Friday, January 31, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, January 31

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There's a possibility of rain this afternoon or evening in our part of Q. Roo, under the influence of weakened Cold Front #35. Meanwhile, #36 is moving our way and expected to affect the northern Peninsular region in 24-36 hours, bringing cooler northern winds, and the possibility of some rain & lightning. (Corrriente en chorro is the Jet Stream.) Currently we're enjoying sunny weather with pleasant temperatures & partly cloudy skies & some whitecaps are kicking up in the Caribbean.

From the City....

Successful propane tank exchange
  The tank exchange for 20 and 30 kg propane cylinders began at 9am, and more than 180 cylinders were exchanged at no cost, except for the propane. Another exchange is expected to be held in three months. The event took place at the Community Center in colonia La Gloria, with the Z Gas company, for the benefit and safety of everyone.

Registration is on Tuesday, February 4th at noon at the Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria for the "Tell the Governor" event on Thursday, Feb. 13th at 10a at the Bicentennial Dome.

The municipal Youth Department carried out an “Inside Out Your Values Count” program with 150 students at the Benito Juarez middle school, fostering values such as respect, tolerance and empathy. The program encourages young people to develop social responsibility and to reduce incidents of bullying. Programs such as this take place in the schools in an ongoing manne and promote values such as friendship, courtesy, kindness, and respect while developing skills of unity and leadership. An education official said, "Honesty, sensitivity and gratitude are some of the most important values ​​that we must put into practice, that is what we do in the current administration, encourage them for the well-being of all."

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Hotel Mía guest injured by boat  LINK  
    On Thursday shortly before 5pm, a foreign tourist named Hansen, 25, was struck by a boat while snorkeling near the Mia pier (not the bridge-pier), causing injuries to her leg and left hand. Witnesses say the boat was apparently a fishing launch, which nearly passed right over her and struck her. The victim said that after the vessel hit her, it approached her and the crew helped her get out of the sea and left her on the pier. 
       Unfortunately, no one was able to identify the boat, which departed after leaving the tourist on the pier.  It is noted that at the time, the Civil Protection Department nor the Harbor Master were aware of this incident, because the Hotel Mia took charge directly. Paramedics with the Life ambulance provided medical attention and the woman was subsequently transferred to Cancun for specialized care.

Ultraplan smart cards available from Ultramar   LINK  
   The Ultramar company launched its new Ultraplan credential in December, as part of its plan to move to digital ticketing. Users can accumulate tickets, in addition to taking advantage of the preferential resident rate, they can also accumulate miles and access to special discounts. For residents who have not already completed this procedure, they must present a copy of their IFE, License, or Passport & FM2 Visa, in addition to proof of residence, and proof of address, or in the case of renters, proof of rental contract. Students have the same requirements, except school credential instead of IFE, and they need additional documentation about their accredited course.

License plate renewal continues until March  LINK     VIDEO  
  An increase of 2.38% in the UMA (Measurement Unit) on February 1st, means there will be a slight increase in license plate renewal costs. (See yesterday's edition for the costs graphics).

VIDEO of INM checkpoint near the Naval base & car ferry this moring, on Rueda Medina

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

Long lines at propane cylinder exchange VIDEO   VIDEO    

   La Tertulia  

Jan. 31  This morning, agents with IMN (Immigration) and the National Guard conducted a vehicular checkpoint on prolongation Rueda Medina, near the car ferry, as a preventative & routine operation, and denied that its purpose it to seek someone in particular or to harass anyone. (A report on FB says there was also a checkpoint on JM Ross).
It is noted that a couple days ago personnel with IMN detained five foreigners (four women and a man, reportedly from Argentina) at a hostel. It is presumed they had some irregularity in their documents or couldn't show that they were staying in Mexico legally, since they had been staying at the location for some hours.

Complaints about delaying departure of Ultramar ferry for "important" people
  Jan. 29   Passengers on the 6am ferry on Thursday complained that the departure was delayed by nine minutes due to waiting for an "important person" and that this has happened before, for people such as the daughter of the Naval commander or son of an important Port Authority (API) official. Passengers said a delay such as this can cause people to miss a medical appointment, a flight, or to be late for school, noting the return of the 5:30 ferry would make it easier to be on time for school and other responsibilities.

From  Por Esto :

Expansion of Maritime Terminal not finished   

Ampliación de la terminal marítima, sin concluir

  The expansion of the Maritime Terminal began on October 30th and originally was expected to conclude on December 30th, but there have been delays, attributed to weather, and now it should be completed by the end of February. Due to the rapid growth of passengers, the terminal became insufficient about two years after its inauguration on Oct. 6, 2016. Commercial space was eliminated to make more efficient use of the passenger area, and now more area is being constructed at the southern part, taking advantage of an unused area in front of the pier. This expansion will create 255.75 square meters for tourists taking ferries to the Cancun Hotel Zone.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  

Breves de Isla Mujeres

   Around noon on Wednesday, on the Caribbean coastal road near colonia La Gloria, a golf cart made a U-Turn, without observing a scooter, resulting in a collision and minor injuries to the motorcyclist and his passenger.  The driver of the yellow golf cart, #15, was turning leftward at the intersection of Isla Contoy street, when the collision occurred. Red Cross paramedics and Traffic police came to the scene and the drivers went to the Police station to determine responsibilities.
   The other brief is about the ICATQR classes & registration.

Cold Front #35 arrived on Wednesday with intense rain  

Llovió a cantaros por frente frío 35

   The thunder and lightning began around 2pm, and the heavy rainfall that followed only lasted about a half hour, then paused and continued with lower intensity (and then stopped). There were accumulations (flooding) at Hidalgo and Abasolo, along Rueda Medina, and in the lower parts of the colonias.  Activation of the pump near the Casa Cultura lowered the water at Hidalgo & Abasolo,  but deficiencies in the drainage along Medina meant that would take some hours.
       The rain was caused by an interaction between hot and cold currents, since the temperature had been 28C an hour earlier, and the entrance of the cold front caused the rain.


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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 
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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

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.

Friday, Jan 17  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, Jan 18 Basketball at the Convention Center 8p. Isla Mujeres Cahuameros vs Camartos of Cozumel

Sunday, Jan 19 Baseball at el Pescador field at 1p. Isla Mujeres Cockteleros vs Cancun Rockies Duel of the Super-Leaders

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

Sunday, Feb. 2 Baseball at the el Pescador field at 1p. The playoffs begin and the Cockteleros may face the Rockies of Puerto Morelos or the Astros of Tulum.

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  

CARNAVAL Feb. 21-25 All events are free
FRIDAY--8p Town Square--Coronation of the Kings & Queens, Dance Troupes, Dance to the music of Master Kumbia
SATURDAY CUBAN NIGHT--8p Town Square--Dance Troupes, Dance to the music of MegaBoom
**1st PARADE--3p--Rueda Medina
AFTERNOON OF FANTASY--5p Town Square--Children's show & Inflatables, Dance Troupes, Kid's Costume Contest
NIGHT OF FANTASY & DIVERSITY--8p Town Square--Dance Troupes, Comedy w Silvanna Show
**2nd PARADE--3p Rueda Medina
REGIONAL & COMEDY NIGHT--9p Town Square--Dance Troupes, Costume Contest, Tila Maria Sesto Comedy Show
NIGHT OF JUAN CARNAVAL--9p Town Square--Burning & Will of Juan Carnaval, Dance to the music of Alberto Barros & su Orquesta

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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