Title: Bonaire reporter
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TWR's Rich Fuller (Director ofTWR Bonaire) and Maggie Fuller, Tom
Corcoran (ex-Director of TWR Bonaire) David Tucker (President of TWR world-
wide) and Jean Tucker, Joan and Bill Mial (First Director of TWR Bonaire)

In one way Trans World Radio
(TWR) was the first to put Bonaire on
the map. Forty years ago it began Chris-
tian content broadcasting with the tag-
line, "From the beautiful island of Bon-
aire." The phrase stuck in the minds on
many since the range of that signal was
from Samoa in the pacific to the middle
of Africa. Last week TWR celebrated its
40th anniversary with reunions, lunches,
worship and other activities.
On August 13, 1964, TWR began regu-
lar broadcasts from the newly installed
500,000-watt AM transmitter, one of the
most powerful in the world, using 760
ft. high towers. It was a transmitter so
powerful it required its own power sta-

tion! For four decades, TWR has con-
tinually broadcast on 800kHz. AM in
the medium wave band. It also broadcast
programs on short-wave and satellite.
Times have changed and TWR changed
with them to exploit the evolving tech-
nology. Today, Trans World Radio-
Bonaire broadcasts using a state-of-the-
art 100,000-watt medium wave transmit-
ter, on 800 AM and 89.5 FM. The pro-
gramming is aimed at helping the spiri-
tual and social needs of all people.
Broadcast schedules and additional in-
formation about Trans World Radio-
Bonaire are available on the website

AThe three labor unions representing
employees of Dutch Caribbean Airlines
(DCA) have proposed bailing out the
airline by converting their NAf25 mil-
lion redundancy fund (cessantia- used for
retirements and layoffs) into shares of the
troubled airline.
The pilots' union, the cabin personnel
union and the ground workers' union pre-
sented their proposal to Curaqao Com-
missioner in charge of the Island Govern-
ment-owned airline, Ivar Asjes.
Using the money owed the employees
would keep DCA from going into bank-
ruptcy, so there would be time to work on
a longer term solution such as finding a
strategic partner, the unions say.
In the meantime, the Island Government
has designated former ALM director Val-
demar Marcha as its representative on a
tripartite committee that is supposed to
come up with possible solutions for DCA
in the next three and a half weeks. The
employers and labor unions still have to
nominate the other two members.
The Curamao Island Council will hold
talks later this week with Venezuelan air-
lines Aeropostal and Avior, which have
expressed interest in DCA.
In a separate action the Curamao Island
2004 Budget is over expended due to a
large number of extra expenditures,
among them the NAf22 million financial
injection to Dutch Caribbean Airlines
(DCA). It is interesting to note that when
ALM, DCA's immediate predecessor,
failed, it left behind a NAf345 million
debt. DCA has already received NAf23
million in government bailout money in

Opinion- Referendum 4
Petra Sint Jago 5
Referendum Chronicle 6
AMFO Supports Jong Bonaire 8
Surfers Overseas (Fuerte Action) 9
Art Exhibit (Nochi Coffie) 10
NY Teacher Visits 10
BonaireExel Anniversary 11
Seaside Spots (Bartol, Nukove) 13
Pet Professor (Enforcing Rules) 13
Papiamentu in Schools 17
Barracuda Swim News 18
Yoga (Headaches) 20
Dietitian (Diabetes Mellitus) 20

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Police Update 4
Rincon Marsh6 5
Picture Yourself (Havana, Cuba) 7
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Pet of the Week (Kim) 14
Classifieds 14
What's Happening 19
Shopping & Dining Guides 18
On the Island Since
(Hans Voerman) 19
Bonaire Sky Park 21
The Stars Have It 21

A KLM purchased the vacant ALM
Catering building in Curacao at auction
last week. KLM itself put the three and a
half year old building up for bid. As the
creditor, KLM was asking a NAf1.35
million minimum bid. Considering the
fact that they were the only ones to place
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(Flotsam. Continued from page 2)
a bid, the building was sold for that
amount. The plan is to start catering
again in mid-January 2005.
Just as in Bonaire, KLM is planning to
partner with Goddard Catering. Cater-
ing for KLM flights will happen first,
but other airlines will also be welcomed.

A According to published reports, Sint-
MaartenExel will probably start fly-
ing between Curacao and St. Maarten
within a month. Because of the dis-
tance, it wants to use a long-range ver-
sion of the ATR-42 (the 500 series)
prop-jet it now uses for flights between
the ABC islands. During the six- to
eight week certification process for that
aircraft Exel intends to lease other
SintMaartenExel plans two round-trip
flights a day, one at the beginning and
one at the end of the day. The ATR-42
500 can cover the 1,000-kilometer dis-
tance in an hour and 40 minutes, only 20
minutes more a pure jet.

A KLM will run 12 round trip flights
a week using MD-11s from Amster-
dam to Quito, Ecuador, and Lima,
Peru, through Bonaire (five to Quito
and seven to Lima), allocating Bonaire
an average of 50 passengers per flight.
KLM will increase its flights to St.
Maarten from two to three times a week
for the winter season; Curacao will have
seven flights and Aruba five. In addi-
tion, KLM plans extra flights to the An-
tilles just before Christmas.

(Continued on page 4)

SRecently the JADE Foundation
(organized by entrepreneur and phi-
lanthropist Jakob Gelt Dekker) in
cooperation with Rabo Bank Am-
sterdam B.V. donated 30 computers
to Bonaire's elementary schools and
learning centers: Kolegio Papa Comes,
Hobenan Aktivo di Rincon, Skol Wa-
tapana; Komunidat di Skol Boneriano/
CAV, Fundashon "Leren is Leuk,"
Kolegio Kristu Bon Wardador; Kresh
Bon Kwido i Kolegio San
Bemardo. The JADE Foundation be-
lieves access to computers will give
Bonaire youngsters the opportunity to
achieve and extend their potential to
become upstanding citizens as adults.
JADE and RABO Bank would like to
especially thank Don Andres N. V.'s
Mrs. Idelda De Jong and Miss Connie
Ferreira for their great service and co-
operation in getting the computers to
the island. Delno Tromp

A This year's
ERS Motorcycle
tour begins on the
evening of Thurs-
day, September 2nd
at the Biker's Sa-
loon ($10 entrance ,
fee). There'll be a
free BBQ and
drinks. It'll con-
tinue through a fare-
well party at Habitat
on Monday, Sep-
tember 6. Activities
will cover most of
the island at one
time or another.
About 500 people
are expected, 360 of
them bikers. Along
with the bikes will
be 18 classic cars
from Aruba and
Curacao. All hotels
are booked. This is
one of, if not the,
biggest privately
sponsored events that draws people i
off island.
The organizers know that if it is any
thing like past years noise could be a
nuisance to many people. They issue
the following statement:
"There have been many complaints
lately by Bonaire residents ofmotor
cle noise. This is why we want to as
riding visitors and local residents to
ride without excessive revving and
roaring of engines and refrain fron

The Bonaire Reporter -
The Official Biker newspaper?

doing wheelies and burnouts, especially
when riding at night and in residential
areas when families are asleep. Let's
all do this as a courtesy to the residents
so we can continue to celebrate this
event every year with the support and
cooperation of everyone. Helmut wear-
ing is not mandatory and should be at
the discretion of each rider.


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Governor Domacassd speaks with the Indian Ambassador
and businessman Ram Boolchand.

A Last week the Indian Ambassador for India to the Caribbean Basin, His Excel-
lency Mr. Bhosjwani, paid an official Bonaire. Following an official visit with
Bonaire Governor Domacass6 he hosted a dinner for the Governor and many of
Bonaire's Indian businessmen at Croccantino Restaurant.

The Bonaire Reporter has been
pushed into the Referendum debate
as a result of our personal comments on
a draft of the English language transla-
tion of the Referendum's Committee's
non-partisan information release. Our
hope was to get clarification before
the Commission's information was
released to the public. However, our
observations, misquoted and taken out
of context, were leaked to the Dutch lan-
guage press (Amigoe). We are not
amused by that tactic.
As of press time the official translation
has not been released. We can only hope
that appropriate corrections will be made
before it is. When it is we will publish it.

R 0 N A I R F

Since early this year we've been provid-
ing information on the upcoming Refer-
endum in our Chronicle section without
bias towards one choice or the other,
and we will continue to do so.
Turn to page 6 for this week's Referen-
dum Chronicle. O G.D.


(Flotsam.& Jetsam Continued from page 3)
A The language of instruction in
school is one of the topics being dis-
cussed in the Antillean Education
Summit presently taking place in St.
Maarten. The debate is certainly not a
new one, and centers on the idea that
children can best be taught in their
"mother tongue," the predominant lan-
guage spoken at home. The Antilles is in
a peculiar situation, where the main spo-
ken language is Papiamentu in Curacao
and Bonaire, while it is English in the
Windward Islands (St. Martin, Saba and
Statia). As part of the Dutch Kingdom,
however, the main language of instruc-
tion in schools on all the islands is still
Dutch. Apart from practical considera-
tions, the debate has often been an emo-
tional one in Curacao and to a lesser ex-
tent Bonaire. In this issue (page 17) we
present the views of one of the Carib-
bean's foremost linguistic scholars.

