Sunday, November 19, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, Nov. 19

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   The newly painted murals at the "Audomaro Magaña" Mercado, in colonia "El Cañotal", were inaugurated, with hopes that they will stimulate the economy of the area by attracting tourists to visit there. Topics of the murals include agriculture, diving, and local legends.
        Isla Mujeres historian, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, oversaw the historical aspects of the art, and said the idea arose from a desire to show visitors the history of the municipality, how it was founded, and who are some of its most important characters. These include  Petrona Trejo, Baltazar Gómez Coral, Aurelia Nájera, Carlos García Castilla, Virgilio Fernández Tejero, Fernando Fernández Ríos, Gilberto Pastrana Novelo, Manuel Osorio Godoy, “La Trigueña”, Luciana Celis, Cristino Ávila, Buenaventura “Coleguita”, Edilia Rodríguez, Graciliano Sánchez Azueta, Ausencio Magaña Rodríguez and Florencio Coral Hernández, who are well known and beloved by the island community. Mr. Villanueva Madrid thanked the organization Volunquest for organizing the event and the Mayor for his support and commitment to improving public spaces and thus improving the quality of life for all islanders.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

LINK   VIDEO     The Director of the Traffic Police, Carlos Pech Pat said that the traffic operation will start at 6am for the parade in honor of the Aniversario la Revolución Mexicana on Monday, Nov. 20 which is scheduled to begin at 8 am, and Rueda Medina Avenue will be closed, with Juarez Avenue as a detour. After Sunday evening, no vehicles should be parked on Rueda Medina,and any found there at dawn on Monday will be moved to the parking lot of the Casa de la Cultura. The caption say no parking on Juarez, also.
He said that around 300 contingents are expected participate in this parade including schools, sports teams, military and emergency vehicles, to name a few. It is noted that the banks will be closed on Monday.
Protest demonstration against Cablemas/Izzy LINK 

Tourist burned at bar alleges that the owner still has not paid for his medical expenses LINK  
        Nov. 17  Isaías Pérez Estrada received second degree burns at an Isla Mujeres bar, allegedly from a bad maneuver by a waiter with a flaming drink that the customer had ordered. He said his medical expenses have amounted to just over 2000 pesos, and he has been unable to return to his hometown. He said the owner of the bar, Miguel Herrera, responded to the summons at the Public Prosecutors office and an agreement was reached. He said Mr. Herrera also mad an appearance at his follow up treatment at a clinic in Cancun. He said he planned to file legal action on Monday, although that is not what he wanted to do at first. 
        Mr Herrera responded in a comment:  That's a lie, the client is treated as he should be, our establishment has insurance, and the patient has been treated  at the Galenia Hospital since the incident occurred,  from the island to Cancun, and so far the treatment protocol has gone well and the affected person is being cared for.

Civil Protection: Businesses required to have first aid kits & fire extinguishers   LINK   
       After the last incident inside a bar in Isla Mujeres where a person received  second degree burns, today Ulises Berman Graniel, director of Civil Protection, offered assurances that all the businesses on Hidalgo Avenue have first aid kits and certificates.
   He said he was aware of the incident, but that it is a problem between individuals, which doesn't involve his agency. He said the businesses on Hidalgo Avenue receive regular reviews, and the most recent was done in June, when everyone was compliant and had their first aid kits and fire extinguishers.
   The incident occurred early Wednesday, after a drink with fire was served and the official said that it is a personal matter to do this, and for this to happen there must have been a consent from the client.  He said, "They will have to address it in the Public Prosecutor's Office, but if he goes to a bar and wants to drink a shot with fire, the client consents, but if it was otherwise on purpose, that would be the responsibility of the service provider. However, that was not the case, and it was a shared responsibility."
    He said that the Kokonuts bar has fire extinguishers, but in this type of incident, it was not necessary and would have worsened the problem, and that a wet cloth was the correct action.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Finalizing details for the traditional fiesta   
Afinan detalles para fiesta tradicional [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The festivities in honor of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception will begin on Nov. 28 when her image is taken down from its niche for a procession in the streets.  This mass and procession will be led by the Bishop of the Cancun-Chetumal Prelature, Monsignor Pedro Pablo Elizondo Cárdenas, He will also oversee the inauguration of the historical-photographic exhibition.  The events will conclude on December 8 with the traditional maritime procession.
     The procession will depart at 7pm on Nov. 28, from the Church of Immaculate Conception, downtown. There is a list of different groups and organizations and the dates and times when their private celebrations will be held. All the groups are expected to participate in the mañanitas (singing) to the virgin on the night of Thursday, Dec. 7. The children's communion is on Friday, Dec. 8 at 10am, when the last group celebrates, Las Conchitas. The Maritime Procession will take place at 3pm.
     After each Mass, there will be cultural and recreational activities on the Town Square. A Fair will also be set up so that people can enjoy the festivities with their families. 

