VYMSAR AND jmsA
T he repu-
aire has spread
far and wide.
asked to assist
Olympics St. Martin to help them get or-
ganized and to give them assistance on
how to raise funds. As well, a high school
in Connecticut called to ask if they could
tell them how they can run their own
Walk-a-Thon. Bonaire's group was rec-
ommended to them to use as a model by
visitors to the island who were so im-
pressed by how very well the event was
organized. (More information about this
year's Walk-a-Thon on page 8.)
SAir France-KLM slashed KLM
ticket prices to all 66 European destina-
tions from Amsterdam by about 40%
on January 1 in an attempt to compete
more effectively with low-cost carriers.
"It's the biggest price cut in the history of
KLM. The new tariffs will be valid for the
entire year," KLM said. KLM, which was
taken over by Air France earlier this year,
said quality and service will remain un-
changed, although the airline will intro-
duce some new charges. "The competi-
tion in Europe is killing," said analyst
Peter Koster at FBS Bankiers. In Europe,
KLM's passenger load factor in the
2003/2004 financial year was 75% com-
pared with an earlier average of 80.1%.
International flight ticket prices remain
A United Telecommunications Services
(UTS) recently signed a contract with
French company Transatel, paving the
way for UTS to start providing its
"Chippie" service in Holland. The new
cellular service will be known as Multi-
Number in Holland and the Netherlands
P The St. Eustatius Island Council
voted last Wednesday to hold a Refer-
endum on the future constitutional status
of the Island Territory on Friday, April 8,
2005. It is the final Antillean island to so
P Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alex-
ander and his Argentine-born wife
Maxima are expecting their second
child, the Dutch National Information
Office said last Tuesday. The office is-
sued a statement in the name of the cou-
ple's year-old daughter, Princess Ca-
tharina-Amalia, saying: "I'm really glad
that I can say to you all that I will expect
a baby brother or sister by mid-July
2005." Princess Amalia, who turned one
on December 7, is second in line to the
Dutch throne, behind her father, the
Crown Prince. Her new sibling will be
third in line. Dutch media had speculated
Maxima was pregnant after she appeared
in public on the day of the burial of Prince
Bernhard, father of Queen Beatrix. Bern-
hard, husband of the late Queen Juliana,
died on December 1 at the age of 93. His
wife, who abdicated in 1980 for her
daughter, had died in March, aged 94.
P This year Bonaire will get new li-
cense plates -dark blue with white let-
ters. You can renew vehicle registration
for six months or a year. For non-diesel-
powered passenger cars and trucks the
annual cost is NAf359; diesel vehicles
will cost NAf 1.519 (diesel fuel is non-
taxed at the pump); motorcycles and
scooters NA f135
P Mabel Nava will be joining the
STCB team as Project Coordinator
working along with veteran Project As-
sistant Funchi Egbreghts. The two will
be continuing the turtle monitoring ac-
tivities begun by Dr. Robert van Dam.
Mabel has been working with Jong Bon-
aire for the last three and a half years.
A We can report the Captain Don
Stewart is recovering nicely from the
surgery that removed his lower right leg.
It's not an easy task to learn to walk all
over again. Don is rebuilding his leg mus-
cles which have become weak from dis-
use. He's able to stand with the aid of his
prosthetic leg and will soon be out of a
wheelchair and using a walker. This year
he will celebrate his 80th birthday. See
page 8 for a special message from Captain
All of the problems began back in 1980
when Captain Don smashed his ankle
while leading a group attempting to sal-
vage the sailing raft, Sterke Yerke III,
IN THIS ISSUE
Turtle Travels 3
Annual Predictions 4
Letters (AMFO Community) 5
Obituary- Laurence Snelder Normand 5
Invitation to Governor's Reception 5
Tsunami Topics 6
Talking with Fishes 7
Yoga (Kids Love It) 7
Special Olympic Walk-a-thon 8
Thanks from Captain Don 8
Comcabon Sponsors 20 Years
Student Chef Competition 10
Picture Self 2004 Winners 11
Top Tennis Teens 12
Live Strong 13
Richter Party 13
Elena Art Show 13
New Kids for New Year 14
Shelter Statistics 2004 15
Coral and the Coral Reef 18
Flotsam & Jetsam 2
Vessel List & Tide Table 9
Reporter Masthead 14
What's Happening 15
Pet of the Week (Snowy) 15
Shopping & Dining Guides 16
On the Island Since
(Marieke Botterop, Khal Gomaa) 17
Bonaire Sky Park 19
The Stars Have It 19
from the windward side of Bonaire. It was
a Dutch project to draw attention to Euro-
pean environmental issues. The raft was
later re-floated and ended its days in
Back then the Curagao doctors wired up
the ankle and put the Captain in a full leg
(Continued on page 3)
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
Flotsam and Jetsam (Continued fom page 2)
cast. It slowed down his dive activities
for a while. In February, 1999, a part of
the wire was removed at Bonaire's San
Francisco Hospital by Dr. van der Veen
and his team, who told Captain Don that
their services and those of the hospital
were being done at no charge "out of re-
spect for what you have done for Bon-
aire." However, the original problem
was too far gone and infection persisted
even after numerous hyperbaric enriched
oxygen treatments. Captain Don was in
discomfort and at times, intense pain, for
the last several years as the wound failed
to heal. (In answer to the many who have
asked, the Captain is NOT a diabetic and
that was not the cause of the problem.)
P The pop group, The Police,
sang about it; Kevin Costner
starred in a film of the same
title, but what do we really
know about messages in a
bottle? We do know one
A project of the Sterke
Yerke III was to study the
waste routes of the Rhine
River. During its voyage
from Europe in 1979 it
dropped 3,000 bottles, with location mes-
sages inside, overboard. The first one
was recovered on February 6, 1982, on
Grand Turk Island (Turks and Caicos
Islands, southeast of the Bahamas). The
bottle that landed on the eastern shore of
Grand Turk had been dropped just south
of Gran Canaria at Latitude 25N and
Longitude 17W. In addition to this bot-
tle, another was found in Anguilla, two in
the Virgin Islands, one in Puerto Rico
and one in Mexico. We must ask. What
happened to the other 2,994 bottles?
Part time Bonaire resident, David F.
Colvard, M.D. (www.DivePsych.com),
who is also a dive master, has proposed
a research study on PTSD (Post Trau-
matic Stress Disorder) in divers in/on/
near the water on 26 December 2004
when the Indonesian Tsunami hit. The
study will begin in about 30 days after
this tragic and traumatic event and last
for about 12 months. PTSD may become
a barrier to some of these divers return-
ing to the water. If you know of any di-
vers or snorkelers who were in/on/near
the water when the tsunami hit, please
ask them to contact David Colvard dcol-
firstname.lastname@example.org about participat-
ing in this study. Participation will be
entirely voluntary. Dr. Colvard has done
extensive studies in the past on diver
A The last reconnaissance flight con-
next three months an agreement has been
made with the British Air Force which
will fill in with Nimrod maritime patrol
k The Antillean Amstel Brewery in
Curacao did not close its doors on
January 1 as threatened by its Director,
Gilmar Winklaar, because the govern-
ment provided an asked-for tax reduc-
tion. However, the future of the brewery
remains uncertain because other support-
ing measures that were promised have
yet to be given. Director Winklaar said,
"We expect to be able to inform our
wholesale dealers of the new reduced
prices by next week. We hope these re-
duced prices will be passed along to the
k Last week we wrote about the new
coins. However, all gold and silver com-
memorative euro coins issued in Holland
so far have been sold out, and the re-
quests for the coins available since De-
cember 15 to commemorate the 50th an-
niversary of the Kingdom Charter point
in the same direction. But don't despair.
In connection with the 50th anniversary
of the Monument Foundation Curagao a
special 25-guilder coin was issued:
0.925% silver, weighing 25 grams and
with a diameter of 38 millimeters. The
coin has Queen Beatrix on the front and a
characteristic monument facade on the
back, while the inscription on the edge
reads: "God be with us."
A As we were going to press we re-
ceived the following message from
Bart Snelder and his son Allan:
"We would like to thank all our friends
on Bonaire for their massive support we
received as Laurence passed away. What
we always knew is true: Bonaire and its
people provide a home and shelter for
which there is no equal. We are ex-
tremely grateful to all of you.
Moved beyond words,
Bart and Allan"
A short tribute to Laurence Snelder
Normand can be found on page 5.1
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unny, our female Hawksbill turtle,
has settled in the same general
location as two other Bonaire turtles.
She is right over the Serranilla
Bank. Funny is spending very little
time on the surface, which is a good
indicator that she is at home. The Bank
is located approximately 360 km north-
east of Honduras. Several very small
cays emerge above the water to form
the bank's islands. Overall, the bank is
40 km wide and 32 km long and is part
It's increasingly apparent how
important the western Carib-
bean around Honduras and Nicaragua
are to Bonaire's breeding popula-
tion. Not only does it appear that it is
home to Funny, but Extra, our female
Loggerhead, and STINAPA, our fe-
male Green turtle, reside in the
same general area. Funny's position is
approximately 220 km from Extra's
last recorded location in October 2004,
and STINAPA is approximately 320
km away from her. 1 Andy Uhr
ducted by the Royal Navy P3C-Orion
patrol plane was last Thursday, The
aircraft have returned to Holland after a
decade of service in the Dutch Carib-
bean. Many a lost fisherman and sailor
owe their lives to being spotted by the
plane. On April 1st, two Royal Air Force
Fokker-60 transport planes, adapted for
search and rescue, will take over. For the
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
THE BONAIRE REPORTER ANNUAL PREDICTIONS
F or the last 10 years we've been trying to determine how the coming year will work out. This year we continue with our views in four important
areas. And so you can see how accurate we were, you can refer to our HITS & MISSES.
Prediction for 2005
Structural: Bonaire's island government has had a
sleepy year. This year its road rebuilding program should
progress faster and social projects advance.
