Thursday, December 7, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, Dec. 7

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Islanders participate in One Billion Rising Against Violence Toward Women and Girls
      More than a hundred people, led by the honorary president of the Municipal System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF), Mrs. Paola Orrico de Carrillo, participated in a Zumba event for "One Billion Standing, Against Violence against Women and Girls ", which took place outside the House of Culture.
  "In Isla Mujeres we are totally opposed to violence against women and girls, for that reason, at the Municipal DIF and the Municipal Women's Institute we keep our doors open and we offer talks and workshops so that the female community rejects and denounces any type of violence", said Mrs. Paola Orrico de Carrillo.
     She thanked the teachers of Zumba, dance schools and educational institutions for their participation, as well as those who attended, and said that this activity is a means to demonstrate the importance of respect toward women. She said the campaign seeks to raise awareness and take action to eradicate gender violence, therefore the call to participate was open to the general public.
   She said, "We are very happy for the excellent response by the islanders who joined us to say no to abuse in our municipality; the DIF and the Municipal Women's Institute will continue working hand in hand so that the female community of Isla Mujeres is and feels safe."

Senior citizens enjoy the Senior Citizen's park  LINK   VIDEO  
  The City of Isla Mujeres is working to ensure the welfare and safety of the elderly        "There is nothing more important than caring, respecting and listening to our grandfathers and grandmothers, because they always have words full of wisdom to give us. This government will continue working so that senior citizens have places to enjoy that will help them to feed their mind, body and spirit," said Isla Mujeres municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis.
    One of the main achievements of the government led by mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis in this regard is the reopening of the Senior Citizens Park / Parque del Adulto Mayor on Oct. 25, where a new perimeter fence was inaugurated - consisting of 37 linear meters, which was built at a cost of  850,000 pesos, using federal resources.
       From the beginning of his administration, the mayor said that working to improve the quality of life of older adults is a priority for his government, working in a coordinated manner with the Municipal System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) ), chaired by Mrs. Paola Orrico de Carrillo. 
         One of the actions that the Municipal DIF carries out with senior citizens is the practice of the cachibol-volleyball, which takes place Monday thru Friday at 7a-9a. The players have participated in friendly games against teams from the municipalities of Lázaro Cárdenas and Benito Juárez.
     It is noted that during Senior Citizens Month, in August, the first pedestrian race  “60 + & 65 + en Marcha"  was held with categories for those aged sixty and over in walking and running, with 100 senior citizens participating from Isla Mujeres and the municipality of Sinache, Yucatan.
        "If each of us were aware of how important older adults are to society, it is likely that things will improve significantly, not only for them, but for all of us who live in Isla Mujeres; especially if we commit ourselves to providing the spaces and tools necessary to improve their quality of life and to learning from them," concluded the Mayor. 

Relocating the buoy line of Playa Centro   LINK  
     Municipal authorities, in coordination with the Harbor Master, are reviewing the buoy line at Playa Centro that separates the swimmers area from the navigation channel in order to ensure the safety of visitors, during the holiday season. 
       The Director of Civil Protection, Helman Ulises Berman Graniel, accompanied by personnel from the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone Agency (ZOFEMAT) and the Harbor Master's Office, made a tour this Wednesday to inspect the buoy line.  
        Due to the dynamics of the sea currents Playa Centro has gained six more meters (20 ft) of beach extending into the sea, resulting in 30 to 50 meters of the buoy line laying on the new beach. Therefore, Berman Graniel, said that with the approval of the Harbor Master's Office, this section will be moved five meters into the sea, which wouldn't modify the swimming area and the navigation channel. 
        The buoy area that will be returned to the sea is in the area of Sergio's pier. The Playa Centro buoy line is 300 meters long in its entirety. 
       Vladimir Vallejo Molina, director of  ZOFEMAT, explained that due to the changes in the sea currents, they caused Playa Centro to grow an additional 25% in comparison to its original size. He said, "This phenomenon occurs naturally and that benefits us because tourists can enjoy beaches with more sandy areas during the upcoming winter holiday season."


