Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, August 29

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120 senior citizens participated  in the race "60 plus In Motion" which took place to celebrat Grandparents Day VIDEO   

Many fatal accidents could be avoided by taking the responsibility to wear a helmet seriously
Don't risk it.

It says: Save your life, wear your helmet. Motorcycle accidents are the primary cause of death in Mexico and 60% of the victims are between 15 and 25 or children under 10 years old.


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Worker installing lights on eastern malecon downtown was caught stealing hammock  LINK 
     He also plugged his extension cord into an outlet at the private home, where his theft of a hammock was caught on the security camera. The homeowner said this occurred around 10am, and the worker had rolled up the hammock and put in the truck owned by the City. The homeowner had been advised by a neighbor, so she confronted the thief, telling him that it was all recorded by the camera, and he had no choice but to return the hammock.
    The homeowner explained that they knew the hammock isn't worth a lot of money, but the issue is the bad act, not the economic cost, which is why the decided to go to the City to complain.
     Epidemiologist Rosalinda de la Peña Leyva said that since the beginning of 2018 to date there have been no cases of dengue, zika or chikungunya, and she asked the residents to cooperate with the Vectors program and personnel. Islanders should keep their homes free of breeding areas for mosquitoes by removing any items or junk where water can accumulate. In response to a question, she said that during 2017, there were six confirmed cases of classic dengue, but none of hemorrhagic dengue, nor any of zika or chikungunya.

19th annual boat procession to Isla Contoy will take place on Saturday, Sept. 1st,  carrying the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to the chapel at the fishermen's camp there, which is an event that brings devout Catholics together year after year. LINK
  Baltazar Gomez Catzin, who is in charge of the event, said it is scheduled for Sept. 1st to take advantage of the presence of Bishop Fabio Martinez, who is originally from Isla Mujeres, and there are concerns that if it is done later, the weather may not cooperate. He said that maintenance on the chapel should be done on Thursday or Friday. There has been some damage by the salt air causing corrosion, and the roof is "broken".
Photo credit: TV Isla Mujeres

There is an article by the vet. Dr. Delfino Guevara about animal rights and protecting them, with the municipal Animal Protection and Well Being regulations annotated with comments. LINK  

* Mexico advanced from eighth to sixth place in the international ranking of the most visited countries in the world, according to the World Tourism Organization.
* In 2017, of the over 35 million who visited Mexico, 43% came to our state of Quintana Roo. LINK   
In 2017, there were 16.9 visitors to Quintana Roo, which was 5.3 percent more than in 2016. 
 (State news from Chetumal)      According to the Ministry of Tourism (SEDETUR), Quintana Roo continues to have a high level of repetitive tourism (tourists who return), thanks to the range of activities offered throughout the state, including visits to islands, tours, archaeological sites, theme parks, museums, cultural activities and high quality services, which has allowed our state to become the main tourist destination of Mexico and Latin America and one of the three top states in the country for generating jobs. 
   Governor Carlos Joaquín said that in Quintana Roo, public policies have been reoriented so that investments continue to arrive which will continue to cause the state to be a power in regional tourism. 

(State news from Mexico City) The governor of Quintana Roo participated in a meeting with President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador
* 25 infrastructure projects and social programs were presented for young people, older adults and farmers LINK
      During his participation in the meeting between the members of the National Conference of Governors (CONAGO) and President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Gov. Carlos Joaquín highlighted the progress in the planning of the "Mayan Train", as well as other projects such as reforestation of jungles in the southern part of the state, and the extension of digital connectivity so that it is available for everyone in Quintana Roo.
      Carlos Joaquín emphasized that his administration will collaborate with the new federal government to strengthen the work on security and thus continue facing up to organized crime.The attendees of the event included elected governors, members of the cabinet and members of the expanded cabinet of the new government.
     The coordination of objectives and projects between the state government and the federal government will allow the residents of Quintana Roo to have more and better opportunities, said Gov. Carlos Joaquín.

