Friday, August 31, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, August 31

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In your hands, you have the power to protect the lives of the children in your family. Wearing a helmet can make all the difference. VIDEO   The motorcyclists in the video give advice about wearing your helmet and making sure your kids wear theirs, and says it's the law and you could be subject to a fine of 806 pesos for not complying. At the start, the driver's daughter says she's very happy to see that many people are wearing helmets.


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  A 23-Year-old young man lost his life Thursday morning after he lost control of his motorcycle and hit a public light pole. LINK   
   Shortly after midnight, the Red Cross paramedics were alerted about an accident, but when they arrived there was nothing they could do for the young man, Moises A.L.M. At that time, his identity was unknown and the agents with the Ficalia office arrived to conduct their procedures. It is unknown whether the driver was under the influence of alcohol, but a witness said the young man lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the concrete post. His body was transferred to SEMEFO (Medical Examiners) in Cancun for the required autopsy. Despite campaigns to encourage the use of helmets, many victims have died in similar circumstances.

Parents are concerned about a rumor on the internet that drugs are being offered outside the schools, in sweets.. LINK   (See Isla Mujeres al Dia, where the directors of the three public primary schools deny that there have been any incidents nor unknown people at the schools or outside when the children are arriving and departing. They have been communicating with parents, students, and teachers to find the source of the rumor & to ensure that this type of activity is not taking place, and they have found no evidence nor accounts to support the rumor. They also note that there are municipal Transit police at the entrances when the children are arriving and departing.)

Ultramar began operations to Punta Sam, providing cargo-vehicle service, without any incidents and provided their schedule and rates  LINK

Statistics indicate increased tourism during the summer vacation season of 2018 LINK   

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

On Sunday at 12:30p the Isla Mujeres Pescadores will play the Cancun Rockies, here is Isla Mujeres, for the third game of he series in the Technological Baseball League. (article & photo)

Directors of the primary schools give clarification in regard to rumors VI DEO 
In response to a rumor on social media that drugs were being provided in sweets and a child had been 'nearly poisoned' with drugs,  directors of the three public primary schools deny that there have been any incidents or reports of children being given drugs nor of unknown people at the schools or outside when the children are arriving and departing. They have been communicating with each other and with parents and teachers to find the source of the rumor & to ensure that this type of activity is not taking place and they have found no evidence nor accounts to support the rumor. They also note that there are municipal Transit police at the entrances when the children are arriving and departing.

Information and photos of rates and schedule for the Ultramar car-vehicle ferry service between Isla Mujeres and  Punta Sam which just began.

At the middle school Benito Juarez, in Isla Mujeres, two million pesos will be invested in replacing all the wiring and purchasing a transformer. VIDEO   

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After 7 months, the Ultramar ferries Ultracarga II and Ultracarga III are in operation, covering the route between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam, according to   Heidi Juárez, Ultramar company manager.  VIDEO   

Noti Isla Mujeres reports there was a fatal motorcycle accident in the wee hours this morning (Thursday) on the Caribbean coastal road, without information available yet on the name of the young male driver.

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About 1500 people are expected to participate in the procession to Isla Contoy on Saturday (article & photos). This is the 19th edition of the maritime procession taking the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to the chapel at the fishermen's camp. The departure will take place from the concrete pier at 8am, following the Mass at 7am and the procession from the church of Immaculate Conception to the pier. About 130 boats are expected to participate, including small and medium sized vessels, as well as special guest Bishop Fabio Martínez, who is a native of Isla Mujeres.
  Support for the event will be provided by the Navy, the municipal Police, paramedics of the Red Cross, and members of the fishing cooperatives and the cooperatives providing tourism services. 
   The City Council member who is in charge of the Fishing Commission, Baltazar Gomez Catzin, visited the chapel of the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre recently and verified that it is in bad shape, and another visit was scheduled to carry out repair work. 

On Thursday, the Ultracarga III made 12 one way trips/6 round trips between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam.    


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

"Ultracarga" ferry begins operations between Isla Mujeres & Punta Sam  
El “Ultracarga”, de una vez va ] Ver masFull article at this link
   On Wednesday, the vehicle ferry "Isla Blanca" suffered an mechanical failure causing delays in service between the island and Punta Sam, which motivated the entry on Thursday of the Ultramar company to provide competition on this route, which had been scheduled to occur within two weeks, according to sources with the offices of the Harbor Master and APIQRoo (state Port Authority). The Maritima boat was delayed about 10 hours due to engine failure, with its first departure from the island occurring just before 4p, after several attempts.
   Then the Ultracarga III began offering service, providing two trips from the island at 6:30p and 9p, and departed from Punta Sam at 5p, 7:30p, and 10p, according to reports.
   The Ultracarga III ferry was given authorization to begin operations, although the company had not yet set up ticket booths eat either terminal. Ultramar is offering the public discounted prices of up to 50 percent less for the transfer of compact cars, compared to Maritima.  The rates are also considerably lower for cargo trucks also, since the price on Ultramar for a 15 meter truck is 1208, while on Maritima it is 1342. For a motorcyclist, Ultramar charges 90 pesos for the driver and vehicle, while the price on Maritima is 99 pesos plus 40 for the driver.
   Both companies offer six crossing, alternating with each other. The Ultramar ferry begins at Punta Sam with a departure at 6am, then every three hours at 9a, 12p, 3p, 6p, and 9p. Departures from Isla Mujeres are scheduled for 7:30a, 10:30a, 1:30, 14:30, 17:30 and 10:30, which should apply Monday thru Saturday. 
   The new boat has twice the capacity of the Maritima boat. For example, it can fit 60 small pick up trucks and 22 compact cars at the lower level. It has five lanes for large trucks, with three in the bow and the others are aft, for a total of 80 linear meters. 
   Personnel with the Harbor Master's office confirmed that all the Ultramar documents were in order, they were just waiting for APIQRoo to finish the work at the arrival area, for the ferry's ramp. The ferry had approval from the Navy (Marina Mercante) to provide service on this route, once APIQRoo resolved the ramp issue, but due the emergency caused by the mechanical failure of the Maritima ferry, the entry of the Ultramar ferry was formalized on Thursday. They will establish ticket booths at both terminals in the upcoming days, since their entry into the market was scheduled to occur within two weeks, according to Ultramar executives. 
   Maritima provided its normal services on Thursday, with the competition. Their other boat, "Sergio Gracia" is receiving maintenance in Ciudad del Carment and is expected to return in September.

