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with The
BES Com-
said, "I
will do my best for Bonaire."
He remains hopeful that Bon-
aire's future is as part of the
Dutch Kingdom. This despite
the fact that important decisions
are on hold until the results of
the Second Referendum, tenta-
tively set for March 2010.
Radio Netherlands reported
that the transition date of Octo-
ber 10, 2010, according to
Kamp is "perfectly feasible."
"The Netherlands must espe-
cially continue on the path,"
stressed Kamp on January 4,
2010, exactly one year after his
Because the Bonaire Govern-
ment, for the most part, has dis-
continued cooperation with
Kamp's Regional Service Cen-
ter (RSC), the Netherlands has
suspended a number of financ-
ing projects, including the refur-
bishment of the airport and pay-
ing the debt to the APNA pen-
sion. Yet Kamp hopes coopera-
tion can begin again as soon as
possible. "To provide a new
political structure there is a re-
quirement that we must work
together." But, according to
Kamp, the concession must
come from Bonaire, because the
problems come from there.
Transforming Bonaire into a
public body of the Netherlands
is the best solution according to
Kamp. "The Netherlands can do
much for the people of Bonaire.
And that is our job, to do good
things for people."

N In cooperation with clinics in
Holland, medical patients recov-
ering from dermatological and
other problems will be able to
take advantage of the fine Bon-
aire climate, Business Class
KLM amenities and their own

wing at the Plaza Resort. The first
members of this unique Sky Club
are set to arrive in mid-May,

N- KLM will not stop flying to
Bonaire, said KLM regional
manager Simone Wickenhagen.
The rumors that the Bonaire will
be replaced by Aruba as a desti-
nation are "... not true at all."
"KLM head Peter Hartman had
said that KLM wishes to serve
Aruba optimally in 2010. Mar-
tinair flies to the island and possi-
bly a KLM flight will be added as
well. We are currently consider-
ing that possibility. However, that
has nothing to do with Bonaire.
As a destination, the island is
much too beautiful to leave out,
isn't it?"
Wickenhagen continued, "The
renovation of the runway at Fla-
mingo Airport is not certain, now
that the Netherlands are putting
projects on the backburner while
it is unclear what the Bonaire
Island Government decides about
the governmental structure in
relation with Holland. That is no
reason for KLM to drop Bonaire
as destination. The runway must
indeed be renovated. As long as
the runway has not been declared
unfit, we will continue flying."

> In response to growing
demand on the route, KLM
Royal Dutch Airlines will re-
sume its Boeing 747-400 ser-
vice between Amsterdam and
Aruba on 1 February 2010. The
twice weekly service will be
operated in combination with
the existing Curaqao service.

D According to State Secretary
for Internal Affairs and Kingdom
Relations, Ank Bijleveld-
Schouten, the transition from
fewer direct to more indirect
taxes will have a positive influ-
ence on prosperity in Bonaire,
Saba and St. Eustatius. According
to the state secretary, it should be
taken into account that the aver-
age wage of a resident of the BES
islands is about 40% of the aver-
age income of a resident of the
Netherlands. "The price level is
certainly not at 40% of that in the
Netherlands because almost eve-

> A private 4 .. .
memorial cere-
mony bidding
farewell to Divi
Divi pilot
Robert Mansell
was held on the
tarmac of Cura-
9ao's Hato air-
port. One of the
surviving pas-
sengers at the
ceremony, Eric
was emotional,
but especially 7 I-.
grateful in his -
speech. Grateful ; l
to Mansell, who died, and especially grateful to the Antillean and
Dutch government who took their responsibility for the storage and
research. He said, "Whatever the answers to the many remaining ques-
tions may be, Robert, you are still my hero."
The ceremony was arranged by the British honorary consul Anthony
Owens. Top Antillean leaders were in attendance including Prime Min-
ister Emily de Jongh-Elhage, Ministers Maurice Adriaens (Transport),
Ersilia "Zus" de Lannoy (Finance) and Magali Jacoba (Justice) along
with the surviving passengers and staff of Divi Divi Air.
Following the eulogies, the coffin was lifted from the hearse and
placed on a special cart to load onto the KLM 747. Mansell's body lay
in a metal box decorated with a British flag and a flower arrangement.
The Boeing flight carrying the 32-year-old's body touched down at
Birmingham International Airport around six hours later, to be met by
waiting relatives.
Pilot Mansell, from Knowle, England, died when he was forced to
ditch his twin-engine plane into the sea just three miles from Bonaire's
Flamingo Arport. He was knocked unconscious on impact but his pi-
loting skills had saved the lives of the nine passengers on board. Fol-
lowing a lengthy salvage operation, the wreckage was successfully
lifted out three weeks ago.
Aviation accident experts are trying to establish how the tragedy

rything needs to be imported," she

B It's planned that next year
at this time the dollar will be the
island's main currency. To
smooth the transition an
"Exchange Office" will be set up
this month in Bonaire under the
control of the Dutch Central Bank
(De Nederlandsche Bank). It will
deal with currency conversion,
wages, price control, responsibili-
ties, technological problems and
other issues.

The formerly private Pe-
likaan School is now, thanks to
governmental financial assistance,
a public school. It was established

in 2004 and its aim has always
been to make it a public school.

N Film producer Jasper Schur-
inga (32), born and raised in Cura-
gao, became an internationally-
known hero by overpowering a
23-year-old Nigerian suspected
terrorist on the Christmas flight
from Schiphol airport in Am-
sterdam to Detroit, Michigan.
(Continued on page 9)

Table of Contents
This Week's Stories

Mansell Farewell 2
2010 Whafs In Store? 3
2009-Looking Back 3
Kwartiermakers and Counterparts-
Social Affairs and Employment- Job
Programs 6
Maskarada 10
Letters to the Editor- Tourism Open letter
and Reply 8
Train Your Dog 13
Driving Dog 13
Sensing For Sevwage-LMSP 15
Kayaking The Caribbean For The
Environment- Ryan deJongh 17
ORCO Bank Opens 17

Flotsam & Jetsam 2
On the Island Since (Eline Kamer) 4
Bonairean Voices (School Nutrition III) 7
Sudoku Puzzle 7
Bon Quiz #21-(Conch) 7
Body Talk (CFS) 9
Pet ofthe Week (Nadine) 13
Picture Yourself (Ely, Nevada, USA) 12
Classfieds 12
Tide Table 12
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 14
Shopping & Service Guides 16
BonQuiz Answer 17
Sudoku Answer 17
Bubbles-Do You Know
(Ocean Trash) 18
Bonaire On Wheels- Land Rover 18
Sky Park (Mars-Earth) 19
The Stars Have it 19

How to contact us
Letters to the Editor:
Story tip or idea:
The Publisher:
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Phone 790-8988
Phone 790-6518 / 786-6518
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Ever so quickly we breezed through
the first 10 years of the 21st cen-
tury. In the period we have seen Bonaire
experience both unprecedented develop-
ment and troubling deterioration of its
natural environment.
It was a time when speculators could
make lots of money, owners saw their
property values rise, businesses multi-
plied and more luxury and costly items
became available in our shops. At the
same time pollution, violence and drug-
related crime escalated, to a point where
not only is Bonaire's tranquility threat-
ened, but also its economy.
The questions to ask at the dawn of a
new decade:
Will the people who live on Bon-
aire become better off in the next
10 years than they are today?
Can the parents raising families,
workers serving the population and
tourists, schoolchildren, senior citi-
zens and foreigners living on the
island have a more productive and
peaceful life?
What should Bonaire be like at the
end of the next 10 years?
This year is pivotal. The "country" of
The Netherlands Antilles was, on
10/10/10, supposed to be dissolved into
three component parts: Curaqao, Sint
Maarten and the Dutch "Special Munici-
pality" of the BES Islands of Bonaire, St.
Eustatius and Saba. But Bonaire's new
government, now as the date approaches,
wants to ask its people if that is really
what they meant when they voted for

"closer ties" with the Netherlands in
The answers to the three questions may
lie at their choice of answer in the 2010
Referendum. We've not seen the Referen-
dum questions yet, nor have a precise date
for the vote, but hope that the island's
voters will be presented with truthful in-
formation to make their choice. It's im-
portant that the leaders of the respective
positions avoid fiery rhetoric, take special
care to quench
bitter feelings and
focus on the g
benefits that their
point of view will h
bring to Bonaire.
Let's make it a
truly Happy New
Year! G.D.

