Friday, September 1, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, September 1

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Increased efforts to transport over 900 tons of trash 

Suman 900 ton de basura

 Se intensifican labores de traslado

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de agosto.
Leer más..Full article at this link.

Junk removal campaign  

Agradecen descacharrización

 Vecinos reconocen gestión de Juan Carrillo

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de agosto.-
Leer más.Full article at this link..
   This campaign was conducted for the prevention of breeding of mosquitoes who cause diseases like dengue, zika, and chikungunya . See article below.

Turtle protection program has excellent results  

Excelentes resultados

 Destaca Juan Carrillo en protección a tortugas

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ISLA MUJERES, 29 de agosto.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

Fiesta program announced in honor of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre 

Presentan programa de fiestas

 En honor a la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

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ISLA MUJERES, 29 de agosto.-
Leer más.Full article at this link..


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

At the 22nd Session of the City Council, we approved the collaboration agreement with the State Government to include the information in the new State Platform for Cadastral and Registry Information.

The 5th Gastronomic Contest based on Lion Fish 🐠 brought together the best chefs from Isla Mujeres to present their delicious dishes 🍛.👉
   The winners aren't announced in this article.

With the joint work between the City Council, the DIF Isla Mujeres and the private initiative, the CENDI Isla Mujeres today has quality facilities that benefit the island's children.

The care of the beaches of # IslaMujeres🌊🌴 is everyone's job.
Put the trash in its place♻ and take care of the sea life🐬🐋🐢🐠🐙.

The blue crabs arrive every year between September and October to the beautiful beaches of  Isla Mujeres. Let's watch out for them during their long journey, full of obstacles, from the mangroves to the beaches. The graphic says:
 This is what you should do if you happen to encounter them:
Female. Her abdomen is wider and more circular, almost completely covering the ventral part of her body. If you see a female, take her to the sea shore
Male. His abdomen is narrow and has a triangular shape that is similar in to an inverted letter "T". If you see a male, return him to the mangroves.   

Recommendations: Don't shine lights directly on them, Cross only at pedestrian crossings, Don't use tongs to handle them, Don't go into the mangroves, Don't take photos using a flash. 
Equipment: Use these items to properly assist the crabs and to prevent mistreatment of them.

Today (Aug. 30) we celebrate 🎊 the International Day of the largest fish in the world, who every year - from May to September -, visit #IslaMujeres, allowing us to enjoy an unforgettable experience. We wish them good luck on  their journey.

With the Junk Removal campaigns, we have managed to keep the streets of Isla Mujeres clean.
Thanks to all the islanders who collaborate with us by taking out their junk and eliminating mosquito breeding sites.

In  Isla Mujeres🌴 we promote the care and protection of the environment🌱 and the fauna🐢.
It says:  The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the manner is which its animals are treated...Mahatma Gandhi

There is a video from the Tortugranja. The captions say "The City of Isla Mujeres continues to work at the conservation an:d protection of sea turtles. We carry on these efforts"
This article says that they have protected 1003 nests so far, and that they are hoping to break the record of 1500 nests in 2015. The director of the Tortugranja, Deline Carcia Canto said efforts have been increased to prevent poaching and predation of this species which visits Isla Mujeres every year, and these efforts are vital to guaranteeing its conservation.
She said that it is necessary to continue with these actions aimed at protecting the sea turtles: "Especially in the area of awareness, We want all islanders and those who visit us to become involved in their conservation and to denounce (officially complain) about any poaching or selling of either turtle meat and eggs. "


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

 The 5th Gastronomic Contest based on Lion Fish LINK 
    Sixteen contestants participated in this competition which encourages consumption of Lion Fish, who are an invasive species in Caribbean waters, that prey on other species and reproduce rapidly. The judging was based on taste, technique of elaboration, presentation and creativity. 
There are photos.