A Dutch marines will assist law en-
forcement within the 12-mile zone of
Antillean territorial waters. They were
sworn in as extraordinary police officers
of the Netherlands Antilles before the
Solicitor and the Coast Guard Com-
mander. The marines are to be stationed
on the Royal Navy frigate Willem van
der Zwaan and will enable the vessel to
perform Coast Guard duties and act
against drug transport, human smug-
gling, illegal fishing and environmental

A The Central Government Parliament
is expected to act soon on the draft of a
Central Government ordinance to amend
the Property Tax Ordinance of 1908.
The ordinance was sent to Bonaire more
than three months ago, but no comments
have been received, according to Parlia-
ment registrar Frank Hanze.
The draft-law proposal includes a reduc-
tion of the property tax to 0.3 % and the
elimination of the differentiation be-
tween a property with construction on it
and an empty property.

A Future planning information: Europe
is warming up more quickly than the
rest of the world and cold winters could
disappear almost entirely by 2080 as a
result of global warming, researchers
predicted last Wednesday. Heat waves
and floods are likely to become more
frequent, and three quarters of the Swiss
Alps' glaciers might melt down by 2050,
the study prepared by the European En-
vironment Agency (EEA) said.

AA promise was made to lower the ex-
cise on locally brewed beer by 50% on
July 1, but because the legislation was
not completed in time it was decided to
move the date up a month to August 1.
At the end of last month Finance Minis-
ter Ersilia de Lannooy did not dare pre-
dict how much longer the legislation
would take. The brewery says it's losing
NAf350.000 guilders a month because
protective duties on imports were low-
(Continued on page 5)

Charles Souriel of the Police Depart-
ment reports:
* On Tuesday, August 17, police arrested
a total of six suspects: G.C., 25; G.C. 44;
A.M., 29; B.M., 37; P.M., 33; S.P, the
first two for burglaries, the last four for
threatening and violent behavior. After
interrogating the suspects, all but G.C. 25
were released.
* On Wednesday, August 18, at 11 am,
the police, with the permission of Public
Prosecutor E. T. Wesselius, arrested a
suspect (G.B., 34) for a robbery in a
house in Playa Pabao. At the moment of
arrest, the suspect went into a rage and
tried to resist police officers. He was
jailed and an investigation follows.
* There was a break-in on Wednesday
evening, August 18, on Kaya Carlos A.
Nicolaas. Stolen were 7.000 euro and a
purse containing important documents.
According to the victim the thief pulled
off the ornamental metal bars which cov-
ered a window. Police say it was remark-
able that none of the neighbors saw any-
thing. Police are investigating.
* Wednesday morning, August 18, the
Flamingo Team at the airport called
"Bingo" when they intercepted two sus-
pects with more than 10 kilo of cocaine
in their suitcases. Both suspects were
aboard the flight KL742 for Amsterdam
when the cargo was intercepted. J.F. (21)
had a total of 6,250 grams in his suitcase.
R.H. (42) had 4,260 grams in his lug-
gage. Both suspects were detained while
the police conduct an intensive investiga-
* Friday, August 21 a vehicle hit a don-
key on Kaya Korona in front of Fla-
mingo TV. The vehicle was no longer on

the scene and the police found
only the donkey cadaver. Police con-
trolled traffic in the area until Dick St.
Jago of Selibon carted away the dead
* Also on Friday at 5:15 pm a woman
driving a Jeep on Kaya Karibe lost con-
trol of the vehicle which was speeding
and ran into a garden. The woman said
she was going to Kibrai Montanja. No
one was hurt.
* On Saturday, August 22 in the early
morning a fight started at El Encuentro,
then moved to the front of the hospital.
Police passing by noticed the crowd and
stopped to check. A woman said her
brother was having problems with two
other men and that she would file a com-
plaint against the two.
* Saturday, August 22 in the early morn-
ing hours the Flamingo team detained a
European Dutchman, D.V., 34, for carry-
ing 1.2 kilo of cocaine in his suitcase.
Another suspect, E.S., 33, was also ar-
rested in a hotel in Playa. Apparently E.
S. was the brains behind the act. They
were jailed pending investigation. Also
B.N.J. was caught at the airport with a
total of 300 grams of drugs in his suit-
case. He also was jailed.

The police would like the public to know
that they will be controlling the illegal
acts in the coming weeks and months.
Now that school has started it is not per-
mitted for people to "hang around" the
entrance to the schools during the hours
the schools are open. Police will take any
steps necessary to enforce this rule. O L.

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Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued from page 4)
ered and the imports can be sold for less.

Members of the board of Foundation
Development Fund Netherlands
Antilles SONA (from left to right):
Secretary Eugene Holiday, Chairman
Jaime Saleh and Treasurer
Pieter Korteweg.

A Shortening the cycle from submit-
ting the projects to the actual receiving
of funds from the Netherlands and get-
ting rid of red tape and irritations are
some of the goals of the recently es-
tablished Foundation Development
Fund of the Netherlands Antilles
SONA, chaired by former Governor of
the Netherlands Antilles, Jaime Saleh.
This marks a significant departure
from the current procedure of hav-
ing to submit projects to the Central
Government and then on to the
Netherlands. Islands can now directly
submit projects to SONA.
AA group of Antillean actors living
in Holland are going to perform in
Bonaire on August 27th, 28th and
29th. The play, Shebbrebb den Karta,
is a comedy about gossiping, in Papia-
mentu. The group had great success in
Curaqao two weeks ago. (See Happen-
ings, Page 19) call 717-8448 or 786-
8448 for more info.

A Helen Dovale reports that there is a
very easy way for American citizens
on the island to vote: get in touch with
a woman in charge of voting applica-
tions in Curaqao, email: rossinva@state.
A It's about time for a party! This
Thursday could be your lucky day! Bo-
nairExel is celebrating its 1st anniver-
sary and they want you to be a win-
ner! On this Thursday evening, the
26th, BonairExel will give a big party at
downtown Wilhelmina Park starting at 6
pm. A fun filled evening with music
from Drumband Bonaire and Glenn I Su
Gang, food and drinks and Big Prizes,
like round trip tickets to Curacao, Aruba
and Amsterdam.

A Did you know that the Netherlands
Antilles has a champion Little League
baseball team? The kids from Curaqao
defeated Saipan 3-0 on Tuesday. This
leaves the Netherlands Antilles team as
the top seed in their pool (3-0 record).
They'll meet Mexico in the Semi-finals.
They need to win two games to be the
international champions and to meet the
US champions in the final. The NA
team looked good batting and in the
field. Lots of heads up baseball.

4 And finally, don't miss the Special
Olympics benefit Latin Jazz concert
aboard the Freewinds this Sunday, Au-
gust 29th from 7:15 to 9 pm. Tickets are
NAf17,50 and are available at Croc-
cantino Restaurant, Sharon Barlass
(717-8658) or any Special Olympic
board member. O L./G. D



August 28 starting at 6 am
"The Sea" is the theme of this week's Marsh6. Special
guests, Pal 'I Wiri band. Taste pastechi di karko
(conch), buy fresh fish, fresh fruits and vegetables,
gifts local treats. Relax under the awning with a cold
drink and snack and enjoy the ambiance of Rincon, the
"heart of Bonaire." Don't miss the Soldachi Tours:
Alta Mira Nature Walk, Town Walking Tour, Bus
Tour. (Call Maria 717-6435) L.D.

28 June 1916

f you have been in Bonaire
for a while you know her.
She was called "The Gum Lady"
or "Petra Pinda" (Peanut Petra),
because she sold chewing gum
along the seafront promenade.
Never begging, always proud,
she gently offered her wares to
locals and tourists alike, often
pondering whether to give you
one more piece of gum for your
Born in Rincon she, like her
brothers and sisters, was in-
volved with folk music and sing-
ing. She worked hard during her
life selling peanuts, fruit bread
and coconuts. In her later life
she switched to selling chewing Painting of Petra by Rien van Silfhout
gum and candy, mostly in the
evening hours around Karel's Beach often relaxed by playing in the Divi
Bar. She was still a terrific dancer and Flamingo Casino. O G.D.

