Thursday, October 31, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Thursday, October 31 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 ....

  Modifying the budget

Agapito responds to citizen complaints 

Modifican presupuesto

Miércoles, 30 de Octubre de 2013 23:07

Agapito responderá a demandas ciudadanas

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de octubre.- 
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Wednesday morning the first session of the Committee for Municipal Development Planning (COPLADEMUN) took place in the City Hall council room. A budget amendment was approved to the Annual Operating Plan (AOP) 2013 regarding the Program for Funds to Strengthen Municipalities (FORTAMUN). The amendment aims to improve the sports/multi-use facility at Plaza Bicentenario and the sports infrastructure in La Gloria, as well as maintenance of the lights along the walkways and in the public parks. This was in response to concerns and complaints expressed by the residents of La Gloria at a public meeting with the mayor on Thursday, October 24.
Inauguration of Senior Citizen Week
Mayor confirms promise of support 

Inauguran Semana para Gente Grande

Miércoles, 30 de Octubre de 2013 23:00

Edil ratifica compromiso de apoyo

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 During this week agencies are working together, including the DIF, IMSS, ISSSTE,  SESA, and the municipal Health Department to organize XII Health Week for Seniors, during which they plan to administer 200 vaccines against flu and 150 against pneumococcus. The first event took place at the dome of Plaza Habitat in La Gloria, and the next will start on Tuesday at the General Hospital, the Community Center, and the Senior Citizens Club when free medical consultations will be offered. The honorary president of the Isla Mujeres DIF spoke about the organizations attention to caring and quality for seniors, noting the DIF has a roster of 400 people who are being taught in various workshops, in addition to the program for receiving credentials, and the food for elders in need program. The city Health Director explained the purpose of this week is to promote health care for these adults and to conduct campaigns for prevention of diseases in senior citizens.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

  Residents of Guadalupana seek deeds

  • Buscan invasores regularizar predios


    Buscan invasores regularizar predios

    0 30 de octubre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca-QUEQUI.-  Some of the residents of the irregular colonia of Guadalupania have initiated a lawsuit in an attempt to obtain a judgement of adverse possession.  The colonia was settled ten years ago, and they have tried for years to locate the owner of this property, who according to documents would now be 96 years old, and is named "Julio Prieto".  There have been a number of 'exhortos' filed against him, both in the state and in Mexico City, but he has not responded or appeared. Therefore they are pursuing this legal process by asking the Court to make a determination. Andres Diaz Samoza, community leader and resident, says once the property is 'regularized' (deeded), all the inhabitants could access existing governmental programs such as Tu Casa 2014.


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Increased security at docks

Refuerza Marina vigilancia en muelles

Refuerza Marina vigilancia en muelles
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 City rejuvenates cemetery

Remoza Comuna el camposanto


SIPSE/Novedades has not been featuring Isla Mujeres news lately.
       There is an article in today's news from the municipality of Tulum,  (in Spanish, HERE) about the signing an agreement between Mayan people of Mexico & of Guatemala to work together to save the melipona (stingless) honey bees. These bees have been a part of Yucatec culture for many centuries, they are represented on many ancient buildings, and there is a Mayan god and days of their calendar dedicated to bees. Cobá means Place of the Bees. In 2009 Valladolid was designated the World Capital of Honey. About ~40% of Mexico's honey is produced on the Yucatan peninsula, and Mexico is number three in the world among exporters of honey. (see table below). 
       A French company is working with these Mayan beekeepers, and developing a market in Europe for their melipona honey. It is said to be the tastiest honey in the world, and  medicinal qualities have been attributed to it. But most modern Yucatan beekeepers prefer Africanized honey bees, and this article about Mayan beekeeping in National Geographic explains, "While a colony of stingless bees may produce a few pounds of honey per year, Africanized honeybees can produce 220 pounds (100 kilograms)." In the wild, these bees are threatened by deforestation, and they are essential to the pollination of some plants. 
      This article  reports on legal successes by Yucatan beekeepers at blocking Monsanto & their GMO soybeans from the area. It is an ongoing battle in the courts. A great deal of Yucatan honey is exported to Europe, and many Europeans have been refusing to buy honey without assurances that it is GMO free.
Here is a professional video about melipona bees and the Maya (~7mins) (Its LINK)

