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Death associated with other attack
Muerte vinculada con otro atentado. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The woman who was shot on Friday night in colonia La Gloria passed away hours later in a Cancun hospital. The preliminary lines of investigation by the state Prosecutor's office (Fiscalía General de Quintana Roo) indicate that this incident is linked to the failed execution attempt at the Chedraui underground parking garage in March.
According to the initial official information, the woman (E.E.C.K.), was the partner ("pareja"=they were a couple) of "Apo" (M.A.C.L.), who escaped an armed attack on March 20 at 9:30am at the Chedraui parking lot, where he repelled his attackers. The Prosecutor's office is having difficulties with their investigation because people do not want to respond to their inquiries.
The shooting on Friday took place shortly before 11pm, on Isla Contoy Avenue, by the intersection with Boquinete, in front to the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) substation in La Gloria. According to witnesses, the victim has just left the house of the family of C.H.G., who was killed on Tuesday, where there was a rosary service.
Suddenly a person in dark clothes appeared to attack her, who fired a small-caliber weapon twice, with one bullet entering her mouth and the other going into her chest. She did not lose consciousness and was taken to the Community Hospital, 200 meters away. After she was stabilized, they transferred her to Cancun for specialized care, but she didn't survive the surgery and died at 4am, according to the prosecutor's office.
Child dies in a pool at the dolphin park
Muere menor en la alberca de un delfinario.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Por Esto reports that the girl who died at the dolphin park on Friday afternoon was 8 years old, and that she accidentally fell into the pool, suffering an injury and drowning, without anyone noticing. Apparently, she was not wearing a life jacket.
This is the first death that has occurred at Dolphin Discovery, which has been in business for three decades. Most of their clientele arrives in recreational boats from Cancun, and this unfortunate girl was one of those.
Agents from the state Prosecutor's office arrived shortly before 2pm, immediately after the unfortunate incident. They will investigate the matter, which could lead to the conclusion that the death was the result of an accident, as is suggested by preliminary indications. The Red Cross paramedics confirmed that nothing could be done, since she had already passed away before they arrived.
This is the second tourist death so far this year. At the beginning of the summer, while swimming in the bay, a Canadian tourist over fifty drowned due to heart problems. During the summer holiday season which just concluded, there were no incidents of this nature.
Artificial turf: On its way
Césped artificial, en camino. [+] Ver mas Full article at this link
The delay concerning the artificial turf for the soccer fiel was due to the material not being appropriate, and they had to request the correct material. The Director fo the municipal Sports Institute, Vladimir Acosta, said they ordered turf that is five centimeters thick, but received turf that was three centimeters, which was rejected. Now they are waiting for the correct material to arrive and then it will be installed and the field should be reopened in about 45 days..
Mobility Law & study could affect golf cart concessions
Prevén revertir concesiones de carros de golf[+] Ver masFull article at this link
Under the new Mobility Law, (which has not yet gone into effect), the state will create a Mobility Institute, which will carry out transportation studies in each municipalities. This should determine whether or not to reverse the controversial five concessions for some 200 golf carts that were issued at the end of Gov. Borge's administration, to his friends and family, via prestanombres, according to Por Esto, who say it appears that three are currently suspended. (A prestanombre is a proxy or false identity, similar to a shell corporation.) The study should provide information about the vehicular load on the island, and what should be allowed, and thereby implement control measures for private and public vehicles.
There are currently about 800 rental golf carts and a considerable number owned by private individuals, as well as about 200 taxis, hundreds of cars and trucks, and a large number of motorcycles and scooters. Many of the vehicles are on the streets during 'rush hours' of the busy tourism seasons, causing bottlenecks, since there is only one street, Rueda Medina, that can be used to leave the downtown area.
The Director of SINTRA, Isis Morales Melendez, said the mobility study should help solve the problem of vehicular saturation, and she explained that Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez removed the discretionary ability to assign plates for taxis and golf carts in Isla Mujeres and Holbox. Instead, this will be determined by a committee thru analysis and review of each municipality, in order to meet the demands for vehicular transport.
She said that the creation of the Mobility Institute will make it possible to accomplish several concrete objectives, including eradicating corruption and establishing more administrative filters, to prevent the arbitrary granting of concessions.
Trash collection is manageable
Recolecta de basura es “manejable”] Ver masFull article at this link
The staff of the municipal Department of Public Services say that now that the amount of trash being collected has decreased with the end of the summer vacation season, the tons of trash accumulated at the Transfer Facility have become manageable.
