Sunday, January 28, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, Jan. 28

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The Municipal System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) of Isla Mujeres, in coordination with the Civil Registry, will carry out the traditional Collective Weddings event, in conjunction with Valentine's Day. On the island, the ceremony will be held on Feb. 16 at 11am. In addition to the free ceremony, the municipal government will provide a party. Information is given about the requirements for registration, which is free, and can be done at the DIF office between 9a and 4p, Monday thru Friday.   VIDEO  

At Punta Sur you can find the ruins of the Temple to Ixchel, the main Mayan goddess.
She symbolizes fertility and also the procreation of the moon with the sun.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

SINTRA,  Ministerial officers, and the municipal police carried out a large operation in the streets of Isla Mujeres on Friday. Reviews were done on Rueda Medina by agents with SINTRA ( Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport), with support from the officers with the Fiscalía General (Attorney General/Prosecutor's office) and the municipal police, to try and find illegal or stolen vehicles. They were seeking to identify any vehicles with a theft report, as well as vehicles that lack documentation or lack license plates. Officials with SINTRA said in this review they are reviewing both vehicles providing transportation to the public, and private vehicles to verify that they have their appropriate documentation. LINK  

There is an article about the free Collective Weddings event. See City section.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

There are many abandoned vehicles   
Hay muchos vehículos abandonados.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
       Downtown, on the boardwalk (malecon) of the main street Rueda Medina, at the intersection with Abasolo, there is part of a metal structure, which has caused visitors to stumble and injure themselves, and it creates a bad image for the thousands of visiting tourists. The streets downtown have become congested by parked vehicles, including motorcycles, golf carts being offered for rent, and other vehicles.
   There are examples of abandoned vehicles in nearly all of the colonias, including one on José Castilla street, between Felipe Cetina and Crecencia Nájera, in colonia Amplificacion La Gloria. There is an outboard motor on the sidewalk in colonia La Gloria, in front of the DIF office, between Lizeta and Isla Contoy Avenue, as well as a mattress and an unused vehicle. 
   Residents say they have advised Public Services seeking to have it removed, or to ask other municipal agencies to notify the owners to take responsibility for their objects, and not leave them in the street, which causes a bad appearance. 

Juan Carrillo seeking reelection: Pre-candidate with the PRI party
Juan Carrillo, precandidato a reelección [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 See yesterday's translations in the TVIM section.
Controversy continues within the taxi union  
Directiva no electa en asamblea[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Controversy surrounds the appointments and validation of the new board of directors for the taxi union, which will hopefully be resolved with the next meeting of the the Local Board of Conciliation and Arbitration (JLCA). There are also those asking for another assembly of the members and complaining about irregularities concerning the designation of the board of directors. One list of names was submitted by the former union director, "Wato" Eduardo Peniche, and another list was submitted by the new union director, José del Carmen Magaña Galué.
      The JLCA validated the election of José del Carmen Magaña Galué as general secretary of the taxi drivers' union "Gustavo Díaz Ordaz" for the period of January 5, 2018 a January 4, 2021.

Bad weather for small boats   
Mal clima para lancheros varios días+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The small boats have been inactive recently, due to strong easterly winds affecting this area and the Yucatan channel, which are expected to continue Saturday and Sunday. Between Sunday and Tuesday, cold front #25 is expected to affect this area, causing temperatures to decrease in Quintana Roo on Monday or Tuesday, and to cause gusts of winds up to 60km/hr in the Yucatan Channel.
    Civil Protection and the Harbor Master issued a recommendation for  boats over than 40 feet in length to restrict their activites to the bay and surrounding areas, and issued a restriction on recreational activities such as diving and snorkeling, as well as fishing ribereña.
   With this weath, the tourist industry is semi-paralyzed, especially nautical tourism, and the souvenir stores report slow sales, but the hotels have a good level of occupancy and the restaurants are doing well. 
  More swimmers and sunbathers are using Playa Centro rather than North Beach, and the lifeguards were busier than usual because the buoy line has been damaged, which separates the boats from the swimmers. They plan to repair it very soon. 

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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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.

 Friday. Jan. 26 Golden Bross Circus performance at 7pm on Caribbean Coastal Road. Their ad says:After 13 years of absence the Golden Bross Circus is returning to Isla Mujeres! Now bigger and better with international acts & artists, lasting almost two hours! Great circus for the children with Mickey Mouse & premiering Peppa Pig! Gala Event! Short Run Don't Miss it! Link to their FB page. 

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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