Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, February 2


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 Monday, Isla Mujeres reported another case of C-19 for a total of 264 with 23 deaths and 212 recovered. The Growth Rate of cases in our Northern Zone has increased from 0.29 to 0.53. The state geoportal still had the data for for 1/30 reporting 9 active cases in Isla Mujeres as: Downtown-1, Salina Grande-1, 23 de noviembre-4, Miraflores-2 and La Gloria-1. On the national map for 1/31, Isla Mujeres reports 193 suspicious and 162 negatives. Quintana Roo remains in Orange on the updated National Semaforo.

 Sunday, Isla Mujeres reported another case of C-19 with 23 deaths for a total of 263 and 212 recovered. The state geoportal for 1/30 reported 9 active cases as: Downtown-1, Salina Grande-1, 23 de noviembre-4, Miraflores-2 and La Gloria-1. On the national map for 1/30, Isla Mujeres reported 194 suspicious and 162 negatives.



    Our weekly color on the state Epidemiological Light is determined by statistics for our entire Northern Zone, which consists of seven municipalities where the majority of the state's population reside. Half of the state's population live in Cancun's municipality. Our municipality has about 25,000 people in a state of over 1.5 million.
    The updates for Q. Roo's four-color 'stoplight' system began in June, which include the weekly GROWTH RATE of C-19 cases for each Zone. We remained in Orange during that first period--Graph #1. We continued in Orange until until Sept. 7, when we moved to Yellow--#2. We continued in Yellow until Jan. 25 when our Northern Zone went to Orange on Jan. 25--Graph #3.
       The weekly color is determined by the worst of three factors, with our Zone's Hospital Availability currently in Green, the Average of New Cases is Yellow and the Number of Daily Cases is Orange.
      The Governor often mentions the CONTAGION RISK RATE as an important factor, which indicates increasing cases when it is above 1 and decreasing cases when it is below 1. This statistic has been 1.11 for the past two weeks while our Zone has been in Orange. The Southern Zone has remained in Yellow with a Contagion Risk Rate of 1.10, so both Zones appear to be near the Orange-Yellow cut-off. He said the limit for Green is 0.5.
     (I can't "fix" the wonky numbers at the left side of the graphs when all values are less than 1, but everyone knows that it's "0.2, 0.3, 0.4, etc". It's a template problem with the graph publishers, please ignore it, thanks.)



For Feb. 2, Isla Mujeres continues to report a total of 264 cases of C-19 with 23 deaths and 212 recovered. The state geoportal for 2/2 continues to report 9 active cases in Isla Mujeres as: Downtown-1, Salina Grande-1, 23 de noviembre-4, Miraflores-2 and La Gloria-1.




Cold Front #33 arrived Monday...

This (Tuesday) morning--- As expected, we're having 'norte' weather with cooler temps & overcast skies this morning, with warmer temperatures predicted for this afternoon.

For Wednesday thru Friday, the national forecast says: A high pressure system will be maintained at medium levels of the atmosphere, which will cause stable weather, warm to hot environment, without rain in the west, center, east, south and southeast of Mexico, including the Yucatan Peninsula, in addition to a south wind with strong gusts along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. However, the entry of humidity from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea will generate a low probability of isolated rains in the southeast of the country and the Yucatan Peninsula.

     Today Mexicans celebrate Día de la Candelaria. In normal times, people gather to share tamales, provided by those who found ‘el niño’ in their piece of King's cake/Rosca de Reyes when they'd all celebrated King's Day together back on Jan. 6th. Those are tamales in the graphic.
    Catholics may dress their figurine of baby Jesus and take it to their church for a blessing.    

 The new 1000 peso bill officially entered circulation in November & are now appearing here, although they are much rarer than the very popular 500 peso bills. 

THE REVERSE features the flora & fauna of our southeastern region of Mexico, including a jaguar whose eyes glow under black-light as a security feature. There's a spider monkey in one of the ceiba & sapote trees, and a representation of Protected Tropical Forests and the Ancient Mayan city of Calakmul, in the neighboring state of Campeche, in the south-central area of the Peninsula. Designated as a UNESCO world-heritage site, Calakmul played a key role in the history of this region for more than twelve centuries and is characterized by well-preserved structures providing a vivid picture of life in an ancient Mayan capital. The property is also considered a Mesoamerican biodiversity hotspot, the third largest in the world, encompassing all subtropical and tropical ecosystems from central Mexico to the Panama Canal. 

