Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, July 30

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Boat fire just before noon today, TVIsla Mujeres reports the small boat was towed to this area after it caught fire at the Patria & Progreso cooperative. Photos courtesy of Ingi Fragata who said the first photo is actually the last photo, when the fire was put out by the small boat (in front of the larger Navy boat) pumped water onto it. These aren't in consecutive order.

From the City...

Warriors Against Sargasso.  Shared by the Mayor with the caption..What do you think of these warriors who work daily from an early hour to keep our beaches beautiful.

The City organized a successful "El Mirador del Sabor" food truck event on the Paso de la Triguena, by the Town Square. Four trucks will continue to be there on an ongoing basis, offering local food and quality service to tourists and locals alike, who can spend a pleasant moment experiencing the beautiful panorama, while enjoying dishes that are typical of Isla Mujeres. 

This is part of an ongoing campaign by the City & says Help us keep the streets clean. Pick up your pet's feces.
Community education for crime prevention includes activities with the children. Thru games and fun activities, they learn that the police are their friends, how to identify situations of risk, and they gain confidence. The Director of the municipal crime prevention program explained that they can learn to develop assertive communication, respect, tolerance, empathy and various values that are  important for their healthy growth.

VIDEO of curb painting and other cleaning activities in the colonias for the Isla Verde program

The first "Fut-Beis" Tournament in Isla Mujeres will be held on Sunday, August 18 at 10am at the baseball field. Residents are invited to participate who are 13 and older, and the fee is 250 pesos per team. Each team needs 12 players and there will be a maximum of 10 teams. There will be an assembly/meeting on Aug. 13 at 5p at the baseball field and registration is available at the municipal Sports office in front of Boxito.  

The City is inviting resident artisans to compete in the XXII Concuros de Artesanias 2019 whose slogan is “Deja que te lo cuenten mis manos”. which roughly translates to "Let my hands tell you". Awards in various categories will be 3000 to 20,000 pesos.
     Participants  must be over 18 years of age and of Mexican nationality or have more than five years of residence. They should be dedicated to the creation of craft pieces in the categories of textiles, wood, shells, marine materials, fibers, seeds, or mixed techniques.
      . The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 2, the jury will decide on Monday, Aug. 5th and the awards will be given out in person only on Friday, Aug. 16th. Registration is at the Community Center in La Gloria, 9a-4p, with the basic documents such as CURP, proof of residence and official identification.
     It says this competition opens many doors for artisans, in addition to the prizes and recognition. It is one of the many efforts by the municipal government for the benefit of the island, which reflects its identity as a Pueblo Magico. 
TVisla Mujeres    
VIDEO of boat on fire  

Photos of the water main that was removed showing the buildup of mineral deposits, and the trench.

From  Por Esto :

Removal of 500 meters of water main  

Retiran medio kilómetro de tubo de 6 pulgadas

  On Monday, personnel with Aguakan removed a six inch tap water main on a half-kilometer section, which was about 35 years old. About 40 percent of its interior was functioning due to being full of mineral residues ("sarro"). Service was interrupted to the neighborhoods near the airfield and to the south, who had been notified, and told it would resume early on Tuesday. Those affected included Aeropuerto, Salina Chica, Ampliación La Gloria, along the coastal road, FOVISSTE apartments, Bachilleres, Santa Rosa, Salina Grande, Caridad del Cobre, and Lol Beh.
   A problem was recently detected when attending to the decrease in water pressure to supply the storage tanks in these areas, whose levels had dropped an average of 50 percent, in association with high rates of consumption during this summer holiday period.
   The storage capacity of the four tanks is about 1000 cubic meters,which is enough for a week, with rationing, in case of a hurricane.

Isla Mujeres news briefs

Breves de Isla Mujeres

  The Isla Mujeres Cockteleros beat the Baseball Boys of Cancun 7-3 in the first game of the semifinal tournament. They need to win one more game to qualify for the final tournament.

On Sunday, more than 150 athletes participated in a 5 kilometer race called "5K Trail" that began at Punta Sur at 8am. The winning time in the women's competition was 24 minutes and 16 second by Catalina Guzman, and in the men's category Eduardo Grimaldo won with a time of 21 minutes and 3 seconds. Second and third places were won by Ana Celis and Shirley Medina and by Sebastian Aznar and Félix Licona.

