Monday, November 14, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, November 14

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Reducing harassment of arriving tourists by comisionistas

Intentan poner orden entre comisionistas

Para frenar el acoso constante a visitantes nacionales y extranjeros

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 13 de noviembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

   The Municipal Tourism Department has begun a process to control the harassment of arriving visitors by tourism promoters known as comisionistas, who are now also joined by various taxi driver. 
     Tourists are being harassed inside and outside of the Maritime Terminal, and even on the dock of the Port Authority (API) by vendors of services including golf cart rentals, boat tours, and hotels.The Department of Tourism also intends to clear this area to prevent tourists from being approached by so many people, beginning with removing the taxi drivers, who in addition to offering tours of the island, are gaining commission to rent golf carts and boat tours or from various hotels or restaurants.
    However, the comisionistas say that these measures won't help maintain order very much because currently the employees of Ultramar are selling these services inside the ferries during the crossings and at the pier the moment the visitors arrive. In addition, there are members of various tourist cooperatives, workers from Dolphin Discovery, and is some cases employees from the Municipal Tourism Department and workers of the Maritime Terminal.
        There is also a new information booth by the former employees of the "Isla Mujeres" Tourism Cooperative, located in front of the PRI building.


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

Installation of the program "Driving Without Alcohol" in the Continental Zone (on the mainland part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres.)
Se instala el programa "Conduce Sin Alcohol" en la #ZonaContinental


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

CRIM: Center for Rehabilitation…/
 CRIM is working in coordination with the various schools in the municipality to ensure that children receive diagnostic and therapeutic attention in a timely manner, with the help of auxiliary professionals in the fields of psychology, and therapists. They are coordinating with the various educational campuses, where they hold workshops and lectures to raise awareness among teachers to recognize and assist children who have any sort of disability, and to direct their parents toward options, including CRIM. During these workshops, personnel specializing in psychology assist with children who have disabilities in learning, movement, hearing, language, or speech, so that they may receive treatment in a timely manner, and in this way they may live fuller lives.
    The CRIM personnel also conduct seminars for the prevention of bullying, prevention of addictions, and suicide prevention, as well as about the need to identify emotions so the students can learn to communicate and relate in a positive manner.
   These seminars are being held in the schools of Julio Sauri Espinoza, Jean Piaget, Andres Quintana Roo, and Gabriela Mistral.  

Electricity will be suspended in Colonia Caribe for maintenance work: CFE  
Por trabajos de mantenimiento suspenderán suministro de electricidad en la Colonia Caribeña: CFE -…/
  The suspension will occur on Wednesday, from 8am to 1pm.

Shipyard closed where fire occurred inside a boat
Clausuran astillero donde se suscitó el conato de incendio en Isla Mujeres -…/
   The Director of the municipal Department of Civil Protection, Ulises Bernan Graniel, said they placed closure seals on the shipyard where a fire occurred recently, because of a lack of safety protocols. He said, "They did not activate the safety measures that the marina should have in their shipyard; they did not contact the auxiliary brigades, nor the Civil Protection brigades, which are in their emergency plan."
    He said on Thursday, there were welders working inside the Ultramar boat "Mixcoatl". The heat from the flames of their tools caused the life jackets to begin burning, and when they realized what had happened, it was impossible to put out the fire with their own extinguishers.
    The Director said the closure took place due to the lack of safety protocols at the shipyard, which should be a priority, especially considering there are two gas pumps next to the facility. He said the shipyard must have a contingency plan with Civil Protection, but that does not seem to exist. He said, "They have their own plan, but it was not complied with, nor activated, and for this reason they are now closed."
     Regarding the issue of the permits which the marina operates under, the official said that all of those will be reviewed, since the business did not follow the proper emergency safety protocols.
    On Saturday when they came to close the facility and place the seals, some people did not want to leave, and assistance was sought from the Department of Public Security (municipal police).
    It is noted that this is not the first fire that has occurred at this shipyard. Some years ago, there was another boat fire, but the facilities were not closed down, then.