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Islanders participate in One Billion Rising Against Violence Toward Women and Girls VIDEO   

Tax Collector: There's no excuse for license plates not to be up to date  LINK 
          Tax collector Jesus Contreras Gomez said that there is no excuse for not fulfilling this requirement since all the plates arrived by last month and the deadline has passed. He said any one who needs plates for public or private use can obtain them without problems, and that there is no excuse for vehicles to be lacking plates. He acknowledged that SINTRA is now occupied with determining which concessions are operating correctly. It has not been exculted that private vehicles that are being used as rental vehicles could also be sanctioned, which is said to have been taking place for several months.

Senior citizens still awaiting compensation  LINK  
        Alicia Brito Salazar, is one of the 26 grandparents who were infected with a bacterium during a cataract surgery performed by the then clinic of the Institute of Visual Health (ISVI) of Cancun, which was subsequently closed two years ago. However since then she, like others affected by this medical malpractice, are still waiting for compensation.
             Interviewed Wednesday morning, she explained that as a result of this problem, she, like the others, lost an eye, which was restored with a prosthesis, because there was a higher risk if this was not done.  She said,  "I spent a year in bed, unable to do anything, under treatment and medication, two years have now passed and I still have not received any assistance from the company."
            She said that thanks to the support of her children, she has managed to continue with the treatment in Mexico City, but she recognizes that other patients have not had the same luck. She said she has still not gotten accustomed to living with one eye, which also doesn't have good vision. 
     She said, "I was invited to participate in a program, with a foundation and where we were supposed to regain the vision we lost, however, everything went wrong, I think the doctors were practicing on us, since everyone was affected."
       She  said the surgery took place on October 29, 2015 at the ISVI clinic, but something apparently went wrong, since after the operation, several patients began to lose sight in their eye that had surgery.  She explained, "I had surgery on a Thursday, I went to the clinic on Saturday and after I had my bandages removed I saw very well, then I was discharged and I returned to Isla Mujeres, but between Sunday and Monday, my vision in that eye began to deteriorate."
          After the intervention of COFEPRIS and with the support of the  state government, the affected patients were transferred to  Mexico City, where they were evaluated by the Institute of Ophthalmology Conde de Valenciana. She decided to continue her treatment in Mexico City, with assistance from her children.  She said that so far she has spent a lot of money on her recovery, but has not received on peso from ISVI.

Relocating the buoy line of Playa Centro  LINK   

Cold Front #14 expected to bring rain this weekend  LINK  
According to the forecasts, the influence of the Cold Front #14 could favor rains from this Thursday, caused by a prefrontal trough associated with it.  Storms are anticipated on Thursday in the northwest and central portions of the state of Yucatan; in the southern part of the state of Campeche; and in the center and southern parts of of Quintana Roo. Rains of varying intensity are not ruled out for the rest of the region. 
      This front is expected to enter the Yucatan Peninsula on Friday, probably in the afternoon, favoring Northern winds of 20 to 30 kilometers per hour  with gusts exceeding 70 km / h, especially in the coastal zones of Yucatan and Campeche. Boaters are advised to be attentive to advisories from the Harbor Masters offices. 
      The north winds could continue on Saturday in the region, maintaining the forecast of sustained winds of 20 to 30 km / h and gusts exceeding 55 km / h, mainly in the coastal area. Swells of 2 to 3 meters high are expected on the Yucatan and Campeche coasts.
       On Friday we expect heavy rains in the central, northeast and eastern areas of the state of Yucatan; center and south of the state of Campeche; and in the northern and central areas of Quintana Roo. Rains of varying intensity are not ruled out for the rest of the region.            By Saturday, the potential for rainfall in the three states of the Yucatan Peninsula will decrease significantly.
  Forecast for the state of Q Roo.....(I edited out all but Isla Mujeres): * ISLA MUJERES * .- Partly Cloudy to Cloudy, scattered showers with occasional showers, East and Northeast Wind and 15 to 25 kph., With occasional stronger gusts.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Cabbies to hold union election  
Taxistas irán a las urnas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    A taxi union meeting will take place on Saturday Dec. 16 at 2p to elect a leader and board of directors, which was determined after a meeting was held on Wednesday between conflicting parties of the union and state officials. This meeting was attended by the head of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation  (SINTRA), Jorge Portilla Manica. It was held to ensure that this election would be carried out in an agreed manner, according to the statutes and laws established by the state regulations, with a secret vote.
      There will be two or more candidates who will be registered before then. On Thursday the procedures for the Electoral Council will begin with a meeting.Details are given for the procedures for the electoral meeting and voting process. 
       The leader of the main group that has worked toward this election is Miguel Chan Mena, who will seek candidacy. There is talk that former alderman Jose Magana Galue could be supported as a candidate for another group that is close to "Wato" the former taxi union leader, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez. 

