Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, March 27

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Delivery of 25 wheelchairs and 20 pairs of bifocals in the Continental Zone on the mainland part of the municipality.     LINK  
This is the third delivery of supports (wheelchairs and bifocals) made by the municipal authorities and the DIF, social service agency, which will be carried out regularly and to cover a greater number of beneficiaries, so that this Tuesday, March 27, 60 graduated lenses will be delivered to citizens of the island.  VIDEO         

Security operation in force throughout the Easter holidays  LINK       
  This article is similar to other articles I've translated about increased security and safety measures during the Easter holidays, and the many agencies of all three levels of government that are participating.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

On Sunday, the clocks won't be set ahead an hour in Quintana Roo, but they will be in the rest of Mexico. LINK 

Navy impounds 300 kilograms of cocaine from a semi-sunken boat north of Puerto Aventuras    LINK   
  This action was done by Naval personnel based in Cozumel, who secured 12 bales, which contained 302 packages, of a total approximate weight of 290 kilograms, of a product with characteristics similar to those of cocaine.
    On March 24, in response to a report about a small boat that was partially sunk, a"Defender" type boat from the Search and Rescue team was dispatched, to safeguard human lives at sea.
    During this operation, the smaller MEMSA-type boat was located, in a semi-sunken state, about two miles off the coastline, between the towns of Paamul and Puerto Adventruas. Two rescue swimmers were deployed to rule out that anyone was trapped. In addition to the 12 rectangular bales weighing ~290 kilograms (~640 lbs) containing a substance with characteristics similar to those of cocaine, there were two 200HP outboard motors, two containers with a capacity of 200 liters each, as various personal effects.
   The secured cargo was turned over to the Attorney General's Office, who will carry out the corresponding procedures and investigations. It is noted that the Department of the Navy-Armada is committed to working in coordination with agencies of all three levels of government to combat organized crime, with the resources provided by Law, and always in strict adherence to Human Rights.

Trash collection services will return to normal with seven trucks in service LINK  
 March 26   The garbage collection service in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, little by little, is returning to normal, according to Public Services Director, José Guadalupe Ríos Chalé. 
     The official said that at the beginning of the Easter holiday season, there should be at least seven units for garbage collection, in addition to the service of transporting the trash to the Continental Zone on the mainland. 
        Mr. Ríos Chalé said that the service is ensured for this holiday season even with the increase in the production of garbage, a production that is necessarily increased by the large tourist influx.
       He said, "These seven garbage collection units should be working all day and all night, during this Easter holiday season, in addition to other routes that will be implemented, with the intention of making the collection work more efficient". 
       He said that there really is nothing to worry about, since it is expected that this service will be offered in a timely manner and without any problem. 
        He clarified that the problem of the accumulation of garbage on the sidewalks, curbs and streets of Isla Mujeres, which occurred last week, was due to a generalized failure of the trash collection vehicles, in addition to one of them has been detained in the municipal corral, because it was involved in an accident with a motor scooter in which a foreigner from Canada lost his life. 
      Regarding the work of moving the garbage to the Continental Zone,  the official explained that they are still dependent on the ferries and that this action becomes a problem when the smaller ferry is in service, but they hope that this problem will be resolved this week.

Program "Drive Without Alcohol" will continue throughout the Easter holidays LINK
 March 26    Isla Mujeres Police Chief Jaime Ongay confirmed that the "Drive without Alcohol" program will remain in force during the next two weeks of the the Easter holiday period, which aims to reduce the number of accidents transit. 
      The official recalled that just a few weeks ago there were two fatal accidents and in view of these circumstances it has been decided to continue with the program for protection of drivers. He said, "Remember that the Drive Without Alcohol program is not intended to hunt down drivers with alcohol on their breath, but rather it is a program to prevent accidents." 
        He said that the intention is to raise awareness among the population about the risks involved in driving in an impaired state. He said this is a responsibility of both the citizenry and the authorities.          
     He said, "We will monitor that people do not drive in an impaired state and for this we will have support from citizen observers of the Security and Justice Bureau."  He said there will be citizens from this group who supervise the actions of the police in these tasks, ensuring that they are working within the limits allowed. 
     He explained that it is not their intention is not to put anyone in jail, unless there are other infringements of the law or inappropriate or irregular behavior.  He said the past weekend, ten vehicles were removed (to the impound yard).

