Friday, September 15, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, Sept. 15

There are several locations available to donate to victims of the earthquake in Chiapas & Oaxaca including the Red Cross, DIF, CRIM, &  Mango Cafe. They are seeking non perishable foods & personal hygiene donations, including diapers, detergent, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

DIF social service agency collecting donations to help earthquake victims in Oaxaca & Chiapas 

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Coordina DIF municipal acopio de ayuda a Oaxaca y Chiapas

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ISLA MUJERES, 14 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
- The municipal DIF of Isla Mujeres has joined in the collection of assistance for the victims of the earthquake last week in the States of Oaxaca and Chiapas, with the installation of two food donation centers, in the Town Hall and at the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center (CRIM). All islanders are invited to contribute between 8am and 7pm. 
     The items they are collecting include canned goods,rice, beans, sugar and other foods that will be shipped in the coming days. They are not accepting clothing, shoes, or water because these are bulky to transport. The donations will be transferred to the state DIF who will transport them to the affected areas. 
    In addition, the Red Cross has been collecting food donations since Monday, as well as a restaurateur  who is being supported by the foreign community, owners of hotels and restaurants, and the general community of Isla Mujeres.


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

The work promoted by President Juan Carrillo is reflected throughout Isla Mujeres. During his # first governmental Informe report, he explained the progress of our economy, tourism, quality of life, education, infrastructure and environment. LINK  
        In his first annual governmental Informe report, the Mayor highlighted the advances that have taken place in the areas of security, tourism, services, public works, employment opportunities, social assistance and the environment. He spoke about offering equal opportunities for everyone, regardless of their ideologies or beliefs and the need for everyone to work together, to continue to create the reality of the future that we dreamed of yesterday and are creating today.
    He was accompanied by representatives of the three levels of government during his report, and he acknowledged the support of the City Council, working together closely with the state and federal government, to directly benefit the island community. He said that the municipality today faces the great challenge of growing and developing in a balanced manner, with investments that generate employment and capital,  while respecting our environment, since sustainability depends on a harmonious coexistence between man and the nature.
    In response to this, the services - such as garbage collection and public lighting - were brought up to date, and a historic budget was used to carry out these public works, so that improvement occurred equally on the island and in the Continental Zone.      
         In this first year, the commitment was fulfilled to completely clean out the Isla Mujeres Trash Transfer Facility, with the removal of the 9,500 tons of waste that had accumulated there over 9 years.
       "Today we have more cleaning units, more trucks, more personnel, but the commitment is to continue equipping the municipality, because the objective is to take care of our health, and offer a beautiful Isla Mujeres to those who visit us," said the mayor.
         After months of attention,  95% of the inhabited areas of the island and 80% in Rancho Viejo are illuminated and the government is working to provide 100% coverage.
       A major investment of 30 million pesos was achieved, changing the lives of thousands of people, especially in Rancho Viejo on the mainland, with the paving of streets in 5 colonias and the construction of 3 new fully equipped multi use sports courts, a new library and a housing program for the benefit of  ~400 families.
      In the area of ​​public safety, with the support of the State Government and the Federal Government, new units were incorporated to cover the entire municipality, which is considered one of the safest in the state. And thanks to programs like the breathalyzer, they were able to reduce the accident rate by 70%, he said.
        The mayor concluded by saying that in regard to providing attention to the most disadvantaged inhabitants of the municipality,  his administration has increased the medical brigades and has provided examinations for women to their colonias, as well as eye examinations, dental sercices, and general care. In addition, there is now an internist in the island's hospital thanks to the Health Coordination and Collaboration Agreement.
      Names of many of the officials in attendance are given. 

Islanders now have more security, efficient services for cleaning up and garbage, and decent public spaces that allow us to have a better quality of life. The quality of life in Isla Mujeres is improved in terms of education, sports, and assistance for the community.

I love my beach. Reduce, reuse, recycle

Implementing programs and educational assistance to help the children and young people of the island.

