Thursday, February 1, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, Feb. 1

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We are committed to keeping Isla Mujeres clean.
Despite the inclement weather, the Trash Transfer Facility continues working at 100%. LINK  

José Guadalupe Ríos Chalé, general director of Public Services, reported that despite the rains that have occurred recently, the Trash Transfer Facility of Isla Mujeres has continued operations and is only occupied at ~20 percent of capacity. He said there is not overflow or saturation, and they are working at cleaning up and putting things in order. It is recalled that there had been an accumulation of 14,000 tons of trash for more than nine years, and in the first year of the present administration, they were able to clean it out entirely, and attended to this old problem.

In Isla Mujeres, we continue working so that our children and young people have decent spaces to practice their favorite sports. LINK   VIDEO  
   The municipal government of Isla Mujeres reaffirms its commitment to support sports through remodeling, construction, care and cleaning of public spaces that contribute to healthy lifestyles and allow children and youths of the island to practice sports.   
      Among the actions that have been undertaken by the City are the rehabilitation of the "Las Hormiguitas Obreras" park, the construction of the open-air gym on malecon by the Caribbean Coastal road,  remodeling of the fast soccer (rapid futbol) field in colonia "Salina Chica" and of the downtown basketball court "José del Carmen Pastrana", as well as the construction of the palapa at "Las Iguanas" park.
     In order to recognize the talent of the island sportsmen who represented Quintana Roo in national sporting events during 2017, the Municipal Sports Award was handed out in the past. 
     "Support has been given to various semi-professional sports groups with the acquisition of new uniforms, equipment and the payment of coaches, benefiting approximately 1,500 athletes in the disciplines of basketball, football, basketball and baseball, and we will continue with those missing this year," said Natanael Gallegos Salinas, municipal Director of the Institute of Sport and Recreation.
       In addition to the construction and rehabilitation of sports facilities and parks, the municipal government performs cleaning, painting and maintenance of courts, parks and sports spaces, so it encourages all island families to make good use of them, take care of them and keep them clean.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

The president of the Federation of Fishing Cooperatives in Quintana Roo, Baltasar Gómez Catzín, announced the beginning of the ban on grouper, that is a commercial product in a large part of Quintana Roo and that will be restricted as of February 1. LINK  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Zero tolerance for corrupt officers  
Tolerancia cero para elementos corruptosVer masFull article at this link
  Most of this information was previously translated. In addition it notes that Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, Director of Tourism Promotion, said that corrupt officers will not be tolerated in the municipal police department, and an officer was caught and terminated. There was a barrage of complaints on social networks from tourists who want authorities to intervene in regard to reports from tourists who were in golf carts and say they were extorted by being charged "fines" in dollars without being given receipts.

Clearing brush at the Mundaca Hacienda  
Manita de gato a Hacienda Mundaca.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Municipal workers were cutting weeds and brush at the Hacienda that once belonged to the pirate Fermin Antonio Mundaca de Marecheaga.
      According to the story, Fermín Mundaca took refuge in Isla Mujeres around 1860 to enjoy his fortune from the sale and trafficking of slaves from Africa to Cuba. Legend has it, in 1858 that, "he fell in love with a native of the island, nicknamed 'La Trigueña', and that inspired by it he built the hacienda with wells, arches and extensive gardens, which he called Vista Alegre and which is now known like Hacienda Mundaca. "However, the pirate did not conquer the heart of the woman, he always lived only with no more contact than with his servants and suppliers: fishermen, masons and farmers to whom he bought his products or services.This story is told by taxi drivers and guides to tourists during their journey.

     These buildings of a century and a half in age have been objects of study by the National Institute of Anthropology (INAH) for some years, because in the surrounding area there are ruins of a Maya ceremonial center and vessels have been discovered that suggests that Mundaca destroyed part of our culture to build his hacienda.
   An entrance fee of 30 pesos is charged, and the area of the gardens is now completely clear, and it is noted that there are very few mosquitoes at this time. It is noted that over previous decades, the structures and works of Mundaca have suffered and deteriorated from a lack of attention or maintenance and from vandalism.

Two members of the electoral council resign  
Renuncian consejeros. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
- Manuel García García, president of the Electoral Council of Isla Mujeres, confirmed the resignation of two members of that body just over a week after its installation and the General Council of the Electoral Institute of Quintana Roo (Ieqroo ) must appoint his successors in the course of the next week. 
      Juan Carlos Burgos Baeza and Maribel García Trujillo resigned for personal reasons., Maribel Garcia Trujillo explained that her resignation was due to a job offer that promises professional growth as a lawyer and a better salary.

Electoral calendar 
     Mr. García García announced the main upcoming activities: From January 13 to February 11, it is the pre-campaign period of the political parties; then, from February 15 to March 15, tours will be conducted to locate the places where the polling areas will be installed. 
       From April 1 to April 10 is the deadline for parties or coalitions to request registration of candidacy forms for members of the city council; and April 20 is the date to decide on the approval of the registration of candidacies.
     (Note: Campaigning begins May 14 and the election in July 1st). 

