Monday, March 26, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, March 26

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Successful Noches Magicas event  LINK 
A new edition of Noches Magicas in Isla Mujeres was held with great success, an event that takes place Sunday after Sunday on the Town Square, with the participation of island artists and guests.

Successful event of the Children's Folklorico XXXIX Danzarte meeting  LINK  
 With their colorful costumes and skillful execution of Mexican dances, the troupes performed folklorico dances at the Casa de la Cultura for the XXXIX Danzrte Dance Meeting Cancun, Children't edition. The dancers practiced for months to achieve an excellent level of execution.
    Rubén Pérez Martín, general director of the Institute of Culture and the Arts, said,"The current municipal government has total respect and support for all artistic and cultural expressions, encouraging them and offering their support whenever it is required, and thanks to this policy we are seeing the results, as is the case with our children's dance troupes" 
     The official thanked the general director of Danzarte Quintana Roo, Mauricio Fernandez, for offering in this state meeting of folkloric dancers and allowing residents from other parts of the state to see the work of the children and the islander children, who are continuing these traditional arts.

Offering financial alternatives for island business LINK   
This workshop involved the five fishing cooperatives of the island, three tourist cooperatives, the Association of divers, permit holders of whale sharks and independent businessmen, so they could learn about the wide range of financing and services of the FIRA, Institutional Trusts in Relation to Agriculture. It was provided by the municipal Department of Economic Development, whose director, Leonel Povedano Castillo explained that the City of Isla Mujeres is aware of the need to offer micro-entrepreneur islanders alternative credit so they can continue to develop their businesses and thereby generate more sources of employment. Therefore, the City offers these types of workshops in which the opportunities for credit and the funds which exist are explained, as well as the requirements to obtain them and the financing plans.
   Topics that were discussed include the principles and foundations of a cooperative group, the group objective and annual operations plan, the main functions of the board of directors, the conditions and requirements to qualify for credit, the annual plan and the participation of partners, and the business model of a cooperative.

 The municipal government works to ensure the protection of tourists and visitors during the Easter holidays 
       (Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, March 25, 2018) .- In order to ensure the safety of the islanders and visitors during this holiday season, the City of Isla Mujeres, through the Department of Public Safety and Municipal Traffic, launched the "Drive Without Alcohol" program on Rueda Medina Avenue, in front of the Naval base, in order to reduce the incidence of accidents linked to alcohol consumption. 
     Police Chief Jaime Alberto Ongay Ortíz said that this is a successful program, which has proven effective in reducing traffic accidents related to alcohol consumption in Isla Mujeres by more than 70 percent. 
     Therefore, during the Easter holidays, to ensure that this program is carried out efficiently and for its better functioning, Jorge Escudero Buerba, coordinator of the Crime Prevention Division of the Security and Justice Bureau of Cancún-Isla Mujeres, delivered 9 breathalyzer devices to the City for measurement of alcohol levels, in order to ensure that the operation is carried out under strict security controls and that the citizens  can have confidence that their rights will not be violated
     In addition, there will be the participation of Citizen Viewers (Visores Ciudadanos) who are members of the Security and Justice Bureau of Cancun-Isla Mujeres, whose objective is to ensure the actions of the police officers are transparent during the operation. 

       "For the program to be carried out in the best way the participation of civil society is necessary, because we want to ensure that the breathalyzer is being performed effectively for the prevention of accidents," said Escudero Buerba. 
      For his part, José Carlos Pech Pat, director of Municipal Traffic, explained that during the first day of the "Drive Without Alcohol" program a total of 15 vehicles, including cars and motorcycles, were taken to the impound yard. 
     "The vehicles were retained because their drivers exceeded the limit of alcohol in their blood, we want to emphasize that the operation is only preventive, what we seek is make people aware, so that both islanders and visitors avoid driving while intoxicated, therefore the drivers are not being arrested, only the corresponding fine is applied,"said Pech Pat. 
       For the current administration, security is a priority, so this program will remain active every day during the Easter holidays, with monitoring being done in a random and itinerant manner at different points of the municipality.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Easter holiday celebrations began with Palm Sunday LINK 
      With a Mass on behalf of Palm Sunday, the celebration of Holy Week officially began on Isla Mujeres, at Playa Centro, with participation by faithful young Catholics of Isla Mujeres. Young people gathered at Playa Centro at 9sm to begin the reenactment of Palm Sunday with a procession to the church of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, in downtown Isla Mujeres.

