Saturday, April 9, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, April 9

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Relatives feeling desperate after fishermen missing more than a week  

A más de una semana de desaparición de pescadores

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 8 de abril.-

    "We are entering into a state of desperation. Help us. We appeal to your sense of humanity," said the relatives of the missing fishermen to the authorities of the  Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México (Mexican Navy), after more than a week of living with the uncertainty of awaiting news about the five lost men. 
    Meanwhile, the fishermen believe the missing men have entered into international waters and areas that are restricted, and for this reason there is a need to interact with foreign authorities to incorporate them into this work. They want the Mexican Navy to increase its efforts and to permit foreign units to be included in the search.
    A father of one of the missing fishermen said to the Commander of the Fifth Naval Base, "We ask you as parents, and not an an authority; asking for help for a friend. It is urgent. We are becoming desperate!" 
     Meanwhile, the foreign community, as well as the islanders, have continued to show support since day one, providing both financial help and delivering items. There are several restaurateurs who bring food daily for the families and fishermen who are standing guard, coordinating, and waiting for news. There are also foreigners who have been bringing all kinds of items for the families of the lost fishermen.
    This morning a group of people from the United States arrived with a pickup truck full of canned food and other items  for the wives and children of the missing fishermen, who expressed their gratitude. This outpouring of support is expected to continue for the families who are waiting on land for their loved ones who are missing at sea.  

Juan Carrillo registers to run for Mayor  

Isleños le refrendan su apoyo durante su registro ante el Ieqroo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 8 de abril.-
 Juan Carrillo Soberanis presented himself at the offices of the Electoral Institute of Quintana Roo (Ieqroo) in company Carlos Ruben Perez Martin, representing the Partido Revolucionario Institucional/ Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) , to register as a candidate for Mayor of Isla Mujeres for the coalition "We Are Quintana Roo"/“Somos Quintana Roo”,  formed by the PRI,  the Green Party/el Partido Verde Ecologista (PVEM), and by the New Alliance Party/ Partido Nueva Alianza (Panal). 
    The registration was accepted by the President of the Isla Mujeres Electoral Council,  Margarita Concepción Briceño Magaña, who said the documents will be submitted for review before an opinion is issued.

Raising awareness among students about caring for the environment   

Sobre el cuidado del medio ambiente

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 8 de abril.-
  To increase awareness among the community about respect and care for the environment, the City of Isla Mujeres is maintaining an ongoing informational campaign about this issue. In addition to cleanups of areas and public spaces, the municipal Department of Ecology and other governmental departments are providing information on a monthly basis to schools and other social groups, which includes a large number of people.
   In coordination with these efforts, the Aguakan company is actively participating with a program called Cinema in Your Neighborhood (Cine en tu colonia); providing movies about environmental issues to raise awareness.
   The municipal Department of Public Relations and the municipal Secretary General are promoting taking care of the beaches and keeping them clean through social networks, with creative designs and helpful messages to motivate visitors to help keep our beaches clean which are considered some of the most beautiful in the world. Some of these messages are quoted in the article.
     The municipal Department of Public Services has been distributing leaflets to downtown businesses regarding the trash collection schedule as part of an initiative to avoid the accumulation of trash in the streets of the downtown historic center.
    General tips are given for a healthier cleaner environment which include: conserve water, conserve energy, generate less waste, use recyclable packaging and avoid plastic bags, reduce your use of chemicals, reuse paper, reduce your use of cars, and take care of the flora and fauna.


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

Working for an clean & healthy environment  
 This information is included in the DQR article above.

To inform the public, this Press Release was issued by the Fifth Naval Zone based in Isla Mujeres and its contents are fully transcribed below:
    Pursuant to the legal powers granted to the Secretary of the Navy of Mexico regarding the safeguarding of human lives at sea, via the Fifth Naval Region, it is reported that they will continue with the search and rescue efforts to locate the crew of the boat "Anastacia"
    The regional Commander met with the families of the missing fishermen, again, and he confirmed the authorization by the High Command to continue the search using the resources available to the Fifth Naval Region, highlighting that it is extraordinary, in terms of international standards,  to extend the time of the search. The families were also advised that one of them may be allowed aboard the Persuader plane to help and to bear witness to the efforts being made by the Navy in this search.
    In this manner, the Secretaría de Marina- Armada de México will maintain the search for the boat and its crew, thereby fulfilling one of its most important responsibilities, which is the protection of human life at sea.
Por considerar de interés colectivo el comunicado de prensa 08 / 16 emitido por la Quinta Región Naval con sede en Isla Mujeres Quintana Roo, a continuación transcribimos integro su contenido:
En cumplimiento a las atribuciones que la ley confiere a la Secretaría de Marina- Armada de México para la salvaguarda de la vida humana en la mar, a través de la Quinta Región Naval, informa que esta dependencia continúa con el plan de búsqueda y rescate para la localización de los tripulantes de la embarcación Anastacia.
La comandancia de esta región se reunió nuevamente con los familiares de los pescadores extraviados, confirmándoles la autorización por el Alto Mando, que continuará las búsqueda con los recursos que estén a la disposición de la Quinta Región Naval, resaltando de manera extraordinaria que se está extendiendo un tiempo dicha búsqueda por encima de los estándares internacionales.
También se les hizo del conocimiento que uno de los familiares de la tripulación Anastacia, estará en posibilidades de abordar una aeronave tipo Persuader para apoyar y dar testimonio de las tareas de búsqueda que realiza esta institución.
De esta manera la Secretaría de Marina- Armada de México se mantendrá en la búsqueda de la embarcación y sus tripulantes, cumpliendo así una de sus atribuciones más importantes que es la salvaguarda de la vida humana en el mar.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

