Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, January 18

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

A clean, litter-free island in the first 100 days of Mayor Juan Carrillo's government 

Una Isla limpia y sin basura

En primeros 100 días de gobierno de Juan Carrillo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de enero.-
Leer más.Full article at this link..
This information was translated yesterday. 

Trash in electrical system  

Encontraron de todo en registro

Empleados de la CFE

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de enero.
Leer más..Full article at this link.
   Employees with the CFE, Federal Electrical Commission, found trash in the underground system of electrical lines, which connects the junction at North Beach with the substation, next to the municipal cemetery. The workers had to clean out the trash first, before they were able to maneuver the cables, which supply electricity to the island. The trash may have been a major factor in the failure which occurred on Sunday and lasted until nearly noon on Monday. They put the trash on the sidewalk of Adolfo Lopez Mateos, where it stayed until nearly noon, because its removal hadn't been ordered by the director of Public Works before that. 

Woman took advantage of blackout to commit suicide 

Se suicida mujer

Aprovechó “apagón” en Isla Mujeres

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de enero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.    The first suicide of the year was recorded Monday night when a woman took her life by hanging herself, in a house near the Naval Hospital. At 8pm, the 911 operators received a report of the death of a person, and police officers and Red Cross paramedics were sent to the home, located a few meters from the Naval Hospital. Relatives of the 39 year old woman, MCL, said that the power had been suspended at 5pm and when it was restored at 8pm they realized she had hung herself with her hammock. Staff with the Ministerio Publico (Public Prosecutor's office) arrived, collected information, and transferred the body to the Forensic Medical Service in Cancun.


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

Keeping our commitment of maintaining a clean and litter free Isla Mujeres
Cumplimos con el compromiso de mantener limpio y sin basura a #IslaMujeres.

The the first 100 days of this administration, there has been improvement in trash collection, and a new route to ensure that the public areas and avenues remain clean.
Durante estos 100 días de trabajo, se reforzó el servicio de recolecta de basura, de igual forma, se implementó una nueva ruta para revisar que se mantengan limpias las áreas públicas y avenidas.

There has been an intense effort to clean out the Trash Transfer Facility. There has been cleaning, pruning, weeding, landscaping, and painting done at parks, public spaces, roadsides and road dividers by City crews and citizen brigades.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

The Civil Defense Department quickly controlled a fire at La Argentina Grill on Hidalgo avenue after flames were shooting out of a chimney, due to an accumulation of grease. The owner, whose name is Raul, was visibly annoyed with the firefighters, saying it was not a fire as such and they damaged part of the structure on the roof. The fire was presumably caused by failure to maintain the chimney. The Director of Civil Protection, Ulises Berman said he had not ruled out the possibility that the property may be secured while verifying safety measures and protocols. It is noted that this is not the first fire in the area. Some years ago a palapa burned up and more recently there was a kitchen fire at a grill under similar circumstances as these.…Full article at this link/

City is supervising the works in progress by the Electrical Commission which could continue for three weeks…Full article at this link/
  The Directors of the Public Works Department and the Urban Development Department of the City of Isla Mujeres were accompanied by representatives with Aguakan and the CFE to inspect the work being done by the CFE to restore the subterranean line that supplies electricity to the city, and to put an end to the blackouts that have occurred during the past three days. 
     Cesar Poot Lopez, Director of Public Works, said that instructions have been given by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, to oversee the area where the work is being done on the high tension lines, accompanied by Nivardo Fernandez, Director of Urban Development, to monitor constantly the advances on this work.
   The work that was done in the areas of the CFE substation in Isla Mujeres, along the avenues of Rueda Medina, Hidalgo, and Adolfo Lopez Mateo, involved the 'superficial' installation of a provisional cable along 500 meters to act as a substitute for the damaged subterranean cable that caused the outage. 
     Sr. Poot Lopez explained that the CFE expects this work to take 21 days, and they understand that this will cause inconvenience for the community, but it is necessary to guarantee quality service for the islanders in the future. 

Panic gripped Cancun Tuesday afternoon when armed gunmen attacked the Fiscalía General del Estado de Quintana Roo, (state Attorney General's facility) and the C4,  (an adjoining Command Center). According to initial reports, one officer with the Judicial Police is dead, and other officers and a female administrative staff member were injured.
  Witnesses said that the hitmen were on a motorcycle and opened fire against the Fiscalia. The events happened in broad daylight.
    Hundreds of residents were witnesses and heard the gunshots, which continued for some minutes. This unleashed a torrent of videos on social networks, causing widespread concern. The chase continued down various avenues of the city, from Xcaret avenue, where the armed attack began, down Nichupte and past La Luna, presumably leaving three wounded in the area of Gran Plaza.…/


There is a video on TVIM of the Governor's statement and an article about the Secretary General's interview this morning. 

