Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, October 2

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Mayor confirms appointments of directors of departments for the new administrative term. (photos & article).

The Town Hall was lit in pink as a reminder of the importance of self-examination for the prevention of breast cancer  


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Mayor confirms appointments of directors of departments for the new administrative term  LINK  
Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis reaffirmed his commitment to island families and urged the appointees to work with dedication and respect, while providing good service to each of the citizens. He encouraged them to work together to meet the new challenges and to work with transparency, equity, and professionalism during the next three years. He said, "I trust that your training, capability, and ethical values ​​will help us to join forces and work as a team for the progress of the municipality and the inhabitants." (Names and titles are given.)

Armed robbery of 80,000 pesos from YZA pharmacy  LINK
It was 8:20am on Monday morning, Oct. 1st, when two men entered the YZA pharmacy, located on prolongacion Rueda Medina, and without hesitation, took out a weapon and stole 80,000 pesos from the safe.

    According to the preliminary investigation, indications are that the robbers are part of a gang of thieves who prey on this type of business, specifically the pharmacies of this company.  The investigation found that the pharmacy employee was making an inventory of milk formula when he heard a person enter, who was male, 1.5 meters in height, of robust build and dark complexion, with a grey beard and a mustache, wearing a black and yellow plaid shirt, black pants, and a blue cap with white on it. When the employee waited on him, he took out a gun and said, "Be quiet, go inside,  go into the bathroom and don't scream." 
      In the manager's statement, he explained that while walking down the hall, a person was watching the entrance, who was 1.7 meters tall with a muscular build and white complexion wearing a blue and black polo shirt, brown pants and a red cap with black on it. 
      The employee was put to the bathroom and his cell phone was taken away, then he heard some banging for about three minutes. After a few more minutes, he stopped hearing noises, so he came out of the bathroom, and saw that the two people had left, and they had broken the safe and taken the money from inside, which was approximately 80,000 pesos. 
     As a result of the incident. the Ministerial Police and the Municipal Police mounted operations seeking the two criminals.

The Ministry of Health will be administering mare than 356,000 doses of flu vaccine statewide between October 1st 2018 to March 2019. LINK

The National Electoral Institute (INE) was installed on Isla Mujeres yesterday, with a slight delay, and plans to provide 200 new credentials  Bonifacio Kumul Tun, who is in charge of the module , said that they will be on the island until next Wednesday and then will return October 25 to 29. LINK  

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

The Town Hall was lit in pink as a reminder of the importance of self-examination for the prevention of breast cancer

Notice of a found voter registration credential

Schedule change for Marinsa's fast ferries

Mayor appoints directors of departments for the upcoming three years of the new administrative term

It is the season when blue crabs migrate to the sea to spawn. Please respect them and take care so they can reproduce. (graphic)

Photos which have been distributed on social media from the security cameras at the YZA pharmacy during the armed robbery in which 80,000 pesos were taken. 
Article about robbery and photos of the front of the pharmacy after police arrived.

VIDEO at the downtown cemetery of a doctor working with the Vectors agency of the Health Department, who is explaining  a study they are doing about mosquitoes, which is part of a national study.

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The Town Hall was lit in pink as a reminder of the importance of self-examination for the prevention of breast cancer

IM Noticias   

After the Isla Mujeres Cocteleros won Sunday's game against the Cancun Rockies, with a score of 4 to 3, the two teams are now tied for first place, since they each only have one loss this season. This upcoming weekend, the Cocteleros will be playing an "away" game. (photos)

Photos which have been distributed on social media from the security cameras at the YZA pharmacy during the armed robbery in which 80,000 pesos were taken.     


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

First appointments made
 Primeros Nombramientos (Full article at this link)
   Following the installation of the new City Council, appointments were approved for the holders of the offices of General Secretary, General Director of Public Security and Traffic Police, Treasurer, Comptroller, and Directors of Income and Expenditures,  with unanimous voting, except for an abstention by the MORENA party member, and an abstention by two others over the Police Chief. There will be more appointments announced by the Mayor in upcoming days, who reaffirmed his commitment to working for the development of the municipality and ensuring the welfare of all island families.   

Precautions recommended at sea  

Recomiendan precaución a la navegación (Full article at this link)

   The port was not closed for small boats, but caution was advised due to strong winds from the northeast that were blowing since Sunday night, with the advisory to continue on Monday and Tuesday. As of Monday afternoon, the Harbor Master confirmed there were no problems with any of the smaller vessels, with these winds that sometimes gusted over 30 kph. At 6pm, the wind was blowing from the northeast at 24 kph, which had sometimes been stronger during the day, while the sea was moderately choppy, but this didn't stop the whole fleet of boats who provide tourist recreation and that of the fishermen from going out, according to some crew members.
    Early on Monday, the force of the wind increased, causing branches and cables to fall, which caused a fire in a palapa on a private property at Punta Sur, without any injuries.
     The winds can be dangerous for boats under 40 feet on the open sea, who don't take precautions, and the lobster fishermen were encouraged to look nearby, rather then venturing farther into the Yucatan Channel. The north wind benefits these fishermen because it causes the lobsters to migrate southward in search of food and shelter, and the capture becomes more abundant between now and February when the legal season ends (at the end of February, until the start of July).

