals may not
have the particular trait needed
to survive in a changing world.

People will soon be saying
there are too many Lora. I've
actually already heard it! With-
out question an increasing Lora
population will not please eve- Lora chick
rybody. People with fruit trees
in their gardens may be un-
happy to see their fruit (worth a few guilders) being eaten by Loras. We have to con-
gratulate these generous individuals for doing their bit for Bonaire's most endan-
gered parrot before they have a chance to raise any complaint!

The Loras with their loud voices find it difficult to go unnoticed, but has anyone
counted the number of fruit-eating troupials? There are probably three times as
many troupials as Loras, but because they are quiet people do not notice them so
much. What's more, whilst the number of introduced troupials soar, Bonaire's na-

tive yellow oriole population, that
competes with the troupial, is
struggling. The Prikichi population
is also buoyant right now, and it is
likely to be due to the fact that
Lora numbers (a competitor of
theirs) have historically been kept
so low. The increasing population
of Loras is a fantastic indication
that we can help restore the is-
land's ecology after plundering it
for so long. The Lora is a charis-
matic bird and something people
on Bonaire should all be proud of.
Don't miss out. Take a trip to Dos
Pos or Fontein one evening and
you'll probably get to see large
groups of Loras and some other

Sam Williams and
his colleague, Rowan
Martin, were on the
island for six months
as part of their doc-
toral research, study-
ing the Bonaire Lora.
Both of them hope
that their research,
which will extend
over a three-year
period, will be of
benefit to the Lora's

amazing sights. O Photos & story by Sam Williams


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.
1 Supplied by
Molly Kearney
(who has to
solve all the
puzzles first)

Complete solution on page 19.

Pet of the Week

W ith a quizzical look, "Poogy"
poses for the camera. This
handsome dog, some call a
"Bonairean Dalmatian," was brought
into the Bonaire Animal Shelter a
week ago with his sister, "Sarata."
They had been well taken care of, but
the owner who lives on a kunuku has
just too many other dogs and cannot
continue their upkeep. Poogy is the
larger one, his sister a little more pe-
tite, but both are beautiful with shin-
ing black and white coats. Both are
very enthusiastic and willing to
please. After giving an enthusiastic
greeting Poogy proved to be very mel-
low and relaxed and loved posing for
his portrait. Both pups seem to have
inherited the finer qualities of Dalma-
tians. They're seven months old, in
excellent health and have had their shots Poogy"
and tests. You may see them at the Shel-
ter on the Lagoen Road, open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 2 pm. Tel. 717-
So far this year already there have been 12 adoptions from the Shelter. And more
good news is that thanks to the Sterilization Fund, 14 dogs belonging to people
who have limited funds have been sterilized. Think how many unwanted puppies
those 14 could have produced had they not been sterilized. OL.D.

Parke PublicoFlea Market

Dare to care photo

Chairman of the Board of the Shelter, Paul Wichers, reports that the Shelter
stand at the Flea Market at Parke Publico last Saturday did very well, with
nearly everything sold out. All the items that were sold were donated, the stand is
manned by volunteers and all the funds go to the Shelter. The next Flea Market at
the Parke will be Saturday, March 3. Paul says they can use donations of more
books, clothes and other items to sell. Call the Shelter at 717-4989 or Paul at 787-
0466. Get rid of what you don't want and help a good cause. OL.D.


W ho has seen our
boxer Tyson?

He ran away last week in the
area of Nort Salija and Mal
Macho. He is a large, light
brown dog, dark face, white
tipped tail. Reward for finder.
Call Linda, Tel: 701-2244

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DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
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Late Show
Cal to makesure (Usually9pm)
The Pursuit Of
(Will Smith)
Early Show (Usually 7pm)
(Beyonce Knowles)

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

January: Happy Feet


Saturday, February 10 The 2nd BWC
Mountain Bike Tour. Meet at Eden
Beach Resort Activity Center at 4 pm.
NAf 15 per person (includes drink +
fruits). Sign up at Eden Beach Activity
Center Monday through Saturday, 9am -
5pm or day of the tour. Notice: Helmets
are compulsory for the tour and can be
rented at Eden's Activity Center

Saturday, February 10-Wine Tasting
at AWC's warehouse7 to 9 pm, Kaya
Industria #23, across from Warehouse
Bonaire. Great wines. NAf20 per person
for 6 to 8 wines.

