Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, Oct. 31

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor supports sports with rehabilitation of more public spaces  

Edil impulsa deporte

Con rehabilitación de más espacios públicos

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 29 de octubre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

See City section....


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

Islander children and young people 👧👦 deserve quality education 📚✏We are working to provide more scholarships, tools, programs and educational facilities so that students make the most of their learning.https://goo.gl/eg2Nme 
      This work includes actions on the mainland (which are noted) as well as the delivery of more than 1000 uniforms to middle school students on the island and the mainland, which provides savings for their families. Since the beginning of this administration, the government has provided more than 372 scholarships for students who have shown academic excellence, as well as special needs, sports, and for transportation.
     An agreement was signed with the organization "Volunquest" which will benefit 828 students with free English classes. The fifth semester high school students of the island and Continental Zone received 120 electronic tablets. 
    The Mayor confirmed his commitment to the students of the municipality and their education, and to provide them with the basic tools they need while not affecting their family economies. 

The festivities of "De los Vivos a Los Muertos" / "From the Living to the Dead" began with great success, which commemorate the celebration of the traditional "Day of the Dead"/ Dia de los Muertos in Isla Mujeres.https://goo.gl/2rLgTW 
The evening included color, cuisine, and traditions, which began with the municipal inter-agency Altar Contest for "Hanal Pixan", and the folklorico dance troupe "Kantunich" performed for Noches Magicas., who are from the municipality of Lazaro Cardenas.  Names of the winners of the contest are given. Visitors and families are invited to attend the activities of this festival which ends on Nov. 5. (see Events section).

Supporting sports is a priority for this government VIDEO     https://goo.gl/aPAHTu
This weekend the island was the venue for the Second Female Soccer Congress, organized by the National Hall of Fame (Safanal), with the meeting of the 4 most outstanding teams of Southeastern Mexico: Sirenas de Isla Mujeres,  Bucaneros de Cancún,  Leonas de Yucatán and  Panteras de Tabasco. Other sporting events that have been held on the isle include the open water swimming event “El Reto Isla to Isla”,  the race ” Circuito Maya de los Pueblos Mágicos” which was one of a group of four races in that circuit, and the International Fishing Tournament “Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña”, among others.

Cahuameros basketball team won 90 to 70 LINK   
The “Cahuameros Nueva Generación” beat the "Ingenieria" team from Cancun at the Isla Mujeres Convention Center on Sunday with a score of 90 to 70, after they lost on Saturday evening. Next weekend they will play at home again, this time against their main opponent "Los Dorados" of Playa del Carmen, who were champions of the league in the last tournament. 


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

President Enrique Peña Nieto is inaugurating Terminal 4 at the Cancun International Airport this morning, which represents a 36.7%  expansion in facilities at this airport. More than 3.4 billion pesos were spent on the construction of Terminal 4 which will have the capacity to mobilize 25 million passengers when it becomes operational, and in three more years that could reach 32 million.
     According to statistics provided by the Ministry of Tourism, Quintana Roo received 15 million tourists of which 12 million were international and 3 million were national. Cancun is the second most popular destination for national tourists with 2.6 million and the most popular destination for the reception of international tourists at 5.8 million. LINK   

After there was a complaint filed for cutting down two palm trees, (which were in a public green space), a fine was paid and now 10 palm trees are being planted. (See the "From other sources" section below).  There are two photos posted. The original incident was reported Oct. 12.

Tuesday is the last day for residents to create their wills during the Will Campaign, a program benefiting more than 100 residents, using Notary #32. Only identification documents are required, such as a voters card, a CURP card, and a Birth Certificate.

Successful Festival for Los Muertos in Isla Mujeres at Mundaca theater LINK     VIDEO   

Richart Sowa: There will be no more problems from the Bottle Island   LINK  
   Richart Sowa, who for years has struggled to maintain the Bottle Island project that he named "Joysxee Island", towed the old structure to the area of the Islote (small isle), giving assurances that he believes it will have less impact there, according to him. He was interviewed following pronouncements of damage to the structure and said he was aware of some problems, and according to him, he has already repaired them. During these maneuvers this weekend, a small part of the structure came off, causing complaints on social networks.
    The foreigner explained that as a result of the complaints, a few days ago he established communication with an official in the Harbor Master's office, and proposed to move the structure, to avoid further damage and detachment of pieces.  According to him, the detachments have only been occurring at the edges, which have been repaired, and now this will no longer occur. He said, "I have repaired the edges and I have carried out constant inspections to collect any bottles that had detached for some reason."
     He said that on Saturday afternoon, with the help of some friends, the Bottle Island was towed and placed beside the Islote, where, according to him, it is more protected from bad weather. He acknowledged that the old house on the Bottle Island has collapsed, however now there is a plan for a clean up and to erect a tent, with no solid structures, so that it can endure more.
   He said that at no time has he sought to provoke conflicts or problems with the authorities, and he said that he has made visits to Mexico City to discuss the subject of his project, as well as with SEMARNAT (Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources).
    He explained that he has invested a lot of money in "Joysxee Island" and that he had to stop maintaining it because his financial resources ran out. He said, "Then a foreign television station proposed that I build another one while they record the process of construction. They financed the project and a little of this also served for the maintenance of Joysxee Island."
     Richart Sowa, who is originally from England and also speaks Spanish said he is committed to rehabilitating the Bottle Island and also to placing a network around the perimeter, to prevent the deposits of plastic that may come detached from ending up on the beaches.
NOTE: There were videos and a photo posted on social media yesterday, Monday, by Rogelio Magana Moguel in which the narrator is saying that these are pieces of the famous "Bottle Island" breaking loose and causing bottles to be floating all around the bay and to the coasts & by the parked boats. That there is contamination from the plastic bottles, from pieces of the isle, and trash everywhere, and he notes that the red mangrove plants are a protected species, by law. The owner is misidentified as from the US (he's British), and the narrator repeatedly asks, indignantly, "What kind of pollution is this!?" and comments that the owner is recovering a piece in his dingy.LINK to post.

