Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, November 14

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I started this on Sunday, and then our WIFI antenna broke. The tech came out on Monday & verified that & said he couldn't repair it, so this afternoon they installed a new antenna. 
This isn't finished, but this is it for now....

News from the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

State Congress approves creation of the Municipal Hacienda  (financial) Law LINK  

Receiving the first responses for the "I Decide my future" forums. LINK 

The forums and citizen consultations for I decide my Future are beginning, and citizens are encouraged to participate to help define the future of Isla Mujeres together.  Nov. 14-22

Anti-violence against women and girls, put a stop to it and file a complaint.

City Council approves property tax discounts  LINK

Excellent results from the Diabetes Clinic  LINK 

17 Objectives for sustainable development 2015-2030

Junk pickup Tues & Thurs, weekly, 11a-4p


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  Tvisla Mujeres    

Imposing order on main street: Rueda Medina   LINK  
The municipal Chief of Police, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, said the Traffic Laws will be implemented on Rueda Medina Avenue in a process that will take place over the next several days to raise awareness about the parking spaces that are for loading and unloading of passengers, which are marked. He said they began yesterday with the removal of cones blocking the street, and they intend to clear the spaces that exist for taxis to pick up and drop off passengers.
    He said it causes annoyance and obstruction of traffic when taxis stop in the street. He explained that this is not an effort to collect fines or be repressive, and they are first seeking to raise awareness and encourage drivers not to occupy the prohibited spaces.
    There have been ongoing complaints about the use of cones in public roads, which was also condemned by the municipal Secretary General two weeks ago. The police chief said this process will take place little by little, and has already begun in some areas, but in the end, all the spaces where parking is prohibited must be respected.

The Attorney General's office confirmed that a complaint was filed last night concerning the disappearance or loss of an American tourist whose whereabouts remain unknown.
Nov. 14 Caley Roberta Elizabeth Manning, 38, is suspected of having entered the sea on Monday night. She is a tourist from Pennsylvania and her friend filed the report on Tuesday evening, 24 hours after the event.

Yesterday authorities were looking in the vicinity of the Caribbean sea and beach during the night and early morning after a report was received that a woman had gone in to swim.

Cristian Montenegro Aragón, Coordinator of the Prosecutor's Office in Isla Mujeres confirmed the facts, however, he stressed that they are still investigating the possible whereabouts of the woman.

He said that so far there are several versions, and it is known that she was seen for the last time in an Isla Mujeres bar. She was staying with a friend at the Mia Reef hotel, but she didn't know her roommate's whereabouts, because she was sleeping when she realized that her roomate had left the room.

In the wee hours, she went out and looked for her, but after a while she returned to the room, according to the complaint.

On social networks, the Isla Mujeres DIF social service agency launched an "Alba" alert, with information about the tourist and her photograph, seeking help in locating her.
According to the Alba alert, the last time she was seen was on November 12, 2018, she was staying at the Mia Reef hotel in Isla Mujeres, and there is concern that she could be the victim of a crime.
,  LINK    VIDEO  

Hoteliers lack alternatives in the face of increased electrical rates by the CFE  LINK 

Decreasing temperatures with the arrival of Cold Front #10  LINK

(Yesterday) Mobilization on Monday night and the early hours of Tuesday morning searching for a tourist who may be lost in the sea LINK  

(Yesterday) A cleaning woman at "Casa Jungla" found the lifeless body of a person who had apparently hung himself and at 12:36 the report was made to the police and prosecutor's office. LINK

(Nov. 12) The Director of Public Services said that more than 2000 tons of garbage have been removed from the Trash Transfer Facility and taken to the Continental Zone. He estimated that are about 1000 more tons to remove, plus what is collected daily. LINK  

(Nov. 12) The Isla Mujeres basketball team the Cahuameros, who had been undefeated so far this season, lost one game and won the other last weekend against the Dorados of Playa del Carmen.  

Isla Mujeres Al Dia  

 Photos of Cold Front #10 arriving, with caption noting that decreasing temperatures are expected during the night.

