Saturday, May 11, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, May 11

While the webcam is out of order, I'm posting new pics here intermittently. Bruce took this Thursday, when two kite surfers sped past MVC B&B.
The webcam is working again.  Here's the LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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Please pardon the two days off--I had a head cold & fever. 

Tvisla Mujeres  reported the results of the National Olympic and National Junior Olympic open water swimming competition in Isla Mujeres - The Quintana Roo team took second place overall with 361 points, with first place going to Baja California with 851 points and the third position for Jalisco with 253 points. LINK  

Photos by Bruce:

Another work stoppage at Colegio Bachilleres LINK  

IM Noticias reported: Unfortunately, a fisherman with the "Isla Blanca" cooperative died on Wednesday from decompression, after diving down to 110 feet in the area known as "Arrowsmith". Navardo Dzib, who was between 45 and 50 years old, died after a single dive of about 50 minutes. When he came up he felt badly, so they immediately headed back toward the island, but halfway there his condition worsened, and he passed away before they reached shore.
They were in a 26 foot boat with a 60hp engine and requested assistance from a faster, larger boat, but it didn't arrive in time. His fishing partner said apparently Mr. Dzib had descended down to 110 feet to spear a grouper, and then returned to the surface too quickly.
It is noted that a brother of the deceased, Menalio Dzib, died in similar circumstances in past months.

Baja California dominated the women's open water swimming competition   VIDEO of start of the open water swimming competition by the men's division, and other videos and photos of the competition. Results are given. 

Second work stoppage at Colegio Bachilleres in the past three months over salary issues. (This was a statewide strike.)

Noti Isla Mujeres had a notice that classes would resume on Friday, May 10 at Colegio Bachilleres, videos from swimming competition, and an article about donation to DIF from "Alas de Aquila" (Wings of an Eagle) for the CRIM facilities (on the island and in the Continental Zone.

From  Por Esto :

Isla Mujeres new briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres 

The Human Rights Commission of Quintana Roo continues to offer courses in the school of the Isla Mujeres municipality about misuse of social media.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Municipal DIF of Isla Mujeres received a donation from the "Alas de Aguila" association, for the benefit of the CRIM facility for physical rehabilitation. 

Nivardo Dzib, fisherman of the "Isla Blanca" cooperative, died as a result of a decompression on Wednesday after he dove 110 feet deep 23 miles southeast of Isla Mujeres, for 35 minutes while spearfishing.  As he ascended to the surface he began to feel badly, so he immediately returned to land with his crew to enter the hyperbaric chamber. He had complications despite receiving specialized care. (Note: IM Noticias reported that he passed away before reaching land.)

Work stoppage ends at high school  

Culmina el paro en Bachilleres

  Classes resumed on Friday at the Colegio Bachilleres high school in Isla Mujeres and at the other high schools throughout Quintana Roo after 70% of their requests were met. There was a three day work stoppage throughout the state over salary issues associated with the new Educational Reform Law. Details about the issues are given.

Increased sales of Mother's Day's gifts      

Subió 70% venta de regalos a mamá

 Friday, May 10th was Mother's Day in Mexico, and sales increased in Isla Mujeres of gift items, including flowers, plush animals, and such, with prices ranging from 15 pesos to 1000 pesos for flower arrangements. Some families dined out at local restaurants, while many mothers were working and busy with their responsibilities.

Southern "Surada" winds forecast for this weekend

“Surada” molestará el fin de semana

  Strong surada winds from the south occurred on Friday and are expected to continue this weekend. On Friday, they were up to 48 km/hr on the open seas and expected to exceed 40 km/hr this weekend. It is noted that tourists are arriving from Cancun and Playa del Carmen, which are being affected by sargasso, while Isla Mujeres has not been impacted. It is noted that the swimming beaches of Isla Contoy are also free of sargasso.

Construction workers fired for claiming insurance  

Albañiles despedidos por reclamar seguro

     Six construction workers who were employed by a foreign individual say they were fired because they requested Seguro Social medical insurance. "Juan N" said he was hired before the last Easter holiday period, along with five others who reside in Isla Mujeres. He said they were employed by a Frenchman, Serge Joseph Berardozz, who wanted them to work thru the holidays, although work is usually suspended on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Easter weekend.They requested Seguro Social insurance, but Mr. Berardozz said they could contract their own medical insurance, became angry and fired them. 
   The construction site is located near the Benito Juarez middle school and the headquarters of the Patria & Progreso fishing cooperative, where they are constructing a two-story building of 12 x 12 meters. The foreigner lives on his yacht, located at the property.

Cockteleros of Isla Mujeres: Ready     

Cockteleros de Isla Mujeres, listo

 The Isla Mujeres baseball team the Cockteleros finished the last season in third place and are ready for the opening of the state competition on Sunday at El Pescador stadium on the island at 1pm. The team roster is given.

