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March 2012  Issue 111

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LETTER FROM THE STAFF

Thank goodness February is over!!  It was one very busy and hectic month, as seen by the number of “Events” we had in Akumal, and these are only the ones The Staff was able to cover.  Scroll down to “Events” on last page.

With, Easter, and Daylight Saving Time (US only) coming in March this year, it looks like March could be just as busy and hectic, albeit without the defined social “Events”.

  We have said this many times, and yet it needs to be repeated over and over again.  If you receive a message about being ‘deleted’, it is not necessary to send an e-mail about being re-instated.  You can go to the SUBSCRIBE box on the top left hand corner of The Akumalian home page (www.theakumalian.com ) and enter your e-mail address yourself.

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

IMPORTANT MARCH FACTS

Pisces:  February 19 - March 20

Aries March 21-April 19

 March Birthstone:  Aquamarine
This lovely blue-green crystal is a semi-precious stone and looks terrific wrapped up in silver wire, set in a ring or pendant, or loose in a special display. This March birthstone is big enough to make a display by itself.  Aquamarine is mined primarily in Brazil, Nigeria and Zambia.

 March Flower:  Jonquil
A daffodil is also known as a jonquil or narcissus.  It is a symbol of rebirth - a sign of spring.  It is the flower for March, because that is when the spring equinox begins.

  

MARCH BIRTHDAYS 

There now are five (5) birthdays on March 8.  Most of you know two of them, and a few may know three, but The Staff doubts that if anybody else knows all five.

 Birthdays and Anniversaries    ¡Feliz cumpleanos!

1          Jorge Vera (CEA)
1          Alma Boada (CEA)
2          Betty Simpson
3          Demetrio
3          Nan Armstrong
5          Bart Smith
5          Bob Doebert
7          Greg & Karen Goudy Anniversary
8          Steve Clouther
8          Rick Tompkins
8          McKinlee Anne DePaola
8          Tony Gonzalez
8          Jana Boettger
12        Paige Clements
12        CeCi Chiosso (Bill McClendon’s sister)
13        Lydia Pontius
13        Karen Goudy
13        Lynn Chase
14        Patricia Murray
15        Kevin Fredette     
19        Sharon Fredette 
22        Sherwood Anders 
23        Kelly Flynn
24        Rhett Schobert
25        Rocio Cue Romero
26        Tom & Judy Baxter Anniversary
27        Lois Radlinsky
27        Christian Li Schober Thai
28        Marisol Danu
31        Lance Schober

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

 Missed February Birthdays
16        Claudia King
18        Marie Baxter
 

DOUG CHRISTENSEN IS GONE  

Thanks to Linda Mulgrew for providing this information and bio.

Doug Christensen, 87, died peacefully in his sleep at home in Ketchum, Idaho, early Wednesday morning, Jan. 25, 2012, of congestive heart failure.  Born Nov. 4, 1924, in San Francisco, Doug was the son of Raymond and Louise Christensen.  He loved his birth city and attended Aptos Junior High and Lowell High School until his parents moved the family south to Redwood City to provide his younger brother, Ray, with a sunnier environment.  Doug graduated from Sequoia Union High School in 1942 and attended San Jose State until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943.

After his honorable discharge in 1946, he helped his parents build their dream house and loved the creativity of building, which became his lifelong career.  He moved to Marin County, Calif., in 1949, where he learned the construction business on the job as a journeyman carpenter and foreman.  Doug established D. M. Christensen Construction Co. in 1955 and was known for his well-built single-family homes and later condominiums and commercial buildings.  He retired from construction in 1981, but remained active as a builder on family projects and as a commercial real estate investor until his death.

On June 11, 1960, Doug and Ann Churchill Lindenberger of Louisville, Ken., were married. They made their home in Kentfield, Calif., with their daughters, Eloise McLean Christensen and Aimée Russell Christensen.  Doug's children from his first marriage, Shelley Anne Christensen, Robin Louise Christensen and Colin Lea Christensen, were always an important part of his life and gave him five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In 1983 the family moved to Sun Valley in central Idaho which had captured their hearts while leading a Sierra Club trip into the White Cloud mountains in 1977.  Doug immediately became active in the Idaho Conservation League, serving as board secretary.  He was a founding member of Idaho Rivers United and served as board president of the Wolf Education and Research Center for many years.  He worked tirelessly for Idaho's salmon, wolves and wildlands.

