April 2011 Issue 100
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Welcome to the 100th issue of The Akumalian.
MESSAGE FROM THE STAFF
It has been
a long time in the making, but The Akumalian has reached a milestone
we never thought about back in those early days and dark and stormy nights
when The Akumalian was just emerging from a prime-evil thought
process of serving the extended Akumal global community with news about
current events way back in September 2002. The 1st issue is out
there in cyber-space at
The Akumalian Limited 1st Edition.
nothing special about the 100th issue, but there is a lot of
news. There were a few “Events” in March, and the Staff highly recommends
you look at the various Photo Galleries.
additional information about Akumal and Puerto Aventuras, don’t forget to
Sac-Be and the
Pelican Press of Puerto Aventuras.
here we are with Issue #100. Happy Anniversary.
AOL AGREES TO ACQUIRE THE AKUMALIAN
1, 2011 - AOL Inc. [NYSE:AOL] announced that it has entered into a
definitive agreement to acquire The Akumalian, the influential and
rapidly growing news, analysis, and lifestyle website founded in 2002, which
now counts nearly 1,000 unique monthly subscribers.
transaction will create a premier global, national, local, and hyper-local
content group for the digital age - leveraged across online, mobile, tablet,
and video platforms. The combination of AOL's infrastructure and scale with
The Akumalian's pioneering approach to news and innovative community
building among a broad and sophisticated audience will mark a seminal moment
in the evolution of digital journalism and online engagement.
group will have a combined base of 117 million unique visitors a month in
the United States and 270 million around the world. Following the close of
this transaction, AOL will accelerate its strategy to deliver a scaled and
differentiated array of premium news, analysis, and entertainment produced
by thousands of writers, editors, reporters, and videographers around the
February 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post, and as part of this
transaction, Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post's co-founder and
editor-in-chief, will be named president and editor-in-chief of The
Akumalian Post Media Group.
acquisition of The Akumalian will create a next-generation American
media company with global reach that combines content, community, and social
experiences for consumers," said Steve Clouther, Chairman, CEO, Editor,
Writer, Photographer, Sales & Marketing, and Distributor of The Akumalian.
"Together, our companies will embrace the digital future and become a
digital destination that delivers unmatched experiences for both the
extended global Akumal community and advertisers."
agreed to purchase The Akumalian for an undisclosed amount, which
will be paid in cash funded from cash on hand. The Akumalian is
privately owned by its two cofounders, as well as a group of investors. The
proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including
receipt of government approvals. The AOL boards of directors and The Staff
of The Akumalian have approved the transaction. The transaction is
expected to close in the late second-quarter 2011.
IMPORTANT APRIL FACTS
Aries March 21-April 20
Taurus April 21-May 20
April's birthstone, coal is a combustible black or brownish-black
sedimentary rock normally occurring in rock strata in layers or veins called
coal beds or coal seams. The harder forms, such as anthracite coal, can be
regarded as metamorphic rock because of later exposure to elevated
temperature and pressure. Coal is composed primarily of carbon along with
variable quantities of other elements, chiefly sulfur, hydrogen, oxygen and
Flower: Corpse flower
The month of April is represented by the Corpse flower (Amorphophallus
titanium). It can be found in Indonesia and apparently smells as bad as
its name. It emits a rotting flesh stench. It can live for up to 40 years
and blooms every 4 to 6 years, producing one of the largest flowers in the
world, reaching heights of 5ft and widths of 4ft.
vibrant blooms of the gerbera Corpse flower have made it a favorite among
flower lovers and morticians.
Birthdays and Anniversaries
4 Diane Firth
4 Maggie McKown
7 Holly Batting
7 Seddon Wylde
8 Sam Goby
10 Michelle Bliss
11 Judy James
12 Didier Jackson
15 Monica Estrada
18 Lucy James
19 Greg Goudy
23 Sharon Wandler
25 Lindsay Firth
27 Gary Sparks
27 Jerry & Lois Radlinsky Anniversary
There must be more than this. Let’s hear about YOUR birthday before
March Birthdays / Anniversary
ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, April 1st
one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we’ll have a ball.
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.
is based on Robin’s penchant for good, classy Beach Bar shirts, and his
sister, Mary, has nominated Judy Baxter and Bud & Alice Blatner to be the judges
the “Best Shirt” for April. This should be a real good one,
as it falls on April 1st.
Clouther won the contest for March, and those photos are at
March Best Shirt. You gotta see these.
EARTHQUAKE SHIFTED JAPAN 8 FEET
Earthquake shifts Japan eight feet from previous location
12, 2011 1:35 pm PT
from agencies say that the Japan
quake moved the island eight feet, also affecting the Earth's axis. Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, told The
Akumalian that one GPS station moved eight feet and that a map from the
Geospatial Information Authority is showing the shift is consistent. Japan
has officially moved eight feet from where it once was before the quake.
