Sunday, July 14, 2019

Isla Mujeres News & Events Sunday, July 14

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City holds successful job fair
    More than 25 companies offered approximately 100 jobs, which included Dolphin Discovery, Hotel Mía, Wizz, ET&T, Hotel Posada del Mar, Hotel Palace, El Pescador, Z Gas, Aguakan, Parque Garrafón, Super Aki, Tiendas Chedraui, Hotel Alux (aka Privileges/PA), Hotel Ixchel, and Hotel Excellence. There were also booths of various municipal agencies for residents to accomplish various procedures, who included Civil Registry, Police, Civil Protection, and the Treasurer's office. 

"Isla Verde" campaign continues with a cleanup at colonia Guadalupana

TVisla Mujeres    

Ex-Governor Borge's "Barcos Caribe" ferries are for sale  LINK   
     Two of the "Barcos Caribe" ferries that operated between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen arrived in Isla Mujeres. They are for sale and on display at the concrete pier. They were owned by former Governor Roberto Borge (who is imprisoned) and are now the property of the financial company  Unifin. The Port Authority said the boats are only here for two weeks. The third ferry, which was involved in an explosion at the Playa del Carmen dock is still moored in Puerto Morelos.

Interruption of electrical service LINK  

Isla Mujeres historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid approves of removal of remnants of the Punta Sur sculptures  LINK  

At ten days into the lobster catching season, there have been eleven cases of decompression treated at the hyperbaric chamber VIDEO      

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

Fire has consumed 600 hectares of the Sian Ka'an Reserve LINK   

VIDEO-A school of boxing and a school for table tennis will be opened in Isla Mujeres 

VIDEO-Maintenance of buoys at Playa Centro  

  Isla Mujeres al Dia      
At 12:30 today/Sunday the Isla Mujeres Pescadores will play the Guerreros from Chetumal at the el Pescador field in front Chedraui (photo)

VIDEO of last night's folklorico performance with caption "Monterrey in Isla Mujeres"

Photos of busy beach scenes & from an accident between a golf cart & a taxi, with the caption saysing one of the golf cart occupants went to the hospital for a head injury. Both vehicles were taken to the impound yard until responsibilities were determined. 

 IM Noticias   

Residents in Sac Bajo, near the Tortugranja, were complaining of odors from an overflow of wastewater in the street.

From  Por Esto :

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres   
  The Sosa family has a complaint with ZGas concerning a propane cylinder in poor condition that they had filled and wanted to exchange, but it has been six months and they're still waiting for a replacement. The cylinder was filled for 479 pesos on January 11, 2019.
  The Isla Verde campaign continues with a cleanup of colonia Guadalpana, where residents joined in the City's efforts to improve the image of the island.

"Caribe III" ferry arrived  

Arriba el barco “Caribe III”

Por Esto reports that an official with the Port Authority said the ferry Barcos III is only here in transit.   He said that a consignee agent will act as an intermediary to act on behalf of the vessel, whose fleet belongs to the company of former governor Roberto Borge Angulo, and they were serving the Cozumel-Playa del Carmen route, until their operation was suspended as a result of an investigation of an explosion in February 2018.
  Staff with the Harbor Master's office said they didn't know the purpose of the boat's visit, because its captain had not yet come to their office 

Wastewater spill in Sac Bajo  

En manglares de Sac-Bajo vierten agua residual

  Residents in Sac Bajo complained that there have been odors for three days from an overflow of wastewater near the Tortugranja.
  It is also noted that a few days ago, Aguakan began charging Councilman Emilio Sosa for commercial service because he has a business at his home, which he says is unfair.

Preparing for the Pink Run III/ "Carrera Rosa III"

Alistando la III Carrera Rosa

  The date hasn't yet been determined for the race which will be held in October, but the preliminary meeting was held by the DIF with business owners, organizations, groups, sports clubs, and others, with the intention of having their participation and support. A representative said, "The purpose is to collect funds to continue with the prevention and treatment plan for those who already suffer from the disease, and so the mammography coverage will be wider and free to all women in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Last year more than 200 people participated.

