Tuesday, December 17, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Tuesday, December 17 The Afternoon Edition

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The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines &  newspaper photos. This Afternoon Edition has  translations of the news articles,  Daily Events, the Live Music Schedule  & 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.

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At ~9a, today's news is not available on DQR online. ....  Ditto at ~1:30p

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

  • Instalan operativo Guadalupe-reyes
      Holiday security operation begins 


    Instalan operativo Guadalupe-reyes

    0 16 de diciembre de 2013  On the island, the checkpoints will be located in the usual places, with one near the vehicle ferry and the other by the Aguakan pumping station, on the edges of town. The purpose it to prevent accidents, speeding and driving under the influence. It will continue through out the Guadalupe-Reyes holiday period.
        There will breathalyzer testing available from noon on December 24 into the night of  December 25th, and again on Dec. 31st to January 2nd.There will be fifty officers divided into seven patrols and four motorcycles, to have a presence on both the island and the Continental Zone. Citizens can call the police directly at 999 0051 or via the emergency number 066.

    Por Carlos Gasca-quequi.
  • Inunda Agapito de basura a isleños
      Litter blocking storm drains causes flooding


    Inunda Agapito de basura a isleños

    0 16 de diciembre de 2013

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.-.The reporter notes that the Department of Civil Protection should be more vigilant about keeping storm drains free of trash to prevent flooding of the streets during heavy rain.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Tourism activities decline in Isla Mujeres

Caen actividades turísticas de la isla

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Fishermen hurt by low catches of lobster

Golpea a los pescadores bajo nivel de captura de langosta

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 por esto

Annual security checkpoints for holiday season begin
Operativo de seguridad para el tiempo de asueto, reclamo de pobladores isleños.. [+] Ver mas
These security operations will continue through January 7th, said the head of Public Security and transit. During the press conference at the Public Ministry, a group of foreigners arrived to discuss a wave of burglaries. There is an unofficial estimate that they are already 20% of the population. (That would mean there are over 3000 foreign residents on the island. I would guess that less than 5% of the island population carries foreign resident visas, but I don't know. Five percent would be over 800 people, assuming there are over 16,000 people on the island.)

Islanders plan to resume hosting the Caribbean Cultural Festival in 2014
Isleños retomarán el Festival de Cultura del Caribe.. [+] Ver mas

There are plans to resume holding the annual municipal version of the Festival of Caribbean Culture in 2014, perhaps in May. That would be the eighth municipal Caribbean Culture Festival, and potential guests include musicians from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Brazil, among other countries, and there is always good representation from Mexico. Promoters of the municipal festival include Rafael Burgos, Miguel Povedano, and Basto Chacon.

Mobile vendors affect store sales
Ambulantes afectan las ventas de locatarios[+] Ver mas
Businesses in the municipal mercado are losing business to vendors who bring in fruit and vegetables from Cancun, which are said to be 'surplus goods' and sold very cheaply. Their meeting with the Mayor is being rescheduled and they also want to talk about the need for better promotion and signage, as well as maintenance of the parking lot, painting of the building, and improving the image of the market. One vendor explained that they need to sell 2000 pesos worth daily to pay expenses and taxes, but sales are often between zero and 1500 pesos, leaving no margin for profit.

Tourism & fishing come to a halt
Frena actividad turística y pesquera[+] Ver mas

The effects of cold front number 19 brought tourism activity and fishing to a standstill, and the Port was closed to navigation by small vessels from an early hour. The head of Civil Protection, Huberto Rodriguez, reported the storm drain system, of approximately 2 kilometers, was working well at removing water from both downtown and the colonias, but it was recommended that people avoid leaving plastic bags in the streets, because they block the storm drains. As for the lakes, Salina Grande and  Salina Chicha, the water line has been kept some 15 centimeters below the average level, so they were prepared, but maintenance was given to one of the two pumps to respond without mishap to an emergency discharge, but it will have to rain more before they need to activate the pumps.
  He said the potential flooding on Hidalgo is under control because of the pumps that move water from that area, but in the case of the main street Rueda Medina along the boardwalk, the high tide is hampering the drainage of the collected rain water, independently of the irregularities caused by the recent reconstruction of that street.
  Meanwhile, the Navy reported the effects of the high winds of 37-46km/hr with gusts up to 56km/hr are causing waves of 2.4 to 3 meters, and navigation for vessels in general is not recommended, and regulatory warning and precautions are in effect. They also recommend caution against structures at risk of falling such as trees, billboards, cables, or other structures that could be unstable in high winds.
   There was little commercial activity observed throughout the day, while the continuous rainfall kept tourists from leaving their hotels, but taxi drivers reported increased activity and their services were being used by   municipal workers, employees of private companies, people who were too cautious to ride their scooters, as well as the people in general. But, yes, there were some visitors in golf carts touring the island in the middle of this storm. No recreational (tour) boats arrived, but they will resume when the weather improves.

