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l_ a.\ November 17212008; Volume 15, Issue 22
[Ie Hl Printed every fortnight, On-line every day, 24/7
Kunuku Shimaruku, P.O. Box 407, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, Phone 790-6518, 786-6125, email: reporter@bonairenews.com Since 1994

In this issue:
Crime Victims pg. 2
Local Government pg. 3
Wind Power pg. 5
Marlies Memorial pg.10
TWR Changes pg. 12
4 Days Walk pg. 18


Herbert Domacasse, Eddy Thielman and Glenn Thode


S The Bonaire Government
ordered the minimum wage
raised from NAf 6,27 to NAf
7,21 ($4.07) effective November
1, based on a 40-hour work week.

Beginning Friday, Novem-
ber 21st Insel Air will fly non-
stop from Curacao to Miami,
Florida. The US Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) is allowing
ticket sales for this destination.
The Insel Air website will be soon
reflect this and the travel agents
will be informed. Next April they
plan to add Puerto Rico to their
schedule. The airline said they
hope to fill the void left by ALM
and then DCA with this new desti-
nation. Now if they are serious
will they also arrange for some of
those flights to originate in Bon-
aire so our island will again have
non-stop Miami service as in
ALM/DCA days.

D Between December 18 and
20, Delta will add flights from
New York's John F. Kennedy
International Airport to Buenos
Aires, Argentina, Bogota, Colom-
bia and Bonaire.

1 The Aruban Justice Minis-
ter announced that Antillean-
resident travelers can no longer
use their ID card (sedula) to
enter Aruba. Aruba Customs is
using a new system that cannot
read Antillean ID cards. Antil-

leans who travel to Aruba will
now need to show their passport
to enter Aruba. There will still be
separate lines for them, however,
assured the Minister of Justice.

D According to RE/MAX
Paradise Homes' latest report,
2008 saw a leveling off of the
real estate market on Bonaire in
terms of both the number of sales
and in selling prices. In 2006 and
2007 the Bonaire real estate mar-
ket was red hot with home prices
in some areas rising 10% or even
15% per year. As the real estate
markets in North America and
Europe started to cool off and
even go down, prices on Bonaire
also leveled out. Real estate prices
have not gone down yet in the
Bonaire market, but they have
definitely stabilized. RE/MAX
Paradise Homes expects demand
and prices in the Bonaire real es-
tate market to remain stable
through the first half of 2009. If
the economies in Europe and the
US start to grow in the second half
of 2009, then the Bonaire market
will pick up as well, they predict.

In October the Central
Bureau for Statistics (CBS)
started economic situation re-
search in Bonaire. The aim of
this research is to get up-to-date
information on commercial and
economic developments. The in-
vestigation will be conducted with
all companies with 10 or more
employees. Samples will be taken
of companies with fewer than 10
employees In all 1,150 compa-
nies will be approached by inter-
viewers of CBS which will dis-
tribute the questionnaire and if
required will assist the company
in completing it. The questions

AL- EM 3


The Central Bureau for
Statistics (CBS) has released
the results of its crime victim
inquiry conducted on Bon-
aire, Curaqao and St. Maarten.
The most important results are:
BONAIRE- 72% of the citi-
zens over 16 years old were
victims of a crime in their
lifetime. In the 12 months preceding the inquiry 27% were victim-
ized. In 1995, 58%. The most common crimes were being burglar-
ized, robberies from unsecured areas like a garden, porch, or car. In
39% of the cases victims reported the crime to the police. In 1995,
that was 50%. The most important reasons given for not reporting
the crime were: The police force will do nothing. The police force
could have done nothing because of lack of proof, the matter ws too
small to report/there was no loss/it was done by a child, the matter
was solved by the victim-he/she knew the perpetrator. Of those who
reported the crime only 33% were satisfied with the police's efforts.
In 1995, 43% were satisfied. That is a fall of 10%. Of the people
surveyed 35%showed strong to very strong fears and feelings of
disorder. Compared to 1995 (62%) that's considerably lower.

CURACAO 80% of the citizens over 16 years old were vic-
tims of a crime in their lifetime. In the 12 months preceding the
inquiry 26% were victimized; in 1995, 71%. The most common
crimes were being burglarized, robberies from unsecured areas like
a garden, porch, or car. In 46% of the cases victims reported the
crime to the police. In 1995, it was 45%. The most important rea-
sons given for not reporting the crime were the same as those given
in Bonaire. Of those who reported the crime only 41% were satis-
fied with efforts of the police.

SINT MAARTEN 72% of the citizens over 16 years old were
victims of a crime in their lifetime. In the 12 months preceding
the inquiry 28% were victimized; in 1992, 47%. The most common
crimes were being burglarized, robberies from unsecured areas like
a garden, porch, or car. In 31% of the cases victims reported the
crime to the police. In 1995, was that 41%. The most important
reasons given for not reporting the crime were the same as those
given in Bonaire. Of those who reported the crime only 38% were
satisfied with efforts of the police.

concern, among other things, esti-
mates of the turnover, the exploi-
tation costs, the investments and
the staff situation over the whole
year of 2008. There are also ques-
tions related to the judgment of
the entrepreneur concerning a
number of indicators such as en-
trepreneur faith and climate for

Something for WEB to
think about if it continues to fail
to provide reliable electricity.
Dutch competition watchdog,
NMa, has fined three regional
electricity grid operators a total of

1.5 million euros (US $2 million)
for not compensating consumers
and businesses quickly enough for
power cuts.
According to the regulations,
users are automatically entitled to
35 euros ($47) for a power cut of
between four and eight hours and
20 euros ($26.90) for the subse-
quent four hours.
Grid operators are obliged to
pay the compensation by the time
the next bill is due but have still
not reimbursed customers for
power cuts dating back to 2004
(Continued on page 6)

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories

Crime Statistics 2
Island Government Portrait 3
Marne Park Investigations 3
EcoPower On Schedule 5
Walk For Your Health 9
Memorial For Marlies 1C
Bella Vista Estates 11
TWR Changes 12
Lettertothe Editor-Underwater
Changes 13
Alert Ladies 15
Walk of Walks 4-Day of Bonaire 18
Town Pier Sponge Restoration 18

Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Profiles, Mikhail Janga 4
Bonairean Voices (Music School) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Island View (Algae and Cockroaches)
Pet of the Week("Vosje" (Little Fox)
and Joyce Hacken 8
Sudoku Solution 9
Classifieds 12
ReporterMasthead 13
Tide Table 13
Bonaire On Wheels ('Lotus Super
Seven)) 14
Picture Yourself(FD in Medemblik) 15
Bubbles-Did You Know(Plastic) 1E
Whats Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Sky Park (Jupiter& Venus) 19
The Stars Have It (Astrology) 1

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
Print and Online
Bonairenews.com, then click
on "Go to Archives"
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Neth. Antilles.
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Phone 790-6518
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On-line Every day, 24/7
Next edition printing on
November 19, 2008.

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C Throw out containers that aren't needed.
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Page 2

Bonaire's Executive and

Government Officials

On the occasion of the transition of the
leadership of the Island Council to
the new Lt. Governor, Glenn Thode, most
of the members of the council were on
hand. Between now and the end of the
year many of the members are stepping
down for a variety of reasons. This may
be one of the last photos of Bonaire gov-
ernment officials prior to Bonaire becom-
ing a Dutch municipality. With thanks to
Nerry Gonzalez. From left to right:

James Kroon (P)- Senator, member of Council
Island Council Herbert Domacass6 -Outgoing Lt. Gov-
Jopie Abraham-(D) Senator/ member of ernor
Island Council Glenn Thod6 New Lt. Governor
Eddy Thielman- Customs head, acting Nerry Gonzalez-Island Secretary
Lt. Governor Anthony Nicolaas (P)-Commissioner,
Robby Beukenboom (D), member of member of Island Council
Island Council Maritza Silberie (P)-Commissioner,
Nolly Oleana (D), member of Island member of Island Council
Council Willem Cecilia-Assistant Island Secre-
Marugia Janga (D), member of Island tary

Jonchi Dortalina (P), member of Island
Ramonsito Booi -(P) Senator/member of
Island Council
Boy Clarinda (P)-Commissioner
Not pictured: Bernie el Hage (P) Com-
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P-Member of the Patriotic Union Party of
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Page 3

Profiles: Mikail Janga, Master Innovator and Renovator

M ikail Janga is a very spe-
cial man. He is one of
the few people who live from
their heart because they simply
cannot imagine living differently.
About 10 years ago, Mikail, an
active member of the Rincon
community, volunteered to save
the old Rincon church which was
nearly completely deteriorated.
He assembled a group of crafts-
men who volunteered to work in
their spare time to restore the
building to its original state, a
project that took over a year.

