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This holiday weekend had a 'saldo blanco' (no incidents) and the Mayor is committed to providing the police with training and equipment to ensure safety and security for visitors and residents LINK VIDEO
For the municipal president of Isla Mujeres, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, the welfare of families and visitors is a key issue for his administration. Therefore, during this holiday weekend, in which hundreds of tourists visited, the security measures were reinforced, achieving a saldo blanco (no incidents. Lit "white balance").
Through coordinated work with the Department of Public Safety and Municipal Transit, led by Jaime Ongay Ortiz, surveillance patrols were maintained to safeguard the welfare of visitors and island families, and in this way they could enjoy the island with security.
The municipal president said he is firmly committed to providing the officers with the necessary tools to carry out their work and thus keep everyone on Isla Mujeres safe. He said, "We want families and tourists to feel safe and secure when they walk the streets, That's why, as a government, it is important to provide the necessary equipment to our officers, so that they can carry out their work. During the holiday seasons and long holiday weekends, we redouble our efforts and maintain vigilance for the safety of all."
Mayor Juan Carrillo, in coordination with the state government, received the delivery of 3 new patrol vehicles; and in the previous months, 10 new patrols (two vans and 8 compact cars), portable and fixed telecommunication radios, ballistic vests, and supplies, as well as two electric bicycles, all of which have been incorporated into the vehicle fleet of the municipal police force.
Also an agreement was signed with the "Judicial Expert Institute" so that officers can have access to be able to graduate from the Criminology Neurolinguistic and Oral Litigation Program, preparing them in this way to provide a more efficient service to citizens.
On the instructions of Carrillo Soberanis, programs for the prevention of crime have also been implemented and the breathalyzer program has been maintained, which has managed to reduce the accidents caused by driving under the influence of intoxicating beverages by at least 70 percent.
The municipal president assured that he will continue investing in the security sector since it is a vital pillar to maintain the welfare of the families and of each visitor that arrives to this Pueblo Magico.
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
The National Meteorological Service reports the following forecast today:
1.- A High Pressure system (an Anticyclonic System) is located northeast of the Gulf of Mexico. Its wide peripheral circulation is causing the entry of Tropical Maritime Air with variable moisture content to the Yucatan Peninsula, causing hot temperatures during the day and cool temperatures in the evening, cloudless to cloudy skies and squalls with showers accompanied by isolated activity, which is expected to be more frequent over the southern portion of the state of Quintana Roo.
2 .- Today at 5am, in the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Depression No. 19 developed. which due to its remoteness and predicted trajectory, does not represent a risk for the State of Q. Roo. It is located at 28.9 ° Lat. North and 50.2 ° Long. West, located at 1445 km., east of the Bermuda Islands and 3,770 km., east-northeast of the coasts of the state of Q.Roo., with sustained winds of 55 km / h., and major gusts, moving to the east of (95 °) at a speed of 9 km / h..
* ISLA MUJERES * .- Clear to Partly Cloudy, occasional rain, hot, east and northeast wind and from 15 to 25 kph., with occasional stronger gusts.
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
COFEPRIS inspection of massage businesses
Cofepris inspecciona módulos de masaje. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (COFEPRIS), in coordination with the state and municipal governments, will begin to inspect a score of massage areas on the beaches of Isla Mujeres in response to complaints from some users, according to consulted sources.
In this regard, when consulted by the media, the coordinator of the Northern Zone of the Department of Protection Against Sanitary Risks in Quintana Roo, Javier Toledo Alvarado, confirmed the need to investigate the levels of service, which could affect the image of the destination if people in this industry are not properly trained.
Presumably there were several complaints alleging damage to physical health damages from clients who purchased massage services, and the agency will investigate whether they comply with the requirements about certification at these "spas" located on Playa Centro and Playa Norte.
Mr Toledo acknowledged that Isla Mujeres is not exempt from malpractice as has happened in other destinations in the Mexican Caribbean, where practitioners have been found who lack the required certification, which is why the injuries were suffered by customers who used their services.
The complaints by tourists included allegations of bruises on the back, arms or shoulder dislocations. He spoke of the need to comply with articles 78 to 83 of the General Health Law, which says that those providing therapeutic services or massages must be accredited by some institution. He said, "Unfortunately there are many cases of masseurs who do not have any, putting at risk the health of the citizenry."
Almost all hotels have these services and are not well regulated in many cases, according to data collected. During these inspections, they are asked for their documentation, including the service logs, which are required by the authorities. Otherwise, they will be subject to sanctions, temporary suspension, and closure seals on the module, until they comply with the requirements to resume service, in order to provide safe, efficient attention to visitors.
Old problems at new hospital
Viejos vicios en nuevo hospital .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
This article alleges that the Community Hospital has many unresolved problems and notes that recently a legal complaint was filed regarding a stillborn baby. On Monday they will begin dismantling of this emergency room to "remove all leaks, fungi and mold." It is noted that there has been strong pressure from the community accusing the hospital of failing to meet expectations, including those created more than a year ago when this state administration began its six year term. There are allegations that some of the doctors do not arrive to work on time and complaints about those who work at night during the week claiming they 'arrive late, discharge patients so that they can sleep, and rely heavily on the nurses to tend to the patients who arrive with urgent problems'. There are also allegations that when the ambulance service is requested, it simply does not arrive on time, and the attendants simply are not rushing to answer the calls for help.
Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
There is an article about the Gala Dinner to benefit the Diabetes Clinic. LINK
Here's the details directly from the organization:
aMar cocina peruana will be collaborating with the Isla Diabetes Clinic on November 17th for the first ever Gala Fundraiser! The evening will begin at 6 pm for cocktails with a 5 course meal that will be seated at 7 pm. Tickets priced at 450 Mexican pesos are available at aMar or can be purchased through PayPal for $25 USD. PayPal address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or PM Karen Rosenberg The ticket includes one cocktail.
If you are unable to join the dinner we will open our doors to everyone for drinks and dancing at 9 pm. We have organized a fantastic array of musicians for your listening pleasure! Stay tuned for an online auction that will end that evening. We look forward to your seeing you there! Only 20 tickets left for this amazing GALA fundraiser!
Here's my comment when I posted this notice on the Charity FB page that I administrate (I'm also on the Board of the Diabetes organization & one of the clinic volunteers):
Charity benefit for our Diabetes clinics, where everything is provided for free and includes screenings, one-on-one education, glucometers & supplies, and reading glasses, by volunteers with medical &/or social work experience from the local & foreign communities....and your generous donations. Visit the Isla Diabetes Clinic link to learn how to donate via PayPal to help us provide strips for the glucometers. Diabetes is VERY prevalent on the island & these clinics are making a difference! Thanks!
|View from the rooms.|
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|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.
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day Dia de los Muertos (for the departed children)
In Isla, families clean and decorate their loved ones graves, where their visits are private moments, unlike the all-night, public vigils that are traditional in some places. Hanal Pixan means "Food for the Souls" in Mayan. Altars are created in homes featuring photos of the deceased, with offerings of their favorite foods, and often include candles, copal incense, marigold flower petals, and papel picada (paper with cut-out designs). Try some seasonal Pibi Pollo tamales & Pan de los Muertos pastry. Wednesday, Nov. 2 All Soul's Day Dia de los Muertos
Thurs. Nov. 2 All Soul's Day Dia de los Muertos
At the cemetery at 6pm, participants in the silent procession (featuring Dia de los Muertos costumes/makeup and traditional garments) will gather and walk down Hidalgo to the Town Square and then up Guerrero to the Casa de la Cultura for the "Festival de las Animas (Souls) 2017", which includes a contest of Catrinas, a Tzompantli, (altars built by cultures of ancient Mexico), and altars representative of the states of Querétaro, Nayarit, Michoacán, Chihuahua, and the state of Mexico. AND....
8pm Town Square Noches Magicas Dance performances by Cancun High School IV and two folklorico troupes from Cozumel. (These are all free events)
Fri. Nov. 3 Online auction begins for the benefit of Isla Mujeres Diabetes Clinic charity.
Fri. Nov. 3 at 5p: Casa Cultura conference about indigenous celebrations in Mexico for Dia de los Muertos (in Spanish).
Sat. Nov. 4 at 6:30p a procession featuring traditional clothing from different regions of Mexico starting at the Town Square church and going thru the downtown streets. AND...
7:30p Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square featuring two troupes including the Folklorico Troupe of Quintana Roo and the closure of the Dance conference event.
Full moon Sat, Nov. 4
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Nov. 5 7:51
Nov. 6 8:48
Nov. 7 9:47
Nov. 8 10:48
Nov. 9 11:49
Sun. Nov. 5 at 7p: Noches Magicas on the Town Square. Hanal Pixan altar Competition and performances by the Isla Mujeres Añoranzas dance troupe and the folklorico dance troupe Al Son del Corazon Free
Sun. Nov. 12 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free
Mural Festival at the Cañotal Mercado
Nov. 13-14 Artists arrive, clean up & set up, volunteers welcome.
Nov. 15-17 Public welcome to visit & interact while the artists paint.
Nov. 18-19 Exhibition: Come & see the art inspired by the founding families of isla and hear about their stories being told through the art.
Nov. 20 Casa de la Cultura Exhibition & Sale of artists' paintings to raise money for a new roof at "Julio Sauri" primary public school.
Fri. Nov. 17 Fundraiser Gala to benefit Isla Diabetes Clinic at aMar Cocina Peruana 6p Cocktails 7pDinner 5 course meal 9pm doors open to general pubic for drinks & dancing & a fantastic array of musicians. Tickets 450p/$25usd PayPal address is: email@example.com. Or PM Karen Rosenberg The ticket includes one cocktail. Starting Fri. Nov. 3 there will be an online auction that will end that evening. LINK to auction.
Fri.-Mon Nov. 17-20 Buen Fin Discount shopping (Like "Black Friday" in the US)
Sun. Nov. 19 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free
Mon. Nov. 20 Revolutionary Day There is usually a parade that starts around 8a (TBA), usually on Rueda Medina downtown with a lot of kid cuteness in Revolutionary era and military costumes, as well as choreographed routines and acrobatics.
Sat & Sun Nov. 25 & 26 Biker Fest 2017
Sat. noon: Registration Saturday's activities are at the airfield
2p convivencia (meet & greet)
3:30 Official opening ceremonies
4p Tour around the island and official photo
5p Quarter mile competition
6:30 Stunt show performance by PDC
7p Various activities, contests, and surprises until 10p
11:30 evening concludes
Sun. Nov. 26 10a-1p Playa Centro with competitions, activities, entertainment
Sun. Nov. 26 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free
Sources Weather Information:
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).