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"It's Still Free"


1i February 1327, 200; Volume 16, Issue 4

]Bornaire Grw ]Resuoonsibv

Also in this issue:
Diver Down -pg. 3
I Like To Read -pg 6
Karnaval Schedule-pg. 9

Saving Our Trees -pg. 11
Two Awards -pg.12
Loras In The Mist -pg. 18
... and much more

len~tie' s D

The Bonaire Government
invites all residents, busi-
nessmen, organization members
to offer their opinion on the
concept and execution of Island
Nature Management Ordi-
nance. There are two parts, one
for terrestrial environment man-
agement and the other for the
Marine Park. DROB's Environ-
mental Department has a draft
available in their offices and on-
line at http://www.bonairegov.an/
The ordinance is designed to
protect all aspects of Bonaire's
environment as well as its flora
and fauna.
A public hearing will be held on
February 12, at 3 pm in the
Sporthall on Kaya Amsterdam for
all those interested.
The period for comment is from
now until March 15. Comments
in writing may be sent to:
Dienst Ruimtelijke Ordening en
Beheer (DROB), Sekshon
Maneho di Medio Ambiente i
Naturalesa, Kaya Amsterdam 23,
Bonaire. Or by email to: inspra-

D On February 5 in The
Hague, Dutch Minister Presi-
dent Balkenende officiated at
the Dutch Postcode Lottery
Goed Geld Gala where the
Dutch Caribbean Nature Alli-
ance (DCNA) was named a
Postcode Lottery beneficiary.
Becoming a beneficiary of the
Postcode Lottery means that
DCNA can expect annual finan-
cial support from Europe's green-
est lottery fund. Kalli De Meyer,
who ran the Bonaire Marine Park
in its formative years, is the
DCNA Director with her head-
quarters on Bonaire. For more
information on DCNA contact her
at Tel +599.717.5010 Email:
kdm(atelbonet. an website-

Netherlands Minister of
Transport and Communication,
Camiel Eurlings, said money is
being allotted to repair the Fla-
mingo Airport runway for better
safety and to meet the standards
of the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO). He said

that if the runway doesn't get
fixed now and fast, the airport of
Bonaire will soon have to be
closed, which is something no-
body wants.
Eurlings advocates an "open
sky market between the Dutch
Caribbean islands and the Am-
sterdam-Antilles route."

D Larry "Wildside" Baillie's
Zodiac Hurricane 920 boat has
new owners, Bonairean Roy Ce-
lestijn and Gijs Hoogerkamp,
who have named their dive opera-
tion Bonaire East Coast Diving
and added a number of new dive
sites to their program. Reserva-
tions can be made by phone at
717-5211 or at your own dive
operator or on their new website:

D Schools on the BES islands
(Bonaire, Saba and St. Eusta-
tius) need assistance in the
broadest sense of the word,
stated Dutch education inspectors
in a meeting with the Dutch Sec-
ond Chamber in The Hague early
this month. In their 150-page
report they noted that pupils
completing primary school on
Bonaire and St. Eustatius run a
big risk of ending up with seri-
ous educational deficiencies.
The majority of students have a
bad command of Dutch as well.
These are some of the worrisome
conclusions reached by Dutch
education inspectors who visited
the BES islands that will become
part of the Netherlands. Figures
show that only Saba scored rela-
tively well.
The primary schools on Bon-
aire and St. Eustatius are sim-
ply not delivering the basic
quality that they should. Ac-
cording to the quality profile for
foundation-based education, the

0 Bonaire police have com-
missioned a special task force
team to focus on the increase
in house robberies, auto and
scooter theft which have cre-
ated a feeling of insecurity in the
community. The preparation
phase has concluded and the
team became operational on
February 9. It's composed of members of the Bonaire Police force
and Royal Military Police (Koninklijke Marechaussee).
They have three primary goals:
Reduce the number of thefts
Arrest those responsible
Return a feeling of security to the people
If you have any information that can help them call the tip line 717-
7251 anonomously, or Emergency 911 or Police HQ at 717-8000. If
you are a crime victim report it for fast action.

performance, quality of care,
educational materials and coun-
seling at primary schools is below
level on Bonaire and St. Eusta-
tius. Saba fared better.
Inspectors, however, were satis-
fied with the teaching method and
the atmosphere at primary schools
on the three islands.
But overall, the inspection rated
education at the primary schools on
Bonaire and St. Eustatius as "very
weak" In the Netherlands, these
schools would have been placed
under "intensive supervision."

Secondary education stu-
dents are short-changed as well.
Scores were more even among the
three islands, but still below level,
where it comes to high schools.
The supply of educational material
is insufficient on Bonaire, Saba and
St. Eustatius and so is the differen-
tiation of levels and counseling.
Instruction on Bonaire and St.
Eustatius was rated as inadequate.
"Based on the available perform-
ance figures, it can be concluded
that the percentage of students that
pass exams on the BES islands is
low in comparison to the Nether-
lands," the inspectors stated in their
report. "For a number of subjects,
the average scores are well below
the lowest limit in the Netherlands.
Too many students are faced with
delays in their education. Weak
students or students with specific
problems are too often not noticed
and cared for."






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Netherlands Antilles Olym-
pic sprinter Churandy Martina
has to wait until February 25 to
learn if he will get into the record
books, but he already has the silver
medal for his 19.82 second run in
the 200 meters at Beijing. Martina
was second behind Usain Bolt of
Jamaica, but Martina crossed into
another lane during the race. Race
officials only saw the infraction
when they examined the race re-
cord following a protest against US
runner Wallace Spearmon, who
finished third. He was disqualified
for running out of his lane. After-
wards the US team protested Mar-
tina's run. Martina was then dis-
Shawn Crawford, the American
2004 Olympic gold medalist, ran
19.96 and took second place as the
third finisher. Last month Crawford
gave his silver to Martina saying,
"I'm like, if a guy is 10 meters in
front of me, I don't care if he
stayed in the middle of his lane, he
was going to beat me anyway. He
didn't impede in anybody's race."
(Continued on page 8)


Table of Contents
This Week's Stories
Police Task Force 2
Diver Down (Edwin Muller) 3
I Like to Read IV Gusta Lesa 6
Two New Shops (Just Haircuts and
Eveline's Mind Body and Spirit) 6
Concert/Auction Haiti Benefit 9
Kamaval Schedule 9
Spedal Olympics Walk-a-thon 1C
Saving Our Trees Bonai 11
BONHATAAnnual Awards 12
Letters to the Editor Botted Water Pollu-
ton; American Eagle San Juan theft 14
Guest Editorial: Protecing Bonaire's Envi-
ronment 14
Art for Fun-Valentine Roses 18
Loras In The Mist (Lora Count) 18

Weekly Features
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Born on Bonaire- Michi Zhen 4
Bonairean Voices (Fishing II) 7
Island View (F Word) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Pet ofthe Week(Volunteer/"Leo") 8
BonQuiz (PaluSia) 9
Sudoku Solution 9
Picture Yourself (NewYork City) 13
Bonaire On Wheels (Land Sailing) 12
Classifieds 13
ReporterMasthead 13
Tide Table 13
Bubbles-Did You Know(WaVter Bears)15
Whats Happening 16
Dining, Shopping Guides 17
Sky Park (ThreePlanets) 19
The Stars have It (Astrobgy) 19

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Beardless in rehab... but it's
back fast

O n Saturday, 10 January 20
win Muller, a divemaster
can Divers, suffered a massive str
the very young age of 48. He was
hospital here on Bonaire for a day
he was airlifted to Curaqao. Erwii
lyzed on his left side. Weeks have
and he is making baby steps in his
ery. It is a lot of very hard work f
and he has a long road ahead. He
out of the hospital and in a rehab
His many friends, especially Da
ter, Linda Baker and Benny Roble
have gone above and beyond to h
want to mobilize the island and to
community who know Erwin to h

