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News for the Week of October 12, 2015

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Cozumel Arrivals: 10 Ships this Week
10/11 - Numbers decline this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals fall to 10 ships registered to dock for the second week of October 2015. This is 4 less than the number of ships last week and 10 less than the "20 in port" which marks a "high season." As low season begins to wind down, an estimated 30,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 2.4 million dollars behind in the local economy.

High season for cruise ship arrivals typically runs from November 15 - April 15 each year with the remaining 7 months of the year considered "low season."

This week Puerta Maya pier will be the big economic winner as 7 ships dock there, 3 ships will dock at TMM/SSA International pier while Punta Langosta pier will see -0- arrivals and the downtown San Miguel pier will have -0- arrivals with passengers tendering in.

This week begins with 1 ship docking on Monday, 3 on Tuesday, 2 ships Wednesday, 2 on Thursday, 1 on Friday and then Saturday will bring 1 ship in port and Sunday will see -0- ships in port.

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Cozumel Inaugurates Annual FCCA Convention
This past week, Cozumel became the regional capital of the cruise industry. This was the perfect opportunity for operators and representatives of the shipping companies that operate in the region to see what Cozumel has to offer to tourists who dock in Quintana Roo.

More than 1,000 representatives and directors of the 'Floating Hotel' industry participate in FCCA convention hosted by Cozumel. At the start of the 22nd edition of the annual Conference, Karl L. Holz, President of the Disney Cruise Line shipping company, announced that 80% of Americans have never been on a cruise ship, which means that there are many possibilities of growth. Cozumel received the annual FCCA as the leader in cruise destinations. In 2014, Cozumel received 109 vessels with more than 3.4 million passengers. During the inauguration of the event it became known that of the 3.4 million cruise passengers who came to the island of the swallows, 85% are of North American origin.

The inauguration was attended by Enrique de la Madrid Cordero and Guillermo Ruiz de Teresa, holders of the Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) and Ports and Merchant Marine of the Secretariat of Communications and Transport (SCT), respectively, who joined Roberto Borge Angulo, Governor of the State of Quintana Roo and the Mayor of Cozumel, Fredy Efrén Marrufo Martín.

One of the topics discussed in the forums was that cruise ships might be starting to spend the night in the port of Cozumel, as well as the opening of its casinos during their stay in the municipality. This topic was addressed with the Royal Caribbean Executives and Governor Roberto Borge Angulo. He extended the invitation for them to consider to stay overnight in the port of Cozumel. Borge Angulo will work with Mexican authorities to achieve the chances of ships staying at the destination and to also enable them to open their casino service during evenings for its passengers. These cruise lines favor groups of adults who are of high purchasing power stated the official.

It was mentioned that the shipping company Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) announced that it will use the port of Havana, Cuba, as a Home Port but that it will include Cozumel on its route.
Greenpeace Ship "Esperanza" Visits Cozumel
“Esperanza”, the newest and largest ships of the Greenpeace fleet arrived to Cozumel and remains anchored in the waters off the Island but it is unknown if its crew has scheduled activities. Sources inside the port authority revealed that notification of the arrival indicates that they will remain until the 9th of this month. This coincides with the same dates as the FCCA Convention.

The ship arrived to Cozumel on Monday October 5th and carries six Zodiac boats and has an enabled helipad. The vessel measures 72.3 meters long and 14.3 meters wide with power of displacement of 16 knots that signifies 29.32 kilometers per hour. The ship was purchased by Greenpeace in 2000, and according to data from the website of this organization, has capacity for 16 people as crew members and it is used for research and expeditions. Its presence is unknown as this information is reserved by the port authorities, stated a source.

In February of 2014 the “Rainbow Warrior”, which is considered the flagship of Greenpeace, arrived at Cozumel and was here for 2 days in which members of the crew gave a press conference and offered guided tours of the ship to the general public. At the end of November 2010 another ship of the Organization, the “Arctic Sunrise”, docked in Cozumel where it also allowed interaction with the citizens in allowing tours.

However, this international organization has never made contact with representatives of the Environmentalist Association “Heaven, Earth and Sea (Citymar) headed by Guadalupe Alvarez Chulym de Azueta, considered by the inhabitants of Cozumel as the only independent conservationist.
Road Closing Due to Triathlon Angers Tourists
Tourists and local workers were angered and annoyed due to the poor coordination of municipal transit in closing two important roads in the Southern hotel zone at a peak time when hundreds of workers needed reach their workplaces and hundreds of tourists had to get to the airport for departure. This was all caused by road closings due to a Triathlon.

