Newsletter for its Extended Global Community
Well, during the last week of May and into June, Akumal is finally getting some rain, but it's coming in spurts with very strong winds from the aftermath of Tropical Storm Alma. The Staff's Rain Dance was meant to bring a gentle, prolonged shower between 10:00pm and 6:00am, but "somebody" must have missed a step here or there.
it was publicized numerous times in May, including a preliminary issue of
The Akumalian, it needs to be highlighted that there is going to
be a General Assembly of the Akumal Council on Friday, June 27th,
and you really should make an effort to either be there in person, or have a
personal representative there for you. While the Agenda has not been
released yet, one can only expect that the new Tulum Municipality will be
very high on said Agenda.
AKUMAL COUNCIL MEETING ON NEW MUNICIPALITY
The Akumal Council convened a special meeting on Thursday, May 15, 2008 to present what it knows about the new Tulum Municipality and answer questions about its impact on Akumal. The meeting was chaired by Gonzalo Arcila, Sergio E. Gonzalez Rubiera, and Din Richardson. The meeting was fairly well attended by about 16 members of the Akumal Council, including two accountants.
Gonzalo re-iterated a lot of what he distributed in his e-mail of 2008-04-26 (see April 26 letter) as not too much new has transpired since that time. However, he did mention that he has been following this issue via information the government diligently posts on the Internet, and he read from a 5 page document – Tulum (municipio) - which he printed off the webs site at Tulum Municipality. This is an excellent description of the Tulum Municipality, albeit in Spanish. As far as Akumal is concerned, the northern boundary of the Tulum Municipality is the southern edge of Yal-Ku Lagoon.
During the process of reception, the Municipality of Solidaridad must transfer all the available information to the new Municipal Government, such as tax information, subdivisions, records from Catastro, etc. This process should include the transfer of all municipal obligations, services and infrastructure. All paperwork, procedures and legal situations remain in the exact same status as they are now. Same status quo, but under a new Municipal Government.
The Akumal Council has made several statements in the press in order to call the attention of the authorities to the importance of the Akumal community. It has requested that someone from our community be appointed to the board of the new Town Council.
Gonzalo stated that he has been invited to several meetings with the active participants and politicians involved in this process, but that there is actually no official information about who and how they will be integrating this new position.
The meeting lasted over two hours, and there was a lot of discussion, but there were no new revelations. Some of the discussions covered:
North Akumal does not have the normal infrastructure (streets, sidewalks, street lighting, sewerage, water, etc.) that defined by a municipality, and while the battle/discussions go on, it is very possible that North Akumal will never be regularized and really recognized by any Municipality.
It was explained and agreed upon, the need to continue in our process of Regularization and to finally deliver the FRACCIONAMIENTO (starting with Akumal North) to the Municipality.
Admittedly, the Akumal Council has played a major role over the last 3 or 4 years to get Akumal recognized by Municipality Solidaridad, and this resulted in police coverage, garbage collection, and the pot-hole filler for North Akumal, among others.
will we be once Municipality Solidaridad washes its hands of Akumal?
While things might appear rather bleak in the short term, the general mood seemed to be one of optimism and OPPORTUNITY. It is absolutely imperative that as many people attend the Akumal Council General Meeting on Friday, June 27th.
AKUMAL COUNCIL GENERAL MEETING
There is a General Meeting of the Akumal Council scheduled for 10:00 on Friday, June 27 at the offices of the Akumal Council, on the 2nd floor of the "old" Fidecaribe building across from Akumal Real Estate. Obviously, there is no agenda yet, but it is expected that this will cover things like:
While June is a relatively low season period of time, it would be outstanding (literally) if the Akumal Council office was not large enough to hold all the attendees.
IMPORTANT JUNE FACTS
Several stories are passed
around to show how the month of June was named. The most widely accepted
explanation is that it is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of
Jupiter and equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
There must be more than this. Let’s hear about YOUR birthday.
