Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, May 17

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Whale shark tours operating without permits subject to fines up to 70,000 pesos 

Para permisionarios que laboran sin autorización

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 16 de mayo.-
   Harbor Master Ismael Gonzalez Gil said that since the official start date of the season for watching and swimming with the whale sharks on May 15, there have been several boats apparently operating without permission from CONANP (Commission for the Protected Natural Areas) and the Wildlife Department. However, he added that a group of 39 operators had made requests to PROFEPA (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection) and the Isla Contoy National Park for temporary permits, so they could offer tours without violating any laws or regulations.  He is waiting for a list of boats and owners who have received authorization from those two agencies.
      He said after his office receives the list of those who have authorizations, the boats without authorization are subject to a fine of up to 70,000 pesos and they could have their permits taken away. Regarding the permits issued by CONANP and the Wildlife Department, he said it is expected that they will be released starting on Friday, from the 'window' where the applications were received, which opened on May 6th.

City participates in celebration of International Day of Recycling 

Por Día Internacional del Reciclaje

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 16 de mayo.-

See City section below...


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

Isla Mujeres participates in celebration of International Day of Recycling  

     The municipality of Isla Mujeres joins other communities around the world celebrating International Recycling Day on May 17, which is an opportunity to raise awareness about the strategies of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to have a cleaner and healthier planet. This week, the municipal Department of Ecology visited each school, leaving creative, attractive containers for the collection of plastic bottle caps from the students, teachers, and staff members. When the containers are full, they will be collected and used to create murals about caring for the environment.
      Activities like this by the City are an attempt to raise awareness in Islander children to fight one of the biggest problems today: urban waste, including plastic bottle tops. This is a reminder that it is a civic responsibility that we should assume regarding the trash that we generate daily and its suitable final destination. 
   International Recycling Day is celebrated annually on May 17, when different types of cleaning and recycling activities take place.

We conduct continual clean ups of the storm drains, in an ongoing manner, and often find situations like those shown in these photographs, where irresponsibility by some people causes problems that hurt us all when it rains.
De manera permanente nos ocupamos de la limpieza del sistema de alcantarillado de la ciudad, encontrándonos muchas de las veces con situaciones como la que se muestra en estas fotografías donde la inconsciencia de algunas personas provoca problemas posteriores que a todos nos perjudican durante las lluvias.

Dozens of islanders and tourists enjoyed another "Nights of Pueblos Magicos" event, which included a children's dance troupe, as well as examples of traditions and customs of Mexico.
Decenas de isleños y turistas disfrutaron de un evento más de Noches de Pueblos Mágicos, presentado al Ballet Infantil del H. Ayuntamiento así como Costumbres y Tradiciones de México.

Excellent start of the week!
Excelente inicio de semana!


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Caution advisory for small boats  
Precaución para la navegación menor.. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
May 16   The SCT (Department of Communications and Transport) recommended that small boats in the coastal areas and seas near Quintana Roo take precautions, especially in the northern areas, where gusts of winds from the east could exceed 40 kph, according to weather reports.
   According to reports from Galveston, Texas, there are easterly winds over 60 kph, which have weakened cold front #62, causing the the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean to be potentially dangerous, if proper precautions are not taken.  With thousands of tourists arriving daily to participate in various recreational activities, there is the risk of an accident; therefore local captains stay aware of the winds, with immediate notifications on marine band channel 16.
    The weather report for Monday is given, and it is noted that when there have been accidents in recent times, either with tourism service providers or fishermen, they usually occur in the afternoon.

Accusations of deliberate delays  
Deliberada demora, acusan lancheros+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
 May 16     Although the official dates for the season of watching and swimming with the whale sharks are May 15-September 17, the 300 licensees do not know what date the permits will be released. The is the second consecutive year that the Wildlife Department (DGVS), who are under the authority of SEMARNAT (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) have caused this delay, which some permit holders believe is deliberate.
       The General Wildlife Act is quoted, and it is noted that between the Biosphere and the Aguas Azules, there is a total area of 379,285 hectares (3793 square kilometers), according to the management plans of these two areas. In 2015, they began releasing permits on May 29th. On April 26th of this year, a statement was issued by the Director of the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve, Jose Juan Perez Ramirez, saying the season would begin on May 15 in the area they oversee, but that did not happen.
     This year begins the second decade of having regulations for the monitoring of viewing and swimming with the whale sharks. However, there are NGO's (nongovernmental organizations) who reported in 2015 that during the first decade of regulations SEMARNAT has allowed larger boats, which are prohibited according to the standards that were established.
     The standards developed in 2004 allow boats up to a maximum of 39 feet (12 meters), but in 2005 there already were several boats over 40 feet operating, who continue to operate, including “Gampus”, of Rafael de la Parra Venegas; “Sollura”, “Sea Horse” and "Into the Blue” who are based at Club Lagon, in Cancún; and “Lily Em”, of Isla Mujeres”, according to reports. It is also said that these vessels are in violations of regulations by having diesel engines, when they should be "green" type four stroke engines. At the last meeting with the licensees, when someone questioned this practice, senior officials with CONANP and DGVS explained that these boats are powered by engines that use "hydrocarbon". (“hidrocarburo”) 

Celebrating "International Day of Recycling" 
Celebran el “Día Internacional del Reciclaje”. [+] Ver mas

  This article has the same information as the translation in the City section and also notes that ~3000 students are participating in this recycling campaign, which will also include cleaning up inside and outside the schools, removing waste, including plastic bottle caps, which will be recycled in the containers provided by the Department of Ecology.
      A history of the original recycling symbol is given, which was created in a design competition among students in the US as part of the first Earth Day, by the Container Corporation of America. It was won by a USC student (University of Southern California) and is a circle of Moebius, representing the three steps of the recycling process, in a continuous system. This design is based on the Moebius band discovered in 1858 by German mathematician and astronomer August Ferdinand Möbius (1790-1868). 
     Almost all food containers are intended for reuse, and many plastics have been into useful or decorative items for daily living. This campaign aspires to raise awareness among young people.

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May events

Sunset ~7:20p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
May 21   7:20
May 22   8:11
May 23   9:01
May 24   9:52
May 25  10:41
May 26  11:28

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.
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

April 30  Children's Day
May 1 Labor Day
May 1 Pueblo Magico Nights present "Innova Dance" at 8pm on the Town Square.
May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)
May 5 Anniversary of victory against French at Battle of Puebla

May 7, Saturday   "Ballet Son del Caribe" a troupe of five senior citizen women,  will dance at 7pm  at the outdoor theater of the Blue Dome in colonia La Gloria. This celebrates the 20th anniversary of the founding of the AA group "Una Esperanza en mi Vida", who are presenting an artistic and cultural festival featuring representations from the Mayan culture, regional traditions, and in collaboration with the children's ballet of the Casa de Cultura.

May 8, Sunday, at 6pm, "Pueblo Magico Nights" presents the Spring Festival 2016 in the open air theater of the Bicentenario plaza in colonia La Gloria.

May 10 Mother's Day
May 12-20 Group exhibition at the Casa de Cultura 

May 15 Pueblo Magico Nights  (and Teacher's Day)
May 20 - 22  International Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana

May 22  Pueblo Magico Nights
May 29  Pueblo Magico Nights 

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