Sunday, September 24, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, Sept. 23

There are several locations available to donate to earthquake victims including the Red Cross, CRIM, DIF, Chedraui, Ferry Terminal, Town Hall & the Navy base. They are seeking non perishable foods, personal hygiene donations, and medical & first aid items. See list at the bottom of this page.

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
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Showing solidarity: Isla Mujeres  DIF social service agency delivers humanitarian aid to Chiapas

Gesto solidario

 Lleva DIF ayuda humanitaria a Chiapas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de septiembre.
Leer más.Full article at this link..
See City section below....

Increasing number of cases of conjunctivitis at the middle school

Se incrementan casos de conjuntivitis

 En escuela secundaria

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de septiembre.- .
Leer más.Full article at this link..

   There have been about 40 cases of conjunctivitis among the middle school students. The assistant director, Christina Martinez, said in the first days there were only four cases, and then there were 12, and now it is estimated that there are about 40 students who have been affected by this highly contagious disease. They are not attending schools to prevent further spread. Students who are affected are sent home immediately, and their parents are called to come and pick them up, or if necessary, they are taken home by school staff.  Ms Martinez estimated that about five students per classroom are leaving school, but middle school students say at least have of each class is not attending school and there was a high degree of absenteeism this past week due to conjunctivitis.


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

The island community has demonstrated its solidarity with our brothers and sisters  of  Chiapas affected by the earthquake. LINK   
In difficult times Mexicans are called to volunteer our help and unite our hearts to help our neighbors These are some of 32 photos published by Pao Orrico, the Mayor's wife and honorary president of the municipal DIF, of the delivery of donations from Isla Mujeres to victims in the municipality Ángel Albino Corzo, Chiapas
       They distributed  ~500 packages of food items,  more than 300 packages of personal hygiene products, kits of items for babies, bottled water, ~20 first-aid kits, medicines, clothing and pet food.
      Ms. Paola Orrico de Carrillo said that islanders can be certain that their donations are reaching the families who need them most in the earthquake-affected states in the center and south of the country and she encouraged the people of Isla Mujeres to continue donating because some municipalities still don't have enough aid.
       She added that the collection centers continue to be open on the island between 8:00am and 7:00pm at the Municipal Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center (CRIM) facility (in la Gloria), in the "Chedraui" store and at the Town Hall.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Mons. Fabio Martínez Castilla thanks the islanders for the support sent to Chiapas !! VIDEO  
 (He is a priest from Isla Mujeres who is the Archbishop of Tuxtla, which is the capital and largest city in Chiapas)

High school teacher promotes sustainability in Isla Mujeres LINK  
    A project that began three years ago by teacher Yony Ordonez, with the creation of a garden of edible plants in a re-purposed lanchero boat, by high school teacher, has become a reality. He explained, "We planted: tomato, habanero chiles, radishes, mint, and other edible plants." He said,  "The main objective is to grow organic food, that the students themselves harvest and consume and then to put it on sale to the public." 
    Aguakan has become their main sponsor.  He said, "The concept was adopted and we took on  the task of finding more boats and adapting them for planting, now we have five and our orchard has grown with the dedication of the students, former director Jorge Martinez Peña, Josune Heras and a worker."
   A course-workshop was given by Aguakan on the production of organic compost and the planting of various edible plants, which is still being put into practice. This activates the students interest and they have an opportunity to be associated with environmental causes and learn about issues of sustainability. The area of the garden provides respite when visiting it and it promotes environmental activism, like the care of animal species, and it helps spread messages that function to motivate people not to lower their guard in the face of what is happening to the planet.
    The garden will be inaugurated on Tuesday, September 26 with the Aguakan company, with attendance by the student community and several officials whose names are given, as well as the general public. 

DIF takes humanitarian aid to Chiapas LINK  

The company Maritima Isla Mujeres who operate the car ferry announce that they will be providing free transportation for the vehicles carrying humanitarian supplies to assist the earthquake victims in Oaxaca, Chiapas, Morelos, and Mexico City on Saturday Sept. 23.

Quintana Roo is one of the five states with the most improvement in their state of peace: Gov. Carlos Joaquín  LINK  

There is an announcement about a benefit yesterday at the bar BE for earthquake victims.

