Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Mother's Day, Scare At UltraMar Pier, Keeping Campaign Ads Out Of Downtown, Slow Season Affects Lancheros, Remembering Hidalgo, Seven Million Pesos For Main Street In Isla Mujeres News Friday, May 10 Today's Articles: The Final Edition

..This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte



A Scare at the Ultramar Pier

There was chaos and confusion at the Ultramar pier when passengers and crew spent a tense five minutes trying to spot a snorkeler who was seen swimming near the boat as it departed. The captain stopped the propeller after staff realized there had been a swimmer near the boat as it exited, and there were fears that the snorkeler had been injured or killed. Then everyone was relieved when he was seen on the surface, unharmed and unfazed, but he continued to swim in the prohibited area near the vessel, despite being told by the Ultramar crew to leave the area. They requested the assistance of the Port Authority. Source: Por Esto     

Protecting Tourists From Visual Pollution Of Campaign Ads
The president of the Electoral District Counsel, Ruben Perez, is awaiting the official answer from the City regarding areas where political ads may be placed. The City has said they plan to prevent political ads downtown on the main streets used by tourists. City officials prefer to have the ads in the colonias where they won't cause visual pollution for tourists. The proposed distribution of walls and fences will be decided this weekend, with the participation of representatives from all the contending parties. In Punta Sam, where there are less than 200 voters, there will be minimal placement of political ads because this is the season of whale shark tours, who arrive and depart in that area. Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez   It is the circulating loudspeakers that can take some getting used to, with the music being more tolerable than the announcements. (Usually individual candidates have their own songs, which are repeated often enough that everyone becomes quite familiar with them by the election, which is July 7th.)

Boat Tour Business Decreased By 50%
Members of the cooperative "Adolfo Lopez Mateos" say the demand for their services had dropped by fifty percent in the past week, with the onset of low season.(Mainly they offer snorkeling tours in the Bay, including tours of MUSA, the underwater sculpture garden.) Previously their business was affected by nortes and suradas (Windy cold fronts from the north and windy warm fronts from the southeast). They have twenty five members who provide tours, whose boats can accommodate 10-12 passengers, but now when they scrape together five or six tourists, they depart so another boat can have an opportunity to make some money. They do not expect any improvement in tourism during May and June, but they look forward to opportunities to lease their boats during fishing tournaments. Source Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez 

Remembering Hidalgo's Birthday
A civic ceremony was held Wednesday at the primary school "Julio Sauri Espinoza” to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. Hidalgo was a priest who led the independence movement in 1810, using the image of the Virgin of Guadalulpe to stir the people of Dolores, raising an army of 600, that increased to 30,000 within two weeks, and began the war that resulted in Independence from Spain. (He inspired the people to revolt with the "Grito of Dolores" speech, which is read in all the towns of Mexico at midnight on September 15th.) He was born on a ranch in Guanajuato, and was a student at the Colegio de San Nicolás Obispo when he was seventeen. (A prestigious school where he received top marks.) He became a teacher of theology and philosophy, with the nickname "El Zorro" (the fox) because of his cunning in intellectual games. LINK to more info about Hidalgo. Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez

Caribbean Malecon: To Consist Of Five Phases
The first two stages of the Caribbean walkway have been completed and were inaugurated recently, after being constructed at a cost of six million pesos. The walkway stretches for ~a mile (2 kilometers) from Amplification la Gloria to the Trash Transfer facility.  There are plans for that distance to be doubled during the next three stages.  For many years there has been discussion of the need to reenforce these fragile, eroding cliffs, and it is hoped that this project will occur in the future. Source El Quintanarroense/Ovidio Lopez  Signs were recently erected prohibiting vehicles and bikes along the Malecon Caribe, as well as cats and dogs.

Seven Million To Finish Main Street Renovation
Seven million pesos have been allocated for the removal of the overhead poles and lines on Rueda Medina, and the lines will be placed underground. This was originally intended to be part of the project that renovated main street, which was conceived during the administration of Alicia Ricalde Magana. (That was a SINTRA project, and the newspapers said the high cost of the transformers, which go under or on the ground, were largely what stalled finishing that part of the main street renovation..), The State Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport  (SINTRA) is currently in the process of obtaining bids. The work is expected to take no more than 45 days, and the bidding process should be completed within 30 days, so the project may be completed in about two months. In addition to the removal of the overhead lines and poles, the project includes "integration of the services via groundwater" which probably refers to connections of the storm drains, and relocation of the electrical transformers. Source: Quequi/Carlos Gasca 

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Sunrise this morning from MVC B&B
I didn't photograph it today.
 On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Este Día Trae a Mama a Cenar y a Bailar, Porque Ellla NO PAGA NADA!! * Válido una Mama por cada 4 personas o mas* Mom eats free with four or & dine at Faynes.


Bahia Tortuga Restaurant-Bar / Hotel / Marina updated their cover photo.

Casa Havana Cafe Paladar updated their cover photo.

Victor Manuel Cervera Cervera updated his cover photo.
little yellow school house's status update.
It's a great day in the neighborhood!!!
Stephanie Keller's class (Bowie Md.) raised $1023.82 for the school.
Can you even imagine what a great lesson this is for children to learn the joy of working and giving to help the less fortunate.
Stephanie Keller YOU ARE OUR gift to the world teaching children to be great world citizens.

I don't know if any of you use USA transfers or not, but just a heads up, the manager, super customer service woman, Trina, has left USA and has her own website and is doing her own transfers now. She has and I am affiliating with her now for my map customers transfers. I am not sure if service will be the same at USA, so you may want to check out Trina's site! She's awesome, I love her and she is a good friend. This ends my public service announcement for today...unless you have questions :)

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

  The Early Edition with the newspaper photographs and headlines is usually published around sunrise.
This Final Edition with the translated articles, plus original photos including the sunrise and the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section usually publishes around noon.
Both blogs always have links to the original articles.
 Usually if an article is "missing",  it may have been published in another paper recently, and a previous post.

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