F or most of the year the island was
the tranquil paradise it was sup-
posed to be- a great place to live and
visit. That's the real 2009 message
Bonaire's big story of the past year,
involves the island's future. Since the
2004 Referendum Bonaire and the other
BES Islands of Statia and St. Eustatius
were headed towards "closer ties" with
Holland, which the Island Council en-
dorsed. But in June the trip toward inte-
gration was interrupted when the is-
land government changed. The new gov-
ernment repudiated its agreement to inte-
grate pending the outcome of another
Referendum froze negotiation until after
the Referendum.
In January, former Dutch Defense Min-
ister Henk Kamp arrived on island to
set up a Regional Service Center
(RSC) to facilitate the agreed-upon inte-
gration of the BES Islands. The militaris-
tically labeled kwartiermakers
(quartermasters) began the efforts
needed to transfer Dutch ministry tasks
to Bonairean counterparts. In November
Dutch officials, frustrated by the pre-
Referendum freeze, suspended promised
payments of Bonaire's debts.
In November and December, to vali-
date its position, the Bonaire government
sought opinions from jurist Bob Wit, the
United Nations and others. The advisors,
for the most part, supported the govern-
ment while the UN's report while en-
dorsing Bonaire's right to go back to its
people for clarification, criticized some
of the Referendum's planned procedures.
There was more than politics in the

news. In February an alert for Lionfish
was issued by the Marine Park. In No-
vember the first of these invasive species
was spotted and captured. Pressure on
officials to accelerate sewage treatment
for the coastal zone increased and a treat-
ment plant was promised for 2010.
The Marine Park Manager published a
story on the coral reef crisis in Bonaire
and the rest of the world prompting a
hotel sector attempt to squelch negative
publicity. Washington Park, the Carib-
bean's oldest, celebrated its 40th birth-
day. Klein Bonaire had its 10th anni-
versary as a protected wilderness area.
Two new bank buildings opened.
Wind turbines arrived to augment the
electric power needs of the island. They
were promised to be in operation by the
end of the year, but that has slipped to
next month. Deep roadside trenches were
dug to carry new electric and phone ca-
bles. In the meanwhile WEB power be-
came more unreliable. Weekly outages
became the norm.
Air travel was in the news with the
ditching of one of the Divi Divi Airlines
planes near Klein Bonaire, the inaugura-
tion of non stop jet service to Miami, the
addition of a Delta flight and the depar-
ture of American Eagle.
A big corruption raid that was sup-
posed to reveal gold smuggling drug
dealing and money laundering seemed to
fall flat as incriminating details failed to
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T was born on Curaqao
1November 4, 1962. My
father was a registered account-
ant and in 1960 he was trans-
ferred from Holland to Curaqao
where he worked for Moret and
Limperg Accountants. I had a
wonderful childhood. Curaqao in
those days was just great its
spirit and its nature. Every house
was always open, no doors were
ever locked. It was a carefree
life, not a worry in the world.
Nowadays there's nothing left of
that anymore. It's one of the rea-
sons why I came to Bonaire.
When I was 17 my parents got
divorced and I went to Eindho-
ven, Holland, to live with my
mother's family. I wanted to do
midwife training, but the school
year had already started. So, my
mom decided it would be best for
me to become a nurse, although I
didn't feel like it at all. I went
through several interviews at a
hospital to be accepted and I de-
liberately blew it. I was just very
My grandmother was a lady of
great influence, very sweet, with
a lot of connections and she got
me a job as a companion to a
lady who was in her 80s. Mrs.
Kat had had a photo business and
she'd never prepared a meal in
her life! So she was deliriously

happy with the arrangement until
I told her that I had never cooked
one dinner and that was it.
I started working for another
friend of my grandmother's in a
very fancy crockery shop and at
night I studied computer science.
I was still living with Mrs. Kat,
who had a house you could ride a
bicycle through, and during
weekends she would claim me


advantage of, but that day I
bought a one-way ticket to Cura-
qao. I spent Christmas 1981 with
my mother and my brother.
It was great to be back, but of
course I had to go to work. My
mom knew the director of Fatum
Insurance and through him they
gave me a job. I had to sit in a
basement sorting out bills. My
first day was my last day. By
then I knew that ALM the An-

"Sometimes I wonder how I did it
financially, bringing up four children
all by myself, but... we made it! "

When my computer science
education was finished, I moved
to The Hague where I started
working for an employment
agency. I got a job at a cookie
factory, where I was supposed to
put jelly on the Christmas cook-
ies in an assembly line. After one
day I'd had it. Another thing was
that I was terribly homesick. I
couldn't get used to Holland; I
didn't think much of it.
One day in December I walked
through The Hague and saw a
Maduro Travel Agency. Some-
time before my father had au-
thorized me to use his bank ac-
count which I had never taken

tillean Airline was looking for
people and so I finally became a
flight attendant something I'd
always wanted.
I worked for ALM for two
years, then I met my ex-husband
who was a dentist on Curaqao.
He gave me four kids one after
the other girl, boy, girl, boy.
My second child, Marc, who is
24, was born mentally and physi-
cally handicapped. He is a criti-
cal kidney patient and for the last
four years he has to be dialyzed
every day for eight hours. He is
living, under guidance, in Hol-
land with two other people. He's
working repairing bicycles and

he's always happy
- incredible! When
you see his
agenda... full to ,
My daughter
Sabina is a mouth
hygienist and lives
on Curaqao. My
son Wietse is
studying econom-
ics in Amsterdam,
and my daughter
Milene has been
working with the
dolphins on Cura-
qao for two years. Now she's
going back to Holland to study
International Business and Lan-
Eline Kamer has a realAntil-
lean disposition: she's good na-
tured and easy going, but she's
also spiritual and ;.,li. -hir fil
She's creative, hardworking and
she has guts a remarkable
"In 1993, when my son Marc
was running out of options on
Curaqao, I decided to go back to
Holland. I went ahead with all
four of my children and my hus-
band was supposed to follow a
bit later. He never showed up!
The kids and I stayed in Holland
for two and a half years, but after
the third winter I had enough of

Eline Kamer
it and so all of us returned to
Curaqao. I started painting eggs
for the Ostrich Farm. Sometimes
I wonder how I did it financially,
bringing up four children all by
myself, but... we made it! We
have a very strong bond and I do
miss my children profoundly
when they are not around, so
much that it hurts me physically.
Then I met Robbert, whose
name had been popping up in
conversations with friends for
over 30 years. I'd never seen him
though. One night we met
through friends and we spent the
evening together. A year later
there was a spark. He was living
in Holland where I was on vaca-
tion and we met through a mutual
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friend. After I came back to
Curaqao we mailed every day
and every two months he would
come over. The third time he told
me, 'I am staying!'"'
She laughs: "I thought I'd have
a fit! He moved in with a friend,
and at the same time my daugh-
ter Sabina left to study in Hol-
land. My son Marc was also go-
ing because his kidneys were
working less than 50% and there
was nothing they could do for
him. I was living with my two
other kids in a rental house and
as they are surfers and sailors I
had to take them back and forth
to Spanish Water all the time. A
good friend of mine had a house
there, but the rent was way too
high for me, so Robbert and I
decided to rent the house to-
He was an accountant, working
for an accountant's office. I was
still painting eggs and had a
stand at the cruise ship market
where I was selling my art. Also
I was arranging exhibitions for
different artists and buying and
selling Antillean antiques. So
then we were living together in
Spanish Water with the two
kids." She laughs. "But the deal
was that he would never interfere
with their upbringing and he kept
his word very well. All my chil-
dren are crazy for him they
love him dearly!

