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May 2011  Issue 101

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IMESSAGE FROM THE STAFF

Well, we are now on a journey for the next 100 issues, going one step/month at a time.  The Staff hopes you enjoyed the April Fool’s Day issue of The Akumalian, because we had fun doing it.  All the comments received so far have been quite favorable.

We are heading into May, and many of the snowbirds have returned to north country, and the Easter influx has also passed on.  Maybe, things are settling down for the summer months, but the hurricane season is just around the corner.

Do not forget the other local publications, Sac-Be The Costal Source for Travel in the Riviera Maya, the Pelican Free Press, and the CEA Newsletter

The Staff has finished the celebrations from the 100th issue anniversary and the recent Royal Wedding and have agreed to take on the task of updating the Akumal Telephone Book and Birthdays/Anniversaries, so if you have any updates that need to be made, send them along.

Finally, The Staff likes to word play with acronyms, and they have put together a few of them at the very end of this issue.

 

IMPORTANT MAY FACTS

Several stories are passed around to show how the month of May was named.  The most widely accepted explanation is that it was named for Maia, the Roman goddess of spring and growth.  Her name related to a Latin word that means increase or growth.

Taurus: April 21 – May 21
Gemini   May 22 - June 21

May Birthstone:  Emerald
   May's birthstone is the emerald.  Emerald is the green version of the mineral Beryl.  It was considered to be the talisman of the goddess Venus, and to represent faith, goodness and kindness.  Emeralds vary in color from light to deep green.  It is commonly thought that an emerald's green color derives from the presence of chromium and or vanadium replacing some of the aluminum in the mineral's structure.  The stone can, however, lose its color when heated strongly.  The emerald's name is indirectly derived from the Greek word "smaragdos," a term ambiguously applied to several kinds of green stones.

  May Flower:  Lily of the Valley
  
The May flower, Lily of the Valley has the botanical name of Convallaria magalis and originated in Europe.  Today it is distributed widely throughout North America and North Asia, but in northern Europe it is still found as commonly as wild flowers.  It is a small, bell shaped flower that gives off a large scent that attracts not only people, but bee's who like to collect the pollen that the flower produces.

MAY BIRTHDAYS

Birthdays and Anniversaries
1          Monica Estrada and Juan Antonio Huerta Anniversary
2          Sandra Titze
2          Steve & Heather DePaola
2          Diane Daniell
4          Russ & Stephanie Motley Anniversary
4          Dylan Vladimir Chan Tec; 2008, son of Miguel (head waiter) & Imelda
5          Michele Meyer Correa
5          Susan & Macon Gravlee Anniversary
5          Dean & Alison Keegan Anniversary
7          Steve & Ingrid Clouther Anniversary
10        Memo & Marcy Essy Silver Anniversary
12        Chris Firth
14        Lucas Kai Schober Thai
16        Dave Bliss
16        Steve and Kathleen Cole Anniversary
18        Derek Firth
18        Bob & Sherwood Anders Anniversary
20        Monika Titze
21        Jissou VanderElst
27        Creighton Walker
27        Nance & Creighton Walker Anniversary
31        Terry Fredette 

There must be more than this.  Let’s hear about YOUR birthday.

 Missed March Birthdays
March 31         Lance Schober

 Missed April Birthday
April 1             Marcy Essy
April 20           Jan Koenst
April 21           Zoe Alexis Gonzalez Campbell (Lorinda and Juan).

 

PRIMERO DE MAYO, MAY 1st  --  MAY DAY

Primero de Mayo is the Mexican national holiday that is equivalent to the U.S. Labor Day.

 May Day occurs on May 1 and refers to any of several public holidays. In many countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labor Day, which celebrates the social and economic achievements of the labor movement.  As a day of celebration the holiday has ancient origins, and it can relate to many customs that have survived into modern times.  Many of these customs are due to May Day being a cross-quarter day, meaning that (in the Northern Hemisphere where it is almost exclusively celebrated) it falls approximately halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice.