More and more payments, normally funneled through the
Central Government will be made directly to Bonaire
Agreements and protocols for direct Dutch rule will be
developed as the remaining islands conduct their Referenda.
Progress towards a direct tie with Holland will be evo-
lutionary rather than revolutionary.
Economic: Better and more frequent connections, and
we hope, finally a direct flight to the US, will show how
important the US market is to Bonaire.
Housing prices, especially along the shorefront, will con-
tinue to rise. The possibility of Bonaire soon having a di-
rect Dutch link form of government combined with a strong
euro will make Bonaire an attractive real estate investment
for many Europeans.
If direct US flights are begun there will be a significant
rise in American visitors.
Businesses will continue to turnover as failing busi-
nesses are snapped up by euro-strong investors.
Environmental: We believe a compromise will be
reached on the sewage treatment plant that will permit it
to continue towards deployment by 2008.
The Marine Park will institute some significant pro-
grams and regain top billing on the world environmental
Washington Park should receive international recog-
nition for its new projects and innovations.
The STCB, now under on-island operation, will continue
to get headlines for its tracking projects.
Prediction for 2004
Published January 2004
Structural: The executive branch of the country is in
chaos and paralysis as we enter the new year as a result of
the conviction of its top leader and the placement of his in-
experienced sister in the Prime Minister's spot. The econ-
omy is staggering under mounting debt. There will be politi-
cal and moral fallout resulting from the convictions of nu-
merous leaders for fraud. We feel Holland will act behind
the scenes to intervene until things are stabilized.
The Central Government failures put new focus on the
inability of the country's present structure to continue to
operate. The individual island's demands to work directly
with the Netherlands will bring changes especially in fi-
The year should see a referendum on how the Bonaire-
ans want their island to be structured: become a Dutch mu-
nicipality, Status Aparte (like Aruba), remain a vassal of
Curacao or take a new direction
Results of 2004
Hit: The Godett Government indeed fell and dozens of
corrupt officials received jail time. The new coalition
government has been reasonably cooperative with The
Netherlands and has received cooperation in return.
But the Central Government may soon become a relic of
the 20th century as Bonaire voted to break from central
control and go either its separate way or establish direct ties
with Holland. Bonaireans confirmed their choice in a July
Economic: It can't be denied that more air connections
are fueling Bonaire's current boom; 2004 will see Bonair-
Exel expanding its routes with better connections to the
US and South America. The boom will continue.
We believe DCA will cut back its inter-island routes in
favor of continuing to make money on overseas flights. Bo-
nairExel and new Aruba airlines will step in to fill the gap.
More tourists will arrive. If non-stop flights to key US
cities do resume, US arrivals will jump the same proportion
as did European's when KLM began flying to Bonaire
There will be a fallout of inefficient businesses, but others
entering the market will more than handle new visitors.
Environmental: Bonaire's Marine Park may have lost
the lead in innovative coral reef protection. But this year,
with help from Kalli DeMeyers' Foundation for Coral pres-
ervation, a strong volunteer program and other changes it
has the potential to again take the lead with no-fishing
zones and a commitment to installing shorefront sewage
The people of the Antilles will resist the idea of allowing
foreign fleets to fish in the country's Exclusive Economic
Zone but won't get much backup from their Central Gov-
Miss: BonairExel did indeed improve its ABC island
service but did not expand to the US or South America.
The airline picture was clouded when the cheap flights to
Holland disappeared in a flurry of bankruptcies and DCA
finally went belly-up.
The parent company, Exel, stepped in with CuracaoExel
and ArubaExel, as did some other airlines, but in general air
service is well below what was available during the heyday
The TCB hasn't produced a count of tourist arrivals in
many months. When they did, a modest increase in arri-
vals was being reported. Despite a strong euro there was a
slight decline in European tourists.
There have been many restaurant failures, but they have
been balanced by new openings. Some inefficient busi-
nesses failed, but there were more new openings than clos-
Miss: The Bonaire National Marine Park recovered lost
ground after the appointment of Ramon de Leon. But it
did not come up with programs that indicate leadership. The
no-fishing zone plan has been shelved, and the shorefront
sewage treatment program is in disarray after the Environ-
mental NGOs rejected the plan proposed.
Although foreign fishing fleets aren't raping our maritime
resources, no legislation to prevent it has been enacted. In
fact, with closer ties with Europe becoming a reality, the
Antilles Exclusive Economic Zone is in greater danger.
Social: People will be disappointed with the reorganiza- Social: We don't think the small number of additional Hit: Unfortunately. Crime escalated, reaching a peak
tion of the police department's crime fighting ability. More police will make much of a difference in preventing petty when an older couple were badly abused during a robbery.
than police will be required to solve the deep-seated prob- crimes. For that the social programs such as Jong Bonaire, Following that event a public outcry for action and strong
lems that cause drug abuse related offenses. youth sports and anti-drug education will work better. These leadership from the Governor is resulting in reorganization
AMFO will bring even more funds to Bonaire's NGOs. have been in place for years but were starved for funds. of the police force and an influx in funds from Holland.
When money again begins to come to the non- Through the offices ofAMFO, a development of the
governmental social sector as a result of the NGO platform NGO platform, generous funding from Holland has sup-
finally in place, improvement will be noticed in a few ported many worthwhile social programs on Bonaire.
years. The name of Bonaire's International Airport Flamingo
And we think that a wave of popular sentiment will re- Airport was retained.
verse the plan to rename Flamingo Airport after the new-
born heir to the Dutch throne.
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
I. O P I N O a n d L E T E R 0. O p U PA GEk
Laurence Snelder Normand
15 February 1968 31 December 2004
I can still remember when I first
noticed Laurence. A petite, slen-
der, dark-haired girl who couldn't have
weighed more than 50 kilos (110 lbs.)
was tilting up the outboard motor on a
huge dinghy so she could deliver her
passengers to the beach at Klein Bon-
aire. She had arrived earlier on a sleek
French yacht with her father, mother
and kid sister, having sailed across the
Atlantic. The family returned to France.
She stayed, having fallen in love with
Bart Snelder, a dive instructor. I think
we were the first ones to introduce
them to each other. They married and
settled on Bonaire. Their son, Allan, is
Antillean born. My wife, Laura, trav-
eled with her and her husband, Bart, to
Curagao for the Caesarian birth. We
were worried about her heart which had
made ominous sounds from her birth. But it was not her heart that failed.
She was a rock to her friends, the centerpiece of the French speaking community, a
person you could count on to help in any situation. Her broad smile made you feel
comfortable; her large eyes sparkled with friendliness, her French accent fascinated.
She always laughed hysterically at my attempts to speak French... and I laughed
with her. Her creatively decorated home in Playa was always open to wandering
spirits and her horde of friends.
A year and a half ago she was told she had lung cancer. The statistics for recovery
were slim. But she was determined to try with all her might to prove them wrong.
And indeed she tried, undergoing the most advanced treatments in a teaching hospi-
tal in France near the town where she was born. For a while the disease seemed to
have been overcome. But last summer it reappeared and she had to return to France
for more treatment. Unhappily, the grim numbers proved accurate and she lost her
unfair fight on the last day of last year. Tandem services were held in Gigean,
France, and at St. Bemardus Church in Kralendijk this past Tuesday, 4 January.
We all miss her terribly. O G.D.
HELPING THE COMMUNITY
A year is a long time. A lot of things
can happen in the course of 365 days.
Stepping from 2004 into 2005, it's a natu-
ral time to reflect on all the changes that
occurred at AMFO in the past year.
Our two new offices became opera-
tional. We welcomed new employees and
board members into our midst. We ap-
praised more than 150 social projects and
more than 200 micro projects.
We started to play a more active role in
poverty alleviation and organized our first
conference with all partners.
We published our first newsletter and
started a poverty awareness campaign.
In the midst of all, one thing remains
the same: our commitment to strong so-
cial and selfdevelopment on allfive is-
All of us at AMFO thank you for your
contribution to social development this
year. It is a joy and a privilege to serve
you, as you seek to serve others as well.
In the next 365 days more changes are
sure to come our way and we hope to
partner with you in meeting the social
needs of our islands.
We wish you a happy, healthy 2005,
filled with God's rich blessings!
On behalf of the AMFO family, Chair-
man, Dennis M. Martinus
AMFO evaluates and manages the dis-
tribution of funds to NGOs. Ed
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
The Governor of the Island
Territory of Bonaire,
the Honorable Herbert
Domacasse, has the pleasure
of inviting everyone to his tra-
ditional New Years
reception, on Friday January 7,
2005, from 20:00 till 21:30 at
the Centro di Bario
(community center) in Niki-
boko at Kaya Pos di Amor 44.
Dress: Smart Casual.
The Bonaire Reporter welcomes
letters from readers.
Letters must include the writer's
name and telephone number or e-mail
address. Letters without that informa-
tion will not be published.
If a writer wishes to remain anony-
mous or just use initials we will honor
the request. Letters should not be more
than 400 words in length and may be
edited at the Editor's discretion. Send
letters or diskettes to The Bonaire Re-
porter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bon-
aire; via fax 717-8988 or E-mail: let-
As the death toll in the aftermath
of the Indian Ocean tsunami
climbs toward 200,000 the plight of the
survivors becomes desperate. Govern-
ments all over the world are sending
aid. If as an individual you wish to help
you can do it through Direct Relief In-
org) in Santa Barbara, CA, with an im-
pressive history (over $100 Million in
2003) of immediate disaster response at
less than 1% administrative expense!
