Monday, September 2, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Monday, September 2 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 ....

Demand for tourism services falls 70% in Isla Mujeres

Caída del 70% en la demanda de servicios turísticos en la Isla

Domingo, 01 de Septiembre de 2013 23:45

Ya resienten la baja afluencia de visitantes

ISLA MUJERES, 1 de septiembre.- Demand has dropped sharply, by an estimated ~70%, for services of tourism providers such as hotels, restaurants, boaters, and merchants. The decline began on August 15 and the slowest season will continue through September and October. Mr Pablo Gonzalez explained that merchants who are prepared can hold out until the winter season, but those who are living paycheck to paycheck have to seek other employment options or just close their businesses. Some offer bargains to the few customers that come, but they have to redouble their efforts to convince the tourists to buy some souvenirs. 
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Long hours filming  “Hágase tu voluntad” in Islas Contoy & Holbox

Starring actors Itatí Cantoral & Damián Alcázar

Largas horas de grabación de “Hágase tu voluntad”, en Isla de Contoy y Holbox

Domingo, 01 de Septiembre de 2013 23:38

Encabezado por los actores Itatí Cantoral y Damián Alcázar

ISLA MUJERES, 1 de septiembre.-  A film crew is spending long hours filming with the whale sharks near Islas Contoy and Holbox for the movie “Hágase tu voluntad” starring Itatí Cantoral and Damián Alcázar, who are staying at an exclusive hotel in Isla Mujeres, and their presence has been confirmed by the staff of the Tourism Promotion Trust. Yesterday during the early hours the actors were having scenes with the largest fish in the world.  The reporter heard that the filming will officially begin in March, but they are doing these scenes while the whale sharks are visiting en masse, and that Ms Cantoral is playing a woman suffering from cancer. The reporter wrote this example will certainly help many women who suffer from this problem, and  the film will also show the beauty of the Mexican Caribbean, and as part of it; Isla Mujeres.  Leer más...
Accident between the city bus and the dump truck  “El Resbalón”: No Injuries, fortunately

Autobús urbano contra volquete de “El Resbalón”

Domingo, 01 de Septiembre de 2013 23:37

Sin lesionados, por fortuna

ISLA MUJERES 1 de septiembre.- No one was injured on Saturday when  the city bus, owned by “Turicún”, collided with the back of a dump truck owned by the construction materials company “El Resbalón”. The accident occurred in La Gloria on Isla Contoy Avenue (On facebook it was reported to be near the la Gloria Super Express grocery store.). T.he police and Red Cross paramedics reviewed the passengers to assure no one was harmed. The damage will interrupt service and inconvenience dozens of people, including students, since this is the only Turicun bus in operation. Witnesses placed the responsibility on the 23 year old bus driver,  Miguel Angel Arceo Acosta, saying he did not keep his distance from the truck, driven by 32 year old  Jorge Manuel Cruz Gutiérrez. Officers said the bus  driver did not have his driver's documents, so the bus was taken to the impound yard until both drivers come to the relevant agreements. 
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 Tvisla Mujeres

More that 500 travel agents confirmed their attendance at Dolphin Discovery
Más de 500 agentes de viajes confirman su asistencia a Dolphin Discovery

This Sunday over 500 Mexican travel agents will will visit Isla Mujeres as  participants in the "Magnifam 2013" event, which promotes the airline Magnicharters, with the objective of promoting the sale of tourist packages in Cancun, the Riviera Maya, and Isla Mujeres. This gives an opportunity for these promoters of national tourism to become familiar with the tours, lodging, and attractions available in this area. Dolphin Discovery Public Relations Manager Israel Urbina said this is the seventh year they have participated, and the agents will visit the facility in Isla Mujeres as part of their tour of northern Quintana Roo. Travel agents are coming from Mexico City, Monterrey, and Guadalajara, and the PR manager noted this will not only benefit the company, but the entire state of Quintana Roo as well.

Noticias de  Quequi......

  Reduced tourism during hurricane season

  • Dejan destino ante amenaza de huracanes


    Dejan destino ante amenaza de huracanes

    0 01 de septiembre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.- The head of the Chamber of Commerce said the slowest months are September, October, November, and December, until improvements begin on December 26th. He said this slow season occurs annually due to hurricane activity in the area, noting that the two most devastating hurricanes occured in September ("Gilbert", 1988) and October ("Wilma", 2005). While little can be done about the presence of these natural phenomena, some entrepreneurs continue to promote their businesses and to expect better things in December. Others take voluntary 'vacations' to avoid lay offs.
  • Llegó la ayuda a La Gloria


    Llegó la ayuda a La Gloria

    0 31 de agosto de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca.-  “Reciclando Basura por Alimentos”. Already translated.


