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news that appears in this
column before it's printed
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aire Reporter website -

Progress towards estab-
lishing the "direct ties"
with Holland selected by the
majority of voters in the 2004
Referendum is wandering off
the straight track it was fol-
lowing for several years. The
Bonaire government is propos-
ing a new Referendum be held
on Bonaire, The Referendum
committee report was due last
week but has not yet been made
The Bonaire Government re-
cently stated that wants to devi-
ate from its October, 2006 sup-
port of connecting with Holland
as a "community" along with
Saba and Statia. The Govern-
ment's current notion of the
direct tie is a "free association"
similar to a commonwealth but
not necessarily in combination
with Saba or Statia.
Following meetings with the
Bonaire Executive Council
last week the Dutch State Sec-
retary in charge of the transi-
tion, Ank Bijleveld-Schouten,
announced on Monday, Octo-
ber 12, that the Dutch Gov-
ernment has postponed pay-
ment of Bonaire's debt of
NAf 52 million to the APNA
pension fund. The moratorium
doesn't include the Regional
Service Centre (RSC) and the
Committee for Financial Super-
vision (CFT).

rBeginning the first week of
October Deputy Marugia Janga,
on the part of the Health Depart-
ment, gave instructions to
begin spraying insecticide to
kill mosquitoes. This is related
to the heavy rains which pro-
motes breeding mosquitoes.
The Health Department began
spraying in the area of Sorobon,
then afterwards at the airport
and will continue in other

neighborhoods. The deputy
hopes that in conjunction with
the spraying the people will also
take preventative measures
around their homes to prevent
the mosquitoes from multiply-
ing by taking away all contain-
ers that contain fresh water. It's
the intention of the Health De-
partment to work hard to pre-
vent and combat mosquitoes
that can bother our people. Dep-
uty Janga believes that the best
means of prevention can avoid
the worst.

0 Delta Airlines continues
to act more like a charter
company than a scheduled air-
line It announced it will discon-
tinue its Sunday flight between
Atlanta and Bonaire because
bookings were only 12% full.
Saturday flights were 49%.
Passengers who have already
booked a Sunday flight can ex-
change their ticket for a Satur-
day flight. Delta will still fly on
the three Christmas holiday
Sunday: December 27, January
3 and February 21.

1 Bonaire International
Regatta was a big success once
again. The 42nd edition of the
Caribbean's oldest regatta
opened on Sunday, October 4,
following the flag parade of
nations. It has evolved into
more than a sailing race. It's a
full-blown island cultural event
with seven days of activities
from sailing early in the day to
parties lasting into the wee
hours of the morning. For more
details see page 7 and go to

I The disappearance in Cura-
cao of Mr. James Hogan (49),
vice-consul of the US, took a
foreboding turn when a DNA-
investigation confirmed the
blood found on Hogan's shoes
and neatly-folded a pair of jeans
and shoes as well as on a large
kitchen knife found nearby was
that of the missing diplomat.
The discovery on Baya Beach
was several miles from the Ho-
gan home.
The search continued in Span-
ish Water with the help of a re-
mote control mini robot that
searches the bottom of the sea.
The area was also dredged. Ho-
gan was last seen late Thursday
evening, September 24, when he
left his residence at Toni Kunchi
around 10pm on foot and didn't
return. "We are still missing a
whole lot of pieces of the puz-
zle," said Curacao Police spokes-
man Huggins.
The Dutch forensic institute, the
Nederlands Forensisch Instituut
(NFI), confirmed that, based on
DNA analysis, that bloodstains
found in the area of Caracasbaai
peninsula are definitely those of
Mr. Hogan. The police found a
mobile telephone in the sea
nearby that was identified as that
of Mr. Hogan's. The Hogan fam-
ily residence was also searched.
Now it is guarded by US, rather
than local, personnel. Being a
vice consul, the UN Treaty of
Vienna for consular relations
applies to Hogan. Permission
from a judge was required prior
to searching Hogan's residence.
Diplomatic courtesy applies to
officials such as Hogan.
Representatives of the Antil-
lean government Directorate
Foreign Affairs will keep the
American consulate and State
Department in the US informed
on all developments. A legal
advisor from the American Em-

While other commitments
kept us from reporting first-hand
on details of the visit of the
Wounded Warriors (photo left
after receiving Bonaire Ambas-

bassy in Caracas is currently on
The police made an appeal for
more information from the pub-
lic about the case on local TV. In
the broadcast, police asked the
public for information about
events that night and general
information on Hogan's social
life as rumors circulating the
island about his private life are
contradictory. They range from
his visits to gay bars to his hav-
ing a preference for Latin Ameri-
can women. Police also asked
viewers to identify the expensive
During a reconstruction of
events that night, places and
times were mentioned regarding
the vice consul's possible move-
ments. The police want to get in
touch with the driver of a white
two-door BMW, although no
reason was given as to why.
The search operations at sea
were discontinued Tuesday on
October 6. However, the large
scale investigation continues
unabated with equipment and
manpower from Curacao, the
central government, the Nether-
lands and the US. There has been
little coverage given to the inci-
dent in the American press.
Posters have been distributed
and local residents have been

The police request anyone hav-
ing information to report it via
911 or 108 (anonymous tip-line).

sador silver medals), disabled
American soldiers, to the island,
readers can refer to Susan

(Continued on page 11)

Table of Contents

This Week's Stories

Consul Disappearance 2
Death ByAThousand Cuts
(or HowTo Kill A Reef) 3
42nd Regatta Report 6
MCB Goes Wireless 7
Jong Bonaire Klein Swim 10
Klein Bonaire Cleanup 10
Digicel Women of Influence 11
Spaceto Store 12
Din Domacasse award 14
Tree Planting 14
World Animal Day 17
SwimmWns-Barracudas 17
Guest Editorial-Referendum 18
Where to Find The Reporter 19
Pier Repair (Town & Fishermen's
Piers) 22

Weekly Features

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Lie Singosemito
Amattabi) 4
Bonairean Voices (Citzens) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Bon Quiz #15- (historic building) 7
Body Talk-Dengue 14
Bonaire On Wheels-'49 Chevy
PumperTruck 15
Picture Yourself (At Sea) 16
Classifieds 16
Tide Table 16
Pet of the Week"Adje' 17
BonQuiz Answer 17
Reporter Masthead 19
What's Happening 20
Bubbles(Octopus) 22
Shopping & Service Guides 21
Sudoku Answer 21
Sky Park (Pegasus) 23
Star Power (Astrology) 23

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Phone 790-8988
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In this issue The Reporter begins a series of articles by the Manager of the Bonaire National Marine Park, Ramon de Leon.
The story is not pretty. It's about the drastic decline in the health ofBonaire's reefs over the past decades. The title speaks for
itself A future article will discuss what can be done to help heal the thousand cuts.

F ossil records show coral reefs have
been around for at least 225 million
years. They thrive in the warm, clear and
low-nutrient waters of tropical and sub-
tropical regions.
They are extremely complex ecosystems
with arguably the highest diversity of all
Coral reefs are known as "the rain forests
of the sea," but if you compare these two
fantastic ecosystems, you can easily call the
rain forest "the coral reefs of the land."
Compared square meter by square meter,
coral reefs are not only more diverse but
also more disparate. Rain forest diversity is
due mostly to a very high amount of insects,
but insects, despite an incredible number of
adaptations, are mostly the same expression
of life. They all have pretty much the same
structure, number of body sections, number
of legs, number of antennas and number of
wings, or small variations of the original
format. In coral reef ecosystems you can
find 30 of the 31 existing phylum in the
animal kingdom.
As in the rain forest, the competition for
resources in coral reef environments is bru-
tal. If you are a diver, next time you have
the opportunity to plunge under the water
take a moment to observe the incredible
adaptations that coral reef organisms have to
compete for food, space, substrate, light or
any other resource.
Coral reefs provide important benefits and
services: protection against tropical storms,
food for millions of people, especially in

developing countries, enormous amounts of
potentially useful medical substances, and
opportunities for education, scientific re-
search and tourism.
Tourism is the world's fastest growing
industry, a $450 billion industry that gener-
ates 80% of its total income in coastal tour-
ism. Here on Bonaire, the majority of our
tourism is diving related; most of the tour-

ists staying in our resorts and other accom-
modations are divers or snorkelers, most of
the customers eating in our restaurants are
as well, and these tourists also support car
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execution originating from Imperial
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changes over time so that nobody no-
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commonly said there is very little we can
do locally to alleviate global warming, we
can and must take action toward reducing
our CO2 footprint. Other serious global
threats are hurricanes and tropical storms,
made more devastating by world climate
Most common local threats to coral reefs
worldwide are overfishing, water quality
degradation and coastal construction.

Healthy coral- will it return to Bonaire? Newswise Photo from African east coast

S(4 y late husband Ngadimoen
V 'Moen' came to Bonaire in 1992
to bring his sister whose husband was already
living on Bonaire. He fell in love with the
island; it was so peaceful and undisturbed and
soon enough he made friends like the Van
Dijk family who was running Hilltop at the
time. When he came back to Surinam he
asked me, 'What would you think if I found
something on Bonaire?' I said,' Well, if you
want to, you can try.' We contacted his fam-
ily on Bonaire and they arranged everything
and January 1993 he moved to Bonaire. We
both had good jobs in Surinam; Moen was a
foreman and shareholder of a construction
company, and I worked for the government at
the Department of Social Affairs as a social
worker from 1977 to 1993. I was also a dep-
uty warden of a district.
When my husband came to live here, I
came to visit him every month. I'd told him
he could try and I would make up my mind
later. I felt happy here though, at home. The
people were so friendly, the atmosphere was
just very nice. But still, I had not resigned
officially. It was a big step to quit my job and
leave my homeland, but every time I came
here and I had to go back to Surinam, I felt
like staying. So, in May 1993 I'd worked
everything out and moved here. The children
stayed in Surinam to finish the school year
and later that year, in September, they joined

My husband started working for Tony
Marchena as a foreman, then he worked for
Serviman NV until his last day, his last hours,
March 14, 1998. He came home after work,

we ate, then we sat together and he got his
attack. A heart attack I was told. He was 44
years old and he'd never been sick. We bur-
ied my husband in Surinam. Our baby daugh-
ter, Manoeshka, was one year and four
months old. Our son Marciano was still at
SGB high school and our daughter Mariska
was studying to become a teacher. I was
working at Dr. Chirino's dental practice han-
dling the administration and the front desk.
Everything sort of came to a standstill; it was
hard. My daughter Mariska had to stop her
training, but after a few months Mrs. Littman
called to ask if Mariska would be interested
in working at her shop. I asked Mariska if she
wanted the job and she answered, 'Yes, oth-
erwise I'd be sitting at home and thinking of
papa all the time,' and so she went. This year
she'll have been with Littman for 10 years.
We were here just for five years when my
husband passed away and... he had been the
one who wanted to live here. So, I asked my
children after the funeral and everything
that had to be arranged 'What are we going
to do? Do you want to stay here or do you
want to go back?' And they answered, 'Papa
wanted to be here, and so we'll stay and make
the best of it.' Our house was under construc-
tion the foundation had been laid and
thanks to my daughter, my son, myself and
the help of Fundashon Cas Boneriano, we
could finish our home.
For the last two years Mariska, her husband
Lwindomar, and their baby boy Levant have
lived with us, but they've built their own
house in Hato and they've moved in there
now. My son is also building his house. He Family pic
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worked for SSS and now he's working at
the airport for BAS. Manoeshka is 12;
she's at Havo-VWO high school.
Although I liked the work at the dentist's
office, I decided to set up my own busi-
ness, Warung Baru BV. I love to cook.
Ha! Ha! It's a tough job but I really love
it. I've always been very eager to learn,
and as a child I would watch my mom
when she was cooking and then I could do
it right away. Talent! Cooking is all about
feeling; you can explain it to someone, but
the art is in your heart and in your hands

still have a house, to get my spices. I al-
ways use fresh turnips, tubers and green
leaves when I cook. I don't use powder
mixes never. When I am in Surinam,"
she smiles u!. -,. ....ii., "I'm really
ashamed to say so, but I can't stand the
hustle anymore. After one week I just
want to go back to Bonaire. Surinam is a
beautiful multi-cultural country with an
abundance of nature and I do miss it and
most of my family is there, but one week
is too long and it's hot and humid and I
miss the wind. But for me it's very profit-
able, as one US dollar is worth 2.78 SRD

"What are we going to do? Do you want to
stay here or do you want to go back?"

and," She giggles and smiles, "you have to
love it, of course! That's why I started my
own kitchen take away Surinamese and
Indonesian food. I cook at the house and
people come to take out. We're not a res-
taurant. Every Friday, Saturday and Sun-
day we hang out the flag of Warung Baru
at Kaya Chippewa # 20 in Nort di Salina
from 11:30am until around 3pm.
I'm always there at the Regatta, and this
year it was our third lustrum: 15 years,
from 1994 until now, continuously! And
I'm also the cruise ship market at Parke
Wilhelmina. I really owe everything to my
clientele, because they gave me a push.
When they see me in the street, they ask
me, 'Lize, when will you cook for me
again!' They are so enthusiastic and happy
and it gives me the spirit to do this work.
About two years after my husband
passed away, my brother, Albert 'Bob'
Amattabri, came to live here. He was the
only boy in our family. We are six girls
and our youngest brother passed away
when he was 13. My brother meant every-
thing to me. All those years he lived here,
he helped me in every possible way, he
and my children. My brother was my right
hand and we miss him terribly, because on
March 14, this year, 2009, my brother who
was working for SSS, died of a stroke
when he was at work at the casino. He was
only 45. We buried him on Bonaire. It has
been a terrible blow for me so young and
on the same day as my husband. It's some-
thing I can't comprehend.'

