Sunday, July 21, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, July 21

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Children learn while enjoying activities at the City's day camp "Super Summer 2019"
   Forty children aged 7-12 are participating in day camp which began 13 days ago and takes place weekdays 10a-1p, at various locations, depending on the activities. They include football activities, basketball, table tennis, boxing, in addition to guided tours, movies and topics of ecology and recycling,

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TVQRoo reports there was an execution last night downtown on Juarez Avenue. The victim was Francisco P.C, 28, and the incident occurred at 1:10am, when it was reported to the emergency numbers that a person had been injured by a firearm in a bar on Juarez.. Those arriving at the scene included the paramedics with the Red Cross ambulance, municipal police, and officers with the Prosecutor's Office and the Navy. The caliber of the weapon is unknown at this time, and it is not known if there was more than one aggressor. Indications are that it was a targeted execution, since no one else was injured.

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VIDEO of officers on Juarez Avenue with caption saying witness reported the execution victim was shot at least nine times in front of the bar Va Que Va, and he was a male about 30 years old.

VIDEO interview with the Director of the Traffic Police, Carlos Pech Pa,  talking about "Summer Holiday Operation 2019" with increased patrols in the areas where tourists are concentrated, in this season when the number of visitors is high.
  Isla Mujeres al Dia      

Navy provides first aid to child at North Beach 
Naval personnel stationed at a first aid booth on the beach as part of the summer vacation "Operation Salavada" provided immediate life-saving measures to a five year-old Mexican girl who was drowning and rescued by the people near her, who requested assistance. With the rapid response by Naval medical personnel, the child was revived, and then taken away in the Red Cross ambulance with her family.
   La Tertulia  

On Juarez Avenue, in front of the bar "Va Que Va", an execution from gunshots was reported, after midnight. The victim was male.

VIDEO of child being revived by Naval personnel on the beach & sitting up & responding afterwards. 

Caption says there were reports of shots fired in a newly opened bar on Hidalgo,  (Indications are that it occurred on Juarez, not Hidalgo) more information pending, with photos of police and their vehicles on Juarez Avenue.

From  Por Esto :

IMOVEQROO operations continue  

Operativos del Imoveqroo serán continuos

 The Mobility Institute of Quintana Roo continues operations to detect 'pirate' golf carts and taxis, with about 20 vehicles impounded in the past three months, of the estimated ~1000 golf carts and ~200 taxis in circulation.

Large numbers of vacationers arriving   

Arribo masivo de vacacionistas

   Many tourists were visiting the beaches, and most of the agencies that rent golf carts, scooters, and bicycles reported they'd rented out their inventory by noon, especially the carts. The hours of the lifeguards have been extended to 7pm, after the recent drowning of a tourist, which occurred after their scheduled hours. The Mexican tourist had gone past the buoy line, where there are currents, and it is noted that the lifeguards advise about 150 people daily to stay within the swimming area. No strong southern winds are in the forecast this week.

Senior citizen evicted for not paying rent  

Echado a la calle por no pagar la renta

       José Luis Castellanos Orozco, 73, was evicted from his apartment near the municipal market “Audomaro Magaña” in colonia Cañotal for not paying his rent on time. He was sitting with his possessions on the sidewalk, shirtless, saying he had nowhere to go, and intended to stay there, awaiting protection from the authorities, particularly the Human Rights Commission.  His medical records say he's unhealthy and he presented a document from the judge Mixto de Primera Instancia of the Judicial District of Isla Mujeres, showing this month's rental payment of 2000 pesos.
    The property owner, Mario Gurubel, said they have been asking the tenant to leave for two years, who has moved his brother into the home also, who wasn't at the scene when the reporter visited. Mr. Gurubel, who is also in his 70's, represented the family owning the property before the authorities, recognizing that the home was vacated, and presenting a certificate of ownership issued by the Housing Institute of Quintana Roo ( Inviqroo), on February 26, 1990.
         Mr. Castellanos contacted the reporter at 3pm, and said he intended to remain on the sidewalk as long as necessary, with his possessions. He said he been a tenant there since 2014. It is noted that the situation is complicated by the fact that it is the weekend. 

