Wednesday, October 30, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Wednesday, October 30 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,  Live Music & Events for this week & This month,  & the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section including photos & info from individuals & local businesses ....The News Daily In Isla Mujeres. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.


   Sprucing up the Cemetery

Hundreds will visit to celebrate the deceased

Revive el panteón

Martes, 29 de Octubre de 2013 21:44

Crece afluencia con motivo de festejos a difuntos

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 28 de octubre.- 
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Hundreds of people will be visiting the municipal cemeteries between November 1 and 3rd  for “Día de Muertos” and tidying up the tombstones and graves, although some relatives visit throughout the year. The Department of Public services is painting the perimeter fence which should be completed by Wednesday. 

Taco stand on sidewalk causes pedestrian complaints  

Puesto de tacos invade la vía pública

Martes, 29 de Octubre de 2013 21:36

Se acentúan quejas de transeúntes

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ISLA MUJERES, 29 de octubre.-
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There are complaints about this taco stand obstructing the sidewalk downtown, particularly after 10am when this area of town near the ferry and taxi stand is very busy. The business has been there for two months and is presumably paying rent to the Port Authority. The port is being remodeled in this area, with construction of the new ferry terminal. It is noted that this location for this business is negatively affecting pedestrians and represents a bad image for the island.

Want more police hired: Only 25 officers

Urge contratar a más policías

Martes, 29 de Octubre de 2013 21:36

Actualmente sólo hay 25

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 28 de octubre.- 
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There are approximately 20,000 inhabitants in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, on the island and continental area, who are currently being served by 25 police officers. This is a ratio of about one officer per 800 residents. There are currently two trucks and a car patrolling the island, as well as two motorcycles. One officer is assigned to work at City Hall and another is at the DIF, providing security for those buildings.  The reporter says there are no intentions to expand the police force at this time, and that this an insufficient number of officers to provide security to the residents of the island
        (Using the statistics in this article, Isla has ~12 officers/10k residents.  
 HERE is a table indicating that most countries have ~30 officers/10k residents and the UN recommends ~22 officers/10k. 
    It says the US averages ~25 officers/10k residents, while Mexico has an average of ~36 officers/10k residents.
     HERE is a list comparing the number of officers per capita among 100 US cities. )

 Tvisla Mujeres

The SEyC will pay the water bills for the kindergartens, and not the parents: Director
La SEyC será quien se hará cargo del pago de agua en los jardines de ninos y no los padres de familia: dirección

Hoteliers:  Increasing the VAT will have serious consequences for Isla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

Residents want lights repaired around Salina Grande



Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Seeking maintenance at the La Gloria playground

Piden remozar el parque de La Gloria

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Diario La Verdad
Diario La Verdad

 por esto

Casa de Cultura still abandoned & Malecon needs maintenance [+] Ver mas
Casa de la Cultura aún abandonada[+] Ver mas

Although the previous administration has said there were resources of 2 million pesos to be used for maintaining and improving the eastern seawalk, that did not occur, and it is noted that the is a need for repairs and paint for the benches, kiosks, and trash cans in this popular area, that is suffering from salt corrosion.
The Casa de Cultura that was supposed to be completed in 2012 remains unfinished and there are complaints that people hang out there to drink.  There is no news about when work on the building will resume. It is noted that the new administration has been in office for a month and promised to address this problem.

Despite rumors to the contrary, SEyC will pay for water service
Pese a rumores en contrario, la SEyC pagará el servicio de agua[+] Ver mas
On Monday parents and teachers at the kindergarten "Gabriela Mistral"  were surprised by a notification from Aguakan about cutting service in twenty four hours for a water bill debt of 1839 pesos. On Tuesday the principal said the Ministry of Education will make payments for basic services such as electricity and water. Teachers in Isla Mujeres continue teaching classes while there are strikes in other areas.

Slow recovery for Isla Mujeres artisans
Artesanos de Isla Mujeres se reponen de manera lenta [+] Ver mas
Artisans are recovering slowly from the effects of poor weather last weekend, and are looking forward to the arrival of high season. Rain caused economic losses for nearly five days, and on Tuesday sales rallied slightly on Rueda Medina, as more tourists arrived to enjoy the island. Claudia Garrido Delgado, artisan, said the rain caused losses of 100 percent, and in low season her sales are around 350 pesos, while in high season they reach 1000 to 1500 pesos daily.

