Sunday, August 11, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Sunday, August 11 The Afternoon Edition

..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 ....

Group of adolescents stole golf carts for fun: Imitated the video game “Sueño de San Andrés” (Dreams of St. Andrew)

El juego “Sueño de San Andrés” los hizo infractores

Sábado, 10 de Agosto de 2013 21:09

Grupo de adolescentes roban carritos de golf para divertirse

ISLA MUJERES, 10 de agosto.- Officers of the State Judicial Police detained a group of minors Friday night where were engaged in the theft of golf carts. A twelve year old ("CGBP") was caught driving a golf cart that had been reported stolen from Ciro's rental agency. The child was questioned and it was learned there were a total of four minors involved. 
      The officers located all of them and their parents and took them before the Public Ministry that same Friday night. The minors alleged that Carolina del Carmen Ponce, 38, paid them 100 pesos to steal a golf cart. She was charged with corruption of minors and as a co-participant in a robbery. 
       The 16 year old was identified as the one responsible for pushing the cart over the cliff, which was found Thursday morning, along with a twelve year old ("CMC") and his/her 15 year old brother. They said they were fulfilling a dream, like in the video game "San Andres" where the character jumps out of a vehicle as it goes over into a void.
       It is noted that their crime spree that night involved three golf carts which were property of three different rental agencies. Their activities included taking pictures on their cellphones in  locations they visited during the night.
   The families agreed to pay the damages to the golf cart that went over the cliff, which were 7000 pesos. (~$580usd. Yesterday's articles said the cart had been purchased two weeks previously for $5000. It looked like it had ~that much in damage to the roof. Pretty hardy, and lucky it didn't go into the sea.)
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Parents want school supply fair: Back to school expenses put pressure on family budgets

Piden padres réplica de feria de útiles escolares

Sábado, 10 de Agosto de 2013 21:05

Los gastos del regreso a clases meten presión a economía familiar

ISLA MUJERES, 10 de agosto.- The event requested by the parents features discounts on school supplies and is called a tianguis escolar.
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Staff taught how to handle and dispose of hazardous materials without contamination

Instruirán al personal sobre uso de material peligroso

Sábado, 10 de Agosto de 2013 20:37

Aprenderán cómo manejarlo, y a desecharlo sin contaminarse

ISLA MUJERES, 10 de agosto.- The Ministry of Health will conduct a workshop for the staff of the Hospital to teach them about proper disposal of medical waste, with emphasis on sharp items. This will take place August 17 from 8am to 3pm.
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 Tvisla Mujeres

Four minors involved with golf cart robberies
Cuatro menores involucrados en el robo de carritos de golf en ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬
In their confession they explained that their spree that night began with theft of the cart of architect Juan Alberto Tapia, and after they had ridden around the whole island, they stole a cart from Ciro's rental agency. With two vehicles, they had two people in each cart and went to Sac Bajo, by hotel Villa Rolandis, where one of the carts ran out of gas, which motivated them to steal the third cart, which they took from the parking lot at the hotel. The abandoned the architects cart at the hotel and decided to go to the Caribbean sea near the Trash Transfer facility, and then the decided to ditch the cart over the cliffs. All four are minors and the youngest are two 12 year old, the others are 16 and 17 years old. The Police commander confirmed that the parents were brought in to be made aware of the gravity of this problem. The reporter notes that it appears there has been a lack of supervision on the part of the parents.

Noticias de El Quintanarroense
by Ovidio Lopez

Control of hazardous waste
Control de residuos peligrosos
Asked for installation of video cameras
Solicitan instalación de videocámaras
Asking for school supply fair
Piden tianguis escolares

Noticias de  Quequi......

Boast of crime in photographs


Presumen delito en fotografías

0 10 de agosto de 2013

Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi  The minors who were identified as being responsible for the theft and damage of the golf cart that went over the cliffs also confessed to participating in the theft of a red motorcycle last week, taken from Jorge de la O Pino. They confessed to the theft of three golf carts on the Wednesday night when they were responsible for the Prisma cart going over the cliffs. They posed for pictures with the units they stole, and those photographs are in the possession of the Judicial Police. All four detainees are minors and the reporter notes they will not be passing time in jail or paying for the damages themselves.- M
Want urban image improved 


Urgen mejorar la imagen urbana

0 10 de agosto de 2013

Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.- Entrpreneurs a seeking to establish a dialogue with the Mayor-elect Agapito Magana Sanchez to establish dates to launch plans that were mentioned in his campaign for improvement of Isla Mujeres. They are asking for more money to be invested in the improvement of the urban image of both Rueda Medina (main street) and the eastern malecon seawalk. The reporter said a tour of the malecon revealed it was suffering from neglect with fixtures in poor condition, no plants, and an abandoned appearance. On Rueda Medina needs to be regulated, in regard to the golf cart rental agencies who use the curbside areas as tho they were their private parking spaces. They also want more promotion of activities such as fishing for sailfish and swimming with the whale sharks.