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Seferenbumn B

Cbronimcle F1^

A s the final countdown to the September 101' Referendum begins, the two
most popular choices seem to be between B (close ties with Holland) and C (a
separate status in the Dutch Kingdom). In the May 15th issue, The Reporter
printed some of the items to be considered when choosing a new form of govern-
ment. Some of them are reprinted here, recognizing they may not apply if no
change (A) or independence (D) are chosen

What Can Bonaire Do Without?
There is no real need for a central gov-
ernment, a prime minister, a plenipo-
tentiary minister in The Hague, a host
of department chiefs and specialized
agencies checking on, and generally
only adding bureaucratic delays and
job-padding costs to the islands down-
to-earth evaluations and decisions.
There is, in other words, a whole layer
of "Land" governance based in Curaqao
which can be done away with, perhaps
to the personal distress of the civil ser-
vants concerned but to no real cost to
the island population at large.
There is no real need of central,
"Land," taxation, customs and excises,
police force and sundry services which
collect and distribute monies which per-
tain to the individual islands economics
and/or security measures.
Finally, there is no need of the
"Staten," the Netherlands Antilles Par-
liament, which is now restricted to a
role of wheeling and dealing between

island interests and their political par-
ties' clout on the national scene. The
vote of a single island party, like Saba's
and St. Eustatius,' may make or break a
coalition, with far-ranging conse-
quences for the other, much more popu-
lous islands

What Central Functions Can
Bonaire NOT Do Without?
* First, a Governor (appointed by the
Kingdom) as the symbol of the historic
ties between the five former "Curaqao
Colony" islands and also as the lynch-
pin of certain central functions that
should be maintained. Even though
some bad blood has crept up between
the islands in recent years, it is undeni-
able that there are many family ties be-
tween the islands making up the lee-
ward Antilles (Curaqao, Bonaire,
Aruba) or the windward Islands (St.
Maarten, St. Eustatius, Saba). The pre-
sent governor of the Antilles is a Bo-
nairean (as were his predecessors); the
Lt. Governor of Saba is an Aruban, and

so on. (Also business wise, there are
many ties. Banks, trade firms, local
builders and entrepreneurs, whether in
Lebanese, Jewish, Indian or Dutch
hands, have always extended their com-
mercial endeavors over all the islands,
and it should remain so.)
Then, a central bank, and a common
currency. No person of a sane mind
would suggest that Bonaire would oper-
ate its own central bank or currency
(the "Aloe"?). The same holds for the
social security (SVB), the central N.A.
pension fund (APNA), the coast guard,
and a few other central agencies, in-
cluding the liaison with vital US gov-
ernment services such as the DEA
(Drugs Enforcement Agency).
Then, the court of appeal, including
the high judge's circuit (now also com-
prising Aruba), the central fiscal agency
(IRS in the US, FIOD in the Nether-
lands, BBA in the Antilles).
This list may be extended. There is
hardly any argument about the need to
maintain these highly qualified (as to pro-
fessional status) bodies, only a question
of who is going to supervise and politi-
cally control them.

What Can Bonaire Handle
On Its Own?
First, as to split (central) functions: In
order to make clear what we mean by
this category, we will use the example of
the certifying agencies for the vital air
and sea links, the Luchtvaartinspectie
and the Scheepvaartinspectie.
On the one hand, it cannot be so that a
Curaqao-based inspectie frustrates essen-
tial air links (like BonairExel) and sea

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September 10

tR eferendum

links (like the Bonaire-Curaqao ferry) by
withholding certificates and permits,
solely on the basis that such links do not
benefit Curaqao interests.
On the other hand, passenger safety sim-
ply demands that adequately trained per-
sonnel check thoroughly on safety ser-
vices and procedures, the airworthiness
of planes and the seaworthiness of ves-
So, the professional capability of the in-
spection personnel should be guaranteed
by internationally recognized certifica-
tion, which requires centrality and its
"island neutrality" guaranteed by an is-
land-based authority, supervised by an
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(Referendum. Continued from page 6)
inter-island-based body of governance,
not influenced by island-based priorities,
jealousies and rivalries.
This we term a "split responsibility" be-
tween the islands completely divorced
from the political expedience of the day.
There are other central-split functions
like this. Education and medical stan-
dards, health care, telecom, law enforce-
ment, taxation, even the police force
may be subject to such a standard, as it
is never a wise solution to have a small
community policed by its own sons and
(An old tradition in Holland requires the
big city police to be manned, and espe-
cially staffed at the top, by officers from
the far-out provinces. Thus, even today,
one unsuspecting Dutch tourist may be
ticketed by a Frisian policeman in Am-
sterdam and by a Groningen-origin po-
liceman in Rotterdam).

Then, as to the contracted inter-island
There are functions in which a bigger
island or territory with better access to
management, resources and controls can
perform better than a small island. Thus,
Bonaire might want to contract with
Curacao for the treatment of rare ill-
nesses at the St. Elizabeth Hospital, Se-
hos, being much better equipped for dia-
betes patients or CAT scans than Bon-
aire's San Francisco Hospital, for men-
tal patients (the Capriles Clinic), for de-
tention of heavy-duty criminals (the Bon
Futuro Prison) or higher education (the
UNA Universiteit).
These are contracts with an economic

and performance content and need no
central government. If Venezuela offers
better terms, Bonaire should be free to
treat with them.

Finally, as to Subsidation
This principle declares that whatever
can be done effectively and economi-
cally on a lower level of governance
should be done there rather than on a
central level. Some advances have been
made in recent years, but not enough. If
Bonaire were to repatriate a number of
its promising sons and daughters, the
island could well perform a number of
functions which now the "Land" claims
as its prerogative: labor law applica-
tions, social development, NGO super-
vision, airport authority, family law ap-
plications, mediation, to name but a few.
1 The Chronicler

The aim of the Cfronidt team of edi-
torial 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.
Active co-operation and exchange of
information is sought with the local/
regional media (press, radio, TV), and
the official Referendum Commission.
Any item in the Referendum Chroni-
cle may be freely quoted and/or
downloaded via Internet. Opinions
expressed are solely those of the writ-



H ow many read- b
ers can say they ava a,
were lucky enough to
take a photo of a man
who makes his liveli-
hood from the ocean
(Walt Stark), stand-
ing in front of a statue
of King Neptune, the
God of the Sea, while
holding a Bonaire
Reporter that just
happens to have a pic-
ture of him (Walt,
underwater in techni-
cal diving gear) on
the cover?
Well, Bonaire's Mary
DiSanza was,and
snapped this photo on
the Malecon, one of
the most famous ave-
nues in the city of Ha-
Mary says the
Malecdn is an 8 km-
long seawall built by
the American admini-
stration in 1901 and is
a favorite promenade for the citizens of La Habana. The view out over the Straits of
Florida is very nice, and the breeze off the ocean helps temper the heat of the city. If
you have a special girlfriend, you would take her walking on the Malec6n it is sim-
ply expected. The locals say it is a place for lovers and thieves and everything in
between. 1

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
Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail to:
picture @bonairereporter.com. (All 2004 photos are eligible.) 1

page 7


Rene Hakkenberg, president of Stichting Jeugdwerk Jong Bon-
aire signs the financing agreementfor Jong Bonaire flanked by
Werner Wiels ofAMFO and Jong Bonaire Treasurer
(penningmeester) Alan Gross. They were joined by members of

A MFO (Antiliaanse Medfi- ter-school program for teens.
nanciering Organisatie) has The activities will include home-
signed a three-year support agree- work help, music, cultural pro-
ment with Stichting Jeugdwerk grams and many sports activities
Jong Bonaire to help provide a such as windsurfing, snorkeling
wide range of activities for the and diving, volleyball, ping-pong
members of the Jong Bonaire af- and many others. This was the

50th project funded by AMFO in
the five Antillean islands since it
began full operations in April of
2004. Sixteen of the approved
projects have been for NGO pro-
jects on the island of Bonaire, and
five more micro-
projects have also
been approved via
the NGO Platform
"The financing of
projects on Bon-
aire is going very
well," said
Werner Wiels, Di-
rector of AMFO. "Bonaire is well
organized, and the NGOs seem to
be working together easily. The
support of the NGO Platform and
especially the wok of Pancho
Cicilia, Manager of the NGO Plat-
form, and his team has put Bon-
aire at the forefront of dealing
with the social problems that the
AMFO money is designed to help
deal with."
"This support from AMFO will
allow Jong Bonaire to continue to
serve the teenagers of Bonaire and
their parents with activities de-

signed to help them reach their
full potential mentally, physically
and as good citizens of our coun-
try," said Rene Hakkenberg, Presi-
dent of the Stichting (Foundation).
"Jong Bonaire will be opening
again this month
for the school
year 2004-2005
and will be able
to serve more
teens than ever
with a wide
range of pro-
grams," said
"We look forward to enrolling
many new first-year students at
SGB as well as welcoming back
our existing members."
According to Wiels, "Bonaire
NGOs have submitted almost 60
projects so far of the 162 we have
received from all the islands. But
we hope to see more come in."
Wiels would like to export the
It is interesting to note that Bonaire,
with less than 10% of the population of
the Netherlands Antilles, has been
awarded 37% of the project grants.

page 8



A fter a great exciting
competition at Lan-
zarote, the action went on as
we, Jayson Jonge
(Worldsails, HiFly, Jibe
City), Ruben Petrisie
(Brunotti Boards & clothing,
Palm Trading, Solar), Taty
Frans ( Gaastra, Starboard,
Fiberspar, Jibe City), Tonky
Frans (Gaastra, F2, Fiber-
spar, Jibe City), Kiri Thode
(Gaastra, Starboard, Fiber-
spar, Jibe City, Banco
di Caribe) and I,
Femke van der Valk,
(Van der Valk vakan-
ties & hotels) left for
Fuerteventura. We
took the ferry which
brought us within a
half hour from one
island to the other.
When we arrived we
all got excited about :A
going sailing. After
great session on the
water, lasting until late
in the evening we all
came to the conclusion that in these con-
ditions it was much more likely for Bon-
aire to score even higher points. The wa-
ter at Sotavento is much flatter and the
wind much steadier. The usual conditions
are around 25 35 knots, enough to
make radical moves and just right to also
to be able to hold on to the sail.
Between our arrival and the competition
there was one day of registration and
training. Everybody made full use of it,

showing off to one another and checking
out one another's level.
The 18th of July was the big day, the first
day of competition. The boys from Bon-
aire were really showing what they were
worth as Ruben, Kiri, Taty and Tonky all
came through the first round every day
scoring great points.
Kiri was really ripping, winning over
great sailors such as Colin Sifferlen
(NC). Taty and Tonky ended on the top

of the list. Taty showed
one of the latest moves,
the "air chacho," in his
heats. This scored mas-
sive points as well for
technical as for style. Of
course Tonky showed
off with his incredible
high forward loops. We
got to see both of them
in several quarter finals
and half finals.