Regarding the attack yesterday in Cancun by armed men at the Fiscalia facility, here is a translation of the Governor's statement last evening, followed by information from an interview this morning with the state Secretary General, who says the attack was an act by organized crime in response to this administration's anti-crime efforts, and he denies it was intended to rescue "Doña Lety", saying no one was in custody at the facility at the time.

Gov. Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez said:
Since the citizens made me Governor, there has been a strong demand to combat corruption and impunity.
Therefore in fulfillment of my duty, we have been working as follows:
1 .- We reversed the package of impunity that the former governor presented to the local Congress and that prevented the procurement of justice being conducted objectively and impartially.
2.- We filed criminal charges against officials and former officials who violated the law and plundered the state's assets.
3.- We opened audits to have concrete and objective evidence to punish the guilty.
A key element in combating impunity was to establish an independent, impartial and objective Prosecutor's Office, headed by lawyers with extensive knowledge and experience.
The armed attack that criminal groups made today to the offices of the Attorney General's Office in Cancun is a result of these actions combating impunity.
The criminals have been accustomed to committing crimes that not only went unpunished, they were tolerated.
From the first day of my government I pointed out that no one is above the law and that anyone who breaks the law will pay for it.
This attack on the institutions of justice shows that we are on the right path, and we will not let our guard down.
I reaffirm my commitment to the citizens to maintain peace and order, applying the laws equally to all citizens.
During these events, Humberto Mora Ochoa, a ministerial police officer with 25 years of service in the Public Prosecutor's Office, lost his life.
To his relatives, with respect, I send my deepest condolences and recognition of their loss.
Three offenders died and five more were arrested.
We are working in coordination with the federal and municipal authorities, andI have spoken with the Secretary of the Interior from whom I obtained an agreement of support by the Federal Government, who are sending federal forces, which are already on the way, with the objective to support the maintenance of the order and the security of the citizens.
The best way to generate chaos is by spreading rumors that only scandalize and divide us. Let us act responsibly and be attentive to the information and recommendations of the authorities.
The state is under control and in order.
The Canadians and our visitors can live their lives normally. Again, the forces of the three levels of government are protecting the community.
I have instructed the head of Public Security and the Secretary of Government to keep in constant communication about the facts to avoid disinformation and confusion.
I reiterate: the fight against corruption and impunity is serious and anyone who attacks society and its laws, will pay. (Original text in Spanish was in Diario de Yucatan, who got it from Notimex. Video is on TVIM.)
This translation is excerpted from

Secretary General Francisco Lopez Mena, in a telephone interview with "Despierta con Loret" this morning, said that the attack on the facilities of the Attorney General's office was not related to the rescue of some arrested person & that at the time of the armed aggression, there was no one in custody.
He rejected the rumors that the attack was intended to rescue a detainee at the governmental facilities and said, "There were no detainees in the Prosecutor's offices at the time of the attack."
He said, "At the time of the attack, perpetrated by at least 10 people on motorcycles, “Doña Lety, the woman alleged to be in charge of the "narcomenudeo" (drug related crimes) within the community, was not at the facility, nor were there any other detainees at the Attorney General's office in Cancun."
Sr. Lopez Mena affirmed that the state of Quintana Roo is not dominated by drug trafficking and that the armed attack against the facilities of the Prosecutor's office were "associated with the context of battling corruptions, but we are not going to let ourselves be intimidated." He said, "It is an act of organized crime in response to actions implemented by the government, but they have not pinpointed which group is behind the attacks in recent days."
He said it is very likely to be a fight for control of the town, but also a response to the governments decision to combat impunity. However, moments later he said, "We do not know if the administration of Roberto Borge is behind this." and "It is not necessarily politically motivated, but rather in the interests of politicians who are linked to organized crime."
He said there is a line of investigation under way that could link the events at the Blue Parrot bar (in Playa del Carmen) with the attacks the following day (in Cancun.).


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Electrical work to continue for three weeks 
Más fallas en la energía eléctrica. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Like the article translated above, this one says work will continue for about three weeks on the underground line that supplies electrical power to Isla Mujeres, and a provisional line has been installed to provide power during the work. However, no guarantees were made that power would not be interrupted during that time. The temporary line spans 500 meters, and was installed along the surface, while they work to replace the underground wiring in that section.
   There is specialized equipment parked near the municipal Cemetery, along Adolfo Lopez Mateos, and in order to facilitate their work, they want to keep that street as clear of vehicles as possible, and to limit thru traffic to trucks who are delivering gas & necessary services for the hotels, restaurants, and shops in the area.
   They intend to install a new system of underground wiring with two lines of new, reinforced cable of better quality, so that if one fails, the other can provide service, to avoid any further interruptions in electrical power for the community.