In the 70s the Rinfa ladies club
in Rincon set up a creche for the
children of parents who worked
at BOPEC. The creche func-
tioned as a day care center with
several female volunteers in a
house on the main street of Rin-
con. There were no educational
materials or even a place outside
to play, but at least it was a safe
haven for children from birth to
four years. Parents had to make a
contribution, then later the creche
received a small subsidy from the
government, but with certain

In the meantime, the Stichting
Plataforma Rincon was formed,
an organization that represents
the interests of the Rincon com-
munity. Mikail was one of the
five members of the board,
whose goal was to organize the
creche's finances and structure to
meet the requirements of the
government. In spite of their ef-
forts there simply wasn't enough
money to pay a professional
teacher or to purchase necessary

A year ago, Ruud and Ruth
Snelder visited the creche during
their vacation. The facility was-
n't efficient for the 40 pre-school
children. The Snelders, having
been involved in similar projects
in Brazil, Chile and Holland,
decided to financially support the
Rincon project, in cooperation
with Plataforma and Riet Sealy
from SEBIKI. A generous check

from the MCB bank, the finan-
cial support of Dutch Funds,
Ayuda y Prevencion (aid and
prevention), as well as support
from the Snelders made it possi-
ble to look for a new building.
The new creche would have to be
in a central part of the commu-
nity and because such a building
simply wasn't available, it was
decided renovate the existing

Mikail Janga accepted responsi-
bility for the technical planning.
Building materials, doors, floors,
kitchen, airco, electricity, sani-
tary facilities, paint, bricks,
fences and an outside playground

pre-school facility. Details like
intercom, central airco, a laundry
facility, an efficient kitchen to
prepare meals and numerous
other details outshine many pre-
schools in quality -- even abroad.
A professional pre-school
teacher could be hired when the
new school year started in Au-
gust. The crew continued to work
even after the school started
again, every day after 5 o'clock
and during the weekends. Up
until the Saturday before the offi-
cial opening day on September
28th, everyone worked hard to
reach the goals that were set
months before.

"The results are amazing and
it is obviously a showcase
of mutual effort, love and
dedication by the members of the
Rincon community."

including the roof had to be de-
signed, planned and purchased.
Mikail's expertise in attracting
volunteer craftsman was put to
good use. Several companies
were willing to donate some of
the materials or sell them at a
discount. Mikail's cousins,
neighbors and friends were in-
spired to donate their time and
craftsmanship to fix up the build-
ing. When the creche closed for
three weeks in July the work
started full blast. Many of the
men donated their vacation time
and worked even on the week-
ends. Mikail worked alongside
them, keeping track of the build-
ing plans and designs. He also
kept track of the available fi-
nances and the volunteers.

Furniture, educational materials,
books, baby beds, learning tools
and playing materials arrived
from Holland. The building un-
derwent an unbelievable transfor-
mation, testifying to true crafts-
manship, taste, and knowledge of
what is needed for a professional

The results are amazing and it is
obviously a showcase of mutual
effort, love and dedication by the
members of the Rincon commu-
nity. "The wives and families of
all these workers need to be
thanked as well," Mikail says.
"They hardly saw their husbands
and fathers for months on end."

Often at the end of
a week's work on
Sunday nights the
families got to-
gether at the school
to have a meal and

Sunday the 28th of
September was the
day of the "Open
House." Parents,
children and all the
volunteers were
invited. The school
was decorated with
balloons and the
children's creative
work. Chocolate
milk and cakes

were served, speeches were a few people can make a true
given by Mikail Janga, Riet change in the present with bene-
Sealy and several others who fits for many generations to
were involved in accomplishing come. Rincon and its community
this amazing and inspiring pro- are truly an inspiration for what
ject. is possible on the island! 0

This Sentro Pre-Eskolar in Rin-
con isn't just an up-to-date facil-
ity for the children. It's the result
of a strong community sense,
mutual effort and endless dedica-
tion for the good of Bonaire's
youngest. It's an example of how

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f progress continues as
planned, next year at this
time Bonaire's new electrical
power system will be in test
operation to power the island
with a combination of wind
and fossil fuel two months
later, in January 2010.
The aim of the project is to
provide electricity to the island at
lower cost, at least 20% lower
according to Richard Hart, head
of the holding company (BHM)

responsible for WEB, Bonaire's
electric power provider. The die-
sel generators are compatible
with biologically produced fuel
oil which may be able to be pro-
duced on Bonaire using algae
especially grown for the purpose
on the Cargill Salt property.
On October 30 a press confer-
ence detailed the progress of the
project. According to Project
Manager Hans van Heel, the
work is on schedule. The heavy

rains of last month saturated the
ditches where the power cables
will run, but they will be in-
stalled in January, 2009.
Still to be erected are the 12
wind turbines along Bonaire's
northeast coast at Morotin. The
special sand required for their
foundation has already arrived on
island. The towers should be up
by next summer.
Dirk van Boekhout, a top offi-
cial of Evelop, the mother com-

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pany of the project, says that
despite the shaky world eco-
nomic situation, the financing for
the project is secure. "We don't
depend on any US banks for our
money," he said.
Great care is being taken to
protect Bonaire's natural and
social environment. The project
completed and published a com-
prehensive environmental impact
study, a first for Bonaire, before
proceeding forward. The high
tension power lines running from
the east to the west coast will run
underground as they pass
through Rincon to not disturb the
ambience of the town.
The two lines will carry 30,000
volts, the highest ever on Bon-
aire, to ensure enough capability
for current and future island
The 330 kW wind turbine at
Sorobon has been in a pilot
mode, not only producing elec-
tricity to the Bonaire grid, but
also valuable training and envi-
ronmental data. Its recent outage
was thought due to a lightning
strike following the Omar storm.
However, it is monitored via the
Internet in Germany(!) and tech-
nicians there notified Bonaire of
the problem which was swiftly
Each of the 12 wind turbines
will produce about three times
the power of the Sorobon tur-
bine. They will be 55 m. tall with
44 m. diameter blades. On aver-
age the wind should provide 40-


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50% of the island's power needs.
As can be seen in the diagram
on this page, the system is de-
signed to be reliable, a problem
with the present WEB system.
There will be five main diesel
generators and two backup gen-
erators in containers. (The Re-
porter mistakenly said there
would be three generators in the
last edition). Plus there will also
be three megawatts of battery
backup for optimum stability.
For the next year there will be
increased road traffic as the
heavy equipment is transported
to the construction sites at the
Morotin wind park and the
power plant adjacent to the
BOPEC depot.
The new system, however, is
more than just another island
electrical power project. It's de-
signed as a showpiece for sus-
tainable energy. Once the algae
is growing to provide the raw
material for the biodiesel
"refinery" then Bonaire will be-
come the only self-sustaining
renewable resource powered
island in the world.
The partnership (consisting of
Evelop-the overall developer,
Enercon-for the wind turbines,
and MAN-for the diesel genera-
tors) under the name of Eco-
power, Bonaire B.V. will be the
owner of the system. The elec-
tricity will be delivered to WEB
which will sell the power to the
consumer. E G.D.

Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
and will have to pay 5,000 euros for each
week it remains in breach of the agreement.

> The CIEE
University exten-
sion Research Sta-
tion in Bonaire is
settling into bigger
quarters. On Friday
October 24th, the
staff and students
joined the building
contractor and his
workmen for the
celebration of the
spantenbier (beer
for the rafters, the
completion of the
highest point of a
building) with snacks and drinks provided
by Gibi. The renovated building at Kaya
Gobernador N Debrot 26 is the future CIEE
Research Station Laboratory building which
will house the staff offices, two classrooms
and a marine laboratory. The new facility
will be wheelchair accessible and will be
completed by the start of 2009.
As tradition has it beer was poured over
the three flags which were put up for this
celebration: the Bonairean fag, the white
spantenbier flag and the CIEE flag.

Soldachi Tours has arranged a walk-
ing tour of some of the beautiful areas
around Rincon. Set aside this coming Sat-
urday morning, November 8 if you want to
get a taste of the original Bonaire. The tour
begins at 6 am and will last for about 2 12
hours. A surprise will await you at the end
of the tour. Wear comfortable shoes and a
hat, remember to take your camera, a water
bottle, perhaps a raincoat and of course, a
good mood. The cost is only NAf15 and
you can rent a walking stick for only NAf 1
more. Call 796-7870 as soon as you read
this to reserve your spot.
For those who don't know, Soldachi
(Hermit crab) Tours is a grass-roots Rincon
tour operation that offers an authentic Bon-
aire experience.