May Day has become an international celebration of the social and economic achievements of the labor movement.  Although May Day received its inspiration from the United States, the U.S. Congress designated May 1 as Loyalty Day in 1958 due to the day's appropriation by the Soviet Union.  Alternatively, Labor Day traditionally occurs on the first Monday in September in the United States.  People often use May Day as a day for political protest, such as the million people who demonstrated against far-right candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen in France, or as a day for protest against government actions, such as pro-immigrant rallies across the United States.
 

TAMPA HOPES FOR FERRY SERVICE TO YUCATAN

Here we go again…………………

Looks like ferry service from Tampa to Mexico is going to make a comeback.  And if you're a little more patient, you might even see the first passenger ships to Cuba sail from Tampa since the days before the Castro regime.

Tampa port officials said they are in serious discussions with two groups seeking to launch scheduled cruise ferry service to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula (Progresso).  The first trips could start early next year.

One of the companies is United Caribbean Lines, an Orlando area startup run by cruise industry veteran Bruce Nierenberg.  Port officials wouldn't name the other group.

Yucatan service would require the Tampa port to construct roll-on, roll-off ramps for cars and additional fenced areas for U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to check vehicles and cargo. That would cost the port well under $1 million.

Nierenberg expects to run two round trips weekly to the Yucatan.  Service will begin in the first half of next year.  United Caribbean will charge $350 for a round trip with a cabin and meals.  The company hasn't decided how much it will cost to bring a car on the ferry.

Nierenberg said the ferries would be the kind that are common in Europe, with tall upper decks that resemble cruise ships and carry up to 1,500 passengers atop two decks that could hold 600 cars.  The Tampa-Mexico trip would take about 30 hours each way.  Mexico service likely would begin with 100 to 120 round trips a year, and you'd have dinner on board, shows, all the things you'd find in a modern cruise ship.

The last Mexico ferry from Tampa, dubbed the Yucatan Express, left in 2003 after only one winter season.  Business started slowly, with as few as 37 travelers in the ferry's 322 cabins on one 36-hour cruise.  Passenger loads picked up at the end.  The last two cruises drew more than 500 passengers.  The ferry's owners lost $5 million and didn't return the following winter.

You can read the whole article at TampaBay.com
  

COMINGS AND GOINGS

            April seems to be the transition month for most snowbirds, and the place is emptying out as we head into May.

 Comings, and Were Here:

            The “Here in April” group:

  • Frank & Lennie were back at Casa del Sol very early in the month.
  • Tony, Joan, Cassie, and Alex Gonzalez were back in early April for Spring Break.
  • Wally & Jan Koenst came back to 203-B in Aventuras Akumal for a couple of weeks.
  • Jerry & Judy Cain were back in Playa Blanca for a spell.
  • Nance Walker was back at Seven Seas in South Akumal.
  • Sharne Hampton was also back at Seven Seas.
  • Barbara Miller was back for 4 days of yoga.
  • Greg & Karen Goudy attended a wedding in Playa del Carmen and made a quick visit here.
  • Kathy Ferrell Sohnheim was here to play cards on the 29th.
  • Gail Rasmussen was here for the same card game.

 The “Coming in May” group:

  • Gene & Mary Ellen Langan will be back in South Akumal.
  • Oveta & Gary Vardell will also be back in South Akumal.

 Goings:  Snowbird evacuation in April:
·        
Richard & Arlene Pargot have returned to New Jersey.
·        
Steve & Kathleen Cole departed Seven Seas on April 8, but return on November 14.
·        
Bud & Alice Blatner have returned to Philly to get more backup equipment.
·        
Jamie & Yolanda Foshee have also gone back north.
·        
Didier has bailed out.
·        
Hollis, George & Billy are back in Chicago.
·        
Richard & Camie Mazzola pack up the tent and head back to Colorado on May 10th.
 

DID YOU KNOW THIS?

Statue of Liberty Stamp Shows Wrong Lady Liberty

You might say this is one monumental case of mail fraud.  Due to a United States Postal Service gaffe, a stamp intended to commemorate New York City's Statue of Liberty features a picture of a Las Vegas replica instead.  Though the stamp was supposed to show the real Lady Liberty, the "forever" stamp uses a photograph of a half-sized, 14-year-old rip-off at the New York-New York casino in Nevada.

