Mexican Visa $$ Solvency Requirements for 2020

December 21, 2019
Mexico’s daily minimum wage will be going up Jan. 1, 2020, to $123.22 pesos per day (20% increase).    Because the Mexican Government’s personal monthly income & personal savings requirements for Residente visas are tied directly to the minimum wages,  the SRE’s (Consulates) and INM’s “personal solvency” requirements for foreigners will also automatically rise 20% in January, 2020.

Residente Permanente visa applicants must show a monthly income of 500 times the daily minimum wage =>  $3,243 US dollars ($61,610 MXN pesos) using an exchange rate of $19:1 … That income must be documented by 6 months bank statements. … People who have liquid assets can also qualify by proving an annual average balance of 20,000 times the minimum wage =>  $130,ooo US dollars ($2,464,400 MXN pesos) using an exchange rate of $19:1 for 2020 applicants … documented by 12 months of bank statements.

Residente Temporal visa applicants must now prove a monthly income of 300 times the daily minimum wage => $1,946 US dollars ($36,966 MXN pesos) per month (using an exchange rate of $19:1.   Consulates want 6 months of bank statements. … People who have liquid assets can also qualify by proving an average annual balance of 5,000 times the minimum wage => $32,426 US dollars ($61,6100 MXN pesos) account balance for 2020.

If you want more details on immigrating to Mexico, or visiting Mexico, see our main immigration article at:

~ Current Rules and Procedures for Immigration, Visiting, and Staying in Mexico

https://yucalandia.com/answers-to-common-questions/new-rules-and-procedures-for-immigration-visiting-and-staying-in-mexico/

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December 14, 2019
Every once in a while, we get fun news~updates from some of the minor (smaller) Maya sites. Consider recent reports offering beautiful insights into the founding & lifestyles of Paso del Macho … Think BOTH Jade & Chocolate.

There’s a fun Archeology.org article out describing fun jade (ritual?) items found under the plaza of Paso del Macho Puuc site, that describes

… an offering made when the settlement was founded between 900 and 800 B.C. It contains some of the earliest evidence of Maya fertility rituals. … (describing)  more than 30 artifacts made of greenstone, including small stones that symbolize maize sprouting from the underworld, represent events in the story of the maize god’s birth. ”

Paso del Macho jade

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/366-2001/trenches/8254-digs-mexico-paso-del-macho?fbclid=IwAR0gEiTYlnmyDUN1vKzOZeEIK3dY2k_B138kr3rZR-Pcs5HYEtsS9UzaATA

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This latest article fits nicely with past fun    chocolate   findings from Paso del Macho, from a separate-but-related article on chocolate found at Paso del Macho:

http://www.yucatancompass.com/article/69/2500-year-old-cacao-residue-discovered-in-the-maya-puuc-region-of-yucatan

2,500-year-old Cacao Residue Discovered in the Maya Puuc Region of Yucatán.”

“Traces of cacao – or chocolate – have been found for the first time in an archeological context in Yucatán; the chemical residues of the seed (usually called “beans”) were found adhered to two fragments of 2,500-year-old Mayan ceramic pottery, recovered from the Paso del Macho archeological site.”

“One of the fragments discovered is a plate, which suggests to scientists that the pre-Hispanic Mayans may have used it for their food as a sauce having a consistency similar to that of mole*.

“The discovery is of relevance to archaeology, because it indicates that the use of cacao may go as far back as 600-500 B.C.,

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Jade,  mole   and   Chocolate !

Our Puuc Maya knew how live !

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What Actually Happened in the UK Election ?


December 14, 2019

Data driven worlds …

or … Get swept along by the hype?

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Lots of US Lefties are moaning that the UK election of Boris (with an 86 vote majority) … somehow magically predicts a big Trump win in 2020…

Is that a reasonable conclusion?

The actual UK election results say a resounding …. ” No ” …

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Why-how did UK-ites lose their minds, electing Boris the Goon with an “86 vote” majority?

When the vast majority of the British public believes that their deep complex problems (of failed-collapsed Empire) should be solved by easy feel-good solutions … (falsely-easy solutions offered by all sides) …

When pretty much all talented leaders leave-the-field (years ago) due to over a decade of intractable messes … leaving only very low-talent options … Who (or what) do they vote “for” ?

… or … Do you vote “against” ?

Notice that it’s the same as the USA where millions of votes “for” Trump… were actually just votes “against” the arrogant more-of-the-same Washington-insider Hillary.

