Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, March 21

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Crime prevention certification for businesses  LINK 
A fourth company, Velavento Beach Club" has successfully completed the course "Security of Gold", whose information includes management issues and peaceful resolution of conflicts, empathy in the work area, prevention of petty theft, prevention of extortion, and other topics. This course isoffered by the Crime Prevention section of the municipal police force, and demonstrates the City's commitment to providing the necessary tools to prevent crime and ensure the safety of the island community.   
     Crime Prevention Coodinator, Tania Galera Gomez official said that for the municipal government is important to provide these courses not only to employers, but also to students and society in general so that in this way, to provide the necessary tools to help peopleavoid being victims of crime .

City provides wheel chairs LINK  
          The coordinator of the Municipal Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center (CRIM), Dr. Xhanat Tze Mora, explained that this delivery was possible thanks to the coordinated work between the municipal agencies and the City. She said,  "This is the second delivery of wheelchairs that we've provided, we still have to provide others in the whole municipality, but we are working to make this assistance available.The doors of our offices are open and we are working to meet the needs of our clients promptly."

From the Mayor's FB page: We are working together with federal forces to strengthen security in our Isla Mujeres.  We live in a safe paradise and we are moving forward as a community. More than anything, we want to live in peace!  ¡Somos más los que queremos vivir tranquilos!

Municipal government complies with Transparency in Investment Program 2017 LINK  
  Benefits from these funds, on the island and in the Continental Zone, included construction and maintenance of public spaces, the expansion of the public lighting network, paving of streets, and improving public safety as well as the implementation of social programs. Resources came from Ramo 33, in its Social Municipal Infrastructure Fund (FISM) and Contribution Fund for Municipal Strengthening (Fortamun); Ramo 23, through the Fronteras and Fortalece funds; and Ramo 25, through the Public Spaces Rescue Program.

 International Down Syndrome Day 

World Day of Poetry    

 International Day Against Racial Discrimination 

 Anniversary of the birth of former president of Mexico, Benito Juarez, who was born in 1806


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Entrepreneurs of Isla Mujeres ask that the alleged unsuccessful execution be thoroughly investigated  LINK 
-    Following the detonations by firearm on Tuesday in the parking lot of Chedraui, business owners have expressed their concern and demand that authorities investigate thoroughly and get to the bottom of these events.
         Guadalupe Martínez Márquez, President of the Isla Mujeres Hotel Association (HIM), requested they follow through effectively and that the investigations be conducted to determine the facts behind these events.
   She said, "We business owners must get involved and work closely to ensure security, and we must all do our bit, not just demanding security. 
      She recalled the issue of the "Warnings" about Playa del Carmen and therefore said that the authorities work energetically in order to not reach a situation like the one that occurred in Playa. 
        In relation to the old proposals about the installation of security cameras, she said that it would be a fabulous idea and even place the same 'security arches' that were installed in the Maritime Terminals of Playa del Carmen, to prevent people from bringing weapons into Isla Mujeres.
         "This is one of the important destinations where hundreds of tourists and workers enter daily, I think it would be worthwhile to consider this type of equipment for Isla Mujeres," she concluded.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Hotel occupancy: 80% 
Ocupación hotelera: 80.39% [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Occupancy is expected to increase next week during the Easter vacation holidays and could reach 100%. Last year at this time, occupancy reates on the island were 59%. There are 1726 hotels rooms on the island that are included in these statistics. In addition, there are an indeterminate number of houses and private rooms that are being rented to tourists, which are usually offered on internet pages among the foreign community. Some of these are registered with the Treasury and paying the required 3% hospitality tax, with the pace of construction on the isle, where new houses appear at the blink of an eye, in Isla Mujeres you cannot have a real understanding of the number of tourists actually staying at this holiday destination.
   Although the rough seas kept the small boats in port, limiting nautical recreational activities, including tours to Farito and MUSA, tourists enjoyed swimming, sunning, renting golf carts, and other activities.

Operation implemented  
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       The attempted execution perpetrated on Tuesday morning in the parking lot of Chedraui, unheard of for the quiet island, mobilized the security forces of the three levels of government, who implemented an operation at the Maritime Terminals, both in Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez and several points of the location, which included personnel with the Navy, State Police, Public Security and Tourist Police. 
       `The scope of the operation reached the API maritime terminal in Puerto Juarez, the Punta Sam ferry terminal, and the private facilities of Gran Puerto, where personnel of the Navy were already present, since last month when there was explosion on the Caribe I ferry at the Playa del Carmen pier, while passengers were disembarking. 
          From the first moments that the bullets were heard in the supermarket parking lot, personnel with the Navy of Mexico were mobilized. They were stationed in the API (Port Authority) Maritime Terminal and its surroundings, as were civil officials (oficiales de civil)  and Agents of the Ministerial Police, who were all on alert for anyone who might be suspicious, which generated curiosity among tourists who entered by sea on the ferries. They would probably feel safe in the face of such vigilance, although perhaps somewhat disturbed by the weapons that the soldiers and police carried. 
        However, when employees of the three ferry companies were consulted, they all said that they didn't observe any signs of nervousness or fear among the visitors. 
          An employee of one of the ferry companies mentioned that she did notice that, among the islanders, many spoke of the shooting, a unique event in the town and only comparable to the execution of a taxi driver inside his cab about two years ago in colonia Ampliación La Gloria 
        The maritime terminal and its surroundings were literally 'shielded' (blindado) by Naval personnel,  in addition to officers of the Municipal Police and Tourist Police, who crossed the Rueda Medina Avenue to the beach area or guarded the entry of API facilities. 
         Even a Navy helicopter joined the tasks and for several minutes flew over the island at a low altitude, from end to end; however, there is another unofficial version that claims that special forces were traveling in the helicopter which arrived to the island at the request of the municipal authorities.

