Saturday, November 4, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, Nov. 4

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We are proud to welcome the #CECAFF Cup participants. (It's a soccer competition for young people) In Isla Mujeres we will continue working to promote sports 馃弶馃強   VIDEO  
     City Council Secretary Antonio Coronado Rojas, represented the island's mayor, during the inauguration of the Sports Training and Training Center Cup (CECAFF) Mexican Caribbean 2017. He and Natanael Gallegos Salinas, director of the Institute of Sports and Recreation, spoke about how this administration is proud to host importing sporting events such as this.  Sixteen teams will participate from Nuevo Le贸n and Quintana Roo, including three islander teams, Trilanda, Tiburoneros and Tuzos. This event takes place from November 1 to 4 and seeks to promote the training of coaches and players and to professionalize them. 
        Other sporting events that have been held on the island including the open water swimming competiton "El Reto Isla to Isla", one of the four stages of the race "Mayan Circuit of the Pueblos Maticos", the International Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Mart铆nez Maga帽a ", martial arts competitions, and others. This administration has improved municipal sports facilities, including the soccer fields in Salina Chica.
        With these actions, the municipal president reaffirms his commitment to strengthening sports and also to boosting the island's economy by continuing to position the municipality as a world class destination suitable for all kinds of events.

We are remembering Emiliano Mart铆nez P茅rez, Tio (Uncle) Emiliano, who with his unmistakable voice immortalized Trova in Isla Mujeres. 馃幖馃拸馃彎
His unmistakable voice was compared to the great
Bienvenido Granda..He nspired the new generations to preserve the legacy of the island trova which is considered intangible cultural heritage in the State of Quintana Roo. VIDEO Translation:  She is saying that tears ran down peoples faces when he would sing. With his memorable voice, he immortalized the Trova of Isla Mujeres He sang more than a thousand songs at  festivals, serenades and special events. Together with his wife, he inspired the new generation with his love of  music of the island. 


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

There is a VIDEO of the folkloric dance troupe from Colegio de Bachilleres Plantel Canc煤n IV High School.
There is a VIDEO of performers from the Dance Convention celebrating the Instituto de Investigaci贸n y Difusi贸n de la Danza Mexicana A.C.

The Councilman for Ecology, Sebasti谩n Escobedo Jim茅nez gave assurances that there will be no backing off regarding the removal of the Bottle Island, because, he said, sooner or later it will become a serious environmental problem.
        He rejected the idea that the problem has been solved by relocating to an area near the Islote (small isle), which could cause a more serious problem, considering that part of this area is included within the boundaries of the National Marine Park. 
         The regidor said that it is regrettable that the authorities who are responsible until have not done anything yet.  He has questions as to what permits the owner of this place has, and also about the Harbor Master's position on it. 
        He said, "It is a structure that has been in the sea not for just one or two years, but rather it has been several years and nobody knows what kind of permits it has or the reason why it has been left like this."

State Human Rights Commission investigating alleged malpractice at Community Hospital LINK   
  The Community Hospital has five days to submit a report about what happened, said the Director of the Human Rights Commision of Quintana Roo (CDHQRoo) in Isla Mujeres, Harley Sosa Guillen, following notification on Nov. 1 regarding what happened on Thursday and the early hours of Friday. The pregnant, laboring woman  was cared for at the hospital, and eventually transferred to Cancun where she was informed of the death of the infant. The officials said he has been trying to find the whereabouts of the family since the visit on Nov. 1st to the offices of the Commission. He said that unfortunately in the state of Quintana Roo there is no medical arbitration commission, which, although it was already approved by the State Congress, has not entered into operation, apparently due to lack of resources. He said that it is of the utmost importance, since they are the ones in charge of dictating and issuing an expert opinion in these cases.  
     Mr. Sosa Guill茅n said that if liability is proven, due to acts or omissions on the part of the staff, a recommendation will be made to the Ministry of Health so that, among other things, responsibilities are entrusted to the parties that incurred in this act, "Also for compensation to people and even a public apology," he said.
    (In another article, it said the father of the child, who filed the complaint, alleged that the treatment was negligent and that he felt this was associated with his humble means.)

PHOTOS of start of assembly of altars in colonia La Gloria at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church

Participants arrive for the CECAFF Cup competition in Isla Mujeres LINK   
See City section.

