Saturday, August 10, 2013

Saturday, Aug. 10 In Isla Mujeres Daily News The Afternoon Edition

 The Neighbours are allowing us to use their WIFI & it goes in & out, so the pictures requiring downloading from DQR & Por Esto are not shown, but you can view them at their sites. If you click on the link of the name of the newspaper, you can see that paper's photos all at once. A BIG THANK YOU to The Neighbours, whose blog is HERE.

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



  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.The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines &  newspaper photos. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.


Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Rain continuing for 48 hours

A tropical wave, as well as a low pressure system, is located from the central region of Cuba to the northeast of Panama

Continuarían lluvias por 48 horas

Viernes, 09 de Agosto de 2013 22:26

Además del sistema de baja presión, también existe una onda tropical que se localiza, desde la región central de Cuba hasta el Noreste de Panamá

ISLA MUJERES, 9 de agosto.
-It is sunny with blue skies & scattered clouds this morn & a nice breeze off the ocean with a few whitecaps. The whale shark fleet headed out. Night before last, the wind switched & came from the north, which was refreshing, & we got some rain yesterday morning, which made the afternoon a lil steamy. When the breeze picked up yesterday evening, it was appreciated. At noon, there's thunder & rain approaching. Sunny again at 3p as I sign off ~wc
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 Kids summer program Baaxlo’ob Paalalo’ob  concludes

Favorable results obtained in the recreation of the children, through games and field trips

Concluye el programa Baaxlo’ob Paalalo’ob

Viernes, 09 de Agosto de 2013 22:16

Se obtienen resultados favorables en la recreación de los infantes,a través de juegos y visitas guiadas

ISLA MUJERES, 09 de agosto.- Their activities included visiting the El Meco ruin with the municipal historian, as well as trips to Garrafon park, Dolphin Discovery, The Tortugranja Turtle Farm, Punta Sur, Capt. Dulche Museum, the Naval base, and Aguakan. An afternoon and evening of activities were planned for the concluding day of camp, Saturday. (yesterday).
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Delivery of 5000 brochures for hurricane season

Entregarán 5 mil trípticos ante inicio de la etapa crítica de época ciclónica

Viernes, 09 de Agosto de 2013 22:16

ISLA MUJERES, 9 de agosto.- The leaflets will be delivered to the residents and contain information about what to do before, during, and after a hurricane. Islanders have a strong tradition of familiarity with these weather events. The article notes that the hurricane shelter near the Garrafon park requires maintenance, and the financial resources are not available, but there are three hurricane shelters available.  They are considered temporary shelters, because families usually stay with their relatives and friends after a hurricane. The director of Civil Protection said they can count on the facilities of the SUTSAIM union where if help from the Red Cross is needed, they are a few meters apart.And with the primary school "Julio Sauri" and the Community Center, residents can count on bathrooms, kitchen facilities, and other services in these shelters which can contain up to 300 people.
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 Tvisla Mujeres

Progress on the Ferry Terminal
Avanza obra en la terminal marítima de ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬
The Port Authority began dismantling the old terminal, and the new one is over 25 % complete. The shops in the terminal will be closed as of August 10, because demolition is beginning on the old building. Yesterday they began dismantling an area providing shade and a small snack bar. The activities will not disturb the flow of tourists. This is a federally funded project through the SCT (Ministry of Communications & Transport) at a cost slightly over 30 million pesos.
125 new students at the high school
Arranca Bachilleres nuevo ciclo escolar con 125 alumnos de nuevo ingreso
TVIM photos of Golf cart 'rescue'  LINK 

Noticias de El Quintanarroense 
by Ovidio Lopez

Laws ignored
Ignoran reglamento
Federal funds to remodel Mundaca
Gestionan recurso federal para remodelar Mundaca

The Mayor went to Mexico City to meet with the National Council for Culture and Arts(CONACULTA), seeking 15 million pesos for the restoration of the hacienda built (almost) two centuries ago by the pirate Fermín Antonio Mundaca de Marecheaga. During the Mayor's visit he obtained 3.5 million pesos for rehabilitation of the fast soccer field (Futbol rapido), and a basketball court and its dome from the National Sports Commission. The article includes information about Mundaca, whose history is available online in English in a variety of places. (If our WIFI was better, I'd give ya a link or two.)

