Friday, March 23, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, March 23

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Government, Businesses, and NGO's working together to care for water LINK  
     On World Water Day, which is commemorated this Thursday, March 22, government agencies, companies and civil organizations held a cleanup day at the Salina Grande, removing 1,500 kilograms of garbage.      This year, the United Nations (UN) focuses this celebration on exploring how nature can help us overcome the challenges posed by water in the 21st century, because environmental problems, together with climate change, are causing the crises associated with water resources that are occurring throughout the world.
    There were 65 volunteers in total,  from the municipal departments of Fishing, Environment and Ecology, Public Services, Parks and Gardens, ZOFEMAT,  and the Tortugranja, as well as the from the Navy, CONANP,  the "Friends of Sian Ka'an" association, the tourist cooperatives "Adolfo López Mateos" and "Isla Blanca", Aguakán, Dolphin Discovery, and from the hotels Ixchel, Izla and Albatros.
         Carlos Barranco García, Director of Environment and Ecology, on behalf of the City of Isla Mujeres and organizer of this event, thanked all the people for their participation in this activity, which seeks to raise awareness about water care, being one of the primordial resources for the survival of all species on earth. 
      "In honor of World Water Day, throughout the week, the City of Isla Mujeres, via the Department of Environment and Ecology, is holding conferences and having cleaning and reforestation campaigns, in which we are involved to different sectors of the community," said the official.

Welcome Spring with us!

Campaign against mosquito-borne diseases LINK   VIDEO 
The video captions say: We've initiated a campaign against Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya, to take care of the health of the island families.

 With the slogan "Fewer breeding grounds, More Health" (it sounds better in Spanish), Tuesday was the first National Day of the Fight  against Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya in Isla Mujeres, held in coordinated by the City and the federal and state governments.
      With the aim of protecting the health of island families and keeping the municipality free of the diseases transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, from March 20 to 23 various activities are being carried out to prevent and eliminate mosquito breeding sites, through the Directorate of Municipal Health, in coordination with the Sanitary Jurisdiction No. 2, of the Secretary of State Health, and the Department of Vectors. 
       Among the actions undertaken is the junk removal in streets and avenues of the island and the Continental Zone, during which, on just the first day, they collected seven tonnes of junk. They also gave educational talks at two schools on the mainland part of the municipality.
   On Friday, March 23 there will be fumigation campaigns on the island and in the continental zone.
, the director of Municipal Health commented that there is no vaccine or medication to prevent infection by the dengue, chikungunya or zika virus, and the way to protect yourself is to follow the basic sanitation and personal protection measures, mainly avoiding the creation of mosquito breeding sites. 
   He concluded by saying, "The three diseases have common symptoms such as fever, severe headache, muscle pain and joint pain, as well as general malaise, so, in case of presenting any of these, we encourage you to go to a health facility to be taken care of and, where appropriate, to carry out the confirmatory test." 
      For this reason, the population is urged not to accumulate bottles, tires, cans or dishes that they no longer use because they can accumulate water and serve as breeding places, to sweep and keep areas clean, to use mosquito nets on doors and windows, and to use mosquito repellent . 
     The City of Isla Mujeres reaffirms its commitment to work in coordination with the federal and state governments to protect the health of the islanders and ensure a better future for all families, both on the island and in the Continental Zone.


Alejandro Garcia with SIPSE reports LINK:
 Security measures announced For Puerto Juarez & Isla Mujeres: Longer boarding times will require new ferry schedules

     The Harbor Master's Office is preparing the installation of  monitoring or metal detecting equipment ("arches") in Puerto Juarez and Isla Mujeres. And the possibility of implementing security devices is being considered for Holbox and Mahahual, according to Francisco Quiñones Quiñones, regional Harbor Master in Quintana Roo, of the Department of the Navy. 
    The Harbor Master works in coordination with the Department of the Navy, as well as with the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) and with the Department of Communications and Transportation (SCT) to support the vessels which provide transportation of passengers, in the area of surveillance, for this reason they will install the "surveillance arcs" and the X rays. This is being done independently of the internal security measures that the ferry companies have.
      Mr Quiñones said, "We have the technology, but we have to work with the staff, train them to know what to do, and to adapt to new schedules because this will impact the arrivals and departures, and they must work in tandem with the authorities. You should also talk to the ferry companies, because they are aware that we have to make modifications from the way things have been and the schedules aren't going to be the same. Currently, boarding takes five to 10 minutes, but that will be increased to almost 20 minutes. We could get that to 15 to 18 minutes, but that would be with practice and having methods." 
         He said they have to raise awareness among the ferry companies to adapt to having new boarding schedules. 
        Although he said that they should be installed as soon as possible, he did not give a date since the Department of the Navy is now directly responsible, so they would be the ones to ask about what kind of equipment will be provided, which could be cameras that are thermographic or personal and there could be an investment from Apiqroo and Ultramar.  
      He also said that they are working with the Federal and State Police in the task of surveillance at the ports.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