E very island has its legends and Bonaire
certainly has its share. But usually 'the
legend' is either dead or old. Flying in the face
of tradition is Erwin Muller, a Bonaire legend
at only 41.
growing Born and raised on Bonaire, Erwin began
laying the groundwork for his career as a teen-
ager when he worked as a beach boy at the old
)09, Er- Sunset Beach Hotel and later as a divemaster
at Tou-
roke at much as they can.
s in the
before Even though Bonaire offers universal
n is para- medicine care, it cannot provide all Erwin
passed needs.In order for his wife, Ellen and son,
s recov- Jason to have been able to stay with him
for him 24/7 he had to be get expensive upgraded
is finally hospitalization. Since she and Jason were
center, with him they were able to correct many
ira Wal- situations that would otherwise have been
es who overlooked.
elp, Because rehabilitation facilities are su-
urist perior in Curaqao it was deemed that
elp as Erwin not yet return to Bonaire. Ellen is

at The Black Durgeon under the direction of
Bonaire dive operator Al Catafulmo.
A spirit of adventure with the sea has always
been a part of Erwin's character. He made a
name for himself in the early days of windsurf-
ing when he windsurfed to Curacao and then
on to Venezuela. He was the first person to
circumnavigate Bonaire on a windsurfer and
set a speed record that stood for many years.
However, he was lured away by 'the call of the
wild,' so to speak, working for Capt. Don
Stewart at Aquaventure.
Those were exciting times for a young dive-
master. Back in those early years dive rules
were considered suggestions and the bywords
of visiting divers when they hit the boats were,
"hook us up and head us out."
After being in the dive business for over 15
years, Erwin has seen changes in diving atti-
tudes as well as techniques. Caution and com-
mon sense is now the name of the game. But
there are still many thrills to be had and Erwin
is there to make it happen.
Legend number 1: Dive with the best, dive
with Erwin. But wait, I'm getting ahead of my
Having created an outstanding reputation for
himself in the dive community Erwin was

currently commuting back and forth but
perhaps will need to find a place to stay in
This has been a extremely expensive
journey. There have been many who have
offered to help and the only way to assist
right now is financially. If you want to
contribute to Erwin's recovery Ellen's
American friend Dara Walter has set up a
way to do this in the US. Simply Pay Pal
your donation to:
I have also set up and account locally at
the Maduro & Curiels Bank. The account

ready for a change. As his new challenge he
chose another slice of Bonairean life. He de-
veloped a fishing fleet. With his three boats,
Maya, Noel, and Imagine Fishing, he spent
many happy and productive years fishing the
waters of Bonaire. He and his wife Ellen, a
talented photographer, sold fish to local restau-
rants. His store on Kaya Playa Lechi was
known to every island resident as THE place to
get fresh fish for dinner.
Legend number 2: Erwin has the best fish.
With the slowdown of the fishing industry and
the closure of that section of Kaya Playa Lechi,
Erwin sold Maya and Noel. His son, Jason, is
carrying on the family fishing tradition with
Imagine Fishing over on the eastern side of
Bonaire, and Erwin is back to his first love,
diving. To paraphrase an old movie headline,
"Erwin's Back and Plaza has Him!" These days
he usually commands the Sea Aruba, a big
dive boat with red floats at Plaza Resort Bon-
aire. When you see it, look for a big man with
a full beard who's always laughing and having
a good time doing what he's known for: diving.
1Published 3/14/2001 by Dabney Lassiter

number is 400 050 800.
If any of you would like to follow up on
his recovery I have created a blog. Go to
http://erwinmuller.blogspot.com/ l Linda

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Santa Maria
Curaqao, Netherlands Antilles
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Happy Valentine's day!!


Bonaire Reporter- February 13-27, 2009

Each office independently owned and

Page 3

1 -

S was born in Guandong,
1China, February 1st, 1986.
In the village where we lived the
houses were built close together
and they were tall with several
floors. All the people in the vil-
lage had the same family name as
they were all somehow related.
We -my father, my mother, my
sister and I lived in a house
with my grandmother, my aunt
and two cousins. We kept chick-
ens, geese, ducks, rabbits and
pigs. We also grew vegetables,
and every family had their own
piece of land to plant rice. All
those rice fields were connected,
and when the time came to plant
the rice, all the women and chil-
dren would be out in the fields, in
the mud. For me as a child it was
just a great time. The plants
would grow and the fields would
become beautifully green, but
after we'd harvested the rice we
could only keep a little bit for
ourselves because the greater part
would go to the government.
When I was four, my father left
for Venezuela to look for a better
future. We stayed in China. After
a while my aunt and my cousins
left for Curaqao to join my uncle
and his brother who'd gone there
previously. My mom, my grand-
mother and my sister and I stayed

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I went to elementary school and
it was fun. There were a lot of
activities and the school system
was very advanced in mathemat-
ics. Where we lived we spoke
Cantonese, but at school I learned
Mandarin. Every Monday we had
to come in our school uniform,
then we would raise the flag and
sing the national anthem. On
Saturdays we had to wear our
uniform again as they would
lower the flag, but during the
week we would go to school
casually dressed.
For two years my father worked
as a cook in Venezuela, but he
found it dangerous there, so he
moved to Bonaire where he
started working as a cook for
Keeshan Snack in Rincon. He
would send us a little bit of
money; it was the best he could
do. We lived on what we had and
my mom worked extra jobs at a
clothing factory.
I was eight when I came to
Bonaire with my mom and my
sister." She laughs. "Our first
reaction was. 'Oh! What kind of

a place is this!' Every single per-
son looked different than we did
and we couldn't speak the lan-
guage. But we were ever so
happy when we saw our dad!
When I was still in China, every

"I didn't know anything about Dutch or
Papiamentu, I didn't even know the alphabet!"

time I saw a plane passing over, I
thought it was bringing back my
dad and I would ask my mom:
'Did Daddy come?'
We went to live on Kaya
Korona, in a small apartment on
the same land as where the owner
had his house. They were very
nice people and they had a son
my age. The boy would try to
teach us Papiamentu and he

taught us baseball and soccer,
sports we didn't know about. We
arrived in May and stayed at
home until the new school year
started in August. Before we
started school we met some Chi-
nese people, and one of them was
related to us. She told us, 'It's
better to have a nickname at
school because your names are
(Continued on page 5)

Bonaire Reporter- February 13-27, 2009

Page 4


Born on Bonaire
(Continued from page 4)
very difficult for the people
here.' And then she named us
Michi and Mimi and we're still
happy with those names.
We went to Papa Comes ele-
mentary school and it was very
hard. In China I would have gone
to third grade and now I was
back in first grade. We didn't
understand anything and the chil-
dren pestered us a lot. After a
couple of months the teacher put
me in second grade because I was
so good in mathematics, but I
failed to pass that year because I
didn't know anything about
Dutch or Papiamentu. I didn't
even know the alphabet. My dad
was working in a restaurant
called 'El Tropical' and my
mother worked at the laundry,
and after school I had to take care
of my sister ('Yeah, right!'
Mimi says from behind the com-
puter) because she didn't know
how to cook as she was only six.
I also had to wash clothes, bathe
myself and my sister and we
went to school by ourselves.
But," she laughs, "we were and
still are so intelligent and inde-
pendent that we managed. Ha!
In the second grade my sister
came into my class and it went
much better. We made friends
and we were very good in athlet-
ics. In that same year my parents
bought a house in Antriol. It got
better every year. We made a lot

of friends, and when we were in
third grade my grandmother
came to live in Bonaire with us,
but she also went to Curacao
frequently to visit our family
As well as working at her job
my mom was growing vegetables
to sell, and she was also selling
little bags of chips. My sister and
I would always help her and dur-
ing weekends and holidays we
would work at Tung Fong Store,
bagging up people's shopping.
Hardworking children!
When I was in fifth grade we
moved to Rincon where my par-
ents had opened a restaurant, 'La
Fama Snack.' Then my grand-
mother got sick and she flew to
China to see a doctor, but she got
worse during the trip and when
she arrived she had to be oper-
ated on immediately. She didn't
make it. When we got the news
we couldn't believe it, and by the
time we realized it was really,
really true we cried our hearts
out. It was very, very hard. My
grandmother had 11 grandchil-
dren, but Mimi and I were the
Michi Zhen is one of the sweet-
est people I've ever met; she's
easy going and extremely warm-
hearted with a great sense of
humor and responsibility and
she's bright and pretty.
"Well," she continues, "when I
finished elementary school I went
to SGB Havo. I had lots of
friends Latinos, Dutch, Bonaire-