  Video of beach   

Crocodile was removed from beach area near Luxury Beach Club and taken to Mundaca Hacienda (photos and caption). VIDEO  

Shell house named one of the 7 coolest AirBnB's in Mexico (photo & caption)

Isla Mujeres participated in XIV edition of the state competition of Dance and Cheer-leading, which took place in the gym Kuchil Baxal. (Photo and caption)

There are only two hyperbaric chambers in Isla Mujeres, the municipal one and the one located at the Naval hospital. (Photo and article)

Video about taking precautions when the temperatures decrease

VIDEO  (yesterday) of illegally parked vehicles on Rueda Medina (main street) and officers advising they be moved.  They said the spaces may be used by tourists in their carts while they are shopping in the store where they are parked. The reporter said the police are also removing the cones that businesses use to block spaces.

The DIF is collecting warm blankets & coats for those in need from Nov 13 to 30 at the DIF offices 9a-4p and the Town Hall  11a-3p.  (Graphic)

(Yesterday) VIDEO of the Civil Protection Director commenting about the presumed disappearance of a person in the madrugada (wee hours) today in the Caribbean Sea. He says the report was received around 12:20am that a person had entered the sea near the Rocamar hotel and the malecon along the Mar Caribe, and a search was begun. They also looked along the coast of Isla Blanca to rule out (washing up there).

Noti Isla Mujeres   

The "Club Evolution FZ Isla Mujeres" extends an invitation to their second Biker Fest, with motorcyclists attending from several parts of Mexico, and they will be celebrating their club's sixth anniversary. Nov. 17 at noon, there will be a tour around the island, contests, and other activities which will take place on the runway, and on Nov 18, Sunday, there will be activities at the Playa Centro beach.   VIDEO   

Director of the municipal Institute for Women talking about events for the "Orange month" and about psychological and legal services that are available. VIDEO      VIDEO  

VIDEO of women of the "Temporary Employment" program cleaning Hidalgo and Juarez avenues, with a caption about them earning the respect and admiration of the shopkeepers in the area.

Free consultations on the island for the "Blue Month" to fight against Prostate Cancer at the CAVI denter from 9a to 1p, as well as medicines, prostate cancer detection, blood pressure and blood glucose testing, and nutritional advice for those over 45. On Tuesday this will take place for City workers, and will be available for the general public of men over 45. (photo & article)

IM Noticias   

This article about the disappearance of American tourist Caley Roberta Manning gives her friend's name, Elizabeth Sanborn, and notes Ms. Manning disappeared after drinking alcoholic beverages and she had talked to her boyfriend via telephone, who is abroad. The C4 in Cancun were notified of her disappearance and a  search of the Caribbean Sea and coastal area took place by the Navy and other boats, as well as Civil Protection on Monday night-Tuesday morning and into the day  on Tuesday. After she wasn't located on Tuesday, a complaint was filed around 9pm about her disappearance. The Municipal DIF social service agency issued an Alba alert on social media. The United State Embassy also got involved. On social networks there was mention of the appearance of a lifeless body in the area known as "El Cabezo", near Isla Contoy, but there has been no confirmation of that rumor. Her partner said that this isn't the first time she has disappeared in this manner, and officials are investigating. (photo and article).

This norte, cold front #10 has affected the state of Veracruz with winds up to 130 km/hr, and it is expected to cause closure of the port of Isla Mujeres for boats under 40 feet. It may continue thru the weekend with normal nautical activities expected to resume on Monday. Decreasing temperatures are expected, with winds of around 100 km/hr (62mph) and gusts over 120 km/hr (75mph). This could be one of the most intense nortes in recent years.

Note: In other weather, a Tropical Storm becomes a Hurricane when its sustained wind speeds reach 74 mph.

Electrical rates are expected to rise in 2019  (article and photos)

Second suicide in less than a week on Tuesday Nov. 13, this time in colonia Salina Gande, by hanging, of Javier Santiago Centeno Ramos, 49, from Progresso Yucatan who is known in isla Mujeres  El Negro, El Guapo, or El Negro Caine. The previous suicide was Ricardo P.G., 57, who hung himself in his home in Salina Chica, and was disabled. (There was another suicide the week before by a waiter in colonia Lol-be)


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

A foreign tourist mistakenly claimed she was robbed 
Turista extranjera se dice robada
    A foreign tourist discovered her wallet was missing after she received a massage and she accused the staff and had the police called. (She later reported on social media that it was found elsewhere, where she has left it, and she apologized to those she had accused.)

