Saturday, January 28, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, January 28

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis: Security is a priority for this administration.

Juan Carrillo Soberanis: La seguridad es un tema prioritario para esta administración. Queremos que las familias puedan caminar tranquilas en las calles.

ISLA MUJERES, 27 de enero.-
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See translation in City section below.

Preventing flooding by renovating storm drains    

Previenen más inundaciones

Rehabilitan rejillas de drenaje pluvial

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 26 de enero.-
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 The storm grates are being replaced along Guerrero Street, and currently they are working along the stretch between the Casa de Cultura at Abasolo to the Municipal Mercado "Javier Rojo Gomez", which is about 150 meters. They began at the intersection of Guerrero and Matamoros.
       With the installation of these grates, the workers said they must adapt the edges of the drainage channel, which are in poor condition due to the weight of heavy trucks which go down these streets, whose great weight has broken the concrete support.
       The workers said they should be done by mid February. It is noted that the previous administration did similar work on these grates, but apparently the materials were not of good quality, because they were in a bad state again before long.

Mayor Juan Carrillo: Committed to a municipality that is clean and healthy

Juan Carrillo, refrenda su compromiso con un municipio limpio y saludable, por una mejor imagen urbana y mayor bienestar ciudadano

Refrenda su compromiso

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 26 de enero.-
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See translation in City section below.


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

We're working together to have a clean island, improving the image of Isla Mujeres with your help.
Trabajamos en conjunto para tener una isla limpia, con tu ayuda la imagen de #IslaMujeres mejora.

The Director of Public Services, Jose Guadalupe Rios Chale said that this government has been committed, since the beginning of its administration, to improving trash collection, having cleaner streets, improving public lighting, and renovating the parks so the citizenry will have better places for recreation. He said this government, led by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, has made it a priority to have a clean and well ordered island. There are now more trash trucks and new, established collection schedules to provide improved service. For example, previously trash collection in La Gloria was at 1pm and now it is at 5am.

Providing security 

Patrolling the streets to provide security for our visitors  
Realizamos recorridos en las avenidas para reforzar la seguridad de nuestros visitantes.
"Security is a priority issue for this administration. We want families to walk calmly on the streets and to have the certainty that they have police who are well trained and prepared when there is a situation,"said the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis.
The mayor stressed that since the first day of his administration he has sought to improve security by working together with the three levels of government to ensure that more resources will be invested in issues such as training and providing equipment for the officers of Public Safety and Municipal Transit .
On the other hand, crime prevention programs, citizen participation and accident reduction have been implemented, such as the Breathalyzer operation, which since its inception has led to a 60% reduction in the accident rate, especially regarding driving under the influence of alcohol.
In the colonias the municipal police are carrying out a neighborhood outreach program to obtain a greater participation of the neighbors and to encourage "the culture of the denunciation" (filing of complaints). Also in regard to crime prevention, advice was given about what to do in case of telephone extortion.
The Director of Public Security and Municipal Transit, (Police Chief)  Jaime Ongay Ortiz explained that by orders of municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, work is ongoing so that citizens of the island and of the Continental Zone have the security of living in a safe municipality with authorities who are concerned with maintaining the welfare and tranquility of society.

This weekend you are invited to attend to Festival of Culture Art Sport and Urban Expression, where you will find many interesting activities. Bring your whole family!
Te invitamos este fin de semana al “Festival de cultura+Arte+Deporte+Expresión Urbana” en donde encontrarás muchas actividades interesantes. ¡Asiste con toda tu familia!


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Voter registration (INE)  National Electoral Institute opened a module in Isla Mujeres on Jan. 25, which will continue on the island until February 3…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Taxi drivers benefit from lack of bus service   
Taxistas favorecidos por el gobierno. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Residents say the need for public transportation  is taking a back seat to the interests of the taxi drivers, and the workers and the community in general want officials to stop postponing reactivation of the bus service. The Isla Turicun contract ended in May, and the island has been without bus service for nearly a year. There were complaints about the poor quality service that was provided during the 15 year contract.
    During the last political campaign, voters asked for a solution to this problem and politicians responded that they would act immediately. Hotel manager Manuel Cortez said that the hotel workers have difficult times when there is less tourism in the summer, when they have fewer tips to cover their family expenses for food, education, and transportation. He said it is the responsibility of the municipal government to provide small vehicles that carry 30 passengers to meet this social need, and to charge 5 pesos for the ride.
        He said he agrees with what people say about the Mayor and City Council not performing well, and that the high wages they receive are regrettable. He said given this situation, the government must act accordingly, because by not doing so, they are playing into the hands of the taxi drivers who mistreat people with their bad service.  He said officials should not continue to put the interests of the union before the rights of the community in general.

Controversy within taxi union   
Taxistas dan la espalda al “Wato”. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    There was open opposition on the mainland part of the municipality during a 'mobilization' at a gas station, where dozens of drivers said that Peniche Rodriguez "Wato" does not represent the union interests because his election has not been certified by the JLCA, Local Board of Conciliation and Arbitration. They say they are withholding payment of their dues until the issue is resolved. They are expecting a new election because they say it is not legal for Wato to serve for 15 years, and they dispute the election that occurred on December 17th.

