Thursday, November 8, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, November 8

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Junk removal campaign Tuesdays and Thursdays11am-4pm

Forums and citizen consultations "I decide my future" will be held Nov. 14-22 regarding the Municipal Development Plan. Topics that will be analyzed include health, education, fighting against poverty, employment, infrastructure, environment, peace and justice, and others.They are aligned with the United Nations agenda for 2030 whose aim is to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for everyone without compromising resources for future generations. The address is given for the municipal government website citizens may express their opinions. The municipal government is committed to remaining in close communication with the citizenry.

Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030 with 17 sustainable development objectives, with specific goals, which constitute a comprehensive and multisectoral agenda.

The Municipal Council of Civil Protection 2018-2021 was appointed
to ensure the safety of citizens during any natural disasters, Merced Ortiz Maya, director general of civil protection and firefighters, explained that the program for the next three years will be focused on improving the preventive effectiveness of the municipal Civil Protection System, to identify and improve knowledge of risks and to promote the coordination of the three levels of government to perfect the comprehensive reduction of risks in the case of natural disasters.
      With a population of approximately 30,000 inhabitants, the municipality requires specific programs and activities that determine a public policy of priorities regarding the protection of the population.
   She said, "We will work under certain parameters toward the active, coordinated, responsible and solidarity participation of society and government, through the establishment of a new relationship between individuals and organizations." 

Nice aerial photos of Playa Centro, the Blue Flag beach of Isla Mujeres

Fulfilling the task of maintaining Isla Mujeres as the safest municipality of Quintana Roo, officers of the municipal police department will make continual patrols of the beaches of the entire municipality, including Isla Blanca.


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  Tvisla Mujeres    

Islanders united in the fight for the elimination of violence against women LINK  

Islanders are encouraged to obtain their Drivers Licenses. LINK  

Diabetic Clinic in Isla Mujeres exceeded expectations LINK  

After three months of renovation work, on Wednesday the vehicle ferry "Sergio Gracia Aguilar" returned and is expected to resume operations on Thursday. (photo)

A crew of about 30 CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) workers arrived to begin a review of the meters downtown. LINK   

Diabetic Clinic for the 12th year in Isla Mujeres LINK  

Three of the projects of the Port Authority (APIQRoo) have been completed and the fourth could be finished this month LINK 

Cones in the street need to be removed: Mirian Trejo León  LINK  

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

The Town Hall was illuminated in orange lights in honor of the fight for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls (photo). One of the officials said,  "As part of the actions for the eradication of violence against women and girls in our municipality we will conduct a campaign to raise the awareness of all islanders about physical or emotional abuse against women and girls.

New schedules from Maritima Isla Mujeres (vehicle ferry)
Sunday schedule:

Required documents and costs for obtaining a Drivers License for the first time:

-Voter Registration document showing Isla Mujeres residency (Note: Foreign residents present their passport and resident visa)
- Birth Certificate
- Medical Certificate (not "SIMI")
- Utility bill (water)

(with copies)

Licenses have different costs as follows for 2 or 3 years as follows (in pesos):
- motorcycle $345.38 and $438
- car $577.50 and $786
- chauffer's license $623.45 and $854
- public services $530.76 and $716

Drivers Licenses can be obtained at the Police Station 
Monday thru Friday from 9:30a to 3: 30p and Saturdays from 9:00a to 12:00p

Noti Isla Mujeres   

The state Human Rights Commission is holding the first Feminist Essay contest for Human Rights said official Martha Patricia Puč. VIDEO   

Notice about a found backpack

IM Noticias   

Successful 2018 Diabetic Clinic

     The 2018 edition of the Diabetic Clinic exceeded expectations for the number of islanders who attended, compared to last year's clinic. About 350 residents attended the clinic held on the island last year and there were about 150 attendees at the clinic in the Continental Zone, for a total of about 500 residents.
     More than 400 islanders were assisted at yesterday's clinic and over 150 residents are expected to attend the clinic in the Continental Zone on Nov. 12th, according to organizer Geovanny de la O Avalos.
      Yesterday's free clinic took place at the CAVI facility from 9am to noon, providing glucose testing, glucometers and supplies, with instruction on their use, as well as reading glasses, education about diabetes management, and nutritional advice, all at no cost.
This clinic was organized by the Diabetic Pro-patient Club AC who have helped hundreds of Isla Mujeres diabetics in the past nine years. They are a nonprofit organization made up of Mexicans and foreigners, including nurses, social workers, nutritionists, paramedics, and doctors. They expressed their gratitude for the assistance provided by the City thru the DIF social service agency of Isla Mujeres, and to those who donated and volunteered.