Yeah... and then I felt that too
much crime was taking place on
Curaqao. I wanted to move to
Bonaire where I'd been going
every so often and where I'd
spent my first birthday at the
opening of Hotel Bonaire. It
doesn't even exist anymore. I
was looking for tranquility,
something I couldn't find on
Curaqao anymore something I
could still find on Bonaire...
then! So Robbert and I moved
here and he started working for a
local hotel.
It's not in my blood to sit still
and I was approached by several
people to set up and manage
something here for them. Be-
cause I had been dealing in an-
tiques I chose to go with Planta-
tion Curaqao. We worked to-
gether for one year and then we
went separate ways and I
changed the name of my busi-
ness to 'Interiyours.' October
2008 we moved to Kaya Amster-
I like to work for myself and I
find it also important to add
something to the island. If you're
looking for that one unique piece
- I've got it everything to make
your house more beautiful, to
give it that special touch. I am
always trying to find something
that's one of a kind, incompara-
ble. But I'm also selling practical
things and furniture and I'm try-
ing to keep the quality high,
which isn't always easy. I've got
a purchaser in China and one on

Bali who also travels to Papua,
New Guinea, and the islands of
Flores, Timor and Java. Purchas-
ing antiques has become more
and more difficult everywhere in
the world, but even if it's not
antique, it's always handmade by
professional craftsmen in the old
colonial style.
Since I've started here, many
others have opened similar busi-
nesses slightly different but it
all comes down to interiors. So,"
she smiles, "I think it's time for i
something new. What it will be, I
don't know, but, I'll find some-
thing. Maybe Robbert and I will
start up something together.
We've been here for four years .
now, and from the moment I
arrived, I've seen Bonaire chang-
ing rapidly. It's out of balance. I .
think Bonaire as well as Holland ."
has to give in and find a way to
grow together so Bonaire's fu-
ture will be stable and promis-
ing." She looks at me;h. ,in-
fully. "I'm not talking about con-
struction or developments or
anything of that kind. What I
mean to say is that I'd like to see
a society that is well balanced so
people can thrive and live har-
moniously in every possible
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The Third of a Series About Dutch-Bonairean Cooperation

Social Affairs and Employment -
Job Programs on Bonaire

For some time now, behind the scenes,
people have been working on improvements
and projects for the period after the transi-
tion date 10-10-10, when Bonaire may be-
come a public body (bijzondere gemeente)
within the Netherlands. In several areas of
policy, local government and local organi-
sations are working together with the peo-
ple from the Regional Service Centre
(RSC). In the coming months The Bonaire
Reporter will describe the activities of the
Dutch Ministry Representatives in the RSC
and their Bonairean counterparts as they
work together so that, at the planned
"transition time of 10-10-10, local people,
Bonaireans, will handle the tasks of that
department. In this issue we describe the
progression in the SocialI a 1.,111. scene.

T he kwartiermakers of Social Af-
fairs and Employment are Johan
van der Graaff and Hans Bor. On Bonaire,
Saba and Statia, they are involved in tasks
that have to do with
* Working conditions (minimum wage,
holidays, industrial disputes)
* Labor control and job permits
* Social security and assistance
* Reducing unemployment (among other
things, job programs).
A large part of their job is to change the
current rules and laws
(landsverordeningen) into legislation.
This work is done in consultation with
governmental organizations on the island,
like the Dienst Economische Zaken
(DEZA), the Servisio pa Asuntunan Sosial
(SASO), the Sociale Verzekeringsbank
(SVB) and the Directie Arbeidszaken.

Job Programs
One of the important tasks is reducing
unemployment and directing people to-
wards jobs. On Bonaire, the Forma and
Mangazina di Rei foundations have al-
ready been working together to help pre-
pare youngsters for a job by education
and by offering them work experience.
The arrival of the kwartiermakers has
brought an extra energy to this coopera-

Danilo Christiaan, Project Manager at
Mangazina di Rei, explains.
"There is a need for support in knowl-
edge, experience and financial means. For
us, the connection with Social Affairs and
Employment can be very beneficial. We
know from research that companies do
want to invest in the people that they hire.
But they want the basic job attitude to be
in order: being on time, holding to agree-
ments, taking responsibility for tasks. At
Mangazina di Rei we are training for this.
We have apprenticeships in different ar-
eas, like administration, tour giving, mar-
keting, catering, maintenance jobs, etc.
The youngsters can experience which job
or jobs they are suited for. Mangazina di
Rei was officially recognized as a
'company of apprenticeships' at the be-
ginning of 2009. On average about 15 to
20 youngsters gain experience here with
different jobs throughout half a year to a
year. If they can qualify for Sociale Vorm-
ingsplicht they can get financial help for
their costs and a compensation for child-
Forma and Mangazina di Rei also see
other possibilities of helping more people
gain employment. An example of this is
the EVC certificate: Erkenning voor Ver-
worven Competenties, Recognition for
Acquired Competences. This is a kind of
scan of the abilities the people already
have and giving them a certificate. Sev-
eral certificates together can form the ba-
sis for someone to approach the job mar-
ket without having to follow an extra edu-
cation. To understand the job market it's
very important to work and communicate
with people in the business industry. To-
gether with Forma, Mangazina di Rei will
try to accomplish this."

"Forma di Rei"
Johan van der Graaff says:
"For every society, also here on Bon-
aire, it is very important for people to
participate. To have a job is meaningful to
people: it's good for one's self esteem to
have an income, to have contacts with
people and to have a daily structure. With

Johan van der Graaff arrived on
Bonaire as Kwartiermaker, Social Af-
fairs and Employment, in August 2009.
In Holland, in ditt'Lrentjobs with the
government, his task was to direct peo-
ple to the job market. He also
contributed to several laws in this

this, people may get a perspective for the
future. The concept of Forma and Man-
gazina di Rei is set up very well. Six
months of theoretical lessons are followed
by six months of training on the job. It is
exactly this combination that appears to
work for people. Several organizations are
working well together: Forma, Mangazina
di Rei, governmental organizations on the
island, like DEZA, SASO and the Bes-
tuurscollege (E \ccum1 c Council). We've
made a plan for a pilot project apprentice-
ship with these parties. In the beginning
of January Holland will decide on this
plan, in which 40 people can participate
for one year. As of February 2010 Forma
and Mangazina di Rei can offer an official
Dutch education, Arbeidsmarkt gekwali-
ficeerdAssistent (AKA), Job market
qualified Assistant. This education will
not only be for youngsters, but also for
adults under the age of 45. For this project
Forma and Mangazina di Rei created a
wonderful name, 'Forma di Rei.'"
Danilo Christiaan: "The name not only
reflects the cooperation between the two
organizations but also shows what we
want to teach our participants: Royal
Manners. Related to our job training this
means to have the right work attitude to

Danilo Christiaan was born on Cura-
gao. He followed his education partly in
Holland, where he also worked in dithler-
ent companies in the horticulture area.
For the past three years, Danilo has lived
on Bonaire and is working as a Project
Manager at the culture park, Mangazina
di Rei.

find and keep a job."
Christiaan continues: "In our projects
we have contacts with several kwartier-
makers in the areas that concern tourism,
welfare, job training, agriculture, culture
and education. As well we notice a will-
ingness by many organizations to cooper-
ate and an appreciation for our approach.
We have a lot of plans for the future and
are hoping to benefit from all these forms
of cooperation."
Van der Graaff says: "The combina-
tion of Forma and Mangazina di Rei is a
perfect example of linking theory to prac-
tice. We are looking forward to expanding
this cooperation together with other or-
ganisations and are planning to apply for
structural financial means for it. Minister
Donner of Social Affairs and Employ-
ment also emphasized the importance of
this during his visit to Bonaire late No-
vember."E Story & photo by
Inge Vos

Inge Vos has
experience in Com-
munications and
writes for Dutch
language newspa-


