Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, December 20

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor assures there will be good public services during holidays

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Garantiza Juan Carrillo la prestación de servicios públicos durante fiestas decembrinas

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ISLA MUJERES, BJ, 19 de diciembre.-
Leer más...Full article at this link
   Efforts have been increased to provide efficient trash collection during the holidays, when demand increases with huge numbers of tourists arriving. Starting this week a new schedule is being implemented from 1pm to 8pm on the island, to avoid the accumulation of trash in the areas where tourists are shopping and visiting attractions, and where there are larger concentrations of people.
      A truck with a capacity of 7000 cubic meters will be in charge of providing service to the periphery of the island, to remove trash and junk from the coastal road and the colonias.
     Currently the collection service is operating at 100% and will continue to do so. Accumulation of trash in the streets was one of the main problems affecting islanders, and upon instructions from the Mayor, attention is being paid to this concern with efficient, regular service and wide coverage, because we serve all the sectors of the municipality, said the General Director of Public Services., Jose Rios Chale.

Deadline for bonus payment

Cumple con pago de aguinaldo

El 80 por ciento de las empresas, a un día de que venza plazo

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ISLA MUJERES, 20 de diciembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
   Note:  Mexico labor laws require that employers make a Pago de Aguilaldo to their employees at this time of year, which is equal to their salary of 15 days.
      The leader of the CROC union, Roman Maldonado Euan, reported that 80 percent of the companies have paid the aguinaldo benefit, which is due by December 20, according to the Labor Law. If some companies do not comply, the union will contact them, because the workers need this money to spend on their families for Christmas and New Year.

Breathalyzer will be suspended on Sunday

Preventative checkpoints  

El domingo se suspenderá el alcoholímetro

Retén preventivo

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de diciembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

          On December 25 and January 1, police checkpoints will be established on the main roads to downtown,  but it will only be preventive, and the breathalyzer will not be used, as it has been in previous weeks. The was announced by the municipal Director of Traffic José Carlos Pech Pat, who explained that this new measure will ensure the safety of the islanders, without imposing fines or penalties. 
          During these holidays, they will impound the vehicles of drivers whose breath smells like alcohol, and allow them to be driven home or to take a taxi, without any fines. The next day, the drivers may come to the impound yard and collect their vehicles, without paying any penalties.
    However, the official explained that if a person is intoxicated and becomes violent or rude with the officers, there will be no choice but to transfer them to the municipal jail.
    It is noted that the fine for driving under the influence exceeds 5,000 pesos, but this measure is done as an attempt to raise awareness among drivers, and not as a means of collecting funds for the City.

       He explained that the breathalyzer program will not be in operation on December 24th or 31st, but there will be officers monitoring to ensure that drivers don't exceed the speed limits or drive while intoxicated. Those who are caught driving while drunk will be asked to leave their vehicles and they may recover them the following day without any charges or fines.


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

We are working to keep Isla Mujeres in optimal condition for the islanders.
Trabajamos por tener un #IslaMujeres en óptimas condiciones para los isleños.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Working meetings about the New Mobility Law in Quintana Roo in Isla Mujeres: SINTRA 
(SINTRA is the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport)
Mesas de Trabajo por Ley de Movilidad llegaran a Isla Mujeres: SINTRA 

-Working meetings are being held in Isla Mujeres, in order to provide input on the subject of the New Law of Mobility in Quintana Roo,  with the intention of offering increased and improved opportunities in the island municipality.  
         At the first working meeting on this topic, the theme of "Mobility and Transport" was addressed by the Director of Communications and Transport in Isla Mujeres, Jorge Miguel Martín Álvarez, and by Alehira Orozco, Director of Public Policies of UBER Mexico, and by legislator Fernando Zelaya Espinosa, who is President of the Commission of  Communications and Transportation in the State Congress.
    The Director of the Department of Communications and Transport in Isla Mujeres, Jorge Miguel Martin, said that it is of the utmost importance that Isla Mujeres is included in these working meetings about the issue, with the intention of contributing to the integration of this new Law of Mobility in Quintana Roo.  
   For this purpose, there is an open invitation to representatives of all sectors in the municipality of Isla Mujeres to participate in these forums. He said the other purpose of these working meetings is to contribute everything possible to improve transportation in Isla Mujeres, via this new law. 
     He said these working meetings began last weekend and will continue until February. Anyone interested in participating can come to the offices of the Department of Communications and Transport in Isla Mujeres, which are located near the Casa de la Cultura. These working meetings are being held in a similar manner throughout the state, and the information that is obtained is shared directly with legislator Fernando Zelaya.


