Sunday, October 20, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Sunday, October 20 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 ....

Mothers invited to join the program "Life Insurance for Heads of Families"

Total apoyo a mamás

Sábado, 19 de Octubre de 2013 23:38

Invitan a ingresar a programa “Seguro de Vida Para Jefas de Familia”

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de octubre.-.
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 Women who are single heads of households are encourage to submit applications for this National Insurance program designed to provide life insurance for Mexican women between the ages of 12 and 68, with at least one child up to 23 years of age who is studying. The income requirements are to make less that 2115 pesos a month in urban areas, or less than 1330 if they live in rural areas. There is information about where they can register and what documentation to bring. 

Sea Turtle Conservation Program ends with record breaking number of eggs collected

Concluye con récord de colecta de huevos

Sábado, 19 de Octubre de 2013 23:36

Programa de Conservación de Tortuga

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de octubre.- 
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 The DIF is planning a 'massive' release on Monday, with inclusion of people with special needs, and school children from Cancun. Stats are ~twice last year, with 165,351 eggs collected of which 157,773 are Greens, 1738 are Loggerheads, and 840 are Hawksbills. They were collected from 1425 nests, and 92,377 hatchlings have been released. It says that involvement of children & Cancunenses raises awareness about turtle conservation, and encourages families and their friends to visit Isla Mujeres.
 .It doesn't give a time. Recently they have started at 5p and occurred at 5:30p. It didn't say which beach but my GUESS is that Media Luna is more likely that Guadalupana since they are involving disabled people and families from Cancun. Look for the tapes they put up ahead of time

Low occupancy statistics hurt hoteliers

Hoteleros sufren los estragos

Sábado, 19 de Octubre de 2013 23:32

Por bajas cifras de ocupación

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de octubre.-
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The current low occupancy rates are expected to continue through October and into mid-November. Occupancy for some of the small hotels of one to three stars has averaged as low as 10 percent. Hotel Carmelina with 29 rooms had two occupied on Friday, and hotel Caracol with 18 rooms also only had two rooms occupied. At Francis Arlene. which is a three star hotel, the owner said during summer vacation their occupancy rate was less than 20 percent, and in October, there have been days when they had no clients. There are also low occupancy rates at Las Palmas, Osorio, and San Jorge. However hostel Poc Na has reported 40 percent occupancy and the Tourism Director reported that the demand in general for hotel rooms is 40 percent. There are hoteliers who disagree with this figure, and everyone hopes that the holiday season will bring occupancy rates of 80 percent. The positive side of this is that people can now enjoy the peaceful atmosphere that Isla Mujeres offers, as well as significant discounts. 

Garbage collection efforts hampered by broken vehicles in need of maintenance

Insuficiente parque vehícular

Sábado, 19 de Octubre de 2013 22:59

Para cumplir con trabajos de recolección de basura

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de octubre.-
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There are insufficient vehicles to efficiently carry out trash collection in Isla Mujeres, with at least four of the units out of order.  The problems include a lack of tires or parts that are not really that expensive, but were not replaced during the previous administration. During the remainder of this month they are expected to be put into operation, and collection service should improve.

 Benefits to Colonia La Gloria:  21 Tonnes of recyclable trash collected

Llevan beneficios a colonia La Gloria


Recolectan 21 ton de reciclables

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de octubre.-
Gov. Borge's program of Recycling Trash for Food returned to Isla Mujeres in Colonia la Gloria where 339 families exchanged 21 tons of recyclable trash for basic food products. Free haircuts and medical care were also offered. 

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

  Merchants dislike competition from mobile vendors

  • Piden meter en cintura a los ambulantes


    Piden meter en cintura a los ambulantes

    0 19 de octubre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca- The mobile vendors pay 500 pesos monthly, while the merchants have much higher fees, taxes and costs, and some are complaining that this is unfair, and would like the City to intervene.
  • Aumento de IVA deja fuera a la ínsula


    Aumento de IVA deja fuera a la ínsula

    0 19 de octubre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.- The IVA or Value Added Tax increase was passed by the Congress last week and will take effect in January, when it will rise to 16 percent nationwide. This will increase the costs of supplies, which may cause other prices to increase. Increasing fuel prices have caused the ferries to increase their rates for cargo, and trash pickup costs have increased as much as three times since last year, and all these increases are expected to  "choke" the economy of the island, said the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Juan Carillo Figueroa.(Value Added Tax explained at LINK)


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Remembering Ramon Bravo

Ramón Bravo: a su memoria…

Ramón Bravo: a su memoria…
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 Ramón Bravo Prieto  was born on October 21, 1925  in Piedras Negras Coahuila, and died in Isla Mujeres fifteen years ago on February 21. I may have already translated this information about him last year, but I don't have time to check right now. It is a long article about his life and accomplishments.                       