Then notice that UK’s “first past the post” election rules too often guarantee non-democratic results … where Boris (ab)used  the UK Parliamentary system to    steal  an 86 vote majority (56% of Parliament),    with just 43% of the vote …
UK Parliament seats.png

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/general-election-results-pr-alternative-voting-system-tories-labour-hung-a9246661.html?fbclid=IwAR0gCSRhT1w8_yHMMoby8exUMkQhccNpkv4U13ImR2_IBEi_k1BPAdEIThs
Notice that Tories’ vote share only increased by a paltry 1.2%, even though they LOST over ½ their seats in Scotland – ( getting a WEAK 43% of the total UK vote).

while … Labor votes FELL by 7.8%
… (led by the repulsive, dithering, bland Labour leader Corbin)

The election results were NOT a resounding “YES” to Boris-the-Goon (a paltry 1.5% gain to just 43%) … Instead, they were a rejection of Corbin & Labor’s weakness & confusion.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/ng-interactive/2019/dec/12/uk-general-election-2019-full-results-live-labour-conservatives-tories

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Need to Notarize a Document when Abroad?


December 6, 2019

For all the people who don’t have a US Consulate nearby,  or whose Consulate makes them wait 2 – 4 weeks for an appointment … note that there’s now another legitimate option to get US documents notarized while abroad:  the app “Notarize”.

A good US attorney notes that US law dictates that several basic requirements be met for properly Notarizing a document:
~  The Notary must see you during the Notarization, to establish that you are the actual person who signs the document.

~  The Notary almost always has to be licensed in the jurisdiction of the document being Notarized.

Because “Notarize” does this through a video chat, it should be legal in all states since they appeared to be licensed in all states  … because the “Notarize” Notary actually sees you at signing.

“Notarize” is at:  https://www.notarize.com/

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Adventures into Yucatan Plumbing & Electrical (Desafios)


December 4, 2019

For everyone who “has seen it all” …

I just returned from a very peculiar gas-leak job … where electric current was passing along the metal mesh covering on the gas hose to the stove … due to electric current leaking from the copper GAS LINE in the wall – looking for ground – running through the wire mesh covering on the rubber gas hose – getting hot … and ARC-ing .. where the metal touched metal … MELTING through two different gas hoses …

~ Electrical Short ~ Burnt Gas Hose(1)

This is what the 2 day old “new” hose looks like – from the Yucatecan plomero-electricista … “plumber-electrician”‘s installation on Monday.

~ Electrical Short ~ Burnt Gas Hose(2)… because another local Yucatecan electrician-plumber just slapped in a new metal mesh covered hose … that lasted just 2 days before burning through the rubber gas hose … again

Fortunately … they did not make the 10:00 o’clock News.
aka   … no BOOM

Repairs Part 1:     Make & install a high quality poly-hose that does NOT conduct electricity …

Repairs Part 2:     I bonded-the-shite out of all of it (gas pipe, stove & outlet) to 2 different earth grounds – using 2 fresh new copper wires. => Belt & suspenders …  AND a bungee-cord.
🙂

Disclaimer: For professionals only … Do not try this at home.

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November 20, 2019

Snow blowing

Our friends in Illinois have ~already~ been shoveling serious snow …

~twice~ …

… It’s not even Thanksgiving, yet.
😉

~ Our Yucatan sidewalks ~   …  ??

In need of shoveling …     😉

uxmal double jaguar throne       Chichen Chac Mool

and

There are other reasons to visit here …

Uxmal Chaac2 

Uxmal Chaac1

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Drinking Water Quality in Merida and Yucatan


November 20, 2019
The issue of drinking water quality keeps coming up over & over on Expat web-boards, webpages, and Expat FB pages, for at least the past 14 years.

The common ~lurid rumor~ that many newbies propose is that our Merida City tap-water is somehow ~magically~ “bad” …

Fortunately, the opposite is true. … Merida City tap water consistently tests clean roughly 97% of the time, when tested before the water enters the home. … Sadly, so many Merida homes have contamination in their tinacos** and cisterns** that just 75% of Merida homes test clean at the kitchen sink tap. *  (See below for instructions on inspecting your home water system quality.)


Continuing… Why is Merida tap water so clean, but SO HARD??

Our Merida City Water (JAPAY) comes from 130 ft deep wells … and it’s from 10 million years ago. … Were there pesticides & herbicides 10 million years ago?