For workers of several different hotels at the South end of the island, this was highly problematic not to be able to reach their workplaces before 08:30 AM last Sunday October 4th. A transit police officer located at the entrance of the Park Royal Hotel, indicated to drivers that if they wanted to enter to the South Hotel Zone, they had backtrack and enter through the industrial area roadway approximately 10 kilometers out of the way. When they detoured to that direction, a different policeman told them that they could not proceed because the Fonatur Marina Triathlon competition has already begun. The road occupied by the athletes was/is the only access road to many homes, restaurants and hotels along the beach. There is no other way to proceed to gain access to these businesses except this roadway that was closed.

Local workers later found out that both police officers had provided incorrect information and that the event began at 9:00 AM. However, long before 8:30 AM, transit had closed the road. According to municipal transit, at 9:00 in the morning traffic flow would be closed and will be re-opened at approximately 12 noon. Even though no notices were provided to anyone along the closed route, access was 100% denied well before 9am and long after noon that day. In addition, the same roadway was closed twice on Saturday in the same fashion: without notice and for long periods of time.

Many employees asked onsite officials to be allowed to walk to get to work but that was denied also. And rather than public security and transit posting officials at these intersections, only one police officer remained in each of the two closed roads and "recommended" to the people that they would need to go around the entire island to be able to get to their workplaces via a southerly route. (This too was incorrect since the road was closed in both directions.)

Sadly tourists leaving a hotel only 500 meters from the Fonatur Marina (principal location of the Triathlon) with the need travel to the Airport by taxi, were also denied access to the roadway and upon reaching the Marina had to get out of their taxis and walk more than one kilometer in the heat (half a mile) to find a different shuttle service that took them to the airport. Some local workers were forced to walk nearly two kilometers to and from that same hotel due to the fact that no vehicles were allowed to pass. Other hotel workers farther away had it much worse as the distances simply were not walkable in a reasonable amount of time.
Local Entrepreneur Don Nassim Recieves Recognition
As part of the celebration of "World Tourism Day 2015," which is commemorated on September 27th, the municipal President, Fredy Marrufo Martín, delivered the “Tourist Merit Medal” to "Gaston Cantarell Diaz" and entrepreneur "Nassim Joaquín Ibarra,” for their extensive tourist experience and recognition as drivers of the economic development in the island, according to a statement from the City Council. The Mayor emphasized that Don Nassim Joaquin is a person who left an important legacy in this destination by being one of the pioneers of tourism in the municipality.

During the meeting, it was emphasized that Don Nassim Joaquín Ibarra has been an entrepreneurial avant-garde who has been successful in various projects during his lifetime. He was a partner of the regional company TAMSA, dealer of Mexicana de Aviación, also owner founder of company Aero Cozumel and has also ventured in the hospitality industry.

The award-winning Don Nassim was accompanied by his daughter Addy Joaquín Coldwell and his grandsons Peter and Joaquín Nassim Delbouis, who thanked the municipal government for the honor bestowed to Don Nassim who has always been distinguished by his simplicity and love of the island which has given him respect and affection.

The tribute took place at the Centro Comercial Joaquín, (located in the main square of the city). A place with more than 40 years tradition as a landmark for the community that retains a good image of the great entrepreneur who has shown his skill in the economic sector.
Extension of Puerta Maya Pier Brings 50 % More Ships
Beginning last Thursday October 8th the number of Carnival Cruise Ship arrivals at the Puerta Maya Pier increased by 50 percent now that the pier has been extended, announced Micky Arison, Chairman of the Carnival Corporation. It was confirmed that Thursday was the official inauguration of the new pier extension.

Thursday was the first day when this port area hosted three transatlantic liners on the same day. This means that starting in Spring of 2016, Cozumel will see a 50 percent increase in the number of arrivals almost daily. This is a positive anticipation for the winter season also.

The official also stated that this will allow Cozumel to be positioned as a favorite destination of the cruise passengers, clarifying that this was the vision for the investment in this tourist region in which is commended by the quality and warmth of its people in terms of the services provided to visitors.
17 Wild Animals Rescued in Cozumel
In one month, the Department of Ecology and Environment has rescued, cared for and returned to its natural environment 17 animals of different species. This information was released by the personnel that work in that Office.

On September 2nd , Rafael Chacón Díaz assumed the position of Director of Ecology and Environment in place of David Alfonso Martínez Viana and from that date he began to keep a record of the rescues of wildlife that citizens began to report to that department. The records indicate that seven possums, four crocodiles, a boar, an ocelot, a spider monkey, a boa, a duck and an armadillo, have been rescued. Chacon Diaz explained that the rescues are the product of the confidence of citizens who often is the first to give attention to the animals until the arrival of the authorities who then channel them to specialists to determine their state of health.