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Marigolds Are THE Day of the Dead Flowers

The smell of marigolds always makes me think of this time of year. Today I'm going downtown to get some to put in my hair manana...I have makeup for a Catrina face. Marigolds are called flor de muertos or cempasúchitl, / cempaxóchitl
Photo by Sally Margolis

Marigold ("Tagetes"), is better known as  Flor de los Muertos, ("Flower of the Dead") or "cempōhualxōchitl"from the Nahuatl , which means "twenty flowers", (because it comes from a family of composite flowers). It is native to Mexico, where it grew wild, and has been distributed from Mexico to the world. 
    This flower has been used since antiquity in the celebration of the Day of the Dead, when altars and tombs are decorated with the warm color of these beautiful and fragrant flowers in shades of orange and yellow. 
      The flower is edible, and can be used in a variety of dishes. Its medicinal powers have been known since pre-Hispanic times. It is made into a tea and used as an appetite stimulant, and to treat vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, gastritis and disorders of the spleen. It is used for a coloring in  vegetable oil, margarine, mayonnaise, salad dressings, bakery products, confectionery, dairy products, ice cream, yogurt, citrus juice, chicken skin, and egg yolks. It is used to repel nematodes in tomato crops.  By  Miriam Alarcon Avila.(my translation)

Last week the head of the Agricultural Development Agency estimated the economic impact of Day of the Dead for Mexican flower producers is $925 million pesos   (source

 Catrina: Grand Dame of Death
"La Calavera Catrina" by  Jose Guadalupe Posada, The "First" Catrina drawing
La Catrina by Diego Rivera...Made her famous

Below are excerpts from an article (LINK) by  Christine Delsol, who wrote about Catrina's history while publicizing an art exhibition in 2011 that featured the icon. (She is the author of "Pauline Frommer's Cancún & the Yucatán" and a regular contributor to "Frommer's Mexico" and "Frommer's Cancún & the Yucatán.")

"Catrina has come to symbolize not only El Día de los Muertos and the Mexican willingness to laugh at death itself, but originally catrina was an elegant or well-dressed woman, so it refers to rich people. Death brings this neutralizing force; everyone is equal in the end. Sometimes people have to be reminded." said David de la Torre, curator.

Born of revolution

La Catrina as we know her originated with Jose Guadalupe Posada, considered the father of Mexican printmaking. Born in 1852, he apprenticed to a local printmaker and publisher when he was just 14. Moving to Mexico City in 1888, he soon became the chief artist for Antonio Vanegas Arroyo, publisher of illustrated broadsides, street gazettes, chapbooks and other popular forms of literature, including songbooks for the popular corridos. He became famous for calaveras (skulls or skeletons) images that he wielded as political and social satire, poking fun at every imaginable human folly. His influence on Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and other great artists of their generation was incalculable.
La Catrina isn't your typical revolutionary babe, but her appearance has everything to do with the Mexican Revolution. Posada's working life paralleled the reign of dictator Porfirio Díaz, whose accomplishments in modernizing and bringing financial stability to Mexico pale against his government's repression, corruption, extravagance and obsession with all things European. Concentration of fantastic wealth in the hands of the privileged few brewed discontent in the hearts of the suffering many, leading to the 1910 rebellion that toppled Diaz in 1911 and became the Mexican Revolution.
Posada's illustrations brought the stories of the day to the illiterate majority of impoverished Mexicans, both expressing and spreading the prevailing disdain for Porfirio's regime. The image now called "La Calavera Catrina" was published as a broadside in 1910, just as the revolution was picking up steam. Posada's calaveras — La Catrina above all, caricaturizing a high-society lady as a skeleton wearing only a fancy French-style hat — became a sort of satirical obituary for the privileged class. But his Catrina cast a wider net: His original name for her, "La Calavera Garbancera," used a term that in his day referred to native Mexicans who scorned their culture and tried to pass as European.

Lineage begins with the Aztecs

"La Catrina has been iterated over time," de la Torre said. "It's not just Posada and his work in 1910. There are layers of history. The image and the woman in death goes back to the ancient Aztec period. Posada took his inspiration from Mictecacihuatl, goddess of death and Lady of Mictlan, the underworld."  Also known as Lady of the Dead, Mictecacihuatl was keeper of the bones in the underworld, and she presided over the ancient monthlong Aztec festivals honoring the dead. With Christian beliefs superimposed on the ancient rituals, those celebrations have evolved into today's Day of the Dead.
Posada's image was basically a head shot, unclothed except for the elegant hat. It took Diego Rivera to portray a full-length figure, put her in an elegant dresss and, by some accounts, to dub her "La Catrina." In the center of his 50-foot mural, Sueño de una tarde dominical en la AlamedaCentral ("Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Park"), Catrina holds the 10-year-old Rivera's hand while Frida Kahlo in traditional Mexican dress stands behind them. None other than a dapper Posada himself stands to Catrina's left, offering her his arm. The symbolism — and this is but a fraction — is staggering.
Rivera painted the mural in 1947 at the Hotel del Prado, which stood at the end of Alameda Park. The mural survived the 1985 earthquake, which destroyed the hotel, and later moved across the street to the Museo Mural Diego Rivera, built after the earthquake for that purpose.
La Catrina's vacuously grinning skull fell inevitably into the role of literal and metaphorical poster child for the Day of the Dead, symbolizing the joy of life in the face of its inevitable end. But La Catrina is the beloved grand dame of Mexico's dance with death 365 days a year, appearing in at least two movies, graduating from drawings to sculpture, and taking on such roles as mermaids, brides and the all-around icon of the recent Bicentennial celebrations.
The Day of the Dead brings into focus one of the greatest differences between Mexican and U.S. cultures: the 180-degree divide between attitudes toward death. Mexicans keep death (and by extension their dead loved ones) close, treating it with familiarity — even hospitality — instead of dread. La Catrina embodies that philosphy, and yet she is much more than that. ...... You can read the entire article at this LINK   

Catrina de papel mache, con aplicaciones LINK

HERE is a brief article about the history of Catrina in folk art, since she was popularized by Diego in the 1940's.
October 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.

