Saturday, February 4, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, February 4

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Clean and orderly urban image 
Reflects the work of municipal agencies

Imagen urbana limpia y en orden

Se refleja el trabajo de las dependencias municipales

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 3 de febrero.-
Leer más...Full article at this link
     In order to guarantee the good image of this holiday destination, with clean streets and beaches, municipal government agencies redoubled their efforts in order to provide efficient service of garbage collection and cleaning of the coastal zones, with the assistance from  the personnel of ZOFEMAT (Federal Maritime Coastal Zone ) and the Department of Public Services.
      The commitment of the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, to the care of the coasts and ecological environment was decisive for the ratification of the "White Flag" certificate for North Beach Playa, one of the most representative sites of the Island. This will be valid during the period 2016-2018. The certification is in accordance with the criteria of  the law NMX-AA-120-120-SCFI-2006 which includes criteria the water cleanliness and the quality of the destination, among other things.

       For its part, the beach (formerly known as the Posada Beach), Playa Centro is certified with the "Blue Flag" designation, awarded by the European Foundation for Environmental Education to beaches and marinas that meet established criteria of quality, safety, education and environmental information.

     Both designations are a result of the actions undertaken by the municipal administration, in order to keep Isla Mujeres sustainable; That is to say, to continue the development of the basic economic activities, such as tourism, without affecting the natural environment.

      It is important to mention the commitment of the personnel of ZOFEMAT and of the Public Services Department in regard to  cleaning up the beaches and streets, so that visitors and islanders can enjoy better spaces.


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


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Official announcement is expected Friday morning regarding a postponement of further gas price increases…/

The residents of the 'irregular' colonia Guadalupania: 13 years of uncertainty
 The 190 families continue to fight for recognition as settlers and to obtain deeds to their properties, despite a lack of electricity or decent roads.…/

This weekend Los Cahuameros de Isla Mujeres Nueva Generación, will play in Chetumal against the Alphas de Agharta…/

Isla Mujeres government is working to keep the beaches clean and the trash collected.…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Isla Mujeres jail among the worst  
Cárcel de Isla Mujeres, entre las peores.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
According to a recent report by the CNDH (National Human Rights Commission) the jail in Isla Mujeres is among the three worst in the state, ahead of the municipalities of Lázaro Cárdenas and José María Morelos.

 According to a study done by the CNDH in 2016, the rankings are as follows:
The Municipal Retention Center in Playa del Carmen is first with a 6.35 rating.The Center for Social Readaptation (Cereso) of Chetumal in second with a rating of 6.21.
Cozumel is in third place with a rating of 6.20, 
Cancun with  5:65, is in the fourth place .The jail in Felipe Carrillo Puerto is fifth with a rating of 5.00,
 Isla Mujeres is sixth with a rating of 4.94.  
The municipal jail in Lázaro Cárdenas is seventh with 3.90, 
At the bottom is Jose Maria Morelos with a rating of 3.80.

The local representative for the CNDH, Martha Puc Laines, said she has delivered this information to the Mayor and to the municipal jail authorities. She said, "Now we just wait for a response about improving it." 
   The island jail is nearly empty, since more than 20 inmates were transferred to different state prisons in recent months, and only two people are currently there. 

Decrease in temperatures  
Descenso en la temperaturaVer masFull article at this link
 A cold front that is affecting the Gulf of Mexico is expected to cause a drop in temperatures in Isla Mujeres on Saturday, but the winds are not expected to be as strong as the last front. There port is expected to remain open for small boats.
  The weather was good on Friday and there was a good level of tourist activity with about 10,000 visitors enjoying the crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches, and attractions of the island. On land, they rented 600 golf carts, hired hundreds of taxi drivers and scooters, and in the water, more than 100 boats were active in the Bay.
    Public Service officials said they are still struggling with effects of years of neglect, but they are improving services day by day. They are determined to improve the image of the island. They recognize that it will be necessary to completely renew the trash fleet, which will be taken care of as soon as possible.

Swapping of Attorney General coordinators 
Enroque de coordinadores de Ministerios Públicos. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Cristian Montenegro Aragón replaced Fernando Medina as coordinator at the Attorney General's office in Isla Mujeres. and the latter will assume the former's same position in Cozumel.

Basketball game in Chetumal
Cahuameros enfrenta al cuadro Alphas de Agharta [+] Ver masFull article at this link
This weekend Los Cahuameros de Isla Mujeres Nueva Generación, will play in Chetumal against the Alphas de Agharta in the Major Basketball League of Quintana Roo.


This article (LINK)  says An orca was seen off the coasts of Isla Mujeres
It says...The sighting of an orca, a species that is also known as a killer whale, near the coast of Isla Mujeres was a surprise.
According to information released by Miguel Ángel Canseco, Public Relations Officer of the Mexican Association of Habitats for the Interaction and Protection of Marine Mammals, AC, (AMHMAR), this is not the first time these animals have been observed in The Caribbean Sea, because they adapt to different environments and food sources
Orcas are marine mammals belonging to the Delphinidae family (the same group as dolphins). There are more than 10 varieties or "ecotypes" of this species, which can be found in seas and coastal areas around the world, but they are more abundant in cold areas.
Orcas are predators at the highest level of the food chain, who perform different hunting strategies. Their diet consists of about 140 species that include other marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, dolphins, otters; sea turtles, dugongs and seabirds like penguins. For this reason, they have been nicknamed killer whales.
On January 24, a whale shark swam in water near Cancun which was surprising because this in not the season when they are normally seen.
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 February Events
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Feb. 2   Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 5   Sunday   8p Town Square  The Noches Magicas performances will feature three singers and four dance troupes, including the children's Folklorico troupe
                                  Constitution Day This is the Centennial. The Mexican Constitution was drafted in Santiago de Querétaro by a Constitutional Convention during the Mexican Revolution. It was approved by the Mexican Constitutional Congress on February 5, 1917.

Feb. 6 Monday  Day Off for Constitution Day (A Federal holiday, some cities & towns will have parades and celebrations. This is the Centennial)

Feb 7-11 Island Time Fishing Tournament

Feb. 9  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Sunset ~6:40p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Jan. 12  6:55  Full Moon
Feb. 10  6:39
Feb. 11  7:36
Feb. 12  8:31
Feb. 13  9:24
    Feb. 14  10:16   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Feb. 12  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 14  Tuesday  Valentine's Day

Feb. 16  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 19  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 23  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 24  Friday   Flag Day

Feb. 23 or 24-28  Carnaval 
The schedule of events hasn't been published yet & it may begin on Thursday or Friday.  It usually includes two or three afternoon parades, a beach event by the Posada, dancing in the streets, at businesses, and nightly on the Town Square, with themes such as Caribbean, la Negrita, Cuban, International & Nautical. Photos by Bruce from Carnaval 2015

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

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

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