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A s with every other school Kole-
gio Kristo Bon Wardador Ele-
mentary School has had their problems. I
managed to interview Mrs. Carinne
Thielman who has been the principal of
the school for 10 years and has been in
the educational field for 28 years.
Mrs. Thielman says, We have had
problems at school and always tried to
find a solution. The problems we were
facing were connected with the new sys-
tem of teaching that was introduced in
the elementary schools called Ensenahsa
di Fundeshi (Foundation Education).
Our teachers weren't prepared for this
system. You must have time to pre-
pare in advance for extra materials
and that's what we don't have. We
have a schedule that we must complete by the end of the
school year so the children are fully prepared for the
next school year. We struggled for eight years and little
by little we got adjusted to the new system. We combine
it with the old system, which means that we put what
can be used from the old system together with the new
system, and it works. We focus on different groups of
children, the Papiamentu language, Dutch language and
computers. We have more work to do and what makes it
a little bit difficult is the need for more school materials
to work with, to teach in the Papiamentu language. It
depends on each elementary school how they see the
new educational system. But as I said before this new
way of education is an adjustment of the old system and
how you can fit different groups of children into it.
Reading in both the Dutch and Papiamentu languages is
a must. We need new methods for the Papiamentu lan-
guage because we believe if a child knows his or her
own language very well then he or she can understand
and learn another language. This way we can introduce
something new to the children.
We realize that at school itself we have a lot of chil-
dren with social problems. In the past we found prob-
lems in children in the 5th and 6th grades. Today the
problems start from the time the child starts in school, at
a very young age, between four and five. We've had to
deal with children who come from broken homes or
who are not fully prepared for school life. Every year
the problems seem to escalate. These social and emo-
tional aspects need to be tackled in order for the child to
fit into school. What we need is a disciplinary team to
help the situation.
We had a nutrition program three years ago with the
Health Department of Bonaire. Dietitians like Mrs.
Sharine Loozen and Miss Angelique Salsbach were in
this nutrition program, which was about the eating hab-
its of our children in school. Together we made it work.
Our canteen was equipped with healthy foods and
drinks, like whole wheat bread, pizza, fruit juices and
shakes. We saw a big change in our school children, in
their learning habits and behavior. Parents were amazed
to see the changes in their child and they cooperated
with the program. While the program was going so well
someone opened a snack right next to the school where
they sell all kinds of unhealthy stuff for the kids. We
tried to ask them to start a business of healthy food be-
cause of our nutrition program, but they didn't want to
listen. Because it was a business outside the school

I _

Mural at the entrance to the school

property, we couldn't do anything about it. The children
were lured into the temptation of buying their sodas,
candies and chips from this shop instead of the good
nutritious food from our canteen. Sometimes they even
take the free breakfast that Rotary Club provides for
schools and save their money to buy whatever later on at
the snack shop. The teachers felt unmotivated and the
program came to an end. We have to make the commu-
nity aware of how this unhealthy food can affect the
children's health in the long run, with all the conse-
quences of behavioral and learning problems. The com-
munity has to be aware of healthy eating and drinking
practices. They are responsible as much as the parents to
help our kids."
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Ancient queen conch

Milk Conch
S trombus gigas is the Latin name for the Queen
Conch, or as we call it on Bonaire, karko.
This species of gastropod is consumed as a delicacy
throughout the Caribbean and has become rare be-
cause of over harvesting. They are "farmed" in some
areas to ensure a supply. They are found in water
from three to over 100 feet deep. They were very
common in Bonaire but were "fished-out" and those
that are left are now protected. Check out the conch
piles at Lac to see what I mean.

I would like to show you something that I suspect
many of you have never noticed before.
Recently I found a huge conch (top) that is very,
very old. The thickness of the shell and the amount of
blunt spikes gives its age away. The lower photo is of
the Milk Conch (Strombus costatus). What I want
you to look at are the holes made in these two

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Page 7

Dear Editor:
It is in the best interest of Bonaire, especially the people of
Bonaire, that all officials in the government, the tourism busi-
ness, and the dive business take notice of the "chatter" and
"word of mouth" among American divers about the condition
of Bonaire's reefs. As I regularly fly to Bonaire on Delta, I
have the chance to hear divers talking, and, as an American
living part-time on Bonaire, I often have conversations with
other American divers and snorkelers. In the last year, more
and more are expressing their disappointment with the deterio-
rating state of Bonaire's reefs from sewage, cruise ship traffic,
over-fishing, etc. But there is more than disappointment in
their comments; in fact, a number of divers who have visited
Bonaire for years are making the decision not to return: as one
told me, "This will be our last trip."
Why? They point to decisions by government and tourist
officials to prioritize cruise ship visits and ignore healing the
reefs that are the basis for Bonaire's dive tourism. They say
that they are unwilling to keep spending thousands of dollars
each trip to dive reefs that clearly Bonaire no longer cares
about, wondering out loud why in 20 years, there is still no
sewage processing plant. They are saddened by lax environ-
mental rules and regulations that allow a cruise ship like the
Freewinds to dump its untreated sewage for free and leave
Klein Bonaire and Lac Bay compromised by thousands of
tromping feet. They feel that divers are being taken for granted
and that the amount of money dive tourism brings into the
economy of Bonaire is being minimized in favor of courting
the cruise industry, which brings in much less money. One
asked, "How much must cruise passengers spend to make up a
$6,000 loss from one diver who does not return?" Finally, they
are telling others that Bonaire's reputation for a pristine, ma-
rine environment is becoming more of a joke every day, mak-
ing Bonaire more like Aruba, St. Maarten, and Cozumel where
development and cruise ship tourism have destroyed the reefs.
Anyone in public relations knows that "word of
mouth" advertising can often be the best strategy for marketing


Cruise ship visitors on Klein Bonaire

a product. However, if the "word of mouth" is negative, no
amount of money spent on glossy brochures or splashy ads can
shift public opinion. Is this "word of mouth" found on dive
boards, Scubaboard, etc. and heard in airport gate lounges to be
taken seriously? Or will government and tourist officials dis-
miss it as "idle chatter?"?
Please, pay attention for the sake of Bonaire's people
and economy, for if American divers do stop coming, there
will be fewer jets coming from Atlanta, Houston, Newark, etc.
and fewer and fewer dollars spent here.
Pauline Kayes

Response from Bonaire's Director of Tourism

Dear Editor:
Thank you for sending this. I've been made aware of
the various discussions that have been going on on Bonaire
Talk and Scubaboard and such.
I applaud the approach of sending a letter to respective authori-
ties. I sincerely hope that this matter, which is an internal mat-
ter, is dealt with at an internal level as well. I think it is good to
have dialogue between authorities and visitors/part-time resi-
I would welcome the opportunity to meet on a personal level
and listen and have healthy discussions.
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Flotsam & Jetsam (Continued from page 2)
Schuringa was "rj'. "
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in Costa Rica I
when he -
climbed over
seats after
spotting a man
apparently on -J
fire and
jumped him, --- -
holding him in a head-lock until help arrived. His
parents Bob and Ingrid Schuringa live in
Julianadorp, Curagao.

D One of the top events planned for January is
the 21st Bonaire International Fishing Tourney
based at It Rains Fishes. Planned for January 28 the
two-day event will attract the top sport fishing
yachts from the ABC Islands and Venezuela. It will
be a weekend of fishing, parties and prizes. It is a
"Catch and Release" event. Top prizes include a
Toyota Hilux for the record breaker fish, a Rolex
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The Sorobon naturist resort on Lac Bay has
been sold to the present owners of nearby Jibe
City. According to our sources its naturist days will
be over and it will be reopened as a conventional

N There were two spectacular parties in De-
cember, a month noted for great Bonaire parties.
The first was Nita Gerritsen's concert-brunch
birthday party at the Plaza Resort featuring Johnny
Kleinmoegig playing compositions by Chopin and
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o Does this story in a German newspaper
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P Does this story in a German newspaper
herald a new era for Bonaire? It talks about
Swim Champion Angela Maurer's visit to Bon-'s
aire to scope out the possibilities for training and
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with many symptoms like
low blood pressure, depression,
exhaustion, loss of memory, mus-
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blurring of vision, weight loss or
gain, not feeling rested after sleep,
which are just some of the many
symptoms of CFS.