National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the
quake shifted the planet on its axis by four inches, or ten centimeters.
the Chile quake in 2009, Earth's rotation also sped up. It is likely this is
what happened during the Japan quake as well.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME IN MEXICO, April 3rd
Akumal, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. local time on the first
Sunday in April (the 3RD ). On the last Sunday in October (the
30TH ), areas on Daylight Saving Time fall back to Standard Time
at 2:00 a.m. The names in each time zone change along with Daylight Saving
Time. Central Standard Time (CST) becomes Central Daylight Time (CDT), and
so forth. The state of Sonora does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
three time zones. Most of the country uses Central Standard Time.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Due to all the Events and activities in
February and March, it seems that there are no reasons for anybody to
visit Akumal in April, hence no ‘comings’.
Everybody who was here in March
TAX DAY UNITED STATES, APRIL 18th
one of the hundreds of thousands of taxpayers who wait until the last minute
to file your taxes, make a note: The IRS recently announced that the due
date for 2010 individual federal income tax returns will be Monday, April
Traditionally, Tax Day falls on April 15 unless that day happens to be on a
Saturday, Sunday or federal holiday. In 2011, April 15 meets none of those
criteria -- it falls on a Friday, and there's no federal holiday that day.
Washington, D.C., will celebrate Emancipation Day on April 15, a day earlier
than normal, since April 16 falls on a Saturday. Emancipation Day marks the
anniversary of the day that President Lincoln signed the Compensated
Emancipation Act. The Act, which was "for the release of certain persons
held to service or labor in the District of Columbia," freed 3,100 slaves in
the District, making DC residents the "first freed" by the federal
government. In 2005, Emancipation Day was made an official public holiday
in the District of Columbia.
observance of the DC holiday, Tax Day will be moved forward one
business day, this year landing it on Monday, April 18. That's the date
your form has to be either submitted electronically or postmarked by for
your tax return to be considered timely filed by the IRS.
fooled into believing that the day moves all individual federal income tax
deadlines forward. The overseas exception due date will still be June 15,
2011. However, individual federal income tax returns on a "normal"
extension will be due on Monday, Oct.17, 2011; that's because Oct. 15, 2011,
(the regular extension due date) falls on a Saturday.
SNAKE BITES BREAST AND DIES
its biggest silicone breasts and dozens of plastic surgeries in the Middle
East, Israeli model and actress Orit Fox was bitten by a boa snake while
recording a radio program in Israel a few days ago. Orit Fox was not hurt,
but According to several sources the snake was intoxicated with silicone
from the model’s prosthesis and died shortly after.
incident took place in Tel Aviv. During the photo shoot, Fox was holding
the snake up to her face while trying to kiss it. When she lowered the
snake, it struck and caught hold of her breast. The sudden and unexpected
attack of the snake astonished the coaches who were supervising the stunt.
Even Fox had no time to react.
taken to Hillel Yaffe Hospital in Hadera, northwest of Jerusalem, but later
released after a tetanus shot and a few hours of observation. She did not
receive any serious injuries, but the snake did not fare so well. Days
later, the snake had died of silicone poisoning.
Watch it on
Snake Bite – YouTube.
HST AND ISS GO DARK
Due to the Republican-led House of Representatives, NASA’s budget has been
significantly cut back. As a result, NASA has decided to eliminate the
interior night lights on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and the
International Space Station (ISS), so these two spacecraft will no longer be
visible in the night sky over Akumal.
FULL MOON, NO
Pink Moon is scheduled for April 18, 03:44am AST, but……..
Nations, led by a strong lobby from the US Republicans, have decided to turn
off the moon this month in an effort to reduce the conflict in the Middle
East. In mid-March, John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of
Representative, made a passionate and tearful plea to a packed UN audience
in New York, and the resolution passed by a slim margin.
it is worth, the grass pink or wild ground phlox is one of the earliest
widespread flowers of the spring. Other names were the Full Sprouting Grass
Moon, the Egg Moon, and -- among coastal Maya tribes -- the Full Fish Moon,
when the barracuda swam inland to the cenotes to spawn. This is also the
Paschal Full Moon; the first full Moon of the spring season.
be a real good night to see the stars.
WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?
Tope Stolen in North
In early March, it was reported that a tope was stolen in broad daylight
from the North Akumal road. According to two eye-witnesses, the tope was
picked up, loaded into the back of a truck, and taken away.
Unfortunately, the two eye-witnesses cannot be located to confirm the theft,
and it is further reported that they have disappeared into NAW-SPA (North
Akumal Witness Safety Protection Association), which has nothing to do with
the Akumal Council, North Akumal Vecinos, or the North Akumal Road Committee
North Akumal Road
Committee (NARC) Disbands
NARC has formerly disbanded as the principals could not come to an agreement
on what they were going to name the road. Initially, it was to be R3
(Rhett & Russ Road), but Russ wanted Russ & Rhett Road. They bickered back
and forth, trying to implement rulings like: alphabetical 1st
name; alphabetical last name; by number of clients on the road; distance of
residence closest to the road (which end); earliest birth date; among
numerous others. They tried a flip of a coin, and then it became best
2-out-of-3, 3-out-of-5, etc., etc.
