Sunday, December 10, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, Dec. 10

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Mon. Dec. 11 Town Square 6p. Lighting of the Christmas Lights and performance by the Academy of Jazz: "Passion, & Dance".
 Sun. Dec.10 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square: Mestizas de Agua Salada & Al Son del Corazon Dance Troupes and Singer-impersonator Zavaleta Dupreyn.  Free

Congratulations to the winners of the Rapid Futbol "Lightning" Soccer Tournament LINK  VIDEO 
     The Mayor of Isla Mujeres Juan Carrillo Soberanis. said,  "Recreational spaces are a platform for social interaction and help to develop culture, identity and social interest for the public, and in the administration that I lead we are committed to promoting sports among children and young people, because it keeps them busy and benefits their health." 
     One of the main actions of the municipal government has been the maintenance and recovery of sports facilities, among which is the rehabilitation of the soccer field in colonia "Salinas", where a Rapid Futbol "Lightening" Soccer Tournament was held, organized by the Youth Institute, whose director is Oswaldo González Barredo. 
      Six teams participated, each of 10 players, with prizes to the top three. Among the participating teams were: "Bad boys", who took first place, winning 5000 pesos, "Real Madrid" who took second place and 3000 pesos, "Novatos" took third place and 2000 pesos,  "Bachilleres", "Brayans",  and "Motorolos".
   Mr Gonzalez said, "With these activities we confirm the great commitment that our mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, has to youth and sports in Isla Mujeres, not only with the realization of different events, but with the care, construction and rehabilitation of recreational spaces for the benefit of the entire island community."      The administration of Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis promotes activities that help the development of children and young people, therefore the municipal government has invested in the creation of sports fields, domes and parks with support from the federal and state governments, in the promotion of programs, training of coaches and providing equipment to teams to improve their performance. 
     With these actions, the City of Isla Mujeres reaffirms its commitment to strengthening sports and promoting children and young athletes, helping to develop and position island teams at regional, national and international levels.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Medical evacuation by Navy of two men from a cruise ship near Isla Mujeres LINK  

       On Saturday, the Naval Search, Rescue and Maritime Surveillance Station (ENSAR) of the Fifth Region Naval carried out a medical evacuation of two men, who had been aboard a tourist cruise ship approximately 9 nautical miles (16 kilometers) east of Isla Mujeres. 
     The Fifth Naval Region received a distress call from the TMM agency, informing them of a medical evacuation request for two men, of American and Filipino nationalities, who required specialized medical attention. One had symptoms of kidney problems with septic shock and the other had an acute abdomen and cholecystitis. 
         The departure of a Search and Rescue boat was ordered to the area of tourist cruise ship. where the two men were evacuated, with assistance from Naval medical personnel, and transported to Puerto Juarez, to be taken by ambulance to a private hospital to continue with the appropriate medical attention. 
         With these actions, the Department of the Navy of Mexico as the National Maritime Authority acting as the Coast Guard, confirms its commitment to the population to ensure their safety on Mexican seas and coasts by safeguarding human life at sea.

Futbol Rapido Soccer Tournament held on newly remodeled field by municipal government LINK 

Due to strong winds and recommendations of the Harbor Master, the vehicle-cargo ferry to Punta Sam suspended operations Saturday 