Municipal councilman, Sebastian Escobedo, who heads the Council's commission for Urban Cleanliness, acknowledged that the trucks that collect and transfer the garbage have passed their useful lives, and are in need of replacement.
The neighboring municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun) has a debt of 25 million pesos to Isla Mujeres for use of the landfill, and the island's government wants to use this money to cover these needs.
Meanwhile, the transfer capacity is decreased due to mechanical problems with the transfer vehicles,and there is only one ferry running, which makes it difficult to have more than two trips per day. Before the election on July 1st, the volume was reduced to a minimu, but now there are hundreds of tons at the Transfer Facility.
Postal Service in a state of abandonment
Servicio Postal Mexicano en abandonoé.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
In 2012, many post offices in Mexico were renovated and upgraded, but not the one in Isla Mujeres, whose personnel have been reduced over the years, placing a great deal of pressure on the postal workers. There are packages everywhere in the office, and the outside of the building looks somewhat abandoned. A decade ago there were three employees, and now there are two. There have been rumors that the building, which is four decades old, could be closed and demolished, but nothing about that has been confirmed.
372 Mexican firefighters sent to Canada & The Story of "The Canadian Bomberos"
|Photo of the 62 firefighters deployed to British Columbia provided by: ©Comisión Nacional Forestal (CONAFOR) de México). Trudeau photo from Twitter. Mexican firefighters with Canadian donations photo from Canadian Bomberos.|
Three groups, of about 100 each, left on July 20, 24, and 26, traveling to Ontario in response to requests from Canada. While the third group was en route, the first two had already set up camp, comprising 217 of the 550 people fighting fires in the province. By early August, newspapers reported there had been 914 forest fires in Ontario, which is hundreds more than the 10−year average of 517, at that point in the season
On August 6th, a fourth group traveled to British Columbia, where there were about 600 forest fires. This group consisted of 62 firefighters, distributed in three brigades, bringing the total to 372 Mexican firefighters in Canada, plus coordination specialists. It was estimated that they would remain for 32 days.
Since April, 1,935 forest fires have been registered in British Columbia, which have covered 629,074 hectares, according to government data.The cost of bringing in international resources is being paid by the province.
The collaboration of Mexican firefighters with Canada is carried out under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) "For the Exchange of Wild Fire Management Resources Between Canadian and Mexican Participants" which was signed in 2014. Due to the different time when the fire seasons occur in Canada and Mexico, this collaboration is mutually beneficial. Canada has a similar agreement with the US.
The Mexican Embassy explained that the agreement was signed in response to the increasing frequency and intensity of fires in both countries. The MOU is intended to improve emergency response to wild fires, including the sharing of fire management knowledge, innovations and research, and the pooling of necessary resources during times of crisis.
Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau personally thanked the group of 62 Mexican firefighters in BC & tweeted: "Thank you to the firefighters & first responders who’ve come from across the province, the country, and the world – including this crew from Mexico – to help people affected by the BC wildfires."
There is a group of volunteer Canadian firefighters working with over 20 fire departments in Mexico, Guatemala and Uruguay, who call themselves "Canadian Bomberos". Since 2015, CB has provided training to over 500 firefighters in Mexico and supplied them with over 300 sets of PPE and other much needed tools. (The last link below is to their FB group. Bomberos means firefighters.)
In July of last year, the Mexican press reported about this group saying:
Firefighter Kory MacAusland of Prince Edward Island never imagined he would be helping 1,000 firefighters in Mexico, but this year that is exactly what he will do with his organization,
The Canadian Bomberos
It all started when he trained firefighters in the Mexican state of Querétaro in 2015 and saw the poor condition of some of the equipment. "At the beginning, the plan was to donate some sets of tools and bags," he said. That grew to 250 full sets of equipment in May of last year, more hoses, and equipment for rescues and other emergencies. They have received donations from Nova Scotia, Quebec and Ontario, in addition to PEI, and it continues to spread.The donated equipment is no longer up to Canadian regulations, but it is still safe. Everything is cleaned and inspected in Canada, and then again in Mexico.
Two Mexican firefighters from Querétaro traveled to a fire chiefs' conference in Canada to express their gratitude. Fernando Palacios said that the 11 fire departments who will share the donations would never have been able to pay for this equipment.
He explained, "Fifty-two percent of the cost of our fire department is funded by the municipality and the state. But that 52 percent goes almost entirely to pay for gasoline and wages. There's never enough money to buy equipment." Mr. Palacios said that the Mexican firemen were surprised to see the first shipment, and they think it is incredible that a thousand more firefighters will receive help.
