Saturday, April 11, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, April 11

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As of April 10 at 6p, Quintana Roo reported 163 positive cases of Covid-19 with 14 deaths and 232 cases under study. There were 41 hospitalized, 68 in social isolation and 40 recuperated. They are located as follows: 114 in Benito Juarez (Cancun) with 7 deaths, 32 is Solidaridad (PDC) with 5 deaths, 5 in OTB (Chetumal) with 1 death, 3 in Tulum with 1 death, 5 in Cozumel, and 1 each in Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Bacalar, and Felipe C. Puerto. You're reminded to Stay At Home.

The rest of the state is experiencing stricter measures, with police (municipal, state and federal/military, as well as Civil Protection staff) patrolling public areas and beaches under orders from the Governor to "limit social mobility". (Patrols and checkpoints were already in place on Isla Mujeres.) He advised the municipalities to apply 'extreme measures' to increase social isolation & distancing.
The 'extreme measures' are "staggered citizen mobility, gradual reduction of public transport services and a reduction in hours of alcoholic sales". The latter begins statewide tomorrow, but isn't applicable here since we were already under a municipal ley seca. Other details haven't been released yet. IMO, it would be beneficial if the reduction in transport services included an end to transporting non-residents to the isle. Our Mayor made a written request to Ultramar to discontinue selling tourist tickets. LINK  

Friday afternoon....Local media report that a lifeless male body, in an advanced state of decomposition, was found in the Salina Chica pumping station. (The pump is turned on after significant rainfall, to move water from the lake to the ocean, to prevent flooding. We are in the dry season, so it hasn't been used in some time.)

From the City....

There are various info-graphics about preventing Covik-19,  and another article saying the Community Hospital has repurposed an office to serve as an isolation area for patients with symptoms suggestive of coronavirus. It also notes the other actions taken by the municipality including random checkpoints and ongoing encouragement of the inhabitants to stay at home, as well as the closure of the beaches and parks and of businesses such as bars and gyms, as well as the cancellation of events from the beginning and in accordance with state recommendations.

VIDEO of the Mayor  yesterday, reviewing information that has been translated, including the delivery of bags of staples and propane coupons, in process. The DIF social service agency is also collecting and distributing groceries, He emphasizes the need to stay at home and other recommendations and talks about the dangers that young people going out can pose to the other people in their home, particularly those who are more vulnerable, such as seniors or those with chronic diseases. He says the people on the front lines like the medical personnel, the Civil Protection, the police, and others providing essential services are at risk and depending on everyone else to stay in their homes unless it is very essential to go out. He persistently and repeatedly explains and emphasizes why it is important to stay at home.

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The CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) national Director, Manuel Bartlett, said there will be no forgiveness of payments during the current health contingency because the Commission also has expenses and payments to workers that cannot be delayed or discontinued. He asked client to understand that the company must guarantee service to hospitals, homes and vital businesses, and must fulfill its responsibilities. He noted that the company has 90,000 emplyees and must buy fuel to generate electricity, and therefore it cannot supply waivers.
  In the case of Quintana Roo, the Governor announced that there would be a 50% subsidy for those whose use doesn't exceed 250kW, which in practical terms would be like subsidizing the first month of the two-month bill. LINK 


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 At Sunset--April 7  6:54p (sets 7:04p)
April 8     7:59  
April 9     9:04
 April 10   10:08
April 11    11:11

 Sunset  7:02-7:12pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:40--6:17am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

     This year, the nearly new crescent moon won't interfere, and you may see as many as 18 meteors per hour, at the peak. Occasionally, this shower produces 'fireballs' (exceptionally bright meteors) and about a quarter of Lyrid meteors leave persistent trails of ionized gas that glow for a few seconds. 
       The "shooting stars" will be more frequent in the pre-dawn hours, when the radiant point is highest in the sky. Look over the Caribbean, toward the northeastern horizon, but don't worry if you don't identify the radiant point (near the star Vega)--they can be seen in all parts of the night sky. (The radiant point is where they appear to originate.)

    Watch in the pre-dawn hours of April 20, 21 & 22 (Mon-Wed).  They'll peak in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, April 22. There may be some early on Thursday. You can also see three planets in the pre-dawn sky--Jupiter, Saturn & Mars, in the southeast. 
    There are records of this shower that go back some 2700 years, when the Chinese are said to have observed the Lyrid meteors "falling like rain" in 687 BC. The Lyrids are known for their occasional "outbursts", and observers have seen around 100 per hour in the US (1982), Japan (1945), and Greece (1922), with no predictions for this occurring this year.  
   The meteors are the debris of a comet (Thatcher) that takes 415 years to orbit the sun. They burn up in our atmosphere, about 60 miles up, while the star Vega is just a reference point and unconnected--it's trillions of times farther away. 

 HERE is an interactive sky map showing the position of the radiant (where the meteors appear to originate) in the sky above Isla Mujeres throughout the night & predawn. (Scroll forward to 10p+ when the radiant & Vega begin rising here.) You can change the date & location.

The Events section will resume when there are public events scheduled.

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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