Report of a woman missing in the sea  

Reportan a mujer que cayó al mar

Suicide of "El Negro"

“El Negro”, Javier S.R., se colgó

Forecast of increasing winds 

Vaticinan incremento de los vientos

Countless complaints against the cable company 

Innumerables quejas contra empresa de cable

Installation of Transparency Committee  

Instalan Comité de Transparencia

New trash collection trucks aren't in operation  

Nuevos camiones recolectores, inoperantes

Bitter victory for basketball team  

Amarga victoria

Slight rise in visitors   

Leve repunte de visitantes

Vehicular traffic in chaos  

Un caos, el tránsito vehicular

Fifteen young people will perform military service  

Quince jóvenes realizarán el servicio militar

Isla Mujeresews briefs
Breves de Isla Mujeres  
 On Friday around 7p, relatives of Ricardo PG called 911, and the first respondent was a municipal police officer, but he was unable to resuscitate the fifty-seven year old man, who had hung himself and had no vital signs. The paramedics arrived to confirm he had passed away and the officials with the Public Ministerial office and the medical examiners office were notified. It is noted that he suffered from a motor disability, and had lived behind the baseball field.

Norte arriving
   Conditions are expected to be favorable for general navigation by all boats until Nov. 13, because cold front #9 is expected to be moving over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico on Monday morning, November 12, with its effects to be felt on the coasts of Quintana Roo on Tuesday.

90 kilos of trash were removed from the seabed  

Sacan 90 kilos de basura del fondo marino

   Ninety kilos of trash were removed from the seabed on Saturday, in an event organized by members of the group “Acción Isla” , with assistance from students of the UNID (University Interamericana for Development) and the Jean Piaget school.
    The group, "Accion Isla" conduct clean ups on Saturdays, and this one focused on the seabed under three downtown docks. The director of the organization, Kaiulani Creamer Shorey, said that with support from the members and staff of the tourist cooperative "Adolfo Lopez Mateos", the area under their dock was cleaned, and later the group removed the trash from under the docks by the former Mininos and Velazquez restaurants.
   She said most of the garbage consisted of glass containers, straws, and other plastic items including the snorkel tubes that are provided to tourists on the catamarans for free. She said they found fewer tubes this time, removing 13 as compared to 87 last time, but that this isn't because people are littering less, but rather that the recent bad weather pulled the trash out to sea, and in a few days some will probably return.
    She said that all the collected trash is inventoried and separated, in order to know exactly how many straws, plastic covers, bottle tops and other solid waste were collected and this information will be sent to the environmental group "Ocean Conservancy".
     Ms. Creamer Shorey said that "Accion Isla" was started three years ago by people with very good ideas for the island, who for various reasons had been unable to bring them to fruition, and what they facilitate is giving action to people's ideas. 
    She said, "For example, this campaign was organized on the initiative of a student from the Inter-American University for Development as part of a student project, but on Sunday we will do another cleanup at the Pet Friendly beach, because in addition to helping other people's projects be realized, we have also given ourselves the task of leaving the coasts free of all kinds of garbage. "
    In conclusion, she explained that the environmental group has other projects in mind, such as the elimination of straws and, in the long run, beautification of the Salina lake.

Hard blow to the taxi drivers  

Duro golpe a taxistas

     It was like a bucket of cold water falling over the members of the Isla Mujeres taxi union when they learned that none of the economic (basic) models of the cars Atos, Tsuru, Matiz and March will be allowed to operate as taxis because the Institute of Mobility considers them unsafe for transport of passengers. A considerable percentage of the taxis in the municipality don't meet the requirements of the state agency, which is particularly upsetting for the owners who have bought them recently. (These models lack airbags, which will be required starting in March, 2019, as well as requirements that the vehicles be from 2014 or newer.)
    A group of dissatisfied taxi drivers expressed the opinion that the Institute of Mobility should also enforce safety measures on the golf carts. One taxista said, "We have seen the propensity of the carts to suffer accidents, especially rollovers. Many tourists drive like crazy, sometimes there are children at the wheel, but no one is requiring the rental agencies to take measures to protect the safety of those who use them." He noted that the golf carts lack turn signals, which causes accidents because many drivers don't use hand signals. 
   He said, "They don't have any doors, so with any impact the tourist is ejected. They also aren't wearing seat belts. These are vehicles that shouldn't travel on roads, but if the law ensures their presence, the least they can do is also demand that they are safe. I don't believe these requirements should only be for taxi drivers."
   Another driver pointed out that on the island, the speed limits are set to 40 km/hr (25mph), but he acknowledged that taxi drivers and drivers of private vehicles usually exceed them, but they don't reach very high speeds, either.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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
 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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