Since there is 100 feet of limestone between modern surface water and our 130 ft deep Merida City drinking water wells, there really is no practical way (route) for surface contamination to get down 130 ft to our drinking water supply. … Merida is not New Orleans whose Mississippi River contains the effluents & sewage & feed-lot & farm run-off from the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians… like in the USA & Canada (tar sands & fracking) …

USA water??One of the earth's most polluted rivers

Not Merida … 😉

Fortunately, here in Merida … We have no tar-sands oil… We have no fracking .. We have no Mega-hog farms or Mega-chicken farms … No big chemical plants nor refineries …  and there’s NOBODY “upstream” from our drinking water …

=> Remember … USA-nians are justified to fear the over 5,000 USA water districts** who have been failing US EPA standards for years … But those fears simply do not fit Merida. … Seriously … It’s US drinking water that people should fear.

**https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-05/documents/nejac_white_paper_water-final-3-1-19.pdf

Image result for dirty refinery

Again … 40 years of Scientific Testing show … It’s USA water we should fear …   That’s the USA … Think Michigan ..  New Jersey ..  Texas … Louisiana … Chicago .. Pittsburgh

Fortunately, Merida City JAPAY water is proven clean at 97% of the homes tested***, when it enters our homes.

**The water for Merida City wells at 130 ft depths is very clean … but it is very hard (High calcium carbonate levels – which are NOT a health risk – but just taste a bit “off”)…   Why is Merida city water so clean? …. because that water is 10 million yrs old … and there were no pesticides 10 MILLION years ago.

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***Past independent studies show clean Merida city water 97% of the time, ~ENTERING~ the house … but that water entering the house … is not the same as water at the kitchen faucet … That means that roughly 25% of the water tested in Merida kitchen sinks had microbial contamination (fecal coliforms) FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE’s plumbing.

KEEP YOUR TINACOS CLEAN !!

No dead birds … no dead ‘possums … no accumulated leaf litter … SERIOUSLY … people leaving the tops of their cisterns & tinacos open is THE REAL ISSUE, per 20 yrs of test results.

and yes, Virginia … You can test your own water!
~ Note that if you test the water coming into your Merida home  for free-Chlorine (swimming pool test kit) … and if you measure chlorine present – then your water is FINE !

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Next:  Are you unsure about the quality of your Merida City water in your tinaco or cistern ?

*Tinaco~Cistern Inspection & Maintenance:
For people on Merida City water (JAPAY) … Basically … LOOK in your tinaco~cistern    and  ~sniff~  it. 😉


If you see organic detritus (dead leaves, dead rotting vegetation, dead birds, dead iguanas, or roots) … then REMOVE all the detritus, rinse it out … and disinfect it with normal laundry bleach**.

If the tinaco~cistern water looks clear & clean, and smells OK, then it’s 97% likely OK … And yes,  some accumulated “sarro” … scale … is OK.

To ENSURE it’s OK, you can add enough ordinary laundry bleach** to disinfect it: … ¼ cup of bleach per 1,100 liter tinaco (300 gal) … completely eliminates bacteria, viruses, microbes. … This free-chlorine concentration is equal to a US public swimming pool … (for about the next 2 days). 😉

After adding the bleach, mix the water gently … and wait 15 minutes. … Then flush the toilets, run the sinks & showers … etc to fill your all of your home’s pipes with the nice free-Chlorine disinfectant (bleach) …
Image result for glass of clean water
Allow that water to stand for about 15 minutes … to kill everything that may have accumulated in the pipes.

Then …. use the water as normal.  … Note that there will be a light chlorine smell (like a swimming pool) for the next 2-3 days => thoroughly disinfecting your home’s plumbing !

**Use ONLY normal plain dull household-laundry bleach .. Not scented bleach … Not “Gel-no-splash” bleach … Just normal household bleach.

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As long as you have a good top on your tinaco~cistern, this bleach treatment is likely needed only about twice a year. … If you get dead birds, dead possums, dead iguanas or dead leaves in your tinaco~cistern, in the meantime … then start over. 😉

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What if you are not on Merida City JAPAY water?

