Saturday, May 13, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, May 13

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Asking Harbor Master to address risks from boats at North Beach 

Reiteran llamado a Capitanía

 Ante latente riesgo en Playa Norte

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 11 de mayo.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  The Director of Civil Protection, Ulies Berman Graniel, said he is concerned about the Harbor Master's lack of monitoring of the boats near North Beach, who are tying up to the buoy line, which causes it damage.

Mayor keeps his commitments with pothole repair throughout municipality 

Cumple Juan Carrillo

 Con obras de bacheo en todo el municipio

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 11 de mayo.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.


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

Mayor is committed to the improvement of public spaces including the downtown basketball court   with an investment of 1.3 million pesos, which includes a new surface of 10 centimeters in depth and 748 square meters, as well as benches, grandstands, lights, painting, and landscaping. The work is 70% finished and should be completed in early June.

Free events Saturday at the Casa de la Cultura
6p Workshop on painting techniques
7:30p Music with the Malix Cats (Mx) and Sara Curruchich (Guatemala)

See Events section below for translation of this poster

Officials celebrated with teachers and offered them appreciation on Teacher's Day


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Mayor supervises pothole repairs…/
  These repairs will benefit residents and visitors of the island, as well as the mainland, and their vehicles. The Mayor thanked the municipal workers who are participating in this campaign and he said he is aware of the importance of having good quality public services, including decent roads. He said his administration is continuing to work at improving public services.

Complaints about poaching at mainland part of the municipality…/
   Fishermen and residents in the area of the Chacmuchuch lagoon are complaining about the lack of official surveillance to prevent poachers from taking fish and setting nets in the area. This area has been considered a Protected Natural Area for more than 18 years, but it lacks attention and surveillance. Sr. Orlando Medina Alcocer posted videos and photos about the dead animals that end up in the poachers nets.

Festival of Caribbean Culture in Isla Mujeres…/
 See events section below for events in Isla Mujeres where the festival begins on Saturday, although it starts in the state capitol on Friday. It includes events in seven municipalities of the state.

Concerns about boats near North Beach…/

9th Water Rally by Aguakan…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Repairs along Caribbean road
Reparan destrozos de Aguakan[+] Ver masFull article at this link

  May 12  On Friday, the road repair brigade was working along the coastal road in the area of the high school, and on Monday they should finish with the section of more than half a kilometer in front of colonia La Gloria. In the end, this repair should include about 1500 meters of road that were badly repaired by Aguakan. It is recalled that the government repaired the roads after they were damaged by hurricane Wilma in 2005, and then Aguakan broke into the newly repaired road along about three kilometers, and left it badly patched. These uneven area have caused accidents when drivers lost control of their motorcycles or bicycles.

Majestic mural  
Majestuoso mural.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

May 12     At the downtown Catholic Church, the new mural will be inaugurated on Friday, May 19, along with the Cicodélico museum, by Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizono, as part of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Catholic faith to Isla Mujeres.
      The painting of 30 square meters on both sides of the presbytery was done by two young women from Merida, Mayra and Naisa Uits Coello. It represents the arrival of the Christian faith in America 500 years ago with the first baptisms of two Mayas, Melchor and Julian, at Boca Iglesia. It includes the figure of Spaniard Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba and three banners representing images of the Virgin Mary: Our Lady of Los Remedios, the Virgin of Asuncion, and Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. The first was honored at the consecration of the Hispanic Convent at Boca Iglesia, the second was the image that was brought to Isla Mujeres in 1911, and Father Palau then advised the organizers that it was actually Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, who is honored at the end of every November through December 8th.
      The mural represents history that occurred in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, and on one side is the baptism of the first two Mayan children, while on the west side is the adoration of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, including an image of Monsignor Favio Martínez, bishop of Tuxtla Gutierrez, a favorite son of Isla Mujeres, guiding the faith of the islanders.
    The two sides of the painting direct the observer's eyes to the image of Jesus Christ on a large cross which is in the middle. The parish priest Raul Sánchez Alonso has supervised the work and said the name of the fishing boat that brought the image of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception from Boca Iglesia to Isla Mujeres was named "Venus", whose crew was Cristino Avila, Pablo Xool and Cardos; and Venus is the planet that the Mayas worshiped at Punta Sur, the goddess Ixchel. It is the morning star, of good news. 
    The improvements were done with an investment of about 800,000 pesos, which was contributed by companies, institutions, and former mayors, and the celebrations will take place on May 19 and 20th.

