Saturday, August 24, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Saturday, August 24

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



The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines &  newspaper photos. This Afternoon Edition has  translations of the articles,  Daily Events & Live Music Schedules  & the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section including photos & info from individuals & local businesses ....Daily In Isla Mujeres. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.


  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Decreased demand for swimming with whale sharks There are 243 licensees: 133 from Isla Mujeres, 24 from Cancun, and 85 from Holbox: The season ends Sept. 17 & has been free of incidents

Disminuye demanda del nado con tiburón ballena

Viernes, 23 de Agosto de 2013 21:04

Existen 243 permisionarios: 133 son de Isla Mujeres, 25 de Cancún y 85 de Holbox:  La actual temporada concluirá el 17 de septiembre y hasta el momento no se ha presentado ningún tipo de incidente

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de agosto.- They are not operating at 100% like they were last year at this time. Although the season normally concludes on Sept. 15, this year it will conclude on Sept. 17. The season began with safety inspections of 75 boats, and there has been a 'saldo blanco' / season without incident, which is attributed to Armada de México (Navy), la Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Environmental Protection) (Profepa), la Administración Portuaria Integral de Quintana Roo (Port Authority)(Apiqroo) and  la Capitanía de Puerto (Harbor Mater) in Isla Mujeres.
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 Many people from Chiapas moving to Isla Mujeres for a better life

More that 30 new students from that state

Arriban muchos chiapanecos a radicar en la ínsula: Mejor vida

Viernes, 23 de Agosto de 2013 21:03

De alta 30 estudiantes de nuevo ingreso, originarios de aquella entidad

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de agosto.-There is an ongoing migration of families from Chiapas, seeking more income, whose children seek schooling on the island and the mainland. The municipal representative for the Education Dept (SEQ) said there are adequate spaces for more arrivals. There is still a lack of two teachers; one at the kindergarten "Isla Mujeres", and the other at the primary school "Cesar Mendoza", but the students are still having classes. The free text books arrived in a timely manner.
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Vacation period ended with "Saldo Blanco" for the hospital 

Injuries from auto accidents

“Saldo blanco” en el periodo vacacional para el hospital

Viernes, 23 de Agosto de 2013 21:02

Lesiones por accidentes en automotores

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de agosto.The summer season ended with a 'saldo blanco' at the hospital. (that usually means 'without serious incidents'. I guess for a hospital, 'serious' is relative.) They mostly saw accidents involving motorcycles and golf carts, at a rate of three to five a week, and only one required transport to a Cancun hospital for cranial trauma, while the rest of the injured were treated on the island. Regarding accidents in the home, on August 9th a seven year old girl was taken to Cancun for a skull fracture. The director said they also treated two bites from marine animals, in which the patients presented intoxication symptoms that were controlled with medications.
  This year there were a greatly reduced number of diarrheal illnesses. It is assumed that this is because the population of the island has strong habits of correct handwashing, staying hydrated, keeping food fresh, and washing it thoroughly.
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 Tvisla Mujeres

Joven albañil de 25 años recibe descarga eléctrica; por la gravedad será trasladado a Cancún, responde al nombre de Mario Bravo de León@tvislamujeres on Twitter ·
Twenty five year old mason, Mario Bravo de Leon, received an electric shock, and was transported to Cancun.

Noticias de El Quintanarroense
by Ovidio Lopez

Ferry schedule resumes .Regresan horarios del ferry
 On Monday the vehicular ferries resume their usual schedule with a reduction from seven trips to five trips, as follows. Leaving Isla Mujeres:  06:00, 09:30, 12:45, 16:15 & 19:15. Leaving Punta Sam: 07:15, 11:00, 14:45. 19:30 & 20:15.

Noticias de  Quequi......

  Cleaning campaign by Electric Company (CFE)

  • Arranca CFE campaña de limpieza


    Arranca CFE campaña de limpieza

    0 23 de agosto de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca. They are trimming back trees to avoid interference with the electric lines, particularly the high voltage lines, and the police are assisting by limiting vehicle access on the street, to avoid accidents. The work will continue for several days.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Enjoying the last days of summer

Disfrutan de los últimos días del verano

Disfrutan de los últimos días del verano

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Vehicle ferries resume normal schedule

Regularizan travesía de los dos transbordadores

Regularizan travesía de los dos transbordadores
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Ignorado el 'Día del Bombero'

 The reporter points out that the firefighters are loved and respected, and willing, but they lack equipment. The two pumping trucks are broken and parked near a hurricane shelter. One of them was donated from Cozumel and nicknamed "Piolin" (Mexico's equivalent of "Tweety"). When there is a fire, the hoses of the Navy and Aguakan provide the water and they help put out the fires. It is noted that there was no official recognition from the City Council for Firefighters day on August 22nd.


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"Isla 33" Controversy

Profepa protege a 'Isla 33'

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Peligro sobre cuatro ruedas

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Helping the spawning red crabs

Auxilian el desove del cangrejo rojo

Auxilian el desove del cangrejo rojo


Announcement of new hotel projects in the continental zone of Isla Mujeres: Investors from Mexico and Spain

Anuncian nuevos proyectos hoteleros para Isla Mujeres

Inversionistas nacionales y españoles edificarán inmuebles en la zona continental del municipio insular.