) A tsunami early alert system,
which could have saved thousands of
lives around the Indian Ocean, should
be in place in South and Southeast Asia
within a year, a U.N. official said last
Wednesday. "The problem is not so
much the technical system, but the
(communication) network. There is a
great deal of work to be done in raising
awareness of coastal communities," he
told a news conference. The huge
waves, which killed at least 70,000 peo-
ple, with Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India
and Thailand the worst hit, took be-
tween one and six hours to reach their
The Indian Ocean, with no major tsu-
namis in over 100 years, is not the only
area vulnerable to tsunamis and without
a warning system. The Caribbean and
the Mediterranean, both on fault lines,
are also at risk. "Immediately after the
tragedy we received concerns from the
Caribbean, and even the Mediterranean
and Europe and Northern Africa have
the same threat," said Salvano Briceno,
the director of the U.N.'s International
Strategy for Disaster Reduction. A U.N.
conference on disaster reduction next
month in the Japanese city of Kobe,
where some 6,400 were killed in a
quake in 1995, was an opportunity to
start preparations. Bonaire will host a
Tsunami conference in January 2006.
) Last week the Barbados-based Car-
ibbean Disaster Emergency Response
Agency (CDERA) said that it was
working towards establishing an early
tsunami warning system for the Car-
ibbean in light of the tragic events that
led to the deaths of more than 50,000
people from Thailand to Somalia on
CDERA said it is holding discussions
with a number of partners, including the
Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, the
University of Puerto Rico Seismic Net-
work, the University of the US Virgin
Islands and the Seismic Research Unit
at the University of the West Indies,
regarding the establishment of a tsu-
nami early warning system for the Car-
ibbean. The focus of the Intra-Americas
Sea Tsunami Warning System
(IASTWS) was initially on Puerto Rico
and the US Virgin Islands, but the sys-
tem is now being widened to include the
rest of the Caribbean, it said in a state-
"There is already a basic framework
that can be used for an early warning
system in the Caribbean which com-
prise equipment such as tidal gauges
established by the Caribbean Planning
for Adaptation to Climate Change
(CPACC) and an early warning system
set up for the Kick 'em Jenny underwa-
ter volcano," the statement said.
) Sri Lankan wildlife officials are
stunned -- the worst tsunami in memory
has killed around 22,000 people along
the Indian Ocean island's coast, but they
can't find any dead animals. Giant
waves washed floodwaters up to two
miles inland at Yala National Park in
the ravaged southeast, Sri Lanka's big-
gest wildlife reserve and home to hun-
dreds of wild elephants and several
"The strange thing is we haven't re-
corded any dead animals," H.D. Ratnay-
ake, deputy director of the National
Wildlife Department, told Reuters on
Wednesday. "No elephants are dead, not
even a dead hare or rabbit," he added. "I
think animals can sense disaster. They
have a sixth sense. They know when
things are happening." In the same area,
at least 40 tourists were drowned.
I There are two known potential
sources that can generate tsunamis in
the Caribbean. These are:
1. Tectonic earthquakes occurring
underwater such as the Lisbon Earth-
quake of 1755. For these to generate a
tsunami, the quake has to be at a magni-
tude of at least 7.0 on the Richter Scale
and caused by a dip slip on the plane of
movement at 1,000 meters or more. In
the past 500 years only four of this type
of earthquake have generated tsunamis
in the Caribbean region. The maximum
height of these waves has been 2m and
this is therefore considered a low prob-
2. Volcanoes such as the underwater
volcano, Kick 'em Jenny, located eight
kilometers north of Grenada, pose no
threat now or in the immediate future;
or a flank collapse from an onshore vol-
cano such as Cumbre Vieja on La
Palma, Canary Islands. The greatest
known seismic threats to the Carib-
bean are from terrestrial volcanoes
Fact sheets on seismic activities and
preparedness measures can be obtained
at: Seismic Research Unit http://www.
uwiseismic.com and the CDERA
Documentation Centre http://www.
cdera.org/doccentre/hazards. shtml. 1
Next week: Recent Caribbean
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
At a time when man looks into the
cosmos for new life forms, har-
vests the oceans faster than they can
regenerate and consumes the fish faster
than they can reproduce, how much do
we truly know about marine life? Are
fish just there for our consumption?
'Talking with Fishes,' a film that was
shown at Captain Don's Habitat on
Wednesday, January 5th, documents a
quest to discover whether fishes can
actually have feelings and intelligence.
It's a dramatically compelling story
about making contact with marine life.
Provocative images reveal one man's
extraordinary understanding and unique
mystical ability to bond with fishes.
Scuba diving the world's oceans and
studying the marine creatures for many
years, filmmakers Guy and Anita Chau-
mette combine high quality and breath-
taking images with the real time exhila-
ration of going underwater. They invite
the viewer to join them on this premiere
spectacular journey of discovery be-
neath the sea.
The film uses high quality macro im-
aging of the tiniest animals to spectacu-
lar bonding with the moray eels, the
scorpion fish, the sharks still widely
considered as dangerous and threaten-
ing... and introduces the Nassau Grou-
per, on the verge of extinction, yet still
the most popular dish consumed
throughout the Caribbean. Watch as
man slowly forges a fascinating bond
with this magnificent creature, in danger
of disappearing from our planet. Curi-
ous, friendly, absolutely unforgettable.
Is there more to these relationships
than meets the eye? Can we humans
give these creatures something? Can
they tell us what they want? By learning
the special signals and the 'language of
the fishes' and becoming part of their
environment, some amazing facts are
unraveled. We follow an intimate jour-
ney of discovery as it is revealed that
not only do some marine animals seem
to feel and enjoy, but they possess the
intelligence to actually learn, to recog-
nize, to remember and to expect.
'Talking With Fishes' is a stunning
new form of documentary that will ap-
peal to and reach all audiences, from the
viewer who has never before seen the
YOGA FOR YOU
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This week we will start again with some fun yoga practice for kids. We had a
great time last year exploring different yoga poses. Doing postures like the
tree, the butterfly, and walking like a bear brought a lot of laughter in our room. It
amazes me to see how creative kids are, twisting their bodies into shapes, turning
upside down, doing poses with funny animal names, and just being silly, having fun.
Another aspect of yoga with kids is that it helps them develop better body aware-
ness, self-control, flexibility, breathing techniques and coordination in a quiet, non-
competitive atmosphere. It's great to see how quickly they catch on. They seem to
pick up on the different moves very quickly and remember most of the previous
poses. Their concentration improves, and they get into the habit of being active.
Yoga is something we can all do for the rest of our lives; it's a beautiful lifetime
practice. Being able to learn some basic yoga at a young age will give kids some
instant gratification and make their lives richer as they grow into adults.
So we are looking forward to another year of fun yoga with the kids, O Don &
Don andDesirje of "Yoga For You"
offer classes from
beginners to advanced
Call 717-2727 or 786-6416
underwater world, to the marine scien-
tist and biologist. Filmed on location in
the more remote islands of the Carib-
bean, it recaptures marine life in its
most natural environment... and diving
as it should be enigmatic, mystical
creatures and pure, spellbinding adven-
ture in a majestically colorful environ-
ment. This is a powerful and dazzling
revelation of marine animals as they
really are. O Guy Chaumette 02003
Liquid Motion Film
An internationally acclaimed 52 minute
underwater documentaryfilm, awarded the
'GOLD REMI A WARD' at Houston
International Film Festival (for marine life
behavior), 'BEST UNDERWATER
PHOTOGRAPHY' at the International
Wildlife Film Festival, IWFF Montana
2004, BEST DIRECTOR at the International
Underwater Film Festival, Slovakia and
3RD PRIZE, 'A Group films, Professional,
TV broadcast' at the International Festival
of Belgrade. 1
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
Ony 15 ahys SPECIAL OLYMPICS WALK-A-THON
WindsurfersTonky and Tati walked
t's the THIRD ANNUAL SPE-
CIAL OLYMPICS BONAIR-
EXEL WALK-A-THON Sunday,
January 23. It's been Bonaire's most
popular fund raising event and it all
goes to a great cause sending our Spe-
cial Olympic athletes to compete in in-
Not only are you contributing to a
good cause, but the past years' Walk-a-
Thons have been great fun not only for
individuals but for groups too who even
get others to sponsor them.
Instructions for participants:
You may walk, you may run or bike
or even roller blade. Everyone meets at
5 am at the Slave Huts at the south end
of the island, and the 30-kilometer walk
Or you may leave your car at the Sta-
dium in Playa and take the FKPD bus
which will leave at 4:30 am SHARP to
take you to the Slave Huts. Then you'll
be able to get a ride back to the Stadium
from the Pasa Dia in Rincon.
Bikes can get a lift back to town from
the Pasa Dia with
(which Only oxf
empty of it s
beer to Get a FREE
make room bag, water bott
There will be pick up trucks
out along the route in case you get tired
or have any problems. As well, the Red
Cross people will be there, monitoring
the well being of everyone.
You'll follow the route of the slaves
with the final destination, the Pasa Dia
in Rincon. Every five kilometers there
will be a "refreshment station" where
you'll be offered water, fruits, snacks
and lots of encouragement. And at the
Pasa Dia you'll receive a certificate and
a delicious BBQ and drinks.
Other recommendations from the
pros who've done it: Don't wear new
shoes; make sure they're broken in al-
ready. For long distance running or
walking you should wear shoes a half to
one size larger than you normally wear.
Put baby powder on your feet. Then put
Vaseline on your toes where you might
have chafing. Bring along
R flip flops to change into
if you can no longer
wear your shoes.
Tickets are NAf25 and
include a Walk-A-
Thon T-shirt, this year
with the date! (from
r5 Amstel, Fria, TC
rt, canvas Herrera), a canvas
nd a BBQ back pack (from
aO FCB), water bottle
(MCB bank), a
baseball hat (Ennia) and the
BBQ in Rincon. Get your tickets at
TCB (717-8322), Croccantino Restau-
rant (717-5025) or from any Special
Olympics Bonaire board member. Or
Due to popular demand a special, very
practical item for sale this year is a
waistband that holds a water bottle, so
you can let your arms and hands swing
free. It's NAf15 all proceeds going to
Special Olympics Bonaire of course. It
makes a great souvenir too.
