Thursday, October 10, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Thursday, October 10 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 ....

New municipal agency to give support to fisherman

Total apoyo a pescadores

Miércoles, 09 de Octubre de 2013 23:20

Con dirección municipal del ramo

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ISLA MUJERES, 9 de octubre.- .
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   At the commemoration of the Day of the Fisherman, the Mayor Agapito Magana announced the creation of the Municipal Department of Fishing, which will have the task of working closely with the fishing cooperatives. They will concentrate on subjects like "Maricultura" (Sea-agriculture), acquiring boats for the fishermen, and acquiring administration over Isla Contoy.
   The mayor spoke about fulfilling his commitment regarding the hyperbaric chamber, noting he is currently working with the Department of Health to hire a doctor and technician who will remain on the island. He assured it will be self-financing, in conjunction with the fishing cooperatives to achieve medical protection for the "men of the sea".
    A wreath was laid at the bay in memory of the men who died at this work, and another was placed at the Monument to the Fishermen at the turnabout on Rueda Medina, and a plaque was unveiled with the names of fishermen who died during 2012 and 2013. There was a minute of silence in memory of the deceased fishermen. They honored retired fishermen  David Garrido Povedano, Enrique Mares Díaz, Jacinto Ríos Azueta, Carlos García Castilla, Ventura Delgado, Elmer Noguera Catzín, Perpetuo del Socorro Garrido and Miguel Ojeda Martínez, who were given raincoats and long sleeved shirts, which will also be given to the members of the fishing cooperatives.

Keeping his word: Agapito initiates ongoing clean up program 

Cumple su palabra

Miércoles, 09 de Octubre de 2013 23:20

Agapito marca inicio de programa de limpieza permanente

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  With the participation of the personnel of the Public Services agency and twenty trucks, about 2000 tonnes of trash is being moved from Isla Mujeres, as part of an ongoing clean up program launched by the Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez yesterday.
     A few months ago a program was implemented to remove the accumulated trash from the Transfer Facility, which has been continuing. Now the focus in on cleaning out this area entirely. The mayor said he is committed to cleaning the streets of the island to ensure good health for the citizens and a good image for the island. It is estimated the island generates about 40 tonnes of trash daily.

Contoy: To the City? 

Agapito proposes municipal management of national park

Contoy, ¿a la Comuna?

Miércoles, 09 de Octubre de 2013 23:14

Agapito gestiona administración de parque nacional

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The Mayor is taking a trip in upcoming days to Mexico City where he will present this proposal that the City of Isla Mujeres become the principal manager of Isla Contoy. He has been having meeting with the Friends of Isla Contoy and CONANP (the National Commission of Protected Areas). He intends to maintain a working relationship between municipal authorities, fishermen, tourism service providers, and the staff of Contoy Island National Park, for the benefit of all parties involved. The mayor thinks the proposal is very viable that the City of Isla Mujeres be awarded administration of Isla Contory. 
Governor leads monthly security meeting with Navy 

Beto Borge, en sede de Armada

Miércoles, 09 de Octubre de 2013 23:14

Encabeza reunión mensual de seguridad

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The Governor, Roberto Borge Anqulo, arrived in Isla Mujeres for the monthly Meeting for Analysis of State Security, which was hosted by  Naval Admiral Juan Ramon Alcala Pignol. The meeting began at noon and was attended by high officials of the police, military, and state government. Access was not given to the press, who learned the officials are addressing the issue of security analysis for the ten municipalities of the state, and that none were here for some other activity.
Intensified fight against mosquitoes that cause dengue 

