Total Lunar Eclipse, Sunday Jan. 20, 2019


~ Total Lunar Eclipse next Sunday night … Jan 20’th, 2019. ~

… 10:41 PM Full Eclipse Start time  ~ 11:12 PM Peak Full Eclipse  ~ 11:44 PM End of Full Eclipse…

All times are Merida Central Standard Times

~ ‘Complete’  Penumbra  (full light-shadowing) starts at 9:36 pm …
~ FULL ECLIPSE Peaking at 11:12 PM ~
~ ‘Complete’  Penumbra  (full light-shadowing) ends at 12:48 AM Monday morning …

https://c.tadst.com/gfx/eclipses2/20190121/anim2d-380.mp4

Plus … Check out this fun view … as seen from Merida

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/mexico/meridao/merida

 


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Click on the .mp4 link. and scroll the control back-&-forth  to preview what it will look like from Merida. …

 Note … I just found & fixed the busted link to the fun video that lets you scroll back & forth to see how the moon will get dark (shadowed) first from the bottom … later leaving just a sliver of light at the upper left … but the re-illumination of the moon will start at the LOWER LEFT (right next to where the illumination disappeared) … and NOTE the weird re-lighting …  rotating~twisting in a curly-cue around the face of the moon,  then  reversing  back on itself, until the last dark part will be at the bottom of the moon (next to where the re-illumination started) …

That looping~reversing path of the re-illumination is because
1.  The earth is a curved ball … plus
2.  The earth rotates significantly during the slow eclipse … and
3.  The peak of the eclipse happens almost directly at our longitude

jan 20 2019 lunar eclipse path

… The looping re-illumination & shadow-elimination path proves we do not live on a Flat Earth. 😉

Hoping for clear skies !! …. Fun, fun fun …

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Homeowners Insurance now included when you pay your Merida Property Taxes ( Predial )

Public Service Announcement ~ Jan. 5, 2019:
Pay your 2019 Merida property taxes (Predial) and get home insurance coverage of $20,000 in Fire Insurance & $15,000 in Theft Insurance.

“Me doy por enterado(a) de que al pagar mi impuesto predial de casa habitación del año 2019, mi predio estará protegido hasta por $20,000 en caso de incendio y hasta $15,000 en caso de robo; y que toda la información se encuentra en http://www.merida.gob.mx/casasegura. ”

“Atención a los teléfonos: 9999.70.85.07 y (999) 801.25.54 (Teléfono fijo) de 8:30 a.m. a 3:30 p.m. de lunes a viernes … Este seguro es sin costo adicional

Este seguro protege a los propietarios de los predios del municipio de Mérida que son utilizados exclusivamente como casa-habitación, siempre y cuando hayan pagado la totalidad anual del Impuesto Predial correspondiente al 2019 ”

This insurance protection is provided at no additional cost … and is handled by “PRIMERO SEGUROS SA DE CV” … “NYPSON MEXICO SA” …
See details in their 11 page .pdf: https://isla.merida.gob.mx/serviciosinternet/predial/programa/procedimiento-reclamacion.pdf
Many thanks to our new Mayor Sr. Renán Barrera !

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~ Merida Chili Cook-Off ~
Save the date … Sunday, January 13, 2019

Where: The Railroad Museum ~Calle 43 & C48 ~ Centro

When:   From 1:00 – 6:00 pm … Jan. 13, 2019.

Who:   EVERYONE is invited to enjoy some **excellent music**, hot dogs, beer … and Merida’s BEST CHILI !

Why:   Support Hogar Nueva Vida’s Girl’s school-program in south Merida … and the Rotarian-supported Spanish language program for poor Maya-only speaking kindergartners.

**Steve Katz … of Blood, Sweat & Tears … and ~ Los Similares ~ **

** will be rockin’ the park **

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Discounted tickets are available ~now~ from Merida Mens Club, the International Women’s Club, MELL & the Rotarians.

Ticket sale locations in Centro:
~ Merida English Library Calle 53 x66 y 68 — 9 am to 1 pm
~ Tobala 58 Ceviche Bar Calle 51 x C58 — 9 am to 10 pm
~ Yucatán Assist Travel Calle 60 x51 y53 — 9 am to 7 pm
 
Other ticket sale locations:
~ Garcia Gineres at the Slow Food Market — Saturdays 9-11 am
~ Los Pinos at … Hey Joe! … Restaurante Los Pinos Plaza 7-12 pm

or … Send me an email:   Steven.m.fry@gmail.com .
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 **Chili Cooks & Sponsors**
~ hey joe ! ~
~ The Sausage Lady ~
~ Escuela Internacional de Chefs ~
~ COSESU ~
~ TTT School ~
~ Tobala 58 ~
~ Yucatan Homes & Lots ~

plus AT LEAST 16 additional Chili-Chefs !

