Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, July 19

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Women's Fishing Tournament expected to cause significant gains for the tourist sector

Importantes ganancias

Para sector turístico, dejará torneo de pesca

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de julio.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
See translation in the City section below...

Red Cross is ready for the Holidays
Expecting a 50% increase in need for aid

Lista Cruz Roja para las vacaciones

 Esperan aumento de 50% en auxilios

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ISLA MUJERES a 18 de julio.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
     Representatives with the Red Cross said they are ready for the summer holidays, with all their equipment ready, since a large influx of visitors is expected and therefore dozens of accidents are anticipated. The Director of the agency, Felipe Bierman, said that the two ambulances are at 100 percent; with one of them being totally new and the other was sent to have maintenance, and now both units will be ready to take action when required.
    He also said that the Red Cross's communication system has been improved with the extension of the VHF antenna, which was previously six meters in length and now is being changed to 30 meters. They are also replacing the communication radios, which were donated by the Cancun delegation of the Red Cross.
    He said that in this holiday period activities increase by up to 50 percent, compared to the regular season.  He explained that the services that they provide most frequently are the emergency services and transfer service, which are offered quickly and promptly. He concluded by saying that the Red Cross is ready to go into action during the summer holidays and is operating at 100 percent capacity.

More than 100 were affected
By the alleged cloning of HSBC cards

Más de 100 fueron los afectados

 Por presunta clonación de tarjetas de HSBC

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de julio.- .
Leer más..Full article at this link.
       More than 100  clients of the HSBC bank branch had their debit or credit cards cancelled, after suspicious activity occurred last weekend. Another indeterminate number of cardholders recorded withdrawals of cash ranging from four, eight and up to 12 thousand pesos. The bank said they will initiate procedures for reimbursing these monies, and an investigation is being carried out. 
      Meanwhile, until this afternoon chaos predominated in the HSBC bank, since several clients could not carry out operations related to their respective accounts because their cards are blocked.
      It should be noted that this problem is also occurring among HSBC customers  in other cities such as Mérida, Yucatan and even Mexico City, who have tried to use their cards to make some payment; but the cards didn't work. According to the explanation obtained, this is due to the fact that the theft by the supposed cloners occurred at a regional level.


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

A "Crime Prevention Campaign" was held at the middle school, Benito Juarez, which was coordinated by Tania Galera Gómez, with the Crime Prevention police of the municipal Department of Public Security and the municipal Department of Transit, for an entire month. She explained that it includes relevant themes for teens, to create greater awareness of they challenges they may face, due to various psycho-social problems. She said that teens face many changes and may not know how to handle them, which causes emotional or behavioral problems and can lead to wrong paths like drug use, gangs, delinquency, and violent attitudes, which should be avoided since they can cause problems with the law. 
   At the end of the activity, the work done by the participants was exhibited at the school, in which they addressed alternative ways to make use of free time, and about better, more efficient ways to deal with the problems of being an adolescent. They also participated in an exhibition of natural and craft products and used resources to create positive messages for the classrooms, which encourage them to adapt values for a better community life.
   The workshops included various subjects including addiction prevention, the New Criminal Justice System and the Law for Adolescents, with a focus on gender. article at this link

July 18    This is the anniversary of the death of the illustrious President of Mexico Benito Juárez García, who died in 1872.

July 18.   On this day in 1908, Jaime Nunó Roca, Catalan author of the music of the Mexican National Anthem died in New York, United States.

The Mayor of Isla Mujeres provides total support for the development of sports in the municipality
In compliance with the commitment to support the development of sports in Isla Mujeres, Antonio Coronado Rojas, General Secretary of the City Council, representing Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, oversaw the installation of the Municipal Fishing Committee for the International Women's Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe", which will be held on August 5th.
      Isla Mujeres has managed to position itself as one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico in terms of high-level sports events and activities, and the Mayor is working to achieve success for this fourth edition of the tournament, which is increasingly  recognized worldwide and has become a tradition for the island, as well as for those who are fond of fishing.
     The General Secretary said,  "In Isla Mujeres, men and women have the same opportunities and the same support, and now it is up to the ladies to demonstrate their skills in the art of fishing, have fun, and enjoy the beauty of our seas during the International Women's Fishing Tournament 'La Dorada del Caribe'."
   He said this tournament will generate a great deal of economic benefit for island families and is a major promotion for the island. He gave assurances that the Committee with do a great job with organizing and promoting the tournament, and a large number of boats are expected to participate. Names of participants are given who are from a variety of municipal agencies including Civil Defense, Treasury, Fishing Promotion, Fishing Committee, Navy, Harbor Master, Red Cross, and the Department of Tourism. article at this link


