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From Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....
Fogging against mosquitoes in the churches, schools, and elsewhere, in addition to the cemeteries
Lo mismo que iglesias, escuelas y demás
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de octubre.-
This information has been translated.
Mayor signs agreement to ensure better police
Juan Carrillo signa estratégico convenio
ISLA MUJERES, 27 de octubre.-
See City section...
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
Today we held the conference "Early Detection is your Best Protection", to motivate islander women 👩 to take care of their health and prevent diseases such as Breast Cancer.https://goo.gl/LGzQcE
DIF event encourages women to prevent breast cancer
In order to raise awareness among women about the importance of preventing diseases such as breast cancer, the Integrated Family Development System (DIF) of Isla Mujeres , headed by its honorary president, Mrs. Paola Orrico de Carrillo, presented a lecture on Friday afternoon titled "Early Detection is Your Best Protection."
The talk, which was attended by island women, was led by Dr. María de la Luz Bardales, who gave testimony as a cancer survivor and spoke about the importance of prevention. Mrs. Orrico de Carrillo said that the municipal government, headed by Juan Carrillo Soberanis, works to support women who need it, and will maintain programs and active support in this area throughout the entire year. Names of officials in attendance are given.
Today we signed an agreement with the Instituto Pericial Judicial to ensure that our police officers 👮👮 have training courses and to be able to provide the public 👪 with fairer judicial processes.
.- In order to provide island families with fairer judicial processes and quality care from the officers of the Public Security and Municipal Transit departments, the president municipal, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, signed an agreement with the "Judicial Expert Institute", headed by Dileri Olmedo Rosales.
With the application of the New Criminal Justice System, which came into force in April 2016, the mayor stressed the importance of keeping the officers updated, and now they can receive diplomas in in Criminology.
The Mayor said, "The police are protagonists in this change in the accusatory criminal system and therefore in Isla Mujeres we are making this collaboration agreement with the Judicial Expert Institute so that they receive full knowledge of what they should and should not do when there is an incident." He said not only is this a benefit for the officers, but also for the citizens, who will receive better attention when going to the authorities in emergency situations.
The Mayor said that providing islanders and visitors with the assurance that any criminal conflict will be addressed with the utmost efficiency and professionalism is one of the priorities of the government that he heads, and he will continue working to provide the necessary training for the officers, with the latest information and the tools to carry out their work.
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
City seeks intervention from SEMARNAT about the "Floating Island" LINK
They will also launch an appeal for the owner of the Floating Island to present himself and respond.
The City of Isla Mujeres through the Department of Ecology and the Environment will request that SEMARNAT (Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources) review the documentation and the physical state of the floating structure which was named "Joysxee Island" by its creator.
Alderman Sebastián Escobedo Jiménez, president of the Commission for the Environment, said that although the City Council session was not held on Thursday, it is scheduled for this Tuesday, when this issue will discussed with the Council members and the municipal President.
The Councilman said, "What I can tell you is that we are going to make an appeal to SEMARNAT, so that they can investigate the situation and see if there is a serious environmental threat or not."
The problem arose when seamen reported that several sacks full of plastic bottles had begun coming ashore, which are what Richart Sowa used to achieve the buoyancy of this structure, which measures about 20 meters.
Richart Sowa, who is originally from England and identifies himself as an ecological architect, built this Floating Island over several years using more than 300,000 PET plastic bottles. However, some people claim that a lack of maintenance has caused the bags of plastic bottles to come off and many of them are ending up on the beaches.
The alderman said, "Currently, we do not know if the owner of this structure still lives in Isla Mujeres, however it is necessary that he respond to the call that is being made to him today."
Agreement signed with Judicial Institute to offer training in the New Criminal Justice System LINK
Jesús Contreras Gómez, head of Revenue Collections reported that more than 8000 license plates have been issued between the island and the Continental Zone, of which 6500 were for private vehicles and about 2000 for vehicles in public use (rentals and taxis). Those who have not renewed are encouraged to do so,and plates for motorcycles are $265 pesos and they cost $789 pesos for private vehicles. LINK
Economic support for fishermen who are senior citizens (de la tercera edad) LINK
The municipal government began helping 30 of the older fishermen in September and plans to make a second payment next week, of 500 pesos each, for a total of about 15,000 pesos. They are being assisted with this small economic support during the difficult months of September, October, November, and December. The 30 fishermen of 'la tercera edad' are members of the five fishing cooperatives: Patria y Progreso, Por la Justicia Social, la Caribe, Isla Blanca and Makax. The fishermen appreciate the support from the Mayor, who despite the difficult economic situation, offers this assistance during this season of nortes (northern fronts).
