Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, March 28

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The DIF social service agency provided more than 80 pairs of glasses with graduated lenses, which were presented at the facilities of CRIM, the Municipal Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center. The coordinator of the CRIM, Dr. Xhanat Tzé González Mora, explained that this delivery was made with their own resources and these services been provided out periodically throughout the municipality for the benefit of those who need it most. This is one of the programs that have been undertaken by the DIF since the beginning of this administration to improve the quality of life of the islanders.

Placing Trash Cans in Public Areas
      Seeking to maintain a clean municipality and raise awareness among the inhabitants about the generation and management of trash, the Department of the Federal Maritime Land Zone (ZOFEMAT), in coordination with municipal Departments of Public Security and of Public Services, placed ten garbage containers along the road through Sac Bajo on Isla Mujeres. 
      The director of the ZOFEMAT, Vladimir Vallejo Molina, explained that the work of keeping our surroundings clean is everybody's job, so he invited the island community to deposit their garbage in the containers designed for it. 
        He added that in this way the creation of clandestine and open-air garbage dumps that ultimately affect the public health of Isla Mujeres can be avoided. He encouraged both pedestrians who walk through the area and those in vehicles to put garbage in these trash cans, so that later a collection truck will collect it and take it to its final destination.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Port Authority removes store from Maritime Terminal  LINK  
   On Tuesday, the waiting area in the Maritime Terminal was enlarged after Port Authority personnel worked all night to remove what was left of the commercial premises "Watch My Watch".  The Department of Communications and Transportation (SCT) had recently secured the premises due to irregularities in the contract. Then there were several days while the drywall and iron panels were removed, leaving only the concrete base remaining.
    It is noted that during this holiday season, nearly 20,000 passengers are crossing daily, which was complicated by the store being located in an area that had been intended to be a waiting area.

Everything is ready for the reenactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ  LINK  
   Catholic priest Raul Sanchez Alonzo said that everything is ready for the 26th anniversary of the celebration of the representation of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ on the Cross.
    He said the events will begin on Thursday, with the reenactment of the Last Supper and the washing of feet, and on Friday, ~80 actors will give life to the representation of the Viacrusis.
    For the third consecutive year, the Viacrusis will begin at the Sacred Heart of Jesus church in colonia La Gloria, departing at 10:30am, after presenting some of the scenes, and they should arrive at the Guadalupe Chapel in colonia Salinas around 11:30am, where some of the biblical scenes will be reenacted. Then they will continue the journey, which is a total of ~6 kilometers, to reach the final destination of the Church of Immaculate Conception, on the Town Square, downtown. The representation of the Crucifixion will occur around 3pm and the passage of The Seven Words will be reenacted at 3:30p.
      Also on Holy Friday, at 7pm there will be the Procession of Silence, with the Rosary of Grief (Pésame/Condolence) and the Adoration of the Cross, which will take place simultaneously at the church downtown and at the church in La Gloria. 
      The coordinator for the event, Gibran Mex, said that 80 actors are expected to participate, who should by accompanied by 2000 to 2500 islanders.

Environmental operation on Holbox Island put closure seals on 21 properties  LINK  
         Activities in 21 properties and projects within the Natural Protected Area (ANP) on Holbox Island in the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas, in Quintana Roo, were closed by personnel of the Federal Attorney's Office for Protection of the Environment (PROFEPA) during an environmental operation in the area. 
      The agency said that in the "Holbox Island Operation", executed from March 20 to 23, a total of 34 actions were taken, 17 were forestry-related and 17 were for environmental impact. Of those that that were closed, 16 were temporary total closures and five were temporary partial closures within the Area of  ​​Protection of Flora and Fauna called "Yum Balam".
      The operation included 19 federal inspectors from PROFEPA, including three from the Department of Forestry Inspection and Surveillance, three from the Department of Environmental Impact and the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone, and 13 from its personnel in Quintana Roo.
         All the closures were imposed to prevent the natural resources present in the coastal ecosystem from continuing to be put at risk, given the lack of implementation of measures to mitigate or prevent the impacts generated by the works and activities that were inspected.
    The projects and properties are located in a coastal ecosystem that includes various species of mangroves, including  botoncillo species, black mangrove, red mangrove, and white mangrove, as well as coastal dune vegetation characterized by coastal halophyte vegetation and Coastal scrub vegetation composed mainly of chit palm. 
      These species of mangrove and the chit palms are listed as endangered species in the Official Mexican Standard Law NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010. 
         The alleged perpetrators may be subject to fines ranging from 100 to 20,000 times the current Verification Units (Daily Minimum Wage) and be obliged to carry out the restoration activities of the affected site, regardless of the sanctions that result.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Could exceed the record with 30,000 tourists per day during Easter holiays   
Se espera récord de 30 mil turistas diarios.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
       Without any problems, massive numbers of visitors have begun arriving in Isla Mujeres during the Easter holiday season, when the record of 27,000 visitors per day from 2017 is expected to be exceeded and to reach 30,000 people, announced Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, Director of Promotion for this vacation destination. He said that the hotels are nearly full, and the larger chains are expected to reach 95% capacity,  while the smaller hotels still have some rooms available. 
    Personnel from the Tourism Department will be available on the non-working days of Thursday thru Sunday, in coordination with the security personnel. It is noted that the ferries are busy moving people between the island and the Hotel Zone of Cancun, Puerto Juarez, and Punta Sam. The Maritime Terminal which receives ferries from the Hotel Zone and Puerto Juarez is full in the afternoons, starting at 3pm, when many people want to return to the mainland after enjoying the attractions of the island. 
    It is noted that the removal of the store in the waiting area of the Maritime Terminal was not completed before the start of the Easter holidays. This work was begun on Thursday, and was complicated somewhat by the removal of the air conditioning equipment, which weighed more than two tons, from the top of the commercial structure.

Navy rescued ten people in Cancun and Isla Mujeres
Armada rescatan a diez personas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
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Workshop about FIRA financing for entrepreneurs
Promueven financiamiento de FIRA[+] Ver masFull article at this link
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Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres+] Ver masFull article at this link
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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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