Uber participates in meetings about new Mobility Law
SIPSE (Novedades) had THIS article in the Cancun section this weekend about the Uber company being included in the discussions about this new state transportation law that is being created, the Ley de Movilidad de Quintana Roo.
It says...
     In spite of the aggression, opposition, and attempts to stop their operations,  that Uber drivers have faced since their arrival this year in Cancun, the Uber company is participating in the working meetings for the Integration of the new Mobility Law of Quintana Roo and they want to be included in the regulatory framework.      Aleira Orozco, Director of Public Policies at Uber Mexico, said that the proposal is for the State Government to include them in the new law's regulations, and that there should be no limits on supply and prices.  He said, "We are in favor of  regulation. Technology advances faster than the regulatory frameworks, and we are supporting the creation of  new regulations that consider technological advances like Uber and other platforms. Acceptance by the community has been very good, with 77% of the people of Quintana Roo in favor of the arrival of Uber, " said the representative.
       According to data from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (SINTRA),  772 vehicles have been detained since September, of which 660 have paid fines equivalent to 38 million pesos. Currently Uber has more than 66 thousand users already registered, who use the application for transportation.       Jorge Alberto Portilla Manica, head of the SINTRA, said that by March 2017, the law must be approved by the XV Legislature, and to generate the law, two forums have been held, the first one was held in the southern part of the state and yesterday the second was held in Cancun, with transportation representatives from the northern area of the state.

Benefit for all
     "This is are not curtailing the right to anybody, what we want is an improved, new Law of Mobility in the state that can bring benefit to all, but that has equality of conditions. There are t`ow trucks, moving trucks, dump trucks, and vehicles that transport cargo, which are all causing excessive costs to citizens. We want to create a law that we all agree upon so that we can have a peaceful community for the next 30 years, "said the head of the SINTRA      The topics discussed are the extension of routes in the state, regulation to moto-taxis and trici-taxis, and alternative transportation without engines, in addition to addressing the entrance of Uber.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Small boats restricted by Cold Front #15  
Navegación restringida por el frente frío 15[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Dec. 19   The Harbor Master restricted departures by boats under 40 feet due to the effects caused by the arrival of Cold Front #15, causing winds from the north east that generated waves up to 2.1 meters. The skies are expected to be clear to partly cloudy, with warm temperatures.
The cold front number 15 of the season already affected the Isthmus of Tehuantepec this afternoon with intensity, in the course of tonight and tomorrow morning, it will advance along the northern coasts of Quintana Roo.
    However, some fishermen went out to catch fish a short distance from the island, in the bay of Contoy, and this (Monday) afternoon it was observed along Rueda Medina that they had a good catch.

Trash services guaranteed during the holidays   
Servicios garantizados durante las fiestas.. [+] Ver mas Full article at this link

Tourist boats "under the microscope"
Embarcaciones turísticas bajo “la lupa”[+] Ver masFull article at this link
 There are five  FIDENA Merchant Marine agents assisting with monitoring the ~300 boats engaged in tourism recreation to ensure their documentation is current and complete, that passengers are wearing life jackets, that capacity limits are respected, and that they have all safety equipment, including anchor, compass, first aid kit, fire extinguishers, 'aros', and flares. The operation began three days ago, and they are supervising five points of entry and departure, where each of them has reviewed about thirty boats. FIDENA sent ten agents to assist in Cancun-Isla Mujeres, and half of them were assigned to the isle, in accordance with need.
   Last week the Harbor Master reported there are about 1000 boats registered here, of which 350 are involved in tourism, 250 belong to fishermen, and the rest are privately owned.

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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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