Saturday, March 23, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, March 23

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Announcement for youths turning 18 this year about obtaining their military credential

Presentation of a children's book "Mia Vuela" written by Miguel Ángel Manjarrez

Preseason game of Quintana Roo TIgres vs the Chetumal Piratas at the El Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui today at 12:30. Free.
The Q Roo Tigres will be playing the Campeche Piratas today at 12:30 at the El Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui. It should be an exciting game...Yesterday's game ended in a tie, 6-6, after the Tigres rallied with three runs in the final inning. (They played in the municipality of Solidaridad, Playa del Carmen) Preseason game, free.

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  Tvisla Mujeres    

Rabies vaccination campaign at the following locations & dates 9a-2p. Free, Pets must be at least three months old and not pregnant or lactating.

Commemoration of 213th anniversary of the birth of Benito Juarez on March 21st

Municipal activities to commemorate World Water Day LINK
     Municipal activities to commemorate World Water Day included a clean up at Salina Grande lake with more than 100 volunteers, organized by the municipal Departmen of Ecology and the Environment, whose director noted that work to care for these ecosystems is carried out throughout the year. On this day special emphasis was given to encourage the inhabitants to be involved and to raise awareness about the necessary conservation and importance of water in the lives of all living beings.
  He said educational discussions took place at Cesar Mendoza primary school and at Benito Juarez middle school about water management, in coordination with the NGO, Friends of Sian Ka'an, the Aguakan company, and the municipal ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone) agency.

New Mobility Law and taxistas LINK
  Under the new Mobility Law, those holding taxi concessions will be required to pay a fee at the state Office of Revenue Collection, and the leader of the union has agreed to comply with the guidelines of the new law, including requirements that the vehicles have air bags, insurance and are recently acquired. (The cut off is 2014, I think.)

Video from Playa Centro 

Seeking donations for continued search for Canadian diver lost Saturday near Cozumel LINK (Posted March 21)
Cameron Donaldson is from Canada and performs therapeutic diving training for the disabled and people with post-traumatic stress disorder in James Bay. He lived in Cozumel part of the year, and returned to Canada for the summer diving program.
       There is more information on the Go Fund Me page, where they have raised more than 55,000 for renting planes and helicopters, which cost about 600 dollars an hour according to this article, and to rent boats. They have been analyzing current patterns in the Gulf and Caribbean. Tracking could extend to the south of the US and to Cuba, whose governments have been informed about his possible presence in their waters.  
  Regarding private efforts in the search, in the morning nine boats left Holbox, going to Cape Catoche. Drones equipped with thermal cameras flew over Puerto Morelos, and tried going toward Isla Mujeres, but weather conditions caused navigation to be closed for small boats and interrupted the effort.
   Two private planes flew over the Key Shores area in Florida for five hours. A group of volunteers arrived by boat to the northern tip of Cozumel island, where there is a great deal of vegetation and few people, and searched from dawn until 4pm. A team of rescue diving experts searched the area where he had been diving, going very deep. 
   The aerial and maritime search continued with 3 small planes and a helicopter belonging to the state government of Quintana Roo. 
 LINK to Go Fund Me which has exceeded $61,000.
The CFE has been working in colonia Salina Chica, which caused a suspension of service (photo)

Isla Mujeres and Bonita Springs Florida have a sister-city agreement LINK 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Amateur video from Chichen Itza yesterday showing a 'remolino' (dust devil) mini tornado and the voice at the beginning says 'It's Kukulkan being angry'. (non-FB version LINK)
Here's a similar, but less dramatic, YouTube video from five years ago of a dust devil-mini tornado at the same spot: LINK  
The third game of the playoffs on Sunday, March 24 at the Pescador baseball field with the Cancun Rockies vs the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros at 1p.

Photo taken after dark of a golf cart lacking taillights, noting there is a risk for an accident

Video with caption saying Isla Mujeres is amazing is to say the least, Isla Mujeres is much more.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

 VIDEO of Mayor with caption saying he is committed to making arrangements for public transportation for the inhabitants of Isla Mujeres and he will soon be submitting a initiative to the state Congress for an invitation to seek transportation on the island, with the goal of having good quality service and vehicles for the islanders, so they can get to work, school, etc.

Presentation of children's book "Mia Vuela"

La Tertulia

Director of Economic Development offers talk about credit for microbusinesses, and small and medium businesses (article and photos) 

 Cold Front #44 brought minimal amounts of sargasso to El Riito beach area on Thursday morning  (photos & article)

Commemoration of birth of Benito Juarez on March 21st. (article & photos)

Commemoration of the Day of the Troubadour in Isla Mujeres (photos & article) There was a performance on the Town Square, which included commemoration of one of the great troubadours in the state, islander Virgil "El Chino" Fernandez.


