Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, April 5

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

DQR still has yesterday's news....


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

The Underwater Museum of Art (MUSA) is a museum located under the waters of the Mexican Caribbean Sea, in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla mujeres and Punta Nizu, which was founded in 2009.
El Museo Subacuático de Arte o MUSA es un museo ubicado bajo las aguas del mar Caribe mexicano, en las aguas que rodean Cancún, Isla Mujeres y Punta Nizu, el cual fue fundado en el 2009.

This press release of general interest was issued by the Navy of the Fifth Zone, based in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo:
    In compliance with the laws charging the Ministry of the Mexican Navy to safeguard life at sea, via the Navy of the Fifth Zone, a search and rescue plan has been implemented to find the boat "Anastacia". 
     On April 1, 2016, the Navy of the Fifth Zone became aware of the delay in the return to their base port of the boat "Anastacia" with four (sic, five) crew on board, which had departed from Isla Mujeres on March 30, 2016, to go fishing, and was expected to return on Thursday, March 31. 
     Therefore, the Navy of the Fifth zone ordered the departure of a Coastal Patrol Boat, an Oceanic Defender Patrol Boat, and two aircraft of which one was a Persuader and the other a Texan II. They made a search offshore from Cozumel, to the north of Dzilam of Bravo, Yucatan.
      For 72 hours, three boats and two Navy aircraft have covered the area where they would be likely to find the boat, with negative results. The search will continue until completion of all the protocols established for this purpose.

Our beautiful beaches are no place to leave trash.
Take care of our beautiful paradise. Don't litter.

En nuestras bellas playas no hay lugar para la basura.
Cuidemos nuestro hermoso paraíso.

With a beautiful picture of our island, we wish you all a wonderful day
Con una hermosa foto de nuestra isla, les deseamos a todos un excelente día.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Familiares de los pescadores desaparecidos desde hace 4 días siguen recibiendo apoyo para continuar la búsqueda https://t.co/zFecKjSbMN
Families of the fishermen who have been missing for 4 days receive assistance to continue the search. (Photo at link). https://t.co/zFecKjSbMN

Efforts continue to raise funds and increase the serach for the missing fishermen (photo at link)https://t.co/If8oecxjMG
Continúa movimiento para recaudar fondos y redoblar la búsqueda de los pescadores desaparecidos https://t.co/If8oecxjMG

Yesterday at 11:50am ·
Demonstrations of assistance continue from the foreign communty to the wives of the missing fishermen  photo at linhttps://t.co/enPkR9EAgp
Continúan las muestras de apoyo por parte de la comunidad extranjera a esposas de pescadores desaparecidos

Yesterday at 12:22pm
The foreign community is offering a 10,000 dollar reward for finding the lost fishermen (poster at link)  
Comunidad extranjera ofrecen 10 mil dólares de recompensa por la búsqueda de los pescadores de #‎IslaMujeres‬ https://t.co/nmEw9m9BH7


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

No sign of missing fishermen 
Ni rastro. [+] Ver mas Photos & full article at this link
  April 4
 On the fourth day of the search for the five fishermen who have been missing since Wednesday evening, all three levels of government are coordinating a search of the Gulf of Mexico with the civilian community, among whom several individuals have organized financial donations to continue this effort indefinitely.
    The Navy issued a statement (see City Section above).
All of the Gulf of Mexico  
       In an interview, the Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil said that at noon the search was extended across the Gulf of Mexico with two aircraft searching on Monday, following the possibility that the boat is adrift and following one of the three likely currents toward Campeche Sound, the center of the Gulf of Mexico, or directly toward the Florida keys.
       All Harbor Masters in the region were promptly notified to collaborate with these efforts. Some volunteers who are directly involved with the search are trying to establish a temporary base in Cuba to direct the search in the Caribbean latitudes, because one of the currents could have sent them over there.
      Crews on large boats have been advised to be vigilant during their passage through the Gulf of Mexico and the northwestern Caribbean Sea and to make a report if they see the boat. Flights have been made searching over  the area north of Punta Mola, Cozumel, to the area of the Florida keys in the US.
     Six small boats are involved with searching the nearby areas when conditions permit. On Sunday at noon, the largest boat of the Ultramar ferry company, "Piolin" (Tweety) had departed and was located 90 miles north of Isla Mujeres,  heading out another 200 miles.

        The collection campaign has included efforts and contributions from both the local and foreign communities, including an online collection and a reward for anyone who finds the missing fishermen, who are:  Jorge Fernando de la O. Avalos “Pipis”, Marco Antonio Bardales Pastrana “Vampiro”, Alfonso Jiménez Torres “Chatilly”, Rusel Pech Cemé “Curro” y Humberto Constantino Ordaz “Beto” of the 33 ft. fishing boat "Anastacia".
      The online collection on a page in English is making good progress and had more than 10,000 dollars this morning, mostly with help from outside. There has been a massive participation of firends and acquaintances to join the effort and many announcements in the social networks.  The GoFund Me site has raised nearly 19,000 dollars as of early afternoon today. Here: https://www.gofundme.com/3wx7cg6s
      Jorge Fernando de la O Pino, father of "Pipis" (the boat captain) gave thanks to the government, to the Patria & Progresso cooperative, and to the families and friends who had show such good will...He also thanked the Navy of Mexico, and as a former member of its ranks, he has a special appreciation of their contribution.  Here is a translation of his statement:
. Good day. Every day, life brings situations and things that often one does not understand. Life brings us many challenges which we must resolve. Currently, I'm living through a situation that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. May God bless you today and always, son, in life, together with your companions, on an adventure that is not over yet and that is marking my life and that of your families. I have faith that you are coming back okay after this adventure. I am giving thanks to God, to the authorities, and to everyone of you for all the efforts and help that has been given to try to find these adventurers, but I especially want to thank the fishermen of "Patria & Progreso" cooperative. Thank you so very much. Today we will continue with the search. Lord, light the way and protect these adventurers. Anastacia is afloat and we are going to find her.

