Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, August 3

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

City guarantees the security of tourists: Ready for storm  

Garantiza Ayuntamiento seguridad de turistas

Listos para contingencia

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ISLA MUJERES, 2 de agosto.-
Leer más..Photo & full article at this link. 
   Aug. 2  Given the possible effects of Tropical Storm Earl, the state government maintains the Tourism Location System, which is put into operation when there is an imminent arrival of a hurricane likely, which happened some years ago with "Wilma" (2005).
     The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said they are prepared if the authorities report a development in the storm. Isla Mujeres is not among the areas that are expected to be most affected, and only expects rain and strong winds.
     Tourism and commercial activity continue to take place normally, except for restrictions on navigation outside of the bay. Tourists continue to arrive to enjoy the best beaches of this holiday destination.
Restriction of activities by small boats to the Isla Mujeres Bay    

Suspenden las actividades náuticas

Que se realizan fuera de la bahía de Isla Mujeres

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ISLA MUJERES, 2 de agosto.-
Leer más...Photo & full article at this link 
See similar article below.


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

The locations of the hurricane shelters on the island.
Relación de re refugios temporales para la temporada de huracanes 2016.
Zona Insular.

Children in the summer vacation program Baax lo´ob Paala Lo´ob participated in a crafts workshop using recycled materials, to teach them about the three R's..Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse. This was coordinated by the Departments of Ecology and of Sports and Recreation, and held at the Mundaca Hacienda.
Niños del programa vacacional Baax lo´ob Paala Lo´ob, participaron en un Taller de Manualidades realizado por la Dirección de Ecología en coordinación con la Dirección de Deporte y Recreación.
La actividad se llevó a cabo en la ex-Hacienda Mundaca, en la cual se utilizaron materiales de reúso con el objetivo de aplicar las tres R: Recicla, Reduce y Reúsa.

 The municipal Hurricane Committee held a meeting to inform the community regarding Tropical Storm Earl out in the Caribbean Sea, which is being monitored in an ongoing manner, in order to avoid rumors. The community is advised to ignore unofficial information which can cause confusion and unnecessary alarm.The public is encouraged to clean the areas around their homes, including the streets and sidewalks and to keep them clean to avoid flooding or blocking the storm drains.
El Comité Municipal Especializado en Fenómenos Hidrometeorológicos realizó una reunión para informar seria y responsablemente a la población sobre el desarrollo de la tormenta tropical Earl ubicada en el Mar Caribe.
Earl es monitoreado de manera permanente por lo que se exhorta a la población a no hacer caso de rumores ni a información no oficial que suele causar confusiones y alarmas negativas.
De igual manera se invita al público en general a mantener limpias sus calles y banquetas para evitar encharcamientos e inundaciones.

There is a notice about Isla Fest....see the Events section below.

Weather forecast for showers, squalls, storms across the Yucatan peninsula  .(posted yesterday)
Pronóstico Meteorológico.
Se prevén chubascos con tormentas puntuales fuertes en la península


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Hotel occupancy at 70%  
Hoteles operan al 70 por ciento[+] Ver mas
    Hotel occupancy is at 70% and typically increases ten percent on the weekends. At the moment, whale shark tours have been restricted by the Harbor Master, which is one of the most requested activities by visitors. Despite these cancellations, the Tourism Office had not been receiving complaints about this and the Director noted that the travel agencies usually reach an agreement with their customers to reschedule or refund their money. The storm became named "Earl" around noon on Tuesday, and alerts will be issued if necessary, depending on the path and behavior of the storm. He noted that the paths of these storms can be erratic and unpredictable, so "we cannot lower our guard.". He noted that currently tourism is predominately domestic, with many families visiting for the day.

Trash problems in the colonias 
Colonias inundadas de basura.. [+] Ver mas
    The colonia of Caridad del Cobre went three days without a trash collection, and the problem is attributed to the small trucks which are being used. The problem is compounded when dogs break into the trash and strew it around. Concerns are expressed about the odors, and potential effects on children and tourism with this problem, and with the accumulation of trash at the transfer facility.