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a new Statue of Liberty stamp that's accidentally based on the replica at the New York-New York casino in Las Vegas. The USPS acquired the picture from a stock photography service and sold the stamp accompanied by a brief history of the New York icon -- not the Las Vegas replica, which features different hair, different eyes and a discolored rectangle on its crown.  But the post office isn't going to return this stamp to sender, choosing instead to keep it in circulation.

   

CINCO DE MAYO, MAY 5th

    The holiday of Cinco De Mayo (The 5th Of May) commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862.  It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population.  It is not, as many people think, Mexico's Independence Day, which is actually September 16.

The battle at Puebla in 1862 happened at a violent and chaotic time in Mexico's history. Mexico had finally gained independence from Spain in 1821 after a difficult and bloody struggle, and a number of internal political takeovers and wars, including the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and the Mexican Civil War of 1858, had ruined the national economy.  During this period of struggle Mexico had accumulated heavy debts to several nations, including Spain, England and France, who were demanding repayment.  Similar debt to the U.S. was previously settled after the Mexican-American War.  France was eager to add to its empire at that time, and used the debt issue to move forward with goals of establishing its own leadership in Mexico.  Realizing France's intent of empire expansion, Spain and England withdrew their support.  When Mexico finally stopped making any loan payments, France took action on it's own to install Napoleon's relative, Archduke Maximilian of Austria, as ruler of Mexico.

France invaded at the gulf coast of Mexico along the state of Veracruz (see map) and began to march toward Mexico City, a distance today of less than 600 miles.  Although American President Abraham Lincoln was sympathetic to Mexico's cause, and for which he is honored in Mexico, the U.S. was involved in its own Civil War at the time and was unable to provide any direct assistance.

Marching on toward Mexico City, the French army encountered strong resistance at the Mexican forts of Loreto and Guadalupe.  Lead by Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin, a small, poorly armed militia estimated at 4,500 men was able to stop and defeat a well outfitted French army of 6,500 soldiers, which stopped the invasion of the country.  The victory was a glorious moment for Mexican patriots, which at the time helped to develop a needed sense of national unity, and is the cause for the historical date's celebration.

Unfortunately, the victory was short lived.  Upon hearing the bad news, Napoleon had found an excuse to send more troops overseas to try and invade Mexico again, even against the wishes of the French populace.  30,000 more troops and a full year later, the French were eventually able to depose the Mexican army, take over Mexico City and install Maximilian as the ruler of Mexico.

Maximilian's rule of Mexico was also short lived, from 1864 to 1867.  With the American Civil War now over, the U.S. began to provide more political and military assistance to Mexico to expel the French, after which Maximilian was executed by the Mexicans - today his bullet riddled shirt is on display in the museum at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City.  So despite the eventual French invasion of Mexico City, Cinco de Mayo honors the bravery and victory of General Zaragoza's small, outnumbered militia at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
 

ETA AQUARIDS METEOR SHOWER, MAY 5, 6, & 7

The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower has a relatively broad maximum, but is expected to show the greatest number of meteors before dawn on May 6.  Fortunately, the thin waxing crescent moon will set in early evening, leaving dark skies for this year’s Eta Aquarid show.  At mid-northern latitudes, 10 to 15 meteors per hour may be visible in a dark sky.  Farther south – like in the southern hemisphere – the meteor numbers increase dramatically.  For the most part, this is a predawn shower.  The radiant for this shower appears in the east-southeast at about 4 a.m. and the hour or two before dawn offers the most meteors.  The broad peak to this shower means that some meteors may fly in the dark hour before dawn for a few days before and after the predicted optimal date.  Although the most meteors will probably rain down on May 6 before dawn, the day before or after may offer a sprinkling of Eta Aquarid meteors as well.

The point in the sky from which meteors in annual showers appear to radiate is called the meteor shower radiant.  You don’t have to locate the radiant to watch the Eta Aquarid meteors, but people always ask about them.  Although the Eta Aquarid meteors streak all over the sky, they appear to radiate from the Y-shaped group of stars called the Water Jar.  The Water Jar is part of the constellation Aquarius.

