Newsletter for its Extended Global Community
June 2011 Issue 102
Happy Memorial Day
Enjoy the long holiday weekend
MESSAGE FROM THE STAFF
The Staff insisted we get this issue out a little early, so they could wish you all a glorious long holiday weekend, so enjoy.
June 1st is the start of the 2011 hurricane season, but if the weather stays the way it has been – very dry – through April and May, there won’t be much of anything happening; fingers crossed.
Considering the time of the year, there has been a fair amount of ‘comings’, and it has continued right through to the end of May.
The Staff cannot access the mailbox for firstname.lastname@example.org so we are missing out on some updates and news. If you have ‘replied’ to one of the recent monthly notices, please be advised that we have not seen it; you are not being ignored.
It has been at least 2 ½ months, if not three, since we had any substantial rain here in Akumal. Things are VERY DRY.
Please be advised that The Staff has worked over the Memorial Day weekend to update the Akumal Telephone Book(s) and Birthdays/Anniversaries. We KNOW these are neither complete nor totally 100% accurate, proving the old axiom of GIGO. If you have the interest, time, and inclination, you can check out your entries at The Akumal Telephone Book(s) and/or Birthdays & Anniversaries. Any errors or omissions can be reported to The Staff.
Two other things to note.
1. Up in the top left hand corner is a Subscribe box where you can add family and friends as Subscribers to the Akumalian. This can also be used if you are accidently unsubscribed.
2. Over on the right hand side is the ad for the Sale of Casa Colibri in South Akumal, and this is another place where you can direct family and friends who may want a piece of Caribbean beachfront with a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom house with pool and garage; sorry Hyacinth, there is no sauna and room for a pony.
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.
Gemini May 22 - June 21
Cancer June 22 – July 22
There must be more than this. Let’s hear about YOUR birthday.
AKUMAL COUNCIL GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING
The Akumal Council held a general assembly meeting on Friday the 13th, and the meeting was pretty much dominated (over 1 ½ hours) by a presentation by CAPA, which had at least six representatives on hand for this very important discussion. CAPA’s presence at this meeting was prompted by reports in huge increases in the April water bills; some reporting increases of 250%, 300%, and even 400%. GULP!! No wonder there were so many Akumalians in attendance.
The Akumalian Staff felt CAPA gave a very good, detailed PowerPoint slide presentation that seemed to address the Hows, Whys and Wherefores of the rate increases, many other attendees felt it did not really address the issue, and many questions went unanswered. In fact, it seemed that some ‘questions’ were really dissertations that went on and on for 5, 6, and even 8 minutes.
As might be expected, the CAPA presentation was all done in Spanish, and Paul Sanchez-Navarro was doing the translation into English. Towards the end, one woman from CAPA went on for about 7 minutes before Paul could translate, and that turned out to be a 1 minute summary?? The slides really helped a lot.
During the meeting, The Staff did some quick calculations on some examples on the rates for RESIDENTIAL and COMMERCIAL. These, while quick and dirty, showed that the increase in RESIDENTIAL bills from the March to April rate schedules should be about 50% - 60%, and in the COMMERCIAL sector, the rates were actually decreasing.
After the meeting, The Staff returned to the offices of The Akumalian and developed an Excel spreadsheet to very quickly show the percent increase in bills from March to April based on cubic meter consumption; just enter the cubic meter amount and the difference is done. In a very, very worst case scenario in the RESIDENTIAL sector, the maximum increase – from March to April – is 87%. If somebody has really experienced a 300% or 400% increase in the April bill, then it appears that CAPA mis-calculated the amount on the bill. Look at the spreadsheet and check it out yourself. Let email@example.com know if you want a copy.
Go to The Akumal Council web page for a lot more information on this meeting.
HURRICANE SEASON STARTS, JUNE 1st
The 2011 Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean begins on June 1, 2011, and ends on November 30, 2011. Atlantic hurricanes affect the eastern and Gulf coasts of the U.S. and the Caribbean nations. Those with interests in hurricane-prone areas must heed federal and state advice on preparedness, the season in general, and each specific storm in the season.
The experts are predicting a busier-than-usual hurricane season for 2011. These early forecasts, however, will likely be modified depending on the evolving climactic conditions. If the early forecasts prove to be accurate, the 2011 hurricane season will stand in sharp contrast to the relatively mild 2009 season.