Refuerzan combate a mosco del dengue


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  After the recent rains, the fight against the mosquito that causes dengue was intensified with the support of two new units, on indefinite loan to the island. The work began at the start of the airport, covering the island to the South Point, attending to all the colonias and the peninsula of Sac Bajo. Adelfo Cruz, head of the nebulization brigade, said the fogging begins at three in the morning to five in the morning on Thursday. The two new units will remain on the island as long as necessary, until the two damaged units are repaired. The Department director requested the support of islanders with these efforts, and asked that housewives take actions around their homes to prevent areas where mosquito larvae can live.  It is expected that the City will give support with personal to carry out this work. (It says he requested the support of the 'trabajadores del volante', which usually means the taxi drivers, saying "they are the main ones who argue against these efforts". Adelfo Cruz pidió el apoyo de los trabajadores del volante, ya que dijo que son los que se manifiestan en contra de estos trabajos principalmente )

 Tvisla Mujeres

Dead turtle appears in Isla Mujeres
A juvenile turtle of the Hawksbill species that had died was brought ashore near the area of the Cuban boat and the Guadalupana beach, after it was spotted floating offshore in the Caribbean Sea. There has been a search and rescue operation for a man who was lost at sea, and the Harbor Master was notified when a large dark object was seen floating about 30 meters offshore. It was decided to take a kayak out and see what this was, with dozens of residents and the police on the scene. The turtle was about about a meter long, had no obvious injuries, and may have died in a fisherman's net. Profepa is responsible for examining and disposing of the turtle. Photos at link

Initiate ongoing clean up program in Isla Mujeres
Inicia programa de limpieza permanente en #IslaMujeres

Authorities in Isla Mujeres celebrate Day of Fishermen: Today is the 15th anniversary 
Buenaventura Delgada, better known as "Coleguita" received recognition
Celebran autoridades de #IslaMujeres el Día del Pescador; Hoy el 15 aniversario!
Buenaventura Delgado, mejor conocido como el "Coleguita" recibiendo su reconocimiento el Día del Pescador

Noticias de  Quequi......

Complaint about flooding

  • Molestia por inundaciones


    Molestia por inundaciones

    0 09 de octubre de 2013

     Residents are complaining that some of the absorption pits seem to be silted up because water takes several hours to drain away after the rain has stopped. They say this is not a new problem, and the most notorious can be found in Salina Chica. The Civil Protection Departmen began cleaning storm drains a few days ago, but there also seems to be a problem with maintaining the absorption wells (catchment basins) The residents are asking the mayor to address this problem, to resolve the flooding once and for all.
    Discontinuation of two shelters for risk factors


    Eliminan dos albergues, por riesgososEliminan dos albergues, por riesgosos

    0 09 de octubre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.- .The Director of Civil Protection, Mauro Humberto Rodríguez Velázquez, said there was a review of the storm shelters, and they are removing two from the list because they are located in areas of risk. The high school, Colegio Bachilleres, is located right on the Caribbean Sea, and the primary school "Andres Quintana Roo" is located in a low area. The list of shelters includes the primary school "Julio Saury Espinoza" with a capacity of 240 people, the kindergarten "Isla Mujeres" with room for 60 people, the Taxi Union Lodge with space for 100, the SUTSAIM city workers union building with a capacity of 90 people, the middle school with space for 90 people, and the Hurricane Shelter with space for 360 people, as well as the Naval Base which is prepared to give refuge to 200 people.


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Hotel industry hit by low season

Resienten hoteleros la temporada baja

Resienten hoteleros la temporada baja
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  Begin workshops in environmental education

Inician talleres de educación ambiental

The municipal Department of Tourism said overall occupancy is at 30 percent with the HIM association hotels reporting their occupancy at 24 percent and the others were at 32 percent. These figures have been fairly consistent for the past two weeks, or slightly lower. This is expected to continue and reservations indicat improvement should take place in late November and early December. Touristic activity is currently low and this is reflected in the restaurants where there are only one or two tables with foreign diners.