I The next full moon will be on No-
vember 13. The Meditation for Unity and
Positivism at Onima will be held then, on
Thursday, November 13 starting at 6:45
pm. Gather at the Onima Indian Inscriptions
(half way to Rincon) or meet at Stadium in
Kralendijk at 6 pm to car pool for the trip. If
you go directly to Onima be there by 6:30
The meditation will be guided by medium
Jan Arnold Francken. He will speak in
Dutch, but there will be an English transla-
tor. All are invited. In order to minimize the
number of cars we recommend getting to-
gether to car pool. It will also be in the right
spirit to come and leave together. Contact
Jan Arnold Francken for more details, 788-
2728. See the related article in The Re-
porter, October 10-24, 2008, "Full Moon

Meditations" on
page 4 for the
background on
this event.
SMega Jazz
is a weekly jazz
broadcast every
Sunday evening
on 101.1 FM
between 8 and 10 pm. On Thursday evening
this program will be repeated at the same
Mega Jazz can be downloaded one day
after broadcast at www.megafm.com.

Cruise HeI van L ce fot
Ship Sea-
son Is
this cruise
ship sea-
son, last-
ing from
27, 2008,
to May 6,
will be
host to
111 ship visits. This includes the 27 days
that the Freewinds will be tied up on the
waterfront. Every day the ship is in port, an
average of 18, 9-cubic-meter truckloads of
sewage is collected from the ship, according
to the trucker. That's 162 meters per day x
27 days = 4,374 cubic meters trucked to
LVV for disposal. A typical Bonaire home
disposes of less than 1 cubic meter of waste-
water a day.
Last year during the same period there
were 97 cruise ship visits, according to
The crafts markets at Wilhelmina Park on
cruise ship days are wonderful places to
visit with multi national artists and crafts-
men offering their wares. Businessmen on
Kaya Grandi, however, are complaining that
there are not enough parking for their clients
or even themselves when the streets are
closed for the cruise ship passengers.
It would appear that the more cars and
trucks being imported to the island. The
number of parking places are dwindling as
construction booms.

I Welcome new Reporter advertisers:
Bonaire Partners, the property
management specialists (See their
ad on page 2) and
Maryanne, the professional nail
stylist at Zebranails (ad on page 7).
Also returning on a regular basis is
RSA-Royal & Sun Alliance Insur-
ance located just north of the traffic
circle (ad on back page) and
Outlet Mol debuting her closeout
shop, Molly Finale, (ad on pg. 18).

D Don't forget Dia di Grasia- Bonaire's
version of Thanksgiving Day. On Sunday,
November 9, From 9 am-3 pm bring what
you want to give away clothes, canned food,
furniture, appliances, etc. to the parking lot
of St. Dominicus School (across from Carib-
bean Fasteners) for distribution to Bonaire's
poor people. There are no middlemen. Every-
thing goes straight to the needy. This annual
event is run by radio personality Mamita Fox
and the New Creation Club. In addition this
year Mamita has arranged for about 300
meals to be provided to Bonaire's poor and

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ers that enable us to bring The Reporter to
you and "It's Still Free!" Be sure and visit
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Most of us can remember
when we were in pri-
mary school or in high school
getting music lessons at school.
It could be on the guitar or
"kwarta" (typical instrument
used in folkloric music), piano,
percussion and we can mention a
lot more. What I can remember
from that time was that we were
so proud to learn our own music
and from mostly Antillean musi-
cians. Teachers made up their
own lyrics and we learned them
by heart and made them flow
with the music.

Nowadays, is it the same in the
schools? We have our Music
School, which besides being
housed in an old building, has
been bombarded by Tropical
Storm Omar's winds and rains. I
interviewed Mr. Siegfried
Molina (49), manager and in-
structor of the school for the last
three years. He explained,
"Unfortunately this building is
not part of the Monument Funds
and so if it needs to be repaired
we have to do it with our own
money. The government covers
the school's costs like salaries,
water and electricity and the
school musical instruments. We
have gotten most of our instru-
ments through AMFO
(organization for financial aid to
the community) and the govern-
ment. But now we need more
instruments because some of
them were damaged by the wa-
ters from Tropical Storm Omar.
Maybe we need to do fundrais-
ing, but in one way or another we

need to get funds. The contribu-
tions paid by the children and
adults who are getting music
lessons go to the freelance in-
structors at the school. The gov-
ernment can't finance a lot be-
cause they don't have the money.
The directors are working hard to
make this a stable music school
and we think it's improving. The
only one thing we need is for
companies and organizations to
help us to repair the school or
build a completely new music
school. We have good communi-
cation with SKAL (Office of
Culture and Art) to make the best
of the school.
We have a lot of multi-talented
children here in Bonaire who are
interested in learning music too.
Our main interest for the Bo-
nairean community is to help
them have a better and broader
view about music."
The art of music is arranging
sounds in time so as to produce a
continuous rhythm. Gabriel Mer-
cera (53) has been involved with
music nearly all his life. He's a
percussionist and makes different
musical instruments like the gui-
tar, drum and some of our local
instruments. He gives music les-
sons in basic or elementary
schools and he agrees, saying
that, "Not all the elementary
schools have music instruction
on a regular basis because I can
only give music lessons to Reina
Beatrix School, Papa Comes
School and Kristo Bon Wardador
School. That's because I'm only
one person and I can't go to all
the schools. Not having lessons
are schools like Watapana, Luis
Beltran and San Bemardo. We're

missing a large number of peo-
ple, music wise. To me music
lessons have to start when chil-
dren are young, at a very early
age, even in the kindergartens.
Young children need to learn the
names of our local instruments
like the maraca, the marimba, the
kwarta, the drum and lots more.
They have to know how these
instruments are made and what
kind of music you can make with
them. Reina Beatrix School is a
multifunctional school, but only
some of the classes can get music
lessons. Adults need to have a
general knowledge of how music
develops worldwide so they can
influence young people to be
more involved with music and
learn to play an instrument. We
have the money, the materials
and good, capable people to do
it. But of course with bad man-
agement everything comes to a
halt. I have been giving private
percussion lessons for almost 16
years now and I see the results of
my work. The music school has
been there for years and what is

the result? We have to put things
in balance and see what our pri-
orities are. Paying for the les-
sons, instructors and instruments
- you need the means to
do this. People must I
have the time and be
available to do it. But S
we need to stay optimis-
tic to help the children
and those adults who
want to learn to play at
least one instrument."

Remember that music 6
is part of our life. Every-
thing has music or a 9
rhythm, even that breath 5
you take. A world with-
out music is like a world
without colors. Story 3
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Sunday begins normally enough: sleep-
ing in, late breakfast, getting all the
swimming gear, some snacks and the dog in
the car, and off we go to the blue sea. When
we approach the coast we notice all the dead
vegetation alongside the sea, and we are
reminded that only a few weeks ago Omar
decided to grace us with his visit. Oh yes,
how could we forget the pounding of the
waves for two days, the beached boats and
the flooded streets. We did not really forget,
but there is this flicker of hope that the
waves were not that powerful and the salt
spray on the trees immediately washed away
by the rain.
As we look at this strange autumn falling
onto Bonaire, we begin to fear for the coral
and other creatures under the sea level.
When we arrived at our destination we
found the beach completely transformed and
elevated with dead coral stone. And as soon
as I put on my mask and looked down into
the water, I was confused because there was
little I could recognize. The water was horri-
bly murky, and what I was able to see was
terribly damaged. The sea bottom lay bare
with no sand or stones, the corals were
turned over and grouped together as if there
will be a Selibon (waste management) under
water to collect them, and every surface that
protruded a bit was scraped clean with a
giant rasp. I felt like getting out off the wa-
ter and ..., and what? What could I do? Na-
ture did what it was meant to do: change
everything. Then why be sad when there is
nothing you can do to stop it or prevent it
from happening?
I can remember (a long time ago), as a
child, running with some friends along the

