Friday, October 18, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, October 18

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 Sunday, Oct. 20 at 6p on the Town Square, two dance troupes will perform

Mexican women gained the right to vote on Oct. 11, 1953, sixty-six years ago.
Isla Mujeres will participate in the Cancun Travel Mart. promoting the island as a tourist destination. About 600 representatives and travel agents are expected to attend from various locations around the world including India, Russia and South America.

Record-breaking year for the Sea Turtle Protection Program LINK 
  The previous record for the Sea Turtle Protection Program was in 2015 with 1630 nests.  This year there were 1652 nests, with 181,837 eggs. About 80% of the eggs hatch, after incubating at the Tortugranja for about two months, and the hatchlings are released at night. This season, there were 12 Hawksbill nests with 1610 eggs, 86 Loggerhead nests with 9396 eggs, and 1554 Green nests with 170,831 eggs
     The official nesting season is May 15-Oct. 15, but the beaches are monitored two weeks before and two weeks afterwards. The Director of the Tortugranja,Deline García Canto, expressed her appreciation for the facility personnel, the volunteers, civil associations, and agencies who assisted with the protection program, including the Navy, municipal Police, Civil Protection & the Firefighters, and ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency). She also thanked the Mayor for the City's work to raise awareness about the importance of conservation & protection of sea turtles.

From Civil Protection--Respect the warning signs, for your protection. (Swimming is prohibited at Media Luna Beach.)

Courses were taught in the Use and Maintenance of Fire Extinguishers at the municipal Fire Station for the tenants of the downtown Mercado,  Javier Rojo Gómez, and of the Mercado Audomaro Magaña, and they were given certificates of completion. (This is one of the annual Civil Protection safety requirements for Isla Mujeres businesses, including tourism rentals. A first aid class & certificate are also required, along with annual inspections.)

A Municipal Campaign for the Promotion of Reading is being carried out at various public schools, including the middle school Benito Juarez where a committee was sworn in recognition of the importance of this work. A donation of books was made to the middle school for the students there, and it is noted that there are reading circles at the Casa de la Cultura.

Efforts have increased to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya with a campaign of thermo-spraying by the Vectors Department. Locations sprayed include all schools, parks, churches, sports fields, and areas such as “Sac Bajo” and “Garrafón”, as well as in the two municipal cemeteries and the colonias of “La Gloria”, “Ampliación La Gloria”, “La Guadalupana”, “Meteorológico”, “Prolongación Aeropuerto”, “Salina Chica”, “Caribeña”, “Electricista”, “Salina Grande”, “Caridad del Cobre”, “Lol Be”, “Miraflores”, “Cañotal”,  and downtown, aka “Centro”. Campaigns have also been carried out to raise awareness about preventing areas where larvae can grow in yards and patios by removing objects where water can collect.

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A group of residents have begun patching potholes made by Aguakan, especially in the Punta Sur area, although they aren't using the correct type of materials. They want the municipal government to intervene because the potholes are damaging their vehicles. LINK  

Vaccination campaign against influenza has begun VIDEO  

Record-breaking number of cases of decompression treated at the Hyperbaric Chamber LINK  
  As of October 16th, 101 cases of decompression have been treated at the Hyperbaric Chamber since the beginning of the lobster catching season on July 1st. The Director of the Hyperbaric Chamber Board, Policarpio Pastrana, said the problem is due to fishermen not respecting the diving protocols, as well as using alcohol or drugs, or diving when they are hungover. The season ends on February 29th, and about 20 more cases are expected. The previous record was 87, which occurred two years ago. Efforts have been made to raise awareness among the fishermen-divers, without success. 

The Director of ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency) in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, Kerem Pinto Aguilar said that as part of the efforts to keep the beaches clean,  surveys of the beach debris are done daily in an ongoing manner. She said that more and more companies are committed to the environment to such an extent that many have begun using biodegradable bags and straws. She said there has been a good response from business owners who have been given samples of these products, and about half of the Federal Zone concessionaires have adapted these eco-friendly practices and more are expected to participate. LINK   VIDEO   

The Workers' Union of Colegio Bachilleres (high schools) of Quintana Roo (Sitacobaqroo) are holding their Sixth National Meeting of Cultural and Sports Events of the Unions of the College of Bachelors in Isla Mujeres, for the first time. Delegations began arriving on Wednesday from eleven Mexican states. The inauguration ceremonies were scheduled for Thursday on the Town Square. There will be various sports activities including soccer, men's & women's basketball, and volleyball, among others. About 700 people are expected to attend, with the games being held on Friday and Saturday. Awards and a closing dinner will take place on the final day. LINK  

In order to establish public policies that contribute to environmental progress and the improvement of the urban image of Isla Mujeres, the municipal government headed by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, carried out the Installation of the Municipal Council of Ecological Territorial Planning and Urban Development, at the City Council room of the Town Hall. LINK  

On Monday, the Director of the state Port Authority (APIQRoo), Alicia Ricalde Magaña, was elected as Vice-President of the American Association of Port Authorities (APA), which is an organization representing about 130 large-scale public ports in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. LINK  
From  Por Esto :

Promoting Isla Mujeres as a tourism destination to Russia, South America & India 

Rusos e indios, potenciales clientes de IM

  Isla Mujeres will participate in the XXXII edition of the Cancun Travel Mart to promote this Pueblo Magico as a tourism destination, including to representatives from Russia, South America, and India. Representatives from at least 20 countries are expected to attend.

Conclusion of the official Sea Turtle Protection season  

Concluye temporada de cuidado de tortugas

See City section above.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

  October 16th is Feral Cat Day in Mexico and it is noted that many former street cats now live at Dr. Delfino's Veterinary Clinic. Those who work with animal rescue say that 90% of the cats on the island don't have owners. (Defino's clinic has a program that captures and sterilizes wild cats, marking their ear and releasing them back to their territory.)

  Drivers are advised to exercise caution along the road to Garrafon to avoid hitting a group of eight mapaches (raccoons) that cross the road in that area near Capitan Dulches and Kin-ha, according to a post on social media.

Golf cart rentals: A good business  

Renta de carros de golf, buen negocio

  There are about 20 golf cart rental agencies, whose concessions are said to be associated with political favors. It is noted that the Joaquin has authorization to rent 70 units, while most agencies have about twenty. There are concerns that when the current governor goes out of office that more concessions will be issued,despite the current traffic situation and limited parking spaces.

Hoteliers concerned about rentals offered on the internet  

Oferta hotelera en IM es desleal

  Hoteliers say there are rentals offered on the internet who are competing unfairly by not paying employee benefits and other taxes and fees, and also accuse them of 'stealing' away employees that have been trained by the hotels, who think they will earn more money, which may not be the case. The hoteliers want the authorities to enforce the regulations upon the foreigners who are offering rentals on the internet, which have been proliferating.  


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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
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)

Friday, Oct. 18, at 7p, you're invited to experience the sounds of an entire orchestra from one musician on one instrument. Free at the Casa de la Cultura, on the back street Guerrero at Abasolo (in front of the "Isla Mujeres" photo op sign).

 Friday, Oct. 18th--Casa de Cultura Esplanade 7p Concert Electone Arte en Movimiento

Sunday, Oct. 20--the 3rd annual Pink Run to raise awareness about Breast Cancer prevention will be held starting at 7:30a by Playa Centro & the Fishermen's Monument in front of the Posada.
 Sunday, Oct. 20 at 6p on the Town Square, two dance troupes will perform

(On the 21st at the City Council room is a contest of oral presentations in Spanish)
Monday night, Oct 21-22 Orionid Meteors peak

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

Thursday, 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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