Friday, August 3, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, August 3

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VIDEO which says:  With the program "Todos somos utiles", (Everyone is useful) we continue to assist more students.  The video shows the Mayor and his wife (who is the honorary president of the DIF, social service agency) in front of a table full of school supplies, which will be given to needy students in the Continental Zone. Donations are being collected at the Town Hall and the DIF office.


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Addressing the sargasso problem more intensely statewide LINK    LINK    
   Over the past 45 day, 120,000 cubic meters of seaweed has been collected from 38,000 linear meters of beaches in 7 municipalities that were affected by the phenomenon. Excessive amounts are arriving at other parts of the Caribbean also, not just in the Mexican Caribbean. The Secretary of Ecology and Environment, Alfredo Arellano explained that there are several "communities" of sargasso in the Atlantic Ocean;  from the Sargasso Sea, located north of the Bahamas; at the southwest coast of Africa, and at the east of Brazil. Large amounts (desprendimientos) appear and move thru the ocean. 
   He said the sargasso that is affecting the coastlines of Quintana Roo is believed to come from the southwestern coast of Africa, where the sand particles from the deserts serve as a nutrient. On its way to the Caribbean, this sargasso is of great ecological value. He said, "Mats of sargasso on the high seas provide some shade and food and organic matter to some animals in "arid areas" (áreas áridas) of the open sea."
 Although these are natural processes, when the organic matter arrives to the coasts in excessive amounts, its collection must be attended to in order to avoid decomposition. He said, "This is a challenge that we are addressing. We are working on the analysis of the most viable projects that allow preservation and protection of the equilibrium of the coastal ecosystems,"

Problem with trash accumulation at the Transfer Facility  LINK  
   See Por Esto article. There are concerns that the Trash Transfer Facility has become an open air dump, which annoys the people who reside nearby. The accumulation is attributed to problems with the vehicles and ferry crossings. Now, during the heat, the smell has become unbearable and there is a proliferation of flies.
    It is recalled that last year Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis said that legal measures would be taken to receive the 25 million pesos that the municipality of Benito Juarez owes for use of the landfill, but it isn't known if any progress has been made.

Palms dying that were replaced last year  LINK 
     On October 12, 2017 there were complaints from residents regarding two palms in a public green space that had been cut down by a private individual. The City, thru the Department of Ecology, imposed an economic sanction and required the planting of 10 palms in the public space where the others were cut down, which was done on October 31st.
     A neighbor said, " Unfortunately, after the trees were planted, no one took time to pour water on them and therefore some are already practically dead and they are only held up by the ropes that were installed."

Taxi union requests rate increase  LINK  
   Taxi union leader José Magaña Galué said that they are still waiting for SINTRA to authorize the new adjustment in rates, for an increase of between 16 and 28 percent. He explained that this is only a proposal, and SINTRA has the final word on approval.
    Last week, at a meeting in Chetumal, the request was made by all the General Secretaries of the Frente Único de Trabajadores del Volante (United Front of Drivers) organization. Mr. Magaña Galué explained that they, as Secretary Generals (leaders of each union),  had already presented a proposal for an increase, but this will be analyzed by the authorities and it will be up to SINTRA to authorize each of the proposals presented, or not.
    He said that at this time there is no definite date when any increase may be announced, but the request has already been made for Isla Mujeres, noting that the last authorized increase was ten years ago. The rate could go up from 3 to 5 pesos, and they hope that SINTRA will at least authorize a 3 peso increase to cover the high costs of parts and the continual increased in fuel prices. 
   Mr. Magana Galue clarified that at this time there has been no authorization and anyone who is overcharging could be sanctioned. He encouraged residents to report the driver any time an irregularity in fees occurs. 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Free electrolyte powder    The City continues its commitment to the health of the islanders during these Dog Days of Summer, (with temperatures up to 37C, clear skies, excessively hot air, and less rain.). Effects that can occur include irritability, fainting, heat stress, dehydration, and diarrhea. Powdered electrolytes are available for free from the medical dispensaries of CAVI and the Health Department. It is recommended that you stay hydrated, avoid direct sun between 11a and 4p, don't exercise in strong sun, eat fresh foods, stay in the shade, as well as wearing sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen.

Free anti-parasite medications for children and adults      The City continues its commitment to the health of the islanders by providing free anti-parasite medications for adults and children. Available at CAVI from 9a to 1p and at the downtown Heath Center from 9a to 2p. Remember that protecting your health is most important!

Promotion by Isla al Dia
LINK to website for the Circuito Maya race in Isla Mujeres, which is the "Air"  (Iik') element of the four races that will take place in four Pueblos Magicos in Quintana Roo and Yucatan. The other elements are Fire (K'aak'), Earth (Lu'um), and Water (Ha'). The other races are in Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid.
 In Isla Mujeres, the race will take place on Sunday, August 26, starting at 6:30am, with registration limited to 300 participants, and there will be 5k, 10k, and 15k categories. The kits will be available Saturday, August 25 from noon to 8p. The cost is 250 pesos for residents who present a voter registration card with an Isla Mujeres address and 400 pesos for others. See website for more information.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO   Even though the blackouts have affected businesses, many small merchants have not contemplated investing in a generator, said Luis Ariel López, owner of a small grocery store.