November Calendar of Events .
Nov 1 Dia de los Muertos / All Saints Day  (Children)
Nov 2 Dia de lost Muertos / All Souls Day  (Adults)
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
Sunset is ~5p . Moonrise over the Caribbean (East) at:
Nov 16   4:36p
Nov 17  5:21p  Full Moon
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! -

Loncheria Manolitos .

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.

BELOW:  250p to benefit the Little Yellow School House....Nov 29 by Designer Paula Parra...
Paula Parra

Pasarela Orquídeas Dreams 2013, 29 de noviembre de 2013, Hotel Posada del Mar, Hora: 8:00 p.m., Isla Mujeres, Q. Roo. Valor de la entrada $250.00 a beneficio de @[109058859120810:274:little yellow school house]. — with Ignacio Acosta Casanova and 30 others.

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

We were at the Soggy Peso this afternoon when we saw a splash in the pool. When we went to look at it we saw a fish. We think a bird dropped it.

The "Avalon" has a new name...

Hotel Riu Palace Riviera Maya - All Inclusive 24 hours

Merca Isla is like the FB Classifieds for Isla Mujeres, in Spanish Below, Sally is announcing the free sterilization clinic on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday for cats & dogs & explaining the they can't eat eight hours before, and they can sterilize puppies and kittens as well, and she encourages people to tell their friends, families, and neighbors.
Sally Margolisposted toMerca Isla    !!!!!! GRATIS !!!!  ESTERILIZACION DE GATOS Y PERROS!  FECHAS: Sabado 2, Domingo 3, Lunes 4 & Martes 5 De Noviembre  DONDE: La Clinica Veterinaria Chipie, Salina Chica   HORAS: 8.30am-1pm INFORMACION IMPORTANTE: *Su mascota no debe comer POR LO MENOS 8 horas antes*
*Cachorros y gatitos también pueden tener la cirugía, la edad para operar dependera de su mascota (pueden ser operados desde los 6 semanas de edad typicamente)* *La cirugia tardara unas cuantas horas**Todo es gratis!*
Si, necesita mas informacion, puede llamar la oficina de veterinario Delfino 998-107-9080 Gracias a Isla Animals y Delfino y todos los voluntarios! Por favor, comparta esta información con su familia, sus amigos, y sus vecinos con mascotas!!!

Rosa Sirenas   Mil gracias Victor Manuel Cervera Cervera ~ fabulous dinner ️ at Casa Havana Café.

A new contest for Isla Animals has started. Isla Animals is ranked #14 so far-way better than the previous contest as mnany voters came late. Voting is DAILY through 10/28/2013 - 12/22/2013. You can vote once per day-BUT, if you sign up for a profile you can vote TWICE per day-once before you sign in, and once after you sign in. Another plus of signing up is they will send you a DAILY EMAIL REMINDER to vote! Others have also been able to vote multiple times daily on multiple devices. Alison Sawyer Current and all the many volunteers at Isla Animals could certainly put the grand prize towards good use and it would be so well deserved! Please SHARE this link with all your Isla lover and animal lover friends. There is NO REASON Isla Animals can't win this with your support....!!

Late afternoon traffic jam on Medina. These two cuties in the back of the cart looked tired from a day at the beach.
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if anyone has new or GENTLY used children's shoes, feel free to contact me, I want to bring some down with us to contribute...good folks run this program on Isla Mujeres...

Isla Mujeres's photo.

Looks like #mapguy is having a better day in #Tulum
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Party preparations at the Posada!!.... decorations & stuff for participants...

Not in Isla Mujeres....I f'g love science
What do you think of this hairstyle? This is the Mary River turtle (Elusor macrurus), and its green mohawk is made up of algae. This often covers the shell as well as the head, and helps to camouflage the animal.
Photography by Chris Van Wyk. See more of his work at

Good. Morning.

Link to the is a nice slide show below of Hanal Pixan in Merida last year, set to one of my favorite songs, by eiselman

 Below is an excellent video explaining how Mexicans came to celebrate two Days of the Dead and the many traditions and attitudes associated with Death and this holiday in Mexico (LINK)


  NYT writes about Day of the Dead bread, HERE
 photo by Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  
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