Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, May 1

The Isla Mujeres live webcam is still out of order. Meanwhile I'll post new pics here intermittently. This is last Saturday's sunrise from MVC.
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Feliz International Dia del Trabajador!!--Many people are off work today, schools, banks & government offices are closed. Most tourism businesses are open, as is Chedraui.

From  IM Noticias The formerly undefeated soccer team from Playa Del Carmen ("Photo Staff") was beaten by the Isla Mujeres team on Sunday with a score of 2-1. Currently Isla Mujeres has two wins, one loss, and one tie, at the close of the fourth round, which gives them a total of 7 points, with 10 goals in favor, 8 goals against them, and two goals "de diferencia" (of difference).
  The fifth game will be here on the island next weekend, against the team from Jose Maria Morelos, who didn't play last weekend because their game against the team "Real Chetumal" was rescheduled.

There are no press releases on the Municipal FB site until after the election, in compliance with the law. 
From Por Esto: 

New Director at the Community Hospital  
Hay nueva directora del Hospital Comunitario  

      As of Tuesday, Dr. Leily Guadalupe Osorio Mares is the new Director of the Community Hospital, replacing  Dr. Miguel Ángel García Albarrán.

Regional Health Director gives interview  

El Sector Salud no puede solo

  After the meeting for the changeover of the Community Hospital Director, the head of Sanitary District #2 (which includes Isla Mujeres), Socrates Homero Leon Perez was interviewed by the press.
     In regard to the lack of specialists at the hospital, he said his office will work together with the new Director to try and solve this problem, noting, "But we need the support of the municipal government to be able to have a surgeon, an anesthesiologist, and a gynecologist, which would reduce the need for patients to cross to Cancun."
    He said that the Governor is aware that no specialists want to work at the Community Hospital because of the low salaries and said they are working on the numbers to make it more attractive so the specialists will stay.
    In regard to the future of various health programs, he explained that due to changes at a federal level, guidelines will be issued in July, with a probable reorganization of the state Ministry of Health and the federal Ministry of Health, and then more will be known about the future of these heath programs.

Isla Mujeres news briefs   

Buscan acercarse a la población

  The assistant commissioner of the State Human Rights Commission in Isla Mujeres, Martha Patricia Puc Lainez, said this is Children's Month and her agency is encouraging educational institutions to take advantage of a training her agency is offering for students at all levels on responsible use of social networks. Her agency also set up a booth on Tuesday downstairs at the Town Hall to provide information, and encourage anyone who is interested to come to their offices Monday thru Friday 8a to 4p.

National Results
   There are statistics given about the Naval Operation Lifesaver (Salvavidas) on the Mexican coasts during the Easter holidays, April 13-28, which are not specific to Isla Mujeres. The following information concerns 178 popular Mexican beaches and the Navy offered assistance 912 times. They conducted maritime, air and land patrols.
      The Secretary of the Navy reported that 550 medical services were provided, 15 vessels were supported that presented diverse problems, as well as three vehicles; 127 people were rescued, three medical transfers were made and 24 adults and 184 minors were found, who were handed over to their relatives.
   During Operation Lifesaver, 173 first aid stations were established along the Mexican coasts which were staffed by 216 persons with Naval Health, there were 518 lifeguards who provided first aid, as well as 593 Naval sea, air and land units who provided services.of: lifeguards, medical support and maritime, air and land surveillance, with the participation of 4629 members of the Navy who included Admirals, Captains, Clases (Noncoms?), Officers, and sailors, as well as Harbor Master personnel.
  The press release also expressed gratitude for cooperation from the general public and appreciation to the agencies who assisted in the three levels of government including the police, Harbor Masters, and Civil Protection.

Easter holidays left some entrepreneurs disappointed    

Derrama económica no alcanzó a todos

   Some business owners said their expectations weren't met during the Easter holiday season and there have been better seasons. Those expressing complaints included travel agencies, souvenir sellers, restaurateurs, and nautical tour providers. It is noted that although the number of golf carts has increased to more than 1000 units, the demand remained strong.

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View from the rooms.

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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 

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 Saturday's 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   

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, usually discontinue around this time of year

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 

Tuesday, April 30 Children's Day

Tuesday, April 30 Comedy event in Spanish benefiting several local children battling cancer.

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

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

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

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, May 8,9 & 10: 1st  Isla Mujeres Bird Festival with artistic events, bird watching, mangrove cleaning, children's workshops, book donations, and providing results. More info will be available next week.

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.

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 Mujeres  

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