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LATE BREAKING REPORT

Published April 2, 2011 | By PaulG

 

CHINA PLANS HUGE  PROJECT OFF 307

The Riviera Maya is abuzz with news that China will invest $150,000 million near Puerto Morelos for a commerce/exhibition hub of some 2,500 Chinese businesses servicing north and South America and opening a window to Europe.

Reporter Jesus Vazquez of Q. Roo’s Economist writes that the huge project on 840,000 square meters includes 4,000 homes for Chinese workers and will add 5,000 direct jobs not counting Chinese labor. It is expected to be the largest Chinese community in Mexico.

The mart will be on Highway 307 near Puerto Morelos, 15 minutes from Cancun Airport and roughly 35 minutes from PA and Playa del Carmen once the overpass in Playa is completed.

The mart will advance international Chinese presence and offer direct sales of Chinese products. The project has already created 3,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to the report. Q.Roos has made concessions on taxes and infrastructure improvements to attract the project which could have gone to other South American countries such as Brazil. The nearby airport and possible improvements to the Morelos port were major factors in attracting the project, according to the report.

Judging from online activity, the news has real estate agencies that have been looking for a way out of the recent economic slump now focusing on the potential increases in peripheral property values including Puerto Aventuras and “boom-time” demand to enhance marketing and sales.

Alexander juggles tasks between PA, Mexico City
Anat Kah foundation continues to evolve; so does its leader as new initiatives announced

 

 

 

Posted 4/1/2011 by Pelican Paulie
      The fire that was lighted under Puerto Aventuras’ philanthropic community by Christina Alexander four years ago and is partly responsible for a new Poblado high school building, hasn’t lost its spark despite a career move that has taken her to Mexico City.

Founder of “Anat Kah” – which means ‘village support’ in the Mayan language – Ms. Alexander arrived on the Riviera Maya from New York City seven years ago with a bachelor’s degree in political science and master in social work in hand. She learned to speak Spanish by osmosis during her early years here, simultaneously integrating with the Mayan people in the Poblado and assimilating their obvious needs.
Three years later, Ms. Alexander, who also taught at the Colegio, founded Anat Kah, a foundation that would bring added hope to Mayans, along with Maria Elba Caranza, Rose Ann Pastor, Gilda Peregrina and Debora van der Haar, with gratis assistance from attorneys  Alfonso Aranalde Aguilar and Gabriel Escobar Ceballos.
When she departed for Mexico City recently, some locals feared her commitment to Anat Kah might go with her. But that is not the case. “Nothing has changed,” she said during  a brief interview here last week. “I’m still running the foundation and fly two hours back here about twice a month plus holidays.”
While her position with “Insad”, a health and demographics research company based in Mexico City, requires some travel to nearby states, Ms. Alexander hasn’t skipped a beat, planning and pursuing donations to finish the one-room school in the Pobaldo.

“Everything is done except windows and doors,” she said. Some parents in the Poblado are raising funds for the bathroom doors and windows, while about $8,000 USD is needed for the remaining  work including doors and windows. “All other construction is finished,” she said. “What we hope is that individuals will buy a window or a door,” each costing about $300 USD.
Ms. Alexander’s absencenotwithstanding, Anat Kah  remains an emerging community foundation whose mission includes “”the strategic investment of resources to existing nonprofit programs and community projects, technical support for the development of new programs and projects, and the facilitation of community partnerships that help bridge gaps between service and community needs.”
How she juggles her new position with Anat Kah’s needs is with effective preparation, she says. The new restrictions on her availability have made her “a better planner” of time, so she gets more done in a shorter span while in PA. For example, the builder of the school came knocking for his last payment during the interview, a nod to what we now call multi-tasking.
Ms. Alexander’s priorities for the foundation this year include securing space for a health clinic in the Poblad0 that would be run by Angel Notion, a medical non-profit group that has been in Playa del Carmen for 13 years serving the health needs of the indigenous population. That includes medical care, surgery, education and dental care along with other specialties and alternative options.
Also on the busy agenda are development of a youth leadership program beginning in the fall and possibly an art program that would begin as a pilot program. (More on these as they develop.) For more information, go to www.anatkah.org and christina@fcrivieramaya.org

Vessel sought after allegedly damaging two yachts here; owners seek to ‘criminalize’ the channel incident

Port officials throughout Mexico have been alerted to be on the lookout for the 41-foot charter vessel Canane out of Merida that allegedly damaged two large yachts here then  stealthily fled after being informed by port officials of an inquiry into the matter.