May Birthdays and Anniversaries
SACRED MAYAN JOURNEY, MAY 30 – JUNE 1
The second Sacred Mayan Crossing will take place from May 30th to June 1st this year. Thirty 26-foot canoes, each with a crew of four to six, will participate in the event. The challenge for them is to paddle across the Channel of Cozumel from Pole –present-day Xcaret– to the island of Cuzamil (Cozumel) and to return later to Xamanha –now known as Playa del Carmen.
The Sacred Mayan Crossing is a re-creation of the ancient ritual pilgrimage undertaken by the original inhabitants of Yucatan to Pole, from which canoes set out to Cuzamil. Once there, they will worship the goddess Ix Chel and consult her oracle, unique to the region.
This year, the celebration will begin at 11:00 p.m. on May 30th with a pilgrimage to Xcaret. All night long, guests will participate in rituals and supplications to the goddess Ix Chel, as they wait for the first rays of dawn, when they will send the canoes off to Cozumel. For this special occasion, guests will not be mere spectators, but will rather take part in ceremonies and rituals in preparation for the crossing. Since the journey was traditionally undertaken to petition the goddess for very particular things, this part of the ritual will be built around the following themes:
FERTILITY OF THE EARTH
CONTINUITY OF LIFE
As night falls in Cozumel, offerings will be made to the goddess Ix Chel, who will once more send a message to the inhabitants of Mayan lands. The canoes will then return to the mainland, bringing with them the goddess’s omens of good fortune, which will be revealed to all those who would go to Playa del Carmen to hear them.
The Sacred Mayan Crossing renews for us the wealth of history and the cultural legacy of the Mayan past from the 11th to the 16th centuries. It is a living example of the relationship of the Maya with the sacred in life. The courage and daring of ancient navigators, whose trade networks were one of the crowning glories of Mayan culture in Yucatán, comes alive once more.
For the Maya, this journey was a mystical undertaking in which they were profoundly affected by their intimate contact with the forces of nature. With these ideas in mind, it has been arranged for this year’s event to revive ancient Mayan traditions: their rituals, dances, music, dress and the relationship with their gods.
Those who wish to witness the 2008 version of the Sacred Mayan Crossing will learn about, and participate in, different re-creations of ancient Mayan cultural practices: trade, numerology, navigation and the re-telling of myths and legends documented in the sacred book, the Popol Vuh. This will be an enriching and mystical experience for all who attend.
http://www.travesiasagradamaya.com.mx/index_eng.htm for more information
and photos from 2007.
HURRICANE SEASON STARTS JUNE 1st
The Atlantic hurricane season is officially from June 1 to November 30. There is nothing magical in these dates, and hurricanes have occurred outside of these six months, but these dates were selected to encompass over 97% of tropical activity.
The summer of 2008 will continue a trend of above-average hurricane seasons that started in 1995. The stormier summers have been due to ocean currents that cause an increase in the Atlantic's salt content, which in turn causes an increase in water temperature.
Hurricane forecasters at Colorado State University (CSU) predict a "well above average" 2008 hurricane season, with 15 named tropical storms gathering between June 1 and November 30.
Long-term yearly averages are nine or ten named storms, six hurricanes, and two intense hurricanes per year. Eight of the 2008 storms are expected to intensify into hurricanes, which are defined as having winds of at least 74 miles (119 kilometers) an hour.
Four major hurricanes, including one with a good chance of hitting the United States, will form in the Atlantic Ocean during the upcoming hurricane season, and there is a 70 percent likelihood that a major hurricane will make landfall somewhere on the U.S. East Coast during the coming season.
Tropical Storm Alma is the first named storm of the Pacific season, but it crossed into the Caribbean and as a Tropical Depression is now dumping LOTS of rain and wind on Akumal. On Friday night at the Beach Bar, the wind was slashing rain, and sand into the bar area, even with the shutters down. According to the forecasts and storm image, it looks like we are in for a lot more of this during the coming week. The "official" hurricane season has not even started yet, and we already have the hurricane shutters closed!
