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Screenshot ofthe webcams


After an anxious few months when it
wasn't known who would "adopt"
the service, the Bonaire Webcam, includ-
ing the Reef-Cam, is back in action at the
combined WannaDive Shop, Eden Beach
Resort and Bongos Bar venue. The four
cameras snap a new scene every two min-
utes. We think the picture quality is im-
proved over the previous webcams.
The Bonaire WebCam was the first Reef-
Cam in the world in 1999. Now the camera
is focused on the wreck of the sailboat,
Baka di Laman, which should prove most
interesting. The webcams are accessible
from The Bonaire Reporter website, www.
bonairereporter.com or the cam's website
www.bonairewebcams.com. If you espe-
cially enjoy the site you should consider
becoming a "member." Jake Richter, the
force behind the webcams, is the subject of
this week's "On the Island Since..."


A Dutch Caribbean
Exel's (DCE) successful
first flight from Am-
sterdam to Curacao
was not greeted by any
representatives of the
Curacao Island Govern-
ment, (although the
Curacao Lt. Governor
and other officials were
especially invited) when
it landed at Hato Airport
because of "other com-
mitments." The Curacao
Government owns
DCE's local competitor
on the trans-Atlantic
route, Dutch Caribbean


Airlines (DCA), which
experienced extraordinary difficulties last
week (see next items).
DCE is offering a special fare of NAf699
($395) round trip to Amsterdam. See their
ad on page 3.

A The Lockheed Tristar, which Dutch Car-
ibbean Airlines leased from Air Luxor of
Portugal to fly from Holland to Curacao
and back, had to abort its takeoff from
Schiphol airport last Tuesday. A Dutch
"plane spotter" reported that several bangs
had been heard and flames were seen com-
ing from the left engine. The abrupt stop
caused all four left and two right tires to
blow as the brakes locked and the plane
was engulfed in smoke. After a few minutes
the plane was given permission to taxi back
to the terminal, but because of overheating
and possibly an oil leak, there was a small
fire in the right landing gear. The plane was


The My Travel Lockheed Tristar

then ordered to stop and the runway closed.
After an hour the passengers were able to
disembark. Efforts to move the plane under
its own power during the rest of the day
failed, so the cargo and remaining fuel were
removed and the plane was towed to the
cargo platform. Most of the 310 passengers
were housed in hotels nearby and Air Luxor
sent another plane to try again on Wednes-
day.
"It's not our fault," was the first reaction of
Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) commer-
cial manager Cesar Prince concerning the
incident.
Then the replacement Tristar, leased from
Air Luxor's subsidiary, Portugal's Luzair,
had to also abruptly abort its takeoff on its
flight from Curacao to Amsterdam be-
cause of engine problems. A fire in the left
engine was the reported problem. The air-
plane, tires squealing, stopped just before
the end of the runway. The 221 passengers
were able to disembark safely. Four tires
were blown out and the aircraft spent the
next week parked at the runway's end
awaiting engine repairs and four new tires.
In a press release DCA stated that a delega-
tion would travel to Portugal to discuss the
Tristar fiasco. A witness who viewed the
aircraft in Curacao said it was in a visibly
bad state of repair.
DCA then leased another plane, again a
Lockheed Tristar, from Euro Atlantic Air-
ways, also from Portugal, to get its passen-
gers to Amsterdam the next day. This DCA
flight with Euro Atlantic Airways was a


IN THIS ISSUE:
Bonaire Walking Team 6
Referendum Chronicle 7
Pet Professor (Puppy Training) 8
Bonaire's Best Riders Overseas 9
Smallest Fish (Pygmy Goby) 10
Dietitian (Cholesterol Level) 11
Satellite Tracking Continues 13
Special Olympics in Jamaica 18


WEEKLY FEATURES:
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Letter (Praise) 5
Police Update 5
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Classifieds 12
Pet of the Week (cliff) 12
Picture Yourself (Iran) 15
What's Happening 15
Shopping Guide 16
Dining Guide 16
On the Island Since
(Jake & Linda Richter) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19


one-time only affair. The return flight from
Amsterdam was with a DC-10 owned by
My Travel Airways.
Then as we go to press DCA announced
they will fly this weekend using, of all
things, a Boeing 767 leased from Dutch
Caribbean Exel. The fare is NAf650.
In Miami, a DCA MD-80 was also
grounded. "Engine problems," reiterated
Prince. He believes the entire engine will
have to be replaced. Meanwhile, DCA is
flying to the US using one of its ancient
DC-9s.
(Continued on page 4)


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(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 2)
SM a r i o Evertsz has tended his res-
ignation as director of Dutch Carib-
bean Airlines (DCA). Evertsz, who was
visiting Cuba, confirmed the news. He
declined to comment on the reasons for
his stepping down.
Mario Evertsz was appointed Director of
the national carrier ALM, the predecessor
of DCA, on August 23, 2000. At the time
it was predicted that privatization of the
airline was three to six months away. But
close to four years later this still does not
seem to even be on the horizon, espe-
cially since the ownership of the airline
was assumed by the island government of
Curaqao. Under Evertsz's leadership per-
sonnel were cut and profitable trans-
Atlantic flights were initiated. Now an
injection of NAf 15 million from the
Curaqao Island Government is not
enough to help the company overcome its
debts. Evertsz tended his resignation once
before at the end of last year but recon-
sidered his decision under pressure. He
may have to do it again.

A The Dutch Government is willing to
station members of the Dutch military
police, Marechaussees, in the Nether-
lands Antilles but says the manner in
which they are to be deployed must still
be discussed. The new Ys cabinet men-
tioned using the Marechaussees to help
tackle the serious crime problem in the
islands. It is envisaged that they will be
placed under the Prosecutor's Office. The
Antillean police union, NAPB, does not
favor the idea, nor does the police com-
missioner in St. Maarten where Mare-
chaussees were stationed in the early
1990s.


*The
brother
of Cura-
ao FOL
leader
Anthony
Godett
allegedly
con-





leader, Prime Minister Ys.
now
Prime Minister, Etienne Ys. The FOL
leadership had claimed that the 24-hour
security provided Ys had nothing to do
with politics but rather his love life.
Godett's brother is mentioned in an An-
tillean Security Service VNA document
according to a prominent member of the
Curacao community who saw it. It also
says the brother tried to hire a hit man to
execute Ys, then an opposition Island
Council member
Based on the intelligence, Lt. Governor
Lisa Richards-Dindial decided to pro-
vide 24-hour protection for the PAR
leader.



SThe Appeals Court has upheld all
the convictions of FOL party leaders
and others who were convicted earlier
this year. Anthony Godett, the leader of
the popular Curacao political party, FOL,
had his sentence for corruption extended
to 15 months (from 12) plus five months
suspended. The judge strongly castigated
all the convicted public officials for their
criminal behavior when they should have


SThe Rotary Club of Bonaire in-
vited two guest speakers to present
ideas and thoughts on how it can
assist the Bonaire community
in social development programs.
Ruth Bernabela from Bonaire's
SASO requested the Club to ac-
tively assist in educational support,
not just financial support, for her
top projects: Family Values, Child
Abuse, Elder Care and Drop Outs.
Rob Glaser, a former environ-
mental government inspector and
advisor from Middelburg, Hol-
land, suggested various ways of Ruth Bernabela and Evert Piar
organizing and funding by organi-
zations to assist the commercial and private sector in the waste water recyclable meth-
ods and energy plant developments.
The Rotary Club of Bonaire, headed by President Evert Piar, is taking a proactive role
in investigating the community needs and in researching projects where the Rotary
Club of Bonaire can assist.


been models of honesty and good citizen-
ship. Nelson Monte, the behind-the-
scenes FOL advisor, got four years in
prison without possibility of parole.
These two defendants plus Hendriks
Abraham; De Antillean, plc; George
Lichtveld; Edsel Lourens; Eugene Mid-
delhof; Rob Salas; Foundation Papa
Godett (fined NAf40,000 for money
laundering); Johnny and Chris Winkel
have 14 days to appeal to the Supreme
Court.
Godett says he's run out of money for
legal defense. He has already spent
NAf150.000 on his court battle. He said
that if every one of Curaqao's 130,000
residents contributes one guilder to his
cause, he will surely appeal and will al-
most have paid off his legal bills.