  For centuries after the Conquest, the Mayas refused to cultivate European honeybees. In 1911, European bees were brought to Yucatan from the United States, and Italian queens were imported for breeding, but they did not become commercially significant until the 1940's  A New York-based trading company financed Yucatan's honey export market to supply Americans during the sugar shortages of World War II , and wealthy Yucatecans controlled production and marketing until the late 1960s. Now small farmers and individuals dominate commercial production.
    In a departure from the usual economic pattern, large-scale producers could not compete with rural Yucatecans  who learned modern beekeeping while working for the big apiaries. These independent beekeepers collectively controlled vast communal areas of jungle, from which they evicted the commercial hives. The government formed two cooperatives that replaced the ten private firms that had handled all exports.
   The three-state Yucatan peninsula  accounts for more than thirty per cent of Mexico's honey. Yucatecan beekeeping is typically a sideline for subsistence farmers, who sell honey for cash income. Much of the wealth generated by honey exports is redistributed among rural families.

     The honey vendors in Isla Mujeres are generally not selling melipone honey (If you find it, it will be expensive and probably considered medicinal.) The distinctive flavor of Yucatan honey comes from the yellow tajonal flowers that blanket the Yucatan countryside in January and February. The Dzidzilche flowers blossom between March and May and give the springtime honey a milder flavor.  During the summer, honey isn't harvested, and they are fed government subsidized sugar. In December, flowering trees, shrubs & vines, including morning glories, are sources of pollen. 



The Tajonal is an astor, known in English as the Toothleaf Golden Eye.(above, photo from Below are Dzidzilche flowers (Gymnopodium floribundum).

From World Trade Daily

World Exporters of Honey by Country, Market Value, and Estimated Value

GeoMexico reports:   Mexican hives yield about 55,000 tons of honey a year, making Mexico the world’s sixth largest honey producing country.  Mexico is also a leading exporter, with annual exports of 27,000 tons, worth 85 million dollars, of both conventional and organic honey. Most exports go to the USA or Europe.There are 45,000 beekeepers nationwide. (Statistics from 2011)


Diario La Verdad
Diario La VerdadHealth week for Senior Citizens begins


Inicia Semana de Salud para Gente Grande

 por esto

Improved outlook for tourism industry
Mejora el panorama turísticoVer mas
The weather was nice on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the nautical tour priders were operating at 30 percent, after four days of waiting through Cold Front #8. Their tours cost 300 pesos and include grilled fish Tikin Xic. Javier Rojas Gomez, who sells tours, said of the 16 boats, about 3-5 depart daily. The restaurants also benefited from the increased number of tourists, and people were shopping. Turnout at the beaches was light.

Recommendations for drivers
Recomendaciones a conductores  [+] Ver mas
Municipal police officers conducted a security operation to inform all motorcycle drivers and passengers that helmets are mandatory and cell phones should not be used while driving. Four officers distributed more than 1000 flyers that also advised against drinking and driving, in addition to the importance of using helmets, seat belts, and not using a cell phone. It is noted that the lack of a helmet has claimed the lives of several people. Since motorcycles are  the most common means of transport on the island, accidents involving them occur more frequently.

Preparing to celebrate their dead
Se preparan para celebrar a sus muertos+] Ver mas
The cemeteries will be open 24 hours daily through November 3rd, and people have been arriving to clean, paint, decorate, and renovate the graves of their loved ones since the beginning of the week. It is noted that not only do relatives visit their dead, but tourists also like to visit the cemetery at this time and observe the traditions that are celebrated in Mexico.


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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

November Calendar of Events .

Oct 31 Noche de Brujas/Halloween
7pm  Town Square  Dia de Los Muertos Festival:  Entertainment, Dance Groups, Hanal Pixan Altar Contest

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.

Nov 1 Dia de los Muertos / All Saints Day
Nov 2 Dia de lost Muertos / All Souls Day
Nov 3 US Time Change / End DST
Nov 7 Art Fair at Town Square  4p-7p
Nov 8 Last day of Hanal Pixan
Nov 11 US Veteran's Day Canada Remembrance Day
Nov 12 Postal Worker Appreciation Day Mexico
Nov 14 World Diabetes Day
Nov 15-18  Buen Fin (discounts)
Date of Caribe Maya Cultural Festival TBA (Was this w/e in 2011 & 2012)
Nov 16 International Day of Tolerance
Nov 18 Day off for Revolution Day (date of parade TBA)
Nov 20  Dia de la Revolución
Nov 21 US Thanksgiving holiday
Nov 24 Solemnidad de Cristo Rey (Christ the King Day / El día de Cristo Rey)
Nov 25 Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra la Mujer
Nov 27 Hanukkah begins
Nov 28 Beginning of Festival for Town Saint through Dec 8: Virgin of Immaculate Conception (exact date TBA)  HERE is an article about the Festival
Nov 30 Hurricane Season Officially Ends

Full Moon on Nov 17. Moonrise over the Caribbean (East) at:
Nov 17  5:21p
Nov 18  6:09p
Nov 19  6:57p
Nov 20 7:47p
Nov 21  8:37p   and ~50 minutess later nightly


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! -

Fenix Lounge updated their cover photo. — at Fenix Lounge.



