Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, August 27

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   Next month, ("el mes de la patria"), the new 200 peso bill will go into circulation. It will feature heroes of the War for Independence, José María Morelos (who's on the 50 peso bill) & Miguel Hidalgo (who's on the 1000 peso bill). On the back will be a 1000 square mile UNESCO World Heritage site & Biosphere Reserve in the Sonoran Desert on the border with Arizona.
     Morelos & Hidalgo were both Catholic priests. Hidalgo is the "Father of Mexican Independence" who delivered the "Grito", or "Cry for Independence" in 1810. Morelos was a key military leader who died during the war & authored an important political document that is quoted on the 50p bill: "Slavery shall be forever forbidden, as shall caste distinctions, leaving everyone equal. One American shall be distinguished from another only by his vices and virtues.”
    The current 200 peso bill features Juana Inez de la Cruz, who is considered the first published feminist of the New World, a national icon of Mexico, & a pretty unusual nun. She was a self taught scholar & acclaimed writer, born out of wedlock in the mid 1600's to a Spanish father & a Creole mother, near Mexico City.
     She composed her first poem at age 8, studied Greek logic by adolescence, and was teaching Latin to young children at age 13. She learned the Aztec language Nahuatl and wrote short poems in that language. She gained the patronage of the Viceroy of New Spain, who requested that a panel of scholars test her intelligence and knowledge when she was 17, and her skills became widely known throughout Mexico.
     Although her beauty and reputation attracted a great deal of attention, she opted to become a nun, "to have no fixed occupation which might curtail my freedom to study". She entered a convent at 21, where she remained until she died of the plague in her mid 40's, after caring for her fellow sisters.
     She amassed a library at the convent, where her room was filled with scientific instruments, books and maps. She was often able to talk with scholars from the Court and University, and her studies included the natural sciences, music, and philosophy. She read tirelessly, and wrote poems and plays that often challenged societal values. She became an early proponent of women's rights and was often criticized by her political and religious superiors. She is also known as the "Mexican Phoenix" because her writing rose from the ashes of religious condemnation.
     She is renown for her mastery of the full range of poetic forms and themes of the Spanish Golden age, including dramatic, comedic, and scholarly works, both secular and non secular, displaying wit, inventiveness, and a wide range of knowledge. She defended women's rights to educational access in the well-known "Respuesta a Sor Filotea", in which she justified her study of secular topics as necessary for understanding theology, and noted, "One can perfectly well philosophize while cooking supper".
     You'll recall the maroonish 500 peso bill featuring artists Frida & Diego was replaced last year by a blue bill with Benito Juarez on the front, which is somewhat similar to the 20 peso bill, that will eventually be replaced by a coin. The newer bills have updated security features.The older bills don't lose their value & are removed from circulation when they become worn.
     BTW, September is the patriotic month because that's when Independence Day is celebrated. The Grito celebrations are on the night of the 15th on the Town Square & in Isla, the parade is usually scheduled to start at ~8a on the 16th. "Septiembre" is also known locally as "Septihambre", because money is tight while tourism is slow then. Hambre means hungry.


Isla Mujeres in 1966, from 12:45 thru 32 minutes.The mule-drawn train took visitors from the ferry to the dock of the hotel that's now the Mia.


 The Virgin of Caridad del Cobre is the Patron Saint of Cuba, which is where this icon was carved, when our town historian was Mayor. Her Day is celebrated on September 8, Sunday after next. Every year she is taken to the chapel on Isla Contoy, accompanied by about 100 boats carrying Isleno families, and a Mass is said requesting protection for the fishermen. In recent years, there has usually been a larger boat to transport tourists & islanders who need a ride. She returns to Isla Mujeres in March, after lobster season is over. The video has English subtitles.

This Wave Runner was impounded because it was navigating in the swimming area of Playa Norte. It was secured by personnel with Civil Protection, in coordination with the lifeguards and Harbor Master, because people in the swimming area were being put at risk, and its use in that area is prohibited.