Noticias de  Quequi......


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Expecting rain all weekend

Esperan lluvias todo el fin de semana

Esperan lluvias todo el fin de semanaThere is a forecast for partly cloudy weather with scattered showers, that will be light to moderate. There is a low pressure system in the area, as well as a tropical wave.
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Tourism activity is growing


. The scattered showers yesterday morning did not stop tourists from flocking to Isla Mujeres,.  with businesses reporting that sales increased nearly 60%. Hotel occupancy was at 50%.
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Summer classes given in "The Deer" park

Dan cursos de verano en parque 'El Venado'

C There are ~70 children between the ages of 3 and 15 attending this summer camp that is offered Monday thru Friday from 9am to noon by the Presbyterian church.
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Excessive charges for electric service


 Resident  Víctor Martínez López, called the reporter to complain  that his electric bill had increased by 200 percent from 126 pesos to 346 pesos. He thinks this is incorrect because his house  has a refrigerator and a TV, and they have not acquired any new appliances. He says he works as a gardener at a hotel and his salary is not enough to pay for this & he considers it an abuse by the Electric Commission. (Electric bills are for two months.  His increased from about ten dollars to about $29.)
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Reporting good hotel occupancy

Reportan buena ocupación hotelera

The HIM (Hotels of Isla Mujeres) association reports an occupancy of 50%, while others report nearly 59%, yielding an overall rate of 56%.  It is noted that there is a high level of "repetitive"  tourists who return year after year.
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Whale sharks: Tourism gold mine

El tiburón ballena mina de oro de turisteros


Installation of security cameras considered in Isla Mujeres

Given the rash of thefts reported on the island, the commercial sector is convinced this method is required

Consideran instalar cámaras de seguridad en Isla Mujeres

Ante la ola de robos que se registra en la ínsula, el sector comercial asegura que este método es necesario.

Proponen que se instalen en puntos estratégicos a lo largo y ancho de la isla. (Lanrry Parra/SIPSE)
Proposed to be installed at strategic points around the island.
Members of the business community submitted a petition to the city concerning the installation of security cameras at strategic points, which they believe would inhibit thieves, as well as help to solve crimes. Rene Contreras Gómez, who owns a golf cart rental agency, supports the petition, noting they were recently burgled. Manuel Castro, who owns several souvenir stores, agreed with idea, commenting there has been an increase in thefts at homes as well, mainly in the area of Punta Sur. The Mayor welcomed the proposal and discussed the idea, but said due the lack of money and time constraints, he said this is unlikely to occur under his  administration. The Mayor mentioned the high cost of this type of equipment, noting the next administration would need to analyze the proposal and create a budget. The business responded that they do not want to carpet this isle with cameras, they just want them in a few strategic locations, so that in the case like the theft of the golf cart that was pushed over the cliff,  it would be known who was driving it.

Diario La Verdad
Diario La Verdad

 por esto

Vacaciones veraniegas, poco beneficio+] Ver mas
Little benefit from summer vacationers
Juan Carrillo Figueroa, the president of the Chamber of Commerce (CANACO) says the number of tourists has begun to increase with the arrival of foreign tourists, and he estimated that hotel occupancy is at about 70%.  He said the sports fishermen who arrive with their own boats have helped the season. He noted that many come from North Carolina and Texas, as well as some from Chile and Argentina. He expects occupancy to remain stable and to increase to 80% by the end of the month. He said there are many Mexican tourists who stay in Cancun hotels and visit on the weekends, with less economic benefit to the island.  He said domestic tourists prefer to stay where there are shopping centers, clubs, theaters, and other services not offered in Isla Mujeres. He said the best season for the municipality is in December. He said Isla Mujeres is known as a place where people go to enjoy the beach, and this has been one of the strongest seasons we have had, but without a doubt it will be busier in December. 