Lize, 'Tante Lies,' is a person who has
herfeetfirmly on the ground. She's a
strong and optimistic woman, but she also
SIt,. i,., two tremendous losses and it's
still lingering. Nevertheless, she's pulled
herself together, and thanks to her chil-
dren, her family and friends and her own
strength she moved on...

"When I feel I've been behind the stove
too long I go to my garden. That's another
hobby of mine. I've planted fruit trees and
vegetables and lots and lots of spinach. All
my friends come to pick, because it's way
too much. It's a matter of patience and
you have to give water, attention and
maintain your garden and this island is
fertile we can plant. So, when the rainy
season starts, I'll be planting again and
again it will grow for months. You just
have to make time. With all those plants
around the house I feel at home. She
laughs. "I love to dance too. As soon as I
hear music I start dancing and I love to
listen to music, to sing along.
Twice a year I go to Surinam, where I

(Surinam Florin), so,
you feel like a mil-
lionaire! Anyway,
when I go to Surinam
it's no vacation. Vaca-
tion is where I can
say, 'I don't have to
do anything!' This
year I went to St.
Martin, Surinam and
Trinidad. I thought
before I have to work
hard again- after the
Regatta the cruise ship
season starts let's go
on a trip. I love to
travel. Let me think
how many countries
I've visited. When I
was still living in Su-
rinam I went to
French Guyana and
every year I'd go to
Belem, Brazil, to
shop. It's really cheap
there, but there's also
a lot of poor people.
With my husband I
went to Miami and I
went to Holland,
Puerto Rico, Jamaica,
Quito and Aruba; real
fun. I love to travel,
truly. But Bonaire is
the best. Yes, I'll stay
here. It has become
busier and it has
changed, but when I
don't have to go to
Playa, I stay at home.
It's quiet here and
I've got so many
friends and my in
laws who are living
here, my nephews and
nieces, my children
and my grandchild -
they are my greatest
support. I have a big
family here. I am not
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Regatta Even ts
M other Nature offered up a range of weather conditions for the 42nd edition of
the Bonaire Regatta. Moderate winds on the Monday start of the sailing
gave all a good warm-up for the week to come. On Tuesday the start of the Round
the Island Race with 15 knots of wind did not predict that speed records for two ma-
jor classes would fall: In the multihull Class Moko Jumbie finished in an incredible 4
hours and 16 minutes. In the Lac Bay Race for monohulls Cristina broke the record
with 4 hours and 56 minutes. In the monohull class Taima rounded the island in 6
hours and 8 minutes.
There were 189 entries in this Regatta, 27 fewer than last year. Most were micro
boat participants (111). And of course there were also races for Sunfish, Splash(es),
windsurfers and the traditional fishing boats. Viktor Wijnand, a veteran of 11 past
Regattas, did a smooth job of taking over from Elvis Martinus. In his first role as
Race Director.
After the racing in the day, every night the waterfront rocked with live and re-
corded music, food and drinks. There was an auto accident and a bit or rowdiness
that was taken care of by fast police work. The post-Regatta "Golden Boat Event"
along the promenade was very popular. Next year Bonaire may join with Aruba and
Curaqao for joint promotion for the three ABC island regattas. If that's successful
additional facilities for visiting boats will be needed. 0 Press releases/G.D.

For the Parade of
\iations, the Regatta's
kick-off event, Bo-
tnirean Giovanni Soli-
1ano who lives in Okla-
homa, marched with
his part native-
.-In erican wife and two
lie two girls on the
right are family mem-

Dueling at the first
windward mark at the
start of the long dis-
tance races on Tues-
day. No one suspected
that squalls and brisk
winds, from mostly
favorable directions,
would help set Regatta
speed records.

The "Golden Boat
Event," a massive raft-
up ofpower boats,
brought out the crowds
to the waterfront

talABarM Vtloryw

T he setting was chilly, brisk Wester-
land Beach in Sylt, Germany. Wind-
surf pros have long flocked to the windy
cold shores of Sylt to compete for the final
PWA event of each season. Full suits and
small sails are usually the order of the day,
something Taty Frans, Kiri Thode and
Tonky Frans are pretty unfamiliar with
based on their sailing venue, Lac Bay. Still,
Sylt was not a new spot for this pro team
who has been on the circuit since 2001.
Early on, Sylt lacked the wind needed for a
successful event, but on day 3 it went off.
Duncan Combs, head judge, called for sin-
gle and double ladder eliminations. Team
Bonaire made it to the semis, throwing

Shakas and Back Loops. Kiri bested his
Starboard team mate Nicolas Akgazciyan
from France. Next he was up against Tonky
in Single Ladder Eliminations. Both ath-
letes excelled, but Kiri advanced forward.
In the finals it was Taty against Kiri. The
winner after scoring higher points in a very
close heat was Taty Frans. 1,2,3, Bonaire
dominates Sylt. If you spend any time at
Lac Bay you know that this trio of top -
flights train over 300 days a year, honing
their freestyle skills. The name Bonaire is
synonymous with perfection in the freestyle
world of windsurfing. Bonaire is proud of
not one, not two but three of their own who
stood proudly on the podium in Sylt.

Overall winners Yachts
Racing 1 & Racing 2
1 Chamba II Jan Ackermans CUR
2 Demarrage Henri Hernandez CUR
3 Taima Thomas Pollhene VEN
4 Merlin Gereth Weber CUR
5 Sun Belt Realty Dash Remco van
Dortmondt CUR
6 Team Ibis Karel van Heren CUR
6 Slow Fox Conrad Spaans CUR
7 Casse Tete Jos Schoonen BON
8 City Cafe Papyro Enrique Casco
9 Tweety Henning Bergold VEN

Winners Racing 1
1 Taima Thomas Pollehne VEN
2 Dash Remco van Dortmondt CUR
3 Team Ibis Karel van Heren CUR
4 Casse Tete Jos Schoonen BON
5 Slow Fox Conrad Spaans CUR
6 Papyro Enrique Casco BON
7 Tweety Henning Bergold VEN

Winners Racing 2
1 Chamba II Jan Ackermans CUR
2 Demarrage Henri Hernandez CUR
3 Merlin Gereth Weber CUR

Winners Cruising 1
1 Christina Daniel Serfaty VEN
2 Venus Callipyge Hans van der
Straaten CUR
3 Marvin Timothy Newton CUR
4 Sol y Mar Sexto Sille CUR
5 Melody Wilfried Merkies CUR
6 Eva Luna Eric Mijts ARU
7 Francis O Chris Hellburg CUR
8 Tranquilo Anthony Hagedoorn ARU

Winners Multihulls
1 Moko Jumbie Randy Kenoffel BON
2 Paranda Klaas Parrel CUR
3 Fine Line Steve Walsh USA

Winners Optimist
1 Optimist A Santiago Alvarez BON
2 Optimist A Constatijn Botterop BON

1 Optimist B Nils van Eldik BON
2 Optimist B Dillon Rannou BON

1 Optimist C Reynold Wilsoe BON
2 Optimist C Knut Peterson BON
3 Optimist C Arnold Wilsoe BON
4 Optimist C A.J. Soliano USA

Winners Splash
1 Splash Shahir Theodora BON
2 Splash Wendel Mar Statie BON
3 Splash Kevin Dijkhoff BON

Winners Laser
1 Laser Ernst van Vliet BON
2 Laser Randy Polonio BON

Men's Freestyle
1st Elton 'Taty' Frans (Starboard,
2nd Kiri Thode (Starboard, Gaas-
3rd Everon 'Tonky' Frans (F2,
4th Jose 'Gollito' Estredo
(Fanatic, North)
5th Nicolas Akgazciyan
(Starboard, Gun Sails) 0
Ann Phelan

Ann Phelan is a windsurf
specialist tour operator;

Winners Sunfish
1 Sunfish A Sipke Stapert BON
2 Sunfish A Alfred Martis
(Yellowman) BON
3 Sunfish A George Soliano BON
4 Sunfish A Ton Nuijten BON
5 Sunfish A Juan Alvarez BON
6 Sunfish A Gerard Fox NED
7 Sunfish A Franklin Soleano BON
8 Sunfish A Jim Lawson USA
9 Sunfish A Elisabeth Vos BON
10 Sunfish A Margot Berkers BON

1 Sunfish B Damiaan van Burg CUR
2 Sunfish B Ruben van Eldik BON
3 Sunfish B Jason Carter BON
4 Sunfish B Bernard Abraham BON

Winners Fishing boats
1 Aranza Giovanie Soliano BON
2 Unico Karel Papichi Soliano BON

Winners Windsurfing course races
1 Kids Amado Vrieswijk BON
2 Kids Jurgen Saragoza BON

1 Junior Dylan Robles BON
2 Junior Yeath Koeks BON
3 Junior Ezri Heymans BON
4 Junior Youp Schmit BON
5 Junior David-Lee winklaar BON
6 Junior Florian Wegerer BON

1 Men Elton Tati Frans BON
2 Men Ethienne Soliano BON
3 Men Evertson Choko Frans BON
4 Men Christiaan Dammers BON
5 Men Bjorn Saragoza BON
6 Men Hendrick Belentien BON
7 Men Jeager St. Jago BON

1 Women Monique Meyer BON

Winners Windsurfing Freestyle
1 Kids Jurgen Saragoza BON
2 Kids Stepherd Gustowki BON
3 Kids Mitchell de Palm BON
4 Kids Rover Dullaart BON
5 Kids Marvelly Velandia BON
1 Junior Youp Schmith BON
2 Junior Amado Vrieswijk BON
3 Junior Florian Weber BON
4 Junior Dylan Robles BON
5 Junior Ezri Heymans BON
1 Men Kiri Thode BON
2 Men Evertson Choko Frans BON
3 Men Bjorn Saragoza BON
4 Men Hendrick Belentien BON
5 Men Elton Tati Frans BON