Violence comes to the island  
Llega la violencia a la isla[+] Ver masFull article at this link 
    An attempt was made in broad daylight, with at least six shots, to execute a presumed narco-criminal in the parking lot of a well know supermarket, which is located a short distance from the police facilities. Apparently, the target managed to escape unscathed from the attack, after repelling the aggression, and in a matter of seconds disappeared from the scene, as did the attackers, a man and a woman, who apparently escaped by motorcycle.
     Shortly after the incident, photos of a "narcomanta" (banner) found somewhere on Isla Mujeres began to circulate on social media, which has been removed by municipal police officers, without any public notice.
     On the banner, a group calling itself "La Barredora" (the Sweeper) granted 48 hours to Mayor Juan Carrillo and Police Chief Jaime Ongay, to dismiss Commandar Leyva Cordoba, who the banner accused of working for "Los Zetas" cartel.
       Islanders and tourists who were inside the Chedraui supermarket were shocked when the barrage of bullets were heard, which were meant for a person about board a black Pontiac sports car with Yucatan plates YWX 343 B, who apparently managed to get away. According to unofficial information, the target boarded a taxi, while the couple escaped on a motorcycle, but no other details were given.
       Around nine o'clock in the morning, the tranquility was broken by the sound of bullets, heard by the customers and employees who were upstairs from the parking garage, like any other day, and didn't know what was happening. Then, once calm resumed, some curious people went down to see what had happened, but they only observed some parked vehicles, and a black Pontiac with a hole in one of its side from a (bullet) impact, and several bullet casing on the floor nearby, with one of them unspent.
     The police were immediately notified and a few minutes later a municipal patrol car arrived, and the officers followed protocol by coordinating off the area, to prevent contamination of the crime scene, however prior to their arrival, there were several customers who crossed the parking lot and walked near the Pontiac on the way to their vehicles.
    As soon as the extent of the incident was known, which is unusual on the island, the municipal authorities requested assistance from the Navy and the state police, immediately activating security protocols. 
     Experts with the ministerial police worked the scene in search of clues, and lacking cones, they placed Styrofoam cups to mark the place where the bullet casings had landed.
        Some people witnessed the violent events and thanks to this, it was possible to obtain the official information that the execution attempt was committed by a couple on board a motorcycle, who shot at a person who was on their way to the parked vehicle, with their purchases. According to the witnesses, he repelled the attack, and when the attackers saw that their attempt had failed, they decided to depart, while the alleged narco-criminal (target) went out into the street, where he presumable to into a taxi. 
      Downtown, in the colonias, in the markets, in the Maritime Terminal, and of course, in social networks, the topic of conversation wat the bullets, and to a lesser degree, the narcomanta that many users saw on social media. 
The Mayor speaks
         Regarding the events that occurred in the parking lot of the supermarket, Juan Carrillo Soberanis said that this event, without a doubt, affects the tourist image and said that work is being done in coordination with the Mexican Navy and state authorities to ensure that this does not happen again.In a telephone interview, the mayor said that the support of the Ministry of the Navy and the authorities of Benito Juarez was requested to safeguard the port facilities and find the alleged criminals. 
      Regarding the narcomanta that began to circulate on social media on Tuesday, the Mayor pointed out that it was found on Friday at 11:40am and was immediately removed, so it could very well be that this is not a coincidence.  
          He said,  "The Navy has not informed us of any criminal groups on the island or of  any attempts to heat things up (calentar la plaza) and, in this sense, we will not allow people with hidden agendas to mar the name of Isla Mujeres, which is the safest municipality in Quintana Roo; we will continue working to provide security to the citizens."

NOTE: SIPSE reports that the target was Mario N. aka "Apo", and that he was inside his black vehicle when the incident occurred, which has a bullet hole in it, and that the attacker's motorcycle was black. It says sources with the municipal police indicated that "Apo" is a drug dealer on the island.…/intento-ejecucion-balazos-camioneta-mot…
QRoo Grafico reports that the target's name is "Apolinar" aka "Apo", a presumed drug salesman, who had departed the store with his purchases when the incident occurred, and that all the bullet casings were 9mm. It said he returned the aggression, causing the attacker to leave, and the target left on foot. The Navy conducted a security operation that included patrols in the Maritime Terminal, including Punta Sam.
NotiCaribe reports that the target was a woman.…/intentan-ejecutar-a-mujer-en-is…/

800 small boats restricted to port  
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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.

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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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