Tragic death of young motorcyclist  
Trágica muerte de joven motociclistaVer masFull article at this link
   The accident occurred near the former Cablevision offices on prolongacion Aeropuerto, which is part of the Caribbean coastal road. The motorcycle was traveling from south to north at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and hit a electrical post. The bike broke apart, and the body was on the pavement, meters away. The deceased was wearing shorts, but apparently was not wearing a helmet since none was found in the vicinity. The autopsy will take place in Cancun on Friday, which will determine whether he was under the influence of alcohol.
   The municipal police remind the general public to wear their helmets and not to travel at high speeds, which has become customary for some young people.

Security measures taken at public schools   
Toman medidas de seguridad en escuelas [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Lion Fish Culinary Competition scheduled  
Ya viene el Concurso Gastronómico a Base de Pez León [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The event will take place on the Town Square on Sept. 7, beginning at 6pm, with registration available until Sept. 4 for all residents, restaurateurs, chefs, fishermen, and others who wish to participate, joining forces to control and exploit lionfish. The first place winner will receive 5000 pesos, second place gets 3000 pesos and third place takes 1000 pesos, plus all of them will receive a certificate of recognition and passes for two to Dolphin Discover Park.

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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
The Perseid meteor shower peaks Aug 11, 12, 13 
Mars is visible in the night sky (it's red) to the southeast (until ~4:30a)
On Aug. 15 & 16, look west at the Crescent Moon & see Jupiter to the left & Venus to the right
August Events
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 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.

Sunday, August 5 on the Town Square at 8p Dance troupes and singers from Isla Mujeres and Cancun....Noches Magicas!   Cancelled and you are invited to enjoy Noches Magicas next Sunday at 8p on the Town Square

Tuesday, August 8 Inauguration of the Dog Friendly Beach at 4:30p, below the cell tower and municipal slaughterhouse.

Sunday, August 12 Noches Magicas on the Town Square at 8p

(See August 15-19 Founder's Festivities below)
 LINK to an historical article about the town being founded by war refugees. 

 Friday, August 17 at 7pm ..Eight rounds For the 168th anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres at the Pescador Beach Club, just inside the entrance to Sac Bajo

Saturday, August 18  Plogging Day Clean-up  8am  Location TBA   

Saturday, August 18 Youth Rally at the Posada Beach (aka Playa Centro) at 9am with surprise prizes. Teams of three people. Commemorating World Youth Day

Saturday, August 18: at  Muelle Azul is Orquideas Pasarela Isla Summer 2018 Fashion Show which will feature designers from Cancun, Merida, and Isla Mujeres, as well as spotlighting new talent in the fashion industry from Estudio Creativo Cancún. It begins with a Cocktail Party at 7:30 and the Runway show starts at 8:30.Pre-Sale Tickets are available for $200 or $250 pesos at the door. and a portion of the proceeds are going to help a local woman who is battling cancer. Get your tickets at Muelle Azul, by messaging Jul Isla or calling 9981176871
Note: Muelle Azul is on the wooden pier formerly known as the Magana dock, next to the taxi stand.

 Festivities for the 168th Anniversary of the Founding of Isla Mujeres

 Wednesday, August 15 at 8p: Night of the Assumption on the Town Square at the conclusion of the Parish program. Dance troupe performances featuring Las Mestazas de Agua Salada, Al Son Del Corazon, Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres, and Ballet Folklorico de Isla Mujeres

Thursday, August 16 at 2p Conference with the town historian: Fidel Villanueva Madrid at the Casa de la Cultura (Guerrero at Abasolo)

Friday, August 17 at 8:45a: Wreath offering at the Cross in the Bay commemorating 24 years since its submersion, departing from the dock at the Maritime Terminal at 8:45am, limited capacity.
At 7p: Special City Council meeting recognizing the descendants of the founders and presenting the annual awards for citizenship and tourism, as well as a youth prize, on the Town Square

Saturday, August 18 at 8p:  "Danzarte" dance encounter featuring troupes from around the state on the Town Square

Sunday, August 19: 1p at the Pescadores baseball field (in front of Chedraui) Isla Mujeres teams Cocteleros vs Pescadores. 

Sunday, August 19 at 8p: Noches Magicas of Isla Mujeres featuring performances by Grupos Artisticos and the comic "Madame Yaxchilan" 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.

  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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