Newsletter for its Extended Global Community
July2010 Issue 91
Summer and the hurricane season are here, and the tourists are still here too. And, there is a fair amount of “Came & Went” as well.
The month of July gets a quick jump start with Robin’s Best Shirt Award on the 2nd, kicking of the beginning of the long July 4th weekend, and there is a good chance to see the McNaught Comet on Friday as well. Also falling on this weekend, we have the Henley Royal Regatta, the men’s and women’s finals at Wimbledon, and Festival of San Fermin begins on the 6th.
Interestingly enough, there are no Mexico holidays in July to report.
MESSAGES FROM THE STAFF
complete Photo Gallery with all of the winners of Robin's Best Shirt
Award has been posted at
Best Shirt Award Gallery. Got take a look at what has won in
the past, and it might give you some inspiration for tomorrow's contest.
Mary Henderson is in Sacramento, California, so The Akumalian is
taking on the judging responsibilities for July.
IMPORTANT JULY FACTS
It was the month in which Julius Caesar was born, The month Julius replaced Quintilis (quintus = five)—the fifth month in the early Roman calendar, which began with March before the Julian calendar instituted January as the start of the year. Unfortunately, Caesar himself was only able to enjoy one July during his life—the very first July, in 45 B.C. The following year he was murdered on the Ides of March.
Cancer June 22 – July 22
Birthdays and Anniversaries
There must be more than this. Let’s hear about YOUR birthday.
TD ALEX, JUNE 26
Tropical Depression Alex hit Belize on Saturday, June 26, bringing lots of wind, rain, and high surf to the entire stretch of the Riviera Maya. In Akumal, the weather from Alex started on Friday and continued well into Monday, as the outer bands continued well after Alex went into the Gulf.
ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, JULY 2nd
Come one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we’ll have a ball.
It’s time for another “Best Shirt Award”, which is held on the first Friday of each month during Happy Hour at the Lol Ha Beach Bar. This is one to celebrate, because it’s on Friday, July 2nd, the beginning of the long July 4thweekend.
This award is based on Robin’s penchant for good, classy Beach Bar shirts, and his sister, Mary, is ready to once again be the judge and jury as she selects the “Best Shirt” worn by a male for July. And, as we go to print the criteria are still somewhat nebulous, but it looks like “coolest”, “neatest”, and “most colorful” might garner a lot of brownie points.
The June award for “Best Shirt” went to Wendell Day, who reportedly – by some sore losers – got this as a consolation for not being a repeat winner at the Fishing Tournament. See June Best Shirt for more photos. And, look at all the previous winners at Best Shirt Award Photo Gallery.
COMET McNAUGHT, JULY 2nd
A recently discovered comet is surprising sky watchers by becoming brighter than predictions had first suggested and can now be seen with the unaided eye during the next few weeks. Comet McNaught, officially cataloged as C/2009 R1, was discovered by Australian astronomer Robert McNaught last September using the 0.5-meter Uppsala Schmidt telescope and a CCD camera. It's the 51st comet that bears McNaught's name.
Comet McNaught is expected to pass closest to the sun (perihelion) on July 2, at a distance of 37 million miles (60 million kilometers). The comet is visible now for people with dark skies away from urban and suburban lighting. By mid-June it was an easy sky watching target for most people. Comets brighten when they get nearer to the sun, because solar radiation boils icy particles and dust off the comet's nucleus. A cloud of material called a head, or coma, forms. Sometimes there's a tail as well. It's all illuminated by reflected sunlight.
After June 15, Comet McNaught rapidly slid lower toward the north-northeast horizon, passing very close to the brilliant star Capella in the constellation Auriga around June 22 and a few mornings later it was very near to the second magnitude star Menkalinan.
Since then, McNaught has been visible – albeit with some difficulty – both in the evening sky for a short while just after sunset very low above the north-northwest horizon and in the morning sky just before sunrise very low above the north-northeast horizon.
very unpredictable, but some astronomers say Comet McNaught might reach
magnitude +2 by the end of June. If so, it won't rival the brightest stars
in the sky, but it should be easy to spot and readily identifiable as a
INDEPENDENCE DAY (U.S.), JULY 4th
Independence Day is the national holiday of the United States of America, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information, go to July 4th.
WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?
