There have been no posts here for some time. It has been a difficult time and my concentration, time and energies have been elsewhere.
As things change and I begin to feel more like communicating, there will be more posts but, for now, on my major site, 7 Color Lagoon.
Please visit me at ----------------------> 7 Color Lagoon
06 October 2008
08 June 2008
Photo by Howard Dratch, 2008
This is a shameless advertisement for my house on the shore of the Lagoon near the Hotel Laguna and the Cenote Azul. It is a beautiful, light-filled house with high ceilings, terraces, views of the Lagoon of the Seven Colors from every room. There is a covered terrace the width of the house with grille and bar area, a massive, cement dock that will berth larger boats and a ramp on the 1100 square meter, walled property which is proerly titled.
The street side has a massive lap pool, gardens and fruit trees encircled by flowers and tropical birds. There is a 2 room, 2 bath casita and a whole-house generator.
The house has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths on two floors. The price has been reduced to $US369,000. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is sited perfectly on the most beautiful cove of the 35 mile long lagoon, far enough above the water to be protected from any possible rise in the lagoon. The house and I weathered a direct hit by Hurricane Dean last August without damage.
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01 June 2008
There was some wind and a lot of rain, but little else. It is the memory of Dean that makes us nervous this year.
TROPICAL DEPRESSION ARTHUR ADVISORY NUMBER 5
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012008
1000 AM CDT SUN JUN 01 2008
...ARTHUR WEAKENS TO A TROPICAL DEPRESSION...THREAT OF HEAVY RAINS
AT 10 AM CDT...1500 UTC...THE GOVERNMENTS OF BELIZE AND MEXICO HAVE
DISCONTINUED ALL WARNINGS.
31 May 2008
NOAA and the National Hurricane Service warn today:
WTNT31 KNHC 311658
TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR SPECIAL ADVISORY NUMBER 1
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012008
100 PM EDT SAT MAY 31 2008
...TROPICAL STORM ARTHUR...FIRST STORM OF THE 2008 ATLANTIC
SEASON...QUICKLY FORMS NEAR THE COAST OF BELIZE...ALREADY MOVING
AT 1 PM EDT...1700 UTC...THE GOVERNMENT OF BELIZE HAS ISSUED A
TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE COAST OF BELIZE....AND THE
GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO HAS ISSUED A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FROM CABO
CATOCHE SOUTHWARD TO THE BORDER WITH BELIZE. A TROPICAL STORM
WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED WITHIN
THE WARNING AREA..IN THIS CASE...WITHIN THE NEXT 6 TO 12 HOURS.
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.
AT 100 PM EDT...1700Z...THE CENTER OF NEWLY FORMED TROPICAL STORM
ARTHUR WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 18.1 NORTH...LONGITUDE 88.5 WEST
OR ABOUT 45 MILES... 75 KM...NORTH-NORTHWEST OF BELIZE CITY AND
ABOUT 195 MILES ...315 KM...SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF COZUMEL MEXICO.
ARTHUR IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 8 MPH...13 KM/HR. ON
THIS TRACK THE CENTER OF CIRCULATION WILL BE MOVING OVER YUCATAN
TODAY AND EARLY SUNDAY.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MPH...65 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. THESE WINDS ARE OCCURRING PRIMARILY OVER WATER WELL TO THE
NORTHEAST AND EAST OF THE CENTER. ARTHUR IS EXPECTED TO WEAKEN
TODAY AS IT MOVES FARTHER INLAND OVER YUCATAN.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 260 MILES...415 KM
MAINLY TO THE NORTHEAST OF THE CENTER.
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1005 MB...29.68 INCHES.
ARTHUR IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10
INCHES OVER BELIZE AND PORTIONS OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA WITH
ISOLATED AMOUNTS UP TO 15 INCHES.
Posted by HFD at 2:15 PM
16 February 2008
The entire country of Mexico was automatically placed on alert following a bomb attack in the Federal District (of which Mexico City is a part). The leading national news agency, El Universal reported that an attack was made in the vicinity of the national offices of the Secretary of Public Security in the capital city and that caused the nation to be immediately under an alert.
La vigilancia se incremento en todos los aeropuertos, carreteras, puertos marítimos, cruces fronterizos y vías de comunicación y se reforzaron de inmediato todos los esquemas de seguridad en la infraestructura estratégica en la capital del país.
En la ciudad de México se puso especial atención en las instalaciones del Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, Metro; de Luz y Fuerza del Centro; la residencia oficial de Los Pinos, las sedes de Gobernación y de la Cámara de Senadores, así como de las guarniciones militares que se ubican en la capital del país.
Security was increased in airports, highways, sea ports, border crossings and in the communication sistem as well as reinforcing security for the capital's infrastructure.
They go on to note that Mexico City is being given special attention in transportation systems, subway, electrical grid systems, Los Pinos (the Mexican White House), government offices and the Congress.
Those already in the country will have noticed additional road-blocks even here in far-off Chetumal manned by soldiers and police agencies in full riot or battle gear. They are, as usual, polite and deferential to tourists and known residents.
The explosion occurred yesterday, Friday, at 2:30 PM Mexico City time. One person was killed in the explosion and remained unidentified. It was not known if he ( a man of about 30) had touched the bomb or was carrying it.
The full report in Spanish can be accessed at Diario de Yucatan
24 January 2008
of violence and death, constant crime and robbery and its dangers for
visitors, business people and tourists.
"In 2002, before the violence began to escalate, roughly 2,900 people
were killed. Last year, the total reached 6,033, although international
observers believe that it could be as high as 8,000 (the National Civil
Police doesn't count people who are injured in an attack but die later
in hospital). Canada, with a little less than three times Guatemala's
population of 13 million, had only 605 homicides in 2006."
CONTINUE AT THE GLOBE & MAIL
This is yet another story of a corrupt Latin American country offering
so much charm and beauty that is rendered dangerous to visit by its
unwillingness to control its rampant crime and violence.
Posted by HFD at 11:21 AM