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

Fenix Lounge   Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! :: Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!! — at Fenix Lounge.
Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! ::  Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!!
·Iguana's has been having Caribbean-Tropical music on Saturdays  & Sundays starting around 6. The Sol Rockers play at Bahia Tortuga on Sunday evenings. You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.
At Poc Na Nov 24 8p..Fidel Nada Full Band

Poc-Na Hostel's photo.

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Latido de Mexico · Suggested Post
Día de Muertos, is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. It focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. People go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed. Dia de Muertos celebrations take place on October 31, November 1 and November 2.
Día de Muertos, is a  holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. It focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. People go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars containing the favorite foods and beverages, as well as photos and memorabilia, of the departed. Dia de Muertos celebrations take place on October 31, November 1 and November 2.
Ignacio Acosta Casanova
Listo. — (Ready)
There have been a lot of new members added to the group recently so if you are new to the island, allow me introduce you to one of my favorite island events. And if you are already "in the know", see you there!!

The Isla Mujeres Artist Fair is on the first Thursday of every month from 4 to 7pm in the Zocalo (town square) on Isla Mujeres. Local artists, food vendors, musicians & Isla’s non-profits celebrate the creative arts with locals, tourists, foreign residents & our neighbors from Cancun. All the “art” is handcrafted, designed, made, baked, demonstrated or played by the artists. It is a fun event to share all forms of creativity & come together as a community meeting new friends & connecting with old ones. Every month we have a combination of “regular” participants, new ones & ones visiting from all over the world. We welcome visiting artists. The event is forever evolving with new mediums & new inspirations. We have classic fine art artists, recyclable artists, clothing designers, chefs, authors, jewelers, sea glass artists, massage therapists, sculptors, acupuncturists, yoga instructors, photographers & more. Come celebrate art with us.

If you are interested in participating, you must reserve space in advance. To do so, please contact Tiffany Wareing at

Please visit our Facebook page at
In October 2011, Barlito began hosting an Artist Series in front of their bakery & market café on the corner of Hidalgo & Abasolo. Our hope was to make this Series into an Island event. Our wish has come true. Now with the support of the Municipal & the Office of Tourism, the Isla Mujeres Artist

Daily Update: I’m so excited to be here. I flew in yesterday with supplies for our spay and neuter clinic this weekend. Oh you should’ve seen Perraferra, even at her age she was spinning with happiness when I got home. We’ve been taking care of her for at least 10 years. She’s a street dog that has decided to spend her old age on our couch. I think she may be the oldest dog on the island. She was brought to me because she was chasing motos and her owner was afraid that she would get killed. At the time her name was Perrafea which means “ugly dog”, it’s the truth, she’s not a beauty unless you’re like me and you love them just like that. For years I tried to get Perraferra to stay with us but she just loved to wonder around and visit everyone. Fishermen would take her out fishing, store owners would feed her leftovers, I don’t know how she did it but she survived on the streets. Of course I made sure that she was vaccinated and took care of any skin or health issue she had. Then two years ago, I think she decided that she was too old for the streets and moved in with us. She’s an upstairs dog, which means that she’s ours. Of course, they’re all ours but I wouldn’t part with her for anything. Please don’t forget to vote every day in the Shelter Challenge – we would put any money that your votes can win us to the best use.
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Potato soup, chicken fajitas in cream with rajas (cactus..napolitos, usually) and corn kernals, Beef with broccoli, and sides of rice and beans. Three houses from the Peanut store (on the dead end street)
Buen dia el menu de hoy sopa de papa, fajitas de pollo en crema con rajas y granos de elote, res con brocoli y acelgas arroz y frijoles.
Pedidos al 99 81 88 84 62.
Ubicado a tres casas de la tienda del cacahuate.
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Phlockers Gone Wild's photo.
Happy Halloween! Happy last day of October! —

Tani Cornell shared a photo.
With Carlos Espíndola.

Costume party tonight at Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres!!! HaPpY HaLlOweEn everyone!

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  
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