Sunday, October 22, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, Oct. 22





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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Cleaning catchment basins and drains to prevent flooding in the streets

Limpian pozos pluviales

Para prevenir encharcamientos en calles


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ISLA MUJERES, 21 de octubre.-
Leer más...Full article at this link
See City section.


Attractive activities in November for Biker Fest 2017 

Preparan Biker Fest 2017

 Atractivas actividades el mes entrante


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ISLA MUJERES, 21 de octubre.- .
Leer más...Full article at this link
    A series of attractive activities will be held on the island on Nov. 25 and 26 for the first "Biker Fest 2017", which is organized by the group Evolution FZ, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of its foundation. 
       For the realization of this first "Biker Fest" an invitation was sent to all the bikers of the municipality, in the state and the southeast part of the country, for which they obtained an attractive promotion in the price of transporting motorcycles on the ferry, which is 105 pesos per motorcycle and the driver, and 40 pesos for their companion, one way. 
        On November 25, the registration of participants will take place at noon and at 2pm a convivencia is scheduled among those attending the event. The official opening of the first "Biker Fest 2017" will be held at 3:30pm,  which could be led by the mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, although this has not yet been confirmed, and at 4pm they will carry out riding tour around the island and take an official photo of the participants. 
            At 5:00 p.m., the quarter mile competition will be held, and at 6:30 p.m., the show stunt biker "PDC" will be presented, and at 7:00 p.m. various activities will be held with contests and surprises, with presentations until 10pm and the events are expected to end at 11:30 p.m. All activities on November 25 will be carried out at the island's airfield. 
     On Sunday, November 26, the participants of the first "Biker Fest 2017", will attend events at the Posada beach, aka Playa Centro, where competitions will be held and some variedades, which will begin at 10am and the event will conclude at 1pm, when the participants can begin returning to their places of origin.

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

We continue working to prevent flooding to ensure the well-being of the islanders during this rainy seasonhttps://goo.gl/RFxV8q  VIDEO  

The Civil Protection Department, is working at the maintenance and cleaning of sewers and storm drains, to keep the streets and colonias free of flooding.  Civil Protection coordinator, Helman Ulises Berman Graniel, explained that they also worked on  the maintenance of the engines of  the pumps in colonias Salina Chica and Salina Grande; as well as cleaning the drains and sewers of the Hidalgo, Abasolo and Guerrero avenues and those located just outside the Casa de la Culture.
    They also attended to the areas outside the Community Center and the colonia La Gloria park, and at the market in colonia
Cañotal, and the worked in the colonias of Salina Grande and Miraflores, with the goal of preventing flooding.

     Mr. Berman Graniel said, "This work is continuous and ongoing during the rainy season. By avoiding flooding we also prevent accidents and thus ensure the well-being of island families. The Mayor has given precise instructions on maintaining our culture of prevention, therefore we are doing this." 
      In anticipation of the rains that are expected in the municipality this weekend, the Coordinator of Civil Protection asked residents to avoid throwing trash in the streets and to keep the front of their houses clean, because in this way they collaborate to avoid this type of flooding and to ensure their well-being.

(Yesterday) Take your precautions! During the following hours we will be expecting rains and electrical activity🌩. Stay informed through the official networks.

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Note: This is the "GOES" satellite image from the Mexico National Weather Service this morning at ~10am.
  The weather forecast today from the State Civil Protection website is: Partly Cloudy to Cloudy, showers with squalls/cloudbursts accompanied by scattered electrical activity, hot temperatures, East and Northeasterly winds from 15 to 25 kph. with occasional stronger gusts.


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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


APIQROO expects results from the physical inspection carried out by the PGR in the port area located by the monument to the whale shark, according to Alicia Ricalde Magaña, general director.
VIDEO   


Baseball on Sunday Cockteleros de Isla Mujeres vs Arrecifes de Puerto Morelos 1pm (weather permitting. This morning it is overcast & rainy.)