And, it turned into Tropical Storm Arthur, this year's first named storm in the Atlantic Ocean, a day ahead of the official beginning of the annual hurricane season. Arthur formed on Saturday near the coast of Belize around 1 p.m. ET with sustained winds around 40 miles per hour. It was located about 45 miles north-northwest of Belize City and 195 miles south-southwest of Cozumel, Mexico and headed inland, moving at about 8 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
Belize and Mexico have issued
tropical storm warnings with the storm expected to have been issued for the
coast move over Yucatan on Sunday.
HURRICANE SCREENS BAJA
After doing the story on the 2008 Hurricane Season, the Staff came across this. This is just FYI for those of you who might be looking to an alternative to wood panels and/or aluminum folding shutters. The Staff is not sure of the brand, but Luis Lobo reportedly has something like this (See story below.).
Hurricane Screens Baja system is:
Hurricane Screens Baja:
Baja are manufactured in Los Cabos Baja, Mexico and shipped over to
Akumal. The price is approximately $12 – 14 USD per square foot, and this
includes all the hardware, with special anchors. The web site is at
ARMOR SCREEN HURRICANE PROTECTION
These are the ones Luis Lobo has, so you can ask him about additional, personal information. The web site is at http://www.armorscreen.com and the distributor in Cancun is Cortinas Anticiclonicas Inteligentes SA de CV on Av Bonampak # 3, Edif Domus; telephone is 998-892-0706.
Armor Screen is Miami-Dade certified, including large missile impact and wind pressure tested to 195 PSF (276 MPH). The patented system uses deflection to cushion the impact of objects as they strike the Armor Screen. Deflection distance varies with the height of the screen and is engineered for each opening. Armor Screen is a flexible, transparent membrane designed to withstand even the strongest hurricane winds without rupture and to deflect large and small missiles. The system is constructed of a technologically advanced, lightweight fabric which is 95 percent solid and 5 percent porous, allowing visibility and natural light into protected structures while effectively eliminating high winds and driving rain intrusion.
The mounting systems for Armor Screen are important to its strength, and they must be installed according to the company’s specifications, depending on the architectural issues and constraints. Also, each screen is custom manufactured to fit each opening. As a result, only qualified Armor Screen Dealers are allowed to install these products.
All Armor Screen systems are easy to deploy. The screens are light weight and the mounting systems typically require no special tools or devices. Because they offer such a wide array of mounting systems, it's impossible to estimate how long your system will take to deploy.
systems are pulled across on a track and attached in a couple of minutes.
Others are stored in bags that must be retrieved from storage and attached.
But even this type of system can be deployed easily and quickly. Most homes
can be fully protected in less than one hour by one person.
Mexico's Tall Ship, "Cuauhtemoc".
Navy Day is
an official Mexican holiday. The day is held on the June 1st
and has been recognized every year since 1942. It relates to June 1, 1917
when article 32 of the Constitution of the United Mexican States was applied
for the first time. The article states that any vessel flying the Mexican
flag must be crewed by seamen who are Mexican by birth, and thus it is a
celebration of national pride and identity. The day is marked throughout
the country with special events taking place in many of the sea ports
including Puerto Escondido and Puerto Angel on the Sierra Madre del Sur, and
in the Caribbean resort of Playa del Carmen. Events include navy ceremonies
in the harbors followed by traditional singing and dancing
ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, JUNE 6th
Come one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we’ll have a ball.
It's time for the fifth monthly "Best Shirt Award", which is held on the first Friday of each month during Happy Hour at the Lol Ha Beach Bar. This award is based on Robin’s penchant for good, classy Beach Bar shirts, and his sister, Mary Henderson, is ready to once again be the judge and jury as she selects the "Best Shirt" for June. And, as we go to print the criteria are still somewhat nebulous, but it looks like "coolest", "neatest", and "most colorful" might work.
The May award for "Best Shirt" went to Jim Farrell, who had to go through some very tough scrutiny by the judges, because there was some serious competition. See May Best Shirt for more photos.
BELMONT STAKES, LAST JEWEL IN TRIPLE CROWN, JUNE 7th
The 140th running of the Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 7. ABC-TV and ESPN will provide live coverage of the day's events.