Tourism Commission working on initiative to regulate vacation rentals LINK October 27, 2017
State Legislator Gabriela Angulo Sauri, president of the Tourism Commission, met with hoteliers from the Northern Zone of the state to present an initiative project to regulate vacation rentals. Cancun Quintana Roo. - The president of the Commission of Tourism and International Affairs of the XV Legislature, Representative Gabriela Angulo Sauri, met with hoteliers from the Northern Zone of Quintana Roo, to discuss an initiative project to regulate so-called "holiday rentals" by digital means, in order to provide security to tourists who use this type of accommodation.
Ms. Angulo Sauri said that the meeting was at the request of the hotel industry, with the purpose of finding ways to provide legal security for tourists and for those who invest in these types of rentals. With this proposal, they intend to update the state regulatory framework, as well as to identify and register the obligated parties, promote economic development, healthy competition and tax collection, among other goals.
She explained that the meeting was held at the request of hoteliers in the Northern Zone of Quintana Roo who are proposing the creation a regulatory framework for vacation rentals using digital technology, where not only the collection of lodging taxes is contemplated, but also giving consideration to issues of civil protection, and provisions for health and safety.
Ms. Sauri Angulo said that the initiative will be presented in the coming weeks before the Plenary Session of the State Congress so that, after its consideration by the corresponding commissions, the analysis can be continued and the opinions of all the sectors involved can be heard.
The legislator said that an important aspect of regulating vacation rentals, is to have a record of tourists staying at these types of accommodation, to ensure their safety in case of any weather or natural disaster.
She said, "It is very important to have a census of tourists who occupy these vacation rentals, because in case of any contingency or natural disaster we do not know how many or where they are. We do not have any type of information like their names and place of origin, whereas for hotels, there is a registry."
Canadians from "Seniors and Friends of Isla" made a donation of leg prosthesis (valued at 4 thousand dollars...it says 40,000 in the text) and breast prosthesis, for anyone in Isla Mujeres who needs them. They also donated medical treatment materials and medicines. PHOTOS LINK
Three Canadians, Andy, Gary, and Denis, who are also residents of Isla Mujeres, perform altruistic work to support the community of the island, especially the elderly, by raising funds and bringing medicines and wheelchairs from Canada as part of the Seniors and Friends of Isla organization.
Anyone who need a leg prosthesis can go to the Community Hospital and obtain it for free, with the only requirement being that it needs to be the exact size that suits the patient. The breast prosthesis will also be provided for free for women who require them.
This is the fifth year this group has donated materials which they have provided to the Red Cross, the Senior Citizen's group, and the Community Hospital. In addition they donated four pairs of crutches and four wheelchairs, as well as walkers and canes to the Department of Tourism to provide for anyone who needs them, with the only requirement being that they leave a form of identification and return them after use.
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Navigation returns to normal
Se normaliza la navegación [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Se normaliza la navegación [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Oct. 27 The boats providing tours to visitors resumed their operations offering tours to the natural attractions of the marine park and the island, and lunch. The small boats from Puerto Juarez offer tours with lunch and transportation at a slightly higher price than an Ultramar round trip ticket, which is 300 pesos for visitors, and they do more business than their counterparts based in Isla Mujeres.
It is anticipated that the two new ferry companies that are expected in mid-November may offer lower prices for the route between Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez, which would be good for tourism, but it is thought that their rates for the round trip for local islanders could be higher than the 84 peso rate offered by Ultramar. These numbers are unknown at this time, but expected to be public in early November. It is noted that it has been a year and a half since the Magana ferry discontinued operations. Business and tourism are expected to improve in early December.
Lack of clients wanting massages
Masajistas, sin trabajo+] Ver masFull article at this link
Sales in businesses at the beaches, North Beach and Playa Centro, are decreased in this low season and providers of massages are complaining about a lack of clients. The waiters are complaining that the reduced tips make it difficult for them to meet their expenses at home. Poor weather has made this more difficult, and there are about 40 more days until tourism is expected to improve.
However, with the anticipated arrival of two new ferry companies for the Isla Mujeres-Puerto Juarez route by mid-November, it is hoped that tourism will increase. Hoteliers, especially those with smaller properties, are complaining about low occupancy rates, and some lack clients, while they must continue to pay taxes, utilities, wages, and other expenses.
There will be discreet security and surveillance inside and outside of the cemeteries before, during, and after Dia de los Muertos.
