Sunday, January 13, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, January 13

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Continuing to equip the police department for the safety of Isla Mujeres, providing greater protection for the citizenry.

Recognition given to the police of Isla Mujeres for their training and work. LINK 

       In honor of International Police Day, which is officially on January 2, The Cancun-Isla Mujeres Security and Justice Bureau, in coordination with the State Police, held an event to give recognition to officers in Isla Mujeres who have demonstrated outstanding performance throughout their career.
        The Mayor provided a breakfast for the officers and expressed his appreciation to the members of the police department. He said, "I can only imagine the strength, the courage and the great determination needed to take on the responsibility of taking care of the lives of thousands of people every day. No doubt in Isla Mujeres, for me and for the islanders, you are heroes, and what the municipal government wants is, in coordination with the state and federal governments, to support them to continue their training and provide them with the necessary tools."
       There will be a salary increase for the officers in February, which represents a total increase of 39 percent in police salaries since the beginning of the Mayor's last administration, in 2016. The police chief said, "It is thanks to the efforts of our municipal president that the officers can perform our work in the best manner, because since the last administration (2016-2018) have supported us continuously with training, uniforms, equipment and patrols, streamlining our service to benefit of the community, "
      He concluded, "The most important work was not to become the safest municipality, but to maintain it with constant work, dedication and commitment. Compañeros I invite you to continue looking to the future to, through our work, protect the islanders and ensure their protection 365 days a year."

Isla Mujeres CRIM facility is committed to the benefits of Island families LINK  (photos in last edition)
    In the first 100 days of this administration, the CRIM, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Facility has served more than 2000 people on the island and the mainland part of the municipality. The facility is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., offering services such as X-rays, ultrasounds, and consultations with specialists in orthopedics, psychiatry and cardiology, as well as general medicine.
       Residents can go to the facilities for orthopedic consultations on Tuesdays, cardiology on Wednesdays and psychiatry on Fridays.        Dr. Xhanat Tzé González Mora said,"In addition to the specialized consultations, from Monday to Friday in the morning we have the service of general medical consultations and on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the afternoon. This is a support for all the citizens that require these services and maybe they do not have the money or they do not find the attention in other centers."  Once a month an ultrasound specialist comes to the center.
     On the island and the mainland, CRIM provided the following services: 192 of orthopedics; 191 of cardiology, including 80 echocardiograms and 22 stress tests; 95 x rays; 4,695 physical therapies; 659 language, behavioral and learning therapies; and the psychiatrist is treating 27 patients.
      Dr. González Mora announced that in the near future new programs will begin, including therapies for people with hearing disabilities, a sign language workshop, a sign interpreters workshop, braille course, among others, therefore she encouraged residents to come to the facilities of the Center to ask for more information if they are interested.

Three Kings Festival LINK   (photos in yesterday's edition)

  An event was held on the mainland on Jan 9 and on the island at Jan 10 at the Bicentennial Dome.
At both events, hundreds of children enjoyed the arrival of the Wise Men with raffles, gifts and various shows, including characters from the movie "Frozen" and superheroes, and on the island the clown "Morita" performed.

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Arrest of motorcycle driver with gun LINK  
     Agents of Federal Police arrested a man driving a stolen motorcycle who was in possession of a gun. Federal officers on patrol detected a subject riding on a motorcycle, but when the motorcyclist saw the uniformed officers, he tried to escape.   
        In response to the evasive action of the motorcyclist, the federal police began a brief chase until they managed to stop the suspect at the intersection of the streets Huachinango and Isla Contoy, who is said to be named Germán, and is 27 years old.
         The officers were surprised to find a 38 caliber pistol in the suspect's cangurera (fanny pack), for which he was taken before the appropriate authorities, and it is noted that the 125cc Yamaha motorcycle was reported stolen. 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

A manhole of the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) near the Monument to the Pescadors needs a new cover. (photo)

Tourists enjoy the sun, sand and sea at North Beach in Isla Mujeres (photos) 

Photo of a storm drain near the Monument to the Whale Sharks that needs maintenance

Jan. 11. Cold front #25 caused the port to be closed for small boats  

Upon its own initiative, a real estate company painted a speed bump on the road to Garrafon where accidents have occurred. 