Isla Mujeres news briefs   

Breves de Isla Mujeres

 Gerardo Magana, representative of the Small Hotels of Isla Mujeres, said that heavy trucks are causing damage to the infrastructure downtown, including storm drain grates and sidewalks. He presented photographs of damage in front of his hotel, saying it is caused because some vehicles "varan" in the middle of the street and then other drive on the sidewalk to continue down the street (Guerrero).  He says this happens daily, putting his family and clients at risk, and he wants the Traffic police to solve this problem.

    Mothers who work for the municipal government were given Friday off (Mother's Day) to enjoy a long weekend. It is noted that the concrete monument to mothers in the La Gloria park has lacked maintenance, and is a figure of a seated mother with a child in her arms accompanied by a girl who is standing.
    Statistics from the 2017 National Occupation & Employment Survey indicate that about three-quarters of the 48 million women who are 15 and older have been mothers, which is 35.2 million women (73%). Of these, seven out of ten are married, and approximately one fifth are widowed, separated or divorced, while nearly 10 percent are single mothers.
   The 11th edition of the Aguakan Water Rally will take place in Puerto Morelos this year on May 17th.

Making progress repairing Rueda Medina  

Avanza pavimentación del malecón Rueda Medina

   The section of Rueda Medina Avenue where the repairs were taking place was not closed, causing traffic to slow down, and the coastal perimeter road offered an alternative for drivers. The repairs were done along the kilometer and a half between the car ferry terminal to the El Pescador baseball park, in front of Chedraui.

Harbor Master says propeller protectors are safe  

Protector de hélice, inocuo

  Propeller protectors are required on the outboard motors of the whale shark tour boats this season, which begins next week. This requirement by SEMARNAT caused concerns about safety among the tour providers, but the Harbor Master, Ana Laura López Bautista, said, "It will modify the behavior of the boats a little, without altering their performance".
   She said, "We have no official news that they alter the performance of the boats." She acknowledged that there have been many comments on this, but said that there is no evidence to prove it.
   The requirement says, "For observing and swimming with whale sharks, service providers and their vessels must use geo-location systems and helix protectors or propeller guards, except for those with jet propulsion engines."
   The Harbor Master said she hasn't received the list of authorized permit holders for the whale shark tours, which are scheduled to begin on Wednesday. Last year they were received several days after the start of the season. In 2015, the DGVS issued 294 authorizations, divided into two groups to work on alternate days so that only 147 boats operated daily, in order to not exceed the limit of 160 boats per day established by CONANP. 
    Last year, economic evaluation indicated that direct economic benefits of 3.3 million dollars were generated, mainly for the communities of Holbox, Chiquila, and Isla Mujeres. There were 77,557 tourists transported to the whale shark observation area, generating 486 direct jobs, plus generating jobs and economic benefits from  lodging, food, and transportation.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

The information in these news briefs about the Bird Fest and Mother's Day have already been translated, except it is noted that cormorant birds arrive to Salina Chica and Salina Grande to feed on fish. And that Municipal employees who are mothers were given a breakfast at El Pescador beach club at 9am, where the Mayor congratulated them and expressed his gratitude for their contribution to the municipal government's work. Mariachi played for the mothers, who also received gifts.

110 swimmers participate in open water competition  

110 nadadores competirán en aguas abiertas

  This information has already been translated.

Clean beaches attract tourists  

Playas limpias captan el turismo

    Tourism influx remains high in Isla Mujeres, with its clean beaches that are free of sargasso. Compared to last year, there was a 25% increase in tourists visiting the isle, with nearly 72,000 tourists visiting the island. The Continental Zone reported 45,264 "occupied room-nights", while on the island there were 13,821, which is a growth of 33.5 percent and 5.8 percent over last year, respectively.


From Isla Mujeres News & Events:
May 9-   Sargasso has begun arriving at other areas of the Maya Riviera & state officials are discussing strategies & asking the federal government for money, because more than 1 million tons could affect Quintana Roo beaches this year, impacting tourism & the economy.
According to statistics, last year the most affected areas were Tulum and ​​Mahahual, followed by Puerto Morelos, and to a lesser extent the Cancun area, while Cozumel and Isla Mujeres had the least.
The state Secretary of Ecology & the Environment said a billion pesos in federal funds would be ideal, to provide long term solutions. He said the state will invest 15 million pesos for containment & cleanup, and are planning strategies for the nine regions and two islands of the Q Roo coasts. One news article says federal legislators are awaiting a report from Gov. Joaquin Gonzalez about how the 240 million pesos they authorized last year were spent.
The President said that rather than making contracts with private companies & their specialists, the Mexican Navy (SEMAR) will play a central role in the plan to address the issue of sargassum that will be announced next week.
Governmental officials say this problem is caused by multiple factors such as the increase of nutrients, the temperature of the water, and marine currents & winds.The first effects in the Mexican Caribbean were seen in 2013 & 2014, and it has been an ongoing problem since 2015. Sargasso is affecting coastal regions throughout the Caribbean & Latin America and an international conference with officials from those countries is scheduled in Cancun May 27-29. Isla Mujeres has suffered the least from this problem, compared to other Q Roo beaches, due to its geographical position & currents. 
 #1-Isla Mujeres swimming beaches are sargasso-free.
 #2-Very minimal amounts on the eastside turtle nesting beaches & we're not seeing mats offshore. They are both from  Isla Mujeres al Día, on May 8
 #4 is Akumal this morning (May 9) from the webcam.
The graphic is from Red de Monitoreo del Sargazo Cancún  May 9.
Webcam photos from other parts of the state are here:
This was Akumal on May 9

