Thursday, November 23, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, Nov. 23

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The City approved discounts of 25% on property taxes to benefit the economy of the islanders.
     Discounts for property taxes were approved at the 28th Regular City Council session, when paid  in a single payment, for the entire upcoming year. The discounts are: 25% in December, 15% in January, and 10% in February.
      When the taxpayer is a person with disability, pensioner or retired, who has the credential of INSEN and INAPAM, a 50% discount on the property tax is authorized, as long as the annual amount caused is covered in a single payment, during the months of December, January and February, for the upcoming year. 
        This discount also applies to those taxpayers that belong to the following organizations:
    Union of Workers of the Colegio de Bachilleres of the State of Quintana Roo (SITACOBAQROO), National Union of Workers of Education (SNTE), National Union of Workers of the Ministry of Health (CNTSA), Union of Workers in the Service of the City of Isla Mujeres (SUTSAIM), National Union of Workers of the Mexican Postal Service (SNTSEPOMEX), National Trade Union of Workers of Telecom Telegraphs (SNTTT) and the Federation of Workers' Unions at the State Service (FETSE). 
     It should be noted that this benefit will be applied to a single property of the taxpayer, corresponding to the domicile of his own house and may be applied up to a value of twenty thousand daily minimum wages and the taxpayer must be current with payments from previous years. 
    The Mayor said, "One of the main sources of income of the municipal administration is the property tax, so through this program we encourage all taxpayers to make the payment in time and form to receive their discount; It is important to note that thanks to your contribution we can satisfy all your needs in terms of public services and social development programs, among others."
        The City Council of Isla Mujeres urges the community to benefit from the program of discounts for the payment of property tax for fiscal year 2018 as of December 1st and work together to maintain a good culture of tax payment in the municipality.      VIDEO    

The officers of the Police force and the Traffic police participated in a course titled "Road Monitoring".     
         This will be the first in a series of courses to certify the Police Department, so they will be able to use the National Network of Road Monitors, which is administered by the Federal Police.Through the network, citizens can initiate the protocol of intervention in the event of a road accident, to those who are trained, empowered and certified to: monitor the infrastructure in the road network, inform about traffic safety in a road, provide first aid and assistance to victims of traffic events, and thereby reduce the risk of death and complications.
    This training is provided in the area of Crime Prevention of the muncipal Police Department and Traffic Police, whose chief is Jaime Ongay Ortiz, and is part of the work to provide ongoing training and updating for the police officers, under instructions from the Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, to provide better services for the community.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

With the purpose of optimizing resources and improving the image of this tourist destination, the Public Services Department of Isla Mujeres announced that as of December 15, a program will be implemented with established schedules for Garbage Collection. LINK    
To maintain a good image in Isla Mujeres, Public Services asks citizens not to put trash to the curb between 11am and 7pmVIDEO    
    This should reduce traffic congestion, improve the image, prevent trash being left in the street for long periods of time, and provide greater organization for garbage collection. The Director of the Public Service Department said there will no longer be trucks picking up trash after 11am, and business owners may be subject to sanctions or reprimands for noncompliance. He said at first there will be warnings, but later there will be sanctions for those who do not respect the schedule. He said is will also be forbidden to leave trash at the curb in the colonias, and that the intention is to achieve a cleaner image for this Pueblo Magico, which has distinctions such as Blue Flag and White Flag designations.
    He said the government is doing its part with good collection service, and the citizens will need to do their part also, to help the island be cleaner and with a better appearance. Details of the schedules will be announced in upcoming days.

On Wednesday morning, writer Miguel Ángel Manjarrez Torres, presented his work "Cuéntame, gatito" at the Secondary School of Isla Mujeres. VIDEO    LINK   (See Por Esto)