ans and all the other nation-
alities we're still good
friends. During my Havo
years I also worked at my
parents' restaurant, but in
my last high school year a
cousin from China came
over to work with them and
then I didn't have to help
them so often anymore.
After Havo high school I
didn't want go away to
study because my parents
are not so good in Papia-
mentu and I didn't want to
leave them behind. I applied
for ajob at Maduro and
Curiel's Bank and became a
cashier. I'm three years with the
bank now and it's great. I love to
interact with people and when the
clients get their service from me,
they leave the bank in a good
mood because I like to make
them laugh. My colleagues are
fun and very social; we go out for
dinner, or they eat at my house or
we organize a get-together and
have wines. We're always having
a good time.
I love to cook nobody ever
taught me and I don't cook
Chinese food, but I like pastas,
land and sea, potato dishes and
barbecue. International cuisine is
what I like. I also like to play
tennis and to go to the sea and I
really love watching TV; I can
watch TV all day long. I don't go
out very often, but when I do I go
to City Caf6 or Karel's and it's
funny because you don't see

many Chinese girls hanging out;
Mimi and I seem to be the only
ones! We are different. Our par-
ents always trusted us completely
and we never gave them any rea-
son not to; we are very open with
them. I'm still single," she
laughs, "waiting for the right
person to come along. My mom
is quite old fashioned and she
wants me let's put it differently
- she 'prefers' me to meet a Chi-
nese man, but here it's multi-
cultural and you meet so many
different people and it changes
In August 2008 I started to
study again, a bachelor's in busi-
ness administration with Curises
Foundation. The teachers come
over from Curaqao during the
weekends and so far it's going

well. I want to get ahead I feel I
have the potential to do better.
I love Bonaire, it's slow and
quiet and I like tranquility so
much more than all the hassle.
I've been to New York and Mi-
ami and often to Curacao, and I
should go to China sometime to
see my family and my other
grandparents there, but every
time I am abroad I miss Bonaire.
I feel more Bonairean than Chi-
nese. I've got more Antillean
friends than Chinese. I feel I be-
long here -
everything I
want and eve-
rything I need I
have here."
Story &
photos by
Greta Kooistra



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Bonaire Reporter- February 13-27, 2009

Page 5

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As part of their pro-
Mi Gusta Lesa" (I Like
to Read) SEBIKI recently
hosted a seminar for chil-
dren and their parents.
The topic was "A myste-
rious story."
Thirteen children and
eight parents participated.
A mysterious story was
told to the children, but
the story didn't have an
end. That was for each
child and his or her par-
ent to finish. They talked
about mysterious and
secret words and showed
how to write them.
SEBIKI's aim is to
help parents and their
children, in innovative
ways such as this, realize
how important it is to
read, and these programs
make it fun for both the
children and their par-
ents. These photos cap-
ture some of the enthusi-
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In her new shop, Desiree gets ready Eveline in her shop for body, mind
to cut Chef Egbert's locks, and spirit

Just Opened : "Just Haircuts"

Desiree, who ran the successful
and popular, "A Place for You"
full service salon, has just started a new
shop. It's just for haircuts no sham-
pooing, coloring, manicures or other
services. It's called "Just Haircuts" and
fits a special niche for people who want
a great haircut but don't have the time
for other services or are too busy during
the week. Desiree has made it easy for
those people.
Just Haircuts is open non-stop from
Friday to Monday (including Saturday
and Sundays) from 10 am to 4 pm. Just
Haircuts is in the local art shop of Chat
'n Browse at the traffic circle on the
way to Hotel Row. Telephone is 786-
6416. There's no appointment neces-
sary. 0 Louise Rood L.D.

New Stock

New Styles
Men, Women and Children

g a B

E veline's shop for body, mind and
spirit carries a large choice of
organic body and skin care products.
The store is part of The Center for
Awareness. Eveline, a passionate advo-
cate of organic living, has been using
organic products for many years since
she became aware of the toxic and
harmful ingredients we normally intro-
duce into our bodies by eating and us-
ing artificial and hazardous products."If
it's harmful to our bodies and minds it
harms the earth itself," she says. All
products are pure and naturally organic,
no artificial ingredients, not tested on
animals. There are other earth friendly
delights such as books to enhance the
mind and music to lift the spirit.
Eveline's shop is at Kaya Korona #47
(behind Firgos). Open Tuesday-Friday
10-3, Saturdays 10-1. Tel 788-1058.
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Bonaire Reporter- February 13-27, 2009

rThe F Wo rd

I'd like to talk about the F-word. Some
use it as a curse word and will spit it
out in disgust, but in fact it is a very normal
word. Or maybe they will ask, "Oh, you are
one of those?" But as a matter of fact we
need more of it on Bonaire. So let's talk
about feminism.
Feminism: "the advocacy of women's
rights on the grounds of sexual equality." In
other words, it is the support of women's
rights because they are actually human
rights. (That means that feminists can, and
should be, both males and females). Women
have the right to choose their partner and
enter into a marriage freely, the right to
health care, the right to be safe in their envi-
ronment, the right to education, and the right
to equal opportunities and compensation just
as their male counterparts. Nothing out of
the ordinary as you can see. But there is still
a sort of a taboo to talk about it on Bonaire
(and other parts of the world). Some people
will either tell you that it is nature: men and
women are different and there is nothing you
can do about it. Or they will tell you that you
are a man hater. But feminists are not trying
to say that men and women are the same,
they are just saying that women should have
the same rights as men, not, instead ofmen.
When you take a closer look at the rights
of women on Bonaire you may see some
positive points: younger than 18, you have to
go to school, regardless of sex. A Bonairean
woman can choose her partner freely and
has the right to vote. Health care is also
available here for men and women alike.
Luckily for us we do not live in a country
such as current-day Iran where girls cannot
get the same education as boys, where the
parents decide who should marry whom, and
women have to go to special hospitals with
very limited means that are just for women.
But, there are also areas where people can
still raise their banners and start to protest.
That would the area of equal opportunities
and compensation. Just because the girls are
able to get an education does not mean that
this automatically translates into better jobs
for women in the workforce. Currently, the
top positions are still held mostly by men.
The people in the government and the CEOs
of companies on Bonaire are generally male.
Also, to this day there is a difference in pay
between men and women, where women are
paid less for the same kind of work.
One of the reasons that women have other
positions in the workforce than men is be-
cause of the children. It is still considered
the main responsibility of women to care for
and raise the children. It is the main respon-
sibility of women, but that should also be the
case for men. On Bonaire it is not unusual
for men to have children with women and
then not care for the children, either finan-
cially or emotionally. That will leave the so-
called "strong" women with the care, the
time and effort and the bills of raising those
children. They are of course strong for being
able to pull that off without the help from
the men, but it is not equal. This will set

them back financially and in available time
they can spend making their lives (and those
of their children!) better. If more men would
care for their offspring that would not only
mean that the women, but also the children
would be better off, even if it is only finan-
cial care.
By the way, did you know that more girls
than boys are attending the high school of
Bonaire? This is a bit strange because it
should be the other way around, as on aver-
age more boys are born than girls. So, where
are the boys? So far the only answer I could
find would be that more boys leave the
school unfinished than girls. There is cer-
tainly a trend in the Netherlands that more
girls than boys are leaving the schools with
their diplomas in their pockets. It is not only
a trend in the high schools, but you can also
find it in the colleges and universities.
Now we have a generation where more
and more girls are perfectly qualified for the
jobs, but unfortunately fewer and fewer
boys. This could result in more women in
higher positions. However, at the same time
the girls are catching up, the boys are lag-
ging behind. Then you may get the un-
healthy situation that even though more
women are qualified, still men, traditionally,
will get the top positions.
Firstly we need to realize that something is
still not right in this community and then we
can take assertive action to correct the situa-
tion. It should be a goal that the people in
the government are 50% female and 50%
male, and that the group of CEOs consists of
as many women as men on Bonaire. Sec-
ondly we need to find out what is happening
to the boys in school. An equal society con-
sists of girls and boys, women and men. For
an equal society we need the girls and the
boys to succeed. 0 Mary Ann Koops

Mary Ann Koops is
Antillean and a biol-
ogy teacher in the
SGB high school.

