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Final of the inter-company rapid soccer competition LINK
In an exciting rapid soccer game, the Bepensa team beat the Garrafon team with a score of 2-1, to become the tournament champions. The taxi union team won third place over the Dolphins. Recognition was also given to the two players who scored the most goals during the tournament, Vicente Garrido Aké and Luis May Alonso,who each scored 48 goals.
Government committed to caring for the environment LINK
Taking care of the environment by planting trees
In commemoration of World Habitat Day, celebrated on the first Monday in October, municipal authorities and students planted 100 trees, of native species. The Department of Environment and Ecology provides, workshops and talks on environmental education in the schools on an ongoing basis, in coordination with various governmental and civil organizations. Topics include water conservation, care of wildlife, and good environmental practices
The planting was delayed by the weather and began in the "Las Iguanas" park. It will continue in other parks and green areas of the island with native species, such as chit palms, sea lilies, icacos, and ciricote, among others.
Municipal government taking care of the health of the islanders by providing free mammograms LINK
Coordinated by the DIF social service agency, a Breast Cancer Prevention workshop was held, as well as a day of free mammograms. The program was aimed at women 40-59, and those under 40 with a previous evaluation, who were registered at the CRIM cener on the island and given free transportation to the UNEME facilities in the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun). The main objective of the workshop was to teach women about the importance of knowing their bodies and doing periodic self exams for early detection of breast cancer.
On Oct. 19 an event will be held "Donate hair in exchange for smiles" and on Oct. 21 the "Pink Run" race will be held to raise funds for the treatment of women with breast cancer.
- He was born on Oct. 11, 1825, at the Villa de Bermeo de Santa Maria, Province of Vizcaya, Spain
- He settled in Isla Mujeres in the year 1854.
- He was a remarkable sea pilot and architect who held the position of Commercial Agent for Cuba in Isla Mujeres.
- He was a slave trader and smuggler.
- He participated in the "Caste War" helping the Yucatan government with his boats and with the sale fo Mayan prisoners in Cuba.
- Between 1852 and 1876 he built a large Hacienda called "Vista Alegre", which was dedicated to a beautiful island girl known as "La Tirguena" who didn't return his love.
- Nowadays, the remains of Mundaca are the remnants of his hacienda in the central part of the island, his empty tomb in the old cemetery, and the beautiful legend of love that we have inherited.
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Continuing the beach cleaning work LINK
Oct. 11 The director of ZOFEMAT estimated that by Friday, all the sargasso would be cleaned away from North Beach, noting that about 7 tons had already been removed. It was taken to the Trash Transfer Facility and will be transported to the Continental Zone. Work was done rapidly to clean about 500 meters of beach, removing the unusually large amount of sargasso, with light machinery, wheelbarrows, and the help of volunteers and City employees.
Yesterday at his rally, the President-elect of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador made important commitments to thousands of people in Cancun, especially in regard to the construction of the Mayan train, the theme of safety and helping to address the sargasso problem.
Isla Mujeres Al Dia
VIDEO of children playing baseball
Today the Pescadorcitos of Isla Mujeres will play the Taxista team from Cancun in the age 7-8 category at 10a at the Ariel "El Picho" Magana field (The kids field)
Shared post from the DIF social service agency of continued beach cleanup. Personnel with the agencies INAPAM and CENDI worked to removed the sargasso, in coordination with the ZOFEMAT agency.
Merchants and drivers are complaining about the flooding that occurs near the Fishermen's Monument (photo)
VIDEO of Playa Riito, Free of Sargasso, "A Natural Swimming Pool"
Graphic about preventing uterine cancer with pap smears and testing for papillomavirus, and use of the vaccine.