Kaya Playa Lechi looking into the water,
while telling each other scary stories about
the wolves that would come out of the water
to grab you and drag you into the blue
depths. These wolves would, of course, live
in the forests made of Elkhom corals all
along the coast. Where have they all gone?
The more boats you see, the fewer corals
will grow. What can a child nowadays fan-
tasize about when the underwater forests of
Bonaire are disappearing? We are helping
these formations to vanish at a faster rate
than all the storms combined.
The physical taking and destroying of
coral and its environment has certainly
taken its toll. But this is not where we stop.
There are some more refined methods to
destroy the most beautiful creatures of this
planet. When you catch a fish, you want it to
be a big fish: as big as possible. With the
taking of too many of these big fish you will
unbalance the food chain in the waters. For
example: algae are eaten by small fish,
which are in turn eaten by big fish which are
eaten by the biggest fish. If you take away
the biggest fish, the big fish will increase in
numbers, because there isn't anyone to eat
them. The big fish will now eat so many
small fish that they in turn will decline in
numbers. With fewer small fish to eat the
algae, the algae can grow, and grow, and
grow... This will block out the sun so the
corals cannot grow and they will die. Voila:
there is your recipe for disaster.
On top of that, we lend the algae a very
big hand to grow. Corals need clear warm
water with very few nutrients (like nitrogen,
phosphate and potassium). If there are more
of these nutrients, other organisms, like

algae can also grow in these waters and will
soon overrun the slow-growing corals. Add-
ing these nutrients to the soup and boom! A
nice algae bloom, which blocks out the sun,
etc... These nutrients come from the runoff
from the rain or from the leaky cesspits.
We know all this. It has been scientifically
proven years ago. We are tumbling into this
with our eyes wide open. If a storm passes
by it is horrible because it does a lot of dam-
age all at once. We do a lot more damage,
but not all at once so it is not that obvious.
Because of our activities, the corals have
even more trouble recovering from being
damaged by a storm or divers.
Nature has a way of dealing with the dis-
appearance of slow-growing, slow-
producing creatures. Other fast-growing and

fast-producing organisms like algae, rabbits
or cockroaches will take their place. Gradu-
ally and surely the corals vanish to occupy
only a small space in our memory. But we
need our corals. No corals, no tourism. No
tourism, no money. With no money we all
have start fishing. But no corals also means
no small fish. No small fish, no big fish and
of course no biggest fish. What are we going
to eat then? I know! Algae and cockroaches.
U Mary Ann Koops

Koops teaches Biology at
the SGB High School. Her
insightful commentary ap-
pears regularly in The Re-

Pet of The Week Shelter Book Sale Success[

M eet Joyce
the newest member
of the Bonaire Ani- 1
mal Shelter team,
and "Vosje" (Little
Fox). Joyce was a
volunteer for
nearly a year at the
Shelter and then
started as one of
the managers this
last August. She,
her family and cat
and dog have been
on Bonaire for
about a year and a
half. In Holland
Joyce's education
was with animals
and she wanted to
be a vet's assistant.
Not only is she "Vosje"
spending a lot of v a
time with the cats and dogs at the
Shelter but she works with the
horses at Kunuku Warahama and
leads horseback riding tours.
Joyce is holding little Vosje, a
very sweet brown dog with long,
soft fur like an Irish setter's.
Vosje, who really does resemble a
little fox, is about a year old and
loves to play. He can be a little
feisty, showing good self confi-
dence but then again there's an-

other side to him that's a little shy.
And as are all of the animals up
for adoption, Vosje is in top health
and is extremely social. The adop-
tion fee of NAf 105 includes his
shots, worming, testing and sterili-
zation. You may see him at the
Shelter on the Lagoen Road, open
Monday through Saturday, 9 am
to 1 pm, 3 to 5 pm. Tel. 717-4989.
U L.D.

n Saturday, October 25, the Animal Shelter
organized a super book market at the Shelter
on the Kaminda Lagoen. It was a roaring success.
There was a choice of thousands of books for only
NAf 2,00 each.
Visitors found a lot that they liked and walked away
with arms, bags or boxes full of books.
Now and then they took a break with a drink, a bite
and a sociable conversation with other visitors or peo-
ple from the Shelter, so it became a nice outing for
The Animal Shelter has received a lot of cooperation
from others to make the day a winner by their dona-
tions and wants to thank specifically Martinus Import,
We Dare to Care Foundation, Janine Kuiken, Phil and
Steffany Bennet and volunteers and trainees of the
Animal Shelter.
For those who have missed the book market, there is
always the monthly flea market in Parke Publico Bo-
nairiano (behind the hospital) where also the Animal
Shelter has a booth which sells, among other things,
lots of books. The next flea market is Saturday, De-
cember 7. U Paul Wichers

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Bonaire Reporter November 7-21 2008;

Tropical Storm Omar littered the shore with rubble and flotsam

O verweight
and obesity
- those were the
main subjects of
"Kana pa bo
salu," (Walk for
your health), a
symposium hosted
by the Antillean
Government and SVB (health insurance).
Overweight and obesity on the island -
that's the problem and how can we avoid
it, prevent it and correct it? Four different
professionals talked about the issue from
their different point of views: Ester Berna-
bella, MD; Angelique Salsbach, Dietician
and Nutritionist; Drs J. Hol and Marloes

The causes and consequences of over-
weight are bad eating habits, sedentary life
style, high cholesterol levels, diabetes,
back and joint pain, coronary disease, high
blood pressure, cancer and digestive prob-

Bernabella and Salsbach both agreed that
movement as well as healthy eating habits
are the key factors in keeping those extra
pounds or kilos away. How to achieve
these goals? Dr. Bernabella stressed that
walking and just walking was the most
important -and very simple at the same
time- action to take. No special clothes
needed, no extra money spent and almost
anyone can do it no matter how old or how

Dietician Salsbach gave a list of practical

recommendations on how to eat healthily:
Eat three main meals a day, with-
out skipping any
Eat a variety of foods
Don't overeat
Limit liquids other than water,
especially bad liquids that contain
a lot of salt and sugar
Eat healthy snacks
Choose products with high fiber
Eat enough fruits and vegetables
Drink at least two liters of water
Limit alcohol intake
Don't eat late at night
Avoid eating out

Salsbach also pointed out some statistics
about the island population: 50% of the
population over 18 is overweight and coin-
cidentally 50% of the population over 18 is
leading a sedentary life style).
Information is key to educating the popula-
tion on how to lead a healthier life; the key
point to start the process of changing bad
habits, knowing what is going wrong, why
and how to correct it.
But that is not enough. If it were so simple
then why isn't everyone who receives the
information taking the proper action right
after they have the data?

Changing rooted habits is sometimes a bit
more of a complicated process that requires
some technical help too. Often we get
what it is called a secondary benefit from
our bad habits, and although we quickly

realize they are detrimental to our health the motivational factor needs to be re-
and our happiness, we cannot get rid of viewed periodically.
them until we discover what those secon- For all that was previously mentioned, a
dary benefits are that keep us hooked on team formed by a nutritionist and an MD
them. working in a health plan concerning
To start with a simple example, somebody changes in habits, would find a lot of bene-
knows walking is good, so he or she de- fit in including a professional who knows
cides to wake up every day one hour earlier how to change behavioral patterns, that is
to do it. The person does this once or twice, a psychologist. U Irene da Cunda
then fails to continue. The secondary bene-
fit of this lack of commitment in this case Da Cunda has a Bachelors in Psychology
is staying in bed longer and sleeping more. from the University of Uruguay, aMasters
This is a very simple example of a secon- in Behavior Modification (UNED) and has
dary benefit of an action that done other- done further stud-
wise can bring benefits to our health but as ies in Transper-
a short term hedonist, the person decides to sonal Psychology
stay in bed. and Sports Psy-
Other times the secondary benefit is not chology. She lives
so evident. Some people "choose" to stay on Bonaire.
out of shape and seclude themselves to
avoid being confronted by social situations.
Some people "choose" to be sick to receive
attention from the loved ones. Others
"choose" to be below their potential to SOLUTION TO DO YOU SUDOKU?
avoid certain responsibilities, to avoid
taking action or to avoid the compromise 852 739 164
of performing at their peak. The choice is 73 289
not done 100% consciously. Uncovering 73 264 895
such motivations can sometimes be a
delicate task. 496 581 732
Getting to know such motivations will
help the person make better decisions. 617 953 428
Again, this is important, but it is not al- 984 627 351
ways enough. Once we have the informa-
tion and understand the processes that 523 418 976
make us make bad decisions we still need
to make a plan to change our habits a 169 872 543
plan that has to take into account personal
needs, not only in terms of calorie intake 345 196 287
and amount of exercise to perform, but
also personal preferences and capabilities. 278 345 619
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Bona ire Reporter November 7-21 2008; Page 9

Bonaire Reporter November 7-21 2008;

Page 9

With the reported confession of
the main suspect in the disap-
pearance of Marlies van der Kouwe the
mystery of her disappearance can be re-
solved except for the trial. Suspect Ryan
P. confessed that he strangled Marlies,
said his mother in an interview with the
The 27-year-old man said that he
wanted to steal Marlies' bag, but when
the victim put up a fight, he strangled her.
The mother says that her son made a con-
fession before the police in the presence
of his lawyer and herself. The police are
still investigating to determine additional
details and if there were others involved.
On Thursday, 23rd of October, a memo-
rial service was held at Jong Bonaire fol-
lowed by a silent march from the traffic
circle to the spot where Marlies was ac-
costed. More than 1,000 people attended
the moving ceremonies. In attendance
were Marlies' parents, her sister Nienke
and two Dutch friends as well as top
officials from Bonaire and David Dick,
the Antilles' Justice Minister.
The service and march were impressive
as the people of Bonaire of all ages, col-
ors and nationalities joined together then
silently walked to the site where Marlies

for Marlie,
was last seen alive. Many wept. They
carried lamps, candles and flowers. The
march ended at a roadside memorial

At the memorialfollowing the march
W.I &_Z m m i

where even today people stop to leave a
flower or small token. A children's choir sang to the accompaniment of the hum-



To Bonaire she came ,
with nostalgia,
childhood memories
pure desires

Her ideals
she brought along,
her hope;
her low
for the island of
her tend'rest years.

