Friday, July 5, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, July 5

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Before & After  The caption says: With the help of everyone, we will continue to work for a clean Isla Verde. Let's keep going
Trash collection begins at 8pm 

Cleanup today at the Senior Citizen's park in La Gloria at 5:30p 

Via the DIF social service agency, the City signed an agreement with Universidad Anáhuac for their student interns  who are studying psychology, nutrition, general medicine, physical therapy and rehabilitation to provide medical services, under supervision of a doctor, at various health facilities on the island, such as CARM, starting in August.

Saturday, July 6th at 4p, Connor Williams, offensive guard for the Dallas Cowboys, will sign autographs & do photo-ops with fans at the soccer field in Salina Chica. Then the "Isla Mujeres Bowl 2019" will be held in two categories of players up to age 13; and those of 15 years and up in separate male & female teams. Free. This will be "touch football", played according International Flag Football rules.

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On Thursday, the Mobility Institute impounded another "pirate" golf cart that was being driven without license plates. LINK    (photo)  The cart was from a rental agency and being driven by Mexican tourists.  It is noted that tourists who are driving an 'irregular' rental golf cart aren't given any sort of ticket or charged, but they lose time when the cart they rented is impounded. Concerns have been expressed on social media about this negatively affecting tourism and that it causes concerns for visitors who don't want to be involved with a seizure.

A first aid station (Puesto de Socorro) has been set up in the Maritime Terminal of Isla Mujeres LINK (photo)  The Community Hospital will supply trained personnel and the necessary equipment to provide services from 12p-7p daily, seven days a week, during July & August. The free services will include: taking blood pressure, glucose measurement, minor cures, hydration with oral electrolytes, injections (bring prescription), condoms and folic acid.

The daughter of Ramon Bravo Prieto sent a letter to the editor of TVIM saying she is concerned about the events of the other night, and that she has lawyers fighting to defend her 'legacy and passion' and wants to create a museum on the property, "Villa Serenia". She says it is important to protect his films, notes and books, and to share them. The comments express concerns about Dona Maria, the spouse of Mr. Bravo, who has been occupying the property, and note that the daughter didn't participate in the saving and cleaning up of Mr Bravo's possessions after hurricane Gilberto. Ms Deborah Bravo Velázquez says she plans to defend his legacy and notes she was given the nickname "Sirenia" by her father because this is where she learned to swim before she learned to walk, over 50 years ago.

July 3   VIDEO of - Cristian Montenegro Aragon, investigating coordinator of the attorney general's office, with caption saying witnesses claim there were two people aboard a black motorcycle which opened fire from the street, and two 9mm shell casings were found in front of the property of "VIlla Sirenia" which was owned by Ramon Bravo Prieto (RIP).   LINK  

   Noti Isla Mujeres     
The PRI political party invites you to its Barracuda 2019 Fishing Tournament on Saturday, July 6th. VIDEO  

VIDEO of invitation to the Pescador baseball park at 1p (on Sunday)

María de los Ángeles Novelo Torres is involved with a property dispute with litigation among family members concerning land near "la Curva". She believes that people are being paid to harass and threaten her at her home in Salina Grande, where she lives alone with her grandchildren. She said that although she is fearful for her safety and that of her grandchildren, she does not intend to give up and plans to continue fighting. She said she has scheduled an appointment with the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador about the issue. (photo) 

The beaches of Isla Mujeres are ready to receive tourists for the summer holiday season 2019. Acknowledgement to these people who maintain our impecable white sands daily! Sargasso free. Good Day!VIDEO  

  Isla Mujeres al Dia      

Photos with caption saying "Playa Centro, free of sargasso"

Photo of Isla Contoy from June 21 with caption saying it is located 30 km north of Isla Mujeres and is home of the beginning of the second largest barrier reef in the world which goes from this point to Belize.

VIDEO of King's Pool, behind Mia hotel  VIDEO of Playa Norte 

   La Tertulia  
Information is given about a training workshop for tourist agents promoting destinations in the Mexican Caribbean  

Article from Forbes titled Playa Norte is among the top ten beaches in the world according to TripAdvisor.

