Thursday, October 26, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, Oct. 26

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Quick response to torrential rains  

Respuesta inmediata

 Resuelven contingencia por torrencial lluvia

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de octubre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
See City section below.

Strong winds closed the port for small boats  

Cierran puerto a navegación

 Por fuerte viento

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 25 de octubre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

 Strong winds from the north arrived on Wednesday, and caused the closure of the port for small boats, which was closed the evening before, due to intense prolonged bouts of rain. After the rains stopped, the winds started, affecting nautical activities.


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

Quick response to torrential rain
     As a result of heavy rains that fell in this area during recent hours, there was flooding at various points of the island, as was the case on Hidalgo avenue, where the water level rose. However, thanks to intervention by personnel with the Department of Civil protection, this problem was addressed in a timely manner. 
      The government of Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, maintains its commitment to provide safety and security for the citizens and their property, for that reason, has instructed the Civil Protection agency to maintain constant surveillance in those areas of the municipality that may be susceptible to the effects of the rains. 
      Helman Ulises Berman Graniel, Director of Civil Protection, reported that during this weather, important preventative work has been carried out by the municipal government, and effects were minimal,  despite the large amount of water caused by the rains. They have a protocol for this type of weather, and attend to the several spots on the island that are low areas and prone to be affected when there are heavy rains.
         He also recognized the citizens, who do their part, in these prevention tasks, not leaving trash in the streets, keeping the front of their homes clean, because in this way they prevent blocking the storm drain grates with trash and brush, which causes problems with water accumulation when it rains. He invited the residents to take these prevention measures, saying, "If everyone does their part, we will reduce the risk of flooding every time we have bad weather." 
         The City of Isla Mujeres affirms its commitment to work for the island's families to live in a safe and healthy environment, through the coordinated work between the various government agencies that make up this administration.

Loans for City workers

         The Mayor of Isla Mujeres, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, delivered personal loans to City workers through the Fund of the Institute of Security and Social Services of State Workers (Issste). The Mayor thanked the delegate of this agency in Quintana Roo, Cora Amalia Castilla Madrid. More than 100 workers have received loans through this federal program, which amounts to a total of seven million pesos. 
       He said that part of his commitment to the working class is to continue to seek greater benefits in their favor, so that they have access to a higher quality of life for their families. 
        Cora Amalia Castilla Madrid said that on this occasion 57 loans are being delivered to employees of various government departments, which is equivalent to just over 2 million pesos, as part of their benefits from this institute. She said that thanks to the efforts of the Mayor, working closely with this federal agency, which has led to the provision of various services to government workers. 
      She said, "We are attentive, to serve them in the best possible way, always seeking their greater well-being and providing them with a quality service." Names of officials present are given.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Eliminating mosquito breeding areas in the cemeteries LINK   
The Ministry of Health, via the Director of the Department of Vectors, urged the islanders not to leave vases or containers inside the cemetery that could become a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. 
         As you know, hundreds of faithful believers in the tradition of the Day of the Dead, come every year to leave offerings, remembrances and candles at the graves of their loved ones, however, this can cause concern when there is constant rain, and these items can become mosquito breeding sites. 
           Therefore, the Vectors department conducted  thermonebulization in both cemeteries, both at the downtown cemetery and the one located along the Caribbean coastal road. It is noted that this recommendation is nothing new, and is carried out year after year and aims to eradicate the breeding sites of the mosquitoes that can transmit Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya. 
           As a result of the recent rains, the State Government decided to intensify the actions to combat mosquitoes, covering all areas of the island. After treating the two municipal cemeteries today (Wednesday), on Thursday and Friday they will treat the public and private schools, taking advantage of the fact that on Friday there are no classes and on Monday they will treat the high school.

Rapid response to rain LINK  

In order to preserve Mexican traditions, on October 28th the "Entorno" dance group of Isla Mujeres, will perform the Festival of the Dead, ( Festival de los Muertos)  an event that will have a procession of the souls (paseo de las ánimas)  with Catrinas. LINK   VIDEO 
Raziel Barros Chale, manager of this dance group, reports that this festival will start at the Mundaca tourism parador, starting at 7:30 pm next Saturday, beginning with the procession to the open air theater of Mundaca.
He said, "In this theater at 8:30, there will be a show that we have prepared especially for the islanders, and there will also be a contest of Catrinas whose costumes are made with recycled materials."      Islanders can enjoy this performance by local artists, in addition to having the opportunity to participate in raffles. He said, "We have prepared many surprises for the families, so we invite them to attend, to have fun, and anyone who likes should come dressed up in white and with makeup like a skeleton (clavera), which will give more of an effect to the event." . 

      This show already has scheduled dates to perform in Cancun, at the festival in the Park of the Palapas, as well as in Cozumel at a dance competition on October 31. 
       "Entorno" is made up of 35 youngsters from Isla Mujeres between 15 and 24 years old, performing at Isla Mujeres festivals for the past year, with this being their first event focused on the rescuing of the traditions of Dia de los.Muertos.

