Thursday, September 21, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, September 21

There are several locations available to donate to earthquake victims including the Red Cross, CRIM, DIF, Chedraui, Ferry Terminal, the Town Hall & the Naval base. Scroll down to the bottom of the blog for lists of items they seeking, which include non perishable foods, first aid kits, medications & personal hygiene donations.

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor Juan Carrillo asks residents to help 

Recaudar ayuda

 Juan Carrillo hace llamado a la población

Cecilia SOLIS

ISLA MUJERES, 20 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

See translation in the TVIM section below.


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

With the #FirmesHaciendoFuturo program, we will have more families 👨👩👧👦 in Isla Mujeres who have decent homes 🏡 with concrete floors. Read the information below about receiving this benefit.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

There are photos of donations collected by the families of the Renatta Dance Studio LINK  

The ISSSTE has medication available for conjunctivitis  LINK  
     Cora Amalia Castilla Madrid, representative of the Institute of Social Security and Social Services of State Workers (ISSSTE) in Quintana Roo, siad they have sufficient supply of medicines to treat cases of conjunctivitis that occur in the island population. Extra medications have been requested to treat the two types of conjunctivitis that have been reported in the state (viral and bacterial) and the doctors are attending all beneficiaries who exhibit symptoms of conjunctivitis. 
   She said,  "We have guaranteed the supply of medicines and medical care, but with this issue of conjunctivitis, preventative measures are key, so we are promoting preventive actions in our family units and in our clinics, where we are providing information to the population on measures to prevent contagion."
      She said it is very important to wash hands frequently, and/or use antiseptic gel; to clean surfaces and objects such as cell phones, glasses and pens; to avoid physical contact when greeting; to go to the doctor when symptoms appear, including irritation, redness or swelling in your eyes, the appearance of yellow discharge and fever and,  it is very important to avoid self-medication.
       "We have sufficient medications, but like in many other aspects of our health, the best medicine is prevention, so we reiterate to our beneficiaries and the general public that it is very important to follow preventive measures at home, in the work, schools and public spaces," said Cora Amalia.

Six rescue personnel from Isla Mujeres answer the call for help in Mexico City    
        The municipality of Isla Mujeres is in solidarity with the sister states in southern and central Mexico affected by earthquakes, with the collection of food for the victims, and now by also sending of a team of 6 people to Mexico City from the Civil Protection agency and the Fire Department, to join in the work of rescuing victims who may be trapped in the rubble.
    The islanders are in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who are in this situation of misfortune, so on the instructions of Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, we are offering everything that is within our reach to support those who need us now.
        The island volunteers who are joining the rescue efforts are: Armín Ariel Tuz Dzul, Josué Amílcar Ravell Barrera, Ofelia Ayala Figueroa, Mónica Florentina Zúñiga Velázquez, Roselín López Velázquez and Irma Graciela Criollo Pérez.
       Berman Graniel, Director of Civil Protection, said that the group of rescuers have training in disaster situations, and are going to Mexico City area on Wednesday, where they will stay for seven days helping authorities and the community. He spoke about solidarity of the Islanders with fellow Mexicans in need, which characterizes the islanders, and the courage of those who are helping.

The government & municipal DIF have opened collection centers for the earthquake victims LINK  
       In response to the national call to collect food and medicines to assist families affected by the earthquakes that occurred in the southern and central states of Mexico, the City of Isla Mujeres in coordination with the Municipal DIF and the support of the community, has activated 5 collection centers in the municipality.
       A total of 3 collection centers will be in operation on the island between 8am and 7pm, at the Municipal Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center (CRIM), at the "Chedraui" store and at the Municipal Palace. There are two on the mainland part of the municipality.
     The municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, issued an invitation to the islanders to express their solidarity with their Mexican brothers in need, who need our support now more than ever, just as they have helped us in situations of need.
       The Mayor said, "I have asked that all our collection centers be kept open, to collect all humanitarian aid that we can and send it to the southern states and now, to the center of the country as well, in this emergency situation when everyone is asked to help those who need it, according to the abilities of each person."
        Items that are urgently needed include: non-perishable food, non-perishable medicines, medium sized bottles purified water of 1 and 2 liters, electrolytes, disposable gloves, gauze, batteries, flashlights, sheets, blankets, bandages, masks, alcohol , adhesive cloth, sodium lactate (Hartmann solution), medical tape, as well as needles is sizes 14, 16, 18, 20 and 22.        With this initiative, the City of Isla Mujeres and all those who make up this administration are in solidarity with our brother states that are suffering from the recent earthquakes, and we will be attentive to ensure that the aid that is collected throughout the municipality reaches the hands of those who  need it most.