The Colorado State University forecast team predicts an above-average 2011 Atlantic basin hurricane season based on the premise that El Nino conditions will dissipate by this summer and that anomalously warm tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures will persist.
The team predicts 17 named storms to form in the Atlantic basin between June 1 and Nov. 30 with nine expected to be hurricanes, and five developing into major hurricanes (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater.
Long-term averages are 9.6 named storms, 5.9 hurricanes and 2.3 major hurricanes per year.
“We expect current moderate El Nino conditions to transition to neutral conditions by this year’s hurricane season,” said Phil Klotzbach, lead forecaster on the CSU Hurricane Forecast Team. “The dissipating El Nino, along with the expected anomalously warm Atlantic ocean sea surface temperatures, will lead to favorable dynamic and thermodynamic conditions for hurricane formation and intensification.”
The 2011 forecast marks 28 years of hurricane forecasting at Colorado State, led by William Gray. The hurricane forecast team makes its predictions based on 59 years of historical data.
on our latest forecast, the probability of a major hurricane making landfall
along the U.S. coastline is 69 percent compared with the last-century
average of 52 percent,” Gray said. “While patterns may change before the
start of hurricane season, we believe current conditions warrant concern for
an above-average season.”
THE STANLEY CUP FINALS, GAME 1, JUNE 1st
The 2011 Stanley Cup Finals will be the championship series of the National Hockey League (NHL) 2010–11 season, and the culmination of the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. It will pit the Eastern Conference playoff champion, the Boston Bruins, against the Western Conference playoff champion Vancouver Canucks. The Canucks will have home ice advantage in the Finals by virtue of winning the Presidents' Trophy as the team that finished with the best regular season record (117 points). This will be the 118th year of the Stanley Cup's presentation.
Cup Finals begin on Wednesday, June 1st in Vancouver, and the Bruins are 2
NAVY DAY, JUNE 1st
Navy Day is an official Mexican holiday. The day is held on the June 1st and has been recognized every year since 1942. Go to Navy Day for additional information.
COMEDIA DE LOS (BRAIN) MUERTOS!, JUNE 2nd
Marieke White reports.
“We all know that Akumal is a home to, and vacation destination for, all manner of people from around the world, but did you know it’s also the playground for some of the fastest rising stars of American stand-up comedy? For the last three years, comedian, actor, and producer Gus Lynch has hosted a comic's retreat at Villa de Valhalla in Akumal. Every year in late Spring a group of stand-up comedians gather in Akumal for a week of fun and frolic, daydreaming about mounting a show on the beach and wondering if it's possible to perform after 5 days of soaking their brains in tequila and cooking them in the hot Riviera Maya sun.
“Thanks to the hospitality of La Buena Vida, we will answer that question on Thursday, June 2nd.
“Stand Up! Records Presents: COMEDIA DE LOS (BRAIN) MUERTOS!
A showcase of the very best in American Stand-Up Comedy.
“So take a break from the rich culture and stunning natural beauty of the Riviera Maya to watch 4 fat white American guys tell jokes for an hour.
starts at 9pm. "R" rated for adult content. FREE!”
MARKETING & EVENTS COMMITTEE MEETING, JUNE 3
The Akumal Council’s Marketing and Events Committee has scheduled a Brain Storming Get Together for 11:00am on Friday, June 3 at CEA. The Committee feels there have been some really great informal conversations about ways in which we can bring more people to Akumal, and they want to capture some of that enthusiasm for implementation.
The Committee says, “Everyone that we speak to has fantastic ideas, so we thought that it would be good to have a meeting where everyone who is interested in getting involved can come along, have a good brain storm, and start making and action plans. Let’s get together and let’s get started!”
Marketing and Events Committee
ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, JUNE 3rd
Come one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we’ll have a ball.
It’s time for the “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 Steve Wandler, 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.
FRENCH OPEN FINALS, JUNE 4 & 5
The 2011 French Open (also known as Roland Garros, after the famous French aviator) is a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It is the 110th edition of the French Open, and the second Grand Slam event of the year. It is taking place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, from 22 May to 5 June, 2011.
finals is on Saturday, June 4, and the men’s final is on Sunday, June 5.