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

May 18   7:20
May 19    8:19
May 20   9:16
 May 21   10:10
 May 22   11:01
 May 23   11:48
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:15p-7:25
Sunrise ~6:15a-6:05
May Events 
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On Saturday's at 8a-10a,  Plogging events to clean up the island are held,  meetup locations at this LINK . Bring your refillable bottle & they'll supply gloves, water, & bags,   Here's the Accion Isla LINK

Wednesday nights at 8:45p, a new bicycling group invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

In May  fishermen in this region are banned from catching Lobster, Octopus, Conch & Shark Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available, along with frozen tails.  LINK 

Wednesday, May 1 Labor Day. International Dia de los Trajabadores. Banks, schools, government offices, and similar businesses will be closed. Most tourism businesses will be open, as will Chedraui.

Wednesday, May 1  In honor of State Sea Turtle Week & Children's Day, the Tortugranja will present puppet shows tomorrow, May 1st at 9a, 11a, 1p, and 3p
Friday, May 3- Día de Santa Cruz/ Día del Albañil

Saturday, May 4 The Caribbean beach "Playa Guadalupana", near the cemetery, is one of the main turtle nesting beaches & you're invited to help clean it up at 9am for the mamas who will start arriving any day now. 

Sunday, May 5 "Cinco de Mayo" commemorates a battle against the French in Puebla & is mostly celebrated in bars by folks from the US.

Sunday, May 5  The First National Women's Extreme Roller Skating Festival of the Maya Riviera 2019 will be in Isla Mujeres on Sunday, May 5 from 1p-5p. Free. Schedule:
1p at the Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria: Recreational Games.
2:30p Awareness Competition "Roll & Pickup".
3p at the Skate Park in Salina Chica: Skating Exhibition by Chicas Roller Mexico, Live music by Playa Sol, Cypher of Freestyle, Mural painting, Environmental talk by Accion Isla, Skate Workshops, games & more, with food by Santo Taco.

Monday, May 6  Civic ceremony on the first Monday of each month, usually on the Town Square at 9a.

Thursday, May 9 The 2019 National Olympics and National Youth Olympics competition for the stae of Quintana Roo for open water swimming, in 5, 7, and 10 kilometer distances. They will swim between the concrete pier by the vehicle ferries and the pier of the former Kawama marina to its south. 8am-5pm 

Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, May 8, 9 & 11:

3-Day Schedule for the First Isla Mujeres Bird Festival 2019
Wednesday, May 8
9a-Inauguration in Salina Chica at the library "17 de Agosto" & you're invited to donate a book.
9:15-Cleanup in the mangroves of Salina Aeropuerto and around the Library.
11a-Mural of Birds of Isla Mujeres on the library wall.
6p-Presentation: Celebrating Urban Birds by Green Jay Mayan Birding at the Library.

Thursday, May 9
11a-Celebration of World Migratory Bird Day at the middle school "Benito Juarez" by Green Jay Mayan Birding with a presentation at 11:50a by Amigos de Sian Ka´an and another at 12:45 titled "Birds & Wetlands" by Hidrobios.
6p-Presentation at the City Council room in the Town Hall of "Tourist Guides & Bird Watching".
Saturday, May 11
6:30a-Bird Watching UPDATE-Meeting at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa .
9:30a-Presentation at the Library: Results of Bird Monitoring in Chacmochuc Lagoon in the Isla Mujeres municipality (on the mainland).
5p-Close of Activities at the Gaviotas Park in Salina Chica with Activities for Children & a neighborly gathering.

Friday, May 10  Mother's Day  

Wednesday, May 15 Whale shark tour season begins and continues until  mid-September. Turtle nesting season is from May-October.

Saturday & Sunday May 18 & 19:  Cosme Magana International fishing tournament with over a million pesos in prizes.  Deadline for registration is the Friday night Captain's Dinner. (The women's tournament "La Dorada Del Caribe 2019" will be held June 28 & 29.)

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
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujere

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