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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos


Maritime Terminal insufficient: Another wanted 
Terminal insuficiente, quieren otra.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

 Including arrivals and departures, there are now over 4 million 'movements' through the Maritime Terminal annually, which was opened three years ago, and has already become insufficient. Officials of the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) said there are plans for expansion in 2018 and they are  already in the process of reversing a permit for a commercial space to facilitate the movement of passengers inside the terminal.  
      It is recalled that during the recent high tourist seasons, in Easter and in the summer, a saturation problem occurred daily, starting at 4 pm, when the majority of visitors returned to Cancun, who had arrived early to enjoy the attractions of Isla Mujeres. But there is not enough space in the 1,700 square meter building which was inaugurated on October 4, 2014, after it was built with an investment of  32 million pesos.
     With nowhere for its expansion, they are looking into the possibility of reversing the parking concession to use the part, which is located to the south. That would the only way to expand, by a possible 30 percent. 
          For this, an alternative of compensation to the parking lot is sought, through an agreement with the Secretary of the Navy to use the contiguous federal zone under their jurisdiction , in exchange for giving the Navy the port area of ​​400 linear meters that is located south of the concrete pier, which APIQRoo is in the process of recovering, after the previous Borge administration issued an allegedly irregular concession.   
         This form of agreement would solve several problems at once, since that area of the port is being occupied by individuals, and is already in the process of eviction, to avoid is use for fiberglass work and other usesTwo decades ago it was proposed the the concession for that zone be used for a marina complex with a capacity for about 300 yachts and sailboats.
      

Fishermen's nets full of sargasso
Redes llenas de sargazo.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link 

   For the past month, fishermen have been removing sargasso from their lobster nets, which is physically demanding, and costs them more money in gas. They have also been seeing more lobster. Sargasso is common in the fall, and there are larger amounts in different years, as is the case in 2017.  The fishermen continue their work despite this difficulty and lobster tails are selling for 500 pesos per kilogram. Their nets stretch for more than 100 meters, making it challenging for the crews to remove the seaweed, and lobsters, and to clean the nets in preparation for the next morning's labors. The fishermen can be observed on the beaches along Rueda Medina, performing this work, which is also done by their coworkers on Isla Contoy, where there are many fishermen taking advantage of the lobster season, which lasts a total of eight months and will continue until the end of February.


Navy removes seized boats from the airfield 
Semar retira de la pista botes incautadosi.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  At the southern part of the airfield, more than half a dozen smaller boats have been stored, which were seized in illicit activities, by the Mexican Navy, who began dismantling and removing them. About eight boats occupy a weedy area of about 300 square meters, including several "Eduardoños" boats which are known to have been used by  Colombian drug cartels to transfer cocaine in the Caribbean sea to the United States, and were captured in Mexican territorial water in the late 1990's and early 2000's. The boats were at the Naval dock for a long time, but they began to sink and accumulate water from a lack of maintenance, so they were taken ashore. Many were once in good condition, but the government didn't respond to citizen requests that they be released for collective use, for example it had been proposed that one be activated as a maritime ambulance. Nature destroyed the boats and their very powerful high-horsepower engines. 


Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres[+] Ver masFull article at this link

The news about the beaches being back to normal after an unusual arrival of jellyfish at midweek has already been translated. The other news brief is that there is still no bus service, which ended a year and a half ago and hasn't been replaced.

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October Events
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Sunday, Oct. 1 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Full moon Thursday, Oct. 5

                                                                    Sunset ~6:30
Oct. 5  6:49
Oct. 6  7:33
Oct. 7   8:19
Oct. 8  9:09
Oct. 9  10:01
Oct. 10  10:57
Sunday, Oct. 8: 43nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo

 Sunday, Oct. 8  Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Monday, Oct. 9  Day of Fishermen

Thursday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Sunday. Oct. 15 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Saturday, Oct. 21  Anniversary of the birth of Ramon Bravo

Sunday, Oct. 22 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square First Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, Oct. 28 8p Mundaca Theater 8pm "Festival of the Dead" (In the end, we are born to die)
 
Sunday Oct. 29 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, Oct. 31 Halloween 

Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos


At this time of year, Mexican families remember & celebrate their departed relatives. Hanal Pixan is the name of the Mayan celebration. Altars are made with photos of the deceased, where offerings of favorite foods and items are placed, copal incense is burned, and marigold flower petals are often used. The schools usually have altar contests & displays, there's usually one in the Town Hall, and last year there was a display of altars representing different of Mexico at the Casa de la Cultura.
        All Saints Day & All Souls Day, Nov. 1 & 2, are the Dias de los Muertos...one for children, one for adults, when families visit graves & clean & decorate them. On the island, these are private moments in the cemeteries, not public celebrations like in many parts of Mexico. 

   There is usually a silent procession with residents dressed in white, black, and traditional clothing, and many wear Catrina makeup. In addition to keeping these traditions alive, Halloween is celebrated enthusiastically on Hidalgo. Bring lots of little items & be prepared to be mobbed by cute kids and to enjoy the various impressive, clever homemade costumes.

Sources for Storm Information & Weather:
Wunderground
Tropical Tidbits
NOAA
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).

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