If you are drinking private well water from TOO SHALLOW wells across Yucatan – or drinking cenote water … then all bets are off. 😉

If you are drinking well water from a TOO SHALLOW well, dump a bottle of blue food dye into the toilet … flush the toilet … and turn on all the faucets in the house for about 10 minutes … collecting the water into white containers (like a white bowl) …  then wait 30 minutes,  and run your kitchen sink water again into a white bowl  (and flush the toilet) … and look for blue …

Image result for dirty full septic tank

Why?
The first 30 ft of ground water here ACROSS YUCATAN is often contaminated … most often by private homes septic systems.   … That means shallow wells are a problem, but GOOD wells drilled to 18m – 20m almost always have hard, but clean  water …    Why?? … Note that our BIG hard limestone aquatard between 30 ft to 60 ft (20m) ~blocks~ surface contamination from reaching even private wells drilled to 18 – 20m.
😉

Final note … A literal 47 years of scientific measurements show there is very little horizontal (sideways) movement of ground water in Yucatan, with 2 exceptions.*   … Notice that there are NO mythical “underground rivers” flowing in almost all of Yucatan. … 47 years of measurements shows that most (95%?)  of our surface water moves vertically through our limestone.

Notice that if there was lateral-horizontal movement of water in the caves that connect cenotes … then the sediment in this channel would be stirred up by the flow of the mythical “underground river” …

No flowing river here… just quiet still water ..
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*The 2 exceptions to “no under-ground rivers”:   

Near the coasts, the rainwater in the first 10 km – 15 km of rainwater does slowly move out towards the sea.   and … In the hilly areas of Yucatan – like Campeche & Bacalar – the rain water does move downhill underground …

But notice how slow the flow is … from how clear the happy diving-girl image is. 😉

Don’t worry …. Be happy …

You’re in Yucatan! ….. Enjoy!

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Mexico’s National Baseball Team into the Olympics !

Nov. 16, 2019

Mexico beats the USA in extra innings … to advance … as just 1 of 6 teams … into the 2020 OLYMPICS !!

Mexico Baseball into Olympics

Before we go to the official MLB recap … note that the USA was   ahead   the whole game … Going up 1:0  in the top of the 2’nd  …  then… finally Mexico tied,  1:1 in the bottom of the 6’th  … then  top of the 7’th …  Vaughn sped around third and made it home just ahead of the throw ….  2:1 …  staying @ 2:1 through the bottom of the ninth …

Bottom of the ninth … with their Olympic bid   slipping away 

Mexico’s Matthew Clark  (a Mexican-American professional of the Bravos de Leon)
CRUSHED ~ a   solo   HOME RUN … to  tie  the game.

I’ll leave it to the official MLB Recap to describe the ending … 😉

” … In the Bronze Medal Game of the Premier12 tournament in Tokyo, Mexico defeated USA, 3-2, in 10 innings to earn a spot in the 2020 Olympic Games.

The WBSC rules for the event called for runners on first and second to begin each extra inning. Red Sox prospect Bobby Dalbec, who drove in a run earlier in the game for the United States, opened the inning with a perfect sacrifice bunt, which was followed by an intentional walk. Mexico’s Carlos Bustamante, a 25-year-old pitcher who spent some time in the D-backs’ system, came up clutch with a strikeout and a popout to end the inning tied at 2-2 despite entering with a pair of runners on and no one out.

Mexico would not falter  with the same advantage presented to it in the bottom half of the frame, as a sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk were followed by a broken-bat single to center by former Angel Efren Navarro to plate the game-winning run to earn Mexico a spot at Tokyo 2020. ” **

A broken-bat bloop single    WINS THE GAME !!!

https://www.mlb.com/news/mexico-defeats-usa-to-earn-olympic-baseball-bid

Here’s an official video of the highlights:


**The Rest of the Story …
The United States will have another chance to qualify for the Olympics via the Americas Qualifier, held in Arizona in March 2020, where the winner will advance to the Tokyo Games, and the second- and third-place nations will be placed into the Final Qualifying Tournament for … one last chance  … to earn a berth in the Olympics.

¡¡ VAMOS MEXICO !!

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Gas Stove Problems … Not able to simmer or braise ??

Nov. 14, 2019
Roughly every 2 months, there’s a post on expat forums complaining that their gas stove doesn’t all them to get low-low flames for simmering things slowly.

It’s NOT a  “regulator”  problem … It’s NOT a  “propane vs Natural Gas ”  problem … It’s NOT a  “Call a plumber”  problem  … It’s not a  “Buy a new stove with lower BTU burners”  problem … It’s not a “Use an electric hot-plate to do low simmer”  problem. … 😉

… The real real problem is just in   how you adjust   the burner dial. 😉

If the burners light fine and run well on normal higher settings … then you have the correct regulator & correct orafices (in the burners), and correct gas … because the stove lights & operates.