The eta Aquarids are flakes of dust from Halley's Comet, which last visited Earth in 1986.  Although the comet is now far away, beyond the orbit of Uranus, it left behind a stream of dust.  Earth passes through the stream twice a year, in May and October.  In May, we have the eta Aquarid meteor shower, in October the Orionids.  Both are caused by Halley's Comet.

The eta Aquarids are named after a 4th-magnitude star in the constellation Aquarius.  The star has nothing to do with the meteor shower except that, coincidentally, meteors appear to emerge from a point nearby.  Eta Aquarii is 156 light years from Earth and 44 times more luminous than the Sun.
 

ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, MAY 6th

Come one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we’ll have a ball.

It’s time for yet 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 Henderson, is ready to once again be the judge and jury as she selects the “Best Shirt” for May.  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.

Last month, the “Best Shirt Award” went to Rocio in a landslide victory.  See the photos in the April Best Shirt Award Photo Gallery.

 

2011 – ABOVE AVERAGE HURRICANE SEASON

The Atlantic basin is facing a busier-than-average hurricane season in 2011, in part because of unusually warm water in the ocean, according to a seasonal hurricane forecast released April 6. 

Colorado State University's forecast team, which has been issuing seasonal hurricane predictions since 1984, calls for 16 named tropical storms this year in the Atlantic basin, which includes the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.  The team says nine will become hurricanes, with sustained winds reaching 74 mph. Five are expected to be major hurricanes — Categories 3, 4 or 5 — with maximum wind speeds of 111 mph or greater.

The average Atlantic hurricane season, going back to 1950, has 10 named storms — six of them hurricanes, and two of those major.

The forecasters, Phil Klotzbach and William Gray, say there's a 72% chance that at least one major hurricane will make landfall on the U.S. coast in 2011 (the long-term average probability is 52%).  "We expect that anomalously warm tropical Atlantic sea-surface temperatures, combined with neutral tropical Pacific sea-surface temperatures, will contribute to an active season," Klotzbach says.

"We remain — since 1995 — in a favorable multi-decadal period for enhanced Atlantic basin hurricane activity, which is expected to continue for the next 10-15 years or so," Gray says.  "Except for the very destructive hurricane seasons of 2004-05, United States coastal residents have experienced no other major land falling hurricanes since 1999.  This recent nine of 11-year period without any major landfall events should not be expected to continue."

Colorado State forecasters tend to be rather conservative on their seasonal forecasts: Since 2000, the team has under-forecast the number of named tropical storms and hurricanes five times, over-forecast three times, and been almost right — within two storms — three times, The Akumalian analysis shows.  In 2010, the team predicted 15 named storms and eight hurricanes. Nineteen named storms actually formed, including 12 hurricanes.

Also, the private forecasting firm AccuWeather predicted 15 tropical storms would form this year, of which eight will be hurricanes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will issue its 2011 hurricane forecast in May.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30. The first named storm in the Atlantic will be called Arlene, followed by Bret and Cindy.
 

KENTUCKY DERBY, MAY 7th  

The 137th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on May 7, 2011.

The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, staged annually in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.  The race is over one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs.  Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57.2 kg) and fillies 121 pounds (54.9 kg).  The race is known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner.  It is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the US and typically draws around 155,000 fans.

Horse racing in Kentucky has a rich history, dating back to 1789 when the first race course was laid out in Lexington.  However, it was almost 100 years later, in 1875, that Churchill Downs officially opened and began its tradition as "Home of the Kentucky Derby."

Once again, Akumal’s Derby festivities will be held at the Lol Ha Beach Bar, and there will be reserved seating for the locals wishing to be “up front and personal” with the 2011 “Run for the Roses”.  The coverage for the 137th Run for the Roses and the Triple Crown on May 7, 2011 begins on NBC Television at 5PM (4PM AT), post time approximately 6PM ET (5PM AT).  Come early and bet often.

100 pesos for a WIN ticket

50 pesos for PLACE ticket

20 pesos for a SHOW ticket

 Come early, thirsty, and hungry.  It’s all going to be there at Lol Ha’s Derby Day.
 

THE MINT JULEP 

Early Times Mint Julep Cocktail is a ready-to-serve beverage that has been “The Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby” for 20 years.  Each year almost 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby; a feat that requires over 10,000 bottles of Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint, and 60,000 pounds of ice.  Try one and you’ll understand why it has been a Kentucky Derby tradition for so long.