They are not in Cuba! Our fishermen companeros have not been detained in Cuba and we are continuing to search for them: Jorge de la O Pino   Link to video (in Spanish)
No están en Cuba! Nuestros compañeros pescadores no están detenidos en Cuba y continuaremos la búsqueda: Jorge De la O Pino.

 We are not going to rest until we have news of them, whether they are alive or dead: Father of the captain of the Anastacia Full article & photo at this link

Jorge de la O Pino, father of one of the five fishermen who have been missing for over week, held a press conference to clarify that his son and the other four men are not detained or imprisoned in Cuba, as has been reported on social network sites. He said that via the state government, they have been in communication with the Mexican foreign ministry in Cuba, who confirmed that there are no fishermen from Isla Mujeres in Cuba.
   Sr. de la O Pino said, "We sent two people to Cuba to investigate about the whereabouts of our fishermen, who were received at the Embassy in Cuba by the Conuslate representative, Sr. Luis Gonzalez Delgado, who said that the only Mexican fishermen being detained in Cuba were Yucatecos (from the state of Yucatan) who are being held in relation to other problems that are unrelated to these circumstances
    The father of the captain of the Anastacia was accompanied by the Civil Protection coordinator for the Northern Zone,Guillermo Morales Lopez, who said that during the phone call it was explained that in Cuba they provide special attention to shipwrecked sailors, providing care and making prompt  reports about them.  He said, "Regarding this information, we have followed up on it. Please, dismiss this hypothesis which people have been spreading, because it is a lie, pure BS, garbage!"
    He said efforts are continuing by the authorities and have the attention of Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez to remain directly linked to the search efforts of the Fifth Naval Region.  Sr. de la O Pino said, "I must say that in my heart, this is a difficult, painful thing (la chingada) but I do not want you to give up; I want you to understand clearly, as do I, that we must do what we believe is correct, and if there is a lack of response regarding international agreements, we will cross a line to rescue our fishermen."
   He emphasized that the authorities in Cuba have confirmed that they have not arrested any Isla Mujeres fishermen and that the municipal government is working with them and providing support to help find the missing fishermen. He said, "I want to say that this includes providing all the letters, and the government has helped us financially. There are witnesses among you of the money that has been given by this administration to the wives of the fishermen."
   He said, "I am not seeking any type of prominence, because it is my child who is involved and I will not rest until there is news of them; whether they are now living or dead. It is very hard to face, but it is reality, and it is breaking my heart and soul."


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Search continues past 96 hour limit 

Restan 96 horas para suspender la búsqueda.. [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at link
 April 8     Although nine days have passed since the disappearance of the boat "Anastasia" and its five crew members, and despite protocols that indicate the search can be terminated after 96 hours, the Fifth Naval Region extended the deadline indefinitely, to the relief of the family and friends of the missing fishermen. This information was disclosed in a press release (see City section, above).
   The boat departed on March 30, with the following crew: Jorge Fernando de la O. Avalos “Pipis”, Alfonso Jiménez Torres “Chanty”, Humberto Constantino Ordaz “Beto”, Russel Enrique Pech Cemé “Curro” and Marco Antonio Bardales Pastrana “Vampiro”, for an area near Cozumel called "Molas", where communication was received from them for the last time. They should have returned on the evening of March 31.
   At first the family did not worry excessively, assuming the delay was caused by a good catch, but as the hours passed and the Anastacia did not return, they began mobilizing assistance. They notified the Harbor Master, who issued a search alert to all the boat captains in the region, and notification was given to the Navy of Mexico. The Navy began searching for the fishermen on April 1st, and since then has been searching with a coastal patrol and an oceanic patrol, in an organized manner. They have also had a Persuader type plane making flights over the area, equipped with the latest in searching technology