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

The Malecon (Sea Walk) gives a bad impression

Da el malecón deplorable imagen

Da el malecón deplorable imagen V
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Analysis of environmental sustainability for the municipality

Analizarán sustentabilidad ambiental para el municipio

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Increase in vandalism

Aumenta el vandalismo

Aumenta el vandalismoS


Hoteliers ask for tourism promotion to focus on their sector of smaller hotels

Isla Mujeres: Without public transport

 It is not known why.
A couple of tourists waited for more than two hours for a bus, but neither of the Turican  buses passed by. On past occasions there has been a piece of paper posted reporting the reason for the suspension of service, which this reporter estimates has happened almost a half dozen times. (I recall two or three reported in the papers). There was no notice posted on this occasion, and a bus was observed parked in one of the neighborhoods of the island. The reporter did not locate any workers.

No resources to renovate the hurricane shelters
There are three shelters which are operational and will temporarily accommodate up to 300 people and they are located at the SUTSAIM city workers union, the Mexican Red Cross building, and the island Community Center. These sites are intended for the residents of the irregular colonia of Guadalupana, as well as those with fragile homes in El Cañotal, Miraflores, Salina Grande, Salina Chica and La Gloria. There is no intention to prepare more temporary shelters, as they generate overhead when they are unused, and people prefer to stay with their families.

Federal funds for sports  renovation in Isla Mujeres

Diario La Verdad
Diario La Verdad
Both of those stories were in continental Isla Mujeres, on the mainland.

 por esto

Minors: Thieves & troublemakers

Menores, ladrones y trastornados+] Ver mas
Por Esto lists the four youths by name and says they are 12, 13, 15, and 16 years old. The 13yo is named Karla, and the brothers are  12 & 15 years old. It says the golf cart they allegedly stole at the request of señora Carolis Ponce, 38, a relative, belonged to the architect Juan Alberto Tapia. Then they said they stole a cart from Ciro's rental agency and the third was stolen from Prism rental agency. The Prism cart was launched off the cliff, in imitation of one of the favorite characters in a video game. They even took photographs of the cart going over to show their achievement. They were turned over the the Ministerio Público,

Nautical sector puzzled
Desconcierto del sector náutico+] Ver mas
The boat tour operators are reporting demand for their services is at sixty percent, which is less that they expect. Previously they had been working at 100% and are puzzled that they are now at 60-70%. Their rates have been maintained at 350 pesos perperson, including food. Many people are returning to their hometowns. It is noted that during July and August they are serving many domestic tourists and there are groups arriving in buses.

Ferry Terminal  advances to 60%
Terminal marítima con avances del 60 por ciento. [+] Ver mas

Work on the new ferry terminal has advanced to more than 60 percent and they have begun dismantling the old  terminal. The shops have been closed during the transition, and tourists will not be inconvenienced. There will be a new area of arrival and departure ( ascenso y descenso ..literally ascent & descent) which will be operation next Monday. This project is being done by the SCT at a cost of a little over 30 million pesos. (Ministry of Transport & Communications)

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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

Upcoming Events
LOOK UP! Tonight & before dawn ... The annual Perseid Meteor Shower is supposed to peak in the wee hours of Sunday night/Monday morning!
The meteors are said to be most visible between midnight and dawn. The farther south you are, the later they are likely to be more visible. This is because the shower's radiant point (The point in the sky they appear to radiate from) needs to be above your horizon before you can see most of the meteors. The Perseus constellation ascends in the northeast around midnight & is highest in the sky before dawn. However it is hard to spot,  so look for the W shaped constellation Cassiopeia if you want to spot the radiant point. This is not necessary, tho, because the meteors will appear in all parts of the sky. Jupiter & Mars will rise in the eastern sky before dawn.

Don't miss the Perseids next month! They're one of the most reliable and visible meteor showers of the year.

More information on how to spot them:

Graphics  from
The bright object near tonight’s moon in the early evening sky – August 10, 2013 – is the planet Venus. Saturn is harder to spot.

The waxing crescent moon and brilliant Venus appear low in the west at evening dusk, August 10, 2013.

As dusk turns into darkness, look for the star Spica and planet Saturn higher up than the moon and Venus. The meteors will pick up in number after Saturn sets at late evening. (I think it sets later down in the Yucatan)

The morning planets before sunrise in mid-August 2013. Jupiter will be easy to see in the predawn and dawn sky. Mars and Mercury will pose more of a challenge.
Other Events
Aug 19  Mexico Summer Holiday season ends with the start of school
Aug 22  Dia de Bomberos..Firemen's Day.
Sept. 19   Next full moon 
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. 

Live Music Today-Sunday
The Joint: 1-4  Marco (Reggae) LINK
Casa de los Suenos 4-7 & Half Price Appetizers LINKLINK
Chuuk Kay:  3:30-6:30 Banda Sin Nombre  LINK
Fenix:  3-5 Asere que Bola! Free Chipachole LINK

Iguanas: Latin/Caribbean/Mx ~6p-8p  LINK   LINK
Brisas Grill: ?? ~dusk?   Cuban trio? LINK
Sunset Grill: Sunset vocal & keyboard  LINK

Bahia Tortuga:  7p Sol Rockers No John Cain Tonight (& probably no Ses Blues)   LINK

  Faynes 8-10  Raul Alexis  LINK
Comono/El Patio  8:30 - 11 pm - La Guera & Willys Blues LINK

Faynes 10:30-12  Banda Sin Nombre  LINK

Poc Na ? Link
Tres Mentiras ? LINK  
Cafe del mar ? LINK 
La Catrina ? 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
Not Tonight.

 On the internet in the past 24 hours...

No time for this today....

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  
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