 Ultramar to begin operations in Punta Sam
Ultramar iniciará operaciones en Punta Sam [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    According to sources with APIQRoo, the state Port Authority, the Ultramar car-cargo and passenger service ferry for the route between Punta Sam and Isla Mujeres should go into operation by Christmas, which is three months after the boat was launched at a shipyard in Greece. The company must adapt the dock, to accommodate the boat which has a capacity for 70 vehicles and 300 passengers.
   It is noted that the current company serving that route, Maritimos de Isla Mujeres, hasn't raised their prices despite a 20 percent increase in diesel fuel costs last January. It is noted that their financial situation isn't the best because they still haven't paid off the debt for acquiring the last boat from South Korea five years ago. 
   It is also noted that Ultramar has been a monopoly, and has been unpopular with many people, especially when they doubled the price for tourists in December 2016. It competed with the Magana family for 13 years, who finally retired from the business a year and a half ago, for lack of demand, and after receiving a heavy federal fine for monopolistic practices, when both ferry passenger ferry companies received sanctions from COFECE (Federal Commission of Economic Competition). 
     More seats are expected to be available on the Isla Mujeres-Puerto Juarez route during this upcoming tourism season, when the Marinsa and Naveganto companies are ready to compete with Ultramar, and their managers have indicated they will offer better ticket rates, according to sources with APIQRoo.

 Complaint to COFETEL about cable company  
 Demandan en Cofetel a cablera[+] Ver masFull article at this link
      After the protest demonstration at the Cable company, more than 150 signatures were collected to present to the Federal Telecommunications Commission (COFETEL) to report the company for breach of contract. According to procedures, Cablemas will have 48 hours to contact the complainant, to resolve the problem withing 15 days, according to the signed contract. A copy of a contract with the company was shown, with complaints that the user pays for a speed of 10 MB and receives 2MB or less. 
    COFETEL is a new regulatory agency, whose website says:  "The participation and involvement of the Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) with mobile users and Internet users in Mexico had been relatively intermittent since its creation, until now. With the creation of the site Soy Usuario (I'm a user), there is now a web platform designed for the reporting of any disagreement with cell phone and internet services, among others."
     It is noted that Cablemas/Izzy lacks sufficient infrastructure to provide 10 MB of Internet speed, and that they have no plans for a fiber optic network. 

 Increasing numbers of jobs available  
 Se incrementa la solicitud de personal [+] 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 Querétaro, Nayarit, Michoacán, 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
                                                                    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 Añoranzas dance troupe and the folklorico dance troupe Al Son del Corazon  Free

Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Casa de la Cultura there will be an homage to Emiliano Martinez Perez who was a founder of the musical group Trova Islena. Free.

Sun. Nov. 12 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free Anniversary special with a comedian.

 Nov. 13-17 Mon-Fri Recycling Week 10a-2p at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa Exchange recyclables for plants. (See IMN&E on Nov. 10 for translation)

Mural Festival at the Cañotal 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  The parade is scheduled to start at 8a on Rueda Medina downtown, which will be closed starting at 6am with no parking and traffic detoured to Juarez, also no parking. Expect a lot of kid cuteness in Revolutionary era and military costumes, as well as choreographed routines and acrobatics.

Thur. Nov. 23  Art & Food Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3p-8p. Information available for participants at the Cultura office between noon and 3p.

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

 Nov. 28-Dec. 8 Annual Festivities honoring the Patron Saint: Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
  Which are expected to include a small carnival with rides and games, a bullring, nightly performances on the Town Square, and a boat procession and wreath placement over the Cruz de la Bahia, as well as private celebrations by the ~20 groups involved in the festivities. 

Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico. The night before there will be a gathering at the coastal chapel dedicated to her in Salina Chica, with Mariachis, to sing Las Mananitas and honor her. The horse procession is predicted to include up to 100 riders, and begin at the Convention Center, to the colonias and back to the 'ring'...presumably there will be a bull ring at the north end of the airfield. 

Sources for 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).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

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