In addition to Idaho, Doug also fell in love with Mexico, first diving in the Mexican Caribbean in the 1960s with Ann, and eventually building Casa Christensen on his beloved Yalku Lagoon in Akumal.  He spent as much time as possible swimming and sunning there and fighting to protect this incredibly special place and the turtles and sea life from overdevelopment, pollution and illegal fishing.

Doug's dedication was recognized in the form of a number of awards to him and Ann, including the Light on the Mountains Humanitarian Award, the Idaho Conservation League's Keith and Pat Axline Award, The Fund for Idaho Nel Tobias Award and Idaho Rivers United's Legacy Award.

Doug loved skiing, enjoying the ocean and the wilderness, Mexico, helping those without voices, taking long runs on Mount Tamalpais with his buddy Allen Kreuzberger, spending time with his family, listening to music, reading The New Yorker and fighting injustice.  
 

US PLATED VEHICLES MEETING, FEBRUARY 7th   

Please be advised that this is only The Akumalian’s interpretation of what was heard at this meeting, and it should not be taken as Gospel, Torah, or Koran.

 On February 7th, there was a meeting in Puerto Aventuras concerning the importation and registration of foreign-plated vehicles.  Speakers included Samantha Mason, the US Consular Agent in Playa del Carmen, and Lic. Aurea Ma. Munoz Beristain, Mexican Customs Official.

Samantha Mason gave a PowerPoint presentation about what she can and cannot do.  It seemed as if there is more that she cannot do than what she can do, which seems to be more geared towards tourists and the very basic assistance. 

Then Lic. Aurea Ma. Munoz Beristain spoke – in Spanish with Samantha providing a translation – about the rules and regulations regarding the importation and registration on a wide range of vehicles, including cars, motor homes, motorcycles, and boats.  There was a lot of information here, but only a few key take-aways are presented here.

·         For cars, the temporary import permit is valid – as per Aduana Article 106 – as long as your Visa (FM2, FM3, or FMM) is valid.

·         An important aspect of this is that the Visa has to have had a continuous life since the vehicle was imported.  Do not let your FM2 / FM3 expire.

·         The FMM is a limited (tourist) Visa, and the vehicle is only valid as long as the importing FMM is valid.  If you fly out and return with a new FMM, the car is now illegal.

·         Only the FM2 Immigranta Rentista allows a foreign-plated vehicle!

·         As long as the Visa is valid, you do not have to drive to Chetumal to get a new sticker every year.

·         The police cannot (or at least should not) confiscate your vehicle as long as the visa is valid, even though the import sticker has expired.

 Samantha Mason would not make the slides from both presentations available, because, “Things are changing every hour.  Check the web site for the latest information.”

Check the law itself at www.aduanas.gob.mx  or call the agency from Mexico at 001-800-463-6728 or, from the U.S. or Canada, 1-877-448-8728. The agency has English-speaking information agents.

 After that session concluded, Solomon Freimuth, a law student and consultant with Calderon & Asociados, spoke about the new, pending changes to the law regarding immigration categories and permits.  There was no concrete information here: “The laws are changing every day, and things probably will not be in place for another year.”
 

AKUMAL COUNCIL INFORMAL MEETING, FEB. 15th   

There was an informal meeting of the Akumal Council at CEA on Wednesday, February 15th, and the main agenda item was: 2012-2013 Fiscal Changes.

The Staff thought that the Akumal Council was going to issue Minutes, or at least its interpretation of what transpired during this meeting.  Since that has not happened, The Staff has summarized its notes and observations into the following bullet-format.  Like the notes on the Foreign-Plate Vehicles, Please be advised that this is only The Akumalian’s interpretation of what was heard at this meeting, and it should not be taken as Gospel, Torah, or Koran.

