Sunday, November 17, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Sunday, November 17 The Afternoon Edition

..This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte

North Beach/Playa Norte In Real Time  In Isla Mujeres  LINK to 24 hour time lapse of the webcam

The "Morning Edition" with translated headlines &  newspaper photos. This is the Afternoon Edition with  translations of the news articles,  Daily Events & the evening's 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. There is a tab above to check out daily restaurant Specials. 

  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Successful Teen Week

Taught 800 adolescents

Atención integral a 800 jóvenes

Sábado, 16 de Noviembre de 2013 23:38

Durante exitosa semana

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Military Service lottery today at 8am in the City Council Room 

Hoy, sorteo del Servicio Militar

Sábado, 16 de Noviembre de 2013 23:36

Desde las 8:00 horas, en Sala de Cabildo

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About 60 youths are expected to participate, who were born in 1995, of whom 20 will not be obligated to carry out their military service, while it will remain mandatory for the other forty. They will fulfill their obligations on Saturdays at the Naval base between February and December 2014. They will receive military training, fitness training, and perform various chores on behalf of the community.   
Agapito leads event "Recycling Trash for Food"
 Helping family budgets 

Cuida economía familiar

Sábado, 16 de Noviembre de 2013 23:36

Agapito encabeza jornada de “Reciclando Basura por Alimentos”

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The Mayor, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, greeted families who were participating in this successful program implemented by the State Governor, Roberto Borge Angulo.

Activities resume after the rains
Returning to normal little by little 

Se reactivan actividades tras las lluvias

Sábado, 16 de Noviembre de 2013 23:30

Poco a poco retorna normalidad

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After three days of rain, the sunshine returned and tourism activities were back to normal. The reporter observed tourists in all the usual places, doing the usual things such as arriving from Cancun, shopping, sunbathing, riding in golf carts, taking boat tours, dining and drinking. It is noted that it has become customary for tourists to rent golf carts, whereas previously scooters were more popular.

Mexican Navy: Close to the community

Especially the youths

Armada de México, cerca de comunidad

Sobre todo de los jóvenes

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 The Navy is planning a project to begin in January, to offer information to students of Isla Mujeres about academic opportunities that are available in fields such as Naval engineer,  nurse technician, and physicians in various specialties, among other options in the Navy. This is the resumption of a project that took place several years ago.
   The Navy is holding a flag raising ceremony on the first Monday of each month, and each month they will invite as school to attend.

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Islanders attending the Recycle Trash for Food program this morning in colonia Salina Chica
Isleños asisten esta mañana al programa Reciclando Basura X Alimentos, en la colonia Salina Chica

Noticias de  Quequi......

 Mexican Navy: Helping students


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...