Uncertainty about Marinsa ferry rates  
Incertidumbre en tarifas de Marinsa. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
        The new ferry company, Marinsa, that will prove its two boats for the Puerto Juárez-Isla Mujeres route, has neither confirmed or  nor denied information that they would offer rates that are similar to those of Ultramar. However, via telephone, an executive said they plan to offer a promotion with discounts for those users who want another option, since the Ultramar ferries offer an air conditioned area for passengers seeking comfort. He said that everything should be determined within a maximum of ten days, and the company will issue a press release about prices and other information related to the start of operations.
     When information began circulating on the internet on Tuesday that the rates might be no different that those of Ultramar, commenters were displeased. There had been announcements that competition would offer lower prices.  The company Barcos Caribe cancelled its intention to compete on this route due to legal problems. (However, the company Navigante hasn't cancelled their plans to operate two ferries between the isle and Puerto Juarez).
      A list of rates, whose amounts match those of Ultramar, was posted online and said, "This comes from a document signed by Ana Paola Arreola Martínez, legal representative of the company Marinsa de México S.A. of C.V., which shows the prices that could be in force as of the beginning of operations".
 It says: One way local adult 42 pesos; local adult round trip 84; One way local child 16; 32 round trip local child; One way local student 16; 32 round trip local student; One way adult  Quintana Roo 78; Quintana Roo adult round trip 146; Quintana Roo one way child 46; Quintana Roo child round trip 84; single Mexican adult 120; national Mexican round trip 220.Adult tourist (foreign) One way 160; adult tourist round trip 300; One way tourist child 130;  tourist child round trip 250; INSEN one way 26 and INSEN round trip 52 pesos.
   Note: According to this unofficial rate chart, Marinsa is offering a discount for Mexican tourists, that isn't offered by Ultramar. Both offer discounts to state residents and Isla residents.

Agreements to rescue downtown   
Acuerdos para rescatar el centro histórico [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Representatives of the business owners of Isla Mujeres agreed to hold ongoing meetings with municipal officials once or twice a month to evaluate the progress of the rescue of downtown's image, according to the local Chamber of Commerce (Canaco) president, Juan Carrillo Figueroa.They met in a well known restaurant on Hidalgo, that was finished by 11am.
        He spoke about this after holding a second tour, evaluating the measures adopted by agencies to improve the image of the Hidalgo pedestrian street, whose use is regulated. He said they could analyze similar measures on roads that are adjacent or parallel to Hidalgo.
      A few weeks ago, the representatives of the CANICO, CANIRAC, and hotels held a meeting about making a united effort to improve gardening, lighting, debris removal, cleaning of vacant lots, and recovery of the occupied walkways, among other issues, that, according to Mr. Carrillo, had already improved by 90%, as of Wednesday. 
        The agreement with municipal authorities involves the directors of Urban Development, Public Services, Enforcement, Ecology and Public Works, with whom they carry out the assessment and determining where attention is needed.  Once the same procedure of attention is applied to each road, those advances will be analyzed, because the entrepreneurs are aware that this space could be a forum to search for investment plans with the three levels of government to continue with the modernization of urban infrastructure.

Cahuameros: Seeking to qualify   
Cahuameros, van por la calificación [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The information about the previous game and their standing in the Basketball League (tied in second place) has already been translated. This weekend they will play the first place team, Universidad Modelo, from Yucatán, here on the isle at the Convention Center. The first game is scheduled for Saturday at 8pm and the second starts at noon 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.
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.

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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