Sunday, April 29, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, April 29

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In accordance with the electoral laws, the municipal Facebook site has suspended the release of information as of March 29, until after the election on July 1st.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

April 27  Children who are accompanied by an adult with a round trip ticket can ride for free on the Marinsa ferry April 28 thru May 1 in honor of Children's Day. The company is promoting this offer on social networks. Marinsa currently offers round trip tickets to state residents for 76 pesos.  LINK  

April 26 Reports of hail in Cancun this afternoon (Thursday) which hasn't occurred for over two decades.  VIDEO LINK  

Cockteleros of Isla Mujeres seeking to remain undefeated   LINK  
  On Sunday, the game will be dedicated to the children, and parents are encouraged to bring their offspring, because there will be surprises for them and a raffle. The Cockteleros will play the Astras of Cancun at the El Pescador field in Isla Mujeres (the time isn't given, but is usually around noon or 1p)

Baseball fans & players will celebrate Children's Day on Sunday at the baseball field "El Pescador" VIDEOLINK

"The itch that comes from the sea"
LINK  This is an article by the veterinarian Dr. Delfino, which I've previously translated, but not recently, about a couple asking if the itchiness they are suffering is associated their dog's problem with itchiness, noting that they swam in the sea together.  The answer is no, and that their problem was caused by tiny jellyfish in the sea, and he explains about these animals, the rash they cause, and its treatment. (He ends the article saying he'll get back to the problem of the dog.)
     He said the jellyfish are in the shape of a thimble, and they are very small, from a few millimeters to 2.5 centimeters. He explains, "The 'thimble' has a very important characteristic, it has many small organs (organelles) that act as microscopic syringes that serve to inject toxins (that they develop) when they come into contact with skin, causing hives and rashes known as dermatitis or "swimmers rash".  The whelps may be accompanied by a burning sensation and can develop into serious wounds. In some people, especially children, this can cause reactions very like fever, nausea, vomiting, headache and fatigue." 
     He says people who have been exposed to these jellyfish should avoid bathing in fresh water, since this causes the toxins to be released, while vinegar has been shown to prevent this in the organelles that have attached themselves to the skin. For treatment, antihistamines are helpful and doctors may recommend lotions or creams, or in severe cases they may prescribe corticosteroids, topically or generally, which should only be used under medical supervision.
      (Note:  These are often called "Sea Lice" or "Agua mala", and the word for jellyfish in Spanish is 'medusa'. There is some conflicting information online about immediate first aid, and recommendations by the American Red Cross and American Heart Association were updated in 2012, based on studies, and peeing on it isn't recommended. They advise flooding the sting with vinegar. However a study in Australia found that while vinegar may keep un-fired nematocycsts from releasing venom, it may actually make those stingers that already have envenomated the victim release more. Everyone seems to agree that rinsing the area immediately with saltwater/seawater is recommended. Many recommendations include immediately scraping the area with a card to remove nemacycts that could release more venom. One source recommended duct tape. Researchers have found that warm water was more effective than ice packs for relieving the pain, and topical lidocaine cream is often helpful. Over the counter pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen can be used to help with the pain. There are recommendations about when medical help or immediate assistance should be sought, particularly if the person is experiencing severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing or the sting is extensive. I don't think this article was published because this is currently a problem, but rather because it was a slow news day & it's general information that is handy to know, imo.)

Islamujereshoy reports (posted on April 26 at 8:27pm) 
  On Thursday at 7:30pm there was physical fight on the Ultramar ferry, because two people wanted one seat.  The incident caused fear among the passengers and concern that it could become a melee.An employee of the hotel Mia asked a tourist to accommodate a young child of about 4 years old, so that he could have a seat. (I think this means the hotel employee asked the tourist to put the child in his lap.) Witnesses said the tourist was arrogant, refused and started throwing punches. Witnesses said everything occurred very quickly, and at one point it seemed like the disagreement could involve everyone, because some supported the tourist, while a majority supported the employee. Ultramar personnel intervened to calm things down, and the trip concluded without any further incidents, but it caused a fright to the other passengers, especially the women and children.


Noti Isla Mujeres reports  the municipal Director of Ecology and the Environment, Carlos Barranco Garcia, said they will investigate the events surrounding the poisoning of eight cats, in which two died and six were saved. He said it is important to investigate the facts because this is not the first time an event like this has occurred. He said no official complaints have been filed in relation to this regrettable incident, and they are waiting for more information from the veterinary clinic. He said that in order to proceed, they need to have all the information, and in this way, they will attempt to locate those responsible, in compliance with the Law of Animal Protection and Welfare (Ley de Protección y de Bienestar Animal). He said they have not received any official information from the clinic yet, which is needed to proceed, and then they will act with the intention of finding those responsible, just as they have done on previous occasions. 
   It is recalled that on Wednesday, the veterinarian of the Veterinary Clinic of Isla Mujeres denounced the poisoning of eight cats, of whom two died and six were saved. About twenty more cats are missing in the vicinity of colonia Salinas, and it is believed that they could be dead. Mr Barranco Garcia said they have not been informed about the disappearance of more than 20 cats from this Veterinary Clinic, and they are unaware of any more deaths of cats by poisoning, and need more information about this case.