EL CHOCOLATE  GARRIDOThis is an article by the town historian about an Islander known as "Chocolate", who is now  eighty years old and in a wheelchair, who once was a coprero, milpero, carbonero, artesano, marino naval, lagartero, and pescador. (Copreros work on coconut plantations, milperos farm milpas, carboneros make charcoal, and the others are: artesan, Naval sailor, ?, and fisherman. Copra is dried coconut meat.) He is one of those pure blooded islanders who each day watches his community lose some of the charm that made it famous.
       He was born June 18, 1933 and his full name is  Perpetuo Socorro Garrido Tuz.  His parents were islanders who lived and worked on the coast as copreros. He was born with a midwife in attendance, between coconut palms. He says, "As soon as I learned to walk, I helped plant coconuts, pruned the plants, removed the dead ones, gathered the cocos, peeled & cracked them, and dried the meat.
     Along the sandy coast between  Nizuc and Puerto Morales, in the past century, for over seventy years, the San Miguel Coco Ranch produced copra. It was owned by Don Asuncion "Chono" Castilla and went along nearly eight kilometers of coast. It was two kilometers deep. One day the ranchers sold their lands to the bankers, and the rest is history. 
   He says when he was young, times were difficult for his parents, and they worked hard growing palm trees, hunting, fishing, and growing food. He remembers the freedom, the loneliness, and seeking distraction on the beach, hunting for gifts from the tide such as a ball, a broken doll, a rare bottle, and even containers with food or liquor.
    He says, "On Sundays we didn't work and would have traditional meals like Relleno Negro, and other typical dishes like sweet rolls, coconut cream and other snacks, when we ate like kings. There was a white rum liquor smuggled in cans from Belize, which made us happier than a winning lottery ticket when we mixed it with coconut water and mint. Then we would be feeling fine, under the palms, playing guitars and singing love songs to the moon and stars."
  The copreros slept in buildings of wood with zinc, breathing the fragrant aroma from the botoncillo wood, and getting up at 4am to begin their daily routine with coffee. As dawn broke they went out with shotguns to scare away the kolontes (woodpeckers) who were pecking at the tender coconuts. They would keep the farm clean of weeds, remove and burn diseased plants, plant new trees,  and produce dried coconut meat (copra). They would peel and crack the nuts, and dry the meat in the sun using long clotheslines. They would tend it for two or three days, then it would be sent to Isla Mujeres.
    Each worker would have a basket on his front (a "xuxak") made of reeds, fitted with leather or canvas supports. With his machete, the coprero would stab the coconuts on the ground, and toss them into his basket, which would hold up to sixty coconuts. (That is a lot of weight!) Each man was expected to gather three thousand daily, and to peel, crack, and dry them. This took from dawn to four in the afternoon, when they would stop to bathe, eat, and rest. "We would fall asleep at five in the afternoon, very tired, and in no mood for anything else," said don "Chocolate"  Depending on the weather, they would go out to hunt or fish, and they had to plant fruits and vegetables to supplement their diets.
   The copra was transported to Isla Mujeres by a boat that was 36 feet long and 12 feet wide. These vessels were called "panzonas" and were built on our coast. One was called “La Concha” and its owner was don “Chono” Castilla. From Isla Mujeres to Chicxulub, Yucatán, the copra was transported in boats like the “María Fidelia”, owned by don Argimiro Argüelles.
    Production of coconuts was a way of life that characterized the rough frontier of Quinana Roo in the twentieth century. The whole coast from Chiquilá to Xcalak seemed to be a single plantation. Those who traveled overseas along our coasts at that time told of a monotonous landscape of waves and palms, interrupted only by the occasional village, where there were gabled white wooden houses with zinc roofs, with a pier and a fragile boat.
    Descendents and owners of coco ranches facing Isla Mujeres include don Agustín Carballo in Punta Sam, Ladislao Tejero in el Meco, the ranch of Macario Díaz in Puerto Juárez, el “Santa Inés” of don Ausencio Magaña, which went from  Puerto Juárez to Boca del Río Nichupté, and then don José del Carmen Galué,  as well as the other coco ranches of the brothers and relatives of don Ausenciao:  Agapito Magaña, Miguel Magaña, Ariel Magaña.
   The women were not weak in this place so far from civilization. They got up earlier than the men to make coffee and breakfast, and spent most of the day in the kitchen. The main meal at midday required special effort and making tortillas and bread was an everyday chore. The corn was soaked in lime, then washed and milled to make the dough by hand. Every entree and all the condiments were made by hand and were needed in large amounts. Washing dishes and clothes, cleaning the house, fetching water from the well in buckets, and tending animals were all responsibilities of these women who were household heroines. They would sweep and scour the tables and floors and use ash or sand to polish them. Those who had time would help their spouses extract the copra.
   Their food was fresh and natural, but in return for this life without major tribulations, they faced hurricanes and sporadic epidemics. In general they ate well at the ranch, because there was plenty of food in the sea and the jungle. They ate deer, wild boar, and pheasant, and on bad days they ate lobster. On the other hand, ranch life offered other chores to the individuals, such as growing food in a milpa, and "Chocolate" planted papayas, watermelon, citrus, onions, sugar cane, and vegetables. There was wood and charcoal and he knew the secrets of the sea and of the jungle. To be continued.