40~ V&,

island people.

many tongues,
glaring sunm
tropical sun,
radiant sea.

Caribean Sea
belowd sea,
feared sea,
but always
again belobd.

Mharie s;
radiant chid
belowd child;
not here anymore
but always,
always again


A storm broke:
Unkn wn violence,
allofa sudden,
senseless, vile,

That storm
of unknown
of mad
destroyed her,
in that dark,
sinister night


but, most ofall
that Love,
mt dawning, yet

never used again,
never given again,
never fulfilled again,
byone moment,
mt making sense,
ofa monster
with m equal.



Island in the sun;
island in mourning,
and anger.

An island
in the sun,
never the same
again, because of
coming too fast;
to absorb,
to integrate.

An island
inpa in
How i go o on?
Never the same

A family
Ho-w to go on?
Never the same

we don't know
what to say
what to do...

we hope,
we beliew,
that somewhere
in the Unierse
you may go on
in Love and Peace...

By Henk Piek, October 2008

ming dynamos of the
WEB power plant.

In memory of Marlies
van der Kouwe as well
as all innocent victims
of senseless, brutal
violence Henk Piek,
the father of three
daughters who were


Marlies van der Kouwe Memorial near WEB

raised mostly on Bonaire, although not a
poet, was moved to write a poem. It's
printed here in English. However, Henk
wrote it also in Papiamentu, Dutch and
Spanish. It's in memory of Marlies and
also to express his feelings about the trag-
edy not only with Marlies' family who
received the poem after the memorial
service but also with our readers. 0

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For sale: 2nd hand, 2 panel white colo-
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ne of the most recognized and cher-
ished pictures in the Caribbean is the
artistic rendition of the undersea scene (at
right) on the Trans World Radio (TWR) build-
ing here on our beautiful island of Bonaire.
Ask anyone who has been here to dive and
they can tell you about the giant mural near
the traffic circle. Some divers, visitors, and
cruise ship passengers are so fascinated that
they visit the office just to find out what TWR
is all about.
Since 1964, TWR has been broadcasting
from Bonaire to places all over the world.
Originally selected for a prime shortwave site,
Bonaire proved to be a great location for a
medium wave (AM) station as well. Shortly
after TWR setup the first transmitter, Radio
Nederland Wereldomroep (RNW) began
broadcasting via TWR. The transmissions
were so successful that RNW decided to in-
stall their own shortwave transmitters on the
As time progressed, things changed, and
they continue to change. In the 1990s, TWR
ceased shortwave broadcasting and changed
its giant tube transmitters for one solid state
medium-wave transmitter. Modem technol-
ogy with the intemet and satellite have pro-
vided the station with a more efficient way to
produce programming in Venezuela, the Do-
minican Republic and other countries.
As a result, there are fewer TWR workers
on Bonaire, but the Christian broadcasts con-
tinue to reach out to a large area from the
Amazon to Cuba and in many countries of the
Caribbean and South America via 800 AM. A
few years ago, TWR installed a 24-hour FM
radio station for the island of Bonaire. At
89.5 FM, listeners on Bonaire can hear a spe-
cial Bonairean mix of Christian music and
programs in English, Papiamentu, Spanish,
and Dutch.

Recently, TWR based in the US, has an-
nounced the addition of a new president for
the global Christian broadcasting organiza-
tion. A farmer's son from northern Kansas,
Libby holds a Bachelor of Science degree
from Kansas State University and a Master's
degree in Business Administration from Regis
University. TWR-Bonaire Station Director Joe
Barker said he welcomes President Libby into
the fold and looks forward to his leadership in
this constantly changing world.
As TWR moves into a future of change, the
organization has realized that the large build-
ing at the traffic circle is too big for their
needs. According to Mr. Barker, TWR is in
discussions with the island government about
the building and the possibility for TWR to
build something more in keeping with its cur-
rent and future needs. The new building is
planned to be near the current building in the
Hato area. Mr. Barker says that the design
goals of the new building include a reflection
of local architecture and a positive portrayal
of God's crea-
tion on and
around Bon-
aire. NBob





Letter rs

sto t ditor

Dear Editor:
We have just arrived back in Bonaire
after an absence of several months. On
our first dive near the sad remnants of the
fishing pier we noticed some changes and
additions to the reef. Tropical Storm
Omar has deposited a layer of silt over the
entire reef except for the coral. The coral
must be self cleaning or maybe the feather
duster worms have been living up to their
name. The white silt has given the reef a
decidedly snowy appearance. Adding to
the winter wonderland effect was a set of
Christmas lights we found adorning a
coral head. Very festive. We also found a
few more interesting additions to the reef.
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wood these were, possibly Natalie, but
they definitely do not float. The best find
of all was an Apron Excellent #1. Yes, a
golf ball. There has to be a story on how
this golf ball ended up on the reef. Was
someone defying Omar by chipping shots
into the water or engaging in "extreme"
miniature golf? I would like to know. In
any event, I took the ball with me. If this
is violating Park regulations I will be
happy to put it back. I think a nine-iron
would be just about right. .
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DATE Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. Time Ht. COEF
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10-29 12:41 1.9FT. 22:44 0.9FT. 83
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10-31 0:25 0.8FT. 13:59 1.9FT. 79
11-01 1:10 0.7FT. 14:41 1.9FT. 74
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11-05 2:53 0.8FT. 17:47 1.7FT. 45
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Bonaires Yellow Flash on Wheels. What?
The 39th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring
some ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Bonaire/Kralendijk -

A screaming yellow flash -
that's what you saw in a
split second if you were lucky.
Then it stops, turns and ap-
proaches you again. It passes you
at a very high speed. It has
wheels! What is it? It's a car!
Mr. van Dijk smiles; he is a
happy man. He is the proud
owner of a handmade British kit
car, a Robin Hood, derived from
the famous and well known Lo-
tus Super Seven made in Eng-
land since 1957. The Super
Seven model has been copied
and built under license thousands
of times. Well known are the
Caterham and the Dutch-made
Donkervoort all inspired by
Colin Chapman's design. And
now there is a Robin Hood Super
Seven on the island.

In 1952 Lotus Engineering Ltd.
was founded in Hornsey, Eng-
land, by the famous car designer
and car racer Colin Chapman.
The first Lotus Super Seven,
launched in 1957, was a small,
simple, lightweight two-seater,
open-top sports car produced by
Lotus Cars (initially called Lotus
Engineering) until 1972. It was
designed by Colin Chapman and
has been considered the embodi-

ment of the Lotus philosophy of
performance through low weight
and simplicity.
The original model was highly
successful with more than 2,500
cars sold, due to its attraction as
a road legal car that could be
used for clubman racing. After
Lotus ended production of the
Seven, Caterham bought the
rights and makes both kits and
fully assembled cars.
"My Super Seven is also a kit
car," explains Mr. van Dijk. "The
vehicle is hand made with parts
of an English Ford Sierra. In
those days Robin Hood produced
some 500 cars a year, using the
Triumph Dolomite, the Ford
Cortina and the Ford Sierra as
donor cars. Their philosophy was
'One kit + one donor vehicle =
one car on the road.' Robin Hood
produced the Super Seven from
the late 90s. Mine was presuma-
bly produced in 2001. It is some-
times hard to tell when you are
dealing with kit cars. When my
wife Christine and I came to the
island of Bonaire with our kids,
we took our very nice restored
Mercedes 280 SL, built in 1976,
with us. Above the Mercedes
there was just sufficient space
left for the Super Seven, so we
enriched Bonaire with two new
classic cars!"