SPACE FOR THE CULTURE OF WATER, JUNE 7th
Sánchez-Navarro Russell, Director, Centro Ecológico Akumal, reports, “On
June 7, CEA will be named a National Water Commission "Space for the Culture
of Water" "Espacio para la Cultura de Agua" which means we will offer
more information to a wider audience about water management in the Riviera
BELMONT STAKES, JUNE 11th
The 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 11 ABC-TV and ESPN will provide live coverage of the day’s events.
Because of its distance and status as the race that can make or break a Triple Crown champion, the Belmont Stakes has been the venue for some of the most famous moments in American racing.
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.
It’s been 33 years since Affirmed swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont to give racing its 11th Triple Crown winner.
The Preakness Stakes was run at Pimlico on May 21, and the Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom, was second by a half-length, so for the 33rd consecutive year, thoroughbred racing will have no Triple Crown winner.
7th, The Akumalians gathered at the local Churchill Downs at Lol Ha Beach
Bar to celebrate and participate in the Kentucky Derby. Photos can be
2011 Kentucky Derby Party.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Comings, in May, for Best Shirt Award, Kentucky Derby, and other things:
· Tom & Judy Baxter have returned to South Akumal.
· Beryl & Susanne Van Lierop are back at Yal Ku Cai
· Mike & Peggy Stone are here at Iguana.
· Laura & Dave Wolfe are back getting things ready for the summer.
TONY AWARDS, JUNE 12th
The American Theatre Wing's 65th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 12, 2010 (8:00-11:00 p.m., live EST) on the CBS Television Network. The awards honor theatre professionals and distinguished achievement on Broadway. The cut-off for nomination eligibility on the 2010-2011 Broadway Season was April 29, 2011.
The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards are bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement. The Tony is one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry and the annual telecast is considered one of the most prestigious programs on television.
While the 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.
Neil Patrick Harris has been selected to host this year’s show, and he wants to see if he can get a second Emmy for his "Tony" hosting duties. The “How I Met Your Mother” star is set to return to the Tony Awards stage as host of the awards show on June 12. According to the Los Angeles Times, Harris did such a solid job hosting in 2009, he also nabbed the primetime Emmys gig that same year.
Harris said in a statement that he’s “honored” and “stoked” to be back. "It should be a great show - we've got a fantastic mix of live performances, a few secret surprises, and since they're closed for retooling, we're using all the rigging equipment from Spider-Man,” Harris joked. “What could possibly go wrong?"
WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?
Lol Ha - The
The reason for the practice session could not be definitively confirmed, but word has it that NARC will be utilizing these skills in North Akumal, against those who are not supporting their efforts in paving the road. While only water balloons were used during the practice range, there was a whispered mention of paint balloons and/or rotten eggs. With a fairly accurate range of about 50 meters, this NARC brigade will be difficult to detect and defend against, especially when their strikes come at dusk.
The North Akumal Road
Paving is Underway
As seen in
these photos, NARC
has a good size crew on board, so everything seems to be
on target to have the entire road paved by December 1st. Of
course, this is somewhat dependent on other owners stepping up to the plate
with their donations, as well as the number of people who convert to Pepsi’s
Happy Hour for Locals Continues at La Buena Vida
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Fonda Argentina Is Open
Hospital San Carlos Is
New Airport Hotel
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. Go to Flag Day for additional information.
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.
Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. One of the longest-running Flag Day parades is held annually in Quincy, Massachusetts, which began in 1952 and celebrated its 57th year in 2009.
Did you Know? If you like to study flags, then you are a Vexillologist!
AKUMAL FISHING TOURNAMENT, JUNE 18th
It has been
reported that the Annual Akumal Fishing Tournament will take place on
Saturday, June 18th. Unfortunately, no further details have been
WIMBLEDON TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, JUNE 19th
The Championships, Wimbledon, or simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments – the other three Majors are the Australian Open, French Open and US Open – and the only one still played on the game's original surface, grass, which gave the game of lawn tennis its name.
The tournament takes place
over two weeks in late June and early July (20 June – 3 July), culminating
with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Final, scheduled respectively for
the second Saturday (July 2) and Sunday (July 3).
FATHER’S DAY, JUNE 19th
have recorded that there was a tradition to celebrate Father'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. Go
to Father’s Day for additional information.
SUMMER SOLSTICE, JUNE 21st
This is the first day of summer!!
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
Kukulcán 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.
FULL MOON, JUNE 15th
Full Strawberry Moon occurs on June 15th at 10:30am 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!