The first Belmont in the United States was not the famous stakes race or even the man for whom it is named. Rather, the first Belmont was a race horse that arrived in California in 1853 from his breeding grounds of Franklin, Ohio. The Belmont Stakes, however, are named after August Belmont, a financier who made quite a name and fortune for himself in New York politics and society. Obviously, Mr. Belmont was also quite involved in horse racing, and his imprint is even intertwined within the history of the Kentucky Derby.
One thing the Belmont does have over the Derby is that it is the oldest of the three Triple Crown events. The Belmont predates the Preakness by six years, the Kentucky Derby by eight. The first running of the Belmont Stakes was in 1867 at Jerome Park, on, believe it or not, a Thursday.
Here's a tidbit you didn't see in Derby or Preakness history. When Grey Lag won the Belmont in 1921, it marked the first running of the Belmont Stakes in the counter-clockwise manner of American fashion. This 53rd running was a mile and three-eighths over the main course; previous editions at Belmont Park had been run clockwise, in accordance with English custom, over a fish-hook course which included part of the training track and the main dirt oval.
Big Brown, for UPS, is the first 3-year-old since Smarty Jones to head for the Belmont Stakes with a triple try in play. It’s been 30 years since Affirmed swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont to give racing its 11th Triple Crown winner.
be a Preakness Party at the Lol Ha Beach bar on June 7th to see Big Brown
take home the Triple Crown? Stay tuned.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
There were a couple of "events" in May, and the pace seems to be slowing down as we head into June.
Comings, in May:
Goings, in May:
The Staff is voting to
change this section to Came & Went, because almost everything
is after the fact.
FLAG DAY, JUNE 14th
The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.
three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of
the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation
of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was
celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it
was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of
Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.
TONY AWARDS, JUNE 15th
The 2008 Tony Awards ceremony will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 15, 2008, and broadcast on CBS television. Whoopie Goldberg is the host. The nominations were announced on May 13.
The Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Awards, recognize achievement in live American theatre and are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in New York City. The awards are for Broadway productions and performances, as well as discretionary non-competitive Special Tony Awards and the Regional Theatre Tony Award, and the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre.
theatre-going public may consider the Tony Awards to be the Oscars of live
theatre, critics have suggested that the Tony Awards are primarily a
promotional vehicle for a small number of large production companies and
theatre owners in New York City. Only shows playing in one of 39 "Broadway"
theatres designated by the Tony Awards Management Committee are eligible for
the Tony Awards. The 39 "Broadway" theatres are all large venues located
between 40th and 66th Streets and 6th and 10th Avenues in New York City, an
area surrounding Broadway from Times Square to Lincoln Center. Shows
playing in "off-Broadway" or "off-off-Broadway" theatres, or shows playing
outside of New York City, are not eligible. Since there are only 39
theatres, only a portion of which will be featuring a "new" production in
any given season, and 27 award categories, it's likely that many "new" shows
will reap at least one award.
DID YOU KNOW? TONY TRIVIA
· Harold Prince has won 21 Tony Awards, more than anyone else, including eight for directing, eight for producing, two as producer of the year's Best Musical, and three special Tony Awards.
· "The Producers" won the most Tony Awards ever received by a musical with 12 awards, including best musical.
· Stephen Sondheim has won more Tony Awards than any other composer, with eight Tony Awards: Best Music and Best Lyrics for Company (1971); Best Score for Follies (1972), A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd (1979), Into the Woods (1988), Passion (1994); and Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement (2008).
· Julie Harris has won the most performance Tony Awards, and has been nominated more than any other performer. She has won five awards for her roles in I Am a Camera - 1952, The Lark - 1956, Forty Carats - 1969, The Last of Mrs. Lincoln - 1973, and The Belle of Amherst - 1977. She has been nominated a total of ten times.
Bob Fosse has won the most Tony Awards for
choreography, eight, and one more for direction. Choreography: The
Pajama Game (1955), Damn Yankees (1956), Redhead (1959),
Little Me (1963), Sweet Charity (1966), Pippin (1973),
Dancin' (1978), and Big Deal (musical) (1986). Direction:
WHAT'S NEW AROUND TOWN?