Successful conclusion to the 4th Festival de las Animas (souls) on Thursday evening, organized by the Jean Piaget school LINK  
   The festival began with the procession of silence, organized by the school director, Patricia Rodr铆guez and the director of Culture, Rub茅n P茅rez Mart铆n, down Hidalgo Avenue, which included students and the general public wearing costumes and makeup typical of the celebration. 
      This tour culminated in the Casa de la Cultura, where there was an exhibition of altars from the states of Nayarit, Quer茅taro, Chihuahua, Mexico City and Michoac谩n with explanations of the meaning of each element of the offerings. 
        For the first time the Tzompantli was represented, an altar that some pre-Columbian cultures built with skulls carved in stone and stakes for the heads of the sacrificed,in a room that had ultraviolet lights that added mysticism to the exhibition. 
          There was a contest with the participation of 13 catrinas who were presented on the stage and judging was based on originality, costumes, make-up and attitude, with Zuleyca Delgado as the winner. 
     The musical performances moved the audience, with traditional interpretations and recognition was given by the islanders to those in charge of the CDC music school in Cancun, with whom the Jean Piaget school made an agreement for them to teach music in Isla Mujeres. 
        The play "S谩quese pa 'su rancho" by the author Carlos Ulises Cruz Rosales and directed by the theater teacher, Marcela Jim茅nez, was also presented by the Theater Company of the Liceo del Caribe at the Festival de las 脕nimas. 
      With dance performances, color, and smells of incense, the event had a total effect, for which school director, Patricia Rodr铆guez, thanked the commitment made by the teachers and students who each year create this event that enriches the culture in Isla Mujeres. 
         The festival of Las 脕nimas was attended by  of the municipal union official, Suemmy Gonz谩lez S谩nchez and alderwoman Atenea G贸mez Ricalde, who wore clothing befiting  the occasion

Complaints against Cablemas continue in Isla Mujeres LINK  
    Citizens are complaining about not receiving the internet service packages that they pay for, among other complaints. The two people who have filed complaints with PROFECO in Isla Mujeres say they are not authorized to provide information to the press.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Good weather for enjoying the beaches   
Buen clima para disfrutar de las playas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  This article says that the weather and forecast are good for enjoying the beaches and there are no impending storms or potential hurricanes expected in the Mexican Caribbean, including Isla Mujeres, tho there are some cautions regarding waves and wind at sea, and potential fog early and late when there are sudden temperature changes, when it is advised to take special care of the elderly and very young.
   A review of the hurricane season from the NHC in Miami, from a preliminary report is given.
    THis is directly from NHC:   With 30 days left in the 2017 hurricane season, activity in the Atlantic basin so far, from a seasonal perspective, is well above average. In terms of Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE), which measures the combined strength and duration of tropical storms and hurricanes, the 2017 season is the 5th most active on record to date in the basin, behind 1893, 1926, 1933, and 2005. The ACE for the eastern North Pacific basin has been above normal. A summary table through October 31 is posted at...
    Por Esto includes data from  that table, (which I've pasted below) also noting that in August there were there were two hurricanes including Franklin which hit Vera Cruz, and Gert, but Emily didn't develop into a hurricane. While in September there were six hurricanes  (MH stands for Major Hurricane, which is Cat 3 or greater). In October there were three, including Nate which happened in the Yucatan Channel and hit Louisiana.
      Officially  the hurricane season ends on Nov. 30, but every year at this time, hurricanes becomes less likely to to form due to the arrival of cold fronts that usually prevents their development due to the high pressure that they generate.
TS Arlene            19-21 Apr            50*
TS Bret              19-20 Jun            45
TS Cindy             20-23 Jun            60
TD Four               5- 7 Jul            30*
TS Don               17-18 Jul            50
TS Emily         31 Jul- 1 Aug            45
H  Franklin           6-10 Aug            85
H  Gert              13-17 Aug           105
MH Harvey        17 Aug- 1 Sep           130
MH Irma          30 Aug-12 Sep           185
MH Jose               5-22 Sep           155
H  Katia              5- 9 Sep           105
MH Lee               15-30 Sep           115
MH Maria             16-30 Sep           175
H  Nate               4- 9 Oct            90
MH Ophelia            9-15 Oct           115
TS Philippe          28-29 Oct            60

