Sunday, April 9, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, April 9

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Mayor keeping his promise to athletes with improved public spaces 

Le cumple a deportistas

Juan Carrillo apuesta por mejores espacios públicos

Lanrry Parra

ISLA MUJERES, 8 de abril.-
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From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

Mayor Juan Carrillo keeps his promises to islanders with sports fields that are renovated and equipped

Municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis is fulfilling his promise for increased and improved public spaces.
Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis presented the rehabilitation works of the colonia Salinas rapid soccer field as well as sports equipment for the teams, as part of the actions of his government to improve public spaces so that island families have access to improved life conditions.
The mayor, in the presence of the sports community and neighboring residents, reiterated that his commitment as a ruler is for the islanders have public areas and sports spaces properly equipped and rehabilitated, which is being fulfilled with this and other pubic works that have been completed or are in progress.
-Today, the first part of the rehabilitation of the field is taking place which includes painting of all the installations, masonry work, completely replacing all the lighting, the placement of steel grates (fencing?) in the area of the stands and goalposts, as well as the changing of doors in the area of ​​access to the court, all for the enjoyment of neighbors and the community in general - explained the Mayor.   He said the second part of the work that will consist of the changing the synthetic grass of this field and the rehabilitation of the synthetic grass of the contiguous soccer field.
In the same vein, he reaffirmed that the work of improving and rescuing public spaces in the municipality of Isla Mujeres continues, with the support of various agencies, which has increased the number of public works done by the present administration, rehabilitating public spaces, as it is the case of the park of the "Hormiguitas Obreras".
He said, "Isla Mujeres deserves this and continues to advance with more and better opportunities for all; here we as government are committed to meet each of the goals promised to the citizens, as we are now with the rehabilitation of the court in the colonia Salinas."
In this work, 46.27 meters of steel grid were placed on the two goalposts and stands, 11 energy-saving LED lamps were installed, 4 new metal bars were installed in the area of ​​referees and players, masonry work was done, 853.83 meters were painted, curbs and walls at the interior and exterior of the court, maintenance to the roof of the area of ​​stairs and lighting in the area of ​​players.

* The City of Isla Mujeres joined in the work of searching for the three missing fishermen with the support of a helicopter and fuel for the boats

The municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis recognized the providers of tourism services, cooperatives, companies, staff of the Department of the Navy, Harbor Master and government agencies who participated in the intense and uninterrupted search for three island fishermen who were rescued and brought home safe and sound
The island's mayor said that today we once again witnessed the solidarity of the islanders in times of need who spontaneously joined in the search for the fishermen Eustaquio Collí, Abelardo Ramírez González and Luis Ángel Váldez, who were rescued from the sea 18 miles north of Isla Contoy, and transferred to Isla Mujeres aboard a boat. (Other reports said 8 nautical miles).
Received with applause from their relatives and friends, the fishermen arrived at 12:14pm at the facilities of the fishing cooperative "Patria y Progreso", where they received first aid care from the paramedics of the Mexican Red Cross.
The Mayor said, "As a government we will not spare resources when it comes to supporting island families in a situation as sensitive as this one, so as soon as we learned about the events, we gave instructions to offer all the support they required
to the relatives of our fishermen friends who were rescued. Therefore, we obtained the support of a helicopter that helped in the work of locating them."·


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

There is a video and photo of the families and friends waiting at the Patria & Progreso pier after the announcement that the three missing fishermen were found alive and a photo of their boat which was towed to the pier.