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T his is a continuation of last issue's
subject of fishing on Bonaire.
Our ancestors fished in the waters around
Bonaire for centuries. This week I'd like
to continue with the interviews of two
very experienced fishermen.
The first one, Fransisco Ronald
"Nachi" Nicolaas (65), started in the
fishing business when he was 15 years
Nachi explains. "In the past you had to
have a lot of discipline; you had to get up
very early in the morning to look for
fresh bait at the pier in Playa; and all this
was happening with no motor boat. We
used a wooden paddle to steer the boat in
the direction we wanted to go. The fish
that we usually caught were groupers,
grunts and snappers. We had to check the
sun because we didn't have any watches,
and we had to be back on the shore before
10 in the morning. There were three
women at the fish market (the building in
front of City Caf6 which today is used as
a fruit market) to sell the fish for you.
After some time we got motor boats and
we could catch other types of fish like
wahoo, mahi-mahi tuna and others. You
had to sell all your fish because back then
we didn't have freezers. And if you didn't
sell all the fish you salted them, let them
dry and then you got salt fish.
Nowadays fishing is very easy, but we
don't catch as many of those fish as we
used to. Fish are moving in another direc-
tion today and you don't know where
they are, especially the tuna. Even whales
we used to see in the past but no more.
One of the reasons that's causing all these
problems is that we have sophisticated
fishing boats from other parts of the
world that are using long lines and they
catch all kinds of fish. One thing I hope is
that there will be someone to protect the
Bonairean fishermen, stand up for us and
believe in what we are doing concerning


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Another concerned fisherman is Erwin
"Eddy" Melaan (57). Since he was eight
years old he began to learn everything
about the sea.
As he describes it, "I learned from my
uncles, my mother and my father who
was a navigator. My mother's family is
from Margarita, Venezuela, and they
were navigators. And my father's family
are farmers and fishermen. Fishing was
my hobby and then it became my second
job. Whatever the sea gives you it helps
to cover some of my and my family ex-
In the past using small boats with gaso-
line motors you had to spend more money
on gasoline and you couldn't go far from
the coast. The fish you could catch were
only small fish. But now with a diesel
motor you can go farther and even stay
on the sea for two days if you want. I
remember that in December you could
catch a lot of white and red balau (blue
marlin and sailfish). We'd prepare it for
special dinners for Christmas and New
Years. But today they're hard to find.
There are big boats on the east coast and
north coast that are fishing in our waters.
They throw buckets of bait in the water to
catch the fish with their long lines. What
is left in our area we catch them. The
different ways people use today to fish
plays a big role. In fishing you must
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The Netherlands Antilles appealed to the
Court of Arbitration for Sport, arguing that
under rules set by the International Associa-
tion of Athletics Federations the protest was
filed too late. The CAS had been expected to
rule on the appeal by the end of January. But
CAS announced Monday that the ruling
would be delayed until the end of February.
If the 24-year-old Martina wins the appeal,
his effort would become a new national record
and would also be just the Netherlands Antil-
les' second Olympic medal ever, following a
silver medal for Jan Boersma in sailing at the
Seoul Games two decades ago.

KLM spokesperson Nanke Kramer said
last Wednesday that KLM's flight from St.
Maarten to Amsterdam will be making a stop-
over in Bonaire on Fridays and Sundays
instead of Aruba, effective the end of next
month. KLM has been flying to Aruba four
times per week, twice via St. Maarten and
twice via Bonaire. KLM is ceasing flights to
and from Aruba from March 29. KLM's
daughter company, Martinair will take over
the Aruba flights.
Bonaire will keep its seven KLM flights per
week. Five flights will go directly to Bonaire
from Schiphol and after a stopover at Fla-
mingo Airport will continue to Ecuador. The
other two flights to Bonaire will go via St.
Maarten. Curagao will remain unchanged with
daily direct service.
Aruba is not happy with KLM's decision to
scrap it from their itinerary. Aruba's Reina
Beatrix Airport will lose an estimated NAf
2.8 million annually because of KLM's deci-
KLM has cited financial reasons for its deci-
sion. The worldwide financial crisis which has
led to fewer tickets being sold and the addi-

Klinika Ve

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The clinic is open from:
Klinika ta habri di:
De kliniek is geopened van:

Consulting Monday, Wednesday an
Hours Tuesday, Thursday 17:0
or by appointment
available 24 hours a day

Orario: djaluna, djarason i djabi
djamars i djaweps 17:00
of sigun sita tur dia
24 ora pa dia disponibel

Spreekuur: maandag, woensdag en
dinsdag en donderdag 1
of volgens afsp
24 uur per dag bereikba

tional C45 tax -which soon may be repealed-
at Schiphol Airport have put pressure on the
Aruba route. We wonder if it might also be
because of the excellent performance of the
Bonaire KLM agent.

On his multi-week visit to the Windward
Islands, Antilles Queen's Commissioner
Henk Kamp started his task to integrate
the BES-islands into Dutch municipalities.
Kamp considers the three islands as three
separate communities. He said, "The islands
are separate communities with their own his-
tory, future and culture... The individual char-
acter of the islands must be respected. For
this reason each island has its own regional
service center. We will not create a single
artificial link but offer a tailor-made job, is-
land by island. In some areas there will be
close cooperation, as for the police force for

The five Dutch Waden Sea islands of
Texel, Vlieland, Terschelling, Ameland and
Schiermonnikoog want the same unique
municipality status as Bonaire, Sint Eusta-
tius and Saba. Moreover the islands want to
closely cooperate with the BES islands. By
joining strengths Mayor Swart of Schiermon-
nikoog hopes the islands can get more govern-
mental things done faster. The mayors of
Texel and Vlieland made a goodwill visit to
Bonaire in February 2007.

1 If you are traveling to Aruba you now
need a passport. The Government of Aruba
has banned the use of identification cards or
sedulas as valid travel documents for residents
of the Netherlands Antilles.
Until February 25, Antilleans travelling to
Aruba will still be allowed to enter the island
with ID cards or driver's licenses. After that a

terinario Bonaire
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spital Drs. Arie Binksma
I e Drs. Hans & Etty Lan
Drs. Seib Fietsma
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Pet of The Week

H ere's lucky
"Leo" being
given special attention
by volunteer Corky
Halberg. During her
nine-week vacation in
Bonaire this year
Corky volunteers at
the Bonaire Animal
Shelter. What a nice
thing to do and how
appreciative are the
animals she spends
time with. This is es-
pecially a fine deal for
those people who
come to the island and
miss their pets!

Leo is only a year
old, but he's consid-
ered a "special needs"
pup. Other dogs con-
sider him the lowest of
the pack and have
treated him harshly.

This must have happened to him on
the street too because he wandered
into a real estate office, seeking asy-
lum, possibly with one of their cli-
ents buying a house and who needed
a dog to go with it? Leo is such a
darling, with his funny face and al-
ways has one ear up and one down.
He just needs the right owner who
can give him attention. Of course, as
are all the other adoptees, he's in
excellent health, has had his shots
and tests and is ready to go.
Thank you for posing for me, Leo
and Corky.