Damaged were the 80-foot Dauntlessout of Newport, R.I. and the 70-foot, 68-ton Avenger when the Cananeallegedly failed to decrease full planing speed as it powered into the north marina channel, where the yachts are tied, creating a “four foot wake” according toDauntless owner Mads Emanuelsen.
He was on a lower deck as the wake sent those on board “dancing like a chorus” Emanuelsen said.
The wake slammed into and over the bulkhead and nearly pinned the legs of a crew member between the vessel and the bulkhead as he was working on the Avenger’s hull , said Bob Eastern, a friend of the Avenger owner and a witness to the event.

“It was an extremely low tide,” Emanuelsen said as the wake lifted then slammed the two yachts to the limestone channel bottom, allegedly causing rudder and propeller damage to an unknown extent. The Dauntless was able to cruise at 10 knots during a test run after the incident. Her cruising speed is 20 knots and questionable at this point, said Emanuelsen.
He identified the Canane owner as  Victor Campos Diaz, and said he personally had words with Diaz after Diaz refused to talk to a Dauntless crew member, calling him “not important.” He was belligerent and said ‘so sue me,’” during the confrontation,  Emanuelsen said.
The Canane crew captain insisted he was not at the wheel or in command of the vessel during the incident, indicating, to Emanuelsen, that the owner was, he said.
The yacht owners have put in motion a complaint filed with Harbormaster Geraldo Segrove and Port Captain Jose Florentino Gallardo in Playa del Carmen, described by Emanuelsen as a “real stand-up guy. We had to bring al the vessel’s papers there and give a deposition.”

In addition, attorneys hired by the yacht owners are filing briefs requesting the incident be criminalized, at which point, under Mexican law, said Emanuelson, the Cananecould be seized, or any other property owned by Diaz, to defray the cost of repairs. This follows reports the vessel has gone to Belize. There was no way for the Pelican to contact Diaz.
Emanuelsen said he could make it to Key West in 28 hours to have the boat hauled if he can do 10 knots at night and 20 knots in the daytime.  Otherwise, it could take 40 hours. Owner of the Avenger was not immediately available for comment.

Call for youth curfew spreads in wake of damaged golf cart

For the second time in as many weeks, the same golf cart has been taken at night, only this time it was savaged as though it were an act of revenge, and tipped over on the golf course. The action, along with gangs of youth quaffing alcohol and hanging around the Lagoon bridge, its nearby “ruins” and the abandoned vessel Kukulcan, has prompted a widening call for a youth curfew and/or other means to end senseless vandalism, underage drinking and the future miseries that portends for individuals. Enforcement of liquor sales to minors are also being mentioned.

One drunken youth reportedly tried to break into a private home on Bahia Xaac around the holidays, was confronted by the owner, then drove off in a golf cart after telling the owner he thought he lived there, when he supposedly lived a few buildings away. It was 3 a.m. This same youth is a suspect in the golf cart case and reportedly is familiar to the security staff, according to reports.
These activities are also gathering supporters for either giving the Security Staff additional powers, if possible, or hiring an off-duty policeman from the Poblad0 evenings to support the Security personnel in the event arrests or other immediate swift police action is warranted.
A written report sent to Colonos officials noted the cart was taken this week from a repair shop on Bahia Xaac while three or four others stored there were untouched. The vandal (s) went to the trouble of evidently bringing bolt cutters to snap off a steering wheel lock. Once on the golf course, the cart was tipped over, according to the report, the battery cables cut and batteries strewn about. International food fest a week from tomorrow

As snowbirds begin to fly north again, the Colonos Sports and Cultural Committee hopes enough people will be around Sunday, April 10, to participate in the third annual International Food Festival to be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Colegio grounds.
Chairman Daniele Gracis reports that as of last week, 16 countries and/or regions were confirmed: Peru, Thailand, Switzerland, Italy 1 and 2, Puebla, Yucatan, Czech Republic, India, Cuba, Dominican Republic, España, Quintana Roo, Belize, Japan and Holland. Beverages will be sold separately.

