Saturday, July 7, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, July 7

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Ultramar ferry company is increasing its fleet to serve the summer holiday crowds LINK  
The summer holidays began recently when the students started their vacations, and a spokesperson for the Ultramar ferry company said they are prepared to meet the increased demand with a total of eight boats, including two new ferries with a capacity for 270 passengers.
       S/he said there will also be vessels of greater draft such as the "Piolín"  which take 40 minutes for the crossing, but can transport more than 400 passengers at a time, and thereby avoid long lines at peak hours. 
      The representative added that the company has always been committed to quality service and due to the growing passenger demand, they have planned to bring these boats into operation which can carry more passengers. The eight boats of the fleet offer a capacity of up to 2450 seats every half hour.

The City has named a new director of the Legal Technical Unit of the office of the City General Secretary.(This was also reported by other sites.)  LINK  .
     Elvis Alejandro Gutiérrez Rodríguez was named as new director of the  Legal Technical Unit of the office of the City General Secretary by the General Secretary of the City Council, Antonio Coronado Rojas, on behalf of the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis.

The police department's crime prevention division held a children's vacation safety workshop (This was also reported by other sites.) LINK 
   With the objective of maintaining Isla Mujeres as the safest municipality of Quintana Roo, the City government, via the Crime Prevention Coordination unit of the municipal Department of Public Safety and Traffic, conducted a workshop on Friday titled “Seguridad en Vacaciones“.
     The Chief of Police, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, said that this is a pilot workshop implemented during the holiday season to offer the islanders, especially children and young people, opportunities to get to know the police department and its officers. 
     He explained,  "We want children to know that the police are their friends, we seek to break the paradigm that has been generated around our work and show them that we work to help them at all times; the most important thing for us and the municipal government is that they can come to us with total confidence when they have been victims or witnesses of some crime."
        Tania Galera Gómez, coordinator of Crime Prevention in Isla Mujeres, said that the main objective of these activities is to maintain the crime rate below the national average -as it has been up to now-.
    She said,  Children and young people must understand that we are not punishing (nosotros no castigamos), the police are guarantors of human rights, laws and their application; We thank the 30 children who attended today because it is vital that they interact (convivan) with the police and know both their rights and their civic obligations." 
    She added that the workshop focused on the holiday period when the children change their routines and become vulnerable to accidents and other risks. The course taught them about staying safe and where to go in an emergency. 

Residents in colonia la Gloria are complaining that their water service hasn't been normal since the power outageLINK 
   Aguakan says it's due to an electrical ("low voltage") problem since the outage, affecting the higher areas of la Gloria, and they've brought in generators to avoid major problems.
You will recall there was a 30 minute power outage Sunday during the vote counting and a 13 hour power outage on Monday.

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In less than 24 hours, Ultramar had another ferry incident 
     The Ultramar ferry that left Gran Puerto at 8:30, for Isla Mujeres, was adrift when its engines failed, so another Ultramar boat had to tow it. They were at sea for more than an hour and a half, which upset the tourists and residents.

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President of the Board for the Hyperbaric chamber will step down in October  
Sin presidente del Patronato de la Cámara Hiperbárica [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    At a meeting on Tuesday afternoon between the representatives of the fishing cooperatives Caribe, Patria & Progreso, Justicia Social, Isla Blanca and Makax, the director of the Board for the Hyperbaric Chamber, Baltazar Gómez Catzín, announced that he is stepping down from the position as of October, when the next meeting of the members is scheduled. He has been director for 19 years, altruistically, of the chamber which began operation in 1999 to rehabilitate the many fishermen who suffer from decompression after diving in deep water to catch lobsters.
      Throughout this time, hundreds of fishermen have been treated, from Isla Mujeres,  the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Lázaro Cárdenas, and Puerto Morelos, among others, as well as from the neighboring state of Yucatan.
        The possible substitute of Baltazar Gómez is Policarpo Pastrana Portillo, who is the current director of Asunto Pesquero (Fishing Business) of the municipal government, and a partner of the Makax cooperative.
     During the previous lobster catching season, 76 fishermen were treated, predominantly Isla Mujeres, but a Holbox fisherman died due to severe decompression. Eleven people have been treated for 'diabetic foot'.  
        This season began on Sunday, July 1, and the first case of decompression occurred on Tuesday to local fisherman, Saul Aguilar Ferraez, 49, had a slight injury, as was reported. (It was also reported that he had been the first case of decompression during the previous season.)