      At the beginning of the article it says he was born at  el Rancho San Miguel, Kankum, Territorio Federal de Quintana Roo. (Cancun, I think) and comments how no one imagined then that this would become very developed as a c tourism destination back when the beaches were empty.
   His relative are as follows> Parents: Valentín Garrido y Huvelina Tuz, native of Isla Mujeres, and his siblings: Teresa, Vicente (+), Esteban, Valentín, Gaudencio, Juan de Dios, Renato, Israel, Adela y Marisol. Wife: Guadalupe Pérez,also native of isla. Children: Fernando (+), Martha y Maricela.         .

 por esto

Better weather & busier beaches
Mejora el clima y la afluencia en playasVer mas
After three days of cloudy and rainy weather, there was sunshine on Saturday and tourists flocked to Isla Mujeres. The ferries were operating at 30 to 40 percent of capacity. The restaurants were at approximately 50 percent, which is very good. The beaches were busy and the reporter noted there were many Mexican tourists enjoying the sun with their families.

Port reopened for navigation
Reabren el puerto a la navegación[+] Ver mas
The Harbor Master reopened the port to navigation by all vessels on Saturday, and the nautical tour boats were operating at 35 percent. The port had been closed to boats under fifty feet for about three days. Tours to Isla Contoy resumed, as did all other nautical touristic activities. It is anticipated that there may be another port closure on Monday with the arrival of another cold front.

Intensive campaign to prevent dengue
Intensa campaña para prevenir el dengue[+] Ver mas
There has been spraying at the schools and the students have been given leaflets about preventing dengue by preventing breeding of mosquitoes, and they made drawings. They are monitoring the schools to eliminate any breeding areas with standing water, and encourage residents to eliminate any reservoirs around their yards and patios, and to avoid leaving out any containers or open trash cans.

Weather affects lobster fishermen
En picada la captura de langosta[+] Ver mas
  Cold Front #12 lowered demand for lobster and stirred up the sea bottom, which lowers visibility and causes seaweed to get into the nets. The Cooperative Justicia Social has captured about three tonnes of live lobster and 400 kilos of tails. The live lobster sell for 200-220 pesos a kilo and the tails sell for 400 pesos per kilo (Using 12.5 for exchange, that is ~$30/kilo or ~$13.50 lb)

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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 .

Nov 1 Dia de los Muertos / All Saints Day
Nov 2 Dia de lost Muertos / All Souls Day
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 3 US Time Change / End DST
Nov 7 Art Fair at Town Square  4p-7p
Nov 7 Red Cross Benefit Concert 6:30 Hotel Ixchel Palapa downtown
Nov 8 Last day of Hanal Pixan
Nov 11 US Veteran's Day   Canada Remembrance Day
Nov 12 Postal Worker Appreciation Day in Mexico /
Día de Carteros
Nov 12 Día Nacional del Libro / National Book Day
Nov 13 Health Fair Salina Chica 5pm Blue Dome
Nov 13 Employment fair  9am Town Square
Nov 14 World Diabetes Day
Nov 14 Naval Wives Breakfast 9am (Naval Club, usually).
Date of Caribe Maya Cultural Festival TBA? (Was this w/e in 2011 & 2012)
Buen Fin Weekend of discounts
Nov 16 International Day of Tolerance
Nov 18 Day off for Revolution Day (date of parade TBA)
Nov 20  Dia de la Revolución
Nov 23  Día de la Armada de México (Mexican Naval Day)

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  US Thanksgiving holiday
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

Fenix Lounge  Hoy Cerrado por mal tiempo.-    Closed today for bad weather.-

Tammi Lewis 
  Miguel's playing schedule this week is
 Fayne's BarandGrill  Wednesday through Saturday 10:30pm - 12:00am.
 Saturday Tequileria La Adelita's 12:00am - 2:00am for salsa night. 
 Sunday Bahia Tortuga with the Sol Rockers 7:00pm - 9:00pm

 John Cain's schedule  this week
  Tuesday, 8 to 10 solo at Cafe Del Mar,
 Friday, 7 to 9 pm solo at Bally Hoo Restaurant, 
Sunday, 7 to 930 The Sol Rockers at Bahia Tortuga Restaurant-Bar 
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun


Fenix Sat 2p Reggae/Cuban  (sometimes)
  Sun 2p Salsa

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 music on Friday evenings &  Reggae- 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...