Hallan carrito de golf a la orilla del mar[+] Ver mas
Golf cart shoved to sea's edge
The cart was found by municipal police yesterday morning at the bottom of a cliff by the Caribbean sea, after presumably being shoved off the cliff by vandals in the early morning. It is a cart of the Prism rental agency (#22, plates 70-22 TRN) which was claimed by owner Rene Contreras. It was allegedly stolen by three people, after being parked in the lot of Villa Rolandis in Sac Bajo for a few hours. Luckily it was not submerged and  residents helped the police rescue the unit. Nothing appeared to have been removed from the cart, but it was damaged, and a complaint was filed. The Judicial Police are investigating.

Concluye con éxito el curso de verano 2013[+] Ver mas
Summer course 2013 concludes successfully
Baaxlo’ob Paalalo’ob translates as "Juego de Niños" which mean's Children's games, or Child's Play.
In addition to the locations they visited that were listed above, they also went to Cancun to the aquarium and the planetararium
Sombrilla o sombrero preferibles [+] Ver mas
Hat or parasol are preferable (Sombra=shade)

Citizens are advised to take appropriate preventative measures and avoid drastic temperature changes, by the head of Civil Protection, who notes that scattered showers are expected this weekend, with partly cloudy weather. He advised people to avoid exposure to the sun, especially shortly after noon when its rays are strongest.

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Upcoming Events:


Saturday evenings, Carlos grills up tasty ribs, steaks, burgers, & arranchera. From their menu, I am very fond of their shrimp with smoky peppers & the Paraiso salad with chicken, and their mousse is wonderfully decadent. I usually enjoy a couple ribs when Bruce orders them on Saturday nights, and his current favorite off the menu seems to be the arranchera quesadillas.  The Neighbours tried those yesterday & said they were excellent!  
    We usually have the paella a couple times a month & often invite folks along to try it or recommend it to guests. (Generous serving for 2 w bucket of 5 beers for $250). You'll find the Iguana's menu at the Restaurant blog HERE

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 nesting on the eastern beaches. The nesting happens in the wee hours, and there are Tortugranja personnel 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, especially during the full moons, so please watch out for them at night on the coastal road at the southeastern part of the isle. The blue crabs will be migrating with full moons in Sept. & look for them the week of Sept. 19th. 
  Lobster season began July 1 and continues until the end of February.

Photo of two dolphins by Bruce, taken the other day from MVC balcony

Photo: It's hard to get a good shot of the dolphins, but this one turned out okay.

Saturday's Live Music:

3-5   Frequencia Tropikal Total: Cumbia Reggae LINK
Chuuk Kay:  3:30-6:30 Banda Sin Nombre  LINK
Casa de los Suenos:  4-7 w 1/2 price appetizers  LINK LINK
Iguanas: 7-9  Tropical Groove*  changed their name to Frequencia Tropikal Total w BBQ ribs, steaks,etc   LINK   LINK   
Brisas Grill: ~7p   Cuban trio  LINK
Sunset Grill: Sunset Keyboard & vocals  LINK

Fenix: 8-10  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 DJ Mandrake   LINK
Faynes 10:30-12  Banda Sin Nombre  LINK
La Terraza 10p-close Salsa & Latin  LINK

Poc Na  Kapanga continues  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...

Ronda Winn Roberts
I sold the Bugi! It moved up the street where they've already begun cleaning it up and working on it.
09 augost 2013 (20 photos)
  • Seeking Glucose meters & strips....and medical supplies for Red Cross
Karen Rosenberg  We are needing Diabetes meters and strips for our annual Diabetes Clinic which will be held at the Red Cross this year the week of October 20. Kathy Ennis is helping to coordinate, along Loups Tuz from the bead coop who has helped us for years. Last year, we ran out of meters and strips to give out....the need is so great on Isla. I am contacting all kinds of health clinics, hospitals, etc here in Cleveland but it's getting harder to procure donated meters and especially strips. Do any of you sisters have contacts that you could connect with for strips (even recently or almost expired). We prefer Contour meters and Contour strips, as that is what we have been distributing, but will take any donations as long as there are strips with the meters. If any of you are feeling generous, you can also buy a box of 100 Contour strips on amazon for $36 or 50 strips for $19. If you are coming down, you can drop them off with Kathy Ennis or if you are in the states, mail them to me. PM me for my address. Feel free to respond with any questions! I'm attaching the proposal I wrote for this project.
Proposal Requesting Diabetes Supplies for Isla Mujeres, 2013 (1).doc
Kathy Ennis  There is a form available through my contact at Cruz Roja and if we provide him with the information of what is being brought down he will fill out this form for you. It is an official donation form that customs will accept. So anyone bringing down a quantity of supplies or glucometers, let me know. I will forward this on to my contact and we will have trouble free customs entry!!

