Monday, December 14, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, December 14

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Increased security operations for the safety of residents and tourists   

 Para seguridad de habitantes y turistas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 13 de diciembre.-
 The Police chief (Director of Seguridad Pública), Joaquin Poot Acosta, surveillance has been increased at the main tourism areas of Isla Mujeres as part of the "Guadalupe-Reyes" holiday operation that began on Saturday. With the increased number of visitors which began this weekend, increased monitoring also began to ensure the safety of residents and tourists. This includes at total of 70 officers, of whom 50 are on the island and 20 on the mainland. On the island they have five cars & vans and seven motorcycle patrol vehicles. 
        Security was increased from December 9-12 during the celebrations for the Virgin of Guadalupe downtown and in colonia Salinas, before and during the procession which took place on December 12th. The second stage of the operation begins December 18 and ends after January 6th. During this  period, checkpoints will be in place around the clock on the weekends and from 8am to 6pm on Monday-Thursday. After the checkpoints close on weekdays at 6pm there will be increased security and control of vehicle traffic at the Maritime Terminal, which is when many visitors are leaving the island. Also, with the payment of year end bonuses, there will be increased security in the vicinity of the banks. 


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

 José Antonio Landa Roses, poet from Campeche, was the winner of the competition with his poem “Las ánimas de objetos que reaniman al mundo”
El poeta campechano José Antonio Landa Rosas con su poemario “Las ánimas de objetos que reaniman al mundo”, fue gran ganador.
There were 142 entries received from Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, United States, Cuba and Dominican Republic.
Recibimos 142 trabajos provenientes de México, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Estados Unidos, Cuba y República Dominicana.

Don't miss this opportunity to take advantage of discounts for property tax payments.
No dejes pasar la oportunidad de obtener facilidades de pago en tu predial.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

Lilian Emilia Mendillo Lima, 17, from Isla Mujeres, won a gold and a silver metal in the national competition for indoor archery.

       In Mexico City at the XLII National Indoor Archery Competition 2015, Lilian Emilia Mendillo Lima won the gold metal in the National Olympic round, and she took second place in the FITA round, winning a silver metal.
       At the same time, Yunco Rafaela Guerrero Mitchell, of Benito Juarez, qualified to participate in the World Cup 2015-2016 in Nimes France and Ankara Turkey, after winning a bronze medal in individual Olympic elimination round of the open category,
         The athletes from Quintana Roo won eight medals at this event which took place at the facilities of the Mexican Olympic Commission on December 6th. (A breakdown is given). The arrows are shot 9 meters (10 yards) in the junior category and 18 meters (20 yards) in the women's category.  
          The delegation from Quintana Roo was comprised of 15 athletes from four municipalities of whom two were from Isla Mujeres, two from Chetumal, and 11 from Benito Juarez (Cancun). There were 300 competitors representing 22 states. At this event they competed in open elimination rounds, and in each of the categories according to age (cadets or juveniles), giving our athletes the opportunity to compete against the best in the country. 
          With the large number of competitors, there was more than eight hours of competitions before Quintana Roo ended up with three national champions in the individual Olympic round, when two sisters from Benito Juarez were successful as follows:  Yunco Rafaela Guerrero Mitchell in the juvenile category 'arco recurvo' and  Yoko Asuncion Guerrero Mitchell in the cadet category 'arco recurvo' 


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Risky electrical poles   
Postes de energía eléctrica, peligro latente [+] Ver mas
   Residents are complaining that there are dozens of concrete electrical poles in an advanced state of deterioration which need to be replaced by the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission), because they are dangerous in the strong winds that occur on the island, in addition to the risk of hurricanes during the summer and fall. This is true of the posts that were put up after Hurricane Wilma in October 2005, along south Hidalgo Avenue, where there is also a short circuit, according to neighbors. A resident said there were 'flamazos' that scared tourists when the winds were high, and he called CFE, but no one responded at the emergency number.
      Two decades ago a high voltage cable fell and killed a child who was playing beneath it, which is still a traumatic memory for residents. Recently a young man received a serious electrical shock on the roof of a downtown hotel, raising concerns among residents to pressure the government to resume the work of improving the image of the island downtown, which includes moving the power lines underground. This has only occurred at north Hidalgo avenue, and it is pending on Rueda Medina.

Festivities in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe conclude  
Concluyen fiestas en honor a la Virgen de Guadalupe+] Ver mas
   Hundreds of "Lupitas" and Juandieguitos" (little Guadalupes and little Juan Diegos) participated in the procession in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Saturday evening. Accompanied by their parents to attend Mass, first they walked through the streets in traditional clothing to express their faith, with families and tourists observing the event. In the practice of faith, about 500 children participated, dressed as "Juandieguitos" and "Lupitas", representing the religious personages, in varieties of Yucatan clothing.
       The procession began at 3:30 at the church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception (downtown) and ended at 5pm with a Mass at the Guadalupe Chapel (in Salina Chica.). With this procession, the festivities for Guadalupe were completed, and was led by the priest Germán.
        The little girls in their shawls (rebozos), which are regional attire, caught the attention of tourists who were taking pictures and videos of this Mexican tradition of worshiping the Mother of Christ. These children are the future antorchistas and 'marchistas' (those who participate in the pilgrimages and processions), who run and cycle on December 11 and 12. This is a commitment that is made to renew their faith within their families, which is especially important in these times when children and teens face many challenges.