At no time did I evade my responsibilities: Miguel Herrera  LINK  
Nov. 19      Businessman Miguel Herrera, owner of the Kokonuts bar, clarified that he has never evaded his responsibility in regard to the incident that recently occurred  after Isaías Pérez Estrada was burned while at the bar. He said that he himself has taken charge of patient care from the beginning. 
        Requesting his right to reply, he explained what happened regarding this incident inside his bar. He said that minutes after the incident, the customer was offered care by transferring him to the hospital and his needs were met. 
       Miguel Herrera said that after receiving a subpoena from the Office of the Prosecutor to give an explanation of what happened, he appeared, and an agreement was reached. He explained, "We agreed to go to the Galenia hospital that same day, so I spoke to the insurance to provide the patient with all the protocol information, which was done and everything is covered. We made sure that nothing major happened and that he was stable."
       He explained that the insurance requires that a certain protocol be followed, and gave assurances that at no time did he want to disclaim his responsibility, and he presented the documents showing the hospital admission, payments, and follow ups. 
     He also explained that treatment is very important so that the second degree burns don't get worse, therefore once Mr. Perez returns to Mexico City, his recovery will be followed up. He said that this type of accident can occur anywhere and he regrets that the young man was injured in this way. He wants to emphasize that the entrepreneurs of Isla Mujeres are not in the habit of evading this type of responsibility. 
       He added that Civil Protection does not give authorizations to restaurants and bars that don't provide security, and he gave assurances that Kokonuts bar has fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and fire retardant liquid. He said that Kokonuts Bar and Restaurant has provided service in Isla Mujeres for 21 years and it is important to emphasize that their priority is to provide good attention to tourists and he hopes to clarify this matter. 
     It is noted that the Civil Protection Department Director reported that all the businesses on Hidalgo Avenue have their approvals in order, and the last inspection was done in June to enforce this obligation.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Maritime safety equipment provided 
Donó equipo de seguridad marítima.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
       The National Marine Park of Isla Mujeres and Cancun will improve its maritime signaling, now that it has just received four signal lamps for its immediate installation. These were donated by APIQRoo, the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo,  to the Asociados Náuticos de Quintana Roo for the safety of the reef area of ​​"El Meco", which is of vital importance for tourist activity.
          They consist of four self-contained LED lights for maritime signaling, in addition to small beacons with a range of up to four nautical miles, to mark the area of ​​the reef known as "El Meco".This reef area represents a very important tourist attraction for Nautical Associates because it has sculptures from the Sub Aquatic Museum (MUSA).
           The national marine park is visited by more than one million people each year, and new attractions of MUSA were placed on the seabed to de-stress the coral reefs, and have received many visitors in the past three years, which is why it is important to have a safe, signaling system in place to avoid damage or accidents. 

Cleaning up downtown  
Se suman a la limpieza urbana del centro. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Downtown entrepreneurs, including leaders and former leaders of the Chamber of Commerce and CANIRAC business organizations, held a meeting to discuss the cleanup plan of Victor Roman Arriaga, which was discussed in a previous Por Esto article, and included suggestions for "before" and "after" photographs. 
    They made evaluations and discussed the limitations and scope of citizen participation, and they intend to ask other entrepreneurs to join this collective cause, and to find people interested in participating. They plan to begin on Friday at 8am at north Hidalgo by Adolfo Lopez Mateos, to remove several tons of rubble left by the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission.)
       Juan Carlos Peña, former vice president of CANACO, said there are more people who will join in support this effort, including pastor Raúl Sánchez Alonso, who could join with his parishioners.Víctor Román evaluated road conditions, invasions, occupations of public spaces and equipment, as well as private properties that are full of weeds. Therefore a request is being made to raise awareness about maintaining the urban environment and respecting the islands dignity and natural beauty.

Children are taught to read by example 
Con el ejemplo se inculca a los hijos la lectura [+] Ver masFull article at this link
        Author Miguel Ángel Manjarrez Torres recommended that parents  take their children to the library to interest them in reading, and he advised using digital platforms to achieve the same goal, in order to begin reverse the low levels of reading in the country. 
     The 40 year old Chetumaleño (person from Chetumal) presented the reissue of his storybook "Cuéntame, Gatito" to hundreds of students of "Benito Juárez" middle school, and spoke about the importance of parents reading to their children as being fundamental to having more Mexicans reading in the near future, which is independent of the efforts made by the schools and institutions on this issue. 
     There is information about other literary events the author has attended to promote this cause, his four books, and his resume. There are plans to promote future contests and meetings with new writers at the Middle School. Many students presented their copies of the book, and there was a similar event last year. The story is narrated by a child who tells his story, which includes the death of his grandmother, the divorce of his parents, and issues relating to adolescence and not being understood at home by adults. It is a short novel of 106 pages that was published in 2001.

Training traffic officers  
Capacitan a agentes de Tránsito. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

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 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  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.

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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