Funeral for don Tomas Rios, "El Zorro"

Despiden a Don Tomás Ríos 'El Zorro'

Despiden a  Don Tomás  Ríos 'El Zorro'
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One of the favorite sons of Isla Mujeres was laid to rest, leaving behind a legacy of several generations of family and friends who respected and loved him, and are mourning his passing. It seemed that the sky was crying at his departure as well, and hundreds of people gathered to wish him farewell and accompany him from the Church to his final resting place.  He was involved in organizing sports teams and Carnaval events, and will be missed by many of the young professionals. He was an exemplary family man and a well-loved, respected member of the community. May he rest in peace.  


21 Tonnes of trash exchanged for food

Intercambian 21 toneladas de basura por alimentos

Intercambian 21 toneladas de basura por alimentos




Diario La Verdad
Diario La VerdadIslanders participate in the program: Recyclable Trash for Food

 por esto

Decreased demand for seafood
En picada la demanda de escama[+] Ver mas
Demand is decreased for seafood because there are fewer tourists arriving and those that come on large tours include lunch service. The president "Por Justicia Social", said many of the 90 members of the fishing cooperative have been forced to stop fishing and take up other jobs such as masonry or plumbing for income while waiting for tourism and lobster fishing to improve.

Souvenir sellers must haggle
Artesanos tienen que regatear precios[+] Ver mas

It has been a little over a month since ferry cargo rates increased, but this has not been reflected in an increase in prices of items for sale by artisans of Isla Mujeres. The increases have mostly been felt in the costs of basic food staples and necessary household items (Such staples are called the canasta básica).  At this time of year, many sellers feel a need to lower costs and offer promotions to obtain sales in what some consider to be the slowest month of the year.

New program to help mothers of families
Nuevo programa de apoyo a madres de familia[+] Ver mas

Downtown drain covers in poor shape
En pésimo estado alcantarillas en el Centro[+] Ver mas

Some of the storm drains that are damaged are less than three years old, and those that are in poor condition contribute to problems during heavy rains. There are drains in need of repair downtown and in colonia Salina Chica, despite the efforts of the City of Isla Mujeres and of Aguakan. (I think part of the problem is caused by parked vehicles on the opposite side of the street requiring heavy trucks to drive onto the grates.)

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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

October Events 

.In October there are occasional releases of baby turtles that were incubated at the Tortugranja, at dusk on the eastern beaches of Media Luna or Guadalupana. (Last year the last public release was Oct. 7). The Blue Crabs migrate with the full moons, and there are usually organized groups to help them safely across the roads. Watch out for them in Sac Bajo and along the southeastern part of the island. The American holiday of Halloween is observed by the expats & a few candy loving kids, while the whole community observes Day of the Dead on November 1st & 2nd. Special foods are available in the weeks before, and Hanal Pixan altars appear in mid or late October. The Orianid meteor shower due on the 18th & 19th will be affected by light from the  full moon.

October is Breast Cancer Month. There are benefits and events by Siempre por Vida.
Oct 1-  Día de Arquitectos  Architects Day
Oct 2- International Day of Beach & Coastal Clean Up
Oct 4-  World Animal Day
Oct 8- 39th Anniversary of Quintana Roo of becoming a Free and Sovereign State
Cancelled due to weatherTuesday, Oct  8  Dusk  Media Luna Beach Turtle Release 
Oct. 8- World Octopus Day
Oct 9-  Dia de Pescadors   Fishermens Day
Oct. 10 International Mental Health Day
Oct 11 ~5:00p / dusk  Rescheduled Turtle Release at Media Luna Beach 
Oct 12- Día de la Raza 
 Oct. 12  11:30pm My Space Disco  Benefit for Breast Cancer: Pink Divas Night 
 Oct 13 Canadian Thanksgiving
Oct 15 Turtle Release  
 Oct. 17  Naval Wives Breakfast at Naval Club, benefits Naval Hospital
Thursday, Oct. 17  4p-7p  Artist Fair at Town Square