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Religious icon honored with boat procession  
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   The festivities honoring the patron saint of Isla Mujeres, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, concluded with a boat procession, and then the icon was returned to its niche, until the end of November 2108, when it will once again tour the streets and colonias. Participants in the celebrations included more than 20 groups, including guilds of fishermen, children, youth, policemen, women, founding families, vaqueros (cowboys), businessmen, and special guests, who gave thanks to the Virgin for God's protection and care during this year.
   There were two weeks of prayers, reflections, and personal commitments, with vows made in hopes of more blessings in the upcoming year until the next feast, preserving this religious tradition. Priest Raul Sanchez Alonso thanked everyone who contributed and participated, and spoke about how these activities help foster faith and nourish spiritual lives.
    Rodolfo Inigo Medrano gave thanks as he commemorated the 29th anniversary of his first taco restaurant, which now has a branch in Cancun.  He said, "With my father, we opened our taco business "Rigo" on Isla Mujeres on Dec. 7, 1988, with the guild of the cooperative Patria y Progreso. He spoke about his faith and increasing his business amid difficulties, because the passage of the powerful hurricane Gilberto had damaged much of the tourism infrastructure of the region.
       He said "My father and I saw a need to grow on the island and he opened his heart to me at an event of the guild of the Patria y Progreso cooperative. I was given a contract by Ariel "Picho' Magana (RIP) (First Mayor of Isla Mujeres) on Dec. 7, 1988, and 29 year later I return for work and grace of the Divine Providence to the place where I started my little business."
      He gave thanks for all this growth of the business and his spiritual life to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, since he has opened a branch of Tacos Rigo in colonia la Gloria a few months ago and it is doing very well. They have been in the taco business, from Mexico City. The motto of their restaurant is "The joy of serving" their customers.

Four candidates register for taxi election  
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     As of Saturday afternoon, four candidates had registered a candidates for leader of the taxi union, with the election scheduled for next Saturday at 2pm. The candidates who have registered so far are: Juan Carlos Farías, José Magaña Galué, Porfirio Martínez and Miguel Chan Mena. Registration will close on Monday at 5pm.
    No concession to Uber
   The platform of Mr. Chan Mena includes a "due management and care of the equity of the concession partners, therefore we are against the proposal of the Legislature and the Governor of the State to grant greater concessions in our municipality and the state, under any modality, be it digital platforms or of any nature."

Authorities recommend bundling up against the cold  
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  Due to the arrival of Cold Front #14 the usual advice was given to take precautions against sudden changes in temperature and to protect young children and seniors, who are more vulnerable. The port was closed for small boats, and this restriction is expected to continue on Sunday.

Vehicle ferry service suspended to Punta Sam   
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    Strong winds from Cold Front #14 caused the suspension of car ferry service to Punta Sam on Sunday, except one round trip was made with the boat coming to the island at 9:30a and returning to Punta Sam at 11am. The maneuver at the dock was difficult due to the strong winds, so the decision was made to suspend service. On Sunday, service should be restored with three departures scheduled from both terminals, and extra crossings could be added if the demand requires it, according to one of the company managers.
     Ferry services continued on the route to Puerto Juarez and the Hotel Zone, but there were not many passengers since the weather prevented visitors from fully enjoying the natural beauty of the island.
  The port was closed for navigation by small boats on Friday evening by the Harbor Master, with a forecast for strong winds, and they arrived at dawn, with rain, and the temperatures had already dropped. This weather is expected to continue on Sunday. Although the skies remained cloudy on Saturday, some visitors arrived at the Maritime Terminal and groups headed to enjoy Playa Centro, which had more activity than North Beach. Merchants reported that sales were not good, and they hope business will improve on Sunday.

 Noticias de  Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
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December Events
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Nov. 28-Dec. 8 Annual Festivities honoring the Patron Saint: Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
  Which include a small carnival, a bullring, nightly performances on the Town Square (which start at 8p), and a boat procession on Dec. 8th, as well as private celebrations by the 20+ groups involved in the festivities.  The horse procession is scheduled for Dec. 2, starting at 1p going to the colonias & the Sacred Heart Church, and finishing at the ring at the north end of the runway, where there will be cowboy-horse performances. Events at the ring begin at 6:30 except Nani Namu.

 The comic bullfights with matadors of diminutive stature are Tues. 5th & Tues. 12th. There's a Lasso tournament on Sun, Dec.10th. All events at the ring at the north end of the runway start at 6:30p, except Nani Namu & the horse procession.

Fri & Sat. Dec 1 & 2  M.C. Mala Noche will celebrate their first anniversary this weekend at the Casa de la Cultura starting at 11 am on Saturday and at Playa Centro on Sunday with live music, competitions, and other fun activities.