Video & article about CFE work continuing, although it had been expected to end on Saturday

CFE tested the new generator at the airfield (photo & article)

Sister-city with Bonita Springs Florida (photos & article)


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

Cell phone service failure resolved Friday morning  

Sufre IM falla general de telefonía celular

  Telcel phone service and Telmex internet service were restored by 7am Friday morning, after these services were interrupted shortly after 10pm. Personnel with the company confirmed that there was a general failure during the night, which was restored part by part.

Reservations indicate hotels should have high occupancy during Easter vacation  

Se prevé lleno total

   Easter vacation will begin on Saturday, April 13, and Palm Sunday will be the following day, which begins the Holy Days, including the commemoration of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, and the resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is noted that in the morning (Saturday) more sargasso arrived than the previous day, but it wasn't a problem on North Beach where thousands of families were enjoying the beach at noon. Gusts of wind from the cold front caused more sargasso to enter the beach area know as El Riito. This situation is expected to change by Tuesday, with the direction of the winds moving from north to east. Good weather is expected to continue, according to forecasts.

Isla Mujeres news briefs

Breves de Isla Mujeres

 See translations above about the anti-rabies campaign and the activities from World Water Day.

The Goal: To reach the Grand Final 

La meta: llegar a la gran final

  On Sunday, the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros will seek to qualify for the grand final of the regional baseball tournament, when they face the Cancun Rockies in the third and decisive game of the playoffs. They have each won one game.
       The game takes place at 1pm on the Pescador field (in front of Chedraui). Information is given about the players and staff. The other playoff game will be between Playa del Camen and SNTIE, the airport union at the Bonfil stadium.


Simulation of a sea rescue  

Simulacro de rescate marítimo

 March 21    On Thursday, at the southern part of the Naval dock, a rescue simulation was conducted, of saving more than a dozen people from the nearby waters. There were also activities of preparation, physical exercise and competition. About a dozen sailors-marinos were training in the water in front of Rueda Medina, who have training in safety and rescue techniques to save lives at sea. It is noted that they must be in excellent condition because emergencies can always happen when every day hundreds of tourists visit the Bay and go snorkeling to enjoy the underwater beauty. The rescued a national tourist a few weeks ago who had been separated from the group in the National Marine Park. (They also recently rescued a fellow who fell off a jet ski while crossing the Bay fron North Beach going back to Cancun).
   Search continues for Canadian diver Cameron Donaldson lost Saturday while diving off Cancun (with his mother) and a Go Fund Me account has collected more than $55,000 dollars to help pay for planes, helicopters,and boats. Since Monday, there has been an alert and searching along the coasts of Solidaridad, Puerto Morelos, Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Lázaro Cárdenas and the Yucatan coast, to try to locate Cameron. (see translation above).

First mats of sargasso arrive to the island  

Llegó el primer ramal de sargazo a la isla

March 21 Effects of Cold Front #44 cause the arrival of the first mats of sargasso to North Beach, which was minimal, especially compared to the amount that arrived last fall. It arrived during the early hours on Thursday, near the el Riito beach, and ZOFEMAT personnel were out early to clean it up. The beach was clean but sargasso could be seen at the base of the bridge to Mia hotel. The marine current dispersed a line of the seaweed that was in the water.
   According to official estimates, the sargasso only affected about 10 percent of North Beach, and the rest was completely clean. Playa Centro looked completely clean, as usual. It is noted that the effects of the full moon favored this arrival, with the high tides which facilitate its arrival into the el Riito area, allowing it to cross over the rock barrier near the Casa de las Rocas.
Isla Mujeres news briefs  


This information has already been translated about the commemoration of the birth of Benito Juarez, which was held at the middle school, which bears his name and at the end of Juarez Avenue where there is a monument in his honor. And about the Cockteleros playing on Sunday in the third and final game of the playoffs at 1pm

Test of emergency generator at airfield  

Prueban generador de CFE para atender apagones

March 20 The test took place around noon and was successful, according to sources with the CFE, Federal Electrical Commission. See previous editions for info about the emergency generator, which includes two diesel units.  The CFE are about to being work on the changeover downtown to an underground network along Rueda Medina, along 1100 meters, which could cause interruptions. It is noted that there are plans to replace the submarine line of seven kilometers, which has caused several failures despite maintenance work done during the past four years.

Tourism not affected by Cold Front #44  

No afectó el Frente Frío 44

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

This information has already been translated.