Isla Mujeres is and will continue to be a united people with solidarity for others.The Isla Mujeres DIF and its friends immediately opened a collection center at Chedraui to help the areas affected by the earthquake. Join in! VIDEO  
 The video says...Isla Mujeres, examples of solidarity. The sign says " Mexico, Puebla, & Morelos need us." Joining together to help the states that were harmed by earthquakes. "Make a Difference, Donate". The Isla DIF social service agency and its friends are collecting provisions and medications at the supermarket. Many islanders are coming to donate and writing messages of hope on the products. "Isla Mujeres is together with you" "Your people/Tu Pueblo", "Those who can't speak but count a lot"/Los que no pueden por hablar pero cuentan mucho",  The volunteers are inviting the tourists to join in this worthy cause. And each time, more and more assistance is donated. There is no doubt that Isla Mujeres is, and will continue to be, A PEOPLE UNITED 

Navy opens 3 collection centers in the Northern Zone of Quintana Roo LINK   
      The Department of the Navy of Mexico through the Fifth Naval Region reports that following the earthquake that occurred yesterday in Mexico City and as part of the "Marine Plan" to help the population in areas and events of disaster, three collection & storage centers have been set up to collect food to be distributed among the affected population.        These Collection Centers are located in the facilities of this Naval Command located at Avenida Rueda Medina # 212, Col. Centro in Isla Mujeres, Q. Roo; at the Puerto Juárez Naval Station, located at Super Manzana 85, Manzana 3, Lot 1, Puerto Juarez Road - Punta Sam at Puerto Juarez, Q. Roo and at the Naval Station at Playa Linda located at Boulevard Kukulcán km 4.10 in the Hotel Zone  of Cancun, Q. Roo. They will be open from 8am to 8pm.         The general population is invited to make their contributions with non-perishable foods such as: oil, sardines, tuna, easy to open cans of beans, rice, lentils, milk powder, salt, pasta soup, jam, mayonnaise, paper hygienic, bar soap, feminine napkins, toothbrushes, toothpaste, coffee, sugar, biscuits, razors, shampoo, bouillon, chocolate powder or tablets, as well as tools and materials for removal of debris and first aid materials. (NO WATER).       If any commercial company wants to make any contribution of food, they are asked do it in cardboard boxes to facilitate their transport.       For more information, you can call 01 (998) 877 01 94. With these actions, the Secretary of Navy of Mexico reiterates its commitment to the citizenry to give assistance in events and areas of disaster.

Wato says he is ready to give up the position of General Director of the Taxi Union LINK  
Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez, better known as the "Wato" said he was ready to pass on the position of General Secretariat (President) of the "Gustavo Díaz Ordaz" Taxiers' Union, and the election meeting could be held at the beginning of next November.       He explained that agreement and development would be sought through the Conciliation and Arbitration Board, but that everything indicates that it could be held on November 4th. Whoever wins the election will be in office for two years. 
       Peniche Rodriguez, accepted that this is a government of change which operates within the law  and at the same time he admitted that he has already done what was to be done within the union, and has already completed his period at the head of the union.
        He added that he is waiting for the recommendations of the Conciliation and Arbitration Board to issue the announcement for the election meeting, who are the agency that regulated the union, and in this manner they may participate in the election if they wish, by a secret ballot.

Islanders mobilize to assist victims in earthquake-affected states LINK
      Isla Mujeres, MX.- After the 7.1-degree earthquake hit Mexico City, Puebla and Morelos, causing damage and lamentable deaths,in  Isla Mujeres, mothers of families used social networks to unite the population and gather food, medicines and articles for personal use in the island's supermarket.        In addition to the collection centers of the DIF, the Red Cross and APIQROO, Rubí Peniche, businesswoman and mother, says that together with their group of friends they decided to undertake this initiative in which  they even asked for support from foreigners, using the speed of shared messages on social networks.