Diario La Verdad
Diario La Verdad Aguakan destroys streets of Isla Mujeres

Destruye Aguakan calles de Isla Mujeres

. The Mayor is angry about Aguakan damaging streets and not restoring them to their former state & this article recounts an ongoing history of this problem, with details going back over five years. The City has tried to coordinate work, which has often lead to long delays. He said Aguakan has caused huge losses to the city and damage to the streets, and they only take into account their own profits. He said they do not seek permits or discuss future projects with the Council, and do not inform the local entities so they could work together.
 por esto

Falling rain causes disorder
Dejó la lluvia trastornos al por mayor Ver mas
Por Esto says residents blame lack of maintenance of the storm drains for problems caused by rain in colonias  Salinas, La Gloria, and Canotal. There are homes in colonia Miraflores that are at risk of flooding when the nearby Salina becomes full. Residents want maintenance to the drains in these colonias and the pumps turned on when necessary, because rain is expected to continue this weekend.

From bonanza to a lack of tourism
De la bonanza a la inactividad turística+] Ver mas
Occupancy rates dropped below 35 percent and the nautical tourism providers were affected by the weather, while the beaches were barely half full. The weather discouraged swimming and caused some people to stay in their rooms.

Fishermen seek alternative employment
Pescadores buscan alternativas laborales+] Ver mas
Due to low demand, only about 10 percent of the catches are sold on a daily basis, and the rest is frozen. Bad weather has also hurt the catches. Seamen whose livelihood is dependent on nautical tours have also been affected by the weather. Demand for fish has been lowered because the big nautical tours usually include fish for the tourists, but they have not been buying. Many of the 90 fishermen who are part of the (unnamed) cooperative have been forced to stop fishing and seek other employment such as masonry, plumbing, and other trades to provide for their families in these slow times.

Recuperated dolphin at the Turtle Farm
Delfín se recupera en Tortugranja+] Ver mas
The Tortugranja is seeing more visitors since the dolphin arrived, and the staff have grown fond of her, but they know PROFEPA will determine her destination. It has been determined that she is not pregnant. Entrance fee to the Tortugranja is three dollars.

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View from rooms
Small room
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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe or Monchi's,shop at Chedraui or visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs; minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a pharmacy and variety of other stores and small local restaurants

Sunrise this morning from MVC B&B
My phone cam isn't downloading as usual.

Upcoming Events

                                                     Aug 24 Moon rise 9:45

Sunday Aug 25 Restaurant Chuuk Kay:  Equestrian show with the best vaquero (cowboy) in Isla Mujeres. Exhibition of Cock fighting. Live music, mixed buckets of beer 85p

Chuuk Kay Restaurante  No falten los esperamos

No falten los esperamos

Sept. 30  Current municipal government completes its term 

Critter events...
It is currently the season for swimming with the whale sharks, and turtles are mating offshore & nesting on the eastern beaches. The mating is visible by day, especially off Punta Sur, the South Point. The nesting happens in the wee hours, and there are Tortugranja personnel, volunteers, and Naval staff monitoring the beaches to prevent people from disrupting them, and to gather and transport the eggs for incubation.
       By far, most of the turtles nesting in Isla Mujeres are Green turtles (called Blancas in Spanish), and the second most common are the huge Loggerheads, and there are some Hawksbills.  The Green turtles take ~60 days to hatch and are held in the water tanks at the Tortugranja until the hatchlings are released by the public at events at dusk on Media Luna or Guadalupana. These events will occur periodically until early October and are usually announced a day or two in advance. They are rescheduled if the sea is rough.
    Lately there have been many rays, in addition to many whale sharks. From MVC, we have been seeing dolphins from the balcony,  and some large fish while snorkeling offshore. Lotsa mama turtles visiting our beach lately! 

 There are small red crabs that migrate to & from the sea in July-August, watch out for them at night on the coastal road at the southeastern part of the isle.
  Lobster season began July 1 and continues until the end of February. 
  Please slow your speed and try not to smash us. This week they are crossing b/c of the full moon.

Saturday's Live Music:

Fenix:  cancelled today

Chuuk Kay:  3:30-6:30 Banda Sin Nombre  LINK
Casa de los Suenos:  4-7 w 1/2 price appetizers  LINK LINK
Iguanas: 6:30-8:30  Frequencia Tropical  w BBQ ribs, steaks,etc   LINK   LINK   
Brisas Grill: ~7p   Cuban trio  LINK
Sunset Grill: Sunset Keyboard & vocals  LINK

Fenix: 8-10  Probably cancelled Latin Jazz w Fabio 
Faynes 8-10  Raul Alexis  LINK
Comono 8:30-11  Marco LINK
Poc Na  ?   Link
Ocean Blues & Sassy Jazz  8-10   La Guera & Willy's Blues  LINK

Fenix 10:30-2  Probably cancelled Guest DJ & Fire Show  LINK
Faynes 10:30-12  Banda Sin Nombre  LINK
La Terraza 10p-close Salsa & Latin  LINK

Poc Na    Link

Tres Mentiras ?  LINK

La Catrina ?  LINK LINK  

 John Cain's schedule is
  Tuesday- Cafe Del Mar, 8-10, solo guitar & vocals

Wednesday- Bally Hoo, 7-9, Sol Rockers band
 Friday- Iguana Bar-7-9, solo guitar & vocals
  Sunday- Bahia Tortuga- 7-9, Sol Rockers band  

 On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Not today...

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  
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