Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, April 12

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor fulfills his commitments about trash collection and pot holes  

Recoge basura y bacheo

 Cumple Juan Carrillo con los isleños

Lanrry parra

ISLA MUJERES, 11 de abril.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
See translation in the TVIM section.

Proposal to have a Rescue Committee

Urge Comité de Rescate

Ante casos como el reciente de tres pescadores

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ISLA MUJERES, 10 de abril.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
         Friends, coworkers, and family members of the fishermen who were rescued have said it is urgent that a  Sea Rescue Committee be established, because these types of situation are very common on the island. They said with this type of committee, actions could be taken in a timely manner and many lives could be saved. They said it would be necessary for this organization to have its own resources to mobilize boats and even helicopters or airplanes, depending on each case.
   The relatives of the rescued fishermen said that fortunately this time they  had the support of several people and the municipal president himself, but they say there is a need for an organization or group of this type which can react immediately. Experienced fishermen say that in an emergency, the time factor is crucial, because the lives of those involved depend on it, so having a committee in place who understand and know what procedures to follow would help a great deal. 
   One of the fishermen explained, "We know that the Navy is always ready to help, but when this type of emergency occurs, the cooperatives, business owners, and seamen try to organize themselves to go out on their own, and this is where the committee would come in, as a force of action parallel to what is carried out by the Naval Department."  
    It is be noted that on this occasion it was possible to act quickly and support flowed thanks to the intervention of many people, but there could be cases where action is not taken in a timely manner and lives would be lost.They said that when creating a committee of this type, it must exist throughout the year and have donations to be able to act and  support all the search actions that the fishermen require.

Mayor Juan Carrillo initiates vacation security operation 

Seguridad garantizada

Juan Carrillo marca inicio de operativo vacacional

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ISLA MUJERES, 10 de abril.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

See City section below....

Mayor Juan Carrillo: Preventing accidents for a safe municipality 

Por municipio seguro

Juan Carrillo refuerza prevención de accidentes

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ISLA MUJERES, 9 de abril.
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  The Mayor spoke about his appreciation for the work done by the municipal Department of Public Security and the Municipal Traffic Department to ensure security in the island, which is a priority of his administration. He  said this is important because the safer the municipality is, for residents and tourists, the more this encourages increased numbers of people to visit, which generates economic benefits.


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


 Operations were initiated for the Isla Mujeres 2017 Easter Vacation Season Committee involving three levels of government, to keep the island safe for visitors and residents. The ceremony was led by the Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis and included members of the Department of the Navy (Semar), the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (APIQROO), and the municipal Departments of Public Safety and Traffic (Police), Civil Protection, Health, Social Communication, Tourism, Enforcement (Fiscalizacion), Public Services and the Community Hospital.
Each agency will actively participate in the committee, which will have approximately 240 members from all levels, who will work with the objective of preserving the order, safety and tranquility of the citizenry and visitors of Isla Mujeres during this holiday period when hotel occupancy and tourism activities are expected  to increase to 100 percent.

    Juan Carrillo Soberanis thanked all the agencies that contribute to this cause, and he said that for his administration, the safety of the islanders and visitors is a priority. He said that thanks to the coordinated work of the federal, state and municipal authorities, security in the municipality is guaranteed and this should result in a 'saldo blanco' (no incidents). 

A representative of the general coordinator of the State Civil Protection agency thanked the Mayor, who said, "My commitment to safety in the municipality is being fulfilled through these actions, however, I ask the islanders for their cooperation, to obey the traffic laws, to not drive under the influence of alcohol or while using the cell phone. Let's make the culture of prevention a habit on our island. "

Dance and urban music at Noches Magicas in Isla Mujeres

  Artists from Cancun and Puerto Morelos performed Sunday at 8:30pm on the Town Square stage in front of the Town Hall, for Noches Magicas of Isla Mujeres. This is a festival of art and culture which was enjoyed by the island families and tourist who attended.
      The performers included the urban and Caribbean dance troupe "Studio Dance Latino" directed by Professor Eusebio Pérez de Cancún and the reggaeton singers "Real Kids" of Puerto Morelos led by Eme Roldán and Danny Rico, accompanied by DJ Roldán. 

      Rubén Pérez Martín, director general of the Institute of Culture and Arts on behalf of the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis thanked the audience and spoke about the Mayor's commitment to promoting first class event for the enjoyment of island families.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

There is a video of hundreds of tourists arriving at the ferry pier.

There is a video of the tourism service providers receiving their ID badges.