Navy rescued fishermen   

Marina al rescate de pescadores

    The Naval Command received a call for assistance from the crew of a lobster-fishing boat, associated with a cooperative in Puerto Juarez, that had suffered engine failure and was adrift 33 nautical miles north of Isla Mujeres. The Navy sent a"Defender" type vessel, which towed the small boat "Elizabeth" to the island, where its four Mexican crew members underwent a medical exam and were found to be in good health.

6% more ferry passengers   

Ritmo ascendente del 6 %

 On Thursday, 23,434 passengers were counted at the two maritime terminals in Isla Mujeres, according to the head of these APIQROO (state Port Authority), and the numbers on the weekend has exceeded 24,000, it hasn't surpassed the 30,000 passengers who arrived during Easter week. Isla Mujeres has led in the numbers of passengers since it surpassed Cozumel in 2017, with an increase of 6.3%,compared to the first half of 2018.
     Between January and July of this year,  2,786,300 passengers have traveled the Puerto Juarez-Cancun-Punta Sam-Isla Mujeres routes, which indicated there could be 6 million passengers by the end of the year, doubling the number in ten years. The Port Authority records indicate in 2000 there were 1,334,915 passengers, which has increased steadily, and in 2009 there were 2,761,400.

Skilled workers are sought  

Solicitan obra de mano calificada

  The larger hotels are reporting high occupancy rates of 80-90%, especially those located in the continental area of the municipality, where rates are highest. The small hotels on the island are reporting much lower rates of occupancy, who are providing rooms for 800 pesos that sell for 1200 pesos in the winter season. Many visitors are enjoying the islands sargasso-free beaches, and there are a variety of jobs available, especially for skilled workers.

Celebration of Secretary's Day 

Celebran el “Día de la Secretaria”

   The City sponsored an event for Secretary's Day, to honor the employees who perform this work. The Mayor thanked and congratulated them.  He noted that while it is important to citizens that their parks are clean, their streets are paved, and they feel safe, it is also vital that they be treated with respect and attention in the municipal offices. He said citizens expect two things: results and excellent treatment. He said. "The effort they make every day is what makes the difference and is what distinguishes us from other administrations."
   The Isla Verde campaign continues, with municipal employees cleaning, painting, and pruning around the island, and in the Continental Zone. These brigades work on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with the most recent efforts taking place in colonia Guadalupana and colonia La Gloria. Nearly all the municipal workers are participating at least once a week.

Working together to add color to the middle school  

Unidos dan “color” a la escuela

  Parents, students and a dozen volunteers from the United States worked together for two mornings painting classrooms at the Benito Juarez middle school. The foreigners are members of a religious group from Georgia.  A few months ago, the pastor brought a group of athletes from Atlanta who visited several areas of Quintana Roo, doing community work, and they cleaned beaches here.
        The school has been celebrating its 60th anniversary and modernization work has been taking place on the interior since last year.


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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" hasn'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.
Sunday, July 7 at 8p on the Town Square--Four Dance Troupes. The seniors & kids troupes of "Al Són del Corazon", a senior women's troupe & "El Corazon de Conchi". (Són is a style of dance & music, Corazon means heart. Conchi is a nickname of Isla's patron saint.)

Saturday, July 13 Plogging clean up 8a-10a Sac Bajo
Saturday, July 13 Town Square at 7p--Folklorico dancers from the state of Nuevo Leon. Free.

Firday, July 19 You're invited to the 1st International Festival of Children's Folklorico Dancing on Friday on the Town Square at 8p featuring troupes from Mexico City, Veracruz, Baja California Norte, Nuevo León, Guerrero, Tabasco, Nayarit, & Jalisco, as well as from Colombia.

Fri-Sun, July 26-28- 12th Annual Whale Shark Festival
   Usually includes a procession, sand sculpture competition, conferences & talks by specialists (in Spanish), exhibitions, and a dance troupe performance on the Town Square.

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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