Sunday, August 14, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, August 14

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Requesting increased security on Hidalgo  

Claman por mayor seguridad en la Hidalgo

Para garantizar estancia de visitantes

Lanrry PARRA

Isla Mujeres, 12 de agosto.-
Leer más...Photo & full article at this link
    The municipal Department of Tourism has requested increased police surveillance until dawn on Hidalgo Avenue, where the most night life occurs on the island. There has been no violence in recent weeks, but there were previous incidents involving a manager of a business and a youth from Cancun. The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said these events must not be repeated because it damages the reputation of the island.
   He said during the holiday period there have been no complaints about poor service. He said they intervene directly to facilitate solutions to problems, and have intervened in five cases when credit cards were used at various establishments.
    Regarding a proposal to install a network of cameras, which was suggested six years ago, this has been postponed and perhaps it will be considered in the final days of this administration or perhaps by the next government.


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

Important notice for those eligible to register for the 65+ program
Aviso importante para las personas de 65 años o más que deseen inscribirse al programa +65

On August 15-21 we will celebrate 166 years since the foundation of the town.
Celebremos juntos los 166 años de la ciudad de ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬
Del 15 al 21 de agosto

Saturday August 20
7am 1st Foundation 15 km Race at Playa Centro (Posada beach) Free Registration
8pm Performance by Astrid Hadad at the Casa de Cultura

Sunday August 21 at the Casa de Cultura
8pm Festival of the Dances of the Caribbean in my Land with Trova Islena
#‎IslaFest‬ del Caribe a mi Tierra.
Encuentro de grupos de danza, domingo 21 de agosto a las 8pm en la Explanada de la Casa de Cultura.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Tropical waves cause strong winds  
Onda tropical causará fuertes vientos [+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link

   A tropical wave affecting the Yucatan Peninsula could cause increased winds and waves tonight and early Sunday according to forecasts from the SCT (Ministry of Communications and Transport). Effects were felt during the day, but the port was not closed for small boats. Some whale shark tour operators said there were several seasick tourists due to the increased waves, but there were no other consequences. This is not a new problem and at other times there have previously been complaints of back pain, with many visitors unaccustomed to the sudden movements that can occur in small boats because of the waves. On the island, there was some rain at 11am, when the first effects of the storm were felt.

Whale shark tours canceled due to weather 
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  On Saturday, the Harbor Master cancelled whale shark tours by boats under 40 feet for Sunday, due to effects of a tropical wave that may cause waves over 2 meters high and gusting winds. This decision affects around 100 boats. Boats over 40 feet may be allowed to make trips to Isla Contoy.
    The storms effects began on and around the island before noon on Saturday, and shortly after 4pm the Harbor Master reported there had been no incidents or accidents.
    These restrictions apply only to open water, and recreation and tours in the bay will be allowed, allowing the trimarans, catamarans, and small and medium boats to move people around the Bay on Sunday, when more than 8000 people are expected to be transported thru the two Maritime Terminals of APIQRoo (Port Authority of Quintana Roo). (It has been raining steadily all Sunday morning, which probably drastically reduced the number of people visiting for the day.)

Sermon about problems among young people 
Juventud confundida. [+] Ver masFull article and photo at this link
     In his sermon, Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo, monsignor of the Cancún-Chetumal parishes, spoke about the problems of youth, advising against use of marijuana and plans to legalize it. He advised following the Catholic faith and teachings of Jesus Christ. He spoke following the boat procession of the  Congreso Eucarístico Decanatal from Punta Sam on Friday, which included over 1200 participants from the parishes of Benito Juarez and Lazaro Cardenas.


Trash collection problem 
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  It was thought that this problem had been overcome downtown, and tourism service providers are concerned about the effect on the image of the island when trash piles up or is strewn on the ground. The problems are attributed to the lack of maintenance and renovation to the trash vehicles, and it is noted that 40 tonnes of trash are generated daily, and there are ongoing problems with it accumulating at the Trash Transfer Facility. Recently a large truck increased the transport of waste to the regional landfill on the mainland and reduced the accumulation of trash. However in this season, a large amount of foliage has accumulated and with the heat there is risk of a fire, which occurred last year and annoyed the neighbors with smoke for more than a week.

