Saturday, March 24, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, March 24

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Renovation and improvements at Bicentenario Dome LINK   VIDEO  

     In colonia La Gloria, officials and citizens gathered to officially open the newly renovated "Bicentennial" dome. The entire roof structure was dismantled and replaced, and the inside columns were reinforced and covered with metal plates. The structure and the sports court were painted, the perimeter fence and gate were replaced, and two goals were installed, as well as 24 'industrial reflectors'.
    The work was done with an investment of 8,036,843 pesos from the federal FORAMUN fund of Ramo 33 (Contribution Fund for the Strengthening of the Municipalities) and from municipal funds. In this space children, youth and adults will be able to practice sports like fast soccer (fútbol rápido), basketball and handball.
         One of the most important commitments for the current administration is to work so that children and young people have decent spaces for recreation and entertainment, which is why it invests in the recovery and construction of sports spaces. 
          For this reason, the municipal government continues to work so that children and young people in the island have decent spaces to practice sports or spend pleasant moments with their families: -in Isla Mujeres there is a lot of sports talent and we must support it by providing them with the basic elements for their development-, commented the representatives of the City Council.

Reforestation at Playa Norte LINK  

As the final event of a week of activities in honor of World Water Day, the City of Isla Mujeres, via the Department of Ecology and the Environment, conducted a reforestation project on Playa Norte, as well as installing trash cans and signs with information about caring for the beaches.
    The Director of the Ecology Department, Carlos Barranco García, said that a total of 100 plants of different species were planted, among which the sea lily, chit palm, sea lettuce and coconut palm, all resistant to salinity.
        "Playa Norte is a very important beach, not only for its certifications but for its beauty, and what better than to do the reforestation here; for that reason, in a coordinated way with concessionaires of the federal zone and the federal and state governments, we carry out this great work that will help us to maintain this space in perfect condition," said the official.
          Additionally, the purpose of these activities for World Water Day are to raise awareness among the island community about the importance of taking care of the water and other natural resources of the municipality, as well as keeping the beaches free of trash and reforesting them with coastal plant species.

The Mayor posted: THE CITY OF ISLA MUJERES AND CIVILIANS WORKING TOGETHER TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS      (Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, March 23, 2018) .- In order to ensure the welfare of the islanders and visitors during the holiday season, the City of Isla Mujeres, through the Department of Public Safety and Municipal Traffic, and working hand in hand with civil society, has reactivated the breathalyzer program, in order to reduce the incidence of accidents related to alcohol consumption. 
       Police Chief Jaime Alberto Ongay Ortíz explained that during this holiday season to ensure that this program is carried out efficiently and for its better functioning, it will be attended by citizen observers who are members of the Cancun Bureau of Security and Justice. (Mesa de Seguridad y Justicia). 
           In this regard, the official explained that with the realization of this activity, is very important to work hand in hand with civil society to ensure that the breathalyzer is being performed effectively, for the prevention of accidents, which is a job that must involve everyone. 
           The  breathalyzer is being used with the aim of ensuring the safety of the island community, because since it was first implemented until now,  the accident rate from driving under the influence of alcohol has been reduced by 70 percent. 
        The Director of Public Safety and Municipal Traffic said that for the current government, safety is a priority, so this program will remain active every day during the  Easter holidays, with monitoring being done in a random and itinerant manner at different points of the municipality.

Tomorrow night on the Town Square at 8pm, Noches Magicas will feature a dance troupe performing Polynesian dances and three singers. Free.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Port Authority enlarging thewaiting area at Isla Mujeres Maritime Terminal LINK 
    March 23  Last evening, API Port Authority workers began expanding  the passenger waiting area at the Maritime Terminal by initiating the dismantling of the store that was called "Watch my Watch". It is recalled that TVIM has reported that the premises being recently secured by the Merchant Marine for the SCT, Department of Communications and Transport, in association with irregularities in the contract. The merchant has removed the merchandise and the store was nearly empty.
   It is noted that during the holiday season, as many as 20,000 passengers may cross daily which causes a complicated situation at the Maritime Terminal, especially when this store was built in the area designed to be the waiting area.
    The year there will be a roof constructed in the area for the passengers going to the Hotel Zone, which will provide them with greater comfort. This is expected to cost about 2 million pesos.

Vacation began on Friday for ~4600 students LINK  
   In the municipality, there are 4900 students enrolled in the public school system for basic and upper secondary education, who will return to their classrooms on April 9th.

Isla Mujeres government completes another promise with opening of renovated Bicentario dome LINK 
 See City section above.

Navy launches annual "Operation Salvavidas Easter Vacation 2018"
    "Operation Salvavidas Semana Santa 2018" will continue through April 8th, implemented on five beaches, where maritime and land patrol services will be established to safeguard human life at sea and maintain order; In addition, rescue and rescue posts will be installed, where naval medical personnel will be ready to provide first aid if necessary.
       In the "Operation Salvavidas Semana Santa 2018"  a total of 95 members of the Navy will participate, including Admirals, Captains, Officers, 'Clases' and Seafarers assigned to the Fifth Naval Region, as well as personnel with the Harbor Masters offices of Puerto Juarez, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos and Isla Holbox, Q. Roo, and supported with ships, smaller rescue boats, aircraft and land vehicles.
      The Department of the Navy invites the general public to keep the following recommendations in mind during their visit at the beaches:

Do not enter the sea after having eaten food or alcoholic beverages, or a combination of both.
Try to swim near where a lifeguard is located.
Do not neglect children on the beach.
Use sunscreen if you are going to remain exposed to the sun for a long time.
Drink water constantly to rehydrate.
Respect the instructions of the lifeguards.
Be careful if there are boats or jet skis nearby.
When traveling in smaller boats, demand a lifejacket and observe that the boat is not overloaded.
Do not hinder access to the beaches and allow free access to patrols and ambulances.
Do not litter on the beaches.