Cleaning in the cemeteries
Limpieza en cementerios [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The Public Services Department reports that dozens of bags of organic trash were removed from the three cemeteries of the municipality, before the Day of the Dead commemorations. It is noted that this tradition of visiting the cemeteries is not as deeply rooted on the island as elsewhere, where they eat, sing and have vigils on October 31 and November 1. These are visits for a few minutes, while families visit their deceased relatives, but sometimes spaces become impassable and in many cases children and heavy-set people can not advance, since the aisles are only half a meter, making it a challenge to reach the other end of the cemetery, in the case of the downtown cemetery. The cemetery in colonia La Gloria doesn't have this problem and is easily accessible, but there is no shade for women and children when the temperatures are high..
NHC reports today (Sat, 28th) on Tropical Depression #18 which is expected to become a Tropical Storm by tonight. It is moving toward Cuba, NW Bahamas, and the Florida Keys:
.AIR FORCE RESERVE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT FINDS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION HAS FORMED OVER THE NORTHWEST CARIBBEAN SEA...
...TROPICAL STORM WATCH ISSUED FOR THE UPPER FLORIDA KEYS AND EXTREME SOUTHEAST FLORIDA... It's centered at 11 a.m. EDT about 55 miles (90 km) south of the Isle of Youth and about 170 miles (270 km) south of Havana, Cuba. On the forecast track, the center will move across west-central Cuba this afternoon, across the Straits of Florida tonight, and across the northwestern Bahamas Sunday morning.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Isla de la Juventud, La Habana, Ciudad de la Habana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, and Villa Clara and for the Northwest Bahamas. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect along the extreme Southeast Florida coastline from Craig Key to Golden Beach, and for the Central Bahamas. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area in Cuba later today and the northwestern Bahamas tonight. A couple of brief tornadoes are possible across far South Florida and the Florida Keys this afternoon and evening.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and the depression is expected to become a tropical storm by tonight.
|View from the rooms.
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.
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.
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Sunday, Oct. 1 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square
Full moon Thursday, Oct. 5
|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 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 First Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, Oct. 28 8p Mundaca Theater 8pm "Festival of the Dead" (In the end, we are born to die) will start at the Mundaca tourism parador, at 7:30 pm with the procession to the open air theater where at 8:30, there will be a special performance by the dancers of the Entorno dance troupe, and a contest of Catrinas whose costumes are made with recycled materials.
Sunday, Oct. 29 at 8pm on the Town Square Hanal Pixan Altar Contest & Noches Magicas presents: The Festival of the Living for the Dead with Folklorico dancers from Kantunilkin. "Espectaculo de Dia de Muertos"
Tuesday, Oct. 31 Halloween on Hidalgo after dark. Bring lil toys & such and expect to be mobbed by cute kiddos & enjoy the clever costumes.
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.
All Saints Day & All Souls Day, Nov. 1 & 2, are the Dias de los Muertos...one 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. Try some seasonal Pibi Pollo tamales & Pan de los Muertos pastry.
Thursday, Nov. 2 The silent procession for Dia de los Muertos "Festival de las Animas 2017" will take place at 6pm starting at Hidalgo Ave. next to the Cemetery, walking up Hidalgo to the Town Square and returning down Guerrero to the Casa de la Cultura where there will be a contest of Catrinas, examples of altars from different states in Mexico, and a Tzompantli (The internet says that is an altar built by some pre-Columbian cultures of ancient Mexico, with the base decorated with skulls carved in stone and stakes in the upper area to string the head of the sacrificed.) The altars represent the states of Querétaro, Nayarit, Michoacán, Chihuahua, and the state of Mexico. Hosted by Jean Piaget school Photos from last year's event by Tony Garcia
8p on the Town Square: Two folklorico troupes from Cozumel after the IV Cancun high school
Fri. Nov. 3 at 5p: Casa Cultura conference about indigenous celebrations in Mexico for Dia de los Muertos (in Spanish).
Sat. Nov. 4 at 6:30p a procession featuring traditional clothing from different regions of Mexico starting at the Town Square church and going thru the downtown streets. AND...
7:30p Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square featuring two troupes including the Folklorico Troupe of Quintana Roo and the closure of the Dance conference event.
Sun. Nov. 5 at 7p: Noches Magicas on the Town Square. Hanal Pixan altar Competition and performances by the Isla Mujeres Añoranzas dance troupe and the folklorico dance troupe Al Son del Corazon
Sources for Storm Information & Weather:
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).