Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, July 18

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Complaints about high cost of entry fee at Tortugranja  

Se quejan contra Tortugranja

Por alto costo de boletas de entrada

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de julio.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  Taxi drivers say some visitors to the Tortugranja are disappointed by the lack of things to see at the aquarium part of the exhibit, which previously had a knowledgeable guide and included turtles, seahorses, lobsters, shrimp, and other species. They said people often leave angry about having made a payment and not having seen any tourist attractions, except some turtles in the pools, and the incubation pen with the small signs explaining the number of eggs and  the date and location where they were gathered.

Protecting the sea turtles: Mayor Juan Carrillo keeping his commitments

Protegen a tortugas

Se cumple compromiso de Juan Carrillo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de julio.-
Leer más...Full article at this link

See translation in the City section below....


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

On this date in 1928 General Alvaro Obregón passed away, victorious revolutionary military leader, President of the Republic from 1920 to 1924, and President elect in 1928.

The three levels of government are working together to redouble efforts to monitor nesting sites and prevent predation of eggs or turtles
        Authorities of the three levels of government held a meeting titled "Strategy of Action for the Protection of the Turtle" as part of the commitments assumed by the administration of Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis for the care of the environment, and especially for the preservation of this species which is in danger of extinction.
    Antonio Coronado Rojas, general secretary of the city council of Isla Mujeres, representing the Mayor, said that this locality receives thousands of tourists each year and also "very special visitors", such as the extraordinary sea turtles who arrives each nesting season  (from mid-May to September).He said, "Unfortunately for this species survival has not been easy, since the sale of their meat and eggs is an activity that is still carried out, illegally. Therefore, comprehensive surveillance is of paramount importance to protect the lives of these animals."
    He said the municipality of Isla Mujeres has a commitment to care for each of the nests, offspring and adult turtles that come to its shores, so it is necessary to strengthen the surveillance strategy in Coordination with the three levels of government, protective associations and civil society.
       "The best protection strategy of the Sea Turtle is the one in which we all participate, so in the name of the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, I extend a wide invitation to all the islanders to join us with this surveillance work, day and night, to protect the turtles from natural predators and from theft of eggs or turtles by people,"he concluded.
   Names of officials participating in the meeting are given, who include representatives from the municipal departments of Ecology, Civil Protection and Firefighters, the Navy, and PROFEPA (Attorney for Environmental Protection).

This announcement was posted on the municipal Institute de Arte & Cultura page on FB half an hour ago, and disappeared just after I translated it, so maybe they are going to improve the print colors...or perhaps there is a change...This is preliminary...

The Whale Shark Festival schedule
Thursday, July 20
6p Town Square
Art Fair and other activities (I can't read the yellow print very well)
6:30 Fishermen's monument. (")
8pm Outside the Casa de la Cultura
Inauguration of the 10th Whale Shark Festival
A projection presentation of research done at Baja California
Exhibition of motorcycles and Ford cars. Music by DJ Dany

Friday, July 21
6p Town Square Art Fair & other activities (I can't read the text)
8p Town Square Renatta Dance studio performance
Saturday, July 22
6p Town Square Art Fair & other activities
6p City Council room (I can't read the text)
8p Town Square (I can't read the text)
Sunday July 23
12p Playa Centro (Posada Beach) Volleyball competition, men's & women's and Live Music
6p Town Square Art Fair & other activities
8p Town Square (I can't read the text)