     Ms. Peniche said, "Yesterday we took the initiative after we saw everything that had happened, as mothers we were affected a great deal when we saw the children who are underneath the schools that collapsed, so we met and we shared the information in messages and we have been very happy to see the response by the people."          Noting that this is for the pleasure of helping, the invitation was also extended to foreign residents of the island through the group "Islaholics" in which they are also invited to join the cause, and to the tourists who visit the supermarket do their shopping.           At this same collection center, collaborators of the Municipal DIF are receiving medicines and first aid kits, where it should be noted, many people came to give donations for pets; for the dogs and cats who also suffered in the disaster.             The islanders who came to donate clothes, food, water and baby supplies, wrote  words of hope and solidarity on the products to all the families that are going through this difficult situation. This collection center has not established definite time to stop receiving support and is expected to continue to collect the results of the solidarity provided by the island people.

Restoration work of the Bicentennial Dome approved LINK 
  The Mayor announced that this structure in colonia La Gloria will be renovated, but the amount of the investment has not been given. After the great participation of the Isla Mujeres handball players at the national championship, it is acknowledged that this field is the biggest one, which was created especially for this sport. Therefore its rehabilitation is a great contribution for the islander youth that play this sport, in addition to having many uses for the benefit of the community.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Dead turtle found on Sac Bajo beach 
Hallan tortuga muerta en una playa de Sac-bajo.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Another turtle, which came ashore to lay eggs on a beach in Sac Bajo, was killed by people who inteneded to sell its meant, according to an Environmental official. This is the second (sic third) turtle that was found dead during this nesting season, killed by people who want to market the meat and eggs. The animal died from a blow to the head, fracturing its skull, and the person who inflicted the injury fled. Municipal officials reported that they will continue investigating in order to find whoever is responsible.
     The animal was a Green turtle weighing over 100 kilograms, and was buried in the sandy area where the event occurred, by personnel with PROFEPA ( Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection). The first event occured when three people killed a turtle on the beach near the former office of the Cable company, and the responsible people haven't been located. (The second was at a beach near Bachilleres high school). 
      Some say the predators have not been found because there is a demand that still exists in a minor sector among the native population, since traditionally they consumed turtles decades ago.      There are some fishermen who have requested permission for some time to capture and market their meat in recent years, due to the good recovery of their population as a result of the ban, "since we see several turtles at sea every day." Among those who promoted this proposal was the late Ariel Magaña "Picho" Carrillo, former municipal president, who spoke openly about the issue. No federal courts agreed with this proposal.

Trash collection problems  
Problemas con la recoja de basura [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Following the successful cleaning of the Trash Transfer Facility which was completed last week, a new problem has arisen since three of the four trash collection vehicles have broken down since last weekend. It is said that there is a lack of financial resources to prevent these mechanical problems in a timely manner. One official said, "These vehicles have already gone beyond their usual life, and it is urgent that they be replaced."
    When these breakdowns occur, collection service is interrupted, and the authorities usually hire vehicles to deal with this problem, since the administration of Juan Carrillo Soberanis is commited to keeping the island clean, which was reinterated in his recent First Informe annual report.

Whale shark tour season concluded without incident
Avistamiento y nado con el tiburón ballena sin incidencias [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  The whale shark tour season concluded on Sunday, Sept. 17, without any incidents, according to Harbor Master Ismael Gonzalez Gil. Regarding the project to place buoys to protect the ~400 whale sharks who visit in the spring-summer to feed on plankton in this area of the Yucatan Channel, is would be the responsibility of CONANP to manage it.
     Currently, the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve, established in April 2016, must make the request, through the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP), so that the thousands of cargo ships and cruise ships that cross the waters of the Yucatán Channel would have to avoid passing through this area wher the whale sharks feed.
      There is data from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) of several whale sharks who exhibit evidence on their backs and fins of boat strikes and even cuts from propellers. At the recent whale shark festivals, this type of research has not been presented to justify that request to install buoys to protect the feeding area. 
     An expert on the subject explained that the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) would need to be in communication with SEMARNAT to discuss the issue with the Department of the Navy, before presenting the plan to the President of Mexico, and then it would be presented to international organizations, prior to any announcment about the installation of these buoys in upcoming years.
     On Tuesday, the traditional Mass of gratitude was held near the whale shark monument and attended by dozens of families of the whale shark tour operators. There were no incidents during the nearly 90 days when tens of thousands of tourists were transported to the whale shark feeding area, according to the Harbor Master. 
  It is noted that the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve includes an area of ​​5,662, 859.1 hectares, of which only 116,783.8 hectares are in the coastal mangrove area. This part of the Biosphere Reserve that is on land is mainly found in the municipalities of Benito Juárez (including Puerto Morelos), Isla Mujeres, Lázaro Cárdenas and Tulum. There are many mangrove systems throughout this northern region that are vital to the sealife.

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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).

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, 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.

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