Thursday, October 24, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, October 24

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Compared to the last couple dawns, this one was lightning, thunder or crazy gusts of wind, just a lot of cloud-shape-shifting. And the satellite pic is looking dryer--good news for the school kids parading in La Gloria at 7:30 this morn for United Nations Day (and for the vacationers)!!
Tropical Wave 46 and that broad low pressure system have moved on & are on the western side of the Yucatan Peninsula, and likely to be dispersed this weekend in the Gulf by that cold front. There's another tropical wave between Puerto Rico & Venezuela, moving west that the NHC says is unlikely to develop. Cold Front #6 is stationary and dissipating up in the Gulf, & not expected to affect Q. Roo. Today's forecast for the isle is pretty usual..Partly cloudy, hot to sultry, variable winds 15-25kph from the east w gusts, possible isolated scattered showers w electrical activity. (Source-State Civil Protection forecast, NHC, & Mx's National Weather Service, and MVC's back balcony..#2 is SE, #3 is NE )

Civil Protection reports a "Saldo Blanco" (no serious incidents) during "Operativo Tormenta" (Operation Storm) in Isla Mujeres  and they continue to monitor Tropical Wave #46. (posted yesterday afternoon)
     In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Department of Civil Protection and the Firefighters activated Operation Storm in response to citizen reports of fallen poles, signs, trees, and other items, and they attended to lake levels and storm drains to prevent potential flooding. They worked in coordination with other agencies including the municipal Department of Public Security,  the municipal Department of Parks & Gardens, and the Navy.

Posted yesterday morning.
   Following instructions from the Mayor, at 12:30am (Tuesday) Operativo Tormenta was activated. to respond to citizen reports and areas that flood.

TVisla Mujeres    
   Road remains closed due to installation of wastewater network
  Taxi drivers, business owners, and residents in general are becoming frustrated with delays in the installation of the new drainage system at the southern part of the island. Aguakan said the work should be completed before the holiday season begins at the end of the year, but considering the poor condition of the streets, islanders have doubts about this.
     The TVIM reporter made a tour of the area and found that the streets are impassible, with dust and potholes, and while progress has been made in drilling, no workers were observed working on the second stage. An operator of a trascabo (backhoe?) was seen, but no other workers were observed. On social networks, residents have been complaining that the area "has been turned into a war zone".  LINK  

From  Por Esto :

16 days of accumulated trash  

Acumulación de basura por 16 días

    Installation work for the wastewater system at the southern part of the isle, has closed the road by the Trash Transfer Facility, preventing the large semi-trucks from moving the island's trash to the mainland for the past 16 days. The collection trucks are still able to get in and out. and are operating normally, covering their six routes daily.
        It is estimated that nearly 1500 tons of trash have accumulated, which Por Esto says is annoying since there was a recent effort that cleaned out the facility.

Half the island was without power for about an hour   

Más de media isla se quedó sin luz

    From about 12:30am (Tuesday) until about 1:30am, parts of the island were without power, affecting an estimated 2000 families, and some businesses who have permits to be open until 2am. 

No sanctions in Mobility Institute Operation   

El Imoveqroo no sanciona a los taxistas

    Agents with the state Mobility Institute (IMOVEQRoo) conducted an operation along Rueda Medina on Tuesday, inspecting documentation of taxis and golf cart drivers. The taxis were checked to ensure their circulation card was current, as well as the driver's license,and that the paint was in good condition. Agents said about 60% of the vehicle endorsements haven't been processed and owners have been given an extension until November 15 to comply.

Early morning storm cause absenteeism

Importante ausentismo escolar

    Due to heavy rainfall occurring as classes were about to begin on Tuesday, absenteeism at the primary schools was about 40-50%, especially among the lower grades. An extra fifteen minutes were given before the gates were closed, to allow more children to arrive at the Andres Quintana Roo school. The director said in the lowest grades, there were seven students in one classroom, and 12 in another, but in the higher grades of 5th and 6th, nearly all the students were present.
   Very few people visited the beaches, where the loungers and umbrellas that were set out remained empty. The port remained open for general navigation, but demand for boat tours was low. Personnel with Civil Protection continued carrying out preventative work and ensuring that the drains were open and functioning to avoid flooding. Residents are reminded to keep their yards and walkways clean to prevent debris that can clog the storm drains. The general public is asked no to litter on Hidalgo street because it lacks storm drainage and is dependent on the drains, which are easily obstructed with litter from pedestrians.


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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 6pm 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. 24 at 7:30am in colonia La Gloria, young islanders will participate in a procession in honor of United Nations Day, wearing outfits and carrying flags representing various countries, starting from the Jean Piaget primary school. There will be songs & speeches, also.

Thursday Oct. 31st-  This year, the Festival of the Living for the Dead & the traditional candlelit Catrine-Catrina procession from the cemetery (up Hidalgo) are on 31st & on the Town Square!! The procession departs at 6:30p The procession participants are dressed in black and white, or catrina-garb, or regional clothing. The dance troupes will start performing around 8p. Earlier announcements said there will be an Hanal Pixan altar exhibition on the Square. The Jean Piaget school usually sets up an altar exhibition representing different regions of Mexico & sponsors a Catrina competition as part of the Festival. Also on Thursday the 31st, (Halloween) many families will be bringing costumed kiddos to Hidalgo to "Trick or Treat". Will be a cultural mash-up and plenty of fun!

Free clinic for Islander diabetics at the Senior Citizens Club on Nov.6th from 9a to noon providing glucometers, supplies, education, and free reading glasses.

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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