Friday, October 16, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, October 16

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 Today Isla Mujeres continues to report 215 positives with 18 deaths and 179 recovered.

On the national map for 10/15, the municipality reports 133 suspicious and 92 negatives (and 215 confirmed with 18 deaths)


 The NHC says a broad area of low pressure is expected to form early next week over the SW Caribbean Sea. Some gradual development will be possible through the middle of next week (30% chance/5d) while it remains nearly stationary over the SW Caribbean Sea.

 In today's forecast from the state Civil Protection agency, the word 'variable' shows up a lot:
-Entry of tropical maritime air with variable moisture content from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea to the peninsular region; which generates variable cloudiness, hot to very hot temperatures during the afternoon-night, with rains, as well as occasional isolated squalls, winds from the northeast varying to the east at 15 to 25 kph., in the peninsular region and the state of Quintana Roo, during the afternoon-night.

CP says:  A Tropical Wave, located on the surface, is located in the eastern portion of the island of Hispaniola, up to the western portion of Venezuela; generating rains with some squalls with the possibility of electrical activity; They do not present favorable conditions to evolve into a tropical system, according to information from the National Hurricane Center of Miami, Florida, USA.

CP's forecast for our municipality todayPartly cloudy to cloudy skies, with the possibility of rain, as well as occasional isolated squalls and probability of electrical activity, hot to very hot temperatures during the day, wind will be from the northeast varying to the east from 15 to 25 kph., with some occasional strong gusts and in storm area.

 From Merced Ortiz, municipal Director of Civil Protection: 
Thanks to close coordination with the State Civil Protection agency and its director in Isla Mujeres, Adrian Martinez, families that suffered damage during the passage of Hurricane Delta received this assistance. They were previously verified to ensure that the help goes to people who really need it and was done under strict control via requests and filling out of forms.

 From the municipal Department of Civil Protection & Firefighters it says: We continue to respond to innumerable citizen reports associated with the passage of Hurricane Delta.  

From the Director of the Community Hospital, Leily Osorio Mares, yesterday: It is reported that due to the high demand for the Influenza vaccine, in the Hospital Integral of Isla Mujeres has been exhausted, you will be informed when you have this resource again to continue with your application. 

      She also responded to an article posted by La Tertulia concerning complaints about access to flu vaccines, by advising to be careful and analytical about what you read on Facebook. She noted that many do not recognized the work done by the Community Hospital, adding that their patients are treated in a timely manner and form, and if there are any complaints, there are official means to provide a quick solution.

Cancun Airport reports a 73% recovery of domestic tourism and 35% recovery of international tourism in September, compared to last September

From There was an accumulated 60 percent drop in the arrival of international travelers to the Mexican Caribbean between January and September of this year. This is confirmed by the data from the Cancun International Airport, which in the month of September registered a fall in domestic tourism of 27 percent, with a drop of 65 percent for international travelers, compared to the previous year.

Therefore, in September, Cancun recovered 73 percent of domestic tourism, and 35 percent from abroad. So far this year (from January to September), the air terminal has reported a 47.8% drop in domestic passenger traffic and a 60% drop in international passengers, according to data from the Asur concessionaire.

Between January and September 2019, the Cancun airport handled 6.7 million domestic passengers, while in the same period of 2020 the figure stands at only 3.5 million, that is, 3.2 million fewer domestic travelers.

As for international passengers, the air terminal mobilized 12.6 million passengers during those nine months of 2019, but for 2020 it reported only 5 million passengers, that is, a loss of 7.6 million passengers, El Economista reports.

The Cancun airport has reactivated its air connectivity by 40 percent and as of this month of October, it has begun to receive the first flights from Europe.

For its part, the accumulated hotel occupancy as of October 8 remains at 28.9 percent, which represents a decrease compared to the previous week when it was above 30 percent, according to data from the Hotel Association from Cancun, Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres.

The Cancun hotel sector attributes this drop to the recent impact of Hurricane Delta on the coasts of Quintana Roo, which, although it did not cause major damage, it did scare away tourists. LINK  

The turtle protection season officially concluded yesterday, with the Tortugranja Director reporting that 1137 nests were protected, containing 123,724 eggs, and more than 50,000 hatchlings have been released. This year is considered an "off" or "low" season, which they compare to 2018 as the previous low season, noting there were 34,076 released that year. 

   The official season is May 15-Oct. 15, and the three species that nest here are Hawksbills, Loggerheads, and Greens, which are all considered endangered. The Director thanked the Tortugranja staff and volunteers, as well as the municipal, state and federal governments for their assistance and commitment. In addition to the regular night surveillance work during the nesting season, staff from ten hotels on the mainland part of the municipality were trained in sea turtle conservation and care. In these workshops they were taught about caring for nests, how to make a nest in case you have to move it, and they were given step-by-step information about releasing the hatchlings, among other topics.

VIDEO with caption: Following hygiene and prevention measures against covid-19, classes on Mixed Martial Art, Kickboxing and Functional Training have begun and we invite islanders who are 15 years or older to join these activities. The video says the classes are at La Jaula Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30 to 10p.

Free sterilization of cats and dogs is available every Thursday, with a limited capacity of 15 pets, who should be accompanied by only one person, carrying out hygiene and health measures for C-19, including face masks and glasses or shields.

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Taxi drivers on the mainland area of the municipality near Punta Sam blocked access to the old buses* that transport construction workers to the Isla Mujeres Hotel Zone. The taxi drivers say they have complained about this for years and that this action may expose corruption and make them subject to retaliations, but they believe the buses lack permits to provide transportation. They want IMMOVEQROO (the state Mobility Institute) to intervene and put a stop to this practice. They say the buses are old and have worked for years, many with foreign plates (meaning not from this state), and they do not know who is behind this lucrative business.  It is noted that authorities with IMMOVEQROO did not come to the scene, and that no permits to provide this service were presented to the Isla Mujeres Traffic Police. The taxi drivers also claim that those vehicles do not follow the minimal measures of hygiene and healthy distancing. (*The vehicles are "camiones", which presumably means buses in this case, but can also mean trucks.) VIDEO   


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Thursday, Oct 1 at 6:49, just after sunset
  Oct 2      7:22 
 Oct 3      7:55
Oct 4       8:29
Oct 5      9:07
Oct 6     9:48

 Sunset  6:34-6:11pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:38-6:49am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC

Turtles continue nesting in October.

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. The season officially ends on the 15th, but monitoring continues thru the end of the month. Photos of nest hatching out at MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach, that was missed by the Tortugranja patrols.







Oct. 6-10, -Draconid meteors, peaking on evening of Oct. 7, but should be worth watching on the night before and after, also This is an evening meteor shower, that you don't have to stay up late to watch...look before the waning moon rises in mid-to-late evening. It is usually a slow shower with a meteor every 10-15 minutes. But it is known for having 'bursts" of hundreds or thousands of meteors in occasional years, which aren't predicted with any certainty.  "Meteor showers are like fishing. You go, and sometimes you catch something." 

Oct 20-21-22-Orionid meteors peak in the early morning hours. There's more activity after midnight and the maximum amount in the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 20th & 21st . These are "shooting stars" from Halley's Comet & occur from early October to early November as the earth passes thru its debris.

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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