 ·         Paul Sanchez-Navarro spoke about CEA’s efforts about having Akumal identified/classified as a Turtle Refuge & Maritime Preservation.  He had a petition that should be signed by as many individual houses and condos as possible.

 ·         Leticia Cőrdova then spoke about the needs of the Biblioteca “Frida Khalo”, and this includes remodeling of the building, furniture, and day-to-day operations, to the tune of about $224,355 pesos.  There was a handout which also spoke about a number of activities and workshops for evaluation for scholarships from the Pablo Bush Romero grants.

 ·         Then David Poor introduced a man from the Tulum Municipality to speak about the Municipality and Akumal, with most of it being directed towards “Regularization”.  He initially spoke in Spanish, with Paul translating, but he then switched over to speaking English, which was quite good, albeit soft.

·        
Some regularization issues include land use (renting) and existing construction conforming to the issued permits, like height and footprint.  Use of property needs to be correctly identified if the Municipality is to deliver sufficient services.

·        
Right now, Akumal is doing its own thing, and Akumal and the Municipality are going round-and-round.  Don’t pick a fight; let us know what is happening.  We- the Municipality – need your help to regularize.  The state wants to regularize the area.

·        
Things cannot be done outside the law.  We need to protect the tourists.  The Municipality and Akumal live on tourism.

·        
The park by Las Sirenas is for everyone to use, not just Las Sirenas.  Paul says, “The Municipality did not have the legal authorization to take the park.”

·        
Each property is a case-by-case issue.  There is no one-shoe-fits-all. The Municipality is ready to help individuals identify what is needed to be regularized.  Houses built before 2003 might be grandfathered in.  However, he needs to talk with the state before talking with individuals.  Make an appointment.  David Poor and/or Marcy Essy were to provide his name and contact info.

·        
If individuals take the initiative to get regularized, then the Muncipality will not “come after you”.

·        
Apparently, effective January 1, 2013, misrepresentation of property use can result in fines, penalties, back taxes, and it could possibly be considered a criminal offense.

·        
If you receive a letter from Hacienda, Profepa, Federal Zone, taxes, etc, DO NOT IGNORE IT.  Get professional help, even a lawyer who knows the law.  You need to prove you are “OK” and within the law.

·        
Taxes must be paid on all rental income.  If you have a beach concession and rent, you may be libel for a higher Federal Zone Tax rate, and even back taxes at the higher rate.

·        
Audience input: the Municipality is mis-interpreting the Federal Zone rules, so check it out.

·        
Paul: the entrance to Akumal is being changed to protect and control entrance to the Federal Zone.

 North Akumal Vecinos

·         They are going through the process to be a legal entity to turn over to the Municipality.  Things (road, water, etc.) need to meet up-to-date specs.

·         Audience comment: “They will never meet spec.”

 The Akumal Council cannot just wither on the vine and die.  While it is ‘alive’ it still incurs fees that have to be paid.  The official entity needs to be officially dissolved to be taken off the books, and the BOD is asking each and every home/condo owner to pony-up $100US to help cover the associated expenses.  Contact David Poor, Secretary.
 

ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, MARCH 2nd

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

It’s time for another “Best Shirt Award”, which is held on the first Friday of each month during Happy Hour at the Lol Ha Beach Bar. 

This award is based on Robin’s penchant for good, classy Beach Bar shirts, and his sister, Mary, is ready to once again be the judge and jury as she selects the “Best Shirt” for March. 

 Judy James won the contest for February, and those photos are at February Best Shirt.


 

HST Fly-over, MARCH 5th

This one is for you early birds.  The HST (Hubble Space Telescope) is flying directly over Akumal on Monday, March 5th.  It will be flying in a WNW - ESE direction, and it will be directly overhead at exactly 4:52 am.
 

FULL MOON, MARCH 8th 

The Full Worm Moon is on Friday, March 8, at 03:39AST.

In this month the ground softens and the earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of the robins.  The more northern tribes knew this as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signals the end of winter, or the Full Crust Moon because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night.  The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation.  This is also the Paschal Full Moon; the first full moon of the spring season.  