A The future plans of the Valero oil


refinery in Aruba which supplies fuel
for Bonaire's Flamingo Airport include
more profit, cleaner production, cleaning
up rubbish left on the refinery grounds by
its predecessors, Valero Chief Executive
Officer Bill Greenley said during a com-
pany reception. He said the refinery was
processing more than 200,000 barrels a
day, to be increased to 285,000. If Bon-
aire separates from the Curaqao-based
Central Government, Valero may be able
to supply other fuels to Bonaire at lower
prices than Curoil.
A According to published reports, if the
Curoil distributing company, which sup-
plies Bonaire with most of its petroleum
products gets its way, the price of gaso-
line will go up to almost two guilders
per liter in the third quarter of 2004.

(Continued on page 6)


page 4









ePINIONS &eLETaERS:0.E Op Ud PAGE


THANKS FOR THE PRAISE
Dear Editor:
Congratulations on your 10th Anniver-
sary of The Bonaire Reporter! I just read
the anniversary issue and fondly remem-
bered the journey of your newspaper from
Port Call to its present day professional
newspaper. We read Port Call in those
early days and got hooked. You two have
done such a service to the island of Bon-
aire by your work as well as informing us
"off-islanders" of what's happening on
our beloved island.
That information has been so critical to
our decision making that we are now seri-
ously planning to retire to Bonaire in
2006. We are soon to make an offer on a
condo at Sand Dollar (thought about a
house, but wanted to be close to the wa-
ter), so we'll be seeing more of you
soon. Perhaps I can volunteer my ser-
vices to your newspaper when we ar-
rive. Am thinking about volunteering at
the donkey sanctuary too!
Keep up the good work.
Diane Amos
Diane Amos was one of the first subscrib-
ers to the mailed
edition ofPort
Call (the prede-
cessor to The
Bonaire Re-
porter) and still
subscribes. She
has just bought a
condo on the
island. Ed.


Police spokesman Charles Souriel

Charles Souriel of the Police
Department reports:

* On July 14 and 15 police arrested
three persons in connection with robber-
ies against tourists. On July 14 a sus-
pect, C., 13 years old, was arrested after
sufficient information was gathered by
Public Prosecutor Wesselius. The fol-
lowing day two more suspects were
brought in: A., 23 years, and M., 20
years. All three are suspected of robber-
ies against diving tourists. The suspect
C, after being interrogated and coming
before thefiscal auxiliar was set free
due to his age during investigation of
the case. The other two have been jailed
pending further investigation.

* Last week the police received a call


from residents of an apartment at Kaya
Amsterdam, saying they had just ap-
prehended a young man breaking
into their home. A patrol car was im-
mediately dispatched to the scene. The
police arrested 15-year-old suspect S.J.
B. on the spot. The young burglar tried
to convince them that he was only try-
ing to pay a surprise visit to a woman
whose name he couldn't remember. The
police didn't buy his story and he was
immediately taken to the police station.
Once they arrived there it turned that
another complaint had been made
against him for the theft of a car. The
youngster still had the car keys in his
pocket and was ar-
rested pending fur-
ther investigation.
Assistant Public
Prosecutor Justine
Gonggrijp reports:

* Although the big
jail in Playa is tempo-
rarily closed for re-
pairs due to the fire
set by one of the in-
mates recently, newly
arrested suspects
are still being kept
in the holding cells
upstairs from the
Police Department.
These holding cells The Bonaire


are normally used to hold suspects for
two or three days until they can be
charged and transferred to the regular
jail. The regular jail is expected to be
ready to receive inmates by October.
The Bonaire jailhouse is designed to
hold 30 prisoners, with most cells hous-
ing four inmates.
The more "hardened" criminals have
been transferred to Curagao. In the
meantime, police authorities are looking
at the old j ailhouse in Rincon which
they feel can be readied for occupancy
in two to three weeks. There has been a
verbal agreement from Holland allocat-
ing the funds for the repair. Police are
awaiting a written confirmation.

(Continued on page 6)


page 5








(Police Report. Continued from page 5)
* As of last Thursday, July 15 a new policy has been established whereby the pass-
ports of all accused drug traffickers will be confiscated for a period of two and
possibly three years. The accused will be deported via one-way ticket to where they
came from and the bevolking (population registry) offices will be notified so the
accused cannot get another passport. In cases where the accused has had a previous
conviction the passports are confiscated for three years.

* Current cases such as the Customs Officer allegedly attempting to shoot his girl-
friend's ex-boyfriend and the assault in their home of a man and a woman by an-
other man will come up before the judge in the early part of August.

* What can you legally do if someone attempts to break into your home and
before the police get there? Anyone is allowed to make a "citizen's arrest," notify-
ing the intruder that you are doing so. You may try to grab them to keep them from
running but cannot tie them up or hit them unless you are defending yourself. The
best idea is to photograph them, possibly by setting up a security camera which
automatically takes a photo when movement is detected. Police are very familiar
with the faces of many of these intruders and can make an arrest based on the photo.
(These cameras can be ordered through a security company on the island such as
SSS). o L.D.


(Flotsam and Jetsam. Continued from page 4)
A The Antilles Central Bank manage-
ment team was on hand for the presenta-
tion of the 2003 annual report, de-
scribed as "a year of lost opportuni-
ties," especially where it concerns tack-
ling the national debt of 4.4 billion guild-
ers, which comprises 90% of the annual
Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The
budget deficits and the debt increased
again. While Curacao and the Central
Government complied with rules of fi-
nancial and budget discipline protocols
the islands of St. Maarten, Saba, Statia
and Bonaire did not.
The Antilles also failed to make use of
historically low interest rates, which are
now increasing again, to refinance the
debt. This could have saved 24 to 75 mil-


lion guilders a year.
Interest payments alone have grown from
9% of the budget in 1996 to 16% last
year. The 2003 report also revealed that
unemployment in the Antilles had in-
creased from 14.6% to 15.3%, with some
5,000 more people out of work. While
there was economic growth of 3.3%, be-
cause of inflation the real growth
amounted to just 1.4% and is expected to
level off at 1% this year.
The country's most important economic
pillar is tourism. It produces one third of
the country's foreign exchange earnings,

A The Bonaire Bankers' Association
(BBA) announced its new Board. The
President is Ms. Orphaline Saleh of
Maduro & Curiel's Bank (Bonaire) N.V.;


Nazario Alberto (center), The North Salinja Road
Runner, departs. He is the sixth Bonaire entrant.


