Friday, January 17, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, January 17

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FRIDAY-TODAY--Last Day of the Auction for the Diabetes Clinic! Bid on gift certificates for >20 restaurants, various accommodations, snorkeling tours, sunset cruises, cart rentals, shuttles, dance lessons, swimwear, tees, maps, guides, books, tattoos, yoga, spas, jewelry, artwork & more!! Thanks to the incredibly generous Isla Mujeres business & artistic community you can get great deals for a great cause! We're an all-volunteer Mexican nonprofit providing free glucometers, supplies & education to hundreds of islanders every year, as well as the Community Hospital, Red Cross ambulances, and public health clinics. Medical personnel & social workers from the local community & the US donate their time & expertise so that 100% of your donations are spent on meters & supplies. Auction Link-
FRIDAY- A concert in honor of musical composers and their day at 6p at the Casa de la Cultura, in the performance area facing the Caribbean. The CC is located on the back street Guerrero at the cross street Abasolo.
FRI,SAT,SUN-Festival de Arte on the Town Square. Inauguration Friday at noon, Closes Sunday at 8p. Featuring 30 Art Vendors, Live Music, Cultural Events, Food Vendors. Benefit for the Universidad de Isla Mujeres in La Gloria, a Catholic project whose construction is 60% complete, to prepare Islanders for careers in tourism.
SATURDAY-Basketball at the Convention Center 8p. Isla Mujeres Cahuameros vs Camartos of Cozumel
SUNDAY-Baseball at el Pescador field at 1p. Isla Mujeres Cockteleros vs Cancun Rockies Duel of the Super-Leaders

From the City....

Thursdays, 10a-2, Free sterilization of cats & dogs, in front of Marina Paraiso

The municipal government supports international sports events

Everything is ready for the 24 Hour Nonstop Ultra-marathon which will take place on Jan. 25 & 26 on the eastern malecon. This is its second annual edition of this international event, which will have at least 50 participants. Five local athletes are expected to participate in the 24 hour event, and a larger number will run in the 6-hour category.

On January 15th, military credential pre-registration will be available at the City Hall for young people who were born in 2002 and turn 18 in 2020, and those who are lacking the procedure. They must bring the appropriate documentation (which is listed) on weekdays 9a-3:30p. It is noted that obtaining a military card is mandatory for young Mexican men. Those with questions may call 877-0082.

 Personnel with the municipal Department of Civil Protection and the Firefighters were working at cleaning the storm drainage channels, mainly in the low areas of the island, to prevent flooding problems. The Director  of the agency reminded residents to comply with the trash collection schedule and avoid littering the streets with trash.

From the Institute of Culture, Cultura Isla Mujeres...
Resident evening classes for kids, divided by age groups. Stop by the Casa de la Cultura evenings 4p-7p for more info.

  North Beach is expected to be clean of Sargasso this weekend, whose arrival was atypical. Playa Centro is 100 percent clear and North Beach is at 70 percent (published Tuesday at 12:30p).
       Forty-five people work for ZOFEMAT cleaning at 6:30am in an ongoing manner. In this effort to remove the sargasso, they are joined by about 50 people from the merchant and artisan community, as well as personnel from other municipal departments.
      The director of ZOFEMAT, the Federal Zone agency, said this is an atypical arrival of sargasso, with tons landing on the beaches of the state, however due to the geographical position of the island the impact on its beaches has been minimal. She said they will continue working to remove the sargasso until 100 percent has been cleared, ensuring that the beaches are completely clean for the national and international visitors.

Published Tuesday at 12:30p--Information will be available today at the Community Center in colonia La Gloria 10a-5p about these courses, which have official accreditation and curriculum
. Those who want to register should bring their birth certificate and education record.  Or they can call 998 937 9003 for an appointment.  Nursing, Tourism English, Food & Beverage, Spas 
TVisla Mujeres    

Record-breaking lobster catches
  In just two days, the fishermen experience unusually good catches with reports of up to seven tons. Veteran fishermen say this situation hasn't been seen in as many as twenty years, noting that everyone who went out had such large catches that the restaurants no longer want to buy more inventory because they are well-supplied already.  The bad news is that with such an abundance of product available, the prices have begun to fall. The Patria & Progreso cooperative reported catching six to seven tons and other cooperatives such as Justicia Social had good results also.