Diario La Verdad
Diario La VerdadMayor of Isla Mujeres receives recognized consultant

  • Recibe Alcalde de Isla Mujeres a reconocido consultor

    Respecting agreements with teachers
  • Respetan acuerdos con maestros

    Schools are operating normally in Isla Mujeres, and operations are normal at 98 percent of the schools in the state, says this article, noting  in Bacalar and Chetumal there are some schools who have suspended classes while others are operating normally.     Lorena Cruz

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Remembered well: Day of Fishermen
Día del Pescador, bien recordado [+] Ver mas

No trace of "La Soyita": Vanished a week ago in the dark waters of the night

De “La Soyita”, ni rastro, desvanecido en tenebrosas aguas nocturnas hace una semana+] Ver mas
Although a week passed since the fisherman Jose Ernesto Zapata Cruz, 30, aka "La Soyita", fell overboard, the search continues. He fell into the sea last Wednesday around midnight when a wave hit the boat where he worked. The Navy has supported the search, which included a small plane doing fly overs. A fellow crew member, Jose Ernesto explained that the boat shook when a wave hit it, and they reacted quickly to realize Soyita wasn't there and immediately launched salvavidas (literally salvavida means lifesaver and usually it refers to  "life jackets" or "life guards", but in this context, it seems to mean life boats?) Because of the dark, they could not find him, although they searched until 9 in the morning. The report to authorities was delayed because they were in an area where there was no communication through VHF radios, and they were unable to establish communication before morning. The fisherman has three children in Merida and the captain of the boat said family members would be given some compensation through his employment benefits.

Boaters lose income with the clouds and scattered rains
Lancheros no ganan, pero pagan con el mal clima, nublados y lluvias dispersas [+] Ver mas
The clouds and rain on Wednesday resulted in cancellation of all tours by the boat tour operators, and they gave refunds to those that were already booked.

General Hospital receives recognition
Hospital Integral izará Bandera Blanca+] Ver mas
On Monday,  Isla Mujeres will receive recognition from the Ministry of Health as the first municipality of the Northern Zone to achieve coverage of more than 90 percent of preventative medicine, in the service of the citizens of the island. Medical social services are well covered and offered by the General Hospital, the IMSS (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social),  the ISSSTE (Instituto de Seguridad Social al Servicio de los Trabajadores del Estado), and Seguro Popular. In October there are programs for the prevention of breast cancer, including self exam education, exams by doctors, and providing mammograms.

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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. 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 in Isla Mujeres
Oct. 10 International Mental Health Day
Oct 11 ~5:30p / 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. 17  Thursday  4p-7p  Artist Fair at Town Square
PhotoIsla Mujeres Artist Fair Thursday, October 17, 4pm-7pm in the square-Hope to see you there for great art, food, and drinks! xo
Sally Margolis
Oct 18  6:13p Full Moon Rise over Caribbean /  Sunset ~6:20p
Oct 18 & 19 Orianid Meteor shower 
Oct 19- World Food Day Dia Mundial de la Alimentacion  Full Moon Rise 6:57p
Oct 19- Pink Breakfast Benefit for Breast Cancer Due Torri Restaurante

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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 20 Full Moon Rise 7:42p
Oct 21 Full 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.


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 schedule last week was..
Tuesday solo from 8 to 10 pm at Cafe Del Mar, lovely spot on the beach across from Jax,
Wednesday the return of 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, nice deal. See ya! 

At Poc Na Nov 24..Fidel Nada Full Band

Poc-Na Hostel's photo.

Sunday, November 24 at 8:00pm

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Soggy Peso Bar Grill was tagged in Caribe On Canvas's photo.

Leslie Woodbridge  Yeah! — Breakfast at Rolandi's.
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DELIVERY at Bufalo see hours and phone below...Today they are featuring Relleno Negro...a local specialty that is a mole turkey stew that may include a hard boiled egg inside a  pork meatball. See my Daily Specials link above for other specials around the isle today, and at Bufalo.
Ibette de Alcocer shared Bufalo's photo.
De 1 a 3 de la tarde y de 5 a 12 de la noche. SERVICIO A DOMICILIO 2 74 70 03 Y 99 81 86 32 42.
Bufalo anuncia que habrá FRIJOLES CHARROS!!! Ven a probarlos!! SERVICIO A DOMICILIO YA!! DELIVERY SERVICE NOW!! 2 74 70 03 Y 99 81 86 32 42 (0CTOBER 11).
 Above it says Bufalon announces they will have Beans Charros, now with delivery service.
Ibette de Alcocerposted toMerca Isla  If you are customer BUFALO you will have many benefits! free desserts, discounts, courtesies, tastings or free gifts! Plus it'll give you the attention you deserve.