Noti Isla Mujeres reports: Neighbors complain about the hotel "Balu
 Residents are complaining about the hotel "Balu" which is located between Rueda Medina and Juarez avenues, by the stairs at the Naval Base. The neighbors say the hotel has been irresponsibly leaving trash in the public thoroughfare, without containers, strewn on the pavement, which creates a terrible image for residents and visitors. They are complaining that the hotel has left rubble/gravel in the street, which remains since trash trucks don't collect that type of material. They also allege that the building is functioning as a hostel, when it is licensed to function as a hotel.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Close competition on the high seas  
Cerrada competencia en altamar[+] Ver masFull article at this link
April 28 The first boats may arrive before noon on Sunday, with the leaders, Merlin & Sgt Reckless, having been in a battle for more than 24 hours and advancing rapidly across the Gulf of Mexico in the 50th edition of the Sol al Sol regatta. The finish line is at El Yunque islet (were Mia is located). You can track the boats here: . The tracking site indicates that the boat Anthie withdrew due to technical problems after leaving the bay of the port of St. Petersburg (I think that refers to Tampa Bay) and sought a port just north of there, leaving 29 boats in the competition. Times will be adjusted according to the category and characteristics of each boat, to determine the winner.
This may be another year when the first boats arrive in less than 48 hours, which occurred in the recent years of 2011 and 2015, and there have been times when the first arrival took longer than 60 hours. 
   A report is given of the status of the boats at 11:30 am (Saturday) after ~24 hours of sailing. It is noted that the Navy of Mexico is ready to assist, in coordination with their American counterparts, if any of the boats have an emergency in international waters, which they have been doing for the more than fifty years since the competition began in 1964. The organizers are prepared to welcome each boat as it arrives, and the first ones are expected on Sunday morning.

Dance troupe of senior citizen women  
Grupo musical de abuelas. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     The Isla Mujeres dance troupe, "Son del Caribe", which is comprised of senior citizen women, will perform on Saturday, May 5th at the open air theater of Plaza Habitat in colonia la Gloria. (The time isn't given.)
     Their instructor, Rogelino Eleazar Pena, is originally from the state of Yucatan and has lived on the island for several years. In the evenings, they attend workshops at his home, where he has also begun to teach visual arts to "grandmothers" who are interested. He has had professional experience and training working with theater groups of the University of Yucatan. He extends an invitation to other senior citizen women, saying the only requirements are interest and a desire to participate.

Isla Mujeres News Briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
By Ovidio Lopez  April 28 
 Trash Transfer Facility to be cleaned out
The municipal Department of Public Services announced that the transfer of hundreds of tons of accumulated trash will be accelerated, now the the car ferry problems have been resolved, with a goal of having the Transfer Facility clean before the start of summer vacation.
   At the beginning of April, the car ferry company, Maritima, had difficulty complying with its schedule due to problems from an inspection by the Naval authorities, for safety reasons. This resulted in an accumulation of about 800 tons of trash, as of a few days ago. But now the problem has been solved with Maritima Isla Mujeres, and they have returned to normal capacity, which should allow for resolution of this situation. The Ultramar cargo ferry Ultracarga III is expected to begin competing on the cargo-tourism route in upcoming days.

No Labor Day parade
   The leader of the CROC labor union confirmed that there will be no parade to commemorate Labor Day on May 1st, but activities will be held at the union facility for members and their families, which will include pinatas, clowns, food, and raffles. More than 500 people are expected to attend.

Baby dies before reaching hospital
   A two month old baby died from a congenital heart problem, while his parents were en route to the Hospital on Friday morning. According to a relative, the parents had planned to take him to the hospital on Friday to receive a vaccination, but on the way. he began to cry, and then he suddenly went immobile, when they were about 100 meters from the hospital. They hurried, but when they arrived at the hospital, they were told that the baby had died of a heart problem and there was nothing that could be done. The heart condition had been diagnosed since the baby was born, and it was necessary that he be treated as soon as possible, but the parents hadn't been able to take him to a specialist due to economic reasons.