Want to avoid this? 

The problem is that there’s no low “simmer” normal setting on your burner control dial … Instead, you simply needs to use a little trick to get the low low “simmer” flames:

Low flame trick:
Light the burner … Turn the dial clock-wise to the High Flame “stop” position (burner on FULL – High) … Next… Push in the dial slightly, and ~continue~ turning the dial clockwise to get a low low flame.


Note: Don’t use a fan anywhere near the stove when using this trick to get the super low flames, … Don’t blow out the weak low flame. 😉

Enjoy cooking … simmering … braising … by using this simple ~safe~ low-flame special-setting trick . 😉

and yes, Virginia … Over 80% of the stoves in North America are made by Mabe (regardless of the name-plate brand) … so this nice trick works on basically all  Mabe, GE, Acros* etc brand stoves in the Americas. 😉

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British Museum’s Maya Collection now On-Line!

October 24, 2019

The British Museum has digitized a big part of their extensive Maya collection, and put ~some~ of it on-line for us to look at.

Here are some LINKS to click, to check out some of it:

Guatemalan Maya Masks & Stelae:
(They get especially cool about 7 slides into the show)
https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/guatemalan-masks/BwIyWmZyU4NhKA

Maya Collection Image


Untangling Maya Glyphs & Maya Codices … Learning to read dates, names & events:

https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/untangling-maya-glyphs/pgJilqaqtBwwIw

A Brief History of the British Museums Maya Collection:
https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/the-ancient-maya-at-the-british-museum/FQKC3cwFgTgbKA

Maya Collection Image2

The British Museums official Maya Collection Website:
https://www.britishmuseum.org/research/research_projects/preserving_maya_heritage.aspx

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Dengue Cases Increasing … Practical Protection Actions ?

October 19, 2019
Curiously, we got an anxious PM (FB chat) message & phone call from an expat here in Merida, from Clinica de Merida, whose daughter was admitted just last night for a 40.6ºC (105ºF) fever … needing a transfusion of platelets … aka plaquetes …**

So … Dengue Fever infections are being transmitted ~now~ in Merida. … Take precautions …

This is the Worst Dengue Year in Nearly a Decade. It May Get Worse from Here.

Educate yourself on how to protect your families from Dengue risks … See the ~”How To Avoid Dengue”~ articles listed below.

**FORTUNATELY, she was not bleeding from nose, eyes, gums or stomach (GI system), and she had no DSS symptoms (no fluid in the lungs, no shock symptoms) … If a family member has Dengue symptoms (high fever, plus possibly achy joints) ~Pay special attention~ to their symptoms on Days #4 – #6, because that’s when the real health risks happen.

Education … and actions … are the keys to staying safe. 😉

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Sidelights:
~ If someone in your household (or neighbors) gets Dengue … SPRAY YOUR HOME carefully to eliminate mosquitoes that may (likely) be infected with Dengue virus to protect your family & friends.

… Past studies show up to 95% of household members get subsequent Dengue infections, when one member is bitten by a Dengue-infected mosquito. … Those Dengue-infected female mosquitoes can easily live ANOTHER 10 to 30 more days – biting other household members & biting neighbors (because the females go back outside to lay their eggs).

~ SPRAY every room carefully with typical mosquito killing ~indoor~ sprays … like H24 … Aedes aegyptii mosquitoes LOVE to hide underneath furniture … in with our clothes (lightly-stinky from our body-odor residues) … and up by the ceiling … So, FOCUS the spraying on those areas … briskly moving-disturbing the clothes when spraying them.

~ Check ALL screens & doors to find & block even small holes that mosquitoes can enter. …. You can cut little pieces of fiberglass screen material, to fold & fit … to block the gaps, openings, tears & spaces …

~ We personally have nylon sheer curtains over our exterior doorways … weighted at the bottom corners (to hold the curtain closed over the doorway) … because the mosquitoes LOVE to ride in on our backs, and fly-in in our wake … as we enter the house.