Deborah Bravo visiting the island 
Deborah Bravo visita la isla   

   The daughter of Ramon Bravo (RIP) visited the island to meet with friends to evaluate a plan to rescue his house, Villa Sirenia, and turn it into a museum.The home is inhabited by Sra. Maria Vallejo, Bravo's widow. Friend of Deborah said they didn't repair the wall that collapsed, and they think that was done by people working with Maria.

Promoting the First Tournament of Fut-Beis 2019

Promueven el “Primer Torneo de Fut-Beis 2019”

  See translation above. This game is known in English as Kick Ball or Kicking Ball, or Fireball and uses a soccer ball rather than a baseball. It was invented in the US in 1942, during WWII in association with soldiers who had been in the North African campaign. It isn't an official sport in Mexico, but is played in many countries.

Increasing security at the Puerto Juarez Maritime Terminal  

Reforzarán seguridad en terminal marítima de Puerto Juárez

     The Operations Committee of APIQRoo (state Port Authority)  agreed to strengthen security at the maritime terminal of Puerto Juarez to end the bad practices of tourist cooperatives operating there. Alicia Ricalde, general director of APIQRoo reported personnel with the Navy and Federal Police have been monitoring the facilities in Puerto Juarez since Saturday to prevent fraud against tourists and residents. Bad practices have included charging more than 200 pesos to use the terminal's facilities when the official price is 10 pesos, by keeping the change of the tourists, and even changing clothing so they are not recognized and can evade their responsibilities. 
   The official explained that the monies from the 10 peso tourism toll are used to provide insurance coverage against accidents in the port, to keep the bathrooms and showers in optimal condition, and for monitoring using smart cameras,which is reenforced by the presence of authorities, including personnel with the Mexican Armed Forces.
   She said they are not going to allow the comisionistas within the port area, nor other people who have no relationship with the Terminal. She said these measures will be continued in an ongoing manner to avoid defrauding of tourists within the facilities and to prevent damage to the reputation of this destination.  
   A service booth ws installed at the Puerto Juarez Terminal where 62 tourist vessels operate, which will provide more information and better services to the thousands of people who use the pier.

National high school union will meet in Isla Mujeres 

IM será sede de encuentro nacional sindicalista

The VI National Meeting of the Colegio Bachilleres Workers Union is scheduled to be held on October 17, 18 and 19, with cultural and recreational activities, said Gabriel Sulú, union leader of COBACH in Quintana Roo. Approximately 1400 union members are expected to attend from the 27 unions in Mexico. Members will be offered discounts on hotels, restaurants, taxi services, and others. There will be beach volleyball on Oct. 18 & 19 and other sports activities will include soccer, softball, and basketball. On the opening day there will be a cultural event featuring exhibitions of folklore from different states.

Young islander missionaries spent week in state of Mexico  

Fe y milagros con misioneros

 The "Carisma Joven" group took their annual trip, with their musicians, to this religious event at Ecatepac, in the state of Mexico. When these young people were not attending events and masses, they went to into neighborhoods carrying their message of faith.


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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
   The events whose locations aren't given are probably on the Town Square, the talks in Spanish are probably inside the Palacio-Town Hall.

 Friday, July 26 
6p Motorcycle Clubs Caravan 
6:30 Inaugural Event on the East Malecon Esplanade, Downtown 
7p Grand Opening of the new tourism attraction "El Malecon del Sabor" Food Park
8p Folklorico Dance performance by "Mestizas de Agua Sallada" 
9p Performance by "Renatta Dance Studio Academy" 

 Saturday, July 27 
6p-8p Children's "Lightning" Basketball Tournament on downtown court by Town Square
 7p Presentations (in Spanish) on the topics "Acoustic & Satellite Telemetry of Whale Sharks" and "Estimations About Whale Shark Behavior" by specialists Emilio de la Parra Galván, Eugenio de la Parra Galván & Rafael de la Parra. 
7p-9p Cocktail Demonstrations by the "Isla Mujeres Bartenders Collectivo"
 9p Folklorico Dance performances by the troupes "Al Son del Corazon", "Abuelitas de INAPAM", & "El Corazon de Conchi" 

 Sunday, July 28 7p Presentation (in Spanish) by Pamela Vazquez of Saving Our Sharks organization 
7p-9p Cocktail Demonstrations by the "Isla Mujeres Bartenders Collectivo" 
8p Noches Magicas performance by "Latin Dancers Dance Studio"

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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