New Competitor Selling Bottled Water For Ten Pesos Less
There is a new company distributing bottled water in Isla Mujeres, selling 250 bottles daily, at a rate that is 35 percent cheaper. Aguavera Cristal is selling the 5 gallon (20 liter) bottles at a cost of 16 pesos each, while the other company, sells them for 26 pesos, an amount that has doubled in less than five years. Gerardo Euán, water distributor for the new company, said they are the victim of a smear campaign by the larger company in Isla Mujeres who sell water, who are saying that the new product is bad and contains "sarro". (The mineral residue that accumulates from our tap water is called sarro.) But when people have tasted the water, it has been well accepted and several companies are using it. The local health agency tests it monthly and has found no irregularities. The company expects consumer confidence to grow and they anticipate that sales will double by November. A resident noted that the ten pesos saved per bottle could be used to buy enough tortillas to feed a family of four, urging people to support this company and noting that the previous alternative company disappeared a decade ago due to lack of local support. Source: Quintanarroense/Ovidio Lopez
14 Tonnes of Hospital Equipment Delivered
The Ministry of Health (SESA) delivered ~14 tons of equipment to the General Hospital which included pediatric beds, 20 rows of five chairs for the waiting room, an electrocautery, a new "plancha" for the operating room, and an autoclave for sterilizing equipment. (Plancha usually means an iron; the device used to press wrinkles from clothes, and can also mean a flat slab or plate, often of metal.) More equipment is expected to be delivered in upcoming days. Work is being done on the second phase of the Specialty Hospital, which is expected to be completed for its opening in 2014, offering improved health care to the community and tourists. Source: Quintanarroense/Ovidio Lopez
Lack Of Heat Stroke & Intestinal Illnesses Despite High Temperatures
With average temperatures of 30 degrees Centigrade (86F), which feel like 35C at midday (95F), Isla Mujeres is having a heat wave that can be mitigated by a swim in the tranquil waters of the bay or by drinking cold liquids, preferably ice water. Although typically gastrointestinal illnesses and heat stroke are more likely during this time, contrary to expectations, they are not seeing cases of this, said the Hospital Director, Dr. David Valenzo. He said during summer months, children under five and senior citizens over 65 are more prone to dehydration and he recommended that the public drink plenty of water. He advised against drinking sodas and drinks made from sugary packets of flavored powders, noting they contain agents that are harmful to health. He said people should cook their seafood rather than just marinating it in lemon, to avoid diarrhea and vomiting, which can cause severe dehydration. He said another way to prevent dehydration is eating seasonal foods that help maintain water levels in the body, such as lemons, pineapples, oranges, and tangerines. To avoid heat stroke, people should avoid the sun, use umbrellas/parasols, and cover their heads. Exercising should be done early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Sales of purified water and soft drinks at the groceries stores have increased 60 percent, say the shopkeepers. Sales have also increased on items such as popsicles, shaved ice treats, and ice cream. Source: Por Esto
Planning Improvements At South Point
Federal Deputy (Congresswoman) Margarita Saldaña Hernández, toured the Sculpture Garden at Punta Sur, and witnessed their deplorable condition and the need for a safety railing. She chairs the Comisión de Cultura of the INAH, and will seek resources for this project, with the support of Mayor Hugo Sanchez Montalvo, as well as for other projects to be completed in 2014, such as maintenance for the temple to the Goddess Ixchel and resources for the House of Culture. Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez
Isla Mujeres On Chinese TV
A major Chinese television program will feature attractions of Isla Mujeres, including the home of Englishman Richie Sowa, which was constructed using recycled plastic bottles. He was interviewed and he encouraged environmental awareness. This exposure is important, said the municipal tourism director Isaac Sulu..and then I don't understand a sentence where he spoke about the high economic sector of China, statistics, and vacation seasons..which seems to be a positive statement about China as a good potential source of tourists.
My Blogger statistics have included China recently, with 120 visits last month. Its stat page shows the number of visits from the "top ten" countries. Last month they were, in order of most to least: US, Mexico, Canada, France, Russia, UK, Germany, China, Iran, and Poland.
The top three are always the same. Russia is usually either fourth or fifth, and France, Germany, & the UK are always included. The other three vary.
The tourism director also spoke about the upcoming "Summer Break", noting that students are expected to begin arriving in July, looking for fun at the beaches and in the clubs, among other places. He said in order to avoid bad publicity that might occur in the case of any accidents, the students are being given a Code of Conduct brochure at the airport upon arrival. Source: Quintanarroense/Ovidio Lopez
TV Program "Fashion Tour" Features Isla Mujeres
This month the television program "Fashion Tour" will feature Isla Mujeres. The program has been on Unicable and Televisa for three years. The crew spent two days filming in Isla Mujeres, and the program will highlight its cuisine, attractions, history, and natural beauty. The program has featured other tourist spots, like Cancun. Source: Diario Verdad Below is an example of a previous show they did in Isla Mujeres.