Wednesdays in February Happy One
Year Birthday at Cactus Blue Restau-
rant. Dine there and win great prizes;
music by Moogie. Open 5 pm until late.
J.A. Abraham Blvd. #12. Tel. 717-4564

Until March 30-Guest Artist Markus
Taurer Exhibit at the Cinnamon Art

Monday, February 26th Duofest
2007 onboard the Freewinds at 7.30 pm.
Tickets on sale at Boutique Vita, Bonaire
Boekhandel, Flamingo Bookstore and the
Rose Inn Bar Restaurant -Rincon Cost:
NAf 25 to benefit the Foundation for Art
& Culture of Bonaire

Sunday, March 4- Bonaire Animal
Shelter Fundraising Show to benefit
the Sterilization Fund, on board the
Freewinds, 7:30 pm. Tickets sold at the
Shelter, NAf25.

Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhel-
mina Park on Cruise Ship Visiting
Days starting 10 am to early afternoon:
Mon. Feb. 12, LiliMarleen, Tues. Feb.
13-Veendam, Sea Princess; Wed. Feb.
21 Crown Princess; Thurs. Feb. 22 -
Silver Wind; Tues. Feb. 27 Lili Mar-
leen; Tues., Mar. 6 Veendam; Wed.
Mar. 7 Crown Princess; Tues. Mar. 13
- Lili Marleen, Sea Princess; Wed. Mar.
21 Crown Princess; Tues. Mar. 27 -
Lili Marleen, Veendam

Daily (more or less)
* HH 2 for 1 (all beverages) 5-7 pm,
Divi Flamingo Balashi Beach Bar
* HH-50% off Buddy Dive Resort,
* 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.
*By appointment Rooi Lamoenchi
Kunuku Park Tours $21 (includes
tax). Discounts for residents and local
people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-9800.
* Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the evening

* Steak Night On the Beach (a la
carte) Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* 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
Marshes 1st Saturday of the month, 6
am-2 pm.
* All You Can Eat BBQ at Divi Fla-
mingo with live music, 6 to 9 pm,
NAf26,50. Call for reservations 717-
8285 ext. 444.
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 Saturday
of the month from 3 to 7 pm, Parke Pub-
lico. 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 enjoying
a great dinner in colorful tropical ambi-
ance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant &
Bar, Divi Flamingo. Open daily 5-10 pm
* Beginning Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
Village 786-6416
* Fish or Meat Dinner Special for
only $10. Buddy Dive Resort, 6 -9:30
* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria
* Advanced Yoga 6.30pm Harbour
Village 786-6416
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, 5-7 Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
* 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
* Open Mike Night with Moogie, 7-9,
Cactus Blue.
* Live music by Flamingo Rockers,
Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar 5-
* Beach BBQ 7-10 & Live music by
Flamingo Rockers -The Windsurf
Place at Sorobon -Reserve ahead. Tel.
717-5091, 717-2288


^Y Karneval Schedule
Veb 10 Children's Karneval Parade (Rincon]
Feb 11 Children's Karneval Parade (Playa)
Feb 17 Adult's Karneval Parade (Rincon)
Feb 18 Adults' Karneval Parade (Playa)
Feb 19 Farewell Youth Parade

Feb 20 Grand Finale Evening
Feb 21 Ash Wednesday

* Caribbean Night A la Carte -
Buddy Dive Resort, 6-10 pm
* Live music by the Flamingo Rock-
ers, Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach Bar,
* "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- 9:30 pm
* Mixed Level Yoga 8:30am,
Buddy Dive 786-6416
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
* Live music by the "Flamingo
Rockers" Divi Flamingo, Balashi Beach
Bar, 5-7 pm
* Swim lessons for children by Enith
Brighitha, a Dutch Olympian, at Sorobon
from 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, 7-10 pm,
Buddy Dive Resort

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

Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and finished 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 diRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 717-4060 / 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

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Cancer Survivor Support Group 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

Karneval Parade (PlfIa) %

invited NAf5 enty fee. Call Cathy 566-4056.
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 Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata 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 Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451; Valarietelbonet.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 Claire 717-8290
Volunteers to train children in sports.
Contact Quick-Pro Track and Field Rik

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
Sunday School every Sunday at 4 pm in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
every Thursday at 8 pm. in Kralendijk.
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 Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304 Saturday at 6
pm at Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol,
in English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sun-
day 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
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Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
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EBorn on

