Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, September 4

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Free baseball training camp for kids 3-12 at the children's baseball field, Monday thru Friday at 4:30p.

Civic ceremonies for the month of September, the Mes de la Patria, celebrating independence from Spain, were held on the island and on the mainland.

VIDEO which says we are working for the benefit of island families with streets that are safer and well lit(See translation yesterday in Isla Mujeres al Dia section for more information about the inauguration of solar lights at the eastern malecon and Salina Grande lake.).


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The NHC says that "X" is likely to become a tropical depression later this week, as it slowly moves west-northwest, & will be watching its direction & development. Al Dia has the state Civil Protection forecast, which includes information about tropical wave 35 (on the other part of the peninsula), another tropical wave by Haiti & Colombia, and TS Gordon up in the Gulf by Mississippi. The forecast for Isla Mujeres today says: Partly Cloudy to Cloudy, isolated showers with scattered showers accompanied by electrical activity, very hot, Winds from the east and northeast at 15 to 25 kph., with occasional stronger gusts.
There is a post & photos about the civic ceremonies.

Photos of baseball game on Sunday at the El Pescadores field where the home team, the Pescadores, were beat by the Cancun Rockies with a score of 16 to 4.

Photo of the Isla Mujures photo op sign.

Photos & article about the lighting on the eastern malecon and around Salina Grande lake.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Ombudsman Marcó Antonio Tóh Euán  met with  Isla Mujeres mayor, Juan Carrillo, to agree upon:
(1) professionalization of public servants in the field of human rights;
(2) collaborating jointly on the dissemination of rights for the island population;
3) promoting youth leadership for fundamental rights   (photo)

IM Noticias   

From yesterday, photos with caption that said the Chedraui store was without electricity which cause their system to go down, and there were long lines. (Chedraui has a generator...you can see the lights are on in the photos).

Article & photos about the hyperbaric chamber

Article & photos noting the Ultracarga II has joined the Ultracarga III in providing service between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam. Ultramar will announce its schedules after they have approval from the Port Authority, and a meeting was planned for noon on Monday, noting the schedules are subject to demand and will probably be increased during holidays or high seasons. They are offering a promotion of 250 pesos for compact cars or pickup trucks, which includes four passengers, which could be reduced to three passengers. 


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Hyperbaric chamber has completed its useful life  
Cámara hiperbárica cumplió vida útil. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     The hyperbaric chamber has been used to treat dozens of fishermen yearly, since it was installed in 1999, but a specialist who just evaluated it says that it is in need of replacement, since its useful life was estimated to be between 10 and 15 years. He estimated that its safe life expired about five years ago, and it is outside of the optimum safety range and its function is no longer guaranteed. It is used to treat decompression illness among the lobster fishermen who now are diving into depths over 40 meters, and not always respecting the diving protocols. It is primarily used during the lobster catching season from July until the end of February. (Recently it has also been used to treat patients suffering from "diabetic foot".)
   A basic unit would cost about four million pesos, and that cost would double for one with better technology, and it is sometimes required that two fishermen be treated on the same day. It is noted that during his recent campaign the Mayor offered to attend to this issue.

Walkway access restored  
Recuperan andador ocupado+] Ver masFull article at this link
   It August, there was controversy concerning a 100 meter walkway in colonia Meteorologica that connected two streets to the coastal area/the sea, which was being occupied by a private individual, blocking access and causing disagreement among those who lived in the area and had used the access. They requested assistance from the municipal Urban Development office, who placed a barrier (cordones...it is cordoned off) to prevent further extraction of material along the Caribbean Coastal Road (Avenida Perimetral Oriente), near the Brisas Restaurant, and set it up to connect with Emiliano Zapata street, and from there to the coast/the sea.
    The intervention this weekend pleased the neighbors, who now will request that the procedures for the rescue be concluded because someone in the previous government sold it in an irresponsible manner. The families wan it to be equipped and illuminated so that families can use it at the end of the day when they've finished their work. One neighbor said that it has not been used a great deal because it was not in good shape, with uneven ground that is dangerous for children, women, and senior citizens, and for that reason few used it, but if it was set up for that purpose and illuminated, that would be different.

Rain reduced the heat on the island  
Lluvias aplaca el calor en la isla Ver masFull article at this link
Sept. 3   It began to drizzle around 12:40p at the southern part of the isle, when the sky had been generally overcast, but the first drops didn't fall on Playa Norte until half an hour later, and it was raining intermittently by 2pm. Civil Protection confirmed that the entire storm drainage system is in good condition and ready for heavy rains, as it has been consistently cleaned in recent days by the preventative cleaning crew. This rain did not cause any problems in the colonia and effects were minimal downtown. (It says rains could continue on Tuesday, but we're having partly cloudy weather so far today at 3p.)


Environmental awareness unites locals and foreigners  
Conciencia ambiental une a propios y extraños. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

   "Plogging Day Isla" conducts clean ups every Saturday, publishing invitations on social media for residents (and visitors) to participate, encouraging increased awareness about caring for our environment, and trying to improve and preserve our parks, piers, and walkways with less litter. (They also create and place trash cans. Currently volunteers are building garbage receptacles from the plastic boxes/trays used by Chedraui.). They were recently cleaning around the Salina Grande lake, and the group includes adults, their children, and friends working together for cleanliness and conservation, while getting exercise.
   One of the volunteers on Saturday, Barbara Ann Rudiak expressed appreciation for the participation of increasing numbers of young people, who can exercise while collecting trash, expressing their unconditional love for Isla Mujeres.

Skaters of Isla Mujeres are united 
Se unen patinadores de Isla Mujeres [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Marissa Barracuda was interviewed about the skating event this weekend with about 50 young islanders participating on skateboards, which took place on Isla Contoy Stret near the Julio Sauri primary school, taking advantage of the hill facing the Caribbean sea. The group ties to hold these events monthly, and they also participate in the weekly Saturday cleanings of the isle (see article above). She explained that the group is oriented toward working together, rather than competing, and welcomes new skateboarders to participate, noting that everyone is working toward improvement, and are given encouragement and motivation.
 She spoke about the positive effect of this activity on the youths and adults who practice with both skateboards and skates, and who participate in community clean ups and activities, and that they are able to do this without interrupting their schoolwork or other responsibilities.  
   It is noted that the skate park by the Salina Chica neighborhood could use improvements such as a roof and a bathroom, to be used more frequently. The group has a project at the unused Cristalmar hotel in Sac Bajo, building a skate park there. (The RESCATE group, who were creating a Community Center on the site, as well as a skate park, were evicted this weekend. There is more information, in English (and Spanish) about this on their Facebook page, HERE.)


Maritima published its new schedule for vehicle-cargo-passenger service between the isla and Punta Sam on their "Isla Blanca" ferry.

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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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