Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, January 2

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Sunrise video from the Mayor saying Isla Mujeres receives the first rays of the sun in Mexico.

Mayor Juan Carrillo ready for new challenges in 2019 
   The Mayor said he is ready to take actions aimed at social, economic and ecological development in 2019 and he gave assurances that the good projects will continue. He said he will coordinate interests with the state and federal government to provide funds and projects for the benefit of the islanders and continue to create programs sponsored by the City. He said that health programs will be strengthened and medical dispensaries will continue for the benefit of those who need it most with suitably trained staff to offer quality services to the islanders.
   He spoke about the importance of taking care of the environment  and said the Trash Transfer Facility has been emptied out except 30 percent and trash collection has become more efficient. He said in addition to the new trash collection trucks, six new police patrol vehicles have been provided by the state. He is committed to maintaining Isla Mujeres as the safest municipality in the state, saying, "We have worked hard to maintain the criminal indices below the national average, guaranteeing islanders and visitors a safe destination to live, vacation and spend pleasant moments surrounded by beautiful spaces in complete tranquility." He also spoke about development in the Continental Zone and providing services, facilities, and infrastructure there.  
     He said, "During this previous administration great projects were provided that directly benefit the island community, and I am sure that 2019 will bring many more; my goal is to improve the quality of life of all islanders through innovative works and programs."


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Following Sunday's execution, officials locate arsenal of weapons, ammunition, and drugs LINK  

  FGE searched home & found guns, ammunition, & drugs  
      While investigating the murder of one person and injury of another by gunshots on Sunday afternoon, the State Attorney General's office (FGE) carried out a search warrant on a downtown address where they impounded drugs, guns, and ammunition, and they will initiate procedures for extinction of domain. 
     At a property located on Miguel Hidalgo Avenue between Lopez Mateos and Matamoros, agents impounded a shotgun, a 9mm caliber handgun, five 13 caliber cartridges, a 9mm caliber 'blazer' cartridge, two 9 × 19 cartridges, twenty-two 380 auto cartridges, thirty 'useful' 30 SPL caliber cartridges, twenty 28 auto cartridges, eleven "A" caliber cartridges, twenty 'useful' 32 7.55 cartridges, twenty 'useful' 28 auto cartridges, and 14 'useful' U caliber cartridges.
   They also found 39 bags of dry green herb with characteristics of marijuana, two airtight sealed bags containing a white powder with characteristics of cocaine, and a suitcase with two bags containing substances with similar characteristics. The Attorney General's Office confirms its commitment to fight the crimes head-on that hurt Quintana Roo society.
... Bulletin issued by Social Communication of the FGE  LINK 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Photos of the first sunset of 2019, from colonia La Gloria

Noti Isla Mujeres   

IM Noticias   


 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
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New Year's festivities without incident    

Festejo por año nuevo sin incidente

  Thousands of residents and visitors crowded the Town Square on to welcome the New Year, including hundreds of families comfortably seated at tables, while others danced to the live music of the party which continued until dawn. Many people went to Punta Sur to welcome the first rays of the sun at the first dawn in 2019, tho a cloud bank on the horizon delayed their appearance for nearly an hour. The was also the traditional Catholic early morning mass, held about a kilometer from the touristic center.
    The police provided security at the downtown event and at Punta Sur, where some 3000 people welcomed the sunrise, mostly tourists. There were no traffic jams, since the chain of vehicles reached Garrafon Park and a large section of the Caribbean coastal road to the east.

New Year with full beaches   

Año Nuevo con playas llenas

Jan 2  The beaches were very busy and the good weather is expected to continue on Wednesday and Thursday, when thousands of visitors are expected to be enjoying the attractions of this vacation destination. As for the other economic activity of the island, fishing is also expected to be good and there is a high level of demand. Fishermen will be taking advantage of the good weather before the effects of Cold Front #21 occur, which is expected to arrive on Friday afternoon. The entire fleet is expected to be active on Wednesday, because today (Tuesday), only those who weren't sleeping were able to go out.
     The fleet of boats and ferries that transport tourists were active on Wednesday, and it is estimated that about 30,000 visitors were transported. More visitors are being transported from Punta Sam compared to this summer, and the ferry companies expect high levels to continue throughout the winter season.

Drugs & guns found in home

Hallan armas y droga en casa asegurada

  See translated notice from the FGE above.  This article notes that the officials have not released the name or initials of the deceased, but according to information collected he is from Veracruz and arrived to Isla Mujeres a year ago. It is said he was called "El Vampiro" and was about 20 years old. The name or initials of the injured person have not been released, and there is secretiveness being kept about hi, but indications are that he is still convalescing. The three detainees remain in custody and are under investigation, and, "It is expected that there will be corroboration of their probable participation in the events, once the corresponding investigative procedures have been carried out."

