Friday, January 12, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, Jan 12

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As part of the Festival  Arte Mutuo activities,  artists are working on 6 murals at different locations around Isla Mujeres. We invite visitors and families to be part of this cultural activity

VIDEO     LINK    


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Temperatures are expected to drop this weekend around the Yucatan peninsula.
It is recommended that the population take precautions due to sudden changes in temperature
Children, the elderly and the chronically ill must be protected as they are the most vulnerable. LINK 

The Maritima car ferry resumed its regular schedule. LINK   

Two new cases of decompression were treated in the hyperbaric chamber   LINK  

There's an announcement from Wall's barbershop about the Marlins basketball team playing on the downtown basketball court Saturday, Jan. 13 at 8pm.


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The Ultracarga III car ferry will initiate operations this month 
El Ultracarga III iniciará operaciones este mesVer masFull article at this link
       Although the  Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) hired a construction company to reinforce the dock at the Isla Mujeres terminal for the operations of the new  Ultramar cargo ferry to Punta Sam, and some details are still lacking for the ramp of that ship, federal officials agreed to authorize sailings. The dock at Punta Sam will also have to be adapted to accomodate the Ultracarga III ferry. They are expected to begin operations during January, according to Ultramar Director General, German Orozco Sarro, speaking in a video. 
   It is noted that the schedules will have to be coordinated between the two ferry companies so they are not unloading at the same times. Currently Maritima offers six round trips on Mondays, seven from Tuesday to Friday, five on Saturdays, and three on Sundays. 
      There are about 1000 tourists visiting the island daily coming from the area of Punta Sam and about a half dozen hotels there. That area should have about 8000 rooms by next fall, because hotels there are undergoing construction and expansion. In the next two decades, it is estimated that there will be about 25,000 rooms in the area of Punta Sam and Isla Blanca.

The Tigres of Merida will play the Tiburoneros in Isla Mujeres on Sunday  
Tiburoneros reciben a los Tigres de MéridaVer masFull article at this link
       On Sunday at noon, Los Tiburoneros de Isla Mujeres, of the Sub 17 “Liga Juvenil Nacional Scotiabank” will play the soccer team Tigres de Mérida, Yucatán on the artificial turf of the field in Salina Chica. Before Christmas, the were victorious over another Yucatecan team, Atlas, with a score of 4 to 2.

Irresponsibility among lobster fishermen     
Irresponsabilidad entre langosteros+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Between the beginning of the lobster season on July first, to the end of the year, there were 59 cases of decompression treated at the hyperbaric chamber. During the first eleven days of 2018, there have been two more cases, bringing the total to 61 diver-fishermen.
      Of this total, six were from other municipalities, of which one was fatal. A diver-fishermen from the municipality of Lazaro Cardenas died before Christmas after diving in deep water near Cabo Catoche. There were 20 cases that were serious, including the fatality who arrived in a bad state. A majority of them have recovered, and all the other cases were mild. 
     After a mild injury, the medical specialists recommend up to three weeks of rest, and for a severe case, four months of rest is recommended.  
       Since July, the hyperbaric chamber has also been used to treat about ten patients suffering from 'diabetic foot', to help them heal more effectively.  

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.


January Events
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Wed. Jan. 3 Special performance by Folklorico dancers Fuego Nuevo (New Fire) with live music by Mariachis on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 4 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6p
Jan 1  6:10
Jan. 2  7:15
Jan. 3   8:20
Jan. 4    9:24
Jan. 5  10:25
Jan. 6  11:22

Saturday, Jan. 6 Día de Reyes/ King's Day   This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts (which are brought by the three kings as opposed to Santa). It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.

 Festival for King's Day (Jan. 6) at the el Pescador baseball field in front of Chedruai on Saturday starting at 5p. More than 6000 people are expected to attend to enjoy the entertainment, surprises, and presents.
  There's also a toy giveaway at Ruben's restaurant on Guerrero, but as of 8am on Jan. 5, they're unsure what time....probably ~11am. 

 Jan. 6 is Día de la Enfermera. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi.  (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

Sun. Jan. 7 Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p. 

Jan 7-17 Art Festival & Exhibition “Festival de Arte Mutuo” / "Mutual Art Festival". 17 artists creating six murals at various locations around the isle, children's workshops, and an exhibition at the Casa de la Cultura with art on sale.

Thurs. Jan. 11  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

 Sun. Jan. 14 Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 18  Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sun. Jan. 21   Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p

Thurs. Jan. 25 Artist Fair at the Casa de la Cultura 3-8p. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sun. Jan. 28   Noches Magicas entertainment on the Town Square at 8p
  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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