Thursday, March 22, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, March 22

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Supporting education in Isla Mujeres
   The municipal government, with support from state and federal governments has carried out various actions for the benefit of the student community, including the delivery of 372 scholarships with municipal resources. As part of the school Digitization project, 120 high school students in their fifth semester received electronic tablets, and the island received a digital library. Due to an agreement that was signed to implement "A Program for English language", more than 1800 students throughout the municipality have benefited. More than 1000 uniforms were given to middle schools students on the island and in the Continental Zone.
       A civil ceremony was held at the Benito Juarez Middle School campus on Wednesday, in honor of the 212nd anniversary of the birth of Benito Juarez, remember the actions of this lawyer and politician for the benefit of the Mexican people. 

Lights were lit in honor of World Day for Down Syndrome and Autism LINK 
      Led by the honorary president of the Municipal System for the Integral Development of the Family (DIF) of Isla Mujeres, Mrs. Paola Orrico de Carrillo, municipal authorities and citizens gathered in the Town Square to carry out the lighting of lights on the occasion of World Down Syndrome Day and World Awareness Day on Autism, celebrated on March 21 and April 2, respectively. 
     Hilda Christina Gómez Ávila, general director of the Municipal DIF, emphasized the importance of learning about these conditions and preventing stigmatizing and discriminating against those who suffer from them. She said, "Through this and other activities we want to promote tolerance and love towards our neighbor, regardless of race, sex or if they suffer from any disease or disability."
       She also explained that in terms of Down syndrome, the DIF works in coordination with the Civil Association "Corazón de Willito", and on autism with the Civil Association "Illuminate Blue", to raise awareness throughout the island community.
       Attendees included: City Council members 
Sebastián Escobedo Jiménez, Elsy Georgina Rivero Arjona, Raquel Castellanos Álvarez, Baltazar Gómez Catzín; Xhanat Tzé González Mora, coordinator of CRIM Isla Mujeres (the physical rehabilitation center); Laura Cristina Guerrero Pérez, representing Yadira Castro de Tiburcio, wife of the commander of the Fifth Naval Military Region; Yuseli López Tec, representative of the Civil Association "Corazón de Willito"; and Paulina Salas Acosta, director of the Psychopedagogical Center "Amor a la Niñez" (the Little Yellow Schoolhouse).

Municipal activities for World Water Day 
    In honor of World Water Day, which is celebrated on March 22, the City of Isla Mujeres, through the Department of Environment and Ecology, whose Director is Carlos Barranco García, is carrying out diverse activities in which the care of this vital liquid among the island community is promoted. 
        As part of these, on Wednesday, March 21, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) and the Civil Association "Friends of Sian Ka'an" gave talks to the Colegio Bachilleres high school students on "Mangrove reforestation and good practices in wetlands" and "Water in the world". 
       This Thursday, March 22nd, there will be a cleanup of the Salina Grande, at 9 o'clock in the morning; and at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, an internal work meeting will be held to learn about the "Diagnosis of water bodies called salinas", by the Universidad del Caribe. 
    The final event in honor of World Water Day will take place on Friday, March 23, at 9 in the morning, when there will be a reforestation day in Playa Norte. 
     The City of Isla Mujeres, through the Department of Environment and Ecology, invites the community to join in the activities that will be carried out to raise awareness about the care of water, an essential element for sustainable development of the municipality.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

I don't usually cover news or events from the mainland part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres, except when clarification is needed that something DIDN'T happen on the island (or when there's cool events like the recent kite festival). The Isla Mujeres taxi union services the Continental Zone, where there is also a colonia Guadalupana, where there was an execution attempt in front of the home of a taxista last night. He and his 17 year old daughter each received three gunshot wounds just before 8pm and were taken to the Cancun General Hospital. They are Marco Antonio Nandez González, 46, from Minatitlán, Veracruz, and his daughter Mirian GH.   
      The wife of the taxi driver, Mirian, 42, heard the shots and found them both lying at the entrance to the home, complaining of pain and bleeding, unable to observe the attackers. The taxi, #353 was parked in front, with 12 spent shells (casquillos) and a used cartridge from a 9mm R-P.
      Experts and agents of the Ministerial interrogated the witnesses to try to locate the vehicle in which the two assassins fled.  FROM TVIM LINK  
    The grey area is the MUNCIPALITY of Isla Mujeres, which has 425 square miles, while the ISLAND of Isla Mujeres is less than 2 square miles of that. This unfortunate incident did NOT happen on the island, it happened in a neighborhood near Cancun, on the mainland. Map from Wikipedia.

