Monday, May 6, 2013

Mariachis & Military Service For Cinco De Mayo, Preventing Mosquitoes, 140 Fishing Children Competed, Local History Translated: From The Asteroid That Hit The Yucatan & Killed The Dinosaurs To The Decline Of Mayan Civilization (Whew!), Long Weekend With Plenty Of Tourists, More Money For Tourism Infrastructure, Exceptional Sunrise & Another Beautiful Day In Isla Mujeres News Monday, May 6 Today's Articles: The Final Edition

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



Celebration of Battle of Puebla
Yesterday, eight young conscripts, born in 1994, pledged their allegiance to the flag of Mexico as part of the commemoration of the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, that included their swearing in ceremony. The event was conducted by military, naval, municipal, and civil authorities.Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez    (The Mexican military consists entirely of professional career soldiers, there are no draftees there. The conscripts will complete one year of national military service (SMN), when  will participate in weekend sessions that are social service in nature, emphasizing education, history, physical fitness, and military discipline. Upon completion, they are given a "Cartilla", which is often requested when seeking employment.)

Preventing Dengue
The program of house to house nebulization to prevent the mosquitoes that can cause dengue, called“Nebulización Intradomiciliaria", has achieved 21 percent of its goal. Since May 4 they have treated 737 homes, and they expect to finish on May 9th. They have been treating homes in Salina Chica, Meteorológico and Ampliación la Gloria, with some homes being left for their owners to treat, because of objections about newborn babies, residents with disabilities, or having an allergy. The staff admitted they sometimes have to convince people to allow them to spray the patios of their homes, but others accept immediately and are convinced it is for their own benefit, and that of their family, and they understand that the chemical affects insects and not people. The goal is to fog 5000-5500 homes over five days, each for a duration of 30 seconds, using a hose of 20 meters in length. This project joins the program  Patio Limpio y Casa Saludable,(Clean Patio & Healthy Home), which also combats other insects, as well as rodents. Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez   We were off the island for about a week and returned to find a large paper sign stuck on our front door, certifying us as Limpio, Saluadable & preventing Dengue. (I moved it to the area where the electric meter is located.) Someone from the vector's staff comes by about once a month looking for potential mosquito breeding areas.

140 Children Participate In Fishing Tournament
For the second year, the group “México Nuevo” held a Children's Fishing Tournament, and this year the winner was  Juan Vázquez. There were 140 participants between the ages of 6 and 11 who began fishing at 9am on Sunday, and finished at noon, when their catches were weighed. Second place was won by Maria Gamboa. They were required to bring their own gear and bait, and to be accompanied by a parent or other relative. Last year 135 children participated. Source Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez 
  Por Esto explains that this group is a political association with the PRI, Partido Revolucionario Institucional, adding that despite the harsh rays of the sun, the children remained very enthusiastic. Sun visors were given to some of the children and juices were distributed to keep them hydrated. The first place winner was given a bicycle.

Arrival of the Mayas
    The Yucatan Peninsula (whose geography includes Isla Mujeres) emerged from the sea about 65 million years ago, although much of it was covered by a thin layer of water. This is the generally accepted hypothesis about the geology of this area & says that all kinds of plants abounded, both terrestrial and marine. The non avian dinosaurs disappeared at the time of the impact of a asteroid into the northern coastal area of the Yucatan, at what is now known as the  Chicxulub Crater (LINK to wiki article about it)
     The asteroid is believed to have had a diameter of about 10 kilometers, and because of the great speed at which it was traveling when it hit the planet, it would have generated a temperature of over 5000 ° C, and the formation of waves more than 130 meters high. It is said to have caused earthquakes of 12 degrees on the Richter scale, and it created a gigantic crater of 300 kilometers in diameter. It is said to have created an impressive cloud of dust and water vapor that  prevented the arrival of  sunshine to the earth for a length of time, causing abrupt changes in the flora and fauna from the lack of photosynthesis.
     In the later part of the Tertiary Period, (From 65 to 2.5 million years ago) the Yucatan Peninsula almost entirely emerged from the sea, with drastic changes in its flora and fauna, making them more similar to what exists today. Humans appeared on the planet about 5 million years ago, but they arrived in the Yucatan much more recently. It is believed that Asians crossed the Bering Strait at the end of the Pleistocene Period, and then migrated down as nomadic hunters in association with the mammalian herds that were their food. From the Mexican highlands they spread to Tabasco, and among the first inhabitants of the Yucatan were branches of cultures including Olmec, Teotihuacan, and Nahuatl.
   The presence of the Maya in the Yucatan, who are said to be the first to discover and occupy the peninsula, dates back to more that 7000 years before the Christian era. Recent subaquatic discoveries of bones in the Maya Riviera indicate the human presence on the peninsula extends back over 15,000 years.  Until a decade ago, the oldest remains had been found in  Maní, Loltún, Guatemala and Belize.
      It was determined that these first settlers of the Yucatan peninsula hunted in groups and were gatherers of seeds, roots and wild fruits. They got fresh water from cenotes and aguadas. As they evolved, they devised systems for movement and storage of water. By 2000 BC they had become definitively settled and were familiar with the life cycles of many plants. They were farming corn, beans, squash, and chiles. 
    Between 2000 BC and 300 AD  there were tremendous cultural breakthroughs among the Maya, which is called the Preclassic Period. It is characterized by the high level of adaptation and exploitation of the natural environment achieved, which include technical accomplishments like the "false" arch, hieroglyphic writing, artistic decorations, time measurement with calendars, observations of stars, etc.
    The Mayan culture flowered from 300-900AD, which is called the Classic Period, which is evidenced by developments including Uxmal, Izamal, Cobá, Calakmul, Ekbalám and Chichén Itzá, with the heights of architectural achievements seen in the Puuk region with the facades at Uxmal.
     There was an unexplained decline during the Postclassical period between 900 and 1550. It is widely believed this may have been influenced by the invasion of the Toltecs into the lowlands of the Yucatan during the 10th century, changing the habits and customs of those they conquered. The figurative representative  of this invasion is the "Feathered Serpent" Kukulkan or Quetzalcoatl.
    During this period of decline Mayans abandoned their cities and settled in other parts of the peninsula, where the quality of their cultural expressions did not reach the magnificence of the Classic Period. During this last period of time, their presence is thought to have been consolidated on the eastern coast and nearby areas, because of architectural features and objects found in  Tulum, Xcaret, el Rey, el Meco, and Boca Iglesia or Ekab
   The indicator of the final collapse of the Mayan culture is called the  Liga de Mazapán, which occurred in the fifteenth century. But it was during the ninth century when artistic expressions began to decline and the Mayans stopped building their stelas. Source: Quintanarroense/Colaboración Especial (There is no writer's credit, but usually these historical articles are written by the municipal historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid)