This yellow
sprayed very, very
low-built vehicle
is constructed of
aluminum and
wrapped around a
light and sturdy
frame of steel
tubes. A Ford
Sierra was used as
a donor vehicle.
The two-liter, four-cylinder over-
head camshaft engine equipped
with fuel injection fits nicely
under the hood. The naked sports
wagon is fitted with an extra
large radiator for cooling the
high power output engine. The
car is fitted with light alloy
wheels, fat rubbers and a very
nice modeled stainless steel ex-
haust and muffler system with
less muffler than exhaust. The
interior is slightly cramped but
there is loads and loads of open
air. There are two Sparco racing
seats, four-points safety belts and
a rugged roll bar. Of course there
are no doors mounted, no side
windows, no airco, no power
steering, no abs. This car just
supplies the driver pure contact
with the road. From the driver's
seat it is easy to touch the pave-
ment! This is just a vehicle on
wheels, as simple as a Model T

Ford but almost four times as

Then Willem van Dijk turns the
ignition key. Some coughing
from the muffler. The little yel-
low yeller starts screaming. The
oil reaches the right pressure and
the right temperature and the
gearbox is shifted in first gear.
The 13-inch Firestone Multi-
hawks join the howling of the
muffler. With screaming rubbers
the Super Seven is launched. In
less than no time the car vanishes
completely over the horizon. Be
careful: Bonaire is a small is-
land... Acceleration is surpris-
ingly fast, road holding is superb.
The vehicle seems even faster
because of the very low position
of the driver and the open air
system. Some nice cornering on
Bonaire. Watch out for potholes
and sleeping policemen! Nice

car, nice dashboard. Aluminum,
fiberglass, stainless steel, even
some half hidden wood. A low
weight and a high output are the
secrets of this open car. Pure fun!
Then, finally, we have to go
home again. The car easily finds
its way back to its parking spot.
Willem kills the engine by turn-
ing the ignition key in the oppo-
site direction. Hot air is waving
from the engine compartment
and even the floor of the car is
kind of hot. "Do not burn your
legs on the exhaust system," Wil-
lem van Dijk exclaims. Then he
crawls out of his beloved vehicle.
The car shows
the same huge
smile as his
Story & photo
by J@n Brouwer

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Page 14

Bvjles from the Biologist

Did You

Know...that after
being a part of the Klein
Bonaire Beach Cleanup
and the Yellow Subma-
rine Underwater Clean up,
it was brought to my at-
tention that plastic pollu- B i
tion is a growing problem .
in Bonaire. Plastic bags,
plastic bottle caps and
plastic cups are polluting .
the coastline and are also tia la
drifting in currents up to the shore of Klein Bonaire in large amounts. Plastic does
not only hinder boat engines and propellers, but it is frequently mistaken for food
and consumed by many marine animals. Plastic debris can become lodged in the
throat, stomach and intestines of animals such as birds and turtles, which eventu-
ally leads to a slow agonizing death due to starvation. Many fish are consuming
smaller pieces of plastic that mimic plankton floating in the water column, which
leads to malnutrition and ultimately death. Plastic also poses the threat of entangle-
ment to many marine species.
The high dependency on plastic use needs to be controlled before the
problem gets entirely out of hand. Plastic is killing the fish we consume, destroying
the beautiful reefs that account for a large amount of the
Bonaire's monetary income and also threatening many
marine species that are on the verge of extinction. Plastic
bottles need to be reused, plastic cups need to be limited,
and most of all, plastic dependency needs to be reduced. .
0 Amanda Parra

Parra, a student from the University of La Verne in Southern
California, selected to study abroad in CIEE's Tropical Marine
Ecology and Conservation Program. Her major is Environmental
Biology and she hopes to conduct research in Marine Biology as a
career. Conservation and education is the key to a healthier world. '

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ob Taal and Henry Koning take a look at The Bonaire Reporter during the
Flying Dutchman sailing competition in Medemblik, Holland They were
sailing under the Netherlands Antilles Flag (Bonairean).
Rob has been visiting Bonaire since 1985 and built a house here in 1996. Since
then he and his wife, Sonja, spend about seven months a year on the island. In 1997
he joined the sailing club on Bonaire and helped Arti de Vries a little with the boats
and training.
He and Henry Koning, his sailing partner, sail the Flying Dutchman in vintage-
boat international regattas. The photo was taken at the sailing the Vintage Yachting
Games ultimo in September. They finished in a very successful 4th place The team
usually finishes near the top of the fleet and is the Benalux champion. 0

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T he Regatta may be over but the
racing fans still remember the
fine performance of the all
(Bonairean) girl crew aboard the beau-
tiful yacht, Alert.
Captained by skipper and owner Phil
Warneke, the crew trained for five
weeks. The training paid off when
they won the first race in the Open
Class. The yacht sailed well in the rest
of her races, usually first across the
line, and finished second overall in her
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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 eve-
ning hours.
Rincon Marsh6-6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the
Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3 to
7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and
to sell. NAJ5 per selling table. More
information and reservations for a spot
call 787-0466
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rin-
con. Call Maria Koeks for more infor-
Mountain Bike Training for
riders of all levels (also Tuesday) at
5pm. Bonaire Wellness Connexions,
Eden Beach, 785-0767, email
Page 16

* Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435

* Flamingo Rockers at
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant,
Harbour Village Marina. HH drinks,
gratis tapas, 5-7 pm

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per per-
son. Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth
Vos at 565-5225


Sunday- Creature Feature- John
and Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital
photo center present a multimedia
slide presentation about Buddy's
House Reef pool bar Buddy Dive,
6:30-7 pm, 717-5080
Monday- Land & Ocean Bonaire
by Fish-Eye photo, Sunset Restaurant,
7:30 pm.
Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort, 6:30
Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show, every 2nd &
4th Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's
Carib Inn (717-8819) at 6:30pm.


Kas Kriyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past in this venerable old home that has
been restored and furnished so it appears the
family has just stepped out. Local ladies will
tell you the story. Open Monday thm Fri-
day, 9-12, 2-4. Weekends by appointment
Call 717-2445.
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Einoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060 /
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National
Park, Museum and Visitors' Center.
Open daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on
some holidays. 717-8444/785-0017


AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm; every Sunday at 5pm. Phone:
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7.30
pm) All levels, NAf2,50. Call Joop
717-5903 for venue.
Darts Club plays every other Sun-
day at City Caf6. Registration at 4,

games at 5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month
- Junior Chamber International Bon-
aire (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 wel-
come. Contact: Renata Domacass6
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other
Tuesday, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595,
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2"d and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm 'Pirate House', above
ZeeZicht Restaurant. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-8434
Toastmasters Club meets every
two weeks. For more information call
Crusita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia
Martinez Beck, at 786-2953.


Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In
Papiamentu, Dutch, English, Sundays,
10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in
Rincon. Bible Study and Prayer meet-
ings, Thursdays, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bon-
aire, at SGB High School auditorium
(Kaya Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English
at 9 am; Sunday evening prayer meet-
ing at Pastor's home, 7 pm. Fridays, 6
to 8 pm, Light & Life Club, children 5
to 12 yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk Services, Sunday at 8 am and
7 pm in Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol,
Saturday at 6 pm in English. Mass in
Papiamentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6
pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di

Dia di Grasia
(Day of Thanks)

Bring your castoffs, clothes,
canned food, furniture, appliances,
etc. to
The parking lot of St. Dominicus
School (across from Caribbean Fas-
teners) for distribution to Bonaire's
poor people
On Sunday, November
From 9 am-3 pm

There are no middlemen-everything goes
straight to the needy. This annual event is run
by radio personality Mamita Fox and the New
Creation Club

Dios): Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day at 10 am. Wednesday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bon-
aire Youth Center in English, Dutch and
Papiamentu. Preaching the full gospel.
Contact: 786-2557.
Prayer and Intercession Church,
in English. A full Gospel Church
located temporarily at Kaya Alexan-
drit # 20, Santa Barbara, Republiek.
Services are held on Sunday mornings
from 10am until 11:30am. Bible stud-
ies in English are on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26,
Sundays: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and
Papiamentu upon request) 10:20
Sunday School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/
PH Primary held from 10:20-12 noon
Visitors Welcome: 701-9522 for In-

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Tel:790-6518, 786-6125
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Except Sunday at 10 am only

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US$10 weekly from Saturday to
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water taxi daily 10 am, 12, 2 pm.
Sundays 10 am only.
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Underwater Status Report

T he Bonaire Marine Park's survey
conducted a few days after the
passing of tropical storm Omar to the
northwest of Bonaire reported some reef
structural damage, mostly overturned
corals, on Bonaire's west coast. There
was significant silting and rubble move-
ment in the shallower areas.
Tropical Storm Omar hit Bonaire
heavily. The damage on the reef is evi-
dent in almost all west-side dive sites
shallower than 15 meters. Some areas
were more affected than others. The area
between Sabadeco and 1000 Steps re-
ceived the heaviest impact in the shallows.
The damage is evident but was not that bad.
It's far less than the hurricane Lenny dam-
There was no damage on Bonaire's east
coast which was protected from the west
winds. Dive shops contacted by The Re-
porter say that their guests feel the effects
are mostly not noticeable at depth. The pri-

mary difference between storms Omar and
Lenny (1999) was the intensity of the
waves. Lenny's waves were much longer
and came at a higher speed and were more
broadly focused. The west to northwest
direction of Omar's waves, however, was
devastating to some shore side homes nor-
mally protected by Klein Bonaire in the
normal southwest wind reversal.