There is a video of the Cahuameros Nueva Generacion basketball team and a photo of their logo.…/
     More than four thousand students left their classrooms on Friday to start the holiday period for Easter, which will conclude when they return April 24th. On the island and the Continental Zone, this includes 756 students in the kindergartens, 2535 primary school students (the other paragraph says 2435), 829  middle school students, and about 348 in high school. There are 4177 students who will enjoy this vacation, and 330 teachers, at both public and private schools.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Fishermen rescued  
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      April 6 This afternoon the search was successful for the three fishermen who were rescued several miles northwest of the Isla Contoy National Park, near Cabo Catoche, almost 24 hours after their boat was capsized by being overloaded with the shark they caught, in the midst of 'norte' winds.
      The captain of the boat "Lirio", Amir Ramirez Gonzalez, explained that when they returned at noon that Friday, the boat foundered about 8 nautical miles northeast of Contoy (13 kilometers). They wanted to swim near the chain of rocks at the northern part of the reserve, and with help from the winds of Cold Front #39, they achieved their goal of getting close to the coast to facilitate being rescued.
     They were about to approach Boca Nueva when their friends and family members located them, shortly after 9am. They were transported in the boat "Guajira" and their boat "Lirio" was towed to the dock of the cooperative Patria y Progreso, a little before noon, where dozens of friends and family members were waiting for them.
      About 30 boats from Isla Mujeres participated during the 18 hours of the search, and 10 boats from Isla Holbox, and three aircraft, which was facilitated by the state and municipal governments. The search by the boats began at 5pm on the day they disappeared (Friday), and the aircraft began searching today (Saturday) at 7am.
      The fishermen rescued are: Emir Ramírez González, captain of the boat; Eustaquio Collí and Luis Ángel Valdez, crew. At all times they supported each other during the night while seeking to achieve their plan, and they used life vests to float and avoid fatigue. They never lost hope and kept each other motivated, to avoid depression.
      In an interview, Sr. Ramirez acknowledged that the problem was caused by his boat being overloaded. He said, "We had a lot of shark and the truth is that it couldn't take the weight." He said that the waves were not the problem, but rather it was due to being overloaded, from the good fishing they'd had in that area.
      They were found by the crew of the Guajira, who included Ricardo Ramírez González (brother of the captain who was lost), Jonathan Guirao Ancona, Ricardo Ancona Galué, Víctor Ancona Cervera and Wilberth Manjarrez Ancona, with a great deal of happiness in the coastal seas. They were taken aboard the boat to Isla Mujeres, where a Red Cross ambulance was waiting to monitor their health status. None of them had any problems, and they were given a routine checkup.
      The municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis recognized the providers of tourism services, cooperatives, companies, staff of the Department of the Navy, Harbor Master and government agencies who participated in the intense and uninterrupted search for three island fishermen who were rescued and brought home safe and sound
       The Mayor said, "As a government we will not spare resources when it comes to supporting island families in a situation as sensitive as this one, so as soon as we learned about the events, we gave instructions to offer all the assistance they required to the relatives of our fishermen friends who were rescued. Therefore, we obtained the support of a helicopter which helped in the work of locating them."·
        It has been a year since the crew aboard the Anastacia left to go fishing north of Cozumel on March 30, 2016, and disappeared without a trace, never returning to port. Those missing young men are Jorge Fernando de la O. Avalos “Pipis”, Marco Antonio Bardales Pastrana “Vampiro”, Alfonso Jiménez Torres “Chatilly”, Rusel Pech Cemé “Curro” and Humberto Constantino Ordaz “Beto”.

Navy reports they are ready  
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  The Navy press release reports they are ready for the Easter Holiday Operation Saving Lives 2017, and the beaches they will be patrolling include  Playa Norte and Playa Centro in Isla Mujeres; Playa Delfines in Cancún, Playa del Niño in Puerto Juárez, Playa Pública on Isla Holbox and Playa Pública in Puerto Morelos.
        This operation will continue through April 23rd, and includes 56 naval personnel including admirals, captains, officers, 'clases',  and seamen, as well as vehicles on land, sea, and air with the goal of safeguarding human lives. They will staff six relief and rescue posts with naval and lifeguard personnel to provide first aid and rescues when necessary. 
      Recommendations include: not neglecting children, be cautious when there are motorboats or jet skis in the vicinity, avoid going into the sea after eating or drinking alcohol or both, don't obstruct the accesses to the beaches, follow the advice of lifeguards, and pay attention to the level of the waves, and to the warning flags. The green flags indicate good conditions for swimming, yellow means caution about currents or that the weather may worsen, and red indicates that swimmers should not enter the sea.

Winds weaken from Cold Front #39
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   The winds from cold front #39 weakened Saturday afternoon, and the weather report from the SCT (Department of Communication and Transport) said that conditions for navigation by small boats were "unfavorable".  The 4pm weather report is given.
   The municipal offices will be providing services this week, except on Good Friday, and this is also the case with the state and federal governments. It is noted that there is no PROFECO office on the island to accept consumer complaints, for the fourth consecutive year, although this is considered to be a time when there are likely to be tourist complaints. However the Office of Tourism willl accept complaint and can channel complaints to PROFECO or help the consumer use the digital access for this process. All service providers are encouraged to be helpful to visitors, with no discrimination or abuse. Any irregularities that occur should be reported to the appropriate agencies, said an official with the office of tourism.

Vacation season has begun    
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  The Easter holiday season has begun and more visitors are expected on Monday. Hotels began the holiday with 60 percent occupancy and the Tourism Department estimates average occupancy at 90 percent. Boaters are expected to mobilize 80 percent of their fleet. Various governmental agencies have coordinated their operations and are ready to carry out their work of prevention and assistance, including personnel with  Civil Protection, the Tourist Police, the Harbor Master's office, the Mexican Navy and the Red Cros
   The two Maritime Terminals of APIQRoo had experienced about 10,000 users by Saturday afternoon, in the midst of a cloudy day, with a threat of rain, but none fell, and the effects of cold front #39, which may have had an influence. This front is not expected to have an effect on Sunday.
   A large number of tourists traveling to various parts of the island in golf carts 'flooded' the streets before noon, and they were busy until sunset. Merchants and restaurants were doing good business. 