A fter months of prepa-
ration, Bonaire's delegation to the
88TH edition of the world famous "Four
Days of Nijmegen" left for Holland last
week. The International Nijmegen Four
Days March took place from July 20th
through the 23rd but results did not arrive
by press time.
In addition to Nazario Alberto, the group
consisted of Arie Marsera, B6i Antoin,
twins Roy and Rollie Martines and Marcel
Nahr. The latter had already successfully
completed the (longest) 50 Km category
and was approached by the others in the
beginning of this year to help organize
another trip. The group has thoroughly
prepared itself by organizing several walk-
ing and hiking events to help cover the
costs.
The Four Days of Nijmegen
(www.4daagse.nl) originated in 1909
with 300 participants as a military exercise

Secretary is Ms. Judy Diaz of RBTT
Bank N.V. and Treasurer is Mr. Norbert
Goyla of Banco di Caribe N.V. The new
Board will continue to promote the Asso-
ciation's objective to achieve an im-


and was held annually except for the peri-
ods during the two World Wars, after
which the march was opened to male civil-
ians and even later to females.
It has grown to a world famous event and
this year marks the first time that a regis-
tration ceiling has been made to stem the
flow of participants. The maximum num-
ber has been set at 47,000 with an ex-
pected drop-out rate of 10-12%.
The group wishes to thank the following
sponsors:
Maduro & Curiel's Bank Bonaire, God-
dard Catering Bonaire, Krioyo Paint Bon-
aire, Bopec NV, City Shop, Bous Scholts,
WEB NV, Napa Bonaire NV, RentoFun,
Yacht Club Apartments & Total Car
Rental, Caribbean Laundry Services, Pasi-
bon S Services, and a few more that did
not wish to be mentioned. O Marcel Nahr


proved performance of the local banking
sector, as well as the island's economy in
general. DL./G. D.


page 6






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T he past weeks were eventful ones in
the process leading to a Referen-
dum on the future political structure of
Bonaire. First, the new Referendum date
of September 10th was confirmed by the
Bonaire Executive Council.
Then, a second Referendum, to choose
the precise type of closer arrangement
with Holland, was documented, according
to Michael Bijkerk, the government advisor
for the Referendum (a suggestion that was
made several months ago in The Reporter
Referendum Chronicle. Ed.).
And finally, a report detailing the conse-
quences of the choices presently avail-
able to Aruba and the territory of the Neth-
erlands Antilles (not individual islands)
was released. The report, "The European
Union Commission Inventory of Options,"
was under the direction of the respected
Dutch ex-ambassador to several European
countries, Ronald van Beuge. It paints a
dismal picture for the Antilles should it
choose to become a foreign (ultra periph-
eral) territory of the European Union
(UPT). On July 7, the final report, six
months in preparation, was presented in
Aruba.
It should be noted that the van Beuge
Commission did not consider the possi-
bility of a single island of the Antilles
selecting a particular status, but rather
the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles
as a single entity. Therefore, the conclu-
sions do not specifically apply if Bonaire
(separate from the rest of the Antillean is-
lands) chooses to achieve closer ties with


Holland. However, inferences
can certainly be drawn for
Bonaire.
The report outlines the options i
available if the Antilles/Aruba .
should retain their OCT status __
(Overseas Countries and Terri-
tories) or shift to UPT (Ultra-
Peripheral Territories, which
are territories that do not lie
within Europe but are part of an EU mem- "r
ber state and to which the complete EU *
treaty applies) or some other status, with- es
out making specific recommendations ec
Among other things, the report compares la
the options of OCT and UPT. The conse- a
quences of each choice are described. The na
Bonaire Reporter Chroniclers have high- in
lighted the major conclusions below. The ne
complete report (in English or Dutch) can *
be found on the Ministry of the Interior and N
Kingdom Relations website (English at ev
http://www.minbzk.nl/uk). ha


CONCLUSIONS:
* The Commission considers the OCT and
UPT status both realistic options for the
Antilles at present.
* The Commission does not doubt that the
particular association of the EU with the
OCT will continue to exist until there are
no European countries and territories with
a special tie with one of the EU member
states. For many this is new news, be-
cause OCT status was once considered a
transitory status that would eventually
lead to complete independence from the


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another" country.
The Commission has not been able to
tablish any convincing financial and
onomic advantages for the Nether-
nds Antilles and Aruba in the event of
transfer to the UPT status. A prelimi-
iry estimate indicates that the balance
due course of time will most likely be
negative.
The Commission holds the view that the
etherlands Antilles and Aruba, in the
vent of a transfer to the UPT status, will
ave to introduce the euro currency.
The choice for the desired status is ex-
icitly a political choice which cannot be
ade on the basis of finances.
In the event of integration into the EU,
e Netherlands Antilles and Aruba will
ive to take on the implementation and
aintenance of the total EU regulatory
amework. This puts too heavy a burden
i the capacity of the countries, accord-
g to the Commission. The Commission


NHU


The aim of the Ctronide 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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calls it an illusion to think that the relations
within the Kingdom could remain basically
unchanged; the autonomy of the Nether-
lands Antilles and Aruba would be put un-
der great pressure. Changing the Charter of
the Kingdom in the event of choosing the
UPT status is practically inevitable. The
capability of Bonaire, whose capacity is
a small fraction of either the Antilles or
Aruba, to handle UPT obligations was
not even considered by the commission.
* Also in the case of maintaining the pre-
sent OCT status it would seem reasonable
to work on a scenario in which the Nether-
lands Antilles and Aruba and the Kingdom
would better use the possibilities of the
OCT status. The commission dubbed this
"OCT plus." The Kingdom should make
concrete plans to this end. Again this is
new news-that an OCT plus status is
even conceivable.
* It is, according to the Commission,
imaginable that one country chooses to
maintain the OCT status and another, UPT
status, although that would be complicated.
The situation in which one island terri-
tory of the Netherlands Antilles opts for
the UPT status and another for the OCT
status is, according to the Commission,
incompatible with the unity of the coun-
try. This means that Bonaire would
have to secede from the Antilles, pre-
cisely one of the four current Referen-
dum Choices.
* A choice for the UPT status is not con-
sidered irreversible; it will not change any-
thing with respect to the right to self-
determination. O Chroniclers










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PUPPY TRAINING


Early Leash Training: Start with a
lightweight 4 ft.-long leash. Attach
it to the puppy's collar and let him just
run around with it the first few times
(make sure he is in a secure area where
he can't get the leash caught on any-
thing). Then pick up the leash for short
periods and say, "let's go," using a treat
to encourage him to walk with you.
Praise him as long as he stays with you,
and ignore him when he doesn't (NEVER
drag him). If he runs ahead and pulls on
the leash, simply stop and wait for him to
notice that you're not coming with him.
As soon as he returns to you, praise him
and continue walking.
House Training: You should be able to
train your pup to eliminate outside by
about four months (depending on the in-
dividual dog, breed etc.). To start, you
will want to take him out every hour or
so, especially after naps and after feed-
ing. Always take him (on a leash) to the
same spot in the yard, tell him to "go
ahead" or "hurry up" or whatever com-
mand you choose, and simply wait pa-
tiently till he goes. Then reward him
with a treat and lots of praise (make sure
you wait quietly till he's done before you
reward him, or you'll just distract and
confuse him). Using a command, and a


particular spot are important so
that he learns the difference be-
tween "taking care of business"
and just going out to play (you
can play with him after he takes
care of business!). As he gets
older, take him out less and less
frequently. Never scold him for
having an "accident" he won't
understand. Just clean it up and
keep track of when he goes so
that you can try to prevent future
accidents.
Success will only come from
praising him when he goes in the
right place, not from scaring and confus-
ing him when he goes in the wrong
place.
Crate Training: As your puppy grows
you will need to get a larger kennel crate
for him (large enough for him to stand
and turn around). Every now and then,
for varying lengths of time, coax him
into the crate with a treat and close the
door. As he goes into the crate say, in a
cheerful tone, "go to bed" or "kennel" or
any command you choose. With early
training, he will love his crate, and this
will be very useful for taking him to the
vet, traveling, or for whenever he may
need to be confined (e.g. when service
people or non-dog people come to your
house). Crate training gives him security
and gives you a way to keep him safe
and out of trouble.
Remember the following: Call your
puppy often, saying his name and
"come," and always praise him every
time he comes to you. Never punish him
for behaviors you don't approve of ig-
nore him if possible, distract him if not.
Never allow him to nut his teeth on vou


-*


or jump up on you (walk away from him,
refuse to play with him). Be careful not
to reward the wrong behaviors (e.g.
don't bribe him with a bone every time
he barks at you while you're trying to
talk on the phone), and don't allow him
to dominate your life.
Establish from the start what is and is not
acceptable behavior (is he allowed on the
sofa or not?) and don't change the rules.
Be worthy of his trust, be worthy of his
respect, BE CONSISTENT!!
Next time: some basic obedience com-
mands. O Susan Brown
Susan Brown is a professional dog
trainer on the island who has been in
the "pet business "for 28 years. "I do
anything related to pet care, she
says, "training, pet sitting, grooming,
even help with the after care ofrecu-
perating animals. For all your dog
training or pet care needs contact
Susan at the Pet Professor, e-mail:
bandbfarm(yahoo.com or call 717-
2620.