Mexico is participating by regions, such as Puebla, Monterey, Yucatan.  Each country or region will supply enough food samples for 250/300 people, small portions, just a taste to savor. Examples are just 30 gr of meat or 30 gr of pasta.  Nothing big.  Last year there were 23 participants and the average person could sample about seven or eight different dishes.

The idea is very simple: one country = one dish. It’s a way to know each other and  the traditions of each country through the food,” Gracis said. It’s not “high level cuisine”, he said, but the traditional common food of the Greeks, the Chinese or the Turks and other cultures, what they eat every day or during the holidays, not lobster or caviar, something more simple but characteristic of each country, he said.
More information at  danielegracis@hotmail.com   cel 984 1511487.

PRICE WATCH – FYI. A customer paid $12 pesos for a 5-liter bottle of water at Chedraui in PA last week and a few days later paid $23 pesos for the same product and amount at Oxxo in Centro…MANEUVERS OR INTERDICTION? Omni beachgoers and channel fishermen were surprised to see the gray, ominous looking hulks of not one but four naval vessels slowly power out of Puerto’s marine base last week like a wolf pack and round-up offshore to head north…QUINTANA ROO’s  credit rating has taken a hit. The rating bureau Fitch has downgraded the state because of long-term debt increase, high level of short term debt obligations and increased operating costs. This could result in higher taxes and fees down the pike and a lock on further borrowing being considered by the federal senate…MEANWHILE Q. Roo state has purchased 11 new SUVs, seven of them armored to level 5 to resist heavy rifle attacks. The cost is 15 million pesos a month…THE BODY of Naomi Luz Maria Tuz was found this week in Cancun on the highway to Merida, authorities report, with blunt force trauma to the head believed made by a security rod, and cuts on the neck and bruises on the arms and back consistent with fighting off an attacker…A suspect was being questioned by the state police…THE ASSOCIATION OF HOTELS says tourists left between 80 and 90 million pesos in Puerto Morelos and a hotel occupation rate of 60 percent. The association calls for more infrastructure investment there to allow growth…A MAJOR RUSSIAN travel agency has named Cancun the best destination in the Caribbean, North and South America…TAXI DRIVER has been detained after being stopped in a Playa police filtro with suspected marijuana in his taxi. The Nissan vehicle was impounded…BROKEN EQUIPMENT is causing a rubbish pile-up on the streets of Playa del Carmen, particularly in the Colosio and Nicte areas, as a new municipal administration is about to be inaugurated…AERO MEXICO is temporarily adding more flights to Cancun and other beach destinations for the Easter holiday…

 

 

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Briefly Said…
LATE BREAKING REPORT: CHINA PLANS HUGE PROJECT OFF 307The Riviera Maya is abuzz with news that China will invest $150,000 million near Puerto Morelos for a commerce/exhibition hub of some 2,500 Chinese businesses servicing north and South America and opening a window to Europe.

Reporter Jesus Vazquez  of Q. Roo’s Economist writes that the huge project on 840,000 square meters includes 4,000 homes for Chinese workers and will add 5,000 direct jobs not counting Chinese labor. It is expected to be the largest Chinese community in Mexico.

The mart will be on Highway 307 near Puerto Morelos, 15 minutes from Cancun Airport and roughly 35 minutes from PA and Playa del Carmen once the overpass in Playa is completed.

The mart will advance international Chinese presence and offer direct sales of Chinese products. The project has already created 3,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to the report. Q.Roos has made concessions on taxes and infrastructure improvements to attract the project which could have gone to other South American countries such as Brazil. The nearby airport and possible improvements to the Morelos port were major factors in attracting the project, according to the report.

Judging from online activity, the news has real estate agencies that have been looking for a way out of the recent economic slump now focusing on the potential increases in peripheral property values including Puerto Aventuras and “boom-time” demand to enhance marketing and sales.

 

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