 Classes are back to normal in the primary schools of Isla Mujeres LINK  
Monday Aug 27: Classes started one week ago, and now all the primary schools are fully staffed with teachers, which is reassuring to the parents who were concerned last week, and preparing to hold a demonstration.

Although the problem of sargasso has not caused major problems for the public beaches of Isla Mujeres, it could put the program of protecting sea turtle nests at risk, since many of the beaches where the turtles lay their eggs are full of sargasso.  LINK  (At our beach, we've had a dramatic increase this week in the number of turtle nests. There is some accumulated sargasso at the edges of the beaches were the turtles nest, with mats landing intermittently, but nothing like the quantities being reported on the mainland beaches.  On Isla's eastern beaches, the currents change & some days the accumulation decreases and others it increases, but it doesn't change that much & doesn't seem to be an obstacle for the mama turtles. I think it would think it could cause difficulty for hatchlings from any nests that are missed by the Tortugranja personnel. But it has been a slow year, so they probably haven't missed very many. And a nest hatched out the other day, and observers reported that they all made it safely into the sea.)

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Classes will be back to normal at the Middle School tomorrow. photos &  VIDEO  

The municipal government is helping students by providing scholarships. (photo & article)

A man was detained by the municipal police for behaving suspiciously and not having any identification on him.  This occurred by the whale shark monument and he was taken to the municipal police station. (photo).

The middle school, Benito Juarez, received a delivery of 53 chair-desks.

Senior citizens celebrate Grandparent's Day with a race "60 y mas en Marcha" article & photos

Mexico moved from eighth to sixth place VIDEO

"Tuesday in Isla Mujeres" VIDEO of Playa Centro

  Quintana Roo is the jewel of Mexican tourism. In 2017, 35.4 % of international tourists visiting Mexico came to Quintana Roo, which has helped Mexico move up to sixth place among the world's most visited countries.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Be cautious, an electrical pole is falling apart VIDEO (The video from yesterday shows the top part of the pole has broken off and is hanging by the wires, with a chunk of concrete on the street near its base. It's located near the old Cablemax building on prolongacion Aeropuerto.)  

More than 120 senior citizens participated in the 1km race celebrating Grandparents Day (article & photos)

Photos of sunset with caption: Love lives in Isla Mujeres

VIDEO: Happy Grandparents Day

Raciel Rivero, president of the fishing cooperative "Patria y Progreso", reports reduced production VIDEO 

IM Noticias   

Photo from Monday of the electrical pole near Colegio Bachilleres whose top broke and was hanging by the wires.  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Fewer tourists arriving 
Desciende afluencia de turistas[+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The summer busy season ended when the Mexicans schools resumed a week and a half ago. There has been a decrease in overnight tourism, as well as tourists who visit for the day. Providers of tourism services report that demand has dropped considerably, although there is still an acceptable level of demand for golf carts. Most of the tourists at the beaches appear to be of foreign origin, and the beaches are less busy now. The visitors from the United States and Canada are expected to begin arriving in mid-November, to escape the cold weather.

More complaints against Ultramar 
Más quejas contra Ultramar,.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Users of the Ultramar ferries are complaining because the porters no longer enter the boats to pick up  cargo and the crew with the boat don't help, which causes difficulties due to the weight of the packages, especially for the women. There is an agreement signed in 2012 which states that no person other than crew or passengers can board the ferry, which means that the porters must wait on the dock for the Ultramar crew members to unload luggage and cargo for the customers. However, passengers are complaining that crew members just watch them struggle and do not move a finger, according to island resident Julia Antunez.
   No attention was paid to this regulation by the previous Harbor Master's office, nor APIQRoo, but with the arrival of the new Harbor Master, this regulation has been put into effect. This has had a negative impact on users, since the Ultramar personnel refuse to help the customers with their items. 
    Employees with APIQRoo said Ultramar is the only company that never complied, and that since Marinsa and Naveganto began operations, their staff have been the ones taking the cargo and suitcases to the dock, and then it is up to the passengers to use a porter or not.