Increased security in Quintana Roo
      "For the protection and security of the more than 905,000 national and foreign vacationers, who are expected to visit the main tourist destinations of Quintana Roo during this Easter holiday season, an operative was launched in which the Departments of Tourism, Public Safety and Health are participating; as well as the Federal Forces and Gendarmerie, Anti-drug, Investigation and Intelligence personnel; the Mexican Army and the Navy of Mexico, "said Governor Carlos Joaquín.
        This operation began on the  March 24th and will continue until April 8, a period in which a hotel occupancy of 88 percent is expected, which will generate higher income for families that depend on tourism. It is estimated that Cancun, the Mayan Riviera, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Chetumal could receive more than 905 thousand visitors, according to SEDETUR," said the governor of Quintana Roo.
    Several of the state programs offering driver assistance and for accident prevention are explained.
      Marisol Vanegas Pérez, Secretary of Tourism, indicated that with more than 100,000 rooms and a range of attractions for the national and international market, the destinations of the Mexican Caribbean report a significant tourist influx. Cancun and Puerto Morelos above 83%, Cozumel 75.4%, Isla Mujeres 73.8% and the Riviera Maya 74.2%.

Reforestation on North Beach LINK
 See yesterday's translations 

The "artist" is being sought who decided to put his "arte" on the natural areas of Punta Sur in Isla Mujeres. These images have been circulating on social networks, requesting help in locating him VIDEO     


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Pride and happiness     
“Alegría y la soberbia”. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem, at the beginning of Holy Week. There was a biblical reenactment by almost a hundred actors who will participate in the living reenactment of the crucifixion next Friday.  
     There was a reenactment on Rueda Medina, where Wenceslao Trejo Martinez played the role of Jesus, and for the second year in a row he rode on a donkey, in the company of his entourage. He traveled down the street and arrived at the Town Square in front of the Catholic church. Hundreds of young people and believers participated, and tourists also joined in.
      Gibran Mex, coordinator of the event, explained that this year marks 26 years of this representation and was given the support of a burrito, to give the event greater prominence and a more dramatic effect 
      He said that after the reenactment on Palm Sunday, the activities will continue on Holy Thursday, with the foot washing and the last supper, which will also be held in the church of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, in downtown Isla Mujeres. 
    On Friday the representation of the living viacrucis will take place, which for the third consecutive year, will start at the church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in La Gloria, to make a journey of around six kilometers. For this representation around 60 actors are expected to participate, all of them from Isla Mujeres, with the intention of giving greater prominence to the event. 
     The role of Jesus will be again played by Professor Wenceslao Trejo, who has played this role in recent years.

Supervision of the electrical network 
Supervisan red de la CFE.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
- Gonzalo Paredes Plancarte, superintendent of the northern area of ​​Quintana Roo of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), visited the island this weekend to oversse the electrical network in this resort, and he noted the concerns of the business community and the municipal authorities regarding the recent cuts in the electrical supply. 
         He offered to attend to any problems as soon as possible, and that there is special alert during this Easter holiday period to ensure the supply. He was accompanied by mayor Juan Carrillo on the tour he made along Rueda Medina avenue. 
       The official explained that there is constant maintenance of the infrastructure and they continue with these improvements and thus prevent any interruption in Isla Mujeres. 
       The Mayor said, "Isla Mujeres is a world-class tourist destination that is constantly growing, which means that the authorities of the three levels of government are constantly reviewing the development plans to provide the municipality with basic infrastructure of the best quality, and responding to the needs of its inhabitants." 
        Mr. Paredes Plancarte explained the operation of the main high voltage line that supplies downtown where the tourist and commercial area is concentrated. He explained the change of the interconnective wiring a year ago, with the supply that comes from the mainland at Punta Sam to North Beach. 
     According to lower-level officials of the CFE who are aware of the recent electrical interruptions, they said there is no problem with underwater wiring, that it has enough capacity to meet the demand, as well as the insular infrastructure. 
        With the recent works of maintenance of conduits and overhead wires, including, changes of some poles, this will ensure the electrical supply on the island. 