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BONAIRE'S BEST RIDERS OVERSEAS


A s some of you.......
might know the
young talented windsurf-
ers are on the profes-
sional windsurf tour once
again. Kiri Thode
(sponsored by Gaastra,
Starboard, Fiberspar, Jibe
City), Taty Frans
(Gaastra, Starboard, Fi-
berspar, Jibe City),
Tonky Frans (Gaastra,
Jayson Jonge
(Worldsails, HiFly, Jibe City), and Ruben Petrisie (Brunotti boards & sportswear, Palm
Trading, Solar) left Bonaire about two weeks ago to take part in the Professional Windsurf
Association tour of events.
The first competition was on Lanzarote, a Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean. It was a
three-day freestyle event with a lot of great competitors like Ricardo Campello (VEN),
Kauli Seadi (BRA), Robby Swift (UK) and Diony Guadignino (VEN).
The venue provided gusty offshore winds, sometimes over 30 knots, and instead of flat
water like in Lac bay, there were big breaking waves up to four meters high. In the begin-
ning most of our boys had to get used to the sailing in these heavy duty conditions, but
they did the best they possibly could.
Ruben survived the first round several times. Unfortunately, he had some equipment diffi-
culties but even that could not
take the big smile off his face.
He ended 31st Kiri, our young-
est rider, stole the show once
again, showing everybody that
size really doesn't matter. He
was content with 26th position.
Jayson wasn't very lucky on the
water, but his funny stories on
shore totally made up for that.
He ended 36th
Taty really needed a warm up.
But in the end he got to show a
double forward loop in one of
his heats, which he, of course,
won. He had to settle for 16th
place but he will definitely
work himself up in the stand-
ings for next event at Fuerte-
ventura.
Tonky had a great time. He displayed all kinds of maneuvers and combinations. His new
double spock scored a lot of points. He fought a good battle and even ended up on the
award stage one day. Overall he was 4th in the event.
In the final standings it was World champion 2003, Ricardo Campello,
on top, followed by Kauli Seadi, and in the 3rd place Diony
Guadignino.
The Bonaire boys are getting ready for the next event, Fuerteventura.
The wind is around 19 knots at the moment, perfect to show the world
that Bonaire really does have unforgettable top sailors. O
Femke van der Valk.


KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
7-23 11:31 1.1FT. 19:38 1.5FT. 67
7-24 4:34 1.2FT. 5:56 1.2FT. 10:52 1.1FT. 19:41 1.6FT. 59
7-25 5:17 1.OFT. 8:15 1.1FT. 10:20 1.0FT. 20:05 1.8FT. 53
7-26 6:00 0.9FT. 20:38 2.OFT. 52
7-27 6:36 0.8FT. 21:24 2.1FT. 58
7-28 7:23 0.7FT. 22:06 2.2FT. 67
7-29 8:05 0.7FT. 22:49 2.2FT. 79
7-30 8:44 0.7FT. 23:38 2.2FT. 89



Aleluya Macaby, Netherlands Sojourner
Angie Makai Sovereign III
Alegria, USA Mariele Sylvia K
Atrea Methuselah, USA Triumphant Lady
Camissa, Chan Is. Natural Selection, USA Ta B
Cape Kathryn Nonsuch, USVI Ti Amo, USA
Casette Pamela Jean Trio, USA
Chacuco Panda Ulu Ulu, USA
Delphinius Pastime Unicorn, Norway
El Sabor Pau Hana Varedhuni, Germany
FlyingCloud, USA Polecat Wanita
Gabrielle, USA Pomona Windborne
Galadrial, USA Precocious Gale, USA Windmiller, Canada
Gatsby, USA Sandpiper, USA Wonbat of Sydney
Goril Too Santa Maria, Sweden Ya-T, BVI
Guaicamar I, Venezuela. Scintilla, Germany Zahi, Malta
Honalee, USA Shades of Blue Zeno's Arrow, USA
Lady Alice Side by Side
Luna C, USA Sirius


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SMALLEST FISH ON BONAIREIS ALSO


THE SMALLEST IN THE ATLANTIC


Another distinction for Bonaire's reef
fish was documented with photo-
graphs in July 2001 by the Wilk family.
It was the first photographs ever taken of
the Pygmy Goby, Lythrypnus minimus,
and after receiving their 3rd Edition CD
in March of this year, I have been trying
to find this rare and difficult-to-see spe-
cies. It is not found or mentioned in Paul
Humann/Ned DeLoach's ever popular
fish identification field guides for the
Caribbean. In fact the only photos are on
Wilk's CD. Even a Google search turns
up another fish by the same common
name, but the species name indicates that
they are not the same species, and the
other Pygmy Goby is found in the Pa-
cific. The Guinness Book of World Re-
cords lists a category for the world's
smallest species of fish as one found in
the fresh water streams of Luzon in the
Pacific and it measures 9.5 mm in length
in the adult stage. In trying to visualize
the size of Bonaire's Pygmy Goby with
something in our everyday world, con-
sider that it is almost exactly the length of
one and a half grains of rice.

Recently, on a dive with my excellent
friend and excellent fish documenter,
Candace Platz, I found one and actually
was able to show it to her with the aid of
my ever handy magnifying glass. This
one measures only 11 mm in length, and
even though the fresh water species tops
this one for the Guinness Record. it is


still known as the smallest fish in the en-
tire Atlantic. On that documentation I
returned to the site, at a depth of 46 feet,
repeatedly in order to see it out on the
open coral head after it had first disap-
peared into a tiny hole near a small patch
of black encrusting sponge.
It was an early morning dive, around 9:30
am. The site was along Bonaire's north
shoreline, Barcadera, that was still in
shadow, a habitat and time of the day that
I prefer when looking for those tiny spe-
cies that prefer the darker, shadowy
places. Diminutive size means that a fish
must use this type of shadowy habitat as
an aid in its defense considering that the
hungry predators are all bigger than they.
With the aid of Candace's flashlight and
my magnifying glass we were able to see
it for five or six minutes and it appeared
quite active during that time.
Its description is: reddish or brown with
tiny white stripes across the back and
down each side. These stripes are tiny,
about the width of a human hair and ap-
pear to be broken, not solid and conspicu-
ous, and impossible to see without mag-
nification. The ReefNet CD describes
the stripes as 10 in number behind the
pectoral fins and two in front, but this fits
only the adult male, and not the immature
or the female.
Nothing is known about their ecology -
what they eat, how they reproduce or
how frequently and the photos taken by
the Wilk family were confirmed to be the


first ever taken of this species in its natu-
ral habitat. That is to say that museum
specimens exist, but up until July of 2001
no authentic photos had ever been taken
in its natural habitat. For me this makes
this species even more of a treasure hunt
than ever especially since Les Wilk told
me that the photos were taken on Bonaire
and I was determined to find it. In the
process I passed over more common and
tiny species: Orange-sided Goby, Gobio-
soma dilepsis, Flagfin Blenny, Emble-
mariopsis signifera (Spikefin Blenny in
Paul Humann's ID book) and even others
that I could not identify. But these spe-
cies are very common and are two to
three times larger than the Pygmy Goby,
measuring usually over one to one and a
half inch. The Pygmy Goby measures
0.4 inch.


