Saturday, March 9, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, March 9

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City holds "Empowerment of Women" conference in commemoration of International Women's Day LINK 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Video about tomorrow's baseball game at el Pescador field inviting the general public to attend. It starts at 1p, Cockteleros vs Cancun Rockies.

IM Noticias   

La Tertulia


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

Raising awareness about not using sunscreen while swimming 
Sensibilizan a no usar protector solar en nado   

   More than 100 tour guides of Isla Mujeres were trained last fall about the need for tourists to refrain from using sunscreens before they go into the water, in response to the coral disease that has been a problem since last summer. This is part of an effort that includes the tour guides and nautical tour cooperatives of Cancun by personnel with SEMARNAT the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources, and it is taking place in other state parks.
   This is in response to problems among various types of coral, especially brain coral. This is a global problem that initially appeared in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and then near Florida, in the US. Last summer it was detected in the corals of Puerto Morales, and now it seems to have invaded the entire MesoAmerican reef system, according to specialists of UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico).  They are conducting research to try to contain the problem, in coordination with CONANP, he National Commission of Protected Areas.
   The tour guides said they have gotten a good response from clients who are notified in a timely manner to refrain from using sunscreen because of the amount of damage it causes to the corals and the ecosystem, but there are some visitors who have already applied sunscreen before entering the boat.
    Staff with CONANP and DGVS (Department of Wildlife) have been conducting awareness workshops at all the coastal areas of Quintana Roo where there are national parks. The Director of Contoy National Park, Dr. Maria del Carmen Garcia Rivas, who is also responsible for Puerto Morales National Park, is an activist on this issue and conducting research in coordination with scientists at UNAM. Others involved in the research included scientists with CICY, Ecosur, Icml UNAM, SEMA, Colpos, CIIDES and CEA. They are also addressing the issued of sargasso and a possible link between the two problems.  
   She said that oxybenzone, octyl salicylate and octinoxate are organic compounds that disrupt the endocrine system of some fish and produce coral bleaching. Some fish such as the sergeant, zebra, Japanese medaka, bighead carp and rainbow trout present endocrine alterations and oxidative stress when exposed to high concentrations of organic UV blockers. The fish's body confuses these compounds with estrogen, causing altered cell function.`

Mangrove clean up by ploggers  

Convocan a ayudar a la limpieza del manglar

Kai Creamer wrote:
Acción Isla
"Our mangroves need help! Wear sturdy shoes this weekend, as we'll be venturing into the mangroves of Sac Bajo to remove the incredible amounts of plastic waste they are littered with! We pulled 181 kgs last time we did this area, and there was plenty still to be done!"

   The Ploggers conduct clean ups each Saturday morning (and recently celebrated their first anniversary), and invite the general public to join them. On Feb 22 they cleaned from Chedraui to Devil's Curve. They are working on plans for the annual clean up of the seabed (on Earth Day, April 22), for the third year. 

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

 The Isla Mujeres Cahuameros were eliminated from the semi-final play-offs when they lost Universidad Modelo of Merida, Yucatan. They thanked their fans and look forward to better results next season. 

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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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 

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 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

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

  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.

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

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