Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, October 31

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Junk pick up Tuesdays & Thursdays 11a-2p

Isla Mujeres: Green & environmentally friendly  
   The municipal department of Ecology and the Environment organized a Mangrove Cleanup Day in Sac Bajo, collecting 139.5 kilograms of trash. Other participating agencies included ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone), CONANP (Commission of Protected Natural Areas), and the civil organization "Parley” and “Centinelas del Agua”, as well as volunteers from the general public.  The Director of Ecology said another event is planned on the island in November, and two in the Continental Zone.

The City paid homage to the memory of a musician and composer Virgilio "el Chino" Fernández on the anniversary of his death. "He is sill alive as long as his songs are sung."  VIDEO  
   He passed away 56 years ago, at age 45, and was born on January 24, 1917. At an early age he demonstrated his talent and preference for music. He is considered one of the most valuable composers of the island, because, thanks to his creativity and talent, he managed to transmit, through his compositions, the Caribbean essence that characterizes Isla Mujeres. The event included performances by the Senior Citizen Choir and the dance troupe "Añoranzas de Isla Mujeres".

The head of the PROFECO  (Federal Consumer Protection Agency) module in Isla Mujeres, Héctor Gerardo Vladimir Vallejo Molina, was sworn in.


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Medical evacuation by Navy from ship that was 11 nautical miles out to sea LINK  
   The Navy carried out a medical evacuation of a 53 year old male, of Polish origin, from the container ship "UASC BUBIYAN" flag of the Marshall Islands, approximately 11 nautical miles (20 kilometers) east of Cancun, Quintana Roo.
    The Naval command received a phone call from the ship's captain requesting transport for the crew member who presented with symptoms of  paroxysmal postural vertigo (sudden sensation that everything is spinning or that everything is spinning inside your head ) and an elevated body temperature resulting in a loss of balance. Naval boats were dispatched and the patient was taken to Puerto Juarez and placed aboard an ambulance to receive specialized medical care

The Isla Mujeres Institute of Sports and Recreation in coordination with the municipal Volleyball League and the state Volleyball Association of Quintana Roo invite the community to participate in the Volleyball Tournament "Fidel Villanueva Madrid".

In advance of the arrival of the Governor for an event, the state Secretary of Public Security arrived via helicopter (photos).

State official Athena Gomez Ricalde promotes "Together We Do More" program LINK  VIDEO  

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Video at 10a from North Beach 

Photos of a Telmex manhole in front of a tortilleria that needs a better cover

Photo of altar at the library

VIDEO of street scene by the ferry terminal, at the golf cart rental across the street, of the pink bow on the facade, of tourists using taxis, and the interior of a jewelry store. 

VIDEO of a party at the Cesar Mendoza Santana primary school. 

Photos of the Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez photo op signs, and of various people. 

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO about constructing a traditional Hanal Pixan altar, remembering that there are regional variations.

Photos and article about the medical evacuation from a ship at sea by the Navy 

Photo of a foreign woman laying on a porch on Hidalgo, with caption about concerns that she could be ill. There are comments about her begging, about her formerly being a repeat visitor who paid her hotel bills and was congenial, but now appears to be mentally ill or having effects from drugs. Commenters are concerned that she apparently lacks family to care for her & discussed which officials should take responsibility to help her return to her home country.

VIDEO about the Ultracarga II, which delayed docking yesterday morning due to winds. (The other vehicle ferries were able to operate normally, and winds were reported to be gusting at 40 km/hr....which is not that unusual with nortes.)

IM Noticias   


 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos

Need for another Hyperbaric Chamber  

Urge otra Cámara Hiperbárica

  The president of the Regional Federation of Cooperatives of the Fishing Industry in Quintana Roo, Baltazar Gómez Catzín, said that although the Hyperbaric Chamber is providing service, it has passed its years of useful life, and another is needed. During last year's lobster season, there were 45 fishermen treated for decompression illness. The chamber has been very busy this season, with 47 treated already, and three (sic four) months left to the season. (It began July 1st and ends on Feb. 28th.) It has also been used to treat 20 other patients, mostly for 'diabetic foot'. There are concerns that it could fail at any time and not be able to be restarted.
   Another concern for the fishermen, is the distance between the Hyperbaric chamber and the distance to the Community Hospital. Mr. Gomez explained that the fishermen need to be stabilized and first taken from the pier to the hospital, and then to the chamber, and the lost time could mean the difference between life and death. 
    In other news, Mr. Gomez reported in the last 15 days, the five cooperatives of the island have caught about 10 tons of lobster, as well as some fish, mostly snapper and abadejo. They were unable to go out on Sunday and Monday due to restrictions from the Harbor Master on small boats.

Port was open for all types of navigation 

Puerto abierto a todo tipo de navegación

  Boats under 40 feet in length were restricted on Sunday and Monday, and were allowed to resume normal activity on Tuesday. However, the fishermen stayed in port because the swells were large out at sea, and they were waiting for better conditions.

State Secretary of Public Security arrived  

Arribó secretario de Seguridad Pública estatal

Businesses report slightly improved sales 

Ligero incremento en negocios


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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)
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

Friday, Oct. 19  Guitarists performing at the Casa de la Cultura at 7pm

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

Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8pm and Sunday, Oct. 21 at noon at the Convention Center: Isla Mujeres Cahuameros VS Escuela Modelo (a Merida University team). Grand inaugural game of the season! Rescheduled for next weekend.

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 Competition on the Town Square in 2 categories: Hoteliers & Merchants, and the General Public, with cash prizes for the latter and recognition for the former. At 8p with two dance troupes performing..2 categories: Merchants & Hoteliers and the General Public. Register at the Casa de la Cultrua 9a-4p. Rescheduled for tomorrow/Saturday, same time.

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

Saturday, Oct. 27 Altars contest for the governmental agencies on the Town Square at 8p with a singer & a dance troupe performing. (Altar construction begins earlier.)

 Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8pm and Sunday Oct 28 at noon: The Cauhaumeros Basketball team will play the Cozumel Islanders for the first game of the Major League season.

Sunday, Oct. 28 "Festival of the Living for the Dead" with dance troupes performing, as well as a Costume contest and a Catrina contest, with cash prizes and two categories: Open and Children's. On the Town Square. Costume & Catrina contests begin at 7p and event at 8p. You can register at the Casa de la Cultura from Monday thru Friday 9a to 4p.

Tuesday, Oct. 30  at 7pm there will be a tribute to Islander musician Virgilio "El Chino" Fernandez at the Casa de la Cultura in honor of the anniversary of his death, which will include a performance by the dance troupe Añoranzas de Isla Mujeres.

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
Festival for The Souls of the Dead with Dance, Music, and traditions. The procession will begin at 6pm beside the downtown Cemetery, going down Hidalgo, and ending at the Casa de a Cultura. There will be an exhibition of altars from different states of Mexico and a presentation of a Un Tzompantli (rack of skulls), performances by artists from the schools of dance and music, and a competition of Catrina costumes. Coordinated by Jean Piaget school. 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.

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.

  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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