Sunday, November 17, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, November 17

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 Don't forget...this is a long weekend and Monday is a holiday with banks & governmental offices being closed. The parade will probably start around 8a on Rueda Medina. This year, they've been starting the parades at the Naval base and going north. Expect traffic detours and delays. 

Come to Isla Mujeres and experience an adventure, ­čĆŁ, enjoy its beaches with crystal clear waters, ­čîŐ take a tour in golf cart and discover Punta Sur.

Nominations and self-nominations are open until November 21st for individuals to participate in a the first Municipal Sports Prize 2019, with an award of 5000 pesos for the winning athlete and their coach/promoter and an award of 7000 pesos for the winning team or group. The nomination must include a written description of the nominee's sports activities during the course of the year. Requirements include residence in the municipality for at least three years and that they train and represent the municipality in state, national and international events". Nominations can be presented at the municipal Sports Department offices in Salina Chica weekdays between 10a and 3p, and the awards event will take place on Nov. 26th.

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The ferry company Naveganto will suspend their services for a few days, starting on Monday, while they prepare the changeover to their new ferries. (which are catamarans). They'll be back soon, better than ever! Previously purchased tickets will remain valid.

   Noti Isla Mujeres     
VIDEO of an interview at the Propane Refill facility of ZGas at the southern part of the island about their Buen Fin promotion thru Monday for exchanging older tanks for new ones with a refill and receiving a 20 percent discount.

VIDEO of the current status of the road down south were wastewater line installations are taking place.
Aguakan said they plan to be finished by the end of the month with the installation of the wastewater network at the southern part of the island, and that another company will be responsible for restoring the pavement. The City has been adamant that the road should be properly paved and not just patched, and they want it finished before the winter high season begins. Aguakan said the delays in recent weeks were weather-related.

From  Por Esto :

No restrictions on nautical navigation, at the time this article was written  

Sin restricciones a la navegaci├│n, por ahora

Nov. 15 The port remained open for general navigation with partly cloudy skies, and expectations that the weather could change with the arrival of Cold Front #13 (which arrived Friday afternoon-evening.)

Tough season for nautical tour operators  

Mala temporada para los lancheros

The nautical tour operators of the “Adolfo L├│pez Mateos” cooperative are doing so badly this season, they've opted to reduce the price of snorkeling tours, in an attempt to attract more clients. The usual price for a ride with food is 650 pesos, but due to poor business and competition from the boat tour operators in Puerto Juarez, they have reduced to price to 400 or even 350 pesos.  This means there is a minimal profit with most of the money going toward expenses for food and fuel. They are hoping for good weather during this long weekend for Revolutionary Day.

Suspension of federal aid program affects fishermen  

Cambian reglas a pescadores

   Due to federal budget cuts, a program will be discontinued next year that formerly helped the fishermen acquire ice production capability, traps, shade, GPS devices and other equipment. The program that assisted them with replacing their boats and motors will continue, but will be administered directly with the active fishermen, rather than thru the cooperatives. Priority will be given to those who have never received this assistance, or who haven't received it for many years. They will have to prove they are actively working in the fishing industry with their official logbook document showing the days they worked and the results of their efforts. When receiving the new boat or engine, they must turn in their old ones.


In an assessment of English proficiency, Q.Roo was ranked 18th among Mexico's 32 states, despite being the country's leader in the tourism industry, whose main markets are the English-speaking countries of the US, Canada, and the UK. Our state received a score of 48.6 out of 100 in a study by Education First, based on results for the Standard English Test (EF SET), which is used by schools, companies and governments world-wide.
The assessment said, “English is a key component in the economic competitiveness of a nation, in the development of technology and innovation, and in the main industries. Likewise, the analysis indicated that societies that speak more English tend to be more egalitarian and progressive."
The Center for Continuous Training of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Cancun, said that approximately 50% of the workers in Cancun understand English at the A1 level or lower, of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. An A1 level means they would be able to understand and use some simple everyday expressions, and be able to present basic information about themselves to other people.
According to official data, only 2.2% of the 435 primary schools in the municipality of Benito Juárez (Cancun) are integrated into the national English program, due to the lack of trained teachers for teaching this foreign language.
Adrián López Sánchez, president of the Employers' Confederation of the Mexican Republic (COPARMEX) in Quintana Roo, said the low result may be related to the mobility of the population and the tourism industry, which causes new workers to be lacking in training In the foreign language. He noted that about half of the companies affiliated with COPARMEX have programs to teach English, but he said efforts to improve performance must come from the basic education system.
States whose results surpassed Q Roo included Yucat├ín, Morelos, Baja California Sur, the State of Mexico, Puebla, Jalisco, and Michoac├ín, among others; while those with the worst performance were Guerrero, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, Nayarit and Campeche.   LINK  


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
November 12   6:30
November 13  7:13
November 14   8:01
November 15   8:53
November 16   9:50
November 17  10:50
November 18  11:51

Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:11-6:04p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:50-7:07a (start-end/mo)
November Events 
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

Wednesday, Nov. 6 Diabetic Clinic-Free for residents with glucose testing, glucometers & supplies, reading glasses, nutritional education. Senior Citizens Club in colonia La Gloria 9a-12p.
 Saturday, Nov 9, the Isla Mujeres Cahuameros will receive the Dorados of Playa del Carmen at the Convention Center court at 8pm

Sunday, Nov. 10  At the Pescador baseball field (in front of Chedraui) the Isla Mujeres Cocteleros of Picus will play the Vaqueros of Leona Vicario. (It doesn't say what time, but games usually begin at 1p.)

Monday, Nov 11-12 N. Taurids Meteor Shower peaks around midnight

Tuesday, Nov. 12  Postal Workers Day  El D├şa del Cartero y del Empleado Postal

 Thursday, Nov. 14 World Diabetes Day

Friday, Nov. 15-Sunday, Nov. 17 Buen Fin (sales)

Friday, Nov. 15  Fundraiser for (&a t) the Little Yellow School House at 6p. Mexican Fair with food, fun & prizes!

Saturday, Nov. 16-17 Leonids Meteor Shower  but the moon will interfere

Monday, Nov. 18 Day off for D├şa de la Revoluci├│n Mexicana   Banks & governmental offices close.

Wednesday, Nov. 20 Dia de la Revolucion   There is usually a parade down Rueda Medina that starts around 8a, usually from the Naval base. Expect traffic detours.

The Festival for the Town Saint, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception will begin sometime around the weekend of Friday, Nov. 28 and continue thru her day on Dec. 8th. There is usually a Cabalgata parade of horses and a "bullring" set up (bullfights have been banned in Mexico), where there are rodeos and comedic bullfights, as well as folklorico dance performances and a night or two of live music & dancing on the Town Square. More info TBA.

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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