Saturday, May 18, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, May 18

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TVisla Mujeres  reports:    Propeller protectors failed test LINK  
    After two tests of the propeller protectors for outboard motors on boats who offer whale shark tours were conducted on Thursday, the Harbor Master concluded that the devices are not suitable for this work.
   During the test on the boat "San Diego" the protector broke into two pieces when they had traveled less than five nautical miles, at a speed of 20 knots, which caused the boat to be adrift, requiring assistance from another vessel to return to the Harbor Master's dock.
   During the test on the "Santa Rosa, they found that the propeller protector caused the steering wheel to become rigid, making it difficult to maneuver the boat.
   From these results, the engineers concluded that the use of these devices isn't viable, since they also cause damage to the expensive engines. The captains and crews hope that with this official determination by engineers with the Harbor Master's office the requirement for these devices will be removed. They have not been able to work for the first two days of the whale shark tour  season, which began on May 15th, and they are hoping they will receive their permits soon.

   Noti Isla Mujeres  has a   VIDEO : Miss Gay Quintana Roo 

  Isla Mujeres al Dia  has a VIDEO of mando único meeting for security among the municipalities of the state, shared from the Mayor's page
   La Tertulia  reports:  Waiting for Playa Norte to be the second Blue Flag beach in Isla Mujeres, which is expected to be awarded in the upcoming months of June or July. The head of ZOFEMAT, the Federal Zone agency, said they have made important advances toward meeting the 33 criteria that are required for certification.

From  Por Esto :
Artists of Transformation 

Artistas de la transformación

  A total of nine contestants, from eight municipalities, will participate in the Miss Gay Quintana Roo competition 2019, which will be held this Saturday, May 18, on the Town Square, starting at 8 pm. The winner will compete in the National competition next year. The theme of the competition is "The Art of Transformation", since it is competition for those who haven't had surgery and aren't taking hormones. This is a free event.  
  Since 2007, the state of Quintana Roo has won Miss Gay Mexico twice, Miss World twice, and an International Queen who represented Mexico in Colombia. These competitions have been taking place since 50 years ago. 

Officials close Ultracarga ticket booth 

Clausuran taquilla de Ultramar

  The municipal department of Fiscalizacion of Isla Mujeres closed an additional ticket booth for the Ultracarga ferries on Tuesday because there was no valid commercial operating license not receipts for payment of trash fees, property tax, advertising (signage) and other documents, according to the inspection documents. On Friday, a company representative came to the offices to initiate proceeding to obtain the required documents. A legal representative for Ultracarga accused Fiscalizacion of operating outside the law and violating Constitutional rights. They wanted to pay the fines and reopen the booth the same day, but the process will be resumed on Monday.

Warning to card cloners   

Advertencia a clonadores de tarjetas

   A narco-banner signed by "Vieja Escuela" (Old School) appeared on the wall of the cargo terminal warning card cloners, saying that the recent execution at the Puerto Juarez Ultramar terminal was a wake up call. It was hung at an area with a lot of vehicular traffic, not far from Naval headquarters. The municipal police removed it at dawn and the ministerial (prosecutorial) authorities will investigate.
        The shooting occurred on Tuesday night and the victim was an Isla Mujeres resident. A Red Code was activated in Puerto Juarez, and three suspects were arrested on Thursday in relation to the crime, a woman and two men.

Isla Mujeres news briefs

Breves de Isla Mujeres

 Teachers celebrated their Day on Thursday evening at a popular beach club, with dinner and raffles, which was attended by retired and active teachers.


Isla Mujeres news briefs

Breves de Isla Mujeres

The first Dolphinarium in Quintana Roo, founded 24 years ago in Isla Mujeres, Dolphin Discovery, celebrated the visit of its 2 millionth guest on Thursday, with Mr. Jacky Chan, accompanied by his wife Brianna and their two children, from Calgary, Alberta , Canada. The company now has 28 parks in the American continent.
  Currently there are 29 dolphins, three sea lions and four manatees residing at the Isla Mujeres facility.

Request to reroute ships to protect whale sharks   

Piden mover señalización marítima

 A request to move the Maritime signals in the Yucatan Channel to protect the whale shark aggregation area would need to be done by SEMARNAT, the Ministry of the Environment & Natural Resources, according to officials with the Navy and with the Harbor Master's office. Then the matter would need to be evaluated by several federal agencies, including SCT, SEMAR-Navy,SEMARNAT, SRE, Gobernacion. According to researchers, dozens of whale sharks have been cut by large propellers, and they have been hit by large vessels, also, and they said measures need to be taken by the Mexican government to protect the species from this.

Inspectors at Playa Centro for Blue Flag recertification  

Auditoría para renovar certificación “Blue Flag”

   The head of the ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone) agency in Isla Mujeres said Playa Centro was undergoing its seventh audit by the Blue Flag inspectors to ensure it meets the 33 criteria for quality of its beaches and water (and the requirements about environmental issues, accessibility, and security). She said the beach has held this award for three years, and this is the seventh audit.

Maritima continues operating from Punta Sam  

No se retiran de Punta Sam

   Saturday at noon, executives with Marinsa, who own a majority of  the Maritima company, will meet to discuss a restructuring of the company which provides vehicle and cargo transportation to the island from Punta Sam. An unnamed partner said, "This will be the last opportunity. If people do not support us by using our ships, we will surely withdraw from the route, then the Ultramar will have won the battle, with its measures of unfair competition, in alliance with senior executives of the Integral Port Administration. Quintana Roo (Apiqroo)."
   The company has suffered heavy losses since Ultracarga began providing service between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam.  