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    This information has been translated about the Bicentennial dome and there was a talk about tuberculosis in the Continental Zone in the mainland part of the municipality.

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March Events
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Thursday, March 1  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
March 1  6:46
March 2  7:46 
March 3   8:44
March 4   9:40
March 5  10:35
March 6  11:28
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunday, March 4 at 8pm: A special Noches Magicas event  on the Town Square to commemorate the 501st anniversary of the first Europeans visiting Isla Mujeres, and the 101st anniversary of the birth of Virgilio "El Chino" Fernandez. Featuring singers Aldahir Davila and Gregorio Sanches, as well as dance troupes Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres and El Talento con el Sabor del Caribe. Free

Monday, March 5 at 9am there will be a Civic Ceremony commemorating the 501st anniversary of the first visit by Europeans to Isla Mujeres. It will be held at the Paso de la Tirguena on the Eastern Malecon (near the public bathrooms by the Town Square, behind the old hospital.)

Thursday, March 8  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Thursday, March 8 International Women's Day

Sunday, March 11 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free 

Thursday, March 15  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

March 16-19 ? Last year there was a Festival for San Jose

Sunday, March 18 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square. Free

Sunday, March 18 Oil Expropriation Day

Monday, March 19 Day off for Benito Juarez's birthday

Tuesday, March 20 Spring Equinox 

Wednesday, March 21 Birthday of Benito Juarez

Thursday, March 22  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo 

Sunday, March 25 Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 25 at 8pm: Noches Magicas event on the Town Square will feature a dance troupe performing Polynesian dances and three singers. Free.

This will be the 26th anniversary of the reenactment of the living Viacrusis (Passion of Christ-Stations of the Cross) in Isla Mujeres, which will begin in at the Catholic Church in La Gloria, stop at the Chapel in Salina Chica, and end at the Town Square.
"IC" means Immaculate Conception church on the Town Square.
"SH" means Sacred Heart of Jesus church in La Gloria.
The schedule for Masses is listed under "Hora de Misa".

March 25 Palm Sunday
IC-9:30a Representation of Jesus entering Jerusalem, & Procession with Branches to the Posada del Mar.
SH-11:30a & 7:30p Procession with Branches from Mundaca

March 29 Holy Thursday/Maudy Thursday
IC-8:30p Representation of Last Supper & Washing of Feet
SC-9p Washing of Feet

March 30 Holy Friday
SC-10:30a The Live Representation of the Viacrusis/Passion of Christ
Guadalupana-11:30a Viacrusis Continued (Pilate & Herod)
IC-3p Representation of the Crucifixion
3:30p Celebration of the Seven Words
7p Silent Procession, Rosary of Reflection/grief, and adoration of the Cross.

March 31 Holy Saturday
IC-9p Representation of the Resurrection

April 1 Easter Sunday
Normal Mass schedule

Thursday, March 29  Artist Fair 3-8p at the Casa de la Cultura on Guerrero Avenue at the cross street Abasolo

Friday, March 30 Good Friday The Via Crusis, reenactment of the Passion of Christ, begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria. It includes more than 50 actors and travels 5 km to the Immaculate Conception Church downtown where the crucifixion will be reenacted. They will pause at the Guadalupe Chapel in Salina Chica along the way. 

Sunday, April 1 Easter 
  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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