 Sorry....I don't have time to translate these articles now:

Festivities end with "Saldo Blanco" (no incidents)
“Saldo blanco” al t茅rmino de los festejos.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Forum about violence against women  
Foro de consulta sobre violencia contra la mujer.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Hotels on the island with a 38% occupancy rate on Thursday
Hoteles de la isla con 38% de ocupaci贸n[+] Ver masFull occupancy at this link

Red Cross awards recognition  
Cruz Roja entrega reconocimiento] Ver masFull article at this link

Polluelos: Municipal basketball champions  
Polluelos, campeones municipales de baloncesto[+] Ver masFull article at this link


 Noticias de  Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
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November Events
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Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos (for the departed children)
In Isla, families clean and decorate their loved ones graves, where their visits are private moments, unlike the all-night, public vigils that are traditional in some places. Hanal Pixan means "Food for the Souls" in Mayan. Altars are created in homes featuring photos of the deceased, with offerings of their favorite foods, and often include candles, copal incense, marigold flower petals, and papel picada (paper with cut-out designs). Try some seasonal Pibi Pollo tamales & Pan de los Muertos pastry. Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Thurs. Nov. 2 All Soul's Day Dia de los Muertos
At the cemetery at 6pm, participants in the silent procession (featuring Dia de los Muertos costumes/makeup and traditional garments) will gather and walk down Hidalgo to the Town Square and then up Guerrero to the Casa de la Cultura for the "Festival de las Animas (Souls) 2017", which includes a contest of Catrinas, a Tzompantli, (altars built by cultures of ancient Mexico), and altars representative of the states of Quer茅taro, Nayarit, Michoac谩n, Chihuahua, and the state of Mexico. AND....
8pm Town Square Noches Magicas Dance performances by Cancun High School IV and two folklorico troupes from Cozumel. (These are all free events)

Fri. Nov. 3 Online auction begins for the benefit of Isla Mujeres Diabetes Clinic charity.

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.

Full moon Sat, Nov.4 r
                                                                    Sunset ~6p
Nov. 4  6:58
Nov. 5  7:51
Nov. 6   8:48
Nov. 7  9:47
Nov. 8  10:48
Nov. 9  11:49

Sun. Nov. 5 at 7p: Noches Magicas on the Town Square. Hanal Pixan altar Competition and performances by the Isla Mujeres A帽oranzas dance troupe and the folklorico dance troupe Al Son del Corazon  Free

Sun. Nov. 12 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free 

Mural Festival at the Ca帽otal Mercado
Nov. 13-14 Artists arrive, clean up & set up, volunteers welcome.
Nov. 15-17 Public welcome to visit & interact while the artists paint.
Nov. 18-19 Exhibition: Come & see the art inspired by the founding families of isla and hear about their stories being told through the art.
Nov. 20 Casa de la Cultura Exhibition & Sale of artists' paintings to raise money for a new roof at "Julio Sauri" primary public school.

Fri. Nov. 17 Fundraiser Gala to benefit Isla Diabetes Clinic at aMar Cocina Peruana 6p Cocktails  7pDinner 5 course meal 9pm doors open to general pubic for drinks & dancing & a fantastic array of musicians. Tickets 450p/$25usd  PayPal address is: Or PM Karen Rosenberg The ticket includes one cocktail. Starting Fri. Nov. 3 there will be an online auction that will end that evening. LINK to auction. 

Fri.-Mon Nov. 17-20  Buen Fin Discount shopping (Like "Black Friday" in the US)

Sun. Nov. 19 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free

Mon. Nov. 20 Revolutionary Day  There is usually a parade that starts around 8a (TBA), usually on Rueda Medina downtown with a lot of kid cuteness in Revolutionary era and military costumes, as well as choreographed routines and acrobatics.

Sat & Sun Nov. 25 & 26 Biker Fest 2017 
    Sat. noon: Registration Saturday's activities are at the airfield
                2p  convivencia (meet & greet)
              3:30  Official opening ceremonies
                 4p  Tour around the island and official photo 
                 5p Quarter mile competition 
               6:30  Stunt show performance by PDC
                  7p Various activities, contests, and surprises until 10p
                 11:30  evening concludes

Sun. Nov. 26 10a-1p Playa Centro with competitions, activities, entertainment

Sun. Nov. 26 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free

Sources Weather Information:

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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