Once you get your ticket you may
pick up your gift bag at City Caf6/Hotel
Rocheline in the lobby on January 20,
from 1600 to 1900; January 21 from
1600 to 1900; January 22, from 1000 to
Thanks to the many very generous
sponsors who dug deep into their pock-
ets to help make this annual event an
outstanding success. We'll be printing a
sponsor list in The Reporter after the
Walk-a-Thon. O L.D.
National Director Delno Tromp
President Lupe Uranie
Treasurer/Secty Claire Sealy
Director, Special Events-
Head of Coaches Elizabeth Wigny
Public Relations Roosje Goeloe
Board members: Mike Gaynor, Chio
Semeleer, Sharon & Scott Barlass,
Aura Kock, Lucille Soliana
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
COMCABON SPONSOR OF 20 YEARS OF RACING FUN
I A I -' i_
t's New Years Eve, 5:30 pm at the
Stadium, and the runners are start-
ing to assemble for the COMCABON
annual End of the Year Race, the San
Silvester Run, a distance of 5 Kilometers
for adults, 2K for kids. Why, we won-
dered, would so many people come out
to run a race on this particular day when
festivities on the island have already
started? One of the runners answered for
a lot of them,"Otherwise," he
said, "we'd all start drinking
and partying too early in the
day to celebrate the end of the
Twenty years ago some ac-
tive runners who were friends
decided to start a group to
sponsor fun races. Members
of that "pioneer" group were
Richard Pietersz, Hubert (Ibi)
DePalm, Max Chirino, Boi
Francees and Selma Thode.
Richard, Ibi and Boi are still
involved. Why has the group
lasted this long and been so
successful? "Because these
races are just for fun," ex- Winners
plains COMCABON Presi- in "Bo
dent, Richard Pietersz.
"Our first race was a 24 km
race during Regatta. That was
for all ages, but then we real-
ized it was way too long for the kids! So
we adjusted it and separated the runners
into separate adult and children catego-
Originally we concentrated on kids
races, but then as the kids grew up we
had to add more categories. "Then we'd
run the San Silvester (end of the year
race) for 10K, but for the last 10 years
it's 5K. We shortened the distance so
more people could participate."
For 10 years they ran a triathlon, but it
got to be too big of a job for the volun-
teers who didn't have that much time
any more, so five or so years ago they
stopped running it.
"We've always had great sponsors like
MCB since the beginning, ABN, Amstel
from Curacao and Bonaire, J. C.
ner) in Nikiboko Suid, having drinks and
hot soup and hashing over the race.
The first place winner in "Men's,"
Iwan Duursma, disappeared right after
finishing the race, only to reappear a lit-
tle time later. He'd re-run the race, back
to the Stadium to pick up his car, he ex-
plained. Does that mean the race was too
short for him?
We hope that this fine organization,
COMCABON, keeps up the positive
work it's doing for the community. If
you're interested in finding out more,
call Richard Pietersz at 717-8629. The
Bonaire Reporter will continue to pub-
lish the race schedule in the "What's
Happening" section of the paper. OL.D.
Frank Bohm, a runner and owner of
DeFreewieler, hands over a donation to
COMCABON's President Richard
Pietersz. Elio "Boi" Francees and Chio
Semeleer in the background.
KRALENDIJK TIDES (Heights in feet, FT)
Remember: Winds and weather can further influence the local tides
DATE TIME HEIGHT COEF
1-0710:18 2.2FT. 19:54 0.8FT. 68
1-0811:02 2.2FT. 20:32 0.7FT. 80
1-0911:47 2.3FT. 21:18 0.7FT. 91
1-10 12:30 2.2FT. 22:05 0.7FT. 99
1-11 13:23 2.2FT. 22:43 0.7FT. 103
1-1214:09 2.0FT. 23:17 0.7FT. 100
1-13 15:05 1.9FT. 23:54 0.8FT. 98
1-14 0:20 0.9FT. 15:59 1.7FT. 89
Camissa, Chan Is.
Flying Cloud, USA
Guaicamar I, Venezuela.
Luna C. USA
Natural Selection, USA
Precocious Gale, USA
Ti Amo, USA
Ulu Ulu, USA
Ventura II, Costa Rica
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
pose before the race: Sharlason Sumter (2nd
ys) Eusvienne Soliana (1st in "Girls") and
Sharlon Sumter (1st in "Boys")
Herrera," Pietersz adds.
Interestingly, not too many kids are
running in the races anymore, according
to Pietersz. "It's because the athletics
coaches don't want them running longer
races only shorter ones for their train-
COMCABON runs about 15 to 16
races a year, often sponsored by organi-
zations like the Lion's Club, Karpata
Foundation, Mega FM, Casa Bonita, to
mention a few. This last year they had a
round Bonaire two-day walk, 44 or 41K
per day. Their aim is to invite people of
all ages, all levels of fitness to come out
and have a good time.
The races on New Years Eve were
spirited and fun, for sure, with everyone
ending up at Ons Hoelke (our little cor-
7 Days COUNTDOWN...
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, January 14-COMPETITION -at the SGB Hotel School, Chez Nous.
Nine teams from ABC islands and St. Martin. The public invited to two
demonstrations at Chez Nous:
Bartending at 4 to 6 pm
Culinary time to be announced
Saturday, January 15 GALA AWARDS DINNER Buffet with "food stations,"
each representing a different theme: Italian, Caribbean, Dessert, etc. Attire is
"Caribbean Elegance with lots of Color!" All proceeds go to funding the event. At
Chez Lucille's at Harbour Village. There is a limited number of tickets so reserve
now. They're NAf55.
Dress code: "Caribbean elegance with lots of color!" (no ties for men)
All proceeds go to funding the event. There are a limited number of tickets so re-
serve now. Call Liz Rijna at the school at 717-8120; Sara Matera at 786-9299; or Laura
DeSalvo at 717-8988 or 791-7252.
VSBO Team Members Wendly Heredia, Andres Cicilia and Team Captain
Culinary Teachers Kees Leeman (far left) and Vernon "Nonchi" Martijn (far
right) and coordinator Ann Leong flank SBO Team Captain Terence Martis as
he stirs the sauce. They'll see to it that he gets it right!
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
PICTURE YOURSELF WITH THE REPORTER
The competition for the 2004 winning "Picture Yourself"
photo ended in a tie. They're shown below. Winners, please
contact The Reporter for your prizes!
The Reporter at the wedding of Bonaire residents Janto and Mariella Djamin.
Photos of our readers with a copy of The Bonaire Reporter were sent in from the
Caribbean, America and Europe, China (2), The Middle East, Cuba, The Republi-
can National Convention, Polynesia, India and many more locales. The most fre-
quent locale pictured was Orlando, Florida. O G.D.
PFC Jake S.M. Barlass, son of Bonaire residents Scott and Sharon Barlass, in a
bunker with a copy of The Reporter.
WIN GREAT PRIZES! Take a copy of The Bonaire Reporter with you on your next
trip or when you return to your home. Then take a photo of yourself with the newspaper
in hand. THE BEST PHOTOS OF THE YEAR WILL WIN THE PRIZES. Mail photos to
Bonaire Reporter, Kaya Gob. Debrot 200-6, Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles (AN). E-mail
to: picture @bonairereporter.com. (All 2005 photos are eligible.) D
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
JanArt Gallery, Kaya Gloria 7, Bon-
aire Local Art, Art Supplies, Framing,
and Art Classes. Open Tu-We-Th &
Sat 10 am- 5 pm Friday 1- 7 pm; or
phone 717-5246 for appt.
BonaireNet is the leading consumer
and business information source on
Bonaire. Telephone (599) 717-7160.
For on-line yellow pages directory in-
formation go to http://www.
PRACTICE BONAIRE. Con-
sultation, Supervision, Hypnotherapy,
Psychotherapy Drs. Johan de Korte,
Psychologist, Phone: 717-6919
CAPT. DON'S ISLAND GROWER
Trees and Plants, Bonaire grown.
8000m2 of plants and nursery. Spe-
cializing in garden/septic pumps and
irrigation. Kaminda Lagoen 103, Is-
land Growers NV (Capt. Don and
Janet). Phone: 786-0956 or 787-0956
LUNCH TO GO- Starting from
NAf5 per meal. Call CHINA NOBO
Restaurant Terrace Take away
Open everyday for LUNCH and
DINNER Sunday closed.
SPECIALTIES: French baguettes -
Fresh salads, Local fish-Steaks-Sat6-
Special Fish Menu $20.
ROYAL PALM GALLERIES,
Kaya Grandi 26 F/G, TEL/FAX:
visit Gallery "MyArt" Mar-
jolein Fonseca-Verhoef call 785-
Elegant greeting cards and
beautiful boxed note cards are now
available at Chat-N-Browse next to
Sand Dollar. Photography by Shelly
FENG SHUI CONSULTATIONS
Interior or exterior design advice,
clearings, blessings, energy healing
China trained, Experienced. Inexpen-
sive. Call Donna at 785-9013
Oster (TM) Espresso / Cappuc-
cino Maker_- in perfect condition -
only used for 6 months makes two
cups simultaneously filter also holds
Senseo bags Asking Price = NAf90.-
Contact: Tel 717-2209
GARMIN GPSMAP182 w/Remote
Antenna with BlueChart Data Card -
GM2030; Brand new (never been used)
NAf1.000. Contact Eddy at Toucan
Diving or Mobilphone 786-0727.
Kodak Ektagraphic Slide Projector,
Excellent Condition with very little use.
Originally FL 800.00, now FL 175.00.
Comes with optional carrying case,
originally FL 180.00, now FL 70.00 if
Ceiling Lighting Fixture, good for
bedroom or kitchen; Leaded Glass Pat-
tern, Originally NAf350, now NAf175
Hard wood rocking chair NAf 150
Bird cage 19.5" wide x 16" deep x
33" high NAfl50
Two End Table Lamps, mint green
cactus shape, both for NAf200
For more information on any of these
items, please call 717-2848.
