Saturday, December 19, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, December 19

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A 124 million peso tax dispute was the root cause of Wednesday morning's strike by the Ultramar ferry workers (when the ferries resumed operation by noon & small boats provided affordable transport while they were down). The employees were objecting to not being paid, which Ultramar claimed was caused by the City freezing their accounts, for failure to pay the Environmental Sanitation Tax.
The Mayor said Ultramar's representative was telling lies. He explained that it was the National Securities Banking Commission who froze Ultramar's accounts after Judicial authorities ruled in favor of the City, who had initiated legal proceedings over the 124 million pesos owed by Ultramar for this tax. He said it was untrue that this fee applied to islanders, posting a copy of the law, which exempts state residents and workers who cross daily from the fee, which applies to tourists. It went into effect January, 2019.


Today, Isla Mujeres reported two new cases of C-19 for a total of 233 with 20 deaths and 195 recovered. The state geoportal for 12/19 reports 2 active cases, with one in colonia Amp. La Gloria and the other in colonia La Gloria. On the national map for 12/18, Isla Mujeres reports 160 suspicious and 136 negatives.


 On 12/18, Isla Mujeres reported three new cases of C-19 for a total of 231 with 20 deaths and now there are 195 recovered. The state geoportal for 12/18 reports 2 active cases, with one in colonia Amp. La Gloria and the other in colonia La Gloria. On the national map for 12/18, Isla Mujeres reports 160 suspicious and 136 negatives


 Ultramar holiday hours (it's already translated).

 Sunday is the deadline for paying aguinaldos--which are equal their pay over a 15 day period & required by law (less if worked less than a year). This includes part-time, housekeepers, etc. It's also customary to tip (or tip-extra) to trash collectors, water delivery guys, etc.



The Governor tweeted this graphic & caption--More than half of the #QuintanaRoo population comes from different parts of Mexico and the world. This diversity enriches our identity and challenges us to meet their needs for care and services to reduce inequality. #MigrantDay -- December 18
The graphic says: Each year Q Roo receives immigrants from other states and countries who seek better living conditions and need security and services.
2019 population--1.7 million inhabitants.
900,000 immigrants.
Mexican immigrants-873,000 & Foreign immigrants-27,000.

 From the City (Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres)

12/17-- The Mayor said that while the number of cases in the municipality has been declining, holiday parties could cause them to increase, so he encouraged residents to avoid posadas (parties) and gatherings, and reminded them to use face masks correctly. He said use of face masks is mandatory according to a decree by the state government, as a measure to contain the spread of C-19, which is increasing in the state.  People who don't have to leave to go to work are encouraged to stay at home.

    He said if health measures against the disease are neglected and large parties and get-togethers are held, or visiting of relatives, this is when the risk of Covid-19 contagion occurs. He commented that according to the objectives of the state plan "Reactivemos/Reactivating Quintana Roo ", to strengthen the various prevention programs of the state government and in agreement with the decree issued by Governor, making use of face masks mandatory throughout the state, in upcoming days Public Security would be rolling out random operations, mostly at night. The Mayor called upon the business community to continue to implement and resume all health measures, noting that returning to Orange on the state epidemiological light would have catastrophic consequences for the economy of our municipality. 

 The Mayor wrote--Remember to avoid the contagion of Covid-19 it is important to always wear face masks when  you leave your home.  The graphic says Face masks help to prevent contagion of Covid-19.

The City has announced they the annual employees posada-party won't be held this year, and the turkeys will be delivered to avoid gatherings. 

 Property tax discounts


  Noti Isla Mujeres

 This morning, Noti Isla Mujeres reported that at the Gran Puerto terminal at 6am, Ultramar had no resident-priced tickets for sale and was only offering tickets in the categories Tourist, State Resident, and INSEN.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean  


Full moon Nov 30 Monday 6:28p

Dec 1-Tuesday at 7:15p

Dec 2 Wednesday at 8:06p

Dec 3 Thursday at 9:01p

Dec 4 Friday at 9:58p

 Sunrise 7:08-7:24 (beginning vs end of month)

Sunset 6:04-6:16


Public events have been suspended due to C-19. Holidays have featured online competitions and events. 

The usual Patron Saint festivities from late November until her Día de la Inmaculada Concepcion on December 8th are suspended, but the priest will celebrate a Mass with a holy rosary each day for each of the groups and organizations, according to a schedule.

Saturday, Dec. 12 Dia de Guadalupe, Patron Saint of Mexico

Sunday, Dec 13-14 Peaking of the Geminid meteor shower--This is one of the two best showers of the year (the other is August Perseids). The sky will be dark all night (new moon) & the largest numbers will be visible around 2a (when the radiant point is highest in the sky). But you should see them from mid evening until dawn, weather permitting. There should be a 'smattering' of meters the nights before & after, and it builds to a peak the week before. This shower features meteors that tend to be bold, white and quick, with up to 50-150 per hour when peaking in optimal conditions, like this year's moonless sky. On Dec. 11,12,13, the slender lunar crescent and planet Venus will rise in the eastern sky at or near dawn.

Posadas Navidenas Dec 16-24 will presumably be suspended along with the two decorated Caravans. 

Monday, Dec. 21-Solstice

Tuesday, Dec 22-Dark predawn hours-Ursid Meteors (active Dec 17-26, much less than Geminids)

Thursday, Dec. 24 Noche Buena--Many families celebrate, so some businesses may close early and the last ferry crossing could be suspended, as well as the first one on Christmas morning. 

Friday, Dec 25- Christmas

Dec 27-Jan 10-Quadrantid meteors, which will peak Jan 2-3, but the moon will interfere. 

Monday, Dec 28-Dia de los Santos Innocentes--Similar to "April Fool's Day"

Thursday, Dec 31-New Year's Eve events will presumably be digital & public events suspended.

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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