Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, May 16

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor honors teachers for their dedication and commitment 

Agradece a maestros

Juan Carrillo, por su dedicación y empeño

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   An event in honor of the Isla Mujeres teachers, for Teacher's Day, was held at the Monument to Teachers, which is located in colonia Amplificacion La Gloria at the intersection of Jesus Martinez Ross street and Jose Maria Sabatini. A wreath was placed and  Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis spoke about his gratitude for the great work that teachers do, and he gave incentives and recognition to the teachers who had worked for 25, 30, and 40 years.
     Names of other officials in attendance are given, and quotes from the Mayor's speech.


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

The caption with the video says:  In Isla Mujeres we have one of the best beaches in Mexico. Thanks to the work and effort that is done every day, we'll keep the distinctive Blue Flag.
. LINK to video on FB.
The audio with this video says: Playa Centro in Isla Mujeres is one of the few beaches in Mexico to have earned the Blue Flag distinction. This certification is granted by the European Environmental Education Foundation to beaches that meet criteria of quality,  security,  environmental education and information. Thanks to the work of the municipal government of Isla Mujeres 2016-2018,  Playa Centro has proudly earned an A+ rating of excellence, because of the cleaning and care of the beach. Not only have they managed to maintain the Blue Flag, but this year it will be ratified again

Successful night of the Caribbean Culture Festival
With the combination of the voice of the soprano Mary Grogan, a harp and a percussion box, the artists presented an emotional jazz opera performance to a select audience gathered in the Chapel of Guadalupe in colonia Salinas, as part of the activities of the Festival of Caribbean Culture (Fecuca) in Isla Mujeres.
       These events will continue through May 20 with the goal of strengthening the identity of residents of the state and it contributes to healthy lifestyles and improved and increased opportunities for families. 
     The Festival focuses on Quintana Roo as a member of the Caribbean and it contributes to Mexico's participation as a Caribbean nation. The festival celebrates our common roots in art, history, narratives, which make us all related within our differences and uniqueness. The Director of the Institute of Culture and Arts, Ruben Perez Martin, attended and represented the Mayor. He encouraged the islanders to continue to attend these events and to enjoy the various talented artists and their exhibitions and performances as part of this festival May 13-20th in Isla Mujeres.

May 15    Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis inaugurated the Municipal Basketball League at the Convention Center and said he is committed to the athletic community of the island and promoting activities that encourage healthy lifestyles and team spirit. He said he is committed to having the best public areas for sports and for children, youths, and families to enjoy recreation in general.

May 19 at the Casa de la Cultura at 8pm as part of the Caribbean Cultural Festival
 Circus Show IMAGINE  Free.

City is working to prevent flooding when it rains
  City employees were cleaning away litter to prevent flooding during the rains when it clogs the storm drains. This work was carried out in a coordinated manner along the main roads of the municipality including the colonia of La Gloria, the streets of Hidalgo and Abasolo, Martinez Ross Avenue, and the areas around the Casa de la Cultura, Salina Grande lake, and Salina Chica.
   Residents are asked to participate in these preventative actions by cleaning up the areas in front of their homes and avoiding littering.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Surveillance operations continue at the Maritime Terminal 
The Federal Preventive Police (PFP), in coordination with the Mexican Navy, continue to conduct operations and random inspections at the Isla Mujeres Maritime Terminal, which is applauded by most islanders. These operations began with the Easter holiday season and although there have been no significant seizures so far, they serve the purpose of inhibiting drug trafficking.  
  These reviews have provoked reactions, since the inconvenience annoys certain tourists, but on the other hand, this ensures the safety of those who live on the island. 
  Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis applauded the operation and said there is coordination between all three levels of government to ensure the safety of those who live on the island. The truth is that the presence of federal officers reassures many of the tourists who seek to escape the insecurity that exists in our state.

Final details for the celebration of 500 years of Catholicism 
  This information about the new mural, and that activities are planned for May 19 and 20th to inaugurate it and the museum, by Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizando, has already been translated.

