Friday, May 3, 2013

Shark Ban Begins, Awaiting A Sea Ambulance, Art Fair Today, Amigos Regatta With Local Kids Crewing, Concerns At Middle School, Fishing Tournament Entertainment, Water Rally Planned, Festival At Blue Dome, Mason's Day In Isla Mujeres News Friday, May 3 Today's Articles: The Final Edition

..This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte



Nearly Ready For Water Rally
Aguakan representatives have announce that they are almost ready for the fifth annual Rally del Agua 2013 which will be held Friday May 17 "between the municipalities of Benito Juarez and Isla Mujeres". (Which much refer to the participants, rather than the race location. Benito Juarez is Cancun) The goal of the rally is to help educate participants about caring for the environment and water conservation. Registration is open to teens between 16 and 18, in groups of four, accompanied by an adult over 25 with a driver's license and an insured vehicle. Source Diario Q Roo/ Manuel Valdez 

Entertainment Announced For Fishing Tournament
The organizers of the tenth annual Fishing Tournament  “Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña” announced that the entertainment will include DJ Patty Cuevas and the Puro Stylo Group, at the Captains Dinner on May 17, featuring cumbia music and disco. On Saturday, May 18th, Banda Rigor Norteño will be added to this lineup with a celebration on the Posada beach after the awards ceremony. The organizing committee is expecting more than 100 boats to participate. The DIF social service agency will have a Sand Sculpture contest for children. Source Quintanarroense/Ovidio Lopez 

Seeking More Security At Middle School
Víctor Manuel Vargues Poot his wife Abril Gómez Avilés are complaining that the middle school principal needs to implement better security measures after their son required medical attention for an accident at school for the second time. The parents explained that on November 5th their son suffered an accident that caused him to lose sight in his right eye, and now he must use eye drops daily. They are upset because the Secretary of Education promised to follow up on the problem, but they are buying the drops which cost 900 pesos. They say the drops were stolen from his backpack last week and no one wants to be held accountable. They are concerned that bullying is gaining ground on the campus, and say their daughter left school after being hit at school, deviating her naval septum. Now their son suffered an injury to the fingers of his right hand in an accident where he was hit by a ball. He was taken to the General Hospital clinic where an local anesthetic was used while realigning the finger bone. Source: Quequi/Carlos Gasca   

Electrical Storm Keeps Islanders Awake
Shortly after 11pm on Wednesday night the island experienced a strong electrical storm with peals of thunder rumbling very loudly and flashes of lightning illuminating the skies and the interiors of homes. There was an electrical outage of  more than a half hour and gusts of winds over 60 kilometers. Some areas only lost power for about ten minutes. Litter was blown about and blocked some storm grates, causing some flooding or water retention in the usual places. The director of Civil Protection reported that damage was minimal, with some shrubs uprooted by the winds. The Harbor Master said there were no reports of damaged boats. The reporter says with the intense thunder and lightning outside, after being plunged into darkness by the blackout, more than one person thought it was the end of the world. Source: Por Esto  The storm was over in less than two hours. The rain yesterday afternoon was much lighter, and also only lasted a couple hours, after being preceded by thunder & an increase in the breeze. A pine tree was uprooted at the Posada Hotel, with photos in yesterday's News. 

"Válvula” Celebrates Birthday
On Thursday, Carlos García Castilla, known as "Válvula”, celebrated his birthday. He devoted most of his life to fishing and gained fame by introducing Ramon Bravo Prieto to the cave of the sleeping sharks in the mid 70's. He was born May 2, 1949. and spoke to the reporter about finding the cave, then showing it to the famous diver. He spoke about the documentary that was filmed there, as well as his friendship with the recently departed Ariel "Picho" Magana Carrillo. Source: Por Esto   

Awaiting Sea Ambulance
The information about the boat ambulance is the same as that already translated, noting they are waiting for the "matriculation" which with vehicles usually means the license plate and registration. It is expected to be ready within two weeks, and the hospital director, David Valenzo Loaeza, mentioned he did not know if the state government will hold a formal presentation ceremony, because it is election time. The Hospital will seek an agreement with the Port Authority, the Navy or a marina regarding where to dock the boat, which they expect to be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to transport patients to Cancun. They plan to start hiring captains and sailors and determining how to provide the most efficient medical care to patients requiring transport. Source Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez  

 Shark Fishing Ban Until July 1
Unnamed fishermen complained to Por Esto about the bans, saying instead of imposing closures, the SAGARPA authorities should monitor the poachers at  Río Chacmuchuc who put nets from side to side and catch everything that moves. The fishermen say the poachers are destroying this resource and they do not respect sizes or bans, catching lobster or turtle or whatever lands in their nets, and many do not even have permits to fish. They say the shark fishing ban from May 1 to June 30 is unnecessary, claiming the sharks are not endangered and noting there are about 50 fishermen who are dedicated to catching them. They complained that the ban on grouper took place during Lent when demand is increased. They complained about simultaneous bans, saying they currently cannot catch lobster and noting  bans, temporary or permanent, have been imposed on  caracol, la tortuga, la langosta, el mero y ahora el tiburón y la raya. (Conch, turtle, lobster, grouper, and now sharks and rays.) The fishermen feel the closures may be necessary, but say the problem is they all occur at virtually the same time, and there are fewer other 'scaley' fish to catch (escama).  Articles have said that Chacmuchuc and other wetlands are a sort of nursery for many species and need to be protected so that the juvenile critters get a chance to grow and migrate out to repopulate the oceans.

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Sunrise this morning from MVC B&B

 You can almost see two flocks of birds in the photo below. They looked like a sort of duck or similar fowl.  This morning at 9 there appear to be swallows migrating past.

