Monday, October 1, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, October 1

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First City Council Session was sworn in for the administrative period 2018-2021
Names are give of those who were sworn in, and more names will be announced in upcoming days. Some changes of positions will be made, and the Mayor reaffirmed his commitment to a better future for the citizens of Isla Mujeres.  

VIDEO from the Mayor about working for a better future, together.


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VIDEO of Mayor after first City Council session & LINK to article  Swearing in article LINK 
  VIDEO of first City Council session of the 2018-2021 administration. VIDEO of swearing in of the Mayor.

Users of the vehicle ferry service want the paving work to be finished quickly  LINK
  This is one of four projects being done by the state Port Authority (APIQRoo) at a total cost of 2.3 million pesos for all four.  On Saturday, the Maritima vehicle ferry was suspended for this work, and next Saturday the Ultramar Ultracarga ferries will be suspended. Those use the ferries say the work could be done at night and then it wouldn't affect them.

First soldiers arrive to new military police facility located in the Continental Zone, "Ciudad Militar" LINK 
    A convoy with at least nine truck full of soldiers arrived at the Ciudad Militar, some of whom had come by road and other had arrived in planes at the Cancun International Airport. The first military plane, a Boeing of the Fuerza Aerea Mexicana, arrived very early at Terminal 1, and later a convoy headed down the highway with at least (an estimated) 3000 soldiers, going thru Cancun and on to the "Ciudad Militar", which was built on a 360 hectare property in the mainland area of the municipality of Isla Mujeres.
     The new Military City is scheduled to open on October 9, and was presided over by the Governor of the state and the Mayor of Isla Mujeres. The troops have come to increase security of the Yucatan Peninsula, particularly in Quintana Roo. The facility is located on the Arco Vial and has the capacity to accommodate 3200 Military Police personnel, in addition to their families, as well as having spaces for businesses.

There's a notice about a tablet that was lost near the OXXO on main street Medina, Lenovo Yoga size 10.1" . blue(photos)

 Authorities confirm that two armed people robbed the pharmacy YZE of Isla Mujeres, taking 80 thousand pesos from the safe box. This occurred in the early hours of today, and the pharmacy is located on prolongacion Rueda Medina near the Naval Hospital. The property is cordoned off and officials are investigating.  VIDEO 

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 Photo with caption: Yesterday the Isla Mujeres Cocteleros beat the Cancun Rockies by a score of 4 to 3 at the El Pescador baseball field, in the Northern Quintana Roo Baseball League.
Note: The Rockies had previously been undefeated and were leading the league, while the Cocteleros had one loss at the start of the season, to their rivals the Isla Mujeres Pescadores, in extra innings, and were in second place. (This game was promoted as "Not for those with cardiac conditions".) They are competing in the Northern Quintana Roo Baseball League, and now tied with one loss apiece.

Article, video, and photos from the swearing in and Council session

Photo of Marinsa passengers watching soccer game Clásico América vs Chivas.

Photos of tourist with caption "Isla Mujeres Paradise in the Mexican Caribbean

Photo with caption expressing gratitude to Cristal Gutiérrez who returned the reporter's cell phone after he had dropped after doing a live broadcast that included picking up trash on Playa Centro.

VIDEO of busy ferry terminal

VIDEO from Playa Centro with caption saying that although many are watching the Clasico (soccer game), others are enjoying the afternoon like this, and at the end he is picking up trash at the beach, and the sunset is shown.

VIDEO from Hidalgo street, in the Tourist Zone of this Pueblo Magico and the front its stores, displaying their merchandise. He's walking to the swearing in at the Casa de la Cultura, and arrives in the second half of the video.

Lost notice for tablet (see above).

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Article, video, and photos from the swearing in and Council session

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VIDEO regarding the armed robbery of 80,000 pesos from Yza pharmacy near the Naval hospital.  


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No changes in structure of the police force  
Sin cambio en la estructura del cuerpo policial [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    On September 30th, on the eve of the Mayor's swearing in for his second term as municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis led the roll call of the Isla Mujeres police department on the Town Square. He didn't announce any changes in its structure and Jaime Ongay will continue at it head. The Mayor spoke about how the police force has increased during his administration in manpower, equipment, vehicles, training, and certifications enabling them to perform their jobs in the best manner. He encouraged them to feel proud to wear their uniforms, and he spoke about the importance of this work for the community, which must be carried out in adherence to ethics and with full respect for human rights.

