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Last week, with four of its seven
planes still grounded, DCA bor-
rowed an MD-82 from SLM, Suriname
Airlines. This helped the transportation
crunch, but the Curagao-based airline still
operated on a greatly abbreviated sched-
ule. The SLM plane was used on the
Aruba, St. Maarten and Port of Spain
routes. A DC-9 continued to service Bon-
aire. Repairs on two grounded MD-80s
are expected soon.
There is lots of debate in the Curagao is-
land council on whether to continue to
subsidize the financially troubled airline
which is failing in the footsteps of its
ALM predecessors.
Meanwhile, BonairExel continued flying
only one of its two planes and American
Eagle cancelled several flights, stranding
more passengers for 24 hours. American
Eagle flies from Bonaire to San Juan on
Monday, Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday
according to their latest Internet schedule.

A The government of Bonaire is going
ahead with the sewage treatment plant.
Commissioner Jonchie Dortalina ex-
plained that EU Development Funds will,
for the most part, finance the project. Af-
ter several studies the plans are to be
drawn up in the next few months with the
help of a German Consulting Company,
Dorsch Consult, who completed the feasi-
bility study two years ago.
The plans are to be completed no later
than February, 2005. After review, the
project will go out to bid to the building
contractors. Once begun the actual work
is expected to take one and a half to two
years. It's hoped that the system, includ-


SUnits for the new King's Beach Resort
are currently under construction at Punt
Vierkant, just south of the Lighthouse Beach
Resort. This gated resort community is to in-
clude a sandy beach, dive shop and dive pier,
pool and tennis courts and full-time, on-site
security. It will be one of Bonaire's largest
ocean-front developments in more than 25
years. It will include 45 town-homes (27 two-
bedroom units and 18 three-bedroom units)
and a condo hotel with 45 one-bedroom luxury suites. Ten of the 45 town homes are
due to be completed in mid-2005. The remaining 35 town homes are planned for com-
pletion over the next two years. All homes will feature top quality appliances, tile
floors, airco in every bedroom, water heaters, ceiling fans and multi-zone alarm sys-
tems.
Phase Two of the projects will start in 2005 and are planned to include construction of
the 45-room condo hotel, various retail shops, dive shop, pier and a full service restau-
rant. For more information call Bob Bartikoski (RE/MAX Paradise Homes) at 717-
7362 or 786-7362.


IN THIS ISSUE:
Lora Market=No Loras 5
Referendum Chronicle 6
Life on Aruba and Bonaire 6
Dia di Arte 8
Aruba Hi Winds 2004 9
Swim Club 9
Yoga (Back Safety) 10
Reporter Rincon Award 11
Spec. Olympics to Jamaica 11
Dietitian (High Blood Pressure) 12
Hush Hush Seaside Spots 13
Turtle Report 13
Winfred Dania Exhibit 18

WEEKLY FEATURE&
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Police Update 4
Yacht List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Pets of the Week (Toby & Pien) 14
Picture Yourself
(Bergen, Norway) 15
What's Happening 15
Shopping Guide 16
Dining Guide 16
On the Island Since (Nubia) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19

ing its water purification plant will be op-
erational in 2007.
Bonaire environmentalists have taken
exception to the proposed design of the
water treatment plant, saying it will do
more harm than good to Bonaire's reef.

A Bonaire was the third highest con-
tributor to the GDP in the Netherlands
Antilles with 6% behind Curagao's 75%
and St. Martin's 16%. Statia's was 2% and
Saba's, 1%.

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A Jong Bonaire closed the school year
with a ping pong tournament for the
members who had practiced long hours
during the school year. When the pad-
dles stopped, at the top of the competi-
tors was Heinrich Scherptong, (at right,
being awarded the silver cup by coach
Paco Veeris). Jong Bonaire has com-
pleted its regular season but has some
vacation time events planned.

* On June 22, the BOPEC oil trans-
fer facility was the first Bonaire port
to get ISPS (International Port Secu-
rity) certification. In the photo Lt.
Governor Domacass6 (right) presents
the certificate to BOPEC officials.
This certification was required to be
in place by July 1st as part of a world-
wide anti-terrorist program.
Harbormaster L.O. Staie has in-
formed The Reporter that Bonaire's
ports met the ISPS requirement on
schedule and that further improve-
ments will be completed in a few
weeks. Last week, Dee Scarr reported that diving at the town pier is still allowed but
there are some slight modifications to the normal procedure (verified ID required, etc.).
Only about half the world's ports and 53% of global shipping complied with the Inter-
national Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) by the deadline, according to the
International Maritime Organization.
The ISPS code, signed by 147 governments, requires ports, stevedoring companies and
owners of ships larger than 500 tons to draw up plans for responding to a terrorist
threat, implement tighter security around facilities and train staff. 1


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)

A A large number of burglaries were
reported during the past two weeks. Hit
hard were the Antriol, Nikiboko, Tera Cora,
Hato, SABADECO and Playa neighbor-
hoods.
Police have issued warnings to take precau-
tionary measures. People are advised to


lock their homes properly during the night.
See the Police Report for additional details.

A Another surgeon for Bonaire's Hospi-
tal is under consideration. Luis Cansini
of the Guerra Mendez Clinic in Venezuela
visited San Francisco Hospital recently. He
inspected the operating room, the available
equipment and introduced himself to the


P O L I CE UDA T E UIS


LAST WEEK'S REPORTS
Public Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius re-
ports:
*There were five drug courier arrests at
Flamingo Airport. Four were from Cura-
cao, one from Holland. Schiphol Airport
continues to report that KLM flights
from Bonaire are free of drug couriers.
*Two burglars, drug addicts, who have
been involved in numerous break-ins,
were arrested.
*A re-enactment of the assault by a man
on a man and a woman living above Bon
Fysio was conducted last week by law
enforcement officials to decide whose
was the correct story. According to the
Prosecutor, a re-enactment is conducted
when witnesses' stories are so different.
The assailant is under house arrest.
*More news on the shooting on Saturday,
June 5, by the Customs officer who shot
at his girlfriend's ex boyfriend. It was
alleged that the ex-boyfriend had pro-
voked an argument with his ex-girlfriend
and the Customs officer before the shoot-

Bonairean surgical team. He spoke to Hos-
pital Administrator Dr. Giovanni Frans and
Board Member Boy Clarenda about the
local procedures and rules. Finally he paid
some local physicians a short visit. Dr.
Casini is expected to be the first surgeon
from the Guerra Mendez team assigned and
plans to work in Bonaire for a few months
before being replaced by one of his col-
leagues from the Clinic.

A Ten eye specialists have joined forces to
open a laser eye-correction clinic in


Justine Gonggrijp,
Assistant Public Prosecutor


ing began. The ex-boyfriend was arrested
and held pending further investigation
but has since been released.
*There was a fire in the jail last week,
(Continued on page 10)


Curacao. The investment is reportedly
NAf 13.3 million. Next month specialists
from the Netherlands will start seeing pa-
tients. Curagao practitioners will join the
clinic's staff at a later date. Cost is
NAf2,200 per treated eye.

A The Bonaire Reporter will not be pub-
lished next week in accordance with our
practice of publishing four times a month.
The next issue will appear on July 22. 1
L./G. D.


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A SLORZ MWRKET=NOMOSKRE SS9RAS:W4


There is a Cree Indian
prophecy that says:


Only after the last tree has
been cut down,
Only after the last river has
been poisoned,
Only after the lastfish has
been caught,
Only then will youfind
that money cannot be eaten.


oachers wouldn't take baby Loras
from the nests if there weren't a mar-
ket for them to sell to. You really
can't blame the poachers if in a few
years there isn't a wild Lora to be
found on the island. That would be
too easy. The reason why a poacher
takes a chick from the nest is because
you want one; you pay for it; or you
asked him to do you a favor. You are
the principal, and although you're not
getting your hands dirty by cutting a
tree open or climbing a cliff, that little
bird is taken from the nest, from the wild,
because you wanted it. Think about it...
Our Lora, the Amazona barbadensis roths-
childi, is found only on Bonaire and on the
Venezuelan islands of Margarita and La
Blanquilla. But until now it has never been
proven that we're talking about the exact
same species. So, we have something
that's pretty unique in this world: Our
wild Lora.
Still, very little is known about this rare
bird. What we do know is this: There are
about 600 Loras living in the wild. Let's say
(but we don't know for sure) that half of


Bonaire's oldest caged Lora-
more than 35 years old


them are males and the other half are fe-
males. That would make 300 couples. Only
when the bird is three or four years old
might it start breeding. Suppose, in a certain
year, one-third of the entire population is
mature enough to be breeders. That would
be 100 females. Each female lays an aver-
age of two eggs. So, in that year we'll have
200 eggs, of which 50% will hatch. That's a
hundred eggs. Of the babies, 40% die be-
cause of a lack of food, parasites or because
of predators. Sixty babies survive and about
half of them live through the first year.
That's only 30 Lora babies.