The Mayor cut the ribbon at the inauguration of the remodeling of CENDI daycare facility. LINK 

There's a weather forecast about that isn't specific to Isla Mujeres about a couple Tropical Waves and what is now Hurricane Irma out in the Atlantic. See NOAA, NHC for info in English. It's cloudy & a dark cloud just rolled in with a shower which agrees with what the forecast for the region says..overcast or partly cloudy with 60% chance of rainstorms.  LINK 

The Isla Mujeres delegation is ready to promote the cultural, historic and natural attractions of this destination at the 2017 National Fair of Pueblos Magicos, to be held in Monterrey Sept 20-24.
 There is a video that says:  Our cuisine and handicrafts are among the principal cultural attractions of Isla Mujeres which will be featured in the National Pueblos Magicos Fair 2017. The Isla Mujeres Director of Tourism Promotion said that in this month of September, it is very important that we participate in the annnual National Fair of Pueblos Magicos, in Monterrey, where we will promote Isla Mujeres so people will learn about this Pueblo Magico. "Which attractions will be promoted?" Culinary. The 20th to 24th.

There is a Civil Protection notice about Hurricane Irma being category 2 and posing no risk to the state of Quintana Roo and is 5672 kilometers away.

There's a graphic for what is now Hurricane Irma out in the Atlantic LINK  

  Activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai spent the night in Cancun after her flight was diverted due to heavy rains in Mexico City, where she is scheduled to speak at two events.LINK 

Junk removal campaigns LINK  
   The General Director of Municipal Public Services, José Ríos Chalé, said that junk pick up campaigns have been carried out in all of Isla Mujeres, both on the island and the mainland. On the island they have conducted this campaign in the colonias of  "Miraflores", "Lol Beh", "Cañotal", "La Gloria", "Salina Chica", "Salina Grande", "Electricians" and "La Guadalupana". Between the island and the mainland, 756 tons of junk were removed including televisions, refrigerators , air conditioners, furniture, and more.

There's an article about Harvey and another about Mexican paramedics going to Texas to help those affected by Harvey. LINK

There's a video and the caption says   Fifteen days after the PROFECO (Consumer Protection Agency) module in Isla Mujeres began operations, the first five immediate conciliations (?conciliaciones inmediatas) are already in place, as announced by Ana Laura Castillo, in charge of Education and Dissemination of this Office. (Maybe that means immediate resolutions of the problems?)

Hotel occupancy remains at 62% in Isla Mujeres LINK 
  (This is global occupancy and includes the mainland. Occupancy is lower on the island, see Por Esto article below).

Isla Mujeres is an increasingly popular and safe tourist destination so the US travel alert shouldn't directly affect Isla Mujeres, this was announced by Gustavo Rodríguez Orozco, Director of Tourism Promotion of Isla Mujeres.

Alleged accomplice to be released of the alleged assassin of islander taxi driver, which occurred on the mainland. Family demands justice. (The assault occurred on the mainland.) LINK
Relatives of the murdered taxi driver convene in order to demand justice LINK 
  The release of the woman taken into custody in association with this crime was scheduled for 8pm

Isla Mujeres achieves excellent results in its Turtle Protection program LINK  
  So far 1003 nests have been protected, compated to 508 last year. Work by the Tortugranja is coordinated with the Department of the Nave (Semar), the Federal Attorney's Office for Environmental Protection (Profepa) and the Federal Police in monitoring the different nesting sites There are hopes that the record of 1500 nests in 2015 will be exceeded. Residents are encouraged to report any poaching or sale of turtle meat or eggs

Concerns about businesses being affected by the Travel Alerts issued by the US. LINK
Travel alerts in the United States could directly affect Isla Mujeres, according to Juan Carrillo Figueroa, leader of the Chamber of Commerce in Isla Mujeres. 