IkeLite housing &Nikon 8008SLR.
US$3000. Excl. condition. Complete
system. 2 ports, 2 strobes, 3 lenses, ac-
cessories. Inquiries: ddiivveerr cs.com
2 steel Scuba Tanks with boot, good
condition but need the '5 year pressure
test'. NAf50,- each. Phone 717-5038
For Rent: Perfect Location! 2-
bedroom, 1-bathroom apartment
located just 1 block from the ocean
and 5 blocks from the center of Kral-
endijk. The apartment features an up-
dated kitchen, large living room and
two good sized air conditioned bed-
rooms. Hot ticket... Apartment will go
fast! Call 717-7362
For Rent: Comfortable 2-bedroom
beach villa-weekly or monthly-choice
location-Privacy & security- July 15 to
Jan 15-Brochure available-Phone
(Bon) (599) 717 3293-or (US) (570)-
586 0098-e-mail email@example.com
Timeshare week (7 nights, Saturday
to Saturday) in Dutch Sint Maarten,
studio apartment for two with full
kitchenette, at the Ocean Club on Cu-
pecoy Beach. Available year round,
but subject to availability. US$350 for
the week (taxes additional). please call
Part time Server, Part time Chef
Helper. Wil's Tropical Grill 717-6616.
S ast weekend Dutch Wimbledon tennis doubles champion Paul Haarhuis
was vacationing on Bonaire. He took the opportunity to observe two of
our outstanding young players, Monica Winkel (15) and Tammy Alberts (14),
He was impressed! O G.D.
Privateer Renegade boat- used for
diving. With 200 HP Yamaha. All very
well maintained and ready to go.
NAf29,990 Call 717-8819 8 am-5 pm
Sailing sloop. Wood, tra-
ditional construction, about
21' long. Fiberglassed in
and out for minimal main-
tenance. Two time winner
of Bonaire Regatta, Class
A. A dream to sail. Bar-
gain at NAf9,999. One of
the last of its kind. Call
717-8988 or 785-6125.
Wanted to buy, borrow or rent: a
wheelchair in good condition with big
wheels and foot support. Also a walker.
Work pick-up truck wanted. Prefer
Hilux type with 4 doors. Older is fine,
must be in excellent mechanical condi-
tion. Looking to no more than
NAf2.000. Call 790-0959 ask for Renee
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WANT TO BUY: Bobcat or Loader/
Backhoe in good condition: Call
George at 717-8988/786-6125.
This beautiful and very friendly
young calico or tortoise colored cat
was found at the Caribbean Club Bon-
aire, just north of Sabadeco early this
week. She's been showing up at the Club
around happy hour time, but now she's at
the Bonaire Animal Shelter, awaiting her
owners. If she isn't claimed within two
weeks she'll go up for adoption. She's a
darling. The Shelter's number is 717-
The two found dogs in The Reporter
last week have been reunited with their
Visit our shop:
In town at Kaya Grandi #6
Phone 717-2844 or 785-9332
WWW. SCUBAVISION. INFO
Have Bonaire's professional
underwater filmmaker, Hendrik
Wuyts ("World of Ocean Films" and
"Eye On" Series -most recently in
Peru and Kenya), custom produce
an underwater video of your dive
for only $85.00.
Digital stock footage
Documentary films, DVDs
Weddings, Video art
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O n January 8th, the
Cinnamon Art Gal-
lery will present the work
of Helen Sargent, who
signs her work "Elena."
The show will continue
until February 9.
Elena's driftwood collages
and Japanese fish prints
(called gyotaku) have been
in local galleries and gift
shops for the last 15 years
and she has had a number
of shows on the island at
hotels, restaurants and at
the (now defunct) Bonaire
Her love of beachcombing
was enhanced when she
first came to live on Bon-
aire and resulted in her
unique driftwood col-
lages. The bounties from
the north shore in those
days kept her creative urge
going. In time her creations
evolved from the smaller to the larger pieces created of wood and a particular
wood putty that can be carved and sanded when hard.
Helen came to the Antilles in 1950 as a young bride, a graduate of Pratt Art Insti-
tute in Brooklyn N.Y. Thanks to her early art training, she and her husband built
R.J. Dovale Advertising, Inc., where she "wore many hats" and spent many hours
doing layouts for newspapers and brochures. It was during that time that she
honed her skills in composition all of which are evident in her wood col-
lages. Boxes upon boxes of driftwood bits and pieces and a good set of tools help
her to create these driftwood collages a perfect outlet for her creative urge. "If I
don t act on it, I can get quite out of sorts," she has been known to say.
Her daughters, Christie, Laurie, and Donna, are well known on the island, and she
has a son, Casey, in Holland, all of whom have inherited her artistic talent.
Elena is a former member of the Society of Illustrators in N.Y. She received 2nd
prize in the sculpture category for one of her African collages in the Center for the
Arts in Vero Beach, Florida in 2000. Several of her pieces reside in the Bonaire
Museum, in local banks as well as in many private collections. Elena and her
work were presented to Queen Beatrice on her last visit to Bonaire. O Wendy Horn
WEARYELLOW -: LIVESTIONG
Lance Armstrong, Tour De France champ, knows that
yellow is more than just the color of the leader's jer-
sey in the bicycle classic. It's a symbol of hope, courage and
perseverance-whether you're on the bike or in the oncology
ward. Today, nearly 10 million people are living with can-
cer, and chances are you know one of them. The Lance Arm-
strong Foundation helps people with cancer focus on living.
They believe knowledge is power and attitude is everything. As a tribute to
Lance's inspirational fight against cancer, yellow wristbands engraved with his
mantra, Live Strong, are being sold in an effort to raise $5,000,000 for the Lance
Armstrong Foundation (LAF).
In Bonaire, the Live Strong wrist bands are being sold for NAf10 (to cover
shipping and other costs to get them to the island) to benefit the Bonaire Can-
Show your support by wearing a yellow Live Strong wristband
and share one with your friends and family.
Buy them at Sand Dollar Grocery, from Stacey Winklaar at the Benetton Shop
(tel.717-5107 ) or contact Delno Tromp at delno33@ yahoo.com,
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
V 0 New Kids for a
o New Year
M eet one of the new baby goats just born on
the "Keshi Kiki" goat farm, where Bon-
aire's own goat cheese is made. She and her twin
sister were born on December 26 (Boxing Day)
and are considered "Lamchi di Dios," Lambs of
The new baby goat's mother is "Sik" (which
means "beard" in Dutch), and she's a Boergoat.
Her father, who doesn't have a name, is anAnglo-
Nubion. He was chosen as the father because of his
reputation as having female offspring that provide Shi-
good milk production.
There are eight new baby goats at the farm now,
none of them with names yet, so the children from the Pelikaan School have
been asked to name them. The children will begin a new project about animals
and this will be part of it. The youngsters will visit the farm next week and will
bring food for the goats: palm leaves and branches from the calabash and Divi
As part of the project they'll also visit the Donkey Sanctuary, Veterinarian
Clinic, the Animal Shelter, the LVV and Mr. Piloto's kunuku on Kaminda La-
goen, where there are cows, chickens and rabbits. Dr. Bernhard, a veterinarian,
will visit the school to explain about his job and how to care for animals. LM. W.
02004 The Bonaire Reporter
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Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
SEKLY MOVIE SHWlll
Cal to make sure: Usualy 900
Shall We Dance
Early Show (usually 7pm
Kaya Prinses Marie
Behind Exito Bakery
Tickets NAf10,50 (incl. T
High Schoolers NAf7,75
NEW FILMS BEGIN EVERY FR
SATURDAY 4 PM Shark Tale
Friday, January 7-Island Governor's
Annual Reception from 20.00 till 21.30 at
the Sentro di Bario (community center) in
Nikiboko at Kaya Pos di Amor 44. All
invited. See page 5 for more information.
Saturday, January 8-Opening of the
Art Exhibition of Helen Sargent
("Elena), 7 to 9 pm, at the Cinnamon Art
Gallery, Kaya A.P.L. Brion #1,just off
Kaya Grandi, behind the Banco di Caribe.
Exhibition continues until February 9. See
Saturday, January 8 Crossfyre Soca
Band / Fundraiser for Regatta in Playa -
Admission NAf25 at the Playa Tennis
Courts. Sponsored by Capt. Don's Habi-
tat, Budget Car Rental and BonairExel.
Call Elvis Martinus (790-2288) for details
Now through January 27- First ever exhi-
bition of artwork underwater "40 Feet Un-
derwater": Moving Light into an Unlim-
ited Territory," Dutch artist Fred Ros. At
the dive site Front Porch, located at Bon-
gos Beach at Eden Beach Resort. Entrance
Fee $5 (Bonaireans free)
Arts and Crafts Markets at Wilhelmina
Park on Cruise Ship Visiting Days: Jan.
Friday, January 14 Bonaire Interna-
tional Culinary Student Competition
2005 (students from ABC islands and St.
Martin)- Chef demonstrations -Chez Nous,
SGB- See page 10
Saturday, January 15 Bonaire Interna-
tional Culinary Student Competition
2005 Gala Awards Dinner and Cocktail
Reception NAf55, Chez Lucille at Har-
bour Village. See page 10
parkling white "Snowy,"
with her golden eyes and
pink nose, needs a job. Four months
ago she wandered into the yard of a
place where some medical students
were staying, and she took it upon
herself to "take care of them" by
being their pet. But, sadly, the stu-
dents had to leave the island. They
wanted the best for their loyal little
cat friend so they brought her to the
Shelter to be put up for adoption.
Do you think you can give her a
"job?" Snowy is about two years
old; she's very social and friendly;
and she just loves being held. As are
all the other adoptees at the Shelter
she was checked out by the vet and is
in excellent health. She's been steril-
ized too. If you'd like to see her for
Sunday, January 23-3rd Annual Spe-
cial Olympics Walk-a-Thon You can
walk, run, bike, roller blade -Entry fee is
NAf25, incudes gifts, BBQ at end & more.