Search continues by air & sea  
Prosigue la búsqueda por mar y aire. [+] Ver mas Photos & full article at link
April 8
  Although nine days have passed since the disappearance of the boat "Anastasia", the search continues by sea and air. The Navy of Mexico has added an plane with a range of eight hours of flight. Relatives and wives of the missing fishermen had a meeting with civil and military authorities at the headquarters of the Fifth Naval Region, and were provided with detailed information about the work that has been done since April 1st to locate the lost men, and to dispel doubts about the operations implemented by the Secretary of the Navy.
     At the meeting, which also involved the state coordinator for Civil Protection, the efforts were explained in detail to the wives and relatives of the fishermen, which have included searching, so far, in a radius of over 150 nautical miles.
      The wives requested that the formalities be completed which are required to involve the US Coast Guard, so that they could look for the fishermen in international waters and to be allowed to fly over Mexican airspace. In respect to intervention by the Coast Guard, Jorge Fernando de la O Pino, father of one of the missing men, said, "The requirements of the international treaties and the bureaucracies are breaking our hearts & souls. It is sad when we are being told there is an inability to take action to implement the technologies and practices necessary to save human lives. "
       He said in April the regattas from St Petersburg to Isla Mujeres will be held, like every other year, and the sailboats will be monitored in Mexican waters by the US Coast Guard, who are in charge of the security of their countrymen, until they are moored at the official dock, but they cannot pass the dividing line to save fishermen in distress.

More support delivered 
   The wives of the missing fishermen received a pleasant surprise on Friday morning when a truck appeared at the Patria & Progreso cooperative full of articles donated by members of the foreign community. The altruistic foreigners unloaded large boxes full of diapers, cereal, fresh produce, cleaning and personal hygiene supplies, eggs, crackers, oil, and many other items, and they were greeted by looks of astonishment and gratitude.
   Fortunately, between islanders and foreigners there is an awareness that these women and children are not being provided with the daily income they had when their husbands and fathers were fishing, which has resulted in many people wanting to help in every possible way. There have also been donations of cash and of food & supplies. Each morning there are selfless and concerned people who bring huge trays of breakfast foods for those who are keeping guard & maintaining operations at the Patria & Progreso cooperative, while awaiting news.

Serious losses for fishing cooperative due to lack of electricity 
Graves pérdidas resiente cooperativa de pesca [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at link
   The fishermen of the Patria & Progreso cooperative have lost more than 300,000 pesos with the decomposition of about 12 tons of shark and an undetermined amount of fish, due to having their electricity turned off by the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission), for an alleged debt, although the last bill was paid.
     Those who are staying at the site of the facilities of the Patria & Progreso cooperative, where the command center for the missing fishermen is located, are suffering with the lack of electricity. They have been forced to rent generators in order to be able to use their radios, computers, and other items needed in the search. A portion of the cash donations collected by the wives of the missing fishermen has been used to buy bags of ice so people can have cold drinks. In the early days, before they rented the generators, they went thru difficulties just to obtain hot coffee.
     Cooperative members have expressed regret that because of the lack of power, they had to throw out all of the inventory in the cold room, which included about 12 tonnes of shark and an unknown amount of fish and seafood. They had to clean and disinfect the storage areas, where the products had spoiled.
     Some fishermen said that the new board was elected in a rigged and deceptive manner and they do not recognize it. They say its chairman, Raziel Rivero Coba, was the one whose influence caused the electricity service to be suspended. One of the members of the current/old board said the bill was paid in a correctly and on time, but the service was cut with the intention of getting them to leave, so the other group could take charge of the facilities. Their lawyer, Gavino Andrade Romero, has filed a case and provided information and evidence for the MPFC (Public Prosecutors Office) with the intention of reversing the appointment of the Board of Directors who were elected at a meeting in December 2015, which the fishermen say had severe irregularities.
      They say the meeting had no legal quorum and took place in an tense, intimidating atmosphere with a near-brawl. They say that despite the document by the Public Registry of Property and Commerce, several mistakes have been made, and therefore they are waiting for justice that is fair to the members who ask for clarification regarding an administration that was fraudulent for many years. They say this legal process is ongoing despite the fact that Raziel Rivero has documents supporting the appointment of that new Board in December.

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April events

Sunset ~7p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
April 21   6:54pm
April 22   7:44pm  Full Moon
April 23    8:33pm
April 24    9:24pm
April 25   10:14pm
April 26   11:04pm
April 27    11:54pm

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30: March 26, April 9 and April 23.
To reach the classroom enter the doors shown in the photo & go through the building, into the courtyard. His classroom is on the right. If this front door is locked, go left around the side of the building to the back/seaside and enter the courtyard from there. LINK to FB page w  photos & more info

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)

April 7, Thursday  4-9p Casa de Cultura:  Artist Fair (Last of the season)

April 7, Thursday at 6:30pm on the Town Square, in a "Sesion Ordinaria" (That usually means a regular session of the City Council) the Music Trova (repertoire) of Isla Mujeres will officially be declared a part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the state of Quintana Roo.
It doesn't mention if there will be a performance, but since it is happening on the Town Square rather than inside the Town Hall, that seems like a possibility.

April 10, Sunday night at 8pm on the Town Square

April 30  Children's Day
May 1 Labor Day

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