Monday, April 22, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, April 22

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Easter sunrise photo by Bruce & I took the one below on Saturday morning.


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A ceremony commemorating the 105th anniversary of the patriotic defense of the port of Veracruz was held on the Naval base on April 21st LINK   
The US occupation of Veracruz took place on April 21, 1914, following the "Tampico incident" on April 9th. The foreign troops departed on November 23.

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Noti Isla Mujeres   

Videos from yesterday of the beach and the ceremony at the Naval base, which was attended by the Governor.

IM Noticias   

More information will be available about registering and submitting works (in Spanish) from April thru August for the 5th edition of the Premio Internacional Caribe-Isla Mujeres de Poesía, "Juegos Florales"/ Information about this contest has already been translated.The first place prize is 50,000 pesos, publication of the work, and a paid trip to Isla Mujeres. More information is pending.

La Tertulia

On the mainland part of Isla Mujeres, at Francisco May, the 5 kilometer race “Circuito Trail Maya” was held, however due to a lack of signs and confusion about the route, the competitors ran about 7.5 km. There were over 60 participants (names, times, and more details are given). VIDEO 

On Sunday afternoon, a 60 year old Mexican tourist lost control of a scooter he had just rented and ran into a palm tree along Rueda Medina, in front of the Naval base. He was distracted and lost control, causing the moto to hit the median curb and he was projected off the bike, hitting his head against the base of a palm tree. Fortunately the woman who was with him had no injuries, according to witnesses.
   Volunteers immediately came to assist, and the Red Cross arrived tho take him to the Community Hospital. It was not necessary to take him to a hospital in Cancun, because he was discharged after observation. (photo of bloody palm trunk)


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

Successful fourth annual cleanup for Earth Day  

Exitosa la cuarta jornada de limpieza anual

The 4th annual clean up of the seabed and coast for Earth Day was a success with about 150 participants, who collected 605 kilos of trash (Note: Accion Isla's page says: In addition to the 612 kilos collected in the area of docks and coast by volunteers for Accion Isla, boats and crews with Mexico Divers and Contoy adventours isla mujeres collected 300 kilos of trash from the area by the "Floating Island",  for a total of 912 kilos for Earth Day. A huge Thank You to these folks and to everyone who was involved!
  Objects they removed included two cell phones, visors, sunglasses, hats, fishing nets, and many snorkel tubes, among other items. Last year around 1700 kilos (Accion Isla's page says 1200) were collected and organizer Kai Creamer said although there was less waste this time, the seabed should not be used as a trash dump by tourists or local people, and tourism service providers are asked to be aware. 
   She said they should have receptacles in their boats to collect plastics and any single use diving instruments, such as snorkel tubes, and they should stop using disposable cups because there are many of them on the seabed. 
    She said no beer bottles or other glass bottles should be thrown into the sea; they should be recycled. These items become death traps for small marine life who enter and then can't escape, such as baby octopus and fish. 
  In regard to the bleaching coral disease that began a year ago due to pollution in the sea, she spoke about pollution from the dozens of recreational boats who dump their waste in the sea because there isn't a facility to dump their sewage. She said there is a need to build these sewage collectors, because the local marinas currently don't have them. 

Collision with a palm tree trunk  

Estampado en el tronco de un cocotero

 Same information as the article above, also noting that the scooter, a black Italika, was undamaged, the accident happened after noon, and the tourist was traveling from north to south.

105th anniversary of the Defense of Veracruz celebrated  

Celebran 105 años de la defensa de Veracruz

Governor: QR destinations are nearly full

Casi llenos los destinos de QR: gobernador

Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzales was interviewed by the press after he participated in the commemorative ceremony for the Defense of Veracruz, and he spoke about the high level of hotel occupancy during Holy Week and the "Saldo Blanco" (lack of serious incidents, lit. White Balance) for Quintana Roo, with security operations being coordinated between the three levels of government. 

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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 More than three dozen actors will participate in the 27th annual Via Crusis reenactment of the Stations of the Cross, which begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria at 10:30a and goes to the Guadalupe Chapel in Salina Chica. It continues to the Immaculate Conception church on the Town Square, where the representations of the crucifixion will be staged at 3p. At 3:30 is the reflection on the seven words.
At 7pm, at both downtown and at Sacred Heart in La Gloria will be a celebration of the Word, adoration of the Sacred Cross, and a silent procession with rosary thinking of Mary.

Saturday, April 20 At 7:30 downtown will the Eucharist and vigil, with a representation of the resurrection at 9p. At the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria, the Eucharist and vigil start at 9:30p.

 Sunday, April 21 Annual Earth Day Cleanup of the seabed and coast. Divers and snorkelers will be cleaning the seabed near the docks, and others will be picking up trash along the Caribbean coast, meeting by the Isla Mujeres photo op sign behind the Casa de la Cultura (intersection of Abasolo and Guerrero) at 8:30am on Sunday. This will be the fifth annual clean up for Earth Day. At 11am, the event moves to an area near Playa Centro on Rueda Medina to inventory the trash, and that information will be shared with international organizations. Volunteers needed. .LINK  

Sunday, April 21 Easter Masses at usual times.

Monday, April 22 Earth Day

Tuesday, April 23  You're invited to participate in a Zumba Master Class at the tennis courts in Salina Chica to benefit three kids with cancer. Registration at 6:30, donation 25p, class starts at 7p

Sunday, April 27 Last day of Easter holidays (Students return to school Monday)

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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