Moray Mortality
In late August the BNMP start receiving
Reports of moray eel mortality along the
coast. Through October there were more
than 50 reports. An expert in such matters,
Dr. Ernest Williams from University of
Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, visited two weeks
ago and is preparing a report due next week.
A similar event occurred in 1995 and
stopped after a few months. They are no
formal reports of the 1995 mortality but
comments from some people who did some
studies indicate that the possible cause is
Coastal Wastewater Pollution
The September 8 meeting with the tourism
sector about the requirement to pump out
leaking cesspits and septic tanks was satis-
factory. Everyone present agreed that they
have to do something. Since each property
is different, one of the followups is for the
BNMP to meet with them to work out solu-
tions. Some hotels have already started to
truck away much more waste than they did
last year. Others still didn't haven't taken

any action. Ronella Croes, the Director of
the TCB, is to draft a letter that reflects the
position of the tourism sector in this issue.
According to our latest information from
DROB, the funding agencies are dragging
their feet in releasing money for the Action
Plan to transport the sewage away from the
shoreline. As we go to press there is another
meeting underway among the organizations
trying to get funding to implement a fast
temporary solution.
There appears to be a major coral bleach-
ing event underway all around the island.
Bleaching is a natural cyclical event usually
initiated by rising water temperatures.
However, water temperatures haven't risen
as much as usual for bleaching and there is
speculation that the event may be due to
unusually overcast conditions or other un-
known factors. We'll continue to keep you
informed. U


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.

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service and
in-store financing too.

Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
number of services, branches and ATMs of any Bon-
aire bank. They also offer investments and insurance.

Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
facial waxing.

De Freewieler rents bikes, scooters and quads. Profes-
sional repairs on almost anything on two wheels. Sells
top brand bikes. Have your keys made here.

Mio offers by far the clearest, most phone reliable sig-
nal on the island. And their personnel are trained and
friendly. Check out their unlimited calling plan.

De Bonairiaan Restaurant-is a unique restaurant run
by the students of the Stitchting Project with their advi-
sors. Each day a different menu.
Kaya J. A. Abraham Blvd., #21
(nearly across from Divi Resort)
717-6921, 786-6816
Inexpensive: Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9 am-2 pm for Breakfast, Coffee and Lunch

Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
zas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat
in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
/2 mile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out

Philips Cooking and Organizing is your personal
chef for Private Dinners, Catering, Party Snacks and
Wedding Services. Let Philip do it all
www.philipscooking.com call 701-1100

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.

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City
Caf6, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apartments.

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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.

Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modern workout rooms and machines, professional
trainers and low prices make it easy to lose weight and
get fit.

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. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

RSA, Royal Sun & Alliance is your one-stop shop for
all your insurance needs: auto, home, boat and personal
liability. Top notch service assured.

Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of all
those nasty pets like termites, fleas, ticks and ants that
want to invade your home. Call now and save your
investment in your home.

Sunshine Pool Care is "All About Pools and Spas" -
Building them, caring for them, providing service, sup-
plies and equipment.

Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
downtown offers fast, fine processing for prints, slides,
items and services. Full digital services.

Capture Photo at the Divi Flamingo. Underwater
photo classes, camera rental, digital processing, all
state of the art!

Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
touch. Ask them to show you the good value homes
they list. Call them if you are thinking of selling your

Bonaire Partners-Rental and Property management
specialists. If you have a place to rent call them

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
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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. Wonderful service, free
gift wrap.

The Salt Shop offers uniquely special Bonaire sea-salt
crystals at its shop in The Rochaline and also at Best
Buddies and the airport shop.

Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their superb ser-

The Island Supplier (TIS)-Enjoy shopping the
"Caribbean Way' fresh, open air feeling with rea-
sonably priced produce, frozen meats, canned goods,
wide selection of beverages and juices. Good rum se-

Warehouse Supermarket on Kaya Industria-
Biggest air conditioned market with the, largest selec-
tion and lowest prices on the island.

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
Bonaire with built-in ramp

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.

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Page 17

Divers Restore Town Pier After Omar Walk of Walks

or "Hey, Where Are You Going With My Sponge?"-II

At the suggestion of the
Wannadive shop, afew
visiting divers did a mod-
est restoration of the Bon-
aire Town Pier on October
30th. Tropical storm Omar
had done some damage to
marine life on the pier's
pillars. The divers reat-
tached sponges to the pil-
lars and cleaned up loose

T he damselfish is
upset. Gone is its
brand new sponge! A diver
is taking it away, to attach
it to one of the Town Pier
pillars. Omar had thrown this new domain
into the lap of this damselfish. Just as it was
settled and comfortable, its idyllic home was
roughly disturbed. Usually idyllic the
neighborhood deteriorated rapidly after
Omar. Debris is everywhere. What's happen-
ing? Divers are reattaching the sponges torn
off by the storm to the Town Pier's pilings.
On the way back, they are taking as much
garbage as possible with them, so that Town
Pier can become just as wonderful a diving
spot as it was before the storm.
A noble goal, and as ordinary tourists and
Town Pier fans, we are quite happy to coop-
erate. Together with 10 other divers, we re-
ceived instructions from Wannadive.
Equipped with fishing line, gloves (with spe-
cial permit) and nets, we dive down at Town
Pier under the midday sun for a change. The
gloves are needed to protect our hands against
some of the sponges that can irritate your
skin. First, we collect all kinds of loose
sponges at the bottom behind the pier. Then
we look for an open area on the pillar where
the sponge can attach itself again. With the
fishing line we tie the sponges to the pillar.
The line is firm enough not to break at the
next storm, but it is not harmful to the
sponge; in time, the line will just be absorbed
by it.
It's a strange experience to be allowed to
touch these sponges, which we have been so
busy avoiding touching with every dive. They
are surprisingly heavy. Some of the pieces
that appear to be lying loose are still fixed to
stone or rope. Other pieces can easily be
picked up, these end up in our net. Damsel-
fish react fiercely to this unexpected move,
but other animals find the action quite inter-
esting. Like the goatfish, busy searching for
food in the sand that is raked up. They are not
impressed by us bubble-blowing monsters at
all. A pushy sharp tail eel even wants to swim

into our net. A family of fire worms is mov-
ing together with its sponge to a new spot on
the pillar.
At first sight, marine life on the pillars did
not appear to have sustained heavy damage.
The sponges giving them their beautiful arty
colors are still there. If you touch them with
your finger ever so gently (this time it is per-
mitted), they feel soft and slimy. But the pro-
truding sponges like barrel sponges and tube
sponges are clearly missing here and there. At
the open spots, we attach them again with the
fishing line. Several turns around the pillar
and it looks all dressed up again.
And back again we go, to collect more
sponges. Between the pillars, divers can be
seen carrying all kinds of sponges under their
arms; A strange sight for the innocent by-
stander. Are these reef vandals?
When our air is almost gone we return to
shore. We put the garbage we come across
into our net: polo shirts, pieces of cloth, a
razor, rope, you name it. A couple of divers
even emerged with a complete microwave!
Not that cleaning up really helps, because it is
very obvious now how much trash is lying
under water. Another cleaning crew is going
to take care of that next time.
After 97 diving minutes we are finished...
Not enough by a long shot, but still we have
the feeling to have contributed a little bit to
the restoration of a piece of coral reef. If the
sponges remained on the sandy bottom they
would have died. Now they have a chance to
attach themselves once again and continue to
live. A nice side effect is the increased diving
pleasure for us and for all those other divers.
And the damselfish has enough sponges from
which to choose itself a new home. 0 Henk-
jan, Rene and Astrid (divEmotion Nederland)

