Sunday, August 25, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, August 25

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From the state Civil Protection agency--Tropical Storm Dorian isn't a threat to the coasts of Quintana Roo. This was posted yesterday evening & notes the storm was 4100 kilometers away.

Caption: Are you familiar with Isla Mujeres? Don't wait any longer to get to kow this paradise with clean beaches that are free of sargasso, with the most beautiful vistas for your photos, surrounded by magic. (This statue is at the Paso de la Triguena, just east of the Town Square)

Activities to unite the municipal police and the community have been taking place in the neighborhoods, in schools, and within businesses, that have impacted 3241 island residents.

Don't forget to pick up your trash when you visit our beaches

On Firefighter's Day, in addition to giving a breakfast and recognition to the firefighters of the Civil Protection, the City presented them with two trucks. Appreciation was also expressed for the business owners who donated the pick-up trucks.

Free insulin for island diabetics  

The Director of the Municipal Health Department, Antonio Coronado Rojas, said the City has received 100 vials of insulin that will be provided for free to islander diabetics. Each vial has a value of about 700 pesos and provides about a month of treatment. Currently there are more than 50 registered patients, and the demand is strong for this free program. Diabetics are encouraged to register with the Municipal Health Department, who will verify that this is the correct type of insulin for that patient, and will provide the medication.

Note--If anyone would like more information about our free annual Isla Diabetes Clinic in November, please click that fb link or this Website Link.  We provide free diabetic screening & for the diabetics--glucometers, supplies & education, thanks to generous donations & a group of foreign & Mexican volunteers from the medical & social work fields. This terrible disease is very common among isleños, who welcome these tools to help them manage it & try to preserve their sight & feet. And a special THANK YOU!! to Karen Rosenberg and Geovanny Avalos and Sandy Sandford who put many hours into this labor of love. And Gracias!! to the City- Ayuntamiento De Isla Mujeres who provide the clinic with a facility & other services!! 

   Noti Isla Mujeres     
VIDEO..VIDEO  The third "All Day Bowl" is taking place today on Playa Centro with teams from Tabasco, Campeche & Playa del Carmen, among others.

From  Por Esto :

Cost increased for Ultramar resident credential

“Cocina” Ultramar incremento de tarifas

   The cost of processing an Ultramar credential for residents to obtain the Ultraplan discount has increased to 100 pesos. Most residents present their voting credential, but senior students (and foreign residents) present their Ultramar card (which is renewed annually). This announcement caused some confusion among residents who misunderstood and thought there was an increase in resident fares, which have not changed and remain 42 pesos one way and 84 pesos round trip, and 16 pesos and 32 for children. State residents pay 78 and 146, their children are 46 and 84 pesos. Senior citizens with an INAPAM card pay 26 and 52, while tourists and their children pay 160 & 300, and 130 and 250 pesos.

Historic regattas at risk  

Históricas regatas en riesgo

    Enrique Lima Zumo, who is a member of the organizing committee for the "Al Sol" and "Sol al Sol" regattas who have been coming to the island for the past 50 years, said there are issues that need to be resolved before the 2020 regattas concerning procedures related to the Temporary Import Permits of the boats, and whether this permits need to be cancelled when they expire. There are concerns that this issue could affect all Mexican ports that promote sailing and sports fishing, since foreign boat owners don't want to bring their boats to Mexico if they fear they may be confiscated. 

Observing the progress of Tropical Storm Dorian  

Vigilan avance de tormenta Dorian

See notice at top of page, and there is a link at the bottom of the page to the NHC. This storm is headed toward the Lesser Antilles, not Quintana Roo.  There could be some isolated rain in parts of the Peninsula from Tropical Wave 32, but the main prediction is for continued hot weather on Sunday.

Isla Mujeres news briefs   

Breves de Isla Mujeres

See article above about insulin donation. The second brief says the ongoing land dispute by Devil's Curve continues.


Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres   

 The first news brief is about a program for mainland residents in the Continental Zone. The second is about the police carrying out activities with the community, and the third is about the play in Spanish at 8p tonight on the Town Square for free "Bury Me in Isla Mujeres". 

Work is progressing on the Isla Mujeres University  

Avanza obra de Universidad de Isla Mujeres

   Construction work is progressing well on the second unit of classrooms for the University of Isla Mujeres, funded by the Catholic church. It will offer training for careers in gastronomy, English, and tourism & hospitality, giving islanders the opportunity to work in the large hotels that have been built and will be built in the Continental Zone, as well as the local tourism industry on the isle. It is hoped that it will be finished before the end of the year so it can be operational at the start of 2020.
    There have been some delays in the financing from Catholics in the United States and Mexico, which began three years ago and includes the organization  “Catholic United American” and the slogan "Help us educate to grow" (“Ayúdenos a educar para crecer”).