This will also be the largest full moon of the year, because it will be near perigee, its closest point to the Earth.  So, get out the beach chair and sit by the Caribbean shore to watch this moon rise out of the sea at 6:27pm.  It could/should be spectacular!!
 

SILENT AUCTION & RAFFLE, MARCH 9th  

On Friday, March 9th, there is going to be a Silent Auction & Raffle at the Lol Ha Beach Bar from 5:30 – 7:00.  Paintings by Oscar Romero and Gőrant Hellekant, as well as handcrafts from Indonesia and Panama, will be featured.  Proceeds are for the Hekab Be Biblioteca de Akumal.
 

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST), MARCH 11th   

In the United States Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. local time on the second Sunday in March.  On the first Sunday in November areas on Daylight Saving Time return to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m.  When Daylight Saving Time begins turn your clocks ahead one hour. When Daylight Saving Time ends, turn your clocks back one hour.

The names in each time zone change along with Daylight Saving Time. Eastern Standard Time (EST) becomes Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), and so forth. Arizona, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

In the United States, Under the Uniform Time Act, the Department of Transportation is in charge of time zones in the United States and ensuring that jurisdictions observing Daylight Saving Time begin and end on the same date.

During DST, clocks are turned forward an hour, effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called "Summer Time" in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight.  We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening. 

The idea was first advocated seriously by London builder William Willett(1857-1915.  As  he was taking an early morning a ride through Petts Wood, near Croydon, Willett was struck by the fact that the blinds of nearby houses were closed, even though the sun was fully risen.  In his pamphlet, "Waste of Daylight" (1907), Willett proposed advancing clocks 20 minutes on each of four Sundays in April, and retarding them by the same amount on four Sundays in September.  In his pamphlet he wrote, "Everyone appreciates the long, light evenings.  Everyone laments their shortage as Autumn approaches; and everyone has given utterance to regret that the clear, bright light of an early morning during Spring and Summer months is so seldom seen or used.  When questioned as to why he didn't simply get up an hour earlier, Willett replied with typical British humor, "What?"  

It was common practice in the ancient world, and Benjamin Franklin resurrected the idea in a light-hearted 1784 satire.  Although Franklin's facetious suggestion was simply that people should get up earlier in summer, he is often erroneously attributed as the inventor of DST while Willett is often ignored.  Modern DST was first proposed by New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson, although many publications incorrectly credit Willett.

In 2005, President Bush signed into law a new energy policy bill that would extend Daylight Saving Time by 4 weeks beginning in 2007.

In the European Union, Summer Time begins and ends at 1:00 a.m. Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time).  It begins the last Sunday in March, the 25th, and ends the last Sunday in October.  In the EU, all time zones change at the same moment.  This year it’s March 25 to October 28.
 

DST IN MEXICO IS DIFFERENT! – April 1st 

 In Akumal, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. local time on the first Sunday in April (the 1st ).  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.
 

PI DAY, MARCH 14th

Pi, Greek letter π, is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi = 3.1415926535.  Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th.

With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal.  Pi is an irrational number meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating.  The symbol for pi was first used in 1737 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

The ratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle is the same for all circles, and that it is slightly more than 3, was known to ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, Indian and Greek geometers.  The earliest known approximations date from around 1900 BC; they are 25/8 (Babylonia) and 256/81 (Egypt), both within 1 percent of the true value.  The Indian text Shatapatha Brahmana gives π as 339/108 ≈ 3.139.  The Books of Kings (600 BC) appears to suggest π = 3, which is notably worse than other estimates available at the time, although the interpretation of the passage is disputed.

Archimedes (287-212 BC) was the first to estimate π rigorously.   He realized that its magnitude can be bounded from below and above by inscribing circles in regular polygons and calculating the outer and inner polygons' respective perimeters.

By using the equivalent of 96-sided polygons, he proved that 223/71 < π < 22/7.  Taking the average of these values yields 3.1419.  In the following centuries, most significant development took place in India and China.  Around 480, the Chinese mathematician Zu Chongzhi gave the approximation π = 355/113, and showed that 3.1415926 < π < 3.1415927, which would stand as the most accurate value for π over the next 900 years.

