Saturday, October 19, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, October 19

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Depending on what's going on with the clouds..moonrise is just before 11p tonight & midnight tomorrow, and an hour later on Monday. If you're going to watch the Orionid meteor shower, it's best to look before the moonlight affects their visibility. They'll peak on Monday night-Tuesday morning. They're caused by debris from Halley's comet, which also causes the Aquarid meteors in the spring. Moonrise painting by Pamela May Haase (from MVC B&B).

Playa Centro, one of three "Blue Flag " beaches of Isla Mujeres, photo credit Droneprint

World Day for the Fight Against Breast Cancer

About 100 officials with the City government joined in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue, by visiting islanders, home by home, to encourage them to keep their yards and patios free of items where mosquitoes can breed. This campaign is in addition to ongoing fumigation and thermonebulization work that is being done in the colonia neighborhoods of the island, as well as in the parks, schools, cemeteries, and other areas to eliminate the mosquito "Aedes aegypti".

Yesterday, the City government commemorated the 66th anniversary of Mexican women gaining the right to vote in 1953. Recognition was given to women who have excelled in politics and government on the island and the mayor spoke about the importance of women participating in all areas of society, and the progress they have made since obtaining the right to vote, which opened the door to equality.  A conference on "Political Rights of Women" was held and the Mayor unveiled the "Photographic Exhibition of Women Who Have Occupied Popular Election Positions Throughout the History of Isla Mujeres" in the Town Hall, which is open to the general public.

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The first female Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres completed her captaincy here on October 16th and will become Harbor Master of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.  She began her captaincy here on August 16th, 2018, and expressed her appreciation for the support she's received from local nauticos. The new Isla Mujeres Harbor Master is Captain Roberto Edmundo Ramos Mendoza, according to the directory on the federal government website. LINK 

Work crews are making inspections for illegal hookups with the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) and it is believed that they have found at least a half a dozen, which can be subject to fines from 300,000 pesos to 900,000 pesos. One merchant said that the CFE is using a calculation for the past two years, causing higher fines, even if the illegal hookup was only there for a few months. Last year, a CFE executive said that of 90 inspections, there were five cases of alterations to the meters, of which one was by the Taxi union. LINK  

Maritima Isla Mujeres is planning to put their ferry Sergio Gracia Aguilar into operation transporting cargo between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam before the high season begins at the end of the year. LINK  

The discount program for various City fees, surcharges and fines, which began on Sept. 15th, remains in effect. Details are given in this article. LINK  
   Noti Isla Mujeres     

VIDEO of visitors to the island from the National Union of Workers of Colegio Bachilleres (High Schools) who are participating in sports and cultural activities, with more than 750 people from 11 states of Mexico visiting as a part of these events.

Women warriors in the battle against breast cancer enjoyed a day at Garrafon Park in honor of this International Day for the Fight Against Breast Cancer & they recommend self-examination.VIDEO 

   La Tertulia  

Video from yesterday of a boa slowly crossing the road (prolongacion Rueda Medina, near the former packing plant 'Romeo' going toward the airfield).

From  Por Esto :

Celebrating the 66th anniversary of Mexican women gaining the right to vote  

Celebran 66° aniversario del voto femenino

(See City section above)

Isla Mujeres news briefs   

Breves de Isla Mujeres

 The Isla Mujeres branch of Banamex ran out of cash on Friday morning when many residents were waiting to withdraw money, and a taxi driver who planned to withdraw 10,000 pesos became angry. The manager was unable to give a reason to the annoyed customers who had been in line, and the taxi driver was unable to obtain cash from the taxi union.
  The second brief is about residents filling in potholes left by Aguakan while installing the wastewater network at the southern part of the isle.

Preventing dengue  

Combate contra el dengue

(See City section above.)
  This article also notes that residents are encouraged to open their doors and windows when spraying is being done in their colonias, and to remove items where water can collect or to turn them over. Fumigation is also done in less accessible areas such as the Mundaca Hacienda and Sac Bajo, since rains in recent days have caused a proliferation of mosquitoes.

More courses for fishermen-divers  

Más cursos a pescadores buzos

  In response to the record-breaking number of fishermen who are diving for lobster who have needed  treatment for decompression illness in the Hyperbaric Chamber this season, the municipal Director of Fishing, Policarpo Pastrana, announced that more classes will be held for the fishermen, in addition to the classes that were already provided during the closed season for lobster.
    He noted that these injuries are occurring because some of the fishermen are not in proper physical condition and sometimes they dive in an impaired state, in addition to diving deeply to 40-60 meters using compressed air via a hose (which isn't recommended), while encountering low temperatures and strong currents (which can cause over-exertion), and failing to surface as slowly as the protocols require.
  As of last week, the number of lobster-divers treated had reached 98 since the season began on July 1st.

Diabetes clinic 2019 in November

Celebrarán la Clínica de Diabetes 2019

 The 2019 Diabetes Clinic will be held on November 6th from 9am to noon at the Senior Citizen Facility, in colonia La Gloria. The Pro-Diabetic Club Isla Mujeres is a legal Mexican non-profit organization, with volunteer bilingual nurses, social workers, EMT's and nutritionists from the US & Isla Mujeres, who have been holding these clinics at various sites on the island for the past ten years, in coordination with the DIF social service agency,  and Mexican doctors and medical personnel.  Last year, they began providing these services on the mainland part of the municipality also, attending to more than 500 resident-diabetics at both clinics.
   The organization provides glucose testing and distributes glucometers and supplies to isleño diabetics to help them manage their illness, which is the leading cause of death in Mexico. They are taught to use the meters and provided with nutritional education and free reading glasses. Residents return year after year to receive more supplies and replace broken meters.
   They have also provided meters & supplies to the Community Hospital, Public Health Department, Red Cross (on the island and in Cancun), DIF (social service agency) programs, Isla ambulances, and to EMTs and Paramedics so they can evaluate patients they encounter in emergency situations. Supplies have also been donated for use by health professionals in training on the island.
   If you'd like to donate, there is a need for lancets, strips, and meters, especially the brands of Contour, Contour Next, Free Style, and One Touch. Monetary donations are also welcomed and $78 will purchase 200 test strips to supply one islander diabetic for one year.

Isla Mujeres news briefs 


Recognition was given to senior citizen for their participation in a video recording by the AMOAM association (Self-Esteem and Motivation for the Elderly) at an event at the City Council room in the Town Hall.
On Sunday, the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros (who are the league champions from the previous season) will travel to Puerto Morelos to play the Barracudas at 1pm.
  There was a concert yesterday at the Casa de la Cultura that is part of the International Music Festival Oct.18-26, with the other events taking place in Cancun.


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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
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.
(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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