Monday, November 18, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, November 18

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For Wednesday's Día de la Revolución parade, the children will be dressed as Adelitas, Zapatistas, Villistas, and other Mexican revolutionaries. They represent the lives lost in a war fought in the name of democracy, liberty and justice, a century ago. An estimated 1.5 million died, out of a population of 15 million.
The Adelitas, aka soldaderas, were women in the military during the Mexican Revolution. A few of them were commanding officers, and some were combatants, but most were camp followers. They were also spies, propagandists, plotters, and front-line nurses. "Adelita" has come to symbolize the archetype of a Mexican woman warrior, and is a symbol of action and inspiration, which can also refer to any woman who struggles and fights for her rights.
Most soldaderas who were either blood relations or companions of soldiers received no financial compensation for their work. This is ironic because the term soldadera comes from soldada, which means a payment made to a person who provides for a soldier's well being.
The Federal Army had large numbers of camp followers, and the women provided important logistical support since the army didn't have an organized way to provision troops. The women sourced food and cooked it for individual soldiers, as well as mending uniforms, cleaning weapons, and setting up camp. The forced recruitment of soldiers meant that desertion rates were extremely high, and allowing families to remain together reduced these rates.
The Mexican Revolution lasted for about a decade, until the rich Mexican landowners and elites were ousted, who had been running the country during Profirio Diaz's 30-year dictatorship. Under his administration, the Constitution had been amended to allow unlimited presidential re-election. Diaz promoted industry and the development of infrastructure by encouraging foreign investment. Modernization and progress in urban areas came at the expense of the working class, farmers and peasantry, who experienced oppression and exploitation.
Wealth, political power and access to education were concentrated among a handful of elite landholding families, overwhelmingly of European and mixed descent, who owned and controlled vast areas of the country. Most Mexicans were illiterate landless peasants working on these huge estates or industrial laborers, toiling for little more than slave wages. Foreign companies, mostly from the US, the UK, and France exercised considerable influence in Mexico.
The armed revolt began on November 20th, 1910, in response to Diaz stealing the election and declaring himself President for the eighth time, at eighty years of age. The war officially ended with the creation of the 1917 Constitution, which conferred dictatorial powers on the president but gave the government the right to confiscate land from wealthy landowners, guaranteed workers’ rights, and limited the rights of the Catholic Church.
But the fighting continued. Most historians regard 1920 as the end of the Revolution, when President Carranza was killed while fleeing the Capital after losing nearly all his supporters. Although the conflict was primarily a civil war, foreign powers who had important economic and strategic interests in Mexico, particularly the US, played a significant role in its outcome. Written by Ronda Winn Roberts.
  The parade usually starts around 8a and this year they've been on Medina, going north from the Naval base. Expect detours & traffic jams downtown until it ends, probably ~10a-ish.

This year, the City will offer a 25% discount on property tax from Dec. 1-15,  a 20% discount until the end of December, and a 15% discount through Feb. 29th.  Payments can be made to the municipal cashiers of the Treasurers office office in the Town Hall or at the Police station 9a-3:30p Monday-Friday.

From  Por Esto :

Isla Mujeres news briefs  
Breves de Isla Mujeres

Nov. 16  Someone tied a drifting boat to a post at the Isla Mujeres Yacht Club and notified the Harbor Master, who sent personnel over to take photos. The boat doesn't have a name on it and lacks an engine, but appears to be for sale because of the dollar sign on its bow. It was half sunk from Thursday's heavy rains.

  Naviganto ferry company announced a temporary suspension of service beginning on Monday while they put their new boats into operation, which will be faster and have a capacity for 200 passengers.

On weekends during the next three months, groups of 20-30 students from the  Universidad Tecnológica de Cancún will be conducting surveys to collect information from visiting tourists, both day-visitors and overnight visitors, with the emphasis on the latter since they have more economic impact. Months ago, an agreement was signed between the City and the school, with the goal of completing 900 surveys.
    The visitors are asked their place of origin, their impression of this destination, how much they expect to spend and similar topics. For overnight visitors, additional questions include their length of stay and how the would rate the hotel service. The purpose of the surveys is to learn about the opinions that tourists have about out destination, with the goal of correcting what is necessary and offering the best image as a Pueblo Magico.

Encouraging local athletes  

Buscan incentivar a deportistas

This information was translated yesterday about City opening nominations for exceptional local athletes and teams to give them recognition and award them cash prizes.

Nautical activities suspended  

Suspensión de actividades náuticas

 The Harbor Master suspended activities for boats under 40 feet on Friday evening due to increased winds, and nautical tourism activities were suspended until conditions improved. The arrival of this norte cold front was forecast, so this was not a surprise. Many tourists arrived to the island to enjoy this holiday weekend.

Few businesses participating in "Buen Fin"

Pocos negocios en el “Buen Fin”

     As in previous years, Chedraui, Boxito and Elektra participated in "Buen Fin", with promotions and discounts, as well as the opportunity to purchase products for months without interest in the purchase of the products. The company Z Gas, also offered discounts of 20 percent on the purchase of new tanks of 10, 20 and 30 kilograms, valid when filled at the local plant, which is located at the southern part of the island. As noted in the previous Buen Fin article, local souvenir shops don't generally participate because it is low season and they already offer deals like two for one or three for two on tote bags, key chains, tee shirts and other items. 
  Consumers are cautioned to watch for items that may be marked up before they are discounted, so that the savings are fictitious and they are advised that offers of months without interest don't have an advantage when buyers are unable to pay them off within that term, and end up facing high interest charges.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
November 12   6:30
November 13  7:13
November 14   8:01
November 15   8:53
November 16   9:50
November 17  10:50
November 18  11:51

Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~6:11-6:04p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:50-7:07a (start-end/mo)
November 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   

Wednesday, Nov. 6 Diabetic Clinic-Free for residents with glucose testing, glucometers & supplies, reading glasses, nutritional education. Senior Citizens Club in colonia La Gloria 9a-12p.
 Saturday, Nov 9, the Isla Mujeres Cahuameros will receive the Dorados of Playa del Carmen at the Convention Center court at 8pm

Sunday, Nov. 10  At the Pescador baseball field (in front of Chedraui) the Isla Mujeres Cocteleros of Picus will play the Vaqueros of Leona Vicario. (It doesn't say what time, but games usually begin at 1p.)

Monday, Nov 11-12 N. Taurids Meteor Shower peaks around midnight

Tuesday, Nov. 12  Postal Workers Day  El Día del Cartero y del Empleado Postal

 Thursday, Nov. 14 World Diabetes Day

Friday, Nov. 15-Sunday, Nov. 17 Buen Fin (sales)

Friday, Nov. 15  Fundraiser for (&a t) the Little Yellow School House at 6p. Mexican Fair with food, fun & prizes!

Saturday, Nov. 16-17 Leonids Meteor Shower  but the moon will interfere

Monday, Nov. 18 Day off for Día de la Revolución Mexicana  Banks & governmental offices close.  

Wednesday, Nov. 20  Dia de la Revolucion  There is usually a parade down Rueda Medina that starts around 8a, usually from the Naval base. Expect traffic detours.

The Festival for the Town Saint, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception will begin sometime around the weekend of Friday, Nov. 28 and continue thru her day on Dec. 8th. There is usually a Cabalgata parade of horses and a "bullring" set up (bullfights have been banned in Mexico), where there are rodeos and comedic bullfights, as well as folklorico dance performances and a night or two of live music & dancing on the Town Square. More info TBA.

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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