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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

March 20   6:51
March 21   7:54
March 22    8:55
March 23   9:55
 March 24   10:53
March 25   11:50
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:50-7
Sunrise ~7:05-6:40
March Events 
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Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturday mornings 8-11,  meetup locations at this LINK . Volunteers welcome!  Here's the Accion Isla LINK

The Little Yellow School House is serving tasty lunch specials that change weekly on Wednesdays 11:30-1p, located on Paseo de Peces in La Gloria, the wide east-west street with Mundaca, Catholic Church & University and the Bead Coop. LYSH provides education & therapy for Isla's special needs kids. Memorable, fun experience, tasty affordable food & a good cause. More info: LINK 

Saturday, March 2 at 8p and Sunday, March 3 at noon at the Convention Center: Basketball Playoffs  (They lost and are out of the playoffs)

  On the first Monday of each month, there is usually a civic ceremony in the morning, often on the Town Square. 

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching Lobster, Grouper and Octopus in March. Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available, along with frozen tails.  LINK 

Carnaval Schedule
Friday, March 1st Noche de Gala/Gala Night
Coronation of the Kings & Queens in all categories
Presentation of dance troupes
Dance to live music byYerbabuena
Town Square 8:30p

Saturday, March 2 Noche Cubana/Cuban Night
Presentation of dance troupes
Dance to live music by Grupo Junior Klan
Town Square 8:30p

Sunday, March 3 Carnaval Parade-Fantasy
Contest of Decorated Floats/Carts
Procession is on Rueda Medina from the Naval base to the Fishermen's Monument at the Traffic Circle
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Afternoon of Fantasy
Bouncy houses, Children's Costume contest, dance troupe performances and show for kids
Town Square 5p

Night of Fantasy
Presentation of the Queen of Diversity, Performances by dance troupes, Performance by Silvanna Show
Town Square 8:30p

 The parades are Sunday & Monday at 3p from the Naval Base to the Monument to the Fishermen, so Rueda Medina will be closed. Although the map doesn't show it, traffic is usually detoured down Juarez & the section of Hidalgo that is south of the Square (which usually affects where parking is allowed on Juarez, temporarily.)
It says...Due to celebrations for Carnaval 2019 in Isla Mujeres, March 1-5, there will partial, temporary road closures for the performances of the dance troupes.
On March 3 & 4, Rueda Medina will be closed during the parade. Please plan ahead, and thank you for your understanding

Monday, March 4-Carnaval Parade-Regional & Comedy
Contest of Decorated Floats/Carts
Procession is on Rueda Medina from the Naval Base to the Fishermen's Monument at the traffic circle.
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Comedy & Regional Night
Costume Contest for Adults
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Comedy by Macta
Town Square 8:30p

Tuesday, March 5-Fat Tuesday
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Tuesday Night of Carnaval (Fat Tuesday)
Presentation of Dance Troupes, The Will & Burning of Juan Carnaval
Dance to live music by Caribbean Kings
Town Square 8:30p

On or around March 4th, there is usually a ceremony commemorating the arrival of Francisco Hernandez Cordoba in 1517, who is credited with discovering the Yucatan and what is now Mexico, after landing on Isla Mujeres. The expedition of 110 men and 3 boats sailed from Cuba and and sailed around the coast, battling with the Maya, until all but one were injured, and over 50 had died.

Thursday, March 7 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo  

Friday, March 8 International Women's Day. These are the women of LYSH, providing education & therapy for Isla's special needs kids.

Saturday, March 9 Downtown at 8p on the court by the Town Square

Saturday, March 9 Casa de la Cultura at 8p, jazz-funk-rock fusion band Sr. Mandril. Free. On the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.

Sunday, March 10 Pescador baseball field 1p Cocteleros vs Cancun Rockies 20p 

Thursday, March 14 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo  

Sunday, March 17 St. Patrick's Day   

Monday, March 18  is a day off for the birthday of Benito Juarez, which is on March 21st.

Tuesday, March 19 is Dia de San Jose which may be celebrated with a dance on the Town Square

 Wednesday, March 20 is Spring Equinox

Thursday, March 21 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo   

Thursday, March 21 at 8p on the Town Square. Music of Isla Mujeres

Saturday, March 23 The Quintana Roo Tigres will play the Campeche Piratas at the El Pescador baseball field oat 1p. This is a preseason game & the field is in front of Chedraui.

Thursday, March 28 Artist Fair 3-8p  Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo    

 Saturday, March 30 Sonora Dinamita 9p Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui. Tickets on sale. 

  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 (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres  

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