Offering help to Isla Mujeres  
Extienden sus brazos a Isla Mujeresl.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      The civil association "Banco de Tapitas" is reaching out to help children suffering from cancer in the municipality of Isla Mujeres and  is involving the business community in this effort. Two businessmen were given containers for the collection of bottle caps.  
      Remigio Sánchez Trinchán, who volunteers with the group, said they plan to involve students from local schools to raise awareness about the issue of the disease, through the collection of disposable drink bottle caps as a way to promote the financing of the program, which has helped six children in Quintana Roo, and 50 throughout the country. 
       Citizen collaboration is requested to locate sick children of the island or the Continental Zone, with scarce resources, who need assistance with the expenses of transportation for treatment to Mexico City, or payment of medicines and chemotherapy, because the foundation can absorb these expenses.


Hotel occupancy is over 60%
Ocupación hotelera arriba del 60 %.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Jan. 30  The Department of of Tourism said that on the previous day the municipality registered the previous day an overall  hotel occupation of 66.21 percentage points, of which 64.52 percent corresponded to the island and 67.57 percent, to the Continental Zone.
   On the island,  the main streets and avenues reflected a good presence of visitors who, despite the varying weather conditions, opted to go out on Tuesday to enjoy a few hours of recreation, which did not include water activities of any kind because the port remained closed for small boats, which included a prohibition on navigation in El Farito or lagoon area.
   While the nautical community has been affected by the port closures, the golf cart rental agencies say their business diminishes radically when it rains. One of the managers of an agency of Rueda Medina said currently demand is between 60 and 80 percent, but increases on Saturday and Sunday.

Difficult times for Isla Mujeres fishermen
Sector pesquero de Isla Mujeres desesperado [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Fishermen are complaining that there hasn't been many days during January when they could work consistently. It is noted that the ban on fishing for grouper begins February 1 and continues until the first of April.
     Baltazar Gómez Catzín, president of the cooperative "Justicia Social", said that in regard to lobster production, "As a cooperative, we can say that this season has been much better than the last one; previously I had told the media that by mid-December we already had the same production as at the end of the previous season, which was 22 tons of whole lobster, both live and dead and three tons of tails. We have caught another three tons of lobster during the days when it has been possible to go out to work. This season will close better than the last one." He said it was his understanding that the other cooperatives have also done well this season. There is only one month until that lobster ban begins on March 1st and it continues until the first of July.

Small boats restricted to port  
Paralizada la flota de embarcaciones menores[+] Ver masFull article at this link

Preventing fires in the municipality 
A prevenir incendios en la isla [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The information in the first part of this article has already been translated.

   Crime Prevention 
        As part of the coordinated actions between society and government in the field of crime prevention, the General Directorate of Public Safety and Municipal Transit, gave recognition to the company "Mayan Beach Club" for having successfully completed the "Gold Security" program.This program trains company personnel on issues related to crime prevention.
       The staff of this business was trained in the prevention of theft, telephone extortion, road safety education, how to interact effectively with aggressive people and situations that could be violent.
    Tania Galera Gomez, coordinator of Crime Prevention, said that companies who participate in the "Gold Security" program can choose between 20 training courses, and based on this, a work schedule is established with the staff. She said, "The courses are tailored for each company, what we want is to cover their needs in terms of crime prevention."

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February EventsProvided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Feb. 1 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 1 Start of two month ban on grouper fishing

Feb. 2 Friday Candlemas (If you got the baby in your piece of King's cake, today you're providing tamales).

Feb. 2 Friday World Wetlands Day (Usually there is a clean up in the mangroves).

Feb. 4 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 5 Monday Constitution Day (National Holiday)

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6:30p
Jan. 31 7:01
Feb. 1 8:05 
Feb. 2  9:06
Feb. 3 10:04
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Feb. 8 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 8 Thursday Convention Center 7p: Dance Troupes performing & competing at the  Women's Baile de Carnaval  - Tribute to Michael Jackson Each troupe will dance for 15-20 minutes and judging criteria includes: Choreography, projection, performance, technique, group execution, and audience response, as well as originality, creativity, and total effect. Prizes are 15,000 pesos, 10,000, and 5000.

Feb. 9-13 Friday thru Tuesday:  Carnaval  (Schedule TBA)

Feb. 13-18 Tuesday thru Sunday Isla Time Music & Fishing Festivals Link to FB page
   Feb. 14 Wed. 6:30 Free performances on Town Square by Jorge Blanco, Love and Theft, LOCASH and Amara Givelove, Kim Paige, and Kristy Osmunson and food available "Taste of Isla".

Feb. 14 Wednesday  It's also Dia del Amor y la Amistad "Valentine's Day" & Ash Wednesday

Feb. 15 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

 Feb. 18 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

 Feb. 22 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 24 Monday Flag Day

 Feb. 25 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 28 Wednesday Last day of lobster season until four month ban ends July 1. 
  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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