Good weekend for Isla Mujeres basketball teams LINK     

Cahuameros basketball team wins 90 to 70   LINK

Isla Mujeres government supports sports LINK  

Anger on social media over death of a cat allegedly from hanging LINK 

Director of Ecology says the cat had been run over and did not die from hanging   
 TVIM reports: In regard to the unfortunate incident reported on social networks showing a lifeless cat hanging from a motorcycle, the Director of Ecology and the Environment, Carlos Barranco Garcia, reported that his agency made an immediate investigation and found that the cat had been run over, and was not hanged, as was speculated.
The Director said that after learning of this incident, they with to colonia Caribeña to conduct a prompt investigation, where residents reported that the cat had died moments before and had not been hanged. They said when the body was found, several young guys (muchachos) made a terrible joke of hanging it in that way on a motorcycle, and like the citizenry, the agency disapproves of this behavior, because it was a living being.
Mr. Barranco said, "We went to the colonia, where the owner of the motorcycle reported this act, but he couldn't tell us who was responsible, and we didn't find the cat, as it was thought that it was deposited in the trash. However we ruled out that it was murdered, and it was reported that it had been run over."
The official said that in the event of animal abuse, when any person is caught doing this or has a complaint against them, a legal process will be carried out where the person responsible may be subject to a fine, or if appropriate, be put in jail.
Therefore, he urges the public to continue being alert to these types of cases, where animals are protected by the law, and he asked that people respect all living things, as in this case, pets, including cats and dogs.

Islanders begin preparing the graves for Dia de los Muertos LINK   

Mayor is committed to improving education in the municipality LINK  

In response to complaints of damage to the health of persons who paid for massages on the beaches, COFEPRIS will verify that all these providers in Isla Mujeres have completed their certifications LINK   


From other sources....

LINK to photos on FB from the recent Oasis Fest by Barracuda Board Co.

This is good news for our diabetic community! THIS post in Merca Isla says: To the island community and friends in general who are Insulin (NPH) dependent DIABETICS, the municipal government, led by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, via the Isla Mujeres Secretary General Dr. Antonio Cornado, and Dr. Milthon Luna, will be providing this insulin. Please be advised that we will be collecting information from the FIRST 40 PEOPLE who really require it

On Oct. 12, the City and TVIM reported that a couple palm trees had been cut from a public green area and that the person responsible would be required to plant 10 coconut palms that are 3 meters tall, which now appears to be occurring.
Thank you to Patty Alonzo D Martinez for the photo and update! (The bottom three photos were published by the City when reporting the incident in mid-October. )

TV Azteca Quintana Roo      VIDEO LINK  .
It was recently reported in the news that receptacles for cigarette butts have been installed on Playa Norte & Playa Centro. This video explains how polluting they are, saying a study showed that one cigarette butt contaminates 50 liters of regular water and eight of seawater, they take 10 years to degrade, and are eaten by turtles, birds and other marine life, which can cause fatal consequences from choking or by poisoning from toxins including ammonia, nicotine, and pesticides.
The group Ocean Conservancy reports that cigarette butts occupy first place among trash that is collected from beaches, at than 1.8 million pieces annually. In Cancun they collect 70,000 to 80,000 annually from the beaches.
A group of young entrepreneurs have proposed an interesting solution; exchanging plant pots for cigarette butts collected from the beach. The pots are made from recycled paper, corn..something..and sawdust, and each one can be exchanged for thirty cigarette butts. They are ideal for small plants like cactus, which require the minimal care of watering every 7-10 days, and after about two years, from watering and the plant growing, they convert into compost.
This is a national project from Mexico City with the idea of establishing a workshop in Cancun and the Riviera Maya to produce the pots and to exchange them for cigarette butts, in coordination with the beach clubs and businesses. The video concludes by asking the general public not to litter with their cigarette butts which are damaging to the ecosystem, and to support good ideas such as this one.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