Sol al Sol regatta has begun 
Arrancó la regata del “Sol al Sol” [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
April 27   The race is approximately 500 nautical miles, and most of the other information in this article has already been translated. It notes that Merlin and Sgt. Reckless had an early lead, and the the effects of cold front 47 could be a factor. The organizing committee said that the crews of these sailboats have extensive experience in the Gulf of Mexico, and most have crossed the Yucatan channel before.

Regattas bring benefits  
Regatas derraman beneficios. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Enrique Lima Zuno spoke about the benefits the regattas bring to the island which include promotion on social media, with participation from members of various yacht clubs in the southern United States. The annual Sol al Sol event also includes a regatta by the participating boats around the isle with islander children on board. Islander children also compete in a drawing contest, and the winning artwork is used to promote the next year's regatta.
        Mr Lima thanked the Mexican officials, including the Navy, Immigration, the Harbor Masters, Customs, the Department of Health, and SAGARPA, as well as municipal and state authorities.
    The City Council holds a special session to welcome the guests, and often organizes a traditional folkloric event as entertainment, as well as the customary basketball game between the yacht crews and local players.
     Throughout the half century of regattas, participants have given support to the community in a variety of ways including donations of medical equipment such as fetal monitors, ultrasound equipment, wheelchairs, and medicines, as well as a three ton dump truck, an ambulance, a fire truck, an electric power plant, and a portable desalinization plant to provide drinking water.
   Mr. Lima said that after the hurricane "Gilberto" they donated 450 tons of food, tubing, shovels, wheelbarrows, clothes, and ice which helped the seafood packers to not lose their frozen products. The community received 2300 'despensas' of food daily, for 75 days, which were distributed via the Navy and the municipal government of that time. 

Port still open for small boats  
Latente cierre del puerto[+] Ver masFull article at this list
  April 27   The effects of cold front #46 could cause a partial closure of the port for small boats, but had not caused any closures at the time of this article. It was expected to cause rain on Friday and Saturday, with possible lightning and thunder. On Sunday and Monday, the front was expected to be located over the Yucatan Peninsula, and could cause lightning, thunder, and rain.

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April Events
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
April 1   8:21
April 2   9:16
April 3  10:09
April 4   11:02
April 5   11:53
April 29   7:05
April 30   7:59
Painting by Pamela Haase

 Sunday, April 1 Easter

Thursday, April 5  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

Saturday, April 7  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla

Sunday, April 8  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.

Thursday, April 12  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

Saturday, April 14  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla

Sunday, April 15  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.
Thursday, April 19  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

April 20-22, Fri, Sat, Sun. Isla Got Soul music event at The Joint.  There's more information about the organization that is benefiting from this event here:
Saturday, April 21  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla

Sunday, April 22 Earth Day  Action for Isla  is having their third annual cleanup event. The past two years divers and snorkelers cleaned under the downtown piers, and groups picked up trash along the Caribbean beaches.

From their FB page: 
For the third year in a row, Action for Isla is happy to announce that we will be hosting our big Earth Day Clean-up, to bring awareness of this problem to our residents, and unite our community to work towards Ending Plastic Pollution. We will be tackling the waste build up on both land and sea with an in-water Dive Against Debris and simultaneous beach clean up!
🌎In 2016, 62 volunteers got together to remove 650kgs of waste from our beaches and seas, last year both numbers grew with 148 people collecting and sorting a whopping 1,090kgs of trash!! This year we hope to go even bigger! And we need your help!
📌Our 3rd Annual Isla Mujeres Earth Day Clean Up is this Sunday, APR 22!
✳️Scuba Diver´s please sign-up ASAP with a participating dive shop to receive your safety briefing and instructions.
✳️Snorkelers report to registration at Av. Rueda Medina near Velazquez Restaurant/Playa Centro at 8:15AM. We have some gear to share but if you have your own please bring it.
✳️Those that will be cleaning up the shoreline can report to ¨El Malecón¨ (behind Casa de la Cultura where the ¨Isla Mujeres¨ letters are) at 8:30AM
♻️Remember to bring a refillable water bottle, we will provide refreshments but don´t want to generate more waste.🌱
Every participant will receive a Raffle Ticket upon registration. Join us at the main collection site after the cleanup. Once we have categorized, weighed and recorded the data of what has been collected we will have some refreshments and raffle off several amazing prizes that have been provided by our awesome sponsors!

Sunday, April 22  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free.
Thursday, April 26  Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo. (It hasn't yet been announced when the Thursday Artist Fairs will be discontinued, which could occur in April or May.)

Saturday, April 28  Plogging Day 8:30a Running, jogging, or walking & picking up litter. Route TBA at Plogging Day Isla Mujeres & Action for Isla.

Sunday, April 29  Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square 8p Free. Celebrate International Day of Dance.

  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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