Chief of Police Ongay: The case of the shooting attempt is in the hands of the PGR & the Prosecutor's office.  
      March 21 The General Coordinator of Public Safety, municipal police chief Jaime Ongay said that given the seriousness of the events that occurred yesterday, they have involved federal agencies as well as the state Attorney General's office, who are investigating the facts and the possible motive. 
        He said that the investigation is out of the hands of Public Security and now it is the responsibility of the General Prosecutor's Office and the Attorney General's Office (PGR) who are taking charge of the investigations.  
        In relation to the narcomanta (banner) addressed to the police department, and specifically addressed to the Chief of Police, the official said  it mentioned an officer in the department alledging that he was related to criminal acts. 
     He said, "When routine changes are made among the officers, reactions occur. It is easy to put up a narcomanta banner to gain publicity and make people believe it is related to a criminal group, to put pressure on the officers." 
       He explained that the banner was turned over to the PGR, and now they are waiting for them to investigate whether it is a product of organized crime or someone who seeks to destabilize the police. 
        With regard to the events of yesterday, he said that there is coordination with the three levels of government and since yesterday an operation has been conducted to try to locate those responsible for these events. 
       He said, "This goes beyond the scope of the Public Safety department, however, we will intensify patrols throughout the municipality."

Trash collection will be normalized Thursday: Public Services
March 21   José Guadalupe Ríos Chalé, director of Public Services of Isla Mujeres recognized the problem that exists in Isla Mujeres in relation to the subject of garbage, and explained that this should be normalized by Thursday, because today a new vehicle arrived that will assist with trash collection. 
        Complaints have flooded the social networks, mainly from the colonia neighborhoods of the island, where the garbage was beginning to invade the streets and sidewalks. 
       Mr. Ríos Chalé said that the trucks are being given preventive and corrective maintenance. He said, "I only ask the citizens to help us by not putting out their garbage until tomorrow, in order to allow time for the changes that are already underway." 
          Many of the complaints on social networks also showed concern about the upcoming Easter holiday season, a situation that will cause an increase in the production of garbage. Regarding this issue,  the official explained that this maintenance and preventative work is being done on the trucks so that they will be operating at 100 percent during the upcoming holiday season. 
           He said that with the vehicle that is arriving today, they expect to have seven trucks operating during the holiday season.

  The irregular Colonia La Guadalupana will also benefit from the investment project of over 22 million pesos  by Aguakán
       On March 6, the company announced through press release that for this year an investment of 22,620,000 pesos is expected to be spent on the introduction of drainage network in the South Zone of Isla Mujeres, to strengthen the water system system with the installation of more than 8 thousand meters of PVC pipe of 8, 10, 12 and 14 inches in diameter. 
       The works have just started on the Caribbean Coastal perimetral road in blocks 37 to 39, 46, 47, 49, 50, 52, 53 and 125, and will continue on the Garrafón road with blocks 33, 35, 41 to 45, 54 a 56, 59, 60. 
       This work began a few days ago in Colonia La Guadalupana  and it is expected to procede with the instruction of the new pipeline for the sanitary drainage for the ~ 240 families. 
           The company Aguakán explained that this investment project will directly benefit more than 4900 clients, ensuring access to a basic service that provides certainty to the community about the care of the environment, thanks to the process of collection and treatment of the wastewater that protects the various bodies of water. 
       In 2017, AGUAKAN treated more than 815 million liters of watewater in Isla Mujeres, which were re-injected into the groundwater 100 percent clean.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

I'll translate these later or tomorrow....

Ready for the Easter holidays, more or less  
Más o menos listos para vacacionesi.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Security guaranteed   
Seguridad garantizada. [+] Ver masfull article at this link

Second Red Cross ambulance  
Segunda ambulancia de Cruz Roja. [+] Ver masFull article at this link 

Port closed in the afternoon for small boats 
Cierran navegación por la tarde. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Investigating attempted execution  
Investigan intento de ejecución. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

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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 is likely to be suspended due to Palm Sunday. 

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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