Get tickets from Croccantino (717-5025)
TCB (717-8322) or from board members.
See page 8
Saturday, January 29 Windsurf Ex-
pression Session Event Site 11 am. On
site, special industry people from Hi Fly
February 5 & 6 Bonaire Windsurfing
Freestyle Frenzy & Beach Bash two
days of the hottest fun freestyle. Ann
Phelan (786-3134) or Elvis Martinus (790-
May 15-22 -King of the Caribbean!!!
This is a World Cup Grand Prix, so many
pros and guests are expected. For info, see
Saturday Rincon Marsh6 opens at 6 am -
2 pm. Enjoy a Bonairean breakfast while
you shop: fresh fruits and vegetables, gifts,
local sweets and snacks, arts and handi-
crafts, candles, incense, drinks and music.
Sunday -Live music 6 to 9 pm while en-
joying a great dinner in colorful tropical
ambiance at the Chibi Chibi Restaurant
& Bar. Open daily 5 to 10 pm. Live Fla-
Bingo with great prizes, starts 7 pm, Divi
Monday -Soldachi Tour of Rincon, the
heart of Bonaire, 9 am-noon. $20-Call
Monday -Rum Punch Party on the beach
at Lion's Dive. Dutch National Products
on Time Sharing and how to save on your
next vacation. 6:15 to 7 pm
Tuesday -Harbour Village Tennis, Social
Round Robin 7 to 10 pm. $10 per person.
Cash bar. All invited. Call Elisabeth Vos at
565-5225 717-7500, ext. 14.
Wednesday -Meditation at Donkey
Beach from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Open to all.
Call S.H.Y. 790-9450
Wednesday -Sand Dollar Manager's
Cocktail Party, Mangos Bar and Restaurant
Friday -Manager's Rum Punch Party,
Buddy Dive Resort, 5:30-6:30 pm
Friday- Open House with Happy Hour
at the JanArt Gallery at Kaya Gloria #7,
from 5-7 pm.
Daily- The Divi Flamingo Casino is open
daily for hot slot machines, roulette and
blackjack, Monday to Saturday 8 pm- 4
am; Sunday 7 pm- 3 am.
Every day by appointment -Rooi
Lamoenchi Kunuku Park Tours Bo-
nairean kunuku. $12 (NAf12 for Bonaire
residents). Tel 717-8489, 540-9800.
S helter Manager Jurrie Mellema reports:
Adoptions for 2004: 151 pets, all of which are or will be sterilized
(In 2003 there were 110 adoptions; in 2002, 90 adoptions)
During the community-wide, two-week Free Sterilization Program in October,
222 dogs were sterilized.
During the last year, over 60 dogs were sterilized, thanks to the contributions
to the Sterilization Fund. If you would like to contribute to the Fund your dona-
tions would be very welcome. M&C Bonaire account #106164-10,
"Sterilization Fund." The money from this account is used only for pet steriliza-
tions. O L.D.
FREE SLIDE/VIDEO SHOWS
Saturday- Discover Our Diversity Slide
Show, pool bar Buddy Dive, 7 pm 717-
Sunday Bonaire Holiday -Multi-media
dual-projector production by Albert Bian-
culli, 8.30 pm, Capt. Don's Habitat,
Monday Dee Scarr's Touch the Sea slide
experience at the Aquarius Conference
Center, Capt. Don's Habitat, 8:30-9:30pm.
Wednesday (2nd and 4th) Turtle Conserva-
tion Slide Show by Andy Uhr. Carib Inn
seaside veranda, 7 pm
Friday- Week in Review Video Presenta-
tion by the Toucan Dive Shop at Plaza's
Tipsy Seagull, 5 pm. 717-2500.
MangasinadiRei,Rincon. Enjoy the view
from 'The King's Storehouse." Learn about Bon-
aire's culture. Visit typical homes from the 17th
century. Daily. Call 7174060 / 790-2018
Visit the Bonaire Museum onKaya J. v.d. Ree,
behind the Catholic Church in town. Open week-
days from 8 am-noon, 1:30-5 pmn Tel. 717-8868
Washington-Slagbaai National Park,
Museum and Visitors' Center. Open
daily 8 am-5 pm. Closed on some holidays.
Sunday at Cai- Live music and dancing
starts about 12 noon at Lac Cai. Dance to
the music of Bonaire's popular musicians.
Rincon Marshe- every Saturday 6 am to
3 pm. Open market in Bonaire's historic
town. Soldachi Tours show you the Rin-
con area. Alta Mira
Nature Walking Tour at 6:30 am. Town
Walking tour at 9:30, Bus Tour at 10.
Call Maria at 717-6435 to reserve.
Bonaire Arts and Crafts (Fundashon
Arte Industrial Bonieriano) 717-5246/7117
The Bonaire Swim Club- Contact Valarie
Stimpson at 785-3451 or Valrie @telbonet.an
Cinnamon Art Gallery Volunteers to
help staff gallery during the day. Contact
Wendy Horn at 717-3902 or 785-9700.
Bonaire National Marine Park 717-8444.
Bonaire Animal Shelter -7174989.
Donkey Sanctuary 560-7607.
Jong Bonaire (Youth Center) 717-4303.
Sister Maria Hoppner Home (Child
Care) Tel. 717-4181 fax 717-2844.
Special Olympics Contact Delno
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
yourself you may visit the Bonaire
Animal Shelter on the Lagoen Road,
open Monday through Friday, 10 am
to 2 pm, Fridays until 1. Tel. 717-
See advertisements in tis issue
RESTAURANT PRICE RANGE I WHEN OPEN FEATURES
Bella Vista Restaurant Moderate. Breakfast and Lunch Magnificent Theme Nights: Saturday: Beach Grill; Wednesday: Mexican
Sea Side Restaurant at Buddy Dive Resort Dinner during Theme nights only. Night; Friday: Manager's Rum Punch Party
717-5080, ext. 525 Open every day and All-You-Can-Eat B.B.Q
Bistro de Paris Moderate Real French Cooking in an informal setting
Kaya Gob. N. Debrot 46 Lunch and Dinner Superb dishes prepared with care and love French chef
(half-way between hotel row and town) 717-7070 Closed Sunday Owner-operated Eat in or Take away
Calabas Restaurant & Moderate-Expensive Get a view of the beach and turquoise setting when enjoying a breakfast buf-
Chibi Chibi Restaurant and Bar Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner fet or a la carte lunch and dinner at the 'Chibi Chibi' restaurant & bar. Inspir-
At th17-828e Divi Flamino Beach Resort. Waterfront Open 7 days ing vistas and the highest standard of cuisine.
Croccantino Italian Restaurant Moderate-Expensive Tuscan chef prepares exquisite dishes. Authentic ingredients and romantic
Downtown at Kaya Grandi 48 Dinner setting make dining a delight. Be served in a garden setting under floating
717-5025 Closed Monday umbrellas or in air-conditioned comfort. Take outtoo.
Garden Cafe Moderate Finely prepared Middle Eastern cuisine plus Venezuelan specialties.
Kaya Grandi 59 Monday-Friday, Lunch & Dinner Excellent vegetarian selections.
717-3410 Saturday, Dinner. Closed Sunday Pizza and Latin Parilla
The Last Bite Bakery Low-Moderate Enjoy a delicious dessert or savory baked meal in the comfort of your home
Home Delivery or Take Out Orders taken 8 am-4 pm; Deliveries 6-7:30 or resort. This unique bakery offers gourmet class items -always from
717-3293 pm, Closed Sunday scratch- for take out or delivery only.
The Lost Penguin Low-Moderate Watch the bustle of downtown from this street side Caribbean-style bistro
Across from MB Bank in downtown Kralendijk Breakfast, Lunch, Early Dinner owned and run by a European educated Master Chef
Call 717-8003. Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays and his wife.
Pasa Bn Pizza wM rat Bonaire's best. The Real Thing! Freshly prepared pizzas made with the finest in-
On Kaya Gob. Debrot Low-Moderate gredients. Salads, desserts. Eat i or take away. Nice bar too.
mile north of town center. 790-1111 Open from 5-11 pm Wednesday-Sunday gredients. Sall ahead to eatin or take out 790-111 away. Nice bar too.
* Oc ^P PI G U IFDOE lSee erliseetsi tisiss
Bonaire Pro can keep your financial records in order,
minimize your tax liability and provide helpful ad-
vice. For individuals or businesses.
City Shop is Bonaire's mega-store for TV, Stereos,
Air conditioning, large and small kitchen appliances,
computers. Name brands, guarantees and service cen-
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,
waxing and professional nail care.
BICYCLE I SCOOTER QUADS
De Freewieler rents scooters and quads; profession-
ally repairs almost anything on two wheels. Sells top
brand bikes. Have your keys made here.
Bonaire Diving Made Easy, Third Edition, is an es-
sential in your dive bag. The latest information on
Bonaire's shore dive sites.
BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION
APA Construction are professional General
Contractors. They also specialize in creating patios
and walkways with fabulous sprayed and stamped
Conetal Cleaning Service cleans homes, apartments,
offices. Offers babysitting, gardening, laundry.
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-
Dive Inn Seven studio apartments and dive shop/
school directly on the waterfront in the heart of town.
Friendly, highly experienced with an exceptional
Ocean Adventures Discover the world of low bub-
ble, quiet diving. Learn, use, and try our Drager Re-
breathing equipment. At Dive Inn. Interested? call
Bonfysio offers comprehensive fitness programs to
suit your needs whether they be weight loss, sports or
just keeping in shape. Convenient schedule.
Fit 4 Life at the Plaza Resort Mall. Classes in Pi-
lates, Aerobics, TaeBo and more. Professional train-
ers, fitness machines and classes for all levels.