 On Monday morning, , Faustino Uicab Alcocer,  General Secretary for the PAN party in Isla Mujeres, delivered the support of nine tinacos (water tanks) to the settlers of La Guadalupana. LINK 


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Moving forward with animal protection  
Promueven la protección para los animales [+] Ver masFull article at this link

        Yesterday, an awareness campaign was instituted for the immediate implementation of the Regulations for Animal Welfare and  Protection in Isla Mujeres, said Sebastián Escobedo, Alderman for Ecology. He was presenting the corresponding Manual of Administrative and Operative Procedures for the Regulations.     José González, deputy director of Ecology, made the announcement yesterday afternoon in the City Council room, and explained that during the upcoming week a direct review will be carried out in the colonias to give direct notice to those who have their animals on the roof or in the streets.           Then, in the following week, a sanction will be applied. That is, before the end of the first half of September, this regulation will be in force to address the social concerns and to solve the problem of animals in the streets.
        The Manual of Administrative and Operative Procedures for Animal Welfare in the municipality of Isla Mujeres was reviewed by the municipal legal department in order to give certainty to the work that will be initiated by municipal Ecology department, with the support of the City Council.
           The minimum penalty in the regulation appears to be 41 minimum salaries and the maximum penalty is 300 minimum salaries; conditions and intentions will be determined. (The Daily Minimum salary is 80 pesos or about five dollars, so 40 dms equals about $200usd and 300 dms equals about $1500usd). No one should have their pets on the street or on the roof without protection and care.       Mr. Escobedo requested citizen support to successfully implement the plan, which began on February 22 when the City Council endorsed the draft  of this regulation, which was later published in the Official State Government publication and became Law.
        It is a question of improving public health and the public image with the measure, therefore, the government is interested in addressing this problem with community participation. It has been five years since this was proposed by a civil association with José González.         These concerns have been expressed by the community, and published in the media, for several decades, including the need for official participation. Community work and appeals for governmental involvement have been made by veterinarian Delfino Guevara  for 18 years, who currently heads the first well equipped veterinary hospital, which was inaugurated three years ago. to care for the health of pets in Isla Mujeres, without their owners having to go elsewhere. 

Cleaning out the Trash Transfer Facility  
Limpian la Estación de Transferencia de Residuos .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
     The municipal government is working to remove the garbage that has accumulated for five years at the Trash Transfer Station, to transfer it to the regional landfill on the mainland.
Several vehicles were hired to carry out this effort in six days, to transport ~900 tons of accumulated trash, just before delivery of the Mayor's first Governmental Report.
      The Mayor made commitments to clear out the facility but this didn't occur because the municipal coffers were de-capitalized and he also has not received the payment of 200,000 pesos per month by the government of the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun), for use of the regional landfill, which is a contractual agreement that has accumulated to a current debt of 17 million pesos.
       Workers confirmed that they have been working until midnight daily to prepare the trucks to cross on the first ferry trip to Punta Sam. They have been doing this for six days, and the goal is to achieve total cleaning of the station, which they expect to take another six days.
      Several weeks ago, José Ríos Chalé, head of the Public Service, reported there was about 1,800 tons of garbage in the facility and they had not been able to make progress because of various problems with the trucks, due to the lack of renovating the fleet.
         This work has been carried out with the muncipal "gondola" truck (semi with an open bed) and with the support of about half a dozen "gondolas" from the local union of volqueteros (truck drivers), which will allow the City to achieve this goal, at a rate of six vehicles full of trash daily.

Angry taxi drivers on mainland
Incumplimiento del gobernador[+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Taxi drivers in the Continental Zone are planning a lawsuit against SINTRA for authorizing 119 plates during the Borge administration, and they had expected this governor to reverse those concessions.

Effects of the low season 
Efectos de la temporada baja . [+] Ver masFull article at this link
A little more than a week after the end of the summer holiday period, the influx of visitors has dropped significantly. Hotel occupancy overall is at 62.46%, and on the isle it is 41.62%, but some small hotels have reported they only have one or two occupied rooms, which is less that 10 percent. Occupancy on the mainland in the large luxury hotels in the Punta Sam area is at 77.56%. The ferries bringing passengers from the Hotel Zone, Puerto Juarez and Punta Sam say they are operating at about 50 to 60 percent of their capacity, and they expect it to decrease in September, which occurs annually.
   The small hoteliers who are at less than 10 percent occupancy are requesting that a campaign be conducted to promote the destination during the months of September, October, and November, with some of the funds which are collected from the 3% Hospitality Tax.

