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April 2011  Issue 100

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Welcome to the 100th issue of The Akumalian. 


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.

There is 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.

And, for additional information about Akumal and Puerto Aventuras, don’t forget to check out Sac-Be and the Pelican Press of Puerto Aventuras

 Anyway, here we are with Issue #100.  Happy Anniversary.


April 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.

The 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.

The new 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 globe.

In 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.

"The 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."

AOL has 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.


Aries March 21-April 20

Taurus April 21-May 20

April Birthstone:  Coal
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 nitrogen. 

 April 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.

The large vibrant blooms of the gerbera Corpse flower have made it a favorite among flower lovers and morticians.


Birthdays and Anniversaries    ¡Feliz cumpleanos!
4          Diane Firth
4          Maggie McKown
7          Holly Batting
7          Seddon Wylde
8          Sam Goby
10        Butch
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 it happens.

 Missed March Birthdays / Anniversary

Nothing we know of.


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 award 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 to select the “Best Shirt” for April.  This should be a real good one, as it falls on April 1st.

 Steve Clouther won the contest for March, and those photos are at March Best Shirt.  You gotta see these.


Earthquake shifts Japan eight feet from previous location

March 12, 2011 1:35 pm PT

Reports 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.

The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the quake shifted the planet on its axis by four inches, or ten centimeters.

During the Chile quake in 2009, Earth's rotation also sped up. It is likely this is what happened during the Japan quake as well.


 In 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.

Mexico uses three time zones.  Most of the country uses Central Standard Time.



  • 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 



If you're 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 18, 2011.

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.

So what's the deal?

In 2011, 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.

In 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.

Don't be 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.


March 15

Known for 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.

The 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.

Orit was 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.


            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.



The Full Pink Moon is scheduled for April 18, 03:44am AST, but……..

The United 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.

Forwhatever 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. 

This will be a real good night to see the stars.



 Tope Stolen in North Akumal
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 (NARC).

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 Traffic
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 Tortuga Hotel. 

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
The 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.

The first 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.

In the second photo (above), Mathew joins his sister Emily as a sweeper as the stone moves closer to the water’s edge.

Even Ivan Arcila is a big curling fan, and here he is watching the Brier in Calgary a couple of years ago.





Plug 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 Akumalian.

In the meantime, the publication has re-emerged as the Pelican Free Press


 What’s 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.

Other 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.


On Easter 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 Jesus.

In Western 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.  

The 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.

When and Where is the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival in Akumal?  There’s plenty of time to organize something.


For 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.

Semana 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.

In many 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.


Robin’s “Best 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


By The Way…………………………………………..



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