Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, May 8

While the webcam is out of order, I'm posting new pics here intermittently. Bruce took this at Sunday's Skating Festival.
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TODAY-- is the first day of the Bird Festival, which continues on Thursday & Saturday. See schedule below in Events section.

TONIGHT-- Isla en Bici invite you to join their weekly Wednesday night ride, meeting at Juarez & Abasolo at 8:45p. Lights required, helmet recommended.

TOMORROW--State competitions for the 2019 National Olympics and National Youth Olympics for open water swimming, with athletes competing in 5, 7, and 10 kilometer distances swimming between the concrete pier by the vehicle ferries and the pier to its south. "In the early hours of the morning".

FRIDAY--Mother's Day

ONE WEEK--Whale shark tour season is scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 15. This is also when the Turtle Protection Season officially begins & the Committee is installed, but the turtles have already begun nesting on the isle & the Tortugranja always keeps an eye out for them in early May. 
Photos of the 1st Bird Festival inauguration & cleanup in Salina Chica (Source Isla Mujeres Pueblo Magico on FB) 

   Isla Mujeres Al Dia  has a video from yesterday of Playa Riito & North Beach--free of sargasso & looking great. And a video of popular Playa Centro & the nearby sidewalk-malecon.

   IM Noticias  reports that tomorrow's open water swimming competition for the National Olympics & Youth Olympics will begin at 8am and continue until about 5pm, with 110 athletes from the eight regions of Mexico participating, and about 70 support personnel including coaches, assistants & medical personnel.
The course is between the concrete pier south of the car ferries and the pier to its south, for a distance of 1200 meters. The categories of 5km and 7.5km will swim a little more than four and six round-trips, and the 10 km competition will be about eight and a half. VIDEO  

IM Noticias also reports there was a work stoppage at the high school Colegio Bachilleres on Tuesday with another planned for Wednesday, over wage issues that have been going on for several months. The previous stoppage for this issue was on March 1st. 

IM Noticias reports that the Isla Mujeres soccer team tied 2-2 in last weekend's  game against the team from José María Morelos. Some members of the team were unable to get to the away game, and the failure to win is blamed on this, since the previous week they beat the formerly undefeated league leaders from Playa del Carmen. The Isla Mujeres team has moved from fourth place to seventh.

 Noti Isla Mujeres has a sunrise VIDEO  and  a VIDEO of passengers arriving from the ferry with caption noting that the good influx of tourists continues.

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

From  Por Esto :

Teachers at Bachilleres join state-wide work stoppage 
Docentes de Bachilleres se suman al paro estatal  
 The works stoppage around the state for May 7 & 8 concerns economic benefits that were withdrawn last year, despite appearing the their general work conditions (condiciones generales del trabajo) which is allegedly a violation of their rights. In a press conference held at the Colegio de Bachilleres, Sulú Martínez, general secretary of Sitacobaqroo, explained that there are 47 campuses and 750 unionized teachers who join the work stoppage, with an impact on approximately 15,000 students throughout the state. In Isla Mujeres, there are 11 striking teachers and about 300 students who will see their activities disrupted on Tuesday and Wednesday, at least. Mr. Sulu Martinez said if they don't receive a positive response on Wednesday, the strike could continue.

Preparations for the Open Water Swimming Competition  

Alistan sede de competencia

See translation above.

Photo-op sign needs repair again  

Parador fotográfico en pésimas condiciones

  The first "S" is missing from the photo op "Isla Mujeres" sign located behind the Casa de la Cultura. This has happened three times before, to other letters,  because they get rusty where they are connected to the base, and are usually put back in place fairly promptly.

Isla Mujeres news briefs   

Breves de Isla Mujeres

  Although there are "No Swimming" warnings in various languages and red flags at Media Luna (Half Moon) Beach, swimmers persist in ignoring them. On Tuesday, a Civil Protection lifeguard advised a foreigner to stop swimming there, who followed instructions and asked for an explanation, although the flags and signs are obvious. The lifeguard in charge of the beach said is common for people to enter the water despite the posted warnings, and in a single day more than ten people may be advised.

Another ambulance
    Yet another private ambulance company "Life" is providing ambulance service on the island, in addition to the recently added "Heart" ambulance from Amerimed, and the Red Cross ambulance. When asked, the paramedics of the Life ambulance said the company arrived on the isle on Monday at the request of the Community Hospital, and will provide support to the community if an ambulance is needed, which will be at no cost for island residents. It is noted that the Heart ambulance has also stated they are providing service to residents for no charge, and that they have agreements with various companies.


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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 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   

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.

 Thursday, May 11

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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