In the end only Tonky made it up to the
stage, in a well deserved 3rd place. Sec-
ond place went to Douglas Diaz and
the first place once again went to Ri-
cardo Campello. By fighting hard and
winning this event he again is one step
closer to becoming world champion in
freestyle once more.
Taty started well in the event but un-
fortunately he couldn't hold on to the
high spot until the end. Despite that he
still got ranked in a great 9th place
after the competition.
Kiri was sailing just like he does at
home, looking comfortable and re-
laxed. He worked his ranking up to
21st, a place many others wish to have.
After some great heats Ruben worked
his ranking up to 29. This definitely
shows that he is moving upwards in
the competitions. If he keeps going
like this also he will definitely get a
great spot in the world ranking.
Jayson was training hard on Fuerte-
ventura, learning new moves and
making the old ones better. Although he
was not ready to show it in the heat we
are still full of expectations for this
strong radical sailor.

That's the update of Fuerteventura. Don't
forget to check The Reporter regularly

for the great heavy duty Pozo story. Till
next time. [ Femke van der Valk, NB-05

KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
8-27 7:18 0.8FT. 22:33 2.1FT. 75
8-28 7:54 0.9FT. 12:50 1.1FT. 13:54 1.0FT. 23:22 2.0FT. 85
8-29 0:05 1.9FT. 8:24 0.9FT. 13:14 1.1FT. 15:38 1.1FT. 93
8-30 0:57 1.8FT. 8:54 1.0FT. 13:49 1.2FT. 17:01 1.1FT. 97
8-31 1:49 1.6FT. 9:20 1.1FT. 14:25 1.3FT. 18:41 1.2FT. 97
9-01 2:51 1.5FT. 9:29 1.2FT. 15:23 1.4FT. 21:16 1.2FT. 94
9-02 4:18 1.3FT. 9:08 1.2FT. 16:14 1.5FT. 23:55 1.2FT. 87
9-03 1:39 1.1FT. 17:09 1.6FT. 77


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Nochi has always been known for capturing the essence of the clouds.
Here's one of his latest renditions.

Popular local artist Nochi Coffie was the man of the evening last Saturday eve-
ning at the Cinnamon Art Gallery's opening of his latest works. Family,
friends and well wishers were on hand to view Coffie's latest works in his show,
"Identidat, Model and Sombrando." Coffie is inspired by rural and natural Bonaire
and "paints with his soul," as he describes it. He's a true natural talent and Bonaire
can be proud.
The show at the Cinnamon Art Gallery will continue until September 25. The Gal-
lery is located just off Kaya Grandi in Playa, behind Banco di Caribe (Kaya A.P.L.
Brion #1), open Monday through Friday, 9-12 and 2-5, or by appointment, phone
717-7103, 786-9563 or 786-9700. DL.D

oan Zale
(rear), a read-
ing teacher at PS 24
in the Bronx, NY,
with first cycle
teacher Carolina
Hart, who asks her
students, Dyanna
Antoin, and Laura
Meiya, both 6, Wat
is dit?" in Dutch at
Kolegio Kristu Bon
Wardador School in
Nikiboko. The stu-
dents responded in
Dutch, "Dit is
zand." In English
the word is sand
Joan was scuba diving on Bonaire this month and was asked by afriend on the
island if she would like to visit a local school The Zales have been coming to
Bonaire since 1995 and just completed their 17" trip. On August 13th they cele-
brated their 21st wed-
ding anniversary on
Bonaire, something
they've done every year
for the last seven years.

Alan Zale, afreelance
photographer for The
Journal News in West-
chester County, NY,
joined his wife on the
school visit. They own a
two- bedroom condo at
Sand Dollar and are
scuba divers. OAlan

Gallery guests overflowed into the street and were treated to drinks, Middle Eastern
snacks from Garden Cafe and local music.

page 10



t the celebration of the first anniversary of BonairExel",
we look back automatically towards the time when it all
Started and to the importance of this airline company for
ii the island of Bonaire. The many ways that have been
T crossed to literally get this aviation project from the ground were not
a easy. With hard work, perseverance, limited funds, a good teamwork
T between Dutch Eagle Express N.V. "BonairExel" and Air Exel Neth-
erlands B.V., as collaborating parties, the company managed to get
Stwo ATR 42-320 in the air on the routes between Bonaire, Curacao
d and Aruba.
a The general development of this airline is, despite all obstacles
which had to be surpassed and the enormous loss suffered, positive
j(and shows a steady growth! All attempts to obstruct and to title this
t( project as an illusionary adventure were in vain.
The success of this operation has to do with a new dimension in the
capacity and mentality of doing business in the air transport busi-
e ness, whereby members of the Exel task force have committed them-
0 selves to working day and night to comply in the first place with all
rt requirements to obtain the so-called Air Operator Certificate (AOC)
v and further to start with the operation. It was demonstrated that
it things can be done differently and better and that this not only a
C unique achievement and pride for the island of Bonaire and its com-
o munity, but certainly also a victory for the pioneers, who stood A message from Raymundo Saleh, Managing Director of the Bonairean
r( closely at the cradle of its birth. Their endurance, their energy and holding company for BonairExel, Dutch Eagle Express.
n their loyalty deserve our most appreciated praise and recognition.
We will certainly elaborate separately regarding the significance and
value of their personal input to get the job done. The excellent teamwork was obviously the key to success, whereby the ego was absolutely
non-existent, but surely plenty of room to pertinently reach the goal, which was the ulti-
mate target that everyone had in mind. Congratulations to everyone!

Although we have a year of operation behind us, the job has just begun. Support and par-
ticipation of the forerunners is needed, their stake and experience need to be conveyed to
the newcomers who also have dedicated their best efforts to the advance and progress
of the company. Aviation is universally an utmost dynamic phenomena, subject to abrupt
changes- a reason why prompt attention is always readily needed. In this situation much is
expected from the management and collaborators in an airline company who must con-
front new developments which are daily challenges in the aviation industry. We are sure
that the community will support us, and this support gives us the impetus to continue our
activities which contribute substantially to the economic welfare of Bonaire and of the
other islands.
Obviously we wish to grow and to be profitable in our operation, but we firmly take into
consideration the social aspects of the community. In our continued commitment to the
general public, we experience these aspects as an integral part of our responsibility. Our
target is, and will remain, to provide the people and the industry with reliable service,
whereby on-time performance and safety always will prevail in our banner. Airlift is of vi-
tal importance to the islands! Air transportation continues to increase and airplanes cannot
be thought away from the logistic pattern of the worldwide social and economic structure.
A blessed BonairExel is certainly part of this pattern, and we hope to serve all our passen-
gers, namely business-people, vacationers, travelers for health-reasons and family-visitors
for many more years. O Raymundo Saleh

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I have chosen this week's spotsfor their wonderful snorkeling sites and re-
mote locations. Reaching both beaches will take some time so you will need to
plan aheadfor your day out, but I can guarantee thatyou will enjoy your day in
the sun as much as I did

Boka Bartol
This is another
piece of para-
dise that you
will find in

tional Park
where Boka
Bartol is ad-
vertised as a
diving and
snorkeling site.
After quickly
scanning the
lengthy rocky
shore, you will
wonder why I am writing about a beach at Boka Bartol. But I can guarantee that if
you look closely, you will find a small patch of white sand the size of two beach
towels... perfect to picnic and relax with your lover after spending some time in
the water.
I found that the easiest access into the water was not too far to the left of this tiny
beach where the calm water made is quite easy to put on my fins and goggles. I
have to say that the best thing about Boka Bartol is its underwater life. You need
not swim far from shore to see it at its best, which might be good for people who
feel uncomfortable swimming far into the sea. Here again, as on so many beaches
found on Bonaire, shade is non-existent. But if you need a change of scenery, you
only need to look behind to admire a beautiful view of a small saltpan filled with
flamingoes with a mountainous background.