Not sleeping easy  
No duermen tranquilos [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  This is another article about the concerns of residents about the seawall of the eastern malecon downtown. The 'cages' of rocks ( Spanish gaviones) below the wall have been deteriorating, which were constructed after Hurricane Wilma. It is noted that during that hurricane, a section of 200 meters broke down, bringing water to the area just south of the Aguakan facility.

Civil Protection cut down an old almond tree 
Protección Civil tala añejo árbol de almendro+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Residents thought Civil Protection would just prune the almond tree which was planted 40 years ago to provide shade for the parents waiting to deliver lunch to their children at the school, but it was cut down. This tree also provided shade for a neighbor's home, and a member of that family just cam out of a coma to learn of this bad news, after she has survived two heart attacks. Her granddaughter complained that this was a terrible 'gift' for Grandparents Day, on Monday. This tree survived Hurricane Gilbert and Hurricane Wilma, and has provided a home for many birds, in addition to offering respite from the sun. 

Hotel occupancy at 62.46% in the municipality
Ocupación hotelera del 62.46%[+] Ver masFull article at this link

Lion Fish cooking competition 
Concurso gastronómico a base de pez león. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Professional and amateur chefs will participate in the fifth edition of the Lionfish Gastronomic Competition, which will take place on Thursday, August 31st at 7pm on the Town Square, to feature these dishes and promote consumption among the general population. Many people are unaware that Lion Fish is edible, and now more people are including it in their diet, because this is the fifth year of this culinary contest, which has helped familiarize more people with this fish. Consumption helps control this predator which has invaded our waters.
    Another goal of the competition is to increase the sale and consumption of lion fish in restaurants, to help offset their proliferation. It is not native to this area and has become one of the main predators of other species. It has no natural predators and reproduces at a 'dizzying' pace, and is a poisonous species when it is alive, due to its spines. It is becoming a regular part of people's diets in some other states of Mexico and various Caribbean countries. Measures are being taken to control the proliferation of this species, but it would be difficult to eradicate them because of the speed at which they reproduce.

Fishermen want monitoring by the Navy.

Pescadores piden a la Marina vigilancia. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Fishermen from the island asked the Mexican Navy to implement surveillance at the entrance to the Chacmuchuc lagoon (on the mainland part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres) in order to prevent poachers who settled permanently in fishing camps in the area of Boca Iglesias, to stop them from preying species that are under a ban and fromdevastates with all the seafood products that they find in their path, regardless of size. They say there fishermen are mostly from Tabasco and don't respect the closures and catch lobsters in the months they have eggs, which is not allowed, and they devastate the octopus "as tho it was the last day of fishing in their lives", and mostly lack permits for these activities, and may not even have permits for catching fish.  Some lack legal registration for their boats, also, according to local fishermen.
   The island fishermen complained that they are subject to Naval inspection to verify they have all their documents in order, but the poachers should be monitored, who also have the liberty of going out when the port is closed for small boats. 
       They said that the octopus season has already begun and the fishermen at Boca Iglesias are putting an end to the entire resource, leaving nothing for the rest, but also catching lobsters below the prescribed size and weight, which is, in the case of the tails, is 16.5 centimeters ( So they should be bigger than a dollar bill because that is six and a half inches and the bill is ~6.1 inches. Peso notes are 5.2 inches)and if it is live crustacean, the minimum is 400 grams.

