Thursday, November 10, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, November 10

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor condemns violence 

Efforts to increase security  

Juan Carrillo condena la violencia

 Se redoblarán esfuerzos en seguridad, ratifica

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ISLA MUJERES, 9 de noviembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis strongly condemned the violent events that occurred Tuesday evening in which a taxi driver died, while pledging to redouble efforts and coordinate the three levels of government for the safety and security of island families.
   He said, ""I categorically condemn any violent acts. The corresponding authorities are carrying out the relevant investigations to determine responsibilities and will punish whoever is responsible with the full weight of the Law." He said it is time for the community and the government to have a common front to maintain the island as the safe municipality that it has always been. 
    He said, "It is time for the three levels of government to create a common front, for the security institutions and the community to work together in the prevention, vigilance, filing complaints, and immediate detention of anyone who puts citizens at risk." He emphasized that islanders are quiet, hardworking, good people, and for this reason, now more than ever, nothing is more important than bringing together the forces in this municipality that ensure the tranquility of its families.

Working for Island Families
   The Mayor said his government will not be distracted from its goal of creating better living conditions for its citizens, therefore works and actions are being carried out on various fronts to keep public spaces clean, and to improve the garbage collection services, which is operating at 100 percent. Also to develop economic opportunities, to attract more tourism, and to have greater citizen participation in decision making. He said, "We will continue working without pause for the municipality that we all want, with a government that is close at hand and concerned about the well-being of its inhabitants."


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

On Wednesday morning, at the dome of the Benito Juarez Middle School in Isla Mueres, parents participated in the third public forum to express their opinions for the formation of the Governmental Plan 2016-2018
Esta mañana padres de familia participaron en el tercer foro ciudadano #PlatiquemosdelFuturo que se llevó a cabo en el domo de la Secundaria Técnica No. 6 “Benito Juárez”, con el fin de expresar su opinión para consolidar el plan de gobierno 2016-2018.

The photo says "Your opinion is important, participate" 
To participate in the consultation of citizens and to contribute to a better Isla Mujeres, share your thoughts at the following link:
Al participar en la consulta ciudadana, contribuyes a un mejor #IslaMujeres. #PlatiquemosDelFuturo y comparte con nosotros lo que piensas entrando al siguiente link.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Personnel with Civil Protection of Isla Mujeres receive training from the Cancun Fire Department. Full article at link below.
Personal de Protección Civil de Isla Mujeres recibe capacitación por parte del departamento de Bomberos de Cancún -…/
   The training was practical as well as theoretical, when they had real fire on the last day, Thursday. The practice included a tank of gas and other liquid combustibles. The course lasted three days, and addressed tactical and technical measures of fire fighting.