Motorcyclist crashes on Rueda Medina   

Motociclista cae en el Malecón

   On Tuesday afternoon, on Rueda Medina just south of the Navy pier, a young motorcyclist injured his skull after hitting a golf cart and crashing to the pavement. The young man had alcohol on his breath, apparently, and his relatives said he had a bad habit of not wearing his helmet. Witnesses said he had been driving recklessly prior to the accident.
     The incident occurred shortly after 2pm, when the young man named Rogelio tried to cross between two vehicles, a compact car and a golf cart, when they were traveling north to south, and he hit the cart on its left side. The damage to the moto was considerable with a broken handlebar on the left side and the plastic parts, and the golf cart had a punctured tire where there was contact with the tube. The tourist in the back seat of the the cart had a slight injury to his right arm.
     The motorcyclist had blood flowing freely from his head, and the paramedic first responder arrived on the Red Cross motorcycle to assess the damage, call the ambulance, and provide first aid. The young man was conscious and talking on the phone to someone in his family to inform them of the unfortunate incident, at the time when he was receiving assistance. He repeatedly said "Forgive me" over the phone.
      The golf cart didn't have major damage and was from the Easy rental agency. The compact car was a black Suzuki, and plate numbers are given for both. The motorcycle was a black 150cc Yamaha without a plate. Navy personnel assisted with traffic control, so that the flow of traffic wasn't obstructed.


Photo by Eduard Joao of the New Year's party on the Town Square 

Photos by Tony Garcia yesterday (New Year's Day) from the Ultracarga vehicle ferry

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Jan. 21   7:17
Jan. 22   8:24
Jan. 23   9:29
Jan. 24  10:30
 Jan. 25   11:30 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:17 to ~6:37p
Sunrise  ~7:24
January Events 
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK 

Monday, Dec.31 New Year's Eve celebration on the Town Square.(See article below) The NYE party continues until dawn, at least.

Tuesday, Jan. 1 New Year's Day Many people observe the sunrise at Punta Sur.
Ultramar passenger ferries
The Mass schedule for Immaculate Conception (downtown), Sacred Heart in La Gloria, and the Capilla de Guadalupe in Salina Chica, as well as a Caribbean sunrise Mass.
Thursday, Jan. 3 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 5 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 6  Día de Reyes/ King's Day   This day commemorates when the three kings or Magi visited Jesus & is the culmination of the twelve days of Christmas. Traditionally this is the day when Mexican children receive gifts. It is customary to eat Rosca de reyes, a sweet bread that represents King Herod's crown with figurines of baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the token in their piece is obligated to host a party on Candlemas Day (Dia de la Candelaria), Feb. 2, which usually includes tamales.

At 10am, at Ruben's Restaurant there will be a giveaway of toys and snacks for thousands of islander children, with los Tres Reyes in costume.. On the back street Guerrero, across from the Post Office & Mercado.

In the afternoon, there is usually an event at the el Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui with entertainment, surprises, and raffles, hosted by the DIF social service agency.

Sunday, Jan. 6 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Jan. 6 is also Día de la Enfermera/Nurse's Day in Mexico. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes"...a gift from the Magi.  (International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale).

Thursday, Jan. 10 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 12 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 13 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Friday, Jan 18-Sunday Jan. 20 Oasis Fest Vol. 2: Pirate's Paradise with 22 musical acts, surprise prizes, and these events. Organized by Barracuda Board Co.   LINK 

    Friday: Urban Culture with a Hip Hop Concert, Workshops & Expositions of Breakdance, Rap, Graffiti, & Musical Production and an Artist Fair

     Saturday: Street Culture with Pirate Plog (Beach Cleanup), Ska, Punk, Rock Concert, Workshops, Games, & Get Together of Skate, Longboard, Parkour, Roller, Circus Arts, Murals

      Sunday: Caribbean Culture with Reggae & Ska Concert, Workshops in Skimboard, Palm Weaving, and Ancestral Vibrations with Conch Shells, Paddleboard Games, Live Painting, Raffle.

Saturday, Jan 19 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Sunday, Jan. 20 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Sunday, Jan 20 Lunar Eclipse begins at 9:36 pm, Maximum at 12:12am (Jan 21) and ends at 2:48am. 

Thursday, Jan. 24 Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Jan 26 Plogging volunteers cleanup 8a-10a. Meeting location TBA. Gloves & equipment supplied. (See link above)

Saturday, Jan. 26 Ultramarathon 24 hours  LINK  

Sunday, Jan. 27 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes & singers.

Thursday, Jan. 31  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

  Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres
   To celebrate New Year's Eve, some families set up tables in the side streets with pinatas strung overhead, and dine on turkey stuffed with seasoned ground meat, while others crowd the Town Square for live music, dancing, and fireworks. Each neighborhood brings in the New Year with a bang, and the skies explode with color in all directions.
     During the NYE countdown, there is a tradition of eating twelve uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck), each representing a month, with a toast of champagne or cider. The party on the town square continues all night long. At the other end of the isle, people gather at Punta Sur to greet the first rays of the sun at the eastern-most point in Mexico.  
     Other customs include cleaning your house on New Year's Eve & sweeping out bad luck. Wearing red underwear could bring you love in the New Year, or  your white undies may bring you peace, while yellow represents wealth. Those who hope to travel should grab an empty suitcase and carry it around the room or the block, and set it by the door. If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (face up)  you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year. 
 The old year is represented by a life sized character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is later filled with fireworks and set ablaze. He may resemble a politician, and he is usually holding cigars & tequila.
      Kids receive toys on Dia de los Reyes, January 6, when families, friends, and coworkers share rosca de reyes. King's cake, usually with hot chocolate. If you get the Baby Jesus,it means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.

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