Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, Nov. 29

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We want all the children of Isla Mujeres to have parks and sports areas that are clean and in good condition.We continue working so that island families can spend quality time in safe places  VIDEO    LINK  
  The Mayor said, "Isla Mujeres is a municipality in development, so the need to provide dignified spaces to all its inhabitants is becoming increasingly urgent, and thanks to coordinated work with the federal and state governments, we have improved the environment of all families with the rehabilitation, construction and cleaning of recreational and sports areas, both on the island and in the Continental Zone."
    The Mayor said,   "Thanks to the brigades of pruning and ongoing cleaning effords, the personnel of the the municipal Public Services Department keet the parks and gardens of the entire municipality in good condition, benefiting the island community and providing safe spaces for children and young people to carry out sports and recreational activities, however, their care requires the support of everyone." 
    The City of Isla Mujeres invites all residents to join in the care and cleaning tasks of the parks and sports areas, to ensure the safety of those who visit them and for the enjoyment of all island families.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Taxi Union meeting planned  
       On December 16th, Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez, leader of the taxi drivers union, will hold the annual assembly, which will be an informational meeting and not an election, as some members of the union had anticipated. He said that although it was presumed that there was going to be a announcement for an election and change of union leadership, the notice from the authorities of SINTRA and the Board of Conciliation and Arbitration has not been received and without this they cannot issue an announcement for an election. He said they will continue to work hand in hand with the government while providing services, and the taxi drivers' union will continue to function as before. LINK  

The Church of the Immaculate Conception will inaugurate the Parish Photographic Museum on November 28thLINK   

Cleaning parks and sports areas  LINK   

Erosion of eastern Caribbean walkway in front of Isla 33 condos   LINK   
   On Monday, rocks fell from the cliffs along the walkway overlooking the Caribbean Sea, in front of Isla 33 condos, apparently due to natural erosion. Authorities were notified and closed that area of the path, which is ~10 meters above the coast. The municipal Director of Public Works, Cesar Poot Perez, ordered the construction of a fence on this part of the pathway, as a retaining wall without blocking the views of the sea that are enjoyed by both islanders and tourists. Personnel with the Public Works and Green Areas agencies immediately began clearing away vegetation for the construction of the wall and to permit people to pass thru while walking or exercising.

Schedule of Festivities for the Patron Saint Festivities (see events section)

VIDEO of start of the Patron Saint festivities and VIDEO before the start with an interview with the priest.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Good level of tourism activity at the end of the month    
Buena actividad turística al cierre de mes [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Nov. 28  The port is open for general navigation, including recreational activities. Hotel occupancy on the island had increased in the past three weeks from 44% to 57%, and it is expected to 80 to 90% with the end of month holidays in December. Golf cart rental agencies, restaurants and stores are noticing increased demand, and more overnight visitors are arriving from Canada and the United States as temperatures decrease there.

Islanders angry over taxi rate increase  
Indignada la población isleña [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Some residents expressed outrage over the announcement of a 20 percent increase in taxi fares, when the minimum daily wage is only increasing by 8 pesos. They say the union is taking advantage when it is the only public transport available to islanders, and they are even more upset that SINTRA authorized the increase without a socioeconomic study to determine if the residents can sustain this blow to their budgets.
       Councilman Roberto Martinez Aragon has asked the City Council to reactivate the urban transportation service, and the mayor has undertaken to provide a solution to the problem, but the lack of service continues. The people are left at the mercy of the taxi drivers, who do not always offer quality services, and often ignore the students (who pay a discounted rate) and prefer to provide their services to tourists.
      Mr. Martinez Aragon said he is opposed to the increase in taxi fares, at least until the citizens have another option to chose, because this constitutes a monopoly. He said, "The issue of urban transport must be resolved in early December. I do not agree with a fare hike while the island has no other options for this service. If it was difficult for many people to pay 15 pesos and this affects their budget, the 20% increase will be devastating, especially for people who must use several taxis throughout the day."
     Some residents were also annoyed by the comments of the taxi union leader, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez who said that the people are asking for a new rate justified this by saying that there are riders who payh 20 pesos and don't wait for change....although he didn't specify that usually this tip is given to the driver who has a vehicle that is kept in good condition and above all, he doesn't turn off the air conditioning to save it for the tourists.
     There is a comment from social media by a local user against the director of the union, his attitude, and his comments, saying that Mr Peniche Rodriguez is no longer the General Secretary of the union. A foreign resident posted, "There should be a public transport service here on Isla. Bring the bus! It is unacceptable that this is not available as an option. Where else in the world is there no bus service? While there is no bus, the locals should be able to take a taxi for the same cost as taking the bus: nine pesos."

Weather has been favorable for fishermen  
Beneplácito en el sector pesquero. [+] Ver masFull article at this link   
       The president of the Justicia Social cooperative and re-elected leader of the Regional Federation of Fishing Industry Societies in the State, Baltazar Gómez Catzín, said that this year the fishing industry is doing better than in previous years because seafarers have had opportunity to go out to work more days in a row.He said, "Other years the port closures are continuous, and it would open for only a couple of days, which are not enough for fishermen to go out because there are still a lot of swells, and then it would close again, and months would pass like this, but currently things are going much better and we hope this continues."
     Regarding lobster production, he said, "Last season we closed with 70 tons of whole lobster and by the close of this season we hope to exceed 90 tons of whole lobster and ten tons of tails". He said that so far this season, the five fishing cooperatives of Isla Mujeres have collected approximately 50 tons of whole lobster, as well as about six tons of tails and, considering that there are still three months to before the season ends, it is very possible that this year's production could greatly exceed last year's.

Confirmation of 138 young Catholics & inauguration of museum   
Confirmaron su fe 138 jóvenes isleños [+] Ver masFull article at this link
       The bishop of the Cancun-Chetumal prelate, Monsignor Pedro Pablo Elizondo, administered the sacrament of confirmation to 138 young islanders. After the ceremony, the celebrations in honor of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, patron saint of Isla Mujeres, began with a procession through the main streets of downtown.
       Prior to the religious service, the Monsignor, accompanied by the priest Raúl Sánchez Alonso, Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, Mrs. Paola Orrico de Carrillo and the island historian, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, inaugurated the Parish Historical Photographic Museum. It is divided into four sections related different cultural and religious aspects of Isla Mujeres.
      Mr. Villanueva offered explanations about the photographic and documentary treasures that the museum houses, while they toured the rooms and reflected about what Isla Mujeres was like before the conquest and evangelization, Isla Mujeres as a fishing village, Isla Mujeres and its relationship with the Virgin Mary and, finally, historical representatives of Isla Mujeres.
      The archbishop spoke about the importance of the museum, to retain the island's roots, culture, and identity, and to not ignore who we are and where we come from. He said that the museum has a section dedicated to the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception that demonstrates the faith and devotion of the people and invited future generations to continue with that tradition.

 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.  The horse procession is scheduled for Dec. 2, departing from the Convention Center at 1p going to the colonias & the Sacred Heart Church, and finishing at the ring at the north end of the runway. The boat procession is Dec. 8.

Tues. Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico. The night before (Monday) there will be a gathering at the coastal chapel dedicated to her in Salina Chica, with Mariachis, to sing Las Mananitas and honor her. There is usually a run in the morning.

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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