True to form, you could take
medication for the depression,
medication for the pain, treatment
for the allergy-like symptoms,
medication for the low blood pres-
sure and medication for the anxi-
ety. Unfortunately the medical
profession does not look for the
cause (and they admit they do not
know the real cause) and therefore
treat a whole list of symptoms
with a whole lot of medication. I
find it a miracle that anybody ac-
tually recovers from CFS (or don't
The cause of CFS lies with two
small glands, located just on top of
each kidney, that are possibly the
most important glands in the body.
These glands are the adrenal
glands that are responsible for a
huge number of functions in the
body, and not just the flight or
fight response when faced with
danger. The outer wrapping of the
gland (cortex) are responsible for
producing a hormone called Corti-
sol, which controls inflammation.
The level of Cortisol in the body
affects allergies, wound healing,
asthma, arthritis etc.
The inner part of the gland pours
out epinephrine (adrenaline) and
norepinephrine. These hormones
speed up the body's metabolism
and govern how we cope with
stress and are almost a direct ex-
tension of the nervous system.
Continuous stress and poor nu-
trition (over many years) lead to
altered hormone levels, and an
imbalance in endocrine function
can lead to various physical and
emotional problems.
What are the general signs of
adrenal gland weakness? The
easiest one to spot is low blood
pressure. A blood pressure consis-
tently under 118 systolic is always
an indicator of adrenal gland
weakness. Depression, chronic
fatigue, lack of sex drive, lower

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back and pelvic weakness, and on
the nervous system problems like
panic attacks, anxiety, feelings of
inadequacy and asthma are just a
few of the health issues you can
expect from adrenal gland weak-
ness. Strange how these are also
the exact symptoms for CFS.
So what causes adrenal gland
weakness? Living with continuous
stress, eating meat (yes, there is
adrenaline in that juicy steak!), a
poor diet (very little or any raw
fruit and vegetables), over con-
sumption of sugar and refined
carbohydrates, coffee, tea, alcohol,
nicotine and prescription drugs.
These are all external (and artifi-
cial) stimulants to the adrenal
glands, weakening them consid-
Medication will NEVER correct
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As their first appearance of the new year the Maskarada group pays a visit to Lt. Governor Thode at his tem-
porary home in Santa Barbara Crown Court. The official governor's house in Playa is being renovated.

Two of the Maskarada,
silent and mysterious

E very January 1 in Bonaire
a group of mysterious,
silent, masked people appear,
first at the home of the Lt. Gov-
ernor. It's the Maskarada a
group of children and adults in
colorful costumes and masks
who show up to dance and per-
form short skits. They arrive
silently, following a group of
musicians an accordion, a
tambu (drum), a raspa (file) and
a quarto (large ukulele) and
the skits and dancing begin. It's
said good luck will flow to those
whom they visit.
Certain characters are the
same every year: the policeman
who directs the group, the don-
key, the shark, the fisherman in

the boat, and old kunukero
(farmer), the matador and the
bull, each personifying his or
her character.
From the Governor's home the
group goes on to visit the Kas di
Sosiego (old folks home) and
the different barrios. They're
welcomed with food and drink
throughout the day.
No one knows for sure how
the tradition got to Bonaire.
Some say it came from Africa,
others say it's Indian. Still oth-
ers say it's South American or
even European. So, considering
the polyglot makeup of the is-
land although the concept may
have come from all those other
places, it's turned into some-

thing totally Bonairean.
The Maskarada troupe will
again appear on the Saturday
and Sunday (January 9 and
10) after Three Kings Day (or
Epiphany, Wednesday, Janu-
ary 6). On Saturday, January
9, between 4 and 5 pm they'll
be at the Kas di Sosiego (old
folks home) at the hospital. On
Sunday, January 10, they'll
appear in the morning at Se-
lekta Bakery in Antriol and in
the afternoon in Amboina and
See pg 14 for the following
week's schedule. Laura De-
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zerland, Europe. Handsome and healthy
with a good heart who wants to meet
friends, especially females above 25.
Write with pics!
Elvis Owusu, Hermatswierstr 18, 8493
Saland, Switzerland. Email

Pinball Machine for sale at
NAf 750. Over NAf 1500 invested in
new circuit boards, parts etc. Needs
finishing up with some wiring etc.
Call 717-8819 8 am to 5 pm

Put your ad here and get results
Commercial ads are Inexpensive,
Non-commercial ads are free.

ere are Mitch and Joan Toovey and friend Joel Jensen around a fire pit reading The
Bonaire Reporter during a snow storm in Ely Nevada. Sunny regards, says Joan. Is
that why Mitch has sunglasses on?
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Pet of the Week





Jane Disko Madden writes about "Nadine, our Pet of the Week:

W X hat's not to love about Nadine? She is a beautiful, pure white young lady
VV with a small gray spot on top of her head so you can tell her apart from her
twin sister, Nora. Both of them have incredibly gorgeous amber brown eyes, which is
very rare in all white cats. Nadine and Nora are about five months old and are fun-
loving, playful young ladies....but at the same time incredibly affectionate. If you scoop
one of them up as they go roaring past you, chasing each other, either one of them will
melt into your arms like a warm, vanilla fur-ball... purring and chirping with pleasure.
They like nothing better than to fall asleep in your arms. Nadine and her sister Nora
would be a loving complement to any home.

If you're considering adopting a kitten or young cat and don't have any other animals in
your home, you may want to consider adopting two. If you are not at home all day,
kittens and young cats do much better in an environment where they have companion-
ship. Young cats are easily bored and do get lonely, having a playmate will keep them
occupied and instead of tearing up your sofa, curtains or knocking your favorite dish off
the table they will entertain each other."

Thank you, Jane!

Don't forget that the cat adoption fee of NAf75 assures you of a healthy and social pet
who's been given its shots, check ups, tests for feline leukemia, worming and even its
sterilization when it's old enough.

The Shelter had 209 adoptions this last year (59 of them cats). This is a record
number. The year before, 2008, there werel86.

Special Note:
The New Year's fireworks are finished but some pets
are still missing. There are three dogs that were
brought into the Shelter, having been terrified by the
noise. They are obviously owned dogs as they have
collars and are in good shape. If you're missing an
animal call the Shelter at 717-4989 or if you find
one call them too. The Shelter on the Lagoen Road is
open Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm, 3 to 5
pm. Tel. 717-4989.
WWW.BonaireAnimalShelter.com. U Laura DeSalvo

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Recently, Jos Klamer, "dog whisperer," dog trainer and owner of
the BonBarking dog training company, inaugurated the new dog training
facility next to Mangazina The Storehouse at Kaya Gob. Debrot 124B. If the rela-
tionship between you and your dog needs to be worked on or if you want to spend
some fun time together with your dog doing agility training or if you have any ques-
tions considering your dog's behavior... call Jos at 7883624 or go to
www.bonbarking.com. E

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C harlie, the happy-go-lucky manager of the Animal Shelter's dog department,
wishes everybody a very happy and healthy New Year! Also, he wants to
express his great gratitude to all the people who are supporting the Shelter in every
possible way. We cannot do without you!
By the way, Charlie's Land Rover is for sale, only NAJ. 9500.- and part of the
money will be donated to the Shelter. For more information call 717-4989. (see
page 18). U Greta Kooistra

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Rooi Lamoenchi Kunuku Park
Tours $21 (includes tax). Discounts for
residents and local people. Tel. 717-
8489, 540-9800.
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. NAf10 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
* Meet The Captain Night at Cap-
tain Don's Habitat Bar- Get up close
and personal with Bonaire's dive pio-
neer. The Captain's will autograph your
copy of his newest book Reef Windows.

* Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7-10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at

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Date Day

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

Monday-Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea
Slide Presentation, Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, 8:30 pm. 717-8529

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 Condos.

Kas Krioyo Rincon-Step into Bonaire's past
in this venerable old home that has been re-
stored and furnished so it appears the family
has just stepped out. Local ladies will tell you
the stoiy. Open Monday thru Friday, 9 -12,2-
4. Weekends by appointment. Call 717-2445.
Mangasina diRei, 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 on Kaya J. v.d Ree, behind
the Catholic Church in town. Open weekdays
from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pm. Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on 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 Renata at
796-5591 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.

Who's Who on The Bonaire Reporter
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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.

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 of Coromoto 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: Call 701-9522 for Information

The Light and Motion Sensor Program is
Bonaire National Marine Park's early
warning system to protect reef health. It
uses a unique approach called the Rainbow
.' '.. that was pioneered on Bonaire.