Restrictions for small boats 
Restringida la navegación menor.. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
   With Tropical Storm Earl approaching out in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, the Harbor Master has restricted navigation by small boats since Monday. The small boats may continue activities within the bay, but activities that are restricted include the whale shark tours, commercial and sport fishing, diving and snorkeling tours, and trips to Isla Contoy.
       The current trajectory forecast of the storm indicates it could affect the south-southeastern parts of Quintana Roo. Isla Mujeres remains alert regarding the storm, and is preparing for the effects of heavy rainfall. The hurricane shelters are ready. This was discussed at a meeting held at the Town Hall, with the state coordinator for Civil Protection, which included a briefing of the Municipal Hurricane Committee. Tropical Storm Earl is expected to bring heavy rain and winds with gusts which could reach over 70 kilometers per hour.
        City workers have been cleaning storm drains and drainage areas, and it is noted that the salina lake levels are low and not at risk of overflowing. Residents are asked to clean up the areas around their homes and not to leave trash out which could block the storm drain grids. The boating community is advised to be attentive to all reports and to take the necessary measures to protect their vessels.
   This morning's advisories from the NHC indicate TS Earl is close to becoming a hurricane and is headed at Belize. The areas designated as under Hurricane Watches and Tropical Storm Warnings are south of Punta Allen.

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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 traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the 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.

August events

Sunset ~7:10p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
August 18    7:36p  Full moon
August 19    8:22
August 20    9:07
August 21    9:52
August 22   10:39
August 23   11:26

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.
It's time for the Delta Aquarid meteor showers...into early August. The Perseid meteors are supposed to be better than usual this year...on August 11th.…/earthskys-meteor-shower-guide…

Thur. Aug 4 Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura 4-9
Mid-August (~17th): Celebration of the Founding of the Town (Dolores) in 1850

Thur. Aug 18 Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura 4-9

 Friday August 19 & Saturday August 20   Isla Fest at the Casa de Cultura Free

Isla Fest
Conferences, expositions, exhibitions, shows, demonstrations
166th Anniversary of the Foundation of the town

Monday August 15, at the Casa de Cultura 11am
Photographic exhibition of the Art of Fishing
Exhibition from the Municipal Archives
Photographic and artistic exhibition 'Pinceladas Caribenas" (Caribbean brushstrokes)
Wednesday August 17
10am Placing of a wreath to commemorate the anniversary of the Cross in the Bay, from the ferry pier
7pm Formal City Council session to commemorate the 166th & coronation of the Queen of the Foundation Festivities of 2016, at the Casa de Cultura

Thursday August 18 as the Casa de Cultura
11am Isla Mujeres Historical Conference
7pm Poetry Recital: "Poesia Que Vino del Mar" (Poetry the comes from the sea)

Friday August 19 at the Casa de Cultura
8am Oratory Contest about the Foundation of the Town of Dolores
7pm Gastronomic Demonstration of Tiknxik
8pm Musical performances by Nicho Hinojosa and Miguel Inzunza

Saturday August 20
7am 1st Foundation 15 km Race at Playa Centro
8pm Performance by Astrid Hadad at the Casa de Cultura

Sunday August 21 at the Casa de Cultura
8pm Festival of the Dances of the Caribbean in my Land with Trova Islena

From the FB page of Cultura Isla Mujeres....
The Festival of the Caribbean in my land. With the participation by troupes of Mexican folk dancers and dances with Caribbean rhythms. The main objective is the promotion of art and culture through dance with Caribbean influence, focusing to the union and brotherhood of those groups that are performing, promoting and expanding, offering all participants a venue for social and cultural exchange.
El Festival del Caribe a mi Tierra. Con la participación de agrupaciones de danza folclórica mexicana y de bailes con ritmos del Caribe. Tiene como objetivo principal promover el arte y la cultura a través de la danza con influencia afrocaribeña, enfocándose a la unión y hermandad de aquellas agrupaciones que la ejecutan, promueven y difunden, ofreciendo a todos los participantes una plataforma de intercambio cultural y social.

 Miguel Inzunza  Link to this video

Nicho Hinojosa LINK to this video  

One of the performers for Isla Fest is Astrid Hadad, who sports some amazing costumes in her performances. Her Wikipedia page says" one since has stuffed all of Mexican political and cultural history into a dress and laced it up with a feminist attitude quite like Ms. Hadad. In a way, one could say that Hadad’s wild cabaret is a little like a Frida Kahlo painting come to life. Like Frida, she draws from the rich motherlode of images offered up by Mexican history and culture: Catholic saints, Aztec and Mayan iconography, revolutionary heroes, exuberant flowers and plants, campesino and indigenous folk art, the golden era of Mexican cinema and so on. Hadad has absorbed this inheritance of a uniquely Mexican and female surrealism and created her own surrealist cabaret that pulses with campy humor and irony."
Link to this video

Sources for Storm Information:
Tropical Tidbits
Twitter (BobbiStorm)

The Public Advisories have been issued for Tropical Storm Earl, with TS Warnings and Hurricane Watch issued for Quintana Roo from Punta Allen southward to the borders. Isla Mujeres is north of this area. LINK to Public Advisory from NHC

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9.

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