Friday, December 30, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, December 30

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor is committed to providing families with a safe environment and quality services  

Primero el bienestar de las familias

Juan Carrillo ratifica compromiso de otorgarles un entorno seguro y servicios de calidad

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 29 de diciembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  The Mayor participated in the delivery of assistance to beneficiaries of the federal PROSPERA program. He said his government is working hand in hand with the state and federal governments to improve living conditions for island families, to work together toward a more prosperous Mexico, that is inclusive and full of opportunities.
      Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis was accompanied by representatives of PROSPERA and the National Savings Bank and Financial Services (Bansefi), City Council members, and the municipal director of Social Development, Alvaro Galué Magaña. The Mayor said that his government is committed to seeking better conditions for the social development and the welfare of families. He said, thanks to programs like PROSPERA, more women, children and young people now have access to quality medical care, food and education.
        The PROSPERA program is the main strategy of the federal Government to counter poverty in Mexico; whose objective is for families to improve their living conditions. Currently, it serves 6.8 million beneficiary families, who receive educational, health and food assistance.

Increased police surveillance during these holidays  

Intensifican la vigilancia policiaca

Para mantener tranquilidad en presente temporada

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 29 de diciembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  The increased police surveillance will continue through the end of the year, when thousands of visitors flock to the holiday destination to receive the New Year enjoying the dance on the Town Square. They are conducting patrols about trucks, motorcycles, and cars, as well as on foot, in the downtown area, on the beaches, and in the colonias.
   Naval patrols are also touring the isle, especially downtown where the largest number of visitors are concentrated.  Both the Navy and the Police are expected to jointly monitor the New Year celebrations on the Town Square.
   The Police Department reports that no major incidents have been reported, other than minor accidents and arrests for minor offenses, such as disturbing the peace.

FIDENA monitoring tourism boats  

Fidena vigila a náuticos

Para evitar riesgos

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ISLA MUJERES, 29 de diciembre.-
Leer más.Full article at this link..

   There  have been no incidents that put passengers at risk in any of the tourism boats during this holiday, despite increased demand for these services. The staff of the Harbor Master are being assisted by personnel with the  Fideicomiso de Formación y Capacitación para el Personal de la Marina Mercante Nacional (FIDENA-National Merchant Marine Training Division).
        During their surveillance tours they monitor that the boats are not overcrowded. that all documentation is in order, that passengers are wearing life jackets, and that the required safety equipment is on board, including lifesaver ring, radio, and first aid kit.
        The officials report that all the vessels have been compliant with the maritime authorities, and this is expected to continue throughout the holidays.


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

Take advantage of the discount of prepayment of property tax by December 31st. If you pay with your Banamex card you can have 3 or 6 or 9 months without interest.
Aprovecha este 31 de diciembre el descuento de "predial anticipado". Si pagas con tarjeta Banamex obtendrás 3,6 ó 9 meses sin intereses.

Supervise children to avoid accidents.  The poster says...Avoid accidents, don't use fireworks.
Procuremos supervisar a los menores para no tener accidentes.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

You can pay your property taxes on Saturday for the 25% discount, with cashiers available from 8am to 2pm.…/

Naval rescue of four Cubans…/
  As part of their obligation to safeguard lives at sea, personnel with the 5th Regional Naval Base in Isla Mujeres assisted four Cubans (three men and one woman) at sea 55 nautical miles north of Cancun, who had been assisted by the ship MVFAIRLIFT, flying a Dutch flag.  The operation began when a report was received from the ship MV FAIRLIFT, and the Cubans were found and rescued. They disembarked from the ship and were given a medical evaluation. They were found to be in good health and transported to the Naval facilities, where they were given food and hydration, before they were turned over to the Immigration Authorities, to determine their legal status in this country.  It is a responsibility of the Navy of Mexico to safeguard human lives at sea and cooperate with Federal authorities to support human rights in accordance with agreements between institutions.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

More trash
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  There was more trash accumulated at the Trash Transfer Facility that had been expected, with about 5000 tons accumulated there three months ago, which should be completely removed by the end of January, to the regional landfill. They have removed about 3600 tons in the past three months, with about 2500 tons left, and they are transporting 85 tons daily.
    At the beginning of this government, they estimated the accumulation to be 2500 tons but it turned out to be about double, which is why the removal wasn't completed before this holiday period. There was also a setback when the machinery that loads the trash was damaged, as well as when the ferry was limited regarding transporting large container trucks.
   Regarding renewing the trash collection fleet, the Director of Public Services, Jose Rios Chale, said a three ton compactor truck came into service recently, which cause some annoyance among the employees because it was different from the previous ones, but it is functional and the employees will have to adapt to it, as happens. (Then it says something about according to a previous interview, the employees don't like the sloped floor (?) which should be flat). There is a problem covering routes in accordance to the scheduled hours of collection.
   The Director said that in the early days of January, a10 ton compactor will be purchased for the Punta Sam Hotel Zone, and another 3.5 ton compactor for the island. Another 3.5 compactor will be purchased in mid-2017, to ensure the island is clean.
  Regarding the routes and schedules, which should take effect in mid January, for the 'zona popular' (colonias)  collection will be 5am to 1pm, and no trash should be put out after that time. In the island tourism area (downtown) there will be ongoing service in three shifts, with the last one at night from 10p to 3am.