 On the internet in the past 24 hours...
Tony Garcia  Good morning. Good morning. Beautiful sunrise. Wonderful weather. May3 2013 Sunrise

May 2 Shoes (34 photos) Also by Capt Tony

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Looking forward to today's Isla Mujeres Artist Fair in the square. Sorry about Mother Nature not cooperating yesterday. The artists so look forward to this event, please come out this afternoon/early evening (4 to 7pm) to support them.
Looking forward to today's Isla Mujeres Artist Fair in the square.  Sorry about Mother Nature not cooperating yesterday.  The artists so look forward to this event, please come out this afternoon/early evening (4 to 7pm) to support them.

Today Barlito's Breakfast Panini is The Sunhorse w/ smoked pork, tomato & onion topped w/ jack cheese & bbq crema. This delicious Panini was created by Tiffany Lanier of Sunhorse Wedding Services. Pictured below is the Pool Girl, a yummy grilled chicken panini w/ fajita peppers, caramelized onions, mozzarella cheese & bbq sauce. Come on down to Barlito & make your belly happy & your face smile. Then don't forget about the Artist Fair in the square at 4pm!!!
Today Barlito's Breakfast Panini is The Sunhorse w/ smoked pork, tomato & onion topped w/ jack cheese & bbq crema.  This delicious Panini was created by @[548379050:2048:Tiffany Lanier] of Sunhorse Wedding Services.  Pictured below is the Pool Girl, a yummy grilled chicken panini w/ fajita peppers, caramelized onions, mozzarella cheese & bbq sauce.  Come on down to Barlito & make your belly happy & your face smile.  Then don't forget about the Artist Fair in the square at 4pm!!!

JOHN CAIN- SOLO GUITAR & VOCALS TONIGHT at Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres Iguana Bar-6:30-8:30PM.

Festival today 3p at Blue Dome celebrating Mother's Day & Day of the Child
Buenos días Isla Mujeres, hoy festival del día del niño y día de la madre, a partir de las 3 p.m. En el domo azul de la Gloria, Dif estatal y Dif municipal invitan, asiste y disfruta de este gran evento!
Feliz Día del Niño! y el DIF municipal lo celebrará con un gran festival para todos los niños y las mamás de Isla Mujeres:

Secretary of Health begins a house to house spraying campaign in Isla Mujeres (against mosquitoes) Arranca secretaria de salud programa de nebulización casa por casa en #IslaMujeres
Reports on FB from The States indicate Isla Mujeres has been featured on a HGTV show called "Live Here, Buy This" that featured Casa Morocco and Casa Candelabra. Apparently the premise of the show is have "your" home assessed and then look at two houses of similar value in a dream destination and select which one "you" would theoretically buy. It was mentioned that there was a shot of Barlito's in the show, which was televised yesterday in some areas of the US.

Today is Dia de Santa Cruz, also called El Día del Albañil.. and here is what I wrote about it last year:

Only In Mexico: Day of The Holy Cross
    May 3 is Day of The Holy Cross in Mexico and is the festival day of masons. It is also called The Day of The Flowery Cross. It is associated with St.Helena, (Elena  in Spanish), whose teams of construction workers served her obsession with finding the cross of Jesus by leveling the hill of Calvary, about 1400 years ago.
      In Mexico, it has been the festival day of masons since the Spanish began building churches here about five hundred years ago, and is called Día del Albañil. The tradition of putting crosses atop construction projects and stopping work to pray and eat together is said to have its roots in colonial priests asking workers to place a cross atop their churches during construction, when they would have a special service, blessing the workers and their work, and the communities would celebrate together with food, music, incense, and dancing. 
     In 1960,  Pope John XXIII removed this feast day from the Catholic liturgical calendars to focus attention on the celebration of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14. The construction workers of Mexico opted to continue to celebrate this tradition on the third of May, and the unions held demonstrations. When  application was made to the Church,  the pope allowed this observance to continue only in Mexico.
     In many areas, May third dawns with the sounds of  rival construction crews exhibiting their machismo with volleys of skyrockets. This early morning celebration may be accompanied by large containers of hot cinnamon tea, brandy, or a milky alcoholic beverage called rompope. A band may serenade and accompany them, beginning as all Mexican festivals do, with " Las Mañanitas".  Processions wind through villages and cities to attend the special Mass, where prayers are said to protect the worker throughout the year, and the people place flowery crosses and streamers of crepe along the streets, parks, cemeteries, and churchyards. 
    There is an abundance of music, fireworks, food, and drink supplied by patrons and bosses as the workers return to their work sites. Copal incense is burned and crosses are placed at the height of the projects. Celebrations continue into the night in many areas with music and dancing. In other places, the bosses  provide food and drink for  workers to sit down and eat with the architects and engineers, then  radios play festive music while work continues.

This article was published Tuesday by a blogger from Tulum & does a VERY GOOD job of explaining aspects of Mexico and Mexican culture that have captured my heart and are the reason many of us love living here. It is a response to hateful remarks on Facebook about Mexicans & Mexico titled The Mexico You Don't See On The Nightly News by a woman who is raising her four daughters while "having a love affair with Mexico". 

Today was the Regatta de Amigos were the captains from the Regatta Sol as Sol take Islander kids on board to help crew and race around the island. I gave Betsy scheduling info, so maybe Capt Tony took some pics.
Por fin Viernes. — 
Por fin Viernes.

Jul IslaHard at work

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

  The Early Edition with the newspaper photographs and headlines is usually published around sunrise.
This Final Edition with the translated articles, plus original photos including the sunrise and the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section usually publishes around noon.
Both blogs always have links to the original articles.
 Usually if an article is "missing",  it may have been published in another paper recently, and a previous post.

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