Thursday, November 29, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, November 29

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Crime prevention in Isla Mujeres LINK  
  The Mayor and the municipal police department have managed to keep crime rates well below the national average, making Isla Mujeres the safest municipality in the state. Quintana Roo. The Crime Prevention division of the department conducts educational activities in the schools on topics which include awareness about grooming behaviors (carried out by an adult with the aim of winning the friendship of a minor with in order to diminish the child's inhibitions and be able to abuse them), as well as police image, prevention of child harassment, the National Law of the Comprehensive System of Criminal Justice for Adolescents, police roles, positive parenting styles, road safety education, how react to aggressive people and prevention of addictions.
   The Crime Prevention unit also provides courses and workshops for companies about prevention of extortion and telephone fraud, prevention of petty theft (?robo hormiga, lit. ant theft), prevention of alcoholism, stress management, safety measures in the workplace, empathy and a positive work environment, among others. 
   The head of the unit, Tania Galera Gómez, said, "The best way to maintain low crime rates is prevention, which is why our mayor created this unit which has helped the island community through different activities that involve all sectors of society." She said, "We also have been conducting various activities in the colonias of the entire municipality with the aim of promoting safe spaces for healthy recreation for the citizenry, such is the program 'Cinema in Your Colonia'."
    She concluded by saying that the most important thing is for the public to trust the police, to approach or contact them in case of any incidents and to report any type of harassment, violence or crime when they are witnesses or victims, and in this way, Isla Mujeres will continue to be the safest municipality in the state.

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Plan to build bell tower on Church of Immaculate Conception in honor of 50th anniversary LINK 
      As part of the 50th anniversary of the Church of Immaculate Conception, the parish priest Raul Sanchez Alonzo, announced plans for the construction of the bell tower on the church. He said the work should begin in February, at a cost of 1.2 million pesos.
   He said when the structure was built fifty years ago, there was a structure constructed in the central area for a bell tower, where the image of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception currently is located. He explained that the Virgin won't be removed, but will be inside the belfry, where it will be protected and illuminated. He explained that the electronic bell tower will sound hourly with songs alluding to the Virgin Mary, depending on the time.
    He said that although the work won't begin until next year, during the Patron Saint festivities, they will take advantage of the presence of the two bishops, Pedro Pablo Elizondo and Fabio Martínez Castilla, for the blessing of the project. 
     He said that a very simple bell tower is planned, based on the bell tower of the basilica of the Nativity in Belem, designed so as not to compromise the structure of the church. He said there are no risks due to the age of the church, and structural calculations have indicated there are no problems. The construction is expected to be completed in time for the feast of the Virgin of the Assumption in August.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Complaint about Marinsa not keeping to its schedule, for example the boat scheduled to depart at 5:15 left at 5p.

Advice about 5 things to do in Isla Mujeres.

Port closed for small boats

VIDEO of tourists enjoying Isla Mujeres during Cold Front #12

Invitation to participate in Patron Saint festivities (see event section)

Invitation to take advantage of the property tax discounts

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO of the opening procession of the Patron Saint festivities  VIDEO 

VIDEO about Ruben Chavez & foreign volunteers gathering 3000 donated toys for the children on Isla Mujeres on Three Kings Day

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

Port closed for small boats  

Sin actividades en el mar

Nov. 28  Due to Cold Front #12, the port was closed for boats under 40 feet for the second consecutive day, affecting tourism and fishing. Boats were able to offer tours to El Farito and the Makax lagoon area, but not to Isla Contoy.

"El Yunque" islet suffers erosion      

Isleta “El Yunque” se debilita por erosión

    The rocks of El Yunque islet have been breaking off and eroding, which is causing concern. This is where first luxury hotel in Quintana Roo, Zazil Ha, opened its doors in 1964, which is now Mia. The structure isn't weakening, but the rocks of the islet have weakened from the currents, including those of the strong 'nortes' (cold fronts). Large rocks have also detached from the nearby Casa de las Rocas, and along the eastern coast of the island, there has been erosion.
      There are concerns that a large hurricane, such as Wilma (2005) or Gilberto (1988), could cause damage to the Aeropuerto area, Punta Sur, and El Yunque. There has been discussion that the one-kilometer hurricane wall downtown should be extended northward, as well as southward to join it to the one in Salina Chica, and that a plan should be made to reinforce the cliffs south of Salina Chica, to Punta Sur. This would mean investing tens of millions of pesos to conduct the work in stages.

Port closed for small boats for safety  

Cierran el puerto por seguridad

Nov. 27   Due to effects of Cold Front #12, at noon the port was closed for small boats, although tours were allowed to El Farito and the lagoon area. Since the restriction began at noon, most of the fishermen had already gone out.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

Property tax discounts begin December 1st, and the Town Hall will be open to receive payments, despite it being Saturday (and Inauguration Day).

The Councilman for the minority party (MORENA) asked the Mayor to end the monopolies for propane and internet service, so the residents have alternatives to ZetaGas and Wizz.  (There are other options for internet service.)