Theft of hammock by worker caught on camera 
Se le antojó hamaca y venga acá.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Island fishermen ask Navy to help stop poachers  
Piden frenar la pesca furtiva [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Island fishermen are asking for more surveillance a the entrance to the Chacmuchuc lagoon (on the mainland part of the municipality) to prevent poachers, who have settled into fishing camps near Boca Iglesias, and who fish for seafood when it is out of season, and don't respect limits about size or other restrictions. The island fishermen say most of the poachers are from Tabasco, who set up fishing camps at Boca Iglesias years ago, and from there they sail out to sea and to the mouth of the Chacmuchuc lagoon.
   The Isla fishermen say the outsiders don't respect the closures and catch lobster with roe during the months it is not allowed, and that they destroy the octopus as tho it was the last day on earth. They also question whether these fishermen have permits to catch fish.
   The island fishermen said they are subjected to inspections by the Navy to verify they have all their documents in order, but no one is monitoring the poachers, and they also go out when the port is closed for small boats. One islander said, ""We are required to obtain fishing permits, have the boat's dispatch document, the boat registration, the sea log (which includes the crew's information) and to prove that we are legal fishermen, while they have nothing, and even work with boats lacking registration and nobody says anything to them."
    They said that octopus catching season has already begun, and the fishermen camped at Boca Iglesias are ending up with the entire resource, leaving nothing for the rest. They are also accused of catching lobster that are below the legal size and weight which for a tail is 16.5 cm (or 6.5 inches. A dollar bill is 6.1 inches. The 500 peso note is 14.8cm/5.8 in.), or a minimum weight of 400 grams (14 oz) for a whole lobster.

Full teaching staff   
Plantilla magisterial completa[+] Ver masFull article at this link

Sargasso accumulating at Media Luna beach 
Se acumula el sargazo en La Media Luna. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Cockteleros beat Pescadores 6-1
Cockteleros vencieron a Pescadores por 6-1[+] Ver masFull article at this link


When the Bank of Mexico introduced the new 500 peso note into circulation yesterday, they announced that they will be changing all the bills, as well as discontinuing the 20 peso bill to replace it with a coin. The bills will represent the historical eras of Mexico, with the lower the denomination, the farther into the past it is: Ancient Mexico, Colonial Mexico, Independence, Reform,  and the Revolution. They are considering introducing a 2000 peso bill, which would represent Contemporary Mexico, featuring Octavio Paz and Rosario Castellano.
        The reverse sides will feature ecosystems and will include locations in Mexico that are on UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites. The new 500 peso note has Benito Juarez on the front, and whales at the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve in Baja California Sur on the back, representing seas, coasts, and islands, with seagrass as the flora. (You'll recognize Benito's portrait from the 20 peso bill, which is also blue, but smaller.)
New 50 peso bill
Ancient Mexico / Rivers and lakesFront: Foundation of the City of Mexico: TenochtitlánBack: Xochimilco (Floating Gardens of Mexico City) whose fauna & flora will include an axolotl and corn 
Xochimilco: Floating Gardens of Mexico City

Note:The current magenta colored bill features José María Morelos, who will join Hidalgo on the new 100. On the back is the Morelia Aqueduct, and both sides feature butterflies. Its microtext says: "That the slavery be banished forever, and the same with the distinctions of castes, keeping everyone equal and an american will only be distinguished by their vice and virtue."
The Axolotl is known as the Mexican Walking Fish, although it is actually an amphibious salamander. Unlike most amphibians, which undergo metamorphosis (a process in which they develop lungs and legs and take to land), the axolotl keeps its gills and remains an aquatic creature throughout its life. They are critically endangered and live in lakes around Mexico City, and some of their relatives are considerably less cute that this branch of the family. Photo credit Futurism.
New $ 100 peso billColonial Mexico / Temperate forestsFront: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz   (She is currently on the 200p bill)Back: Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, with Monarchs as fauna. The flora will be pines & oaks.