Nukove Beach
Since my arrival on
Bonaire I have always
chosen Atlantis when-
ever I wanted to spend
time in the sun, but
now I have a new fa-
vorite spot... Nukove
Beach. This little
treasure is actually
located in a cove on
the northwest coast of
the island, and getting
there is only half the
fun. To reach Nukove
Beach, you need to
travel to the very
gates of the BOPEC oil depot, turn right and then follow the signs to Playa Frans.
The dirt road to the beach is very rough, so when visiting Nukove be sure you are
with someone who is strong enough to change a tire -just in case. The beach is at
the bottom of a half-moon-shaped rock formation. Do look around to find the
small path that will lead you down to the wonderful white sandy beach. If you are
as lucky as I was, you will even enjoy the sight of large fishes feeding in the shal-
low water of the cove from the top of the cliff. As you can imagine, snorkeling at
Nukove Beach is an amazing experience, but be aware that for some distance you
will need to almost glide on the surface of the water in order to avoid the many
coral formations that rise from the sea floor. An additional bonus to this treasure is
that you will find a grove of trees at the top of the cliff that will provide you with
some wonderful shade and a wonderful view of the Caribbean Sea. You need only
to remember to bring some beach chairs.
This is the time of year when we all usually go back to our daily routines, and in
many cases there are no more vacation days available until next year. So until
your next vacation, what better way to enjoy Caribbean living than outings on the
weekends? I believe that this week's spots are perfect escapes from everyone's
weekly routines. I don't think that many people will venture to these beautiful
spots on a regular basis so you might end up enjoying these beaches with only your
lover. I can't imagine a better place to let go of the stresses of the week. As for
me, I will continue to scout the island for the perfect Hush-Hush Seaside Spot with
my husband in tow. O Josde Bolduc Frosst



B efore correcting
your dog, first be
sure your request or rule
was understood, and
that it is your dominance
that is being challenged.
Dogs in a pack establish
dominance and enforce
the rules in various ways,
including physically cor-
recting one another. But
you are no match for him
physically and he knows
this. He can out run, out
jump and out bite you.
Physical punishment (this
includes choke chains and
shock collars) is often in- One oJ
effective as a means of "I
coercing good behavior
and it undermines trust. However, we
can take some guidance from the way
one dog corrects another. When a dog
breaks the rules (pestering an older dog,
sleeping in a more dominant dog's spot
etc.) the offended dog will first glare at
the offending dog. If this doesn't work
he may growl low in his
throat. If this still does-
n't get the message
across, he will show
some teeth and maybe
snarl. It rarely gets as
far as the final step,
which is to snap. It is
always a good idea for
us to use a similar kind
of escalation in our
"threats", to always start
with the most subtle cor-
rection (ignoring) and
work our way up
(physically handling).
If you start with the
latter, and it does-
n't work you may "Dog training ne
very well lose the exchange, based on
power struggle.
So, your dog is on the sofa, and you
have taught him that you do not approve
of this (by saying "Off!" calling him to
his own bed and then rewarding him,
every time he has done this before).
First, if he is looking at you, you glare
disapprovingly at him. If he does not
move, you say "Off' in a low growly
tone. If he still doesn't move, or worse,
looks away from you, you then clap
your hands (or smack the wall or make
any other alarming noise) saying "Off!"
again. This should do the trick, but if it
doesn't, then you will have to take his
collar and remove him -- "I said OFF!"
You must then stay there, ignoring him,
to be sure he doesn't return to the sofa,
and to watch for any rewardable behav-
ior on his part (like slinking over to his
own bed).
Another example: you come in the
house to find your dog chewing on your

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Birkenstocks. You have taught him that
this is not an approved toy (asking him
to "leave it" every time he has gotten it,
and replacing it with any available dog
toy). What do you do now? You do not
run over to him yelling "no," and chase
him until you can wrestle the shoe from
his mouth. Instead, you
gasp loudly and clap your
hands to your face (maybe
even shriek a little). He
may be startled enough to
drop the shoe, in
which case you tell
him how good he is. If
he doesn't drop it, you
lower your hands and
growl, "Leave It!" If he

stomp towards him clap-
ping and glaring down at
him as you say "I said
Give him every oppor-
tunity to drop the
eeds to be afair shoe, rather than
trust and respect." yanking it from his
mouth, and reward
him the second he does. Also reward
him if he subsequently picks up a more
appropriate toy. (Note: if your dog runs
away from you when you treat him this
way, with or without the shoe, then con-
sult a professional). You'll notice that in
each example the trainer (that's you) re-
sponds a little differently, but both re-
sponses are based on how a dog would
correct another dog. Escalating the cor-
rection also gives the dog a chance to
understand/remember what it is he has
done wrong.
Dog training needs to be a fair ex-
change, based on trust and respect. In
other words, he will trust you to under-
stand and take care of his basic needs
and wants, and, in return, you will ex-
pect him to defer to you, and try to un-
derstand and comply with your ridicu-
lous rules. Next time: Problem Behav-
iors.0 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 of recuperating 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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' h E

STD im," our Pet of
I the Week, may
not make it to a color
page in The Reporter
this week so we want to
let you know she has the
most beautiful gray
cropped fur coat and the
bluest eyes. And to com-
plete the color scheme,
the soles of her feet are
coal black. Maybe there
was a Weimaraner
somewhere in her family
tree. She was found
wandering in the street
all alone. She's only
about seven weeks old,
much too young to be
left like that. But wher-
ever Pim came from she
must have been treated
well because she's a beautifully well ad-
justed pup and full of fun. Like all the
other pets available for adoption at the
Shelter Pim has been examined by the vet,
given her shots, de-wormed and declared
healthy and ready to go. You may see Pim
at the Bonaire Animal Shelter on the La-
goen Road, open Monday through Friday,
10 am to 2 pm, Saturdays until 1. Tel. 717-
Did you know that it has been proven that

how a young puppy or kitten is treated in
the early weeks of its life determines how
it will act, whether it will be a loving, so-
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aggressive? That's why it's so important to
give your new pet as much attention and
love as possible. Keeping the Shelter pets
"social" is paramount with the staff. If you
have some time and enjoy animals, call or
drop into the Shelter and hang out with the
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R ecently in Curagao there
was a Conference on
Creole Languages and a joint
meeting with the Society for
Caribbean Linguistics and the
Association for the Study of
Spanish and Portuguese Based
Creole Languages. According
to Dr. Nick Faraclas, Profes-
sor of Linguistics, the scope of
this conference has not been
replicated for a long time. The
conference was organized by
the Erasmus School of Curagao (K to 12, where classes are in Papiamentu), the
Foundation for Linguistic Planning and UNESCO.
Creole languages, of which Papiamentu is one, occur all over the world. Profes-
sors presented 50 differentpapers on Creole languages in the Indian Ocean,
West Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific Ocean. Nearly 200 people attended with
a large delegation from the ABC islands (teachers, local linguists, government
officials responsible for language education, local writers interested in culture,
In the ABC islands Papiamentu is used in cr&ches (nursery schools). The gov-
ernment has proposed and passed legislation for Papiamentu to be taught up to
grades 4 to 6 as the main language of instruction with Spanish, English and
Dutch as subjects.
Dr. Faraclas, who was recently in Bonaire researching the essence ofPapia-
mentu and recording 16 different interviews with elderly Papiamentu speakers,

"The main thing is for children to learn to
read and write in the language they know
best before they go on to another lan-
guage. Learning to read and write are not
easy tasks; they're two very difficult
tasks that students are expected to per-
form in their first years of school. It
makes no sense to complicate those two
tasks with a third very difficult task
which is learning another language. In
education the main principle we follow is
to go from the known to the unknown.
You use the knowledge that your stu-
dents have as a foundation on which to
build more knowledge. You go from the
knowledge they do have to the knowl-
edge they don't have. So normally a child
goes from the knowledge of their mother
tongue, their first language. They use that
knowledge to gain skills in reading and
writing. So you use what they've got -
they already know their mother tongue -
so you teach them to read and write in
their own language so in that way they're
going from something they know to
something they don't know. At least they
have something to hold onto.
But when you teach children to read and
write in a language they don't know, they
have nothing to hold onto. They're going
from the unknown to the unknown. Most
children are just going to get lost. A lot
of children are very intelligent but they
just can't cope with learning to read and
write and learning Dutch at the same
time. So what happens is they never get a
good foundation in reading and writing.

They never get a good foundation in
Dutch. And they never get a good foun-
dation in Papiamentu either, so they're
really lost. Their whole academic career
suffers as a result so they go from failure
to failure instead of from success to suc-
I think that's another big reason why
Papiamentu is so important in establish-
ing a good foundation for the students for
the rest of their academic career.