North Akumal Stops Bus
North Akumal has come to a solution on how to stop the busses and vans
from using the road to take tourists to the Yal-Ku Lagoon. They have posted
two signs at the entrance to North Akumal. One is at the first curve across
from the entrance to Las Casitas, and the second one is at the next curve,
by Las Casitas’ tennis court.
As you can
see from the sign, buses and vans are banned, the speed limit is set at 30
kph, and there is no parking on the road.
New Tope In North Akumal
Nobody has taken ownership and responsibility for the new tope in North
Akumal, but it seems to be quite effective, even though some might argue
that it actually speeds traffic along. It is German engineered and
installed, and just happens to be in the neighborhood of Hacienda de la
Fortunately, The Staff has been able to obtain a video of this tope being
put to the test, and you can watch it at
North Akumal’s German Tope.
North Akumal’s Sign and
German Tope Are Effective
new sign and German-engineered tope are really having an effect on the vans
driving into North Akumal. In mid-March this van was seen leaving North
Akumal, being pushed by seven Mexicans. The van actually dropped its
transmission and was eventually parked outside the arch awaiting repairs.
It is unlikely this driver will venture into North Akumal again.
Police Re-open North
Akumal Police Station
The North Akumal Vecinos and the Akumal Council, along with NARC, have
diligently been working together with the Akumal Police on a beautification
program around the station house by the site of the old gate, and now it is
reported that there are 12 policemen on duty there 24 x 7.
Curling Comes to Akumal
Last month’s story on “The Basics of Curling” sparked a
lot of interest from the Extended Global Akumal Community, especially the
Canadians – Linda Mulgrew in particular – that the Tim Horton’s Brier had
some of its top curlers come to Akumal for an in-depth presentation and
demonstration on the beach at Las Casitas.
photo shows Grace Woolgar demonstrating the proper position for throwing a
stone, Emily and Linda Mulgrew show the best sweeping technique, especially
when there is sand on the ice, or in this case, ice on the sand.
second photo (above), Mathew joins his sister Emily as a sweeper as the
stone moves closer to the water’s edge.
Ivan Arcila is a big curling fan, and here he is watching the Brier in
Calgary a couple of years ago.
Pulled on Pelican Press
Somewhat along the lines of the above story of the sale of The
Akumalian, be advised that the very popular and informative Pelican
Press of Puerto Aventuras has had the plug pulled by its investors. It is
reported that AOL and Arianna Huffington are looking into acquiring the
remnants of the Pelican Press of Puerto Aventuras and merging it with The
meantime, the publication has re-emerged as the
Pelican Free Press.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Going Under the MX307 Overpass?
Apparently, the Municipality of Solidaridad has come to a tentative decision
on what to do with all that space under the elevated MX307 that passes
through the center of town. The portions on immediately to the north and
south of Av. Juarez are going to be used for cemeteries, and the question
remains on how many tiers will be involved. It seems that the land in Playa
del Carmen has become too valuable with regards to residential and business
development, that no more land can be allocated for cemeteries.
sections further north are being allocated for low-income housing, and bids
are now being taken for the construction of condominiums and town houses.
While some might consider the overpass overhead an inconvenience, proponents
point to the central location and access to the highway as real benefits.
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 24th
Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. It
is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year for Christian
churches. Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back
to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the
cross. As part of the Easter season, the death of Jesus Christ by
crucifixion, is commemorated on Good Friday, always the Friday just before
Easter. Through his death, burial and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty
for sin, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ
Christianity, Easter marks the ending of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting,
repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline in preparation for Easter.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday.
Annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival
On Easter Sunday, you have the opportunity to see Easter bonnets to the
New York City extreme as "paraders" wander along Fifth Avenue from 49th to
57th Streets. The area around St. Patrick's Cathedral is the ideal place to
see the parade. The Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival runs from 10
a.m. until 4 p.m.
Where is the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Akumal? There’s
plenty of time to organize something.
EASTER IN MEXICO
Easter is a combination of Semana Santa (Holy Week - Palm Sunday to
Easter Saturday) and Pascua (Resurrection Sunday until the following
Saturday). For most Mexicans, this 2 week period is THE time of year for
vacation; good time to not be on the highways - just stay put and enjoy
Akumal during this holiday season.
Santa celebrates the last days of the Christ's life, and Pascua
is the celebration of the Christ's Resurrection. It is also the release
from the sacrifices of Lent.
communities, the full Passion Play is enacted from the Last
Supper, the Betrayal, the Judgment, the Procession of the 12 Stations of the
Cross, the Crucifixion and, finally, the Resurrection. In some communities,
flagellation and/or real crucifixion is included. The enactments are often
wondrously staged, costumed and acted, with participants preparing for their
roles for nearly the full year leading up to Semana Santa.
Shirt Award” on the March 4th had little company
relative to February “Events.” Check out the Photo Galleries for the other
Events, which include:
CEA Gala Dinner on March 3rd .
SteveC’s Birthday on March 8th
St Patty’s Day on March 17th