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Public Service Announcement, December 2018

December 5, 2018

Ho³ ! ! !

 

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IMSS Now Required for All Domestic Workers in Mexico


December 5, 2018
The Mexican Supreme Court just ruled that IMSS payments are required for all domestic workers.  In a unanimous ruling, Mexico’s Supreme Court issued an amparo, (injunction), ordering the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) to implement a pilot program in the first half of next year to ensure that domestic workers have access to the IMSS benefits they are now legally entitled to.

In this landmark ruling, our Supreme Court Justices ruled against the current~previous article of the federal Social Security Law that previously stated that paying benefits to domestic employees was voluntary.    Under this latest SCJN ruling, IMSS benefits are now mandatory for all domestic workers.

Notes:
The Supreme Court’s policy does not take effect until some currently undefined time next year, when IMSS creates the new pilot program & issues rules, publishing the requisitos & reglamentos in the D.O.F (Diario Oficial de la Federación).

For people unfamiliar with employer’s payments to IMSS (roughly 2.6% of the employee’s income**), IMSS benefits for employees include … ~medical coverage, … ~maternity, disability, retirement & injury benefits,  … ~life insurance,  … ~daycare services for working mothers … +plus the National Workers’ Housing Fund Institute, (as government housing & credit opportunities) for acquiring property; … and the Retirement Savings System and retirement funds administrators (AFOREs), which provide retirement and pension plans to Mexican workers.

The Judges of the Supreme Court’s second chamber determined that there is no constitutionally valid reason to exclude domestic workers from the mandatory social security scheme, because the current law is discriminatory.

**2.6% based on an accounting websheet offered by accountants:
 Calculadoras+ispt+imss+e+infonavit+Asalariado+2018+(UMA)

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More details on Mexican Labor Law can be found in our main article at:
https://yucalandia.com/2011/11/22/labor-law-for-household-employees-in-mexico-what-must-we-pay/

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Aduana (Progreso) Issues New Form Letter for Extending TIP Permit Expiration Dates


Dec. 12, 2018 Update:
Our local Progreso Aduana office has issued a new form letter for extending the expiration date of permits for vehicle’s with TIPs, whose owner is in the process of renewing their Residente Temporal visa.   Context: We have to notify Aduana at least 2 weeks before our TIPs expire, to preserve your $300 – $400 deposit w/Banjercito – because it takes Aduana as much as a week to notify Banjercito of the TIPs new expiration date.   If you don’t notify Aduana in time, Banjercito’s computer automatically confiscates (negates) your deposit on the TIP expiration date (with no relief).

Here’s a copy of the letter:  Progreso Aduana TIP extension form 2018

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For more details on Importing & Driving Cars in Mexico, see our main article:
https://yucalandia.com/driving-in-mexico-issues-fun/importing-driving-a-car-in-mexico/

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2018 Mexico Holiday Pay & Mexican Holidays Annual Information

Nov 30, 2018 

~ Guadalupanos ! ~
~ Posadas de Navidad ! ~
~ Little kids at your gate … singing “La Rama” ! ~
 

Mexico’s  holiday seasons are upon us.

That also means 3 other things:

~ It’s time to figure out how much annual Aguinaldo ~holiday pay~ you owe your household employees ( aka Mozos y Muchachas … even part-time cleaners, gardeners) … by Dec. 20’th…

Hint:  Aguinaldo Pay is 15 days of “daily” pay … not the “2 week”gringo myth.   🙂

 
~ Then,  figure out how much annual Vacation pay you owe your (part-time) household workers …
 
~ Be sure to get ALL your government business done before this year’s annual government Holiday Shutdown … Dec 20, 2018 (Thu) through Jan 4, 2019 (Fri) …
 
See details here for how to calculate the Aguinaldo & Vacation Pay: 

https://yucalandia.com/2017/11/21/8174/?fbclid=IwAR0169UtFS6mJ2tZmNM5mZMgEu3T1ijy7AJq7NozPd8iW9iCul3IGWFqOaQ

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