Note: This  bill currently features the Aztec poet-king Nezahualcoyotl & the ancient capital of the Aztec empire, Tenochtitlan, where Mexico City now lies. It's microtext is a poem attributed to Nezahualcoyotl:  
'I love the song of the mockingbird,
bird of four hundred voices,
I love the color of jade
and the enervating perfume of flowers,
but even more, I love my brother, man '.

New $ 200 peso bill  

Independence / Thickets and deserts 
Front: Miguel Hidalgo and José María Morelos 
Back: The Biosphere Reserve of El Pinacate & the Grand Desert of Altar (in Sonora). The flora will be a saguaro cactus and a golden eagle will be the fauna.

Note: The current 200 features Juana Inez de la Cruz who is considered the first published feminist of the New World, a national icon of Mexico, & a pretty unusual nun. She was a self taught scholar & acclaimed writer, born out of wedlock in the mid 1600's to a Spanish father & a Creole mother, near Mexico City. She's being relocated to the 100 peso bill.

New $ 1,000 peso bills

 Revolution / Rainforests
 Front: Francisco I. Madero, Hermila Galindo and Carmen Serdán 
Back: Ancient Mayan City of Calakmul, Campeche. The flora will be the ceiba and zapote trees and the fauna will a jaguar and the magueyero bat.

 Note: This bill will feature a location and flora & fauna from our part of Mexico. Hidalgo is on the current 1000, and will be joining Morelos on the 200. They were both leaders in the fight for Independence. I don't know much about the current bill, I've rarely seen them. Hermila Galindo (1886-1954) supported women's suffrage, sex education in schools, and divorce. She was one of the first feminists to state that Catholicism in Mexico was thwarting feminist efforts, and was the first woman to run for elected office in Mexico. Carmen Serdan (1873-1948) was a heroine of the Mexican Revolution.

They are expected to be issued in the second half of the year as follows: 200 in 2019, 100 in 2021, and 50 in 2022. The Bank plans to make its decision about the 2000 peso bill based on demand.

Misinformation is being shared lately by folks with good intentions, so this seems like a good time to explain the local fishing "vedas" (bans) & when you should avoid buying or consuming different types of fresh seafood to prevent supporting poaching. Please remember that seafood may be imported from another region, or frozen, before making assumptions about any restaurateurs.
We are NOT currently under a ban for Octopus/Pulpo. Our region's ban is Dec. 16 thru the end of July.
We ARE under a ban on catching shrimp, ending on Oct. 15. It began June 1st.
The lobster ban begins March 1 and ends June 30th.
The grouper ban begins Feb. 1 and ends March 31st.
The conch ban begins May 1 and ends Oct. 31st.
The shark ban begins May 1 and ends June 30th.

Or to put it another way, the bans for our region are: 
LOBSTER: March, April, May, & June
GROUPER: February & March
OCTOPUS: Dec. 16, Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, & July
SHRIMP: June, July, August, September, thru Oct. 15.
CONCH: May, June, July, August, September, October.
SHARK: May & June


In other news, the tourist couple caught last week at the Cancun airport with guns & ammo in their luggage (101 bullets, six clips, & 2 Glocks, plus some shotgun shells), were police officers! Their police chief came to their defense, saying they didn't violate any department rules and explaining how it was an innocent mistake: "They felt they were trained to carry weapons. They had just not factored in the fact that they were crossing into another country and that that country's laws and that country's rules would be different from ours."
Actually, most (all?) countries laws ban visitors having undeclared guns & ammo. The US State Dept. website says: "Generally speaking, it is unlawful for non-U.S. residents to possess or obtain firearms or ammunition while in the U.S, If you want to visit the United States with guns or ammunition, you will need a permit from the ATF. This applies even if you are a diplomat, foreign law enforcement agent, or hunter." (It says to expect that to take months.)
The news reports said the couple didn't present any documentation for the weapons, nor identify themselves as police officers, and said they "just came on vacation", and that they'd been told in their country that they could take their guns "anywhere in the world". They were arrested on Friday, paid a fine and released on Saturday, and returned to the states on Monday, where there will be investigations.
Within the United States, unloaded guns may be carried in a locked, hard sided container, in checked luggage, and must be declared at check in.

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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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