Also we have the whole question of cul-
ture because when students go to school
and they open up their books they see the
language in the books doesn't correspond
to their own language. So how does that
make the children feel? It makes them
feel, 'Well, my language isn't that great
because it doesn't get to go in the book.
The language that's really important gets
to go in the book.' It gives children the
idea that their language is inferior. And
when they look at the book they see that
the people in the book are from Holland.
The person in the book doesn't look like
their father but somebody from another
country; the mother looks like someone
from another country; the house from
another country. So the children start to
believe that the father in the book is a
good father and their own father isn't
such a great father because he doesn't get
into the book. The mother in the book is
a good mother, but their own mother is
not really a good mother. The house in
the book is a good house; their own
house is not such a good house because

they never see it in the book.
What that means is the child thinks that
not only is his language not good, his fa-
ther, mother, his house are not good. In
the end the child feels the same way
about himself, 'Well, I'm just not as
good; I'm inferior to somebody else.'
And of course when he feels inferior he
doesn't have confidence; he doesn't have
belief in himself. Without confidence and
belief in himself he can never succeed in
school. The basic ingredient to success in
school is confidence. A child who has
confidence and belief in himself will do
well in his studies. So if we try to build
up the child's confidence at an early age
then he'll do well in school later. But if
the child's confidence is destroyed at an
early age you've destroyed most of his
chances of succeeding in school.
It's a very big problem and a problem
that is faced by many students here on
Bonaire. It's not just here. In many other
countries children are forced to learn to
read and write in languages that are not
their own. In Papua, New Guinea, for
instance, most children are out of school
by grade three or grade four. But here in
Bonaire, the law says the child has to stay
in school, but it's questionable as to how
much he's learning. A lot of children are
passed to the next grade because of their
age, rather than how much they've
Back to culture children appreciating
and valuing their own culture. If a child
is forced to learn to read and write in a
language that's not his own and learn
about a culture that's not his own before
he learns about his own culture and his
own language he's going to tend to feel
that his own language and culture are not
as important as the other the Dutch cul-
ture and language. So what that does is
give the child a basic negative value for
his own culture and language.
What happens to the majority of students
who never do well in school is they don't
really feel at home in the village, but
when they come to town they don't feel
at home either. They don't feel at home
in the kunuku; they don't feel at home in
town, so what happens to these children?
They don't want to work on the kunuku;
they don't want to work in the rural set-
ting, but they don't have the qualifica-
tions to work in an urban setting. So I
think this is a big source for crime and
other activities that Bonaire is having to
face right now.

But then what about the children who do
succeed (under this system)? But when
they succeed because they've learned that
their own culture and language are not as
important as Dutch language and cul-
ture when they have this lack of confi-
dence then the chances are that they're
not going to come back to Bonaire after
their studies and you're going to get the
"Brain Drain" that we have in Bonaire.
So many of the most talented people
from Bonaire are not in Bonaire. They're

in Holland; they're in the US; they're in
some other country, whereas they should
be here in Bonaire helping to build up
their own country. They're somewhere
else because they appreciate the foreign
culture more than their own. They put a
higher value on the foreign culture.

Many parents believe that teaching chil-
dren to read and write in Papiamentu will
stop them from learning Dutch, or Eng-
lish or Spanish. So a lot of parents are
really afraid right now of what it's going
to mean for their children. Actually it's
the complete opposite. A child who
learns to read and write in Papiamentu
first has much better chances of eventu-
ally becoming proficient in the other lan-
guages. So the child who has the good
foundation in his own language is the one
who will have the best chances of being
able to build on that foundation to get a
good knowledge of Dutch, English and
This has been proven in many countries.
At the Erasmus School in Curamao the
children are taught to read and write in
Papiamentu. All their lessons are in
Papiamentu, but they take English, Dutch
and Spanish as subjects. I was there four
days ago and the children, ages 9 and 10,
were already reading, writing and speak-
ing very proficiently in English. So this
proves that right here in Curamao that
children who learn to read and write in
Papiamentu can very quickly go on to
other languages. So the best way to
teach a child a foreign language is to
teach them in their own language first.
OL.D. from an interview with Dr. Farak-

Dr. Nick Faraclas, Professor of
Linguistics, speaks on his subject

Next week the series continues covering
subjects as teacher and parent support,
how to change the system, word banks,

page 15



Guy Edson of the American Swim Coaches Association with coachesfrom the
Bonaire Barracudas coaches: (1 to r) Ralph Sint Jago, Valarie Stimpson, Simone
Sweers and Paco Veeris.

T he Swimming Association of the
Netherlands Antilles (NAZB) in
cooperation with the American Swim-
ming Coaches Association (ASCA) held
a swim coach clinic in Curacao from 9 -
13 August. Attending from Bonaire
were Ralph Sint Jago, Valarie Stimpson,
Simone Sweers and Paco Veeris, all vol-
unteer coaches for the Bonaire Barracu-
das Swim Team. Course work included
Principles of Teaching, Principles of
Motivation, Stroke Technique, Design-
ing Season Training Plans and Design-
ing Dryland Training Plans for Novice,
Age Group and Senior level swim pro-
grams. Sessions lasted 8 to 10 hours per
day, including classroom work and pool
training sessions with swimmers from
several Curacao clubs.

During the clinic the coaches from Bon-
aire had the opportunity to meet and ex-
change ideas with coaches from the
other islands of the Netherlands Antilles.
Many of the Curacao coaches have fam-
ily members living in Bonaire so ac-
quaintances were made quite easily.

Several swim clubs in Curacao have
been active for more than 30 years, and
their coaches were helpful in providing
tips on training technique and frequency.

Coaches from St. Maarten proved to be
a useful source of information about the
development of a new swim program as
they have been involved in competitive
swimming for a much shorter period of
time than Curacao. Even so, Bonaire is
no longer the youngest member of the
Antillean swimming community. St.
Eustatius sent a coach to the clinic in
preparation for setting up a swim pro-
gram for that island as well. Represen-
tatives of the NAZB were also on hand
throughout the clinic to lend their exper-
tise and support to the delegation repre-
senting the Bonaire swim program.

The coaches did not have to wait long to
put their new-found knowledge into
practice as the Bonaire Barracudas
opened their season on Monday, 16 Au-
gust at the Meralney Vacation Village
Pool. O Valerie Stimpson

The Bonaire Barracudas swim club wel-
comes new members and invites girls and
boys between the ages of 7 and 16, accompa-
nied by a parent, to visit the pool during a
workout session to watch the Barracudas in

Workouts are currently Monday 17.30 18.30 and Tuesday 17.00 18.00. Chil-
dren should have an "A" level swim diploma or be able to pass the club swim test
to join the team. There is a monthly club membership fee. D

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New! Usually 9:00pm

King Arthur
(Clive Owen)

Early Show (usually 7pm)
Spiderman 2
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tel. 717-2400
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. Tax)
High Schoolers NAf 7,75
SATURDAY 4 PM Garfield

Thursday; August 26-HAPPY
Wilhelmina Park-Food, drinks
games, prizes, music. Everyone in-
vited! Starting at 6 pm.

Friday, Saturday Sunday, August 27,
28, 29 a play in Papiamentu,
Sh&bbrkbb den Karta, at SGB, Friday
and Saturday 8:30 pm (tickets NAf25),
Sunday 4 pm (tickets NAf15) Call
717-8448 or 786-8448

Sunday, August 29--Special Olym-
pics Bonaire Fundraiser -Let's Go
Latin/Jazz Concert aboard the visit-
ing cruise ship, Freewinds, 7:15 to 9
pm, tickets NA1f7.50 from Croc-
cantino Restaurant, Sharon (tel. 717-
8658) or any Special Olympics board

Saturday, August 27-Rincon Mar-
sh6 & Soldachi Tours, 6 am to 4 pm
(more on page 5)

August 21-September 25, at Cinna-
mon Art Gallery an exhibition of
"Nochi" Coffie's works.

September 2 through 6, Big Biker
(extended) Weekend. There will be
rides, parades and lots of parties for the
participants and everyone else.

Sunday, September 5th Bonaire Lo-
cal Fishing Tournament. Only Bon-
aire registered boats. Crew may be
from anywhere. Sign up at Doei
Diaz' (next to Richard's Restaurant)

Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while
enjoying 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 Restau-
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
Marsh6 opens at 6 am 2 pm. 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 Au-
thentic Bonairean kunuku. $12
(NAfl2 for Bonaire residents). Tel
717-8489, 540-9800.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is
open daily for hot slot machines, rou-
lette and blackjack, Monday to Satur-
day 8 pm- 4 am and Sunday 7 pm- 3

Sunday- Discover Our Diversity
Slide Show, Buddy Dive at the pool
bar, 7 pm 717-5080
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th) Turtle Con-
servation Slide Show by Andy Uhr.
Carib Inn seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Pres-
entation by the Toucan Dive Shop at
the Plaza's Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-
Friday- The Captain Don Show-
Conversation, fun, yars, a few slides.
Guaranteed 85% true. Aquarius Con-
ference Room. Captain Don's Habitat
8:30 pm Tel. 717-8290

The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Vala-
rie Stimpson at 785-3451 or Val-
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers
to help staff gallery during the day.
Contact Wendy Horn, at 717-3902 or
Bonaire National Marine Park- 717-
Bonaire Animal Shelter -717-4989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 7174303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Tromp, 717-7659

AA meetings every Wednesday; Phone
717-6105; 560-7267 or717-3902.
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening 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
entity 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 Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, sec.
Jeannette Rodriguez.
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at
Kaya Sabana #1. All Lions are wel-
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesday,
12 noon-2 pm Rendez-Vous Restau-
rant, Kaya L.D. Gerharts #3. All Ro-
tarians are welcome. Tel. 717-8454