It would make you think, that if everything
goes well and ends well, every year 30 Lo-
ras are added to Bonaire's population. Not
true!
We forgot to talk about poachers... and
their clients...!
After the registration campaign "Registra bo
Lora," we found out that half of the more
than 600 Loras that are kept in captivity
are not older than six years. That means
that every year dozens of Loras are taken
from the nest, and thus from the wild, to
sit for the rest of their lives in a cage. It
also means that this link in the chain of
the Loras' existence has become useless
for the wild population because it will
never produce anymore. And so it's not
true that 30 Loras are added to the wild
population every year. In reality it's far
less...
Numbers can be quite boring, but what
we're talking about is this: A Lora can eas-
ily reach 60 years old! That is, if you're
keeping one in a cage and you're taking
care of it properly: It has a spacious cage,
you're cleaning the cage every day, every
day you put fresh water, vegetables and
seeds, you give the Lora fresh branches to
chew on, toys to play with and on top of it
all, your time and attention. What will
happen is that the Lora will not only survive
you, it might even be a joy to your children
and grandchildren! And for 60 long years
you don't have to "order" a Lora from the
wild!
On the other hand, if you neglect your Lora
and it dies as a youngster or a teenager you
have to "order" another one and another one
and another one, and in your lifetime you
wear away 10 Loras. Understand that it's
not only those 10. Each Lora you have


could have easily had 10 surviving chil-
dren in its lifetime. So if you have one
Lora, you've taken, in fact, 10 from the
wild. If you have two Loras, you stole 20
Loras from the wild. But we're still talking
about first generation, not even about the
second, the third and so on. They are just
lost forever, and you cannot even calculate
what you took from nature by taking only
one of their babies. What will be left?
It's up to you. In this world Bonaire is
praised more and more often as an oasis
where nature and man respect each other.
Every day many men and women on Bon-
aire are working very, very hard to preserve
and protect what we have. Why? Out of re-
spect, because they love the island; because
we're all part of nature and we don't want to
leave this world drained out, dirty and ex-
hausted to our children and their children.
Respect for life is the highest asset: Life in
all its variety. Money can't buy everything.
You can't buy a clean sea full of fish. You
can't buy clean air to breathe or a clear blue
sky full of birds, and you still can't buy a
rain shower or a clean conscience. We're all
in the same boat; we're all part of it, and
once it's gone it will never come back
again, ever...
During the coming months, police, SSV,
Polis Ambiental and STINAPA's Park
Rangers will be extra alert and they will
strictly enforce the law. If you see that
someone is disturbing or poaching a nest, or
that someone is trying to sell a Lora, or
keeping a Lora that doesn't have a band,
please call 717-3741 or 717-8000. The fines
are high: NAf1000 per bird and the Lora
will be confiscated. O Greta Kooistra


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n a development related to the up-
coming Referendum, the European
Union committee finished their report in
which several options for the relations
between the Antilles and Arba and the
European Union are described, espe-
cially the pros and cons of each of the
options. According to Committee Chair-
man Ronald van Beuge, there is finally
an unbiased report based upon which
politicians can make a decision.
On Wednesday Van Beuge presented the
report to Etienne Ys, Minister-President
of the Antilles; Nelson Oduber, Premier
of Aruba; and Thom de Graaf, the Minis-
ter of Kingdom Relations.
The committee presented the possible
options for a relationship with the Euro-
pean Union (EU) and the political, judi-
cial, economic and financial conse-
quences of alternatives for the three
countries of the Kingdom.
According to Van Beuge it is advisable
to make a decision within two to three
years. The recently established European
constitutional law must be ratified by
several member states within two years
after signing. As soon as the law is put


NOS FUTURE, BAN P'EI
(OUR FUTURE-LET'S
GO FOR IT.)


into effect, the Kingdom can request the
union to introduce an amendment of the
status for the Antilles and Aruba. The
constitution doesn't need to be amended;
a unanimous decision of the European
council is sufficient.


LIFE ON ARUBA AND BONAIRE

This is the second of two articles by
Jiri Lausman describing life on Aruba
as shaped by its 1986 decision to leave
the Netherlands Antilles and become a
separate member of the Dutch King-
dom. We hope it can offer some per-
spective as one of the choices, Status
Aparte, a voter may select in the Bon-
aire Referendum

A person living long years on Aruba and
moving now to Bonaire sees that many
things are very different on both islands.
The only issue, shared indisputably by
the people of Aruba and Bonaire, is mu-
tual friendship and a negative attitude
towards Curaqao. Bonaireans living on
Aruba, unlike people born on Curaqao,
speak with pride about the island of their


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origin. The Bonairean Club on Aruba is
one of the most prestigious social clubs
on the island. There is no Curaqao Club.

The relation between Aruba and Holland
is, unfortunately, substantially less cor-
dial. Changing historic Dutch street
names, as done by the current govern-
ment, certainly does not contribute to
improvement of this relationship. Vari-
ous other Caribbean islands try to pre-
serve their heritage, for example as on
the French tourist island, St. Barthelemy,
the streets in the capital, Gustavia, still
carry the Swedish names given by the
Swedes who originally colonized the is-
land. On Aruba just the opposite is hap-
pening. In order to eliminate what could
bring back the memories of the old colo-
nial power, the main street and main
sport stadium in Oranjestad now carry
the names of local politicians. A former
minister has proposed to Parliament to
also change the name of "Reina Beatrix
Airport."
More than one million tourists (about 20
times the number of visitors to Bonaire),
mostly from the US, come annually to
Aruba. Unlike on Bonaire and on a ma-
jority of other Caribbean islands, the
Aruba airport houses also the US immi-
gration and US customs services. Pas-
sengers from Aruba, after arrival in Mi-
ami or other US airports, are handled as
if they arrived on US domestic flights.

A very substantial difference between
the islands, probably very surprising to
many people living on Bonaire, is the
ownership of land along the sea coast. In
(Continued on page 6)






continued from page 5)
the Netherlands Antilles, and conse-
quently on Bonaire, land along the shore
can be sold (e.g. in the case of SA-
BADECO) or given for a long term lease.
Concurrent with this, however, is the
government's right to 50m of land from
the high-water mark inland for "defense
purposes," stemming from colonial
times. All have the right to visit this
strand, but property owners have the
right to block access to it through their
property.
On Aruba all shorefront land is public
land, to be freely used by local inhabi-
tants and visitors. Access MUST be pro-
vided. It means that, in fact, you cannot
really own or lease a sea-front lot on
Aruba because there is always a freely
accessible strip of public land between
your "sea front" property and the coast-
line. In fact, your privacy can never be
guaranteed, and it can happen that, par-
ticularly during the weekends, when
groups of strangers can organize a birth-
day party or a BBQ on "your" beach,
they might enjoy playing loud music just
a few meters from your porch or swim-
ming pool. A desperate owner of a luxu-
rious house on the beautiful Arachi
beach, offered now for sale for three mil-
lion dollars, lost a legal battle with a lo-
cal tourist agency which, in the words of
the house owner, used to regularly dump
a bus load of cruise ship tourists on "her"
beach.
It also means that the five-star hotels on
the famous Aruba strand cannot prohibit
free public access to "their" beach. In
addition, the persons coming to the beach


can bring with them their own beach fur-
niture and put it next to the hotel lounges
and tables with umbrellas. Nobody does
it because the hotels prefer that the local
people use the hotel lounges, so as not to
disturb the harmony on the beach.
In order to prevent traffic accidents often
involving tourists from the US, the traffic
regulations on Aruba, originally follow-
ing the European standards, have been
adapted to the US regulations as far as
right-of-way, particularly at traffic cir-
cles, is concerned. Visitors from the
Netherlands Antilles and Europe must
keep that in mind! During my stay on
Bonaire, I have always been confused by
the necessity of yielding to the right at
the only traffic circle on Bonaire. Speak-
ing about traffic and cars, Aruba still fol-
lows the silly annual ritual of changing
license plates each year. In addition,
when the tax for the second half of the
year is paid, another, smaller plate has to
be fastened to the basic plate.
In some respects, however, the Arubans
are more practical than people in the
Netherlands Antilles. For example the
five florin coins are not round but square
so you cannot, like on Bonaire, mistake a
five florin coin for a one florin coin. Also
the much smaller 50 cent coins are
square on Aruba.
There is full employment on Aruba, and
tens of thousands of workers, mainly
from Latin American countries, are cur-
rently working, particularly in the tourist
and construction industry. The local peo-
ple often complain that the shop atten-
dants do not understand Papiamentu, so
to make clear what they want Arubans
must speak Spanish in their own country!