 Wanna Sponsor a Student learning English?

Maestra Christy Dix is offering classes in English at a great price....if you know any one interested please let them know....their are opportunities to sponsor people for these classes as well, just contact Christy  From Christy......Good morning! I am offering an English class today 3-4pm in colonia Cañotal at la Iglesia de Jesus Cristo. The cost is 50 pesos per student. Please contact me for more info. 998-136-1497 I am hoping to offer this class later in the afternoon starting next week (once I have childcare figured out). Thanks!
Daily Update: This beautiful mom and her pups were at the big new dump in Rancho Viejo. Rancho Viejo is on the mainland but it’s part of Isla Mujeres. It’s a very poor area and we did a lot of work there a few years ago. This is also a perfect example of people taking care of their dog but not really knowing what’s available or necessary. They had built a protected area for this mom to take care of her pups and put up a partition so the pups couldn’t wander off. The mom was thin not skinny and other wise looked good. All the workers at the dump had adopted the pups and marked each one with a different colored string. But this is where the story needs help. One of the strings was too tight and we had to cut it off a pup and suggest that the people keep checking them. The mom and all the pups needed to be spayed/neutered or they would have an inbred population explosion and they have no idea about this or how to make it happen. Vaccines, vitamins, tick and flea protection, ear and eye care are not part of their vocabulary so in essence, this mom and her pups will have to make it entirely on their own, without any human help. We will go back and see if we can spay the mom but my guess is the pups will be spread around by now. Ha Ha -- BUT I’ve seen them now so I’ll have to do any and everything I can. I have to stop driving around. Not really. No new monthly pledges lately, but I’m a patient person and thank you to Caroline for your donation.

Wedding preparations at MVC's back yard a couple weeks ago, and the civil ceremony ...

Legally Wed! Signed & fingerprinted.

At the Guadalupe Chapel...
On the roof at MVC B&B

Dancing on the patio

Pamela Haase

There is a Michelada stand in front of the beer store in Salina Chica that is VERY popular!
Gabriel Cauich Monsrealposted toMerca Isla  Michelada de mango en cervefrio fico

Prices include beer:  Tamarindo 25, mango , nance y piña a 35 la de pitaya 40, incluye la cerveza

A pitaya: (Post from my blog on food in Isla at top of this page):

Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit

 Food In Isla Mujeres


Pitaya (English), Pitahaya (Spanish), Wob (Maya),chac wob” (pitahaya roja),  Hylocereus undatus, Cactaceae Family. "Dragon Fruit
     Pitaya vines grow in the tropics worldwide and are native to Mexico. It grows wild across the peninsula, but not in coastal areas. It is cultivated mostly in gardens, and has commercial potential as an agricultural crop. Agricultural production has been very successful, but there have been problems with marketing.
The cactus flowers at night in June and the aromatic colorful fruits are harvested until October.
      They have a meaty skin and a delicate translucent creamy flesh full of small edible seeds, similar to those found in a kiwi. It is eaten raw, is mildly sweet, and naturally low in calories. Its juice is used to make popular drinks  and it is served in fruit salads.. Its juice is used to make tasty ices and popsicles .(nieves and paletas). Fruit drinks that in English are 'ades' (mixtures of juice, water, and usually a sweetener) are called aguas or aguas frescas in Spanish.
There are two other varieties grown in the Yucatan. One is similar in size and taste, but plain yellow in appearance. The wild version is called pitahaya romaine ("xiquín" in Mayan), is more variable in size, and usually is not available commercially. 

Nance: photos below by -

Here's some photos from Today's Specials at the Restaurant the Specials Tab at the top of this page to find out where they are found....




  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  
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