Governor Carlos Joaquin will meet with the citizens of Isla Mujeres Oct. 16th
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VIDEO of the PRI party providing bread and coffee for workers
VIDEO of festivities at the beach for the 60th anniversary of the middle school Benito Juarez
Police training (photo & article)
Third National Vaccination Week began on Friday (VIDEO & article)
Municipal government: Caring for the environment by planting trees (photo& article)
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Sargasso continues arriving
Oct. 12 Yesterday at dawn, there was a new arrival of sargasso on North Beach, after it had been cleaned by a strong effort by "hundreds" of volunteers and City personnel on Friday (and throughout the week). "Tens of tons" of sargaso flooded the area about 300 meters from the beach, on the west side, affecting a small part of Playa Centro. The cleaning efforts will be expanded on Saturday, and personnel with businesses in the affected area had already begun to work at an early hour, as well as those with ZOFEMAT (the Federal Zone agency). Employees with the CENDI (day care facility) agency were assisting at 7am. The new arrival spoiled the plans that this work would be completed the previous day. The concessionaires and ZOFEMAT continue to work diligently, and there has been a good response from requests for volunteers. By 11am, there were various mounds of sargasso gathered up and placed near the streets to be moved by a tractor vehicle and transported to the Trash Transfer Facility. The employees of the concessionaires had a good attitude about the clean-up, and did not rule out that the cold front which is expected on Saturday could change the currents and cause more sargasso to arrive on North Beach.
Diver suffers decompression illness after three hours of diving
Few tourists at the beaches
Closing activities celebrating the 60th anniversary of the middle school "Benito Juarez" were rescheduled
This article from Oct. 12 says that according to the middle school director, they were rescheduling the closing festivities to Monday, at the school dome, because they had been denied use of Playa Centro (on Friday). There were 337 participants in Friday morning's race. Recognition of the winners was being given, and they were in front of the beach, preparing for the closure activities, when they were informed by the administrator of the Posada del Mar hotel that they couldn't use the beach.
The school Director, Carlos Canto Salazar, said, "I was not there when Mr Enrique Cahuich presented himself, or I would have opposed it, because the beaches are the property of the nation and they don't belong to any individual." He also complained that when the 3 kilometer race began at the campus at 7am, the traffic police were not present to ensure the safety of the students, and they arrived a half hour later when the runners were in front of the Naval base.
Despite these problems, the celebrations which began on Tuesday were a success, including last night's performances on the Town Square, which lasted three hours. In addition to the artistic and cultural parts of the event, awards were presented to teachers, administrators, and retirees, as well as to some alumni, including those of the first class. There was a reading of the biography of the school, as well as anecdotes and expositions of experiences of retired teachers and alumni.
The team "Bepensa" won the Inter-business tournament
Vicente Garrido Aké and Luis May Alonso, who each scored 48 goals during the competitions.
North Beach will be clean for the weekend
Complaints about higher electric bills
A family in colonia Caridad del Cobre said their most recent bill was 5800 pesos and the one before that was 3000, but last year they average bill was between 1000 and 1500 pesos. The head of the family said their consumption is the same, but their bills have tripled in less than a year. He has a small business downtown, and said that bill hasn't changed, but this is not the case at his house.
FRIDAY: Since yesterday, the NHC has reduced the chances for that system to develop from 50% to 20%, and expects it to land in Central America early next week. That's the current satellite image, and North Beach at sunrise & just now at 8am. On Saturday, it's been removed from the map.
|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
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)
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
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
Sunday, Oct. 7 All Star Baseball game 11a at El Pescador stadium (in front of Chedraui).
Monday, Oct. 8: 43nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo
Tuesday, Oct. 9 Day of Fishermen
Wednesday, Oct. 10 Tournament Finale for the municipal inter-company Futbol Rapido/Fast Soccer competition and the stadium in Salina Chica. The game for 3rd place is at 8 between the "Taxistas" and the "Dolphin Discover" teams, and the contest for 1st & 2nd starts at 9p between "Bepensa" and "Garrafon".
Thursday, Oct. 11 Performances on the Town Square 6p-9p by students as part of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the middle school, "Benito Juarez"
Friday, Oct. 12 Student race from 7a-8a from the middle school "Benito Juarez" to Playa Centro beach, where there will be activities and music until 1:30 as the finale for the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the middle school, "Benito Juarez"
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, starting at 7am at Playa Centro, the Pink Race. 1km, 5km, and 10km.
Funds will be used to help women obtain testing for timely detection of breast cancer.
Sunday, Oct. 21 Anniversary of the birth of Ramon Bravo
Friday, Oct. 26 Festival of the Living for the Dead, Hanal Pixan Altar Competion on the Town Square.2 categories: Merchants & Hoteliers and the General Public. Register at the Casa de la Cultrua 9a-4p. Surprise Prizes!
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 Muertos...one 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.
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)