The living standard of Arubans is rising
because they are generally in better paid
positions and you can hardly find an
Aruban hotel maid or a local unskilled
worker. Enormous American style super-
markets are full of customers, and the
existing roads are barely able to accom-
modate the almost 50,000 cars on roads
on an island smaller than Bonaire.
According to official statistics, currently
there is high unemployment in the Neth-
erlands Antilles, primarily Curaqao.
However, without knowing exact num-
bers, a superficial observer sees no sub-
stantial difference between Aruba and
Bonaire in this matter. Hard working Co-
lombian room maids can be seen also on
Bonaire, and the new houses in SA-
BADECO are being built mostly by
workers from Venezuela, Colombia, Peru
and other countries, exactly as it is hap-
pening on Aruba.
Unlike Bonaire, on Aruba there are no
residential districts with houses owned
predominantly by wealthy foreigners. On
the contrary, in Malmok and Arashi, the
districts of the "rich," located between
the beach and the biggest golf course on
Aruba, the largest and most luxurious
houses belong to local businessmen. Also
in the only guarded community on
Aruba, Tierra del Sol, the most exclusive
residences on large land lots have been
individually designed and built for suc-
cessful local business people. In this
community, foreigners, mostly Ameri-
cans, have purchased much smaller
houses on small lots, grouped close each


to each other among the golf greens.
In case you feel that living on Aruba with
its Status Aparte could be better than on
Bonaire, please be informed that every
resident of Aruba is obliged to be cov-
ered by the Government's health insur-
ance company, AZV (abbreviation of
General Health Insurance). Because the
AZV, due to a chronic lack of money,
covers fully only the basic health costs,
most foreign residents just ignore it and
continue to be insured by private compa-
nies. Unfortunately, even if you do not
make any use of AZV, you must pay for
this Government insurance. The progres-
sive AZV premium, depending on your
income, is added to your income tax.
(Think about that when voting in the
coming Referendum!) In the case of a
retired couple, having a pension as their
only income, the AZV premium can ex-
ceed their income tax! In addition, for
some, the income tax on Aruba can be
much higher than on Bonaire because
there is no "penshonado status" with a
low flat income tax. O Jiri Lausman




Jiri Lausman is a retired civil engineer,
born in Prague, living as a Dutchman the
last nearly 40 years, 18 of them in Aruba.
Before his retirement, he worked as the
manager for Latin America and the Carib-
bean for a large Dutch construction com-
pany. He has a home in SABEDECO.


The aim of the (Cromide team of editorial and staff writers is to inform, not to influence
public opinion or "sell" a particular option. Critical comments, useful additions and ques-
tions by the readers are welcomed and published whenever possible.


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Jan of Jan Art showed her new above and below
art works


T he island's 12" Dia di Arte gave all who
attended an effervescent feeling inspired
by the incredible variety of arts, crafts and mu-
sic. Wilhelmina Park was crowded with artists'
stands and booths, the bandstand held perform-
ers non-stop and the smell of foodstuffs filled
the air. Here are some scenes from the day:


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AA A 'A YADP


ANNUAL ARUBA HI WINDS 2004


O ver 80 competi-
tors participated in
the 18th Annual Aruba Hi
Winds Windsurfing Regatta.
Sailors and kiters from the
region as well as Venezuela,
Brazil, Columbia, Canada and
beyond came to kite, race and
compete. This event, long
popular with Bonaire sailors,
is known for being a well or-
ganized and super fun event.
This year Bonaire sent a 78-
person delegation. Competi- Having fun at High winds
tors, spectators and chaper-
ones flew on sponsor Bonaire Exel. Competing in mostly slalom and long distance
races, Bonaire has dominated heats in all divisions.
To allow pros Taty Frans and Kiri Thode time to compete prior to flying to Europe for
the PWA tour, the organizers offered four-minute single elimination heats for men to
show their stuff. It was a lucky day for Taty as his super star moves beat his wiz kid
cousin Kiri to earn the coveted title of King of the Huts. Brother Choko Fans was a
close third after battling with Keke Dammers for the third place spot.
Bonaire has a contingent of four kiters representing the island. Zwanet Kooijn is one of
the three women kiters. Her dazzling loops and aerial moves allowed her to hold the
second place position all week. Top rider of the week is Bonaire's own Jeroen Roevros,
sailing for Holland. He is a gym teacher at SGB. His hi fly jumps and tricks are spec-
tacular. Kiting is embraced on Aruba where a balance between windsurfing and kiting
has been created. Kiting is a crowd favorite at Hi Winds.
The social scene is incredible. In its heyday, when the Aruba government financially
supported this event with cash, it was a full-on Pro Event with famous names like Bjorn
Dunkerbeck and Robbie Naish who walked away with over $25,000 for top places.
Now a handful of local sponsors provide product and support in creating a perfect party
atmosphere. There's no shortage of food and drink for riders during the day. At night the
parties rock. Race results will be posted in the next Bonaire Reporter.
Bonaire's kids saved, sold raffle tickets and trained hard to attend this event. Windsurf
Moms, Jesse Sint Jago and Edseline Dammers worked for months organizing this huge
group. It's a great event for kids to learn more about competition and the racing disci-
pline. It's also a wonderful opportunity for these deserving kids, men and women to
travel to a regional event as a national team. Most of all it's been great fun with the
non-stop party atmosphere. And based on scores so far, it's clear Bonaire's talent shines
here in sunny Aruba. O Ann Phelan
Freestyle Results: King of the Huts, Taty Frans: Prince of the Huts, Clay
Emer; Kid of the Huts Arthur Soliano; Queen of the Huts, Sarah Quita Offringa
(Aruba) 1


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
7-09 4:14 1.2FT. 7:12 1.3FT. 13:16 1.OFT. 20:47 1.7FT. 51
7-10 5:32 1.1FT. 8:37 1.1FT. 12:40 1.1FT. 21:10 1.8FT. 42
7-11 6:26 1.OFT. 21:37 1.9FT. 40
7-12 7:16 0.9FT. 22:04 2.0FT. 43
7-13 8:03 0.8FT. 22:30 2.0FT. 50
7-14 8:39 0.8FT. 22:58 2.1FT. 57
7-15 9:20 0.7FT. 23:31 2.1FT. 64
7-16 9:59 0.7FT. 70
7-17 0:30 2.0FT. 10:32 0.7FT. 75
7-18 1:01 2.0FT. 11:10 0.8FT. 78
7-19 1:32 1.9FT. 11:43 0.8FT. 80
7-20 2:04 1.8FT. 12:06 0.9FT. 81
7-21 2:39 1.6FT. 2:40 1.6FT. 12:17 1.OFT. 78
7-22 3:15 1.5FT. 12:08 1.OFT. 73
7-23 11:31 1.1FT. 19:38 1.5FT. 67


SWIM CLUB


he Bonaire Barracudas Swim Club
held a practice "competition" on
June 22 to wind up their season. Thirty-
five club members between the ages of 6
and 16 participated in a total of 24
events before a large crowd of family,
friends and supporters. Adult club mem-
bers and parents acted as officials for
this exercise meant to introduce competi-
tive swimming to young club members
and Bonaire. Midway through the pro-
gram, a 100-meter Individual Medley
exhibition was swum by club President
Simone Sweers, club member (watertart of the 8 & under m ed25 meter
polo) Wilma Bohm and visiting water backstroke
polo enthusiast, Ank De Munck, to the
delight of young and old alike. Top finishers in the age group divisions were as fol-
lows:
8 & under: Mixed 25 meter breaststroke & backstroke Laura v. Erp
Girls 50 meter breaststroke Kaile Finies
Girls 50 meter backstroke Yasmin Esser
Boys 50 meter breaststroke, backstroke, freestroke Daan Rothweiler
9 & 10: Girls 50 meter breaststroke Rooske Wagemakers
Girls 50 meter backstroke Vera Ghazzouli
Girls 50 meter freestyle Rooske Wagemakers
Boys 50 meter breaststroke, backstroke & freestyle Samson Evertsz
11 & 12: Girls 50 meter breaststroke Meralney Bomba
Girls 50 meter backstroke & frestyle Meriann Urdaneta Jorissen
Boys 50 meter breaststroke Churmer Bomba
Boys 50 meter backstroke & freestyle Rudi Urdaneta Jorissen
13 to 16: Boys 50 meter breaststroke Norvin Mercelina
Boys 50 meter backstroke Timothy Bissessar
Boys 50 meter freestyle Juliandro Soree
Girls 100 meter Medley Relay 9 12 Meralney Bomba, Vera Ghazzouli, Meriann Urdaneta Joris-


Boys 100 meter Medley Relay 9 12


sen, Nanouk De Jong
Jim Rothweiler, Mike Groenendal, Samson Evertsz,
Churmer Bomba