GARDEN SUPPLIES AND SERVICES
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
GIFTS, SOUVENIRS AND LIQUOR
The Bonaire Gift Shop has an wide selection of
gifts, souvenirs, liquor, dive watches, digital cameras,
things for the home, T-shirts all at low prices.
Golden Reef Inn is the affordable alternative with
fully equipped studio apartments in a quiet Bonaire
neighborhood. Just a 3-minute walk to diving and the
METALWORK AND MACHINE SHOP
b c b- Botterop Construction Bonaire N.V., offers
outstanding fabrication of all metal products, includ-
ing stainless. Complete machine shop too.
Paradise Photo in the Galeries Shopping Center of-
fers fast, fine processing for prints and slides plus a
variety of items and services for your picture-taking
REAL ESTATE I RENTAL AGENTS
Harbourtown Real Estate is Bonaire's oldest real
estate agent. They specialize in professional cus-
tomer services and top notch properties.
Re/Max Paradise Homes: Interational/US connec-
tions. 5% of profits donated to local community.
Sunbelt Realty offers full real estate, rental, and in-
surance services. If you want a home or to invest in
Bonaire, stop in and see them.
Bon Handyman is here if you need something fixed
or built. Ultra reliable, honest and experienced. Elec-
trical, plumbing, woodworking, etc.
RESORTS & ACTIVITIES
Buddy Dive Resort offers diving, Adventure Fun
tours including kayaking, mountain biking, cave snor-
keling and exploration.
Benetton, world famous designer clothes available
now in Bonaire at prices less than those in US. For
men, women and children.
Littman's Jewelers, where good taste is foremost.
Expansive selection of jewelry, collectibles and top
name watches. Bonaire's official Rolex retailer.
Special Security Services will provide that extra
measure of protection when you need it. Always reli-
able. Call 717-8125.
Rocargo Freight Air and sea shipments in/out of
Bonaire. Customs agents. Professional and efficient.
FedEx agent. Call 717-8922/8033.
Intermezzo Day Spa at Captain Don's Habitat is the
newest of this ABC island chain of elegant spas. Now
offering seaside massages and facials.
Pedisa Day Spa -for all your body and wellness
needs. 40 years of experience Classic and specialty
massages, Reiki, Reflexology and more..
Tropical Flamingo is convenient, clean, modern,
efficient and has the lowest prices on Bonaire. Lo-
cated behind NAPA.
Visit Warehouse Bonaire to shop in a large, spotless
supermarket. You'll find American and European
brand products. THE market for provisioning.
Get to Klein Bonaire by Ferry. Call Bonaire Nau-
tico at 560-7254. Ride the Kantika di Amor or Skiffy.
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.
Yoga For You. Join certified instructors Desired and
Don at Jong Bonaire for a workout that will refresh
mind and body. Private lessons too.
Put your ad in The Bonaire Reporter.
The most advertising for your guilder.
Phone/Fax 717-8988, Cel 791-7252
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Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
ON THE ISLAND SINCE ..
S or 15 years we've been com-
F ing to Bonaire, but we never
really considered moving here. It was
always to visit my parents, who have
lived here for 14 years, and to have a
wonderful vacation. I met Khal 17
years ago in his native Cairo, Egypt. I'd
studied Arabic and after I'd completed
my studies I went to live in Egypt for
two years to practice and get more ex-
perience. He had studied economics
and was 'looking for the right girl.' It
turned out that in a city of 15 million
people I was living one block away
from him! We moved in together, then
got married and went for our honey-
moon to Sinai."
"We are an example of opposites at-
tract. Marieke likes peace and quiet; she
likes to read. I like loud music and
making a lot of noise! One of the things
that made me fall for her was her Dutch
accent when she spoke English... very
charming. It still is!" "What I liked best
about Khal was..." Marieke says, pen-
sively, but before she gets a chance to
open her mouth Khal answers for her:
"What she liked best about me was my
eyes! My hair! My personality! He
laughs: "The complete package!"
They're really having a good time to-
gether- these two people and it's fun
to sit with them. Still grinning, Marieke
continutes. "After our honeymoon we
moved to Holland. Cairo was too
crowded for me; you're always sur-
rounded by people. We went to live in
Friesland, in a very quiet place called
Grouw." "It was cold," Kahl says, "but
there was lots of alcohol and we had a
very good time, however, it wasn't a
place where we wanted to settle down.
We moved to Amsterdam. I started
working in the restaurant of a big de-
partment store called De Bijenkorf and
in two years I learned how to speak and
write Dutch. After that I worked as a
clerk for the ABN-AMRO bank. I
thought Holland was absolutely great,
lots of fun, and I still feel that way.
People are very friendly and warm."
"I began to work as an interpreter,"
Mariekefills in, "but it was a lonely
existence and the people I was translat-
ing for were having all sorts of prob-
lems, so I went back to school to study
logistics. I got ajob as the logistic man-
ager with Monet, an American custom
jewelry company. Later I became the
senior European planner for another
American company, Mattel. We always
wanted children, but we also loved to
travel, so we traveled the world exten-
sively before our children were born.
However, after Max and Emma were
born I was traveling practically all the
time for Mattel so we decided that Khal
would give up his job and take care of
the children. If it wasn't for him I could
never have done my work.
In the beginning everybody was
happy and content, but it came to a
point that Khal wanted to do something
else besides being a full-time daddy,
and I was really longing to spend more
time at home. There was no way I could
work less, so I quit. We came up with a
plan to start a business together, moved
to London and opened a coffee bar/
sandwich caf6. It was a direct hit. One
thing led to another and before we
knew it we had a chain." "It was too
good, too busy," Kahl says, "I was on
the road all the time and hardly ever at
home. We got an offer from an Ameri-
can company to take over the business.
At first we didn't want to, as the busi-
ness was relatively new, but then we
thought, all right, why not! It was the
end of 2003. After we'd made the deal
we flew to Bonaire to spend Christmas
"I think Bonaire is a
much better place for
children to grow up. The
fact that you can't buy
the latest toy here is
really a relief!"
with Marieke's parents."
They look at each other, and Marieke
says: "It was so nice, so quiet, we had
such a good time, and out of the blue
we got this idea: The Lizard Inn. It was
just an idea, just a name, nothing else.
We were still living in England."
Marieke Botterop and Khal Gomaa
have a great relationship. He 's the busy
bee with lots of boyish charm, the one
who makes you laugh, and she's a sur-
prisingly free spirit with a dry sense of
humor: two people who appreciate
each other obviously, and because of
that they make you feel at ease in-
"Well, we went back," Marieke con-
tinues, "and we'd asked some friends
here to keep in touch with the real es-
tate agencies. In February Khal left for
Bonaire to have a look and when he
saw this location he fell in love with it.
He put everything on video, jumped on
the plane back to England and immedi-
ately we cut the cord. We sold the
house, took the children out of school,
packed up everything and arrived here
in July and opened the inn.
Another nice aspect of our move to
Bonaire is that the children can go and
see their grandpar-
ents every day; they
adore them! Max
(9) and Emma (6)
love it here; they
can ride their bikes,
could never do in
London and they
like it at school. We
put Emma in De
she speaks Dutch
she can't read or
write it, and from
an English school to
a local school
where for her grade
the instruction lan-
guage is only in
be too much of a
she knows how to
sing "Happy Birth-
day" in Papiamentu
already! The rest
she'll pick up soon
enough, also be-
cause Max is going
to Papa Comes
School and he's
I think Bonaire is
a much better place
for children to grow
up. The fact that
you can't buy the
latest toy here is really a relief! They
see the commercials on TV and of
course they ask me for it, and I answer,
'Yeah! But you know, you can't buy it
here! What a pity eh! Let's go swim-
ming, let's go for a bike ride!' I really
thought it was a pain in London the
way children in general would show off
their toys, and sitting behind a com-
puter all day long is not what I think is
right for them; I don't believe in that at
all! It's not only the peace and tranquil-
ity that we came here for. It's also the
climate and a less complicated way of
life, to see the sun set and enjoy it, sim-
ple things. I wasn't ready for it 15 years
ago because I wanted so many other
things in life, but now I feel I'm right
where I want to be.
I've started to learn Papiamentu. Khal
doesn't have that much patience, but he
chats with everybody all the time, so
he'll pick it up naturally. Anyway, I
think it's a must! It's like time flies and
at the end of the day you really can't
say what you did. We've just moved
here but it feels like we've been living
here for years; it feels very much like
"We don't want to make the same
mistakes again," Khal says. "Now it's
time to enjoy life, to enjoy spending
time together as a family, to enjoy Bon-
aire. We don't make plans for the fu-
ture; every day we make the best of our
life, but we do want to stay here. For
me it's like this: I am an Egyptian, but
I'm not fanatic about where I'm from.
For me all countries are the same. It's
people that made borders. Wherever I
lay my head that's my home. We didn't
just come here to start the inn, we're
seriously thinking of putting up some-
thing to serve the local community,
something that has nothing to do with
may say I'm a
I'm not the
only one. Some
day the world
will join us and
we'll live as
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
Ihe brownish, crisp-looKing star coral on the lower right of this photo is alive ana well This close up of brain coral shows that the living animals are holding their own against
Each small circle is a coral animal, called a polyp. In the upper left of the photo is a the algae. On the upper right of the photo is living brain coral On the lower left, the
newly-dead area of the same coral colony. The farther it is from the living coral, the more place where the coral has died is uniformly covered with algae.
encrusted the dead coral has become, indicating that the coral is dying gradually.
CORAL and the CORAL REEF
An irony of diving: when I ask di-
vers who have mentioned they
couldn't distinguish living coral from dead
coral to show me where they'd place one
finger for balance, they invariably pick
living coral. I understood why when one
explained to me, "The places I wanted to
put my finger are clean and crisp looking.
The places you showed me looked dirty, as
if they were covered with ashes." But what
happens to a diver who suddenly realizes
he or she is about an inch away from the
reef? Taking a deep breath does no good;
there's no time to put air into the BC; kick-
ing won't help.