 Dia de los Muertos traditions in the cemeteries
Se va perdiendo la tradición del “Día de Muertos”. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   There is no tradition in Isla Mujeres of complete families staying in the cemeteries and those who do visit, usually stay briefly.  All the crypts are clean and have artificial flowers, in compliance with the recommendations by the Health Department, after vases were found full of mosquito larvae recently. The niches are not as ornate as in some localities, and while it is not a custom for islander families to spend hours in the cemeteries, family members do come to visit their departed loved ones, light candles, and reflect, before they leave.
   During the past two weeks, City agencies removed brush, fogged, and cleaned the cemeteries, as well as doing some painting and some masonry repairs. They removed several tons of organic trash to enable people to walk more easily through the properties.  During that time islanders have been visiting the the two cemeteries to clean the graves of their loved ones and to place flower arrangements.
   There are about 500 graves in the downtown cemetery and about 1000 in the cemetery at colonia La Gloria. 

Dinner & dance benefit against diabetes   
Cena baile contra la diabetes.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

I'll look at translating this article tomorrow...here's the information in English about the Isla Diabetes Clinic Benefit which will be held at Amar Peruvian restaurant on November 17, provided by Karen Rosenberg.
Charity benefit next month for our Diabetes clinics, where everything is provided for free and includes screenings, one-on-one education, glucometers & supplies, and reading glasses, by volunteers from the local & foreign communities....and your generous donations. Visit the Isla Diabetes Clinic link to learn how to donate via PayPal to help us provide strips for the glucometers. Diabetes is VERY prevalent on the island & these clinics are making a difference! Thanks!

aMar cocina peruana will be collaborating with the Isla Diabetes Clinic on November 17th for the first ever Gala Fundraiser! The evening will begin at 6 pm for cocktails with a 5 course meal that will be seated at 7 pm. Tickets priced at 450 Mexican pesos are available at aMar or can be purchased through PayPal for $25 USD. PayPal address is: isladiabetesclinic@gmail.com. Or PM Karen Rosenberg The ticket includes one cocktail. If you are unable to join the dinner we will open our doors to everyone for drinks and dancing at 9 pm. We have organized a fantastic array of musicians for your listening pleasure! Stay tuned for an online auction that will end that evening. We look forward to your seeing you there! Only 20 tickets left for this amazing GALA fundraiser!


Another poisoning of dogs and cats  
Otra matanza de perros y gatos. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Veterinarian Delfino Guevara Collazo, Animal Hospital Director, reported that he knows of ten animals that died by poisoning on Saturday, in addition to the 12 dogs and cats that died from the same cause in June. He is outraged by the lack of action from the Director and Assistant Director of the municipal Ecology Department, Carlos Barranco and José González, saying if they do their research, they could confirm 18 cases of poisoning in these two deadly events.
    The vet said in June, 12 animals were poisoned and on Saturday there were four dogs and six cats poisoned. Information was collected from the owners in each case, and emailed to officials, with whom he has an agreement to collaborate, since the start of this administration. He complained about the silence from the officials of Ecology. He said he also reported about a person who was bitten by a dog in Salina Chica, and the officials spoke to the owner, but there were differing versions told by those involved, and it is unknown how that ended.
    He was visibly angry about this latest event which occurred in colonia Salina Chica and complained about the performance of the organization "Isla Animals" for not speaking out. He said, "They are not interested, although they are an animal protection society and not a clinic like us. ... I think they don't speak out because they aren't legal. Well, I haven't checked but every time I go there, I look for their municipal and state documentation, which they don't have. What cabrones they are for not defending the animals."

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres [+] Ver masFull article at this link

On Sunday there was a good number of tourists visiting, but the effects of the cold front affected the small boats, because they were restricted to port by the Harbor Master, due to the northern winds. Tours within the bay were also prohibited, and by 4pm the winds reduced, but that was too late for these types of boat tours. Nautical activites by the small boats, including fishing, are expected to resume on Monday.

Victory by Cahuameros basketball team  
Holgado triunfo de Cahuameros Nueva Generación[+] Ver masFull article at this link
 See City section.

 Alcoholic Anonymous: A real alternative  
Grupos “AA”, alternativa real [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The group held a regional conference in Isla Mujeres this weekend, and information has been translated about it. After the event closed on Sunday, they shared cochinita (pork) tacos before returning home. Participants included visitors from the interior of the country and members of groups who came to share their experiences to motivate new participants who are beginning to gain a sense of belonging in the community. Members of the group from nearby municipalities attended the 2nd General Services Meeting for groups from the Northern Zone of Quintana Roo, including  Benito Juárez, Puerto Morelos, Lázaro Cárdenas, and there were also attendees from other states.

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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) 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:
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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