Sunday, October 21, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, October 21

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The City and the community are continuing to work to keep our beaches free of sargasso. Not letting down our guard!

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Por siempre Viva!! (Breast Cancer organization) VIDEO 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Notice about the street closures from 5a to 8a for the Carrera Rosa race/walk.

Question seeking opinions about service at the gas station by the high school (with no responses after 14 hours)

Photos & captions about actions being taken by the CFE regarding the pole in Sac Bajo by the entrance of El Pescador restaurant, which appeared to be at risk of falling before they intervened.

VIDEO of Red Cross giving assistance

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Photos from the Carrera Rosa race/walk which is one of the events for the Month about the fight against breast cancer, and took place this morning.

VIDEO promoting North Beach and Isla Mujeres.

Advisory with photo from yesterday from Chucho Pacheco Alcocer that there was a strong current in the channel in front of Mia (El Riito), and the depth has also been affected by recent weather. The lifeguards are there from 10a to 5p to help with any situation, but families are also reminded be cautious and pay attention.

Photos & article about educational event at the high school to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention. 

Invitation to the El Pescador baseball field today at 1p for a 'final' game. VIDEO 

VIDEO of the "Por Siempre Viva" benefit breakfast for an island woman with breast cancer.

IM Noticias   


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

Good influx of visitors yesterday/Saturday  
Buena afluencia de visitantes ayer sabado  

Presenting events to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention  

Realizan eventos de sensibilización

Special health committee installed

Instalan especial comité de salud

Isla Mujeres became the first municipality of Quintana Roo to have a Health Safety Committee to intervene in the face of epidemiological contingencies and natural disasters, according to Homero León Pérez, head of the Sanitary Jurisdiction Number 2, when participating in the installation of the agency this weekend. The committee involves health agencies from all three levels of government, including the Naval hospital. He said these committees will be created in other municipalities to provide the necessary tools to act in case of a sanitary or natural emergency that puts the health of the inhabitants in danger.
   The committee will establish strategies against epidemiological contingencies and natural disasters, to carry out prevention activities and to act in the event of any epidemic, to manage it efficiently to avoid contagion and proliferation throughout the community, according to the municipal Director of Health, Antonio Coronado Rojas. He noted that the health indicators in the municipality of Isla Mujeres are among the best in the state.

Freedom for those with disabilities   

Para libertad de los discapacitados

At an event which took place at the Centenario macroplaza in colonia La Gloria, the DIF social service agency delivered 49 wheelchairs and two canes to islanders with disabilities, most of whom lack the financial resources to obtain these items themselves. It is noted that a majority of the colonias, there is a lack of ramps and good sidewalks, which limits the ability of those with disabilities to be transported from one place to another.

Confirmation of dismissal of officers for failure to pass exams  

Confirman depuración en la policía

  Twelve officers with the municipal police force have been dismissed after failing to pass the exam of  Control & Confianza, a measure that applies to police officers throughout Mexico, in order to stop the infiltration of organized crime into police forces. The Isla Mujeres police chief confirmed that this measure for internal restructuring is currently under way, and the police force will continue to fulfill its responsibilities, following the national regulations without evasion, applying the examinations of control and confianza to every police officer.
    This evaluation includes things from their income to the members of their family, use of medications, and drug use,  as well as their psychological, medical, and health status, among other factors. This process is 95% complete, and officers that didn't meet the criteria will be immediately dismissed, in accordance with procedures and regulations.
    The results of this process are not dependent on the municipal police, who only receive the results about those who are not approved and the department is required to proceed accordingly with immediate dismissal. The determinations are generated by the Council of Honor and Justice, and it is normal that officers are removed from the force who do not fulfill the required profile. 

Catching up on Friday's headlines...

The regional baseball final will be in Isla Mujeres  

La gran final de beisbol regional sera en IM    

Today, Sunday, Oct. 21, the season will end for the Northern Baseball League with a game between the Cocteleros of Isla Mujeres and the Rockies of Cancun at 1pm at the El Pescador field. There was no semifinal, and last weekend's All Star Game was cancelled due to weather. 