In a perfect world this situation would
never occur; divers would always maintain
neutral buoyancy and pay attention to their
positioning. But we all love undersea crea-
tures, and when one catches our attention
we sometimes are less than perfect. No
matter what, though, we don't want to in-
jure other undersea critters. The best solu-
tion to this problem is to place a finger on
something, and it needs to be on something
other than living coral.
An irony of the coral reef habitat: the
coral itself is the most slow-growing and
vulnerable inhabitant of the reef. Part of
the reason coral is vulnerable is because
it's hard for divers (and non-divers) to
imagine that something as massive as a
coral head could possibly be vulnerable. I
mean, we can't kill a rock, right? Right -
but that's because the rock is not living.
The rock can't grow, it can only wear
The coral is alive, but oh, so fragile. The
living coral animal is only three cell layers
thick, and the coral tissue rests on its own
extremely sharp, calcium-based skeleton.
When we place a finger on or even brush
our fingers against living coral, we slice the
coral against its own skeleton. Imagine
taking a three-ply tissue, draping it over a
razor blade, and sprinkling water on it.
Then try to touch the tissue without slicing
it on the blade. That's basically what hap-
pens when a diver merely brushes against
coral. A direct hit, or bumping the coral
with fins or tanks, is much tougher on the
coral. Imagine what life would be like for
people if our bones, instead of being com-
fortably rounded as they are, were razor
sharp. We wouldn't spend much time pat-
ting each other on the back, that's for sure,
and contact sports would be very differ-
ent if they existed at all.
What happens when a diver rests a fin-
gertip on living coral? Every coral polyp
beneath the finger is injured or killed. If
conditions are very good and there's no
additional trauma, the injured polyps can
heal. If there's any stress on the coral -
and with oceans becoming warmer and
more polluted worldwide, there's plenty of
stress on coral those polyps may die.
The death of a fingertip-sized spot on a
coral head doesn't seem very significant,
but the effect doesn't end there. Algae or
sponge can colonize a dead spot on a coral
head. If the living coral is stressed, the
algae wins battles with the polyps around it
and the colonized spot spreads. A damsel-
fish may homestead on the algae, nipping
the surrounding coral polyps to increase the
size of its farm. Parrotfish munch the algae
and sometimes the coral on the edges of the
patch. If an encrusting sponge takes hold,
it will eventually grow over and
smother surrounding coral polyps. None
of these consequences being nipped,
crunched, smothered, etc. is good for
the coral. Divers can help the coral by bal-
ancing on the sandy or dead spots of the
Why should we make the effort? What's
so terrible about dead coral? The only part
of the reef that grows is the coral. The
coral animal and the algae living within its
tissues remove minerals from seawater and
create the reef. Without live coral, we're
left mostly with creatures who wear the
reef down. Parrotfish crunch coral. (Much
of the sand around a coral reef became
sand by passing through parrotfish.) Ur-
chins scrape away tiny bits of coral rock
along with the algae they eat. Sponges
bore into coral rock. If the reef wore down
with no coral rebuilding, islands would lose
their protection from storms. When the
reef wears down enough, the island it sur-
rounds begins to be worn down. No coral
reef, eventually no island.
Yes, the wearing down of a coral reef
would take generations. But reef-building
is a slow process too. A brain coral three
feet in diameter is about 200 years old.
The coral reefs that have created islands
did it over eons. It makes much better
sense for us to nurture the products of their
labors than destroy them. So of course we
want to protect coral reefs. We can protect
corals when we dive by practicing good
buoyancy control, paying attention to our
positioning, and, if we must balance our-
selves, by working the dead zone: balanc-
ing lightly on sand or a stable rock, not
living coral. O Story and photos by Dee
Note: In a habitat as lush as a coral
reef there aren't many zones which are
truly empty of life. Algae and tiny ani-
mals, including, perhaps, larval corals
settling, may be in spots that look unin-
habited But none of those life forms is as
old or established as any coral we might
contact, so the priority goes to the coral
Dee Scarr conducts "Touch
the Sea dives. It will en-
hance your diving forever.
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005
*to find it. iust look uo
What a way to open
the New Year.
Because the most beautiful
planet in the solar system,
ringed Saturn, is at opposi-
tion this week, which means
that it is at its closest biggest
and brightest for the entire
year and can be viewed all
night long from sunset to
Beginning one hour after
sunset face east where you'll
see the brightest grouping of
winter's stars, Orion the
Hunter, easily recognized
by three stars which mark
his belt, two stars which
mark his shoulders, and two
stars which mark his knees.
Then if you look just to his
left you'll also see the two
brightest stars of the Gemini
twins, Castor and Pollux.
And just below them you'll
see an object which usually
isn't in this part of the heav-
Voyager 1 image of Saturn's rings taken on 4
November 1980, eight days before closest ap-
proach. The structure of the rings is clearly visible
in this raw clear-filter image. The image was taken
from 11.2 million km, and the frame is roughly
82,600 km across, with a resolution of about 100
km/pixel. North is at 1:30. (Voyager 1, 34699.06).
The dots are used for measurement and
are an artifact of the imaging.
ens, Planet Number 6 out from the Sun, 75,000-mile-wide ringed Saturn. The
Cassini spacecraft has been visiting it for the past few months and discovering
the wonders of this planet and its moon Titan in more detail than ever seen in hu-
man history. And this week Saturn is officially at opposition, more precisely on
Thursday, the 13th, at 7 pm Sky Park Time.
Now although "opposition" is a term astronomers use, it isn't all that compli-
cated. In fact, it means just what it says. That is that Saturn is directly opposite the
Sun in the sky as seen from Earth which, if you think about it, means that when-
ever the Sun is not in the sky, Saturn should be. That means that as the Sun sets in
the southwest this week and next, Saturn will be rising in the northeast and will be
visible all night long. It will slowly ascend from the northeastern horizon during
the first half of evening and at midnight will reach its highest point just slightly
south of overhead. After that it will slowly descend toward the west and will set in
the northwest as the Sun rises in the southeast.
Now the wonderful thing about opposition is that, not only is Saturn visible for
naked eye and telescopic viewing all night long, but it is also at its closest for the
entire year, which means that it is at its biggest and brightest. How close? Only
750 million miles away, compared to its maximum distance of nearly one billion
miles away. This means that Saturn appears much bigger in an amateur telescope
and is much easier to view. So if you got a telescope for the holidays get it out
now and take a look. You'll be absolutely blown away. You should easily be able
to see the dark gap between the rings, called Cassini's Division, and you should
have no trouble whatsoever in seeing its moon, Titan, which is not only bigger
than the planet Mercury but is also the only moon in the entire solar system
known to have an atmosphere. So get out your telescope now or find a friend who
has one because the lord of the rings is at its best! O Jack Horkhimer
For the week:
January 7 to 14, 2004
By Astrologer Michael Thiessen
ARIES (Mar. 21- April 20) A new image can be the result if you change your
look. Your contributions will be valued and helpful. Use your quick wit to win
points and friends. You need a change of pace. Your lucky day this week will be
TAURUS (Apr. 21- May 21) Don't make promises. Invite friends over. Changes
could be overwhelming. You will have a problem sorting out your true feelings
when it comes to your relationship. Your lucky day this week will be Monday.
GEMINI (May 22-June 21) Although it does look promising, be careful not to
overextend yourself or you will lose in the long run. Try to be reasonable. Your part-
ner may push buttons that infuriate you. Uncertainties regarding relatives will make
situations uncomfortable if you attend a family function. Your lucky day this week
will be Thursday.
CANCER (June 22-July 22) You should get involved in competitive sports this
week. An older member of your family may have left you with a pressing situation.
Your ideas may be good, but they aren't necessarily right for everyone. Your outgo-
ing nature might work against you this week. Your lucky day this week will be Fri-
LEO (July 23-Aug 22) You can make gains if you work in conjunction with oth-
ers. Children may pose a problem if they don't like suggestions. You can make extra
money. Rewards will be yours if you put in the overtime required. You have more
than enough on your plate already. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
VIRGO (Aug. 23 -Sept. 23) Make changes that will heighten your appeal. You can
expect insincere gestures of friendliness this week. Disruptions may set you back,
but you're strong, and in the end the choices you make will be favorable. Don't avoid
your true feelings. Your lucky day this week will be Thursday.
LIBRA (Sept. 24 -Oct. 23) You can make positive changes in your home. Avoid
too much discourse with colleagues this week. You're in the mood to get out and
visit friends. You can benefit financially if you put money or maintenance into your
living quarters. Your lucky day this week will be Wednesday.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24 Nov. 22) You may meet that special person if you attend
fundraising functions. Try to have patience and refrain from being judgmental. Be
prepared to step into the limelight if you wish to promote your ambitions. Opportu-
nities for new and exciting relationships will be yours if you get out and join groups.
Your lucky day this week will be Sunday.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Your tendency to overreact could get you into
trouble. You can enhance your reputation by making contributions to worthwhile
causes. Too much too fast will be the attitude surrounding your home environment.
Money may slip through your fingers. Your lucky day this week will be Saturday.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22.- Jan. 20) It's time to get yourself back on track. Older
relatives may be a burden. Problems with colleagues are likely. Someone you like
may be receptive and actively seeking your company. Your lucky day this week will
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21 -Feb. 19) Prove your worth; concentrate on getting the job
done and steer clear of office politics and gossip. Refrain from using the highway as
a racetrack. This is a great time to mingle with people you would like to impress.
Don't make mountains out of molehills if you want to avoid conflict. Your lucky day
this week will be Monday.
PISCES (Feb. 20-Mar. 20) You are best to keep hard feelings to yourself. Try to
ease any disappointment by making amends. You may find yourself in an emotional
fix if you interfere in other people's problems. Get promises in writing or you will be
disappointed. Your lucky day this week will be Tuesday.
Bonaire Reporter January 7 to January 14, 2005