Battling Brush Fire In Mainland Isla Mujeres
On the mainland, firefighters are battling a brush fire that began May 14th and has affected 40 hectares (~100 acres). They have created a firebreak to protect the town of Francisco May, in the township of Isla Mujeres, from the fire which is in the area of the settlement of San Pablo, within the municipality of Lazaro Cardenas. This is a recurrent fire, and since the 14th of May there have been 15 people fighting it, and on the 16th that number was increased to 22 firefighters, who are also strengthening the firebreak protecting the town of Francisco May. During April and May there is a prohibition on agricultural burning, but in this situation the citizens had authorization to start this fire. Source: SIPSE/Lanrry Parra Por Esto notes the fire was initially controlled, and then has been spreading since May 14th. PE expresses the opinion that 22 people are an insufficient number to control a fire of this magnitude. The pointer shows the location of Franciso May.
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|Tonnes of waste have accumulated at the Trash Transfer facility, causing bad odors and potential vermin problems. The Director of the agency in charge, Gerardo Acéves, said the backlog was caused by the breakdown of the vehicles that transport the trash to the mainland, but now they are working at removing the accumulated garbage. Source: Diario Respuesta/Jesus Molina|
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John Cain This weekend playing schedule: Today, 630 to 830, Solo at Iguana Bar Marina Paraiso, Saturday, 7 to 9pm, Wayne Keenan and John Cain at La Palapa Belga Cancun, Sunday, 6 to 9 pm at Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers.
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Callesitas de arena blanca donde jugábamos sin temer a nada que nos atropellara, descalzos, sin camisa,piel morena broceada por el sol.sin calzones solo unos pantalóncitos cortos remendados varias veces,nuestros juguetes eran hechos de madera. el balón era el más preferido.nuestra comida eran frijoles,arroz y pescado.la bebida preferida. Agua de coco. Agua de tunas . La mejor Diversión era nadar y atrapar pecesitos,ver a los adultos pescadores traer sus capturas de langostas, chernas enormes, tortugas,tiburones, rayas.en ese entonces todo el pueblo isleño tenía algún parentesco entre sii no existían extraños y muy pocos extranjeros turistas, las estrellas marinas, caracoles rosado, langostas,muchos peces y diversas especies de corales en toda su bahía con aguas pocas profundas y , isla de mujeres. Como has cambiado después de que Cancún se desarrolló..la mayoría de nuestros padres y abuelos yacen en silencio algún día de igual manera estaremos extinguiendo Como todas las especies naturales. Nuevas generaciones isleñas te exigo con amor a tu madre isla de mantenerla sana y limpia para que así tus hijos puedan disfrutar este paraíso natural.
Translating Tony's words: In the white sand streets where we played, with no fear of anyone running us over, we were barefoot, shirtless, and tanned from the sun, with our shorts repeatedly patched, and toys made of wood. A ball was our favorite toy. Our food was rice, beans, and fish, and our favorite beverage was water from coconuts and from prickly pear cactus fruit. Our favorite pastime was swimming, catching little fish, and watching the fishermen bring in their catches of lobster, huge groupers, turtles, sharks, and rays. In those days there were no strangers in Isla Mujeres where everyone knew each other, and very few tourists. In the shallow, transparent water of the bay were starfish, pink conchs, lobster, many fish, and many diverse kinds of coral. How this all has changed since Cancun was developed, and the majority of our parents and grandparents wait in silence until the day when we will be extinct like the other species. New generations of islanders who feel love for their mother island: Keep it healthy and clean so that your children can enjoy this natural paradise.
Ignacio Acosta Casanova shared Isla Mujeres's photo.
We will be giving updates from the 10th Fishing Tournament at Isla Mujeres!
Hugo Ivan Sanchez Montalvo added 3 new photos to the album iOS Photos.
Diane White Daniel
The fifth Water Rally is off to a great start with 15 teams! (photo at link above)
The annual ritual canoe crossing between Xcaret & Cozumel in honor of the Goddess Ixchel: May 23-25
Travesía Sagrada Maya es un ritual que realizaban los pueblos mayas
remando con sus canoas hacia Cozumel, con el fin de rendir culto a la
Jackie Conlon This is Villa Vera
Whale shark season has begun! There's a comment on Facebook from a couple who had a great time swimming with them & reports of spotting the first arrivals for the past week or so.
"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 translated.in a previous post.