Pharmacy robbed in broad daylight  

Atracan farmacia en pleno dia (Full article at this link)

   Two people robbed the YZA pharmacy at 8:30 am on Monday, putting the employee into the bathroom, and breaking into the safe, taking an estimated 80,000 pesos from three day's sales over the weekend. The pharmacy is located on prolongacion Rueda Medina, and is about 400 meters from the municipal police station. The security tape has been requested by the Ministerial Police, and an investigation is underway. Witnesses say one person was about 40 years old and the other was just over 20, and that both were wearing caps and jeans. One had a plaid shirt and the other wore a polo shirt.
   It is noted that on August 24th around 9am, the Yamaha dealers, which is about 100 meters away, was robbed of about 50,000 pesos by two people, with no arrests yet.

Remembering the Father of Tourism  

Recuerdan al Padre del Turismo (Full article at this link)

   The former hospital downtown was named for the "Father of Tourism" in this region, José de Jesús Lima Gutiérrez, and there are residents who think the Community Hospital should carry his name, in honor of his contribution to the development of the tourism in the three states of the Yucatan peninsula. He passed away ten years ago and was born on Sept. 12, 1912, in Jalisco, and he is recognized as a politician-entrepreneur with a great vision. He saw the great tourism potential of the southeastern region of Mexico, which was neglected at that time, for its cultural and natural wealth, and he had excellent relationships at high political levels. 
      In a few days, there will be recognition of his work at the 60th anniversary  of the middle school "Benito Juarez", because Mr. Lima Gutierrez was a founder of the school and a teacher there. This is just one of a long list of his accomplishments.
   The Chemax-Puerto Juarez section of the federal highway was built during the administration of President Adolfo Ruiz Cortines (1952-1958), laying the foundation for the beginning of the development of tourism in the state of Quintana Roo. In Isla Mujeres, the middle school was established, and the whole project was followed up by President Adolfo López Mateos, when introducing basic services. Despite these limitations in transportation and communication, construction was initiated on the first tourist-category hotel in the state, the Zazil-Ha, on the islet Yunque in Isla Mujeres.
     The hotel was inaugurated in May 1964 by President Lopez Mateos, as was the airfield which served as a mainstay for the birth of the great tourism destination of the region, Cancun.
   Mr. Lima also organized the regattas that began in 1964, which helped publicize other cultural destinations such as Chichén Itzá, Tulum, Mérida and Campeche. Competitors in the races and their families would participate in tours in the three states of the Peninsula. 
    His son, Enrique Lima Zuno, said, "Among his first actions for Isla Mujeres was establishing a community development center; getting it set up and equipped for fifth and sixth grade classes; to have a middle school, with a federal payroll for teachers, and equipment for their workshops. Its director, Mrs. Josefa Adame Solís, did great work, educating us and teaching us to be better Mexicans and to make Isla Mujeres a prosperous community." 
    Mr. Lima Gutierrez also set up the first kindergarten, "Gabriela Mistral" and donated the land it now occupies so that it could be built. He obtained the first hospital, and ensured that the water was potable for the benefit of the health of the islanders. 
    In regard to environmental matters, he made frequent visits to the Presidents of Mexico and to his associates, and obtained the first national parks in the Yucatan Peninsula, including Isla Contoy, which was declared a national park for the protection of seabirds. As well as something unusual, an underwater national park to protect the coral reefs in the channel between Isla Mujeres and the then unknown island of Cancun. 
    Mr. Lima and his family built the first house on the unexplored island of Cancun, which was visited by politicians and businessmen who were ecstatic about the Caribbean Sea, which was unknown to most Mexicans at that time, since the tourism destinations were Acapulco and Veracruz then. Officials with FONATUR visited and began to shape the Cancun mega-project. 
   Another son, Esteban Lima Zuno, spoke about how, in the midst of adverse circumstances, the hotel Zazil-Ha was built five stories high, and inaugurated in 1964 as the largest and most luxurious hotel in the Mexican southeast, on the islet of El Yunque. ("Anvil"). He said, "My father obtained a loan from the Bank of Mexico's FOGATUR, Fund for Tourism, to build the hotel, but it was not an easy task with all the difficulties of moving hundreds of tons of construction materials from Mérida and other cities, and from outside of the country, in order to construct the type of modern hotel required for first class tourism." 
        Qualified labor from Yucatan and Mexico City were hired. There was support from the ICA consortium to make it possible to make concrete blocks and mosaics in a camp on North Beach. Material had to be brought over in boats and pangas (small canoe-like boats) to build the hotel and the airstrip, which was a feat in itself. 
    Mr. Lima, the father of Quintana Roo tourism (called 'the industry without chimneys),  created several companies which included: Twenty cabins on North Beach; the travel agency "Maya International"; the dive company Servicios Acuáticos Buzos del Caribe S. A.; the airline Taxis Aéreos del Caribe S. A.; and the yacht club Club de Yates de Isla Mujeres, A. C., which still exists and organizes the regattas. And, of course, the hotel. 
You can read more about Mr. Lima and the development of tourism in Isla Mujeres HERE.  


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Sea is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms.  Some
gradual development of this system is possible late this week and
this weekend while the low drifts generally northward during the
next several days.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...low...near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days...low...20 percent.

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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 at El Pescador stadium (in front of Chedraui). Probably starts around 1p.

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

Tuesday, Oct. 9  Day of Fishermen

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  Anniversary of the birth of Ramon Bravo

 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 Muertos...one 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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