"Leo" with volunteer Corky Halberg

The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is
open Monday through Saturday, 9
am to 1 pm, 3 pm to 5 pm. Tele-
phone 717-4989. Website:

It's more than a shelter these days.
There's a real pet shop with toys,
leads, harnesses, pet treats and a
multitude of things for your dog or
cat. Also see the fun signs on wood
made by artist Germaine Nijdam:
"Dogs at Work," "Beware of the
Dog," and some for cats too. Prices
are low because the items are do-
nated by the generous people from
Bonaire Talk. E L.D.

Bonaire Reporter- February 13-27, 2009

Paplamentu-Engllsh Dictionary
by Betty Ratzlaff



Page 8


Karnaval Schedule

February 2009

Electionof Children's
Queen, Prince and
Pancho, 7 to 10 pm

"Loko Loko"
(Crazy) Festival,
Rincon Stadium,
7:30 pm to midnight

SEBIKI Balloon Pa-
rade, 530to 730 pm

Election of adult
Queen, Prince and Pan-
cho 7:30 pm to mid-

Children's Karna-
val Parade in Rincon
3-6 pm
Karnaval party
Kross Fyah
21:00- 03:00

IS 16 Jump-up K.K.B.W 7 18 19 20 21
Children's Kaaval Bikers' Kamaval School Parade, 8 am to Adult Karnaval Pa-
parade, Playa, 3 to 6 18:00-20:00 Parade, 7 pm to mid- noon. rade, Rincon, 3 to 6
pm night Tourist Junp-in, 130 pm
to 4 pm, parking lot by
FUKABO Jump-up,
Rincon, 3 to 6 pm

Adult Kamaval Parade, 22 23 24 25 26 27 Temporary Closure
Playa 2 to 6 pm Childrens Farewell Adults' Farewell Pa- Ash Wednesday Kanaval 2009, 730
Parade, Playa, 5 to 8 rade, Playa, 7 pm to pm to midnight
pmr Mdnight. Burning of Ariba Peru Activ-

Masquerade Party, 8 omity 22:00-01:00
pm to Midnight



Good things will be happening this Sunday, February 15,
beginning at 2 pm at The Hangout at Jibe City. It will
be an afternoon of delicious food, entertaining music, and caring
people gathering together to raise money to help the people of
Haiti who have suffered from storms and hurricanes the last two
years. Aside from the devastation suffered from the weather,
Haiti is also the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with
80% of the people living in absolute poverty.

The sponsoring group, The Haiti Project, was organized by
Bonaire volunteers led by Marugia Janga, who collected and
boxed up almost 900 kilos of clothes, shoes, and bedding for the
desperately needy men, women, and children of Haiti. In Haiti
these boxes will be distributed by trusted people who will ensure
that the contents of the boxes go where they are most needed.
The people of this island are in desperate need of life's basic ne-
cessities and The Haiti Project is making a contribution to them
on behalf of the people of Bonaire.
The Jibe City event is going to be a fun afternoon for a good
cause and needs the participation and support of everyone. Here
are some of the 'happenings' that will take place.
Well known singer
and guitarist Becky Al-
ter will be performing
songs from her newest
CD. Becky has done
several international
tours and she and her
music are well known in
the Netherlands Antilles
and in Europe. As a
songwriter as well as a
performer she has be-
come a favorite among the lovers of folk music. Bonaire's own
Stingrays will be performing during the afternoon much to the
delight of their many fans. In between these performances local
DJs from Mega FM will be playing music and providing enter-
tainment. Sean Peyton, Forum Antilles commentator on Mega,
had the idea for this event.
In addition, there will be raffles every hour of very cool prizes,
face painting, and hair braiding. And for the enjoyment of

Test your knowledge

D id you know that the
red and white barked
gum trees seen on the road
to Seru Largu from Tras di
Montanja and elsewhere on
Bonaire's back roads were
once fence posts? The Palu
Sia drops its leaves in the
dry season. This is also the
period when it blooms.
Question: Do you have
any idea what else was
made from the trunk of
this tree? Find the answer
on page 13.

BonQuiz appears regularly
in The Reporter. It's pre-
pared by Christie Dovale of
Christie Dovale Island Tours, Phone 717-
4435 or 795-3456 to contact her or email:
christiedovale a@hotmail.com
Comments and suggestion are welcome. U
Christie Dovale

everyone a windsurfing competition will be held to see which
of our famous Bonaire windsurfers can do the most consecu-
tive turns on their boards.
The highlight of the afternoon will be the auctioning of a
painting donated by well-known artist Henk Roozendaal
with the proceeds going to The Haiti Project. A percentage of
the sale of food and drinks will also go to this
fundraising effort and any other donations will be
happily accepted. Entrance is free.
Please join this afternoon of fun and good
deeds! We on Bonaire have so much to be thank-
ful for, let's share our good fortune with our
brothers and sisters in Haiti. 0 Dabney Lassiter

Bonairean Voices (Continued from page 7)
know what you are doing. The way
some fishermen anchor their boat can
harm a lot of coral, sponges and
shrimps that serve as source of food for
the red snapper. Some foreigners really
don't know what to use to fish in our
waters. They do it as a hobby. They use
inadequate thin fishing line and artifi-
cial bait. The line can be broken easily
and with this they scare the fish away,
with the consequences that the fish flee
with a piece of the fishing line in their
stomachs. Another problem is when
you come in the area to fish all the fish
have moved to another place.
We have to make a law to give the
Bonairean fishermen first preference to
fish as this is their daily work to sup-
port their family. The Bonairean fisher-
men must have a way, like an office,
where they can go to defend their
rights, and who can listen to us. Estab-
lish some kind of organization or foun-
dation the fishermen can be members
of- people who really care, help and
protect the sea 20 miles from the coast
only for the Bonairean."
As you can see there are a lot of com-
plaints among our Bonairean fisher-
men. And these were just the few I
interviewed; there are more fishermen
in Bonaire. But now we must start
looking for the solution and let's see
what we can do about it. 0 Siomara E.

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Wvo 0 r.pi.. Wal k-a-thon2009

I was a gorgeous morning even before the sun
came up for all the participants of the 7th Annual
Special Olympics Walk-a-Thon this last Sunday. No
buckets of rain as in previous years -just blue skies
and sun with temperatures making it comfortable to Bicyclers
walk or bike. According to National Director Special r Henk, Tom
Olympics Bonaire, Claire Sealy, this year's ticket Noel and
sales, at NAf 25 each, beat last year's 556. Some un- Ernst
usual participants this year included Popo, the dog (see
below), and a baby palm tree pushed in a wheelbarrow
by the staff of Green Label Nursery. There were family
groups and people of all ages and abilities who partici-
The 30-k route for the walkers this year remained the
same, but the bikers were expected to take a longer
one, 42 k. Sealy estimates that the bikers and walkers
ratio was 60% to 40%. The walkers' route had five
main stops for water, juice and fruit, manned by volun-
teers who had to get up before the chickens! One of the
most popular libation stops is that run every year by
the Bonaire Bikers at Karpata which offers thirsty
participants even more than that. One bike rider admit- Aura Engelhart and her two-year-
ted that it was the Bikers' rum and coke that helped old granddaughter, Rose-Shandely
him manage the rest of the route.
The finishers were greeted with a meal and a drink.
A very tasty hot soup was donated by the Lions Club.
The funds from this event help our Special Olympics
Team Bonaire to participate in future games. Curagao
and Aruba are on the horizon, then the 2012 Games in
Greece. Thanks to everyone who participated, who
volunteered and the generous sponsors.

