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News: New Residents to Yucatan

News starting August 17, 2009

The Zoo Has Some New ResidentsBengal Tigers in Merida's Zoo
El Centenario is closed on Mondays, so the Mayor of Merida took a few reporters on a little visit to meet some of the new residents of the zoo. In fact, he drove the train himself! The most important new animal at the zoo is a young tapir. This one is a rare species, born just last November and still taking a bottle. Then, there is the baby Bengal tiger who was recently born at the zoo. He’s still trying to perfect his “get tough” act but, because he is only a few weeks old, he tends to fall down before he can get his roar going well enough to scare anybody. There are also 4 newly hatched ball pythons at the zoo. One is an albino, so the crowds ought to really be looking forward to seeing that one. Overall, between El Centenario and Animaya at Caucel, Merida is going to be a must visit destination on the global zoo and animal preservation circuit.


La Feria de Dzityá 2009 A Huge Success!
It was just a little handicrafts fair in a tiny little town outside of Merida – nothing much… just 65 thousand visitors and a profit for the artisans of $2,700,000 pesos. Can you believe it? The really nice thing about this fair is that it has grown in size and importance to the point where the City Council is now providing free transportation to and from the city proper. Tourists are going to love being able to get out to this fair for free! These free rides begin at The Plaza Grande and make stops at Santa Lucia Park and Paseo de Montejo before going on out to Dzitya. The fair is a bigger success each year, with more and more importers coming to see the best that Yucatan has to offer. We can’t wait to see what’s at the fair in Dzitya next year!  

Mayan Language to be Formalized
Teachers, linguists, and Mayan speakers from Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo have formed a coalition for the purpose of formalizing the Mayan language and getting it into print so that it will not be lost. The texts will go to the school systems, as well as to the health and legal professionals who provide services to the Maya. In addition, billboards in Mayan will begin to appear in public places and at government supported events. Every Mayan Children in Yucatanchild deserves a basic education in their own language and the Maya have, for far too long, been pushed to the back of the line. Now, they will finally have a formal alphabet and books of their own. Well done to everyone involved in this heroic endeavor!

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Yucatan
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation  has, as its chief goal, improving the quality of life in communities in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and southern Africa. Their new regional office for Latin America has been moved to D.F. and their representative made a special courtesy trip to Yucatan for a conference concerning some of the micro-projects our state is using to move us into the 21st century and beyond. Many of these projects fit under the guidelines for grants from the W.K. Kellog Foundation and Yucatan looks forward to working with them for many years to come.

Opichen: No Tinacos Necessary!
We thought that might grab your attention! Yes – in a brand new fraccionamiento in Opichen, they have their own water plant (with generator so they’ll have water during and after hurricanes) and no more need for tinacos at each house! They also have electric lines buried underground, plenty of street lights, and a park that surrounds a little area of Mayan ruins. So far, they have built 250 houses and expect to add an extension that will bring the area up to a total of 1,300 ecologically sound living spaces in an area where sustainability is the new mantra. This fraccionamiento has both one and two-story homes priced between $292,500 pesos and $466,000 pesos. As an added bonus, they were built with new and innovative building techniques that are far superior to the old ways of doing things. Congratulations to all of the builders and to all of the brand new homeowners!


Cash for Clunkers – in Mexico!
Yes! There is a new program, already implemented in Yucatan, in which cash of $15,000 pesos is paid, by the Federal Government, for abandoned vehicles that are then destroyed and sent on to the next phase of the recycling process. One company in Merida has two machines that can squash up to 80 cars per day each. Another company advertises that he will go anywhere to pick up these old clunkers. Needless to say, this program is a rousing success and should be for some time to come. However – we’ve been thinking…. New homes with no tinacos? No old junk cars by the side of the road? Even children speaking two or three “foreign” languages. What country did you tell me we’re in?

Pulpo: Need Wind in the MiddleYucatecan Pulpo
It seems that there is a lot of seaweed just off the coast in the middle of the state, resulting in the pulpo fishermen only being able to bring in about half of the pulpo their counterparts on both ends of the states are bringing in. What they need, they say, is some really bad wind and weather to clean the bottom of the Gulf and improve their ability to capture pulpo. Somebody suggested that they go and fish where the fishing is good. Nothing doing! Too far away, they say. Bless them. We hope they get all of the specially targeted wind and weather they need real soon.

Call for “B” Negative Blood
Alberto Diaz is a patient at Ignacio Garcia Tellez del IMSS Medical Center and is in need of at least 2 pints of B negative blood. If you can help, please get in touch with his niece, Isabel Chi Dzul (cell: 999-236-1826) or go to the Oncology Department of the hospital.

Buckle Up & Don’t Drink and Drive
The police have had to attend several quite serious accidents recently, many caused by impaired drivers. Not wearing seatbelts is still a problem that results in more serious injuries than might have taken place otherwise. This will be the last week of vacation. Tens of thousands are expected to be on the roads leading both to and from the beach, as well as to and from Cancun. Please treat every car you meet as if its driver is impaired and try not to be the impaired driver yourself.

