Saturday, September 22, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, September 22

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Increased cleaning efforts in public areas  LINK 

Saturday, Sept 22 Isla Mujeres Cahuameros will play UADY in a basketball game at the Convention Center 8p (previous report had said it would be held at the court by the Town Square, but the Cahuameros usually play at the Convention Center. The season is scheduled to begin Oct. 6, and this is a "friendly" game with a team from a university in Merida .

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Resuming the replacement of synthetic turf on the soccer field, since the materials have arrived. photos

Interview: Jose De Jesús Castillo Magaña Director of Tourism  VIDEO   

Ongoing junk pick up & removal campaign. (photos & article)  
  Junk pick-up and removal campaigns are being conducted in an ongoing basis on the island and in the Continental Zone on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in the colonias of Cañotal, La Caribeña, Salina Chica, Meteorológica, Miraflores, La Gloria, Ampliación la Gloria, Salina Grande, Electricistas, La Guadalupana, El Bosque, San Antonio and "el Centro" downtown on the island, where 962 tonnes of junk have been removed. 
       The Director of Public Service, Pablo Jesús Moreno Povedano, said this is fundamental for the prevention of mosquito borne diseases like dengue, zika, and chikungunya and has been ongoing since 2016. He said that these campaigns began in coordination with the Department of Health and the Mayor, who decided to make them continuous throughout the municipality, for the benefit of the health of the islanders.   
         In addition, the Program for Care & Attention to Public Spaces was created, through which a total of 800 square meters of parks and public areas have been attended to with activities including pruning, removal of weeds and dangerous trees, liming of the trees and painting. They removed  9180 cubic meters of weeds and 10.3 tons of plastic bottles, cans and garbage in general.
       Regarding the garbage collection service, Moreno Povedano explained that additional workers were hired, assigned to the section of trash collection, to ensure that the work groups are complete and that collection service operates every day of the year in compliance with the established routes and schedules, covering 6 daily routes in the island, in the morning and afternoon, with extra tours in  the tourist areas, as well as 3 routes, in the morning and afternoon, in the Continental Zone.
    He said,  "Always with the objective of improving the quality of life of the islanders and remaining among the best destinations in Mexico, we are committed to continuing to work on establishing conditions that allow us to totally rehabilitate the Trash Transfer area and keep all public spaces clean, as well as the tourist areas."
      In compliance with the wishes of the municipal president, public policies have been implemented aimed at converting Isla Mujeres into a sustainable municipality, in harmony with the environment, among which a solution was given for the condition of the Trash Transfer facility, which is only a temporary waste reception area. 
        The Department of Public Services is also in charge of sweeping the main streets and colonias of the island, activities in which neighborhood participation has been promoted, involving the islanders in programs aimed at maintaining a clean municipality.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Report about homicide of two men (see TVIM yesterday)

VIDEO invitation to Sunday's baseball game. 

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Port Authority (APIQRoo) plans to invest over 2 million pesos in Isla Mujeres (article & photos). 
    The coordinator of the state Port Authority (APIQRoo) in Isla Mujeres, Rosa Elena Ríos Fernandez, explained that four improvement projects will be carried out, with an investment of 2,030,000 pesos. 
     One project is the renovation of the lighthouse at Punta Sur which will also be given a new image, at a cost of 238,000 pesos. A project already underway is the renovation (repaving/re-encarpetamiento) of the operations area of the car ferry terminal, as well as replacement of the retaining wall for that terminal, at a cost of 838,000 pesos. At the passenger ferry terminal, new lights are planned for the pier, at a cost of 246,000 pesos. They are going to renovate the old concrete dock at the passenger ferry terminal, which has been in service for the ferries for more than 30 years, at a cost  648,000 pesos. 
       She said that all these works are already in process and should be completed by mid-November or by the third week of that month, provided the weather conditions cooperate. 

Report about homicide of two men (see TVIM yesterday)  

 The submarine cable that supplies electricity to the island is within its useful life and could be replaced in 3 or 4 years (article & photos) , The regional manager of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), Gonzalo Paredes Plancarte, said the cables won't be replaced because they have reached the limit of their useful life, which they have not, but rather to improve the quality of electrical services. It consists of four lines, and at current prices replacement costs would exceed 300 million pesos. Meanwhile, there is a program for ongoing monitoring of the line, which includes the inspection at the underwater transition points, at the Island and at Punta Sam, which includes the frequent replacement of some accessories.
   He said the lines are still within their useful life and could be replaced within 3 or 4 years.  He explained that the demand for electric power supply service has increased in recent years in Isla Mujeres, especially since it became a Pueblo Magico, which has forced them to bring in mobile emergency generators, in order to meet the needs for electricity during periods of maximum demand.