Harbor Master reports everything is ready for the Easter holiday period  LINK  
Harbor Master reports that monitoring has been increased of boats to ensure they don't exceed capacity  VIDEO  
        Ismael González Gil, head of the port of Isla Mujeres, was reportedly ready to keep an eye on the coasts and beaches of Isla Mujeres, confirming the collaboration plan that exists within the framework of the Easter Holidays/Semana Santa 2018 program. 
    "In coordination with the Mexican Naval coastguard, personnel with the Harbor Master are conducting surveillance tours in the island area and also in the Continental Zone with support from the captaincy of Puerto de Cancun," he said. 
         In relation to inspections in beach areas where there are swimmers, he explained that they have been monitoring Playa Norte where two jet skis were removed last week. He said, "We have been attentive to this, we removed two watercraft that had been moored to the buoy line, they have been warned and if they persist there will be a penalty, "he said. 
        He said that the fines for boats can range from 50 to 1,000 Daily Minimum Wages, which is equivalent to a fine of 4000 to 80,000 pesos. 
       Inspections of boats are also supported by the state Port Authority, and they are verifying that maximum capacity isn't exceeded in each of the boats. He said they are now asking the boats to display the maximum capacity, so that the passengers can verify it is not exceeded.

The "Salvavidas Operation" ("Saving Lives") began with 10 rescues by Naval personnel in Cancun & Isla Mujeres  LINK   
March 26   Within the framework of "Operation Salvavidas" (Lifesaver) for the Easter holidays, in different actions today in Cancun and Isla Mujeres, Naval personnel rescued ten people of Mexican nationality, three female and seven male. This assistance was given from their aid posts on Playa Delfines in Cancun and at Playa Norte in Isla Mujeres, where they observed people having difficulty returning to the shore, so they immediately proceded to rescue them, and Naval personal offered them appropriate medical attention and found them to be in good health.
   The Navy and authorities of the three levels of government recommend that visitors to this tourist destination follow the instructions of Civil Protection personnel (the lifeguards), and it offers the following emergency telephone numbers for any problems at sea:
Phone: 01 (998) 877 01 94Email: rn5@semar.gob.mx.SEMAR:   01 800 6274621/01 800 (MARINA1)
01 (55) 56-24-65-00, to extensions 1000, 6004, 7226, 7852 or 8383
E-mail accounts:cc2_emga@semar.gob.mxsarmarina@semar.gob.mx
With these actions, the Department of the Navy-Armada of Mexico as a National Maritime Authority, reaffirms its commitment to the citizenry to safeguard human life at sea.


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Por Esto still has yesterday's news at 11:40am (It's usually updated daily by 6am). 

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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.

This will be the 26th anniversary of the reenactment of the living Viacrusis (Passion of Christ-Stations of the Cross) in Isla Mujeres, which will begin in at the Catholic Church in La Gloria, stop at the Chapel in Salina Chica, and end at the Town Square.
"IC" means Immaculate Conception church on the Town Square.
"SH" means Sacred Heart of Jesus church in La Gloria.
The schedule for Masses is listed under "Hora de Misa".

March 25 Palm Sunday
IC-9:30a Representation of Jesus entering Jerusalem, & Procession with Branches to the Posada del Mar.
SH-11:30a & 7:30p Procession with Branches from Mundaca

March 29 Holy Thursday/Maudy Thursday
IC-8:30p Representation of Last Supper & Washing of Feet
SC-9p Washing of Feet

March 30 Holy Friday
SC-10:30a The Live Representation of the Viacrusis/Passion of Christ
Guadalupana-11:30a Viacrusis Continued (Pilate & Herod)
IC-3p Representation of the Crucifixion
3:30p Celebration of the Seven Words
7p Silent Procession, Rosary of Reflection/grief, and adoration of the Cross.

March 31 Holy Saturday
IC-9p Representation of the Resurrection

April 1 Easter Sunday
Normal Mass schedule

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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