Saturday, February 22, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, February 22

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From the City....
>>The Parades on Sunday & Monday at 3p on Rueda Medina will start at the Naval base, going north to the roundabout at the Fishermen's Monument & back to the base--see map. Both lanes of Rueda Medina will be closed 3p-6p.
>>The Bus routes will be modified between 1p and 8p on Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday & won't be traveling along that section of Rueda Medina. Passengers get on & off at the vehicle ferry terminal (Ultracarga), on the edge of town during those hours. They'll run their normal routes before and after those hours

Joyful beginning to Carnaval on Friday night with the coronation of the Kings & Queens. Due to the entrance of Cold Front #40, the band "Master Kumbia" will play on Saturday (today) at 11:30am.

The winning masks from the children's competition of Carnaval Masks will be on display at the Casa de la Cultura until March 2nd.  There was an open category and a recycled material category. The winners received a prize of a voucher that is redeemable of school supplies at their school. A book was donated to each of the participating schools as a thank-you.

An invitation to join the MMA training which will take place at the municipal School of Boxing, starting on MOnday, Feb. 24.

A demonstration of Table Tennis took place at the Julio Saury Espinoza primary school, and the coach Luis Felipe Stefano said this is part of a new project to encourage children between the ages of 5 and 9 to enjoy this active, healthy sport. There are free classes at the Community Center between 10a and 3p for children.

Everything is ready for Carnaval. (see events section below)

TVisla Mujeres    

The state Mobility Institute (INMOVEQRoo) has a new requirement for license plate renewals on privately owned golf carts. Cart owners must visit the INMOVEQRoo office and sign a document stating that their vehicle won't be rented or used commercially, or they will be subject to the maximum penalties. This will also enable the Institute to compile a list of these vehicles.  LINK 

The state Mobility Institute, IMOVEQRoo, provided a course for cabbies on Wednesday with the implementation of  PICOO (Program for the Training of Operators of Public Service vehicles). The first course took place in the Continental Zone with about 60 attendees. The courses include first aid, road safety, Customer Service & Treatment, Total Service Quality, and Automotive Mechanics, among others,  with the intention of improving the quality of service and increasing user safety. Acquiring points by attending these classes is required for granting of licenses to provide this public service.    LINK 

   Noti Isla Mujeres     

VIDEO of two students dancing for their schoolmates at the middle school for Carnaval.
   La Tertulia  

VIDEO of troupes dancing until rain interfered last night. The band Master Kumbia was rescheduled & are currently playing on the Town Square.

From  Por Esto :

Isla Mujeres news briefs 

Breves de Isla Mujeres

The Cockteleros will play the Ejidatarios of Bonfil at the El Pescador baseball stadium in the second match of the semifinals, hoping to qualify for the grand finale.  The other Isla Mujeres team, who play in the same league in Group B, will find out on Wednesday who they will play next. There is the possibility that both teams could compete against each other in the grand finale, which happened a year ago.

Frigates arrive in Las Salinas...These migratory birds have begun to arrive to the Las Salinas lakes, which is a cyclical phenomenon during this season of southern winds.  They could be seen a good distance away, over the skies of the colonias of La Gloria, Meteorologica & Canotal. This occurs every winter and spring when they come to eat sardines at the Salina Grande, Salina Chica, and Makax lagoon. There are tourism service providers who are promoting bird watching. In May, terns nest in the rocky areas of Isla Mujeres, entertaining guests of hotels and houses that are nearby.

Weekend weather expected to be cooler  

Se sentirá fresco el fin de semana

 The lobster fishermen may have an historic year, with catches that haven't been this good since the 1980's. The sports fishing yachts that specialize in the catching and release of bill fish have begun arriving. The commercial fishermen are hoping to have a sufficient supply for Lent when consumption increases, so that fish won't need to be imported from the neighboring state of Yucatan.

Confirmation of violation at the CRIM rehab facility 

Confirman violación en el CRIM

  The Maor confirmed that a disabled woman was raped by an employee of CRIM, the municipal Rehabilitation Center, and he condemned the act as outrageous and atrocious and said he will support the investigations. Complaints circulating on social media indicate the employee may have already escaped. Psychological and legal help have been offered to the victim and relatives, since the moment the crime was known.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 February 9  7:21 (sets 7:45a)
February 10  8:26
February 11  9:30
  February 12  10:32
 February 13  11:31
This is the first of four supermoons for 2020. The Moon will be at its closest approach to the Earth and may look slightly larger and brighter than usual.