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How Seawater affects Sunlight
As every underwater photographer
knows, seawater attenuates (or dims)
different colors of light at different rates.
Water attenuates red light the quickest so
that more than 95% of the red light is ab-
sorbed at 10 meters of depth. Those fantas-
tic reds one sees in underwater photographs
are the result of artificial light from camera
strobes or an underwater flashlight, not
However, what most people don't know is
that in addition to the water itself seawater
contains particles and dissolved matter that
affect how the light is attenuated. If sea-

water has high concentrations of organic
components it attenuates blue light faster
than does pure water. The effect of this is
that very clean seawater appears to be deep
blue and seawater with a lot of organic
components may appear greener. This is
the characteristic of light in seawater that
the Rainbow Sensor@ uses.

Construction of the Rainbow Sensor
The Rainbow Sensor@ is really three pairs
of sensors: a blue pair, a green pair and a
white pair. Standard Hobo@ Pendant sen-
sors that look like an elongated matchbook
are modified to create a Rainbow Sensor@.
Hobo@ Pendant sensors measure white
light that spans all the colors. However, a
special filter that only allows light in a spe-
cific wavelength (color) to pass through is
inserted into the Pendant's case. A blue
sensor is modified with a filter that only
passes blue light while a green sensor only
passes green light. The third sensor is un-
modified and thus passes all wavelengths
(white light).

How the Rainbow Sensor Measures
Water Clarity
Each blue pair and each green pair work
in conjunction. The sensors at 12 meters
measure blue and green wavelengths at that
depth while the sensors at 20 meters meas-
ure blue and green at 20 meters depth.
Obviously, in the 8 meters between 12 and
20 meters depth the light has attenuated.
The difference between the light levels at 12
meters and 20 meters is the attenuation
(reduction in light intensity) that has oc-
curred in the 8 meter water column between
the sensors. Thus the Rainbow Sensor@
measures light attenuation (light loss) in

both the blue wavelength and the green
wavelength over the same 8 meters of wa-
Using some fancy scientific formula this
reading is converted to numbers (attenuation
coefficients) called Kblue 12-20 and Kgreen
12-20. How the number is arrived at is not
important except to scientists. Simply un-
derstand that Kbluel2-20 is the attenuation
(light loss) in the blue wavelength between
12 and 20 meters and Kgreen 12-20 is the
attenuation in the green wavelength over the
same span.

How the Rainbow Sensor@ measures
the organic content of seawater
Kblue is a measurement of water clarity.
Clear water has a very low Kblue while
dirty water has a high Kblue. There are
many things that affect water clarity includ-
ing mechanical things like suspended parti-
cles and organic components such as dis-
solved organic material and chlorophyll that
will increase the Kblue.
However, in the green range, light at-
tenuation (increased Kgreen) is generally
not affected by organic material but is af-
fected by inorganic material. Therefore if
the blue attenuation (Kblue) increases but
the green attenuation (Kgreen) does not, the
difference is the result of organic material in
the water. (In Bonaire most organic mate-
rial comes from human sewage and animal
waste. Ed)
Again, without going through the fancy
scientific calculations, that is how the Or-
ganic Index (01) is calculated. An increase
of Kblue relative to Kgreen means increased
organic content (01)
Monitoring the organic content (01) of
Bonaire's reefs is important because dis-

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tilizer for algae. Too much fertilizer and an
algae bloom occurs. The result is that the
algae covers the coral and smothers it.
Unfortunately, once an algae bloom oc-
curs it is too late to stop the damage. Fortu-
nately, water quality is an early warning
system. If the organic content of the water is
rising an algae bloom is in the future.
The Light and Motion Sensor Program
gives BNMP management a sound scientific
basis for sounding the alarm of future reef
damage due to algae blooms. U
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scuba diving Bonaire's
beautiful reefs. Al-
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Divi Divi Air. Bonaire's "on time airline" with 16
flights a day between Bonaire and Curaqao. Your first
choice for inter-island travel. Now flying to Aruba.

The Bonaire Aero Club invites you to see Bonaire
from the air. Take a one-hour flight with up to three
persons. Ideal for photography or environmental study
or see your house.

City Shop, the mega store, has the island's widest se-
lection of large and small home appliances, furniture,
TV, computers, cell phones and more. Fast service 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 insurance.

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

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

Reef Windows is Captain Don's latest book and fea-
tures the true stories of the naming of many Bonaire
dive sites. A great souvenir as well.

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

Eli Deli -World Class delicatessen with 23 kinds of
cheeses, hams and salamis from around the world.
Have a sandwich or salad there or take it home. Break-
fast too. At the traffic circle at hotel row. 717-3997.

Bistro di Paris A real French restaurant with afford-
able prices and friendly Bonairean ambiance
Owned and operated by a French Chef
On Kaya Gob. Debrot mile north of town

Pasa Bon Pizza is Bonaire's best. Freshly prepared piz-
zas made with the finest ingredients. Salads, desserts. Eat
in or take away. Nice bar too. 780-1111 Call ahead to eat
-in or take out, Next to Bistro (above)
Lunchroom de Bonairiaan-Breakfast & lunch pre-
pared 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 com-
puter H.Q.

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

Tina Woodley is a certified personal trainer, including
Pilates, Yoga and is an NLP practitioner. She'll help
you improve your body and life! Tel. 700-5488

Gladys's Art Shoppe Fine framing by experienced
craftsmen/artists. Outstanding selection of framing
materials for your treasures. Kaya Rotterdam 10, Hato.

Green Label has everything you need to start or main-
tain your garden. They can design, install and maintain it
and offer plants, irrigation supplies and garden chemi-
cals. Now in new expanded location off Kaya Industria.

Captain Don's Plants, Trees and More sells genuine
acclimated Bonaire plants. Take a 30-inute tour too.
Strong plants for strong Bonaire gardens.

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

Natural Way Health Store-The place where all the
hard to find natural and healthy products are. Upstairs
from Botika Bonaire, on Kaya Grandi.

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

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

Taste a Cactus when you try Cadushy of Bonaire
Liqueur. Available in many shops and markets it
makes the perfect souvenir of the island.

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

Caribbean Homes, "the Refreshing Realtor," special-
izing in luxury homes, condos, lots, rentals and prop-
erty management.

Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and insur-
ance services. If you want a home or to invest in Bon-
aire, 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 service, free
gift wrap.

The Storehouse (Mangazina in Papiamentu) offers
Secure Storage For Vehicles, Household Items, Diving
And Sporting Gear, Business Files or Inventory.
Across from the northern hotel row.

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

Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of Bon-
aire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient. FedEx
agent. What would we do without their superb ser-

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

Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Ride the Kantika di
Amor or Skiffy. Hotel pickup. Easiest landing on Klein
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-noon.
To learn more about these businesses check their ad in
this issue of The Reporter
Fortnightly Advertisers in The Bonaire Reporter are in-
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Great Prices -Great Stock

Always Great Values
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Hair Affair

We do our best to
make your hair and make-
up wishes come true!!
You can also come in for facials and
facial waxing.
We use and sell L'Oreal products
Is your plan to marry on the island?
We can make you beautiful and stay
beautiful for your happiest day.