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

In the case of Isla Mujeres, more than 100 cards were affected: HSBC
     The management of the HSBC bank branch in Isla Mujeres confirmed that more than 100 cards were tampered with and for the security of the cardholders their cards were canceled, to avoid further charges from abroad.
      José Fernando Chí Serrano, branch manager at Isla Mujeres, explained that the first cases were detected on Saturday, therefore HSBC decided to cancel many of the cards, particularly with withdrawals and unauthorized charges.He said these charges were made from abroad in dollars and are now being investigated. He explained that all the cards of the HSBC bank are insured and in these cases, there is a guarantee that the money stolen in these events will be replenished within 48 hours. 
     The bank manager  said that so far about 100 cards been canceled, but irregular charges weren't detected in all of the cases. These charges ranged from 200 to 500 dollars, which were abnormal activity for these customers and therefore the bank decided to cancel their cards.
        Since yesterday there have been long lines of clients who learned of this situation and who came into the bank to check their statement directly, to check for any suspicious activity. 
       He said, "We are renewing the cards of each of the customers for greater security. The bank has decided to cancel the customer's cards and they will have to come into the branch to be able to update the card."  He said that even so, customers can continue to make withdrawals and deposits at the window, but the old cards will no longer be recognized at the ATM or for making payments.They will have to appear and change the card, in order to verify whether or not they have any unauthorized charges on their accounts. 
     During a survey in the bank branch, there were clients who had reported charges ranging from three thousand to seven thousand pesos, which were made from the United States, where they have never traveled.

Installation of the Committee for the 4th International Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe 2017"


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Tourism activity is picking up  
Empieza a repuntar la actividad turística. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

     Hotel occupancy on the island is about 62% and in the Continental Zone it is 84%, for an overall municipal rate of 75%. This is an increase over last week when overall occupancy was at 73.46%. It is noted that these statistics do not include many "clandestine" houses and apartments which don't pay the 3% Lodging Tax (impuesto al hospedaje), which are generally promoted via the internet to visitors in the United States and Canada.
      Hoteliers of Isla Mujeres consider these good occupancy rates to be the result of promotional work done in recent years, but they know that the best promotion is word of mouth, and therefore it is important to offer quality services and to satisfy clients, so that visitors will be motivated to recommend this destination and to return themselves.
       It is hoped that occupancy rates in the summer season will reach 90%, considering that this vacation period is longer than the holidays of Easter and Christmas, when this destination becomes saturated and occupancy reaches 100%, because so many tourists like to travel on the same dates.
       The reservation books of some of the main hotels are at almost 100% until the second week in August, as are some of the small hotels, while others are hoping that overnight national visitors will occupy their rooms.
       The fine weather brought a good amount of tourists to the main beaches, and the golf cart rental companies reported that demand was at about 100%, while visitors could also be observed shopping and walking around downtown.

Need for public transport 
Problema de nunca acabarVer masFull article at this link

     City alderman Roberto Martínez Aragón, Chairman of the  municipal Transportation Committee, says that he has received many complaints about the taxi drivers failing to provide service to residents because they prefer to pick up tourists. He said, "Taxi drivers can not forget that as providers of public services it is their obligation to provide this service and to deny it violates the clauses of their concession. There is a revocation clause that clearly indicates that the concession can be revoked if the service is denied." He said he has also received complaints that some drivers turn on their air conditioning for tourists, but turn it off for residents and ask them to roll down the windows.
     Mr Martinez is with the MORENA party, and alleges that his proposals are possibly being ignored because they originate with his party. He said that during the last six City Council sessions he has asked the mayor to implement urban transport.  
       "It is said that it is not viable here, but it exists in the Continental Zone, where it is offered without permits; Articles 49 to 51 of the "Law of Transit, Transport and Exploitation of the Highways of Quintana Roo" addresses the power of the City Council to grant this service, and Article 50 specifically says that it is the responsibility of the municipalities to grant passenger transportation, " he said.
   He explained, "I have proposed it and all the other councilors ignore this need to have properly concessioned urban transport both on the island and in the Continental Zone. In sessions I've requested their opinions, and they remain silent before this need of the people. I don't know if it is because the initiative comes from MORENA, but here the parties do not matter, and the interests of the population should come first."

Increasing services at the Red Cross 
Incrementan servicios en la Cruz Roja. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

See translation in DQR. This article notes there are 12 people working in three shifts of whom three are paramedics and the rest are socorristas with emergency training (EMT's? socorristas con entrenamiento de paramédicos). In addition they are inviting additional people so that the shifts are no longer than eight hours, in order to avoid fatigue of the personnel.
        He said that emergency care and transportation services have increased by at least 50% compared to previous years, and clarified that while emergency services have no cost, scheduled transfers have a fee of 400 pesos for islanders and 800 pesos for tourists, rates that according to his own words are the highest in Cancun.
      He said, "On a national and international level,  there are no charges for emergency calls, but  there are charges for transfers, otherwise anyone with a toothache would want to be taken to the clinic for free. In the case of the island, a transfer consists of taking a patient from the hospital to the Maritime Terminal".
       In response to a question about what are the most frequent emergencies, he said there are accidents, poisonings, and all kinds of things in general, including sending ambulances to places where people have died. 

