Monday, April 15, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, April 15

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VIDEO about forecast for arrival of Cold Front #51 and the possibility that it may close the port for small boats, and he also notes there are storms in the southern part of the state, affecting those areas.

Shortened hours for Ultramar begin today, Monday April 15 LINK 
  (From yesterday's translations...copy/paste: Starting Monday, the first ferry departing Isla Mujeres will be 6a, and the last ferry to the isle will be 11:30p, even on weekends.
Ultramar is eliminating the 5:30 ferry from Isla Mujeres (and the 5a from Gran Puerto), and the weekend late ferry from GP at 12:30a (and from Isla Mujeres at 1a), due to fuel costs.
The students and workers will be affected, particularly by the elimination of two of their morning 7:15 & 7:45 from GP and 5:30a from IM

Starting on Monday, the state Mobility Institute (INMOVEQRoo) offices will be located within the Maritime Terminal for the Transborders (cargo ferries), which are administrated by APIQRoo (state Port Authority)  LINK  
  It is noted that recently changes were also announced by the Ministry of Finance and Planning, which is now the SATQ (Tax Administration System of Q Roo). The SATQ Director explained that his agency will continue to collect federal taxes, but some of their functions will be transferred, including to the Mobility Institute.
   Next year, procedures that normally take place in January thru March and sometimes until April, such as renewal of registration and license plates will take place at the INMOVEQRoo offices in the ferry terminal.
    Currently, the INMOVEQRoo is only responsible for verification of public transport vehicles such as taxis, and vehicles rented to the public such as scooters and golf carts, to ensure they have proper permits, as well as overseeing cargo vehicles.

Ten receptacles for cigarette butts have been installed at various points of Playa Centro and North Beach.  LINK  
      It takes ten years for a cigarette butt to disintegrate, but with special treatment it will degrade within a year, which helps minimize the damage it causes to the environment, especially at the beaches. The Mayor said: "In your hands is the power of deciding to pollute the sands and the turquoise sea or protect our beaches and marine fauna. It takes us 10 seconds to put the butts in the containers that we are placing where everyone can see them."
  Two to three kilos of cigarette butts are removed daily from these two beaches, by workers with ZOFEMAT. The DIF social service agency is providing a collection center, and an innovative Mexican company transforms the butts into biodegradable pots for plants. The Director of ZOFEMAT in Isla Mujeres, Karem Pinto Aguilar, said that cigarette butts are one of the main pollutants on the beaches, even more than glass and metals.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Photos from Palm Sunday being celebrated in the streets with a reenactment, and in the church.

A "Noches Magicos" performance was presented last night featuring a folklorico dance troupe and singer Carlos Pat.  (It wasn't announced in advance on the Cultura or the City FB pages).

Completion of the municipal DIF's first course in basic sign language (photos & article)
  Fifty-nine people completed the basic sign language course, six completed the interpreter's course and ten finished the braille course, which were offered at the CRIM facility, whose Coordinator,  Xhanat Tze González Mora,expressed her gratitude toward the Mayor and his wife (the honorary DIF president) for their support.

Municipal government is committed to gender equality
  The crime prevention division of the municipal police force has held neighborhood forums "Isla with Women of Power" (Isla con mujeres de poder), where panelists spoke about daily challenges, and the process of empowering women to continue and fulfill their dreams, and rewarding their achievements and advancing gender equality in society. Other topics included family violence and issues relating to society, work, gender, and empowerment, and helping women to be less vulnerable and to avoid being victims.

On April 16, the City will begin charging fees for accepting non-domestic trash such as construction materials, debris, palm cuttings, and solid waste that is not "organic and inorganic from domestic use".  There is no charge for regular domestic garbage such as cardboard, paper, cans, glass, plastic, but there will be fees for waste from yards and gardens, brush from clearing lots, construction materials, plywood & boards, etc. 

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Video of Palm Sunday reenactment 

In soccer, the Isla Mujeres team lost to the team from Filipe Carrillo Puerto by a score of 3-0

Video & article about yesterday's waves affecting the ferries between Cozumel & Playa del Carmen

Promo for the Catholic activities for the Easter holidays (see events section below)

IM Noticias   

La Tertulia

On Saturday night, a 16 year old who was originally from Chiapas committed suicide by hanging, after apparently drinking alcoholic beverages, according to his brother who identified the body. This occurred in a rustic home in Sac Bajo near the Tortugranja. His brother said he had threatened to hang himself without giving the reason, but unfortunately they didn't think he would do it. Officials arrived at the location on Sunday morning to record the facts and remove the body, which was transferred to SEMEFO in Cancun. (medical examiner's office).

Islanders with Loman's Green Club participated in a race in the Pueblo Magico of Izamal, and one took third place in the Veteran category and another took third place in the open category. 