Weather forecast  
Pronostican lluvia+] Ver masFull article at this link
Part of this article is yesterday's forecast, it rained in the morning & there is information about  the low pressure system off of North Carolina's coast (?). 
     See this morning's information below from the NHC & Civil Protection regarding today's forecasts for Isla Mujeres and hurricane Beryl.

  June 6    While monitoring the advance of the first Atlantic hurricane this season, which is expected to affect the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, according to forecasts from the National Hurricane Center of Miami, the state Department Civil Protection has noted it currently poses no risks to the state due to its remoteness. The NHC issued a warning on this (Friday) afternoon that the hurricane "Beryl" is located over the Central Atlantic Ocean, about a thousand miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles, and could be affecting the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, if it does not suffer deviation, and then move on to Cuba, potentially marking a line of advance towards the Yucatan Channel.
      There are no strong winds from the east predicted for this weekend and therefore nautical activities for small boats are expected to be uninterrupted, according to staff of the Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres. The Department of the Navy (Semar) reported that for the next three days, its maritime weather forecast for off-shore regions (from 24 nautical miles to the limits of the exclusive economic zone) for the northwest region of the Caribbean Sea is for  Northeast winds of 10-15 knots with gusts of 20 knots and waves of 4-7 feet, and visibility of 6 nautical miles.

Teenager's whereabouts are unknown 
Aún no se sabe nada de Tania Valdés Canché[+] Ver masFull article at this link
     An investigation has been opened by the Prosecutor's office following a complaint from the family of 15 year old Tania Amayrani Valdés Canché who left home a month ago. They believe she left in the company of  Jeremías Domínguez Jiménez, 26, of Tabasco.  According to her mother, the teen has a low IQ, and repeated second grade of primary school several times, didn't learn to read or write very well, and therefore doesn't fully understand the circumstances of what happens around her.
      Her mother, María Josefina Canché Cardenia, spoke to the reporter at the pier of the Tortugranja, while she was on a break from working on board a tourism tour boat with the OPCA cooperative, where she helps her husband, lanchero Martin Varguez. (A lanchero operates a small boat, called a lancha). She says she has been suffering emotionally and spiritually from these events, as well as physically, because a month ago she suffered a head injury during a boat tour. 
       Ms. Canche and her husband complained about the personnel in the Prosecutor's office and the lack of progress. They said the DIF has been aware since the beginning of the case, but say they do not seem to have a great deal of interest, although they have made verbal commitments and they have written to the DIF in Tabasco seeking to find the whereabouts of the girl.
       The family has also contacted the person in charge of the Human Rights Office of Isla Mujeres, Martha Patricia Puc, who offered to follow up the investigation. By telephone, when this official was contacted, she said that she will be monitoring the development of the investigation, in order to accelerate its progress. The family has resorted to using social networks to expand the search and they are waiting and hoping for good news.


Recording of votes won't affect outcome 
Reconteo de votos no cambia resultados[+] Ver masFull article at this link

 On Wednesday, the Electoral Council of Isla Mujeres approved the recount and recording of the 13 voting boxes on the upcoming Sunday, scheduled to being at 8am, which will not change the final result of the election won by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, who has just resumed his duties. This procedure is expected to take about three hours. The previous session lasted more than two hours and was attended by representatives of nearly all the political parties, except Morena. 
    Carillo Soberanis (PRI) obtained 5,249 votes, followed by Edgar Gasca Arceo of Morena-PT with 3543;  Faustino Uicab Alcocer (PAN-PRD-MC) received 2494 votes. They were followed by Julio Osorio, (PES) with 484 votes, and El Panal  received. 84 votes. There were 816 nulls. The total number of valid votes is 11,885.