I obviously wish everyone a lot of luck in
finding these Lilliputians, but what really
helps is to study the ReefNet CD (for de-
tails see www.reefnet.ca), which has not
been distributed to dealers and to dive
shops on Bonaire that I am aware of.
By the way, the ReefNet CD, especially
now that the 3rd Edition is out, is my pre-
ferred medium for teaching my Fish
Watching courses at Bonaire Dive and
Adventure.
Oh, and
start diving
with a
magnifying
glass as
standard
equipment.
Jerry
Lion


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ASK THE DIETITIAN

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOWABOUT


YOUR CHOLESTEROL LEVEL


Angdlique Salsbach


What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance pro-
duced in your body in your liver. Choles-
terol is also contained in certain foods
that you eat, such as eggs, meat, shell fish
or organ meats. When you eat these foods
often, the amount of cholesterol in your
blood will increase. Foods high in satu-
rated fat also raise the amount of choles-
terol in your blood.
Cholesterol travels through the blood in
different types of packages called lipo-
proteins. The low density lipoprotein
(LDL cholesterol the bad one) delivers
cholesterol to the body. The high density
lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol the good
one) removes cholesterol from the blood
stream.


high that the artery becomes blocked and
blood can't flow through it. If an artery
that supplies blood to your heart becomes
blocked, you may have a heart attack. If
an artery that supplies blood to your brain
becomes blocked, you may have a stroke.

What can I do to lower my choles-
terol level if it is too high?
Eating healthful foods can lower your
total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol
level, and it may protect you from the
damaging effects of cholesterol. You can
raise your HDL cholesterol level by exer-
cising, quitting smoking and losing
weight.
Eating healthy foods that are low in fat
usually lowers cholesterol level.
Eating smart tips:
* Eat more fruits and vegetables


eat to 75 grams prepared weight
* Eat fish at least two to three times a
week
* Eat a meatless meal (vegetarian) at
least once or twice a week
* Eat a variety of fiber-rich foods, like
oats, whole-grain bread, whole grain
rice, whole-grain pasta, potato, fruits
and vegetables. Fiber helps reduce
cholesterol levels. Fiber-rich foods
can also help when you're trying
to lose weight because they make
you feel full.


*0


Limit your intake of saturated fats,
like dairy fats (in ice cream, full
cream milk, heavy cream, butter) and
palm and coconut oils. It helps to
read the labels on food packages. A
label may say the food is low in cho-
lesterol, but the food could still be
high in saturated fat. You should
look for the total fat, and from this
total fat the greatest part should con-
sist of unsaturated fat.
Limit high cholesterol foods like egg
yolks and liver. Eat no more than
three eggs a week. Eat shellfish or
organ meat no more than once every
two weeks.


Effect of excessive Cholesterol


Foods with Cholesterol


Foods with little Cholesterol



5 /.^
- i7


page 11






W S


H ere's
"Cliff."
This pup is a
perfect model
for a toy
maker who
wants to cre-
ate the cutest
stuffed toy
puppy that
will sell like
hotcakes.
What a sweet
face and what
beautiful blue
eyes Cliff has.
And his long-
ish fur is soft
as silk. Cliff,
along with his
mom his three
siblings were
brought into
the Shelter
after they
were found, having wandered onto
someone's kunuku. Cliff's mom
looked after her pups very well, and
Cliff, now three months old, inherited
his mom's sociability. You may meet
Cliff at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on
the Lagoen Road, open Monday
through Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, Satur-
days until 1. Tel. 717-4989.
The most "in" tee shirts sold on Bon-
aire are those from the Animal Shelter.
All the profits go to helping the Shelter
keep their doors open to unwanted
nets. Tee shirts are available in chil-


dren's and adults' sizes and you can
find them at Carib Inn or at the Manag-
ers' Parties at Buddy Dive, Habitat and
Divi Flamingo Hotels.
If you have a houseful of pets already
but want to help out, drop your extra
change in the artistically decorated lit-
tle dog houses around town that say
"Bonaire Animal Shelter." It's your
donations that help keep the Shelter
open. Stop by the Shelter and see for
yourself how your donations are help-
ing the "orphans." OL.D.


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

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.
yellowpagesbonaire.com


S PSYCHOLOGY
PRACTICE BONAIRE.
Consultation, Supervision,
Hypnotherapy, Psychotherpy
Drs. Johan de Korte, Psy-
chologist, 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


a


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




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 Sale: single beds, mini fridge
(bar), fridge, 6-sided table with 6
bench seats, kitchen sink (good for
kunuku), tennis rackets, misc. items.
call 717-8603

For Sale Tel / Fax / Copy machine
Sharp UX-355 LR Only for NAf 280.-
Call 717 6860 or e-mail: ieff-
ner@yahoo.com

For Sale for Divers BCD Scubapro
with R2 (Regulator) for only US$50.-
Call 717 6860 or e-mail: ieff-
ner@yahoo.com

12' hard bottom (RIB) Carib dinghy
w/15 hp. Yamaha outboard, good
condition, about 4-5 years old. $2,000.
Contact Yacht Methuselah in the har-
bor or The Reporter at 717-8988/786-
6125. Leave name and phone number.

Lots of Things For Sale: Double bed
& mattress NAJ175; 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.





'87 Nissan pickup in excellent condi-
tion. NAf3,800 791-0343 (don't call
Thursday morning).

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



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




Traditional Bonairean
Sailing Sloop. Wood,
traditional construc-
tion, about 21' long.
Fiberglassed in and out
for minimal mainte-
nance. Two time win-
ner of Bonaire Re-
gatta, Class A. A
dream to sail. Bargain
at NAf9,999. One of
the last of its kind. Call
717-8988 or 785-
6125.


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RADIO TURTLES RESUME


S ea turtle nesting is in full
swing at Klein Bonaire this
summer, which means lots of
nests on the beach, baby turtles
running towards the water and
big mother turtles that make it all
happen. These big turtles visit
Klein Bonaire only during a few
months every two to three years,
and it remains a mystery where
they go after leaving Klein Bon-
aire. Building on the success of
last year's tracking of two hawks-
bill turtles, 'Schillie' and 'Nautila,'
Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
(STCB) is continuing this re-
search in 2004 with the place-
ment about two weeks ago of the
first transmitter on a massive fe-
male loggerhead turtle. The aim
of this work is to find out where
'our' turtles live, how they get
there and learn of potential
threats they face during their mi-
gration.
This loggerhead has a shell
measuring over one meter in Release o
length and is estimated to weigh
at least 140 kg. She was captured on a Fri-
day morning at 'No Name' beach, Klein
Bonaire, and quickly fitted with a small
transmitter that was glued onto the carapace
before her release back into the water. The
turtle was very cooperative and remained
calm throughout the procedure. Upon re-
lease she swam straight back to the reef,
where she will rest until she needs to crawl
onto the beach again to lay another nest. As
soon as this turtle has laid her last nest, con-
taining about 120 eggs, she is expected to
migrate back towards her feeding grounds.
The turtle tracking works through signals
sent out by the transmitter which is
switched on whenever the turtle comes to
the surface to breathe. These transmissions
are then collected by Argos system receiv-
ers onboard weather satellites that circle the


f transmittered female 'Extra' (Kawama)

globe, yielding location data for each turtle
that are e-mailed daily to STCB and
mapped on the website www.bonaireturtles.
org.
The big loggerhead female, named 'Extra,'
is heading towards the northwest, now near
Aruba and more than 600 km away from
Bonaire. She continues swimming about 80
km per day, now in a west-north-westerly
direction that puts her on a course towards
Belize or Honduras. She is in deep open
water, and we expect her to continue to
swim many hundreds of kilometers further
in order to reach a suitable feeding habitat.
Her average dive time is about 10 minutes.

