Friday, September 11, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, September 11

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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 Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports another case of C-19 for a total of 171 positives, with 12 deaths and 123 recovered.

On the state geoportal for 9/10, there are 26 active cases reported by colonia as: La Gloria-6, Salina Chica-3, Caridad del Cobre-3, Guadalupana-3, Canotal-2, Miraflores-2, Sac Bajo-2, Ampl la Gloria-2, 23 de Noviembre-1, Downtown-1, Talleres-1, and none on the mainland.

On the national map for 9/10, the municipality reports 11 suspicious and 73 negatives (and 170 confirmed with 12 deaths)

 Yesterday it was 26 weeks since the first case in the state, in Cancun on Friday, 3/13. 

The Tropical Wave in red is expected to develop into a Tropical Depression within the next few days while it moves generally westward at 15-20 mph.
According to this analysis, it's too early to say if it will go north into the Atlantic, or westward toward the Antilles & Caribbean, which will be clearer by Tuesday. It has an elongated shape with two "lobes" (of spin) & if the front one moves out more quickly, it's more likely to track toward the Caribbean. If they interact together, it's likely to head north toward Rene, into the Atlantic. The (not official) explanation starts at 11 mins on the YouTube video (#3):

The entire state will be in Yellow on the epidemiological light for the week of Sept. 14-20. This means beaches continue to be open, with restrictions, and capacity at hotels and restaurants is limited to 60%.

Independence Day--Sept. 16 (Celebrated on the 15th & 16th)
      In the "Old Normality", there would be a big party with fireworks on the Town Square on Tuesday night, celebrating Mexico's revolt against Spain in 1810, with Mayors, Governors & the President simultaneously ringing their town's bell and leading a very enthusiastic chant-response with the crowd, called the "Grito of Dolores".
      "Dolores" is the name of the town where the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla was sent by the Church when he was fifty, for his questionable reputation of reading prohibited books and fathering children. When Isla Mujeres was founded, it was named in honor of this historic location.
      Don Hidalgo was a former college professor & considered one of the country's leading religious minds. He was beloved by his parishioners for his tireless efforts on their behalf, and fifty-seven years old when he sparked the war.
     In addition to seeking independence from Spain, thousands of Creoles (Mexican-born Spaniards), mestizos and natives were rebelling against the ruling class of Spanish-born aristocrats, the Gachupines. Loyalties were divided in Mexico ("New Spain") after the Spanish king Ferdinand VII was taken captive by Napoleon, who replaced him with Joseph Bonaparte. Hidalgo was among the Creoles who remained loyal to King Ferdinand. He wanted independence, racial equality, and redistribution of land.
      As Hidalgo marched toward Mexico City under the banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe, his untrained, poorly-armed followers swelled to nearly 100,000 civilians and campesinos. They captured various cities along the way, but were forced to retreat from the capital. They were defeated four months later, after encountering an army of 6000 well-armed, well-trained Spanish troops.
      Hidalgo fled north toward the US border, but was betrayed, captured, and executed by a firing squad, ten months after his "Grito"- Cry for Independence. It took Mexico a decade to gain her freedom.
#1 HIdalgo, "The Father of Mexican Independence" is on the 1000 peso bill with the Dolores church & bell.
#2 Hidalgo is on the new 200 peso bill (with Morelos)
#3 The bell of Dolores was moved to the National Palace
Written by Ronda Winn-Roberts of Isla Mujeres News & Events, sponsored by Maravilla Caribe Bed & Beach

The municipal government has installed informational signs in the median of Paseo de los Aves to raise awareness about not throwing trash there, where plants have been planted recently. Plants have been planted various colonias and signs have been installed in various locations. The municipal Director of  Urban Development and Environment, Nivardo Fern├índez Martinez, said that it is essential to preserve the good image of the island to advance economic reactivation and what better way to do it than by working as a team, residents and government, taking care of public spaces.

In order to take care of the health of citizens and prevent the spread of Covid-19, various points of Isla Mujeres are disinfected and sanitized.

Sept 14 at 11am via Facebook Live--2nd Informe report by the Mayor

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The icon of the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre was taken to the chapel on Isla Contoy, following a mass at the Sacred Heart Church. Normally, there is a mass held at the chapel in Isla Contoy and many boats and islanders participate in the event, which includes seeking religious protection for the lobster fishermen who camp on the isle and work in the nearby seas. This year, the icon was carried over on the boat ′′ Silvia Alejandra ′′, accompanied by a few other boats, and some were flying flags.
        It is noted that the chapel building needs some maintenance. The fishermen cleaned up the area.   (photos)


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 After Sunset--Sept 2 at 7:42
  Sept 3      8:15 
 Sept 4      8:48
Sept 5       9:21
Sept 6       9:54
Sept 7     10:30

 Sunset  7:02-6:35pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:31-6:38am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in September. They nest along the eastern beaches. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres, Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills.

Swimming with the whale sharks ends in mid-September. They congregate and feed on a 'buffet' of plankton and fish eggs from a type of tuna. Rays are also attracted to the feeding areas.  Photo by Tony Garcia

Wednesday, Sept. 16--Independence Day  (The Grito is read by the Mayor each year on the night of the 15th, which will presumably be done virtually this year.)

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
LINK to NHC   

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