Also participating were Luis Marcano Bravo, Zaira Groenendal, Merel Houthuijzen, Lotte Rothweiler,
Olivier Wagemakers, Asdrubal Marcano Bravo, Alejandro De Lima, Desiree Baaleman, Danique
Oleana, Yana Richter, Daneyda Bomba, Maik Oleana, Olivier De Jong, Marijn v. Erp, Keval Bissessar,
Francois Soree, Nicholas Bissessar and Danilo Sandman. O Valarie Stimson


Alegria
Althea
Alegria, USA
Atlas
Bird of Paradise
Blauwe Crab, Curagao
Camissa, Chan Is.
Camperdown
Cape Kathryn
Cha Seng France
Delphinius
Elandrea
El Sabor
Fifth Season
FlyingCloud, USA
Gabrielle
Galadrial, USA
Gambler, Venezuela
Gammier
Gatsby, USA


Goril Too
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Honalee, USA
Hotel California Too, USA
Jalapeno
Jandreso
Jupiter
Karthersis
Lady Alice
Luna C
Macaby, Netherlands
Makai
Mariele
Natural Selection, USA
Numoan
Panda
Pau Hana
Precocious Gale
Sandpiper, USA
Santa Maria, Sweden


Scintilla, Germany
Shambala
Shiraz
Sirius
Sojourner
Sovereign III
Sylvia K
Triumphant Lady
Ta B
Ti Amo, USA
Trio, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Unicorn, Norway
Varedhuni, Germany
Windborne
Windmiller
Ya-T, BVI
Zahi, Malta
Zeno's Arrow, USA


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YOGA FOR YOU



Go around the obstacles
We can learn a lot by watching how water relates to the world around it. It's fluid. It
goes around any obstacle in its way. (It doesn't stop to argue!) It flows downstream
rather than struggling to push upstream as many of us are doing in life. It just goes
with the flow. Perhaps that's why watching the action and rhythm of water is so
peaceful to the human psyche.
--Susan Jeffers


Utthita Parsvakonasana or extended side angle- afull-body pose that opens,
stretches, and strengthens the whole body. It cultivates balance and
co-ordination. Specifically, it strengthens the muscles that stabilize the knees,
sculpts the legs, and opens the chest.


Y oga is an excellent therapy for heal-
ing sore and injured back muscles,
yet one of the most common injuries in
yoga is straining the back muscles. Here are


the basics for taking care of your back dur-
ing yoga.
Warming-up
Take time to warm up the spine and the


back muscles using repetitions of gentle
postures/movements. Focus on warm-ups
that move the spine in its six directions:
arching and rounding the back, twisting the
torso from left to right and left and right
side bends.

Back Bends
Back bending postures should not strain the
back. Back bends open the front of the
body, and this is where you should feel the
stretch. A safe back bend will compress the
low back but not strain it or cause any pain.
For deep backbends make sure the lower
body (buttocks and legs), abdominals and
mula bandha (the muscles between the pu-
bic bone and the tailbone) are strongly en-
gaged.

Forward Bends
Forward bending postures stretch the back


Don and Desirie of
"Yoga For You" offer On every first S
classes in yoga from month at 6:30
beginners to ad- meditation at Sorol
vanced wooden fisher


(Police Report. Continued from page 3)
allegedly started by one of the inmates
who set fire to some mattresses. The jailed
inmate is accused of possession of a fire-
arm and apparently was disgruntled be-
cause he was not being transferred to Cu-
racao's prison as was promised. Due to
smoke and fire damage the Bonaire prison
will be closed for two to four months dur-
ing repairs. Those "serious crimi-
nals" (burglars included) will be shipped
to Curacao's prison. Prisoners accused of
lesser crimes (like drug traffickers) will be
released and are expected to return to Cu-
racao from where they came.
Police spokesman Charles Suriel re-
ports:


muscles, release tension and feel good. For-
ward bends should be approached very
carefully. Move into them first with the
back flat and the spine long.

Breathe
Make sure you are not holding your breath
in the postures. If you are in an asana
(position) and you can't breathe deeply,
then you have gone too deeply into the
pose.

Do Reps
If your back muscles are weak, postures
that strengthen the back, such as belly down
postures and bridge pose, should be done
using repetitions of short hold times. These
postures should not be held for long, only
long enough to feel the muscles working
without pain or fatigue.
ODesir/e


aturday of the
am there is a
bon Beach by the
rman's hut.


*Last Tuesday, June 29, there was a stab-
bing at Verona Snack that resulted in the
death of a woman. To subdue Poppy Piar,
the assailant, a police officer on the scene
had to shoot him. The bullet entered his
stomach and exited from his spine. An
ambulance was called and the two were
taken to the hospital. The woman died of a
stab wound in her chest. Piar was trans-
ported by ambulance flight, accompanied
by two policemen, to the hospital in Cura-
cao, where he remains in stable condition.
Due to Piar's long history of serious
crimes, Public Prosecutor Ernst Wesselius
will ask for life imprisonment. OL.D.


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Th0efORTERRINCON AWARD I


Lucille Soliana swimmingfor Bonaire in the 2003 World Games in Ireland


Standing: Edna (Bebi) Sint Jago; Raymunda(Bebi) Antho-
nie, President of the Marshi Commission; Chumy Cicilia;
Shon Ca Janga; Veronica (Rbny) Mercera.
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ASK THE DIETITIAN

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

ABOUT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE!


Exercise regularly
You should exercise every day or at least
five times a week. If you need to lose
weight you should exercise at least an
hour and a half each time. If you want to
maintain your weight you should exercise
between 45 minutes to one hour, and if
you want to maintain a good condition, at
least half an hour each time. Try to
choose aerobic exercises like fit walking,
swimming, jogging cycling, aerobics, etc.
Lower your salt intake
Eating foods that have too much salt in
them and using too much salt at the table
can raise your blood pressure. You might
try taking the salt shaker off the dining
table and avoid using salt during food
preparation.

Limit the amount of alcohol you drink
Alcohol will raise your blood pressure.
Drinking too much alcohol can also cause
liver disease and some types of cancer.
Alcoholic beverages are high in calories
and low in nutrients. The body uses up a
lot of vital nutrients in breaking down
alcohol so your body can get rid of it.
Men's bodies are better able to break


down alcohol than women s. The ettects
of drinking too much alcohol occur ear-
lier and are worse in women than in men.
For this reason women should have no
more than one to two glasses of alcohol a
day and not on a daily basis. Men should-
n't have more than two to three glasses of
alcohol a day and for sure not on a daily
basis.

Maintain an ideal body weight
The more you weigh above your ideal
weight, the harder your heart has to work
to pump blood. By losing weight you can
lower your blood pressure. Obesity is
usually caused by eating too many calo-
ries and getting too little exercise. Small
changes in the way you eat and in the
amount of activity you get each day can
help to lower blood pressure. Weight loss
can even help to lessen the number or
amount of drugs needed to keep blood
pressure normal.

Following are some tips to help you eat
fewer calories:
* Buy lean meat and meat products,
skinless chicken, fresh fish, and use low
fat cooking techniques like baking, broil-


ing, grilling, stir fry and roasting.
* Use no more than 1 tablespoon of oil
and margarine per person in food prepa-
ration.
* Choose skim milk and milk products
and low fat cheeses.
* Eat raw, steamed or baked vegeta-
bles.
* Eat fruits as a snack or a dessert and
limit juice to no more than one cup a day.
* Choose sugar-free drinks.
* Choose low fat snacks.
* Choose low fat sauces.
* Write down what and how much you


eat and drink.
Reduce fat intake
You should also limit the amount of fat
and cholesterol you eat every day.
Stop smoking
If you smoke cigars or cigarettes, try to
quit. A.S.


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

SEMPERFLORENS
NURSERY for healthy, strong,
affordable plants all grown on
Bonaire. Also landscaping. Fol-
low signs starting in front of Lagoen
Hill. Tel. 790-3348

BonaireNet is the leading con-
sumer and business informa-
tion source on Bonaire. Tele-
phone (599) 717-7160. For on-
line yellow pages directory in-
formation go to http://www.

PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE
BONAIRE. Consultation,
Supervision, Hypnotherapy,
Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de
Korte, Psychologist, Phone:
717-6919

CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and Plants, Bonaire
grown. 8000m2 of plants and
nursery. Specializing in gar-
den/septic pumps and irriga-
tion. Kaminda Lagoen 103,
Island Growers NV (Capt.
Don and Janet). Phone: 786-
0956 or 787-0956

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





FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced.
Inexpensive. Call Donna at 785-9013


7000 BTU split type air conditioner
NAf800, 17" computer monitor NAf
300, small refrigerator NAf250,
windsurfing equipment. Tel 717-
5525

For Sale: Chevrolet S10 Pick up, Sin-
gle cab, metallic gray, good condition.
NAf4.500. Call 785-9008.