 Good Weekend For Tourism
 Por Esto reports that a good turnout was noted, with both domestic and foreign tourists enjoying the beaches and touristic activities on Sunday as part of this long weekend. Families were swimming and enjoying sports such as soccer and volleyball. Many foreign tourists were renting loungers and beds.  Water service providers said they were operating at 70 percent, offering snorkeling and fishing at very reasonable prices. They said this is an increase from Friday when they were operating at about 60 percent. Restaurants were serving plenty of beer and seafood, but complaining that their costs were increased because the local fishing cooperatives have not had a good supply of seafood, so they have had to order seafood from Progreso, Yucatan. The upcoming fishing tournament is expected to further increase hotel occupancy.

Millions In Federal & State Funds For Tourism Infrastructure
 The Federal Ministry of Tourism has pledged 70 million pesos to Quintana Roo, which will be matched by the state, so that 140 million pesos will be invested in tourism infrastructure projects at the main destinations of the state, including Chetumal, Bacalar, Mahahual, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Holbox and Benito Juarez. (Benito Juarez is the municipality of the city of Cancun). The Governor announced that these funds will be divided between fourteen projects, which are being reviewed by SEDETUR. The federal contribution is in recognition that the state of Quintana Roo contributes the largest percentage of foreign currency from tourism and for the payment of " Derecho de No Inmigrante", said the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Tourism Development of SEDETUR, Raúl Andrade Angulo. Source: Vocero de Quintana Roo (I think Derecho de No Inmigrante might be fees paid by foreigners for resident visas.)

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Sunrise this morning from MVC B&B

 On the internet in the past 24 hours...
Bruce took these photos. Yup, we had ribs two days in a row...and joined Tani & Carlos from Iguana's when they showed up to have a plate of ribs & enjoy the Mariachis.
Cinco de Mayo at the Soggy Peso. — with Soggy Peso Bar Grill.

Soggy Peso Bar Grill shared Freddy Medina's photo.
Solo en Soggy pasa esto, feliz 5 de Mayo!!
Solo en Soggy pasa esto, feliz 5 de Mayo!!
Soggy Peso Bar Grill shared Gustavo Antonio Ucan Baas's photo.
Mariachis at the soggy
Mariachis at the soggy
Heavy fish traffic at Manchones 2 this morning, at least they were all going the same way. Follow the link above to watch the video.
Probably Jim's best Queen Angel video from this morning's dive. Note the circle "crown". The wind dropped today, the surface flattened out, 2 great dives at MUSA and Manchones 2 with Duraid, Chris, Gina, and Marion!!
Sally Margolis :  Domingo en Villa la Bella.....

Cockteleria Justicia Isla Mujeres shared Voztv Cozumel's photo.
respetuoso de las autoridades, pero esto es el colmo.sobre todo porque es una irresponsabilidad. JAYRO. hay que hacer algo.

Above it says..All due respect to the authorities, but this is the 'colmo' (height) because it is totally irresponsible. JAYRO. Something must be done
Below it says...The ultimate in irresponsibility: A woman on a motorcycle transporting three kids, two without helmets and all in danger because she is using her cell...Where are the traffic police?

Tvisla Mujeres  Fideicomiso Turístico de #IslaMujeres asume perfil multimedial a través de redes sociales @IslaMujeresMex
Fideicomiso Turístico de #IslaMujeres takes on a multimedia profile in the social networks  (There is another tourism agency that provides information and interacts with tourists, while this one is involved with promotion.)
Yesterday...Chuuk Kay Restaurante
It says...tasty fish tik n xic style  Chuuk Kay, bucket of beers only 85p  Banda sin nombre 330-6..At this and more waiting there at the best restaurant in Isla Mujeres...RICO PESCADO TIKINXIC ESTILO CHUUK KAY, CUBETAZO A SOLO 5X $85 PESOS, LA BANDA SIN NOMBRE TOCANDO DE 3:30 A 6:00..... TODO ESO Y MAS TE ESPERA AQUÍ EN EL MEJOR RESTAURANTE DE ISLA MUJERES!!!
· 20 hours ago 

HERE are some nice pics by a young blogger visiting Isla Mujeres with friends & staying in a hostel for the first time  "Rachbug's Ramblings"

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam "Last 24 hours":  LINK  (THAT MESSAGE IN SPANISH SAYS TO WAIT A MOMENT WHILE IT IS BEING GENERATED) Once it gets to sunrise, I like slowing it down to 1fps.

  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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