There are photos and a video of the initiation of the Security Operations Committee

Two new "Barcos Caribe" ferries arrived in the port of Progreso…/
April 10  Two boats of the ferry company Barcos Caribe have arrived at the port of Progreso Yucatan, and since they are smaller and less sophisticated than the ferries the company is currently operating for the Playa-Cozumel route, it is assumed they are meant for the Isla Mujeres-Puerto Juarez route. They are named Caribbean VI and Caribbean VII and will increase the company's fleet to seven ferries.
    In the beginning of March, it was published that these two boats were moored at the Australian company "Aluminium Marine", which cost about five million pesos each, because they were lacking an import permit from the SAT (Tax Administration Service), because the purchase had not been justified.
    Last week, the Director of the Port Authority APIQRoo, Alicia Ricalde Magana, said there were two new companies interested in covering the Isla Mujeres-Puerto Juarez route, including one that was ready to begin during the Easter holiday period. She said the Barcos Caribe had advanced the furthest in the process, and had received their permits from the SCT Director of Ports.
     She said she was in favor of having competition for the company Ultramar, however they were waiting for the SCT to approve the Puerto Juarez dock, which had been remodeled after several months of work and had had problems with closure seals from PROFEPA. It is not known when the new ferry will go into operation, but is presumed it could start in a few days.

Navy gave emergency transportation to tourist after vehicle accident 
April 11  The Navy reports that personnel from the base in Isla Mujeres provided medical assistance and transportation to an injured person last night. Officers with the municipal police requested assistance from the Navy to provide first aid and an ambulance for a vehicle accident which occurred in colonia “La Caribeña”.
   An ambulance was dispatched with personnel from the Naval Health Service, who arrived on the scene and immediately gave medical attention and first aid to the 25 year old woman from the United States. The medical examination revealed head trauma and a fractured right leg. She was transferred to the Isla Mujeres Community Hospital to receive medical treatment. The Navy of Mexico reaffirms its commitment to the civilian population, national and foreign, in emergency situations.

Mayor Juan Carrillo presents two new garbage collection trucks…/
April 11 One truck has a capacity of 10 tons and is for the Continental Zone, and the other is for the Island, with a capacity of 4 tons. The Continental Zone now has three units, serving 14 routes, and the island now has five units covering six routes.
   The Mayor also gave the green flag to a street patching program on the island with a capacity to cover 4852 square meters of asphalt concrete (concreto asfáltico), of 3 to 5 centimeters of thickness, making a total of 600 linear meters. The street patching work will benefit more than 7000 residents of the island and 6000 in the Continental Zone.
   The Mayor said he is committed to keeping his campaign promises and improving the streets as well as the quality of public services, since the beginning of his administration.

Rescued captain describes ordeal from hospital bed…/
     The three rescued fishermen spent six hours in the hospital being rehydrated, and in this video the Captain of the "Lirio", Amir Abelardo Ramirez Gonzalez, describes their ordeal.Their boat foundered at noon on Friday, because it was overloaded with their catch of sharks, and they were rescued at 6am on Saturday, after spending 18 hours in the water.
        He says they were very scared at first when they went into the water, because they were surrounded by food for sharks and its smell which attracts them. He talks about leaving the boat to the currents & the importance of staying near the coast of Isla Contoy.
        They shouted and waved when they spotted the first searching boat at 6pm. At 10pm they saw the Ultramar ferry, which was out there carrying gasoline for the smaller search boats. When they became hypothermic at ~1am, they embraced each other, and the life jackets, to warm up, which took about an hour and a half. They kept talking to each other to stay awake, and at 3am a boat came very close and made four passes. He says each passing boat gave them hope, because they knew people were looking for them.
        After 4am they began swimming and swimming toward the coast of Contoy, and were in familiar waters, when they swam to a boat at ~6:30a. He laughs when explaining that they found the boat, it didn't find them. Before that they saw the helicopter, and they waved, but it was flying very high, and they saw the Naval plane flying over the coast. He responds to a question about the ~100,000 pesos worth the equipment he lost, including his radios, GPS, battery, and he says his motor is probably ruined. He says those things don't matter because they are grateful to be alive, and he thanked all the people who searched and the government for its support.
        The other two fishermen are Eustaquio Collí and Luis Angel Valdez , and all three men have returned to their normal routines. They were also treated for skin damage, and Sr. Ramirez had some damage to his tongue from dehydration, but this has not stopped him from working on his engine.

Saturday night at the Convention Center, Los Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres Nueva Generación defeated the Cozumel Islanders, and qualified to compete in the grand finale of the Major Basketball League of Quintana Roo, with a final score of 48 to 66.  The final competition will be between the Los Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres Nueva Generación and Los Dorados of Playa del Carmen on April 22 and 23.…/

Proposal to create a Rescue Committee…/
 See DQR section above...

There is a photo of the reenactment of Christ entering Jerusalem on a burro, for Palm Sunday


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Last stage of eastern malecon unfinished
Inconcluso el malecón oriente+] Ver masFull article at this link
     This first stage of the malecon (walkway along the sea) was built under former mayor Gerardo Magaña Barragán and work for a second stage was taken up by ex Mayor Fidel Villanueva Madrid, who managed to finish the boardwalk to the facility of Aguakan and began to build another section that was to have concluded later at the Poder Judical building.
        Since then, Mayors Jorge Martínez Peña, Paulino Adame Torres, Manuela Godoy González, Alicia Ricalde Magaña, Hugo Sánchez Montalvo, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, and now Juan Carrillo Soberanis have not completed the project, which was planned to terminate behind the Poder Judical building, but in practice ends at the Aguakan facility.
       There are points that are invaded by undergrowth and the last passable section lacks public lighting. Residents in the area of the malecon complain about lights that have been out of service for a long time, and some of their posts have deteriorated and disappeared, and others were knocked out by Hurricane Wilma (Oct 2005) and never replaced. Residents are also concerned about the section which lacks a hurricane wall.