VIDEO from the 24-hour Ultramarathon press conference with caption noting there are 50 registrants, including four local residents. Jan 25 & 26

An Ultramar company representative explained that Ultracarga vehicle ferry service was reduced by two runs daily due to decreased demand which is usual after the end of the holiday period. LINK  

From  Por Esto :

Removal of sargasso

Reducido recale de sargazo

See above.

Hotels required to have lifeguards  

Hoteles ya cuentan con guardavidas

In accordance with the Aquatic Safety Regulations in Isla Mujeres, hotels have begun to have their own lifeguards and it is expected that during the first quarter of the year all the establishments will have these certified rescuers, according to the Director of Civil Protection. The new law went into effect on January 1st.
      The second certification class will be held in late January or early February. The first course was held in early December, and included Francisco Lecuona Rubiales, who works at the Na-Balam hotel. He was the first to join in as a North Beach lifeguard, reinforcing the work of the Civil Protection lifeguards. 
    In a brief interview, he said he has already made his first rescue and among his interventions have involved several boats used for tourism that parked at the boundary of the buoys placing their anchors inside the swimming area, which creates a potential danger. Mooring to the buoy line isn't allowed because it causes the line to break. He recommended that the Harbor Master sanction those to continually ignore these recommendations.  
   He monitors the beach near the Na-Balam hotel 10a-6p. The Director of Civil Protection said other hotels who are on the beach or a lagoon, or have a pool, will have lifeguards in upcoming months as they renew their Civil Protection documents.  He expects the hotels will be in compliance by May or June and subject to sanctions after that.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

  The first news brief is about military registration and the second says in 2020 personnel with the Mobility Institute of Quintana Roo will continue to supervise golf carts to detect "pirates" and to monitor the agencies for violations. Last year they reviewed 200 taxis and 103 rental vehicles

Ultracarga vehicle ferries reduced the number of their crossings

Ferrys de Ultracarga reducen el número de cruces

 A company representative said they decreased service by two crossings daily, from seven round trips to five, due to decreased demand following the holidays, which is usual. The new schedules went in to effect on Monday, Jan 13. See previous edition for copy of schedule.
Removal of atypical arrival of sargasso

Contrarrestaron recale de sargazos

See above.
Good demand for nautical services

Buena demanda en los servicios náuticos

Jan. 14 The port was open for all types of nautical activities, with winds from the east at 22kph, gustin to 24kph. The 25 degree temperatures attracted visitors to the beaches.  The port was open to all boats since 7:30am on Monday, after the winds had caused restrictions for boats under 40 feet.

Isla Mujeres News Briefs 

Breves de Isla Mujeres

The first news brief is about students sending letters from one of Isla's Sister  Cities & the second is about Monday's civic ceremony, which has already been translated. The third says the Cockteleros remain undefeated after Sunday's victory over the Rockies of Puerto Morelos with a score of 15-9.

Community Hospital aligned with INSABI  

Hospital comunitario alineado al Insabi

 Whether or not patients have Seguro Popular insurance,  The Community Hospital will provide free and quality health service to all the people of Isla Mujeres, in accordance with the policies of INSABI, the Institute for Health and Welfare. "We have enough medicine to meet the needs of the population," said Dr. Leily Osorio, director of the Hospital. 
     From her office, she monitors the patient waiting room and other hospital spaces to ensure there is  quality service and care at all times, noting “There should not be many people waiting for the service in the waiting room, because the staff provides attention promptly."
     Among the patients, there are foreign people who reside temporarily in this winter period, especially elderly people. They express their happiness for the quality of care and the free service.
      According to the policy of inclusion of Insabi, health services are “free and quality to all people who are in the country and do not have social security; under criteria of universality, equality and inclusion ”. People without social security, “Will not need to join or pay fees to receive free medical care and medications; they should only have a CURP or present a birth certificate ”.
   On January 1st,  INSABI, began as a decentralized body of the Ministry of Health, to provide, in all public hospitals (except in some states where the agreement has not been signed), services already outlined, universal care for all conditions, including those that generate catastrophic expenses, for which the Health Fund for Welfare has been created; They will also receive free medications and other supplies required for their treatments.
Registration for Carnaval competition begins on Tuesday

