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News Starting September 19, 2011

Electronic and Domestic Electrical Device Collection. September 19 – October 1Recycling Electronics in Merida

Don’t keep them! Don’t throw them away! Instead, bring all types of electronic devices (modems to microwaves, telephones to toasters) to these collection points:
September 19 – 29
Unidad Deportiva Kukulcan
Unidad Deportiva La Inalambrica
Unidad Deportiva Solidaridad
Centro de Investigacion Cientifica de Yucatan (CICY)
Universidad Marista
UADY Campus Ciencias Exactas
UADY Campus Arquitectura
Grupo Morsa
David Arceo Plaza Fiesta
Suemy Pool
Servicios Publicos municipals Oriente
Servicios Publicos Municipales Poniente
September 30 and October 1
Estacionamiento Centro de Convenciones Yucatan Siglo XXI

4th Annual Latin American Bloggers

Saturday  November 5, 2011

Good friends, good food, great seminars and loads of fun go a long way toward building better bloggers who then create successful blogs. If you haven’t attended the annual Latin American Bloggers’ Conference in Merida, visit the conference’s website to find wonderful reports of past conferences and pictures of the bloggers who attended. There’s also a great blog roll, where you can find some of the best blogs on the Yucatan Peninsula. 
Location: Tecnología Turística Total (TTT) Calle 57 No. 492 por 56 y 58, Merida, Centro
Time: See Agenda on website: Latin American Bloggers’ Conference
More Information – email:  latambloginfo [at] gmail [dot] com

Flooding in Veracruz and Tabasco

Its almost time for the Snowbirds to head back to Yucatan. Unfortunately, Tropical Storm Nate left a good bit of mud and water along the way. Veracruz just has a little bit of flooding, meaning that patches of mud are showing through thin puddles of water. In Tabasco, 35 low-lying neighborhoods of Villahermosa are flooded. Their situation is a little worse than that of Veracruz but, so far, it is not being called a disaster. It looks as if everything will be cleaned up by the time the Snowbirds pass through.  

Paddy Woodworth Writes About MeridaPaddy Woodworth in Merida, Yucatan

Its one thing to have tourists blog about their recent visits to Merida, but it’s a totally different story when the Irish Times publishes a first person account of Paddy Woodworth’s recent visit to our fair city. Paddy Woodworth’s full biography is on his website, in the Menu. He is a veteran travel writer and internationally acclaimed author. His main focus is on ecological restoration in a troubled world. Dr. Woodworth travels the world, writing about the places he visits, and always with the concept of what is being done to preserve and restore the local ecology in mind. Since his semi-retirement, he has also become a consummate tour guide in the Basque Region in Europe. We don’t know what brought Dr. Woodworth to Merida. It could have been Yucatan’s determination to create an ecologically sound lifestyle – or it just might have been that Dr. Woodworth’s hobbies include birding, traveling, reading, hiking, and listening to live music. In either case, Merida would have to be on his short list of places to visit. Thanks to the Irish Times for publishing Taking it easy in Merida,” a complete description, by a veteran travel writer, of what it is possible for a total stranger to find in the magical City of Merida.

Clues to the Health of the Economy

For years, people have bemoaned the fact that Yucatan’s university graduates have had to leave the area to find a job. The last thing any country wants to do is find itself in a position where one of its major exports is college graduates. That trend, in Yucatan at least, has finally ended. It has been announced that 93% of UADY’s architecture graduates obtained work within 12 months of graduating and 91.8% of that number obtained work in their specific professional area. The Director of UADY’s Architecture Department said that back in his generation only 70% could expect to find a job in that short amount of time. Now, the Architecture Department is swinging into high gear and conducting a study of employers of these young architects so that UADY can better serve the needs of both the employers and the graduates. If that many young architects are finding work, we can be certain that the future of Yucatan is going to continue to be brighter than ever.

Big Solar Energy Coming To Baja CaliforniaSolar Energy in Mexico

Just west of Mexicali is a high-tech industrial park named Silicon Border CleanTECH Park. A Taiwanese company is backing a company called Baja Sun Energy, which is the first company in Mexico to integrate the manufacture of solar cells with the production of energy. At first, this will be a $60 million dollar 10-megawatt solar farm. Within a mere four years, it will expand into a $500 million dollar 100 metawatt solar energy producer. The energy they produce will be used in Baja California and, at the very least, in California, which is facing a law requiring 30% of its utilities to come from alternative energy sources by 2020. It is quite obvious, from the broad hints dropped by the company, that they intend to provide energy to most, if not all of the western United States. This solar cell manufacturing plant and solar energy farm will provide over 8,000 jobs for people on both sides of the border. We suspect that it won’t be long before we will hear new solar and wind news from Yucatan as well.

Biomimicry Comes to Yucatan

At UADY, the campuses of Architecture, Habitat, Art and Design, and the Sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Agriculture are working together with government agencies and other universities to develop a new concept called Biomimicry in Yucatan. From the Biomimicry Institute, we learn that "After 3.8 billion years of research and development, failures are fossils, and what surrounds us is the secret to survival. …The more our world functions like the natural world, the more likely we are to endure on this home that is ours, but not ours alone." Do visit the Biomimicry Institute website to learn more about the concept that is now being studied and soon will be implemented by Yucatan’s brilliant young researchers.

Flamingo Population Strong and GrowingFlamingos in Yucatan

For those of our readers who are planning on attending any of the TOH Bird Festival activities, or volunteering to help band flamingo chicks with Niños y Crias, you might be interested to know that there are currently over 20,000 flamingos in just the area of Sisal. Pronatura works with a U.S. conservation program called “LightHawk,” which sends planes to fly over and help make habitat assessments. They’ve been working together for 15 years and the boom in Yucatan’s flamingo population shows their success in choosing which habitat projects are necessary for the birds to thrive and reproduce.

Merida’s Baby Felines Make National News

In July, three Bengal tiger cubs were born at Parque Zoológico del Centenario in Merida. Then, on August 1, three jaguar cubs arrived, followed by two lion cubs on September 7 and Merida’s zoo hit the national news as a center for the reproduction of feline breeds that are in danger of extinction. It must be the stress-free environment of the Centenario Zoo. Our congratulations to Dr. Luis Solis, the veterinarian who is in charge of Merida’s Parks and Recreation Department, as well as to Dulce Marie Brousset, the zoo’s feline specialist and to all of their support staff for helping produce 8 of the most valuable feline cubs in the world in only two months and 7 days. Their national and international recognition is well deserved. 

Jim Conrad’s “Ants on the Road”Ants in Yucatan

”So, there’s this line of army ants about five ants wide crossing the road. Do I bike over them, squashing a few, or do I stop, pick up the bike, and carry it to the other side? Cars and trucks that barrel down the road certainly don’t stop, nor do I when I’m a passenger in a car. If I pick up my bike now but when I’m riding in an ant-squashing car don’t stop, aren’t I being inconsistent? And since the whole concept of ethical living is based on consistently behaving in agreement with ones morals — one’s beliefs about what’s good and bad — aren’t I being immoral by inconsistently applying my pro-ant-life ethical principles?” Do you think he squashed the ants? Find the answer to this riveting moral dilemma, along with the answer to “Just how poisonous are oleanders?” in this week’s issue of Jim Conrad’s Naturalist Newsletter.


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