Large boat procession  
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  At 4:30pm a large boat procession from Punta Sam transported more than 1200 Catholics from 20 parishes in Benito Juarez and Lazaro Cardenas, who are participating in the Congreso Eucarístico Decanatal. More than 2500 Catholics gathered in front of the Immaculate Conception church for a Mass officiated by Monsignor Pedro Pablo Elizondo Cardenas, Bishop of Cancún-Chetumal Prelature, for the occasion of International Youth Day. They came to the island aboard cargo-passenger boat "Sergio Gracia Aguilar", with the trip taking half an hour, and there were 30 detonations announcing their docking at the concrete pier of APIQRoo (Quintana Roo Port Authority).
    They were met by hundreds of adults and young people dressed in white, and they walked together along Rueda Medina, with the vehicle of Cristo Ecaristico. It was a multicolored procession, with each delegation in their colors.  The procession lasting half an hour. Traffic for tourism was detoured to Juarez avenue while the main street was saturated for several minutes, and traffic resumed after they passed from Rueda Medina. They proceeded to Morelos Avenue, and the Mass began at 6pm in front of the Church. 
    Their journey back and forth across the bay was attractive, with wonderful scenery, especially the evening return at about 8pm, under a moon illuminating the Bay.

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August events

Sunset ~7:10p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
August 18    7:36p  Full moon
August 19    8:22
August 20    9:07
August 21    9:52
August 22   10:39
August 23   11:26

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.
The Delta Aquarid meteor showers continue into early August.…/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide…

Thur. Aug 4 Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura 4-9

Monday Aug 8: It's time for the annual Perseid meteor shower (eastward-over the Caribbean) & there may be twice as many this year LINK 

It peaks Thurs night/Fri morn & is best viewed after moon-set at 1:20am.
Moon-set tonight (Monday) is 11:20, and it's 40 mins later nightly. Hoping for clear skies!

Aug. 10-21 Five food trucks from Merida will visit Isla Mujeres as part of  Isla Fest  They are parked behind the Casa de Cultura

August 17-21 Taste of Isla Mujeres Artist Fair  at the Casa de Cultura 4pm 

 Friday August 19 & Saturday August 20   Isla Fest at the Casa de Cultura Free

Isla Fest
Conferences, expositions, exhibitions, shows, demonstrations
166th Anniversary of the Foundation of the town

Monday August 15, at the Casa de Cultura 11am
Photographic exhibition of the Art of Fishing
Exhibition from the Municipal Archives
Photographic and artistic exhibition 'Pinceladas Caribenas" (Caribbean brushstrokes)

Wednesday August 17
10am Placing of a wreath to commemorate the anniversary of the Cross in the Bay, from the ferry pier
7pm Formal City Council session to commemorate the 166th & coronation of the Queen of the Foundation Festivities of 2016, at the Casa de Cultura

Thursday August 18 as the Casa de Cultura
11am Isla Mujeres Historical Conference
7pm Poetry Recital: "Poesia Que Vino del Mar" (Poetry the comes from the sea)

Friday August 19 at the Casa de Cultura
8am Oratory Contest about the Foundation of the Town of Dolores
7pm Gastronomic Demonstration of Tiknxik
8pm Musical performances by Nicho Hinojosa and Miguel Inzunza

Saturday August 20
7am 1st Foundation 15 km Race at Playa Centro (Posada beach) Free Registration
8pm Performance by Astrid Hadad at the Casa de Cultura

Sunday August 21 at the Casa de Cultura
8pm Festival of the Dances of the Caribbean in my Land with Trova Islena
Aug. 21: The Festival of the Caribbean in My Land, with troupes of Mexican folk dancers performing dances with Caribbean rhythms. This event promotes art and culture through dances with Caribbean influences, focusing on unity and brotherhood via performing, and offering a venue for social and cultural exchange.

 Miguel Inzunza  Link to this video

Nicho Hinojosa LINK to this video  

One of the performers for Isla Fest is Astrid Hadad, who sports some amazing costumes in her performances. Her Wikipedia page says" one since has stuffed all of Mexican political and cultural history into a dress and laced it up with a feminist attitude quite like Ms. Hadad. In a way, one could say that Hadad’s wild cabaret is a little like a Frida Kahlo painting come to life. Like Frida, she draws from the rich motherlode of images offered up by Mexican history and culture: Catholic saints, Aztec and Mayan iconography, revolutionary heroes, exuberant flowers and plants, campesino and indigenous folk art, the golden era of Mexican cinema and so on. Hadad has absorbed this inheritance of a uniquely Mexican and female surrealism and created her own surrealist cabaret that pulses with campy humor and irony."
Link to this video

Sources for Storm Information:
Tropical Tidbits

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9. 

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