        In addition, it is very important to observe and respect the warning issued by the Harbor Master's Office regarding activities at sea, which are marked with green flags, which indicates that the conditions for wading, swimming or diving are good; yellow, which means caution about marine currents and the possibility that the weather may worsen; and red, which indicates that swimmers should not enter the sea.
Also, the Secretary of the Navy offers you the following contact numbers in case of any emergency at sea:SEMAR Command and Control Center:  01 800 6274621/01 800 (MARINA1).Switchboard of the Secretary of the Navy:  01 (55) 56-24-65-00, option 1 or extension 1000.E-mail accounts:


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Allegation of negligence at Community Hospital
Negligencia en el Hospital Comunitario. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     The father of a young man with Down syndrome alleges that his child was not given prompt attention when he was taken to the hospital for treatment of diarrhea and vomiting. José Kú Canul, says his wife arrived at the hospital at 8:30am because the illness had caused the 16 year old to become dehydrated, and after waiting for two hours, she went to the office of the director to complain. He said the doctor preferred to go and have coffee with an colleague in another office, rather than attend to the patient.
        He said is son was taken for a consultation because he was suffering from intense vomiting and diarrhea, and was made to wait for an hour. He had been received by an intern nurse (enfermero pasante). After an hour, they went to the nurse in regard to the delay, and they were told that his shift was over, that the doctor had called them, and they didn't respond.  Mr. Ku Canul said, "It's not true, my wife and son never left the room." What most disturbed her was that the doctor was drinking coffee in another colleague's office.
     He said the doctor didn't flinch when she was discovered. When his wife saw this, she was going to go to the Director's office on the second floor, but then another doctor appeared who offered to take charge. However, then she had to wait again. When the desperate mother asked why the staff has this attitude, she was told "These are the policies of the institution".  The annoyed father went to Por Esto to complain about this abuse suffered by his special 16 year old son. 
    He wants the Governor to intervene and said he has failed to fulfill his offer to improve the quality of medical services in Isla Mujeres, offering a reminder that elections are looming and then made a political comment. 

Training for APIQRoo personnel  
Personal de Apiqroo recibe capacitación[+] Ver masFull article at this link
    The general director of the state Port Authority, Apiqroo, Alicia Ricalde Magaña, said that personnel who work in the area of operations of the Maritime Terminal of Isla Mujeres received training regarding the maneuvers that they must carry out in the docking and undocking of the boats. 
         Five employees of the morning shift participated in the operations workshop, where the topics that were discussed included the production and safety logistics protocols for the handling of passenger flows in open and closed areas, as well as the topic of maritime protection. 
        "During the workshop it was clarified that all the staff are part of the same gear in the logistics chain, if one of them fails within this,  the others automatically fail," added the official. In the course they were given clear and specific examples of the Isla Mujeres terminal, so that they will know how to act appropriately. 
      Ms. Ricalde Magaña explained that the workshop dealt with the boats that arrive to the Maritime Terminal docks and the types of maneuvers they must carry out, in consideration of external factors that can intervene during the maneuvers, such as winds and currents. The risks were explained that can occur if two or three boars are allowed to embark or disembark at the same time at the Isla Mujeres dock. 
            "In the event of a fire or other type of incident, we would have to mobilize more than 400 passengers on the platform, at the risk of minors being crushed by a mass of people, in addition to the people who are in the waiting room," concluded Alicia Ricalde, who supervised the workshop that was given to employees of Apiqroo in Isla Mujeres.

Complaint from fired workers about procedures  
Despedidos y sin liquidación de ley [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Three former security guards at Fenix restaurant are seeking legal advice and alleging that their dismissals were not justified and were not done in accordance with the law. Three waiters who wee also dismissed are planning to join in on any legal recourse. They began working on December 24, 2016, following a victory that was won by former Mayor Jorge Cardenas, regarding the the federal zone concession, against people associated with former governor Borge, who is in prison. Mr Cardenas sublet the property to Roberto Lavia, and his relatives have allegedly made staff cuts without complying with the law.  They want to be paid their benefits for 15 months of service, and say they cannot stand the abuse, especially from a foreigner named Marcelo, who is originally from Argentina, and they are questioning his immigration status.
    It is known that there has been litigation over this property with businessman Carlso Cervera, who claimed in the courts that this the beach concession belongs to him. Three years ago his palapas were destroyed by a group of contracted vandals, which was written about in Por Esto.

Shortage of available rooms  
Pocas habitaciones disponibles. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Small and medium sized hotels are reporting a high level of reservations, ranging from 50 to 100 percent throughout the entire Easter holiday season that just began, when they were consulted directly. Officials project an occupancy rate around 90 percent during this period. The rate at three star hotels varies, and is about 990 pesos to 1700 pesos.
    Hotels such as the "Kinich" who are already fully booked, are referring clients to nearby properties. That hotel expects to continue to have at least 80 percent occupancy for all of April.
     The Hotel "Berney" reports they have reservations at 60 percent, and lack reservations after the holiday period. Their booking service online indicates a room for two people is 715 pesos, and includes breakfast. (~$42)
   Hotel Marcianito reports reservations at 90 percent, and offer a room with a fan for two people for 800 pesos or 700 pesos for one person.
   :Los Arcos hotel says their reservations are at 50 percent during the holidays and then they drop to 20 percent. Their fee to reserve online is 1200 pesos. They don't expect to benefit from the two regattas scheduled at the end of April and early May.

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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 will feature a dance troupe performing Polynesian dances and three singers. Free.

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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