Saturday, January 25, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, January 25

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VIDEO--The State Secretary of Health, Alejandra Aguirre Crespo, announced that Quintana Roo is free of Coronavirus, but is keeping its guard up against this worldwide threat. There are zero registered cases in Mexico because the two that were under observation (in Mexico City & Tamaulipas) were both negative & ruled out.
There are no direct flights between Q Roo and China, and in all of Mexico only the Tijuana airport has direct flights. She said, “In Quintana Roo we don't have an alert or restriction of passenger flow. The state health authorities are working in coordination with the staff of the Federal Department of Epidemiology. There are currently no residents or tourists in Quintana Roo who meet the disease profile, whose most important point is having been in Wuhan."
She read a statement which includes the following:
On Wednesday afternoon, January 22, Federal health authorities gave a press conference on the New Coronavirus identified as "2019 n-CoV". It was reported that this is an emerging respiratory disease with low transmission efficiency and a low capacity to cause severe illness in patients who contract it.
The fatality rate of this virus is low compared to other Coronaviruses. The SARS had a lethality of 15 percent, the MERS a 35 percent rate, while to date the 2019 n-CoV has a fatality rate of less than 1 percent in patients who develop a serious case of the disease.
There are 441 confirmed cases in China, 4 in Thailand, 1 in Japan, 1 in Korea and 1 in the United States. Due to connectivity in the transport of goods and people, it is expected that imported cases will be frequent in various countries. There is no reason to close the borders or prevent the transit of people or goods.
This is a virus that causes symptoms that are similar to more than 180 viruses which cause respiratory diseases. It is recommended that hygiene and health care protocols to avoid respiratory diseases be employed during this winter season, such as frequent hand washing and not shaking hands or kissing when greeting others.

From the City....

Put your trash out at the right time. Don't forget to tie the bag well and put trash out at the established time. Collection is 8p-10p

On January 30th at 9am,, islanders can participate in the free exchange of 20kg & 30kg propane tanks at the Community Center in colonia La Gloria. There is a limit of one tank per person, who must bring their old tank, proof of residence on the island and an official ID, and pay for the filling of the tank.

Today we commemorate the birth of Islander musician and composer Virgil "El Chino" Fernández Tejero,
TVisla Mujeres    

VIDEO--caption--Concern about the number of cases of decompression  There have been 196 cases of decompression during this lobster season, (which began July 1st and ends Feb. 29th.)  From early July thru November there were 163 cases and now there has been a total of 196 cases. The Director of Fishing expects the number to exceed 200 by the end of the season and notes that the cases haven't been grave & typically the complaints are of pain in the extremities. (Two lobster divers have died from decompression this season before reaching the chamber, but weren't from the island). He explains that the fishermen are diving much deeper; that they used to go to 70 or 80 feet, and now they are reaching depths of 140-160 feet. He said it is fortunate that there haven't been serious cases of decompression causing a loss of the ability to walk, or death.

VIDEO--Victim of  gunshot wounds being put into an ambulance, and the reporter says they are near the blue dome in colonia La Gloria and a commentor notes it's colonia Cañotal/

Requesting removal of obstacles on North Beach  Link

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

VIDEO of the outside of the hospital with caption--Attempted execution.  The reporter says the neighbors heard six gunshots  VIDEO  Reporter says he was still alive (he passed away moments later)  VIDEO of bystanders talking to Naval personnel

There have been 196 cases of decompression during this lobster season, which began July 1st and ends Feb. 29th. VIDEO   From early July thru November there were 163 cases and now there has been a total of 196 cases

VIDEO and photos of City workers with the Immediate Response Department (Dirección de Respuesta Inmediata) sweeping the eastern malecon seawalk.

VIDEO and photos of municipal police offices cutting weeds along city streets.

Photos of shooting scene & outside of hospital with caption saying the person who was shot moments before in colonia La Gloria has died.

There was an attempt to execute a male who was riding a motorcycle in the vicinity of the Bicentennial dome in colonia Cañotal, the individual known as the "Pelon" received about seven bullet wounds and was taken to the Community Hospital in the Red Cross ambulance. Municipal Police, officers with the Public Ministry and National Guard are outside the hospital. Police have detained an alleged suspect.  VIDEO 

Students from the kindergarten "Maria Enriqueta Camarillo y Roa" visited the fire station, where they were given a tour with demonstrations and explanations. Students and employees of companies are invited to visit the facility and learn about the courses and training. Their office phone number is 877-0106-photos

   La Tertulia  

On Friday at about 1pm, police and the ambulance arrived to the scene of an attempted execution in colonia Cañotal, in front of the blue dome, where the victim was still alive after receiving about seven bullet wounds while riding a scooter. He was taken to the Community Hospital where he died moments later. Police were guarding the hospital, and weren't providing information. There were about ten bullet casings at the scene. Unofficial information indicates a suspect has been detained. The deceased was known as "Chiapas" and was approximately 28 years old.  Photos & Video

From  Por Esto :

Youths return from spiritual encounter   

Jóvenes retornan de un encuentro espiritual

   A group of young musicians returned from a week-long spiritual event in Merida, Yucatan, which they have participated in annually.

Isla Mujeres joins State Police program  

IM se suma a programa de Policía Estatal

The Isla Mujeres government joined the “Quintana Roo Safe Business” program, whose
purpose is to provide greater protection to businesses in Isla Mujeres, State Police provided a course to their counterparts in the municipality to align supervision strategies to prevent businesses from being victims of extortion.
    Interested business owners receive a 'QR code' with the georeferenced location of their business and with this technology, security and daily communication with the authorities, safety is reinforced against any threat or risk situation that may arise.

Parents analyze school safety  

Padres analizarán seguridad escolar

 A meeting on the issue will be held on Friday morning, in response to threats of violence that have occurred in some schools in the country. Reviews of backpacks may be resumed.

Isla Mujeres news briefs    

Breves de Isla Mujeres

 The beaches were not full on Thursday, due to the cooler temperatures associated with Cold Front #32, and it was 23C (73F) at 5pm. The port was open for general navigation, which was expected to continue for the next three days.
   Merchants & commisionistas are complaining of reduced sales, during this annual "January slump" in tourism. The cooler temperatures of Cold Front #32 caused reduced interest in nautical activities. Business was expected to improve over the weekend.

Port reopened for general navigation   

Reabren el puerto a la navegación en general

   The port was reopened for general navigation on Wednesday morning at 7am, after the winds from Cold Front #32 diminished. There had been restrictions for two days. Temperatures had dropped down to 19 degrees, and there were barely a half dozen boats at North Beach around 2pm. The weather was expected to improve on Thursday, and tourism was expected to improve.

Students commemorate World Environment Day

Conmemoran estudiantes Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente

  The Aguakan company sponsored an educational event with games and sports at the Benito Juarez middle school in honor of World Environment Day.

Cockteleros & Pescadores baseball teams advance   

Cockteleros y Pescadores avanzan

 The Isla Mujeres Cockteleros and Pescadores baseball teams will play their last regular games of the season on Sunday. The Cockteleros will play the Rockies in Cancun, who they lost to last Sunday, after they had been undefeated all season. The Pescadores will play the Pericos here at the Pescador stadium.
     In category A, the Cockteleros, Ejidatarios de Bonfil and Los Chuchos de Playa del Carmen have already qualified for the finals. In category B, the Cancun Rockies, the Bonfil Pericos and the Isla Mujeres Pescadores.


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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

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 will be Feb. 21-25

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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