Mangazina di Rei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse" while learn-
ing about Bonaire's history and culture and
visit typical homes from the 17th century.
Daily. Call 717-4060 or 790-2018
Go to the source. Visit the Bonaire Mu-
seum onKaya J. v.d. Ree, behind the Catho-
lic Church in town Open weekdays from 8
am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holi-
days. 717-8444/785-0017
Sunday at Cai- Live music and danc-
ing starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai.
Dance to the music of Bonaire's popular
Rincon Marsh&- every Saturday 6
am to 3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's
historic town. Soldachi Tours show
you the Rincon area. Alta Mira
Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am.
Town Walking tour at 9:30, Bus
Tour at 10. Call Maria at 717-6435 to

International Bible Church of Bonaire -
Kaya Amsterdam 3 (near the traffic circle)
Sunday Services at 9 am; Sunday
Prayer Meeting at 7:00 pm in English.
Tel. 717-8332
Protestant Congregation of Bonaire.
Wilhelminaplein. Services in Papia-
mentu, Dutch and English on Sundays
at 10 am. Thursday Prayer Meeting
and Bible Study at 8 pm. Rev. Jonk-
man. 717-2006
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints, Kaya Sabana #26 Sundays
8:30 11:30 am. Services in Papia-
mentu, Spanish and English.
Catholic San Bernardus in Kral-
endijk 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
English, Dutch & Papiamentu on Sun-
day 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.

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Email reporter@bonairenews.com

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I t's a long and dusty road that
leads to the kunuku where he 's
living, but as always, it's worth it.
There's something very beautiful in a
place that has no structure, that's not
developed. It is as if life has become a
matter of sky and earth and just a roof
to separate them and to hold on to.
Hans Voerman (39) lives there.
"The quality of life is high here," he
smiles. "I don't miss a thing and I
wouldn't want it any other way. You
need to be a little bit adventurous. I
don't have electricity; I don't need it.
The light of a kerosene lamp is just
beautiful at night and so is the darkness.
I don't have TV or a radio, but I hear
the sound of the wind in the trees; I
hear the dogs, the birds, and when the
rain comes I hear the frogs and the cica-
das. And there's silence. The light of
the kerosene lamp is enough to read
by I couldn't live without books but

I don't have a refrigera-
tor and it doesn't matter
to me. This kunuku be-
longs to the DeJong
family. When they said I
could live here it was
like everything fell into
place. It must have been
for a reason.
The first time I came to
Bonaire was in 1990. I
was a diver with the
military. My sergeant,
Rene Faro, came to
Bonaire for a vacation. I
decided to visit him for
a week. It became a
month. I arrived at
night; I'd been to the
tropics a lot and ex-
pected to be chased by
taxi drivers, but on the
contrary nobody
showed up. Great! The
customs officer asked

"It's about
out in a d
high seas
weather t(
people, d
escapes, fi
ing on sh
just a gold

where I was going to sleep. I wondered
why he'd ask me such a thing. I told
him, and it appeared he knew the per-
son. That was impressive! Back in Hol-
land after I got out of the service I ar-
ranged everything to move to Bonaire.
The easiest thing was to become a dive
instructor and Buddy Dive hired me. At
the time the business was small: 10
apartments and a container as an office.
I was 25 and having a good time. Be-
fore I went into the military I'd been a
helmsman on a tramp freighter with
Rederij Spliethoff in Amsterdam for
five years, and now I felt I was getting
restless again. Maybe I was too young
to settle down. My girlfriend and I
planned to travel aboard the Trans-
Siberia Express to the Far East and
from there to Australia and New Zea-

Soon after World War II my parents
had immigrated to New Zealand where
my two brothers and sister were born.
They stayed for 15 years, and I was
'made in New Zealand,', but I was the
only one born in Holland after they'd
returned because my mom was so
homesick. The only one who was born
in Holland! Can you believe that! How
terrible! I still feel bad when I think
about it! I could have had two pass-
ports! They have!
My girlfriend and I split up and I went
to Australia by myself. I traveled
through the northern part in the rainy
season flooded roads and bridges and
I had to sleep in a bus or roadhouse. I
met a helicopter pilot and some aborigi-
nals and we traveled with two trucks
through the outback. It was the trip of
my life! The aborigines caught a reptile
one night and we ate it. I still don't
know what it was. The
trip ended when we got
stuck in a river. I ended
up on a cattle station half
the size of Holland-no
it going money, no transport, so I
did the dirty work. Once
lingy in they went 'hunting' with
and bad the helicopter to find a
nd d suitable cow. They shot
o rescue it, tied it to the helicop-
ter, then flew back and
itching landed the cow next to
ers and the barbecue! Unbeliev-
re fight- But my heart was still in
Bonaire. Buddy Dive
ips and said I could have my job
)rms back. Three months later
I was back on the island.
ten job!" I thought I'd find some
peace of mind this time
but I didn't. Still, I didn't
want to leave the island. I
started working on a two-
masted ship, the Insulinde from Cura-
qao for six months. Then I helped
friends of mine, Henk and Sylvia Rot-
teveel, to build an apartment on their
kunuku 'Dos Iguanas.' At the same time
I was the operator of the recompression
chamber. However, the rules were dif-
ferent then. I didn't have an official job
so I was 'illegal' on the island. I didn't
like it and I thought it was absolutely
unfair, as Antilleans could go and live
in Holland anytime.
Together with a friend, Marielle Sen-
gers, I left for South America. The first
day in Caracas we were robbed in broad
daylight and it annoyed me terribly.
From there we went to Merida, Colom-
bia, Quito and Peru where Marielle
wanted to stay longer. I went on to
Chile and to Easter Island. That was

impressive, very re-
mote, at the back of
beyond, and the Poly-
nesian culture mixed
with the SouthAmeri-
can culture-very spe-
cial! And-an island!
(Ever since I was a
little boy of five I
wanted to live like
Robinson Crusoe.)
From Easter Island I
went to Tahiti and fi-
nally I ended up in
New Zealand and...
was arrested immedi-
ately at the airport.
The drug dogs had
gone out of their
minds the moment
they'd smelled me and
I was also the only passenger who
looked somewhat shabby. No more
kindness. They read me my rights and I
was arrested. 'Why?' I asked. 'You've
got cocaine somewhere,' the officer
said, and he kept on searching my suit-
case. Then I remembered. I had this
Bonairean goatskin that I'd prepared
myself three months before. That was
it! They let me go with compliments for
the preparation. After they'd disinfected
the skin I got it back.
I traveled through New Zealand, back
to Australia, to Indonesia, Malaysia,
Thailand and Hong Kong where I sailed
along with a friend on a ship. He told
me about this job, 'naval survival in-
structor,' so I went to Holland to see
about it. A naval training center trains
everyone who works offshore and on
ships and who's obliged to follow this
training. It's about going out in a dingy
in high seas and bad weather to rescue
people, ditching helicopters and es-
capes, fire fighting on ships and oil-
platforms-just a golden job! Every
year three to four months off because of
the overtime, so I could go traveling. I
did it for seven years, then it became
more and more about theory and about
course members who were not willing
to do the course because they were
afraid. After seven years, it was
enough! I also wanted to leave Hol-
He strokes his blue-eyed Siamese kitty
and says: "All my life I've been look-
ing for a place to live. When I was a
child I used to say I didn't want to stay
in Holland. Then I heard that regula-
tions in Bonaire had softened up for the
Dutch, so in 2002 I was back with the
idea of becoming a dive guide. The no-
tary told me it wasn't allowed anymore
as there were so many already. That
was really disappointing and I didn't
know what to do. For a while I worked

for Yellow Submarine as a dive instruc-
tor. But then I heard they needed some-
one at the Caribbean Club to do eco
tours. This was what I'd done all my
life: caving, hiking, biking, climbing,
rappelling-the only thing I hadn't
done regularly was kayaking in the
mangroves. So, for a year I've been do-
ing the eco tours. I founded my own
business, 'Outdoor Bonaire-Do Some-
thing Different.' It takes times to get a
steady clientele, but I'm prepared, I can
live very cheap! When for a while abso-
lutely nothing came in, I went into re-
treat and I fasted for 12 days. Can't be
bad! And if I'm really hungry, there's
always the roosters!"
He smiles: "I've been very, very lucky
in my life with my jobs, but I don't be-
lieve in security. I think it's a shame not
to do what you want to do because you
might lose your pension. I don't think
that's the meaning of life. I see it as a
very big challenge to live in a way that
you have to do everything yourself with
nobody taking care of you. I think it
builds up character. Many people on
Bonaire live like this.
I still want to see Antarctica though. I
know how to get there. Bonaire is beau-
tiful but it isn't the most beautiful is-
land I've ever seen, however, I think
it's the best place to live. I've been
back and forth so many times and I've
seen so much of the world, but still, I
came back to live here." 1 Greta

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Angdlique Salsbach

D iabetes is a meta-
bolic disease is characterized by
hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) result-
ing from defects in insulin (hormone pro-
duced by the pancreas) secretion, insulin
action, or both.

