Thursday, March 14, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, March 14

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Video-Work completed at middle school "Benito Juarez" with an investment of 2.3 million pesos (see yesterday's translations)

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

VIDEO of blue water & white sands  

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.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

This weekend senior citizens participated in sports activities coordinated by the DIF  VIDEO (From SQCS)  

Sonora Dinamita promo VIDEO 

VIDEO of monseñor Pedro Pablo Elizondo

VIDEO and caption: Beaches are free of sargasso in Isla Mujeres, unlike other parts of the state

VIDEO-Fishermen concerned they may be unable to meet demand during Easter holidays.

Municipal government invites islanders to Visual Health Fair March 11-14, when free eye exams will be available at the CAVI (Victims Assistance Center) 9a-4p. Glasses will be available for 200 pesos and special discounts will be available for senior citizens and those with disabilities. (Article & photo)

VIDEO from taxi of Ultramar employee transporting tourists and their luggage in a golf cart (and being assisted by a motorcyclist when suitcases fell out)

IM Noticias   

La Tertulia


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

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres  
    It is noted that there are sports domes on the island that are need of maintenance, such as the one at the "Jaula" park in colonia Salina Grande, whose roof has suffered from corrosion, and the domes at Colegio Bachilleres and the middle school "Benito Juarez" could also use maintenance, which is necessary to extend their lives.

The second part is about the 2.3 million pesos worth of work completed at the "Benito Juarez" middle school which included 400 meters of border fencing. It is noted that a wreath will be offered in honor of Benito Juarez on March 21st in commemoration of the school's 60th anniversary (and Benito Juarez's birthday.) Before the end of this month, the Señorita Técnica event will be organized and in May a delegation will attend the National Drill Team Competition.

Sufficient seafood to meet demand  

Hay abasto de productos del mar

  Currently, during this Lenten period, there is sufficient fresh seafood to meet the demand of residents and restaurants, but the fishermen are concerned that they may not have enough during the Easter holidays. When necessary, restaurateurs will import fish from the nearby state of Yucatan. Last year this occurred, and also chicken was offered as a substitute in some cases.

Port closed for small boats due to "Surada" southern winds 

“Surada” cierra el puerto a la navegación menor

   Gusts of wind from the south up to 51 kilometers per hour caused the port to be closed for small boats according to the Harbor Master. Boats over 40 feet were allowed to go to Isla Contoy and small boats were permitted to operated in the Bay to el Farito, Sac Bajo and the lagoon area. The boats under 40 feet weren't allowed to come from Puerto Juarez, and the small boats for recreational fishing and diving were restricted.
  The ferries continued to operate and the other large boats were bringing over tourists from the Cancun Hotel Zone, Puerto Juarez, Punta Sam and Isla Blanca. The beaches were full. Wind speeds, in kilometers per hour, were 46 at 10a, 51.8 at 4p, 42 before sunset, and less at night.
    Similar weather is expected on Thursday, and this "Surada" weather will lessen the effects of Cold Front #44, which is expected to arrive on Sunday and Monday. The Naval forecast for Thursday and Friday, predicts instability in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, with gusts of east-southeast wind of up to 46 kilometers per hour, waves up to seven feet and visibility of seven nautical miles. Restrictions on small boats are expected to continue until the weather improves.

Invitation to vision fair with free eye exams & discounted glasses 

Invitan a cuidar la salud visual

  The Vision Fair began on Monday and concludes on Thursday on the island, offering free eye exams and glasses discounted to 200 pesos, coordinated by the DIF and the company“Óptica Económica”, at the CAVI (Victims Assistance facility) 9a-4p.

     The estimated number of people with visual disabilities is 253 worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), and of that number 36 million are blind and 217 million have moderate to severe visual impairment.
    Eighty one percent of people with blindness or moderate to severe visual impairment are over 50 years old. Chronic eye diseases are the world's leading cause of vision loss. Uncorrected refractive errors and non-operated cataracts are the two main causes of visual impairment. Non-operated cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in middle and low income countries.
      The prevalence of infectious eye diseases, such as trachoma and onchocerciasis, has decreased significantly in the last 25 year.
       More than 80% of the world total of cases of visual disability can be avoided or cured, according to the agency.
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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.
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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.

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   

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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