Police question fishermen 
Intimidación policíaca a pescadores [+] Ver masFull article at this link

   Fishermen with the cooperative "Caribe' continue to occupy the seafood restaurant "Mininos", since Saturday, over a dispute with their tenant. On Tuesday afternoon, officers with the Ministerial Police visited the property, requesting the names of the people inside. There were about 45 people present, including men, women, and children. They said this was part of their investigation.
      By telephone, the lawyer for the cooperative advised them and spoke to the police, explaining that according to the new  Sistema Penal Acusatorio, the police were not allowed to come to the site and request this information without an order from a judge.
       The officers obtained only the name of the cooperative and information about why the fishermen were at the restaurant and wouldn't leave, and why they wouldn't allow the workers or business owner inside since Saturday.
      The officers kept their weapons holstered throughout the visit, but representatives of the cooperative complained about them wearing weapons, noting there were children present, and they thought the officers had a somewhat arrogant attitude.

Isla Mujeres news briefs 
Breves de Isla Mujeres [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  The community of Isla Mujeres was deeply saddened and touched by the death of  Francisco Schmied Magaña, who was the second mayor of the municipality. He passed away early in the morning in Merida at the age of 70 and was known to the islanders as Paco Schmied. He was mayor in 1978-1981 and a local businessman. He held office after Ariel "Picho" Magana Carrillo, the first mayor, who has also passed away.  His body will be cremated and if the family decides to transfer the remains to Isla Mujeres, a Mass will be offered in his honor on Wednesday. RIP Don Paco Schmied.

The middle schools students had a month of workshops about crime prevention.

The Institute of Culture & Arte is offering two summer vacation programs for children in three locations on the island and in the Continental Zone:  "Vacacionarte" and "My Holidays in the Library", July 24-August 4, for children 7-12. The former is free and the latter costs 100 pesos. The later will be held in the libraries at colonia Salinas and the library in Ciudad Mujeres on the mainland. Both programs will include recreational and artistic activities and guided tours. 

Whale Shark Festival
  The 10th edition of the Whale Shark Festival will take place July 20-23, beginning with a caravan of vehicles, golf carts, and participation by the Isla Mujeres Association of Motorcyclists downtown, concluding at the Casa de la Cultura. Activities during the festival will include a fair featuring food, music, and handicrafts, as well as talks about marine life and whale sharks by important speakers.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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July Events
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July 2 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square 

July 4, Tuesday   Blue Flag raising ceremony on Playa Centro. Independence Day in the US.

                                                                    Sunset ~7:30
July  8   7:14
July 9   8:01
July 10  8:46
July 11  9:30
July 12  10:11
July 13  10:52 
July 14   11.32
Dates haven't been announced yet for the Maya Riviera Film Festival, which usually presents films in Isla Mujeres at the Posada beach (Playa Centro).

 July 9, Sunday 5:30 procession from Maritime Terminal to Town Square church carrying the  Divino Niño Jesús icon

July 9 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 10 Monday 8p procession thru the streets with the Divino Niño Jesús icon, followed by entertainment on the Square. Their festival will take place July 10-20 and will include shows for children, dances, performances by local artists & academies, and fireworks, as well as prayers, praises, nightly Masses, laying on of hands, and other religious activities.

July 15, Saturday  The "Reto Isla to Isla" open water swimming competition will take place departing from the restaurant "Flamingos" located along the road to Punta Sam at 7:30am. They are expected to reach Playa Norte on Isla Mujeres around 11am. There are 7km and 3.5 kilometer categories, and the minimum age is 18, with divisions every ten years. 

July 16 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 20-23 Thurs-Sun Whale Shark Festival  LINK to Fb page. To website.

The Whale Shark Festival schedule
Thursday, July 20
6p Town Square
Art Fair and other activities (I can't read the yellow print very well)
6:30 Fishermen's monument. (")
8pm Outside the Casa de la Cultura
Inauguration of the 10th Whale Shark Festival
A projection presentation of research done at Baja California
Exhibition of motorcycles and Ford cars. Music by DJ Dany

Friday, July 21
6p Town Square Art Fair & other activities (I can't read the text)
8p Town Square Renatta Dance studio performance
Saturday, July 22
6p Town Square Art Fair & other activities
6p City Council room (I can't read the text)
8p Town Square (I can't read the text)
Sunday July 23
12p Playa Centro (Posada Beach) Volleyball competition, men's & women's and Live Music
6p Town Square Art Fair & other activities
8p Town Square (I can't read the text)
July 23 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

July 30 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

August 5 Women's Fishing Tournament Dorada del Caribe (New date)
August 19 Barracuda Fishing Tournament (New date)

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