June2013 Issue 126
MESSAGE FROM THE STAFF
Well, as you see, the problems The Staff had publishing The Akumalian have been resolved, and The Staff sends a heartfelt thanks to all of you who offered ideas, hints, suggestions, and Internet access on Playa Wireless. They all helped better pin-point where the problem was – actually it still is there – but did not get it resolved.
Don Papa to the rescue. Don spoke with the hosting service and got them to change the IP address of the hosted Akumalian, so that it would not run into the blockage by a Telmex domain.
This issue stays as it was written before the problem.
June 1st is the start of the 2013 hurricane season, but if the weather stays the way it has been – very wet –, there won’t be much of anything rain left to create any kind of a disturbance. 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.
not forget that Robin’s Best Shirt Award is on Friday, July 5th.
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
Birthdays and Anniversaries
There must be more than this. Let’s hear about YOUR birthday.
Missed May Birthdays and Anniversaries
2013 HURRICANE SEASON PREDICTION
June 1 is
here, and we have the start of the 2013 Hurricane Season. The active
hurricane season is from June 1 through November 30. One thing to keep in
mind is that tropical cyclones can develop at any time of the year. It is
during the official hurricane season, however, that we see the most
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.
The Mexican Navy (Armada de México or SEMAR) is the naval branch of the Mexican military responsible for conducting naval operations. Its stated mission is "to use the naval force of the federation for the exterior defense, and to help with internal order". The Navy consists of about 56,000 men and women plus reserves, over 189 ships, and about 130 aircraft. The Navy attempts to maintain a constant modernization program in order to upgrade its response capability.
Mexico's large area of water (3,149,920 km2) and
extensive coastline (11,122 km), the navy's duties are of great importance.
Perhaps its most important on-going missions are the war on drugs and
protecting PEMEX's oil wells in Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico. Another
important task of the Mexican Navy is to help people in hurricane relief
operations and other natural disasters. Go to
Navy Day for additional information.
ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, JUNE 7th
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.
award for “Best Shirt” went to Don Papa, who had to go through some very
tough scrutiny by the judges, because there was some serious competition.
May Best Shirt
for more photos.
NATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY, JUNE 7th
National Doughnut Day is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Doughnut Day event created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. The holiday celebrates the doughnut (a.k.a. "donut") – an edible, torus-shaped piece of dough which is deep-fried and sweetened.
What started in Chicago has gone global --- Dunkin’ Donuts says it plans to celebrate National Donut Day in 31 countries this year. The Canton-based chain said that its participating restaurants “will offer guests a free donut of their choice (while supplies last) with the purchase of any beverage.”
to Dunkin’, the donut is an ideal delivery platform for an infusion of
cheerfulness, and only the worst of bad attitudes are immune to its culinary
DO YOU KNOW….?
Do you know
the actors that die the most in movies?
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Comings, in May, for Best Shirt Award, Kentucky Derby, and other things:
· Mike & Peggy Stone are here at Iguana.
· Lisa & Terry Turner were spotted in South Akumal.
· Nancy and Jim & Laura were with David Richards in South Akumal.
· Bay & Chris Haas were back in Seven Seas.
· Paul & Gayle Rasmussen were also back, staying in South Akumal.
· Macon & Susan Gravlee were back for closing the sale of Casa Paraiso in South Akumal.
· Denny & Diane Mahan are return on June 5 to clean out Solymar: also SOLD.
· Jim & Kathy Farrell have returned for the season.
· Hugh Maynard is back and Carolyn Harris arrives next week at Yalku Cai through to August.
Antonio Bolio & Jan Harper walked down and up the
Grand Canyon trail.
BELMONT STAKES, JUNE 8th
The 145th running of the Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 8 ABC-TV and ESPN will provide live coverage of the day’s events. Post time is 5:35pm AST
There will be no Triple Crown champion this year.