There are videos from the Mayors first annual governmental Informe report and the graphic that is in the Events section below about tonight's Independence Day celebrations on the Town Square.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

"There is still a lot to do but we have been making great strides in this first year of government," Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis in his first Government Report. VIDEO  

Selina Hostels and VolunQuest are working together LINK 
        Selina Hostels is a new platform for travelers from all over the world that has arrived in Mexico. Their philosophy is to offer local experiences with social awareness. Their project that started in Cancun has scheduled social work in Isla Mujeres.        In coordination with the VolunQuest association, these projects became reality on Tuesday, when young employees from Selina Hostels did cleaning work at César Mendoza Santana Elementary School, in addition to leveling hazardous areas and providing shade for the students.
        Kristen Tywan, head of VolunQuest said in the upcoming days they will be doing similar work at Julio Sauri Espinoza Elementary School, in addition to building a home for a senior couple near Rancho Viejo, in the mainland part of the municipality.   She said the current governmental administration has facilitated transportation costs for these volunteers who are employees of Selina Hostels and who donate a percentage of their time, paid by the company, to social service.
      Loic Delarboulas, head of operations for Selina Hostels, explained that the company was born in Panama by travelers seeking to create more than a place of accommodation, designed to offer local experiences and to foster interaction with the community and among the travelers. S/he explained that the values ​​of the company are based on four themes: Art and Culture, Education, Environment, and Entrepreneurship, providing shelter for young people and digital nomads. This concept has been very successful in countries like Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia.
          "Although we have not opened a hostel in Quintana Roo, this is the first time we started with social projects before the opening, but we want to do it in all the countries where we are going to go. Selina has been in Mexico for six months, with our headquarters in Cancun, "said Loic Delarboulas.
       Their mission is to open these hostels in Isla Mujeres, Tulum, Bacalar, Puerto Morelos, Holbox and a second property in the Hotel Zone of Cancun, as well as expanding to other places such as Chiapas, Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende, to name a few.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Controversy continues among cabbies  
Nuevo jaloneo entre taxistas[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Controversy continues among the taxi drivers and the issue of their leadership with a confrontation on the mainland concerning an alleged reassignment of a route. The taxi drivers are also unhappy about the 119 plates that were issued under the administration of Gov. Borge, who is now imprisoned in Panama.  The electoral assembly planned for Sept. 16 was cancelled due to personal circumstances of Miguel Chan Mena, who remains dedicated to the opposition as a leader, and may be rescheduled for Sept. 30. Multiple legal complaints have been filed against the taxi union leader, Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez, who did not receive legal recognition of his election from the Board of Arbitration and Conciliation.

Security operation for Independence Day celebrations  
Operativo de seguridad por Fiestas Patrias. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
A security operation will be carried out to ensure safety in Isla Mujeres during the national holidays for Mexican Independence, with special attention during the traditional civic parade on Saturday the 16th, according to the general director of Public Safety and Traffic, Jaime Ongay. He asked for cooperation from the citizens regarding the restrictions on Rueda Medina Avenue, which should last about 70 minutes during the parade on Saturday. 
    Security measures began with the Mayor's Informe governmental report on Thursday and will continue during the festivities on Friday for the traditional Grito celebration, and on Saturday morning during the parade to ensure the least amount of disruption as possible. 
     On the other hand, residents are recommending that precautions be taken against burglary, since thieves are known to take advantage of opportunities such as this. "We cannot expect everything to be done by the police, which in many cases are not reliable; we need to organize between neighbors to support each other and monitor our properties, "said Ms. Irma Matos Can.

