Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, January 7

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Three King's Day event organized by Ruben's restaurant & many volunteers gave away toys, lunch & ice cream on Monday morning to ~1000 islander youngsters, and prepared hampers for 65 families. This is the seventh year according to TV Isla Mujeres, who note this event is supported by the community of foreigners who are residents & visitors.

From the City....

State & City coordinate Three King's Day festival
   The Three Kings Day celebration at the El Pescador baseball field was a success, which was coordinated by the City and State DIF departments and featured various activities and entertainment, including princesses, superheroes, raffles, gifts, inflatable houses, and games.

"Saldo Blanco" for the Christmas-New Years holidays
    The Guadalupe-Reyes holiday season concluded without any serious incidents, a "Saldo Blanco". There were coordinated safety & security operations by the three levels of government, which included the municipal police & Civil Protection departments, as well as Public Services, Red Cross, ZOFEMAT, the Navy, Port Authority (APIQRoo), and Harbor Master.

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The captain of the boat "La Traviesa" could receive a significant fine for endangering the lives of more than a dozen tourists who were shipwrecked when they were surprised by a large wave caused by Cold Front #26. There were 15 passengers on board, of whom ten were minors, in addition to the two crew members. Apparently the boat departed from Puerto Juarez despite navigation being restricted for vessels under 25 feet, by both the local and regional port authorities. The boat was given assistance in a timely manner, and there was no loss of life or injuries.
   In addition to a possible fine for the owner, the permit for nautical tourism activities could be cancelled, as well as the documentation for the crew, from the authorities in Isla Mujeres and/or in Puerto Juarez. LINK 
   Noti Isla Mujeres     

Photos of celebration of Día de la Enfermera (Jan. 6) at the Community Hospital 

From  Por Esto :

CFE removes fallen pole with assistance from Civil Protection.  

CFE retira poste de luz caído

    On Saturday afternoon, winds caused the wooden post to give way at its base and to fall near the Guadalupe Chapel and its convent house, in colonia Meteorologica, on Emiliano Zapata street.  There was no structural damage to the house and personnel with the two agencies removed the cables and the post to avoid any accidents.

Navy rescued 29 people in the waters of Isla Mujeres  

Semar rescata a 29 personas en agua de Isla Mujeres

 Due to the effects of Cold Front #26, Naval personnel conducted two separate operations involving the rescue of 28 people, aboard boats who had problems in the Isla Mujeres Bay.
      The first was a response to an emergency call on Saturday afternoon from the small boat "La Traviesa" with seven adults and ten minors aboard, of Mexican nationality. (In another paragraph, it says the 16 were found alive.)The boat was sinking one nautical mile west of Playa Zama, and the departure of a special "Defender" rescue boat was dispatched. The incident took place as the entering cold front was at its peak, and the boat was unable to reach port in time, after a recreational tour to the coral reef. Everyone (whatever the number) was in good health.
   The second rescue took place shortly after the first, after the Isla Mujeres Harbor Master received a call from a 43 foot boat "5th Wheel", which had drifted due to engine failure and was approximately 1.5 nautical miles west of Isla Mujeres with eight adults and four minor on board. They were found to be in good health, and the boat was towed to port by a Defender boat.
   Civil Protection assisted, as well as the DIF social service agency, municipal police, and the Harbor Master's office to assist the victims, who were provided with blankets.
    Naval personnel aslo assisted a 60 year old Mexican woman at the Cancun beach Playa del Nino who was unconcious with weak vital signs and given CPR, before being stabalized and taken by a Red Cross ambulance for further specialized care.


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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. (Source-Space.com)

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.

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, .

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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