Isla Mujeres Artist Fair Thursday, October 17, 4pm-7pm in the square-Hope to see you there for great art, food, and drinks! xo
poster by Sally Margolis
Oct 18  6:13p Full Moon Rise over Caribbean /  Sunset ~6:20p
 Oct 18 & 19 Orianid Meteor shower (probably not very visible due to the bright moon light)

Oct 19- World Food Day Dia Mundial de la Alimentacion 
Oct 19- Pink Breakfast Benefit for Breast Cancer Due Torri Restaurante

Oct 19- 5p March Against Breast Cancer starts at Posada Beach/Monument to the Fisherman & ends at the Truguena monument at the east Malecon. Participants are asked to wear something pink and carry signs supporting the cause & in support of the people with this disease.
Oct 19  Full moon rise 6:57
 The Blue crabs are out migrating at night this month, due to the full moon...Don't Smash Them!! Slow down in Sac Bajo and at the south-east end. (The graphic I found is from when they were on the streets due to rain)

 Oct 20-29 Hanal Pixan Altar Contest
Oct 20  Moon Rise 7:42p
Oct 21 Moon Rise 8:28p
Oct 21 Ramon Bravo's Birthday
Oct 21-22  Anniversary of Hurricane Wilma when Isla Mujeres broke the Northern Hemisphere's and Western Hemisphere's 24-hour rainfall record with 64 inches in 2005.  Dia del Medico, United Nations Day (last year children marched, wearing white)
October 27 Time Change
Oct 31 Noche de Brujas/Haloween
Here is a list of events in the Maya Riviera area LINK.
Here is a LINK to an article I wrote about Hanal Pixan
HERE is the article I wrote about Day of the Dead in Isla Mujeres.

Last year in October....
 The 5th annual Environmental Culture week had workshops Oct 8-10 (Semana de la cultura Ambiental)
The 7th annual Caribbean Mayan Cultural Festival was Oct 20-24 (There was also a 2nd annual statewide Caribbean Mayan Cultural Fest last year in early November)
The Ramon Bravo Underwater Photography Contest was cancelled. Oct 20-22 

The Artist's fair will be the third Thursday in October due to the change of government & will resume being the first Thursday in November.  Oct. 17th, Town Square 4-7p.

Come out and join us for our annual Day of the dead party on November 1st.  We will have live music, beer and drink specials, an all you can eat Mexican buffet for $150 pesos, costume contests and games.  Make your reservations today to ensure the best seats! -

See Live Music schedule at top of page for Live music during low season. Fayne's is closed in early October. Some gigs are more intermittent during October & can be prone to weather cancellations.
John Cain's schedule 
Tuesday solo from 8 to 10 pm at Cafe Del Mar, lovely spot on the beach across from Jax,
Wednesday with The Sol Rockers at Bally Hoo Restaurant from 7 to 930, come support this great venue, relaxing vibe and good food!
Friday solo at Iguana Bar Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres from 7 to 9 and
Saturday at The Sunset Grill, solo from 7 to 9 pm. They offer 2x1 special from 6 to 10 pm on all wine by glass or bottle.

Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun
Bahia Tortuga Restaurant-Bar

Iguana's has been having Caribbean-Tropical music on Saturdays  & Sundays starting around 6, and Fenix has salsa on Sundays.

At Poc Na Nov 24 8p..Fidel Nada Full Band

Poc-Na Hostel's photo.

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

LINK to New York Times video published this week about artist Duke Riley who trained 50 homing pigeons to fly from Havana to Key West carrying cigars & cameras. Seems like a big legal risk for Art, but it's an interesting story, imo.

Pat Oreskovich
Donna Caffo  Jazzman was an enormous help today in getting all the Caribe on Canvas calendars ready to ship!

After getting almost 250 orders ready for shipping, it's time to kick back with a cold one and watch some football!
Tripe soup..Mondongo...(said to cure la cruda..hangover)  Cocina Yeye  Buen dia hoy rico mondongo (pancita)
Pedidos al 9981888462
Costo 55 pesos la orden completa y el medio 35pesos .

