Saturday, September 16, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, Sept. 16

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

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
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  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Excellent weekend with Independence Day holiday festivities 

Gran fin de semana

 Vaticina Juan Carrillo con fiestas patrias

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 15 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.


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

There's a notice from yesterday about Rueda Medina being closed this morning during the parade, which began at the Naval base and went to the Fishermen's monument. And video & invitation to come and dance and enjoy the music of El Pulpo y sus Teclados after the Grito, last night. And another for MegaBoom. There's a schedule for last night, and this morning parade (see events section).


Isla Mujeres al Dia has four photos and reports: The Mayor said that celebrating with these festivities is important, not only as a day when the Independence of Mexico in commemorated, but also to share the traditions and culture of our country with visitors. He said these events benefit the economy by attracting tourism, while providing family oriented enjoyment and entertainment for the islanders.
"Organizing these events allows our destination to continue to gain the attention of visitors, who can participate in our festivals and learn more about the traditions which are enjoyed by our families," said Mayor Carrillo Soberanis.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

TVIM has many pictures from last night & says: Night of the Commemoration in Isla Mujeres of the 207 Anniversary of the Call for the Independence of Mexico (Grito de Independencia).Viva Mexico!

APIQRoo (The Port Authority) has opened donations centers for the earthquake victims. LINK 

Excellent weekend in Isla Mujeres celebrating Mexican Independence LINK  

The Port Authority filed a complaint with PGR for invasion of the port area (by boats of local fishermen) LINK
    On August 24, the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo) filed a complaint to the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) for irregular occupation in a space within the port, concerning an area occupied by at least 60 vessels. Personnel with APIQRoo confirmed the story and said that although the boat owners have been approached, they have shown no intention to withdraw voluntarily.
    "We know that they have tried to regularize the federal zone, which they have not been able to do, and they won't be allowed, because it is a port and APIQRoo is responsible for that space," said APIQRoo staff.
    The Port Authority has ruled out the idea of anyone ​​being able to have a concession in this zone because it is considered as a reserved area of the port. They say it has been misused, since work is being done with fiberglass, as well as mechanical work, and there are even irregular constructions (palapas and sheds). He said that there have been several thefts in this area, coupled with the trash that always exists.
(I think this is along the area behind the whale shark statue.)

CONANP: Whale shark licensees will be subject to new rules LINK  
      The Regional Director of the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan Peninsula of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), Ricardo Gómez Lozano, said that the renewal of permits for next year will be subject to the results of the inspections that were done this year. He described the results of this season as a "model" season. It is noted that this season is nearly over.
     He said, "250 authorizations were issued, some of which are under review, in relation to port authority procedures, and we will also consider the results of the inspections, including both those done by us and those done by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency."
    He said that during the current season of observing and swimming with the Whale Sharks, several actions of supervision and surveillance were conducted, including by the Department of the Navy. He did not specify the number of  'levantadas' (citations) that were issued this season, but he stressed that these will be taken into account regarding the renewal of permits next year. 
    He said that citations were issued against vessels with and without permits who carried out activities in an irregular manner, and therefore, sanctions will surely be given. The regional director of CONANP, said that after meetings with permit holders, it has been decided to continue with granting only 250 permits and no more.
    The official lamented that there were some people who decided to ignore the law and went out, who not only jeopardized their permits, but also their business. He said, "We were very clear from the beginning that those who risked going out without having a permit in hand and were sanctioned, will not be able to obtain their permit for next year."
        He said that only the responsible permit holders and those that worked hand in hand with the authorities, protecting the species, will be the ones who will definitely continue.
        He said that one of the proposals that was made with the permit holders was that there should be no more than 120 boats per day, which was fulfilled through the good practices that they proposed. "It is necessary to recognize and applaud that they themselves seek to protect the species by taking measures like that of compulsory rest," he said.
      Regarding the complaint that some permit holders have more than 10 authorizations and others with three were having problems, the official said that since this year he has been talking to several of them, seeking to reduce the number of their permits. He said, "We do not want to play favorites, but with those that still have several permits, if they do not comply, they are at risk of losing them."