Lol Ha Summer Hours
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
The BIG question is, “What are they going to do with all the space underneath the overpasses?”
CENTRAL SECURITY NETWORK - AKUMAL
By Laura B Wolfe and Juan Antonio Huerta
It has become apparent that without a proper security network and a professional visible security presence in Akumal, the break-ins and other potential criminal acts will continue and most probably increase. Unfortunately, this is a reality.
Central Security Network
The Security Committee has designed the CSN for Akumal and has hired a Central Security Coordinator to manage the CSN. This Security Coordinator will report directly to the Chairman of the Security Committee who would, in turn, reports to the Akumal Development Council Board of Directors. It is imperative that this tight line of communication be drawn when dealing with our security Issues. Juan Antonio Huerta has been chosen to carry out these responsibilities. He is the property Manager for CEA and has the required experience for this job.
Your participation and support is needed to make this a reality and a viable deterrent against criminal activities in Akumal.
To see more on this very
important subject, please go to
Central Security Network – Akumal.
HST FLY-OVER, JULY 9th
The Hubble Space Telescope will be visible over Akumal on Friday, July 9th at 8:53 pm. Be sure to get on the beach or up on the roof to see this fly-over, which will be traveling in a WNW – ESE direction.
SPORTING EVENTS IN JULY
Henley Royal Regatta
The picturesque surroundings and glorious summer sunshine, provide a welcome haven of relaxation and tranquility from the stresses of city life. The ambience is one of a large, Edwardian garden party and this prestigious event offers an idyllic opportunity for corporate or social entertaining. Enjoy a day of indulgence and relaxation.
Tour de France
Festival of San Fermin
MLB All-Star Game
World Cup Final
All-American Soap Box
BASTILLE DAY, JULY 14th
Bastille Day is the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is called Fête Nationale ("National Celebration") in official parlance, or more commonly le quatorze juillet ("14 July").
To see “the rest of the story” go to Bastille Day.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
The pace continues unabated as we head into July.
Coming in July:
For those of you who have been wondering, let it be acknowledged and confirmed that Jack & Ann Kennedy were actually in Akumal during the latter part of May and early June
· Steve & Ingrid Clouther went to MA for two weeks vacation in June.
· Mary Henderson is off to Sacramento, California for a week or so.
FULL MOON, JULY 26th
Full Buck Moon is on July 26th at 12:38am AST.
July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, thunderstorms being now most frequent. Sometimes this is also called the Full Hay Moon.
FULL MOON DETAILS
What is a full moon, I hear you ask?
The full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. More precisely, a full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent (ecliptic) longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees; the Moon is then in opposition with the Sun. As seen from Earth, the hemisphere of the Moon that is facing the earth (the near side) is almost fully illuminated by the Sun and appears round. Only during a full moon is the opposite hemisphere of the Moon, which is not visible from Earth (the far side) completely un-illuminated.
interval between similar lunar phases—the
on average about 29.53 days. Therefore, in those
in which each month begins on the
the full moon falls on either the 14th or 15th of the
Because lunar months have a whole number of days, lunar months may be
either 29 or 30 days long.
Did you know Meteor Showers recur each year, in some cases for hundreds or even thousands of years? Technically speaking, Meteor Showers are bursts of cosmic debris entering Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speed and thus vaporizing, leaving a streak of light that quickly disappears. Normally named after the constellation from which they originate these bursts are the result of interactions between a planet and a comet in which a number of meteors are observed. As they all travel in parallel paths and at the same velocity, to their viewer Meteor showers appear to radiate away from a single point in the sky. This is called the "radiant" of the shower.
So, as we
know, you don't like spending your early mornings outside at the beach or up
the roof, but you still love fantastic meteor showers. Watch for the Delta
Aquarids towards the end of the month.
DELTA AQUARIDS METEOR SHOWER. JULY 28-29th
The Delta Aquarids usually produce about 20 meteors per
hour at their peak. The shower will peak this year on July 28 & 29, but
meteors can usually be seen from July 18 - August 18. Unfortunately, the
Moon is just past full this year and so badly placed that there is no way to
really observe around the peak of the South Delta Aquarids in 2010. Wait
for the Perseids.
The only Akumal “Event” was the Best Shirt Award, and that has been reported.