Travel advisory causes concern  
“Warning” causa preocupaciónsl.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

        There are concerns about the repercussions of the "warning" issued by the US government, which included Cancun, Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya, despite this destination not being mentioned in the warning, but because of this island's proximity to one of the destinations, that the advisory could have a serious effect on occupancy. 
       Juan Carrillo Figueroa, a leader of the  National Chamber of Commerce (Canaco) on the isle, said that it is likely that the "warning" about different destinations in Mexico could be an "amague" of Donald Trump to accept the conditions of NAFTA.
      He said that most of the tourists arriving at the international airport in Cancun are headed to other destinations and among all of them, there are only few that chose Isla Mujere to stay overnight. He said, "Planes carrying between 300 to 400 passengers arrive daily in Cancun, but most tourists stay in Cancún or go to the Riviera Maya, maybe among all of those, in high season around five percent of the plane's passengers come to visit us, who fortunately live in peace in this paradise, but you can see that the planes won't be flying in just to bring tourists planes to Isla Mujeres. "           It was clear and realistic to point out that, although Isla Mujeres is not a destination mentioned in the "warning" by the United States, if  cancellations begin occurring of flights to Cancun and the Riviera Maya, it is obvious that the situation will directly affect this destination.
         He said, "It is likely to be an 'amague', the way this gentleman (Donald Trump) has to lobby in his negotiations on NAFTA."  He said this could affect Isla Mujeres and the start of winter season.

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August Events
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August 5 Women's Fishing Tournament Dorada del Caribe (New date)
 Prizes for the International Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe". It says surprise prizes for 4th thru 10th. Registration in 2000 pesos. Captain's Dinner Friday evening, Sat morn boats depart at 8a, scales close at 3p, award ceremony at 6p.

August 6 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

                                                                    Sunset ~7:20
Aug  7   7:28
 Aug 8   8:11
Aug 9   8:52
Aug 10  9:33
Aug 11  10:13
Aug 12  10:55
Aug 13   11.39

August 13 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

Celebrate the 167th anniversary of the founding of our town with us! Isla Fest
Tues. Aug. 15 Town Square 5:30p Art & Food Fair
         8p Downtown street tour Night of traditions
         8:30p Town Square Multifaceted Orchestra of Felipe Carrillo Puerto
                    Dance troupe performance with Jaranas                    

Wed. Aug. 16  Casa de la Cultura
       5:30p Art & Food Fair
       6p  Dancing to the live music of Trova Isleña
       Anniversary of the dance troupe Añoranzas of Isla Mujeres                       

Thurs. Aug. 17  8a Departure from the car ferry dock
    Wreath ceremony at the Cross in the Bay / Cruz de la Bahia
    Town Square 5:30p Art & Food Fair
                     6:30  Presentation of Awards for Tourism and for Citizenship
                     8:30  Performance by Poncho Laduarte & Pierre David  (musician-comedians) 

Fri. Aug. 18 Town Square 5:30p Art & Food Fair
                                    8p Performances by dance troupes
                                          Musical group "Sensitive"
                                          Musical group "Merenglass"

Sat. Aug. 19 Town Square 5:30p Art & Food Fair
                                    8p Performances by dance troupes
                                          Musical group "Rillex"
                                          Musical group "Super Lamas"
Sun. Aug. 20  Playa Centro 2p Electro festival
                      Town Square 5:30p Art & Food Fair
                                            8p Quintana Roo Danzarte Gala

 Aug. 18, 19, & 20   Friday, Saturday, Sunday Family Summer 2017 event.
Teams of five people, dressed in the same color, one bicycle per team.
Completely Free. Rally.  Bicycle Race, Tug of War, Sand Sculpture Contest
Music & Games. Daily Prizes for the first three places.
A DIFferent Weekend (DIF is the social service agency).
Register at the DIF office between 10am & 4pm

August 19 Barracuda Fishing Tournament 

August 20 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

 August 27 Sunday  8p Noches Magicas Performance on the Town Square

On August 31 the Fifth Gastronomic Competition 2017 will be held in the Town Square 🏆
The main ingredient will be the Lionfish.

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