Thursday, August 23, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, August 23

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In Isla Mujeres, we work for children, youths, and adults to be protected from accidents, so we invite all motorcyclists to wear a helmet, which ensures your safety and that of your family. LINK   VIDEO    The video captions say: Protect your life. Wear a helmet. It's necessary. It's required.

   Authorities say that those who don't respect the Traffic Regulations will be fined
(Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, August 22, 2018) .- With the objective of protecting the physical integrity of the children of the island, the Municipality of Isla Mujeres, headed by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, via the Department of Public Safety and Municipal Transit, made an announcement to parents who transport their children on a motorcycle that  helmets must be worn by children and adults at all times. 

    Police chief Jaime Ongay Ortíz explained that the helmet must be specifically designed to protect motorcyclists, comply with Mexican official standards and must be fastened, both for the driver, and the passenger. 
    "The main means of transport in Isla Mujeres is the motorcycle, and we know that many times they are used to take children to school, so we urge parents to take the necessary precautions to protect them," he said. 
      He explained that, in the event of being transported without a helmet, the motorcyclist will be fined immediately by the Traffic officers, applying the current traffic regulations on the island, with the purpose of guaranteeing the safety of the citizens. 
      "A helmet is a great personal protection that can  make the difference between living or dying in case of accident. Both the motorcyclist and passenger, must wear a helmet, which must also comply with safety standards. Independently of this, speed limits must be respected. There will be no seeking assistance in cases of violating the regulations, there will be an automatic fine," he said.  
         He said that one of the problems that cause accidents is that motorcyclists do not respect the lanes and they travel between  vehicles or the area between two lanes, explaining, "This is very dangerous, because at the moment that a driver does not realize that they are being passing or if they are distracted, the motorcycle can be hit. The other risk is that, when driving between lanes, someone who is parked and tries to open their door can knock them off the motorcycle. " 
     For the municipal government, the protection of island children is of great importance, as well as fostering respect for the Traffic Regulations, to prevent accidents and avoid injuries.
Day of the Firefighters: Congratulations to the men and women who risk their lives to take care of the citizenry.


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There is a post and photos from the publication "El Mirador" about Punta Sur/South Point with accusations about the use of entrance fee money and expressions of concern about the need for maintenance, saying about 5900 tourists visit daily, paying a 30 peso (nationals) or $3usd (foreigners) entrance fee. Photos: El Mirador

The soccer field has been closed for two months for rehabilitation and athletes want the City to complete the work LINK
  The reopening of the soccer field was scheduled for a month ago, and the previous material was removed in June, but there has been a lack of progress, causing delays in tournaments. The field has been closed for two months, and the players want to use it in September. In June, workers who removed the old turf said they were waiting for new material to arrive from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, but it appears it never arrived. This affects 350 Isla Mujeres athletes, including children and youths, as well as the adults, who want answers for the delays and information about when it will be usable again. 

The state Prosecutor's office, La Fiscalía Genera Justicia del Estado, has opened a file for the investigation into the shooting yesterday of Carlos H.G., who died yesterday from being shot in the head. The motorcycle was found that was allegedly used in the crime.  LINK

Video showing the damaged car of the shooting victim noting that the officials were waiting for a tow truck to come and move it.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

The Ministry of Health, through the Department of Vectors, is conducting spraying against mosquitoes in  the various colonias of the island, to combat the proliferation of mosquitoes who spread dengue and other illnesses. VIDEO 

Firefighters Day graphic noting that the first group of firefighters were organized on this day in 1873. 

Forty six LED lights with solar panels have been installed along the eastern malecon sea walkway. (photos)

Municipal government advises use of helmets for children or parents will be fined (article & photos)

VIDEO whose caption says it shows the motorcycle and helmets allegedly used by the hitmen in yesterday's crime, and photos.