 Faith and devotion  
Fe y devociónd.. [+] Ver mas
   This article is a lengthy interview with Gibran Enmanuel Mex Pinzón, who is a member of the religious group Carisma Joven de Isla Mujeres. He plans to record a CD of 12 religious songs in early 2016, and spoke about his spiritual development, his religious activities & attitudes, his music, and how he believes miracles resolved health problems in himself and members of his family.  He said he has seen the hand of God in the doctors, and when there are adverse situations in life which must be faced, and that his strength comes from the Lord. He said that practicing his faith has its sacrifices such as changing work regularly, because not every employer understands this way of serving God. He says, "But He has never abandoned me, and now it has been four years that we have played at the Basílica de Guadalupe”. When he was asked about the positions of different Christian groups, he said, "Listen to their expressions of praise and respect their views; we all believe in the same God."

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December events

Sunset ~6:05
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Dec. 25   6:46
Dec. 26   7:43
Dec. 27   8:38
Dec. 28   9:32
Dec. 29  10:24
Dec. 30 11:09
Dec  31  12:03am (Jan. 1)
Casa de Cultura:  The photography exhibition of Isla's biological diversity is scheduled to continue thru Dec. 7. It features 70 photographs of native flora & fauna by local amateur photographers, including city employees, and students, rotated in groups of 40.
Casa de Cultura: "Una Mujer en Isla Mujeres" continues thru Dec. 11.  Includes photographs and works on handmade bark paper.
  On Thursday Dec. 3  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.
  Thursday, Dec. 3 World Disabilities Day 4p March from police station to Salina Chica Green Dome where there will be workshops, educational activities, testimonials, and a performance by a pair of dancers from Cancun.  Cancelled due to weather
Friday, December 4 Inauguration of exhibition "A Tribute to the Mexican Muralistas" by the high school students of Bachilleres
 Nov 28 - Dec 8 Festival for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the Town Saint. is held annually. Link
Photos from two years ago (City press release)

 Saturday, Nov. 28  Church of Immaculate Conception Mass at 7p followed by the taking down of the icon and a procession thru downtown, followed by fireworks, with music and folkloric performances of traditional dances in regional clothing at the church esplanade

Festival events at 8p nightly.

Sunday, Nov. 29: Miraflores neighborhood guild, with music and a dance
 Monday, Nov. 30: The union of the Public Security Department (police) with a presentation of the  ballet folclórico at the Casa de la Cultura, starting at 8pm.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: Two groups. The CROC gastronomic union and the neighborhood guild of colonia Salina Chica, where the RDS dance troupe will perform at 8pm
Wednesday, Dec. 2: Colonia Salina Grande neighborhood guild, with a presentation by the Senior Citizens Dance troupe and a performance by local artists  César López and Anabel Burgos.
Thursday, Dec. 3: The cooperatives Caribe and Isla Bonita with a presentation of the ballet folclórico La Isleña at 8pm.
Friday, Dec. 4: Five groups together: Barrio de Pescadores, Cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Isla Bonita, Colonia El Cañotal, and the Youth Group, with a grand concert and a velada juvenil with Rene Francisco.
Saturday, Dec. 5: Four groups: Patria y Progreso fishing coop, Justicia Social fishing coop, el esperado woman's group, and the neighborhood guild of colonia La Gloria, with a presentation of the program  Lluvia de Estrellas (Cascade of Stars) with local singers. 
Sunday, Dec 6: The cooperative Isla Mujeres and the children's group, and the confirmations will take place
Monday, Dec. 7: Mega caravan with participation by all the people, with  Las Mañanitas being sung to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception at the chapels of  Caridad del Cobre, Sagrado Corazón and La Guadalupe.
Tuesday, Dec. 8: The guild of Las Conchitas, the first communions will take place, and the grand boat procession with dozens of vessels depart from the concrete pier at 4pm. THE POSTER SAYS 3P.
 8p Celebration (Gran Kermes), Dancing, Concert Town Square

   Dec. 11 Community Center in La Gloria   10a-12p: Human Rights Commission lecture about rights of people living w HIV or AIDS
    Dec. 11 Casa de Cultura:      noon  2p  Isla Mujeres-Caribbean Poetry Contest awards 

Dec. 11 Chapel of Guadalupe Salina Chica-overlooking the Caribbean  People gather to sing Las Mananitas to the Virgin of Guadalupe at midnight

 Dec. 12  Dia de la Virgen Guadalupe...patron saint of Mexico  Link to info about Guadalupe & Juan Diego    

       3pm there will be dozens of small children dressed as Juan Diego (who saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 484 years ago) and as shepherds and shepherdesses in a procession going ~2km from the downtown church to the Chapel of Guadalupe in colonia Salina Chica, where the priest will hold a mass at 5pm.
 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th. School vacation begins Dec. 12

Dec. 15, Tuesday  Inauguration of Community Hospital (which began operations in September) time TBA

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas... There is usually a children's Posada play during this time  Link to information  
During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico

Dec. 19 Annual Golf Cart Parade 6p from Bachilleres thru the colonias

Dec. 20 Cancun Hotel Zone area 5p  Annual decorated boat parade Link  

 Dec. 24  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve  

Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day

Coming December 25-30! Performances by dance troupes of the National Congress of Mexican Folkloric Dance..."A fragment of the mosaic mural of Mayan culture"

Dec. 26  Usually the annual  Quinceaneras event and Mass at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who will be wearing beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available

Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes  A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"  
Dec. 29  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.

Dec. 31  New Year's Eve  Usually celebrated with a large party on the square with fireworks and dancing until dawn or beyond. People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn. Tables can be reserved in advance, until sold out. More info TBA when available.

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

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