Por Siempre Viva was tagged in Isaac Sulú Martínez's photo.
En breve realizaremos la marcha del Dia Internacional de la lucha contra el cancer de Mama, realiza la Asociacion Por Siempre Viva, A.C.

Green Verde is closed until November. 
We are finally finished with the re vamping of Qubano and we will be re-opening on Monday October 21st please come and join us for some good laughs and of course great food

I have seen a few people starting to ask about where to have special Christmas Eve and New Year Eve's dinner. Do you know your schedule yet for the holidays?

  • Charrissa Gillingham Hi Jackie! Thanks for asking. This year we will be open on 24th and 31st of December, even though they are Tuesdays, and closed on Wednesday 25th December and Wednesday 1st January 2014. We will be serving our usual Limon menu. I will wrote a note of this on our FB pages
Xmas dinner - who's open? We're going to be in Isla this year over Christmas for the first time...would love to go somewhere nice (but not super fancy) for dinner that night - was thinking of something like Lola Valentina or Olivias but they are both closed that day. Does anyone has suggestions for somewhere (that we can make a reservation) that would be comparable and open that day?
 One responder recommend's Iguanas ("yum!"), saying they said they'd be open, and another says they like to order lasagna at Villa Rolandi's who are open annually.
Jesus Campuzano added a new photo.
Jesus Campuzano  Taxi shoot of Osorio isla mujeres 2013 

If you are thinking of starting a business in Isla Mujeres, Google "Starting a business in Mexico". I would recommend talking to a lawyer and an accountant about the legal procedures involved with setting up a corporation, obtaining the required documents (including a lucrativo resident visa, an RFC, and a CURP),  and registering with SAT, the federal taxation agency.

HERE (LINK) is advice for foreigners who rent rooms from their houses, or rent their condos, or plan to have rental income. It explains that foreigners making rental income from property in Mexico are obligated to report that income IN MEXICO, to the SAT (la Hacienda). This article advises that the government is reviewing web pages, and can assess huge fines against those not reporting income, based on their advertised rental rates multiplied by local occupancy rates, and loss of the property can occur. 
     Making money from your fellow countrymen, which is deposited in your home country's bank, does not affect the tax obligation generated by the property, because it is located IN MEXICO.  The rate is ~28% of gross income, or a few percentages less for net income, which requires official fracturas. 
      It is my understanding that an RFC document is required to report income, and a CURP is required to obtain the RFC. When the change in visa laws took effect last year, the CURP rules changed and now foreigners must go to Migration in Cancun, rather than obtaining it from the Vital Statistics agency in Isla Mujeres.  The CURP Identification is a unique group of numbers & letters based on your personal information, and is given to you on a laminated card. Formerly, a CURP was required before obtaining a resident visa, but that seems to have changed with the new laws.  

Restaurant Asia Caribe  Summer and Fall raced by, we did the Maine thing and now we're back. We'll be opening Wednesday or Thursday (stay tuned for details) and look forward to seeing everyone soon. We'll be at the restaurant on Monday with the crew getting cleaned up and organized. Stop by to say hi if you're in Centro. Hasta pronto!!
Renee Grooves's photo.
For the love of dogs… Is anyone interested in some fantastic dog karma? Allison Sawyer is my hero. She fearlessly does the work I am not strong or brave enough to do myself. Everyday, I see things on the island that break my heart: dogs tied to poles starving to death, skinny nursing street dogs scrounging for food at dusk. These are the very situations Allison changes with @[169657606676:274:Isla Animals] What started out as a few dog fosters and rescues 7 years ago became Isla Animals. Allison wanted to stop Isla's street dogs from being rounded up and electrocuted down at the dump. At any given time, Allison has 40 dogs at her house, fostering, rehabilitating and re-homing them, many to Canadian and American families. In early November, Allison is running another spay neuter clinic called "Operation Spay the Moms". It costs $25 to spay a dog. One spayed mom prevents generations of suffering homeless street dogs. I've volunteered at the clinics before and I KNOW they make a big difference, step by step. After a busy summer, her compound is full of rescued pups. Allison is stretched thin right now and needs donations to run this upcoming clinic. I know many of my Isla friends already donate and volunteer to help Isla Animals. For everyone else, anything helps, even $5. If you want to donate to help Isla Animals, and Allison, the ultimate 'dog lady', please give via Paypal here: From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much. Please share if you are so inclined :)

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  
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