The 2013 Belmont Stakes has far less on the line this time around than many had hoped—the legendary third leg of the Triple Crown doesn't mean as much when two different horses win at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes—but this still will be a great race. With serious contenders like Derby winner Orb and Preakness champion Oxbow decorating an already impressive field, the excitement surrounding the Belmont Stakes is still very high despite no possibility of a Triple Crown winner.
Maybe next year.
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.
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.
FRENCH OPEN FINALS, JUNE 8 & 9
The 2013 French Open (also known as Roland Garros, after the famous French aviator) is a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It is the 113th 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 21 May to 9 June, 2013.
finals is on Saturday, June 8, and the men’s final is on Sunday, June 9.
TONY AWARDS, JUNE 9th
The American Theatre Wing's 67th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards will be broadcast live from Beacon Theatre in New York City on Sunday, June 9, 2013 (8:00-11:00 p.m., live EST) on the CBS Television Network. The awards honor theatre professionals and distinguished achievement on Broadway. The nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced on April 30 by stage and screen star Jesse tryler Ferguson and past-winner Sutton Foster.
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.
Stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris will return to host the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards this year, for the fourth time. Harris will preside over a star-studded ceremony live on stage at the Beacon Theatre.
thrilled to be a part of this year's Tony Awards,” said Harris. “Not only
will I be shining a spotlight on the best that Broadway has to offer, but
hopefully I'll score some free house seats to a show or 5.
US OPEN, JUNE 13-16
The United States Open Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Open, is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. It is the second of the four major championships in golf, and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. It is staged by the United States Golf Association (USGA) in mid-June, scheduled so that, if there are no weather delays, the final round is played on the third Sunday, which is Father's Day.
The 113th US Open will be played at the East
Course of the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, west of
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.
Know? If you like to study flags, then you are a Vexillologist!
WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?
Painting of the Month
The name of this oil painting is" TOO MUCH DAMN DRAMA", and it represents Dec. 21, 2012. There is a lot symbolism in this painting. The focus is in the middle of the street. The more you look, the more you see. The size is 26" by 32" approx., and the price is $1,800 US with custom wood frame.
Richard’s Gallery for more info on Richard and his art work.
Lol-Ha Restaurant Summer
Sam Jimenez to Leave Lol
Update, Sam apparently has landed a job at one of the hotels at Mayakoba. Congratulations and good luck.
NO Parking On Curve by
FATHER’S DAY, JUNE 16th
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 21th
This is the first day of summer!!
Each year, the timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. This occurs annually on June 20 or June 21 in North America, depending on your time zone.
The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice).
In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer. In the winter, just the opposite occurs: The Sun is at its southernmost point and is low in the sky. Its rays hit the Northern Hemisphere at an oblique angle, creating the feeble winter sunlight.
The Sun is
directly overhead at its most northern point at "high-noon" on the summer
solstice, creating more sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere on this day than
FULL MOON, JUNE 23rd
The Full Strawberry Moon occurs on June 23rd at 12:32:18 pm 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!
moon is not only the closest and largest full moon of the year. It also
presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. The moon
will not be so close again until August, 2014. In other words, it’s not
just a supermoon. It’s the closest supermoon of 2013.
WIMBLEDON, JUNE 24 – JULY 7th
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 (24 June – 7 July), culminating with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Final, scheduled respectively for the second Saturday (July 6) and Sunday (July 7).
traditions include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of
strawberries and cream by the spectators, and Royal patronage. The
tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the
courts. In 2009, Wimbledon's Centre Court was fitted with a retractable
roof to prevent rain delaying and interrupting Centre Court matches during
TOUR DE FRANCE, JUNE 29 – JULY 21
from Saturday June 29th to Sunday July 21st 2013, the 100th Tour de France
will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,360
kilometers. First up Corsica, then nothing but the French mainland.
Corse-du-Sud and Haute-Corse were the only two departments in metropolitan
France that had never before hosted the Tour. The Grand Départ of 2013 will
put an end to that. Once back on the mainland, the race will continue
entirely within France and not take in any foreign countries – a concept
last applied in 2003.