Thursday, September 28, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, Sept. 28

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.

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Recognition of brigade of rescuers who helped after the earthquake 

Aplauden a brigadistas

 Que apoyaron labores de rescate, tras sismo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 27 de septiembre.-
Leer más...Full article at this link
     The municipal government of Isla Mujeres recognizes the work of the team of rescuers from the municipal department of Civil Protection and Firefighters who helped the search and rescue victims in Mexico City following the Sept. 19 earthquake. Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis led the reception party at the Maritime Terminal of Isla Mujeres, accompanied by relatives, friends and acquaintances who welcomed them and recognized their solidarity with the victims to whom they promptly responded, collaborating in the search among the debris for possible survivors along with volunteers from various parts of Mexico and the world.   
      The Mayor said that everyone is very proud to have Isla Mujeres women and men with a high sense of responsibility and vocation helping their fellow men.
        "We know that you had to leave your families and loved ones to join this great humanitarian work; however, helping others to reunite with their loved ones and to keep alive the hope among our brothers who are having a difficult time . Know that they are our heroes; that everything they have done will remain engraved in the hearts of the islanders and will serve as an example so that future generations always have a solid hand to extend to whoever needs it, "said Mayor Carrillo Soberanis.
           He asked the community to continue helping the people affected by the earthquakes."We must continue to lend our support, because the reconstruction work takes a lot of time and is needed by everyone. Our heart and our hands are the great strength of Mexico," he said.
                 The island brigades that participated in the rescue tasks are: Armín Ariel Tuz Dzul, Josué Amílcar Ravell Barrera, Ofelia Ayala Figueroa, Mónica Florentina Zúñiga Velázquez, Roselín López Velázquez and Irma Graciela Criollo Pérez, who have rescue training for disasters.

Previous administration signed away the historic pier to be a bar-restaurant 

Lo vendió anterior administración

 Emblemático muelle será una cantina

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 27 de septiembre.-
Leer más...Full article at this link  
See yesterday's translations. The concession for the historic wooden pier known as the Magana ferry pier was granted by the previous administration, under Governor Borge who is imprisoned in Panama. It had been proposed that the dock be converted into a museum, but the concession was granted to a bar-restaurant.   
            The general coordinator of the port area of Isla Mujeres, Rosa Elena Ríos Fernández, said that this administration inherited the dock concession, which was granted under Gov. Borge Angulo. She said that this concession, like others, is in the process of revocation and were part of the corruption that prevailed during the previous state administration.
               On September 4, Alicia Ricalde Magaña (Director of APIQRoo, state Port Authority) said that legal proceedings were initiated to try to rescind two of the contracts that occured during the term of the former Director Ercé Barrón Barrera  on the instructions of Governor Roberto Borge Angulo, including the concrete pier contract which has a term of  30 years, and the second contract concerns the historic wooden pier, which was leased to a bar.
       Ms.Ríos Fernández insisted that these two contracts were made "a modo", so in all respects were designed to benefit the concessionaires and not APIQRoo. She said that unfortunately the concessionaire managed to anticipate these issues, and before the end of the last administration, carried out procedures with the Federal government, which now make it impossible to revoke the concession.        
    She presented copies of the contract signed in the city of Chetumal, as well as the registration of the same contract in Mexico City, which curiously both are dated the same day, which speaks of inconsistencies. The media reported that Isla Mujeres historian (Fidel Viallanueva Madrid) asked the city council to reconsider the operation of this restaurant.
        It is noted that the entrepreneur whose name appears on the papers is Jesus Rábago Orozco, but he is not known, since it is his legal representatives who takes care of everything.        
     Finally, the general coordinator of the port area in Isla Mujeres urged the Isla Mujeres historian to investigate the municipal permits that were granted to the concessionaire, since without them, said restaurant would not be operating to this day.


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

The rescuers returned who had helped our brothers and sisters in Mexico City link isn't working)

  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).
On September 30th, celebrate the second anniversary of #Isla Mujeres as a Pueblo Magico at Playa Centro. Enjoy the music of the trio "Marconi", starting at 8 pm 🎼🎹🎸🎷🏝


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Commemorating World Tourism Day in Isla Mujeres LINK  
See events section.

Recognizing work of the brigadistas of Civil Protection of Isla Mujeres LINK  

A fire caused evacuation of the Community Hospital LINK 
     A short circuit turned on the alarms of the Community Hospital and medical personnel were forced to evacuate all the staff and patients to be able to control an outbreak of fire.
       At 4:40pm, the Civil Protection firefighters were notified via 911 of a fire at the Community Hospital which was caused by a short circuit which set off the alarm system. Ulises Berman Graniel, director of Civil Protection and his team of firefighters went to the hospital, and he  confirmed that a short circuit had occurred. He said, "It was human error, because a person was doing electrical work and left a wire exposed, causing a short circuit." He said that fortunately it was put out very fast, and no water was used to control it, since they only needed extinguishers.
        He said that one of the workers moved a light and had removed it, leaving an uninsulated wire, and then the ceiling was put in and the area was glued with fiberglass, but then there was a short and flames. He said, "Fortunately, we acted quickly and there was no need to suspend the work of the hospital for a long time." By 5 pm all medical staff had returned to work.