Symptoms of hyperglycemia are:
extreme thirst
blurry vision from time to time
frequent urination
unusual tiredness or drowsiness
unexplained weight loss

There are two types of diabetes: Insulin
Dependent Diabetes (IDDM or Type 1
Diabetes) and Non-Insulin Dependent
Diabetes (NIDDM or Type 2 Diabetes).
When the pancreas does not make enough
insulin, the sugar (glucose) level in the
blood gets too high. The bodies of per-
sons with Insulin-Dependent Diabetes do
not make any insulin, therefore these peo-
ple must always take insulin. The bodies
of persons with Non-Insulin Dependent
Diabetes make some insulin or occasion-
ally, too much insulin, but this insulin
doesn't work very well. No matter which
type of diabetes you have, it is impor-
tant to understand that diet and exer-
cise will play a big part in your life
from now on. Diet and exercise are im-
portant in controlling diabetes.

* Increase dietary fiber intake. You
can increase your dietary fiber intake
by choosing products such as: whole
wheat bread, whole wheat pancakes,
brown rice, whole wheat pasta, whole
wheat crackers, as well as cereals high
in fiber, beans, fruits, vegetables, po-
tato, etc.
* Follow a mealplan with good spac-
ing of carbohydrates over the day
and by eating at regular times.
* Limityour alcohol consumption. Do
not use alcohol on a daily basis and
do not exceed two glasses.
* Quit smoking
* Exercise appropriately. Exercise on
a daily basis or at least five times a
week for about one hour. Use proper
footwear. Inspect feet daily after ex-
ercise. Monitor blood sugars and eat
appropriately to prevent hypoglyce-
mia (too low blood sugar). O A.S.


"Some of us want to spread our arms wide to new adventures. Some of us want to
open the curtain just a little bit for the time being. Some of us want to light a huge
bonfire. Some of us want just a little flame to radiate our own special light into the
world. Never worry ifyou are doing it 'wrong.' There is no wrong. It's your dance.
Every day it's a new dance for all of us. Trust your own rhythm. It suits you."
Susan Jeffers

M ost headaches are due
to stress and tension
held in the head, neck and
shoulders and upper back.
When these muscles are con-
tinuously contracted, they
constrict the flow of blood,
oxygen and prana (energy) to
the head.
When you feel a headache
coming on, the first thing to
do is stop what you are doing
and take a break. Close your eyes, relax and take a few deep breaths through the nose
into the belly. Scan your upper body for tension and tightness and consciously allow it
to release and relax.
Adjust your posture: reach the crown of the head up to lengthen the spine, let the
shoulders drop down and back to open the chest. Or give yourself a shoulder, neck and
face massage. Gently press and lightly circle on the tops of the shoulders, the back of
the neck, the third eye and temples.

Practice yoga in a calming environment with low lights and soft music. Focus on calm-
ing and restorative postures like child's pose, puppy stretch.
Finish in shavasana (relaxation) with a folded towel placed over the eyes; slow deep
breathing in the belly and chest.
A regular yoga practice, focusing on postures that will release tension in the neck and
shoulders, increases circulation and stimulates the nervous system.
Talk to your doctor if you are having more than two or three headaches per week, or if
a bad headache lasts for several days. Migraines and cluster headaches can be helped
with yoga, but you must have the supervision and approval of your doctor. O Desirke

Don and Desirie of "Yoga For You" offer classes from beginners to advanced
Call 717-2727,785-7688

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*to find it, just look up

The 2nd and The 6th
Planet Have a Super
Close Meeting
on August 31st
and September 1st

f you want to see some-
thing really nifty then
mark August 31st and Sep-
tember 1st on your calendar
as two mornings you'll want
to get up an hour before sun-
rise to see a super close
meeting between planet
number 2, the brightest Conjunction photo from 2001
planet of them all, Venus,
and planet number 6, the most beautiful planet of them all and the one that we're
visiting right now with our Cassini spacecraft, Saturn.
Let's go back in time a bit to Sunday morning, August 1, an hour before sunrise,
facing east where the brightest stars you would have seen would have been those
of Orion the Hunter, Aldebraran, the eye of Taurus the Bull, Castor and Pol-
lux, the two brightest stars of the Gemini twins, and Capella, the brightest star
of Auriga, the charioteer. And nestled between these wonderfully bright stars,
the brightest planet of them all, planet number 2 from the sun, 8,000-mile-wide
Venus, our so-called sister planet because it is the same size as our Earth. And
huddled close to the horizon, much dimmer but absolutely spectacular through a
small telescope, the 75,000-mile-wide wonderful ring world Saturn.
Now on August 1st Saturn and Venus were 25 degrees apart from each other, or
if you like to think of it this way, since a full moon is /2 a degree wide we could
have fit 50 full moons between Saturn and Venus. But the heavens are very dy-
namic because everything in the cosmos is moving including our Earth. So if you
had gone out a week later on August 8t you would have seen that Saturn and
Venus had moved closer and were only 20 degrees apart or 40 full moons distant
from each other. And if you had been paying close attention you would have also
noticed that they had moved relative to the bright stars, especially Orion. One
week later on August 15" they had moved 5 degrees closer, only 15 degrees
apart, or 30 full moon widths distant. And then things really began to speed up
because by last Sunday the 22nd they were only 9 degrees or 18 full moons apart,
Venus noticeably much farther away from Orion.
But this week is the week the action really begins because in just seven days, by
this Sunday the 29th Venus and Saturn will be only 3 degrees or 6 full moons
apart and getting ready to close in. In fact, they'll reach their absolute closest and
be a visually stunning mere 2 degrees apart on Tuesday morning, August 31st,
and Wednesday morning, September 1st. Astronomers call this meeting of two
planets a conjunction, but it's all an optical illusion created by our vantage point
on planet Earth as we and all the planets constantly move in our orbits about the
Sun. In fact, on the morning of the 31st Venus will be only 76 million miles
away while Saturn will be a whopping 905 million miles away. And if you want
to see how things really change quickly in the cosmos, on September 1st Saturn
will be a million miles closer. So get thee out on the 31st and 1st for a super close
meeting of two of the loveliest planets around. O Jack Horkimer

Moon Info Full Moon on August 30 i) Last Quarter on September 6t

New Moon on September 14th C First Quarter on September 21t.



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For the week:
August 27 to September 3, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Education may be the answer. Erratic behavior may con-
fuse others, and mood swings may result in isolation. Your ideas are right on the mark
and your work commendable. Do not confront situations unless you are sure you have
a good understanding of the dilemma. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Social activities that involve the whole family will be
enjoyable. Keep a lookout for any individuals eager to confront you with unsavory
situations. Don't be too quick to blame others for your bad mood. Unexpected romantic
connections can be made if you go out with friends or take a pleasure trip. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) You can get your point across if you don't beat around
the bush. Pleasure trips will promote new romantic encounters. Take time to find out if
anyone has a better suggestion before you make arrangements for the whole family.
Uncertainties about your personal life are probable. Your lucky day this week will be
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Control your emotions and everything will fall into
place. Don't let others know about your private affairs. If possible, rely on coworkers to
back your objectives, and talk to superiors in order to get approval. Try to control your
irritability if you're experiencing emotional problems with your partner. Your lucky
day this week will be Saturday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Visitors may relieve the tension. Don't reveal anything about
your personal life to those who may use such information against you. Don't put all
your cash in one place. Don't be too quick to judge those you live with. Your lucky day
this week will be Friday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Channel your efforts into achieving your goals. Make
plans to meet again in the near future. You may want to pull out some of those unfin-
ished project you've got tucked away. Inharmonious situations at home may be ex-
tremely upsetting for you this week. Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You will have the getup and go to contribute a great deal
to groups of interest. Don't deny yourself this week. A change of attitude has probably
disrupted your home environment. You can make drastic changes in your professional
direction this week. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You may find that doing odd jobs around the house
will be successful and appreciated by loved ones. Travel may be confusing. Don't be
too shy to promote your own interests. You will impress others with your initiative and
ability to accomplish while on short business trips. Your lucky day this week will be
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Talking to those you trust and respect will help
you sort out any problems. Children may be demanding, and entertainment could cost a
lot more than you can really afford. Don't let your partner goad you into wearing your
heart on your sleeve. Secret love affairs may be enticing; however, you must be pre-
pared for the restraints that will follow. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Confusion at an emotional level will cause you to
make wrong decisions concerning your personal life. It might be best to work on your
own; if possible, do your job out of your home this week. You may find it difficult to
communicate with someone at work. Set a limit, or you'll wind up on a tight budget.
Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Romance will unfold through business trips. Relatives
will be cordial. Don't be too quick to react. Do not yield to children or relatives when
they really don't deserve it. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) The locks, stove, gas, or electric wires may not be secure.
Your mind will be wandering to exotic destinations. You can spend a passionate eve-
ning with someone you cherish if you make your plans early. Visit someone who hasn't
been feeling well lately. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.


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