STCB's turtle tracking effort expanded
again after the release of an adult male
hawksbill turtle (karet) fitted with a satellite


transmitter at Klein Bonaire. The
large turtle, with a shell length of
85 cm and distinguishable from
females by its long tail and
hooked nails on its front flippers,
was caught in the morning by
STCB staff Gielmon Egbreghts
and Robert van Dam at Ebo's Reef
and lifted into their research boat
Nancy Too. A small transmitter
was then attached to the shell of
the turtle, which will make it pos-
sible to follow the movements of
this animal for up to a year. The
large hawksbill was released later
in the morning at the same loca-
tion where it had been caught. Ac-
cording to his
radio reports
he's still
hanging
around Klein
Bonaire and
spends about
an hour un-
derwater on
his dives.

Male sea
turtles almost
never return
to land after
entering the 'Extra' (Kawama) 's
water as
hatchlings and very little is known about
their behavior. Male hawksbills are thoun
to breed every year, as opposed to female
who return only every two to three years.
Also, males may not travel as far as fema
because of their need to return to the breed
ing area every year. Male sea turtles are
known to depart from the breeding area
earlier than females, which is why a male
was selected for transmitter placement no
while it is still early in the hawksbill nest
ing season.
Tracking of this hawksbill turtle is made


Turtle-tracking sponsor, Bob Bartikoski.


wpmpqp


Route. Half-way to the coast of Nicragua

possible through a full sponsorship pro-
ght vided by Bob Bartikoski of REMAX Bon-
es aire. This hawksbill is named 'Tom' in
memory of Bob's late brother who was a
lies resident of Bonaire. The movements of
ed- 'Tom' will be mapped regularly and this
information will be available on the website
www.bonaireturtles.org.

)w, For more information contact: Robert van
- Dam, (599) 717-2225 or 790-0433, e-mail:
stcb@bonaireturtles.org 1 Robert van Dam


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Published weekly. For information about subscriptions, stories or
advertising in The Bonaire Reporter, phone (599) 717-8988, 791-
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The Bonaire Reporter, George DeSalvo, Publisher. Laura DeSalvo,
Editor in Chief. Address: Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6; Bonaire, Neth.
Antilles.
Available on-line at: www.bonairereporter.com

Reporters: Susan Brown, Jack Horkheimer, Greta Kooistra, Jerry
Ligon, Marcel Nahr, Angelique Salsbach, Michael Thiessen, Robert
van Dam, Femke van der Valk

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

Production: Barbara Lockwood; Distribution: Yuchi Molina
(Rincon), Elizabeth Silberie (Playa); Housekeeping: Jaidy Rojas
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WHAI'S IL


My LTIFIEI NUITIU

New! Usually 9:00pm
Shrek 2 (Eddie
Murphy, Cameron Diaz)

Early Show (usually 7:00 pm)
Harry Potter and the
Prisoner of Azkaban

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
The Punisher

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. NAf50, includes drinks & snacks.
Call 520-5679 to reserve.
Sunday, August 1 Mega FM Run, 5 km
for Adults, 2 km for kids. Starts at 7:30 am
at Mega FM. Sponsored by Comcabon.
Tel. 717-8629.

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.


APPENING
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 2 pm. Enjoy a Bo-
nairean 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 (NAf12 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 or717-3902.
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 enty 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
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 Horn, 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.


PICTURE YOURSELF

WITH THE REPORTER



V eterinary Doctor
Niels Wuyts, a
frequent diving visitor to
Bonaire from Belgium,
is showing some Iranian
students from the Tehe-
ran University of Veteri-
nary Medicine what tur-
tles really look like. For
lack of demonstration
material he is using a
picture from the Bonaire
Reporter. Like always in
Iran, everything happens
under the watchful eye
of the Ayatollahs.1


Iran


WIN GREAT PRIZES!
Take a copy of The Bonaire
Reporter with you on your
next trip or when you return
to your home. Then take a
photo of yourself with the newspaper in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR
WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6,
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Special Olympics Contact Delno
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BONAIRE'S TRADITIONS
Mangazina diRei, 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-
6435
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 ofCoromoto in Antriol, in
English. Mass in Papiamentu on Sunday at
9 am and 6 pm. 717-4211.
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios),
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). 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. com
Tel/Fax. 717-8988, Cel. 791-7252


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DINING GUIDE


See advertisements in this issue


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 Brea Moderate What a place! Friendly bar next to the pool, home cooked meals, happy hours
5 minutes north of"Hotel Row 717-7901 Breaast, Dinner, closed Sunday 5 to 7. Serious BBQ on Tuesdays, reservations only, 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. Be 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 thesea atLnsDive 717-3400 Open 7 Days Owned and operated by Kirk Gosden


Across from M n in known Kralendk ea r 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 run 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.



S u- o H 0 P = N a a U = Seedvedrisemnltsinthisissue


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 .. .


S was here first in January '96 to
I go on a short dive trip with a
friend. Linda had said, 'No.' She was
tired of traveling. I liked it here so much
that when I got home I told Linda she
had to come back with me. So, we came
in June that year. I was going to partici-
pate in a Nikon underwater photo shoot
out competition and the second week
was pure vacation.
We stayed at Captain Don's Habitat.
Krystyana, 'Yana,' our daughter, was a
year old. We had a local babysitter who
took her all over the place and Yana
charmed everybody. How absolutely
wonderful and nice the people were!
And how comfortably warm it was! We
just loved it! We were looking for
changes in life, a different work locale.
I'd interviewed for a job with an organi-
zation called Ocean Futures and was
one of the two final candidates for the
job. We were either going to Washing-
ton DC or Virginia Beach.
Then the chairman of the
board left to run the Cous- "What
teau Society and the Bonair
whole selection process
fell to pieces. But we were doing is
already convinced that we feeling q
would move out of New communi
Hampshire. At the same beyol
time our son Sebastian, p i
'Bas,' was born. So why physical
not move anyway? Some- sorts of p
where warm. world an
I'd talked with Jack Chalk love and
(then dive manager of aire as
Capt. Don's Habitat) at a
dive show in Boston and but hav
he'd mentioned that Bon-
aire had been connected to
the Internet. We'd made a short list
where we might want to live and within
seconds Bonaire shot to the top of the
list! On all accounts Bonaire met all of
our needs.
We came in mid April for a week for a
'sanity-check,' to make sure we could
do it. Linda figured out how to make
bagels herself and we submitted our ap-
plication to start a business offering
Internet services: web design and host-
ing as well as marketing consulting and
related services. We went back, sold
everything, packed up. On June 20th we
arrived with 16 trunks, a cat, a baby, a
toddler and a teenage babysitter for the
summer.
"I'd been living in New Hampshire my
whole life, except for college in upstate
New York," Linda says. "Thirteen gen-
erations of my family lived in New
Hampshire. My family still doesn't
quite approve of our being here, but it's
okay. They know we're happy here, but
given a choice they'd like to have us
there. My mom comes to see us quite
often, but my father and my sister don't