This event couldn't take place without the help of the
sponsors. Main sponsors were MCB Bank- Bonaire,
Ennia Insurance, Digicel and All The Water Stations.
Other sponsors were: Bonaire Accounting Office, In-
stallatie Bedrijf Oleana, FKPD, Jong Bonaire, All The
Water Stations, Cultimara, Total Car Rental, Bonaco,
Hertz Car Rental, The Island Supplier (TIS), Ware-
house Bonaire, Rode Kruis/Ambulance, Linkels,
Sedebo, Nagico, Flamingo Casino, Bonaire Cycling, It
Rains Fishes, Tropical Flamingo, Achi Tours, Obersi
Electronics, Kooijman, Bonaire Party Rental, Goddard
Catering, Playa Trading, More For Less, Balfran, The first palm tree to complete the Walk-A-Thon was es- Some of the board :Claire Sealy, Egon Augusta,
UTS Chippie, J.C. Herrera, Gas Express, Chat 'ncortedy the teamfrom the Green Lael Garden Center. Aura Engelhart, Earon
Browse, Caribbean Laundry, Giro Bank, Telbo, Ak- corted by the team from the Green Label Garden Center. Aura Engelhart, Earon
kermans, Fatum Insurance, Special Security Services, Here they are passing the airport, still in the dark. Rosarion, Ruth Williams, Daya Martis
kermans, Fatum Insurance, Special Security Services, Photo by Marian Walthie And Elske Lucia
FIRGOS, RBTT, Rocargo, Island Finance, Martines
Imports, Don Andres, City Caf6/Hotel Rochaline, Rus-
sel Insurance, Bonaire Bikers, Lions Club, Napa, Fla-
mingo Communications, Perla Di Bonaireano, WEB,
Hitess, Flamingo TV, Zeezicht/Pirate House, Ady's
Production, SVB, Dew Point, Endpoint Visualization
Studio, Balentina Blokken Fabriek. EL.D.


i %TU c As always, the Bonaire Bikers offered more than just water at their station at
Sl -ten ME.u Karpata. Here are Boeli Evertz, Norman Evertz, Jack Chalk and Jim Madden.
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On Sunday January 25th, the first
phase of a BONAI Tree Re-
search project was begun at Rincon, in-
volving the BONAI high school students,
Dr. Jay Haviser and Hubert Vis of BO-
NAI, and assisted by George
'Cultura' Thode and Christie Dovale.

The goal of this project is to scientifically
document the largest and oldest trees on
Bonaire so that information can be com-
piled for the proper recording of these
historical trees. The procedure used by
the BONAI students is to locate a large
tree, take a GPS location coordinate read-

Recording the GPS position and
other vital information

lur Trees

ing, take a photograph of the tree, then
take measurements of the trunk's diame-
ter and circumference, height and width,
and also record the overall health of the
tree and nearby historical or natural fea-
tures such as old structures, wells, roois
and other large trees. In Rincon we docu-
mented 25 historical trees in the village
center and along the Rooi Dada and Rooi
Burru. Most of these large trees were
Watapana (Dividivi) trees.
The long-term goal of this project is to
create a digital database of the largest and
oldest trees on Bonaire, and then to sub-
mit that database to the DROB office so
that hopefully these trees can be pro-
tected. We are also working in coopera-
tion with STINAPA for
this nature documentation
project, which combines
nature and heritage re-
These large trees are
actually the oldest living
things on Bonaire, and
for that they deserve the
respect and recognition as
part of Bonaire's history.
The BONAI Tree project
will continue with field-
work in other barrios on
Bonaire with Dr. Haviser
and the students, and then
also later under the lead
of Hubert Vis and Jackie
Bernabela of BONAI.
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Land Sailing Bonaire Wins Award
The 41t of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J(n Brouwer, featuring somi
ofBonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

BONHATA 12th Annual Award Recipients
B ONHATA celebrated
its 12th Annual
Awards Event at the Calabas
Restaurant on Saturday eve-
ning, January 31. The theme
of the evening was "Black &
White"; this being the dress
code and also the basis of the
Interactive Photo Collage
that was created throughout
the evening. The Guest
Speaker was the Lt. Gover-
nor, Mr. Glenn Thode, who
gave a stirring address on
how the people of Bonaire
make the genuine experi-
ences our guests have whilst visiting raffle are to go 50% to the local chapter
our island. It is how they are treated of the Princess Wilhelmina Fonds
that lets them leave feeling richer than (cancer patient hospice) and 50% to the
when they arrived. Palu di Luz Security Project. A total of

Bonaire/ Tras di Montaha/Piedra Cruz
Last week Nelson Croft and Naomi
Slotema, proud owners of Land Sailing
Bonaire, received the highly appreciated
Princess C.R.U.I.S.E. Award 2008 during a
ceremony onboard
the Emerald Prin- "Blokart lan
cess. currently th
Each year, Prin- currently tl
cess Cruises gives growing saili
awards to shore the wol
excursion compa-
nies that surpass passenger expectations
and provide excellent service.
This 10th annual award honors Land Sail-
ing Bonaire as the passenger choice for the
best tour and activity operator of the sea-
Nelson and Naomi are very proud of the
important award given to them. "We're
aiming to provide the best possible experi-
ence for our customers," says Nelson, "and
to get recognized for that by one of the
largest cruise lines in the world makes us
very happy!"
Since 2005 it is possible to race blokart
landsailers on Bonaire: to sail on wheels on
the surface of the island instead of the Car-
ibbean Sea.
Along the road from Kralendijk to Rin-
con, a 10-minute drive from downtown
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Kralendijk, near Tras di Montafia and Pie-
dra Cruz, a special track was created by
Land Sailing Bonaire. It is the largest pur-
pose built land sailing track in the world,
paved with environmentally-neutral cal-
cium sulphate, which was donated by Car-
gill Bonaire.

Blokarting or land sailing is a fairly new
eco-adventure/eco-sport. It is a kind of
mixture between karting and sailing, using
the free energy of the always present trade
winds. Blokart land sailing is currently the
fastest growing sailing sport in the world.
Nelson and Naomi have both lived on the
island of Bonaire for years now and they
are the distributor for blokart in the Carib-
The blokarts are high-tech, three-wheeled
land sailors made of stainless steel, carbon
and high-strength steel. They are equipped
with fiberglass masts and modern cut sails
in different sizes to cope with the power of
the wind and adjust for the weight and ex-
perience of the sailors.

id sailing is
he fastest
ing sport in

To select who is to receive an award,
the members of BONHATA are asked
to nominate a company or an individual
whom they believe deserves recognition
for the contribution they have made to
the Tourism Industry of Bonaire. The
recipients for the year 2008 were (in
alphabetical order):
Addo's Bookstore Bonaire N.V.,
Asecom Business Support N.V., Bon-
aire Tours & Vacations N.V., Budget
Rent A Car Bonaire, Divi Flamingo
Beach Resort & Casino, Kiteboarding
Bonaire N.V., La Pura Vista, Larry
Baillie, Miriam & Martin van Bekkum,
Samur Sailing Charters, Sunbelt Real-
ity, and Wannadive
The evening was also a fund raising
event and proceeds from this year's

NAf 3,200 was raised, so NAf 1,600 to
each foundation.

BONHATA would like to sincerely
thank all of the raffle sponsors:
Divi Flamingo Beach Resort, DAE,
KLM, La Pura Vista, Delta Airlines,
Plaza Hotel Curaqao & Casino, Budget
Rent A Car, Plaza Resort Bonaire,
Academy Hotel Curaqao, Divi Dive,
The Island Supplier, It Rains Fishes
Restaurant, Littman's Jewelers, Ro-
cargo, Antillean Wine Company, Kon-
tiki Beach Bonaire, Rum Runners Res-
taurant ,The Touch Spa, Golden Reef
Inn and Philip's Cooking & Organizing
and the Jong Bonaire Folkloric Dance
Group for their wonderfully colorful
dance routines. U Marion Wilson




"Blokarting is easy to
learn and you don't
need any sailing experi-
ence," Naomi says.
"Anyone can do it. Our
oldest student was 87

years old and the youngest sailor was only
four! There are double seat blokarts avail-
able for kids who would rather sail with
one of their parents. This eco-sport is safe,
easy and great fun!"

The Blokart track is open six days a
week. Call for reservations: 786-8122 or
Email info @landsailingbonaire.com
Website: www.landsailingbonaire.com.