Video about MUSA, the underwater sculpture museum, & the logistics involved with installing sculptures under the sea from the Discovery Channel  (LINK

Caribe On Canvas    Since the sun is finally shining on Isla today, thought it would be nice to take a little virtual stroll down Medina!

HERE is an article about Yucatan wildlife, with very nice photos. Here is an excerpt:

Yucatan Banded Gecko is endemic to the peninsula of Yucatan and a rare gecko to encounter Yucatan Banded Gecko, Coleonyx elegans   elegans, are nocturnal small geckos, about six inches in length and lives primary in rocky habitats; strictly terrestrial creature with very elegant skin marks or bands and a red brown skin, one of Yucatan's most colorful reptiles, rare to spot the Yucatan Banded Gecko has sharp pointy toes, movable eyelids, eye pupil is narrow with a vertical slit.  Because of its sharply decorative vivid colors and skin, local Maya consider this gecko deadly, but such is not the case, this beautiful rare animal is shy and prefers not to be noticed, although nocturnal, it can be spotted in the daytime at our Mayan Jungle Reserve in a protected habitat.

Kathy Ennis
Our moon Flower in full bloom tonight.

caribeann sunsent

Moonrise tonight is at 5:21, in the east, over the Caribbean.
 Sunset is at 5:05 over the Bay.

The moon was brilliant last night, casting shadows & reflecting on the sea, making it shimmer like mercury. There are thirteen lunar cycles annually. I was unsuccessful in my search for a Mayan name for this moon.
      It is said that the Mayans saw a rabbit when they looked at the moon, which is Ixchel's totem animal. She is a Pale Goddess, which is said to refer to the moon. The temple at Punta Sur was dedicated to Ixchel.

Ixchel, Goddess of the Moon, Holding her rabbit

Below>>IxChel, Moon Goddess,Graffiti from Nakun, Represented during the Classic Period as a Young woman with a rabbit, seated in the Crescent Moon (From Link)


HERE is a website selling replicas of Ixchel statues and here is an excerpt:

The rite of passage into womanhood required fashioning such a clay statue of Ixchel, traveling to the sacred Isle of Women (Isla Mujeres) and performing a ritualistic breaking of the image in her temple there.
     Local tradition holds that for many generations women have been making two pilgrimages to the temple in their life time. Little girls first accompany their mother to the temple to make offerings, and when they become mothers, they take their own daughters back to make offerings.
       The continuity of this pilgrimage has been preserved across many generations.

Ix Chel is the Maya Goddess of the Moon, Water, Weaving and Childbirth. She is shown here in three of Her many aspects. Left to right: Chak Chel, the Old Moon Goddess, called the Midwife of Creation; Ix Chel in Her main form as Mother Goddess and Weaver who set the Universe in motion; and the Young Moon Goddess, shown with Her totem animal the rabbit. Image & excerpt from 



Jennifer Kelly's photo.  Fenix
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Looks like they fishermen are pulling up a lot of seaweed in their nets....
Mucha pesca pero de hierva


Casa Havana Cafe Paladar updated their cover photo.