La Vista Azul Restaurant
The http://www.vivesrivieramaya.com/en/index.html web site provides additional information.
Video of Fire at Akumal
$3,000 Peso ATM
Rattlesnake at Hekab Be
FATHER’S DAY, JUNE 15TH
Historians have recorded that there was a tradition to celebrateFather's Day even thousands of years ago. Their studies say that 4,000 years ago in Babylon, a son called Elmesu carved a father's day message on a clay card. In his message Elmesu wished his father a long and healthy life. There is no knowledge as to what happened to this father son duo, but it is believed that several countries retained the custom of celebrating Father's Day.
The tradition of celebrating Father's Day, as seen today, originated in the last century. Though there are several people who are credited for furthering the cause of Father's Day, there is far greater acceptance for Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd's contribution. A doting daughter from Spokane, Washington, Ms Dodd is recognized as the Founder, or Mother, of the Father's Day Festival.
Inception of the Father's Day took place in Sonora's mind when she happened to hear a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Sonora, who was 27 then, had begun to recognize the hardships her father must have gone through while bringing up his six children alone. When Sonora was 16, her mother had died during childbirth. Sonora's father a Civil War veteran by the name of William Jackson Smart raised six children including the newborn on his own. Sonora questioned that if there is a day to recognize mothers, then why is not there a day to honor fathers?
Many people laughed and joked at Sonora's idea, but her will did not droop. She began a sincere campaign lobbying for the cause of Father's Day. Her hard work began to show signs of success when Spokane celebrated its first Father's Day on June 19, 1910 with the support of Spokane Ministerial Association and the local Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). To pay tribute to her affectionate father, Sonora wished that Father's Day be celebrated on her father's birthday on June 5, but it so happened that there was not enough time for preparation, and the day came to be celebrated on third Sunday in the month of June.
idea of celebrating Father's Day became quite popular in US, so much so that
President Woodrow Wilson approved of the festival in 1916. President Calvin
Coolidge too supported the idea, but it was President Lyndon Johnson who
signed a Presidential Proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as
Father's Day in 1966. ,Then in 1972, President Richard Nixon established a
permanent national observance of Father's Day to be held on the third Sunday
FULL MOON, JUNE 18th
The Full Strawberry Moon occurs on June 18th at 12:30am AST. This name was universal to every Aztec tribe. However, in Europe they called it the Rose Moon. Also, because the relatively short season for harvesting strawberries comes each year during the month of June, so the full Moon for June was christened for the strawberry!
SUMMER SOLSTICE, JUNE 21st
Solstice, from the Latin for sun stands still, in astronomy, either of the two points on the ecliptic that lie midway between the equinoxes (separated from them by an angular distance of 90°).
At the solstices the sun's apparent position on the celestial sphere reaches its greatest distance above or below the celestial equator, about 23 1/2° of arc. At the time of summer solstice, about 2:06pm on June 21, the sun is directly overhead at noon at the Tropic of Cancer.
Northern Hemisphere the longest day and shortest night of the year occur on
this date, marking the beginning of summer. At winter solstice, about
December 22, the sun is overhead at noon at the Tropic of Capricorn; this
marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. For several days
before and after each solstice the sun appears to stand still in the sky,
i.e., its noontime elevation does not seem to change from day to day.
SUMMER SOLSTICE AT CHICHEN ITZA
Kukulcan pyramid at Chichen Itza is notable for the fact that at the spring
and fall equinoxes (March 21 and September 22) the sun projects an
undulating pattern of light on the northern stairway for a few hours in the
late afternoon—a pattern caused by the angle of the sun and the edge of the
nine steps that define the pyramid's construction. These triangles of light
link up with the massive stone carvings of snake heads at the base of the
stairs, suggesting a massive serpent snaking down the structure.
During the month of May, there was one other "Event" beside the Best Shirt Award, and that was the Kentucky Derby "party" on May 3rd. For photos, go to Kentucky Derby.
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