Fewer tourists  

Ya se siente la ausencia del turismo


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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 

August 15  7:42
August 16   8:20
August 17  8:55
August 18   9:29
August 19  10:03
August 20   10:37
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25-7:05p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:20-6:30-a (start-end/mo)
 Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower thru August 23, peaked in late July Perseids peaks Aug. 12, but  nearly full moon will interfere.
August Events 
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the bicycling group "Isla en Bici" invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

In August,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching  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.
Guests assisting Tortugranja worker collect from two nests on July 29th.

Turtle nesting season continues throughout August. 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.

Photo by Tony Garcia Whale sharks are filter-feeders who eat plankton.
 Whale shark tour season continues throughout August, ending in mid-September. The eight-month lobster catching season thru the end of February, and this year's prices are: whole live- 400 to 450 pesos per kilo and tails- 580 to 600 pesos (~$16us/lb-tails).

 Thursday-Sunday August 8-11:  At the children's baseball field "Ariel Picho Magana" Players age 11 & 12 from the states of  Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and of course Quintana Roo, including some from Isla Mujeres will compete. About 100 players and their families are expected. 

Monday, August 12:  Perseids Meteor Shower peaks, but the nearly full moon will interfere.

Events celebrating the 169th anniversary of the founding of the island as the town of Dolores:

Thursday, August 15
11am Photographic Exhibition at the lower level of the Town Hall "Isla Mujeres of Yesteryear"
1p Conference at the Naval Auditorium (in Spanish) "Isla Mujeres Yesterday & Today"
7p Night of the Assumption at the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception
9p Special "Isla Fest 2019" Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas & the Coronation of the Foundation Ambassador with performances by the dance troupes Mestizas de Agua Salada & Ballet Tuumeen Kiin

Friday, August 16
6p Special City Council Session on the Town Square honoring the 169th Anniversary of the Founding of Isla Mujeres, recognizing the founding families and awarding the medals of Citizen Merit and Tourism Merit and the winners of the XXII Artisans Competition 2019, "Let my hands speak to you", will be announced
9p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas "Bohemian Night with Nicho Hinojosa"

Saturday, August 17
8a Wreath ceremony for the Anniversary of the Cross in the Bay departing from the wooden pier
8p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas featuring the Latin Dance, Dance Studio

Sunday August 18
7a Islanders 8K Run
8p Special Edition of Isla Mujeres Noches Magicas  with performances by the dance troupes Al Son del Corazon, Senior Citizens Group, & El Corazon de Conchi

The City will hold an Art Fair ("Primera Feria del Arte") on the Town Square at 7:30p on Friday, Saturday & Sunday featuring more than a thousand pieces. There will be 29 local artists and 20 from other parts of the state. An invitation is extended to visitors & locals to attend & to become familiar with, appreciate, and acquire artisan products that preserve techniques learned from previous generations, which strengthen the economic, social, cultural and environmental sustainability of the island.

Sunday, Aug 25  Pescador Baseball Field (in front of Chedraui) 9:30a thePescadores of Isla Mujeres will play the team from Balacar in a state tournament. At 1p the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros will play Los Chuchos of Playa del Carment for the grand final in their league.

Sunday, Aug 25  The third "All Day Bowl" is taking place today on Playa Centro with teams from Tabasco, Campeche & Playa del Carmen, among others. (It's played with a football).

Friday, Aug. 30  The 7th Lion Fish Culinary Contest at 5p on the Town Square. The City invites residents, restaurateurs, independent chefs & fishermen to participate. Registration deadline is Monday, Aug. 26. The dishes can be prepared with filets or a whole fish, and participants can compete in both categories. Recipes must by provided. BYOLF. Booths can promote your business or yourself & may feature menus, drink samples, and decorations. Winners are given recognition, a pass for two to Dolphin Discover, and 5000, 3000, and 2000 pesos for the top three.

 They are an invasive species who eat many young lobster, grouper, and other commercial seafood. They are caught by spearfishing, and are a mild-flavored white fish. Asia Caribe has won awards in this competition ,as well as recognition for featuring them on their menu (when available), and will prepare them a variety of ways.

The Circuito Maya race will probably be held in August in Isla Mujeres, and is one of a series of four races held annually in four Pueblos Magicos in Q.Roo and Yucatan, named after the four elements. The race in Isla Mujeres is the "Air" (Iik') and the others are Fire (K'aak'), Earth (Lu'um), and Water (Ha'), for the races held in Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid
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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