Islaholics can get your Islaholic bracelet, anklet or eyeglass holder from Hector across from Ballyhoo/Pemex.
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Daily Update: I have great news, Juanita got a home today, she’s flying to Ottawa, we found her tied to a tree at about 4 months old, then she spent weeks with Arturo with bad skin. She’s a great dog, I’m so happy for her. Plus I’m so excited about the fund raiser for the distemper vaccinations; we actually exceeded our goal which means that we can buy more vaccines and make sure that we have enough other medicine to treat any dog that isn’t well enough for the vaccine. It’s been amazing. Thank you all, it just feels over the top great to know that you care. So the picture is my little Mona who has more personality in her wiggly little body than should be possible. Ha, ha, shows what I know - I thought she was a Chihuahua and it turns out that she’s a poodle. She’s wearing her “tough guy” shirt in the picture and she is tough, beating out Momma Gerdy and Perrafera to the food dish, she definitely putting on weight. Got a new guy named Torito, I will post about him tomorrow. By the way the pay pal on my web site is kind of funky, I’m getting it changed. If you want to make a onetime donation than click on the DONATE button but if you want to set up a monthly donation click on the amount that you want to donate monthly even though it doesn’t look like a button. I’m trying to get it fixed but in the meantime it still works, it’s just not that clear. Oh – named Momma Wheat’s pup Ilsa after Jill's dog who passed away.

Hi everyone, I teach an English class (for adults) every Saturday. Tonight's class (Sat, Nov. 16th) will be from 5-6:30 pm at la Iglesia de Jesus Cristo in Cañotal. This class is every Sat, same time, same place. Students do not need to be members of the church, it is open to the public. This class is for beginners and costs $75 pesos per student. Please help me spread the word if you know anyone who may be interested. My phone number is 998-136-1497. Thanks!

  • Christy Dix If anyone is interested in sponsoring a student, there are a handful of dedicated students who would be very appreciative. Let me know in a private message and we can work out the details. Thanks!!

  • JoAnn Schrock Eagle What about Spanish for the travelers? I'm there in January.

  • Christy Dix Hi JoAnn, yes, I also teach Spanish to residents and tourists. My website is I'm in the process of updating it, but it has the basic info about my Spanish classes. I look forward to helping you improve your Spanish in January!

Below it says after 5pm you can order by leaving a message, various packages of Pizza & pasta available for 50, 80, and 100 pesos, with a free crepe. Their desserts cost 5, 10, and 15 pesos, but if you eat in they will give you a free dessert. Sweet crepes, ice cream, cake, sweet empanadas, sweet rolls, bunuelos, or coffee. At Bufalo in Salina Chica
Ibette de Alcocerposted toMerCaDo liBrE Isla muJers!!!  HAGAN SUS PEDIDOS AHORA POR MEDIO DE MENSAJE AL 99 81 86 32 42. SERVICIO A PARTIR DE LAS 5PM. PIZZA Y PASTA EN VARIOS PAQUETES. DE 50, DE 80 Y DE 100. DARE UNA CREPA GRATIS (tienen q'pedirla si la quieren).

By: Bufalo
Val Jukoskyposted toIslaholics
No need for snorkel gear at Garrafon de Castilla!

Val Jukoskyposted toIslaholics Punta Sur....breathtaking!

It says MariaChilango, in La Gloria, is selling paella today, made with chicken, pork, beef, and shrimp for 80p an order and 50p a half order. Or for 70p have an order of food, condiments/garnishes, tortillas and a beverage of Jamaica or Horchata. At the location of Don Santisima.
Buenos días hoy EMPEZAMOS vender comida del día EL MARIACHILANGO ofrece hoy un rica PAELLA MIXTA DE POLLO PUERCO RES Y CAMARONES lo tenemos a lo $80 pesos la orden y $50 la media orden

El super paquete para los que vallan a comer al local tenemos por el módico precio de $70 pesos que Te incluye UNA ORDEN DE COMIDA, SU GUARNICIÓN, TORTILLAS RECIÉN ECHAS Y UNA JARRA DE AGUA DE JAMAICA U HORCHATA no lo deje pasar

Nos encontramos ubicados en EL LOCAL DE DON SANTÍSIMA los esperamos

International Lung Cancer Day
Hoy 17 de Noviembre, Día Internacional de Cáncer del Pulmón.

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— in Isla Mujeres.

After 2p Pibipollos (a tamale made this time of year) 60p, home delivery. By the church at the curve by Chedraui
Para hoy apartir de las 2:00 pm ricos pibipollos a $60 pesos servicio a domicilio, pidanlo al cel: 9981096398
Estamos en el templo de la curva de chedraui

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