City takes initiative to repair registers-manholes of companies (photos)

Closure by the municipal Urban Development & Ecology Department of a property in front of Cablemas where it's said owners were filling in a small lagoon area clandestinely, which is located inside the Federal Zone. (photos) 

Closure by the municipal Urban Development & Ecology Department of construction for not having the required documents, which is located in the area of lagoon Macax along the road to Garrafon. (photos)

Promos for Naveganto saying residents can cross to Cancun, round trip, for 70 pesos.

Isla Verde program continues (photos) with work being done in colonia Salina Chica, including painting and maintenance on the Futbol Rapido soccer field and the regular soccer field.  Residents are reminded to separate their trash into organic and inorganic. The Mayor thanked the residents for their participation.

Commemoration of the 64th anniversary of women gaining the vote included a workshop at the Women's Institute in Personal Defense and an event in front of the Town Hall (photos)

From  Por Esto :

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres  

The Cackteleros baseball team of Isla Mujeres will play the Baseball Boys (of Cancun, I think) on Sunday in the seventh round of the eight game series of the "Puerto Morelos" baseball league. They beat the Baseball Boys in Cancun last weekend, and remain undefeated.

The other news brief is about the curb painting in Salina Chica, with maintenance of the soccer fields. (see above). 

Seeking to create a museum  

Vigente proyecto de museo

  See translation above. This article notes that it has been 21 years since the death of Ramon Bravo, and the project to turn his house into a museum continues. HIs daughter, Deborah Bravo Velazauez, says she has lawyers working toward this goal, when she contacted the press from Guadalajara, Jalisco, where she lives to present her position, two days after gunshots were heard by neighbors and two spent cartridges were found by investigators.
   Currently, the house is inhabited by Bravo's widow, Maria Vallejos, but a video in 2016 indicated there is no roof on the area that was used for Bravo's visiting friends, and the desk where he wrote and his bedroom on the top floor were in a 'state of abandonment'. His daughter says it is important that his films, notes, books and awards are rescued, noting he was a visionary in the 1960's and earlier, foreseeing the environmental damage being done by humans and our responsibility to bequeth a healthy planet to the following generations.

Two fishermen-divers suffer decompression illness   

Dos buzos sufren descompresión

This information has already been translated, except this article notes that Raul Ariel Cupul Medina is with the Caribe cooperative and will need more sessions since his case was serious.

Dispute over the property of Ramon Bravo (RIP)

Se disputan el predio de Ramón Bravo

July 3 The State Attorney General is investigating the incident when neighbors of the property of Ramon Bravo (RIP) who reported hearing shots on Tuesday at 10pm, and officials promptly cordoned off the area. Two 9mm cartridges were found, but no other evidence was found on the grounds of Villa Sirena, where the famous documentary maker ha lived the last year of his life, before he passed away in 1998.There is a family dispute over the property of about 1000 square meters, with Federal Zone. His ex-wife lived there for a long time, but it is said she hasn't been seen there lately.


Article I wrote yesterday about a little known war in the Caribbean between the US & France after they were our allies in the Revolutionary War.
Spain & France helped the US win the Revolutionary War, but when the US reneged on our debts to France, the Quasi-War broke out in the Caribbean, causing the loss of over 2000 merchant vessels. Congress commissioned 1000 privateers** & re established the US Navy (1798), who captured 85 French vessels during the two-year undeclared war.
**Privateers are private vessels given a "Letter of Marque" or "Carte Blanche" document, allowing them to attack boats of a designated (enemy) country without consequence & to confiscate the boat & their goods for profit.
Here's the story...(Happy Independence Day!!)