 The Chudnovskys Brothers found the following formula in 1987 and used it to set several π computing records in the end of the 1980s, including the first calculation of over one billion (1,011,196,691) decimals in 1989.  It remains the formula of choice for π calculating software that runs on personal computers, as opposed to the supercomputers used to set modern records.

 

\frac{426880 \sqrt{10005}}{\pi} = \sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{(6k)! (13591409 + 545140134k)}{(3k)!(k!)^3 (-640320)^{3k}}\!

  

PI TRIVIA  

The Guinness-recognized record for remembered digits of π is 67,890 digits, held by Lu Chao, a 24-year-old graduate student from China.  It took him 24 hours and 4 minutes to recite to the 67,890th decimal place of π without an error.

 On June, 17th, 2009 Andriy Slyusarchuk, a Ukrainian neurosurgeon, medical doctor and professor claimed to have memorized 30 million digits of pi, which were printed in 20 volumes of text.  Although he did not recite the entire 30 million digits that he claims to have memorized, some media claim that he was able to recite ten randomly selected sequences from the printed text of the 30 million digits.

 Pi Day is observed in many schools.  At least one cheer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology includes "3.14159!"

 On November 7, 2005, alternative musician Kate Bush released the album, Aerial. The album contains the song "π" whose lyrics consist principally of Bush singing the digits of π to music, beginning with "3.14"

 In Carl Sagan's novel Contact, pi played a key role in the story and suggested that there was a message buried deep within the digits of pi placed there by whoever created the universe.  This part of the story was left out of the film adaption of the novel.

 

ALBERT EINSTEIN’S BIRTHDAY, MARCH 14th

Albert Einstein, the first child of the Jewish couple Hermann and Pauline Einstein, was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm, Germany.  Einstein learned to speak at a late age, he was considered a slow learner as a child, and he showed no particular aptitude for formal schooling.  In June 1880, his family moved to Munich where Hermann Einstein and his brother Jakob founded an electrical engineering company.  After the failure of his father's business in 1894 the Einsteins moved to Pavia, Italy.  Young Albert remained in Munich to finish school, but moved to Pavia to join his family after completing only one term.  Upon reaching Italy, he renounced his German citizenship, possibly to avoid obligatory military service, and became stateless.  At about the same time, Einstein “renounced his legal adherence to the Jewish religious community."
 

COMINGS AND GOINGS

Comings:

  • Sam & Sharon Gobi are back in Playa Caribe.
  • Lisa Combs was in town for the Eleanor Dubinsky show at Lol Ha.
  • Gary Ness, celebrating a birthday, was at the show too.
  • Marie Baxter, Tom’s sister, was here for awhile.
  • Michael Schwartz made a quick swing-by.
  • David and Francesca McElhatten, along with Dylan and Finn, were down for a week.
  • David & Francesca’s friends, James & Brenda North-Hearn, were here too.
  • Karen Mercer of the Gotta Be Girls band was in town with her daughter, Bridget.
  • Tony, Joan, Cassie, and Alex Gonzalez were back for President’s week.
  • Dave Bliss is here checking on the ‘almost completed’ house.
  • Bob & Diane Mather are returning to Casa Zama the first week of March.
  • Mike & Linda Mulgrew return to Akumal on March 9.

 Goings:

  • Richard & Arlene Pargot returned to NJ for a short trip.
  • David & Nancy Poor took a mini-vacation to Tikal.
  • Dan Freeman has made another quick trip to PA.
     

MIND GAMES   

If you think the brain is getting rusty, or you want to expand you knowledge base, go to

Merriam Webster web site  and take some of the quizzes (Name That Thing and True Or False) on the right hand side of the page. You will find games there too, including the L.A. Times Daily Crossword Puzzle.
 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY, MARCH 17th  

St. Patrick is revered by Christians for establishing the church in Ireland during the fifth century AD.  The precise dates and details of his life are unclear, but some points are generally agreed: as a teen he was captured and sold into slavery in Ireland, and six years later he escaped to Gaul (now France) where he later became a monk.  Around 432 he returned to Ireland as a missionary and succeeded in converting many of the island's tribes to Christianity.  Late in life he wrote a brief text, Confessio, detailing his life and ministry.  His feast day, March 17, is celebrated as a day of Irish pride in many parts of the world.