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Driving around Bonaire during Regatta Week you see
everybody enjoying themselves. There are a lot of
happy faces and I ask myself will this be the same next
year? I'd like to share my thoughts with you and please ex-
cuse me for any inconvenient statement.
As citizens of this lovely island Bonaire most of us have
concerns about what is going to happen here. It's not easy to
make decisions, but when we make them we have do it
wisely, because it's not just one person involved who is
making these decisions, but a group of people. It's odd that a
small group is making the big decisions about our future
without knowing what we really want. They can't make
personal decisions for Bonaire; it's what the citizens of Bon-
aire have to say. Whatever destination it is that we will go
tomorrow is what we will have chosen as a group.
Governments are making big decisions today about our

future. But it is we ourselves who really know what we
need. Most of the time an adult considers a past experience
before he or she makes a certain move or decision. Let's
suppose that we as citizens of Bonaire are the experienced
adult. We as the hard workers of this Bonairean community
feel the aches and pains. We know what kind of future we
want for our families and the next generations to come, but
politicians are making harsh decisions without understand-
ing the real consequences.
As part of the Dutch colony some people have developed a
kind of attitude against the white race. We indeed have bad
memories about our ancestors, how they were mistreated
and worked to death as slaves. But, people, we have to move
forward. Mr. Barrack Obama, the new President of the
United States of America, has been in Africa. He's walked
in countries and areas where many African men and women
were separated from their families and enslaved to work in
other countries and on islands. He felt grief and how incom-
petent these Africans were in their own country. But he al-
ways used these inspiring words, "We have to move for-
ward, people. Let's draw a line here and start today with a
new hope." This is the message he sends to the world wher-
ever he goes. So this is what we should do too. We can't
keep looking back, otherwise we will lose track of what we
are fighting for, like a racer to accomplish his goal of reach-
ing the finish line, won't look back.
We've made so many mistakes already in governing this
island. Now is time to give the people of Bonaire a better
way of life in the most comfortable way. We have to re-
member about our children's education. We have a big task
in front of us: building new schools, a new hospital, making
improvements in our health policy and housing for the com-
munity in need.
It's difficult to find a common ground when it comes to
political matters, but we have to remember it's Bonaire we
are fighting for and not for our own personal interest. Other-
wise, if anyone in charge of governing this island can't rep-
resent what we citizens need, please let it be known and give
this job to some one who really can.
Time is running out, people. It's next year, January 2010,
when we have the elections and in October 2010 the Antilles
will be completely separated forever. We have a big task
ahead. And whatever situation it is, just remember our future
and generations yet to
come. Just remember Send your com-
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church in "Playa" stands an old structure that most
of us don't even notice until we stop and take the
No matter from what era it stems, whether it was
built during the 1500s, 1600s or the 1960s, each
building has its special qualities. Whether it be a tiny
crick in the wall, or because of the story behind it
each one has a story to tell.
This building has a unique cistern (water catcher)
to the north of it, as do many buildings built after
1868. The local government had no means of dis-
pensing water to those who decided to live on Bon-
aire following the emancipation of the slaves.
Before this date unless you were a slave, military
man, or government official, settling here was not
permitted. It was one big plantation! And as rumor
has it, a freed female slave called "Aldersina" gave
her freedom money to help build this building.

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Page 7


Death of1000 Cuts (Continued from
page 3)

Status of Bonaire's Coral
Reefs: Death by a Thousand
Many international organizations
recognize that overall, Bonaire's
reefs are among the healthiest in
the Caribbean. This is probably
due to a combination of factors.
Many years of advanced environ-
mental legislation, no big crop
extensions, no heavy industry, no
rivers, a relatively low population,
low tourism visitation and 30 years
of active management make a dif-
ference. But unfortunately Bon-
aire's reefs lately have been ex-
posed to several stress factors.
Various research and monitoring
programs show conditions are no
longer promising for them.
Despite being incredibly resilient
and resistant, our reefs are getting
in trouble trying to recover from
natural impacts. They have been
dealing successfully with hurri-
canes and tropical storms for mil-
lions of years, but now, every time
they are hit by this kind of natural
event, recovery is more and more
CARMABI Scientific Director
and coral reef ecologist Mark Ver-
meij calls it "death by a thousand
cuts." Let me explain what he

First cut: Loss of
Functional Ecosystems
Coral reef scientists recognize
the importance of different ecosys-
tems carrying out different func-
tions. One of the most evident
changes is the loss of branching
corals. This group of corals
(Acropora spp), most commonly
known as staghorn or elkhorn cor-
als, was frequent on Bonaire's
shallow reefs until 15 or 20 years
ago. They were an important eco-
system providing an incredibly
complex tridimensional structure
of shelter for juvenile fish and
invertebrates. They were what we
call a "nursery area." They pro-
vided safe haven for small organ-
isms to grow until they were ready
to venture into more treacherous
waters. In the early 90s, a Carib-
bean-wide illness decimated 90%
of the branching corals. Although
Bonaire's reefs were affected by
this pandemic, many colonies of
branching coral survived, still pro-
viding shelter for small organisms.
In 1999 Tropical Storm Lenny
damaged many of these surviving
colonies, reducing them to traces
of what once were the dominant
groups in the Caribbean. Although
they still exist, they are function-
ally extinct. They are no longer
able to provide enough shelter to
small fish.

Second cut: The Herbivore
Macro-algae are common inhabi-
tants in coral reefs with an im-
mense diversity and represent an
important source of food and pos-
sibly pharmaceuticals. They are
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substrate and solar light.
"Herbivores "--fish and other or-
ganisms that eat plants--control
macro-algae on reefs. In the Carib-
bean the "functional group" herbi-
vores are represented mostly by
parrotfish (Fam. Scaridae),
surgeonfish (Fam. Acanthuridae)
and the long-spined sea urchin
(Diadema antillarum). Long-
spined sea urchins were the most
abundant and important herbivores
in the Caribbean basin. When
populations were healthy, they
were the key controller factor of
algae abundance preventing algae
overgrowth on the reef. In 1983,
Diadema antillarum underwent a
mass mortality due to an unknown
disease, with more than 97% of the
urchins dying. In areas with low
densities of parrotfish and surgeon
fish, algae bloomed almost imme-
diately, making the entire ecosys-
tem shift from coral dominated
systems to algae dominated sys-
tems. The reduced biodiversity of
the coral reefs affected tourism in
several small countries which de-
pended on the natural beauty of
their reefs to help attract visitors,
and because tourism was a major
part of the income for these coun-
tries, the decreased flow of guests
stressed their economy. Bonaire's
long-spined sea urchins didn't
escape this mortality. Although
they showed a little recovery up to
2005, their densities dropped again
in 2007 to levels below functional
capacity. Same story, functionally
extinct. Long-spined sea urchins
are there but unable to perform
what once was a key ecological
function. But why did Bonaire's
reefs not shift then to algae domi-
nated? That was because Bo-
nairean fisherman almost never
target parrotfish. A healthy popula-
tion of abundant and large parrot-
fish kept the algae in check until

not too long ago. Recently, with
, new waves of immigrants and a
Scarcity of preferred fish, parrot-
fish became part of the daily catch.
This is what is called in fisheries,
"fishing down the food chain."
When the preferred one is no
longer available, we move to the
next level down. Remember that
long-spined sea urchins were no
longer there? Well, Bonaire's
parrotfish population densities
plummeted in 2009 to one third of
1999 values- definitively not a
good thing for coral reefs. If you
think matters are getting too com-
plicated, wait for the next threat.

Imagine for a minute that you
can remove all the fish from the
reef and separate them in different
"functional groups" and then
weigh them. In one group you will
put all the fish that eat plants, for
instance all parrotfish, most dam-
selfish and surgeonfish. Let's call
this group "Plant eaters." In a dif-
ferent group you will put all fish
that eat plant eaters. Here you will
have most of the groupers, snap-
pers and grunts. Let's call this
group "Primary Carnivores." In a
third group you will put all the
carnivores that eat primary cari-
vores. In this one you will put
sharks, barracudas and some big
body groupers. We call this group
"Secondary Carnivores." In a
healthy coral reef, which group do
you think will have more weight or
biomass? If you answer
"Secondary Carnivores" you are
right. Yes, I'm not hallucinating;
in a healthy reef what you should
see more commonly are sharks,
barracudas and big body groupers.
If you are a diver or a fisherman on
Bonaire you know that this is far

Ten Cuts To the Reef:

First cut: Loss of Functional Eco-


Second cut: The Herbivore Story

Third cut. The Overfishing Story.

Fourth cut. The Damselfish Story.

Fifth cut. The Nutrients Enrichment


Sixth cut: Coastal Construction.

Seventh cut: Coral Recruitment

Eighth cut. Tropical Storms and


Ninth cut. Coral bleaching.

Tenth cut: Poverty and ignorance

Remember when we separated
the reef fish in different groups and
we created the "Plant eaters"
group? Well, there are good and
bad plant eaters. Parrotfish and
surgeonfish are good plant eaters
helping the coral, but this little
nuisance called Dusky damselfish
(Fam. Pomacentridae) is a bad,
very bad, plant eater. Instead of
roaming around eating algae and
cleaning the reef, these little fel-
lows grow their own gardens to
eat. They choose a live coral to
start the new crop and literally
suck the polyps away ,killing it. To
make things even worse, they are
terribly territorial and defend their
gardens against almost any in-
truder. They scare away parrotfish
and surgeonfish of all sizes, so
their crop keeps growing and
growing, further killing more
coral. Because we keep fishing
down in the food chain, fishing
small groupers, snappers and
grunts, we eliminate the main
predator of Dusky damselfish.
Again, if you are a diver or a snor-
keler on Bonaire, pay attention
next time and you will see how
many Dusky damselfish are every-
where. So, no long-spined sea ur-
chins to eat them, lower densities

of parrotfish, and Dusky damsel-
fish growing them, what else can
algae ask for: oh yes, food, a lot of
nutrients for food.

Fifth cut. The Nutrients
Enrichment Story

from the actual situation. Where
did the big fish go? Did they move
to Curagao? Did divers scare them
away? No, two things happened;
they lost the appropriate habitats
for juveniles and adults to hide out
through habitat degradation, and
we ate them. We don't have an
extinction problem here; all spe-
cies that were here 50 years ago
are still here, but in very low num-
bers and very small sizes.
This introduces another problem:
fisheries recovery. For a very long
time we thought a good fishery
practice was to catch the biggest
one and leave the smaller ones to
grow and reproduce later. It
sounded logical, but it's not true
for coral reef fish. Secondary car-
nivores are slow growing and
achieve reproductive maturity very
late in their life cycle. Take, for
instance, the example of some
species of snappers. A 61-cm.
snapper can release the same num-
ber of eggs as 200, 41-cm. snap-
pers of the same species. Also big
fish release more viable eggs, en-
suring higher success rates. There-
fore the ecological impact of re-
moving a big mama is bigger than
removing a few of the smaller
ones. As we fish down the food
chain, after we eat all secondary
predators and other big mamas we
move down to primary carnivores:
small groupers, snappers and
grunts. And here is where another
unbalance creates the next cut.

Fourth cut. The Damsel-
fish Story.

Remember that coral reefs thrive
in warm, clear and low-nutrient
waters? How come this incredible
and prospering ecosystem can suc-
ceed in such low-nutrient concen-
trations? The answer is an unbe-
lievable adaptation to rapidly con-
vert nutrients in some form of
growing tissue or energy. All nutri-
ents are moved fast from one or-
ganism to the next, reducing their
availability. In normal conditions
this low nutrient availability to-
gether with high grazing rates will
keep macro-algae in check, allow-
ing corals to grow in better condi-
tions. Here's the bad news, which
you've probably heard before: we
have been throwing our sewage
into the sea for more than 50 years
now. Not with a pipe to the sea
like in Florida, not with deep well
injections like in Hawaii, but just
slowly and imperceptibly, through
broken septic tanks or tanks not
pumped out, cesspits, leaching
holes and more recently, in our
gardens to convert slow growing
dry vegetation into flourishing
gardens 100 m away from our
fringing reefs. In these high nutri-
ent low grazing conditions, algae
start to grow in any available
space. Because algae of course
grows much faster, the space avail-
able for starting new coral colonies
is smaller, compromising coral
recruitment processes. Algae can
also overgrow adult coral colonies,
compete for sunlight or just
smother them. If this whole sce-
nario of nutrients plus algae were
not enough, here's another one.
Sewage water not only is rich in
nutrients, it is also rich in bacteria.
Many human related bacteria have
been linked with different coral
reef diseases. Also algae metabo-
lism produces sugar, and sugars
enhance bacterial activity. If you
don't understand how sugars and
bacteria affect organisms that are
composed basically from calcium,
your dentist's office is a good
place to ask. Next time you go for
a dive you probably won't see any
nutrients, but have a look at the
algae and how they colonize sub-
strate that should be occupied by
baby corals. Have a look as well at
how algae over-
grow corals, cut-
ting light that is
essential for
coral growth and
smothering them

(Continued on page 9)

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Sewage Tanker

Death of 1000 Cuts (Continued from page 8)
Sixth cut: Coastal
There are different types of reefs: atoll,
barrier, etc. Our reefs are called fringing
reefs, which mean they are close to shore.
This is a good thing for Bonaire from the
marketing point of view and for the conven-
ience of most Marine Park users. But be-
cause of this proximity, activities on land
produce negative impacts. Unpaved roads,
rain runoff, bad land management practices
and more recently, uncontrolled coastal
construction are examples of problems dam-
aging our coral reefs. Construction is an
activity that generates a pretty fair amount
of garbage. It doesn't have to be necessarily
like that, but you can find a construction site
just by following the plastic ice bags hang-
ing in the bushes on the way in and the
empty beer bottles on the way out. A big
part of this material ends up on the reef,
smothering coral and killing organisms. But
the most severe problem of construction is
dust. When you remove all present vegeta-
tion in a place to be built, you are removing
the main protection of the soil. Some of this
soil will be moved away by wind or washed
by heavy rains. Some very fine sediment
can stay in the water column for several
hours, interfering with essential light pene-
tration or depositing over coral live tissues,
killing them. Trucks loaded with sediment
falling into the sea at Karpata do their part
to kill the reef as well.