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 April Events
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Saturday, April 1 at the Casa de la Cultura 5pm: Festokin with musical guests: Elefangs, Los Afectados, Ultra P, @Kiritz, Isla Sounds Mexico, Mindblowing Sound Corp, and spirulahelix. Creative talent includes muralists, graffiti artists, body painters & more.

Sunday, April 2 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, April 4 Jazz Dance Classes 6p Casa de la Cultura

Thursday, April 6 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer
Isla Brewing Company says: Where can all your dreams come true? The Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura has it all. Awesome Art, Delicious Food, Cold Beer, and Great Music. This week’s musical guest is Kiritz Reggae, 6 – 8, everything is IRIE
Thursday, April 6   6pm
     You are invited to an event about the workshops available at the Casa de la Cultura on Thursday at 6pm. Learn pinata making, hammock making, Yoga, dance & more!

Friday, April 7 Easter Vacation begins
On Good Friday, April 14, about 75 actors are expected to participate in the reenactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, which is part of the celebrations of the 500 years since Catholicism came to these lands. This will be the 25th anniversary of this celebration of the Passion of Christ in Isla Mujeres, and will include all the actors who have played Christ over those 25 years.
   Holy Week begins April 9th with Palm Sunday, with the blessing of the palms and more emphasis will be given to the entrance of Christ (played for the sixth time by Wenceslao Trejo Martinez) into Jerusalem, riding on a small burro, as it says in the Scriptures.
   A press conference was held about the event by parish priest Raul Sanchez, who explained that more than 30,000 pesos are being invested in the event, since it celebrates the 25 years of this event as well as 500 years since Isla Mujeres was encountered by Europeans, bringing Catholicism. They are getting new armor from Guadalajara for the Roman soldiers, and a renovation to the wardrobes of the main characters, so they will look more professional and realistic, as well as the costs of the burro.
    Azalia León Pastrana will play the role of the Virgin Mary. According to the calendar of activities, on April 13, Holy Thursday, the ceremony of Foot Washing and the representation of the Last Supper will take place; Good Friday will begin at the Sacred Heart Church (in la Gloria), at 10:30 in the morning, with the representation of the Stations of the Cross, and will culminate at three in the afternoon at the Church of the Immaculate Conception (on the Town Square) with the crucifixion of Christ.

Friday April 7 6:30-8:30p Cocktail reception for Batik Artist Sergio
 Amar Cocina Peruana Restaurant is on the back street Guerrero, just north of Abasolo & the Cultural Center, on the west side of the street. Sergio's impressive batik art can be seen, and purchased, at the Thursday Artist Fairs. He also does murals & sign painting. We love the mural he painted for us! His are will be featured and for sale at the restaurant all month.

Sunday, April 9  Palm Sunday
On Palm Sunday at 9:30am, a procession will reenact the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, by walking from Playa Centro to the Town Square, where a mass will be celebrated in front of an audience which is expected to be ~1000 Catholics.  Fifty people will participate as actors and 20 will be in charge of logistics.
   Another reenactment of the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem is scheduled for 7:30pm from the tourist center at Mundaca Hacienda to the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria, where Mass will take place.

 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Sunset ~7:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
April 11  7:39 Full Moon
April 12   8:30  
April 13   9:20
April 14  10:10
April 15  10:59
  April 16  11:48   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Thursday, April 13 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer

Holy Thursday, April 13 Foot Washing Ceremony and reenactment of the Last Supper Town Square Immaculate Concepcion Church
  There will be two Last Suppers and Washing of the Feet reenactments, with the first at the downtown church Immaculate Conception at 8:30pm and the second is an hour later at the Sacred Heart Church

Good Friday, April 14 10:30am Sacred Heart Church (in la Gloria), Passion of Christ reenactment with the Stations of the Cross . On Friday,  reenactment of the ViaCrusis (passion play/stations of the cross) will start at 10:30 (at Sacred Heart) and join the other group at the Guadalupe Chapel (overlooking the Caribbean in Salina Chica) and they all will go together for traditional walk to downtown, which is four kilometers finishing on the Town Square at 3p with recreation of the crucifixion of Christ.   

Easter Sunday, April 16

Thursday, April 20 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura, Art, Food, Music, Beer

Saturday, April 22, Earth Day 

Sunday, April 30 Children's Day

Monday, May 1 Labor Day

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