Emma Sint Jag

I- -

ST was born in Rincon, March 24th
11951. In 1935 my father built
his house on this land, and everybody
was born here: my two brothers, my
three sisters and I, the youngest one. My
father is Olimpio Eustacio 'Tavio' Sint
Jago. He's now 92, and I live here with
him. My mother was Micaela Rosa
'Chi-Chi' Piar, and this place was
named after her. That's why it's called
'Rose Inn.' Everybody always came to
stay with us. We had a full house all the
time; my parents were very hospitable -
too hospitable!
In 1938 the governor told my dad:
'Why don't you apply for a permit to
start a guesthouse?' And so it happened
that my dad built his guesthouse and
named it "'Pension de Goede Hoop.'
We had to help our father. In the morn-
ing we had to get up early and set two
long tables for 20 persons. My mom
would cook, but if we had a lot of peo-
ple we also had good cooks from Rin-
con, mostly sailors, men who could
cook for large numbers of people. Our
guests were musicians, groups of
schoolchildren, football teams, people
like that. The guesthouse had a big
room with more than 12 bunk beds and
another big room where the bar is now.
I learned how to wait tables when I was
a little girl.
We had a good upbringing. First we
had to do our chores, but after that we
could do what we wanted, and every
Sunday we had to attend the holy mass.
My sister Sonia played the organ and I
remember helping her pump from the
time I was very little. We played volley-
ball at the girls' school. Sometimes the
government truck would come to pick
us up to take us to Playa to play there in
the artificial light at WSF (next to the
Maduro parking lot) to get more experi-
ence. We played softball every day on
the field behind our house. Our clubs
were always the champions; other teams
would break up but we stayed together.
I went to school in Rincon and later
on in Playa, but very often I didn't feel
so well because I suffered from anemia.
So I told my dad I didn't want to go to
school anymore. I was 16. I didn't stop
learning because I took correspondence
courses and in the evenings I'd attend
lessons in general education in Rincon.
I started in sports, but in between I was
singing in the choir, something my fa-
ther wanted us to do. In his time he was
a singer, composer and poet, and for
every occasion he would have a speech
or a song. He even got a document from
the Pope as he wrote many poems and
songs for the church. He also received

the gold medal from the order of
Knighthood of Oranje Nassau from the
Queen. I can compose a song too, but it
takes me a long time. I have to think a
At 16 I started working as a salesper-
son in Lidia Supermarket in Rincon, but
after I got my diplomas (my dad was
always looking for a better job for me) I
got a job as an administrator with Radio
Netherlands. Then I started working as
a typist at Kralendijk Trading, what
later became Bonaire Trading and is
now Bonaire Air Services. I made my
career and I am still there. I am the sales
and ticketing agent for BAS, but KLM
is paying BAS for their services. I
learned a lot with them; I learned steno
and how to make reservations when

"I am still single and
the reason is that when
you want to be in show
business and you marry
someone who isn't into it,
you're going to have a

Bonaire Trading was the ALM repre-
sentative. And when BOPEC started
and many ships came in I learned about
shipping; I was always willing to help
out. Sometimes all five telex machines
were rattling all day long and I didn't
even feel like listening to music any-
more by the time I got home!
From the time I was young I always
wanted to be in show business, and if it
would have been only for myself I
would have done so, but I also wanted
to help my father with the guesthouse;
to help build it up and maintain it well. I
am still single and the reason is that
when you want to be in show business
and you marry someone who isn't into
it, you're going to have a problem!
In the 60s I played in a beat band and
in the 70s I started a duo with Milton
Koeks. At the time he was studying in
Curacao. I'd leave Friday morning for
Curamao to stay with my sister and Mil-
ton would join me there after school.
Then we would practice and the same
night we sang on TV in Curamao in the
'Show di Job.' Our hit was 'Mi Uniko
Amor,' composed by Milton. We also
played in Aruba and performed at the
hotels on Bonaire. We had a very suc-
cessful radio show for teenagers called
'She and Me' on Radio Hoyer III. In the
street people would often ask me, 'Are