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

CDH office moved

Cambian ubicación de la CDH al centro

Cambian ubicación de la CDH al centro The offices of the Human Rights Commission are now located in Amplificacion la Gloria, after moving from downtown. They are on Martinez Ross Avenue, lot #9, near avenue Alvaro Burgos, and are open from 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, and on the weekend they can be reached by phone. There have been 22 complaints this year, between the Public Ministry, Municipal Police, Judicial Police, and General Hospital. Of these, 15 are in progress and seven have been concluded. Mauricio Roger Barbosa, who is in charge of the office, said he thinks this location will give better access to islanders because it is located in the colonias, where people reside and can visit more easily.
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Flag sellers arrive in Isla Mujeres for the month of patriotism

Arriban vendedores de banderas a la isla por mes patrio


 Resumed issuing drivers licenses today, after two weeks of suspension

Due to a lack of special ink to make the paper prints of the licenses, they have been unable to process drivers license applicants. This is not the first time this has occurred, and this year there have been at least a dozen times when they stopped issuing drivers licenses, according to this report.The police chief announced on Friday that they are now issuing the documents, after two weeks of being unable to do so, due to a lack of special ink for the printer. Meanwhile they have not been sanctioning those driving without a license.
 Preparing program of "September: Month of wills"


Diario La Verdad
Diario La Verdad 
Thieves leave the public market in Isla Mujeres without water
  • Ladrones dejan sin agua a mercado público de Isla Mujeres

    Accident between scooter and golf cart causes injury
  • Deja un lesionado choque entre moto y carrito de golf en Isla Mujeres


    Decreased numbers of tourists arriving in Isla Mujeres
  • Cae afluencia de turistas en Isla Mujeres

 por esto

Little activity at the beaches on Sunday
Domingo de poca actividad en las playas+] Ver mas

Drastic drop in souvenir sales
Drástica caída en la venta de artesanías+] Ver mas

Lack of caution causes dramatic accident
Aparatoso accidente por falta de precaución Ver mas
(I was not familiar with "aparatoso", which means 'spectacular' or 'dramatic'. In this headline, it is an example of Por Esto's fondness for adjectives that are 'aparatoso'...and PE's occasional tendency toward hyperbole.) Por Esto reports the accident occurred around 8am 'yesterday', noting the truck was #662 and lacked a license plate. Otherwise all the information is the same as given above.

Filming scenes for the movie “Hágase tu voluntad”
Filman secuencias de la película “Hágase tu voluntad”] Ver mas
(no photo)
 They are beginning early in the morning and are aboard the small boat "Cucaracha". The actors are staying at an upscale hotel in Isla Mujeres. The star actor has been seen around the island, but the actress is working very hard because she also is assisting with directing the film.

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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

September/septiembre In Isla Mujeres
September is the "Mes Patrio" because Independence Day is the 16th. There are carts & individuals selling flags & other red, white, and green items.

 Locally, septiembre is wryly nicknamed "septihambre" ("septy EM bray"  vs  "septy AHM bray"), because hambre means hunger & this is a tough month economically.


Sept 5:  Thursday 4p-7p  Art Fair On The Square

Sept. 7: Saturday 8:30am: Procession To Isla Contoy of Virgin of Caridad de Cobre. Meet at Church on Town Square at 8am. Return to Isla Mujeres ~3pm

Sept 7: International Beach Clean Up Day

Sept 14-16  Holiday Weekend: Mexican Independence Day begins with the Grito on Town Square Sunday at midnight 

Sept. 30 Change of Municipal Government

Critter events...
It is currently the season for swimming with the whale sharks, and turtles are nesting on the eastern beaches in the wee hours. There are Tortugranja personnelmonitoring 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 blue and red crabs migrate to & from the sea during the full moons, watch out for them at night on the coastal road at the southeastern part of the isle & in Sac Bajo 
  Lobster season began July 1 and continues until the end of February. 

Live Music Tonight
 Casa de los Suenos   LINKwebsite  LINKfb 4-7 Banda Sin Nombre
Sunset Grill  Playa Norte   LINK   Dusk    Vocalist & Keyboard

Cafe del Mar  8-10 Jesus Campuzano    LINK   LINK
 El Patio/ComoNo (rooftop) LINK  8:30 - 11 - La Guera & Willys Blues
 Fayne's:   LINK    8:00-10:00-Raul Alexis
 Ocean Blues & Sassy Jazz LINK- 8 - 10  


  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
 Thursday-Sunset Grill 7-9

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

Jesus Campuzano added a new photo.