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Asking that fraudulent jewelry stores be punished  
Exigen castigo a joyerías defraudadoras.. [+] Ver mas
  See yesterday's translations regarding complaints about jewelry stores that allegedly sold false stones and metals or overcharged on credit cards, according to the TripAdvisor website. The entrepreneurs want intervention by PROFECO, The Federal Consumer Protection agency. The current manager of the Isla Mujeres PROFECO module said they have had no official complaints. Representatives with CANACO and CANIRAC, chambers of commerce say they are interested in contacting the Mayor to expose these problems and others in the business sector.
    In fact, when Mayor Carrillo Soberanis, was the PROFECO representative on the island in 2008, several fines and sanctions were issued against merchants who abused visitors. He is no stranger to the problem, therefore, he organized the return of PROFECO to the island to address these types of problems.
  The PROFECO module does not currently have a permanent official in the island who gives daily attention to the necessity of supervising the commercial sector. Business owners want action taken because it bad business practices and deception reflect badly on the reputation of everyone in the business community. They say the vast majority of these accused merchants are outsiders and the resident entrepreneurs are concerned about bad practices being done by these competitors who come from outside the community. One concerned CONACO member said, "They have come to discredit the commercial sector of Isla Mujeres, therefore we are asking for intervention by the municipal and federal authorities.  

Poor lighting in Sac Bajo  
Mala iluminación en Sac-bajo[+] Ver mas
  This information has been translated previously. This article says there are at least 25 streetlights in Sac Bajo that are not working, despite the municipal government recently claiming that 90% of the street lights on the island are now operational.

Whale shark tours have little transparency  
  Poca transparencia para tours del pez dominó. [+] Ver mas
 The whale shark season will conclude on Sunday, Sept. 17. It is noted that there was controversy concerning the permits from SEMARNAT (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources). There is a sense of a lack of agreement between the two agencies of this federal Ministry, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) and the General Directorate of Wildlife (DGVS), and a lack of clarity about their protocols for approval and disapproval for permits, in time and form, according to the licensees. Finally, in July, 230 permits were issued, with complaints about the monopolization and inclusion of large companies such as Ultramar, who had a half dozen boats for this service. This doesn't adhere to the spirit of the law and its social benefits,  which is that the permits should go to the seamen of the cooperatives and the fishermen of the nearby municipalities of Lzaro Cardenas and Isla Mujeres.
    There is no report about the level of protection achieved by PROFEPA (Federal Attorney General's Office for Environmental Protection). There are complaints on social networks about physical damage being done to more whale sharks, who suffer cuts from outboard propellers. 

Lack of buoys
  The federal government hasn't established new routes for the passage of freighters and cruise ships which travel through the Yucatan Channel and pass thru the feeding zones of these giants of the sea. The Harbor Master said this is a national issue, to be resolved with foreign relations, for an agreement between the countries to protect the species. It is unknown whether any legal processes are underway by SEMARNAT or the SCT (Secretary of Communication and Transport).
   It is also unknown how many international signaling buoys would be needed to protect the more than 400 whale sharks that arrive each season to feed, but two or three buoys could indicate the places where the freighters and cruise ships should pass.

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

Several agencies and businesses are collecting donations for victims of the earthquake in Oaxaca and Chiapas which occurred on Sept. 7th. There are no updates regarding concerns about the hurricane wall.

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September Events
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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 
 10p Folkloric dancers
10:30p Crowning of the Queen of Independence and the Queen and King of Liberty
11p The Grito proclamations with honoring of the flag, reading of the proclamation and the names of the heroes, the anthem of Mexico and of Quintana Roo, honoring the lowering of the flag.
11:30 Fireworks
11:45 Live music & dancing with MegaBoom and El Pulpo y sus telados.
  Saturday's parade on Rueda Medina starts at 8am.

 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.

Saturday, Sept. 16  Independence Day there will be a parade in the morning, usually on Rueda Medina starting at 8a . 

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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