Saturday, April 2, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, April 2

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Concern over fishermen who left Isla Mujeres on Wednesday

Salieron de lsla Mujeres desde el miércoles y hasta ayer no se sabía de ellos

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 1 de abril.- .
  This has the same information as the TVIM article below, noting that the last contact with the fishermen was by radio marine band on the evening of Wednesday, March 30 when they had arrived at the fishing spot. They had left on Wednesday morning for an area south of Isla Mujeres, near Cozumel, known as "Molas" . Relatives of the missing fishermen have been gathering at the premises of the fishing cooperative "Patria y Progreso" awaiting news. 
        It says the missing fishermen are:  Jorge Fernando de la O Avalos “Pipis”; Marcos Bardales “Vampiro”; “Chatilly”; Rusel; and Beto. The port has been closed since Thursday for small boats (under 40 ft).
         It is noted that this is the first case in years, and recalled that in the late 90's during the "Mahache" season, various boats were affected by high seas near the island and in the open sea. The boat "El Maranatha" of the Isla Blanca cooperative capsized several miles south of port in a strong wind. Its crew was never recovered and the boat appeared weeks later near Florida. 

Electoral Council Installed   

Será presidido por Margarita Briceño Magaña

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ISLA MUJERES, 1 de abril.-
   The Electoral Council for Isla Mujeres was installed Thursday, following their appointments on Wednesday. The swearing in took place at 7:30pm, and the names of those involved are given in the article. A meeting of the Council is scheduled for tomorrow, so that candidates can register without inconvenience, and begin their campaigns tomorrow,April 2.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

*On Saturday and Sunday, April 2 & 3, there will be live music and the Guelaguetza performances from the eight regions of Oaxaca, starting at 5pm. 
     The fair ends Sunday. 9a-10pm
It's the final days of the Oaxaca & la Guelaguetza in Isla Mujeres. Don't miss this event full of culture, art, and tradition.
Últimos días de Oaxaca y la Guelaguetza en Isla Mujeres.
No te pierdas de su cultural, arte y tradición.

Mayor: Ensures the election process & facilities will be peaceful & secure  

  April 2 is the start of the electoral process, when the citizens of the 11 municipalities of the state of Quintana Roo to decide who they would like to elect for Governor and as members of the XV Legislature of the State Congress, as well as the mayors of each municipality.
    The Mayor of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magana Sanchez, promised the candidates and community that there would be conditions of security and tranquility for the campaigns and their facilities, within all three areas of the municipality; the island, the Continental Zone, and the Agricultural Zone. He asked the citizens to respect the laws governing electoral matters in the democratic life of Quintana Roo and Mexico.
          He said he had instructed the City Secretary General, Jose J Castillo Magana to hold an informational meeting with City employees and directors regarding complying with electoral regulations from the INE (National Electoral Institute) in document INE-CG78-2016, in compliance with Article 41 (BIII,Sec.C) of the Constitution of the United States of Mexico, regarding local elections 2015-2016.
    The Mayor said, "Democracy is a value that we the people of Quintana Roo  must preserve to maintain harmony and development. All islanders of voting age have an obligation to ensure respect for the beliefs and aspirations of every citizen of the municipality ". He encouraged citizens from every part of the municipality to vote on Sunday, June 5, freely and without hesitation.

Every corner of our beautiful island, is an inspiration for visitors and locals.
Cada rincón de nuestra bella isla, es una inspiración para visitantes y locales.

Take out the trash, respecting the collection schedule; taking care of our island is everyone's responsibility.
Saca la basura respetando el horario, el cuidado de nuestra isla es responsabilidad de todos.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)…/inicia-la-busqueda-de-a-…/

A search began today by sea & air for the 32 ft boat "Anastacia", and its four man crew, including Capt. Jorge de la O Avalos (aka "Pipis"; of On Isla Mujeres Tours). They departed Wednesday to fish for shark and were expected back Thursday afternoon.
Unofficial reports indicate they were going to the area known as "Molas", to the south of Isla Mujeres in the area of Cozumel. Four private boats are officially assisting the Naval search, and it is presumed there are others helping.
An alert was sent out yesterday among the boat captains to try and determine the whereabouts of the vessel. The missing crew includes Marcos Bardales, aka "Vampiro", a crew member known as "Chatilly", and another, whose information is not available.
The Navy, as well as its Search and Rescue Unit, are combing the area by sea and by air. In Isla Mujeres, the community is hoping and praying for their safe return, and hundreds have expressed their concern on social networks since the official notice last evening.
Sally Margolis posted: The Navy Search started this morning at 4am and: "To all who want to search for our friends and family members lost in the Anastacia, the authorities have authorized the search if you have a boat of 40 feet or more. Go at the cooperativa Patria y Progreso where gas will be provided."…/embarcacion-anastacia-si…/)

 Photos & full articles at the two links


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Search begun for missing fishermen  
Inicia búsqueda de pescadores extraviados.. [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link
  The Navy began searching on Friday afternoon in the vicinity of Punta Molas, Cozumel, for the boat "Anastasia" which has been missing since Wednesday, with five fishermen aboard. They had reported that they were in that area on Wednesday at dusk, and there has been no further communication from them. Around midday on Friday, it was decided to report them as missing to the Navy (SEMAR). At the time of their last communication, the southeasterly winds had already begun to intensify. These winds have kept small boats restricted to port the past two days (Boats under 40 feet, Thursday & Friday). The Anastasia is about 33 feet long.
           Naval sources confirmed that an airplane based in Cozumel began the search when the fishermen were reported missing before 2pm on Friday. (The rest of this article has the same information as those translated above).

