Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, Sept. 19

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

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Government & entrepreneurs: Boosting growth 

Impulsa el crecimiento

 Juan Carrillo, de la mano de los empresarios

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, a 18 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.


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

Today a fire drill was conducted at the Town Hall as part of the activities of the National Civil Protection Week. Reinforce the culture of prevention in #IslaMujeres!
Drills help us reinforce our  culture of preparation. Let's take the opportunity to be ready for any emergency. A simulation of a fire and evacuation was held at the Town Hall. LINK  
       In compliance with the protocol in case of an accident, personnel with Civil Protection evacuated the Town Hall, from which a total of 250 people were removed within three minutes, and they were gathered in the central part of the Town Square, while the fire department proceeded with a simulated rescue of a female person who had suffered a nervous breakdown, who was removed via the balcony from the offices of the Mayor, using a ladder.    Another person was attended by members of the Civil Protection Committee of Isla Mujeres, for a simulated leg injury.  The simulation lasted 24 minutes in total, until the alleged fire was reported to be put out. Personnel with Civil Protection, the Fire Department, Municipal Police and Red Cross participated. Thanks to coordination between these agencies the event was completed in record time, according to the Director of Civil Protection, Ulises Berman Graniel.

      We continue working so that children and young people have the best conditions to study and develop their talent. To dream of a better future is to begin to create it VIDEO    It's an Infrome (annual governmental report) video and begins with a boy saying It is his dream to become a tour guide and teach tourists about his island because he's sure they will like it. "With English, I can communicate with the tourists," he says. The narrator says English is now being taught in the public schools at the preschool and primary school levels, Rancho Viejo (on the mainland) now has a library, and the fifth semester high school students received electronic tablets. Scholarships have been provided for students at all levels. "To dream of a better future is to begin creating it" says the Mayor. The first governmental informe report. We're building a future for everyone.

Thanks to the coordinated work between President Juan Carrillo and local businessmen and the three levels of government, tourism has increased by 12% during the first half of 2017. LINK  

      Our work together with local entrepreneurs is fundamental to making more visitors come to our Pueblo Magico. We will continue to fuel the economic development of Isla Mujeres!
"In Isla Mujeres you can have big dreams that come true"--Polo Avila, local businessman (Mango Cafe) 
"Now there are no low seasons for us, there are people all year long. This government has helped us."-Christian Bernal, Boat captain
The municipal government, headed by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberains works with private industry and the three levels of government to promote tourism and fuel the economy of the island. Tourism has increased by 12% during the first half of 2017 and hotel occupancy is an average of 80 percent in the municipality.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Juan Carrillo boosts the economic and tourist growth of Isla Mujeres. LINK   

A fire simulation and evacuation was conducted at the Town Hall LINK   
There's also videos and photos.

Puerto Rico is on alert with Hurricane Maria LINK   

Here's today's graphic: 


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Tourists opting for the car ferry     
Turistas optan por el transbordador.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     More visitors are coming to Isla Mujeres on the car ferry from Punta Sam, especially families, because the rates are less expensive. Hoteliers in the Punta Sam area recommend these two boats for their guests to visit the island. There are already more hotel rooms in this area than there are on the island. By this winter, the  number of hotel rooms in the municipality is expected to total 7000, of which 70% will be on the mainland. It is expected that in the next two decades there will be dozens of large hotels, with 25,000 hotel rooms.
          Executives with the company say they will not raise rates during the remainder of the year, despite a 20 percent increase in the cost of diesel in January. Four people and a compact car can make the round trip for less than 1000 pesos.

Simulation of an evacuation  
Simulacro de evacuación [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The simulated evacuation of the Town Hall took place at noon as part of Civil Protection Week, and simulated evacuations had already been conducted at the CENDI daycare center and in the Continental Zone. Civil Protection has also been working with private businesses concerning procedures in the case of a palapa fire or other similar event. See City section above.

Surviving: Hotels 
Sobrevivimos: hotelese.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Not all hotels in Isla Mujeres are experiencing an occupancy of 50 percent, and some of the smaller hotels aren't even registering 15 percent. The vice president of the Small Hotels Fascinantes Association, Gerardo Magaña, said the good occupancy rates of the hotels contracting with the CROC union are not occurring at the smaller hotels. He said the large hotels have ways of promoting themselves that the smaller ones do not, who have faced a difficult situation for several years.

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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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