The Mint Julep has always been a symbol of Kentucky's rich heritage and hospitality. Perhaps General Simon Bolivar Buckner put it best when he wrote from the South Pacific during World War II: "A Mint Julep is not the product of a formula.  It is a ceremony that must be performed by one possessing a true sense of the artistic, a deep reverence for the ingredients and a proper appreciation of the occasion."

Many Kentuckians claim that when a Julep is done right, you can hear the angels sing.  One 19th-century jurist is said to have ruled, "Who has not tasted one has lived in vain."  Then again, newspaper editor Henry Watterson's recipe for the perfect Mint Julep is somewhat different, his recipe: "…throw the other ingredients away and drink the whisky - straight."  

Early Times Mint Julep Recipe
Ingredients:
2 oz. Early Times
1 tbsp. simple syrup (recipe below)
Mint sprigs
Crushed ice

Crush a few mint leaves in the bottom of an 8-oz. glass, then fill with crushed ice.  Add one tablespoon of simple syrup and one tablespoon of water.  Add 2 ounces Early Times.  Stir gently until glass frosts.  Garnish with a fresh mint sprig, sip and enjoy.

Simple Syrup with Mint Directions:
1 c. water
1 c. sugar
1 bunch fresh mint sprigs

Combine sugar and water.  Boil for 5 minutes without stirring.  Pour mix over a handful of mint leaves, and gently crush the mint with a spoon.  Refrigerate overnight in a closed jar.  Remove mint leaves, but continue to refrigerate.  Stays fresh for several weeks.
 

WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?

AKUMAL

North Akumal Road Project (NARC) Update
        The Volunteers at the Akumal Road Crew have been tirelessly working day and night, through the heat and rain, to ensure that the North Akumal road is paved before the end of the year.  And, because of the transparency of this project they are providing an important update which can be found at North Akumal Road Update.

AK-Gym is closed
            Paul Sanchez-Navarro reports that the AK-Gym has closed its doors for good, citing the combination of high rent and low membership.  The space is being divided to rent as separate units.

            Paul is now trying to sell the equipment, if anybody is interested.
 

Ak-Nah Moving Downstairs
            Richard Mazzola is taking advantage of the Ak-Gym closing.  He has taken over the end section (by the passageway from the basketball court to the stage) of what used to be the gym for his Ak-Nah Gallery and Studio.  Richard sees a lot of advantages to the new location, including better light and better proximity to people traffic flow.

            Stop in and see the ‘new’ Ak-Nah Gallery.
 

 Lucy’s Ice Cream Restaurant
            Bart & Jen Smith have acquired Lucy’s on the west side of the Plaza Ukana. They have fixed the place up a bit with a coat of paint, some new tables, lights, and a new ice cream flavor.  Check it out when you are over at the market on Wednesday and/or Saturday.
 

 La Buena Vida Discount Continues
    
During the month of April, La Buena Vida started giving the locals a 35% DISCOUNT OFF ALL FOOD & HAPPY HOUR PRICES, ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT, and La Buena Vida reports that this policy continues into May.  There is a printed Happy Hour Menu, and it can be found at La Buena Vida Happy Hour Menu. 

How does the waiter know I am ‘local’? I hear you ask.
When the waiter comes to the table, or when you order from the bar, tell them that you live in Akumal and where.  When the check comes, you will have to sign and print your name and where you live.  The managers and the staff will get to know you, not a problem.   Check out La Buena Vida for local’s Happy Hour!!
 

 Enrique Alcaraz Has a New Web Site
            Enrique reports that he has improved and actualized his web site, and it is now showing his newest paintings. Check out Enrique’s Web Site.

Bahia Principe Golf for Locals
     The prices for locals playing golf at Bahia Principe seem to finalized and set.  During the week the price is $130US, with a reduced price of $100US for twilight (after 1:00 as of mid-April).  However, there is a further discount if you play on the weekend, and those fees are $85US and then $65 for twilight.  The Executive par 3 can be played for $45US, all times.  To use the driving range, chipping green, and putting green is just $10 for all the balls you can hit.
     Bring your FM2, FM3, or CFE bill to be validated as a 'local'.
     The telephone number of the club house is 984-875-5048.

