Thursday, November 21, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, November 21

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Brief but exceptional meteor shower tonight....MAYBE...
   It's a MAYBE...but it's named for a unicorn & at a reasonable hour. TONIGHT, the "Monocerotids" may peak around 11:50 ET in North America (11:15p-12:10a), look next to Orion. More info HERE

This morning's's a sunny, pretty day...with some whitecaps on the sea. Photo by Bruce

From yesterday's Revolutionary Day parade... Photo credit to Bruce
 Who are these characters?

The Mexican Revolution began on this date in 1910, against the dictator Porfirio Diaz, who served seven terms (31 years) as President of Mexico during 1876–1911. The islanders in this photo represent the wealthy elite who benefited during "El Porfiriato".

You remember that "Cinco de Mayo" celebrates a victorious battle in Puebla against the French, who ended up ruling Mexico in the mid 1860's? Porfirio Diaz rose to the rank of General while fighting the French, and then he revolted against two Mexican presidents on the principal of "No Presidential Reelection". (Ironic, ay?) He took power in a coup in 1876 and was elected the following year. He stepped down while an allay was President (1880-84), then abandoned the "No Reelection" idea and ruled until the Revolution ousted him in 1911.
Porfirio's policies benefited a small number of wealthy allies and foreign investors who acquired huge areas of land, while most Mexicans were exploited and oppressed. After he stole the 1910 election (at age 80), his opponent, Francisco I Madero called for an armed rebellion and the Mexican Revolution began.
  Below is a young islander as Carmen Serdán, a heroine who accidentally started the Mexican Revolution a couple days early.... 
I'm not sure but I think the bearded one is Madero, with the uniform is probably Huerta, and in the hats are Poncho Villa & Zapata.

     Carmen Serdán and her two younger brothers supported Madero & his Anti-Reelectionist cause by distributing propaganda and stockpiling guns & explosives. Carmen made bombs and purchased weapons for the revolutionary forces. Her brothers traveled to Texas to receive instructions from Madero, who was in exile there. Madero called for the Mexican people to take up arms at six o'clock on Sunday, Nov. 20th, and Aquiles Serdán was responsible for overseeing the uprising in Puebla.
However, on Nov. 18th, the accidental firing of a weapon at the Serdán home drew attention to their clandestine activities and the Chief of Police arrived with several officers to arrest Aquiles. Some say that Carmen fired the first shot of the Mexican Revolution, missing the Police Chief, who returned fire and missed her. Aquiles killed the Chief, and the first battle of the Revolution ensued when hundreds of soldiers and police officers surrounded the house, which was occupied by three women (who survived) and 18 men (who perished).
This Isleña represents Zapata & his troops who fought in the southern part of Mexico, while Pancho Villa's troops fought in the north. The Islander-Zapatistas had mock battles with firecrackers & cap guns, but they didn't shoot at the fancy group of Porfiristas in front of them.

The big guns represent the importance of Winchester .30-.30 rifles to the rebel forces.

These represent the important role the railroads played during the war. Ten thousand miles of track had been constructed before the start of the Revolution.

This is an "Adelita", who were mostly camp followers, but also fought beside their men, and is my favorite photo of this group, which nicely 'bookends' with the first couple, who are also holding hands...and kinda look like Then & Now :)

Sunrise Monday...

The "Splendid Toadfish" species is unique to Cozumel...but they've been spotted around Isla Mujeres. If you look at its (um, ugly) kin, it is especially splendid. (It's been described as: "A fish that would not seem out of place wandering about Sesame Street, ready to exult the letter of the day with Cookie Monster. T is for toadfish, perhaps?") This video shows one snacking on a lionfish, which is also splendid!

Toadfish hang out in fish-sized caves on the bottom...except a couple who've been on space missions. The males guard the eggs, which stick to the cave walls, until the larvae crawl off in search of their own digs. Some species of toadfish have light-emitting photophores that glow in the dark, while others generate buzzing mating calls that can be heard by humans. Photo credit for the "Isla Mujeres Splendid Toadfish (of Cozumel)" to Jim Silver & Agua Adventures.