Complaints about jewelry stores  
Abuso masivo de joyerías. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Complaints online against several jewelry stores are being collected by other merchants to ask CANACO (Chamber of Commerce), PROFECO (Federal Prosecutor for Consumer Protection), and municipal authorities to take action to stop these bad practices, which reflect badly on the image of this vacation destination.
    An example is given from January, 2015, on Trip Advisor, where "Abraham" said they were directed to a store by staff with the Albatross boat, who promised a 30% discount for members of the tour. His brother bought a bracelet for 6000 pesos that they later realized wasn't really silver and was normally sold for 600 pesos.
     There is a complaint by "Polett" from May, 2015 against a jewelry store which has been sanctioned by PROFECO.
    American "Rebecca D" complained online on Sept. 6, 2016, about a chain which has three stores on the island, alleging that she bought a $200 necklace, but her card was charged $2000 dollars. She noticed the overcharge before leaving Mexico and was able to return the necklace and receive reimbursement. 
      On August 3, 2017, American "Stephanie" wrote a long essay about her fourth trip to Mexico, alleging that scams happen in almost every store in this country, and complaining that the stone fell out of a silver ring she bought for $120 dollars on the same day she purchased it at the Don Agustin chain store on Rueda Medina. However, she recommends visiting these businesses to haggle prices. 
     "Lex59" from Las Vegas said he was deceived when he bought a 'piece of garbage', which was na elephant that appeared to have a jewel and zirconias, but the jewel fell out when it was handled. They repaired it, and gave a certificate of authenticity, but it was stolen when he was in the boat.
      "Melissa T" from Iowa said she was taken to a shop by tour-guide Manny from the Albatros catamaran tour, who said the store, "has the best jewelry and prices, the cleanest bathrooms, and free shots of tequila." She said she chose a ring priced at $1200 dollars, which she bargained down to $300, and a pair of earrings priced at $300 which were bargained down to $80. Her credit card was charged $311 and $83. She was given a certificate of guarantee with her name, telephone number, address and email. They were allegedly "platinum black diamond surrounded by genuine white sapphires."  Later she learned that they were not made of silver, and the the jewels weren't black diamonds. 
     "Lifeistoe" from Australia said she/he bought an item that was priced at 100 Mexican pesos, but her/his card was charged $250.  
        Names of some of the stores are given in the article, and quotes from the consumers calling them thieves and scammers.

Sanitary appearance at the Trash Transfer Facility
Luce saneada la estación de transferencia. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      After more than five years, the Trash Transfer Facility is nearly clean, after more than 2000 tons of garbage were removed in recent months, and only a small mound remained on Wednesday, according to Public Services.
      There is a governmental commitment that the terrible image generated by this accumulation of trash will not be repeated, which has been an ongoing problem for two decades at this facility, after the previous landfill existed where the Isla 33 condominiums are now located.
       This accomplishment was applauded by neighboring residents, who have had to tolerate the bad odors from the site, as well as by tourism businesses and boat crews who say the stench could be smelled all the way to the Bay. The trash was taken to the regional landfill in mainland Isla Mujeres.
        The municipal government has said they intend to add infrastructure to the Trash Transfer Facility to separate out the plastics, cardboard, and metal, to reduce the amount of trash that is transported to the landfill. However no public resources from the three levels of government have been dedicated to this project, yet.

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September Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Festival of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre 
Daily at 6p throughout the festival, a novena will be offered. Each group will celebrate a different night. The Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre is the patroness and protector of fishermen.

Friday, Sept. 1, the group of the Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción church,will gather on the Town Square, with the company Espartacos Tour, which includes entertainment by the group Añoranzas.

Saturday, Sept. 2, the group of the church Sacred Heart of Jesus will gather, in colonia la Gloria, with the family Iuit Tun, which will feature entertainment by Zak Najera and his keyboards.

 Sunday, Sept. 3, the group of the fishermen's cooperative "Caribe" will gather, with the comedy show of Julio Martínez 

..........SUNDAY SEPT 3 Town Square 8p Noches Magicas........(not part of the Festival)

 Monday, Sept. 4 the groups of the company Sol Tours and of the Fishing Cooperative "Isla Blanca", will gather, with an animation musical for entertainment.