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like to fly and the ocean is also too
deep, so they've never been here."
"I was born in Jackson Heights,
Queens," Jake says. "My parents had
defected from Czechoslovakia and im-
migrated to the US in 1963, pretty much
with nothing else but their suitcase and
their clothes. I was born in 1964. We
lived in a one-bedroom apartment. We
stayed in the New York area for another
four years while my parents learned
English. After they'd become US citi-
zens we moved to Germany because
they decided they wanted to live closer
to where they were from. For seven
years we lived in Germany. Then we
moved to Eugene, Oregon, because my
parents had read that it was the best
place to live in the US. Unfortunately
they never questioned the source of the
article! We stayed there for nine
months, then moved to southern Florida
where my dad got a job with the Na-
tional Enquirer as a
photographer. In
WebCam and Czechoslovakia he
Talk ended up had been the top-
ranking press pho-
expanding the tographer in the
nd the sense of country.
ty we have here, We stayed in Flor-
Id Bonaire's ida for 15 months
and then moved to
boundaries to all Massachusetts be-
aces around the cause my parents
d to people who wanted to be close
appreciate Bon- to good schools for
nuch as we do, me and my brother.
Sm h I had three more
years of high school
yet!" left, then I went to
college in upstate
New York where I studied computer
science. In my second year, when I was
18, 22 years ago, I met Linda. We were
in the same dormitory. She thought I
was charming, or at least... that's what I
thought she thought."
"I was 18 and I went to college for ar-
chitecture, but for me it was too un-
structured, so I ended up in fine arts.
Jake and I have a lot in common. We
enjoy cooking a lot and eating it. We
both love to read science fiction and
mysteries and now we're here I read
anything. After a little persuasion I
started diving and I know about com-
puters."
"She's a geek," Jake laughs. "She
knows computer stuff."
Jake and Linda Richter are fun. She's
pensive and witty. He 's got a great
sense of humor and he 's bright andfast
and obviously proud of his wife and
children. They 're just nice and easy go-
ing people.
"We got married in '89," Linda contin-
ues, "and we did a fair amount of travel-
ing before we came to Bonaire:


throughout the US and
Canada, Mexico, the
Caribbean, Australia,
Europe and Hawaii.
When we came here
we were both 32. In
retrospect it was one of
the best decisions
we've ever made. We
were and are living a
family life. We're not
nightlife people so the
quiet evenings on Bon-
aire were perfect and
still are. But we do like
to go to the movies.
We're just addicted!
When we're in the
States we go as much
as twice a day until
we've seen everything The Richter family: Bas, Jake, Yana and Linda
that's showing! Even
the children have the
same addiction!" sunset every day or to see the ocean or
"At the time," Jake says, "it took for- the sun shine. Since we've moved all
ever for business licenses to get ap- four of the cameras have moved to four
proved, so during that time we were ac- new locations. There's still one under
tually tourists and had to leave the is- water; two are on the beach; and one is
land every three months, the first to at Bongo's Beach Bar where they have
Aruba where after three hours we the WebCam sign box and a guest book.
wanted to go back to Bonaire! We did What WebCam and BonaireTalk ended
that for almost a year. I continued to up doing is expanding the feeling and
write articles for US computer maga- the sense of community we have here,
zines and I also became a dive instruc- beyond Bonaire's physical boundaries
tor. Linda, who'd been painting before to all sorts of places around the world
the children were born and who'd won a and to people who love and appreciate
couple of awards, tried to paint again, Bonaire as much as we do, but haven't
but decided that cat, dogs, toddler and moved here yet! It's all for fun.The
baby were just too much. Almost a year work part is still our Internet business.
after we moved to the island we had all Two and a half years ago Linda started
our permits in place and started work- painting again. In April this year, to-
ing. gether with our friend Avi Ben-Hamron,
We started some side projects. One of we opened the Cinnamon Art Gallery.
them was Bonaire E-News; a free, The Gallery always offers Linda's and
weekly e-mailed newsletter about Bon- Avi's art, and every other month we
aire, like the Reporter, but a bit less for- have a Bonaire-based guest artist who
mal. We had over 2,000 readers, but lives and works here.
then the tour operators began to inter- About three years ago I became a regis-
fere with the news we reported, so in- tered US patent agent. Now I do quite a
stead of allowing other people to dictate bit of consulting work for US patent
what we should or shouldn't write, we lawyers. Between family and business,
closed it down. It was a lot of work, no the gallery and our friends and lately
benefits, but fun and we got to know a our move we stay very busy, but we get
lot of people on Bonaire. When we shut to do it in a beautiful location. We were
down E-News we put more focus on an renting and now we've actually pur-
on-line discussion group which ulti- chased a home. It's not an investment in
mately became BonaireTalk. Combined real estate; it's an investment in our fu-
with that we started Bonaire WebCams. ture! If you have your family with you,
We didn't realize it, but it formed some- that's the heart
thing of a cult and became very popular. of your home
Between 2,000 to 3,000 people were wherever you
looking at the WebCams every day. Be- are and Bonaire
cause one of the cameras was installed allows us to
in front of our house, people learned the concentrate on
names of all the cats, dogs and children. that more." 1
We got to know lots of regular visitors Greta Kooistra
to Bonaire and have made countless
friends. There are people who actually
sign up for Bonaire WebCams to see the


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Athlete Oath. "Let me win But ifI cannot win, let me 6e brave in the attempt."


~ :1.] ~ ~ i ~i ~ ~ ei L~ Is] t'i Y I ~ *U J~Y


The goal of the Olympians- gold
medals (before they ran out!)


B onaire's Special Olympic Team of 10
athletes returned triumphant last week
with eight Gold Medals and seven Silver
Medals in the sports of Bocce, Swimming
and Running. Not only should we be very
proud of the athletes but of the great coach-
ing staff as well who has spent untold num-
bers of hours training the athletes and pre-
paring them for this momentous event. The
Bonaire Reporter traveled with the team to
record the events.


Denny Reina concentrates on
rolling the ball

The Inaugural Special Olympics Caribbean
Games were held in Kingston, Jamaica, on
July 8 to 11
with 500 ath-
letes repre-
senting 15
countries from
around the
Caribbean. As
well there
were 200
coaches and L '"
officials, 200
family mem-
bers and
friends and
more than 200
volunteers a
lot for an is-
land to deal
with. -
Our athletes


Athlete Johnny Hellmund, Coach
Monique van Gurp and Athlete Lucille
Soliano anxiously await the start of the
swimming events

were full of excitement and anticipation as
they prepared to board the Air Jamaica
flight on Wednesday, July 7, but since most
of them have competed in other overseas
events they behaved like seasoned travelers
but with lots of humor and good spirits.
Also aboard were their old friends, the team
from Aruba.
At takeoff, Gold Medal swimmer Lucille
Soliana called out, "Bye Bye Bonaire,"
bringing a smile to everyone's lips. On
landing in Montego Bay, Jamaica, some of
them burst into song, singing the Bonaire
National Anthem! Even during an unex-
pected five-hour wait in Montego Bay our
team took a good sport attitude and didn't
complain.
The next day's opening ceremonies were
emotionally stirring as all the athletes and
their delegations marched in with the flags
of their countries to the spirited accompani-
ment of drums and a marching band.
The following day the games began, a little
later than planned due to a few glitches,
like the field event coaches asking that the
"staging" tent for the athletes be moved
close to the bleachers. The authorities re-
plied, "You can do it yourselves." So all the
coaches, looking like determined ants,
walked the tent clear across the field. Other