Working for the benefit of families   
Comprometido con el bienestar de las familias+] Ver masFull article at this link

Not being released  
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        The Attorney General of Quintana Roo has confirmed that Limbert Alejandre Barrientos San Miguel, 27,  who is suspected of assaulting a minor, is still in the  hospital, is under constant surveillance, with a pending arrest warrant, which has already been authorized by a judge, according to consulted sources.
       There has  been an oral hearing, and the legal protocols have been complied with, so that the judge can issue the arrest warrant and continue the process, and at the end  of this evening, that order must be complied with, to initiate the judicialisation of the suspect .       
        It was explained that the Prosecutor's Office is ready to complete the arrest warrant, which has already been granted by a  judge.         This announcement reassured the family of  the 11 year old who received 13 knife wounds on Monday. The child was hospitalized, as was his assailant, who was beaten by the neighbors when they were capturing him.
    The officials at the Prosecutor's office denied that they were on vacation before, during, or after this incident and explained that the case was taken directly to Cancun to be heard. The case numbers are given. 
   The child's grandmother, Norma Bacab Garrido, thanked the general public for their support for this regrettable incident that has occurred to their family. On social media, she said, "My friends, I think you very much for all the affection, my beautiful people, now let's allow the authorities to do their jobs. The aggressor is not going to be released, and will be tried for this brutal attack on my child." She added that what she wants is justice, and that the assailant gets the punishment he deserves. She wrote,  "If that doesn't happen, it will be another story, He hurt my child physically and emotionally and must pay for what has done. Meanwhile,  please don't post here about situations that are not related, nor offensive comments against other people. I thank you infinitely for all your support for my family in general."

Big Quinceañera dance
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   About 15 young ladies who turned 15 this year will celebrate their Quinceaneras Friday at 7pm at the Convention Center, with their relatives and friends. About 350 plates are being prepared, and the Mass will be held at the Catholic Church on the Town Square. The dance will include a light and sound show, and the traditional presentation of the young women.

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The holiday period in Mexico from Dec. 12 to Jan. 6 is called Guadalupe-Reyes (from Dia de Guadalupe to Dia de los Reyes/King's Day). In Isla Mujeres, this is preceded by patron saint festivities Nov. 28-Dec. 8.

Festivities for the Patron Saint the Virgin of Immaculate Conception 
On the Town Square
Nov. 28 Opening at 8p with the band Los Marlins .
Nov. 28, The Mestizas de Agua Salada;
Nov. 29, Folkloric dance troupe: Son del Caribe at 7:30p;
Nov. 30th, Academy La Isleña;
Dec. 1 Cavalcade (Horse procession) in Honor of the Virgin, noon;
Dec. 2, Dance group Añoranzas;
Dec. 3, Dance group Entorno and musical group Mar & Arena
Dec. 4, Dance Studio Renatta and Academia La Isleña;
Dec. 5,  Mestizas de Agua Salada;
Dec. 5, Dance group Entorno;
Dec. 6  Caravan procession at 6:30,
Dec. 7 Yucatan band Picante Plus will perform and “Las Mañanitas” will be sung to the Virgin
Dec. 8 Boat Procession of the Virgin in the Bay 3pm
Dec. 8 Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
At the bullring at the end of the runway, by the car ferry

Thursday, Dec. 1  Horse procession (12p), and a performance by horses & a band (4p).
Friday, Dec. 2   Bullfight  (4:30)
Saturday, Dec. 3 Rodeo  with a band (4:30).
Sunday, Dec. 4 Bullfight (4:30)
Thursday, Dec. 8 Bullfight with dwarfs (8p).
Friday Dec. 9 Bullfight w little people 7p


December Events
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 Dec. 1 Thursday  
12p Horse procession 
4-9p Artist Fair at Casa Cultura w live music, craft beer, food, & art.
5p Anti-AIDS/HIV march & Health Fair at Bicentennial Dome La Gloria
6p Horse performance & live music 6p North end of runway.