Photo credit for first three to IM Noticias. Fourth photo of organizer Karen Rosenberg from TVIslaMujeres

. If you'd like to help, contact us!  Donations are always enthusiastically appreciated and in addition to the clinics, we've provided equipment & supplies for the hospital, ambulances, paramedics, and health events (as well as donating expired items to teaching facilities.) With equipment and education to help them manage their illness,  hopefully fewer islander diabetics will suffer from loss of eyesight, amputations & other devastating consequences of this disease.

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

Comprehensive care for diabetics  

Atención integral a diabéticos

  Mare than 300 islanders benefited from the Diabetics clinic which was held for the tenth year in the municipality to provide equipment and supplies for controlling the disease, as well as testing blood glucose levels in attendees. Organizer Geovanny de la O Avalos noted that testing was also done on the relatives who accompanied the diabetics, (who are often at risk for developing this illness, and who were also exposed to the nutritional information which can be essential in prevention, as well as management.)
    Diabetics were given a glucometer and supplies and taught how to operate the equipment, and attendees from previous years returned with their glucometers  to receive more tests strips, lancets, and batteries. This indicates that islanders are using the equipment to monitor and manage their illness.
   Organizer Karen Rosenberg said that over 300 glucose tests were performed and only five people had normal levels of 90-110, and some had results of up to 400. More than 350 pairs of reading glasses were available for those who needed them and at noon, about 280 had been distributed.

CFE workers reviewing meters had no comment 

Cuadrillas de la CFE causan expectación

 While there was speculation about the large group of CFE workers who arrived to this island and were scattered around downtown reviewing meters, the workers had no comment for the media and said only the superintendent could provide information. They were observed removing some meters, and when asked if those meters would be replaced by new ones, they had no comment. When a worker asked why he was being photographed, and was told it was for the media, he had no further comments.
   It is noted that there have been recent complaints about increased electric bills, and a well known businessman commented anonymously, "I don't think they've come with good intentions, the CFE never does, they are always thinking of how to "fregar" the consumers..." (lit. scrub/scour)

Rehabilitation of traffic signs  

Rehabilitan los señalamientos viales

  The rehabilitation of the traffic signs which began on October 26th is now about 85% complete. The chief of police explained that about 80 signs have been given attention to provide better visibility to drivers, which included removing undergrowth, making them upright, and cleaning and reconditioning them. Signs that are bent or damaged are being repaired and replaced to the same site or relocated. Some of the signs that were renovated have already been damaged again, usually by vandalism, which can contribute to minor traffic accidents.

Hoteliers anticipate a good winter season  

Buenos augurios para la hotelería

  Currently occupancy rates on the island are at 58%, while in the Continental Zone they are at 72% for an overall rate of 66.5%. Hoteliers expect that rates will climb to 90% or higher during the Christmas season. They anticipate a prosperous winter season, noting that Isla Mujeres has an advantage over many destinations in that there are a large number of visitors who return repeatedly.

Concerns over parking on the main street Medina

Imparable obstrucción de la vía pública

  Although the municipal traffic laws prohibit the obstruction of public roadways with cones or other objects to reserve parking spaces, this practice has become common in Isla Mujeres, particularly among business owners on the main street Rueda Medina.  The City General Secretary announced that individuals who obstruct the street with objects, whatever they may be, will have to remove them, in accordance with municipal traffic regulations.
  It is noted that the patron saint festivities will take place Nov. 28-Dec. 8, with expectations that at least 25 guilds will participate.