Photo of a manhole of Aguakan at the downtown mercado that needs maintenance

Presenting the first "Ultra Marathon 24 hours Isla Mujeres"
    With the participation of more than fifty competitors from different parts of Mexico, the "Ultra Marathon 24 Hours Isla Mujeres" will be held on January 26 for the first time in Isla Mujeres. This event is being coordinated for the safety of the participants and attendants, which includes trash receptacles to maintain the clean image of this Pueblo Magico for visitors to enjoy. 
     The event will take place "at the side of the Malecón Oriente (eastern malecon) covering one kilometer, where participants will be served by 10 therapists, paramedics of the Red Cross, as well as support personnel during the 24 hours that the sporting event will last."   

Noti Isla Mujeres   

IM Noticias   

Basketball game between the Isla Mujeres Cahuameros and the Playa del Carmen Dorados at the Convention Center Saturday at 8p and Sunday at noon. the Isla Mujeres team has lost two games, one to the Dorados and one to the team from Merida.The Dorados have only lost one game, and the two teams are leading in the tournament.

Health Fair for children at the Community Hospital


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

Locatarios de mercados municipales sin ventas

      Tenants of the local mercado markets, "Javier Rojo Gómez" and "Audomaro Magaña", are complaining about a lack of sales, saying there is a lack of signage for tourists to find them and competition from increasing numbers of peddlers selling produce on the street corners. The former is located downtown and the latter is in colonia Cañotal, where half of the spaces are unoccupied, even though the rents are low, it has become difficult to pay the increased costs of electricity since the Energy Reform, which they hope will be reversed by the new federal government.  

Legal certainty provided for the local college  

Dan certidumbre jurídica a universidad local

    On Thursday, the City Council voted unanimously in favor of granting legal certainty to the college being built on property loaned by the Catholic Church, which will grant bachelor's degrees in five areas of study: hospitality, gastronomy, tourism, languages ​​and maintenance. They had planned to open the facility in August, but now the opening is planned for next summer. It is located at the edge of the Hacienda Mundaca, on Paseo de los Peces avenue, in colonia La Gloria. Administrative issues related to obtaining permissions from the three levels of government have caused setbacks.

Promotion of recycling in Isla Mujeres   

Isla Mujeres le apuesta el reciclaje

   With the initiation of the new trash schedule on Wednesday, recycling at home is being promoted (separating organic and inorganic trash). With the new trash collection units in service, the new schedule will begin on Jan. 16 when pickup will take place between 8p and 10p at all the colonias, including Sac Bajo, Cañotal, downtown, and the beaches. Notices have been distributed to resident's homes to provide timely information. Pickup is every day, Monday thru Sunday.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

 This information has already been translated about the delivery of desks to two primary schools and low sales at the mercado.

Salary negotiations begin  

Inician negociaciones para ajuste salarial

  The CROC labor union, which represents workers in the tourism industry including waiters, bartenders, groundskeepers, and housekeepers, are conducting negotiations for wages and benefits, seeking a 16% increase. In 2019, the minimum daily wage has been increased by14.32 pesos per day for a total of 102.68 pesos per day ($5.50) which is the biggest increase in recent decades. Waiters and bartenders are generally paid minimum wage since they receive tips as additional income. Company contracts are reviewed every two years, and the union has contracts with 20 businesses.
    With the high cost of living in Isla Mujeres, it is difficult for workers with children, especially those paying for middle and high school costs, .   

Celebration of International Police Day  

Celebran el Día Internacional del Policía

See translation above.