the two of you
in love?' But
then I would
say: 'No, we
only sing like
we're in
love!' We did
it for four
years and
those were the
best years.
I don't re-
gret the fact
that I'm single
because I
think that one
should do
what he or she
wants and that
no one can forbid you to do so. For me
the most important thing is that I want
to transmit my show business knowl-
edge and experience to the young peo-
ple. Since 1987 I've been very busy pro-
moting and supporting local artists. In
1996 I started with my 'Foundation for
the Art and Culture of Bonaire,' and my
biggest wish is to build a theatre. I am a
person just like anybody else, but what I
want, I'll do! So now I am off to make
National Theatre Bonaire happen! With
less talking (although I love to talk) and
more effort and cooperation it has to be
accomplished. And it will!"
Emma Sint Jago is an amazing per-
son. She seems so relaxed, but it ap-
pears she knows exactly how to make
dreams come true and she's ready to go
for it.
"I've represented Bonaire at interna-
tional festivals in Puerto Rico, Vene-
zuela, Aruba, Curaqao, Texas and in the
Netherlands. And in 1989, when I
brought out my first album, I organized
an international show in Rincon and in
Kralendijk. It's a pity that Bonaire is
often not very supportive of its own
talent. I love to bring artists from other
countries to the island, but I also think
we should encourage our own artists. In
1992 I started singing folkloric music
when my father wrote a song for Kanto
Krioyo, for Dia di Rincon. He said:
'Emma should sing it!' It was a waltz
and the lyrics were about what happens
on Dia di Rincon and... I won the first
From the 90s until 2000 I sang in ho-
tels with various groups and I was often
invited to sing at fundraisings. In 1993 I
was invited by the Red Cross, but just
then my voice wasn't so good. I wanted
to do something for them anyway and
so I called my niece. She was planning
on forming a family band for Christmas.

We were six ladies and she told me:
'Emma, you have to get some musi-
cians!' I immediately found a group and
in December 1993 we performed for the
Red Cross and that's how 'Tutti Frutti'
July 1st 2007 will be the 15th time I am
going to organize Dia di Arte. It's a lot
of work, but I am very satisfied with the
results from all the different artists on
the island. Another thing I did from
1992 till 2000 was to organize the
'Duofest' onboard the Freewinds a
festival for duos with new songs to
give artists, songwriters and composers
a chance to profile themselves. On Feb-
ruary 26th at 7:30 pm there will be an-
other 'Duofest' onboard the Freewinds
after seven years. As a follow up I will
send the winners in May of this year to
Curacao to compete in the Caribbean
Gospel Festival where Rolando
Casimiri from Bonaire won last year.
In 1994 I was chosen 'Personality of
the Year' from among people like Mi-
guel Pourier, Nochi Willem and Lionel
Capriles, and in 1997 I was named
'Freeman of Bonaire.'
My family is the most important thing
in my life, but right after that I want the
children who are growing up now to
accomplish something in their life. I
don't want them in the streets and so I
will go on doing what I have to do, in
spite of all the ups and downs. But as
you cannot do everything alone it would
be very helpful if I could get more vol-
unteers because that's what we need on
this island. We
have to do it to-
gether and we have
to do it well."

Story & photo
by Greta Kooistra

Bonaire Reporter February 9 to February 16, 2007

Page 21

A Shrink Studies SCUBA


Obesity and Diving

Obesity is important in diving be-
cause of its relationship to fitness,
the controversial risk of decompression
illness, fit of wetsuit and weights, and co-
existing diseases such as diabetes, hyper-
tension and sleep apnea. So, how can the
obese dive more safely? Let's start with
buoyancy and weight distribution.
Bonaire tech diver Andy Owens* says,
"It is harder to deal with buoyancy issues if
you are overweight from a body fat stand-
point, thereby more buoyant, thereby need-
ing more lead, thereby needing more air in
your BCD sometimes, which makes for
higher risk of uncontrolled ascent, and
voila, higher DCS risk. If you are fat, then
you are probably going to need more air
and are going to suck the tank down most
of the time, so training for proper air con-
sumption is imperative. But, if you need
extra weight, then why not use heavier,
higher capacity steel tanks? I would much
rather carry steel than lead.
When I was at 375 pounds and used a
normal design BCD, I needed 36 pounds of
lead to be neutral. The benefit of a steel

tank versus aluminum for a fat diver is that
there is not as huge a spread in buoyancy
as the tank empties. A pressed LP steel
108 is 5 pounds negative when full and a
HP aluminum 80 is 2 pounds negative
when full." (See accompanying tank buoy-
ancy chart the range is wide)
So, if you are an average larger person
needing 18 to 25 pounds of lead, then you
have more than enough room in your
weighting to have plenty of weight to drop.
In fact, if you are large, then you are pretty
buoyant, so dropping that much weight
would be a disaster. The better the weight
is distributed between droppable and un-
droppable weight, the better. Maybe a
50/50 split is reasonable."

