Monday, March 5, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, March 5

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More crime prevention with the inclusion of Isla Mujeres in FORTASEG  LINK 
        The City signed the agreement previously, at the 33rd City Council Session, to join FORTASEG, the Program for Strengthening of Security.
        Isla Mujeres is one of the safest municipalities in the state, and police chief Jaime Alberto Ongay Ortiz said, "As part of the FORTASEG program, in 2019 our police force will be strengthened and we will be able to give more coverage to the entire municipality with more qualified personnel and more vehicles, uniforms and safety and protection equipment." 
   He said  one of the areas to be reinforced with FORTASEG is the Crime Prevention Program, which will provide more training to the officers to prevent cases of school violence, by providing courses taught at preschool, primary and secondary schools, and giving them a certificate. 
      During the year 2019 the officers of the Department of Public Safety and Municipal Traffic have the Unique Police Certificate (CUP), which will allow them to provide better service to citizens by meeting all the criteria and standards of quality established for Public Safety.

With a great deal of pride, today we celebrate the encounter between two cultures 


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Canada issues advisory for Playa del Carmen-Cozumel ferries LINK  
      Like the United States government, this weekend the Canadian authorities issued a travel alert for tourists visiting Quintana Roo, in which they are told to refrain from using ferries on the Playa del Carmen-Cozumel route until further notice; this after an explosion in one of the ferries of Barcos Caribe on February 21 and  two apparent explosive devices were found on another Barcos Caribe ferry on March 1 (which had been out of service for some time).
        Some cruise lines have canceled excursions using ferry services in Playa del Carmen. The Canadian advisory says "Avoid traveling on tourist ferries in the region until further notice. Stay turned and monitor local media (including social media).  

This article in English has the whole advisory: LINK 

Competition among high school students for Señorita Bachilleres 2018 of  Isla Mujeres  LINK 
   The event will take place at the Convention Center at 7:30pm on March 17, and voting is being conducted on social networks for "Miss Social Networks". The candidates are also campaigning personally. Their names are given and it is noted that young people from other schools are expected to attend the event. There will be a charge for the event, and the money will be used for the preparation of the graduation of the students who are currently in their sixth semester at Colegio Bachilleres.

SINTRA operation impounds more than ten vehicles on Sunday  LINK  
   Within 48 hours of being appointed as the new SINTRA delegate in Isla Mujeres, Ms.Issis Morales Melendez responded to complaints about 'pirate' vehicles in Isla Mujeres with an operation on Sunday that impounded at least ten vehicles.
    Ten inspectors were brought from Cancun and within half a day more than ten vehicles had been impounded, mostly rental golf carts, many of which were 'pirates' (lacking license plates) that were operating without a concession (permit), while other had expired insurance, and they included two taxis and one cargo vehicle.
    Ms Morales Lelendez said that at least in her case, she will not spend her appointment behind a desk, and that with her arrival in Isla Mujere the "compadrazgo' (special treatment of friends) is over, and there will be no special considerations for anyone who doesn't comply with the laws.
     She was sworn in on Friday and on Sunday she conducted this surprise operation, which was such a surprise it involved personnel from Cancun. She said, "This operation was conducted so that we know the ground we are treading upon, in reality."
    With more than ten vehicles impounded for various violations, it has been determined that this is an indication that there are irregularities in Isla Mujeres. She explained that with this result, there will be a review of results in the office and a determination if there are units and concessions with recidivism.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Young environmentalists 
Juventud medioambientalista [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     A group of youths called "Corazon Jovenes Unidos" conducted a clean up by one of the Salinas and removed dozens of bags of trash. They are committed to promoting faith among youths and children, and even more committed to social causes to help those most in need. One of the members, Gibran Mex, said, "We carried out a clean-up day on the Salina waterfront with young people committed and aware that we must do more for our island and society."
         They decided to do their bit, knowing that the environment will continue to live and grow, in a place as beautiful as Isla Mujeres. Mr. Mex said, "We are a Pueblo Magico, but a pueblo magico is also complemented by the education and culture of those who inhabit it; Now is the time for fewer complaints and more action."
           He recommended to stop thinking that others are going to solve the problems, "If all of us take responsibility to do our small part, we will see differences in everything, even in our way of living." Each weekend they have activities for the personal development and direction of young people. Las weekend the group visited a rehabilitation center in Cancun.

Surprise operation by new SINTRA delegate 
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  See TVIM article. This one says there nine agents brought from Cozumel, and that the operation took place on Rueda Medina, near the ferry terminal, as well as on the road to Garrafon, and other locations. It says at least a dozen irregular vehicles were detected before noon, and the operation continued in the afternoon hours. They detected vehicles without license plates, lacking an insurance policy, and/or a taxi circulation card. For the tourists who were in the impounded golf carts, SINTRA provided transportation back to the rental agency so they could be provided with another cart or a refund, in order to avoid giving visitors a bad impression. It is note that there are more than 700 golf carts and more than 200 taxis in circulation on the island. It is still unknown whether there could be a reversal, or not, of the nearly 200 golf cart plates/permits that were awarded by ex-Governor Roberto Borge at the last minute before he left office, and that the issue of golf carts is a serious problem.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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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.

March Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

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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