Saturday, October 14, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, Oct. 14

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Keeping the beaches clean and of quality 

Playas limpias y de calidad

 Mantiene Juan Carrillo con apoyo de Zofemat

Cecilia SOLIS

ISLA MUJERES, 13 de octubre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
 See City section below.....

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

Our beautiful beaches appeal to both islanders and visitors. Help us keep them clean and beautiful so they continue to enjoy themselves.   VIDEO    
Thanks to the efforts of the municipal government and the ZOFEMAT, work is done to maintain the quality and cleanliness of the beaches.
 (Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, October 13, 2017) .- Committed to keeping Isla Mujeres as a quality destination for each of the visitors, the government headed by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, works in coordination with the staff of the Federal Terrestrial Maritime Zone (ZOFEMAT), headed by Vladimir Vallejo Molina, at cleaning the beaches of the municipality.
       Juan Carrillo Soberanis explained that the island is known for its white sand beaches and turquoise blue waters, which stand out for their cleanliness and the quality of their services, achieving the "White Flag" and "Blue Flag" awards, recognitions that are given to destinations that meet certain quality standards.
       The Mayor said, "We are a Pueblo Magico with important awards such as the blue and white flags, and it is our responsibility as a government and as citizens is to maintain the cleanliness of our beaches and the quality of our services, which helps us continue to position ourselves as a world class destination. which benefits the local economy."
        The Mayor recognizes the work of ZOFEMAT workers, who carry out cleaning on all beaches of the municipality early in the morning, so that they are in the best condition when families and visitors arrive, for which the current government works to provide the necessary tools to carry out these actions.
      With these works the Mayor seeks to maintain the position of Isla Mujeres, as a high-level destination, which provides visitors and islanders quality spaces, cleanliness and services of an excellent quality, thus improving the local economy. 

       The experience we have in the face of weather phenomena reinforces our culture of prevention. Let us be prepared at home and work before any contingency or weather that may arise. VIDEO 


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

The government of Isla Mujeres is keeping the beaches clean and of high quality. LINK  
See City section above. 

As a result of the last rains, the streets have begun to suffer the first potholes of the season, mainly on the prolongation "Rueda Medina". LINK           
          Cabbies of Isla Mujeres are the most affected and are asking that the Department of Public Services give the problem their attention. They said, "There are not many potholes yet, but when the rains continue, the problem will become more serious. They said the problem was not that obvious the past two months, but since the recent rains, potholes have begun to appear. Some are in front of the Naval Hospital and others are in front of Marma (near Green Verde who sell construction materials)..
Potholes can be unsafe for motorcycle riders and they also are requesting prompt attention to the problem, since they are most at risk of suffering an accident.

After a change of dates for the official opening, it has been confirmed that the state Major Basketball League season will begin on Sat. Oct. 14, an event that will take place here on the island with the participation of the Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres Nueva Generación who will play the Tucanes of Playa del Carmen . LINK    VIDEO   
   The games will take place at the Convention Center, on Saturday night at 8pm and on Sunday at noon. There will be an inauguration ceremony Saturday night at 7pm.   

In Isla Mujeres we have not even reached 10 percent hotel occupancy: Magaña Barragán  LINK  
        Gerardo Magaña Barragán, president of the Municipal Council of Pueblos Magicos of Isla Mujeres and Vice President of the Association of Small Hotels Fascinating of Isla Mujeres said that the downturn is critical and that from his point of view the occupancy is less than 10 percent. He does not agree with the Director of Tourism who has reported occupancy of more than 40 percent. He claims that according to what he has been able to verify, occupancy is less than 10 percent.
      He said, "We understand that this is the low season, but two or three years ago it was not so critical, but it is not the fault of the current administration, these are global issues, but more than anything it is related to the insecurity that exists."        Mr. Magana, who is a former mayor and the owner of a downtown hotel, said that Cancun hoteliers are also worried about low occupancy, but in the case of Isla Mujeres it is even more serious. He said, "If Cancun has a cold, it gives us pneumonia."  He said that Isla Mujeres is currently going through a critical 'survival' situation."  