Although every schoolchild in the US learns that our Revolution began with Americans tossing British tea into Boston Harbor yelling, "No Taxation Without Representation!", the seeds were actually sown a decade earlier with the Treaty of Paris.
This treaty caused France to disappear from North America as a political or military power. It determined the spoils of war for victorious Great Britain after the French-Indian War (aka Seven Years War). This meant American colonists no longer lived in fear of a French invasion across their borders, and had less need for British military protection. They sought to decrease the range of authority exercised over them by the King and Parliament.
In 1775, Colonial resistance against British taxes & limitations on self-government escalated into the American Revolutionary War. The following spring, France began covertly sending support to the colonists, and their continued help is considered a vital, decisive contribution to the United States' victory against the British. In 1778, France formally recognized the US by signing the Treaty of Alliance, and the British responded by declaring war on France. As a cost of participation in the war, France accumulated over 1 billion livres in debt.
Spain also began helping the colonists in 1776. Benjamin Franklin secretly reported to Congress in March 1777 that the Spanish court had granted the American rebels direct admission to the rich, previously-restricted port of Havana. Franklin also noted that three thousand barrels of Spanish gunpowder were waiting in New Orleans, and that the merchants in Bilbao, Spain "had orders to ship for us such necessaries as we might want".
When assistance was needed for the Siege of Yorktown Virginia in 1781, Spanish agents in Havana raised over 500,000 silver pesos within 24 hours. French troops were pivotal in this victory, when the British surrendered & the Americans effectively won their independence. Fighting formally ended in 1783.
Spain was seen to have received tangible results out of the war, especially in contrast to its ally France. Spain had been more than compensated by recovering the island of Menorca, and by reducing the British threat to its colonies in and around the Caribbean, all of which were considered vital to Spanish interests. Spain disposed of its debts relatively easily, due to the stunning increases in silver production from the mines in Mexico and Bolivia.
However, the French king had invested huge amounts of manpower, funds and material resources for negligible military or economic gain. France had been left with crippling debts, which became one of the major causes of the French Revolution in 1789.
In 1792, the US stopped paying its large Revolutionary War debts to France, claiming they were owed to the former monarchy, but not to the new Republic. France was also angry about a treaty the US had signed with England, saying it violated the Alliance treaty the US had signed with France during the Revolutionary War. (France & Britain were at war again.)
The French responded by seizing a bunch of American merchant ships. The US Congress reacted by rescinding the French Alliance treaty and authorizing attacks on French ships. Negotiations broke down in 1797 after a French agent demanded a bribe, prompting the slogan “Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute”. Congress commissioned ~1,000 privateers to defend against French hostilities in the Caribbean and reestablished the United States Navy on April 30, 1798. President Adams brought sixty-six year old George Washington out of retirement & reinstated him as Commander-in-Chief.
The undeclared "Quasi War" lasted two years. The US Navy captured 85 French vessels, and over 2,000 merchant vessels were lost. During the conflict, the US Navy only lost one ship, the USS Retaliation, which was taken by two French frigates in 1798, and recaptured by the US six months later. It had originally been captured from the French two decades earlier. The Quasi War was also called the "Pirate War", because of the many commissioned privateers.
The undeclared war ended in 1800 after Napoleon overthrew the French government & the US found itself negotiating with that government, establishing new treaties and agreements.


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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 

July 16  7:35
July 17   8:22
July 18   9:04
July 19   9:43
July 20  10:20
July 21   10:54
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:30p
Sunrise ~6:10a
July 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 July,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching  Octopus, Shrimp, & Conch  LINK 

 The baseball games at the  El Pescador stadium in front of Chedraui are usually held on Sundays, starting around 1p, when there's a 'home' game.

The new date for the Women's Fishing Tournament "El Dorado del Caribe" haven't been announced yet.

Turtle nesting season continues throughout July. The turtles nest along the eastern beaches in the wee hours of the night and Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in a pen outside the facility.  Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres;  Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills. The sex of the turtles is determined by the temperature of the sand, which is common in reptiles.

 Whale shark tour season continues throughout July, ending in mid-September. The eight-month lobster catching season begins July 1st, and this year's prices are: whole live- 400 to 450 pesos per kilo; whole dead-350 to 400; and tails- 580 to 600 pesos (~$16us/lb-tails).

 Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower July 12-August 23, peaking in late July

Saturday, July 6 Barracuda Fishing Tournament with a scooter for first prize, TV's for second and third, and cash for fourth and fifth places. It's sponsored by the political party PRI and will have a DJ & other activities starting at 11am.

Saturday, July 6th at 4p, Connor Williams, offensive guard for the Dallas Cowboys, will sign autographs & do photo-ops with fans at the soccer field in Salina Chica. Then the "Isla Mujeres Bowl 2019" will be held in two categories of players up to age 13; and those of 15 years and up in separate male & female teams. Free. This will be "touch football", played according International Flag Football rules.

Fri-Mon, July 19-22- Whale Shark Festival 

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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