Sunday, October 28, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, October 28

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Color, tradition and culture at the Festival of the Living for the Dead in Isla Mujeres. 
    The altar contest between the governmental agencies was held with the goal of preserving the traditions of the region and promoting a sense of belonging. The Director of the Institute of Culture and Arts in Isla Mujeres, Hilda Christina Gomez Avila, said. "We aim to involve the residents in an environment of healthy recreation, while preserving our customs and traditions." 
   This was the first night of the festival and included performances by singers Aldahir Dávila and Andrey Ceballos, and by the dance troupe Dance Studio Latin Dancer's Kids. Names of officials in attendance are given.


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VIDEO of an accident scene, without injuries, on the Caribbean coastal road, near the Guadalulpe chapel, after a golf cart hit a scooter. The scooter driver explains how the golf cart hit them (his wife was a passenger), and that they are uninjured, and just shocked/surprised (un susto). The cart driver is in the police car and in the comments a witness alleges that he was drunk. A police officer picks up the moto & starts it. The cart is up against the pole it hit, which is part of the store.

Article about the altars competitions

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

The Mayor spoke about his commitment to working together with the Governor to provide more benefits for the residents of the municipality and he implemented the "Together we do more" program. He said he is committed to working with the Governor and state agencies for the well being of the islanders and a better quality of life, as well as contributing to the development of Isla Mujeres.
   He said a cycle of forums and consultations will be held throughout the municipality, where the citizenry will have an opportunity to comment on issues such as health, education, infrastructure, environment, peace, justice and much more. He said, "It is essential for any government to shorten the distances between authorities and society to continue building the future we want for the new generations." (photos)

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Graphic saying there's no time change in Quintana Roo.

NOTE: If you're departing from the isle today, you might check that your devices didn't change an hour back while you were sleeping. Daylight savings time ended in Mexico, except in Q Roo/Isla Mujeres where it is not observed.
The US & Canada will change next Sunday. 
 Quintana Roo (including Isla Mujeres) is permanently on Eastern Standard Time (EST), & we didn't change our clocks at 2am today, like the rest of Mexico.
In the summer, our time matches CDT (Central Daylight Time) and in the winter, it's the same as those observing EST, including the eastern areas of the US and Canada, Cuba, and Jamaica.
In 2015, Q Roo stopped observing daylight savings & moved from the Central Time Zone to the Southeastern Time Zone (Zona Sureste), for the benefit of tourism

Photos & article about the altars competitions.

Photo & article about the Mayor working with the Governor.

VIDEO of children's baseball game Saturday. 

IM Noticias   


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

Less sargasso arriving now 

Ya es menor el arribo de sargazo

 Although sargasso continues to arrive sporadically to Playa Norte, the amounts have been getting smaller. Personnel with the municipal government and the businesses on the beach continue cleaning it up, and on Saturday it looked as beautiful as ever. Personnel with the Institute of Culture and Arts were working at an early hour with rakes and shovels. The sargasso that arrived during the week was promptly removed, but some could still be seen in the area near the end of Carlos Lazo street.
   Bather could be seen enjoying the beaches in the afternoon, which were nearly completely clean, and dozens of recreational boats were anchored offshore beyond the buoy line.

Rehabilitation of the traffic signs 

Rehabilitación de señalamientos

   This information has already been translated and Por Esto also notes there have been recommendations that the signs should all be at least two meters high because many tourists tend to walk and some have hit their heads on signs that weren't that tall.

Good weather in the forecast  

Prevalecerá el buen tiempo

The winds were of low intensity Saturday, at just 10 km per hour from the north, with cold front number 7 being very mild. Winds were expected to increase to 30 km/hr on Sunday afternoon with stronger gusts in the open seas. On Monday the gusts in the open seas could reach 40 km/hr, and fishing by the small boats is expected to be restricted. The temperatures are not expected to drop very much. It is noted that the frequency of these winds increases during the fall, which is beneficial for the lobster fishermen since it makes the crustaceans migrate from north to south, prior to their breeding season from March to June.

New cleanup of seabed  

Nueva limpieza del fondo marino de IM

  Volunteers with the Isla Mujeres seabed cleanup program are planning to collect and remove trash near the docks and recreation area on November 10 & 11. Students from the Inter-American Development University (UNID) and staff from the Isla Contoy National Park participated in last year's cleanup, which is expected again this year.  The trash will be inventoried as part of a counting program in events of this type throughout the world, to understand what type of trash is found. They are hoping to match the number of participants in the April 22 Earth Day cleanups, which had participation by the dives shops and other volunteers. Item collected from the seabed include glass beverage bottles, fins, masks, tires, and metal.
   In related news, on Saturday the volunteers of the "Plogging Day" program were cleaning along the roadsides, starting at 8am near restaurant Varadero de Oscar to the Naval housing area, accomplishing a great deal during the two hours they worked along this road, as well as on adjacent streets.


Excerpt from NHC Tropical Weather Discussion this morning:
 A cold front across the Straits of Florida
to the Yucatan Channel tonight will move slowly SE overnight and 
become stationary from central Cuba to just NE of Belize early 
Sun, and gradually dissipate through Sun night.

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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! Rescheduled for next weekend.

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. Rescheduled for tomorrow/Saturday, same time.

 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. (Altar construction begins earlier.)

 Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8pm and Sunday Oct 28 at noon: The Cauhaumeros Basketball team will play the Cozumel Islanders for the first game of the Major League season.

Sunday, Oct. 28 "Festival of the Living for the Dead" with dance troupes performing, as well as a Costume contest and a Catrina contest, with cash prizes and two categories: Open and Children's. On the Town Square. Costume & Catrina contests begin at 7p and event at 8p. You can register at the Casa de la Cultura from Monday thru Friday 9a to 4p.

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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