Saturday, February 22, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Saturday, February 22 The Afternoon Edition & Catching Up

  The first issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities has been published, featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! Thank-you to everyone who has visited & shared it! 
Check out the Charity document, patronize the supportive businesses & visit the blogs of the talented contributors! Contact me at if you'd like to donate $15 to your fav charity, for an ad. Good causes, good exposure. Ad for a year is a $45 donation. 100% is contributed.

Feel free to copy & share the Charity document! Telling your friends about the Magazine & sharing links helps Isla Charities, too. Your support is appreciated & small efforts add up to big differences. Thanks! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte

  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

State playoffs in soccer begin today

At 10 o'clock this morning: Salinas

Hoy inicia eliminatoria estatal de fútbol

Viernes, 21 de Febrero de 2014 21:43

A partir de las 10:00 horas, en las Salinas

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The soccer playoffs are for those under 17 years of age, to determine who will represent the state in the regional phase of the National Olympiad 2014. Isla Mujeres will host the state elimination competitions in soccer, and they will be taking place on the synthetic turf of the facility in colonia Salinas, starting at 10am today with Cozumel vs Benito Juarez (Cancun). At 2pm Isla Mujeres will play against Cozumel, and at 5pm Isla Mujeres will oppose Benito Juarez (Cancun.) The athletes have been preparing intensely in recent weeks. 

  "Benito Juarez"  Middle School marching group wins contest

La “Benito Juárez” se lleva palmas

Viernes, 21 de Febrero de 2014 21:40

En certamen de bandas de guerra

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Students from seven Isla Mujeres schools participated, as well as two groups from the municipality of Benito Juarez (Cancun). Members of the Navy also marched and presented flags. The event took place under the dome at the Bicentenario plaza. The official awards will be announced as part of the celebration of Flag Day. (Dia de la Bandera), on February 24th, when the Mayor will deliver flags to all the schools in the municipality.
Monitoring restaurants
Sanitary inspections of ~200 businesses

Vigilan a restaurantes

Viernes, 21 de Febrero de 2014 21:38

Realizarán operativo sanitario en un total de 200

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. As part of the ongoing monitoring program, the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris )will inspect an average of 200 businesses in upcoming days, said Leonel Garcia Povedano. They are doing routine inspections around the town, applying strict regulations, to insure the safety of tourists. Isla is known as a safe tourist destination, and he said they monitor 150 to 200 businesses regularly.  He said the penalties are high, and businesses should take into consideration all of the recommendations given in recent hygiene courses. They have been inspecting the businesses at the municipal market in colonia Canotal, focusing on the sellers of pork and beef.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......


    22 tonnes of trash exchanged in colonia La Gloria

    Aporta “La Gloria”, 22 toneladas de basura.Aporta “La Gloria”, 22 toneladas de basura.

    0 21 de febrero de 2014

    Redacción > Quequi Isla Mujeres .- 


    Tourists donate equipment to hospital

    Donan turistas equipo a Hospital Integral.

    0 21 de febrero de 2014

    Donan turistas equipo a Hospital Integral.Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.- 

Red Cross offers walk-in office visits 

Ofrece la Cruz Roja servicio de consultas

Ofrece la Cruz Roja servicio de consultas 0 20 de febrero de 2014

Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-
  • Buscan regularizar carritos de golf en la isla.


    Seeking to regulate golf carts in Isla Mujeres

    Buscan regularizar carritos de golf en la isla.

    0 19 de febrero de 2014

    Por Carlos Gasca Isla Mujeres.-
    At the checkpoints, there were 60 golf carts which had infractions and two units were impounded. The Chief of Police, Joaquin Poot Acosta, said there have been over 100 offenses found since Tuesday, mostly by rental agencies. The checkpoints are located at various parts of the island, and although the carts are driven mostly by tourists, they are not required to do anything, except to take the ticket and give it to the agency when they turn in the unit. In the cases of the two carts that were impounded, this did not affect the tourists because they were taken to the agency to receive another cart or a refund.
      The police chief said the majority of the cart rental companies have serious irregularities such as sharing plates between carts, using duplicate numbers, and using private plates on rental vehicles. He explained that the agencies are renting more vehicles than they are allowed by their concessions, and therefore they use only one plate, to double their income from the rental of the second cart. He said these irregularities should be monitored by the Agency of Transport and Communications, but in our case, we can  only address the corresponding infraction.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Residents exchange recyclable trash for food

Ponen vecinos el ejemplo en ecología

Ponen vecinos  el ejemplo  en ecología
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Contest of marching groups promotes civic pride

Fomentan cultura cívica en concurso de escoltas

Fomentan cultura cívica en concurso de escoltas
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The municipality: Meeting the needs of islanders

Atiende munícipe las necesidades de isleños

Atiende munícipe las necesidades de isleños
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Investigating golf cart rental agencies

Indagan a negocios de carritos de golf

Indagan a negocios de carritos de golf
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Celebrating the birthday of Marthy Vargas

Cantan las 'mañanitas' a Marthy Vargas

Cantan las 'mañanitas' a Marthy Vargas


Electricity service returned to families in colonia La Gloria 

Regresa la luz eléctrica para familias de colonia La Gloria

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 por esto

More control over golf carts
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The local office of Communications of the state government issued a leaflet to the 16 golf cart rental agencies, regarding requirements about documentation that will be enforced beginning on March 1st. The carts must have a notice in Spanish and English of 45 x 45 cm stating that users must carry their papers and show them to Traffic police when requested.
   During this winter season, there are about 600 carts circulating the island daily, which causes some chaos at some areas of the island. It is presumed with certainty that there are owners taking the opportunity to rent unauthorized vehicles, which is generating complaints between the agencies.
   También el personal de Comunicaciones y Transporte del gobierno estatal realiza su trabajo, y cuando entre en vigor la medida, ningún vehículo deberá arrendarse fuera de su sitio oficial. That says: Also, when the staff of the state agency of Communications and Transport have finished this work, and when all the rules are in force, no vehicle will be rented except from its official site.  There have been cases of tourism promoters on the main street malecon who rented golf carts to tourists, without having documents.