The Seventh cut. Coral
Here's another one. Coral reefs reproduce
in two different ways. A polyp clones itself
and the colony grows in size. This is called
asexual reproduction. Or they form new
colonies through sexual reproduction once a
year. Each year during the fall multiple
Caribbean coral species reproduce simulta-
neously during a few consecutive nights in
September and October. This event is re-
ferred to as "Coral Spawning" and is listed
as one of the most spectacular biological
phenomena on Earth. A few hours after
sunset, corals expel millions of eggs and
sperm bundles that float to the surface,
where they break apart and fertilization
occurs. These fertilized eggs develop into
larvae that depending on the species will
return to the reef in 1-3 weeks to settle and
grow into the next generation of corals. This
way, adult corals that died due to storms,
diseases or human interference are replaced.
Of course the rate of success depends on
how many of these new colonies survive.
And here is where the trouble starts. Coral
larvae need very specific sets of conditions
to settle and start a new colony. The science
behind the mechanism for settling is still not
completely clear, but coral larvae can read
good signs from other reef inhabitants, say-
ing, "Hey you guys up there, there's a good
spot here to start a new colony," and there
they go. These guys "marking" the good
spot are another type of algae, the good
algae. We call them Crustose Coralline Al-
gae or CCA. Unfortunately CCA grow
slower than the bad algae, and, because of
the nutrient enrichment mentioned above,
they are losing the battle. Their abundance
diminishes from values of almost 25% in
1999 to less than 5% in 2007. And of course
all this just means one thing, less baby
OK, by now you already know how diffi-
cult is to be a happy polyp in a coral reef.
You could safely assume that all our corals
are gone. Wrong, they are still there and
holding. Hard coral coverage, mostly repre-
sented by adult coral colonies, is pretty
much going unchanged year after year of

monitoring. The numbers are stable at val-
ues of 40% to 50% of coral coverage. This
fact illustrates the incredible resistance of
corals to withstand almost everything. But
there are still other cuts.

The Eighth cut. Tropical Storms
and Hurricanes.


Even though we are outside the hurricane
belt, some hurricanes don't know that. They
just follow the warm water path. Waters
around Bonaire have pretty much the same
temperature range as the rest of the Carib-
bean. Yet we reach the maximum tempera-
ture much later in the summer and we start
to cool down much earlier compared with
the rest of the region. Let's say that if you
are a hurricane, you always find a place to
go better than Bonaire. But we are altering
nature at rates never registered before, and
what insurance companies like to call acts
of God are becoming less and less acts of
God and more and more acts of human be-
ings. Water is getting warmer worldwide
and we cannot escape from that. Warm wa-
ters around here only mean two things, two
very bad things: First, more severe tropical
storms and hurricanes, which cause more
physical destruction and loss of coral cover-
age. And the second very bad thing about
warmer water is.......the next cut.

The Ninth cut. Coral Bleaching.
You most probably already have heard
about this one. What is coral bleaching?
Coral bleaching is the loss of color of corals
due to an environmental stress. This can
cause corals to expel microscopic algae
(zooxanthellae) from their tissues. These
symbiotic algae provide up to 90% of the
coral's energy needs. Loss of these algae
results in the bleached appearance of corals
as they provide most of the coral's color.
Bleached corals often starve and then die if
the stress persists. Some of the most signifi-
cant stress factors are increased water tem-
perature, excessive light radiation, pollution
or sedimentation. Now you know, if the
water is too hot or too clear for too long, it
might be nice for you to go diving but it is
definitively not good for the coral. Just like
hurricanes, coral bleaching can destroy
enormous extensions of coral reefs. In
some areas of the Caribbean, up to 50%
coral cover loss occurred during the biggest
and most devastating coral bleaching event
in the Caribbean in 2005.
Coral reefs are incredibly resilient ecosys-
tems. They can stand massive damage and
recover to previous functional states; they
have dealt with hurricanes and tropical
storms for millions of years. But they never
have had to deal with human induced stress
as they do now. None of these human-
induced stressors alone is likely to kill a
coral, but they simply cannot handle them
all together. I like the way Dr. Bob Steneck
from the University of Maine puts it. He
compares the actual situation of coral reefs
with a doctor checking a patient. If the doc-
tor's patient is a normal person and the doc-
tor detects just a little high blood pressure,
he will probably be worried for about 30
seconds. If, on the next visit, the doctor
notices that the red cell count is a little low,


he most probably will be more concerned
but not do too much. Next time the doctor
detects high cholesterol, a compromised
immunological system, heart palpitations,
gastric problems, liver and kidneys mal-
functioning, and, to make things worse, the
patient is living in a degraded environment.
He knows the chances of this patient surviv-
ing the next illness are slim. The patient
won't be able to handle all stress factors.
If you were that doctor, what would you
do to save your patient? You would reduce
all the stressors before the next sickness
catches your patient. The same approach is
valid in coral reef management. The only
chance that coral reefs have to adapt to
global warming and survive factors that we
can barely manage is for us to manage what
we can manage and remove as fast as possi-
ble all stress factors.
To give coral reefs the best possible
chance to survive, nothing is more impor-
tant than fight-
ing the last, the
biggest and
most important

The Tenth
cut: Poverty
and Igno-
Most coral
reefs are in
countries," a
euphemism for
poor countries.
People living in these poor countries depend
on coral reefs to eat and to get construction
materials and medicines. But reefs are dying
worldwide, and what starts killing them,
way before global warming, is poverty, the
poverty that generates unhappiness, lack of
opportunities, and despair. Poverty pushes


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people to act now, urgently, at any cost to
make sure they can provide for their fami-
lies. Poverty doesn't allow people to pre-
serve resources for tomorrow. The most
difficult to fight, mental poverty or igno-
rance, prompts people to put their own in-
terests ahead of collective interests. Mental
poverty keeps people in denial about envi-
ronmental problems or using circular rea-
soning such as "if the reef didn't die before
it won't die now."
Our reefs, like the others in the region, are
highly compromised due mostly to local
stressors. The shift from a high diversity,
high value coral- dominated reef to a low
diversity, low value algae-dominated reef
can happen at any time, very quickly.
After many years of investigation and
monitoring, we know what is occurring on
the reef, and we know what will happen if
we don't act now to relieve the reef from all
human-induced stress.
If we don't, it won't matter any more
whether Holland, Poland, Paraguay or Uru-
guay takes over: Our quality of life will be
much lower. E Ramon de Leon

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the reef.

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....... .......... i~r ~

The cruise ship Ocean Dream barges in the way of the start of the Round
Bonaire Race in the Regatta forcing the leading yacht to alter course and
blocking its wind. Perhaps a metaphor of the effect of the ships on Bonairean

Another cruise ship season started On October 13th with the arrival of the
Ocean Dream. A total of 42 ship calls with a total of 229,000 passengers are expected
during the 2009-2010 cruise ship season.
This year AB tag taxis will be permitted to pick up cruise ship passengers when the
ship calling carries more than 1,300 passengers. When ships carrying more than 3,000
passengers call, auxiliary transport may also use the pier.
As usual, traffic on the waterfront when a ship is in port will be congested, but steps
will be taken to keep it flowing. This season cruise ships will have to pay a head tax
of $2 per passenger, which is expected to raise between $14 to $19 million in addition
to what passengers spend on the island.

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(ivorrin. ( orirnL' (te'rhart iinii vai Egmoind and -In ij Romeiijnde'r

Davis' excellent summary at

> The US is now the
most admired country
globally thanks largely to
the star power of President i
Barack Obama and his ,
administration, according
to a new poll. It climbed
from seventh place last
year, ahead of France, Ger-
many, the United Kingdom and Japan
which completed the top five nations in
the Nation Brand Index (NBI).

N Is the recession over? Yes, said
several US financial firms. With initial
jobless insurance claims on the wane,
the recovery index is flashing three
green signals, indicating that the econ-
omy has touched bottom and is on its
way back up. A trend toward fewer
folks filing for unemployment benefits
joins increased sales of existing homes
and the return to more normal credit
spreads as indications that the fever has
broken and the patient is recuperating.
It's the pace and strength of the re-
covery that matter now. Perhaps this
is now the time to invest in Bonaire?

f-Trade unions in the Netherlands are
tentatively in favor of a compromise
proposal on increasing the pension age
to 67, according to reports. Some mem-
bers of the retirement advisory commit-
tee have proposed that people who want
to retire at 65 could still be allowed to
do so, but would get less money. The
rAntillean retirement age is 60.

frThe Netherlands has been named as
having the best health care system in
Europe in the 2009 Euro Health Con-
sumer Index (EHCI) published by the
Health Consumer Powerhouse of Swe-
den. This is the second year in a row the
Netherlands came first in the health care
study. It's followed by Denmark, Ice-
land and Austria.

1 Three employees of Special Secu-
rity Services (SSS)- Marisol Dirksz,
Bertica Gonzalez-Asher and Nathalie
Theodora- recently returned from the
US having completed training as Central

Station Operator In-
structors. Now SSS S
can count on even I ,,
more expert operators,
who conform to high
American standards, to
handle their 24/7 security service. If
you want more information about SSS
services contact Managing Director
Benito R. Dirksz at 560-5578 or 701-
5578. Email-sss(@,flamingotv.net

) Bargain time is in Bonaire shops.
Benetton just finished their big sale but
there are still bargains and exciting new
stock coming in. See their ad on page
10, facing.
And for the first time ever, Outlet Mol
is having a huge bikini swimwear clear-
ance sale. Prices are up to 70% off the
original retail on merchandise from
"The world's largest lingerie catalog."
The sale starts Thursday, October 15.
See Mol's ad on page 15.

) It's a pleasure to discover a hous-
ing developer that keeps its word.
When first offering lots for sale Bona
Bista Island Estate promised that roads
and utility infrastructure would soon
follow. And it really happened. See for
yourself by driving a short way out of
Kralendijk. You'll see the roads and
walkways winding up into the hills.
Lots begin at about NAf 100/m2. See
their ad on page 13.

1 Welcome to new Bonaire Reporter
advertisers Digicel, with their 3 min-
ures for the price of 1 during early
morning hours on page 24 and The
Storehouse on page 12. Welcome back
to the RSA, page 22. See their ads on
pages 18 and 6. When you visit be sure
to say, "The Reporter sent me."

) A get well quick to tourist guide
pioneer, Rudy Dovale. After a 6-7 hour
operation in Colombia to repair a heart
valve and a couple of coronary bypasses
he's on the mend. The 88-year-old Re-
porter fan says he was operated on by
the best surgeon in South America.
Three of his daughters, a grand daugh-
ter, two grandsons, and his former
spouse, Elena, live on Bonaire. U
G./L. D.

Bonaire Reporter- October 16-30, 2009

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Digicel Bonaire's First "Woman

of Influence" Gathering

Space 1

M angasina: The Storehouse, Bon-
aire's first "personal" self storage
facility, opens its first building on October
19. Located in Hato behind the big yellow
"rum factory" across from Hamlet Oasis,
the Mangasina (Papiamentu for store-
house) The Storehouse has been in devel-
opment since 2005, when owners Jim and
Jane Madden, found there was a need for
personal storage space on a smaller, more
affordable scale than was available on

"Everyone we know who has a garage
stores things for so many other people,
and after we conducted the survey we
realized this project was a service that
would benefit the island," said Jim Mad-
den. It took us four years to get this

done." "We are grateful to all the people
who helped us make it happen," added
Jane. The Maddens have lived on Bon-
aire full time since 2004 and are actively



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involved in various island activities. Jim
is a member of the Bonaire Bikers Motor-
cycle Club and Jane is a regular volunteer
at the Bonaire Animal Shelter.