coaches with hearing impaired athletes
asked officials if there couldn't be a signal
other than the gun to start the races. It was
agreed to use a flag.
Later that morning at the stadium the very
first gold medal of the Special Olympics
was awarded to runner, 52-year-old Anto-
nio de Palm (in Ireland known as "The
Barefoot Flash," but this time he wore
shoes).
Then there was a surprise visit to the sta-
dium by the Governor General of Jamaica,
Howard Cooke, who was there in time to
present a Silver Medal to runner Siegmar
(Ziggy) Celestin. During the Governor's
visit to the aquatics area he took time to
pose with swimmers Lucille Soliana and
Johnny Hellmund.
Governor Cooke, addressing the swimming
athletes, said, "A prescription for peace and
harmony is togetherness; learn about each
other; meet each other." And that's exactly
what was happening as our athletes inter-
acted with those from different islands;
having fun, cheering each other on, con-
gratulating each other everyone in high
spirits.
On the Bocce field our experienced team
had close matches, especially when Denny
Reina battled mightily and tied, game after
game, with a young athlete from Montser-
rat. By an edge the Montserrat athlete won,
but afterwards the two shook hands and
posed for photos with their arms around
each other.
Disappointingly, during the last two days
the gold and silver
medals ran out, so
the top winners got
ribbons instead.
Sunday's closing
ceremony was at the
University of the
West Indies where
all the athletes and
their delegations
were housed. Every-
one was relaxed,
having completed
four days of great
games. The reggae
music soared and
dancing began. Lo-
cal food was served '
and long lines
waited patiently for
a taste of Jamaica.
The team had to
wait until Wednes-
day to return to
Bonaire on Air Ja- Runner Antonio de
maica, so Head of
the Delegation,
Delno Tromp ar-
ranged free tours to the Bob Marley Mu-
seum and to Ocho Rios.
A tired but happy team boarded the flight
on Wednesday, calling out, "Bye Bye, Ja-
maica" as we rose into the air.
Unlike the other islands where the local
governments subsidize their Special
Olympic teams, the Bonaire team has to
raise all the money itself. Thanks to all the
very generous sponsors who made it possi-
ble for the team to make a showing in Ja-
maica: UTS (United Telecommunication
Service), BonairExel, Air Jamaica, Croc-
cantino Restaurant, Bonaire Gift Shop, En-
nia Insurance, Captain Don's Habitat and
individuals Anna and Art Kleimer and
Sharon and Scott Barlass. OL.D.


Ziggy at speed


Ziggy Celestin gets his medal from
Jamaica's Governor General


Palm was awarded thefirst gold medal of
the Caribbean Games


Islands represented at the Special
Olympics in Jamaica
Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Bahamas, Bar-
bados, Dominica, Cayman Islands, Ja-
maica, Montserrat, Suriname, St. Kitts &
Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines,
Trinidad & Tobago
The goal of Special Olympics is to help
bring all persons with mental retardation
into the larger society under conditions
whereby they are accepted, respected
and given the chance to become useful
and productive citizens. Bonaire has
fielded teams for the past three world
games and is looking forward to
attending the next World Games from
October 10-19, 2007, in Shanghai,
People's Republic of China. .


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S*to find it, just look up


E very summer in late July my
favorite summer star and
constellation reach their highest
points above the horizon just after
dark. And next week you can use
the Moon to find them. Let me
tell you how.
On any night in late July just after
dark, which is about 8 to 9 pm in
the Sky Park, face due south
where you'll see a pattern of
bright stars shaped like a giant
fish hook or the capital letter J. It's
my favorite summer constellation,
Scorpius the Scorpion, and it
contains my favorite summer star,
Antares, which marks his heart if
you imagine the scorpion looking something like this. And not only is Antares in
the right place for a scorpion's heart but it's also the right color, red. And the reason
it's my favorite summer star is because it's the biggest star we can see in summer's
skies. In fact it is 700 times wider than our own almost-one-million-mile-wide
Sun. So huge we could fit 350 million Suns inside it. Or if you like to think of it
this way, it is so gigantic that if we placed one edge of it where our Sun is it would
reach out past the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars, even beyond the
orbit of Jupiter. Wow!
But if you're one of those beginning star gazers who has a hard time finding the
stars, next Monday you can use the Moon as a finder because on Monday night,
July 26thth an exquisite 10-day-old Moon will be just to the right of the three stars
that mark the top of the scorpion. Plus on Tuesday the 27th an 11-day-old Moon
will be just to the left of super humongous Antares. And although they'll look
close, keep in mind it's just an illusion because our tiny 2,000-mile-wide Moon
will be only 227,000 miles away, whereas Antares will be a whopping 13 1/2 bil-
lion times farther away, 520 light years beyond. Or if you like to think of it this
way, it takes only 1 1/5 seconds for light to reach us from the Moon, but it takes
520 years for light to reach us from Antares, which means that when we look at
Antares we see it not as it exists now but as it existed 520 years ago, just before
Columbus set sail.
Now if you look at Scorpius on a night when there's no Moon out, during the time
of the new Moon, and if you're far from city lights you will notice that the bottom
half of Scorpius, including the entire stinger, is located in that faint ribbon of light
we call the Milky Way. And if you have really good eyesight or a pair of binocu-
lars you'll see two fuzzy clouds just above the stinger. They're called M-6 and M-7
and they're wonderful. Indeed M-7 is a cluster of 80 stars about 800 light years
away which means that the light we see right now is the light that left it in 1200 A.
D. M-6 likewise has 80 stars in it but it is 1,600 light years away which means that
the light we see now left it in 400 A.D.
So there you have it: the Moon visits Scorpius on the 26th and humongous Antares
on the 27t, and on a clear moonless night you can see two clusters of stars many
hundreds of light years away. Now you know why Scorpius is my summer favor-
ite. O Jack Horkimer


Moon Info


C(): First Quarter on July 25th.


Full Moon on July 31st,


the second full moon of July, a "blue moon." ..:) Last Quarter on August 7th

* New Moon on August 16th


For the week:
July 23 to July 30, 2004

By Astrologer Michael Thiessen

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) You will find good buys and you will lift your spirits.
You need to be careful not to make promises that you can't fulfill. This will be a
great time to invite friends over to visit. Listen to the advice given by others. Your
lucky day this week will be Monday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- may 21) Plan your days carefully. Relax and enjoy what
you've accomplished when you're finished. Focus on forming business partnerships.
New emotional connections can be made through business contacts. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Go with the flow and don't be concerned about your
ownjob. Outbursts of passion may cause arguments with your mate. Opportunities
for new friendships are apparent. Make arrangements to meet friends at your local
dance club. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Talk to those in a position of power about your inten-
tions. Think twice before you say something you might regret later. Don't turn down
offers that include sports activities or children. Take advantage of your attributes
and lure the mate of your choice. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Travel for business will be advantageous. Real estate in-
vestments will pay off. You'll have amazing ideas, but superiors may try to block
your attempts at implementing them. Try not to allow others to burden you with ad-
ditional responsibilities. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) You can meet new and exciting friends who will pro-
vide mental stimulation. Compromise if you wish to have any fun at all. Don't over-
spend or give too freely to others. You may be able to get some good advice about
your personal problems. Your lucky day this week will be Friday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Make arrangements to spend quality time together. Do
what you can to help them but don't neglect your own family. You need to keep eve-
ryone on your domestic scene too busy to complain. Hidden matters are likely to
surface. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Communication will be your strong point and you
should be able to persuade others to see things your way. Don't go hog wild when it
comes to entertainment or you could find yourself short of funds at the end of the
month. Try not to be too lavish with your lover. Be cautious who you deal with fi-
nancially. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Don't let your emotions interfere with your
professional integrity. This is a great time for a trip. Don't be too quick to judge.
Take time to do something nice for yourself. Your lucky day this week will be Tues-
day.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Your mate may want to pick a fight, but if you're
persistent with your affections their anger should dissipate. Focus, and concentrate
on yourself and your future. Lack of cash might be partly to blame for the problems
at home. Use your genuine warmth and compassion to win hearts. Your lucky day
this week will be Tuesday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) You will benefit through hidden assets and property
investments. You can't do everything on your own. Don't expect romantic encoun-
ters to be lasting. Your high energy should be spent pleasing your mate. Your lucky
day this week will be Tuesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) Older family members may try to put unreasonable de-
mands on you. Don't let others saddle you with guilt that isn't warranted. Find out all
the facts before you jump to conclusions. You can put in some overtime and make
extra cash. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday. D


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