Monday, October 15, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, October 15

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Excellent results at Pueblos Magicos Fair LINK   
With the purpose of disseminating information about the historical, cultural and natural attractions of Isla Mujeres, a delegation of authorities and providers of tourism services participated in the Fifth National Pueblos Magicos Fair, which took place in Morelia, Michoacán, from October 11 to 14. José Castillo Magaña, director of Tourism, said, "Thanks to the commitment of our municipal president, now ours is a world class destination that is known for its nature, culture, history and wonderful tourism, which we presented at this important event."
    He said there was a great response from the attendees and the Isla Mujeres booth had about 2500 visitors daily. He said the media were interested in promoting the gastronomic wealth of the island, and the sale of local crafts was among the most fruitful of the entire fair. 
   "Without a doubt, Isla Mujeres has excelled at this event. Our natural, historical and cultural wealth attracted the attention of  assistants and service providers. The commitment now is to continue working to maintain ourselves among the most important Pueblos Magicos of Mexico," he said.
     This summer Isla Mujeres registered a 25 percent increase in tourist arrivals and hotel occupancy, compared to 2017.  During the event, Mr. Castillo Magaña was given recognition by the Autoridad Municipal in the category of best performance as Municipal Tourism Director. He gave assurances that the municipal government will not 'lower their guard' and will continue carrying out actions that promote the development of tourist in Isla Mujeres, for the benefit of all the island families.

Thanks to the support of the island community, the municipal governmental agencies, merchants and hoteliers, we can now enjoy beaches free of sargasso. VIDEO   showing the beach before and after, with captions that say: With the union of all we continue to maintain the beauty of our beaches. Today Isla Mujeres continues to look radiant. Let's continue making a future together!

The caption with this graphic says:  Forget everything and come enjoy Isla Mujeres


 FB News Sites about Isla Mujeres

  Tvisla Mujeres    

Forty fishermen have been treated for decompression illness in the Hyperbaric Chamber, and one died on Saturday LINK 
  Between July 1st and October 14th, forty fishermen were treated in the hyperbaric chamber for decompression illness, and one of them died Saturday, after being treated in the chamber.  The fisherman who passed away was José Antonio Jiménez Juárez, who belonged to the cooperative "Patria y Progreso". (A comment says he belonged to the "Isla Blanca" coop.) Although his injury was considerable, he was stable when he left the chamber. However, later he suffered tachycardia problems, and was transferred from the Community Hospital in Isla Mujeres to Cancun, where he died later. 
     Another fisherman was treated in the hyperbaric chamber on Saturday, Carlos Iván Sarmiento, 23, of the cooperative "Caribe", who began to feel bad after three dives to a depth of 135 feet. With this last case, there have been 40 fishermen who have been treated within the hyperbaric chamber, some of them with serious injuries and sequelae. 

Talk to the Governor. One registration day only at the Bicentennial Dome at 10a on Oct. 16

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8pm and Sunday, Oct. 21 at noon at the Convention Center: Isla Mujeres Cahuameros VS Escuela Modelo (a Merida University team). Grand inaugural game of the season!

The municipal government acquired two new trash collection trucks which will be added to the fleet to provide better service to the community. (photos)

Aguakan and the Community Hospital invite you to breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 9:30am at the USPS Multi-use Room at the Community Hospital. Come and receive a free mammogram (which I think will be done in Cancun).

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Two motorcycles had a collision on Devil Curve (photos)

Excellent results at the Pueblo Magico Fair (photos & article)

IM Noticias   

 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos

Por Esto still has the articles I translated yesterday.


Showers and thunderstorms associated with a broad area of low
pressure located over the southwestern Caribbean Sea are showing
some signs of organization. The system is moving west-northwestward,
and it is possible that it could become a tropical depression before
it moves inland over Central America by Tuesday.  
Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall, which could cause flash
flooding, is possible across portions of Central America for much of
the week.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...medium...40 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...medium...40 percent.


The Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak this weekend, after midnight, with the most "shooting stars" appearing in the few hours before dawn, after the moon sets. In Isla Mujeres, on Friday night/Saturday morning, the moon sets at 3:08am, and on Sunday morning at 3:59am. The meteors should also be prolific on Sunday night/Monday morning, but there is a smaller window before dawn, with the moon setting at 4:51am.
These streaks of light are caused by vaporizing bits from Halley's comet, and you may see 10-15 (or more) if you watch for an hour during the peak periods & allow another 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust. Some experts predict this will be a good year.
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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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 

Oct. 24   6:39
Oct. 25   7:21
Oct. 26   8:07
Oct. 27   8:58
 Oct. 28    9:52
  Oct. 29   10:51 
 Oct. 30   11:52
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:30 to ~6:10p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~6:40
October Events
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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.

Monday, Oct. 1 Lighting of the pink lights at the Town Square for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at 8:30 pm

Saturday, Oct. 6 Plogging Clean-up Event. Location TBA

Sunday, Oct. 7 All Star Baseball game 11a at El Pescador stadium (in front of Chedraui). 

Monday, Oct. 8: 43nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo

Tuesday, Oct. 9  Day of Fishermen

Wednesday, Oct. 10 Tournament Finale for the municipal inter-company Futbol Rapido/Fast Soccer competition and the stadium in Salina Chica. The game for 3rd place is at 8 between the "Taxistas" and the "Dolphin Discover" teams, and the contest for 1st & 2nd starts at 9p between "Bepensa" and "Garrafon".  

Thursday, Oct. 11 Performances on the Town Square 6p-9p by students as part of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the middle school, "Benito Juarez"

Friday, Oct. 12 Student race from 7a-8a from the middle school "Benito Juarez" to Playa Centro beach, where there will be activities and music until 1:30 as the finale for the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the middle school, "Benito Juarez"

Friday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Saturday, Oct. 13 Plogging Clean-up Event. Location TBA

Saturday, Oct. 20 Plogging Clean-up Event. Location TBA

Sunday, Oct. 21, starting at 7am at Playa Centro, the Pink Race. 1km, 5km, and 10km.
Funds will be used to help women obtain testing for timely detection of breast cancer.

Sunday, Oct. 21  Anniversary of the birth of Ramon Bravo

Friday, Oct. 26  Festival of the Living for the Dead, Hanal Pixan Altar Competion on the Town Square.2 categories: Merchants & Hoteliers and the General Public. Register at the Casa de la Cultrua 9a-4p. Surprise Prizes!

 Saturday, Oct. 27 Plogging Clean-up Event. Location TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 31 Halloween on Hidalgo after dark. Bring lil toys & such and expect to be mobbed by cute kiddos & enjoy the clever costumes. There's also a golf cart/scooter procession planned with Chedraui as the meeting point at 6pm to toss treats & participants are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and to wear costumes.

Thursday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Friday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos

At this time of year, Mexican families remember & celebrate their departed relatives. Hanal Pixan is the name of the Mayan celebration. Altars are made with photos of the deceased, where offerings of favorite foods and items are placed, copal incense is burned, and marigold flower petals are often used.
        All Saints Day & All Souls Day, Nov. 1 & 2, are the Dias de los for children, one for adults, when families visit graves & clean & decorate them. On the island, these are private moments in the cemeteries, not public celebrations like in many parts of Mexico.
Try some seasonal Pibi Pollo tamales & Pan de los Muertos pastry.
  There is usually a silent procession from the Cemetery down Hidalgo, ending at the Casa de la Cultura, where there are usually altars representing various regions of Mexico, and a Catrina contest. Most of the participants in the procession are in catrina makeup or wearing regional clothing, and the rest are in white, and they carry candles.
    Efforts are made to not let the Halloween overshadow the Mexican celebrations and traditions, and there are usually altar contests and/or exhibitions in the schools. There have also been competitions on the Town Square, and altars can be seen in various businesses, at the Town Hall and they are present in many homes.
  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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