Duke University Medical Center Hyper-
baric Medicine and Environmental Physi-
ology Research Associate Neal Pollock,
PhD, comments:
"The problem with Andy's strategy is the
increase in non-ditchable, negatively buoy-
ant weight. This can be problematic. I
encourage anyone who wishes to dive with
a negatively buoyant tank to check out this
effect in a swimming pool. Don only the
tank and buoyancy compensator and then

Cylinder Service True Buoyancy* Buoyancy* Buoyancy* Weight
Pressure Capacity Full Half full @ 500 psi Empty
Luxfer 6 3,000 psi 6.1 c.f. -1.4 lbs -1.1 lbs -1.0 lbs 2.5 lbs
Luxfer 13 3,000 psi 13.2 c.f. -1.7 lbs -1.2 lbs -0.9 lbs 6.0 lbs
Luxfer 14 2,015 psi 13.7 c.f. +0.8 lbs +1.3 lbs +1.6 lbs 4.9 lbs
Luxfer 20 3,000 psi 19.9 c.f. -1.4 lbs -0.6 lbs -0.1 lbs 8.2 lbs
Luxfer 30 3,000 psi 30.0 c.f. -1.0 lbs +1.0 lbs +0.8 lbs 11.6 lbs
Luxfer 40 3,000 psi 40.0 c.f. -0.7 lbs +0.8 lbs +1.8 lbs 15.3 lbs
Luxfer 50 3,000 psi 48.4 c.f. -2.3 lbs -0.5 lbs +0.8 lbs 21.2 lbs
Luxfer 63 3,000 psi 63.0 c.f. -2.2 lbs +2.2 lbs +1.7 lbs 26.7 lbs
Luxfer 80 3,000 psi 77.4 c.f. -1.4 lbs +1.5 lbs +3.4 lbs 31.4 lbs
Neutral 80 3,300 psi 77.4 c.f. -5.7 lbs -2.8 lbs -0.9 lbs 35.4 lbs
Super 80 3,000 psi 80.0 c.f. -5.3 lbs -1.6 lbs +0.4 lbs 35.0 lbs cli
Luxfer 100 3,300 psi 98.8 c.f. -4.3 lbs -0.6 lbs +1.9 lbs 41.0 lbs pr
Limited 106 4,350 psi 105.2 c.f. -4.8 lbs -0.9 lbs +2.1 lbs 33.8 lbs chl

Andy Owens is a happy diver
Andy Owens, MBA, is a musician
and marketing consultant from Deep
Gap, North Carolina, and an avid diver
with two advanced trimix certifications,
and can sometimes be seen above the
water in Bonaire with his band, The
Bonaire Bluegrass Band.
He's been diving for eight years and
has 400 dives. Favorite dive spots are
Truk Lagoon and Bonaire, at a max
depth dive of 315 feet. 1

empty the buoyancy compensator (as
might be the case if the BCD failed during
a dive). If kicking alone is not sufficient to
comfortably keep the head above water,
then it may be a good idea to consider a
less negatively buoyant tank. Easily
ditchable weight is much safer.
The reason I recommend the pool test is
to make allowance for personal differ-
ences. Some individuals might very well
be able to manage the negative buoyancy
of the tank with little difficulty. If not,
though, they should think carefully. The
50/50 rule can sound good in theory, but
the most important thing to me is practical
testing to really learn what you can and
cannot handle before being in a situation
when the outcome could be direr."
Thank you, Andy and Neal, for an excel-
lent discussion of this
"weighty subject."[ Story &
photos by David Colvard,

David F. Colvard, M.D., is a private psychiatrist and
nical investigator in Raleigh NC, and a divemas-
, He hosts the website www.DivePsych.com which
ovides evidence-based information for divers on psy-
ological and stress factors in scuba divers. E

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*to find it... just look up

This Week the Ringed Planet Saturn Is At Its
Biggest, Brightest and Closest For the Entire Year

This is the greatest portrait yet captured of Saturn. It is composed of 126 indi-
vidual images captured through red, green, and blue flters over a period of two
hours on October 6, 2004. At the center of Saturn's globe the image has a resolu-
tion of38 kilometers per pixel. NASAphoto