Julieta Venegas in concert
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This is the first of her two concerts in Isla Mujeres this year, and will take place under the palm trees of the beach of the Hostel Poc Na tonight.  She is one of 15 international artists who have performed on the island in the past two years, with more planned for 2014. These include Amparo Sánchez,  28 of March; La Pata de la Tuerta, 19th of April; Fabiana Castillo, 4th of May; Auténticos Decadentes, 25th of May; Damas Gratis, at the end of July or early August ; DancingMood, in October, and the return of Lumunba (con Fidel Nadal y Pablito Molina), at the end of October.
   There will be a festival against gender violence on November 20 which will feature Ms Venegas, with Lila Down, Marisa Monte, Susana Vaca, TotoMomposina and Ileana Cabra. At other times: Manu Chao, Cuban Beats, Jarabe de Palo, Quique Neira: and maybe Calle 13, depending on various factors. 
   For every ticket sold, 10 pesos goes to the DIF social service agency, and there is a limited capacity of 2500 people for the concert tonight.

Restructuring sports leagues
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The Director of Sports, Enrique Barros announced that they are restructuring the sports leagues in coordination with the Committee for Youth and Sport of Quintana Roo (COJUDEQ) to convert the categories A & B, in basketball, and then in soccer, baseball, softball, and volleyball. They are also eliminating the registration fees for all teams.
   There will be a five kilometer and ten kilometer race on March 23, starting at the Posada beach at 8am. Registration is open until March 20 with a fee of 300 pesos for adults, which increases to 350 on the 16th, and children from age 2 to 12 may be registered for 100 pesos each.
   It is noted that some sports facilities need attention, but they have been given maintenance lately, including the basketball court at the high school, Colegio Bachilleres.


Isla Mujeres in a literary work
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The book contains photographs from the 1990's and is for sale on the Amazon website. Its author, Batya Weinbaum said she is preparing its second edition. The book includes discussions about myths about women, influences of Mayan women, and the culture shock caused by the arrival of tourists from North America and Europe. The author says this caused a dramatic evolution in two decades, and the rapid 'extranjeriza' of this location and led to the advance of “extranjerismo” (Extranjero means foreign/ foreigner)The second edition will contain reflections on the current coexistence between foreigners and local people in the colonias.
      The author first visited Isla Mujeres in 1971, when there were only 4 hotels and 4 restaurants, of which only one had a 'foreign menu'. She gave birth on the isle in 1992 to a daughter named Ola Liota. Ms. Weinbaum is currently preparing a thesis on Isla Mujeres for a doctorate. program with the University of Massachusetts.

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February begins with a long holiday weekend, and on Sunday are tamale parties for Epiphany. Monday is a day off for Constitution Day & the (fun!)benefits begin on Monday, that accompany Island Time Fishing Tournament. ITFT lasts all week until the following Sunday night. (See schedule of events below.)
    The next weekend is Valentine's Day & the Lion Fish Tournament. On the 15th the Carnaval King & Queen will be presented & Carnaval begins as the month ends. Read more here at the Isla Mujeres Magazine February Events Page!


The tentative, partial Carnaval schedule...

 (There are usually parades in the afternoon, down Rueda Medina to the whale shark festival, and events at night on the Town Square. The troupes also perform at parties, hotels, restaurants, & in the streets. There are usually activities on Friday night also.)

Saturday night, March 1, will be Cuban night, with the traditional Negrada.

 On Sunday, March 2,  they will hold the traditional Carnaval Playero at the Posada del Mar Beach. (Along Main Street/Rueda Medina. Playero means of the beach.).

 On Monday March 3 will be the traditional regional evening with Yucatecan outfits, and the dance of the pig's head & the bull petate  (el baile de la cabeza de cochino y el toro petate), among other activities. In addition, with the regional night on Monday, will be held a celebration of the discovery of Isla Mujeres, which occurred on the 3rd of March.

On Tuesday March 4th the competitions between the troupes will take place, as well as the traditional reading of the will of Juan Carnaval, and then the burning event.

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

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:  is closed & relocating. email me at westofcuba@gmail for help arranging pick ups. Kathy Ennis has volunteered to fill in. They plan to reopen at Marina Paraiso in March.




Iguana's: Live Music Thurs, Fri, Sat, & Sun! ~6p
 Thursday is Blues, with beer & pizza specials, usual menu also 

Friday evenings Caribbean, Blues. 
Saturdays   Reggae- Caribbean-Tropical music & Carlos is on the BBQ making ribs, burgers, arranchera, & steaks. Usual menu also
Sundays  Vera Cruz, Carribean music & the special is paella. Usual menu also.

  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
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 530 to 730 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 ~1 or 2p Reggae/Cuban  

       Sun ~1 or 2p Salsa 
(Start times have been variable. Posted on menu board by entrance)
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!!
every tuesday!You 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

Texas Holdem Every Monday and Thursday
 at 6:00pm   El Patio Caribbean Grill


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