 On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Opening of Restaurante Green Verde Sept. 1: You can check out their menu HERE on my blog or on their facebook page HERE 
Normally, their hours will be Wed-Sun 4p-10p
Live Music scheduled for tomorrow!
by Lynda L. Lock:  Practice "Opening Night" at Verde/Green a new and tasty restaurante next door to place that sells sacks of concrete and cement blocks - Constructorama(?) Good food. Great staff. Give it a try.
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Intellicast: Now in Cancun area!! Thanks to David Daniel for this link: Check it out...

Cancún, Quintana Roo 02 Sep 2013, 9:55 AM

Broken Clouds
Feels Like
  • Humidity: 74%
  • Wind Speed: 13mph
  • Wind Direction: 170°
  • Dew Point: 75°
  • Visibility: 7mi
Today: A mix of clouds and sun with a slight chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. High 84F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. Low 73F. Winds light and variable.

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An example of some historic data..
Monthly Averages & Records -  °F | °C
Date Average
January 67° 81° NA (N/A) NA (N/A) NA NA
February 68° 82° NA (N/A) NA (N/A) NA NA
March 71° 84° NA (N/A) NA (N/A) NA NA
April 73° 85° NA (N/A) NA (N/A) NA NA
May 77° 88° NA (N/A) NA (N/A) NA NA
June 78° 89° NA (N/A) NA (N/A) NA NA
July 78° 90° NA (N/A) NA (N/A) NA NA
August 77° 90° NA (N/A) NA (N/A) NA NA
September 76° 89° NA (N/A) NA (N/A) NA NA
October 74° 87° NA (N/A) NA (N/A) NA NA
November 72° 84° NA (N/A) NA (N/A) NA NA
December 69° 82°

Happy Labor Day to all our American & Canadian amigos! Everyone else, have a great day!
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Jim Carlos Jeanne Katchya Rob and Svenja with turtles, angles, and eelsMusa Manchones Sept 1 2013 (31 photos)
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Squaloadventures Isla Mujeres added a new photo.

Next weekend the annual boat procession will take hundreds of Islanders to Isla Contoy, with the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre, who is considered protective of seamen. The original icon is in Cuba, and that is where this one was sculpted.

The 'main' Virgin icon in Isla Mujeres is in the Immaculate Concepcion Church on the town square. Here is some information about some of the other Virgins that are celebrated here, from a previous blog post.

Other Virgins of Isla Mujeres
 By Went Coastal
Virgin of El Farito

The Virgin of el Farito (The little lighthouse, which is in the bay 1500 meters offshore, on the little isle called La Carbonera, pictured below. The Virgin is underwater) She was originally placed there in 1966, donated by Pablo Bush Romero and is the Virgen del Carmen. There was an annual boat procession with fishermen offering flowers and coins  in hopes of  good health,  a good, productive  year, and a better life reports Isla Mujeres Hoy and historian Fidel Villanueva. She was stolen and replaced in 1994. This is a popular tourist attraction for divers and snorkelers. When the boat tours cannot leave the bay because of weather, they often can continue to offer tours to El Farito.  Photo Dive Isla Mujeres.
 Virgin of Caridad de Cobre

This is the Virgin of Charity/Caridad of Cobre (a town in Cuba). She was made in Cuba and is the patron saint of the fishermen. Each year around ~September 10th she is taken to Isla Contoy in a boat processional that can include over 100 boats. This year there were larger boats available for the tourists and residents also. She returns quietly to Isla Mujeres in March after the conclusion of the lobster season.

"Virgen de Fátima"

The Virgin of  Fátima is the patron of Rancho Viejo who have had celebrations to her for over 40 years that include traditional Mayan dishes such as Relleno Molenegro, escabeche, and the beverage balche, shared by the community.
Virgin of Guadalupe
This is the chapel/capella Guadulpana in Salina Chica where the main festival to the Virgin of Guadalupe takes place annually on the 12th of December. The chapel is across the street from Mango Cafe. There are shrines honoring this most popular Virgin in Mexico on many houses around the isle which are decorated for this holiday. There is also a celebration at her shrine at the taxi stand.  Photo by Erick Wand for Google Earth.

below:  Virgin or Caridad del Cobre in Isla Mujeres  by Lupita Avalosposted to in Recuerdos de isla mujeres!Llega de la virgen caridad dl cobre a isla mujeres hace unos cuantos años — with Fidel Villanueva Madrid and 2 others.

David Daniel
Our Sunday brunch view. Oh, just went for a swim in the lovely blue Caribbean for an appetizer. Yep, life is good. — with Diane White Daniel at Avalon Reef Club Isla Mujeres.
(And in Isla Mujeres!) 
Endangered sea turtles are nesting in record numbers along the southeast Atlantic Coast this summer, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Friday, although they still face environmental threats from ocean pollution and a possible rise in sea levels.

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  
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