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Unauthorized withdrawals from HSBC bank cards
- http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/cargos-y-retiros-no-autori…/
See translation below in Por Esto...
      Geovani Avalos, is another of the clients of the branch who was a victim of this theft, with 3000 pesos removed from his account, but he, like many, was forced to go to the branch to verify the situation with his account .   He said, "I have not used the ATMs this weekend, but I have paid in other stores ... what the bank manager told me is that the people who stole from us used a "Skinner", an application that is downloaded on a cell phone and that is how the information was stolen. "
   Many who used their credit and debit cards did not realize the problem until they discovered that they had a restriction on their cards, done by HSBC.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Hacking of HSBC bank cards 
Desfalco cibernético a tarjetahabientes[+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Managers at HSBC bank confirmed that dozens of card users have had cloning of their data and theft of money from their accounts. Early theories are that cyber-criminals didn't remove the money via HSBC ATM's with a ready device, but rather at the readers of local convenience stores, since some clients shopped at them on Friday thru Sunday. The removal of the money was done outside of the country. However use of the ATM has not been ruled out.
    If this is true, then this would be the second time this has happened, because some years ago Colombians (sic Bulgarians) did this type of theft and were put behind bars.
   Other card holders were also affected by the alleged automatic locking by the bank when the irregularities were detected, and as a preventive measure they will be renewing hundreds of cards on Monday so that users have access to their money while the investigation is taking place.
      According to the modus operandi of these criminal groups, it is suspected that Friday they would have activated their remote reading devices or at the ATMs on Friday, with the intention of collecting information from the cards and emptying them on Sunday. The bank pledged to reimburse the amounts to the clients that were subtracted from the different accounts, after a long process of investigation.
   Several HSBC clients had amounts withdrawn ranging from 4800 pesos to 12,000 pesos, especially the municipal workers and teachers who received their two week salaries last weekend. The bank staff responded to the affected clients saying that the bank did detect suspicious activity during the weekend, which is why they blocked many cards. 

No reports of cloning of cards of tourists 
No hay reporte de clonación de tarjetas de turistas.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    It has not been ruled out that cards of tourists were cloned, but as of 3pm on Monday, no cases had been reported to the Tourism Department, according to its director Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco. He said they have not yet had any reports, but this could be because it is not always detected immediately.

Fishermen reject discussion: "It's in the hands of the lawyers" 
Lancheros rechazan diálogo+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The fishermen of the Caribe coop continue to occupy the Mininos restaurant-palapa with rotating guards and the help of relatives of the fishermen, allowing the active fishermen to work. They say their tenant committed a breach of trust by trying to obtain that part of their concession, and they do not want to have a discussion with him. They are confident of their ownership, are making accusations that political corruption is involved, and they expect the situation to be resolved legally in their favor. (See TVIM yesterday for the tenant's side of the story).

Nearly 10,000 visitors 
Casi 10 mil visitantes[+] Ver masFull article at this link
July 17   There were a normal amount of tourists with about 60 boats transporting them to the island to enjoy recreation in the water. Swimmers were at North Beach and Playa Centro before 10am, and personnel were ready to provide security for nearly 10,000 visitors who arrived.
    Traffic was busy with about 700 golf carts in use, which are a major source of recreation on land, with congestion at several points, but it was much less of a problem than on Sunday. Commercial activities were at about 40% and fishing catches were at about 30%, according to information obtained.
      The weather forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday is good with some clouds.

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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. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.


July Events
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July 2 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square 

July 4, Tuesday   Blue Flag raising ceremony on Playa Centro. Independence Day in the US.

                                                                    Sunset ~7:30
July  8   7:14
July 9   8:01
July 10  8:46
July 11  9:30
July 12  10:11
July 13  10:52 
July 14   11.32
Dates haven't been announced yet for the Maya Riviera Film Festival, which usually presents films in Isla Mujeres at the Posada beach (Playa Centro).

 July 9, Sunday 5:30 procession from Maritime Terminal to Town Square church carrying the  Divino Niño Jesús icon

July 9 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 10 Monday 8p procession thru the streets with the Divino Niño Jesús icon, followed by entertainment on the Square. Their festival will take place July 10-20 and will include shows for children, dances, performances by local artists & academies, and fireworks, as well as prayers, praises, nightly Masses, laying on of hands, and other religious activities.

July 15, Saturday  The "Reto Isla to Isla" open water swimming competition will take place departing from the restaurant "Flamingos" located along the road to Punta Sam at 7:30am. They are expected to reach Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres around 11am. There are 7km and 3.5 kilometer categories, and the minimum age is 18, with divisions every ten years. 

July 16 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 20-23 Thurs-Sun Whale Shark Festival  LINK to Fb page. To website.

July 23 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 30 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

August 5 Women's Fishing Tournament Dorada del Caribe (New date)
August 19 Barracuda Fishing Tournament (New date)

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