He said, "Most of the equipment we have seen on this visit is like new, and for us, equipment that is ten or fifteen years old is like new." He said firefighters are often working without equipment or with equipment that is in bad shape, and these donations should help reduce injuries and deaths.
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|View from the rooms.|
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks, BBQ grills, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer & dryer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Large sliding doors open to a patio & our backyard-beach, overlooking the Caribbean sea. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.|
Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery , Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````
Full moon rising over the Caribbean
|Aug 1 10:45|
Aug 2 11:23
Aug 26 7:32
Aug 27 8:10
Aug 28 8:46
Aug 29 9:24
Aug 30 10:02
Aug 31 10:42
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset ~7:25 to ~7:05 (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~6:20 to ~630
The Perseid meteor shower peaks Aug 11, 12, 13
Mars is visible in the night sky (it's red) to the southeast (until ~4:30a)
On Aug. 15 & 16, look west at the Crescent Moon & see Jupiter to the left & Venus to the right
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October).
Saturday, August 4 The Plogging volunteers will meet at the Mundaca Hacienda at 8am, and clean up from there until they reach Zama Beach Club, where they will enjoy soft drinks and fruit. A reminder to bring you reusable water bottle and to wear gym shoes.
Sunday, August 5
Tuesday, August 8 Inauguration of the Dog Friendly Beach at 4:30p, below the cell tower and municipal slaughterhouse.
Sunday, August 12 Noches Magicas on the Town Square at 8p
(See August 15-19 Founder's Festivities below)
LINK to an historical article about the town being founded by war refugees.
Friday, August 17 at 7pm ..Eight rounds For the 168th anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres at the Pescador Beach Club, just inside the entrance to Sac Bajo
Saturday, August 18 Plogging Day Clean-up 8am Location TBA
Saturday, August 18 Youth Rally at the Posada Beach (aka Playa Centro) at 9am with surprise prizes. Teams of three people. Commemorating World Youth Day
Saturday, August 18: at Muelle Azul is Orquideas Pasarela Isla Summer 2018 Fashion Show which will feature designers from Cancun, Merida, and Isla Mujeres, as well as spotlighting new talent in the fashion industry from Estudio Creativo Cancún. It begins with a Cocktail Party at 7:30 and the Runway show starts at 8:30.Pre-Sale Tickets are available for $200 or $250 pesos at the door. and a portion of the proceeds are going to help a local woman who is battling cancer. Get your tickets at Muelle Azul, by messaging Jul Isla or calling 9981176871
Note: Muelle Azul is on the wooden pier formerly known as the Magana dock, next to the taxi stand.
Festivities for the 168th Anniversary of the Founding of Isla Mujeres
Wednesday, August 15 at 8p: Night of the Assumption on the Town Square at the conclusion of the Parish program. Dance troupe performances featuring Las Mestazas de Agua Salada, Al Son Del Corazon, Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres, and Ballet Folklorico de Isla Mujeres
Thursday, August 16 at 2p Conference with the town historian: Fidel Villanueva Madrid at the Casa de la Cultura (Guerrero at Abasolo)
Friday, August 17 at 8:45a: Wreath offering at the Cross in the Bay commemorating 24 years since its submersion, departing from the dock at the Maritime Terminal at 8:45am, limited capacity.
At 7p: Special City Council meeting recognizing the descendants of the founders and presenting the annual awards for citizenship and tourism, as well as a youth prize, on the Town Square
Saturday, August 18 at 8p: "Danzarte" dance encounter featuring troupes from around the state on the Town Square
Sunday, August 19: 1p at the Pescadores baseball field (in front of Chedraui) Isla Mujeres teams Cocteleros vs Pescadores.
Sunday, August 19 at 8p: Noches Magicas of Isla Mujeres featuring performances by Grupos Artisticos and the comic "Madame Yaxchilan" on the Town Square.
Sunday, August 26 The Circuito Maya race in Isla Mujeres will take place on Sunday, August 26, starting at 6:30am, with registration limited to 300 participants, and there will be 5k, 10k, and 15k categories. The kits will be available Saturday, August 25 from noon to 8p. The cost is 250 pesos for residents who present a voter registration card with an Isla Mujeres address and 400 pesos for others.
The Circuito Maya race in Isla Mujeres is the "Air" (Iik') element of the four races, which take place in four Pueblos Magicos in Quintana Roo and Yucatan. The other elements are Fire (K'aak'), Earth (Lu'um), and Water (Ha'). The other races are in Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid.
See website for more information: https://www.circuitomaya.mx/
Last year the Gastronomic Competition for Lionfish was held at the end of August.
Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK and here's the Accion Isla LINK who are having events associated with project RESCATE.
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")
LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)