Some animals have spent several days in the environmental interpretation center as they recover and are reintegrated in their habitats. The reasons why these animals end up injured or sick is mainly due to attacks by pets such as dogs and cats although sometimes are hit by cars. Once it has been determined that the animal is able to fend for itself, it is then returned to the jungle. Holding one of these animals in captivity is a mistake committed by most people.

Finally, the head of the Department of Ecology and Environment urged locals and tourists visiting the island to attend an environmental park located on 65th Avenue with 31st Street where one can observe a sample of flora and local fauna.
"Biker Fest" to Take Place in October
To diversify tourism, Cozumel has granted its support to various clubs of motorcyclists on the island and organized the first “Biker Fest Cozumel 2015," which will take place from October 16th through 18th. The organizers thanked the city for its support and the event will bring together almost 600 people who are lovers of the motorcycling culture (local, national and foreign).

The Mayor, Fredy Marrufo Martín, pointed out that Cozumel is beautiful and attractive for the whole world, and he supports these events because they benefit the destination with a significant economic impact and diversifies the tourism market.

Jesús Alberto Zetina Tejero, Coordinator of the event announced that 15 Biker groups on the island gathered to plan the non-profit activity, which already has the confirmation of fans in the State of Mexico, Veracruz, Yucatan, Campeche, Belize, Guatemala and the municipalities of Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and other locations in Quintana Roo. General Organizers specified that they will seek the possibility that the Biker Fest can be carried out every year during the month of October.
Mexico Requesting US Help with Igual Massacre Investigation
The president of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), Luis Raúl González Pérez, recently gave its approval to the incorporation of U.S. experts in a second investigation of the Iguala case. However, he proposed including those who have participated from the beginning. "In such a complex, sad case, as was the disappearance of 43 normalistas and where there are such differences on some topics of the research itself, I think it is important to invite the best experts, wherever they are, and above all to include those who have already expressed their views,” he said in an interview.

The Ombudsman was consulted on the request of the Attorney General's Office (PGR) to reach out to the U.S. ATF agency, to participate in new investigation in the dump of Cocula. Primarily the objective will be to clarify whether incineration of the normalistas of Ayotzinapa on September 26-27, 2014 was possible at the dump site.

"I think all the work that has been conducted is important, but it is important that the disciplines of the experts have to be analyzed by review, but still invite those who have already expressed their opinion, including forensic expert José Luis Torero " he reiterated. The latter, referring to the report of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IMCI) of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) found that students could not have been incinerated at the site.

The head of the Commission questioned as to whether the intervention of US authorities could help or complicate matters.
"However, I see the U.S. in the role of having the best scientists to help clarify this complex case." he said.

The PGR presented other requests for legal assistance as well: one addressed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to provide any reports they have on the cartel known as Guerreros Unidos, who were named involved in the normalistas massacre and NASA, requesting that they provide satellite images pertinent to the case.

It was satellite images, previously reported of, which lacked any evidence of a fire at the dump during the 26-27th time frame, supposedly when 43 bodies were incinerated at the dump.

Sources: Reforma & La Journada
Arrest Warrants Issued for 10 Federal Agents
The General Inspectorate of the PGR asked federal judge Raul Angulo Garfias to order the arrest of 10 officers from the Ministerial Federal Police (PFM) which allegedly "planted" a weapon in the vehicle of social advocate attorney Paulo Díez Gargari. According to federal sources, the agency asked for arrests of the police for unlawful simulation of evidence to justify an arrest and other charges against four of them.

Key evidence was made public by an anonymous source, captured footage from surveillance cameras. The source sent the video footage to Diez. After agents stopped Diez, on September 7th, the video appears to show an agent exiting a federal vehicle holding something in his pocket, and later with half of his body inside Diez vehicle he straightens and quickly leaves the site. Another agent moves to the vehicle and “discovers” the weapon.

Since last Thursday, the Eleventh Judge Sixth District Federal Criminal Proceedings in Mexico City has the case and investigation for a ruling to go forward or dismiss the case. A decision must be made within 10 days. If the case goes forth, it is doubtful the agents will spend time behind bars before a trial.

According to Reforma, the Federal Criminal Code, Article 248a is punishable by 2 to 6 years in prison and a fine, for any person planting evidence to accuse a person criminally. In relation to the alteration of the objects of the offense, Article 225, paragraph 31, provides for punishment of 4 to 10 years.

EDITOR NOTE: This is a very common method used in Mexico to deal with one's adversaries: plant evidence and have it "discovered" resulting in criminal charges which are outrageously expensive legal proceedings to pay for. Most accused must simply plead guilty or be found guilty (with no lawyer) because they haven't the money to defend themselves against the false charges. This is one of only a handful of cases where there is video capturing the set up.
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May 5, 2015 (Most Recent) Comprehensive Mexico Travel Warning
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