A popular folk tale says that St. Patrick chased all snakes from Ireland, but there is no historical basis for this story.  Another folk tale, that he used shamrocks to teach about the holy Trinity, is also generally agreed to be a myth.  In Gaelic the saint's name is Padraig.

The day is the national holiday of the Irish people.  It is a bank holiday in Northern Ireland, and a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Montserrat, and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.  In the rest of Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and New Zealand, it is widely celebrated but is not an official holiday.

It became a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church due to the influence of the Waterford-born Franciscan scholar Luke Wadding in the early part of the 17th century, and is a holy day of obligation for Roman Catholics in Ireland.  The date of the feast is occasionally moved by church authorities when March 17 falls during Holy Week; this last happened in 2008 when Saint Patrick's Day was observed on March 15 in order to avoid it coinciding with Palm Sunday.
  

EQUINOX, MARCH 20th  

An equinox in astronomy is that moment in time (not a whole day) when the center of the Sun can be observed to be directly above the Earth's equator, and this month it occurs on March 20 at 5:31 AST.

There is either an equinox (autumn and spring) or a solstice (summer and winter) on approximately the 20th day of the last month of every quarter of the calendar year.  On a day which has an equinox, the center of the Sun will spend a nearly equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on Earth, and night and day will be of nearly the same length.  The word equinox derives from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night).

In reality, the day is longer than the night at an equinox.  Commonly, the day is defined as the period that sunlight reaches the ground in the absence of local obstacles.  From Earth, the Sun appears as a disc and not a single point of light; so, when the center of the Sun is below the horizon, the upper edge is visible.  Furthermore, the atmosphere refracts light; so, even when the upper limb of the Sun is below the horizon, its rays reach over the horizon to the ground.  In sunrise/sunset tables, the assumed semi-diameter (apparent radius) of the sun is 16 minutes of arc and the atmospheric refraction is assumed to be 34 minutes of arc.  Their combination means that when the upper limb of Sun is on the visible horizon its center is 50 minutes of arc below the geometric horizon, which is the intersection with the celestial sphere of a horizontal plane through the eye of the observer.  These effects together make the day about 14 minutes longer than the night at the equator, and longer still at sites toward the poles.  The real equality of day and night only happens at places far enough from the equator to have at least a seasonal difference in daylength of 7 minutes, and occurs a few days towards the winter side of each equinox.

 The Sun has risen on the spring equinox at Dzibilchaltun.  On this day the Temple of the Sun  frames the rising Sun through its central doorway.  At other times of the year, the Sun will appear to the right or left, which is either further to the north or south, deviating the furthest from this path we see here on the solstices.

  

WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?

AKUMAL

The Secret Journal of Dr. Watson
     
Phil Growick, Aventuras Akumal, has written “The Secret Journals of Dr. Watson”, Page Count: 302, Publication Date: 14th May 2012. 

Synopsis
On the most secret and dangerous assignment of their lives, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are sent into the newborn Soviet Union to rescue The Romanovs: Nicholas and Alexandra and their innocent children.  Will Holmes and Watson be able to change history?  Will they even be able to survive?

Go to the FaceBook web site at http://www.facebook.com/#!/thesecretjournalofdrwatson   and let Phil know you like this.   You can pre-order at http://mxpublishing.com/product/9781780921327/The+Secret+Journal+of+Dr+Watson

            Phil reports, “I'm headed to London on March 9 to participate in a BBC internationally linked debate dubbed as ‘The Great Sherlock Holmes Debate’.  It's the BBC Holmes vs. the Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey, Jr. Homes.  I'm on the traditionalist side, for Basil Rathbone.”