Lots of Things For Sale: Double bed
& mattress NAf175; Strijkblank
(Ironing Board) NAf10; 2 stereo sets
& speakers NAf50; Answering ma-
chine NAfl5; 2 hammocks NAf40;
transformer NAf25; stove NAf175.
Call 785-9008.

For Sale: several Dutch Oak Closets
with stained glass. Kaya Neerlandia
31, across from Gas Expres.

Nearly new Harvey 3-mm. Men's Wet
Suit, L-XL, $45. Tel 791-4262



Looking for home for Rabu.
Rabu needs a new owner! Rabu is a
very sweet, well-trained dog. He's a
real Bonairean dog, but we can't take
him with us to Holland. If you want to
give it a try please call 785-9008.

Wanted: HOUSE TO RENT- We are
looking for a house with 3 bedrooms,
2 bathrooms and if possible, a not-too-
small porch. Kind of garden would be
marvelous. Please phone 717-4200.

Couple looking to rent a kunuku
long term. Call 785-9013



For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-Privacy & security- July 15
to Jan 15-Brochure available-Phone
(Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)-
586 0098-e/mail larjaytee@aol.com


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Traditional Bonairean Sailing
Sloop. Wood, traditional con-
struction, about 21' long. Fiberglassed in and out for minimal maintenance.
Two time winner of Bonaire Regatta, Class A. A dream to sail. Bargain at
NAf9,999. One of the last of its kind. Call 717-8988 or 785-6125.






Srlswn SFPSOTS


T his week's Seaside Spots
are for the real beach en-
thusiasts because those people
will be the only ones willing to
conquer the many obstacles in
order to reach these superb
beaches. I personally was
amazed at the difference in the
environments between these two
beaches. After all, they are less
than a couple of minutes' drive
from each other.


Jeff Davis


Jeff Davis
When I first climbed down to this miniscule
beach on the western side of the island, I
thought, 'Hmm! This is my idea of a Carib-
bean beach.' Most of us know Jeff Davis
as another diving and snorkeling site, but
there is much more to discover on this
beach than getting our gear on and walking
into the water. There is a wonderful tiny
beach leading you into the Caribbean Sea
with a smooth sandy bottom (yes, you can
leave your booties at home) so you may
enjoy a refreshing quick dip. A few meters
to your right there is another sandy spot the
size of a beach towel, perfect for your daily
dose of sun and for catching up on your
reading.
Jeff Davis is located at the bottom of a two-
meter rocky cliff, making it somewhat hard
to reach. Only a few dedicated divers and
snorkelers have the courage to climb down
the cliff to reach the water level with their
gear. So don't be surprised when you have
the luxury of enjoying your own private
beach. In the rock formation backing the
beach there are many nooks and crannies
which create some small but sometimes
very necessary shady areas to get away
from the heat of the day.


along the rocky shore, the shy crabs hiding
in the rock crevices, and even the sea star I
found in one of the shore puddles. A stroll
along this harsh coastline will certainly
keep you entertained for a while. Getting
in and out of the sea can be somewhat of an
adventure because of the sea urchins and
the uneven sea floor, but the wonderful ex-
perience you will have snorkeling amongst
the beautiful large reefs will make it worth-
while to a novice snorkeler anyway! Do
remember that this rugged beach is within
the Marine Park limits, so make sure that
the only things you leave behind on this
wonderful beach and all the beaches on the
island are your footsteps.

Enjoying the beautiful unspoiled coastline
of Bonaire is a wonderful experience every-
one residing on the island should experi-
ence. It is far too easy to fall into a daily
routine and forget the reasons why so many
of us have chosen to live on the island. I
sometime wonder if the long-time residents
of the island are still in awe of the beauty of
Bonaire's coastline as I am. Or has their
amazement somewhat faded because they
are now so used to seeing it? D Josee
Bolduc Frosst


TURTLE REPORT


T his season w ,
has been
very busy so far,
mostly due to log-
gerheads
(kawama) and .
hawksbills (karet).
On Klein Bonaire,
which we monitor
most intensely, as
of today, the 4th of
July, we've found
33 nests already,
which is about a
50% increase over
last year's nesting
levels. Still our
turtle "nesting col-
ony" remains very
small but appar-
ently growing
now.

Tourists reported
seeing hatchlings
and their tracks at
Playa Chikitu in May, but we were only
told several weeks later and could not
confirm the event, but it was most likely
a leatherback. We were hoping that the
known leatherback nest at Lagoen would
make it (it was due mid-June), but the
eggs rotted, probably because the nest
was laid too low and the sand is unclean
there. The main culprit here really is
the sand-mining going on there and at
other east coast beaches and inlets.
(There has been a high-profile campaign
to stop sand mining by both the govern-


ment and STINAPA in the last few
months. Ed.)

The first nests laid by loggerheads in
early May are now also beginning to
hatch, with good success. Divers are re-
porting seeing many big turtles, mostly
hawksbills now, but we can also confirm
that the big loggerhead known as
"Forest" is back to breed again this year.
1 Robert van Dam


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Their owners brought them
into the Bonaire Animal
Shelter and that's very sad for
these two very sweet cats. "Pien"
and "Toby" are mother and son
who both have the softest fur and
are extremely cuddly and loving.
That's four-month-old Toby in the
foreground, his mom Pien in the
background. Toby is very playful
and interested in exploring the
world. Mother Pien, a youngster
herself, also has a love for life and
interaction. These cats deserve to
go to a home where they can be
appreciated for their fine qualities.
Pien and Toby have been examined and
tested and declared healthy and robust.
To see these two fine felines, visit the
Bonaire Animal Shelter on the Lagoen
Road, open Monday through Friday, 10
am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-
4989.
Help is needed for the Shelter's Mas-
sive Sterilization Program from Octo-
ber 18 to 30. Two of the veterinarians
slated to come have had to cancel, so
two more are desperately needed to help


assist with the program which aims to
sterilize at least 300 dogs in the two-
week program. If you are a vet and can
help or if you know of someone, give a
call to Shelter Manager Jurrie Mellema at
(011-599)717-4989. Volunteer veterinari-
ans have all sorts of perks like free lodg-
ing and diving, donated by generous
business people on the island. Couple
that with helping to reduce the number of
unwanted puppies on the island and you
have a win-win situation nO LD


2004 The Bonaire Reporter

Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
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Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Antilles.
Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com

Reporters: Josee Bolduc Frosst, Desiree, Jack Horkheimer, Wendy
Horn, Greta Kooistra, Jiri Lausman, Ann Phelan, Angelique Sals-
bach, Valarie Stimson, Michael Thiessen, Robert van Dam

Features Editor: Greta Kooistra; Translations: Peggy Bakker,
Sue Ellen Felix

Production: Barbara Lockwood; Distribution: Yuchi Molina
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Printed by: DeStad Drukkerij


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WHAT'S HAPPENING


rULTY i01 !IllI

New! Usually 9:00 pm
The Punisher
(John Travolta)

Early Show (usually 7:00 pm)
Troy
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FRIDAY
SATURDAY 4 PM Pietje Bell 2: De
jacht op de Tsarenkroon
SUNDAY MATINEE 4 PM
Van Helsing

THIS WEEK
Saturday, July 10- Soldachi Dos Pos na-
ture tour Beautiful vistas. Learn about
the plants, trees, birds, culture and history
in an informal and friendly way. 6:30 am.
Call Maria at 717-6435 or 790-5657 to
reserve. A small donation is requested:
NAf 10 for adults; NAf 5 for children.

Saturday, July 10 Opening of art ex-
hibit by Winfred Dania at the Cinnamon
Gallery, 7 to 9 pm. Traditional Bonairean
music and food. KayaA.P.L. Brion #1,just
off Kaya Grandi, behind the Banco di
Caribe. Exhibit runs until August 6. See
page 18

Wednesday 7pm, July 14, and July 21,
play FISH-O at the Yellow Submarine.
(Similar to BINGO, FISH-O helps you
remember fish names) One card will be
provided free. Additional cards can be
"purchased" with a completed fish survey
form. Great prizes.

Saturday, July 17- Soldachi Alta Mira
nature tour, third Sat. of month. 6:30 am.
Call Maria at 717-6435 or 790-5657 to
reserve. NAf 10 for adults; NAf5 for chil-
dren.
Sunday, July 18 First Annual Fish Sur-
vey Challenge. Buddy teams will survey
the reef in front of the dive shop and com-
pete for prizes. Tanks provided; followed
by a Pot Luck Barbecue. 2 pm Yellow
Submarine Call 717-2929. Buddy teams
must register prior to July 18.
Tuesday, July 20 REEF test for quali-
fied individuals wanting Advanced Level.
Call Jessie Armacost at 717-3976.


COMING
Saturday July 31 Stress Management
Training sponsored by the Junior Cham-
ber International (formerly Jaycees). Prac-
tical ways to handle stress situations.
Speaker: Julien deWindt, senior facilitator.
Divi Flamingo Conference Room 9 am to 2
pm NAf 50, includes drinks & snacks. Call
520-5679 to reserve.