Harbor Master requiring updated documentation  

Con mucho trabajo la Capitanía de Puerto

  The previous Harbor Master held the position for ten years, and now the current Harbor Master, Ana Laura Lopez Bautista, has been making some changes, and she is requiring the boats in the tourism and fishing industries to get caught up on their documentation. She said there has been a lot of interest and participation and little resistance. She noted there were many irregularities, and all of them are being resolved little by little.  She said this included updating changes of ownership of vessels, processing of logbooks, updating boarding certificates,  and ensuring that each crew member has taken the required courses and has a license for the activity being done.

Taxi fare increases requested of 25-30%

Aumentará tarifa de taxis

  Although rate increases of 25 to 30 percent were requested by the taxi union, this doesn't mean that this percentage will be approved, and a socioeconomic study has been conducted to analyze how much the rate should be increased. The head of the taxi union of Isla Mujeres, Jose Magana Galue, said that a meeting was held on Monday with the Director of the new Mobility Institute, who said the the new rates should be determined by December, although this doesn't mean that the requested increase will be authorized.
   He said they are aware that there are some drivers who have dishonestly been overcharging residents 20 or 30 pesos, when the official rate is 15 pesos for one or two (resident) passengers who board together. He noted that the percentage of the increase will not be the same for the colonias and residential areas as for the tourist zones.
   He said the last time the rates were increased was in 2008 when the cost of gasoline was around 7.5 pesos per liter, which has progressively increased to the current price (It's now nearly 21 pesos/liter). The cost of parts has also increased considerably, which is associated with the increased cost of dollars. The law requires that vehicles must be less than five years old for their first registration. Now the director of the Mobility Institute has advised them that the vehicles must have an airbag and meet minimum safety requirements.
  He also noted that between the island and the Continental Zone, about 175 taxi drivers have undergone the Taxi Naranja (orange) training which is part of a program implemented by the state for the safety of women.

Many diabetics are undiagnosed and others don't follow treatment advice  

Diabéticos no siempre siguen el tratamiento

 According to the 2016 National Health and Nutrition Survey, one in two people with diabetes are unaware they are diabetic, and 12% of those who are aware of their diagnosis are not receiving treatment or improving their habits. World Diabetes Day is Nov. 14th.
   Most of the rest of the information in this article has been translated, and organizers of the Diabetic Clinic (held yesterday) Geovanny de la O Avalos and Karen Rosenberg commented that these clinics were implemented ten years ago, and this will be the twelfth free clinic providing tools and information to islander diabetics to help them manage their illness, as well as offering blood tests for glucose levels. The number of people who are being assisted has grown tremendously and they have begun offering annual clinics in the Continental Zone also.
   "The intention is to provide diabetic patients with a complete diagnostic kit and enough strips for a year, so that blood sugar levels can be measured when they deem appropriate," said Mr de la O Avalos.  
  Reading glasses are also provided to those who need them and the general public was invited to the clinic to have their glucose levels tested, since timely care can avoid many potential problems. He said, "With the support of Karen, her friends, tourists and foreign residents in the island, the Club Diabetic Patient Association was formed. For two years, we have been collaborating with the City, through the DIF,  who have provided us with the necessary facilities to hold the clinic."

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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 

Nov. 23   6:49
Nov. 24   7:43
Nov. 25   8:42
Nov. 26   9:44
 Nov.27   10:47
  Nov. 28    11:49 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:10 to ~6:05p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  ~6:50 to 7:10
November 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.
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

Saturday, Nov. 3 Plogging event 8a-10a
Saturday, Nov. 10 Plogging event 8a-10a

Friday, Nov. 16-Monday, Nov.19  Buen Fin weekend (sales)

Saturday, Nov. 17 Plogging event 8a-10a

Monday, Nov. 19 Observance (day off) for Revolution Day

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Revolution Day

 Saturday, Nov. 3 Plogging event 8a-10a

Wednesday Nov. 28 thru Saturday Dec. 8- Patron Saint festivities for Our Lady of Immaculate Conception  

Saturday, Dec. 1 Inauguration Day 

  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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