Army Nabs Fake Cops
It seems that the Army is watching some of what is going on with these fake policemen making a living by stopping tourists and locals alike. Friday, they stopped several of them in El Cuyo and asked for their identification. Of course, they had none. One of the reasons they were stopped was because some of the members of the Army actually knows the municipal police from El Cuyo and knew that these were imposters. Evidence against these fake policemen is to be put before the National Secretariat of Defense and justice will prevail.

Orange Trees in YucatanDo You Have Citrus Trees?
If you have citrus trees, be on the lookout for dragón amarillo – a virus (Huanglongbing) that can kill your trees. This plague is already in citrus groves in Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and San Luis Potosi, so our farmers are taking steps now to see to it that it does not spread in Yucatan. They are currently investigating what type of chemicals they will use to fumigate our trees. If you have allergies, you might want to be extra careful about washing fruit for a while, since these chemicals will, undoubtedly, be with us for a while.

Med-Alert Coming to Merida
As we all know, there is a group beginning to talk about retirement issues, home health care, etc., for expats here in Merida. The belief at a recent meeting was that there is no MediAlert system here. However, it has recently been discovered that the equipment is available at the Star Net Computer Store in Centro. One’s medical information is loaded into it and just the touch of a button connects the wearer to the central office. They, in turn, dispatch whatever help is necessary. Look for more on this in the near future.


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10 Responses to “News: New Residents to Yucatan”

  1. Can you provide links or contact information for the companies operating the “Cash for Clunkers” programs?

    thanks

  2. Always a joy to read. Thank you! As part-time residents of Valladolid we especially look forward to content that applies to our area of the Yucatan. Tom and Kathie Jones

  3. Med-Alert coming to Merida

    Will this only be for the actual city of Merida – or other surrounding towns in the state? This is a great service – we have it for my mother in the USA and I would love to see it here in the Yucatan for when she comes to visit. It would give us much more peace of mind that in case of emergency someone would be there to help ASAP. Also – will the service be bi-lingual?

  4. How can I get details on the Yucatan CASH For Clunkers Program? & Who’s picking up the cars? Got a couple to Donate!

  5. Glad you have posted a notice about this wonderful new service. There is, however, a mistake. The store that carries it, Star Net Computer Service, is located in city Center Mall, where the SuperWalMart is near the Periferico, not in Centro. The phone number for the store is 913-8539. The owner’s name is Jose Antonio, “Pepe”.

  6. –Sorry to hear about the new Bengal tiger and tapir in the Merida “zoo.” Will they be imprisoned in the cement slab cells there?

    –Would like to learn more about the attempt “to formalize” the Mayan language. How to resolve the distinct variants of the language? Do they have or will the group seek institutional support (such as by UADY)?

    –As for the blood donation request, is there any regular blood bank? If so, where, and what hours? (Sorry, I’m not in Merida right now, and have A+ in any event.)

  7. The Medi/Alert sytem sounds fantastic. I was injured in an automobile accident and am still having problems getting around and have feared falling and being unable to reach a phone, so I have been carrying a cell phone in my pocket. It would be so much easier to be able to wear something around a neck to be able to summon help.

    A good company for some enterprising entrepreneur might be to start a business which would see that some RN’s would be taught English and could do private duty with individuals whose first language is English, while they are hospitalized, in order to cut down on confusion and to prevent errors or even to assist with doctor visits. When one is sedated or is arousing from an anesthetic, usaualy one has difficulty conversing in what is a second language and they revert to their first language. I know that the Working Gringos have said that many of the physicians speak English, but the nurses are at the bedside, and having someone who speaks English to someone ill, or an elderly person confused would be a real comfort.

  8. Pennsy_Al… the new animals will be at the zoo for a short while, then will move to “freedom” in Animaya. So not to worry.

    I am still looking for the link to the Cash for Clunkers… the problem is that they don’t call it that and I can’t remember the whole name. I do know that it includes the phrase “vehículos de la mujer mayor” (old woman vehicles). I was TRYing to be “diplomatic” when I wrote Cash for Clunkers… but now I don’t know what I did with the link. I’ll keep looking and post it as soon as I find it.

  9. Vehicle Upgrade program in Mexico (a la “Cash for clunkers”)

    In Spanish, details of the “renovacion vehicular” program can be found at http://www.portalautomotriz.com/content/2/module/news/op/displaystory/story_id/21566/format/html/ among many other sites.

    Basic idea, go to a new car dealer with your 10 yr old or older vehicle, buy a new vehicle that costs no more than $215,000 mn before taxes and before the 15,000 m.n. GOM rebate. A dealer can tell you if they participate in the program, and any other details you may need. Presumably (I don’t know this for a fact but believe it safe to say that) this only applies to cars licensed in Mexico (such as with a Yucatan license plate and registration).

  10. Hello there to all.

    I am a bit of an infrequent reader but found this statement “As we all know, there is a group beginning to talk about retirement issues, home health care, etc., for expats here in Merida” of intense interest.

    I am working on a proposal to relocate from Atlanta Georgia to the Yucatan region in the next few years and naturally would like to participate in any discussions of this subject matter. Where is this “group” discussion taking place? Can someone point me in the right direction.

    Thank you friends.

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