Construction begins on bank branch. (article & photos)
   Isla Mujeres will soon have a third bank branch, because construction has begun where the ATM of Banjercito is located, at the Navy base. Information wasn't available about the cost of the project or the completion date, but it is estimated it will take a month and a half or two months, and be finished by mid-November or at least by the end of the year. The banks that currently have branches in Isla Mujeres are HSBC and Banamex.


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Sewage spill in colonia Salina Grande  
Derrame de aguas negras en la Salina Grande[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Personnel with Aguakan were working to solve the problem, which they said was caused by an accumulation of grease from a nearby address where red meat is sold, and the cooked fats obstructed the line. The spill ran across the road and to the Salina Grande lake, causing contamination. The Aguakan personnel worked on in on Thursday evening for four hours, starting at 7:30, without solving the problem, so they placed a pipe to reroute the sewage water. However, in the morning, the spill had resumed, and they began working on it again before 8:30am, until they had removed the obstruction three hours later. The problem occurred at the intersection of Boca Limbo street where it connects with the Navy housing area.

Calm & sunny weather   
Soleado y tranquilo el clima [+] Ver masFull artice at this link
    Weather was good on Friday, with no nautical restrictions,  decreased tourism was noted. The good weather is expected to continue for the weekend, when tourism is expected to incease. Occupancy rates at some hotels are 40 to 50%, while others report less than 10% occupancy, according to collected information. There is a report from the NHC about the lack of threats at this time, and the systems being monitored. (See below).

Not linked to other executions
Sin vínculo con otras ejecuciones+] Ver masFull article at this link
    In regard to the investigation case 283/2018 of the two executions on Thursday afternoon, the General Prosecutor's Office of Quintana Roo reports that they are not linked to two previous executions in Isla Mujeres, which occurred in August. Little progress has been made in those cases, which is partially attributed to a lack of cooperation from friends and families of the victims.

Animal welfare law ignored  
Ley de Bienestar Animal ignorada[+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Veterinarian Delfino Guevara spoke about the need for the City to enforce the Animal Welfare Act and to provide a temporary shelter for pets and to contain stray animals. The law went into effect in December, 2014 and includes fines of 10 to 50 daily minimum wages. (88 pesos/day ~$5usd)


The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on newly formed
Tropical Depression Eleven, located about 500 miles east of the Windward Islands.
TROPICAL DEPRESSION ELEVEN NOT MOVING VERY MUCH... ...EXPECTED TO DISSIPATE IN A DAY OR TWO..A slow westward or west-northwestward motion is expected during the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next day or so, and the depression is expected to dissipate east of the Lesser Antilles by Sunday night.
1. Showers and thunderstorms have been increasing since last evening
near the center of a low pressure system located about 550 miles
south-southeast of the Cabo Verde Islands.  Environmental
conditions appear conducive for further development of this system,
and a tropical depression could form during the next day or two
while the low moves westward across the tropical Atlantic Ocean at
about 20 mph.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...50 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...60 percent.

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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.Celebration was relocated to Playa Norte after the group was evicted from the Sac Bajo site on Saturday.

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

Friday, Sept. 14 Independence Day parade on Rueda Medina from the Naval Base to the Fishermen's monument. Starting around 8a, maybe 9a.  Traffic will be detoured to Juarez for a couple hours. 

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
      The bands playing for the Independence celebrations on the Town Square on Saturday night will be Grupo Mojado & Megaboom. Tables are on sale at the Office of Public Relations from 10a to 4p, and there is a phone number & extension for more information. Your entire family is invited to come and celebrate! Grito at 11p, fireworks, then live music & partying all night long.

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

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.  

Wednesday, Sept. 19   The Mayor's second municipal Report will be given on Sept. 19th at 4pm on the Town Square, according to the caption with this graphic, which says the City Council will have a special session at 4:30 on the Town Square. 

Wednesday, Sept. 19 There will be a national earthquake simulation, preceded by a moment of silence for the victims of the 2017 earthquake, and afterwards you are invited to raise your right fist as a symbol of unity and brotherhood among the people of Mexico
Saturday, Sept. 22  Plogging event, 8a-10a,  meeting place in front of the cemetery on the Caribbean coastal road.

Saturday, Sept. 22 Fall Equinox

Saturday, Sept 22 Isla Mujeres Cahuameros vs UADY in a basketball game at the Convention Center 8p.

 Sunday, Sept. 23 Isla Mujeres Cocteleros will play the Puerto Morelos Baseball Boys at the El Pescador stadium (in front of Chedraui) at 1pm 

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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