Personal attention by Janneke
Appointment by tel: 717-5990
or just walk in.
Downtown, near the waterfront
next to Little Havana
Tues-Fri: 9-12, 2-6 Sat: 9-2 non stop

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Ryan de Jongh decided to -
kayak a quarter of the dis- -
tance around Caribbean Sea, -
from St Maarten to Curaqao,
a staggering distance of
1606 km. He did it in 22
Ryan believes Nature is
life. I don't think that there
are many who could argue .
this statement. Without Na-
ture there certainly is no life.
We all make efforts, large or
small toward preserving
nature, but few are as com-
mitted as Ryan de Jongh.
He created the Ryan de
Jongh foundation, which
supports various preserva-
tion efforts including Carm-
abi, which does marine re-
search and maintains Cura-
qao's parks, most particularly the marine
park. The name of Ryan's web site says it
all, www.natureislife.org.
Ryan, besides being an activist for na-
ture is also a well known athlete on Cura-
qao. He combined these talents and took
to the sea to raise environmental aware-
ness and raise funds to preserve them by
kayaking from St Maarten to Curaqao. He
departed St Maarten on the 5th of Decem-
ber and despite losing several days due to
problems with the engine of the chase boat
that followed him, and nearly continuous
small craft warnings in the northern is-
lands, he arrived in Curaqao on schedule
on the 27th of December.
The crew of his 70' motor-sailor chase
boat sometimes seemed to have more trou-
ble with the sea than Ryan. Many of the
crew had little experience on the sea, and
had to learn fast. With 3 6 meter high
waves on their first days out, many were
sea sick yet had to keep close track of
Ryan in the heavy seas. With waves this
high, it was easy to lose sight of him and
tensions got high when he couldn't be
seen from chase boat. The bright orange
and yellow colors of the ocean kayak,
donated by Budget Marine in St Maarten
were a big help in keeping track of him.
At one point the crew noted their own
dingy was missing, and using their naviga-
tion equipment and skill they retraced
their path and found it with only a few
hours delay. This may not sound like a
large feat, but in the open sea in high
waves, they considered themselves ex-
tremely lucky to have found the small
gray dinghy. The stress of towing the
inflatable in the high seas snapped the
stainless U-bolt holding the dinghy which
was considered to be essential in the event
Ryan needed rescue. It's unrealistic to
expect to bring a large sail boat alongside
a man in the water or a small kayak in the
open sea.
After quick stops on St Eustatius, St
Kitts, Montserrat, Guadalupe, Dominica,
Martinique, St Lucia, and St. Vincent and
the Grenadines, Ryan and the crew were
looking for a much needed lay day and
restocking on Grenada. But the chase boat
engine need major engine repair and had
to be rebuilt before continuing. Thanks to



the help of the Budget Marine shop on
Grenada, they were able to locate the parts
in Trinidad and mechanics worked
through the weekend to get them out in the
wee hours of Sunday night. With the
added few days of rest, Ryan was psyched
to get back on schedule so started pad-
dling at night catch up.
After the strong winds from abeam in
the northern islands, he at last was able to
turn west. He expected the trade winds to
push him home fast. But while nature
cooperated with a fair current, the winds
were lower than expected so he had to
paddle hard to keep on schedule past
Blanquilla, Los Roques, Los Aves and
Bonaire before reaching home in Curaqao.
Of course the calmer seas were very wel-
come, but fewer islands during this last
800 km, meant long hours of paddling and
sleeping on a rocking boat, rather than
resting comfortably ashore on the islands
along the way.
When Ryan pulled into Bonaire after 21
days paddling, he looked as if he just
came back from a short stroll in the park.
After arriving in the late afternoon, Ryan
paused only for a meal and a quick nap
before heading home to Curaqao at mid-
night. The crew was grateful for the spe-
cial treatment they got from the Bonaire
authorities, who greeted them at the dock
and took care of all of the needed paper-
work without having to visit all of the
offices for clearance.
Along the way they spotted dolphins and
saw sharks and marine life of various
sorts. The chase boat, trailing a fishing
line, did not have much luck and in a sad
footnote to their cause, reeled in two trash
Ryan received much assistance from his
many sponsors along the way including,
Budget Marine, Caribbean TV, Claerity
Administrations, Curaqao Ports Authority,
Curaqao Towage Company, Curoil,
EcoEnergy, IDF Internet services, Insel
Air, Mangusa Supermarkets, Plaza Hotel
Curaqao & UTS [Chippie] among others.
Since the goal is to raise awareness and
money for environmental protection, it is
not too late to log on to natureislife.org
and help. 0 Pam Werdath Teitel

Bonaire Reporter- January 8-22, 2010

The ORCO bank opening ribbon cutting: Bonaire branch Manager Judy Diaz,
young Lex Guis cutting the ribbon, big brother Alexander Guis and
ORCO Managing Director Kenny Canword.

A spectacular party commemorated the opening of the Bonaire branch of Orco
Bank. It was an evening affair that overflowed with fine food catered by Eli
Deli and It Rains Fishes. Most of the speeches were short and in English. Live music
was provided by the Latin Jazz Trio and Moogie Music.

The new branch is in an old Bo-
nairean house that has been totally
renovated and modernized. For many
years it was the Croccantino Restaurant
and before that the home of the Abra-
ham family. The interior is tastefully
decorated with art by Linda Richter.
ORCO Bank specializes in upscale
clients. There are no tellers, only pri-
vate offices for clients. U G.D.

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Q) Why are the holes so different
in shape and size?
A) The large hole was made with a
more primitive tool. Many years ago
Indians made these large holes.
The small round hole is a modern
day hole, made with a screw driver!

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A Wild Olive Green Land-Rover Among the Animals!
The 60th of a series of Bonaire Reporter articles by J@n Brouwer, featuring
some of Bonaire's interesting vehicles that are "on wheels."
On course for 100

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S o that last
Tuesday of the
year 2009 two ladies
(!) informed me sepa-
rately about a green
Land-Rover, parked
at the Animal Shelter,
along the Kaminda
Lagoen/Road to La-
goen. They did not
know a lot about the
vehicle but the owner ..-.
seemed to want to get -.r
rid of the car, the car .
had done only some .,.-.
3,000 kilometers or
miles and the car was -* .
supposed to have
been built in the Second World War.
Enough information for a little bit of serious
So the next day, around 12 o'clock, I
drove my black four-wheel drive to the Ani-
mal Shelter. It was Monique, a third woman,
who welcomed me. And I was completely
free to take some photographs of the vehicle
and she did not know anything about the
story, the history or the owner of the car.
I grabbed my camera and shot a lot of
pictures to base my article on. The topic of
this 60th of a series of articles about inter-
esting vehicles is a British made Land-
Rover 88 Lightweight, produced in the year
1976 in Solihull, England. This still heavy
Land-Rover had been baptized
"Lightweight" because it was "air-portable."
The military persons just had to knock down
the car completely by taking off the doors,
the canvas roof, the windscreen, some other
non-essential parts and the tools to make it
light enough to be lifted by an onion slicer/
helicopter. So officially this is a Land-Rover
series III, model 88. In history there had
been a series I and a series II model and the
number of 88 just refers to the wheelbase in
inches: 88". The air-portable Lightweight
had only been produced as a short wheel-
base model. The long-wheel based military
model, measuring a wheelbase of 109 inches
only came in the traditional "Daktari" or
safari version.
The air-portable Lightweight is also
known as "Cut Away" (because of the
deeply cut away fenders or mudguards) or
as "Get Away" (a weird nickname for a
military vehicle).
This Land-Rover was surely produced in
Solihull, England, but the car never served
the army in Albion because of the fact that
the steering wheel is mounted on the left
hand side of the dash board. I do not think
this car served the Dutch army either be-
cause the vehicle is not fitted with the
(wrong) Dutch conversions like modified
shafts, different tires, different Hella rear
lights and a 12-volt system.
Probably this car served in the British
Rhine Army in Germany. (The car is fitted
with a German made 12-volt Hella
"Richtungs- Warnblinckgeber." This com-
plicated blend of words stands for: flasher
unit/hazard light.) Up until now we do not
know for sure.
This quite original Lightweight Land-
Rover, registered: 5814 B, is in good con-
dition. There is no rust on the chassis and