Easter Sunday BBQ
    There was a somewhat impromptu Easter Sunday BBQ arranged by Russ & Stephanie Motley over at Sirenas.  For a spur-of-the-moment thing, this one worked out just fine, and a good time was had by all in attendance.  There are a few photos at Easter Sunday BBQ.


PLAYA DEL CARMEN    

            MMCinemas Converts to Cinemex
MMCinemas has now finished its conversion to Cinemex.  Don’t know if it hasanything to do with the name change or new management, but you can NOT go by the times they publish on the web site or in a glossy little brochure you find outside the cinema and around town.

            The King’s Speech has finally made it to Playa del Carmen, and on April 27 we went to Centro Maya and Cinemex to catch the 12:10 showing.  Unfortunately, when we arrived there at 12:00 the doors were locked and the cinema lobby was in darkness.  We then learned from a man standing outside that the cinema did not open until 1:00!!!  Besides The King’s Speech scheduled to start at 12:10, there were no less than nine (9) movies scheduled – on the web site and this little glossy brochure – before 1:00.  As we were leaving, families and adults were arriving to see the likes of Without Limits, HOP, Winnie the Pooh, and Rio.  The doors are locked.

            Cinemex did not even have the decency or customer relations sense to put some kind of sign on the door, even if it just said, “Open at 1:00”

            On the 28th we headed over to Cinepolis in the Mall Las Americas to see The King’s Speech.  Phooey on Cinemex!!  
 

Sears Coming to Playa??
  
 It may be a little too early to be publicizing this, but signs at the Mall Las Americas report that a Sears is coming.  Don't know where in the mall, and don't know when, but  . . . .


Car Wash Without Water
       The Staff is sure you have heard of this product (it comes under many brands) that provides a car wash without water.  It is now available in the automotive section of Sam’ Club, and this brand is ERVIC Lava-Encera.  It washes and polishes the car at the same time, and it really does make the car look brand new.  This stuff works!

            There are explanations and demonstrations on You Tube in case you have not heard of this.  There are a bunch in English at You Tube English, and this one can be seen in Spanish at You Tube ERVIC.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Early in April (2nd – 10th) you were glued to the TV set watching The Ford World Men’s Curling Championships from Brandt Centre, Evraz Place, Regina, Saskatchewan,Canada, and like The Akumalian, you were probably wondering what the 361o on the jersey of the Swedish team meant.  Was it something to do with the amount, or degree, of the curl?  Was it something about the latitude of where the team was from?  What could it represent?

Simple.

The Chinese sports apparel brand, 361 Degrees International Limited, has become an official partner and equipment provider of the Swedish Curling Association (SCA), and  the World Curling Federation (WCF) also secured a sponsorship and equipment contract with 361°, which will cover their full schedule of events through until the 2013/14 season.

            BTW - Teams from the following nations qualified for the 2011 event: Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Korea, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, USA.  On Sunday afternoon, April 10, Sweden and Norway played for the Bronze Medal (Sweden won 7 – 6), and then in the evening, Canada and Scotland played for the Gold, which Canada won, 6 - 5.  USA finished 10th with a 3 -8 record in the round-robin competition.

Established in 2003 and headquartered in Xiamen, China, 361 Degrees International Limited is vertically integrated from design, research and development, manufacturing to brand management.  Its products include athletic footwear, apparel and accessories under the 361° brand name.

It has more than 8,000 employees and is one of China's fastest growing sportswear brand companies.  The Company operates through 30 exclusive distributors who supervise about 3,500 authorized dealers that operate over 7,263 outlets throughout China as of  December 31, 2010.
  

MOTHER’S DAY IN U.S., MAY 8th

Mother's Day is a holiday honoring mothers, celebrated (on various days) in many places  around the world.  Mothers often receive gifts on this day.  Mothers Day is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of May in the United States and Canada.

