Thursday, January 30, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, January 30

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Yesterday's storm rolled in with some impressive lightning & thunder. A lot of rain dropped very quickly, flooding the streets, and then blue skies again! It was intense, but brief. The first two photos are mine, taken at the same time, #1 is looking south & #2 is the storm rolling in from the north. #3 is by Alejandro Farias

From the City....
   Personnel with the municipal Department of Civil Protection and Firefighters were working yesterday at various points around the island to prevent flood damage, in response to intense, abrupt rains that fell with the entrance of Cold Front #35.

The Mayor, accompanied by other officials and the General Director of Aguakan, took a tour of the work being done by that company along the road to Punta Sur. Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis said that the work is being done in a coordinated fashion to provide the islanders and tourists with better mobility and a better quality of life, in the Pueblo Magico. He said heis committed to remaining vigilant that the work is fulfilled as agreed, leaving the roads in optimal condition after the work is completed.

Free sterilization of dogs & cats on Thursdays

The municipal government and the state Institute for Work Training in Quintana Roo (ICATQR) invite the general population to take advantage of courses in Hair Cutting and Manicures & Pedicures. The courses are 40 hours each, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5p to 7p, for a one time fee of 220 pesos. They will be taught at the Centro de Desarrollo Económico (Center for Economic Development) in colonia “La Gloria”. Registration is available until Friday, Jan. 31 at the Community Center between 10a and 3p. Minors with parental authorization may also register.

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

As a result of an operation by the National Institute of Migration, with the support of the Navy of Mexico, four women and one man of foreign nationality were arrested at the Nomads hostel and taken in an INM van for the corresponding procedures. (photos)

This is about free medical care without needing Social Security, just your official ID or birth certificate (Mexican birth certificate).

Those with an official INE or IFE ID are invited to take advantage of this ongoing campaign for the detection of cervical-uterine and breast cancers every Friday at the Community Hospital 8a-1p.

Photo of  Hidalgo noting there was torrential rain with the arrival of Cold Front #35 which caused flooding and personnel with Civil Protection are attending to it. Photos of storm rolling in, lightning, and tourists seeking transport.

Due to the change in the UMA (Unit of Measurement) that go into effect on Feb. 1st, these are the costs for renewing license plates. 

NOTE--Here's the rates for January

   La Tertulia  

Photo of an accident between a golf cart and a scooter, noting the police and ambulance arrived at the scene.

From  Por Esto :

Free medical care 

Aquí sí hay servicio gratuito

   The Director of the Community Hospital, Leily Guadalupe Osorio Mares, said the facility has joined the Institute of Health and Welfare (INSABI), and offers free care to all patients with official identification; an INE, CURP, or birth certificate. She also took this opportunity to say there are no suspected cases of coronavirus in Isla Mujeres, and although there are no health alerts concerning this, preventative measures include have been taken to identify any problem that could arise, related to this disease.  
    She explained that the State of Quintana Roo is adhering to the federal public policy of the Institute of Health for Welfare (INSABI), which offers free medical services including laboratory tests and other studies available at each facility, medications and hospitalization, when needed, to those who present a copy of their voter card or CURP, and for minors, their birth certificate.

Hotel occupancy starting to increase  

Comienza a repuntar la ocupación hotelera

   At the end of the holiday period, hotel occupancy in the municipality fell to about 50 percent, until the second half of January when it gradually recovered, and now the global rate is 75 percent. Currently the occupancy rate on the island is 60 percent and in the Continental Zone it is 80 percent. However, there are also dozens of individuals who rent apartments and houses by the night or the week throughout the island.
   On Tuesday, many tourists were enjoying activities at sea and on land, including renting golf carts, visiting the beaches, and shopping.

Sculptures made of matchsticks  

‘Esculturas’ hechas con cerillos

 See the previous edition.


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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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