Students visiting the Tortugranja  
Visitas escolares a la Tortugranja[+] Ver masFull article at this link

   The turtle nesting season began about two months ago, and now the Tortugranja has begun its program with the schools of Isla Mujeres and Cancun, so their students can visit the facility and learn about the turtles and efforts that are being made toward their protection and conservation. During the last breeding season, 450 students, from pre school to university level, attended this program and they expect that number to increase this year.
    The students are taught about conservation efforts of the three turtle species that nest in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, greens, loggerheads, and hawksbills. They can observe the nests in the incubation area, as well as juveniles in the aquarium pools, which are visited by hundreds of tourists daily. 
      There are about 20 volunteers who assist the Tortugranja staff in their nightly work, as well a Naval personnel. Deline Garcia, who is director of the facility, said they cannot thank the volunteers enough for their assistance, and explained that they welcome all the kind people who want to join in this activity in favor of the environment. 
   So far this season, 93 nests have been rescued with a total of 1149 eggs, which is less than last year when there was a high level of nesting activity, and about 116,000 hatchlings were released. Of the 93 nests this year, seven are hawksbills with 993 eggs, compared to last year when this species only had four nests on the island. There have been 53 loggerhead nests containing 6099 eggs, and 33 whites containing 4075.
     The beach site with the most nesting activity is the one where the former hanger of the local airport was located, and the beach with the least amount of activity has been the one near the sewage treatment plant. 
      Regarding the issue of the possibility of damage to the beaches by a hurricane this season, Ms. Garcia said the State Committee for the Protection of Sea Turtles discussed this issue and decided to do nothing, and not to move sand from another site, because nature is wise, and chooses the type of sand in each location, and therefore compensation is made over time. From past experience, there was damage after the most recent hurricane, "Wilma" in 2005, but now the beaches have recovered.

Hurricane Beryl doesn't pose a risk to Quintana Roo due to its remoteness. The weather forecast for Isla Mueres is:  Partly Cloudy to Cloudy, scattered rains with isolated squalls accompanied by electrical activity, very hot to muggy, East wind and northeast from 15 to 25 kph (10-15 mph), with occasional stronger gusts, from Civil Protection.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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 neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, 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.


Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
July  1  10:14
July  2  10:53
July  3  11:31

July 27   7:32
July 28   8:14
July 29   8:54
July 30   9:32
July 31  10:09
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25
Sunrise ~6:05

July Events
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 It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October).

Sunday, July 1 Election Day Polls open 7a-6p Alcohol will only be sold to foreigners with food purchase at businesses with a food license, until the 48 "Dry Law" expires at midnight. Mexico will electsa president for a single six-year term, and 628 members of the national congress, who for the first time in nearly a century can be reelected. Voters are also choosing nine governors, ~1600 mayors, and thousands of state and local lawmakers. 

Monday, July 2 Mexico vs Brazil 9a  World Cup  Islanders can watch at the large screen on Playa Centro provided by the Posada, or at a variety of bars.

Wednesday, July 4  US Independence Day, may be celebrated in some bars

Friday, July 6th at 8pm at the Convention Center. Renatta Dance Studio would like to invite you to our 6th annual end of school year show!
The theme is ‘Mexico Without Borders’ and the show includes more than 50 dancers and special performers. Join us for this wonderful dance and musical tribute to Mexico! Local island children from 4 years up to their teens will be performing, as well as professional dancers and special performers from the island and Cancun.
Tickets are $50 pesos for adults and $30 for children in advance. And $70 pesos and $50 pesos at the door.

 July 20 & 21 Friday & Saturday  Barracuda Fishing Tournament

July 20-22  Fri, Sat, Sun. 11th Annual Whale Shark Festival  Schedule TBA

  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")
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres     
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)

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