Saturday, April 22, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, April 22

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Trash causes flooding of Hidalgo and nearby streets  

Basura provoca inundaciones

En avenida Hidalgo y calles aledañas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de abril.-
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Municipal agencies working together

Trabajo coordinado

 Impulsa Juan Carrillo, ante cualquier emergencia

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de abril.-
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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

Successful special edition of "Noches Magicas"  (See the events section below for information about the performances tonight and tomorrow night.)

As part of the celebrations of the commemoration of the 500th anniversary since Isla Mujeres was discovered by Europeans, the City government, led by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, presented a special edition of  Noches Magicas. The event was coordinated by the municipal Institute of Culture and Art and featured singer Aldahir Davila and dancers of the academy "Danza, Arte y Expresión" "Pavlova Street Jazz", who presented an entertaining evening that promotes the culture of Isla Mujeres. 
   The Mayor said that with these events, they seek to promote artistic and cultural activities, as well as to raise awareness about local talent, and above all, to foster family togetherness by providing areas and events that all island families can attend and have healthy recreation. 
    The "Noches Magicas" events are another example of the commitment of the Mayor to the promotion of culture, which has a very important role on the island. He will continue working together with the Director of the Institute of Art & Culture, Ruben Perez Martin, to continue to present artistic and cultural events for the islanders.

April 25 is the World Day for the Prevention of Malaria   This says that prevention begins at home by keeping your roof and yard free of containers where mosquitoes can breed who carry Malaria.  Free testing is offered (drop of blood) between 10am and 1 pm at the Community Center and at the Health Department.


City agencies work together to prevent problems 
The municipal president of Isla Mujeres, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, instructed the City authorities to work in a coordinated way to resolve any emergency caused by the trough that is located over the Yucatan peninsula, and has caused heavy rains on the island. Thanks to the timely intervention of various municipal agencies, such as Civil Protection, Public Services and the Fire Department, major problems have been avoided in the municipality, and they increased efforts to maintain the islanders' safety.
  The Department of Civil Protection removed water from Hidalgo avenue, the area by the Monument to the Fishermen, in the vicinity of Salina Grande, in colonia Meteorologico, and in the streets of colonia la Gloria, as well as other areas. 
   The Mayor asked the citizens to help prevent flooding by various actions, such as not putting trash in the streets and sweeping in front of their homes. He said, "Protection of the families of Isla Mujeres is my priority, and I assure you that we will continue working in the streets and avenues of the municipality, in a coordinated manner between the City agencies, and with the citizenry, to achieve good results and to have a safe island for everyone.

City Council approves funds for scholarships  
    The Municipal Scholarship Committee of Isla Mujeres 2016-2017, chaired by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, has a budget of up to 450,000 pesos, which will be distributed according to the number of scholarships requested, and the Committee determines the sums and approves them. The Committee, and its budget, were approved last December 23rd, during the sixth regular session of the City Council. The Mayor said that more than 330 students will benefit from assistance for March-April and for May-June.
   For primary students, there are 114 students with economic needs receiving 300 pesos each. Thirty eight students are receiving 400 pesos for academic excellence. One student with a sports scholarship is receiving 300 pesos.
    For middle school students, there are 53 students receiving economic scholarships of 400 pesos, and 114 students receiving 600 pesos each for academic excellence. There are two students receiving sports scholarships of 400 pesos.
   At the high school level, 35 students are receiving economic scholarships of 1000 pesos, and three students are receiving 1300 pesos each for academic excellence, and one student is receiving a sports scholarship of 1000 pesos.
    At the university level,  41 students are receiving economic scholarships of 1500 pesos, while four students are each receiving 1900 pesos for academic excellence, and one student is receiving a sports scholarship of 1500 pesos.
   For special education students, there are 19 scholarships in the amount of 700 pesos each.
    The Mayor said, "Our children and young people are the future of Isla Mujeres, and this is why as authorities we have the duty to support their intellectual development, to create good citizens. These scholarships represent my commitment, and that of this administration, to work for the future of the youth of this municipality. "


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Commemorating the anniversary of the heroic deeds of the port of Veracruz-…/
Requesting that merchants do not leave trash in the streets, in order to avoid flooding-…/
Scholarship Committee in Isla mujeres approves amounts for students-


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Thousands of liters of water pumped from the Salina lakes  
Desaguan miles de litros de las Salinas.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