The site was "discovered" by air in 1931, but it wasn't systematically investigated until the 1980's, when scientists realized it was one of the most important cities of the Classic Maya. Hieroglyphic studies report nearly a century of history, particularly its political rivalry and associations with Tikal and Palenque. There are also a large number of stelae from the late Pre Classic period (400BC) which have facilitated the reconstruction of the political and dynastic history of the city.

 UNESCO says (excerpts): 

As a whole, the area is unique in that it preserves largely intact remains of the relatively rapid development of the Maya civilization in a hostile environment of tropical forest. The information available for research is vital for understanding multiple aspects of Maya culture and its evolution in the central lowlands of the Yucatan peninsula. The archaeological sites in the area constitute remnants of at least 1500 years (from ca. 500 B.C. to A.D. 1000) of intensive population growth and evolution of social complexity, conditioned by a successful adaptation to the inhospitable natural setting and accompanied by technological achievements and cultural development in general, which is reflected in the architecture, hieroglyphic writing, sculpted monuments and fine arts.

   This property, while nowadays almost uninhabited and covered by tropical forest, is the heartland of the area in which, from the mid-first millennium B.C. to about A.D. 1000, the Maya civilization reached its climax, but where it also suffered the most dramatic downfall, resulting in an almost complete abandonment of formerly flourishing settlements. Since the area has, thereupon, remained virtually depopulated, it represents an exceptional testimony to a long-living civilization, offering possibilities for archaeological and ecological research and presentation of its results.

   Being located at the core of the second largest expanse of tropical forests in America, only surpassed by the Amazon jungle in South America, the area represents a singular case of adaptation to, and management of, a natural environment that, at a first glance, seems little suited to the development of urban civilization. The colonization of the territory, the population growth and the evolution of complex, state-organized societies are attested in a wide variety of material remains.

 For the natural component, the mature forests of Calakmul, with their current structure and floristic composition, are extraordinary evidence of the long interaction between man and nature. Largely the result of ancient agricultural and forestry practices of the Maya, they combine complex processes of human selection and the regeneration of natural systems. Traditional management practices of indigenous communities who still inhabit the region, outside the property, are evidence of ancient Mayan practices. 

(The site) hosts rich biodiversity, that were very appreciated by the Mayans and represented in their paintings, pottery, sculptures, rituals, food and arts in general. Several of the species are considered threatened and endangered. The property has the greatest diversity of mammals in the Mayan region. It is home to two of the three species of primates, two of the four edentates (sloths/anteaters) and five of the six wildcat species (felines) that exist in Mexico. ... They also help maintain populations of species with high spatial requirements, as are the animals with local migrations (butterflies, parrots, waterfowl, bats), and large predators with large displacement capacity, such as the jaguar, puma and several birds of prey.


 The FRONT of the bill commemorates heroes of the Mexican Revolution, Francisco I. Madero, Hermila Galindo and Carmen Serdán, as well as the railroads which played an important role.  I'll write about them in another article.


 From the City (Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres)

 The municipal government continues to patch potholes on the island and in the Continental Zone, as the weather permits. The resumed repairs in Sac Bajo, and will be addressing potholes in the colonias, after giving priority to the high traffic areas.


 The graphic says-Working Together...help us to reduce the propagation of C-19. The caption says--Follow the recommendations of hygiene and prevention, let's help reduce the spread of Covid-19, take care of your health.

Discounts on Property Taxes continue until the end of February. 

World Wetland's Day

 TVisla Mujeres 

 TV Isla Mujeres reports that another ferry company, Molina-Aviomar, is seeking to provide service to Isla Mujeres, and have established a dock with facilities and a parking area in Puerto Juarez. According to reports, they will begin operations with four boats, of which two are aluminum-hulled. The boats are being remodeled in Progreso, Yucatan and it is anticipated that tests will be carried out this month.


 La Tertulia 

 Yesterday a fisherman posted a video on Facebook of a lifeless body floating in the bay offshore from the Isla Mujeres Palace Hotel, to alert boats in the area and the authorities. Staff from the Navy reportedly recovered the body, which was delivered to Cancun for autopsy and identification.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean  


Full moon Jan 28 Thursday 6:40p

Jan 29 Friday at 7:41p

Jan 30 Saturday at 8:41p

Jan 31 Sunday at 9:40p

Feb 1 Monday at 10:39p

 Sunrise ~7:24

Sunset 6:21-6:37 (beginning vs end of month)


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

Jan. 6 Dia de los Tres Reyes/Three Kings Day

The Thor Heyerdahl traveling school-sailboat normally 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, but it's very possibly suspended 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

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