SINTRA will review golf cart rental agencies LINK  
       The new SINTRA director in Isla Mujeres confirmed that she plans to review the golf cart rental agencies that are located downtown to corroborate the number of vehicles for each business, and the corresponding permits.  It is expected that some of these inspections will also be focused on their usage of the public roadway. 
   The Director of SINTRA in Isla Mujeres, Isis Morales Meléndez, explained that due to the disorder and the excessive growth of the vehicle fleet, it is necessary to implement a program that regulates the activity of these businesses, many of whom who occupy public roads, especially Rueda Medina Avenue. 
   Ms. Morales made it clear that they will be complying by granting of consent, in the matter of road reorganization, both in terminals, specific sites and others, and in this case they will have to carry out a reordering of drop off points (paraderos) and parking. However, regarding the rental agencies, SINTRA will not be able to regularize or regulate these issues. 
      She said that instead there is an existing project with the municipal government, in which SINTRA will participate in terms of its authority, although she clarified that the intervention will be mandatory, since there have been regular requests for this, by citizens and business owners, in regard to number of vehicles on Rueda Medina avenue. 
      She emphasized  that it is of utmost importance to follow up on this problem of parking and dropping off, by the cart rental agencies who make maneuvers in front of their businesses as tho it were their front yard, which generates chaos with traffic.

Campaign to raise awareness about motorcycle helmet use LINK  
 March 22   Jesica Contreras Gómez, through the "Protect your life" campaign, has delivered up to 900 protective helmets and hopes to deliver 300 more in the coming days, seeking to raise awareness about the proper use and protection of Islanders who drive motorcycles on the isle.. 
     She explained that with the support of several companies, funds have been raised to deliver these helmets, which are currently offered to children and young students.  
      Interviewed this morning, she explained that on Thursday, they distributed helmets to the children of the Tláloc preschool-kindergarten, and a census has also been taken at the Bachilleres high school to determine the need for helmets for those students.  
      We have put together an order to supply about 300 high school students and we hope to be delivering these helmets in a month or month and a half, which is the time it takes to acquire the request list and purchase the equipment," she said. 
    She explained that they take a census and depending on the request, a quote is made to later request the donations, and thus buy the equipment, that is later delivered.
       She said, "Today we are delivering another 200 helmets, apart from the ones we are already delivering, but we not only deliver them, we mark them with their names and we ask them to maintain the habit of using it." 
       She said that a total a total of 900 have been delivered plus the 300 that will be requested for the Colegio Bachilleres high school students.

 Cesear Poot Perez resigned as Director of Public Works, for personal reasons, saying that what he does next will be a decision made with family and friends, analyzing what is best for Isla Mujeres and what project to work on. He said he doesn't want to talk politics now, and will wait until a decision is made. LINK  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Security ensured for thousands of vacationers 
Garantizada la seguridad de miles vacacionistas [+] Ver masFull article at thislink

Campaign to raise awareness for Down syndrome and Autism  
Campaña de concienciación sobre síndrome de Down y Autismo+] Ver masFull article at this link
March 22  This information has been translated already. It also says the strength of Cold Front #38 diminished and the Harbor Master partially reopened the port for small boats, permitting recreational services in the waters near the island in the front of the Bay and at Makax lagoon. The small boats couldn't go out fishing or offering recreation to tourists at sea, but boats larger than 40 feet went to Isla Contoy. It is anticipated that things will return to normal on Friday for the smaller boats, providing fishing or tourism, (there are a lot of whitecaps this afternoon), and that they will start the Easter Holidays with good news.

Clean up campaign at Salina Grande 
Jornada de limpieza en la Salina Grande [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 See city section above 


Ready for the Easter holidays, more or less  
Más o menos listos para vacacionesi.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

The Civil Protection department has  prepared its personnel to monitor the thousands of swimmers who will be on the beaches of the island and the mainland of Isla Blanca during Easter vacation, said Ulises Berman, head of that agency. He said the Red Cross, Navy of Mexico, State Secretary of Health, and the municipal departments of Tourism, Ecology, Public Safety and Transit will participate in this effort. 
      Two relief stations will be installed on the island, one in Playa Centro with an ambulance and the other on Playa Norte, at the start of Carlos Lazo street. In Isla Blanca, where more and more people arrive, there will be two Civil Protection lifeguards. There will be five lifeguards on the island.Three lifeguard towers are missingRegarding the lack of three life guard towers on the island, two in Playa Norte and one in Media Luna, there are already the procedures before the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), under the responsibility of the legal area of ​​the municipal government, to authorize the installation of those buildings. They could be ready for the upcoming summer. Some business owners with federal concessions are also contributing financing.