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

Fees begin at the Trash Transfer Facility  

Inicia cobro de basura en zona de transferencia

 See translation above. This was passed by the City Council on January 16th, and costs aren't specified in the announcement.

Easter holiday commemorations begin with Palm Sunday

Domingo de Ramos marcó inicio de Semana Santa

  There was a reenactment of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, a speech or sermon on the Town Square, and blessing of the palm fronds.  See events section below for upcoming events on Friday and Sunday. This will be the 27th celebration of the Via Crusis (stations of the cross reenactment) in Isla Mujeres. There are 36 actors, who have been rehearsing their roles for the past three weeks.

Ultramar reduces schedule 

Ultramar cancela cuatro viajes redondos

A few days ago Ultramar announced it is eliminating the 5a departure from Gran Puerto and the 5:30 departure from Isla Mujeres. The crossings for workers and students were cancelled at 7:15 and 7:45 from Puerto Juarez and the 7:45 and 8:15 from Isla Mujeres.  They also eliminated the 12:30a trip from Puerto Juarez and the 1a crossing from Isla Mujeres (there were only on the weekend).
   There are now 35 round trips, departing every half hour starting at 5:30 from Puerto Juarez, until 8:30 when they depart hourly until the last round trip leaving Gran Puerto at 11:30 and Isla Mujeres at midnight.
    The company Maritima, who have offered cargo-passenger service between the island and Punta Sam or two decades postponed their meeting of partners, and rescheduled it in two weeks, when they will decide whether or not to continue operations.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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 

April 19   7:36
April 20    8:36
April 21   9:36
 April 22   10:33
April 23   11:28
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7p-7:10
Sunrise ~6:40a-6:15
April Events 
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On Saturday's at 8a-11a,  Plogging events to clean up the island are held,  meetup locations at this LINK . Bring your refillable bottle & they'll supply gloves, water, & bags,   Here's the Accion Isla LINK

On Wednesday's, 11:30a-1p, The Little Yellow School House is serving tasty lunch specials that change weekly, 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. More info: LINK Last lunch of the season was April 10

Wednesday nights at 8:45p, a new bicycling group invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

On Thursday's 3p-8p, Artists Fairs are held in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo, weather permitting.

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

At the Maritime Terminals, security measures will be implemented with metal detectors and a button for passengers to push, with a red light indicating their possessions will be inspected. 
Monday, April 1 at 9a Civic Ceremony on the Town Square
Tuesday, April 2 at 9a-2p, free rabies vaccinations in the La Gloria park. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or lactating.

Wednesday, April 3 at 9a-2p free rabies vaccinations at the park in colonia Electristas. Pets must be at least 3 months old and not pregnant or lactating.

Friday, April 5 at 10a, Art Exposition at the Casa de la Cultura by artist Scarlett Mora representing the Mayan culture and the culture of the Zone of Quintana Roo "Tzolkin Ante Mis Ojos" (Tzolkin before my eyes...Tzolkin is the Mayan Calendar of 260 days). Guerrero at Abasolo.

Saturday, April 6 The Red Cross will kick off its annual donation drive, when entrepreneurs and municipal and Naval authorities traditionally contribute, as well as local business owners. Students will be collecting donations and receptacles will be available at businesses. In 2018, the ambulance went out an average of 4.5 times daily. The number of average daily ambulance runs has doubled, compared to 2016. About 200,000 pesos will be needed for the upcoming year.

Sunday, April 7 at 7a there will be a free running competition at the Mundaca Hacienda for kids and an award ceremony at 10a at the El Pescador beach club-water park. With categories for boys and girls, kids who are ages 4-5 will run 200m, 6-7 run 400m, 8-9 run 800m, and 10-12 run 1600 meters.

Saturday, April 13 Easter Vacation period begins until the students return to school on Monday, April 28, when the number of visitors arriving to the island daily is one of the highest year-round, with last year's record being about 27,000.

Sunday, April 14 Palm Sunday There is  a reenactment  Link to the FB page of the downtown Catholic Church,  Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, April 18 There is  a reenactment on the Town Square of the Last Supper and the washing of feet. 

Friday, April 19 The Viacrusis/Passion of Christ reenactment begins at the Sacred Heart church on Paseo de Peces in La Gloria at 10:30a, goes to the Guadalupe Chapel overlooking the Caribbean in Salina Chica, then downtown to the Town Square in front of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception church.

Sunday, April 21 Easter

Monday, April 22 Earth Day  Probably the fourth annual Earth Day clean-up, removing debris from the seabed and beaches, and inventorying it.

Sunday, April 27 Last day of Easter holidays

Wednesday, April 30 Children's Day

Thursday, May 1 Labor Day

Whale shark tour season is from mid-May to mid-September. Turtle nesting season is from May-October.

The Cosme Magana fishing tournament will be May 18 & 19, with over a million pesos in prizes. The women's tournament "La Dorada Del Caribe 2019" will be held June 28 & 29.

   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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