Rescued dolphin's health improving  
Mejora la salud del delfín rescatadoVer masFull article at this link
 May 12    This information has already been translated, noting the animal has improved under the care of specialists who treated him for a gastric infection, dehydration, and parasitosis at the Tortugranja, with plans for his release when he is recovered.  The specialists from Dolphin Discovery are part of the "Marine Animal Stranding Network"

Office of Tourism grants permits to cabbies  
Oficina de Turismo entrega gafetes a taxistasVer masFull article at this link

May 12    The office of Tourism has given ID badges to eight taxi drivers who are now authorized to offer their tour services from the sidewalk area in front of the Maritime Terminal, and they have signed a document agreeing to offer their services in an orderly manner, from the specified area, and to take training courses that are offered to the tourism service providers.
        In addition to the taxi tours, there are providers offering rental golf carts, scooters, and bicycles, as well as nautical tours and dive shop services to the thousands of tourists who use the Maritime Terminal. This measure is intended to reduce conflict between these providers and the cabbies. 


Project to recuperate Playa Centro archived  
Proyecto para recuperar Playa Centro, archivado.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 May 11    The project to turn the Playa Centro, aka Posada Beach into a public beach has been proposed for two decades, and the struggle continues, says activist Ernesto Gomez Tur. Residents want this area to be a public beach, without a private concession.

Rain forecast for weekend  
Lluvias para el fin de semana[+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The CONAGUA forecast said the effects of cold front number 46 could bring rain to the Yucatan Peninsula on Saturday and Sunday (We are still having sunny weather at 2pm on Saturday).
    Small boats were restricted but boats over 40 feet were allowed to go to Isla Contoy. Tourists were arriving and enjoying the island's attractions, and it is noted that tourism is stable but decreased, and expected to improve with whale shark tour season later this month. Occupancy is low at the small hotels and about 70 percent at the larger properties.

Progress on hydraulic work  
Avanzan obras hidráulicas. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Work continues on the doubling of the capacity of the wastewater treatment plant at Punta Sur, with an investment of 50 million pesos, and the project is expected to be completed and operational in 2018. This project was begun in 2013 and is now in its fourth stage.
       In response to questions about water pressure in some areas, local Aguakan manager Jose Pinzon Sarabia said the service is guaranteed 24 hours, and there is good pressure everywhere. He acknowledges that at high points the water cannot ascend up to the rooftop tinacos, and therefore they recommend underground cisterns so that each user can access the supply without problems, although the great majority of the tinacos are on the rooftops and can by filled by using a pump.
     Regarding reports of spills or requests about consumption, the Aguakan website now has an application that can be installed on smart phones so users can track their consumption by simply entering the data from their meter, as well as payment information and service requests. It also has the option of uploading any spills of tap water or wastewater, so that personnel can respond to the problem. He said, "We try to give immediate attention to every citizen who requests our help."