The vehicle ferry "Isla Blanca" should return to Isla Mujeres on Friday, after being gone for two months receiving maintenance. Full article at link below.
El transbordador "Isla Blanca" deberá arribar el próximo viernes a Isla Mujeres luego de dos meses de mantenimiento -…/
    The maintenance and improvements took place in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche and cost over 8 million pesos. The boat is expected to depart that port for Isla Mujeres on Thursday. In addition to receiving new motors, it also has new navigational equipment, and new equipment on the deck, for the comfort of the passengers. It also had changes of metal plates, painting, improvements to its propulsion system, and one of its motors was changed.  Clients who have been displeased while only the smaller ferry "Sertio Gracia Aguilar" has been in service are looking forward to the return of the bigger boat.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Ongoing security strategies 
Estrategia de seguridad en marcha [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Following the violent events of Tuesday night, when a taxi driver was executed in colonia La Gloria, the General Director of Public Safety (Police Chief), Alberto Ongay Ortiz, increased police surveillance, especially at the two maritime terminals. Meanwhile, preliminary investigations (Number 72/2016) were begun by the Ministerio Publico. The Mayor confirmed that these measures are taking place, with a strategy to avoid any repetition of this violent act. The officials did not want to give details about their security strategies, because they do not want to reveal information to the criminals.
   The Mayor said the case is in the hands of the prosecution (la Fiscalia), and they have requested assistance from other security agencies, including the PGR (Attorney General's Office) and the Mexican Navy. He said security has been talked about since he took office, and obtaining funds for more patrols. He said, "Before the end of December, we should have acquired five more units, two patrol cars, and two motorcycles, in the first stage of an effort seeking to improve the security and safety of the inhabitants of Isla Mujeres." This includes the Continental Zone on the mainland.
   He asked the community to remain calm after this violent event, and said they are dealing with this issue responsibly. He explained, "We are already coordinating with state and federal authorities to find a solution to this problem."
       An official with the Public Prosecutors Office of Common Jurisdiction  (Ministerio Público de Fuero Común) Fernando Medina, was interviewed at those offices. He explained that the preliminary investigation 72/2016 is being carried out with the help of six judicial agents of the Public Prosecutors Office, who arrived to conduct the relevant investigations. He explained that they have collected information from relatives and from managers in the taxi union who are familiar with the driver's work history. Based on this, they will conduct one, or various, lines of investigation.
    The agents are carrying high powered weapons, and confirmed they are carrying out their work, and gave no further details. Sr. Medina said the autopsy should be completed around noon, meanwhile the cause of death is officially listed as 'unknown' for now, but unofficially it is presumed to have been caused by the bullets received by the victim.
    Police officers with the Prosecutors Office could be seen at the scene of the event, on prologation Jesus Martinez Ross, a few meters from the CENDI nursery school, gathering facts for the investigation.
     The head of the taxi union, Eduardo Peniche, said they will begin drug testing measures for all the taxi drivers.

Mayor condemns violence on the island 
Condena los hechos violentos en la isla.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

 This is the same as the DQR article translated above.

Wanting to prevent more accidents in Francisco May
No quieren más accidentes en Francisco MayL.. [+] Ver mas Full article at this link
    After the unfortunate deaths of two young people Sunday night on the road to Francisco May (on the mainland part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres), members of the community held posters asking the government to act. The mourners want the municipal government to enforce traffic regulations to prevent more accidents, including requiring the use of protective helmets and punishing drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.
    The two young  people, Gerardo and Julio, were on a motorcycle without helmets which was hit by a compact vehicle driven at immoderate speed by a man named Lopez, who was allegedly apparently drunk. The following day the youths were buried in the cemetery at Leona Vicario, because there is no cemetery in Francisco May.
         Relatives are requesting an investigation into the events of the accident, which occurred on Sunday at 7pm at 23 kilometers of the federal road to Merida, near Francisco May. The youths had done una diligencia and were returning home.
    The relatives also asked that the clandestine sale of liquor be prohibited in Francisco May, since it appeared that the driver had allegedly been drinking before getting behind the wheel.They said, "We want improved police surveillance and enforcement of the use of helmets."

Simulation of boat collision & fuel spill 
“Simulacro de derrame de hidrocarburos real” [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    As a training measure, on Thursday the Navy will hold a simulation of an accident and fuel spill near the ferry dock. Members of all three levels of government are involved with the coordination of this event which will involve a scenario of the car ferry having a failure of its navigational system, causing it to collide with a 42 foot recreational tourism yacht, near the Naval pier. These activities will begin at 10am and last approximately three hours.
    The scenario will be as follows: At 8am the Harbor Master reports to the Navy that at 7:50am the ferry which carries vehicles and passengers, which was navigating from Puerto Juarez to Isla Mujeres (sic, that ferry goes between the island and Punta Sam). suffered a breakdown of its navigation system, causing it to collide with a yacht. It the simulation of the collision, two people are wounded and two others fall in the water, as well as a spill of marine diesel fuel from the break in the hull. Due to the magnitude of the (simulated) incident and the possibility of damage to the environment, the Navy convened a meeting of the Local Coordination Organization to institute the "Local Plan for Contingencies for spills of fuel or other hazard substances in Mexican seas". Specialized units and personnel were deployed for this training exercise, which is done as part of the Mexican Navy's commitment to protect the marine environment.

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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.

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:
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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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