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Get info on banking, visas, auto protocols

Posted 1/11/11 by Pelican Paulie

Two important English-language informational meetings that should get the attention of the foreign community will kick off this year’s series of speakers at Colonos Hall in the Centro marketplace. The first will be held at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 19 (a Wednesday) and feature Sandra Alvarez Escarcera, senior manager at Bancomer’s preferred customer unit in Playa del Carmen. She will discuss safe and easy cross-border transfers of money, online banking including popular features like bill-pay and auto-pay, intramural account- and international-wire transfers; various checking and savings accounts, high-yield money-market funds and other investment devices, debit card providing same-as-cash retail discounts, auto insurance, mortgages and other bank services provided by the English-language preferred customer units. The talks are open to residents of Quintana Roo.

The second meeting will be held at the same time and place on Wednesday, February 2, and feature Samantha Mason, U.S. consular agent in Playa, and police representatives who will focus on protocols to deal with police during traffic stops, the proper procedure for paying fines  and who can or cannot drive cars with foreign or local registration. Mason will also focus much of the meeting on the new FM2-3 visa application process, which has reportedly been greatly simplified by changes in format. PA’s neighbors in Akumal, Playa and other communities are invited to attend. There is no charge.

Anat Kah charity auction this Friday in the Poblado

Another opportunity will surface at 6 p.m.Friday (Jan. 14) to help build a new one-room Poblado high school and other good works as a cocktail and live auction event takes place in the Jardin Puerto Aventuras in the Poblado. For a $200 peso donation, one receives a free cocktail and the opportunity to live-bid on items that include tours, excursions, meals, spa treatments, cooking classes, art of all sorts, jewelry and more, all while assisting Anat Kah in continuing its work improving the standard of living in the Poblado with providing workshops and other services that can lead to extra household income for Pobladans by marketing the products of their refined skills.

EUREKA! We’re reconnected

A day after publishing a scathing commentary on the loss of TelMex internet service for some 36 days, the service was reconnected, to the absolute joy of the volunteer and non-profit Pelican Press, whose mission it is to provide information for the English-speaking community, a task in which TelMex technology plays a major role. The Pelican is pleased enough to have its return of service to pay its current bill for the service it did not receive.

The Pelilcan trusts TelMex will be more forthright with all of its paying customers. This will create much less anger and improve public relations and good will toward the company and its embattled employees. Information should be accurate and making promised phone calls at promised times should be a priority. The Pelican looks forward to a long and uninterrupted service partnership with TelMex so that it can continue its mission. Paradise has been found again.

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