Sunday, October 14, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, October 14

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Community and municipal overnment maintain the splendor of Isla Mujeres beaches   LINK 

    Playa Centro is 100% sargasso-free, while they are still working on North Beach, which is 95% free. Thanks to the coordinated work between the community and the government, the unique white sand beaches can be fully enjoyed by locals and visitors.
    Recently, there was an unusual arrival of large amounts of sargasso to the main beach of the island as a result of the passage of Hurricane "Michael". In response, governmental officials organized an initiative with civil servants and volunteers, who worked together cleaning the beach to preserve its beauty.
     The Director of ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency) spoke about the government's commitment to keeping the beaches clean, noting that machinery was obtained to help remove the sargasso. She said that Playa Centro and Playa Norte are now looking radiant, and she acknowledged the assistance of various community groups and volunteers, in addition to the regular cleaners and City workers. 
                                                    BEFORE                         AFTER

Isla Mujeres participated in the 5th annual Pueblo Magico fair  


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Isla Mujeres & Bacalar shine at the Pueblo Magicos fair LINK 

The beaches of Isla Mujeres regain their splendor thanks to coordinated work LINK  

Half of the right of way for the route of the Mayan Train already exists:  President-elect López Obrador

Mayan Train begins with 16 million pesos: Pool Moo  LINK  

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Information about obtaining free mammograms

Municipal government obtains two garbage collection trucks to provide better trash collection services

Community and Government maintain the splendor of Isla Mujeres beaches

Noti Isla Mujeres   

 Municipal police officers, directed by chief Jaime Ongay, provided timely intervention to the residents of the eastern coastal road and put out a fire. (photos)

IM Noticias   


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Click on headline in Spanish for original article

Raising awareness about breast cancer prevention  
Intensificarán sensibilización   

 This weekend, a talk by gynecologist-oncologist Francisco Ramirez is being presented by the DIF to a group of women regarding the importance of visiting they doctor for evaluation. A recent study indicated that only 20% of Mexican women are getting mammograms, and there is a need to raise awareness during this Pink Month. He said that for a breast cancer screening program to yeild positive results, at least 75% of the population must respond either by invitation (referral?) or because they are aware the test should be done every two years.
  This program is aimed at women 40 to 69 years of age, and women under 40 with previous assessments, and they can register at the CRIM facility between 9a and 4p and receive free transportation to the UNEME facility in the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun), where the mammograms will be provided.
   On Oct. 19, is the event "Give hair in exchange for smiles" and on the 21st, the "Pink Race" will be held to raise funds for treatment of women with breast cancer.
Clean-looking beaches  

Playas lucieron limpias

  Playa Centro always looked clean, except for one day when it was partially affected, and tourists were enjoying it. It is noted that when the northern winds arrive, this beach is popular. On Saturday, North beach was clean after the week long effort, except for a few remnants and it was expected to be totally clean for Sunday.
   There were concerns that effects of Cold Front #5 would bring more sargasso to the coasts of Quintana Roo, but this didn't happen and its effects weren't


Diver from Holbox suffers decompression illness after three hours of diving

Luego de tres horas de buceo, se descompresiona

Oct. 12  Yesterday at noon,  a young man from Holbox suffered decompression illness and was transported to Isla Mujeres for treatment in the hyperbaric chamber. On Thursday afternoon, Joaquín Valdemar Sarmiento Flores, 23, of the "Cabo Catoche" cooperative, was diving at a site 36 meters deep, using a hose that supplied air from the surface.  His  first dive was for 90 minutes, the he rested for 15 minutes and dove again. His symptoms were numbness in his legs and discomfort in his arms, with vomiting and dizziness.
  At 4pm he returned to Holbox to receive medical attention, and was being hydrated at 8pm, when they requested service at the Hyperbaric Chamber in Isla Mujeres on Friday. He entered the chamber at 9:30am to receive treatment of "Table Five, modified", and was still in the capsule shortly before noon.
   This was the second decompression event for Mr Sarmiento Flores, who had a similar accident last year, when he suffered moderate decompression. It is noted that there are four months remaining for the lobster catching season, and there are some concerns because specialists say the Hyperbaric Chamber is past the number of years that are considered its normal usage.


A tropical wave located about midway between the west coast of
Africa and the Lesser Antilles is producing a large area of
disorganized showers and thunderstorms.  Some slight development
of this system is possible during the next day or two before
environmental conditions become unfavorable.  This wave is expected
to move westward at about 15 mph during the next few days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...10 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...10 percent.

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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)
Sunrise  ~6:40
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

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

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 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)

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