Military and civilian planes assisting in the search  
Aeronaves militares y civiles apoyan la búsquedaVer mas Full article at this link
April 4
    In northerly winds, for the fourth day the search by air and sea for the five missing fishermen continued into the Gulf of Mexico, with two planes participating, and no favorable results, according to the Harbor Master. The search will continue on Tuesday with support by military and civilian aircraft, to cover more area of the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Keys.
    Shortly before dusk, the Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, confirmed that there were no favorable results in the search, but that it will continue to follow the plans already drawn up for the following day. This is all in coordination with the Navy and operation would continue until the last moments of daylight.
      The Navy made a statement in the morning, and the father of one of the missing men expressed his gratitude (see article above.) Prayer chains are circulating and the islanders have united in this common cause. There is a strategy in place, taking into consideration the ocean currents and prevailing winds in the region. The routes of large ships, cargo tankers, and cruise ships through the area of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea are being monitored and they have been asked to help. This petition has been made through the official channels of communication. 

Lifeguards were busy  
Guardavidas tuvieron mucha actividad [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at link

  With the effects of cold front #52, the weather was cloudy on Monday, causing a fewer number of visitors for the last day of the Easter vacation season. The lifeguards reported rescuing of six people this weekend, who found themselves in trouble in the water. According to witnesses who were involved in the rescues, on Friday four people were helped and on Saturday two people were saved, which when added to one on the last day of March, makes a total of seven. They all occurred in the area of "Playa Sol" and "Chichi's at North Beach.
      According to the lifeguards, on Friday, there was a family visiting from the interior of Mexico, who were within the area of the buoys, but they went beyond the shallow water where the current is stronger, and the water is deeper. Since they could not swim well, they panicked, and they were given assistance.
   The following day in the same area near Playa Sol, two Mexican visitors were rescued, who had gone beyond the buoys and into the currents, which also happened to one swimmer in late March. During the Easter season, there were thousands of people in the sea daily, especially on the weekends, when the 12 lifeguards are busiest keeping them safe.
   On a tour of the beaches before noon on Monday, it was noted that the number of visitors was decreased and the weather was threatening to rain, after drizzling and raining off and on earlier. The port was open for small boats, and puddles of water or flooding was observed on the malecon and other low spots where water tends to gather such as the near the Fishermen's monument on Medina, at the intersection of Hidalgo and Abasolo, and the sports area in colonia Salina.
      According to forecasts and satellite imagery, the "Norte" front could intensify Monday night.

State handball competition winners  
Concluyó selectivo estatal de handball. [+] Ver mas
    The handball players who will represent the state in the categories of Cadet, Youth, and Special Youth Under 20  in the national competitions were determined this weekend. The competitions were held Friday thru Sunday at the CDAR (Performance Center) of Benito Juarez (Cancun). The results were as follows:
  • In women's cadets, first place went to Benito Juarez; second, Othón P. Blanco; and third, Cozumel.  
  •  In male cadets, first, Isla Mujeres; Second, Othón P. Blanco; and third, Cozumel. 
  • In women's youth, Benito Juarez took first and Othón P. Blanco took second.
  • In male juvenile, first, second and third went to  Isla Mujeres, Benito Juarez and Othon P. Blanco,
  • In male juvenile special under 20 Isla Mujeres took first again, followed by Cozumel and Benito Juarez.
  • In female juvenile special under 20 Isla Mujeres and Cozumel won and will represent the state.
      The municipality of Solidaridad participated but did not win on this occasion, but plan to surprise everyone next year by the level of improvement they hope to achieve. Isla Mujeres is a regional power at an advanced level and is expected to continue developing new players in the children's and youth categories, in both male and female groups.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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 21, Monday  Anniversary of the Birth of Benito Juarez
March 24 Holy Thursday: Mass 7:30 at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception 8:30 reenactment on the Town Square of the washing of the feet of the 12 Apostles. 9pm Mass at Sacred Heart in La Gloria.
March 25  Good Friday   Noon: Viacrusis procession of the Stations of the Cross (Passion of Christ). Begins slightly before noon at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria, with over 90 actors reenacting the Stations of the Cross and ending on the Town Square downtown. 
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".
*There is the schedule of activities, which generally start at 6p and include music and dancing from different regions of the state of Oaxaca.
*There are learn to dance workshops 5pm-6pm thru April 1st.
*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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