The Community of Alcoholics Anonymous of Isla Mujeres will celebrate the Second Meeting of General Services, a meeting of members of four municipalities of Quintana Roo, an event to be held on October 28 and 29 in the municipality of Isla Mujeres LINK  

CENDI leads the parade commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations LINK


LINK    Interesting 'expose' by Noticaribe about problems at the landfill, which is located in the mainland part of our municipality & serves Cancun and Isla Mujeres. It's been in the IM news over the past year because Cancun (the municipality of Benito Juarez) owes us millions of pesos in unpaid fees, which our Mayor wants to use to improve our trash fleet & add a recycling plant to our Trash Transfer facility.
More recently, the landfill has been in the regional news because they're having to open up a new area (which costs millions of pesos) well before they expected and this is blamed on poor management, lack of recycling, and lack of compaction, mostly. Note: This expose is by Noticaribe & claims that the company, PIMSA, who are being blamed for noncompliance & mismanagement, shares an address with SIPSE, who are another media group, presumably rivals with Noticaribe
You might recall in Aug. 2015 then Gov Borge (who is now in jail in Panama) inaugurated a waste separation (recycling) plant at the landfill, saying it would put QRoo on the forefront in Latin America & that 300 million pesos were invested, which, with the compactor, would extend the life of the landfill.
At that event, the president of PIMSA said they were ready to receive 1200 tons daily and would separate out 600 tons of recyclables, claiming that this would prevent the logging of 720 trees daily and that they'd recycle 950,000 PET plastic bottles daily, the equivalent of 160 kilometers, if laid end to end. Two conveyors would separate out the plastic, cardboard, glass, and other recyclables. But when Noticaribe visited the facility earlier this month, the conveyors weren't operational and garbage was being dumped in the open areas.
Noticaribe reports: "By not doing this separation of garbage, the volume and weight increases, therefore, PIMSA reports that daily an average of 1300 tons of waste are deposited in the landfill. This means an income of 230,802 pesos per day and more than 6.9 million pesos per month, a figure paid by Siresol based on the contract for the concession to pay 177.54 pesos per ton." (Isla Mujeres generates about 40-60 tons daily, depending on tourism, according to news reports).
Studies by SEMA (the State Department of Ecology & Environment), which were submitted in September of this year, indicate problems with leachate (the liquid runoff that can contaminate ground water and surrounding soil) and noncompliance issues including obstruction of the leachate pipeline causing it to overflow, and other problems that involve contamination of nearby soil and water.
The article notes that the amount owed to Isla Mujeres is now about 17 million pesos. Google translate does a fairly good job if you want more's a very long article, with good aerial photos. The last photo is the new area ("celda") under construction, next to the one that is nearly full, and the first several photos show the Separation Facility & its surrounding area.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Celebration of creation of United Nations  
Celebran creación de la ONU [+] Ver masFull article at this link

     The 72nd anniversary of the founding of the UN (United Nations)  was commemorated in Isla Mujeres with a procession, which was led by the children of CENDI, the Center for Child Development and by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis. It began by the steps of the Naval base, walking along Rueda Medina, and ending at the Town Square. . 
           Participants included 438 children from the CENDI nursery schools of Isla Mujeres and the Continental Zone, the Tláloc Children's Garden, the María Enriqueta Camarillo y Roa school, the Jean Piaget school, and the preschool Gabriela Mistral, who were dressed in the typical costumes of the various countries of the world, representing the union that exists between nations, as well as teachers, parents, and officials. 
         Upon reaching the Town Square, the Mayor acknowledged the efforts of children, parents and teachers for their participation in this event, and for the work they do year after year. Theprocession was also attended by Norma Yanire Medina Figueroa, administrative director of the DIF System, and the preschool and CENDI.
   The UN agenda: 
         Regarding the new UN agenda adopted on its 70th anniversary, it aims to follow up on the Millennium Development Goals approved two decades ago. "They have helped liberate more than one billion people from extreme poverty , and to save millions of lives and improve the conditions of millions more, all over the world. Governments, according to an analysis, have the opportunity to address the issue of climate change. The threats to international peace and security are increasingly complex and interconnected and we are therefore obliged to examine and update our approach to conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding.
          These are just some of the challenges that must be overcome, and which require an unprecedented spirit of cooperation among the member states. Let's work together to achieve these common goals."

Intensifying the fight against breast cancer  
Intensifican lucha contra el cáncer de mama. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

 This is about a program in the mainland part of the municipality.

Debris "decorates" the streets of Isla Mujeres  
Escombros “adornan” calles de Isla Mujeres[+] Ver masFull article at this link

  There are concerns among residents about construction debris that obstructs sidewalks and it is suggested that officials should intervene to force compliance with regulations. There are construction materials on a sidewalk near the Cesar Mendoza school which causes children to walk in the streets, which is dangerous. There are also concerns about abandoned vehicles in the streets and private objects that invade the public walkways.

Nautical & tourism activities affected by weather
Apaga actividad náutica y turística+] Ver masFull article at this link


A system to watch for potential development at the end of the week. Looks like this cold front (#6) may help prevent it from developing:
  800 AM EDT Thu Oct 26 2017
For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:
1. A broad area of low pressure located over the western Caribbean Sea
and Central America continues to produce disorganized showers and
thunderstorms. Close proximity to land is likely to limit
development of this system during the next 24 hours. However,
environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for the system
to become more organized Friday and Saturday as it moves slowly
northward over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Strong upper-level
winds associated with an approaching cold front will make conditions
less favorable by Sunday. Regardless of development, this system is
expected to produce locally heavy rainfall over portions of Central
America and Cuba during the next couple of days. These rains are
forecast to spread northward across portions of South Florida and
the Keys on Saturday.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...30 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.
Forecaster Brown

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October Events
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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 First Anniversary Celebration
It was suspended due to weather.

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.

Nov. 2-4 (Thurs, Fri, Sat) outside the Casa del la Cultura & at the Town Square with performances, conferences, and expositions by dancers from all over Mexico for the 45th Anniversary celebration of the Institute for the Diffusion and Research of Mexican Dance

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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