Dec. 2  Friday
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance group Añoranzas at Town Square

Dec. 3  Saturday
4:30p Rodeo & live music at North end of runway
7:30p Dance troupe Entorno and band Mar & Arena at Town Square

Dec. 4 Sunday
7:30a Charlie & Friends Marathon 5 & 10km Garrafon/P.Sur along Caribbean coast
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance Studio Renatta and Academia La Isleña at Town Square

Dec. 5 Monday
 7:30p Mestizas de Agua Salada dance troupe at Town Square
           Entorno dance troupe at Town Square

Dec. 6 Tuesday 6:30p Caravan procession for Patron Saint

Dec. 7 Wednesday 8p Yucatan band Picante Plus at Town Square
 “Las Mañanitas” will be sung to the Virgin at Town Square

Dec. 8 Thursday  Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
3pm Boat Procession of the Virgin in the Bay
8p Bullfight with Dwarfs North end of runway
4-9 Art Fair at Casa de Cultura

Dec. 10 Saturday 8p Town Square Federal Police Rock Band Free event  Cancelled.

Dec. 11 Sunday  Celebration in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Chapel Guadalupana in Meteorolgocia (which overlooks the Caribbean, across from Mango cafe), with singing of Las Mananitas before midnight, possibly with Mariachis.

Dec 12  Monday  Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron Saint. 
People honor her with pilgrimages and efforts of endurance, such as the annual run around the island, which will probably be held in the morning, usually from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.
 There is a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses usually between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church, and sometimes there are horses.  Juan Diego saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 485 years ago.

Sunset ~6:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Dec. 13  6:12  Full Moon
Dec. 14  7:13
Dec. 15  8:15
Dec. 16  9:16
Dec. 17 10:14
Dec. 18 11:10 
Painting by Pam Haase
Starting Mon. Dec. 12 for the Christmas holidays...departures every 15 minutes on weekdays 3:30-7:30 and on w/e 2-8. There's an additional crossing daily from P. Juarez at 9p and from Isla at 9:30.

Dec. 15, Thursday
4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, music, food, craft beer

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas.
During the Posadas, there is usually a dance on the Town Square, featuring regional dances & costumes from different states of Mexico. The schools may have Posada plays, which are reenactments of Mary & Joseph being refused shelter. Posada means 'inn'.

Dec. 17 Saturday 5:30p Resident parade of decorated golf carts thru the colonias, tossing candy & toys
Dec. 18 Sunday 8p Noches Magicas on the Town Square   

Dec. 21 Wednesday Solstice

This is a holiday play with black humor, in Spanish.

You can drop off donations of toys at Rueben's restaurant, across from the Mercado on Guerrero. Kids in Mexico receive presents on King's Day/Dia de los Reyes on Jan. 6. Currently the DIF is collecting blankets, coats, and other warm items for residents in need in the Continental Zone on the mainland.

Dec. 22 Thursday Art & Food Fair Thursday 5-9 at the Casa de la Cultura with electronic jazz by Chucho, various types of Tamales, craft beer, & photos with Santa Claus! 

Dec. 24 Saturday  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve
Ultramar ferry is usually cancelled after ~11p, as well as the first crossing Christmas morn. Some businesses are not open in the evening, because families are celebrating together.

Dec. 25 Sunday  Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day  The first ferries may be suspended. No Noches Magicas performances.  

Usually around this time the annual Quinceaneras event and Mass are held at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who wear beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available

Dec. 28 Wednesday  Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"

Dec. 29 Thursday  4-9 Artist Fair Casa de Cultura. Art, food, craft beer, music. 

Dec. 31 New Year's Eve Festival on the Town Square with live music and fireworks. Tables can be reserved in advance, with information TBA. The last ferries are usually suspended.

Jan. 1 New Year's Day People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur The first ferries are usually suspended.
Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres
   To celebrate New Year's Eve, some  Isleno families set up tables in the side streets with pinatas strung overhead, and dine on turkey stuffed with seasoned ground meat, while others crowd the Town Square for live music, dancing, and fireworks. Each neighborhood brings in the New Year with a bang, and the skies explode with color in all directions. 
     During the NYE countdown, there is a tradition of eating twelve uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck), each representing a month, with a toast of champagne or cider. The party on the town square continues all night long. At the other end of the isle, people gather at Punta Sur to greet the first rays of the sun at the eastern-most point in Mexico.  
     Other customs include cleaning your house on New Year's Eve & sweeping out bad luck. Wearing red underwear could bring you love in the New Year, or  your white undies may bring you peace, while yellow represents wealth. Those who hope to travel should grab an empty suitcase and carry it around the room or the block, and set it by the door. If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (face up)  you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year. 
 The old year is represented by a life sized character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is later filled with fireworks and set ablaze. He may resemble a politician, and he is usually holding cigars & tequila. Fireworks are everywhere, and their names are metralletas (literally "machine guns" – but it means fire crackers), cañones (larger fire crackers), voladores (rockets in many different sizes), chifladores (whistlers), and barre pies ("foot sweepers", that spin on the ground & shoot sparks).
      Kids receive toys on Dia de los Reyes, January 6, when families, friends, and coworkers share rosca de reyes. King's cake, usually with hot chocolate. If you get the Baby Jesus,it means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.


The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20. 

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