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El Semanario -- One Good Way To Learn About Living On Cozumel


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#1 Carey

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 04:22 PM

El Semanario is always good for a lot of local news right down to the minute level.  It's not always totally accurate.  But read it weekly and you'll get a pretty good feel of the local issues here if you are thinking about making the move.  The chrome browser will auto translate the website for you but since the grammar of the Mexican writers sometimes leaves a lot to be desired, there's a lot of guesswork involved unless you read Spanish also or understand the context.

 

Here are some samples of the good the bad and the funny news right now as reported in this interesting little rag.

 

The Good

 

--Iron man is good to go with 2,700 participants.  Great for the island and the island is wonderful to all participants and their family.  It's easy to see why they keep coming back.  4 years running and coming back again in December of 2013!  It is said that participants in year one were overwhelmed by the spirit of good fellowship and sportsmanship displayed by the local audience who came out to cheer every entrant home with warmth and gusto.

 

--Our new mayor is getting off to a good start and actually spending city money on the city. (As a foreigner, I'm not allowed to discuss politics so will only say that pretty much everyone on the island is very glad we have a new mayor.)  Next on the agenda with funds already ear-marked, fixing the 10% of island street lights that are still in disrepair.  Money has already been allocated for the work.

 

He is also going on record as planning to crack down on police abuse and corruption. Although, he says, at least there is very little infiltration of the police force by organized crime compared to other parts of Mexico.

 

The Bad

 

Some of the holding pens at the local hoosgaw -- including ones reserved for 'white collar' type crimes or possible crimes-- are in a pretty disgusting state and being denounced.  Don't do anything to get yourself thrown in the jail.  Including not taking liability insurance. 

 

A local Mexican had an accident on their moped, broke a leg and was taken to the local government hospital, IMSS.  Where they ended up dead and no one can figure out why.  Family is suing.  No one who can afford not  to goes to the government hospital.  Now you know why. That includes my Mayan housekeeper and her family.  

 

Illegal dumping of trash and dead animals continues in vacant lots near the airport causing more vultures to hang in the area which potentially could pose a threat to aircraft operations.  So they're working on this but with limited success so far.  

 

The Funny

 

The police force originally had five or more breathalizers and two radar guns.  Now one radar gun and at least several of the breathalizers have gone missing and the remaining radar gun isn't functioning very well.  Well, maybe that should go in the Good category, too.


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Posted 15 November 2013 - 12:11 PM

The correct word is HOOSEGOW, comes from the Spanish word juzgado(court)!


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 11:00 AM

Update on the radar guns -- The police chief says the two guns aren't missing.  They retired them from service as some members of the policia were discovered using them to extort money from tourists.  So I guess this news still stays in the funny category.


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 11:32 AM

And Cozumel will host its 5th full Ironman event on 1 December, 2013!


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 11:54 AM

The correct word is HOOSEGOW, comes from the Spanish word juzgado(court)!

comes from juzgeo as it turns out which derived from juzgado (court).  One of those cowboy words apparently that was never written down until much later like  bronco, lasso, mustang etc. There are numerous spellings including Laurel and Hardy promo spelling ti hoose-gaw.  But currently accepted spelling is as you referenced.


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 06:37 PM

You learn something everyday. When growing up I always thought is was the Hoosecow. Usually meaning jail.


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