EVERY WEEK
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-


joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi
Flamingo
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Maria 717-6435
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach
at Lion's Dive. Dutch National Products
introduces Time Sharing and how to save
on your next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
Tuesday-BonaireTalker Dinner/
Gathering at Gibi's Terrace-6:30pm
-call Jake at 717-6773 or e-mail
jake bonairetalk.com for more infor.
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 /717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey Beach
from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all. Call S.
H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort 5:30-6:30 pm.
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Saturdays during summer Rincon Mar-
she opens at 6 am. Enjoy a Bonairean
breakfast while you shop: fresh fruits and
vegetables, gifts, local sweets and snacks,
arts and handicrafts, candles, incense,
drinks and music.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Authen-
tic Bonairean kunuku. $12 (NAf 12 for
Bonaire residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-
9800.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am and Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.

FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Sunday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, Buddy Dive at the pool bar, 7 pm
717-5080
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at the Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
Friday- The Captain Don Show- Conver-
sation, fun, yams, a few slides. Guaranteed
85% true. Aquarius Conference Room.
Captain Don's Habitat 8:30 pm Tel. 717-
8290
CLUBS and MEETINGS
AA meetings -every Wednesday; Phone 717-
6105; 560-7267 or 717- 3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday eve-
ning at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:30 pm at
the Union Building on Kaya Korona,
across from the RBTT Bank and next to
Kooyman's. All levels invited NAf5 entry fee.
Call Cathy 566-4056.
Darts Club plays every other Sunday at
City Caf6. Registration at 4, games at 5.
Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza, Kaya
International, every other Tuesday, 7
pm. Tel. 717-5595, secretary Jeannette
Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions are welcome.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday, 12


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some copies home
with them. Now they
are back, and they
brought this photo
with them that they
took last January. In
the photo: Ann Helen
Sundal, Alexander
Petersen and Hilde
Holmelid. 1


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noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restaurant,
Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Rotarians are
welcome. Tel. 717-8454

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Contact
Wendy Hornm, at 717-3902 or 785-9700.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangazina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse" while learning
about Bonaire's history and culture and visit
typical homes from the 17th century. Daily. Call
7174060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Museum on
Kaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catholic Church in
town. Open weekdays from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5
pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays.
717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rincon
area starting at 10 am. Call Maria at 717-
6435. To reserve.
Dos Pos Scenic Walk- Second Saturday
of the Month. NAf 10-Call Maria 717-


CHURCH SERVICES
International Bible Church of Bonaire-
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday Prayer
Meeting at 7:30 pm in English. Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papiamentu,
Dutch and English on Sundays at 10 am.
Thursday Prayer Meeting and Bible
Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonkman. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papiamentu,
Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services on Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu 717-8304. Saturday at 6 pm
at Our Lady of Coromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at
9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). Services in Eng-
lish, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
New Apostolic Church, Meets at
Kaminda Santa Barbara # 1, Sundays, 9:30
am. Services in Dutch. 717-7116.

Send in your events to
The Bonaire Reporter
Email reporter(@bonairenews. corn
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252


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DINING GUIDE


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RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE / WHEN OPEN FEATURES

Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Magnificent Theme Nights: Sunday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
717-5080, ext. 535 Open every day

Caribbean Club Bonaire at Hilltop Breakfast, D eratosed Sunday What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy hours
7 minutes north of"Hotel Row" 717-7901 5 to 7. Serious BBQ on Tuesdays NAf25.

Calabas Restaurant & Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and beautiful turquoise setting when enjoying a
At the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort. Waterfront Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner breakfast buffet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant
717-8285 Open 7 days & bar. Enjoy inspiring vistas and a high standard of international cuisine.

Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Skilled chef direct from Tuscany prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredi-
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner ents and romantic setting make dining a total delight. Get served in a garden
717-5025 Closed Monday setting under floating umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort.
Garden Caf6 Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
La Balandra Moderate Cuisine by Chef Alberto Roldan of the Bonaire Culinary Team.
On the Water at the Harbour Village Resort Breakfast-Lunch If you are using the NAf25 Beach Pass, a NAf 15 credit is given for meals
717-7500, ext 62; 785-0902 Special Dinners on Friday, Sunday Bonaire's best seaside location.
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home o0
717-3293 Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30pm, resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from scratch-
Home Delivery or Take Out Closed Sunday for take out or delivery only.
The Lions Den Beach Bar Moderate-Expensive Spectacular setting overlooking dive sites and Klein Bonaire.
On th And Restaurant Di7173400 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Imaginative menu, open kitchen.
On theseaatLns6Dive 717-3400 Open 7 Days Owned and operated by Kirk Gosden


Across from M n in known Kralendk ear er Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MCB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and ran by a European educated Master Chef and his wife.
Call 717-8003 Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Nonchi's at Cultimara Low Delicious local and international food to take out, or eat there. Everyday a different
791-4280 Open 5 am-8 pm Monday-Saturday combo. Sandwiches and roast chicken too.

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

The Seahorse Cyber Caf7 Low-Moderate Tasty breakfasts, pastries, fresh tropical juices, homemade bread,
Kaya Grandi #6. Phone 717-4888 Open 7 am 7 pm Closed Sunday special sandwiches, delicious desserts and more make this a favorite.



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AIRLINES
BonairExel. Bonaire's own ON TIME airline flying be-
tween Bonaire, Curagao and Aruba. Look for The Bon-
aire Reporter on board.
APPLIANCESIFURNITUREICOMPUTERS
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos, Air
conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances. Name
brands, guarantees and service center.
BANKS
Maduro and Curiel's Bank provides the greatest num-
ber of services, branches and ATMs of any Bonaire bank.
They also offer investments and insurance.
BEAUTY PARLOR
Hair Affair. Expert hair cutting, styling, facials, waxing
and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; professionally
repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top brand
bikes. Have your keys made here.
BOOKS
Watercolours Bonaire and Eye on Aruba, Bonaire,
Curacao are the most original ways to remember Bonaire
and the islands at their best. At Photo Tours and many
other island shops.
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an essen-
tial in your dive bag. The latest information on Bonaire's
shore dive sites.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios and
walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped concrete
pavement.
CYBER CAFES
See Restaurant Guide for The Seahorse Cyber Caf&.
DENTURES
All Denture Lab. For denture repair or new ones. All
work done on the island, fast results. Owner-operator
denturist. Repairs while you wait.
DIVING
Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch dive
shop and well stocked retail store. Best book trade on Bon-
aire. Good prices on regulator repair, dive computer H.Q.

Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/school


directly on the waterfront in the heart of town. Friendly,
highly experienced with an exceptional staff.
FITNESS
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to suit
your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or just
keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pilates,
Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional trainers, fitness
machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
Green Label has everything you need to start or maintain
your garden. They can design, install and maintain it and
offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemicals.
GIFTS SOUVENIRS LIQUORS
The Bonaire Gift Shop has a big selection of what you
need to enjoy Bonaire and remember it when you get
home. Digital cameras and watches a specialty.
HOTELS
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with fully
equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire neighbor-
hood. Just a 3-minute to diving and the sea.
Hotel Bonaire Inn (formerly Friars' Inn), downtown
Kralendijk, has rooms and breakfast at Bonaire's lowest
prices. Great for tourists or when visiting family and
friends.
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers out-
standing fabrication of all metal products, including
stainless. Complete machine shop too.
PHOTO FINISHING
Kodarama- the only digital lab and studio handles all
digital media and offers the largest variety of professional
services -across from MCB Bank
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center offers
fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a variety of
items and services for your picture-taking pleasure.
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real es-
tate agent. They specialize in professional customer ser-
vices and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: International/US connections.
5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bonaire,
stop in and see them.


REPAIRS
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed or
built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Electrical,
plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun tours
including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snorkeling
and exploration.
SECURITY
Special Security Services will provide that extra meas-
ure of protection when you need it. Always reliable. Call
717-8125.
SHIPPING
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
SUPERMARKETS
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modem, effi-
cient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Located be-
hind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European brand
products. THE market for provisioning.
TOYS AND GAMES
Laur'an is a store dedicated to providing quality toys
and games to Bonaire. Find them on Kaya Gerharts in the
Lourdes Shopping Mall
WATER TAXI
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nautico at
560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiff. Hotel
pickup too.
WINES
Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest; now
try the best: best prices, highest quality wines from
around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse. Free deliv-
ery.
YOGA
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desiree and
Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh mind
and body. Private lessons too.

ATTENTION BUSINESSMEN:
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252


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ON THE ISLAND SINCE ..

orkdoS.