The Department of Tourism invites you to participate in the events celebrating the occasion of World Tourism Day and the celebration of the 2 years of Isla Mujeres being designated as a Pueblo Magico. VIDEO  

Polo Avila: Thank you to everyone who helped the victims in Oaxaca LINK   VIDEO 
         Polo Avila, owner of Mango Cafe, explained that more than 5 tons of aid were given to the communities of Oaxaca thanks to the donations of the islanders that were brought to his restaurant.  
            After traveling ~3,178 kilometers to transport more than 2 tons of aid, to communities in Oaxaca, plus distributing 3 tons of food that was purchased on the site, Polo Avila spoke about his experiences last week .   
          He explained that in the end,two vehicles were used to carry all the aid collected in "Mango Café," which flowed thanks to the solidarity of hundreds of people who live and stay in Isla Mujeres.Polo Ávila, in charge of the restaurant "Mango Café", explained that a Nissan and an 'urban' were loaded with the aid that was gathered over several days. In addition, he explained that with the cash donations, merchandise was purchased and packages were assembled with the help of about 30 volunteers in Oaxaca.
       Polo Ávila explained that during his stay he organized the delivery of the packages with help from his family (who live in Oaxaca) and the local priest. He said assistance didn't arrive in those areas because access is still complicated. He said, "Many houses are seriously affected, others had been flooded by the rising seas." He took advantage of this opportunity to thank the people of Isla Mujeres, for the help that was given, fulfilling the objectives.

More that 4000 cases of conjunctivitis in the schools of the Northern Zone of the state. LINK
        The Coordinator of Basic Education in the Northern Zone of the State, Sonia Burgos, said that the suspension of classes is not necessary, in spite of the more than 4 thousand cases of conjunctivitis that have been registered as of this week in schools of the northern municipalities of the state.          She said that up to last week in the municipalities of Isla Mujeres, Lázaro Cárdenas, Puerto Morelos and Benito Juárez, 2,300 cases were reported, which were presented mainly in pre-school, primary and secondary schools.   
     As of today, the number of cases in the schools have already exceeded 4000, of which almost 2000 correspond to the municipality of Benito Juarez. The official said there are no plans to suspend classes. 
       Sonia Burgos added that work is being carried out in a coordinated manner with the State Department of Health, who have been training the directors of private and public schools  so that they know the warning signs and symptoms of the disease, and they understand the protocol to follow to avoid more contagion. Children with symptoms are being removed from school and hygiene measures have been increased including handwashing and disinfection of personal items, among others.

Concern over shortage of medication to treat Conjunctivitis in Isla Mujeres LINK  
        The number of cases of conjunctivitis has increased in Isla Mujeres in an alarming way, a situation that is beginning to worry, since in addition to this, there is also a serious shortage of medicines to treat this infection.
         Everything seems to indicate that this problem not only affects the municipality of Isla Mujeres, and seems to be growing throughout the state, which speaks of a slow and inefficient reaction on the part of the Ministry of Health.
            According to epidemiological surveillance as of week 37, a total of 15,407 cases have been reported in Quintana Roo, which speaks of a serious situation. The ease of its transmission has caused the shortage of medication, not only in the main clinics and medical centers, but also in the local pharmacies.
          A tour in the pharmacies corroborated that what is exhausted is chloramphenicol and drops of chamomile, due to increased demand. This insufficiency is due to the fact that Yucatan is the state that supplies the pharmacies of Quintana Roo, but  more and more cases of conjunctivitis have occurred in Yucatan, who have even asked the pharmacies of Isla Mujeres to send them these medicines.        However these pharmacies have been ordering the assortment of medicines so the El Bazar Pharmacy The Bazaar will soon have a supply of dexamethasone plus trochamycin, a non-generic medication which is more effective to combat this disease.    
           Pharmacists expect citizens to pay attention to prevention, with the washing of hands, use of antibacterial gel, avoiding greetings with infected people and avoiding touching their eyes.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Shortage of medications for conjunctivitis
Medicamentos agotados.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Since the end of last week, the drugs have been depleted to cope with the disease of the conjunctivitis that is affecting the population, according to representatives of pharmacies.      Faced with this problem, some residents, such as Mr. Mariano Chan, are turning to home remedies, after looking in vain for medicines on Monday and Tuesday at various pharmacies.
      Since last Friday, one chain of pharmacies reported that it had already requested new shipments of drugs used for the treatment of conjunctivitis,  but that the reserve had been exhausted at the centers of distribution, due to increased use, with the earthquakes in other parts of the country. 
  Pharmacies have ordered more medications, but it is unknown when they will be received. Many people are turning to home remedies and infromation from the internet including tea made from chamomile, and lemon juice for their anti-inflammatory properties, and because the tea is rich in vitamin C, to strengthen the immune system to fight infection. Self medication can cause complications.
        Suggestions from the internet include using ice to relieve pain and the burning and itching sensation, and diluting honey or the juice of aloe vera in boiled water as an application. Some people request permission to miss work, while others work wearing glasses, since the sun causes discomfort to those with the illness. It is unknown when the pharmacies will receive more medications.

No risk of Salina Grande lake overflowing  
Sin riesgo de desbordarse la Salina Grande. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  Salina Grande lake still has 20 centimeters of leeway, and if the rains continue it has another 10 centimeters to rise before the pumps need to be activiated, according to the head of Civil Protection who asked for the cooperation of the residents to keep the areas in front of their homes clean to prevent trash clogging the storm drains.

Fire at Community Hospital 
Conato de incendio en Hospital Comunitario[+] Ver masFull artcle at this link

  See translation above. This article also notes that the short circuit occurred in the operating room, and no patients were in the room at the time. Personnel were evacuated and they proceeded to combat the fire, which was much smaller than previously thought, according to consulted sources. 
     Hospital staff extinguished the fire with a fire extinguisher that was in nearby and Civil Protection to ensure everything was in order. No bedding was involved.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujerest.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  There is information about the activities to comemorate having been a Pueblo Magico for two years and World Tourism Day, and it is noted that due to the heavy rains, personnel with Civil Protection were clearing letter away from the storm drains and asking residents to avoid having trash in front of their homes and to report any accumulations of trash blocking the drains.

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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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