~ ELIMINATE or treat ALL water that stands more than 5 days. … fresh Aedes aegyptii hatch out & fly in just 7 days of only 1 tbsp of standing water here … Plus: Pay special attention to   flower-pot drip trays,   bits of old crockery,   bits of poly*styrene pkging   or even small pieces of plastic trash & plastic bags …

~ Treating water that stands for more than 7 days? … There are 2 good larvicides that kill all the mosquito larvae in standing water:   Copper Sulfate (-trihydrate or pentahydrate crystals)  ~ works permanently ~ … or Abate (lasts for 3 months) …  Note that after checking 12 different ag-chemical stores & pesticide vendors, there’s no Abate tablets~puck~pellets available in Merida … so use Copper Sulfate. … Just 1 or 2 crystals in a tire kills larvae for years. … AND   for swimming pools or fountains, your chlorine disinfectant is enough … AND for unused (drained) pools or fountains with standing water, Copper Sulfate (‎ CuSO4 – 5H2O ) works GREAT at just 3 ppm (3 mg/L) levels.

For both mosquito & algae control in pools and fountains, just 1½ tablespoons of the pretty blue crystals of ‎Copper Sulfate (… CuSO4-5H2O  or ‎CuSO4 – 3H2O … ) in 30,000L of pool water works great & is very safe   (per WHO, EPA & US State Health Depts).

See this good article for additional ways to protect yourself & your loved ones:
https://yucalandia.com/science-health…/dengue-fact-sheet/

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Yes, I am available for PMs & chats on Facebook … Please read the “Dengue Fact Sheet” (see second link below) … first.

Plus … Two good sites:
https://yucalandia.com/science-health-issues/dengue-what-to-do/chikungunya-dengue-virus-information/

and

Dengue Fact Sheet:
https://yucalandia.com/science-health-issues/dengue-fact-sheet/

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Fall 2019 Time Change for Mexico !

October 17, 2019
Making travel plans? **
It’s time again to turn   ~back~  the clocks in Mexico 1 hour, in TWO WEEKS … Sunday AM Oct. 27, 2019.

The U.S. will wait another week (Nov 3)  … so TV schedules for people watching the World Series & other USA or Canadian TV will be screwed up for a week.

*Also note that CANCUN does not change it’s clocks … so if you are flying into or out of Cancun … or taking a bus to or from Cancun, then pay SPECIAL ATTENTION to the actual bus~flight times.

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One Way Ticket Problems for US Travel and Entering Mexico

October 17, 2019

The question of “open-jawed” ONE-WAY tickets for coming into Mexico, or traveling through USA airports … keeps cropping up on internet & travel forums.

Any airline clerk MIGHT & sometimes-do challenge your right to fly (or to continue flying) into Mexico, when you only have a 1 way ticket. … This is an especially BIG problem for foreigners traveling to Mexico on itineraries that include layovers or stops & plane changes in the USA.     It’s no fun when an airline clerk (or TSA scanner or Immigration agent) sends you back ‘home’, just because you don’t have a paid ticket for a return flight.

The USA, including USCIS immigration authorities & CBP also do sometimes seriously hassle, delay, and even detain some foreigners flying on just one-way tickets.  Sadly, the TSA screeners, CBP agents, ICE cops & Immigration agents even deny some onward-travel, and forcibly put people on flights back to their origination-airport.  …

There is a GOOD SOLUTION:
Use a company that simply creates a temporary return ticket, that gives you valid proof of onward travel. …Example: consider  Onwardticket.com. They’re a travel agency that books you a 100% real flight ticket that is valid for 48 hours.

Instead of paying the full price for the ticket, you only pay a $12 service fee. 😉

If you get hung up at an airport,  or at a TSA screening post … or with USCIS-CBP … It takes less than 5 minutes to create a fully legal, legitimate “return ticket”. 😉

https://onwardticket.com/

Happy Trails,
Steve

 

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US Border Patrol & ICE Cracking Down On CBD Oil & on Admissions of Past Pot Smoking


In the recent past, literal thousands of Canadians have been denied entry to the U.S. simply for admitting they’ve smoked a joint once in their lives, but US Homeland Security and their “officers” of the CPB & ICE … have RAISED THE BAR …

Just 4 days ago, U.S. border “protection” barred a young Canadian woman from crossing the border when they found medical CBD oil (cannabidiol) for her extreme scoliosis pain … in her backpack … BANNING HER FOR LIFE from ever entering the USA …

For people who don’t know, CBD oil is a medical product from Hemp … It is a nonpsychoactive natural product of the cannabis plant … used by the young Canadian lady to treat the great pains of scoliosis.

“… The woman, who has asked not to be identified by CBC News pending the outcome of an application for reentry, is the latest Canadian to face border troubles after Canada legalized cannabis last year.