Hekab Be Library Welcomes New Director
The Hekab Be Library has a new director, Mariana Galindo Lando, who comes from the state of Veracruz.  Mariana has lived in Akumal six years, and prior to The Hekab Be Library, she was a teacher in Tulúm’s Instituto Vittorio Monteverdi.  Mariana has a B.A. in primary education and is a certified elementary teacher.  She has worked as a teacher at various schools in Veracruz and in the Riviera Maya.

Mariana understands English, but she only speaks a little, and she is working to improve it.  When in the neighborhood, stop in and meet Mariana.

The North Akumal / Lagoon Rotary
            Work continues on the North Akumal road, and the rotary outside the entrance to Yal-Kul is now completed.  It is kinda tight there, but it is in place.

            Work on other sections of the road continues, as seen in these photos.  The middle one is what used to be the parking area across the street from Las Sirenas.  This land was ‘taken’ by the Municipality as the park.

The last photo is of the section just past Ondarte, going towards the Lagoon.

 

 

 

 

 

FOR SALE Signs
    
Last month, the question was asked, “How many FOR SALE signs are there in North Akumal?”  Well, we have an answer, and it comes from one who should know.  Russ Motley reports that there are 32, and the breakdown by Real Estate is: Akumal Investments 14; ReMAX 10; FSBO 6; and Other 2.

  

BIRTHDAY OF BENITO JUAREZ, MARCH 21st  

            Know Avenieda Juarez in Playa del Carmen?

March 21st is a National Holiday in Mexico to commemorate the birthday of Benito Juárez, who rose from humble origins to occupy the Presidency of the Republic on several occasions during the turbulent second half of the 19th century.

Benito Pablo Juárez García (March 21, 1806 – July 18, 1872) was a Zapotec Amerindian who served five terms as president of Mexico[1]: 1858–1861 as interim, 1861–1865, 1865–1867, 1867–1871 and 1871–1872.  For resisting the French occupation, overthrowing the Empire, and restoring the Republic, as well as for his efforts to modernize the country, Juárez is often regarded as Mexico's greatest and most beloved leader.  Juárez was recognized by the United States as a ruler in exile during the French-controlled Second Mexican Empire, and got their support in reclaiming Mexico under the Monroe Doctrine after the United States Civil War ended.  Benito Juárez was the first Mexican leader who did not have a military background, and also the first full-blooded indigenous national to serve as President of Mexico and to lead a country in the Western Hemisphere in over 300 years.

Today Benito Juárez is remembered as being a progressive reformer dedicated to democracy, equal rights for his nation's indigenous peoples, lessening the great power that the Roman Catholic Church then held over Mexican politics, and the defense of national sovereignty.  The period of his leadership is known in Mexican history as La Reforma (the reform), and constituted a liberal political and social revolution with major institutional consequences: the expropriation of church lands, bringing the army under civilian control, liquidation of peasant communal land holdings, the separation of church and state in public affairs, and also led to the almost-complete disenfranchisement of bishops, priests, nuns and lay brothers.

Juárez's famous quotation continues to be well-remembered in Mexico: Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz, meaning "Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace."  It is inscribed on the coat of arms of Oaxaca.

One of the reasons Benito Juárez is seen as representing Mexico is because his indigenous roots and seminary education seem to reflect the national mixture of races and cultures. Indeed, Juárez did much to overcome the prejudice against indigenous heritage, so prevalent in the 19th Century. He was fiercely anti-clerical, believing that the excessive power of the Catholic Church was one of the main obstacles to the development of the country. He led the nation in a struggle against neocolonialism and French intervention, earning the title of "Benemérito de las Américas", or deserving of the Americas’ praise.
 

EVENTS

Robin’s “Best Shirt Award on the 3rd had lots of company this month with regards to “Events.”  Check out the Photo Galleries for the other Events, which include:

Groundhog Day on February 2.

Super Bowl Party on February 5.

St Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance, February 14. (Missed this one)

Solymar Song Fest on February 18.

CEA Silent Auction on February 22. (Missed this one too.)

McElhattens at Beach Bar on February 24

ONDARTE Exhibition and Reception on February 24

Bobby Sapia 40th Birthday Party on February 25  (Missed this one too.)

Oscar Night on February 26.

CEA Gala Dinner on February 29

 

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