Saturday, September 1, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, September 1

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The Abuelito & Abuelita Pageant (Senior Citizens) VIDEO

Video of the municipal Director of ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone) talking about the keeping the beaches free of sargasso, which is being accomplished...(I can't understand her due to the wind noise.) She is standing near Na Balam (Playa Riito) & the beach behind here is clean.

VIDEO and VIDEO about the importance of wearing motorcycle helmets and having your children wear them.


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In state news, TVIM reports: Twenty four Quintana Roo artists & chefs were received by Pope Francisco. Gov. Carlos Joaquín promotes the culture of Quintana Roo in Italy and at the Vatican with presentations of music and pre-Hispanic dances, visual arts, crafts, cuisine and regional dances. LINK   
Rome, Italy.- The culture of Quintana Roo shone during a tour carried out by Governor Carlos Joaquín, in Italy and the Vatican, to promote the attractions of the Mexican Caribbean, including a presentation, "Mexico Espectacular" by the cast of Xcaret. 
      As part of this tour, on August 29, twenty-four artists from Quintana Roo, including four artisans and two chefs, were received at a public audience by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, according to the director of the Institute of the Culture and the Arts, Jacqueline Estrada Peña. 
     Beside the Plaza España, in Rome, with Governor Carlos Joaquín and Mexico's Ambassador to Italy, Juan José Guerra Abud, attending, the program "Espectacular Mexico" was presented which included music and pre-Hispanic dances, jaranas and charangas, sharing the culture of Quintana Roo. 
   In addition, that evening on the Pinoteca museum square of the Vatican, a culinary exhibition was presented, with chef María del Pilar Alonso in charge; as well an the exhibition of visual arts and handicrafts, which are representative of the state of Q Roo. 
    Those in attendance included Governor Carlos Joaquín and his wife Gaby Rejón de Joaquín, the Governor of the Vatican, Giuseppe Bertello, the Monsignor Pedro Pablo Elizondo and the Ambassador of Mexico to the Vatican, Jaime Manuel del Arenal Fenochio.

In the predawn hours on Thursday, two customers at the gasoline station on the Caribbean coastal road refused to pay and stole the coins, as well as beating the employee and taking his money. This took place about an hour after the young man lost his life in a motorcycle accident nearby, according to the gas station employee who was on duty, Josue N. He explained that it was about 2am and the road was closed as a result of the accident, which was about 300 meters away (by the old Cablemas office), where police were responding to that emergency.
   He said that two people arrived at the gas station on a motorcycle, appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and after requesting fuel for the vehicle, they demanded money. The attendant refused, and they began hitting him, but luckily, the young man was able to escape, and ran up the road to tell the police at the accident scene. However, when the police arrived at the gas station, the thieves had already escaped with the cash.
   They took the coins that are kept atop the gas pump, which was estimated to be about 1300 pesos. The prosecutor's office began an investigation (file 250/2018), and said that it is possible that the thieves have already been identified. LINK 

Everything is ready for the boat procession on Saturday morning to Isla Contoy taking the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to Isla Contoy. LINK   It is scheduled to depart at 8am and more than 1000 people are expected to participate, therefore larger vessels will be available, as well as those of the fishermen. The 19th edition of this event will be preceded by a 7am Mass and the procession from the Church of Immaculate Conception. More than 130 boats are expected to participate, with support from agencies including the Navy, Red Cross paramedics, municipal police, the Harbor Master's office, and members of the fishing cooperatives and the tourism services cooperatives.

Former mayor and current vice president of the association "Small Hotels Fascinantes of Isla Mujeres" says the island has moved from the low season to the 'critical season' when many of the hotels survive by using their savings.  LINK

Tropical Depression #6 which is forming in the Atlantic, is not posing a threat to the coasts of Quintana Roo

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Photo credit: Isla Mujeres al Dia  See yesterday's translation for information about this morning's procession to take the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to the fishermen's camp on Isla Contoy where she will remain until the end of the lobster catching season.

Flag photo...The beginning of the Patriotic Month in Isla Mujeres (Mes de la Patria...celebrating independence from Spain).

There was a problem on main street due to a back up of wastewater, which Aguakan said was due to restaurants not using grease traps. (VIDEO).

The municipal government is currently conducting a two-week education campaign about wearing helmets and will be imposing fines if motorcyclists or their passengers aren't wearing them. (article & photos).

The Isla Mujeres taxi union gave uniforms to the "Veterans" team who play 'futbol rapido', a type of soccer.

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IM Noticias   

Article & photos about the gas station robbery (see above)  

Article & photos: Seeking to solve electrical problems at Julio Saury grade school. The article says a specialist is coming to repair the problem, which began when air conditioners were installed in all the classrooms. The problem is attributed to an outdated wiring system, and is not a problem with CFE (Federal Electrical Commission). It should be resolved by Monday, and it is noted that the high temperatures are more difficult for the afternoon shift than the morning shift.