Thousands of Canadians have been denied entry to the U.S. simply for admitting they’ve smoked a joint once in their lives. Others have been banned from entering the country for life for carrying cannabis products to the border — a punishment that this unsuspecting CBD oil user could now face as well, according to immigration experts. ”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/tasker-cbd-oil-us-border-lifetime-ban-1.5252479?fbclid=IwAR3U0LaDk869VyT89GViGE4tv5Pk_p6PVfyEeWXhg6pVCgcd8jLUOkCWWRU

The Consequences?
Many millions of ordinary Mexicans & Canadians … should now beware of entering … or even changing planes in the USA.

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“REAL” ID, Passport or US Military ID Needed for US Domestic Flights


Updated January, 2020:
US TSA just announced ALL US CITIZENS must provide either a valid “REAL ID” **, passport, or Military ID … by October, 2020 … to be able to fly on any US domestic flight  … regardless of your home State.

** https://www.tsa.gov/real-id

Per the USA’s “Real ID Act” …. One must use either a passport … or officially approved “Enhanced ID” … to take a US flight…
 
In other words …if your USA driver’s license does NOT have a gold or black star on the front of the license … then you are generally NOT “good to go” – and NEED to use a Passport.
 
 
Notice that to make it more confusing, a few states have issued REAL ID Act compliant IDs … without a star => Hawaii, Ohio, Tennessee, and Utah  have compliant Driver’s licenses, without a star.

https://upgradedpoints.com/real-id-act

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Mailing system from Mexico to USA becoming Uncertain

Back in October 2018, the Trump Administration quietly gave an official  1 year notice to withdraw from the international postal system agreement (aka the “Universal Postal Union”), because of Trump’s refusal to pay our annual membership dues.

As required under the Union’s constitution, the announcement and notice to the UPU initiated a one-year withdrawal process during which the United States can renegotiate terms before the exit becomes final on October 17, 2019.

So, as of October 17, 2019, mail service between the USA & Mexico ~may~ change, because the Trump Administration has refused to negotiate, so far.

It may not be a big deal to some people, but all of our US soldiers, sailors & Air Force personnel serving abroad … and all other people living abroad … may lose their avenue to vote absentee … raising concerns of yet more voter suppression in time for the 2020 elections.

Since the USA has our troops stationed in over 75% of the world’s countries, this latest Trump Administration change seems to presents challenges to man of our troop’s opportunities to vote,  because the Trump Administration has announced no plans for allowing our troops to vote,  when serving abroad.

https://www.naco.org/blog/us-withdrawal-international-postal-union-creates-uncertainty-county-election-administrators

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We’ll publish more updates, as the news becomes available.
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FIRST UPDATE:
A bit more research shows that we may want to plan to take our absentee ballots to a US Consulate, here in Mexico, for the 2020 election.

Note: We have to be sure submit the ballot to a US Consulate before Oct 24’th, for the Consulate to get your ballot into the US mail in time to get the ballot to your US County in time.
 
For 2020 … That means delivering the absentee ballot by Oct. 23’rd, 2020 … to a Consulate in Mexico .. IN A USPS STAMPED ENVELOPE (addressed to your County Clerk) … to get there in time for a Nov. 6 election.

Happy Trails, Steve

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Yucatan Plants that Harm … and Heal

August 11, 2019
For years, we’ve heard stories of some jungle plants~trees that you must not brush, or risk getting severe painful skin blisters that last for weeks.

We finally found some reliable reports, descriptions and fotos to describe the specific tree … the consequences of brushing the tree with bare skin … AND a proposed remedy.

These are called “Chechen blisters”
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… Nasty stuff, eh?

Fortunately … as happens across the Americas, Native peoples have either found (or planted) the supposed remedy nearby to the source of the problem.    The proposed remedy comes from a tree called a Chaca tree.    Across Yucatan, Chechen & Chaca trees are found growing near each other, including at beach areas.

The black sap of the Chechen tree is reportedly poisonous, while the often-nearby Chaca has nectar is said to neutralize the Chechen’s poisonous sap. … Since we’re not trained Tropical-plant biologists,  we defer to the experts at the aptly named “Mayan Garden Club” of Akumal:

Chechen and Chaca Trees

They really are a marvelously talented group, whose superb report beautifully speaks volumes. … Here is their dandy report …  un-varnished, untouched, unedited:

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“Chechen and Chaca Trees”

Mayan Garden Club September Tip of the Month

If you travel anywhere in the Yucatan and Riviera Maya jungle areas, you will eventually run into the Chechen tree and the nearby growing Chaca tree. The Chechen tree has black sap that seeps out of the grayish trunk , however, several trees in the Yucatan can look similar.