Small boats were restricted on Friday   

Ayer fue suspendida la navegación menor

  Boats under forty feet were restricted to port due to winds.

More municipal assistance for the Community Hospital   

Refuerza apoyo municipal al Hospital Comunitario

   The municipal government is paying the salaries of three workers at the Community Hospital, including a driver, an attendant, (intendant) a driver and an orderly (camillero)

Isla Mujeres news briefs   


On Thursday night, the Center for Child Development (CENDI) held a cultural event for the end of the school year at the Convention Center. Their school year was over on Friday. Then there will be a month of vacation and they will resume in August. 
  The other brief is about handing out electrolytes in the mainland part of the municipality to prevent heat stress.

Electrical outage for nearly an hour on the island   

Apagón por una hora en IM

   On Thursday, an electrical outage occurred slightly before 2p and lasted for fifty minutes, except in colonia Canotal where it returned at 3:20p, according to residents who contacted Por Esto.

Large numbers of tourists arriving   

Arribo masivo de turismo a la isla

Job fair offered 100 vacancies  

Ofrecen más de 100 empleos

Renovating the buoys at Playa Centro   

Renuevan las boyas en Playa Centro

  The 300 meter buoy line at Playa Centro was renewed by workers with Civil Protection. It is about seven meters from shore, to protect swimmers from the Navigation Channel. The head of Civil Protection said there are seven trained lifeguards to protect the swimmers.  The buoy line at North Beach was renewed several weeks ago, which suffers more frequent breaks because boats anchor to it at times, which is not recommended & their cooperation is sought.

Isla Mujeres news briefs   

Breves de Isla Mujeres

 Free pet sterilization is offered on Thursdays.
 The Cockteleros baseball team will be playing an away game against Bonfil on Sunday. They have already qualified for the final competition.

Fishermen with decompression   

Pescador descompresionado

Policarpo Pastrana Portillo, Director of the board for the Hyperbaric Chamber, said there have been eleven fishermen-divers treated so far this season, which began July 1st. He said four are from the "Isla Blanca" cooperative, two are from the "Makax" coop, one is from Puerto Juarez, two are from the "Caribe" coop, and he didn't recall where the other two were from. Last season there were 74 treatments given for decompression. When the fishermen dive deeply, they need to follow the recommendations about ascending in order to avoid decompression illness. He explained that this is "a disorder in which nitrogen, dissolved in blood and tissues due to high pressure, forms bubbles when the pressure decreases".


How much do workers in Isla Mujeres make?
In Isla Mujeres, there are 3825 workers registered with the IMSS (Mexico's Social Security Institute), of whom nearly half (45.6%) earn salaries of 3370 pesos/month ($180us/mo). That means living on 112 pesos/$6 a day. Statewide, the average monthly salary of workers affiliated with IMSS is 8375 pesos. ($450/mo)
The Daily Minimum Wage is 102.68 pesos ($5.50/day). The federal delegate for the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (STPS) in Quintana Roo said the hotel and construction industries pay some employees less than minimum wage. He explained, "People are continually arriving from all over the country who work in the operational areas of construction, as well as tourism, and who don't have much experience, therefore many of them start with training contracts."
Officials with the STPS explained that average salary statistics are reduced when the informal work force is included. Nationally, the average monthly salary for workers registered with IMSS is 10,560 pesos, but when the entire working class is considered, that statistic drops to 6120 pesos. (From $570 to $330/mo)
The national statistical agency (INEGI) reported fifty-nine percent of Mexican employees earn less than 5300 pesos ($285/mo). Eight in ten Mexican workers earn less than 13,300 pesos monthly. ($720)
Among the 34 countries of the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), Mexican employees worked the longest hours at 43 hours/wk. (Americans & Canadians averaged 34 & 32 respectively.)…/trabajadores-sueldo-diario-sobrevivir-e… (Oct 29 2018)…/6-mil-117-pesos-al-mes-el-salar… (Oct 22 2018)
El Economista-graphic…/Cuanto-ganan-los-mexicano… (July 24 2018) (July 2019)
The third photo is from yesterday's Job Fair, with 25 companies offering about 100 vacancies.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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 

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.

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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