Litter at Makax lagoon presents poor image for tourism  
Lastimosa imagen al turismo [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Tourists, residents, property owners and workers have complained about the lack of trash cans and about observing people, including taxi drivers, throwing litter into the mangroves. Bad smells are caused by methane gas, plus the trash which includes plastic bottles and bags, soda containers, glass bottles, food scraps, styrofoam containers, and even diapers.
      Despite years of having days that are dedicated to cleaning of the beaches, lagoons, and other bodies of water, more concrete action is needed to prevent further deterioration of the environment, including raising awareness among the inhabitants of the island.

Navy provided assistance in tourist's accident 
Semar brinda apoyo a turista accidentada[+] Ver masFull article at this link

 See TVIM section above...


Security operation initiated  
En marcha operativo de seguridad.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

See City section above....

Procession and blessing of the palms  
Procesión y bendición de las palmasr.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
This is about an event the mainland part of the municipality.

Mayor assists woman injured in patrol car accident  
Alcalde atiende mujer atropellada por patrullat.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   On March 23,  señora Suemy Martín Martínez. was injured at 2:30 pm while riding her motor scooter when she was hit by municipal police patrol car #6020 on the road to  Garrafon, by colonia Caridad del Cobre. She needs further medical studies regarding possible damage to her bones, and has been waiting for a response from the insurer Qualitas, without success. Therefore, she met with the Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, who offered to intercede with the insurer so that they will take care of the matter no later than Tuesday, and if not the City will cover the medical expenses. The meeting was polite and the Mayor apologized and said he regretted the painful situation she has faced during these past three weeks of waiting and said he would attend to the issue immediately.
      Sra. Suemy Martín also confirmed that she will provide all the information to the representative of the Human Rights Commission of Quintana Roo to follow up on her situation, as well as with the operator of the patrol, Javier Santurrión Galindo, who is responsible for the accident, and the file #105/2017 remains open at the Public Ministry.
    She suffered injuries to her feet and hands and had a broken nose, due to contact with the patrol car which 'closed the passage' and contact with the pavement. The patrol car was trying to pass the motorcycle and cut her off when she was traveling from north to south on the road to Garrafon.


Reenactment for Palm Sunday   
Representativo inicio de la Semana Mayor.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Hundreds of parishioners attended the reenactment of the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem on a burro on Palm Sunday. The event began at 9:30am at Playa Centro near the lighthouse and then procession went to the Town Square in front of the church, where a Mass was held afterward by Raul Sánchez Alonso. Jesus Christ was played by Wenceslao Trejo Martínez. Prior to the mass there was a reenactment of the parable of the Good Samaritan  and a reenactment of Jesus saying : "Whoever is free of sin throw the first stone" with María Magdalena played by Tahily Alcocer. The reenactment on Good Friday is expected to exceed the previous 24 performances, and as with previous events, authorities will provide security.

Cold front #39 loses force
Pierde fuerza del frente frío 39.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
April 9  The winds reduced in strength and partly cloudy weather is expected for the upcoming days, which is favorable for the thousands of vacationers visiting the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean.
  Dozens of boats were anchored offshore from Playa Norte enjoying the tranquil waters on the second day of the Easter holiday season.
        By afternoon about 10,000 visitors had passed through the two Maritime Terminals. The roads downtown were saturated with vehicles and at some points in the colonia neighborhoods. There are about 900 golf carts in circulation, more than 200 taxis, and an undermined number of private vehicles and motorcycles.  The Harbor Master, Civil Protection, and municipal police reported a "Saldo Blanco" (no incidents).

Cahuameros in state basketball final  
Cahuameros a la final del basquetbol estatal. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

 See TVIM section above....

Navy recommends caution 
La Semar recomienda precaución. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The Navy has recommendations for the thousands of vacationers who will be flooding the beaches of Quintana Roo and Yucatan this holiday season, and advises them to take precautions when entering the water for enjoyment. They advise that it is important to follow the advice of lifeguards and pay attention to the safety flags that are posted. Green flags indicate good conditions, yellow means caution for currents and possible weather changes, and red means swimmers should not enter the sea.
        For emergency care or any request for support, the Fifth Naval Region puts at your disposal by telephone 01 998 877 01 94 and by email following contact numbers are also available in case of any emergency at sea: Semar Command and Control Center:01 (55) 56-77-71-19 or 01 (55) 56-24-60-04. 01800-62-74-621 / 01800 (Marina1). Conmutador of the Naval Departmen: 01 (55) 56-24-65-00, extensions 1000, 6004, 7226, 7852 or 8383. E-mail: and sarmarina@semar.gob .mx.
   Naval personnel can be contacted in person at the First Aid Stations on the beaches or contact the personnel of Civil Protection.  The beaches the Navy are patrolling include "A" and "B" sections of Playa Norte, and beaches in nearby municipalities, as part of Operation Salvavidas (Saving Lives).

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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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