Story & photos by
Jan Brouwer

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two bedroom condo at Sand Dollar Condominium Resort, hold a copy of the
Bonaire Reporter in front of the Wall Street Bull in Bowling Green Park which is lo-
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big day for Joan as she just turned in her papers to retire from 28 years of teaching in
the New York City Public School system. The sculpture, one of New York most photo-
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The opinions in this column are those of the author and do not
necessarily represent the editorial opinion of this newspaper.

Preserving Bonaire's Environment and the Direct Link

As agreed between the Netherlands and
the BES islands, the education, health
services, personal security and infrastructure
on Bonaire will be considerably improved
after the direct link is established. It is cru-
cial in this connection that the Dutch con-
vince the government of Bonaire that the
development of the island does not mean to
build new, large hotels and more high con-
dos, replacing demolished historical build-
ings in Kralendijk. The development which
Bonaire needs is, the training of local young
people to be able to execute work for which
currently foreign labor must be imported.
There has already been enough written about
the detrimental effect of the influx of foreign
labor on the island's living conditions.
As we all know, because of lack of local
labor force, foreign workers have to be im-
ported for all new hotel construction and
operation. Already now, practically all eco-
nomic activities on the island, not only in the
field of construction, hotel operation and
tourism, depend on imported labor, particu-
larly from Latin American countries. The
new hotels' construction will bring only very
limited benefits, if any, to the people of Bon-
aire, particularly if the government makes the
mistake of giving tax holidays to the hotel
It is a sad fact that the Pourier Report, an
important study on the development of the
island, made in 1992 by Miguel Pourier, a
native of Bonaire and a former Prime Minis-
ter of the Netherlands Antilles, has been ig-
nored by the current government and the
tourist authority. This report, unanimously
approved by the Island Council in 1993, has
served also as a basis for the Environment
Policy Plan for Bonaire 2003-2007 which
was also approved by the Island Council. In
his study Pourier recommends keeping Bon-
aire as a unique, clean and pristine island. All
efforts of the government must be done to
preserve the reef, the main asset of the island.
Bonaire has no stunning beaches like Aruba
and other popular Caribbean destinations,
and when the reef is seriously damaged or
destroyed by development along the coast
(like it happened on Grand Cayman after
hotels had been built at the famous Six Mile
Beach), it will practically mean the end of
tourism on our island.
No boundaries were established in the
Pourier Report to which point the tourist
development can grow but a number of
100,000 visitors per year is, according to
Pourier, the absolute limit. While in 2007,
74,000 tourists visited Bonaire and in the

first half of 2008, more than 40,000 visitors
arrived, for the full year 2009 a record num-
ber of 80,000 has been projected by the TCB.
According to the mentioned Environment
Policy Plan, the carrying capacity of the en-
vironment has been estimated at 1,600 over-
night units on the entire island. One of the
recommendations of the plan is that, accord-
ing to the two studies made by renowned
consulting firms for the World Bank back in
1993 and 1994, the tourism product of Bon-
aire must urgently be diversified because the
number of divers and snorkelers has already
almost reached the maximum sustainable
capacity of the Bonaire National Marine
Park. Further increase of human presence on
the reef could result in irreversible damage to
the marine environment.
In 2007, Bonaire resident Rene Hakken-
berg asked in an open letter to the political
parties on Bonaire if they were aware of the
Pourier Report and if so, what was their
opinion on the report's vision on the future
and in particular if any part of the report
should be made into law. No clear answer
was given to this question. Local politicians
often emphasize that they are for develop-
ment while preserving our environment. The
problem is that this development, in their
eyes, is construction of large hotels, which is
harmful to the environment.
Fortunately, the Queen's Commissioner,
Henk Kamp, in his former position as the
Dutch VROM Minister ("M" is for "Milieu",
"environment" in Dutch) has studied the
main environmental reports for different
parts of the kingdom and among them the
Pourier Report. It can be expected that his
detailed knowledge of this report will help to
convince the government of Bonaire of the
necessity of implementation of the report's
Very important for the preservation of the
reef is also to take action as soon as possible
to limit substantially the current emptying of
sewage water into the sea. We cannot wait to
2014 when the project of collection and treat-
ment of this water is planned to be com-
pleted. 0 Jiri Lausman
Jiri Lausman is a retired civil engineer, born in
Prague, living as a Dutchman the last almost
40 years, 18 of them in Aruba. Before his retire-
ment, he worked as the
manager in Latin America
and the Caribbean for a
large Dutch construction
company. He has a home
on Bonaire.

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jqbbles from the Biologist

Did You Know...
Tardigrades can sleep for over
100 years! Think bears hibernating all
winter is a long time to sleep? Tardi-
grades are microscopic animals also
called water bears, and with four pairs
of legs and four to eight claws they
really do look like little bears. They
live all over the place! Over 900 spe-
cies have been identified and they're
found everywhere from the deep sea
to the high mountain tops in both
tropical rainforests and the tundra of
Antarctica. Although most species
identified are freshwater residents,
there are about 150 species that live in
salt water. These little guys are capa-
ble of surviving some of the harshest
extremes our planet has to offer
(including radiation, noxious chemi-
cals and temperatures as low as -200
C) and they survive by using a process
called cryptobiosis. Cryptobiosis is
when bodily and metabolic functions slow to a reversible standstill. There are many ways to use cryptobiosis but tardigrades
typically go into their sleeping state by losing water. When the environment gets dry, tardigrades curl up into a little ball and
stay that way until water is added. Recently, scientists found out that not only can tardigrades stand up to pretty much anything
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Trips daily via resorts at 10 am, 12, 2 pm
Except Sunday at 10 am only
Tie up dockside
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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours
$21 (includes tax). Discounts for resi-
dents and local people. Tel. 717-8489,
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the eve-
ning hours.
* Rincon MarshD -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
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to 7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy
and to sell. NAfl0 per selling table.
(NAf 5 goes to up-keep the park).
NGOs can have a free table. More in-
formation and reservations for a spot
call Vicky Bissessar 786 1592.

Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in
time. Learn about the history, culture
and nature by Bonaireans from Rincon.
Call Maria Koeks for more informa-
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria, 717-6435-best island tour value
* Flamingo Rockers at
"Admiral's Hour" for yachtsmen
and others, Vespucci Restaurant, Har-
bour Village Marina. HH drinks, gratis
tapas, 5-7 pm
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person
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 pres-
entation about Buddy's House Reef -
pool bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-
Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529

Tuesday -Sea Turtle Conserva-
tion Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles
ofBonaire Slide Show. Every 1st &
3rd Tuesday, Buddy Dive Resort,
Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sun-
set Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condo-
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 7pm.


Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's
past inthis 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 Friday,
9 -12,2-4. Weekends by appointment. Call
Mangasina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the
view from "The King's Storehouse." Learn
about Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from
the 17th century. Daily. Call 717-4060/
Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Churchintown Open
weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm Tel.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017


AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm; every Sunday at 5pm. Phone: 786
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 Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bon-
aire Jaycees) meets at the ABVO
building, Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from
7:30 to 9:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.
Contact: Renata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions welcome.
For more information call 510-0710.
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 Cru-
sita de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Mar-
tinez Beck, at 786-2953.


Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10
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 Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
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 Kralendijk
- 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
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 lo-
cated temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit #
20, Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services
are held on Sunday mornings from
10am until 11:30am. Bible studies in
English are on Monday nights from 7
to 8 pm. Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Lat-
ter-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 Visi-
tors Welcome: 701-9522 for Informa-

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City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
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Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest
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Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials and
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MIO offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-SPEED
INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.

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
/ mile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out

Patagonia Argentinean Restaurant at the Lighthouse
at Harbour Village Marina is the original family-owned
and operated steakhouse and grill. Fabulous dining.
Reservations 717-7725
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
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WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at City
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Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
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Top Health Bonaire Fitness and Health Center
Modem 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-
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Professional Pest Control. Call Peter to get rid of all
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investment in your home.

Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center
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items and services. Full digital services.

Bonaire Sunshine Homes is the realtor with a local
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Bonaire Partners-Rental and Property management
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Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
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Re/Max Paradise Homes: Lots of choices in real es-
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Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
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Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
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men, women and children.

Best Buddies and Pearls-Stunning fresh water pearl
jewelry, fashion, gifts, t shirts. Wonderful service, free
gift wrap.

Outlet Mol-Perfect place for trendy surf wear, bath-
ing suit tops and bottoms sold separately. Now all in
one place! Les Galeries Mall.

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
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Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
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around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free
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Loras In The Mist

The 2009

Some of the participants in the 2009 lora count at Washington Park

T he participants in this year's Bonaire's
annual Lora (Bonaire parrot) count had to
detect the Loras lifting from their roosts through
sheets of rain. Nevertheless, this year more Loras
were officially counted than in 2008, up from 425
to 475.
Prior to 2008 more loras were counted, approxi-
mately 650. Probably there are now not fewer
Loras, but the long rainy seasons of the past two
years has them roosting over a wider area and
they are not getting counted. As it was last year
there has been a lot of rain prior to the count and it
may well be that there is an abundance of food.
This certainly seems to be the case and it is likely
that the birds simply do not need to flock together
as a result. It may be that they can forage just as
effectively in smaller numbers. Several of the
counters reported hearing distant Loras and this
would support the idea. So we don't think it is an
actual drop in Lora numbers but rather a change in
Lora behavior that has influenced the count result.
Lora counts have been done since 1980, organ-
ized by the Fundashon Salba Nos Lora in associa-
tion with STINAPA and the Department of Envi-
ronments and Nature Policy of DROB. The counts
are important to gather information on the rare
Bonairean parrot.
During the count on Saturday morning, 31 Janu-
ary, dozens of volunteers were active simultane-
ously in 20 different spots, half them in Washing-
ton Slagbaai Park. The volunteers were from all
walks of life on Bonaire. STINAPA provided a
breakfast snack for everyone when they reported

their observations at the Washington Slagbaai
Park entrance.
Since 2002 the Lora have been protected ac-
tively on Bonaire. At that time all Loras in captiv-
ity had a ring placed on their legs by the govern-
ment and registered, more than 620 of them. Loras
in captivity without a ring are therefore illegal.
Catching and selling loras from the wild incurs a
fine of NAf 1.000 per bird. U
Peter Montanus/Sam Williams

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Next Week's 'Triple Planet And Moon'
Sky Show For The Early Birds

Greetings, Sky Park visitors. Please mark every day beginning Monday, February
16th, through Sunday the 22nd, in the mornings. Make it a point to look east-
ward 30 minutes before sunrise for a celestial ballet of three planets and a crescent
Moon. All of which will occur just as it's getting light out on these early February morn-
Around dawn on Monday, February 16th, face east southeast and if you have a very
clear and very flat unobstructed horizon you will see three planets very close to the hori-
zon. Two of them will be side by side and only 9/10th of one degree apart, which means
that slightly less than two full Moons could fit between them because one full Moon is
half a degree wide. The brightest of the two is the king of them all, 88,000-mile-wide
Jupiter, a planet so huge we could line up 11 of our 8,000-mile-wide Earths across its
Just to its right and half the size as our planet Earth is rouge-gold Mars, the second
smallest planet, only 4,000 miles wide, which means we could line up 22 Mars side by
side across Jupiter's middle. Then to complete our trio, look above them and to their
right for the tiniest planet of them all, 3,000-mile-wide Mercury, which means it would
take almost 30 Mercurys lined up to reach across Jupiter's middle. Think of it: the two
smallest planets, Mercury and Mars, and the biggest planet, Jupiter, all huddled together
in a very small space, Jupiter and Mars not quite two full Moons apart and Mercury
about 14 full Moons away.
But the planet show is just beginning because if you go out each successive day you'll
notice them change their positions. In fact on Tuesday February 17th Jupiter and Mars
will be even closer to each other, less than one half a degree or one full Moon apart.
Wow! But then things really change dramatically as Jupiter and Mercury move toward
each other and Mars moves away: Wednesday the 18th, Thursday the 19th, Friday the
20th. Then on Saturday February 21st they will form an exquisite trio and be joined by a
beautiful waning crescent Moon. But if I had to pick one day I'd pick Sunday the 22nd
because then an even closer and skinnier crescent Moon and the three planets will be
lined up almost in a straight row in a breathtaking sight. Of course they will all be much
easier to see and look much brighter if you use a pair of binoculars, which is my favorite
viewing device.
Once again, beginning Monday February 16th Jupiter and Mars are close and Mercury
is up to the right. On Tuesday the 17th Jupiter and Mars are at their closest only one full
Moon apart, then each day Jupiter and Mercury race toward each other and leave poor
old Mars in the dust. On Saturday February 21st they are joined by a crescent Moon but
my favorite day is Sunday the 22nd when the four of them will line up and knock your
socks off! Mark your calendar and get out your binoculars. 0 Jack Horkheimer

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For February 2008

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Don't try to
get even without having all the facts. Your
emotional state could leave you vulnerable
and confused. Take care of yourself or you
can expect to suffer from minor illness.
Try to be considerate in your personal
obligations. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Sudden
changes at home will affect family mem-
bers more than you anticipated. Don't
evade important issues; you may find
yourself backed into a comer. Don't let
jealous friends put you down, making you
insecure about your capabilities. You
should catch up on correspondence. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Uncertain
changes regarding your personal life are
evident. Travel could include delays and
other minor problems. Entertainment
could be pleasing if it is of an energetic
nature. You can't always have your own
way. Your luckiest events this month will
occur on a Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You may
need to make a choice. You need to get
down to basics with regard to yourself.
Don't get involved in secret affairs or un-
derhanded involvements. If you put your
energy into physical outlets you will avoid
confrontations. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Sunday.
LEO(July 23-Aug 22) You will be able
to get to the bottom of things this month.
Courses dealing with psychology or health
care will be of interest. Read between the
lines before you sign your name. Don't
blame everything on your mate. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Promo-
tions will be yours if you have acted pro-
fessionally in times of crisis. You should
try to elaborate on an idea you have re-
garding a product or service for the home.
You need to do more things that you en-
joy. Deception is apparent. Your luckiest
events this month will occur on a Satur-
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Sudden
trips may take you by surprise; try to in-
clude your mate, mixing business with

pleasure. Consider a conservative invest-
ment that will stay solid when everything
else goes sour. You can offer your mate a
commitment or promise that will help
stabilize your personal life. You must take
care not to over exert yourself if involved
in sports. Your luckiest events this month
will occur on a Tuesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You can
continue to make gains if you call a few
people who can help you close an impor-
tant deal. You can have a great time if you
go out with the one you love. Your ability
to work with detail could help you achieve
your goals. Make plans to do something
special with the one you love. Your lucki-
est events this month will occur on a Sun-
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec.
21) Your home environment may be hec-
tic, which could result in emotional upset
if you aren't well organized. You can win
points if you present your ideas this
month. Travel for pleasure will be entic-
ing. Your lover may cost you financially.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Thursday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Lov-
ers will be demanding. You are best to
sign your partner up for activities that will
be tiring. Don't let your lover put demands
on you. Put your energy into your work or
moneymaking ventures rather than into
your emotional life this month. Dig deep
to find out how costly a new venture will
be before you sign on the dotted line.
Your luckiest events this month will occur
on a Thursday.
AOUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Trips
will be enjoyable, and communication
with your lover will clear up any miscon-
ceptions. Hard work will bring rewards.
You need activity. Reciprocate by offering
helpful hints. Your luckiest events this
month will occur on a Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Make plans
to do something special with the one you
love. Be sure to get involved with those
who can introduce you to unusual forms
of entertainment. Don't let your partner
goad you into wearing your heart on your
sleeve. You may find it impossible to get
the rest you require. Your luckiest events
this month will occur on a Saturday. 0

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