The State Civil Protection agency continues to announce that Tropical Storm Dorian presents no threat to the coasts of Mexico, but is being monitored.


The City's "Your pet Your responsibility" campaign to raise awareness about cleaning up after your dog.

From the Mayor...warriors against sargasso. Help us keep our beaches clean.
It  is important to be careful and look before crossing

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

A sailboat was on fire yesterday and fishermen helped put it out. (photos)

An event took place at the "Julio Sauri" grade school to inaugurate the "2nd National Campaign Against Mosquito-borne Diseases",  with educational and health officials in attendance who said they are committed to keeping the municipality free of breeding areas of the mosquitoes that can transmit diseases like dengue, zika, and chikungunya.

VIDEO-students returned to school on Monday without any problems, and there was a full staff of teachers, books, etc. .

Wednesday, August 28th is Grandparents Day

A workshop was held about prevention of violence against women, which provided training for about twenty women, in coordination with the municipal Women's Institute.

On Monday, 5811 students returned to the basic education system (preschool/kinder-primary-middle school), as well as nearly 500 teachers, in the 33 schools in the municipality of this Pueblo Magico. There was a symbolic presentation of books, uniforms, and backpacks for students at the preschool and primary levels, and during the course of this week these items will be delivered to each student, directly in their classrooms. There will be an announcement in September concerning renewal of municipal scholarships.

The municipal Department of Ecology donated plants to the Community Hospital to reforest the green areas around the hospital.

The taxi union distributed 677 packets of school supplies for children of the union members.

Inspectors with the Mobility Institute were reviewing taxis and advising them against the use of window tinting, for reasons of safety. 

   La Tertulia  

There was a report of what sounded like five or six gunshots in colonia Amplificacion La Gloria in the vicinity of Paseo de las Aves, but municipal and military police combed the area and apparently found no one since no one was arrested or found injured. The case was turned over to the state Attorney General for investigation.  Por Esto reports there were six 9mm percussed caps found on Jesus Martinez Ross Avenue in Ampificacion La Gloria after the shots were reported, which occurred around noon on Sunday.

From  Por Esto :

Naval Operation "Salvavida 2019" during summer holidays 

Semar rescató a 15 en las vacaciones de verano

During the summer holidays, while the Naval security and surveillance operation monitored 22 beaches in Quintana Roo and the state of Yucatan, they provided assistance in 44 cases which included 9 instances of medical attention of which two were for dehydration, five for immersion, 10 for injuries, 15 rescues of people at risk, on assistance to a boat, and two missing people were located.

Summer holiday visitors increased by 8.7% this year  

Visitantes incrementaron en un 8.7%

  The Mayor reported that there was an 8.7% increase in the number of visitors this summer holiday season compared to last year during the same period.

Fourth victory for the Isla Mujeres Pescadores  

Cuarto triunfo para los Pescadores de Isla Mujeres

The Isla Mujeres Pescadores won their fourth game this season when they beat the Bacalar Pirates on Sunday morning with a score of 5 to 2, which gives them a record of four wins and two losses this season. They are in third place in their baseball league, and Bacalar remains in fourth place with four wins and five loses.

Isla Mujeres news briefs 


On Sunday, the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros were victorious over the Chuchos of Playa del Carmen, eliminating them from the semifinal series in the baseball league, with a score of 8 to 4.


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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 

August 15  7:42
August 16   8:20
August 17  8:55
August 18   9:29
August 19  10:03
August 20   10:37
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25-7:05p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:20-6:30-a (start-end/mo)
 Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower thru August 23, peaked in late July Perseids peaks Aug. 12, but  nearly full moon will interfere.
August Events 
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the bicycling group "Isla en Bici" invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

In August,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching  Shrimp & Conch  LINK 

 The baseball games at the  El Pescador stadium in front of Chedraui are usually held on Sundays, starting around 1p, when there's a 'home' game.

The new date for the Women's Fishing Tournament "El Dorado del Caribe" hasn't been announced yet.
Guests assisting Tortugranja worker collect from two nests on July 29th.