The facility offers five different sizes of
units from 5 x 5 feet to 10 x 20 feet: from
closet size to garage size. There is a space
to accommodate everyone's needs: for
annual tourists wanting to store diving,
kiting and windsurfing gear, for off-island
homeowners storing personal items and
vehicles while renting out their homes, for
businesses needing inventory and file
storage, for those needing storage space
while their homes are being built...or for
people who just have too much "stuff'!

Mangasina: The Storehouse is unique on
Bonaire as a self storage facility because
no commercial activity is permitted in the


units. The facility has monitored access
through controlled entrance and exit gates
for privacy and authorized use. Only oc-
cupants of the units are permitted on the
Just 57 units of varying sizes are avail-
able in the first building. Two more build-
ings will be added in February of 2010,
and the completed project will ultimately
consist of five buildings.
Plan ahead and reserve space at Man-
gasina: The Storehouse. Units are avail-
able on a monthly, yearly or long term
basis at affordable rates. Visit their web-
site at www.bonaireselfstorage.com or
call 700-1753 for more
Story & photos by Jane



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Bonaire Reporter- October 16-30, 2009

Phase One of Mangasina: The Storehouse is surrounded by a controlled access fence and has steel shutter doors


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Bonaire Reporter- October 16-30, 2009

Page 13

Dedicated To A Better World
Chief RMulger Din Doul.--, &-ss Awarded 4E20.000
E dwin "Din" Domacass6, Chief h I, .i
Ranger of the Bonaire Marine Park
and STINAPA, was on television and
received the highest decoration awarded by
the Post Office Lottery, a check for 20.000 '..-
Euro. i..--

Recently Din became a TV star. While he
was doing his work as Chief Ranger of the
Bonaire Marine Park Din was captured on
film. This was because Din was
recommended by the World Nature Funds of
Holland to receive the decoration of the
"Golden Wimpel" from the Post Code
Lottery. This decoration is the highest the
Postcode Lottery gives to someone who dedicates
himself to a better world.
Din was recognized for his more than 15 years
of working for STINAPA and the Marine Park.
Every day with his soul, love and dedication Din
works for the protection of our nature under the
sea. A television team came from Holland to film
Din at his work. Sitting in his father's house with
his dad, R6ni Domacass6, Din's wife and
children, Din received one of the biggest
surprises of his life. Postcode Lottery paid for the
passage of Din's daughter, Geraldine, to come to
Bonaire along with the TV team. It's been seven
years since Din has seen her. The moment was
very emotional for Din and with very wet eyes he
took her in his arms, saying he couldn't believe
what was happening.
The next day Din had another surprise. On the
beach at 1,000 Steps, after Din had given some

Since the rainy season
has arrived
STINAPA and volunteers
planted a total of 153 rare
native trees in Washington
Slagbaai National Park and
on Klein Bonaire between
October 2 to 5.

On Klein Bonaire young
trees were planted: mata
piska, manzaliha bobo
(manchineel or poison ap-
ple), watakel (cherry, body-
wood), lumbra blanku and
the endemic Maytenus
versluysii. In former times
Klein Bonaire was over-
grown with evergreen hard-
woods, but by 1950 most
trees had died because of

Din (center), daughter Geraldine Domacassd,
and presenter Winston Gerschtanowitz.

children snorkeling lessons, he was told that he
was to receive the Golden Wimpel award from
the Postcode Lottery. His daughter, Geraldine,
who'd also taken part in the snorkeling lessons,
presented her father with the check for 20.000
Euros. The next day, on Klein Bonaire, Din
received a gold broach in the form of a wimpel
The TV footage recorded here in Bonaire will
be shown on the Dutch TV RTL 4 on the
program, "Kanjers van Goud, with presenter,
Winston Gerschtanowitz. The program will be
shown on December 13 at 10:30 pm, Holland
time. STINAPA has asked for the film to be
shown in Bonaire also. The Postcode Lottery and
World Nature Funds asked for the right to present
the TV show in the Antilles as well. STINAPA
extends Din hearty congratulations and expresses
great pride in him. U Karen van Dijk

Planting rTime

The Bonaire Marine Park boat with young trees on the way to
Klein Bonaire: Niels Langenfeld, Menno vd Velde, and STINAPA
Director Elsmarie Beukenboom

overgrazing by goats and felling for charcoal
production. Heavy deforestation has also meant
the loss of the endangered Lora, the blue and the
white dove tail hawk who are no longer seen.
After 80 years of deforestation the goats were
removed and the island's trees and plants are
rapidly recovering, with the exception of the spe-
cies which have entirely or almost entirely disap-
peared. Thanks to the financial support of the
Prince Bernhard Culture Funds and through the
National Parks Foundation Project of Netherlands
Antilles and Bonaire's STINAPA the reforesta-
tion has been enriched with species that belong
there and provide food for wildlife and will re-
store the ecosystem.
Washington-Slagbaai National Park also suffered
severe deforestation due to overgrazing by cattle
and logging for charcoal production in the past.
As a result, threatened and/or ecologically impor-
tant species in the park are missing. Recently,
eight different tree species, provided by the

Carmabi Foundation on Curaqao, were planted in
fenced areas of the park. The earlier plantings in
2007 proved to be very successful, making secure
the future of various trees in the park. The fenced
areas appear to form an effective refuge for seed-
lings of important hardwoods. These were not
planted but have arisen voluntarily. They include
species such as the kamalia, the watakeli and
huliba (black willow, olive wood), which provide
important food for fruit-and seed-eating birds.
This alone indicates that adequate protection
against goats by a fence allows many species to
be restored.
Currently the Bonaire STINAPA and the Wash-
ington Slagbaai Park wants to begin the removal
of all goats from the park in order to promote
natural recovery. As well, the rare trees planted
during the project are designed to produce seeds
which are then disseminated by birds, thus accel-
erating the recovery of the natural vegetation. U
Press release


n view of the fact that we had
so much rain the last few
weeks, I will not be talking about
minerals and vitamins this week,
but instead will focus on Dengue
Fever that affects many people,
locals and tourists alike on Bon-
aire every year.
Most people have heard of Den-
gue, most people have seen the
mosquito (the small one with
white markings on the legs) and
some of you have had Dengue!
What are the symptoms of
dengue fever?
A mild to severe headache,
pain behind the eyes, joint and
muscle pain, fever with 'chills'
in between, back ache, nausea
with or without vomiting, ex-
treme tiredness, and possibly a
red 'rash' on the arms, legs and
In some people the symptoms
are quite sudden and in others it
could take a few days, starting off
with very mild symptoms. Dengue
is very often misdiagnosed as hav-
ing the 'flu' and antibiotics are
given, which from experience
worsen the effects and slows down
the recovery period. The long term
effect of not being sure that you
have actually had Dengue is that
when you are infected a second or
third time, symptoms are much
worse and you could develop Den-
gue Hemorrhagic Fever.
The standard rule to apply is if
you are generally healthy but sud-
denly, or within a few days come
down with some of these symp-
toms, you probably have Dengue.
If not sure, have a blood test.
Whatever you do, you do not need
We have been conducting a
study of Dengue on Bonaire for
three seasons now, and need to
hear from you as soon as you sus-
pect you have Dengue Fever.
Bonaire's current statistics are
inaccurate as only blood-test-
confirmed Dengue cases make it
through to the statistics. Here,
very few people actually have the
blood test done.
For information and advice
phone our Dengue Hotline 788-
3766. The treatment of Dengue


fever will always be a controver-
sial subject, but I urge you to look
at our mineral treatment for Den-
gue, and last season's results on
www.dengueinfo.net. Some peo-
ple recovered within three days,
some took seven days and a few
took 10 days. This is a full recov-
ery with no residual symptoms.
Recovery with the standard treat-
ment (Tylenol/Paracetamol) could
be as short as (if you are very
lucky) 10 days or as long as six
This mosquito does not breed
in the puddles of water on the
island, but in clean water in man-
made containers in your garden or
patio. Discard ALL standing water
around your house every few days.
For water containers that cannot
be emptied, a handful of COARSE
sea salt will do the trick. Experi-
ments have shown that this mos-
quito will not breed in water that
is slightly salty, and the water will
still be good for your plants. The
coarse salt is available from Car-
gill at NAf 10 for a 25kg bag
which should last you all season.
For information on the world
map of dengue, breeding habits,
spraying against mosquitoes and
climatic influence in both hu-
mans and the mosquito visit our
website dedicated to Bonaire -

Author Stephanie Bennett was born
in Cape Town, South Africa, where
she studied herbs, minerals and nutri-
tion. Before moving to Bonaire she
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Page 14


1946 Chevrolet 6400 Fire Truck Foam Sprayer

The 55th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring some of Bonaire's
interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."

Bonaire/Guatemala, Lagun -
S somewhere along the long and quiet
road leading to Lagun Bay, on the
right hand side of the road, there's a huge
and mainly unpaved terrain. There is an
impressive fence set up around the immense
lot, but the gate stands wide open and a
friendly Bonairiaan born man takes shelter
against the last rays of the afternoon Octo-
ber sun in his open air work shop. He is
sitting amidst all kinds of tools, work
benches and parts. Dozens of vehicles like
sedans, trucks and a tractor are more or less
formally parked around the workshop.
There is not a single feeling of hurry in the
air. There is a nice breeze and the smell of
food being prepared on a wood stove. Little
chickens are strolling all over the place, now
and then practicing one of their first more or
less controlled flights. A dog is barking and
a bit further away is the sound produced by
donkeys. Here is where the Bonairean out-
back begins...

It is the red and brown colored fire truck
that is parked in between the small house
and the workshop that winked at me for
years when I passed by in my Land Rover
or on my motorcycle, heading for Lagun
Bay, the Washikemba area or Spelonk
Lighthouse. finally I had the guts to enter the
terrain and to explain the owner of the fire
truck about my intention: getting to know
more about the truck in order to create my
55th article...
The Bonaire-bom owner of the truck ap-
pears to be a very humble and friendly man.
And yes, he knows about The Bonaire Re-
porter and yes he reads the articles about
weird vehicles on Bonaire. No, he does not
want to have his picture in the newspaper,
and no, his name is not important. The man
and his son are busy, trying to repair the
starter engine of a family car. Then the son
leaves and the man and I sit down on two
empty buckets. The subject is the fire truck
next to us.
It appears to be a Chevrolet 6400 fire
truck, produced in 1946 in the US. The ve-
hicle seems to have been parked on its loca-
tion for some years now because very
slowly the six wheels have started to sink
into the soil. This fire truck must have ex-
perienced several rainy seasons.

The man is very proud of his fire truck.
The truck is fitted with a huge six-cylinder
engine with a so-called t-head and a four-
speed gearbox is mounted behind the bell
housing. The ridged chassis is carried by
four very heavy duty leaf springs and two
impressive axles. In the front two 20-inch
wheels carry the engine, in the rear four
wheels take care of the weight of the foam
tank, the firemen and all kinds of hoses and
equipment. Of course the fire truck was
painted red but time took of most of the
paint and now on most parts there is a
brownish gloss of rust all over the vehicle.
On the hood of the truck the word
"Brandweer" (fire-brigade/jb) is painted in
white fonts. It takes very, very good eyes to
discover the word "Curagao" on the same
hood. The vehicle shows a number as well.
On the piece of metal, next to the driver's
seat a "4" is painted. The owner explains
that the fire truck first served on Curagao.
Bonaire really was in the need of a fire truck
so after a lot of years Curagao sent two or
three very old fire trucks to Bonaire. Among
those worn out models was this Chevrolet
6400. Curagao bought an official sheet of
paper with a stamp of the government for an
Antillean guilder and wrote a request to the
Dutch government. And after some time
Curagao received two brand new fire trucks.
The old ones were shipped to Bonaire. The
Bonairean fire department repaired the
trucks and they served for years. Finally
they really became too old and they were
replaced somewhere in the mid 80s.