Using antibiotics to attempt to stop coral whitening disease  

Usan antibióticos para frenar mal del coral

      In response to a coral virus called the "White Plague", treatment with antibiotics has begun in marine parks of Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos and Cozumel. This disease appeared last year in the Mesoamerican coral chain, which is the second largest in the world and ends at Isla Contoy. This was announced online, with photos, by one of the specialists working with UNAM. This virus can kill a coral in 18 days, and spreads rapidly among the Mexican corals. It has been detected in brain corals in the Puerto Morales reefs.
          Since September, 3631 coral colonies have been inspected at 17 sites of the Mexican Caribbean by specialist Lorenzo Álvarez to measure the speed at which that the disease advances.In response to a question about whether the antibiotic only serves to slow down the progress or solve it, a participating specialist said: "It is trying to stop the progression of the disease. At the moment, the pathogen has not been isolated and the best solution is to improve the quality of the water by adequate treatment of wastewater. "
      Since August, it has been recommended that the thousands of bathers who visit marine parks every day abstain from using sunscreens, because experts agree that corals "are weakened by pollution and (with) climate change they can become more sensitive. " This particular disease began four years ago in Florida; and in 2018 it affected this region and other Caribbean islands.
      The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), assesses the effects of the increase in sea temperature and uses satellite data to predict occurrences. According to its alert system, called "Coral Reef Watch", the longest and most devastating global whitening of corals began in October 2015 in Australia.
        According to James Cook University, only 7 percent of the Great Barrier Reef has been unharmed. In the north, more than half of the corals have died. The island of Kiritimati, in Micronesia, has lost 80 percent of its corals and, according to the Coral Reef Watch, "it is estimated that, at most, 5 percent of the reefs will survive and recover from this phenomenon."
         The BBC in London recently published a report that the Great Barrier Reef, off the Australian coast, has lost 50 percent of its corals in the last 30 years, and the Caribbean reefs 80 percent.

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Jan. 21   7:17
Jan. 22   8:24
Jan. 23   9:29
Jan. 24  10:30
 Jan. 25   11:30 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:17 to ~6:37p
Sunrise  ~7:24
January Events 
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK 

Monday, Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square.(See article below) The NYE party continues until dawn, at least.

Tuesday, Jan. 1 New Year's Day Many people observe the sunrise at Punta Sur.
Ultramar passenger ferries
The Mass schedule for Immaculate Conception (downtown), Sacred Heart in La Gloria, and the Capilla de Guadalupe in Salina Chica, as well as a Caribbean sunrise Mass.
Thursday, Jan. 3 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 5 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting at gas station on prolongacion Aeropuerto/Caribbean coastal road. Gloves & equipment supplied. The Plogging crew, who removed seven and a half TONS of trash from Isla's coasts, mangroves, and seabed in 2018. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 6  Día de Reyes/ King's Day   This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts. It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.

At 10am, at Ruben's Restaurant there will be a giveaway of toys and snacks for thousands of islander children, with los Tres Reyes in costume.. On the back street Guerrero, across from the Post Office and Mercado

The Cockteleros baseball team have been collecting toy donations for a Three Kings Day giveaway.

Sunday, Jan. 6 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Jan. 6 is also Día de la Enfermera/Nurse's Day in Mexico. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi.  (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

  Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1p at the Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui, the Cocteleros of Isla Mujeres will play their first game of the new year against the Old Boys of Cancun, & there will be a toy giveaway in honor of 3 Kings Day (Donations are encouraged). Entrance is 20 pesos, merchandise is available & thanks to Joseph R Walsdorf for the update!
Thursday, Jan. 10 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Thursday, Jan. 10 Three King's Festival by the DIF for islander kids & their families at the Bicentennial Dome starting at 4pm, with entertainment, raffles, and prizes.

Saturday, Jan 12 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 13 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Friday, Jan 18-Sunday Jan. 20 Oasis Fest Vol. 2: Pirate's Paradise with 22 musical acts, surprise prizes, and these events. Organized by Barracuda Board Co.   LINK 

    Friday: Urban Culture with a Hip Hop Concert, Workshops & Expositions of Breakdance, Rap, Graffiti, & Musical Production and an Artist Fair

     Saturday: Street Culture with Pirate Plog (Beach Cleanup), Ska, Punk, Rock Concert, Workshops, Games, & Get Together of Skate, Longboard, Parkour, Roller, Circus Arts, Murals

      Sunday: Caribbean Culture with Reggae & Ska Concert, Workshops in Skimboard, Palm Weaving, and Ancestral Vibrations with Conch Shells, Paddleboard Games, Live Painting, Raffle.

Saturday, Jan 19 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 20 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Sunday, Jan 20 Lunar Eclipse begins at 9:36 pm, Maximum at 12:12am (Jan 21) and ends at 2:48am. 

Thursday, Jan. 24 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 26 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Saturday, Jan. 26 Ultramarathon 24 hours  LINK  

Sunday, Jan. 27 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Thursday, Jan. 31  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

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