Turtle nesting season continues throughout August. The turtles nest along the eastern beaches in the wee hours of the night and Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in a pen outside the facility.  Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres;  Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills. The sex of the turtles is determined by the temperature of the sand, which is common in reptiles.

Photo by Tony Garcia Whale sharks are filter-feeders who eat plankton.
 Whale shark tour season continues throughout August, ending in mid-September. The eight-month lobster catching season thru the end of February, and this year's prices are: whole live- 400 to 450 pesos per kilo and tails- 580 to 600 pesos (~$16us/lb-tails).

 Thursday-Sunday August 8-11:  At the children's baseball field "Ariel Picho Magana" Players age 11 & 12 from the states of  Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and of course Quintana Roo, including some from Isla Mujeres will compete. About 100 players and their families are expected. 

Monday, August 12:  Perseids Meteor Shower peaks, but the nearly full moon will interfere.

Events celebrating the 169th anniversary of the founding of the island as the town of Dolores:

Thursday, August 15
11am Photographic Exhibition at the lower level of the Town Hall "Isla Mujeres of Yesteryear"
1p Conference at the Naval Auditorium (in Spanish) "Isla Mujeres Yesterday & Today"
7p Night of the Assumption at the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
9p Special "Isla Fest 2019" Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas & the Coronation of the Foundation Ambassador with performances by the dance troupes Mestizas de Agua Salada & Ballet Tuumeen Kiin

Friday, August 16
6p Special City Council Session on the Town Square honoring the 169th Anniversary of the Founding of Isla Mujeres, recognizing the founding families and awarding the medals of Citizen Merit and Tourism Merit and the winners of the XXII Artisans Competition 2019, "Let my hands speak to you", will be announced
9p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas "Bohemian Night with Nicho Hinojosa"

Saturday, August 17
8a Wreath ceremony for the Anniversary of the Cross in the Bay departing from the wooden pier
8p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas featuring the Latin Dance, Dance Studio

Sunday August 18
7a Islanders 8K Run
8p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas  with performances by the dance troupes Al Son del Corazon, Senior Citizens Group, & El Corazon de Conchi

The City will hold an Art Fair ("Primera Feria del Arte") on the Town Square at 7:30p on Friday, Saturday & Sunday featuring more than a thousand pieces. There will be 29 local artists and 20 from other parts of the state. An invitation is extended to visitors & locals to attend & to become familiar with, appreciate, and acquire artisan products that preserve techniques learned from previous generations, which strengthen the economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability of the island.
Sunday, Aug 25  Pescador Baseball Field (in front of Chedraui) 9:30a thePescadores of Isla Mujeres will play the team from Balacar in a state tournament. At 1p the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros will play Los Chuchos of Playa del Carment for the grand final in their league.

Sunday, Aug 25  The third "All Day Bowl" is taking place today on Playa Centro with teams from Tabasco, Campeche & Playa del Carmen, among others. (It's played with a football).

Friday, Aug. 30  The 7th Lion Fish Culinary Contest at 5p on the Town Square. The City invites residents, restaurateurs, independent chefs & fishermen to participate. Registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 26. The dishes can be prepared with filets or a whole fish, and participants can compete in both categories. Recipes must by provided. BYOLF. Booths can promote your business or yourself & may feature menus, drink samples, and decorations. Winners are given recognition, a pass for two to Dolphin Discover, and 5000, 3000, and 2000 pesos for the top three.

 They are an invasive species who eat many young lobster, grouper, and other commercial seafood. They are caught by spearfishing, and are a mild-flavored white fish. Asia Caribe has won awards in this competition ,as well as recognition for featuring them on their menu (when available), and will prepare them a variety of ways.

The Circuito Maya race will probably be held in August in Isla Mujeres, and is one of a series of four races held annually in four Pueblos Magicos in Q.Roo and Yucatan, named after the four elements. The race in Isla Mujeres is the "Air" (Iik') and the others are Fire (K'aak'), Earth (Lu'um), and Water (Ha'), for the races held in Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid
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 Mujeres

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