The owner of "Old Number Four" has
served in the fire brigade for decades. He
loved the Chevrolet and in the end he was
able to buy it. "This car has a very special
and immortal engine. The six big ends are
fitted with so-called Babbitt bearings. These
bearings are combined with very thin shims.
If, after years and years the bearings start to
wear out it is very easy to eliminate the play
in the bearings by removing one or more
very thin shims. That is all you have to do
for an overhaul!
I also like the open air cabin. No doors, no
roof. I am not sure whether this is a factory
cabin or whether it was custom made.
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truck is fitted
with side steps
and rear steps to
carry a total of
eight firemen.
The Chevrolet The red Chevrolet 6401
fire truck is a so
fire trucks a so trees, bushes and barns.
called foam
S f everywhere, trying to pi
sprayer. A high
sprayer. A high has taken position on the
speed pump/ cla
compressor was class
mounted in
front of the six cylinder engine. The pump
was directly driven by the crankshaft of the
truck. We had to pump up water from a
water well or a water tap. It is very impor-
tant for the fire department to know where
all the wells and taps are on our island. It is
also very important to maintain those water
supplies. The water which is sucked up by
the pump has to be mixed with sanger di
toro (bull blood!/jb). The sanger di toro was
supplied from the tank in the rear of the
vehicle. Combined with a lot of water the
sanger is mixed and compressed. This pro-
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V (1940) jre truck in a rural setting oJ old
Little baby chickens are strolling around
ck up some food. A black Bonairean dog
e outer left rear 8.25X20 inch wheel of the
ire truck, afoam sprayer.

Three Chevrolet 6400 foam spray fire
trucks still exist on Bonaire. One is located
somewhere along the road to Lagun, one is
hidden in Mentor and the other one lives in
a sleepy place in Rincon. One of the two
hidden fire trucks is even equipped with a
huge gas guzzling eight-cylinder. The ex-
firemen from Lagun is a happy man. He is
just very fortunate to be the owner of this
solid 6400 Chevrolet, built in 1946. And
hopefully one day his engine
will be started again and the
pump/compressor will start
howling, producing a lot of
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World An

World Animal Day is based on
the life of Saint Francis of As-
sisi, who was born in 1182 in Italy, as
the son of a rich merchant. As he became
older, he encountered many problems in
his life. He became seriously ill and was
also injail for 12 months. These events
changed his life.
He decided to take care of and dedicate
his life to animals and nature. St. Francis
became a special friend to the environ-
ment. In 1228, two years after his death,
he was declared a saint. At the Animal
Protection Congress in 1929 in Vienna,
October 4, the date he died, World Ani-
mal Day was dedicated, in recognition of
St. Francis' devotion to animals.
That's why the 4th of October is com-
memorated as a special day a day to cele-
brate animal life in all its forms. It is a
reminder that we should all be kind to
If you have animals please make sure
to provide them with their basic needs,
such as water food shade and shelter
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A lert and eager to please -
that's "Adje." This
sleek black dog with white and
tan accents was found up at
Hilltop and brought to the
Bonaire Animal Shelter. Since
he's been there he's charmed
the staff with his sweet dispo- .
sition. But that's only to peo-
ple he knows and trusts. But "
for intruders he's something
else a good watch dog with .t
an assertive bark and de-
meanor. Adje is about 10
months old and is considered
to be one of the special t...
adoptees at the Shelter. He's
been examined by the vet, had
his worming, testing and shots
and will be sterilized. All that
for the dog adoption fee of only NAf 105.
You may meet Adje at the Shelter on the
Lagoen Road, open Monday through Sat-
urday, 9 am to 1 pm and 3 to 5 pm. Tele-
phone 717-4989. Website
The Shelter's Sterilization program,
Bonny Superdog, is going full speed. The
object has been to sterilize those pets
whose owners love their pets but cannot
afford to pay for their sterilization. A
record number of dogs and cats have been
sterilized already- more than 300 -but
they desperately need donations to keep
the program going. If you can help any
amount is welcome you may do it in

Stichting Dierenbescher-
ming) at 786-5161 (Elly

Remember, Mahatma
Gandhi said, "The great-
ness of a nation can be
judged by the way its
animals are treated." 0
G.D. /Animals R Friends

On W-11,

several ways. Cash donations are always
appreciated. Look for the dog house do-
nation boxes in many shops and busi-
nesses in Bonaire or at the Shelter. Sup-
port Bonaire provides a way for Ameri-
cans to donate to their favorite causes and
claim charitable deductions on their
American income tax. The Support Bon-
aire website now accepts credit card do-
nations for the Shelter.
Or you may donate via the bank: Ani-
mal Shelter Bonaire, RBTT Bank Antil-
les, Bonaire Branch, Account number
SWIFT: ABNANL2A 0 Laura DeSalvo

Question (from page 7):
What was the building used for?
The building was used as a school.

Swim Wins
The Bulado Meet was a great success
for the Bonaire Barracuda Swim
Club. 70% of the times swum were new
personal bests for our team members! The
Barracudas finished 4th out of 8 teams just
behind the "Big Three," Sithoc, Typhoon
and first place Bulado. Our 11 swimmers
made us proud.
Alejandro 4 gold medals, 3 silver, 1
bronze; 2nd place overall Boys 11 12
Asdrubal showed all those Biondi drills
paid off; 50 Butterfly dropped 0.44 sec-
onds ; 100 Butterfly 3.52 faster than per-
sonal best
Hanne celebrated her birthday on 2 Octo-
ber; swam 25 Free 2.05 seconds faster than
in our club competition last week and

proved swimming is FUN
Jahayra swam 100 in 7.76 seconds faster
than in our club competition last week
Jean-Marie 4 ribbons (5th/4th/4th/4th);
one of four 8 and under girls to swim 25
Free under Bulado Meet record time
Jennifer Is she our next distance cham-
pion? Jennifer swam her first 100 Free in
1:39.25 which is very close to Ryda's first
100 time as a 10 year old
Luis 3 bronze medals and 3 ribbons
Ricky most improved times on 50 and
100 meter events (- 3.26 50 Butterfly and -
15.32 100 IM)
Ryda-Luz 3 silver medals and 1 bronze;
3rd overall Girls 13 14
Samson 1 silver medal and 4 bronze; 3rd
overall Boys 13 -14
Vera 3 silver medals and 5 bronze; 2nd
overall Girls 13 14 0
Marion, Yaser & Vera Ghazzouli

For full result go to: http:/

Bonaire Reporter- October 16-30, 2009

Page 17


F ive years after the referendum of
2004 during which an overwhelm-
ing majority of the people of Bonaire had
voted for Option B (Direct relations with
the Netherlands), the Island Council
passed recently a motion stating that a
new referendum on the process of consti-
tutional change will be held within four
months. The people of Sint Eustasius and
Saba (the partners in the BES islands)
have been very disappointed by this deci-
sion, being afraid that the referendum can
jeopardize the planned establishing of the
new status on 10-10-10.

The Reaction in Holland
The news about a new referendum
caused an enormous consternation in the
Dutch Tweede Kamer (Second Cham-
ber, comparable with the US House of
Representatives) which has already ap-
proved a number of laws in connection
with the new constitutional structure for
the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustasius and
Saba. The surprised representatives asked
the Dutch State Secretary of Kingdom
Relations Ank Bijleveld whether she was
informed about the intention to organize a
new referendum and what was her reac-
tion. She answered that Bonaire was free
to organize a referendum, however, the
stage of negotiating had expired and the
whole process of transforming the islands
in a bijzondere gemeente (special munici-
pality, as agreed in Slotverklaring (Final
Accord) of October 2006 between the
Netherlands and the islands, was currently
in full swing.
According to the promoters of the new
referendum, the people voting in 2004 for
a direct link with the Netherlands did not
know what was the real meaning of this
direct relation. They knew only that a
direct tie with the mother country would
be established without the government of
the Netherlands Antilles as an intermedi-
ate link between them. However, this was
already not more the case two years later
when the members of the Island Council,
the same persons who are now asking a
new referendum, had been informed that
the direct link would be realized by estab-
lishing a special Netherlands municipal-
ity, a form of openbaar lichaam (public
body) as outlined in Art. 134 of the Dutch

Curacao's Yes-No Vote- A Model?
There is an analogy between the situa-
tion on Bonaire and on Curaqao. After the
people of Curaqao had in 2004 voted for
Option C, an autonomous land within the
Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Dutch
government came after lengthy negotia-
tions with a concrete proposal based on
the island's decision. In a subsequent new
referendum of this year the inhabitants of
Curaqao voted "Yes" and the process of
transforming the island's status can con-
tinue. It is without doubt that a new simi-
lar referendum on Bonaire, if any, could
have taken place in 2006, after the Dutch
government had submitted its plans con-
cerning the new status of the BES islands

no referendum and all Council members
signed the Final Accord without any ob-
jections. It is clear that the new referen-
dum must not go again about choosing
among various options, the people must
only express, like on Curaqao, whether
they agree (Yes) or disagree (No) with the
current transition to the new status.

The promoters of the new referendum
are emphasizing that the new status of
Bonaire must guarantee more autonomy
to the local government. However, it is
already a little late, the people asking now
more autonomy had a free choice to vote
for Option C, like on Curacao, in the 2004
referendum. As we have seen, there was
only a small minority of people on Bon-
aire opting for an autonomous land.

What Does Free Association Mean?
Recently, we have heard some mem-
bers of the Island Council speak about a
new option for Bonaire, Vrije Associatie
(Free Association) of Bonaire with the
Netherlands, referring to the September
2006 advice of Hoge Raad der Nederlan-
den (High Council of the Netherlands) in
which this term was mentioned. However,
it has been torn now from the concept
from the section recommending to estab-
lish a direct link between our islands and
the Netherlands in a form of a public
body. It says (quote) "Internationally, the
direct link can be qualified as a free asso-
ciation of the islands with the Nether-
lands" (unquote) and that is certainly
something very different than it has been
suggested. A free association certainly
does not mean "We are free to do what we
want while you pay and protect us." (A
member of the Hoge Raad was quoted as
saying that, in the context of what Bon-
aire 's relationship implies, what the
Council meant was that Bonaire freely
chose to associate with Holland -ed.)

The Dutch Political Climate
It seems that the politicians and activists
on Bonaire are not very aware of the cur-
rent situation in the Netherlands. An over-
whelming majority of the Dutch people,
with exception of citizens of Antillean
origin and European Dutch living on the
Antilles, is of the opinion that Aruba and
the Netherlands Antilles must become
independent as soon as possible. Particu-
larly during the current financial crisis,
only very few people agree with sending
millions of Euros to the islands which
have no strategic or economic value for
the mother country. Although the Antil-
leans living in Holland are in the majority
hard working, honest people, a very high
crime rate among the Antillean young-
sters, predominantly from Curacao, reas-
sures the Dutch people in their negative
opinion about the Antilles. To cut all help
to the islands and to force them to become
independent is one of the main political
ideas of the PVV (Party for Freedom) of
Geerd Wilders which, according to recent
polls, has become the biggest Dutch po-
litical party. There is a real possibility that

Dutch government after the elections in
2011. It is evident that there will be then
no referenda about the future status of the
islands, they will just get one choice -
their independence.
It's happened already In 1975, Suri-
nam, the former Dutch colony, not far
from our islands, was almost literally
pushed into independence. And it oc-
curred under a Social Democratic Prime
Minister, not a Prime Minister of an ex-
treme rightist party like PVV. The same
independence plans existed at that time
for the Netherlands Antilles as well. Only
the terrible consequences for Surinam of
becoming independent later changed the
original intention of the Dutch govern-

Venezuela or E-Bay
As known, and it is not ajoke, Wilders
came up earlier this year with a proposal
to give the Antilles as a gift to Chavez,
the Venezuelan dictator. Unfortunately,
some members of the Island Council do
not realize that their action has played into
Wilders' hands because he can affirm
now that the motion about the referen-
dum, submitted on Bonaire by the same
persons which had signed the Final Ac-
cord, only confirms his opinion that the
politicians in the Antilles cannot be
trusted and that the Netherlands must get
rid of the islands. Other Dutch politicians
wanted to offer the Antilles on E-bay to
the highest bidder.