And yes, you read the title correctly. The most beautiful planet in the solar
system, the one which we're visiting right now with the Cassini-Huygens
spacecraft, is this week at its closest point to Earth for the entire year. And thus it
looks bigger and brighter in the Sky Park than it will for all of 2007. In fact because
Saturn is slowly moving away from the Sun it will not be this close again until the
year 2029, which is 22 years from now. So you'd better see it now because it's going
to be a long wait.
This Saturday, February 10, Saturn is officially at opposition, which means that it
is precisely 180 degrees opposite the Sun. That, simply stated, means that Saturn is
directly opposite the Sun as seen from Earth, which, if you think about it, would
lead you to the conclusion that Saturn should be visible all night long from the time
the Sun sets until the time the Sun rises. And indeed this week and next, as the Sun
sets in the west, Saturn will rise in the east and will continue to climb higher and
higher as each hour goes by until at midnight Sky Park time it will reach its very
highest point due south and then will slowly descend hour after hour and set in the
west as the Sun rises in the east.
So Saturn is essentially visible all night long. Although this week and next I sug-
gest you start looking for it about two hours after sunset when it has risen high up
enough off the eastern horizon and cleared all obstructions. And since Saturn is up
all night this means that you can take your telescope out and look at it any time of

So just how close is it? Well six months from now on August 21, when it will be
at its farthest from Earth for the entire year, it will be 952 million miles away. But
this Saturday it is 190 million miles closer, only 762 million miles away, and for
Saturn that's close. Now although we say Saturn is the second largest planet in the
solar system because it's only 75,000 miles wide compared to Jupiter's 88,000-mile
width, nevertheless if we count Saturn's rings Saturn is actually twice as wide as
Jupiter from one edge of its ring system to the other. And believe it or not its aver-
age density is less than that of water, which means that if we could find a cosmic
bathtub big enough Saturn would float. However, because it is Saturn it would leave
a ring around the tub.
So sometime this week and next get out that small telescope you stashed away in
the closet or find a friend who has one or an astronomy club and take a look at Sat-
urn now because you'll be able to see not only its big inner ring called Ring B, but
also its narrower outer ring, Ring A, separated by the space known as Cassini's
Division, named after the famous Italian astronomer for whom the Cassini-to-
Saturn space craft is also named. Spend a night with the Lord of the Rings! O
Jack Horkheimer


Sunday, February 4 to Saturday, February 10
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't consume more than necessary. Your high energy
will enable you to take the role of leader in group functions. Arguments will flare up
if you get backed into an emotional corer. You may have problems with children.
You're undergoing changes. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TA UR US (Apr. 21- May 21) You need to look into new philosophies. You can
expect sorrow to evolve from the information you discover. Younger relatives may
seek your advice. Plan your social events carefully. Your lucky day this week will
be Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Put your efforts into moneymaking ventures. Ro-
mance is quite possible if you are willing to approach someone who interests you.
Don't push your opinions on others this week or you may find yourself in the dog-
house. Family outings that aren't expensive will be enjoyable and help strengthen
ties. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Turn your present relationship around or start a new
one. Plan a trip to the country or take a drive to the beach. Don't overspend on lux-
ury items. Outings with relatives or good friends will provide you with stimulating
conversation. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Overindulgence could lead to problems with digestion. Do
not be surprised if your partner doesn't understand your needs. There's a good
chance that they won't come back. Look for professional guidance if it will help
unite the family. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Do what you can but don't jeopardize your health
trying to please everyone. Sentimental feelings may make it difficult to get much
done at work. You can pick up wonderful buys if you really look hard this week.
Someone you least expect may not have your best interests at heart. Your lucky day
this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) This will not be the time to start new business ventures
or make drastic changes in your career. Your involvement with children will be
most rewarding. Don't turn down offers that include sports activities or children.
You can expect to experience delays or additional red tape if you deal with institu-
tions. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You may need a physical outlet that will help you
relieve your tension. Make sure to arrange in advance to spend quality time together.
Be inquisitive about unfamiliar circumstances. Focus your efforts on your work.
Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't let your emotions interfere with com-
pleting your chores. Think twice before you say something you might regret later.
Extend an invitation to clients you enjoy spending time with. Your hypnotic eyes
will capture the hearts of those who interest you. Your lucky day this week will be
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Help if you can, but more than likely it will be
sufficient just to listen. Responsibilities with respect to older relatives may be a bur-
den. You can make money through real estate or by using your head when it comes
to personal investments. Get into some activities that will help you in making new
friends. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Don't let opposition from those envious of your
talents daunt your progress. Travel and creative hobbies will be your best outlet.
Concentrate on your job. If you are not already, think about going into business for
yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You'll find it easy to meet new people. Investments
may not be as lucrative as you thought. Make sure you concentrate if operating ma-
chinery or vehicles. Don't start any arguments unless you're prepared to accept ir-
revocable results. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday. O

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