Aguakan promotes use of their app in Isla Mujeres
  Aguakan Water and Sewage service company is encouraging its customers in Isla Mujeres to use the new technological tool developed to streamline communication with thir 370,000 customers. It is a free mobile application available for Android and iO. It allows customers to communicate quickly with the company regarding various issues including leaks or service problems, with a single click. It allows customers to know details about their consumption and average consumption, encouraging conservation. The customer can register their contract number to receive alerts about due dates, interruptions in service, nearest service centers, and information about procedures.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Change of plans for Catholics 
Espera arreglo la Iglesia Católica [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  There was a proposal for a boat procession across the 70 kilometers of sea and mangroves to Boca Iglesia as part of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Catholic faith, which is considered to be the first building built by the Spanish in Mexico. The Catholics want to facilitate communication and awaiting for harmony (an agreement) to be worked out between the government and the owner of the property, which has been fenced with barbed wire. Members of the church hope the procession can be carried out in 2018, and have cancelled it for this year. 
     In early March, 1517 Francisco Hernández de Córdoba arrived to the region and encountered the first resistance from the Maya at Ekab, which was a seat of one of the jurisdictions in the peninsula. The Spaniards had the advantage of armaments in the battle. The first two baptisms of Mayans, Melchor and Julian, were performed at this site,  where the convent would be erected. This historic event is represented in the new mural (See translation above and previously about the mural)
    It is thought to have been among the first churches in Mexico, and was abandoned in 1644, and are nearly in ruins now, in a remote and unpopulated corner of the peninsula, which can only be reached by small boats. The INAH, with a team of cultural heritage engineers from the University of California at San Diego have done laser scaning and thermography  of these historically significant buildings to provide information and develop a strategy for preserving this piece of Mexico's heritage. One of the first to be interested in restoration of this site in the 1990's was Yucatecan archaeologist Luis Leira Guillermo, who passed away in February of this year and is recognized for his efforts in this area.

Festival of Caribbean Culture continues  
Continúa el Festival de Cultura del Caribe[+] Ver masFull article at this link

Declining tourism activity  
Decayó la actividad turística. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Tourism arrivals to the island on Monday were considerable reduced, and by afternoon about 3000 daytrippers had arrived to enjoy the island attractions and activities on land and sea. Occupancy rates in the small hotels are not exceeding 20 percent, and they say they do not expect much improvement with the arrival of the whale shark tour season. A receptionist at a downtown hotel commented, "In fact, there is almost no benefit for us because most of the visitors for swimming with the whale sharks come from Cancun and the Rivera Maya."
  It was cloudy during the afternoon on Monday.

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 May Events
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Monday, May 1 Labor Day    And the Sol as Sol Regatta boats are arriving

Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4, the Eta Aquarid  meteor shower can be seen, but it peaks in the predawn hours of Friday and Saturday. It is caused by debris from Halley's Comet.  The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (After moonset which is 1:33a on Wed, 2:18a on Thur., 3:00a on Fri, and 3:49 on Sat).

Wednesday, May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)

Wednesday, May 3 Basketball game Islanders vs Regatta sailors 7p  Convention Center since the downtown court is being renovated.

Friday & Saturday:  Eta Aquarid meteor shower. The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (after moonset at 3:00a on Fri and 3:49 on Sat). Caused by debris from Halley's Comet,

Friday, May 5  Regatta Amigos. Isleno children (exceptional students aged 8-12) gather at Buhos at 10am, leave for the boats a half hour later and depart at noon for their Regatta around the island

Friday, May 5 Anniversary of victory against French at Battle of Puebla "Cinco de Mayo"

Saturday, May 6  Fashion show at 8p on the Caribbean side of the Casa de la Cultura  of Yucatecan traditional clothing and garments based on that style.

Sunday, May 7 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p: Dance troupes performing from Cancun & Isla Mujeres.

Wednesday, May 10 Mother's Day

Sunset ~7:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
May 10   7:15
May 11   8:05
May 12  8:55  
May 13   9:44
May 14  10:32
May 15  11:19  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Saturday, May 13 Artist of the Month Exhibition at aMar Cocina Peruana restaurant Featuring Laura Anileu 7:30p. On the back street Guerreo, north of Abasolo. Limited space, reservations (998) 274 3732

Festival of Caribbean Culture May 13, 15, 16, & 19
Saturday May 13
 Painting: Workshop on the techniques of painting 6p
 Music: Outside the Casa de la Cultura  7p
              Rockabilly Malix Cats (Mx)
              Sara Curruchich (Guatemala)

Monday, May 15  Music & Singing at the Guadalupana Church (across from Mango's)
                             Mayan Opera Concert 7pm

Tuesday, May 16 Casa de la Cultura
               Play:  "Let the Jungle tell you its story"  5:30
               Painting: Caravan: Painting in Acction  7p
               Music:Norma Espinosa & Nadia Arce (Mx) 8p
 Singing in the Mother Languages  Maria Mactezuma (Mx) 8:30p (outside)

Friday, May 19 Outside the Casa de la Cultura
            Circense Imagine Circ-Show 8p

Saturday, May 20   Dance & Music outside the Casa de la Cultura 8p
            Bailes Caribenos (Caribbean Dancing)
            Chilangos de la Habana (Cuban...Chilangos are from Mexico City)    


Sunday, May 14 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p (Mother's Day in the US)

Monday, May 15 Teacher's Day Día del Maestro

The starting date for Whale Shark Tour season hasn't been announced yet, so it is unknown if it will be May 17 (possibly thru Sept. 17). Will update when announced.

May 19, 20, 21 Cosme Magana Fishing Tournament
Friday is final registration & the Captain's dinner
The tournament is Saturday & Sunday

Sunday, May 21 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Sunday, May 28 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Monday, May 29 Memorial Day in the US 

Thursday, June 1 Día de la Marina

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