Security guaranteed   
Seguridad garantizada. [+] Ver masfull article at this link
     Security is guaranteed at this vacation destination during the Easter holidays, said mayor Juan Carrillo, confirming the increasing of surveillance, with the participation of the three levels of government. 
         Following the violent events on Tuesday in the parking lot of a department store, where they failed to execute an alleged drug dealer, the official mentioned that surveillance modules were placed in the two maritime terminals of Puerto Juarez. 
      The Department of the Navy and the General State Prosecutor's Office are participating in these strengthening measures. In fact, the mayor participated in a meeting in Cancun on the subject of security, where they were also representatives of the Army and the Federal Police. 
      The investigation of those responsible for that event continues until they find them, but since it is nearly the start of Easter vacations, the coordination with other instances of Government in matters of security is full to guarantee the presence of thousands of vacationers who will visit daily. 
        On the island, checkpoints will be installed to control vehicular speeds and breathalyzer tests will be given to drivers. For this, citizens from Cancun were invited to come verify that the protocol is being applied in accordance with the regulations. 
        The Mayor said the checkpoints will be installed on Friday and will remain throughout the holiday period, with the goal of having a "saldo blanco". 
         Mayor Carrillo Soberanis requested citizen collaboration so that the re is a commitment to have the Easter Holidays pass in peace and tranquility. 
          He acknowledged that for that during this period there will be a lot of traffic in order to transport the thousands of visitors in the different points of interest for tourists.

Second Red Cross ambulance  
Segunda ambulancia de Cruz Roja. [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
   Things are going well with the annual Red Cross donation collection campaign, with volunteers campaigning for donations, and collection containers at the businesses. The president of the organization, Felipe Bierman, thanked the volunteers and businesses who are working to reach the goal of 300,000 peso.
   Ambulance to downtown 
He said  that the second ambulance is being prepared to serve the northern and southern part of Isla Mujeres prior to the start of the Easter holiday season, The unit that is currently in operation will be located at the beach area of ​​downtown, where more service is needed, with the other one assigned to the southern sector. 
    In conclusion, he reiterated his thanks to the companies involved and the general public for their voluntary contributions, so that the Red Cross continues serving the residents and the tourists.

Port closed in the afternoon for small boats 
Cierran navegación por la tarde. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  March 21 The port had been reopened for small boats in the morning, but with the arrival of Cold Front 38 causing gusts of wind over 40 km/hr in the Yucatan Channel in the afternoon, the Harbor Master resumed the restriction, which could be maintained on Thursday.

Investigating attempted execution  
Investigan intento de ejecución. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  The information in this article about the investigation, and the collaboration between the Navy, Army, Federal Police, and state Attorney Generals office to prevent future events and to provide security and maintain the image of this destination...  has already been translated, except this article also notes that it has been 18 months since similar events occurred, when a taxi driver was executed inside his vehicle, near CENDI and a month later when there was a failed attempts on another taxi driver who was hit by a bullet, a kilometer from Garrafon park.

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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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March Events
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Thursday, March 1  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
March 1  6:46
March 2  7:46 
March 3   8:44
March 4   9:40
March 5  10:35
March 6  11:28
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunday, March 4 at 8pm: A special Noches Magicas event  on the Town Square to commemorate the 501st anniversary of the first Europeans visiting Isla Mujeres, and the 101st anniversary of the birth of Virgilio "El Chino" Fernandez. Featuring singers Aldahir Davila and Gregorio Sanches, as well as dance troupes Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres and El Talento con el Sabor del Caribe. Free

Monday, March 5 at 9am there will be a Civic Ceremony commemorating the 501st anniversary of the first visit by Europeans to Isla Mujeres. It will be held at the Paso de la Tirguena on the Eastern Malecon (near the public bathrooms by the Town Square, behind the old hospital.)

Thursday, March 8  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Thursday, March 8 International Women's Day

Sunday, March 11 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free 

Thursday, March 15  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

March 16-19 ? Last year there was a Festival for San Jose

Sunday, March 18 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free

Sunday, March 18 Oil Expropriation Day

Monday, March 19 Day off for Benito Juarez's birthday

Tuesday, March 20 Spring Equinox 

Wednesday, March 21 Birthday of Benito Juarez

Thursday, March 22  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Sunday, March 25 Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square is likely to be suspended due to Palm Sunday. 

Thursday, March 29  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

Friday, March 30 Good Friday The Via Crusis, reenactment of the Passion of Christ, begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria. It includes more than 50 actors and travels 5 km to the Immaculate Conception Church downtown where the crucifixion will be reenacted. They will pause at the Guadalupe Chapel in Salina Chica along the way. 

Sunday, April 1 Easter 
  Sources for 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).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

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