April 21   On Thursday evening during the heavy rain, the Department of Civil Protection started the pumps for Salina Grande and Salina Chica, with no apparent flooding risks noted today. The water level had risen rapidly about 10 centimeters above the acceptable level, so the pumps were activated to remove thousands of cubic meters of water to the sea, until noon.  The runoff continues and the National Water Commission has predicted that the rain would continue on Sunday, however, today on Friday it hasn't rained since 9am.
   The Civil Protection brigades were deployed to several locations where there are risks for flooding, and the biggest problem they face is that the drains are clogged with trash that washed into them from the streets. Officials are asking the community to deposit their trash in containers.
    As long as the water levels are below the limit in the Salinas, there are places for the run off to go. Civil Protection personnel reported to attend to the new barrage of rain, but the received strong criticism for the flooding that occurred downtown at the intersection of Abasolo and Hidalgo, late on Thursday night.
    The municipal agencies are encouraging the residents and businesses on these streets to help prevent clogging of the drains and to be careful about where trash is thrown, especially when there is a threat of rain. An employee who monitors the automated pumps at the Casa de la Cultura explained, "The pumps have the capacity to eliminate the whole accumulation of water in about 20 minutes, but this does not work well when there is trash. It is that simple."
     Along the main street and malecon Rueda Medina, there is a need to improve the drainage or assist it, and it is presumed this was poorly designed when it was constructed more than five years ago. Social networks were very busy with comments about flooding with some saying that the community needs to get involved to reduce this reoccurring problem during rain storms, while others blamed the City for not doing their preventative work in time.
     Some merchants suffered losses of their products which got wet, and one small vendors said the water caused a loss of 10,000 pesos. Problems also occurred when a truck entered the street causing waves that breached the 'pretiles' installed as a defense at various businesses in an attempt to stop the water. The flooding lasted for about two hours.

Accident victim still waiting  
Incumplen a señora atropellada. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

       Señora Suemy Marfil Martínez was injured when her motorcycle was struck from behind by a patrol car over a month ago, and she is still waiting for the City to fulfill their promises to her regarding her medical treatment and bills. Her lawyer, Erika Hau Cen, went to the Town Hall at noon today and met with the legal director Jaime Torres. She is seeking to have the City pay the claim directly because the insurer Qualitas is not involved since the policy of the patrol car was not up to date when the accident occurred on March 23.
      Ms Suemy was riding her motorcycle on the road to Garrafon, going from south to north, near the colonia Caridad del Cobre when patrol car #6020, driven by Javier Santurrión Galindo, struck her vehicle from behind while trying to enter the colonia. She lost control and fell to the pavement, breaking her nasal septum and injuring her right wrist and tailbone. She needs to have medical studies done of her head, and is now at risk of losing her job due to problems associated with this accident.
     On April 10, she went to talk to Mayor Juan Carrillo about this issue, but she was referred to the legal department who made an "agreement", but she says it has not been fulfilled and nothing has been done.
    The Ministerio Público assigned the case #105/2017 and determined in favor of Ms Suemy, and now she is waiting for the accused to take responsibility and cover all the damage. Apparently, the Human Rights Commission has also been informed. Her lawyer said it has been one month since the accident and the officer has not responded regarding the injuries and damages he caused. In the same manner, the Police Department and the City of Isla Mujeres have not fulfilled this responsibility.
   The lawyer said they interviewed the Legal Director, who explained that the insurance policy of the patrol car was not paid, so they spoke with the General Secretary of the City, who requested one more day. But now a week has passed without any news and meanwhile the injured woman has felt badly, and the injuries could cause long term damage.  The lawyer said they have been told three times that everything is being taken care of, but at this time, no one has stepped up to take responsibility for not paying the policy on time. The file with the MP shows the damages and injuries that have not been resolved, and meanwhile the police officer remains free to move around the isle.

Commemoration of the CIII anniversary of the Defense of Veracruz
Conmemoran CIII años de defensa de VeracruzVer masFull article at this link
 April 21  Due to the poor weather, the Navy held the event indoors, honoring the heroes of the battle which occurred in 1914, including the  Héroes de la Heroica Escuela Naval Militar and Heroico Colegio Militar. There was a moment of silence in honor of Lieutenant Jose Azueta and the cadet Virgilio Uribe, who lost their lives protecting Mexico on this day in 1914 against the imminent landing of American troops. Their names appear on monuments at nearly all the ports in Mexico. LINK to background about this event. 

     Editorial note: When the American troops arrived, there were no Mexican troops in Veracruz, and 193 citizens and cadets of the Naval academy died trying to defend the city. Mexico was in the midst of a revolution/civil war against the dictator Huerta, and the federal troops were elsewhere. This article says...
"It was the people of Veracruz — masons, police officers, carpenters, street sweepers, shopkeepers, students of the Naval Academy, even prisoners — who resisted. Almost every Veracruzan family treasures the memory of at least one heroic act: the young Judith Oropeza who threw bricks from her rooftop at the Americans; the prostitute nicknamed “America” who set her ammunition belt on a flat roof and fired down at the “gringos”; the artillery lieutenant José Azueta who, all by himself, with an antiquated machine gun, covered the retreat of his comrades at the Naval Academy who had been battling the Americans. By the end of the fighting, 193 Mexicans had died (including Lieutenant Azueta) along with 19 American soldiers."

