Monday, March 19, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, March 19

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        With the aim of promoting culture and artistic expression among the island community, another edition of Isla Mujeres Magic Nights was held on Sunday evening.
          This program, promoted by the municipal government through the Institute of Culture and the Arts, featured a performance by the dance troupe '' Entorno'', who delighted everyone in the audience with their choreography. 
        It was an evening full of music and entertainment, which that the islanders could enjoy with their families. It ended with a performance by singer Abi Panty, who was a special guest from the municipality of Benito Juárez (Cancun).


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Increased security for vacationers   
Refuerzan seguridad para el turismo. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    No incidents were reported as of Sunday afternoon, by the personnel of Public Safety, Civil Protection, or the Harbor Master's office. It was estimated that there were more than 5000 vehicles traveling on the roads of the isle, including golf carts, motorcycles, bicycles, taxis, and private vehicles. In the midst of this flow of visitors, the local people were once again experiencing rejection from the taxi drivers "because they prefer dollars". As long as there is no system of urban transport, this problem will continue. (Note: This is a long weekend, with Monday as a holiday for Benito Juarez's birthday, which is Wednesday.)

Fatal motorcycle accident 
Motociclista muere en accidente[+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Saturday night there was another death in a vehicular accident, when a foreigner ran into a garbage collection truck that lacked taillights.  
       The Office of the Attorney General of Quintana Roo confirmed that Canadian Shane King, 32, died in the hospital of injuries from the impact with the truck that was parked by the restaurant Comején, on Rueda Medina Avenue. Another accident had occurred 300 meters south of this site on Saturday morning,, when a young man skidded on his scooter and died after hitting the pavement.
      The foreigner, who lived with his family in colonia Cañotal, was traveling from north to south, and according to some witnesses, he was going at a good speed, with his eight year old son as  a passenger, who was safe and sound.Apparently, he did not have time to slow down or evade the trash truck. According to preliminary data from the Office of the Public Prosecutor, the municipal authority will be held responsible for not having their fleet in good condition, given that the residents claim that there are more official vehicles in service in the same condition.  (Y según datos preliminares de la Fiscalía, se fincaría responsabilidad a la autoridad municipal por no tener en condiciones su flota, dado que los vecinos aseguran que hay más vehículos oficiales al servicio en las mismas condiciones.)
      The accident occurred at 9:40 pm and in less than an hour Mr. King had died in the hospital. His wife, Amber Marie King, 32, of Ontario, Canada, identified the body. The medical report indicated that at 10pm. paramedics from the Red Cross, arrived with a patient who had suffered a traffic accident, and was in  hypovolemic shock from his injuries. He was given advanced resuscitation maneuvers for 20 minutes, and unfortunately died at 10:20pm.  
        Agents from the the Prosecutor's Office came to investigate the accident,  and both vehicles, the scooter and the trash collection truck, were impounded.  A criminal expert arrived at the island at 11:50pm to join the investigation. The doctor in charge, Abraham Rojas, was interrogated. 
        The unfortunate Canadian, of 1.85 meters in height, of robust constitution, of white complexion, with reddish hair and  beard, was wearing a t-shirt type dark jersey, a Bermuda in color camouflage, with an open chest wound. At 12:15am, SEMEFRO (Medical Examiners) took responsibility for transferring and corresponding procedures.
Bad image 

        The reaction in social networks was the call to the authorities to take the necessary measures and avoid more events of this type; take care of the image of the destination as a Pueblo Magico. That Tránsito (Municipal Traffic Department , assumes its responsibility, as does the City to have its trash collection fleet in condition, since more than one motorcyclist has nearly collided with the vehicles without taillights.

(PE may be referring to this photo published Saturday night on Noti Isla Mujeres by Filipe Tep Canache with the comment (translated) "I always see them at 6: a.m.,  they are dangerous without front and rear lights.)

Final preparations for the reenactment of the Stations of the Cross  
Preparativos finales para el Vía Crucis viviente [+] Ver masFull article at this link

 More than 80 costumed actors will participate in this 26th edition in Isla Mujeres of the reenactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. The event will take place on Friday, March 30, along a 5 kilometer route from the Sacred heart of Jesus church in colonia La Gloria to the Immaculate Conception church on the Town Square (pausing at the Guadalupe Chapel in colonia Salina Chica). The Departments of Public Safety and of Civil Protection are coordinating with the organizers to ensure security and support for the event.

Expansion of the Maritime Terminal: Budgeted  
Ampliar la terminal marítima, presupuestado. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Rosa Elena Ríos Fernández, head of the Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo), said there are funds in the 2018 budget for expansion of the Isla Mujeres Maritime Terminal. They are in the process of cancelling the concession for the parking lot, to expand the Terminal by 30 percent, from its current area of 1700 square meters. 
    On this second long weekend of the year, the terminal is receiving at least 15,000 passengers daily, but during Easter vacation that number will be much larger. There will be an additional 100 square meters available with the recovery of the space occupied by a store selling luxury goods. That will only take two days, but Ms. Rios Fernandez said it will only mitigate the problem. 
    The occupation of the 1,500 square meter parking lot would represent the solution to the problem, but the company that subleased it from the previous state government did not accept the request in a good way, it seems that legal recourse will be required, as was the case with removing the store from the passenger waiting area. 
     Progress is expected on this in the summer and the expansion could be finished by the fall. The Maritime terminal was built in 2014 with an investment of more than 32 million pesos.

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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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