Wato will open election process for the Isla Mujeres Taxi Union
Abrirá Wato proceso de elección en el Sindicato de Taxistas de Isla Mujeres -…/
    Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez's term as Secretary General of the Taxi Union will expire on January 5, and this weekend he announced that the election process will open on December 2 for any union member who wishes to participate.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Shipyard closed at Puerto de Abrigo marina 
Clausuran el astillero de Puerto de Abrigo [+] Ver masFull article at this link
.- After a recent fire  at the shipyard of the marina Puerto Isla Mujeres, the municipal Department of  Civil Protection carried out a closure procedure on Sunday for failure to comply with regulations, said Ulises Berman Graniel, head of the Department.
     He explained that this establishment was given notification of two fines and of closure for the following reasons: Not having an internal civil protection plan in force in accordance with the provisions of the municipal program; and Not having visible safety equipment in place.They also do not have the appropriate emergency signage and instructions. 
      A fire occurred at this business (a few days ago), and therefore, "Due to not following the requirements, the establishment has been temporarily closed as a safety measure."       The notification was carried out in accordance with the provisions of the State Civil Protection Law in relation to the Civil Protection Regulation of the municipality, at 12:12pm, when the official and his team went to the shipyard located in Puerto de Abrigo, Laguna Macax, lot 9, colony Electricians, Isla Mujeres, 77400     The amount of the fine was not specified, but it is estimated that it may be considerable due to the magnitude of the presumed irresponsibility that occurred recently and put the lives at risk of many workers in the shipyard, by not complying with safety systems that are established by law.
        After this measure was taken, it is assumed that more businesses will be required to comply, who lack safety systems for the protection of human lives in the event of an accident. Owners of tourist properties are urged to comply with regulations to avoid risks and fines.

Workshops & seminars for children by CRIM  
Realizan talleres y charlas de sensibilización con infantes. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Tourists allege they were served adulterated tequila 
Turistas denuncian haber tomado tequila adulterado [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   On Sunday, two tourists from the United States, Jennifer and Melinda, went to the police station to report that their money was stolen at a downtown bar, after they drank tequila which they allege was adulterated, causing one of them to lose consciousness/awareness. (el conocimiento). They were assisted at the police station by Angel, from the municipal Tourism Department, to help translate and gather information from them.
   They say this occurred on Thursday night when they decided to try an invitation they received from a bar to drink tequila, but they say it appears that they were both served adulterated drinks. Jennifer said the next day she had an allergy, and she showed the reporter blood spots under her lower eyelids.
    A resident who spoke with the women and made the first translation said it was unclear if the accused business is located on Madero Avenue or on Hidalgo Avenue, and it will be up to the authorities to investigate that.

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November events

Sunset ~6:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Nov. 13      5:44p

Nov. 14      6:37p  Full Moon
Nov. 15      7:34p
Nov. 16      8:33p
Nov. 17      9:34p
Nov. 18     10:33p
Nov. 19     11:31p

 Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials. Casa de Cultura  This has moved to his home...directions on his FB page HERE

Sunday evenings on the Town Square 8p Noches Magicas  Music & Dance Performances

Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos  No School & Offices Closed
On Nov. 2, hundreds of residents have been invited to participate the silent parade, who will dress in traditional clothing or white, with Catrina makeup  as Catrinas Catrinas for the "Festival of the Living for the Dead". It starts at 6p from the Cemetery (Hidalgo and Lopez Mateos) to the Casa Cultura where there will be a display of altars in the style of different regions of Mexico. There's a nice video of last year's here on FB.

Thursday, Nov 3  Artist Fair at Casa de la Cultura 4p-9p
  Batik artist Sergio is a usual participant, along with Isla Brewery. Amar Peruvian restaurant set up tables at the last two fairs.

 To all Islenos: We invite you to the the Diabetes Clinic sponsored by the Club Pro-Paciente Diabetico A.C. at the Community Hospital in La Gloria on Thursday, November 3, at 9:00 AM. Health care professionals will test your blood, offer diabetes education and distribute meters and strips and other supplies, as well as free reading glasses We will teach you how to use the equipment so that you can manage your illness of diabetes better. This clinic is completely free and is funded by the generosity of Americans who live and visit your beautiful island.

Sat. Nov. 5 Town Square 8pm  performance by the graduates of the Polynesian dancing classes of the Casa de la Cultura.

Sunday, Nov. 5 Magic Nights of the Souls at 8pm on the Town Square. Festival of the Living for the Dead.

Friday, Nov. 11   You are invited to enjoy a performance by the Federal Police Mariachi band at 8pm in the Town Square. They are 14 professional officers who are also professional musicians.
Thursday, Nov. 17 Artist's Fair 4-9 Casa de la Cultura

Nov. 18-21 Buen Fin (Sales)

Sunday, Nov. 20  Revolutionary Day Memorial (National Holiday)
Monday, Nov. 21 Day off for Revolutionary Day Memorial (National Holiday)

 At the end of November are the celebrations for the town's Patron saint, and residents from the US celebrate Thanksgiving.

Sources for Storm Information:
Tropical Tidbits

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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