4 4 was born in Narino, Colombia,
I close to Buena Ventura on the
Pacific Coast. There were seven chil-
dren in our family: four boys, three
girls. I was the baby, the youngest and
spoiled by everyone. My father was a
botanist; he knew how to cure people
with herbs and plants and by dealing
with the pulse. I've been seeing that
since I was a little girl; it was fascinat-
ing, incredible what he could do!
My father had afinca, a farm, where we
had chickens, pigs and ducks, fresh
vegetables and all sorts of fruits hang-
ing from the trees -juicy, ready to eat
and making your mouth water! All our
food was natural, and even now I prefer
healthy, fresh food. All in all I had a
very happy childhood and if I were
born again I'd wish it to be just the
same. It was a very close knit family
with all the uncles, the aunts whom I
loved dearly, the cousins, and the two
grandmothers whom I adored.
I attended a nun's school in Cali, but
when I was 17 we moved to Venezuela.
My grandparents stayed at thefinca.
We went to live in Cara-
cas so my father could


have more of a chance to
learn from other botanists
in Venezuela. It was not a
big change; I did miss my
aunts and grandmothers,
but to move from Colom-
bia to Venezuela, that's


"My first
was, 'Oh
It is sma

qu


nothing; we're the same
people.
After I finished high school with the
nuns in Venezuela I began to study eve-
rything about face and body treatments,
aesthetic and therapeutic massages. I
learned about the bones, the joints, the
muscles and the lymphatic vessels. And
I studied kinematics and osteopathics,
reflexology and aroma therapy. I spent
three years and studied about 20 differ-
ent specialties. Some courses I did by
correspondence through Barcelona,
Spain. The first day I started my studies
my professor told me, 'Nubia, you have
your future in your hands...'" She
stretches her hands out they are un-
usually big and strong and says,
"Look, these are my instruments, God
gave them to me!
I thank God every day for what I'm do-
ing because much of what I'm doing is
inherited. And I've been lucky because
many therapists can study for years and
years and still they can't do anything.
But there are people, like myself, when
they put their hands on somebody, it
works. I believe that everybody comes
into this world with a mission. The
main object isn't money; you have to
study what feels really, really good."
Nubia Obando Hurtado's extravagant


character is a mixture of a healthy dose
ofhumor, narcissism and both feet on
the ground. She's beautiful, entertain-
ing and tough.
"I worked for 10 years in one of the
best places in Caracas, at Las Mer-
cedes, where my clients were members
of high society, very exclusive clientele
like Escobar Salom who was the Minis-
ter of Foreign Affairs and later on the
Vice President of Venezuela, and Theo-
dore Petkoff, the Minister of Interior
Affairs, and Magaly Gonzalez, the
owner of Harbour Village.
When I was 28, William, my son, was
bor. He's a very intelligent, very
friendly person. He's very good in
sports and he has one of the most beau-
tiful voices in the world. He's my son, I
love him and I love him and I am crazy
for him! He's now 19 and since finish-
ing SGB high school he's studying
computer engineering in Colombia. For
him it's good to be there. What is he
going to do here at this age? But for me
it's terrible, it hurts, I miss him! Wil-
liam's father was a commander with
PTJ, the military
intelligence service,
but I raised my little
impression prince, my puzzle,
1, my God! all by myself. Every
morning I would
lI! It is too take him to school
iet! at six and then I
would go to the
gym. After that I
went to work and
when William's school was finished the
school bus would bring him to my of-
fice. He would have lunch, sleep for an
hour, then go to karate. Together we'd
go home at 8 o'clock at night, day in
day out, every day of the week. Except
for Sunday! Sundays were fantastic; a
delicious breakfast, then to church, go
home, talk a bit, sleep a little, go to
Pizza Hut to take out a big pizza Mar-
garita and eat it while watching TV!
What a nice life! I love Caracas, I miss
Venezuela, I miss Las Mercedes!
I came to Bonaire in 1996. I didn't
know the island. I didn't come because
I didn't like my work or my life or the
situation in Venezuela. I didn't come
for any negative reason. I had a beauti-
ful life, exclusive clients and a very
good apartment, but the work was too
much. Through a connection I got a
contract with Harbour Village as the
first therapist at the Spa. I came alone,
William stayed with my family. My
first impression was, 'Oh, my God! It is
small! It is too quiet! '" She laughs. "I
got over it! It is so beautiful! I love it.
Nice people, no traffic, no stress. The
people of Bonaire are so friendly; they
help you when you need it. I am very


grateful for all the
help I've gotten here,
especially when I
started my own busi-
ness. You know, you
have to be grateful;
you eat, sleep, work
and live here; you
have to appreciate
that. Well, after a
year William came
over. He was 12 and
loved it here.
I go out to City Caf6
and Karel's, not very
often, but I've al-
ways loved to go out
for dinner, I love to
dine! In the second
year I found a nice
boyfriend and we
stayed together for
quite a while. At this
moment I have many
admirers, but none
has my heart. We're
only friends.
I worked for Harbour
Village for five years Nubia
and when it closed I
started at Divi Fla-
mingo. For many years I had had the
idea of starting my own business, al-
ways thinking, why don't I have my
own business? Thinking, no, I can't, it's
too difficult. Thinking, Nubia, you can
do it! Then I asked a lady, and she an-
swered, 'No, you can't because you're
a foreigner. But I went to DEZA and
they told me anyone can open their own
business. And so it happened that in
2001, thank God, I opened the 'Day
Spa, Face & Body by Nubia' in the
Sand Dollar shopping mall. I love my
job. I feel good when people leave my
place happy. When somebody else feels
good, it makes me happy; I am like
that. When business is slow I don't
panic. I am never afraid because I am a
very positive and strong woman. I feel
good. I get up every day at six o'clock,
I work out, then I have a very good
breakfast with lots of fruit, a good
shower and a good perfume and off I go
to my office. I start at 10 and I work
until six or seven at night. I've always
taken very good care of my body. I am
46 years old, but look," She gets up
from the sofa and poses in front of the
mirror that's prominent in the center of
the living room, "I love my body, I like
to see myself... 90 60 90 ... How
beautiful, how marvelous! Yes, you're
right, I am vain!" she laughs.
"Let me feed the dog for a minute, poor
thing, he's been waiting all day." When
she returns she says: "My dream is to
open a bigger place with a nice ambi-


ance, three treatment rooms, a big gym
with lots of machines and a health food
store all in all, a health center. Three
employees and I will be the boss, very
charming of course. I'm serious!
Maybe I will have more time to travel
than I have now. I love to travel, really,
really. I went to Switzerland, to the
Grand Hotel in Zurich that has a beauti-
ful spa by the way. I've been to Paris,
to Rome, to Amsterdam and Germany
and I'm thinking of going for business
to Europe very soon. I also like to go to
conferences, mainly because I like to
learn. I have a very good memory and
after a conference I like to talk with the
speakers who impressed me the most.
Those are the things I like.
At the moment I feel great on Bonaire.
You never know what will happen in
the future, but I am a person who lives
for the moment. Colombia is the coun-
try that saw me born, Venezuela saw
me grow. Now I am here and I grew to
love Bonaire, but I still love Venezuela
and I feel Venezuelan. I am Venezuelan
but I am grate-
ful to be here."
SGreta
Kooistra


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WINFRED DANIA EXHIBIT AT CINNAMON ART GALLERY


C innamon Art Gallery be-
gins its Guest Artist Pro-
gram with an exhibition July
10 August 6 of the works of
Winfred Dania, one of Bon-
aire's most renowned artists.
He has been acclaimed in Hol-
land as a painter with
"extraordinary dimension,"
gifted in "portraying the spiri-
tual," with a "spontaneous, di-
rect and narrative style." In
Dutch Caribbean Art, a com-
prehensive history of art in the
Netherlands Antilles, authors
Adi Martis and Jennifer Smit Winfred
had this to say about Dania's
work:
"Inspired by the mythological tales ofBoy
Nay by Frans Booi, Dania depicts the ad-
ventures of this mysterious figure from Bon-
aire 's storytelling tradition. Mythological
characters appear in overwhelmingly, sur-
realistic landscapes. The natural elements
are almost always dominant. Clouds, air
and cave forma-
tions whirl
across the can-
vas in a dark
palette. Occa-
sional colour -
accents serve to
reinforce the
story's dramatic
power.

Dania was born
in 1950 in
Aruba, his father __
a Bonairean, his
mother's family Winfred'sfamous Sai
from Aruba and
Curagao. He was
born deaf and at age four was brought to
Holland to attend a special institute for the
deaf. As an adult Dania began visiting Bon-
aire while on holiday from Aruba. After
just a few visits he decided he wanted to
live on the island so he moved to here per-
manently when he was 20.


with one of his mystical works paintings.