Ninth "Water Rally" 
Noveno “Rally del Agua”.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   This event has been held eight times in Isla Mujeres and once in Playa del Carmen, with the goal of raising awareness among students about water use and conservation, as well as promoting environmental education. This year the event will focus on teaching them about the history of the water supplies in towns of Quintana Roo. There will be 80 participants, who will be given books about this subject, which explain how the inhabitants of Isla Mujeres obtained rainwater from a cistern at the airfield and from the use of wells.
     The event takes place on Friday, May 19, starting at Playa Centro at 2pm and ending at the same location at 10pm. The young people are in teams of four people, with two teams from Solidaridad and two from Puerto Morelos, and three teams from Isla Mujeres and the rest are from Benito Juarez (Cancun.)
    The participants include students from: Colegio Nacional de Educación Profesional Técnica (Conalep), Colegio del Caribe, Centro Universitario Anglo Mexicano (CUAM), Universidad del Caribe, and Universidad Anáhuac, among others. They will participate in various tests that will challenge their physical and intellectual abilities, as well as having the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge about the processes through which water passes before and after arriving at our homes. The goal of these activities is to raise awareness about the importance of the vital liquid.

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 May Events
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Monday, May 1 Labor Day    And the Sol as Sol Regatta boats are arriving

Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4, the Eta Aquarid  meteor shower can be seen, but it peaks in the predawn hours of Friday and Saturday. It is caused by debris from Halley's Comet.  The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (After moonset which is 1:33a on Wed, 2:18a on Thur., 3:00a on Fri, and 3:49 on Sat).

Wednesday, May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)

Wednesday, May 3 Basketball game Islanders vs Regatta sailors 7p  Probably at the Convention Center since the downtown court is being renovated.

Friday & Saturday:  Eta Aquarid meteor shower. The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (after moonset at 3:00a on Fri and 3:49 on Sat). Caused by debris from Halley's Comet,

Friday, May 5  Regatta Amigos. Isleno children (exceptional students aged 8-12) gather at Buhos at 10am, leave for the boats a half hour later and depart at noon for their Regatta around the island

Friday, May 5 Anniversary of victory against French at Battle of Puebla "Cinco de Mayo"

Saturday, May 6  Fashion show at 8p on the Caribbean side of the Casa de la Cultura  of Yucatecan traditional clothing and garments based on that style.

Sunday, May 7 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p: Dance troupes performing from Cancun & Isla Mujeres.

Wednesday, May 10 Mother's Day

Sunset ~7:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
May 10   7:15
May 11   8:05
May 12  8:55  
May 13   9:44
May 14  10:32
May 15  11:19  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Saturday, May 13 Artist of the Month Exhibition at aMar Cocina Peruana restaurant Featuring Laura Anileu 7:30p. On the back street Guerreo, north of Abasolo. Limited space, reservations (998) 274 3732

Festival of Caribbean Culture May 13, 15, 16, & 19
Saturday May 13
 Painting: Workshop on the techniques of painting 6p
 Music: Outside the Casa de la Cultura  7p
              Rockabilly Malix Cats (Mx)
              Sara Curruchich (Guatemala)

Monday, May 15  Music & Singing at the Guadalupana Church (across from Mango's)
                             Mayan Opera Concert 7pm

Tuesday, May 16 Casa de la Cultura
               Play:  "Let the Jungle tell you its story"
               Painting: Caravan: Painting in Acction  5:30p
               Music: Singing in the Mother Languages  Maria Mactezuma (Mx) 8p (outside)

Friday, May 19 Outside the Casa de la Cultura
            Circense Imagine Show 7:45

Saturday, May 20   Dance & Music outside the Casa de la Cultura 7:45
            Bailes Caribenos (Caribbean Dancing)
            Chilangos de la Habana (Cuban...Chilangos are from Mexico City)    

Sunday, May 14 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p (Mother's Day in the US)

Monday, May 15 Teacher's Day Día del Maestro

The starting date for Whale Shark Tour season hasn't been announced yet, so it is unknown if it will be May 17 (possibly thru Sept. 17). Will update when announced.

May 19, 20, 21 Cosme Magana Fishing Tournament
Friday is final registration & the Captain's dinner
The tournament is Saturday & Sunday

Sunday, May 21 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Sunday, May 28 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Monday, May 29 Memorial Day in the US 

Thursday, June 1 Día de la Marina

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