Saturday, September 30, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, Sept. 30

There are several locations available to donate to earthquake victims including the Red Cross, CRIM, 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

Mangrove cleanup for World Tourism Day 

Limpian manglares

 En el marco del Día Mundial del Turismo

Lanrry PARRA

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


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

Working together; society and government keeping our mangroves clean. VIDEO   
         Committed to environmental protection, the City Council of Isla Mujeres, headed by the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, continues to carry out work that promotes the protection and preservation of natural resources among the island's citizens through coordinated work with municipal agencies and the community.
      As part of the activities that were scheduled to commemorate World Tourism Day and the second anniversary of Isla Mujeres as Pueblo Magico, the Director of the municipal Tourism Department, José Castillo Magaña, organized an intense day of cleaning mangroves and green areas in coordination with the Federal Maritime Zone Department (Zofemat) and the Departments of Ecology and Environment in Sac Bajo.
       Carlos Barranco García, director of Ecology and Environment, spoke about the concern of Mayor Carrillo Soberanis in continuing to implement actions that promote the conservation of a clean municipality for the benefit of the visitors and the islanders.
          He spoke about the importance of conserving and restoring the protective green belt of mangroves, as this helps to reduce the risk of future disasters due to their multiple functions. He explained that the main objective of this activity is "to conserve the natural resources that are our main resource to have a beautiful island".  
           He pointed out that one of the main indications of the municipal president has been to pay close attention to the conservation of natural resources, as well as to preserve a clean municipality and present this image to national and international tourists.
             Participants included personnel from Public Services and General Services, as well as private businesses and individuals from Hostel Poc Na, Madera Food & Art restaurant, Dolphin Discovery, Garrafón park, Aroma Isla restaurant, Mayan Beach restaurant, restaurant and hotel Marias Kan Kin, the dive shops "Mexico Diver's" and "Scuba Caribe"; the Moto Club "Mala Noche", the group "Action for Isla", friends of Isla Contoy, A.C. and staff of the Isla Mujeres Red Cross.

From October 1st to 30th, take advantage of the discounts and regularizations of fines and surcharges at the Municipal Treasury of Isla Mujeres


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Even though health authorities say that the number of cases of contagious conjunctivitis is declining, there is still a shortage of drugs in the main pharmaciesLINK    
  The generic medications for the treatment of conjunctivitis which normally cost 30 pesos have become unavailable at island pharmacies, except at the Maritime Terminal where they are being sold for 90 to 100 pesos. The more expensive brand name medications are being sold for over 400 pesos and have been offered on social networks for up to 700 pesos. Scarcity in pharmacies has reached such a level that even the drops of chamomile tea are depleted.

Successful clean up in the mangroves and green areas of Isla Mujeres LINK    


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Hospital rating may be downgraded  
Degradan hospital de Isla Mujeres.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

           Two years after the inauguration of the hospital building in Isla Mujeres, when it was promised to operate as a "Second Level General Hospital", with 13 beds, but in fact it has not, due to conditions such as the lack of staff and equipment, and now the hospital's administration is preparing  to formalize its downgrading as a "Community" Hospital, after a supervisory visit by the Commission on Human Rights.
       Although the head of the Ministry of Health of Quintana Roo (SESA), Alejandra Aguirre Crespo,said that the hospital was being equipped and staffed during the previous administration when it was inaugurated, there has been a lack of money and this is why pressure was placed on the director Miguel Ángel García Albarrán to formalize the downgrading, according to data collected.
     Being a "Community" Hospital would mean they are not required to have specialized staff to attend children, women and older adults, nor to have surgeons, which are requirements of a "Second Level General Hospital". This is occurring despite the fact that there were protests outside the hospital a few weeks after this administration took office, demanding that campaign promises be fulfilled, which have not been kept. 
        , Dr. Jorge García Góngora led the delegation of the state Human Rights Commission visiting the hospital. He found deficiencies in the client service and surveyed the agency to learn the' feelings of the patients. This diagnosis on the analysis of the situation of the hosptial will be sent to the Director of the SESA, Alejandra Aguirre, during the next month.     
         This type of monitoring will be done once a year and was agreed with the signing of the agreement between both agencies, and that a Human Rights module will be installed inside the hospital to respond immediately to complaints.
          Alejandra Aguirre Crespo visited the hospital last August 18, offered to "strengthen and expand health coverage to provide people with more and better opportunities for access to timely and quality care", but the beneficiaries say this hasn't changed.
     Data on services were announced from January to July 2017 and 13,286 services were provided which were: 10,255 general and emergency medicine consultations, 341 dental consultations, 54 pediatric consultations, 777 gynecological consultations, 152 people per injuries and accidents, 72 births, 55 surgeries and 180 hospital discharges.

Mayor supports sports  
Mayor impulso al deporte[+] Ver masFull article at this link

   Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis presented the Marlins of Isla Mujeres basketball team. The Marlins will play their inaugural match on Saturday, September 30, as visitors, in José María Morelos and next Saturday, October 7 they will play here on the island. Names of other officials who participated are given.

City gives property to CAPA  
El ayuntamiento cede predio a CAPA [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      The municipal government will cede a property to the Water and Sewerage Commission (CAPA) to build a cárcamo de rebombeo / waste water recovery facility for hotels in the beach area of ​​downtown, which will cost the agency several million pesos.
       The new facility will be located in the vicinity of the Convention Center, at Carlos Lazo and Adolfo López Mateos streets. The work would start almost immediately to try to have it operational by the winter season. CAPA, through this agreement, undertakes to address the pending demand of businessmen in the area to stop compromising the environment with sewage leaks in the subsoil which cause a risk of contaminating nearby beaches.
       It is also noted that the wastewater treatment plant at the southern part of the island is in the process of doubling its capacity from 30 to 60 liters per second when it comes into operation, which is planned for next year. 
       Also, sanitary drainage will be built along two roads in the area of ​​Punta Sur, which will ensure that 100% of the island has this service.

Seeking revocation of restaurant permits  
Piden revertir permisos a un restaurante [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Two City Council members, Roberto Martínez and Diego González, spoke at the recent Council meeting in favor of revocation of the permits for the restaurant "Muelle Azul", which has been built on the wooden pier known as the former Magana Ferry pier. The Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo) is initiating  legal procedures before the Secretary of Communications and Transportation (SCT), with the General Director of Ports, to cancel their concession, as well legal papers for the recovery of the concrete pier.
      It has been proposed that the wooden pier be used for the benefit of the community, such as with a museum, which is supported by the town historian, Fidel Villanueva Madrid.

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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

The rabies vaccination module will be open from September 24 to 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the park of colonia "La Gloria" as part of National Anti-rabies Vaccination Week for Cats & Dogs 2017 

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

  In honor of World Tourism Day and the Second Anniversary of Isla Mujeres as a Pueblo Magico, various commemorative activities, focused primarily on the care and protection of the environment, will be held Sept. 27-30th under the slogan of "Sustainable Tourism as an Instrument of Development",
  Wednesday, September 27, 8am reforestation on "Playa Norte", and at 8:30am, with the delivery of containers for cigarette butts, at "Playa Centro"
  Friday, September 29, 8am cleaning of green areas and mangroves in Punta Sur and Sac Bajo,  7pm, screening of the documentary "Voices of the Sea" in the  park of the colonia "La Gloria".
   Saturday, September 30  a ceremony of delivery of recognitions to the business sector and the presentation of the musical group "Marconi", at 8pm at Playa Posada del Mar (aka Playa Centro).
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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