Ocean Trash

the aluminum of the body is in good condi-
tion. The car is fitted with a reliable cast
iron, four-in-line, four-stroke engine with
overhead valves and push rods. The engine
measures 2286 cc and luckily it is an origi-
nal gas guzzler, not modified from a petrol
power plant into a diesel sucker. The engine
is connected by a diaphragm clutch to the
four-speed gear box. There is the possibility
of driving the vehicle in high gear two-
wheel drive and in high gear four-wheel
drive. When the low gear is engaged the car
is always in four-wheel drive. The car needs
at least two wheels on the ground, otherwise
it will lose traction and the wheels will keep
on spinning uselessly in the air, mud, snow
or water. There is also a neutral position to
select in the transfer case. This position
gives the car no traction to the wheels but to
a separate power take off to, for instance, a
mechanical winch or a pump.
To me this military Land-Rover looks
very original. There are special over riders
mounted on the bumpers. There are four
military screw on/screw off lenses mounted
on the front and two in the rear. The axles
are cut off/modified to fit more Land-
Rovers in a military ship. The fenders are
cut out. There is a NATO hitch hook at the
rear, 7.50 X 16". Goodyear tires are fitted.
This is all to the British military specifica-
Under the bonnet there is this reliable four
-in-line engine. The aluminum inlet reads:
"Firing order: 1-4-2-3." This car is really
made "fool-proof." There is a nice Zenith
IV carburetor mounted, and luckily the elec-
trical system only counts 12 volts instead of
24 volts. The four drum brakes are made of
heavy cast iron and they are power assisted.
Behind the steering wheel there is a lot to
see. The odometer reads 89.851 kilometers.
The maximum speed is 45 mph with a
trailer up to 2000 kilograms hooked on.
There is a water temperature gauge and a
The rest is pure and Spartan: no reclinable
seats, sliding windows, no power steering,
small split windows in the front, tiny wipes,
no plush, no soft material on the dash board.
Remember: this is an army vehicle made of
the heavy metal of iron and the light alumi-
num named Birmabright!
The car needs a little bit of attention but it
looks great with its mashed grill* and split
window. A real eye catcher! The car is for
sale now because the owner is leaving the
island. Maybe he or she already left. If you

Did You Know...
that there are islands made completely
of trash? The result of interactions be-
tween oceanic currents and wind causes
water to slowly rotate in large forma-
tions called gyres. There are five main
gyres around the globe. Water from the
Caribbean ends up in the North Atlantic
Subtropical Gyre, which is created by
water from the Gulf Stream, North At-
lantic Current, Canary Current, and the
North Atlantic Equatorial Current.
In the middle of this gyre is the Sar-
gasso Sea, aptly named for the masses
of Sargassum seaweed floating on the
surface. This seaweed is thought to be
critical habitat for many sea turtles,
birds, and other marine life. Unfortu-
nately, because of all the trash, plastics,
and garbage being deposited into the
ocean, an island of trash is accumulating
in the middle of the Sargasso Sea. The
exact size of this island is unknown, but
what is know is that the trash island will
continually get bigger as long as more
trash is being dumped into our waters.
Studies have shown that more than
90% of the trash island is made of
plastic items including water bottles,
cups, bottle caps, plastic bags, fish net-

want to know more about the car, just get in
touch with Marlies or one of the other staff
of the Animal Shelter. There is a telephone
number: 717-4989 and a web-site:

*The Australians did not like the later type
of the series III air-portable Lightweight
because of its plastic grill. They could not

ting, and more. Of that 80% of this plas-
tic originates on land. Some plastic
takes hundreds of years to break down
and leach carcinogens (cancer-causing
chemicals) during degradation. These
chemicals get into the water column and
are then absorbed by marine life. Sea
turtles mistake plastic bags for jellies
and sea birds eat the plastic shards. Plas-
tic eventually fills the stomachs of these
animals and kills them.
By limiting the use and consumption
of plastic, we can stop the growth of
this trash island. Bringing your own
bag to the grocery store instead of taking
a plastic one and limiting the plastic
packaging used in food can help this
problem. With your help we can stop the
growth of this trash island and protect
our marine life. U

Thomas is a senior at
Trinity College in Hart-
ford, CT. She is origi-
nally from Sacramento,
California, and is very
excited to be studying abroad with CIEE
on Bonaire.

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re-usable barbecue.

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*to find it... lust look uD

H ave we ever got three nifty cosmic items for you. The brilliant planet Jupiter pairs
up with an exquisite waxing crescent Moon this Sunday and Monday and the red
planet Mars is getting brighter every night as it races for its super close meeting in just two
On next Sunday night January 17th one hour after sunset face southwest where you will
see an absolutely dazzling 88,000-mile-wide Jupiter and just below it off to its right a slender
sliver of a waxing, that is growing, crescent Moon complete with Earthshine which will
look like a grey black full Moon nestled within the bright crescent, a phenomenon which has
long been called the "Old Moon in the New Moon's Arms". And might I remind you that
this is the kind of pairing of cosmic objects that has fascinated human beings throughout all
recorded history and I'm sure long before record keeping even began. Don't miss this please.
If you do h I .! 1 11 !II lh.ve a second chance to see a slightly different and almost as
dramatic a pairing 24 hours later on Monday night the 18th when the Moon will be just a
tiny bit fatter and above Jupiter. Don't miss this please also! And while we're talking about
Jupiter let me remind you that 2010 could well be labeled the year of Jupiter because on Sep-
tember 20th it will be at its closest, biggest and brightest since 1963, an event of which I
will keep you posted throughout the year.
But just how close will Jupiter come to earth you ask? Well let's do some comparisons
between now and then. This weekend, when you look at Jupiter and our nearest neighbor the
Moon, our Moon will be approximately 252,000 miles away from earth. Jupiter however will
be 540 million miles away! But by September 20th it will be only 367 million miles away,
that is 173 million miles closer, which is super close for Jupiter. So see Jupiter now while
you can because it will slowly drop lower and lower toward the western horizon and by the
end of February will disappear from sight and will not return until April.
And now I'd like to remind you once again that in two weeks time the tiny 4,000-mile-wide
rouge-gold planet Mars will be at its closest and brightest for all of 2010 and 2011. To find it
the next couple of weeks simply look east about two hours after sunset. It will look like a
super bright, rouge-gold, steadily glowing light just above the stars which make up Leo the
Lion. It is easy to spot and believe it or not during the next two weeks you'll actually be able
to watch it grow even brighter each night until it is at its closest on the 27th, only 62 million
miles away.
So there you have it a chance to watch rouge gold planet Mars as it closes in on Earth and
two chances to see the king of the planets pair with a waxing crescent Moon on Sunday the
17th and Monday the 18th. 0 Jack Horkheimer

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By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
For January 2010

ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) Be careful not to overexert yourself. This may not be
the time to lend or borrow. Minor accidents could occur if you don't take precautions.
You will be able to borrow money. Your luckiest events will occur on a Friday.
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) In-laws may cause difficulties. Travel should be
considered. Property purchases should be on your mind. You can find solutions if you
are willing to communicate. Put your time and energy into home improvement. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) If you can put some work into home improvements,
you should. Secret affairs could cause upset. Don't say something you'll live to regret.
They will jump at the chance to do something without you if it sounds like more fun.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) Any capricious behavior will confuse loved ones and
your mood swings will result in loneliness. Avoid joint ventures and steer clear of
groups that want you to contribute financial assistance. Pleasure trips or friendly get-
togethers will be satisfying and intellectually stimulating. You will encounter those
who can help you further your goals if you attend functions that attract prominent
people. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Sunday.
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) Go out with friends and avoid the situation on the home
front. Social activity should be on your agenda this month. This will not be the day to
lend money to friends or family. Uncertain changes regarding your personal life are
evident. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Saturday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Try not to be too harsh with loved ones; there will
always be two sides to an Issue. Your emotions will be touched off concerning recent
encounters with your lover. Get back down to earth and to basics. Disappointments
regarding partners will be subject to the way you react to their personal comments.
Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) Don't confide in any relatives whom you know have a
tendency to meddle in other people's affairs. So smile! Don't be afraid of opposition;
your suggestions are valid. Be aware that a female you work with may be trying to
hold you back. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Friday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) Take time to help children with projects that may
be too hard for them to do on their own. Try not to be too aggressive or judgmental
when talking to your mate. Sentimental feelings may make it difficult to get much
done at work. You can expect insincere gestures of friendliness this month. Your
luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) You are best to stick to yourself this month.
Look for professional guidance if it will help unite the family. Your determination
may make you a little overbearing when dealing with others. Observations will be far
more productive. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Tuesday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) Too many opportunities and too many changes
going on. You may have more to do with children this month; keep an open mind.
You should make sure that your personal papers are in order. Your personal situation
is fluctuating. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Monday.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Sudden changes of heart may cause disruptions in
your domestic scene. Avoid any over indulgences. Your reputation will be affected.
You should regain some of your self esteem if you get involved in organizational
functions. Your luckiest events this month will occur on a Wednesday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You need to look into ways to change your self-image.
Don't give them the use of your credit card. You may want to put everyone to work
on a project that will keep them all too busy to complain. Anger might lead to care-
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