Church celebrates 50th anniversary  

Son 50 años de la parroquia

  A press conference was held regarding the Patron Saint festivities (see event section) which included the parish priest and representatives of the Association of Cabalgantes who said each year there are more horses and riders participating, in the procession which will take place on Saturday. There are 25 traffic police officers who will be available around the clock for the festivities, and the municipal police will be kept in communication to ensure the celebrations take place in peace and tranquility. 
    The municipal General Secretary, Miriam Trejo León, attended the press conference on behalf of the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis. She said the various City department are coordinating with the Organizing Committee to ensure that these activities go as well as possible. 

Opinions about Public Poll about the Mayan Train  

Consulta pública era obvia

   Hotelier Gerardo Magaña Barragán said there are many opinions about the Mayan Train, and that he thinks security should be improved first, because trains can be derailed for the purpose of theft. He believes the train would be good for the state, but he has concerns about operational costs. 
   In regard to the poll, Juan Carrillo Figueroa, president of the National Chamber of Commerce (CANACO), said he thought the results were predictable because of the manner in which the questions were worded. He had questions about the benefits for transportation in the Cancun-Maya Riviera section compared to the current vehicles, and thinks it will benefit the depressed economic areas of Campeche, Chiapas and Tabasco, with tourism whose source in Quintana Roo. He expects this state to also be a source for labor, also. 
    Isla Mujeres historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid said that the consultation was not necessary because the project was already decided. He said, "But having transportation like the Mayan Train would change the perspective of the Southeast. I hope it can become a reality, because the project's challenges are very big. Problems must be solved concerning land tenure and there are other obstacles, but on behalf of the municipality, we in Isla Mujeres have great hopes that this will take place because it would benefit the northern area of Quintana Roo tremendously, which is the expected outcome."

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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

Saturday, Nov. 17 The second annual Biker Fest begins at noon on the runway & events include a tour around the island, contests, demonstrations, and other activities. They will have activities on Playa Centro on Sunday. It is sponsored by"Club Evolution FZ Isla Mujeres" in celebration of the club's sixth anniversary, and they expect motorcyclists from all over Mexico to attend. 
Saturday on the runway
Noon: Registration
1p: Get Together
2p: Inauguration of the Event
3p: Quarter Mile
4p: Procession around the isle & official photo
5p: Final Quarter Mile
6p: Stunt Biker, PDC.
7p: Contests & Surprises
7:30: Comedy Show
9p: Rock band
10:30: Rap w. Lil Chanek & Royal
11:30: Fire Show El Dragon H
12a DJ music

Sunday at Playa Centro (aka the Posada Beach)
10a Meet at the beach
10:30: Stunt Biker PDC Show
11a: Rap
12p: Contests & Surprises
1p DJ music
Food & drinks for sale
Kit Sales: $170 in advance $190 day of event
Celebrating the sixth anniversary of "Club EVOLUCIÓN FZ ISLA MUJERES"

Sunday, Nov. 18 Town Square 8p Noches Magicas The Senior Citizen's choir will be accompanied by Jose Concepcion Najera, and singer Ernesto Rodriguez will also perform, as well as a dance troupe from the Academy Baile TuTu.
 Monday, Nov. 19 Observance (day off) for Revolution Day

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Revolution Day. Parade on Rueda Medina, starting in front of the Naval base at 8a.

 Saturday, Nov. 24  The Plogging Crew will be meeting at the malecon overlooking the Caribbean Sea to clean up that area of coast this morning at 8a.

Sunday, Nov. 25 Second Anniversary of Noches Magicas on the Town Square at 8p, with comedian Chiquilin Hooch and the dance troupe Dance Studio Latin Dancers

Patron saint festivities on the Town Square in front of the Church of Immaculate Conception (except the horse processions on Sat, Dec. 1st).
Wednesday, Nov. 28
7p The Patron Saint icon is moved from her niche at the Church
8p Procession downtown (100's of people, singing)
9p Dancing to live music on the Town Square & four dance troupes perform

Thursday, Nov. 29
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Friday, Nov. 30
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Saturday, Dec. 1...HORSES!
Noon: Cabalgata (probably on the runway)
1p: Horse caravan (procession around the isle)
Sunday, Dec. 2
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Monday, Dec. 3
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Tuesday, Dec. 4
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Wednesday, Dec. 5
7:30 Juanita Mendez & local singers perform
Thursday, Dec. 6
7:30p Dance troupe & local singers perform
Friday, Dec. 7
7p Large caravan in honor of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
10p Las Mañanitas Mass
11p Mariachi
11:30 Local artists singing Las Mañanitas
Saturday, Dec. 8
3p Boat procession with the icon in the Bay
5:30p Mass for the returning of the icon to her niche
7p Juanita Mendez & dance troupes perform
8p Closing dance with band Picante Plus
The other schedule shows events by the private groups in her honor at their facilities. The confirmations are at the church on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7pm.
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
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF 
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres     
LINK to NHC in US (in English)

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