Tuesday, Sept. 5 the group of the tourist cooperative  "Adolfo López Mateos", will celebrate

Wednesday, Sept. 6 the groups of the Guadalupe Chapel, of tourist cooperative Isla Bonita, and of the "Por Justicia  Social" Fishing Cooperative will celebrate.

Thursday, Sept. 7  the groups of the fishing cooperative "Patria y Progreso",
of Ceviche Tours,  and of Mandi Coral (+) will celebrate and the mañanitas will be sung at 10p, in honor of the Virgin of the Charity de Cobre.

Friday, Sept. 8th, at 10:00 a.m. the "First Communions" will be held and the group of the tourist cooperative "Perfect Day" will celebrate with the Silva Balam family.

Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8a, after Mass, the traditional maritime procession to Isla Contoy will depart from the concrete pier with Ultramar providing a large boat for parishioners and tourists (Bring your own food & beverages).

Full moon Wednesday, Sept 6
                                                                    Sunset ~7:00
Sept. 6   7:30
 Sept. 7   8:12
Sept. 8   8:54
Sept. 9  9:38
Sept. 10  10:24
Sept. 11  11:13

Sunday, Sept. 10 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

(Wednesday, Sept. 13  Commemoration of  Los Niños Héroes) 

Thursday, Sept. 14 Mayor's First Annual Informe Report 

(Thursday, Sept. 14 Commemoration of the Annexation of Chiapas to Mexico)

Friday, Sept. 15. Grito of Dolores  Celebration on the Town Square in the evening and the Mayor will read the Grito from the balcony of the Palacio Town Hall. The festivities usually include a performance by folklorico dancers, coronation of the queen, live music & dancing, and fireworks. This year the bands are MegaBoom & El Pulpo. The party usually lasts all night long. The Grito of Dolores is a Cry of Independence, from 1810 when Hidalgo called for the people to revolt from Spain. Every Sept. 15 around 11pm, the Mayors (and Governors and President),  ring a bell from the balcony of the Palacio on the Town Square, and give a traditional speech which includes the names of heroes of the war for independence. This is followed by three shouts of ¡Viva México!, more bell ringing, waving of the Mexican flag, and the National Anthem may be played.

Saturday, Sept. 16  Independence Day there will be a parade in the morning, usually on Rueda Medina. The kids are supposed to assemble at 7:30, so it is probably scheduled to start at 8. 

Saturday, Sept. 16 International Coastal Clean-up Day 

Saturday & Sunday Sept. 16 & 17 Oasis Fest 2017
Sat. 11a-7p Skateboarding, music & more at El Chapo the steep hill in La Gloria.
8p-11p Awards Dinner, music & more at the inauguration of Oasis Skate Shop
11-3a Party at Poc Na Hostel for 18+
Sun. 8a-8p at Playa Centro: Sand sculpture competition, exhibitions, competitions, performances, music, kites, art & more
  Special featured guests are three young people from the urban movement & from the professional world of extreme sports: Wid Eriksen (Parkour, UrbanRunners); Freddy Carrera (Skate, Converse); and Jesus Gonzalez (Skate, Converse)

 There is usually a Mass and festivities by the Whale Shark tour crews and their families to celebrate the completion of a successful season. TBA

Sunday, Sept. 17 The Maya Circuit-Pueblos Magicos Race:
Sunday the Maya Circuit Pueblos Magicos Race 5, 10, 15K.starts at 7a Fishermen's Monument on Rueda Medina downtown. (Third in a series of four, this one is for the element "Air" / iik' in Maya.).

Sunday, Sept. 17  Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, Sept. 19 Commemoration of the National Week of Civil Protection, remembering the devastation of the earthquake that occurred on September 19 in 1985 in the capital of Mexico.

Friday, Sept. 22 Fall Equinox 

Sunday, Sept.24  Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Sources for Storm Information & Weather:
Tropical Tidbits
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).

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