Friday, January 26, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, Jan. 26

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The DIF Youth Volunteers were sworn in
  In the Auditorium of the Fifth Naval Region base there was a swearing in ceremony for the Youth Volunteers of the Municipal System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) of Isla Mujeres, whose members committed themselves, and swore to join the tasks and programs offered by the DIF agency for the benefit of the most vulnerable population in the municipality. 
      For the municipal government, the participation of island youth in this type of activities is of vital importance for the good development of the community, and through Youth Volunteers - made up of 25 young people - there will be activities aimed at those who are the future of Isla Mujeres and they will be encouraged to join the assistance tasks that the Municipal DIF performs. 
        Hilda Christina Gómez Ávila, General Director of the municipal DIF social service agency, congratulated the young people for making the decision to join a group in which they will find friends with whom they will share unforgettable experiences and learn a great deal.
         She said, "The willingness to help others is a virtue that human beings need to practice to grow as a society and you come to show that, if we organize, if we "add our grain of sand", we can improve everyone's future." 
       On the other hand, Miguelina Martínez Peña, president of the Volunteers of the DIF, explained that the activities of the Youth Volunteers will begin immediately, and among them is a presentation ("performance") on violence, sports activities, bazaars and collections, among others. 
       Ms. Martinez Pena said, "The main idea behind ​​forming this volunteer group is for the leaders to summon other young people to join these altruistic tasks and that each day there will be more working for the benefit of Isla Mujeres." 
        Through these actions, the City of Isla Mujeres ratifies its commitment to maintain close contact with citizens and encourage the participation of all islanders in works of altruism and support for the neediest in the municipality. 
         The event was attended by the General Secretary of the City Council, Antonio Coronado Rojas; the director of Education in Isla Mujeres, Rossana Martínez Cen; and the director of the Municipal Institute of Youth, Oswaldo González Barredo.

Thursday was Biologist's Day


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Members of the Trade Union of Taxi Drivers, "Gustavo Diaz Ordaz" regretted the actions carried out yesterday by Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez, acts that they described as vandalism and outside the Law. LINK     
       Julio Osorio Magaña, one of the activists and member of the group supporting Miguel Ángel Chan, better known as the "Fishman", lamented that things ended this way. 
       He explained that in December an assembly was held, a change was chosen, a new General Secretary was elected by voters, and it was the new Secretary General's decision to change the locks, which is within his rights, according to Mr. Osorio Magana. He said the appointments made by Wato won't be accepted because they are illegal.

Those aspiring for candidacy with the PRI party will register tomorrow (Friday). LINK  

Young people say they are ready to participate in altruistic work for the benefit of the island community (See City section)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Distancing themselves from "Wato"
Se deslindan del “Wato”[+] Ver masFull article at this link
Víctor Osorio and Miguel Trujillo, who were included in the document listing the board of directors of the taxi union said they were included  without being consulted, and they did not endorse the actions that took place on Wednesday at the union's general offices " Gustavo Díaz Ordaz ". They said they support the union leader José Magaña Galué who was elected by ballots in December.
    Mr. Osorio and Mr. Trujillo said they did not participate in making the form valid, which is being used by Eduardo Peniche" Wato ", ex-secretary of the union, in an attempt to perpetuate himself. They considered this to be an illegal and arbitrary act, in which they were not present and, therefore, their signatures are lacking on these appointments.
   At noon on Wednesday, Peniche went with his people to the office to announce that they had set up the whole board, claiming to include all the groups, and that document was protocolized and delivered to the Local Board of Conciliation and Arbitration. However Mr. Osorio and Mr Trujillo said they do not vouch for their names.
    The former candidate for Union General Secretary, who came in second at the election, Miguel Chan Mena (aka "Fishman") gave a telephone interview from Merida saying that the group is being kept intact and agreements are being reached by consensus. Their position is that they support Jose Magana, and will initiate a dialogue to include their appropriate people, so as to create plans for the collective benefit. He said, "We have no other objective, other than to democratize the union and make its management transparent, so that the old attitude won't happen again, in which the principles and regulations which are for the benefit of the group, are violated. 
   Some of the neutral union members are concerned that things could get out of control, and said, "We want peace and tranquility, not lawsuits, which only divide and foment hatred and resentment." They added, "There is a lot of risk in all of this, when emotions get out of control, and the taxi drivers union is located next to the Maritime Terminal. It is not good for tourism to witness unpleasant scenes because there are disputes among those in the union."

Ferry company prepares for competition  
Naviera se prepara para la competencia[+] Ver masFull article at this link
This information has already been translated, that Maritima does not plan to raise its rates for its routes between the island and Punta Sam, despite increased fuel costs of 20% that they have absorbed for a year and a half. It is noted that Marinsa ferry company, which has provided passenger service on the Puerto Juarez route since Dec. 15, is buying 51% of the shares of Maritima. It is also noted that Ultramar will be competing with Maritima on the Punta Sam route with its new vehicle-passenger ferry.

Gasoline increase
       Gas prices have risen more than one peso since the beginning of January with Magna going from16.39 /liter to 17.55, and diesel is 18.60, at the Lima station; and 18.03 in Oxxo. In Puerto Isla Mujeres Marina, the price is better, with Magna at 16.06; Premiun, 17.77 and diesel, 17.00, 
      Compared to Mexico City, the prices on the island is competitive, stations in Picacho Ajusto had prices at 17.47/liter for Magna, 19.18 Premium, and 18.10 for diesel.

Port closed for small boats again 
Nuevo cierre del puerto.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Jan. 25  Last night at 8pm, the Harbor Master closed the port for boats under 40 feet, due to the arrival of Cold Front #24, after four days when the weather allowed coastal fishing activities and recreational tourism. In regard to the larger boats, those that only transport tourists, without additional activities like diving and snorkeling, were permitted. All trips to Isla Contoy were suspended, as well as fishing ribereña. He advised following the meteorological bulletins and information that is broadcast on the marine radio band.
   These measures could be extended over the weekend, according to the SCT forecast that indicates the winds from the NE may be 34-37 km/hr with gusts over 50 km/hr, with waves more than three meters high. The Naval forecast concerns the coastal area to 24 nautical miles out and predicts NE winds of 20-25 knots with gusts of 30-35 knots, with waves of 8-10 feet, and visibility of six nautical miles.

       Throughout the first four weeks of 2018, fishermen have not been able to work even one week due to cold fronts from the north. They had four days they could work, from Sunday to Wednesday. They were able to make some money, bringing in lobster and fish.  
       The members of the five cooperatives expect that the climate will improve in February and they will be able take advantage of the majority of the 28 days remaining until March 1, when the ban on lobster catching begins. 

City will sell old equipment  
Dan de baja bienes del ayuntamiento+] Ver masFull article at thislink

This information has already been translated.

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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 on the Town Square at 8p will feature a presentation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval in all categories

Tues. Jan. 30  Aguakan is announcing that the tap water supply to certain areas of Cancun, and Isla Mujeres, may be affected when they conduct preventative maintenance replacing the circulation valves at the pumping station by the Cancun Airport. 
  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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