Below  is Cafe Cafe! It says... Baguettes,  Delivery They have breakfast, eggs your way, pancakes, french toast, baguels & croissants. ...Anel Figueroa

This ad is from yesterday, saying today after noon she will be selling Brazo de Reina Today, and will have delivery after 2 pm Jazmin Del Rosario Pool Cancheposted toMerca Isla
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 Here is a recipe for Brazo de Reina:
..boil and peel a dozen eggs. Season 900gms of masa with salt and pork lard (to taste), and add the 300g of thinly chopped chaya, and 200g of crushed pumpkin seed (calabaza molida) and knead well for 10 mins.Form the "arms" brazos by dividing the dough into four squares 20x20cm, putting the boiled eggs in the center, and carefully roll them up and secure with half a banana leaf and tie (use a strip of the leaf).Cook in a water bath for 90 mins. Serve in 3cm slices topped with tomato sauce and sprinkled with ground pumpkin seeds.(Recipe is courtesy of chef Miriam Restaurant Azcurra Kinich of Izamal in Yucatan, Mexico during the culinary festival 'A taste of Merida' made ​​in the Jaguar Restaurant in Coconut Grove. FL.Site & photo credit F.Cuevas/Univision OnlineBrazo de reina)

Caribe On Canvas's photo.
Update: we approved the sample proof today and the 2014 Isla Mujeres calendar is ordered! From the overwhelming response we did order a few more and the extra quantity gave us a price break. Instead of offering them for $17.95 the price is now $15.95 including shipping and includes 2 extra full page photos at the back of the calendar. They will be available for shipping in 10 - 14 days from today. If you are on Isla we will deliver them in November so when you order them on the website just use your US or Canada address and put "Deliver to Isla" in the note section. We will post updates on this page so stay tuned! Here is the link that takes you directly to the calendar order page: No PayPal account is required. You can check out (using PayPal) with any debit or credit card. If you have any questions send me an email at — with Isla Mujeres.
 They do such nice work...this seems like a good deal for a variety of Isla scenes.  LINK to order site  

The iguanas that reside at Punta Sur (and they are plentiful) certainly have the best views on the island. — with Isla Mujeres.

This shot was taken just around the corner from yesterday's picture as we made our way back towards Playa Norte.
It was a busy afternoon for the popsicle vendor. Tourists and locals alike enjoying a cold treat!
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Just finished a customer's panoramic shot of the cemetery. It's 28" x 10" and turned out great. It's from an iPhone 4S and very few iPhone shots turn out great with my processing.
Good candid shot of Fredy at his place. Donna took the original photo; could not tear myself away from the Margarita! — with Fredys Antonio Poot Ucan.
This shot was taken from the grounds of NaBalam looking out towards Playa Norte.

Here's another shot of the Avalon cove and the "rock house". This area is a great spot to enjoy the beach with less crowds than Playa Norte during the peak times. — with Isla Mujeres.
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These two cuties were playing across the street from us when we had dinner at Monchis last month. They were in and out, in and out, in and out!

Ayuntamiento De Isla Mujeres Hoy 10 de Octubre, Día Internacional de la Salud Mental. International Mental Health Day — in Isla Mujeres.
Isla Animals is participating in a contest to win $10,000.00. All you have to do is go to: and vote for them. You can vote once per day, and do not need to create an account to vote. Please share with your animal lover and Isla lover friends!
You don't have to give any info to vote, and it takes you right to the Isla Animals option. Very easy! Click this link: Please Help My Animal Shelter Win

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  
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