He is a professional typesetter and an ex-
pert gardener with a special "green thumb."
At one time he worked with Captain Don
Stewart to landscape Habitat. But it is his
artistic talent that has been the real center of
Dania's life.
He first began painting with pastels when
he was eight. As an adult living on Bonaire
his artistic
skills were rec-
ognized by
Frans Booi, one

of the Bonairea
M museum and
SKAL (the in-
stitute of cul-
ou ture). When
Booi met Dania
he had been
working on a
project to de-
termine the
ve Klein Bonaire Poster meaning of the
names of
places in Bon-
aire. In this process Booi talked with many
of the oldest Bonairean families and con-
sulted original Spanish and Latin docu-
ments written hundreds of years ago about
the island. From this research, Booi com-
piled many stories of the origin of Bonaire
and the various myths surrounding the is-


land's creation. As Booi talked about
his research with his colleagues,
Dania was often nearby. Finally,
Dania surprised Booi with his own
interpretation of these Bonairean leg-
ends in a large, dramatic painting.
Booi realized that Dania had come to
understand much of these rediscov-
ered legends through his skillful lip
reading of Booi's excited conversa-
tions in Dutch about his research with
his friends! Thus began a cooperation
between Dania and Booi that has con-
tinued for some 17 years. Dania has
dedicated himself to capturing the
mythology of Bonaire in his paint-
ings. Forty of his paintings were pub-
lished in Frans Booi's recording of
this mythology in his 1997 book enti-
tled Boynay Tey.
Dania's first exhibition of 80 paint-
ings was held on Bonaire in 1989 at the Ca
di Sosiego (home for the elderly) where hi
renderings of ancient Bonaire myths were
immediately familiar and recognizable to
the older residents of the home He has gor
on to hold 26 exhibits throughout the Neth
erlands Antilles, the wider Caribbean and
Holland. Today his paintings are in the pet
manent collection of the Stedelijk Musuen
in Amsterdam and at Den Haag in the
Galerie Maurits and Artotheek. The Bon-
aire Museum has 10 of his paintings in its
permanent collection.
Well-known local residents, Phil and
Lorraine Katzev have the largest collection
of Danias on the island. It is through the
Katzevs that Winfred was asked to paint a
work that would help publicize the need tc
protect Klein Bonaire. The result, his pain
ing "Preserve Klein Bonaire," is available
in print form at gift and dive shops aroun(
the island and at Valerie's Airport Shop.
All proceeds from the sale of this poster at
used towards the preservation of Klein
Bonaire as a nature wilderness.
Dania describes his work as emotional
where he experiences different dimen-
sions those of darkness and total silence
that only the deaf and the blind can experi


Winfred Dania and Franz Booi, old friends

as ence. He uses several materials for his
s paintings such as Sakura water paint, pastel
crayons, ecoline and ink. His preference
remains oil paint on canvas.
ie Cinnamon Art Gallery's exhibit of Dania's
i- work opens with a special reception on Sat-
in urday, July 10, from 7 to 9 pm at the Gal-
r- lery. The event is open to the public, and
i will include 19 of Dania's paintings, as well
as traditional Bonairean foods and music.
Visitors will have the opportunity to sign
up to attend a series of evening lectures
conducted at the Gallery by Frans Booi,
concerning the Boynay Mythology and
n Dania's paintings. Cinnamon Art Gallery is
located just off Kaya Grande in Kralendijk,
behind Banco di Caribe. (Kaya APL Brion
#1). For more information, call the Gallery
t- at 599 717-7103 or visit the Gallery's web-
site at www.cinnamonartgallery.org.
d Wendy Horn


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*to find it, just look up


NEXT WEEK
THE MORNING
STAR
REACHES ITS
GREATEST
BRILLIANCY


N ext week on
Thursday
July 15th the ce-
lestial object
known as 'The
Morning Star' for
thousands of years
will reach its
greatest brilliancy only 102 weeks after the object known as 'The Evening Star' for
thousands of years reached its greatest brilliancy, and it's not just by coincidence. So
what's really happening?
Let's go back about nine weeks to Sunday, May 2nd, when an hour after sunset facing
west you would have seen the ringed planet Saturn (whose close-ups were in the news
last week), the red planet Mars, the red shoulder star of Orion, Betelgeuse, and close
to the horizon, Aldebaran, the red eye star of Taurus the Bull. And above Aldebaran
was the most brilliant object in the sky other than the Sun and the Moon, the object
known to almost all of human history as 'The Evening Star.' I especially like the name
the ancient Greeks gave 'The Evening Star,' Hesperos, which means westerly because
'The Evening Star' always appears in the west. Hesperos reached its greatest brilliancy
on May 2nd. But next week its twin sister or brother star will reach its greatest brilli-
ancy.
Face east next Thursday morning, July 15th, an hour before sunrise, where the most
dazzling object will be 'The Morning Star' looking almost like a UFO or the landing
light of an airplane because of its super brilliancy. And it would seem logical that if the
ancient Greeks had a name for the evening star, they would have also named its twin,
the morning star. And in fact they named it Phosphoros, which means 'the light bearer'
because Phosphoros always makes its appearance an hour or two before sunrise. So in
a sense Phosphoros is the bearer of the morning light. Now if you look closely above
the morning star you will see the red star Aldebaran which nine weeks ago was below
the evening star which would lead one to suspect that perhaps the evening star and the
morning star are not separate objects but are one and the same. And in fact, such is the
case, a case put forward by the ancient Greek mathematician, Pythagoras. Indeed the
name we now give to the morning star and the evening star is the name the Romans
gave it, Venus.
And although our ancestors thought Venus was a star, we now know that it is an 8,000-
mile-wide, Earth-sized planet. And because Venus and Earth constantly change their
positions in their orbits, on May 2nd Venus was to the east of the Sun as seen from
Earth and thus visible as the evening star in the west after sunset. It appeared lower
each night throughout the rest of May and finally disappeared below the horizon in
early June. Then on June 8th it passed directly between our Earth and Sun which was
an event we could actually see. And then it slowly moved to the other side of the Sun
and is now west of it and thus is visible as the morning star in the east before sunrise.
So enjoy Venus at its greatest brilliancy next week when it will be as bright and as
close to Earth as it was on May 2nd. Isn't astronomy fun? 1 Jack Horkimer


Moon Info ) Last Quarter on July 9th. New Moon on July 17th.


(I First Quarter on July 25th


Full Moon on July 31st


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For the week: July 9 to July 16, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) This is not the time to be extravagant. You will have a
blowup this week if your partner does things that you feel are not aboveboard. Your
ideas are good and career moves can be realized. Your uncanny insight will help you
make the right choices. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't avoid your true feelings. You will have to put
those you live with in their place if they try to interfere with your work. You need to
do your own thing and work on making yourself the best you can be. You will have
a productive day if you organize yourself well at work. Your lucky day this week
will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Large organizations may try to talk you out of your
hard-earned cash. If you're looking to do something worthwhile, consider volunteer
work. You can mix business with pleasure to get favorable results. You are best not
to nag or criticize. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Opportunities to meet new lovers will evolve through
your interaction with groups or fundraising functions. You will find that social ac-
tivities will be enjoyable and will promote new connections. Be sure that you have
all the facts before you take action. Make a point of working on yourself. Your
lucky day this week will be Friday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Travel will turn out to be far more exciting than you imag-
ined. Mingle with those who can further your goals. You can make extra cash by
moonlighting. Avoid extravagance or risky financial schemes. Your lucky day this
week will be Wednesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Your ability to be a self starter will help get things
done and motivate others. Get involved in physical activities that will stimulate you.
It's time you let your true feelings out. You may find that your boss is not delighted
with your work lately. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Investments concerning your residence will be profit-
able. Opportunities to make advancements through good business sense are appar-
ent. A second chance will result in good work. Your mind is on moneymaking ven-
tures. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Get involved in groups that are creative in nature.
Expect to have more people on your domestic scene. Focus on your domestic scene.
Get together with friends or relatives. Don't overload your plate. Your lucky day this
week will be Tuesday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) If you take on too much, you will find your
self in martyrdom. You will find that you are able to clear up a number of small but
important details. You will find that friends or relatives may not understand your
needs. Don't hold yourself back because you think you're too old. Your lucky day
this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Do not travel unless absolutely necessary. Be
careful. Do your own thing without drawing attention to it. You are best to do your
research before taking on such a venture. Do something constructive outside. Your
lucky day this week will be Saturday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Underhandedness regarding legal matters or con-
tracts must be counteracted. Don't let friends or relatives make you feel guilty if
you're not able to attend one of their affairs. Courses dealing with psychology or
health care will be of interest. Your high energy will help you through this rather
hectic day. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You may have difficulty trying to get your mate to un-
derstand your position. Make sure that you have all the pertinent information before
any reprisals or making any moves. Deception and doubts may surround your in-
volvement with friends and relatives. Opportunities to meet new lovers will evolve
through your interaction with groups or fundraising functions. Your lucky day this
week will be Monday. 1


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