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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

December Calendar of events

 Festivities for the Patron Saint, The Virgin of Immaculate Conception are Nov. 28-Dec 8
The religious image was moved to Isla Mujeres from the Boca Iglesia Church, where she has been honored annually for 102 years. HERE is an article about the Festival
Dec 4 Wednesday 6p Confirmation Mass at Catholic Church on Town Square
Dec 5 Thursday  4-7 Artist Fair Town Square (First Thursday of Each Month)
Dec 6 Friday  Security Operation Guadalupe-Reyes begins
Dec 7 Saturday 7p Procession of the Virgin through the colonias
                         ~10p Singing Las Manitas, Mass Catholic Church on Town Square
Dec 8 Sunday 3p Procession from Church on Square to Bay, for procession on Bay with three large boats provided for parishioners. Followed by Grand Kermes, and returning of icon to her niche. Celebration of 50th anniversary of priesthood for Father Martinez.
Dec 12 Dia de Guadalupe, Patron Saint of Mexico. Festival at Chapel in Salina Chica
 They have been setting up the circular stadium, along the Caribe road down south, which usually means a 'bullfight' with little people and heifers, where no one is harmed. There could be trained monkeys riding dogs, or circus animals, rides for the kids, and vendors.
 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th.

Everyone is invited!Dec 14 Saturday 5:30-8:30 Casa Sirena Benefit for Brazos Abiertos
Dec 16 -24  The Posadas
The Posadas are nine days before Christmas eve, when there are reenactments in neighborhoods (and a play on the town square) of Mary & Joseph being turned away, until they are accepted at one house, and there is a neighborhood party there.
  During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico
Dec 14 Saturday Caribbean Cultural Festival 8pm Town Square (Cuban band)
Dec 17 Tuesday 4-6  Brisas Grill  Benefit for Keys4Life
Rescheduled for tomorrow

Dec 24  Noche Buena  Zapatos por los ninos party
Dec 25  Christmas
Dec 31 New Years Eve celebration on Town Square (Usually fireworks & dancing to live music until dawn. Reserved tables are sold by Tourism Department.)
 Charity Info
Donate some shoes? You can drop them off at Barlitos! If you aren't coming before this event, your donations of shoes or money are always welcome and needed!
ZAPATOS PARA LOS NINOS   Shoes for the Children Annual Christmas Party and Shoe Drive
        December is here, and we are collecting shoes and donations for our annual Christmas Party and shoe delivery.  Last year every child that came for shoes walked away with a new pair for Christmas!
This is the one time of year we only collect new shoes in order to make each child feel extra special.
Not only do we distribute shoes, but we join with the local community to provide a meal and a small gift. It is a special event, as for some of the children, it will be their only Christmas gift. They are already looking forward to it on December 24th.
If you would like to donate shoes, please contact Greg Snider at: bullridersnider@yahoo.com

If you would like to contribute monies so we can purchase shoes, food, or small toys, please also contact Greg at the email address above or go to our website for Pay Pal http://www.islazapatos.blogspot.mx/   We will happily send you photos of the children who receive your gifts.   Greg and Natalie


Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)

 Books for Grade School Reading Program, Items for Isla Animals, Diabetes Supplies, Shoes for the Kids, Items for Little Yellow School House...Barlitos:  On Hidalgo, the pedestrian street, at Abasolo

Toys for PEACE: Galerita across from Olivia's Restaurant

Keys 4 Life  Benefit Event: Tuesday, Dec 17 Brisas Grill 4pm RESCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW A Christmas concert called "Secret Santa Christmas Celebration." by Ken Wanovich with buffet, beverage, & gift CD. $20 or 250p (link for tickets). Profits will be spent on toys, and Ken explains, "The concept is that we are the Secret Santa, giving gifts to the children through the parents, who cannot afford gifts for their own families." Ken Wanovich Posted a new song: "Give It Away" http://t.co/kevoDDRftu ‪#‎music‬



Julieta Venegas is an American born Latin Pop singer with a platinum album (Limon y Sal) whose biggest hit is "Me Voy", here's that music video below (LINK)

  Miguel's playing schedule 
 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   

Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Friday, Bally Hoo Restaurant, solo, 530 to 730 pm
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm 
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

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!! 
Fenix Sat 2p Reggae/Cuban   off & on

  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.
Iguana's: Thursday is Blues, with beer & pizza specials. Friday evenings have featured Cuban-Vera Cruz music. On Saturdays & Sundays they have   Reggae- Caribbean-Tropical music.  Starting around 6. 
The Sol Rockers play at Bahia Tortuga on Sunday evenings. 
RYAN RYCKMAN......back at ComoNo......every night 8:30You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

ComoNo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico  RYAN RYCKMAN......back at ComoNo......every night 8:30

From Bahia Tortuga....
Bahia Tortuga Restaurant-Bar / Hotel / Marina's photo.

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Diluvio on isla raining raining raining
Like · · · 3 hours ago

Oh, how hard it is to speak Spanish! by
Inténtalo Carito·with subtitles

Link to video

Jalapeños con Queso Philadelphia pimiento Rojas Ticino salsa de piña con habanero limon pimiento y sal. Mmmmmm good snack

(Lotsa people making comfort food in their slow cookers yesterday, also, including us)

The Benefit tonight at Brisas Grill is POSTPONED to tomorrow at 4:00pm:

Note from Ken: After consulting with the elder board of Elves and Mrs. Clause, we are postponing the Secret Santa Christmas Celebration until tomorrow, Wednesday, December 18th, at 4pm. Radar is indicating that the heaviest rain will be arriving between 3-4pm. today, and it will be very difficult for transportation and parking with all the roads flooding. Please help spread the word. Thank you so much, and see you tomorrow!

INFORMES AL 9982448474 O AL 9982433776


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