Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, Dec. 5

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This Sunday, join us for a new edition of Noches Magicas of Isla Mujeres where we will have dance performances and music for the whole family (with two folklorico dance troupes and singer impersonator Zavaleta Dupreyn.) at 8pm on the Town Square.

The DIF & City of Isla Mujeres support the prevention of violence against women LINK 
The island government calls on citizens to join "One Billion Rising to End Violence Against Women and Girls"
     The event will take place on Wednesday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m., on the esplanade of the House of Culture of Isla Mujeres, where officials and islanders will join in support to the rhythm of Zumba.
   The Mayor said, "Violence against women is a serious violation of human rights, therefore, with the support of the Municipal DIF and my wife, Paola Orrico de Carrillo, we work for the female community of Isla Mujeres to reject and denounce any type of violence, both in their homes and in their workplaces. Thanks to this work, we are one of the few municipalities that does not have a gender alert."
   He said  that the protection of women and girls is a priority for the government he heads, so he affirmed that, along with the Municipal DIF, he will continue to carry out work that promotes awareness of this issue through information and education for everyone.
       He said, "United, we have the power to move barriers and stop violence against women and girls, not only from Isla Mujeres but from the world. There is no specific date for this struggle, it is a task that as a government we have the commitment to constantly carry out, and we will continue to do so."
    The honorary president of the DIF social service agency, Paola Orrico de Carrillo, urged all citizens to join this movement and be part of a culture oriented towards respect and equality, because this is the only way to guarantee a better quality of life for everybody.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

The DIF social service agency invites the people of Isla Mujeres to donate winter clothing for the families of Francisco May and the agricultural area in the Campaign "Cobija un hogar". Donations will be received until December 10th.  VIDEO   

Agreement between the DIF social service agency and Ultramar ferry company for the benefit of islanders with special needs LINK  
  This program has provided credentials to 55 islanders with special needs, allowing them free passage and a 50% discount for the passenger accompanying them. Information is provided about the documents required to obtain a credential, as well as where to apply and the hours.

December's patriotic flag raising ceremony was held LINK   

Campaign to renew Seguro Popular health insurance at the colonia La Gloria Macroplaza Monday and Tuesday 8a-5p  LINK   

Roberto Borge Angulo, former governor of Quintana Roo who remains in custody in Panama, could be extradited to Mexico in the next few hours or days, said lawyer Carlos Carrillo. LINK 

Cahuameros basketball team of Isla Mujeres won two games in Playa del Carmen against Los Tucanes with scores of 86 to 64 and 103 to 66. This give the Cahuameros a total of 26 units in the league competition, putting them in second place, tied with Los Dorados of Playa del Carmen. First place is held by Universidad Modelo from Merida who have a total of 29 units.  LINK   

SINTRA begins mega-operation on the island   LINK    
        On Tuesday, a mega-operation was begun in Isla Mujeres by SINTRA  (Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport ) with the objective of detaining and fining all  "pirate" vehicles, both public and private, which are operating irregularly in Isla Mujeres. 
       A total of 30 inspectors are working this operation to identify and 'regularize' all vehicles that are operating irregularly (illegally) on the island. The operation began around 3pm and will not only review golf carts, but also taxis, to eradicate piracy and ensure that all drivers have their documents in order.  It is noted that this year a change of license plates was required for all vehicles, with renewal of their registrations. 
    The inspectors will seek to avoid affecting tourists, which was one of the instructions given by the Secretary of SINTRA, Jorge Portilla Manica. This work will continue for the next five days, and when high season begins they also expect to carry out this type of operation at random.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Discount for early payment of property tax 
Descuento por pago anticipado de predial[+] Ver masFull article at this link

Neighborhood right of way claimed  
Reclamo vecinal por vía de paso[+] Ver masFull article at this link

   There is concern over a roadway in Sac Bajo that was blocked two months ago, and apparently no official procedures have been initiated to recover it, tho it has been a used as a power line easement for decades. in the 1970's and thereafter, an electrical line for the street of the Middle School  crossed this area to connect with the Sac Bajo road, 'jumping' the Makax lagoon channel. However it appears that the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) no longer needs this easement thru because two decades ago a substation was built in colonia la Gloria.
      With this closure, the access of several properties adjoining the beach was blocked, as reported by one of the owners, Víctor Ancona, who contacted Por Esto to complain and wants it reopened.The director of Urban Development, Nivardo Fernández Martínez, was asked about issue of reopening it, he said he did not know about it, nor does he know if Catastro (the deed-zoning office) has data on it.

Stalled anti-erosion project for North Beach
Playa Norte no será rehabilitada [+] Ver masFull article at this link
        The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) did not express interest in the rescue project of Playa Norte and the issue of rehabilitation of the eroded part is postponed for 2018, according to the director of Urban Development, Nivardo Fernández Martínez.
      Half of the "whales" have broken, which were installed after Hurricane Wilma in 2005 to prevent erosion, and with the changes in wind in the autumn-winter season, has removed sand from Playa Sol (on the corner between North Beach and Playa Centro), while sand has increased in another area,  to the extent that the buoys are on the sand that formerly marked the edge of the swimming area, and part of the navigation channel is being filled in.  


 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

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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