Mexican tourist died snorkeling  
Turista nacional muere en el muelle de Playa Lancheros[+] Ver masFull article at this link
     This weekend, the third death of a tourist in 2018 occurred, as a result of snorkeling. The 48 year old man, from the state of Mexico, had difficulty in the water while snorkeling in the area of the Manchones reef, and vomited, according to reports. He was taken in a small boat to the Playa Lancheros pier, where attempts were made to revive him. The pareamedic report said he suffered asphyxiation by submersion in seawater. He was given first aid before the Red Crass personnel arrived, but nothing could be done, and he passed away, to the grief of the relatives who accompanied him. The ministerial procedures took place and the body was taken to Cancun shortly afterwards.
   In the spring, there was a foreigner whose body was brought to the same pier, after he had difficulty while swimming in the Marine park. The other death occurred in the summer, and was a Canadian who was brought to Muelle 7 pier, with serious problems.  
          It seems that those suffering from heart problems cannot meet the demands required for swimming in the areas where the current is strong. They want to see the underwater richness of the area, but swimming demands energy, according to the service providers. They try to ensure their clients are safe, but they don't know if some have health problems. They acknowledged that in many cases, swimming only causes fatigue, or wooziness, and snorkelers are immediately assisted back into the boat to recuperate.

Accident allegedly caused by drunk driver  
Ebrio conductor se estrella contra un taxi+] Ver masFull article at this link
  A driver of a red Volkswagen beetle, who was allegedly inebriated, collided with two taxis, causing major damage. The accident occurred before the wee hours of Sunday (sic late Saturday night...TVIM has video of the cars being towed before midnight), when Juan N. was traveling at an excessive speed, according to witnesses, in front of the former location of the ex-cooperative of shrimp fishermen, "Boca Iglesia", when the VW was traveling from downtown (going south).
   The VW, which lacks a license plate, hit Taxi #74 damaging its right front area, then hit another taxi. Both taxis were traveling from south to north, and the VW had invaded the oncoming lane, while allegedly speeding, and it is presumed he will be responsible for the costs. Both drivers were taken to the hospital, the vehicles were taken to the impound yard, and the road was blocked for several minutes while the cars were being removed.

High rate of alcohol-related accidents  
Elevado índice de accidente por el alcohol [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    In a presentation at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, Dr. Xhanat Txe Mora said that in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, 75% of traffic accidents are caused by alcohol, according to official data. She said it is important that drivers take their responsibilities seriously and don't drive after they have been drinking.
   She participated in a Public Information event in honor of the 42nd anniversary of the Isla Mujeres AA group, which was attended by a clergyman from Venezuela, Jose Manuel Castro Pirela, who also gave a speech. The event took place Saturday evening at the CROC labor union facilities.

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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 
Oct. 24   6:39
Oct. 25   7:21
Oct. 26   8:07
Oct. 27   8:58
 Oct. 28    9:52
  Oct. 29   10:51 
 Oct. 30   11:52
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:30 to ~6:10p (beginning vs end of month)
October Events
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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.

Monday, Oct. 1 Lighting of the pink lights at the Town Square for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at 8:30 pm
 There is usually a "Pink March" procession held sometime during the month,  as well as a Desayuno Rosa/Pink Breakfast

Saturday, Oct. 6 Plogging Clean-up Event. Location TBA

Sunday, Oct. 7 All Star Baseball game at El Pescador stadium (in front of Chedraui). Probably starts around 1p.

Monday, Oct. 8: 43nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo

Tuesday, Oct. 9  Day of Fishermen

Friday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Saturday, Oct. 13 Plogging Clean-up Event. Location TBA

Saturday, Oct. 20 Plogging Clean-up Event. Location TBA

Sunday, Oct. 21  Anniversary of the birth of Ramon Bravo. A Memorial wreath is usually placed at his monument at the entrance to Sac Bajo.

 Saturday, Oct. 27 Plogging Clean-up Event. Location TBA

Wednesday Oct. 31 Halloween on Hidalgo after dark. Bring lil toys & such and expect to be mobbed by cute kiddos & enjoy the clever costumes. There's also a golf cart/scooter procession planned with Chedraui as the meeting point at 6pm to toss treats & participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and to wear costumes.

Thursday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Friday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos

At this time of year, Mexican families remember & celebrate their departed relatives. Hanal Pixan is the name of the Mayan celebration. Altars are made with photos of the deceased, where offerings of favorite foods and items are placed, copal incense is burned, and marigold flower petals are often used.
        All Saints Day & All Souls Day, Nov. 1 & 2, are the Dias de los for children, one for adults, when families visit graves & clean & decorate them. On the island, these are private moments in the cemeteries, not public celebrations like in many parts of Mexico.
Try some seasonal Pibi Pollo tamales & Pan de los Muertos pastry.
  There is usually a silent procession from the Cemetery down Hidalgo, ending at the Casa de la Cultura, where there are usually altars representing various regions of Mexico, and a Catrina contest. Most of the participants in the procession are in catrina makeup or wearing regional clothing, and the rest are in white, and they carry candles.
    Efforts are made to not let the Halloween overshadow the Mexican celebrations and traditions, and there are usually altar contests and/or exhibitions in the schools. There have also been competitions on the Town Square, and altars can be seen in various businesses, at the Town Hall and they are present in many homes.

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