Lanzarán convocatoria del carnaval

  On Tuesday, Jan 21, the call will be announced for registration for the Kings & Queens of Carnaval, and for the groups (dance troupes), with information about the competitions.  Carnaval will take place Feb. 21-25.

University module starts providing education on Saturday  

Próximo sábado arranca modulo universitario

 University classes will begin on Saturday, Jan. 18 at the CROC union facility, in coordination with the University of Leona Vicario, providing young people with Bachelor Degrees in Law, Business Administration and Gastronomy to prepare them for careers in the tourism industry.  Classes will be offered online and there are two well-equipped classrooms for this purpose, on Saturdays from 10a to 2p. There are twelve students registered and space for more.
  It is noted that the Catholic Church is building a school for higher education (whose construction is 60% finished) which will provide education in foreign languages, management of technical equipment, and other tourism-related courses.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 January 10  6:28
January 11  7:31
January 12  8:36
January 13   9:39
 January 14  10:41
January 15 11:41

Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
 Sunset  ~6:15-6:35p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~7:25am
January Events 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK

Thursday afternoons ~3p-8p Artist Fair on the Paseo de la Triguena off the Town Square at the malecon by the food trucks.

Some Sunday evenings 8p on the Town Square "Noches Magicas" performances  

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching octopus during January.   LINK 

Friday, Jan. 3 First quarter moon. After the moon has completed the first quarter of its orbit around Earth, the relative positions of the Earth, sun, and moon cause us to see it half-illuminated — on its eastern side. At first quarter, the moon always rises around noon and sets around midnight local time, so it is conveniently positioned for observing before youngsters' bedtimes. The evenings around first quarter are excellent for looking at the lunar terrain while it is dramatically lit by low-angled sunlight. (

EARLY Saturday, Jan. 3 The Quadrantids meteor shower peaks between 3am and dawn. The moon won't be around to interfere. The shower's radiant, which is beyond the tip of the Big Dipper's handle, will be high in the northeastern sky.

Monday, Jan. 6, On the first Monday of each month, there is usually a civic ceremony in the morning, often on the Town Square around 8am.  

Monday, Jan. 6 Dia de Reyes/Kings Day At Ruben's Restaurant, in front of the Post Office & Mercado on the back street Guerrero, volunteers will be giving away 1000's of toys that have been donated, and a snack & drink, usually starting around 10am. They also provide hampers of food for families in need of them. The DIF social service agency usually has an event at the baseball field in front of Chedraui or at the Bicentennial with entertainment and raffles, starting around 4p or 5p, but it's not always held on the 6th.  Jan 6 is also Nurses Day in Mexico.

4:30 Kings Day festival at the Pescador baseball field 

Friday, Jan 10 Full moon rises at sunset & sets at sunrise. There will be an eclipse as the moon passes thru the earth's shadow, but only the beginning and final stages will be visible here .

Sunday, Jan 12 at 1p at the Pescador baseball field in front of Chedraui, the Isla Mujeres Pescadors will play the Puerto Morelos Cardinals, who they beat last weekend 8-7 in an 'away' game. They're currently in third place & hoping to be in the semifinals.

Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26 Ultramarathon Nonstop 24 Hours Isla Mujeres event LINK

The Thor Heyerdahl traveling school-sailboat visits in late January-early February with about three dozen high school students on board. Under the tutelage of the experienced crew, the students learn to work together, sailing and navigating, as well as receiving their normal lessons. They sail from Germany to the Caribbean, departing in October and returning home in May.
      The ship is named for the man who sailed a hand made raft "Kon Tiki" from South America 5000 miles across the Pacific to the Tuamotu Islands in 1947, to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between apparently separate cultures. LINK  

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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