Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, August 22

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Security protocols were activated by the municipal police in response to a violent act in the municipality 
      In order to ensure the safety of the island's families in response to the violent act that took place on Tuesday night, the municipal police activated emergency protocols, in coordination with the state and federal police forces. 
    The Director General of Public Safety and Municipal Transit, police chief Jaime Alberto Ongay Ortiz, explained that the events took place in front of a well-known restaurant located prolongacion Rueda Medina Avenue, where the Red Cross paramedics arrived, along with officers with the Municipal Police and the Ministerial Police.  
      The municipal authorities said they will continue working in coordination with the State's public prosecutor's office and will remain respectful of the investigations to be carried out by the Ministerial Police. 
    With these actions, the City Council of Isla Mujeres reaffirms its commitment to respond to emergency calls, presenting itself as the first respondents to carry out the pertinent investigations and protocols, and in this way, to provide citizens with a safe municipality.

In coordination with the state government, we've started the aerial photo map of Isla Mujeres to have accurate information about the land of the municipality and its characteristics. VIDEO  The land registry is being digitized to provide optimal service to families of the island, (using a drone).  


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The "Red Code" was activated in Isla Mujeres on Tuesday night, following the execution of C.H.G., who was shot in the head while driving his vehicle in the company of his family. According to witnesses, the incident occurred at about 9:15pm, when the deceased was driving his gray vehicle, and he slowed down for a speed bump, and another vehicle caught up and shot him with a gun. The vehicle of the deceased went out of control and crashed into the furniture of the restaurant Varadero de Oscar, and the police were called immediately.
    The police and Red Cross paramedicas arrived at the scene, and the victim still had vital signs, so he was transferred to the Isla Mujeres Community Hospital, where he died minutes later. According to information that was obtained, his family were in the car, who left and sought shelter.
    With this case, there have been three executions in the municipality of Isla Mujeres so far this year, with one inside the local Cerveceria, beer distribution plant, and the other on the mainland against a City Council candidate. This doesn't include the two dismembered bodies that appeared today in Rancho Viejo, on the mainland part of the municipality, divided between five black trash bags. LINK

Neglect of the Mundaca Hacienda  LINK

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Photo of the jobs available board at the CROC union.

Photos & article about the aerial photo-plotting project for the digitization of properties in the municipality, in coordination with the Geographic and Cadastral Institute of the State (IGECE). 
     The municipal director of Cadastre (the property registry office), Josué Villanueva Vargas, explained that this project aims take aerial photographs to digitize the geography of the municipality, starting on the island, to have a more accurate measurements and data about the properties that are here and to understand their different characteristics. This project has taken place in other municipalities of the state, and will last five days in Isla Mujeres, using a drone which will collect photographs of the entire island for the digital mapping.

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VIDEO of the crime scene and VIDEO of the ambulance at the hospital.

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Big problems regarding public transportation  
Grandes problemas con el transporte público.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Of the 3000 schoolchildren on the isle who returned to class this week, a quarter of them need transportation to get to and from school. Taxis are insufficient at the hours they need transport, and educational authorities and parents are once again asking the City to provide urban transportation services, since it has been three years since bus service ended.
   At noon, many students could be seen trying to flag a taxi to return home from their second day of classes, but nearly all the units were full, since that is a peak time for cabs. Other walked a long way, in the heat, with the longest distance being 2 kilometers, on average. Some private vehicles and even tourists in golf carts sometimes give them a ride.
   Students receive a discounted fare of 7.5 pesos for taxi rides, but the union has requested an increase, so that amount could increase in upcoming months.
   The Turican contract for the bus concession expired three years ago, but in reality the quality of the services they offered declined during the second half of the 15 year contract, and Por Esto says it was 'practically a miracle' when the drivers were able to start the old vehicles.

Sintra orders removal of several golf carts  
Sintra retira carros de golf. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Agents with SINTRA (Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport) and the municipal Tourism police removed several golf carts from along Rueda Medina, at the request of other golf cart rental agencies, because they are violating the agreements. At noon, the SINTRA agents went to the location, which is in front of the fishing cooperative "Caribe", where a company was subletting several carts from the agency "Gomar 2", making them move the vehicles. Each agency has an assigned address, which is to be used without invading other spaces, especially... (The link goes to an article about a labor dispute.)

Navy reports "Saldo Blanco" (no serious incidents) during its Summer Operation
Saldo blanco en el operativo de verano. [+] Ver mas
  The operation began on July 7 and concluded on August 19 and this article includes statistics about actions done by the Navy in Pacific waters, in the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Mexico and the Mexican Caribbean Sea.
  During this period, the Navy had a first aid station at Playa Cento and a lifeguard at North Beach. On July 22, the Navy rescued a sailboat from the US, the "Minstrel", which was adrift due to mechanical failure about 53 kilometers northeast of Isla Mujeres, in the Yucatan channel. Before the Navy assisted them, they were helped by the Panamanian freighter "Century Emeral" and the two occupants were found to be in good health when evaluated by the military medical personnel, and their boat was brought to a local shipyard, so they could continue on their way. 

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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
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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