What Might Bonaireans Understand
About the New Status?
A big problem on Bonaire is that an
average inhabitant does not know what
the new island status will bring for him.
The harsh reality that he is not very much
interested to hear more about the current
transition process was confirmed by the
fact that only a handful of local people
had participated in the last public infor-
mation evening with the State Secretary
Ank Bijleveld and the Queen's Commis-
sioner Henk Kamp. The most people who
showed up were European Dutch living
on the island!
During my talks with local people I have
been surprised by the opinion of some of
them about the new status of Bonaire.
Lack of information about all planned
improvements on the island and a strong
demagogic "anti-colonial" propaganda of
the activists against the new status have
had a considerable effect. For example, a
taxi driver told me during our recent con-
versation that the life on Bonaire would
get only worse when the "makambas take
According to him, it is also the opinion of
the majority of his colleagues(!) I tried in
vain to convince him that the direct link
with the Netherlands will bring much
more opportunities for him and his col-
leagues than any other option. As far as
the current transition process is concerned
he did not know that the Island Council
and Executive Council would continue
their work and that about a half of the

to the Island Council. However, there was PVV will play a decisive role in the next tasks being executed currently by the cen-

tral government on Curaqao would be
transferred to Bonaire. Neither did he
know that that the task of the kwartier-
makers (quartermasters) was not to pre-
pare quarters for a wave of new Dutch
officials but to work on the transition of
Bonaire to the new status (In my opinion,
it was a mistake to choose this confusing
military term). The taxi driver was also
surprised to hear that these hard working
men and women are officials of the Dutch
ministries and that they will be eventually
replaced by Bonaireans at the end of their
temporary assignment. I had also to ex-
plain that the Lt. Governor will remain to
be the highest local official and that the
current role of the Queen's Commissioner
will be terminated by the establishing of
the new status. He will remain on Bonaire
as a representative of the Netherlands for
the BES islands. In this connection we
can only welcome that a PR person had
been appointed at the Regional Service
Center to inform citizens of Bonaire, Sint
Eustatitus and Saba about the constitu-
tional process.

Impact of The Referendum
It can be expected that the promoters
of the referendum will make a strong ef-
fort to convince the voters that the status
of a special municipality (they call it
"integration") will not be advantageous
for the people of Bonaire because they
will not get enough autonomy like in the
case of an autonomous land for which
Curaqao and Sint Maarten had voted.
In this connection I would like to mention
the warning of former Prime Minister
Miguel Pourier during a conference about
the constitutional reform of the Nether-
lands Antilles, held on October 4 in Cura-
qao. According to him, Sint Maarten (with
many more inhabitants than Bonaire) will
not be able to pay for all tasks which it
has to execute as an autonomous land.
Anyway, Sint Maarten and Curacao must
wait two years before they eventually get
the status for which they had opted. In
case that they will not perform suffi-
ciently, the term can be extended for an-
other two years.

What a "Special Municipality" Brings
It is evident that the status of a special
municipality, as approved by the Island
Council in 2006, offers the best opportu-
nity to reach the equality of citizens of the
Kingdom, particularly in the field of so-
cial benefits. I cannot imagine for exam-
ple that the future autonomous lands
Curaqao and Sint Maarten would be able
to raise the existing low old age pensions
like it will be possible on our islands un-
der the new status of the special munici-
pality. It is clear, however, that it cannot
happen immediately because in the first
place the whole current Antillean system
of AOV (General Old Age Insurance)
with the retirement age of 60 must be
transformed to match the Dutch old age
insurance AOW based on the retirement
age is 65 and payment of the AOW-
premium, much higher than the AOV
premium, till the age of 65.
Another question, important for a part
of the people on Bonaire, is the fear of
introduction of several Dutch laws consid-
ered not to be in accord with Catholic
values (same-sex-marriage, women's
right to terminate pregnancy and right of
terminally ill patients to end their lives).
(Continued on page 19)

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Bonaire Reporter- October 16-30, 2009

(Continuedfrom page 18)
The fact is that due
to the 9,000 km geo-
graphic separation
and completely dif-
ferent local condi-
tions many differ-
ences will remain ~1
between the Nether-
lands and the BES
islands. A number of Amsterd
important Dutch
laws and regulations T
will not apply and
the Antillean guilder
will not be replaced
by the Euro but by
the US dollar.

One Man's =
Opinion ::" ia
In my opinion, the i:1
planned referendum,
which unfortunately,
can be seen more as
a confrontation be-
tween the two main political forces on our
island than expression of the wishes of the
people, is an unnecessary wasting of time
and money which could be much better
used for the improvement of the local con-
ditions. It is without any doubt that what
the people on Bonaire really need is an
urgent improvement of living conditions.
There is a catastrophic situation in several
A lot of money must be spent in health
care because the existing facilities are
insufficient and the current health insur-
ance is not able to cover all costs, for ex-
ample of the necessary trips of the patients
to Curaqao for visits to specialists and



treatment. The disastrous situation in the
education and the deplorable conditions of
our infrastructure, particularly roads, call
for fast help. The high crime rate and the
lack of the personal security must also be
addressed. And there is a number of other
important fields where help must come as
soon as possible.
It is evident that it can only happen un-
der the constitutional status chosen by the
people in 2004 and confirmed in 2006.
The unnecessary referendum will not
solve any problem, it can bring only delay
of execution of the urgent improvement. U
Jiri Lausman

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By appointment Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours $21
(includes tax). Discounts for residents
and local people. Tel. 717-8489, 540-
Parke Publico children's play-
ground open every day into the cooler
evening hours.
* Rincon Marshe-6 am-2 pm.
Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while you
shop, fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets, snacks, arts, handicrafts,
candles, incense, drinks, music. Big
March first Saturday of the month-
* Flea Market at Parke Publico
every first Saturday of the month, 3 to
7 pm. Everyone welcome to buy and to
sell. NAfl0 per selling table.(NAf 5
goes to up-keep the park). NGOs can
have a free table. More information and
reservations for a spot call Vicky Bisses-
sar 786-1592.
* Wine Tasting at Antillean Wine
Company's warehouse on Kaya Indus-
tria, second Saturday of the month, 7-9
pm. Snacks and tasting of six wines for
$10 (NAf17,50) per person. Tel. 560-
Soldachi Tours-See the real
Bonaire and be transported back in time.
Learn about the history, culture and na-
ture by Bonaireans from Rincon. Call
Maria Koeks for more information-796-
* Soldachi Tours of Rincon, the heart
of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call Maria,
717-6435-best island tour value
* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at

Sunday- Creature Feature- John and
Suzie Wall of Buddy's Digital photo
center present a multimedia slide presen-
tation about Buddy's House Reef pool
bar Buddy Dive, 6:30-7 pm, 717-5080

Tuesday-- Bonaire Land and Ocean
presentation by Fish-Eye Photo staff,
7pm on the big screen inside the Sunset
Bar and Grill at Den Laman Condomini-

Wednesday at Bruce Bowker's Carib Inn
(717-8819) at 7pm.
Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
inthisvenerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tellyou
the story. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
MangasinadiRei, Rincon. Enjoy the view
from "The King's Storehouse." Learn about
Bonaire's culture. Visit homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Bonaire Museum onKaya 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 December
25th. and January 1st. Call 788 9015 or
796 5681
AA meetings every Wednesday at
7pm. Phone: 786-4651 or 786-7971
Al-Anon meetings every Monday
evening at 7 pm. Call 790-7272
Weekly Bonaire Talker Gathering
and Dinner at Gibi's Tuesday 6:30
pm call 567-0655 for directions.
Bridge Club Wednesdays, 7:15
pm- All levels, NAf2,50, call Joop at
786-6003 to find out the evening's loca-
Darts Club plays every other Sunday
at City Cafe. Registration at 4, games at
5. Tel. 717-2950, 560-7539.
JCI First Wednesday of the Month-
Junior Chamber International Bonaire
(JCI Bonaire, formerly known as Bonaire
Jaycees) meets at the ABVO building,
Kaminda Jato Baco 36 from 7:30 to 9:30
pm. Everyone is welcome. Contact: Re-
nata Domacass6 516-4252.
Kiwanis Club meets at APNA Plaza,
Kaya International, every other Tues-
day, 7 pm. Tel. 717-5595, Jeannette
Lions Club meets every 2nd and 4th
Thursday of the month at 8 pm at Kaya
Sabana #1. All Lions welcome. For more
information call 510-0710.
Rotary lunch meetings Wednesdays, 12
noon-2 pm Divi Flamingo Beach Re-
sort upstairs in Peter Hughes meeting
room above the dive shop. All Rotarians
welcome. Tel. 717-2066
Toastmasters Club meets every two
weeks. For more information call Crusita
de Palm at 786-3827 or Lucia Martinez
Beck, at 786-2953.

Wednesday- Sea Turtle Conservation
Bonaire presents the Sea Turtles ofBon-
aire Slide I..- i., every 2nd & 4th

Protestant Congregation of Bonaire:
Kralendijk, Wilhelminaplein. In Papia-
mentu, Dutch, English, Sundays, 10 am.
Rincon, Kaya C.D. Crestian, in Papia-
mentu, Sundays, 8:30 am.
Children's club, Saturdays, 5 pm, in
Sunday School, Sundays, 4 pm, in Rin-
con. Bible Study and Prayer meetings,
Thursday, at 8 pm, Kralendijk.
New Apostolic Church: Centro di
Bario Nord Salifia, Sundays, 10 am.
Services in Dutch. 700-0379.
International Bible Church of Bonaire,
at SGB High School auditorium (Kaya
Frater Odulfinus, off Kaya
Korona.) Sunday services in English at 9
am; Sunday evening prayer meeting at
Pastor's home, 7 pm. Friday, 6 to 8 pm,
Light & Life Club, children 5 to 12
yrs. Tel. 717-8332.
Catholic: San Bernardus in Kralendijk -
Services, Sunday at 8 am and 7 pm in
Papiamentu, 717-8304.
Our Lady ofCoromoto in Antriol, Satur-
day at 6 pm in English. Mass in Papia-
mentu on Sunday at 9 am and 6 pm. 717-
Assembly of God (Asemblea di Dios):
Kaya Triton (Den Cheffi). In English,
Dutch & Papiamentu on Sunday at 10
am. Wednesday Prayer Meeting at 7:30
pm. 717-2194
Ministerio di Kristu Hesus Services
Sunday mornings at 10 am at Jong Bonaire
Youth Center in English, Dutch and Papia-
mentu. Preaching the full gospel. Contact:
Prayer and Intercession Church, in
English. A full Gospel Church located
temporarily at Kaya Alexandrit # 20,
Santa Barbara, Republiek. Services are
held on Sunday mornings from 10am
until 11:30am. Bible studies in English
are on Monday nights from 7 to 8 pm.
Contact: 717-3322
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
-day Saints: Kaya Sabana #26, Sun-
days: 9 am Sacrament Ser-
vices (Translation to English and Papia-
mentu upon request) 10:20 Sunday
School, 11:15 RS/YM/YW/PH Primary
held from 10:20-12 noon Visitors Wel-
come: 701-9522 for Information

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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curagao. Your
first choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest
selection of large and small home appliances, furni-
ture, TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast ser-
vice and in-store financing too.

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

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

De Freewieler sells bikes and all kinds of bike ac-
cessories. They do professional repairs on almost
anything on two wheels. Have your keys made
here too.

Equinox Bonaire-A USA licensed contractor for
hotels, restaurants, residential. On Time-Done

Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared
pizzas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts.
Eat in or take away. Nice bar too.
On Kaya Gob. Debrot
Smile north of town center. 780-1111
Call ahead to eat-in or take out
Lunchroom de Bonairiaan-Breakfast & lunch
prepared and served by Stichting Project students
under professional guidance. Monday-Friday, 9-2.
Kaya Gob. N.Debrot, opposite Divi Flamingo.

Carib Inn is the popular 10-room inn with top-notch
dive shop and well stocked retail store. Best book
trade on Bonaire. Good prices on regulator repair,
dive computer H.Q.

ScubaVision Document your Bonaire vacation
above and below the water with a custom DVD by
Bonaire's top videographer, Hendrik Wuyts

WannaDive They make diving fun. In town at
City Cafe, at Eden Beach and Windsock Apart-
ments .


Fit For Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in
Pilates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional
trainers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.

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. Now in new expanded location off
Kaya Industria.

Harmony House-The herb and mineral center.
Help your body heal itself.

Bonaire Second Home Care can handle all the
needs of second home owners on Bonaire including
inspection, management and cleaning.

Digicel has the most subscribers, widest choice of
calling plans and interesting phones. Visit their of-
fice on downtown Kaya Grandi and see for yourself.

Mio offers by far the clearest, most reliable phone
signal on the island PLUS WIRELESS HIGH-
SPEED INTERNET almost everywhere on Bonaire.