Sun. Dec. 3 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square with the DIF Senior Citizen Dance Troupe and singers Rebens Garcia and Aldahir Davila

You can drop off donations of toys at Rueben's restaurant, across from the Mercado on Guerrero. Kids in Mexico receive presents on King's Day/Dia de los Reyes on Jan. 6

Full moon Sun. Dec. 3
                                                                    Sunset ~6p
Dec. 3  6:30
Dec. 4  7:30
Dec. 5   8:33
Dec. 6   9:37
Dec. 7  10:39
Dec. 8  11:39
 Wed, Dec 6 at 5:00 p.m. Casa de la Cultura   Zumba class for 1 Billion Rising to Prevent Violence Against Women

 Thurs. Dec. 7 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p

Fri. Dec. 8 at 4:30pm Christmas Youth Lightning Tournament on the Comex soccer court for Futbol Rapido soccer, in colonia Salina Chica.

Thurs. Dec. 14  at 9am Public Audience with the Governor at the El Pescador baseball field

  Sun. Dec.10 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square: Mestizas de Agua Salada & Al Son del Corazon Dance Troupes and Singer-impersonator Zavaleta Dupreyn Free

Mon. Dec.11  There will be a gathering in the evening at the coastal chapel dedicated to Guadalupe in Salina Chica, probably with Mariachis, to sing Las Mañanitas and honor her.

Mon. Dec. 11 Town Square 6p. Lighting of the Christmas Lights and performance by the Academy of Jazz, Passion, & Dance

Tues. Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, the Patron Saint of Mexico.There is usually a run in the morning from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.There is usually a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses, probably between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church,

The holiday period in Mexico from Dec. 12 to Jan. 6 is called Guadalupe-Reyes (from Dia de Guadalupe to Dia de los Reyes/King's Day). 

Thurs. Dec.14 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  3-8p

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas
During the Posadas, there is usually a dance on the Town Square, featuring regional dances & costumes from different states of Mexico. The schools may have Posada plays, which are reenactments of Mary & Joseph being refused shelter. Posada means 'inn'.

Sun. Dec.17 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square
Thurs. Dec. 21 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p

Thurs. Dec. 21 Winter Solstice  

Sat. Dec. 23 5:30p - 8:30p Golf Cart Parade with residents tossing toys & treats to children

Sun. Dec. 24  Christmas Eve  Usually the last ferry is cancelled and some businesses may be closed, especially in the evening, while families celebrate together.Noches Magicas will probably be suspended.

Mon. Dec. 25 Christmas Usually the first ferry is cancelled.

Thurs. Dec.28 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura 3-8p

Thurs. Dec. 28 Wednesday  Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"

Sun. Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square. Tables can be purchased in advance, details TBA. The last ferry is usually cancelled.Noches Magicas will probably be suspended.

Jan. 1 New Year's Day People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur The first ferries are usually suspended.

 Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres
   To celebrate New Year's Eve, some families set up tables in the side streets with pinatas strung overhead, and dine on turkey stuffed with seasoned ground meat, while others crowd the Town Square for live music, dancing, and fireworks. Each neighborhood brings in the New Year with a bang, and the skies explode with color in all directions.
     During the NYE countdown, there is a tradition of eating twelve uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck), each representing a month, with a toast of champagne or cider. The party on the town square continues all night long. At the other end of the isle, people gather at Punta Sur to greet the first rays of the sun at the eastern-most point in Mexico.  
     Other customs include cleaning your house on New Year's Eve & sweeping out bad luck. Wearing red underwear could bring you love in the New Year, or  your white undies may bring you peace, while yellow represents wealth. Those who hope to travel should grab an empty suitcase and carry it around the room or the block, and set it by the door. If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (face up)  you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year. 
The old year is represented by a life sized character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is later filled with fireworks and set ablaze. He may resemble a politician, and he is usually holding cigars & tequila. Fireworks are everywhere, and their names are metralletas (literally "machine guns" – but it means fire crackers), cañones (larger fire crackers), voladores (rockets in many different sizes), chifladores (whistlers), and barre pies ("foot sweepers", that spin on the ground & shoot sparks).
      Kids receive toys on Dia de los Reyes, January 6, when families, friends, and coworkers share rosca de reyes. King's cake, usually with hot chocolate. If you get the Baby Jesus,it means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.

  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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