Sunday, December 17, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, Dec. 17

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Christmas caravan rescheduled, date to be announced

Discounts on property taxes LINK 
   This information has already been translated.

Ready for boxing match  LINK   See events section below.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

José Magaña Galué became the  secretary general elect of the Taxi Drivers' Union, "Gustavo Díaz Ordaz", in an election that without a doubt left his opponents breathless. LINK   VIDEO  
There are more photos and videos from the election. Final result of the ballot count of the election of the General Secretary of the Trade Union of Taxi Drivers, the Blue candidate won with 403 votes, electing José Magaña Galué. VIDEO 
The vote was as follows:
Orange 43 

Purple 6
Red 16
Blue 403 

Void 6

The City Council approved of changes to the state constitution & municipal traffic laws LINK 
    The City Council approved the constitutional reform of section II of article 153 which extends the term to November 20 yearly for the municipalities to present their revenue law initiative to the State Congress for approval.  This will become law after it is officially published.
       Also during this session, revisions of Article 3 and 145 were approved to Chapter XIII of the Driving of Vehicles Under the Effects of Alcohol and Narcotics, and Articles 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, are added to the Traffic Regulations of the Municipality of Isla Mujeres,which will become law after being officially published.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Controversial taxi election  
Rato antes, “Wato” no quería [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Naval security operation  
Marinos salvadores de vidas . [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The annual Naval security operation for the Guadalupe Reyes holiday period is in place. Details are given about this operation which includes other coastal areas in addition to Isla Mujeres. Advice is given about obeying the lifeguards, not swimming after having eaten or having alcoholic beverages, and being attentive to children. They are also advised to stay hydrated, use sunscreen, to avoid areas of maritime traffic, to wear life jackets in boats and other sea vessels, and to make sure the boats don't exceed capacity, as well as not littering on the beaches or blocking beach access.
  Residents & visitors are encouraged to pay attention to the flags which indicate swimming conditions with green being good conditions, yellow means caution, and red means they should not enter.
 The Naval emergency numbers and contact info are: : Centro de Comando y Control: 01 (55) 56-77-71-19 o 01 (55) 56-24-60-04; 01 800 6274621 / 01 800 (MARINA1). Conmutador 01 (55) 56-24-65-00,  extensions 1000, 6004, 7226, 7852 ór 8383. Email: y

Marinsa begins operations  
Marinsa arranca operaciones [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  After two weeks of trials for their two ferries, the Marinsa company put them into operation with a rate that is 10.5% lower than that of Ultramar for passengers who are island residents, according to information released on Friday.
    Their first crossing daily will be at 5am from the APIQRoo (State Port Administration) facility in Puerto Juarez, and the last trip daily will be at 9:15 from Isla Mujeres. There will be a total of 17 round trips daily, at a rate of every half hour during hours of highest tourist activity.
   The company offered three days of free crossings, and began charging fees on Friday. The crossing time is 30 minutes which is slightly slower than Ultramar.
      It remains to be seen whether the other company, Naveganto, will offer service on the same route, after having stated this was their intention. It is not known if Barcos Caribe will be interested in reactivating their plans in 2018, which had announced more attractive rates than Ultramar, with boats of similar quality.
     Marinsa's rates are given, this information has already been translated.

Fisherman dies from decompression  
Fallece pescador por descompresión. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Most of this information was translated yesterday, in the TVIM section. This article also notes that this has been one of the most active seasons for decompression injuries with 58 cases so far and there are still more than 70 days left to the lobster catching season.
      Nearly an hour was spent transporting the fisherman by sea to the island, which complicated the problem, because this illness must be dealt with as promptly as possible. Nitrogen bubbles can become lodged and interrupt the vital flow of blood to parts of the body.
    According to staff at the hyperbaric chamber, the diver suffered the injury while trying to increase his lobster production, according to his companions, since it is common for these fishermen to spend up to an hour or more underwater in two or more dives. This is unprecedented and not in accordance to the recommendations of international protocols.
      "The severity of the decompression injury was increased by the time it took to transport him to Isla Mujeres, which led to his loss of life," said a member of the capsule operation team. The person in charge of the hyperbaric chamber recommended that the seamen to take all  precautions and comply with the standards to avoid further deaths or the after effect of paralysis, which has occurred with several cases.

 Isla Mujeres news briefs    
Breves de Isla Mujeres  [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   - A group of young "croquis" (associated with the CROC labor union) delivered sound equipment to three dance groups in the municipality, in order to carry out their projects and performances.
The Ballet Folklorico Infantil de Isla Mujeres, the dance group Añoranzas de Isla Mujeres and the group of Dances Polinesias Alekoki, under the direction of José Mauricio Fernández Molina, José Luis Velázquez Canto and Elda María Rodríguez Orozco, respectively, each received a sound system. 

The information about the City Council meeting is translated above in the City section. 

         According to the complaint of tourist Fernanda Brunner, the police force is again in the cross hairs for having in its ranks people who abuse power and take advantage of their position, because apparently two officers stole from a bag of a women at the beach, according to her account. 
     On Friday, she published on Merca Isla (on Facebook) that the day before (Thursday), she was sitting quietly on the beach drinking a beverage when two police officers arrived (a man and a woman). She said "They checked my bag,  they didn't find anything, and they told me they were taking me in for drinking at the seashore. In the end, the policewoman said they needed to check my wallet....the end of the story is that they took 650 pesos and 20 dollars right in front of my face." She added, "I couldn't believe it, shameless. Not even money for the taxi." Fernanda said she knew of another case, "where two people had something similar happen to them", but she didn't give further details. 
     She said she went to the Public Prosecutor's Office to file an complaint, and her comments ended in anger, "I prefer to be robbed in the street than to have it done by the police, this is unbelievable." 


 Noticias de  Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
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December Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

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

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 You're invited to join the Christmas Caravan on Sunday with your decorated vehicle, starting in front of the kindergarten "Enriqueta Camarillo" at 6p. (That's where the road is very wide by Casa Ixchel hotelito prolongacion Aeropuerto, just north of col. Salina Chica. & just south of MaraVilla Caribe B&B & the Bachilleres dome.)

Sun. Dec. 17 Boxing Event Sunday at 7pm at El Pescador 

Sun. Dec.17 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square the final Noches Magicas performances for 2017. You are invited to enjoy Christmas dances performed by the students of the Women's Institute of Quintana Roo, live music by Hiraldo & his Cuban Big Band, and a comedy show. Free.
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 is 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 is 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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