 Dream on Isla Mujeres, Mexican Caribbean. Photograph by Juan Ckotto.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Investigation file opened into execution. Article & VIDEO
  Aug. 22: The state Attorney Generals office has opened a investigation file in the case of the execution of young islander Carlos H.G., who was killed by a bullet to the head on Tuesday night. The file was opened for injuries by a firearm, and the A.G's office is still waiting for declarations from some witnesses. Although the case was initiated, no complaint has been filed by the relatives so far, and they have requested a waiver of the autopsy, in order to carry out the funeral today.
   The only concrete information at this time is the location of the motorcycle and helmets allegedly used by the assassins, which is an Italika brand, white and black, without plates It was found behind the middle school, Benito Juarez, where the area has been cordoned off.
   At first, the closest witnesses, who were the diners and waiters at Veradero de Oscar's restaurant, thought it was an accident, since they hadn't noticed the detonation of the weapon. It was only later when they approached the driver to help him that they noticed he had been hit in the head, without the presence of anyone else being noticed. The victim's vehicle went out of control and crashed into a parked vehicle, and ended up against one of the tables of the restaurant.
   Municipal police officers and paramedics with the Red Cross arrived on the scene, and found that the injured man still had vital signs, so he was immediately transferred to the Community Hospital, where he died minutes later.

Photos of motorcycle & helmets allegedly used in yesterday's execution. VIDEO  

Recognition and congratulations to the firefighters of Isla Mujeres on their day VIDEO  

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There is an article and photos about the execution and about finding the motorcycle allegedly used in the crime. This article has the same information given in other articles, also noting that the victim was driving his grey Mazda, with his wife and son as passengers, traveling from south to north, and was shot, once in the head, while slowing down for a speed bump, when a motorcycle overtook him. The motorcycle and two helmets were found an hour after the incident, indicating two people were involved with the crime.

There is an article and photos about two employees with a labor related complaint, noting which official agencies they were advised to follow up with, after they complained to the Human Rights Commission.

From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

"There was only one fatal shot" 
“Fue sólo una bala mortal”. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  This article has the same information as previously translated articles, noting that the diners and employees thought it was just an accident at first, and an employee mentioned the golf cart that had hit the same point a week ago, when its driver lost control. The guest who was occupying that seat had moved shortly before this incident. The report says there were two children, and witnesses observed the family of the executed man leave in shock. The Prosecutor's Office was notified ot 9:20pm, and say the family refused to talk in response to initial questioning.
     This article says the motorcycle and two black helmets were found at noon yesterday and is a black all-terrain motorcycle, with a white stripe, with a plate RJM2B, from Quintana Roo.  It was found in back of the middle school "Benito Juarez", beside the children's recreational area of colonia Electrista, which leads to an access to the Makaz lagoon, where there are several private docks.

New lights will be inaugurated in September 
Estrenarán mes patrio con luminarias [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Forty six r2light poles have been installed along more than one kilometer of the eastern Malecon sea walkway downtown, and will be inaugurated during the month of patriotism (September). There already was 300 meters of lights from the Casa de la Cultura, and this will add another 1380 linear meters. The installation of the solar energy LED lights will soon begin. The poles and structures arrived July 28th, when excavation of the holes had already been completed. Last week, placement of the poles was completed and it will be a matter of days for the rest of the installation of the lights, so this could be completed by the end of this month. After four years without lighting for that stretch, the new lights should be inaugurated during the celebrations of the "mes patrio".
   The solar cells have a storage capacity for five days, and will bring this technology to a much larger area, although last year the lighting system installed for the Salina Grande lake walking path extended a total distance of two kilometers.

Recognition by the boxing commission of the career of "Torero" Bracamonte
Reconoce el CMB trayectoria del “Torero” Bracamonte [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 The World Boxing Commission has given recognition and a medal of merit to former Yucatan boxer  Guillermo “Torero” Bracamonte, who was a boxer from the mid 60's to the 80's and has been dedicated to coaching young people in his gym in Isla Mujeres.
    He was invited to a boxing tournament to receive his document of recognition, signed by the president of the WBC, and to receive a medal of merit in national boxing.
   His hometown was Merida, where he became known for his tremendous power and he was dedicated to knocking out his rivals, before his retirement to Isla Mujeres, in 1990, when his points were surpassed by a young boxer named  Sacarías Puc. He turned 71 on April 6th, having been born in 1947 in Merida. He said he was surprised by the honor and appreciated the gesture.
   He humbly noted that the sport brings him well-being and personal satisfaction, and he continues to share it with youngsters as well as foreigners who seek his advice from time to time at the gym. This includes an American woman who suffers from the early stages of Alzheimer's, "but daily exercise can promote awareness among patients," he said.

Annoyance over delays in replacing artificial turf at soccer field  
Malestar por el atraso en la reposición del pasto artificial.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

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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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