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

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

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

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," spe-
cializing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and
property management.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and
insurance services. If you want a home or to invest

in Bonaire, stop in and see them.

Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.

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

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

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. What would we do without their
superb services?


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

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika
di Amor or N/,, i 'i. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on
Klein Bonaire with built-in ramp

Antillean Wine Company. You've tried the rest;
now try the best: best prices, highest quality wines
from around the world, kept in a cooled warehouse.
Free delivery. Kaya Industria 23, Mon.-Sat. 9 am-

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Page 21

)o Bubbles from the Biologist

H ave you 7.w
ever been Z Z
snorkeling or
diving and
thought you saw .4
a rock move?
Or noticed a
coral head that
just did not look
Chances are you
saw an octopus in e
hiding. Octo- FT ia
puses, which are a -a" h_* .,. ;
type of cephalo-

pod, have three layers of skin, each con-
taining different color changing mecha-
nisms which help them mimic their sur-
roundings. The top layer of skin contains
chromatophores, little sacks of pigment
surrounded by muscle. The contraction of
these muscles cause the sac to expand and
expose different colors, ranging from
shades of brown, black, red, orange, or
yellow. The second layer consists of iri-
dosomes and iridophore plates of varying
thickness, which help change their pigment
by refracting light. This layer gives off
iridescent color that can be green, red,
blue, or silver. And the third layer of their
skin houses leucophores with transparent
granules; these reflect ambient color, in the
sense that white light can be reflected to
make the octopus appear white. Octopuses
also have papillae-a series of muscles
under their skin that act like goosebumps
to change the texture of their skin; this
helps them to better resemble uneven sub-
strate. These changes are controlled by
their highly developed central nervous

system to aid in courtship, defense, camou-
flage, and mimicry. And since cephalo-
pods have the most advanced central nerv-
ous system of all invertebrates, it is no
surprise that they have the fastest color
change in the animal kingdom. They are
also capable of motor control, learning,
memory, and have very sensitive senses of
taste, touch, and sight. So next time you
see something hiding in a rock or a nearly
invisible figure running across the sand,
look a bit closer, because it may just be an
octopus. U Mollie Sinnott

Mollie Sinnott is cur-
rently a junior at Wake
Forest University in
North Carolina in
Bonairefor the next
couple months study
ing 'i,. ii. .. ahl CIEE
and focusing on the
effects of sediment and
sewage ruinrf on the reefs.

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On Monday morning, October 5, work began on the Chiku Mercelina Wharf (also
known as Town Pier or Old Wharf). The project will be to extend the wharf so
that it will be able to accommodate the cruising ships. The extension will be roughly 25
meters going in the direction of Karel's Beach Bar. In addition additional dolphins to tie
the ships' lines to will be installed.
The project will cost around NAf250.000. Bonairiaanse Wegenbouw Maatschappij
(BWM) will be in charge of the project while the companies IHCC, Miami Divers and
Don Andres will assist. The project should be finished by the middle of this December.
Earlier on Friday, October 2, DROB, under the charge of Deputy Nolly Oleana, began
work to repair the fishermen's wharf at Playa Pabou. This was a temporary solution for
Regatta week. Although known as the fisherman's wharf it's not only used by fishermen
but also by the Regatta team last week.
Since the waves of Hurricane Omar hit the dock in the past there hasn't been a solu-
tion for repairing the dangerous metal debris left over on the dock. Promises were made
in the past but nothing happened. But now, according to Deputy Oleana, it's not respon-
sible to continue the situation of the wharf as it is a danger to people who are swimming
in the area, principally, our children. Deputy Oleana assumed responsibility to find a
temporary solution in record time to improve the situation. U Press release/L.D.

RSA, Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance NV

Celebrates the First Anniversary of her
office in Bonaire

O n September 26th RSA celebrated the first anniversary of their office in
Bonaire in the company of the insurance agents who represent them and

RSA is very happy with the decision they took last year to open an office in
Bonaire. The company is satisfied that it can continue to support the economy
and offer the public the best insurance products that only a world leader in in-
surance who has been doing so for almost 300 years, can give.

The growing economical development that is taking place in Bonaire has
caused RSA's number of clients to grow during the past year. This demonstrates
acceptance of the office by the general public. RSA is very happy about this and
wants to thank the public for its support. RSA will go on to do its utmost to
continue to give the people of Bonaire an optimal and speedy service both for
acceptance and claim.

RSA contributes to the community of Bonaire. That's why on the occasion of their first anniversary, they have donated a laptop to the
"Workgroup Aids Prevention Bonaire (WAPB)", a commission that works to prevent Aids in Bonaire. The person who is in charge of this commis-
sion is Mrs Vivian de Lanoy, who does a tremendous job in this field. RSA hopes that the aids commission can make good use of this donation. (photo

RSA invites the people of Bonaire to come and visit their office freely or call 717-2080 for more information about the super insurance products they
have to offer.
Normigia llario and Royenne Normigil Ilris
-J &m_ Winklaar will be happy to assist you. BrancManoer

that's what RSA's brand
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4= N> I R EE

*to find it... just look up

Autumn's Flying *
Horse of the Heavens i
and an Ancient Portal
to Paradise

E very October and
November a won-
derful constellation ap- *,
pears almost overhead *R ,, *o
before midnight. And al-
though it is not as bright 52
as summer and winter '* e *
constellations its mythol- rauLNGUU '* M33
ogy is absolutely magical : isus
and poetic.
If you go outside be- ARIES
tween eight and midnight
in October and November
and look close to overhead you will see four stars which if you draw lines between
them make a slightly lopsided square which for over 2,000 years has been called the
Great Square of Pegasus, the winged horse. But why, you might ask, is only half a
horse pictured here? Well Pegasus was bor from the blood of Medusa and the
foam of the sea so perhaps Pegasus is just rising from the ocean, his other half still
submerged, although it has also been suggested that since the image of Pegasus was
often used for the figureheads of ancient ships, this could also account for only half
of him showing in the heavens.
In fact in an ancient work called, "The Destruction of Troy," we read of "a ship
named Pegasus which was likened to a flying horse." Pegasus is indeed a very an-
cient figure and is featured on some of the most beautiful ancient coins of Corinth
and Carthage. Because Pegasus was associated with the heroic deeds of Perseus he
has long been regarded as a celestial symbol to inspire heroes to perform wonderful
deeds. But he is also regarded as a symbol to inspire poets. The reason being, as one
myth states, that as Pegasus was prancing around one day, under his hooves a
spring was created, a spring which was alleged to have magic power in its waters.
For it was believed that if one drank of its magical water one would experience ec-
stasy and be gifted with the art of poetry.
But my favorite way of looking at this Great Square comes from the ancient Per-
sians who imagined that this square was a portal to another dimension, the dimen-
sion of eternal bliss, the doorway to paradise. And sometimes when I'm outside
looking up at this square I almost want to leap up and fly through it and see the
wonders which lie deep within. You see, though we can see nothing within this
square from urban areas, when you get away from city lights, on a clear moonless
night, you may be able to count 10 to 15 dim stars with the naked eye within its
borders. But with a modem telescope we can find dozens of galaxies, island uni-
verses of billions of stars like our Milky Way galaxy. So in a way this ancient
square is a portal to another dimension, the dimension of the wonders of the uni-
verse, which we can now see with our modem telescopes.
How wonderful.
So get thee outside some night before midnight this October
and November and gaze up at this Great Square and remind
yourself of all the millions before us who have done likewise.
I think you'll find it almost magical. And it just may bring out
the poet in you. U JackHorkheimer

+C.....A. l r...

ARIES: March 20th April 20th
Relationship could be challenging early this
month! Once the full Moon (in your sign)
faces off with the Sun in Libra in your house
of partners, (October 4th) you'll find it difficult
to compromise, as you'll be more focused on
your own needs instead. Because Mercury is
conjoined with Saturn in your house of work,
you may be worried about your job or a com-
pleting a project on schedule. Though the
tendency to act foolish or selfish is strong, you
must attempt to marshal yourself.
TAURUS: April 20th -May 21st The com-
bination of a full Moon in your 12th house, at
odds with the Sun in your house of work could
erode your confidence or cause trouble with co
workers. Another downer is that ruler Venus
(in its fall sign, Virgo) teams up with Mercury
and Saturn making you doubtful about who to
trust. This is especially true about romantic
partners since it occurs in your house of love.
GEMINI: May 21st June 21st The full
Moon in your house of friendship promises
some stress. Suddenly you have so much to do
and so little time to attend parties and exciting
group activities! Yet, with Mercury conjunct
Saturn (in Virgo) at the bottom of your chart,
it's best that you spend time organizing your
personal life instead of socializing. By mid
month (at the time of the New Moon) ruler
Mercury in Libra, along with the new Moon
(in your house of pleasure) is sure to drag you
out of the house.
CANCER: June 21st July 22nd You could
feel a bit cranky this month with Mars in your
sign. Because the full Moon at the top of your
chart is at odds with the Sun in your personal
sector, you might experience a bit of a crisis
between the demands of your professional and
personal life. This usually manifests as a'time
constraint issue'. So much to do..yet so little
time for me. This is also a perfect time to
redecorate or even move.
LEO: July 22nd August 23rd You'll feel
totally energized once Mars enters your sign
this month. Yet, during the first part of this
month, while Mars is working behind the
scene, you will be gathering resource and
wisdom which you'll want to share with others
soon. Still by the time of the new Moon you'll
be ready to share all that you've recently
learned and take the stage as a sage.
VIRGO: August 23rd September 22nd The
new Moon in your house of credit wants to
spend, spend, splurge on the things that
could make your life more comfortable. Ro-
mantically, with Venus in Libra you have a
strong need for a harmonious relation-
ship. You are capable of attracting someone
wonderful now!
LIBRA: September 23rd October 23rd
Early on this month, at the time of the full
moon (October 4th) you may feel the need to
isolate. Mostly because ruler Venus, is se-

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cluded in the 12th house, along with serious
Saturn and thoughtful Mercury as well. Yet by
mid month, at the time of the new Moon in
your sign, ruler Venus enters your first house,
along with Mercury indicating some form of a
'come back'. Since Libra is a sign that is con-
cerned with others, you may also find yourself
counseling more. Romantically, the combina-
tion of the new Moon and Venus in your sign
makes it easy to find a perfect mate.
SCORPIO: October 23rd November 22nd
Ruler Mars has been in its fall sign ever since
August, you may have noticed your power
diminished as a result. However, mid month it
enters the dynamic realm of Leo and suddenly
you'll feel more confident and capable. If
you're currently unemployed this is a sign that
you could land a newjob. At the time of the
new Moon, Venus in good aspect to your ruler,
could bring a new love interest.
SAGITTARIUS: November 22nd Decem-
ber 21st For the last few months, (since mid
June) ruler Jupiter has been retrograde, provid-
ing some time for you to align yourself spiritu-
ally. Whatever the case, now that Jupiter is
about to go direct you are more clear about
your goals and ready to move forward with
new plans and enterprises. The combination of
a new Moon in your most social sector, along
with Venus in good aspect to your ruler makes
this a good month to meet new friends or even
fall in love. You're most attracted to refined,
spiritual or artsy types now!
CAPRICORN: December 21st January
20th Ruler Saturn leaves Virgo (the land of the
inner critic) and enters it's exalted realm of
Libra late this month. Having Saturn at the top
of your chart and dipping into your profes-
sional sector is quite promising for career mat-
ters. The new Moon and Venus at the top of
your chart is a sign you'll be presented an op-
AQUARIUS: January 20th February 19th
Because your sign has 2 rulers, (Saturn the
ancient and Uranus, the modem) things may
have been dicey last month when these 2 plan-
ets faced off at the time of the new Romanti-
cally Mars enters your house of partners and
forms a loving aspect to Venus, if single this
is a time when you could find a dynamic new
PISCES: February 19th -March 20th You
have a couple of good things coming this
month. First, your ancient ruler Jupiter goes
direct (after being retrograde since June). This
allows you to move forward on many levels;
spiritually, emotionally and professionally.
Others will notice your sense of confidence
and enthusiasm in health or work related mat-
ters. This could be a time when you decide to
coach someone. Because the new Moon and
Venus are in favorable aspect to your ruler, if
single you could form a very intense relation-
ship with someone new! 0

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