Friday, October 4, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, October 4

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The Town Hall will be lit in pink during October to raise awareness about Breast Cancer Prevention.

Personnel with ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency) conducted a cleaning campaign along the Caribbean coast at the southern part of the island. About 20 people participated and the agency Director said it is everyone's responsibility to keep the island clean, not just the government.

Raising awareness about avoiding unplanned pregnancies n adolescents   LINK  
    A workshop was held at the high school, Colegio Bachilleres, to provide information and risks and responsibilities of unplanned pregnancies in adolescents, in honor of World Day for the Prevention of Unplanned Pregnancy in Adolescents, and in coordination with the System for the Comprehensive Protection of Girls, Children and Adolescents (SIPINNA) organization. 
  Activities have been carried out since Sept. 26, which will continue thru the end of October which include informational fairs, conferences, games, talks, informationbooths, and various recreational activities to raise awareness about the importance of making informed decisions and knowing the consequences of their actions. These activities are being carried out in all the private and public middle and high schools in the municipality. They provide information about the costs and responsibilities of having a baby, as well as information about contraceptive methods.

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

VIDEO of cliff where a large chunk fell off

From  Por Esto :

Isla Mujeres news briefs   

Breves de Isla Mujeres    

   With ten teams participating, the Municipal Basketball Tournament in the Second Force-Veterans Division will begin on Monday, which is being coordinated by the municipal DIF social service agency. The games will be held at the Las Hormiguitas court in colonia Meteorologica/Salinas on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from 8p to 9:15p.
  A member of the organizing committee said: "We seek to enable players who have no place in the municipal tournament, either because of their ability or skill, including youths, as well as veterans." They had not been included, which is why we seek to provide an opportunity for them with this innovative tournament, which involves young people and experienced players but with their reduced speed."

Maintenance is provided at Garrafon Park  

Brindan mantenimiento a áreas del Garrafón

Mauricio Cortez, operations manager. said a recent media report about a lack of maintenance at Garrafon Park was untrue, and spoke about the various areas, road, and attractions that they have improved, maintained, and where they have invested considerable funds. It is noted that the municipal government made a thirty year trust agreement with Grupo Xcaret, and the Dolphin Discovery consortium has managed it since 2006. 
  In addition to improving streets, they have purchased pumps for the pools, constructed special areas, installed hot tubs, and purchased kayaks with clear bottoms for viewing the corals. Regarding the interpretation of the green area by the perimeter road as "abandoned", he said it is not in use and no guests enter that section. He said the brush won't be allowed to grow and they have a plan, It is noted that people could be seen cleaning and maintaining the area, which he said will be reopened to the public shortly, as well as the tower, which is receiving maintenance. They also have new harnesses to provide security to visitors climbing the 25 meters, where there are fantastic views. The zip line attraction has four towers, and the railings are being renovated to provide security to visitors and staff.

Review of pumps for Las Salinas lakes   

Revisaron bombas de achique de Las Salinas

   An inspection of the pumps for the Las Salinas lakes found that they are in good condition. They are used to prevent overflow in the event of heavy rain. There is a potential for prolonged rain Thursday night and Friday, due to a low pressure system and a trough over the Yucatan Peninsula, interacting with a system in the western Gulf of Mexico, according to a report from CONAGUA (National Water Commission). So far, rain hasn't affected the levels of Salina Chica and Salina Grande, which remain low after the severe drought in recent months, but a heavy rain of several hours could cause them to rise.
   It is noted that tourism is reduced in this low season with few boats arriving from Puerto Juarez and the Cancun Hotel Zone, and the ferries only half full, generally. The tour boats have lowered their prices in order to increase business.

Another rockfall from the cliffs   

Desprendimiento de acantilados se intensifica

   On Wednesday near Punta Sur, a large chunk of rock fell off the cliff, which is the third time this has happened in the past six months. The area where it occurred has already been protected by Civil Protection with a line, after a French tourist fell off the cliff earlier this year.
  On May 12, a large rock fell from the cliffs near colonia Guadalupana, which may have been associated with the vibrations from machinery hired by Aguakan to dig a ditch for the wastewater pipeline. On August 31st, rock fell by the end of Isla Contoy Avenue in colonia La Gloria, where Civil Protection place hazard tape.
    Days later, residents in the area expressed their concern about a pile driver machine to construct housing for tourist use, about100 meters from the area of that second rockfall. They want the municipal authorities to cancel the project and conserve the area as a green area.
    There are concerns that eventually the Mayan temple at Punta Sur could fall into the sea, and suggestions that the government should take action to shore up the cliffs.It is noted that in 1998, the Xcaret Group reinforced the base of the Punta Sur cliff, where it still remains solid.
      Along the eastern coast, the most fragile area is across from Isla 33, where there is a cavity under the walkway, and there are concerns the street could eventually be affected.

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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 

October 13   6:39
October 14   7:14
October 15   7:52
October 16  8:32
October 17   9:16
October 18  10:04
October 19  10:58
October 20  11:55
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:35-6:10p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:35-6:45a (start-end/mo)
October Events 
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

In October,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching Conch, and Shrimp until the 15th.  LINK 

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

By Diane Daniel
Officially, protection of nesting sea turtles continues on the east coasts of the island thru mid-October, but monitoring for nests continues until the end of the month. The eggs are collected and taken to the incubation pen at the Tortugranja. Releases of the hatchlings are done by personnel with the facility at sunrise or sunset when there is less heat and fewer predators. Three species nest on the island, with the most nests being from Green turtles, second are the Loggerhead, and third are the Hawksbill.They are expecting there will be a total of 1500 nests by the end of the month, which will be a new record.

Incubation pen

Nests & tracks at MVC B&B
Breast Cancer Awareness Events

Oct 3 Thursday at 7p, the Town Hall will be lit in pink lights, which will continue for the rest of the month to raise awareness about Breast cancer.

Oct 9, Wednesday at 9a there will be a painting eventat the stairs by the Naval base

Oct. 20, Sunday, the third annual Pink Run will start at 7a by Playa Centro, in front of the Posada.
Free mammograms and education are offered to residents.
Sunday, Oct. 6 on the Town Square at 8pm--Two folklorico dance troupes & a singer. Free.

Isla Mujeres celebrates the Month of Quintana Roo
Sunday 6th--Town Square 8p Noches Magicas with two folklorico dance troupes and a singer

Monday 7th--Town Square 9a Monthly Civic Ceremony
Friday 18th--Casa de Cultura Esplanade 7p Concert Electone Arte en Movimiento

Thurs 31st-Town Square 8p Presentation of Hanal Pixan altars & the Festival of the Living for the Dead 

(The events on the 14th are at schools on the mainland and on the 21st at the City Council room is a contest of oral presentations in Spanish)

Oct 8-9 Draconid Meteors peak (with some interference from the moon)

Oct 9-10 Southern Taurids peak (with some interference from the moon)

Oct 21-22 Orionid Meteors peak

Oct. 31-Halloween is celebrated on Hidalgo street with foreigners & businesses passing out candy and small items after dusk.There's also a procession thru the colonias.

Nov. 1 Dia de los Muertos  There's usually a candlelit procession around nightfall from the cemetery down HIdalgo to the Casa de la Cultura where there is usually a Catrina contest and displays of altars from different regions of Mexico. The procession participants are dressed in black and white, or catrina-garb, or regional clothing.
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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