Wheelchair basketball clinic today
Clínica de basquetbol adaptado, hoy.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Jan 27  A wheelchair basketball clinic is being held Saturday at the Convention Center in two sessions, 8a-11a and 2p-5p, by Luis Manuel Burgos Galán and Manuel Javier López, who are a player and coach with experience in this sport. They are part of the  Club Pioneros de Chetumal. 
         There will be an exhibition game at 7pm on Saturday and at 10am on Sunday, before the games of the Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres Nueva Generación against the Jaguars of Tulum, in the the second round of the Major Basketball League  of Quintana Roo.  The Cahuameros defeated the Iguanas Verdes of Cancun in both games, and remain in second place. The Jaguars of Tulum suffered two 'spectacular' losses to the Manatees of Chetumal, and remain in last place.

Large amounts of seaweed removed daily 
A diario retiran grandes cantidades de sargazo.. [+] Ver masFull article on this link
  Public employees and personnel with businesses with concessions in the Federal Zone remove tons of seaweed each week, according to interviewees. The seaweed is buried in the sand or taken to the Trash Transfer Facility. from beaches along Rueda Medina, Sac Bajo, and those facing the Bay along the southern part of the island.
   In accordance with protocols about the quality of water and sand for the international beach certifications, the two main beaches of Isla Mujeres receive special attention from municipal employees and private employees for daily care and cleaning. There is a collaboration with the comisionistas and the street vendors to help with this cleaning program, to maintain a good image of these attractions for visitors, according to the municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco.
        The reporter visited North Beach and Playa Centro and found them both to be clean and full of visitors enjoying the sand, water, and services. The buoys were in place for the safety of the swimmers and the beaches were free of seaweed, which was removed at an early hour, of the small amounts that accumulated. Those concession holders who are not participating will be advised by staff from ZOFEMAT to address this responsibility to keep the beaches in good condition.

Concerns about Ultramar personnel 
Ultramar no da capacitación . [+] Ver masFull article at this link

 Several boat captains who have witnessed deficiencies among Ultramar staff say the employees need better training so that they are properly prepared when there is an emergency. There was recently a fire in one of the boats at the Cancun Hotel Zone. (No one was aboard and no one was injured.)
    The boat captains complained about the way the company handled the problem on January 7th, when one of the ferries broke down while crossing the bay  at 11:30am. They said the towing maneuvers indicated the crew were poorly trained and lacked experience. Three boat captains from different tourist services companies were aboard the ferry when it broke down. They say employees also need training on dealing with the public in a cordial and appropriate manner, especially during incidents such as these.
   Ultramar no longer has competition since the Magana company retired from providing ferry service, whose owners say they do not intend to resume operations. The Ultramar ferries transport about 8000 passengers daily in winter, bringing them to Isla Mujeres from Puerto Juarez and the Cancun Hotel Zone, earning tens of thousands of pesos. It is said that some of this money should be invested in providing better training for employees and higher wages.

Residents want bus service 
Sufren de la carencia del transporte urbano .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Interviews with various residents, including a senior citizen with diabetes, indicate they are angry with officials who are not working to provide urban transportation, they are tired of long waits of 15 minutes or more for a taxi, and they are annoyed about the attitudes of some taxi drivers. In addition to public transportation, they want educational grants, urban cleanliness, public lighting, public safety, and transparency in the treasury, as well as answers from the City Council members about the lack of a plan to meet these needs.

Concerns about security  
Incrementa inseguridad.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Residents are concerned about crimes that have occurred in the last four months and want the police to work with the Navy to improve security on the island, which has always been a safe place. It is said that in colonia La Gloria a few days ago, an unknown person appeared inside a home and was chased out by the head of the family, and then there was a burglary three blocks away, shortly after 10pm. It is recalled that a taxi driver was executed near CENDI in November after dusk, and a few weeks later another cabbie was shot in the thigh at the southern part of the island at midnight. There was allegedly a robbery using a knife in Sac Bajo two weeks ago by two hooded men on a motorcycle at 2pm. There have been numerous burglaries in homes, and many people fail to file complaints because they lack faith in the police and in the agents of the prosecutors office and the judicial offices. Rosa Alcaraz said "We need new people and to build trust." There is concern about juvenile delinquency in the colonias of Canotal and Miraflores.

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January Events
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Jan. 1 Sunday  New Year's Day

Jan. 5 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 6  Friday  Three King's Day   Children receive presents & the holiday season ends

Sunset ~6:25p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Jan. 12  6:55  Full Moon
Jan. 13  7:56
Jan. 14  8:55
Jan. 15  9:51
  Jan. 16  10:44
    Jan. 17   11:36  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Yoga at the Casa Cultura on Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6pm. On the back street, Guerrero, at Abasolo.

Jan. 12  Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9  Casa de Cultura, featuring the Rolling Papers a very talented local Reggae band from 6- 8. After the music seems like there is always a surprise, will it be Mayan Warriors? Fire Dancers? Jugglers? Only way to find out is to be there. DRINK BEER….BUY ART…..EAT FOOD…..DANCE…..HAVE FUN.

Jan. 15 Sunday 8p Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 19 Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 22 Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 26  Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 27, 28, 29  Apex Festival 2017 this weekend! These events are FREE and open to the PUBLIC so come enjoy the music, action, and art
On Friday and Saturday, at the ¨Casa de la Cultura¨ (where Thursday's Artist Fairs are held), there will be Live Music, an Exhibition, a Skate Contest, and a Freestyle Battle, as well as a Photography Contest, Body Painting, several workshops, and a BMX contest.
On Sunday, in La Gloria, on the street by the Catholic Church, there will be a long board competition & international music.

Jan. 29  Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20. 

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