Different countries celebrate Mother's Day on various days of the year because the day has a number of different origins.  One school of thought claims this day emerged from a custom of mother worship in ancient Greece.  Mother worship — which kept a festival to Cybele, a great mother of gods, and (mythology), the wife of Cronus; was held around the Vernal Equinox around Asia Minor and eventually in Rome itself from the Ides of March (March 15 to March 18).  The Romans also had another holiday, Matronalia, that was dedicated to Juno, though mothers were usually given gifts on this day.

In the United States, Mother's Day was copied from England by social activist Julia Ward Howe after the American Civil War with a call to unite women against war.  She wrote the Mother's Day Proclamation.  In the UK, the day now simply celebrates motherhood, and thanks mothers.

According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother's Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine out at a restaurant in the United States.
 

MOTHER’S DAY IN MEXICO, MAY 10th

In Mexico, Mothers Day is celebrated on a fixed day of May 10.  Mothers Day in Mexico is celebrated in a colorful fashion.  Children honor their mothers and thank them for their efforts in bringing them up, and According to a custom in Mexico, sons and daughters make themselves present in the house on the eve of Mothers Day on May 9.

Mothers Day is celebrated with gusto as churches in Mexico organize special mass, and the highpoint of the event is the orchestra, which plays "las mañanitas" and distribution of 'tamales' and 'atole', the traditional early-morning meal to all local mothers.

On Mother's Day, people in Mexico gift flowers and cards to their mothers.  There is also a tradition of giving gifts on Mothers Day.  While the older children buy gifts from the store, the younger ones prepare handmade gifts to honor their mothers.  In several schools, Mothers Day functions are organized where little ones present skits and songs to express their gratitude for their mothers and to entertain them.
 

FULL MOON, MAY 17th  

The Full Flower Moon occurs on Tuesday, May 17 at 10:09 AST.  In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time, thus, the name of this moon.  Other names include the Full Corn Planting Moon, or the Milk Moon.

 

ARMED FORCES DAY, MAY 21

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days.  The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces within one department -- the Department of Defense.  Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day.  The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day.  The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too.

In a speech announcing the formation of the day, President Truman praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas and said, "It is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace."

In an excerpt from the Presidential Proclamation of Feb. 27, 1950, Mr. Truman stated:

“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America's defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality.  It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense.

The theme of the first Armed Forces Day was "Teamed for Defense."  It was chosen as a means of expressing the unification of all the military forces under a single department of the government.  Although this was the theme for the day, there were several other purposes for holding Armed Forces Day.  It was a type of "educational program for civilians," one in which there would be an increased awareness of the Armed Forces.  It was designed to expand public understanding of what type of job is performed and the role of the military in civilian life.  It was a day for the military to show "state-of-the-art" equipment to the civilian population they were protecting.  And it was a day to honor and acknowledge the people of the Armed Forces of the United States.

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions, and air shows.  In Washington D.C., 10,000 troops of all branches of the military, cadets, and veterans marched pass the President and his party.  In Berlin, 1,000 U.S. troops paraded for the German citizens at Templehof Airfield.  In New York City, an estimated 33,000 participants initiated Armed Forces Day "under an air cover of 250 military planes of all types."  In the harbors across the country were the famed mothballed "battlewagons" of World War II, the Missouri, the New Jersey, the North Carolina, and the Iowa, all open for public inspection.  Precision flying teams dominated the skies as tracking radar was exhibited on the ground.  All across the country, the American people joined together to honor the Armed Forces.
 

MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 30th  

 

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.  There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.  There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead". 

While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.  It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860's tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868.  It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established.  Memorial Day is not about division.  It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873.  By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states.  The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).  It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years.  Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day.  At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected.  Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day.  While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades.  Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

There are a few notable exceptions.  Since the late 50's on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery.  They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.  In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day.

EVENTS

During the month of April, there were a couple of “Events”, but The Akumalian was only in attendance at the “Best Shirt Award” and the Easter BBQ.
  

ACRONYMS

Akumal           Always Know U Make Akumal Lovely

CEA                Come Enjoy Akumal

Chomak           Charlene Helps Our Marketing Akumal Kommittee

Lol-Ha             Lots Of Loving Has Akumal

Maya               Most Always Yearn for Akumal

NARC             North Akumal Road Committee

TOAST           Turtle Of Akumal Sur Tides

 

 

 

 

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