 Sunset  ~6:38-6:51p (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~7:24-7:08am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
February Events 
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Thursday afternoons ~3p-8p Artist Fair on the Paseo de la Triguena off the Town Square at the malecon by the food trucks.

Sunday's at 1p there may be baseball games at the stadium in front of Chedraui. There are two teams, the Pescadores & the Cockteleros, who are in Category A & Category B of the same league, which is currently having the playoffs for the season championship..

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

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching grouper and octopus during February  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  

Sunday, Feb. 2 Baseball at the el Pescador field at 1p. The playoffs begin and the Cockteleros will play the Astros of Tulum.

Monday, Feb. 3 is the day off for Constitution Day and an official holiday. 

Monday, Feb. 3 On the first Monday of each month, there is usually a civic ceremony in the morning, often on the Town Square around 8am.  

Feb. 4-8  The Island Time Music Festival benefits the Little Yellow School House and has two free events for the general public--on Tuesday and Friday at 7:30.  LINK  LYSH provides education and therapy for special needs kids on the island.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 Constitution Day

Friday, Feb. 14 Dia de Amor y Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship) The City provides a free Collective wedding event including the ceremony, cake, and paperwork for residents.

Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8p the Isla Mujeres Cahuameros will play the Agharta Sports Academy at the Convention Center

CARNAVAL Feb. 21-25 
All events are free, and it's a good idea to have change & small bills to tip the dance troupes when they dance in the streets and at businesses. They spend a couple months preparing their costumes and choreography & show incredible stamina dancing for hours day after day.

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--Dance Troupes, Burning & Will of Juan Carnaval, Dance to the music of Alberto Barros & his band

Lobster season ends Feb. 29th (Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available). 

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

The ten 31-passenger buses travel on four routes, from 6a to 10p, turning around near the Convention Center, behind the downtown Mercado, and going south thru El Centro on Rueda Medina. #1 & 2 are the "Colonia" routes and #3 & 4 are the "Tourism" routes. The overhead digital display & cardboard sign in the windshield provide the route information. The bus numbers don't indicate the route, they are numbered consecutively, 1 thru 10.
At the edge of town....

Route 1 goes southward down the western side of the isle on Rueda Medina and returns northward on Jesus Martinez Ross to town. Its west-east transit is Paseo de los Peces in colonia La Gloria.
Route 2 goes southward down the eastern side of the isle on Jesus Martinez Ross** and returns northward on Medina to town. Its east-west transit is also Paseo Peces.
Route 3 goes southward down the western side of the isle on Medina, then in & out of the Sac Bajo peninsula. If there are passengers for Punta Sur, it goes there & returns northward to town on the Caribbean Coastal road. If not, it returns east on Peces and returns northward on the Caribbean Coastal road to town.
Route 4 goes southward down the Caribbean Coastal road directly to Punta Sur & Garrafon, then northward in & out of Sac Bajo, then returns northward on Medina to town.
**Routes #1 & #2 aren't exact opposites--#2 takes J.M. Ross northward all the way from Peces thru Salina Chica, but #1 going southward turns left/east off JM Ross before entering Salinas, taking the Caribe Coastal road thru Meteorologica, and I've heard it turns right/west back into the colonias by Madera Food & Art. All four routes go thru Bachilleres, past Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach and all four routes go past Chedraui.
The map isn't a bus route map, it's a street map, showing how Jesus Martinez Ross follows the Caribbean coast until becoming the main street of Salina Chica and going on to La Gloria, while the Caribe Coastal road (aka Payo Obispo) follows the coast. The east-west transit, Paseo de los Peces, is shown, but not labeled, at the edge between colonia La Gloria and the Mundaca Hacienda. Its east end intersects the Caribbean Coastal Road by the Cemetery & its west end intersects Rueda Medina by the Mundaca Hacienda.
Downtown the main bus stop is at the parking lot just south of the passenger ferry terminal, and across the street. You can flag them down anywhere you see them outside of town. Chedraui is on the west side/Medina. Tortugranja & DD are in Sac Bajo. Garrafon is at Punta Sur. Bachilleres is on the eastern Caribbean coast, north of the colonias.
The 10p rate is for state residents & the senior citizen rate is for INAPAM card holders.Tourists pay 38p/$2usd per person per ride and can purchase an all-day pass for $9usd/175p. You pay as you board and exit thru the back door. The front seats are for seniors, disabled & pregnant women. The buses are air conditioned.

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