Final round of basketball league competition starts Saturday  
Inicia gran final, este sábado+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The first game of the four game final series will be played Saturday night at the Convention Center for the Major Basketball League of Quintana Roo when the Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres will play agains the Dorados of Playa del Carmen, starting at 8pm. The second game between these two teams will be played at the same location on Sunday at 11am. A full house is expected and fans are commenting on social networks.

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 April Events
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Saturday, April 1 at the Casa de la Cultura 5pm: Festokin with musical guests: Elefangs, Los Afectados, Ultra P, @Kiritz, Isla Sounds Mexico, Mindblowing Sound Corp, and spirulahelix. Creative talent includes muralists, graffiti artists, body painters & more.

Sunday, April 2 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, April 4 Jazz Dance Classes 6p Casa de la Cultura

Thursday, April 6 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer
Isla Brewing Company says: Where can all your dreams come true? The Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura has it all. Awesome Art, Delicious Food, Cold Beer, and Great Music. This week’s musical guest is Kiritz Reggae, 6 – 8, everything is IRIE
Thursday, April 6   6pm
     You are invited to an event about the workshops available at the Casa de la Cultura on Thursday at 6pm. Learn pinata making, hammock making, Yoga, dance & more!

Friday, April 7 Easter Vacation begins
On Good Friday, April 14, about 75 actors are expected to participate in the reenactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, which is part of the celebrations of the 500 years since Catholicism came to these lands. This will be the 25th anniversary of this celebration of the Passion of Christ in Isla Mujeres, and will include all the actors who have played Christ over those 25 years.
   Holy Week begins April 9th with Palm Sunday, with the blessing of the palms and more emphasis will be given to the entrance of Christ (played for the sixth time by Wenceslao Trejo Martinez) into Jerusalem, riding on a small burro, as it says in the Scriptures.
   A press conference was held about the event by parish priest Raul Sanchez, who explained that more than 30,000 pesos are being invested in the event, since it celebrates the 25 years of this event as well as 500 years since Isla Mujeres was encountered by Europeans, bringing Catholicism. They are getting new armor from Guadalajara for the Roman soldiers, and a renovation to the wardrobes of the main characters, so they will look more professional and realistic, as well as the costs of the burro.


Friday April 7 6:30-8:30p Cocktail reception for Batik Artist Sergio
 Amar Cocina Peruana Restaurant is on the back street Guerrero, just north of Abasolo & the Cultural Center, on the west side of the street. Sergio's impressive batik art can be seen, and purchased, at the Thursday Artist Fairs. He also does murals & sign painting. We love the mural he painted for us! His are will be featured and for sale at the restaurant all month.

Sunday, April 9  Palm Sunday
On Palm Sunday at 9:30am, a procession will reenact the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, by walking from Playa Centro to the Town Square, where a mass will be celebrated in front of an audience which is expected to be ~1000 Catholics.  Fifty people will participate as actors and 20 will be in charge of logistics.
   Another reenactment of the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem is scheduled for 7:30pm from the tourist center at Mundaca Hacienda to the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria, where Mass will take place.

 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Sunset ~7:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
April 11  7:39 Full Moon
April 12   8:30  
April 13   9:20
April 14  10:10
April 15  10:59
  April 16  11:48   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Thursday, April 13 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer

Holy Thursday, April 13 Foot Washing Ceremony and reenactment of the Last Supper Town Square Immaculate Concepcion Church
  There will be two Last Suppers and Washing of the Feet reenactments, with the first at the downtown church Immaculate Conception at 8:30pm and the second is an hour later at the Sacred Heart Church

Good Friday, April 14 10:30am Sacred Heart Church (in la Gloria), Passion of Christ reenactment with the Stations of the Cross . On Friday,  reenactment of the ViaCrusis (passion play/stations of the cross) will start at 10:30 (at Sacred Heart) and join the other group at the Guadalupe Chapel (overlooking the Caribbean in Salina Chica) and they all will go together for traditional walk to downtown, which is four kilometers finishing on the Town Square at 3p with recreation of the crucifixion of Christ.   

Easter Sunday, April 16

Thursday, April 20 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura, Art, Food, Music, Beer  Cancelled due to weather.
Don’t get LOST! The Isla Mujeres Artist Fair is Thursday 3:30 – 8:30 at the Casa de Cultura.
Music starts at 6 and features the local Salsa band “Tokeson”.

Saturday, April 22, Earth Day 

Special editions of Noches Magicas on the Town Square nightly at 8pm
Thursday, April 20 Ballet Folklorico "Of My Land" Santa Cruz del Astillero Jalisco (Cancelled due to weather).
Friday, April 21 Choreography workshop DAE "Dance, Art & Expression. Pavlova Street Jazz
Saturday, April 22 Roy Gonzalez Academy of Dance Brandon Paredes and Aldahir Davila
Sunday, April 23 Mar & Arena Group (Sea & Sand) Academy of Dance and Adrenalina.

Sunday, April 30 Children's Day

Sunday, April 30 on the Town Square stage at 8p. A Celebration of the International Day of Dance

Monday, May 1 Labor Day

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