4-Daagse Organizers: Coraline Perret Gentil, Robby de Palm, Amilcar Meulens
and Joselle Margaritha I

he Four Day Walk for Bonaire, The Vierdaagse Bonaire, is now set for
the end of this month. Originally set for earlier this year it was resched-
uled because of the death of one of the organizers of the organization, Clarita
Regales Figueroa. Beginning at Flamingo Airport on Thursday, November 27, at
9 am, participants will walk or bike for 125 km. covering the length and breadth
of the island over a period of four days. The event is modeled after the world-
famous Nijmegen (The Netherlands) Vierdaagse, the largest marching event in
the world. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Children in Poverty Foundation.
The president and founder of the event is Coraline Perret Gentil, who although a
resident of Curaqao, has a long history on Bonaire.
The Reporter will bring you additional details, including the walk route, as the
event gets closer. Anyone who is able to walk or bicycle about 30 km. in a day
is encouraged to participate. There will be camping areas provided for the eve-
nings at the day's destination points. The cost is NAf 50 which will cover sup-
port drinks and snacks along the route and a T-shirt designed by Gisela van
Steenbergen, of one of the sponsors, Caribbean Homes. For campers, the fee is
NAf 100 which includes a campsite, food, drinks. The 4-DAY logo was de-
signed by SGB student Joselle Margaritha.
You can sign up for the walk at City Caf6 every Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm.
Entry is free to handicapped persons and Special Olympics team members. For
more information call 697-1235 or 567-0026. Email Vier-
daagse bonaire(,ivahoo.com. U G.D.
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*to find it... just look up

Watch the Two Brightest Planets Race
Toward Each Other for a Super Close Meeting!

If you've been looking into
the west just after sunset
recently, you've been seeing two
bright objects which are going to
give us a super duper sky show at
the end of the month. In fact they
are the two brightest planets in
our solar system, super bright
Venus and second brightest Jupi-
ter. And you can watch them
come closer every single night
from now until November 30th
and December 1st when they will
be super close to each other and
will be joined by an exquisite
crescent Moon which means that
for two nights in a row there will
be a meeting of the three bright-
est objects in the night sky which
is really going to be a knockout

Next Monday, November 10th,
one hour after sunset face southwest where you'll see super bright 8,000-mile-wide
Venus and up to its left not-quite-as-bright, 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter, so huge we
could line 11 Venuses up across its middle. Astronomers say they're 20 degrees apart
from each other which is a little easier to understand if you think of it this way. A full
Moon is one half a degree wide. So on Monday, the 10th, Jupiter and Venus will be 20
degrees or 40 full Moons lined-up-end-to-end apart from each other. But they're really
moving fast each night and in fact by next Monday, the 17th, they will be only 13
degrees or 26 full Moons apart.

And the going really gets good during the next week because by Monday, the 24th,
Thanksgiving week, they'll be only 6 1/2 degrees or' 13 full Moons apart. On Tuesday
12 full Moons would fit between them, Wednesday 10 full Moons and ta da! on
Thanksgiving night go out just after dinner just after sunset and they will be so close
only eight full Moons could fit between them. On Friday, six full Moons, Saturday
five full Moons and finally on Sunday the last day of this month November 30th
they'll be at their closest when we could fit only four full Moons between them.

Plus they will be joined by an exquisite three-day-old crescent Moon complete with
earthshine which will look like a grayish-black full Moon nestled within the cres-
cent. But it gets even better. On Monday, the first day of December, a slightly fatter
crescent Moon complete with earthshine will have moved just up past Venus and
Jupiter and will be even closer to them forming a trio of the three brightest objects we
can ever see in the night time sky.

Once again on Sunday, November 30th, a magnificent trio, the two brightest planets
in our solar system and the crescent Moon, and Monday, December 1st, an even more
impressive trio when the crescent Moon will be even closer to Jupiter the king and
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By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For November 2008
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You may find that you are a little lucky this month. Try
to keep a low profile. Investments that deal with property will pay off but could cause
conflict with some family members. You can stabilize your personal relationship if
you're willing to communicate honestly. Your luckiest events this month will occur on
a Thursday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Opportunities to make financial gains will develop
through your connections with other people. Don't blow situations out of proportion.
Proceed with caution if operating equipment or vehicles. Family responsibilities are
escalating. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Get busy trying to make more money. It is time to clear
your decks. Don't jump too quickly regarding an investment that appears to be good.
Don't let your partner goad you into wearing your heart on your sleeve. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Sunday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Call someone you haven't seen in a long time. Watch
your tendency to live for the day and to spend too much on entertainment and children;
it could set you back. You can win if you're open and up front with your boss. Get on
with business. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You may find yourself caught in the middle of an argument
that has nothing to do with you. Don't be shy; if you want to spend more time with a
special person, make a commitment. Your stubborn nature will backfire if you give
your mate an ultimatum. Your moneymaking opportunities will flourish. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Thursday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Hassles with close friends or family will put a damper
on your day and result in isolation and loneliness. You may want to have a heart-to-
heart talk with a close and trusted friend. The only thing you'll accomplish is a bad
reputation. Don't turn down offers that include sports activities or children. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You may not be too pleased with the actions of those
you live with. You can help a close friend find solutions to personal problems. Listen
to a good friend who is truly looking out for your best interests. You are best to put
your efforts into redecorating or inviting friends over. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Your creative input will be appreciated by your
boss. Things may not be as harmonious as you would like with colleagues or employ-
ers this month. Financial limitations are likely if you take risks. It's time to reevaluate
your motives. Your luckiest events this month will occur on Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You're in need of love. Investments are best
left alone this month. Coworkers may not be giving you all the pertinent information.
Your tendency to take on too much will end in fatigue. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Sunday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Use your obvious talent to work with detail and
you can come up with something great. Take care that arrangements to spend quality
time together are made in advance. You can help sort out problems that friends are
facing. Be sure to pay attention to your financial status. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Trips will be more than adventurous. Social events
will be plentiful. Don't overload your plate. Hold your temper and refrain from doing
anything that might cause injury. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) It's a favorable time for real estate, investments, and
moneymaking opportunities to be successful. Get promises in writing or you will be
disappointed. Empty promises and a lack of cash may put a damper on your plans.
Stick to your own projects and by the end of the day you'll shine. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Thursday. 0

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Passing The Gavel
When Glenn Thod6 took over from
retiring Lt. Governor Herbert
Domacass6 in a formal ceremony at the
Island Council meeting on October 24, it
marked the beginning of a new era for the
island. Domacass6 was the last governor
(Gezaghebber in Dutch) of the Nether-
lands Antilles Island Territory of Bonaire;
Thod6 will be the first governor of the
Dutch municipality of Bonaire. In his five
years as Governor and president of the
Island Council Herbert Domacass6 earned
his place in the hearts of the Bonairean
people as a wise and considerate leader.
His wife Elena became a much loved First
Lady. They plan to do a bit of traveling
before settling on the island as private

Glenn Thod6 comes on the scene as
Bonaire transitions in a new, direct rela-
tionship with The Netherlands. In his ad-
dress at an introductory reception in the
garden of the Executive Building he ex-
pressed concern that Bonaire is polarized
by the fast moving changes. He quipped
that it should work out, as he himself has
proven in his marriage to a Dutch woman.
It promises to be a turbulent time as cul-
tures and customs clash and merge. Many
Bonaireans fear their way of life is threat-
ened while at the same time recognizing
the advantages of a better link with Hol-
land. The storm damage from Omar has to
be repaired, but the funds for repairs aren't
available. The island is still recovering
from the shock of the Marlies van der
Kouwe murder.
Governor Thod6 appears well qualified
for his challenging job. He leaves his aca-
demic post as Dean and Faculty Lecturer,

(PhD, LLM.) Attorney and Professor at the
University of Aruba. He's younger than
most of the past appointees but has shown
sensitivity and maturity in several of his
early appearances. He says the functions of
a Gezaghebber will remain necessary after
the official restructuring at the end of this
year. Currently the Gezaghebber reviews
the decisions of the Island Council and
Executive Council and fulfills functions in
the name of the Dutch Kingdom.

Importantly to this island of family ori-
ented people, Governor Thod6 was born
on Bonaire. He moved with his parents to
Aruba while still a baby but vacationed on
Bonaire at his grandparents' home. His
great-grandfather is Kachi Craane, who
lived on the seaside and built stout boats.
Governor Thode's job will be to build a
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