Juan Manuel Valdez Sanchez's reports: · 
A lifeless body was found below the cliffs on the Caribbean coast near the FOVISSSTE apartments, which appears to be a male of about 43-45 years of age. Officers with the municipal police and paramedics with the Red Cross are at the scene, but removal of the body is complicated by the difficult access. He has not yet been identifiedThere are photos and videos  of the preparations to remove the body on Noti Isla Mujeres on FB  LINK 


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Seeking new certification of the Community Hospital  
Por certificación del hospital comunitario] Ver masFull article at this link
  The Director of the Community Hospital, Miguel García Albarrán. said now that the facility has been staffed with specialists providing obstetric, surgical, pediatric, and internal medicine services, the facility will seek certification. He said the federal evaluation will begin soon, which could result in more funds and more specialists. He said they have a new anesthesia machine and the renovations of the surgical area and the labor & delivery rooms should be completed in a week. 
    There has been a great deal of criticism regarding the hospital, which opened two years ago, including a peaceful protest the second month after it opened. Residents have complained that the previous hospital provided was better than the new building which has lacked specialists.

Successful close to the immunization campaign 
Culmina con éxito campaña de vacunación.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
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Another fisherman was treated for decompression  
Dan de alto a pescador descompresionado. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

 Oct. 13  So far this season, 22 fishermen have been treated for decompression in the hyperbaric chamber. The most recent was Carlos Abraham Medina Alcocer, of the Caribe cooperative, who was injured yesterday in his lower and upper limbs, after diving twice to a depth of 140 feet each, for an approximate time of 40 minutes each. He was discharged this morning, according to Rosenberg Dzul Ochoa, an assistant of the unit.       He was treated according the table under level five immersion, modified, with a first session of three hours at 6pm yesterday, and this morning was his second and last session, and then he was discharged.
      He was diagnosed with a type 1 and 2 decompression, severe, and he had symptoms of severe pain and burning in his knees, arms, legs, as well as vomiting and dizziness. 
         He was still feeling slightly dizzy  after the last session, but he must wait at home for a break and rest while his body recovers fully, according to the recommendations that were given to him. 
          He dove with compressed air supplied by a hose, as fishermen commonly do to catch lobster, which lacks a safety system. The injury suffered by the fisherman was during his last exit from the water, when he apparently didn't  respect the scientific table and follow its rules.
           The lobster catching season began July 1st and will last eight months. Twenty-two fishermen have suffered decompression and been treated this season, and this is the third diver with a serious case, while the other had milder cases, according to Mr. Dzul Ochoa.

Basketball tournament begins with Cahuameros vs Tucanes  
Cahuameros-Tucanes inauguran torneo[+] Ver masFull article at this link

  See TVIM section above....

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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.


October Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Sunday, Oct. 1 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Full moon Thursday, Oct. 5

                                                                    Sunset ~6:30
Oct. 5  6:49
Oct. 6  7:33
Oct. 7   8:19
Oct. 8  9:09
Oct. 9  10:01
Oct. 10  10:57
Sunday, Oct. 8: 43nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo

 Sunday, Oct. 8  Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Monday, Oct. 9  Day of Fishermen

Thursday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Sunday. Oct. 15 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Saturday, Oct. 21  Anniversary of the birth of Ramon Bravo

Sunday, Oct. 22 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Saturday, Oct. 28 8p Mundaca Theater 8pm "Festival of the Dead" (In the end, we are born to die)
Sunday Oct. 29 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, Oct. 31 Halloween 

Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos

At this time of year, Mexican families remember & celebrate their departed relatives. Hanal Pixan is the name of the Mayan celebration. Altars are made with photos of the deceased, where offerings of favorite foods and items are placed, copal incense is burned, and marigold flower petals are often used. The schools usually have altar contests & displays, there's usually one in the Town Hall, and last year there was a display of altars representing different of Mexico at the Casa de la Cultura.
        All Saints Day & All Souls Day, Nov. 1 & 2, are the Dias de los for children, one for adults, when families visit graves & clean & decorate them. On the island, these are private moments in the cemeteries, not public celebrations like in many parts of Mexico. 

   There is usually a silent procession with residents dressed in white, black, and traditional clothing, and many wear Catrina makeup. In addition to keeping these traditions alive, Halloween is celebrated enthusiastically on Hidalgo. Bring lots of little items & be prepared to be mobbed by cute kids and to enjoy the various impressive, clever homemade costumes.

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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