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"Isla Blanca" vehicle ferry continues to have problems   
El “Isla Blanca” sigue con problemas [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  August 31  The "Isla Blanca" ferry had a mechanical problem again, but this time the delay shorter, before the the first departure of the day took place a little after 7am. This delay was only about two hours, while the previous delay lasted about 11 hours. On that evening, the "Ultracarga III" made three crossings, and as of Wednesday, it had made six round trips, with a schedule that will be valid until Sunday. On Monday, the number of daily round trips may be reduced to five, and the Ultramar company should have ticket offices established at both terminals this week.
   The "Isla Blanca" ferry is due for preventative maintenance, which it received a year ago, which replacing one of its engines with a new one. It is scheduled to return to Ciudad del Carmen in Campeche, when the "Sergio Gracia" returns from there when its maintenance work is completed, which is expected to occur this month.

Fishing industry has big expectations
Grandes expectativas en el sector pesquero.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   According to  Policarpo Pastrana, the members of the fishing industry have big expectations for support from the administration of the President-elect of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, of the AMLO party. They expect federal support for renewal of their fishing gear, including
outboard engines, boats, nets, traps and other equipment, as well as improvements for their infrastructure such as docks and their collection centers. They also hope for reactivation of projects for the farming of fish, such as tilapia and cobia, on the mainland and the island, respectively.

Sargasso at eastern beaches not affecting turtle nesting   
Sargazo invade áreas de anidación de tortugas+] Ver mas
     Although there is accumulated sargasso at the ten beaches of the island where turtles nest, this has not impacted their nesting according to Deline Garcia who is in charge of the protection program of the Tortugranja (and its Director). She said the least affected area is Playa Hangar, where the most eggs are usually collected.
       Because of its geographical position, most of the mats of sargasso pass by, but large amounts have arrived to the eastern coast, where you can also evidence of the nesting activity of the turtles. She said the affectation is "slight", and that some cleaning has been done by the volunteers and personnel who monitor the beaches nightly, but it would take many volunteers to remove the amount of sargasso that has accumulated along the eastern coast in recent weeks.
         The reproduction cycle of the "Green" turtles will end in mid-October, who lay the most eggs of the three species who nest on Isla Mujeres. From May to the night of August 31st, there have been a total of 38,714 eggs collected at the Tortugranja, of the species Loggerhead, Green, and Hawksbill. The last time a Leatherback turtle laid eggs on the island was in 2008, but the 40 eggs did not hatch. There has been about one nesting attempt seen yearly, but perhaps because of her large size, she doesn't find sand that is deep enough for laying.
         As of last night, there have been 336 nests rescued, and that number is expected to reach 500 nests by the end of the season. So far this season, 246 Green turtle nests were rescued containing 29,246 eggs. There have been 10 Hawksbill nests so far, with 1646 eggs, compared to last year when only four were rescued. For the Loggerheads, there have been 80 nests rescued, with 9002 eggs, compared to 2017, when only 24 Loggerhead nests were rescued, of a total of 1170 nests. (Therefore, if 28 nests were Hawksbills & Loggerheads last year, the other 1142 protected nests were Greens. It is usual for "bumper" years to be followed by slower years.)

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Sept. 24   6:46
Sept. 25   7:24
Sept. 26  8:02
Sept. 27  8:42
 Sept. 28   9:25
  Sept. 29  10:11 
 Sept. 30  11:02
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7p to ~6:30p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~630
September Events
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 It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October). September is the Mes de la Patria/patriotic month, celebrating Mexico's independence from Spain

Saturday, Sept. 1 Boat procession to Isla Contoy taking the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to the chapel at the Fishermen's camp there departing from the concrete pier at 8am after the Mass at 7am and the procession from the Church of Immaculate Conception. 19th annual edition.

Saturday, Sept. 1 Weekly plogging event to clean up litter, meeting at the park "Hormiguitas Oberas", to continue cleaning at Salina Grande lake 8a-10a.

Sunday, Sept. 2 RESCATE skating event on the hill by Julio Saury grade school 10a-3p, followed by a drone video then a BBQ at the RESCATE site in Sac Bajo, at the old Cristalmar hotel next to Playa Tiburon, with a raffle for youth, live music, and circus performers until 8p.

Tuesday, Sept. 4 Last day to register for the lionfish competition

Friday, Sept. 7 Lionfish culinary competition at the Town Square starting at 6pm

Saturday, Sept. 8  Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

Saturday, Sept. 8 Rockabilly Festival from Cancun at Mayan Beach Club starting at 2p

Saturday, Sept. 15  Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

Saturday, Sept. 15 Celebration on the Town Square for Independence with the reading of the Grito by the Mayor who rings the bell. Probably with fireworks, performers, live music & dancing, and crowning of Miss Independencia. Schedule TBA

Sunday, Sept. 16 Independence Day There is usually a parade on Rueda Medina starting at 8a

Monday, Sept. 17 End of the Whale Shark tour season. The licensees and their families usually have a celebration on the weekend after it closes and a Mass to express their gratitude.  
Saturday, Sept. 22  Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

Saturday, Sept. 22 Fall Equinox

Thursday, Sept. 27 World Tourism Day  There may be an event to commemorate the anniversary of becoming a Pueblo Magico

Saturday, Sept. 29 Plogging event, 8a-10a, meeting place TBA

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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