Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, Jan. 30

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Municipal Committee Specialized in Forest Fires established for the 2018 season
       This afternoon the installation of the Municipal Committee Specialized in Forest Fires for the Season 2018 of Isla Mujeres was carried out with the objective of preventing these types of contingencies in the municipality. 
      This committee is formed evey year by the City of Isla Mujeres in anticipation of the burning season by campesinos/farmers, which goes from February 1 to the beginning of April, to prevent this activity from getting out of control.  
       The coordinator of Civil Protection and Fire, Ulises Berman Graniel, said that the municipal government is committed to protecting both citizens and their property, so these security measures are of great importance.
     Mr. Berman said, "For those of us who are part of the City, the protection of islanders and visitors is very important, we know that many tourists go to forest areas in the municipality and we are working to avoid any type of accidents." 
         For this reason, the municipal government of Isla Mujeres asks the community in general to prevent fires by not making campfires in forest areas, and not throwing cigarette butts, as well as calling emergency numbers immediately if they witness a fire. Names are given of attendees.

For Isla Mujeres to remain a beautiful and clean municipality, we keep the Trash Transfer Facility active.
The Trash Transfer Facility is working at full capacity. Every day we collect more than 40 tons of garbage. VIDEO   

We collect 40 tons of garbage every day.
It says more than 14,000 tons have been removed in the past two years.

From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

There is a video of an interview with Miguel Ramón Martín, precandidate for legislator of the Movimiento Ciudadano party.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Presentation of Kings & Queens of Carnaval 
Validan elección de reyes del carnaval [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Sunday evening, the Kings and Queens of Carnaval were presented by the organizing committee. Carnaval will be celebrated Feb. 9 thru 13th, and the King and Queen are Weyler Josué Díaz Ricalde and Lucía Guadalupe Koyoc Ruíz.
      The children king and queen are Leticia Anahí Herrera Uc and Edwin Aaron Trejo Caamal; the youth king and queen are María Luisa Magaña Trejo and Edwin Alexander Lora Marín; and the queen of sexual diversity is Usieek Hernández Ramírez (Zavaleta Dupreyn).

Trash Transfer Facility is no longer saturated 
Niegan saturación en la Estación de Transferencia.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
        José Ríos Chalé, director of Public Services, said that the Trash Transfer Facility is no longer saturated, and the last of nine years of stagnant trash was removed a few weeks ago. The presence of thousands of tons of trash had presented a bad image, as well as bad odors affecting several businesses, in addition to the risk of contamination of the coast and sea by liquids leaching into the subsoil, due to a lack of protective membrane. 
    Mr. Rios Chale said this type experience, which was caused by official negligence, will not occur again, because this municipal government is gradually renewing the fleet of vehicles, to prevent mechanical failures, so there are no setbacks in this effort. He said that in just a few weeks, hundreds of tons of trash were removed, that had been accumulated for years. 
   He said the current municipal government is committed to clearing this facility so that the trash generated on the island is only deposited there while waiting to be transported to the regional landfill on the mainland. He said during this high season of tourism, 50 tons of trash are received daily, which is moved immediately after it is collected. 
   He explained that over nine years, around 14,000 tons of garbage had accumulated, creating an environmental problem, however the current administration decided to solve this problem with an intensive sanitation program. 

Citizen collaboration
 He said, "The municipal government through Public Services department, maintains its commitment to continue working to have a clean municipality and to prevent the Transfer Facility from becoming saturated again". 

     In conclusion, Mr. Ríos Chalé said that the goal of keeping Isla Mujeres clean includes increasing the areas that are swept, with the hiring of more personnel, thereby ensuring that the streets are much cleaner and citizens are asked to do their part to fully achieve this.

Playa Centro beach: Protected from winds  
Playa Centro, sitio protegido [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Playa Centro beach is a protected site during this period of northeasterly winds, because of its geographical position, allowing thousands of vacationers to enjoy this attraction. The lifeguards with the Civil Protection department kept the swimmers within the buoy line, for their protection from the small boats. 
      It is noted that there have been multiple requests that the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) to provide maintenance for the historical lighthouse that has faced that beach, on the Rueda Medina boardwalk, for more than a century. Tourist service providers say it is in a bad state, which contrasts the good condition of the beach, which should not continue. 

Closure of port for small boats again is expected
Inminente nuevo cierre del puerto. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Jan. 29  The Harbor Master anticipated closure of the port for small boats again tonight (Monday) with the arrival of Norte #25, which is expected to have gusts of wind of more than 50 km/hr. It is expected that nautical recreational activity in the Bay, diving, snorkeling, and trips to Isla Contoy will be suspended for Tuesday, and in the following days due to this polar air mass that is expected to cause waves of up to four meters in the Yucatan channel. 
    The port was open partially on Sunday and for general navigation on Monday, when the intensity of the southeasterly winds decreased, but there was a persistent drizzle during the night, until dawn. This didn't prevent the departure of many of the small boats for fishing ribereña on Monday. Poor weather has kept them in port for many days of this month, which impacts their economic situations.  

Forecast predicts temps could drop to 16 degrees
  The SEMAR forecast for the next 24 hours (from Monday) for the northwestern region of the Caribbean Sea, from 24 nautical miles to the coastal areas, there will be northeast wind of 20-25 knots with gusts of 30 knots and waves of 7-12 feet. Visibility of 5 nautical miles due to rain. 
    For Wednesday the strength of the wind is expected to drop to 15-20 knots, with gusts of 25 knots and waves of 7-10 feet, and to continue for the following days. This weekend we could still feel effects of the polar air mass that is expected to lower the temperature to 16 degrees in the early hours of Tuesday, for the second time this year. 
      The National Meteorological Service forecasts more heavy rain in Quintana Roo, as well as showers in Yucatan. Civil Protection recommends sheltering children and seniors well. 

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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.

 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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