Chechen trees

Chechen and Chaca Trees”

Mayan Garden Club September Tip of the Month

If you travel anywhere in the Yucatan and Riviera Maya jungle areas, you will eventually run into the Chechen tree and the nearby growing Chaca tree. The Chechen tree has black sap that seeps out of the grayish trunk , however, several trees in the Yucatan can look similar.

The wood of (the Chechen tree) is very hard and prized for furniture and for building. The leaves are curly and often black-spotted with the sap.  The Chaca tree has a distinctive light brown bark that appears peeling in older trees. The wood is softer but the tree grows easily from just a limb being stuck in the ground or in a pot. It is often used to make living fence posts.

One of the trees, the Chechen (Black Poisonwood Tree), has sap that is very toxic and can cause a horrible rash and burn.  Even touching the leaves can cause a bad reaction.  Often you will not even know that you have been infected until the burning and itching rash appears.  It is similar to the worst poison ivy you have ever seen! Luckily, growing near the Chechen tree you will usually find a Chaca tree (also called Gumbo Limbo) which is an antidote to the Chechen’s poison — if applied in time.

Simply cut a piece of the bark of the Chaca tree vertically and wipe the inside on the affected area to neutralize the rash.  You may also make a tea with the bark to help rid your body of the toxins.  If you don’t use this in time, it may be necessary to use cortisone cream or even make a trip to the doctor.

The Legend

So why do these trees always grow near each other?  According to the Maya legend, two great warriors were brothers, but of entirely different personalities.  One, Kinich, was kind and loving while his older brother, Tizic, was hateful and angry.  Both fell in love with the same maiden, the beautiful Nicte-Ha. T hey declared a battle to the death to determine who would have her.

A terrible battle raged on, the moon hid, and black clouds filled the skies as the earth was torn apart and the heavens went into hiding. Eventually the brothers both died in each other’s arms.

In the afterlife, they begged for forgiveness and asked to return to the world of the living to see Nicte-Ha again.  The gods granted their wish and the brother Tizic was reborn as the Chechen Tree which burns and blisters anyone who touches it. The loving brother, Kinich, was reborn as the Chaca tree, which neutralizes the venom of the Chechen.  They both watch over Nicte-Ha who was reborn as a beautiful white flower. ”

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Again, we thank the “Mayan Garden Club” of Akumal for their superb report, and congratulate them on their willingness to educate and inform others.

and as we do with all articles that include anything that looks or smells like medical or fiscal or tax advice:

Please Note that this article is for informational, educational and entertainment purposes only.   Consult the appropriate experts for professional advice and information before taking any actions that may impact your physical, mental, emotional or financial well being.

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Progreso Port Growing & Improving

August 10, 2018
Looking to the future.

”  (The Progreso port~terminal) has seen tremendous growth, having doubled its volumes from 80,000 to 140,000 TEUs throughput over the last two years, as the region’s economic activities expand. This year alone the terminal expects 20-35% further growth in volume.  ”

” The (Progreso) terminal provides the region with unparalleled connectivity through 5 vessels a week, including direct connections with the US and Europe. … To continue to facilitate this trade growth, APM Terminals has committed to investing in the terminal to meet the evolving needs of importers/exporters in the region and shipping lines. ”

“We are committed to the long-term sustainable development of the region and are delighted to announce that we have signed an addendum with the port authority to commence a 20% expansion of the yard to support the region’s growing trade needs, as well as other investments to improve productivity and efficiency. This represents a significant additional investment on top of the USD 22.6 million that has already been invested in the terminal since the concession began in 2005,”

The modernization represents an important investment, include a 20% expansion of the yard capacity, (Cost $714,000 USD) …

https://www.apmterminals.com/en/progreso/about/news/190809-apm-terminals-yucatan-to-expand-and-modernise-progreso-terminal

Yucatan keeps growing.

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Chase Cancels ALL Canadian Credit Card Debt

August 8, 2019

If you’re Canadian … DON’T send in that check to Chase.  🤪

American consumers are picking up your tab. 🤔🤔
🤨🤣🤨🤣

It’s real …

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What’s next ?

August 8, 2019

It’s always been their land …
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regardless of today’s “borders” …

Native Americans

The people in El Paso … are no different than the people in Juarez …

… It’s all …        ~America~     …

Regardless of all the fear … Regardless of all the bias …

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