Swimmer rescued in dangerous area  
Rescatan a bañista en zona peligrosa[+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link
 April 1
  As of Thursday evening, the only incident reported by the lifeguards among the holiday vacationers was the rescue of a swimmer who had gone outside the buoys near "Playa Sol" where there are hazardous currents. A lifeguard said that generally, the tourists have been complying with recommendations and they have assisted some visitors who suffered effects from the sun during the two weeks of the holiday season. He said the number of tourists visiting this kilometer of beach had decreased;  which is safe for entire families, except at the point near Playa Sol, especially outside the buoys.
    The municipal Tourism Department and the Traffic Police also reported a lack of incidents among tourists, who are visiting sites which include Punta sur, Sac Bajo, the Tortugranja, and Mundaca. Security is also being provided until the end of the holiday period by staff of the Red Cross, Navy, and Harbor Master.
  Strong winds
   The Harbor Master reported that the port was closed for small boats for the second day due to strong winds from the southeast, which are 27-30kph at the island and more intense in the open seas. 
        The Department of Communications and Transportation (SCT) forecast for the Caribbean Sea during the day includes "low pressures dominating this region. especially the coast of Quintana Roo and the Yucatan Channel, with clear to partly cloudy skies, with a possibility of an increased chance of  isolated rain in the afternoon, haziness, and very warm temperatures. "       The Harbor Master added that the winds on the coast of Quintana Roo are forecast to be southeast 30 to 40 kph (16-22 knots) with stronger gusts and waves of 1.2 to 2.1 meters (4-7 feet) and waves of 1.5 to 2.1 meters (5 to 7 feet). These effects that will be most intense in the northern region and at sea where the winds are expected to range from 37 to 46 kph (20 to 25 knots) with stronger gusts and waves that could exceed 2.4 meters (8 feet).       Advisory: Boaters of small vessels should exercise extreme caution in coastal and maritime areas of the region.The National Water Commission (CONAGUA) predicts the arrival of the first effects of cold front #52 on Saturday afternoon and evening, which could bring the benefit of temperatures below 25 degrees on Sunday.

Disputes continue within fishing cooperative  
Disputa en cooperativa, se calienta+] Ver mas  Photos & full article at this link

  As a consequence of the internal disputes within the fishing cooperative "Patria & Progreso, the electrical power was turned off at the cooperative's facility on Thursday on 3pm, affecting the area where seafood is refrigerated, causing a risk of spoilage of several tons of seafood. Jose Burgos showed a receipt that the CFE had been paid on March 22. There is more information in the article about the cooperative and its difficulties regarding its administration and the legal disputes within the organization.

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants.

April events

Sunset ~7p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
April 21   6:54pm
April 22   7:44pm  Full Moon
April 23    8:33pm
April 24    9:24pm
April 25   10:14pm
April 26   11:04pm
April 27    11:54pm

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30: March 26, April 9 and April 23.
To reach the classroom enter the doors shown in the photo & go through the building, into the courtyard. His classroom is on the right. If this front door is locked, go left around the side of the building to the back/seaside and enter the courtyard from there. LINK to FB page w  photos & more info

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

Saturday, March 19-Monday, April 4: Easter Vacation (Semana Santa)
Many domestic tourists visit during this time & the island (and ferries) are busy during the daytripper hours (~10a-5p)  

March 20- Palm Sunday  and 8p on Town Square: Pueblo Magico Nights 8p Fusion Latina Mardi Gras dance troupe performance

March 20-27  Holy Week
March 27  Easter (Domingo de Pascua)
April 5, Tuesday  Students return to school

March 19-April 3 9a-10pm Town Square including the Basketball court & Paseo de la Triguena.
 The Guelaguetza is a cultural festival dating back hundreds of years bringing together musicians and dancers from the eight regions of Oaxaca wearing clothing representative of their districts to dance, dine, pay homage to corn, and to share their native ceramics, textiles, etc. It typically takes place on two Mondays in July on an historical hill in Oaxaca,

The Oaxaca Exposition and Guelaguetza in Isla Mujeres is located on the Town Square, 9am-10pm thru April 3rd.
*The poster lists many of the types of items and foods for sale..."from the hands of the artisans who create them to your hands".

*On Saturday and Sunday, April 2 & 3, there will be live music and the Guelaguetza performances from the eight regions of Oaxaca, starting at 5pm.

April 7, Thursday  4-9p Casa de Cultura:  Artist Fair (Last of the season)

April 30  Children's Day
May 1 Labor Day

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