Well behind the old downtown hospital, photo by Bruce

In an assessment of English proficiency, Q.Roo was ranked 18th among Mexico's 32 states, despite being the country's leader in the tourism industry, whose main markets are the English-speaking countries of the US, Canada, and the UK. Our state received a score of 48.6 out of 100 in a study by Education First, based on results for the Standard English Test (EF SET), which is used by schools, companies and governments world-wide.
The assessment said, “English is a key component in the economic competitiveness of a nation, in the development of technology and innovation, and in the main industries. Likewise, the analysis indicated that societies that speak more English tend to be more egalitarian and progressive."
The Center for Continuous Training of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Cancun, said that approximately 50% of the workers in Cancun understand English at the A1 level or lower, of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. An A1 level means they would be able to understand and use some simple everyday expressions, and be able to present basic information about themselves to other people.
According to official data, only 2.2% of the 435 primary schools in the municipality of Benito Juárez (Cancun) are integrated into the national English program, due to the lack of trained teachers for teaching this foreign language.
Adrián López Sánchez, president of the Employers' Confederation of the Mexican Republic (COPARMEX) in Quintana Roo, said the low result may be related to the mobility of the population and the tourism industry, which causes new workers to be lacking in training In the foreign language. He noted that about half of the companies affiliated with COPARMEX have programs to teach English, but he said efforts to improve performance must come from the basic education system.
States whose results surpassed Q Roo included Yucatán, Morelos, Baja California Sur, the State of Mexico, Puebla, Jalisco, and Michoacán, among others; while those with the worst performance were Guerrero, Tlaxcala, Hidalgo, Nayarit and Campeche.  (Source-SIPSE-LINK)


You're invited to join the March Against Gender Violence in commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women on Monday, Nov. 25 at 5:30, meeting in front of the Naval stairs. Remember to wear your orange shirt.

There were 1650 participants in the parade commemorating the 109th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, which began at 8am in front of the HSBC bank, traveling northward to the Monument to the Fishermen and then going south in front of the reviewing stand in front Playa Centro & the Posada del Mar, where they performed sports routines and other choreography. The parade was led by a Naval group, followed by CENDI daycare center, "Amor de la Ninez"-Little Yellow School House, the Senior Citizens group, and students from various schools. Also participating were Civil Protection & the Firefighters and the Red Cross. Hundreds of residents, visitors, and officials enjoyed the parade.

Theater workshop, free, for children ages 7-14 with individual and group classes on Thursdays at 7p at the Casa de la Cultura

TVisla Mujeres    

On Wednesday, promotions were conferred at an event on the Naval base to 317 members of the Navy including two who were awarded the rank of Rear Admiral and two Ship Captains. LINK

The Isla Mujeres Chief of Police, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, said the Prosecutor's office is in charge of the investigations into Sunday night's robberies of two hotels, and he confirmed that the suspects arrived by sea. He said work is being done to prevent this from happening again, and associated the problem with increasing population growth attracting good and bad people, like most places. He said in addition to the criminals arriving by sea, there were vehicles used in the robberies, but it is up to the Prosecution to provide information as they see fit. On Monday, a security camera video was circulating on social networks showing about seven people assaulting a hotel manager. LINK  
 VIDEO of Mayor answering questions and commenting about the investigation being ongoing.

VIDEO of Mayor talking about potential fines for Aguakan delays and saying that a meeting will be held with executives concerning completion of the work and repaving the road.

The City will carry out a thorough review of all departments and agencies to ensure all staff are necessary and that money is being spent efficiently, in accordance with Federal austerity strategies, to adjust the 2020 budget in various areas including payroll. They intend to reduce spending on items such as stationery, copies, supplies, travel, gasoline, and energy costs.
These savings will be reflected in more social programs, infrastructure, and to enhance opportunities for development of municipal public services. This administration will continue to support sports, cultural, educational, security and tourist programs that help improve the quality of life for island families, and to ensure that the budget continues to work in favor of the community.

Work at the south part of the island by Aguakan has affected the roads in that area and the large trucks that transport trash to the mainland have been unable to operate, causing an accumulation of about 1700 tons of garbage the Transfer Facility.
From  Por Esto :

Total of five executions in the municipality of Isla Mujeres this year 

Isla Mujeres suma 5 ejecutados

   Around noon on Monday, a beach vendor was shot in the forehead in the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres and transported via ambulance to the IMSS in Cancun on Coba Avenue, where his death was reported moments later. His identity is unknown and the attack occurred on the beach of "Riu Dunamar" hotel, which is located on the mainland part of the municipality. Witnesses informed officials that there were about six people involved who fled aboard a boat with a blue awning. This brings the number of executions this year in the municipality of Isla Mujeres to five cases.  (From the Cancun section. At ~1p, the Isla Mujeres articles are still dated Nov. 19 and have already been translated.


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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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