VIDEO   So far there is a "saldo blanco" (no serious incidents) on the roads of Isla Mujeres, during the summer vacation season 2018, reported Carlos Pech, director of municipal transit

VIDEO   Personnel with the municipal Department of Landscaping and Gardens were pruning the vegetation on "Devil's Curve".

IM Noticias   

VIDEO  Accumulation of garbage at the Trash Transfer Facility     


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Talented soccer player representing Isla Mujeres 
Puso en alto el nombre de Isla Mujeres [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Soccer player Henry Botes Poot plays for Quintana Roo in category Sub 09, competing in a national tournament, and advancing to the semifinals, after defeating Campeche. He facilitated the second goal in that game, which ended with a score of 2-0, and was played in Cancun on Wednesday.
   He was recently awarded the title of "el habilidoso niño" in the Municipal Soccer League (lit. skillful boy), for scoring the most goals during the season. He is part of the Trálanda team, which his father coaches. The next game he plays in will be on Friday at 8pm, against Sinaloa, when he will cover the position of delantero lateral derecho (right side forward?)
    Another talented athlete from Isla Mujeres is Ruben Garrido, in the Sub 17 category, who was recently tested by the Tigres de Monterrey, and ranked the same with the Quintana Roo team, in the national competition in Orizaba, Veracruz. The Caribbean team defeated Yucatan, Tabasco and San Luis Potosi with a score of 1-0, and yesterday fell before Durango on penalties, after being tied when the 90 minutes of play were up, and didn't proceed to the quarterfinals. He plays in the 4th Division of Mexican futbol for Club Tiburoneros.

No increase in tortilla prices for now  
Tortilla se mantiene en su precio [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 See yesterday's translations.

Accumulation of garbage at the Trash Transfer Facility  
Basura se acumula en la zona de transferencia.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
   On Thursday, a new truck was acquired by the City to facilitate the transfer of more trash to the mainland landfill, now that the larger capacity ferry is back in service. This type of truck is known as a 'mano de chango', according to the Director of Public Services, Pablo Moreno Povedano.
       During this high season for tourism, the amount of garbage collected has risen by 15 percent, which increased the accumulation at the Trash Transfer facility, since the frequency of the trucks transporting it via the ferry to Punta Sam was not at a rate that reduced it.
   With this vehicle, in addition to the 'habilitación' of a 'gondola' and a 'tractocamión', they will be able to transport more than 63 tons of trash daily, Monday thru Friday.
   Mr. Moreno Povedano explained that more than 140 tons of garbage have been collected weekly, since the beginning of the holiday period. The municipality has reinforced the work with machinery and fumigated frequently to prevent contamination.
     He said taken preventive measures have been taken so that the rainy season does not affect the health of families with the appearance of the mosquito who can transmit of dengue, Zika and Chikungunya, therefore, several days ago the Public Services began a program of 'descacharrización' (junk collection/removal of bulky items) in all the colonias of the municipality.
   He encouraged the residents to keep the streets clean and not to allow water to accumulate in pots and other items, which can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes. He concluded by saying, "I assure you that we are working for your benefit".

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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 
Aug  1  10:45
Aug  2  11:23

Aug 26   7:32
Aug 27   8:10
Aug 28   8:46
Aug 29   9:24
 Aug 30  10:02 
Aug 31  10:42
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25 to ~7:05 (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~6:20 to ~630
August Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

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

Saturday, August 4 The Plogging volunteers will meet at the Mundaca Hacienda at 8am, and clean up from there until they reach Zama Beach Club, where they will enjoy soft drinks and fruit. A reminder to bring you reusable water bottle and to wear gym shoes.

Friday, August 17   Events  celebrating the founding of the town TBA. Isla Mujeres was founded on August 17, 1850 as the town of Dolores, which is celebrated annually with events which include placing a wreath at the Cross in the Bay, and performances on the Town Square.

Sunday, August 26  The Circuito Maya race in Isla Mujeres will take place on Sunday, August 26, starting at 6:30am, with registration limited to 300 participants, and there will be 5k, 10k, and 15k categories. The kits will be available Saturday, August 25 from noon to 8p. The cost is 250 pesos for residents who present a voter registration card with an Isla Mujeres address and 400 pesos for others.
      The Circuito Maya race in Isla Mujeres is the "Air" (Iik') element of the four races, which take place in four Pueblos Magicos in Quintana Roo and Yucatan. The other elements are Fire (K'aak'), Earth (Lu'um), and Water (Ha'). The other races are in Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid.
See website for more information:

Last year the Gastronomic Competition for Lionfish was held at the end of August.

Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK  who are having events associated with project RESCATE.

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