Merchants, hoteliers & restaurateurs unite over concerns about electrical costs

Frente común contra la CFE

A second meeting was scheduled for Tuesday at 11:30am, at a location to be announced, regarding increases in electrical bills from 30 percent in some cases to as much as 500-600% in others, of concerned hoteliers, merchants, restaurateurs, and their organizations with executives of the CFE, Federal Electrical Commission.

Preparing a grand exposition  

Prepara gran exposición

Isla Mujeres artist Pako Magana was preparing for his exhibition of 18 works of art which opened Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Bahia Chac Chi hotel on Rueda Medina and will continue thru November 5th. The general public are invited and it is free.

Island students visit Congress

Estudiantes isleños visitan el Congreso

 A group of students from the Benito Juarez Middle School of Isla Mujeres went to the capital and visited the Congress, as well as several points of interest around the city. There were able to interact with several legislators and observed an session of the State congress where several 'decrees' were passed for the benefit of the state residents. The group are second year students at the middle school, in the "D" group, and they also visited the facilities of the Secretary of Education. They were chaperoned by teaching staff and parents, and names of the cooridinators and organizers are given.

Public hearing concerning beach dispute  

Audiencia pública sobre disputa de playa

   The president of the Caribe fishing cooperative says the organization holds the title to the concession over the Federal Zone at the end of Abasolo street, which has been extended for an additional 15 years beyond its original grant, with the extension having begun on April 24, 2018.  They are defending this concession in a lawsuit where judges have ruled that it is a federal matter and not within their court's jurisdiction.

Red mite disease affecting Isla Contoy plants 

Ácaro rojo en Isla Contoy

Red mites are affecting chit palms and coconut palms on Isla Contoy, although it was previously believed to be under control. However, it has started to reoccur and personnel have intensified their fight to eradicate the disease from the isle.  (Red mite-Raoiella indica hirst)
   Three years ago the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) reported that the problem was under control, but on Wednesday the transfer of 200 tourists to the island was suspended due to the campaign to combat the insect.
 The red mite is an exotic pest native to Asia, and is a threat to coconut palms, its main host, because it spreads easily. It was detected in Mexico in November 2009 and in the Isla Contoy National Park in 2011. An eradication program has been carried out since 2013 when red mites were detected in the chit palms which provide shelter and food to various native and migratory birds. They are an endemic palm of the region, and categorized a threatened. (Chit palm-Thrinax radiata). During the nite outbreak period in Contoy, there were also palms affected in Isla Mujeres, where there was a program to combat them. This occurred after the detection of the nopal moth which had decimated the wild cactus population in the southern part of Isla Mujeres, according to a report from SAGARPA, about that outbreak which was first reported in 2007.
    From September to November, through the Program of Conservation of Species at Risk (Procer), and in coordination with the Friends of Sian Ka'an Association, treatment is administered by park personnel to more than two thousand palms, which were subjected to pruning, fumigation, injections, cuts, application of organic miticides and collection of seeds. The cutting of 40 coconut palms (Cocos nucifera) that were diseased, old or located within the mangrove zones and the manual elimination of seedlings and coconut seeds was carried out in order to reduce the main host of the red mites.  
     In addition, training workshops are provided for fishermen, service providers and the general population to teach about issues such as  the effects of red mites and how they are dispersed.


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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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

Friday, Oct. 19  Guitarists performing at the Casa de la Cultura at 7pm

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

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!

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 Competition on the Town Square in 2 categories: Hoteliers & Merchants, and the General Public, with cash prizes for the latter and recognition for the former. At 8p with two dance troupes performing..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

Saturday, Oct. 27 Altars contest for the governmental agencies on the Town Square at 8p with a singer & a dance troupe performing.

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
Festival for The Souls of the Dead with Dance, Music, and traditions. The procession will begin at 6pm beside the downtown Cemetery, going down Hidalgo, and ending at the Casa de a Cultura. There will be an exhibition of altars from different states of Mexico and a presentation of a Un Tzompantli (rack of skulls), performances by artists from the schools of dance and music, and a competition of Catrina costumes. Coordinated by Jean Piaget school. 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.

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.

 Sunday, Nov. 4 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p with a Festival of the Living for the Dead will feature two dance troupes and a Catrina costume contest with a Children's category and an Open category and cash prizes.

  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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