Mayor Juan Carrillo supports quality education for islander students LINK    


Benefit for Mexico City earthquake victims on Playa Norte Monday at 7:30pm at the Mayan Beach Club. 3 drinks per person, snacks, live music & a raffle. Cost: Is up to your heart. A Night for Mexico


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Helping earthquake victims  
Que también apoyen [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Sosa Medina, who was an alderman in 1990-1993, says the members of the City Council, who he says now earn ~60,000 pesos a month, should donate a month's salary to the victims of the earthquakes. He said when he was a councilman, he earned 500 pesos every two weeks, which was doubled at the end of his term, but quadrupled six years later, according to a member of the PAN party who published his salary of more than 9000 pesos monthly. That council member, Arturo Rios, said that in 2008 the members of the City Council were each receiving about 55,000 pesos monthly. Mr. Sosa says the officials should set an example. Meanwhile private donations continue to be deposited in bank accounts to help victims and there is a great deal of activity on social networks to help.

Rescuers from Isla helping in DF 
Rescatistas isleños entran en acción. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

This information about the 6 rescuers from Isla who went to DF to help has already been translated. It also says we are expressing solidarity and remembering when we were helped after hurricanes Gilberto & Wilma...and it mentions that groups are organizing to provide help, like Thurs. night with the benefit that Kaiulani (Creamer) was involved with & says she is an activist for many environmental causes

Conjunctivitis has come to Isla Mujeres
Llega la conjuntivitis a Isla Mujeres.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Tourists are attracted to golf carts 
Carros de golf, atractivo para el turismo.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
  The golf carts rent for 250 pesos per hour or 700 pesos for five hours, and some agencies charge this price from 9am to 5pm, and for 24 hours is 1000 pesos. There are agencies that rent online at these prices without intermediaries, including "Joaquín", "Isla", "Ciro's", "Indio", "Caribe", among others. Recommendations include: Don't let minor drive, don't play at racing or 'volantear" (flying?), respect signs and follow the recommendations of the agencies. A drivers license is required. Advertising abroad often includes scenes with golf carts which are an attraction for tourists. Rental agencies recommend you consult their online sites to avoid haggling with the commisionistas on Rueda Medina.

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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

Monday, Sept. 25 North Beach Maya Beach Club 7:30p Benefit for the Mexico City earthquake victims  3 drinks per person, snacks, live music & a raffle. Cost: Is up to your heart. A Night for Mexico

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).

Donation needs:
  The Mexican Red Cross Facility Isla Mujeres is in La Gloria, telephone 8770280. Here are lists of what is required, based on evaluations of needs & damages. No water, No clothing, No medicines.
For the Food kits: Nonperishables in cans & bags, not the big bulk cans or pkgs: Tuna, sardines, beans, rice, lentils, dry pasta, canned veg & chiles, broth, salt, mayo, cooking oil, instant coffee, sugar, jam, chocolate powder or tablets, cookies & crackers.

Hygiene kits: TP (4 rolls), Feminine napkins, toothbrushes & paste, shampoo, bar soap, razors.
Baby kits: Diapers (12 pk), wet wipes, baby oil, baby talc, neutral soap, shampoo, baby bottles, baby food, honey for babies, blankets
Cleaning kits: Detergent, cleaning soap, brooms, brushes, dustpan, buckets, squeegees, mops, rakes

 The DIF social service agency is seeking donations of medical supplies, clean clothing, and bottled water at the CRIM (physical rehab) facilities in La Gloria and at Chedraui., including disposable gloves, masks, gauze, bandages, surgical supplies & gloves & scrub brushes, IV equipment, syringes, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptic, and tape, as well as clean sheets, blankets, personal hygiene items and unexpired medications. 9a-4p at the DIF.

The Navy is seeking donations of  non-perishable foods such as oil, sardines, tuna, easy open cans fo cans of beans, rice, lentils, milk powder, salt, pasta soup, biscuits, jam, mayonnaise, bouillon, chocolate powder or tablets.As well as: toilet paper, bar soap, feminine towels, toothbrushes, toothpaste, coffee, sugar, razors, shampoo; as well as tools and materials for debris removal and first aid. No water will be received."If any commercial company wants to make any contribution of food, they can do it in cardboard boxes to facilitate transportation. 8a-8p at the base.For more information, call 01 (998) 877 01 94.

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