FISHING TOURNAMENT: The 16th annual Cosme Magana International Fishing Tournament begins this morning at 8a, from the Caribe fishing cooperative pier. Starting time tomorrow is also 8a, and it concludes at 4p, with the award ceremony at 6p.
Points will be awarded for: white marlin (catch & release), sailfish (catch & release), wahoo, sierra, dorado, bonito tuna and barracuda. Last year, 17 white marlins and 45 sailfish were caught and released, for a total of 62 released billfish, the highest in all the tournaments.
PLOGGING: Meeting at 8a today in front of the FOVISSSTE apartments along the Caribbean road to clean the turtle nesting beaches
MISS GAY Q ROO: Tonight on the Town Square at 8p, there will be nine competitors, representing eight municipalities, vying for the opportunity to represent our state in next year's national competition. The theme of the free event is "The Art of Transformation", and it's a contest for those who don't take hormones & haven't had surgery.
Since 2007, queens representing the state of Quintana Roo have won Miss Gay Mexico twice, Miss World twice, and represented Mexico in the International Queen competition once.
DIA DE LA MARINA QUEEN: Sunday evening on the Town Square at 8p, there will be a competition to select the young woman who will reign over the events for Día de la Marina, June 1st.
Día de la Marina celebrates the origins of the Mexican Navy in 1917, when the "Tabasco" sailed from Vera Cruz to Progreso with an all-Mexican. crew. The day commemorates everyone who performs some activity at sea, such as merchant seamen, fishermen, and those working at petroleum extraction, as well as the Naval personnel who provide security and protection at sea. It was first celebrated on June 1st 1942, the day Mexico officially entered WWII, when it also commemorated the crews of two Mexican tankers who had been torpedoed and sunk by German submarines in May of that year.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: There will be a Beach Volleyball competition next Saturday, June 1st on Playa Centro at 1pm, with teams consisting of two men & two women. Registration deadline is this Thursday.
FULL MOON--rises at dusk over the Caribbean at 7:20.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

May 18   7:20
May 19    8:19
May 20   9:16
 May 21   10:10
 May 22   11:01
 May 23   11:48
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:15p-7:25
Sunrise ~6:15a-6:05
May Events 
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On Saturdays at 8a-10a,  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

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   

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

Wednesday, May 1 Labor Day. International Dia de los Trajabadores. Banks, schools, government offices, and similar businesses will be closed. Most tourism businesses will be open, as will Chedraui.

Wednesday, May 1  In honor of State Sea Turtle Week & Children's Day, the Tortugranja will present puppet shows tomorrow, May 1st at 9a, 11a, 1p, and 3p
Friday, May 3- Día de Santa Cruz/ Día del Albañil

Saturday, May 4 The Caribbean beach "Playa Guadalupana", near the cemetery, is one of the main turtle nesting beaches & you're invited to help clean it up at 9am for the mamas who will start arriving any day now. 

Sunday, May 5 "Cinco de Mayo" commemorates a battle against the French in Puebla & is mostly celebrated in bars by folks from the US.

Sunday, May 5  The First National Women's Extreme Roller Skating Festival of the Maya Riviera 2019 will be in Isla Mujeres on Sunday, May 5 from 1p-5p. Free. Schedule:
1p at the Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria: Recreational Games.
2:30p Awareness Competition "Roll & Pickup".
3p at the Skate Park in Salina Chica: Skating Exhibition by Chicas Roller Mexico, Live music by Playa Sol, Cypher of Freestyle, Mural painting, Environmental talk by Accion Isla, Skate Workshops, games & more, with food by Santo Taco.

Monday, May 6  Civic ceremony on the first Monday of each month, usually on the Town Square at 9a.

Thursday, May 9 The 2019 National Olympics and National Youth Olympics competition for the stae of Quintana Roo for open water swimming, in 5, 7, and 10 kilometer distances. They will swim between the concrete pier by the vehicle ferries and the pier of the former Kawama marina to its south. 8am-5pm 

Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, May 8, 9 & 11:

3-Day Schedule for the First Isla Mujeres Bird Festival 2019
Wednesday, May 8
9a-Inauguration in Salina Chica at the library "17 de Agosto" & you're invited to donate a book.
9:15-Cleanup in the mangroves of Salina Aeropuerto and around the Library.
11a-Mural of Birds of Isla Mujeres on the library wall.
6p-Presentation: Celebrating Urban Birds by Green Jay Mayan Birding at the Library.

Thursday, May 9
11a-Celebration of World Migratory Bird Day at the middle school "Benito Juarez" by Green Jay Mayan Birding with a presentation at 11:50a by Amigos de Sian Ka´an and another at 12:45 titled "Birds & Wetlands" by Hidrobios.
6p-Presentation at the City Council room in the Town Hall of "Tourist Guides & Bird Watching".
Saturday, May 11
6:30a-Bird Watching UPDATE-Meeting at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa .
9:30a-Presentation at the Library: Results of Bird Monitoring in Chacmochuc Lagoon in the Isla Mujeres municipality (on the mainland).
5p-Close of Activities at the Gaviotas Park in Salina Chica with Activities for Children & a neighborly gathering.

Friday, May 10  Mother's Day  

Wednesday, May 15 Whale shark tour season begins and continues until  mid-September. Turtle nesting season is from May-October Tours will begin after the permits are distributed.

Friday, May 17 Clean up at Isla Contoy beaches for turtle nesting season. Departing at 7a.

Saturday May 18  Red Cross fundraising dinner-event

Saturday & Sunday May 18 & 19:  Cosme Magana International fishing tournament with over a million pesos in prizes.  Deadline for registration is the Friday night Captain's Dinner. (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 Mujere

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