Deadline for Nueva Ciudad property documents  
  Tendrán un lote de terreno en la Nueva Ciudadn (.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Tuesday was the deadline for islanders to present their letters of assignment which had been obtained (purchased) during the administration of former mayor Paulino Adame Torres, which will allow them access to a plot of land in the Nueva Ciudad de Isla Mujeres, which will be located on the mainland at the end of Kabah avenue, in polygon 1107. Many people who had waited until the last minute formed a long line at the Urban Development office, waiting patiently to submit their documents.
     David Catro Lopez, former director of Urban Development during the Adame-Torres administration and author of the Nueva Ciudad de Isla Mujere project, said that not only islanders who purchased letters of assignment (the plaintiffs) will be entitled to lots, but also any residents of the island (non applicants) who did not manage to submit their documents to the Urban Development agency, can go to SEDUVI at the intersection of Lopez Portillo and Kabah avenues.
    There is more information on the location of the Nueva Ciudad on the mainland, and about the history of the letters of assignment and their legal efforts to obtain lots, which were eventually successful and now this is being implemented. The lots are on 200 hectares owned by the municipality in the Continental Zone, which were donated to the former governmental housing agency INFOVIR (which is now SEDUVI) by the municipal government during the administration of former Mayor Manuela Godoy Gonzalez. Polygon 1107 is located at the end of the imaginary line of Kabah Avenue, and along a good stretch of road before reaching what will be the Nueva Ciudad de Isla Mujeres, where you find numerous homes as part of the development Villa del Mar Plus, which is considered advantageous, since the proximity of services will enable quicker development.
      Sr Lopez said that the plan is not to hand the project over to a construction company, but rather to deliver the lots to the beneficiaries with all the services, leaving the owners in charge of construction, so that each family can have the house built as they prefer. It is recalled that a group of 101 residents of Isla Mujeres had their letters of assignment and of occupation approved on December 23, 2015, by a legal judgement and the court and order details are given. This obligation was not carried out during the previous administration, and is now taking place.

A clean municipality without litter 
Municipio limpio y sin basura [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Most of this information has been translated, about the Mayor keeping his commitment to improve trash collection and keep the streets clean. This article also mentions the South Korean Environmental Corporation had expressed an interest in working with the City of Isla Mujeres on issues related to environmental conservation, and an agreement was signed with them.

Navigation restricted outside of the Bay for small boats  
Puerto en la Bahía abierto +] Ver masFull article at this link
  Boats under 40 feet were restricted from navigation in the open seas, but were allowed to operate withing the bay. A Surada (winds from the south) is expected to arrive on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21 with winds of 40 to 50 km/hour with stronger gusts and larger waves on the open seas. The winds are expected to change direction when a northern front rolls in early on Sunday. The could cause a port closure, starting on Friday, for smaller boats. Fishermen who went out early on Monday said the weather conditions did not allow them to go out very far, and Tuesday was hardly worth the money spent on gas because their nets were filled with seaweed and sagazo, and some mixed species of fish. Demand for nautical tours has reduced since the Christmas holidays, and is expected to improve again during the Easter vacations. The bars and restaurants have been doing a good business, in spite of the blackouts. Hotel occupancy decreased after the Christmas holiday, but many foreigners visit the hotels for three to five nights.....and it ends mid sentence.

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January Events
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Jan. 1 Sunday  New Year's Day

Jan. 5 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 6  Friday  Three King's Day   Children receive presents & the holiday season ends

Sunset ~6:25p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Jan. 12  6:55  Full Moon
Jan. 13  7:56
Jan. 14  8:55
Jan. 15  9:51
  Jan. 16  10:44
    Jan. 17   11:36  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Yoga at the Casa Cultura on Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6pm. On the back street, Guerrero, at Abasolo.

Jan. 12  Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9  Casa de Cultura, featuring the Rolling Papers a very talented local Reggae band from 6- 8. After the music seems like there is always a surprise, will it be Mayan Warriors? Fire Dancers? Jugglers? Only way to find out is to be there. DRINK BEER….BUY ART…..EAT FOOD…..DANCE…..HAVE FUN.

Jan. 15 Sunday 8p Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 19 Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 22 Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 26  Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 29  Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20. 

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