Tuesday, February 4, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Tuesday, February 4 The Afternoon Edition

  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 westofcuba@gmail.com 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

  LINK to 24 hour time lapse of the webcam

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.

   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Cabbies threaten radical measures: Seeking regulation of golf carts

Piden poner orden en carritos de golf

Lunes, 03 de Febrero de 2014 22:50

Chafiretes amenazan con tomar medidas radicales

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ISLA MUJERES, 1 de febrero.-
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A meeting is planned with the Mayor, because the cabbies want the authorities of  the  Dirección de Transporte to address the golf cart problem. The leader of the taxi union, Eduardo Rodriguez Peniche said that all resources will be exhausted before they resort to extreme acts. He said they do not intend to take the law into their own hands, but they will take action against any golf cart and will not tolerate any more golf cart concessions. He thinks it is likely they will reach an agreement. He siad they have information and pictures of various companies who have carts circulating the island without license plates, and with excessive numbers of passengers. He said no one is regulating this, which is why they are meeting with the appropriate authorities, and seeking enforcement. He said it is important for the inspectors to do their job, and that the director of Transito should take measures to ensure the golf carts are operating legally.
Motorcycle "disappears" in colonia La Gloria 

Victim left with desire to file a complaint 

“Desaparece” motocicleta en La Gloria

Lunes, 03 de Febrero de 2014 21:59

Víctima se quedó con las ganas de presentar denuncia

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Although the state Judicial Police (PJE) have said they have thefts of motorcycles under control in Isla Mujeres, at least once a week there is a disappearance, mostly of scooters. In colonia La Gloria, one was stolen from in front of the owner's door, and he was unable to file a complaint because the office of the Public Ministry of Common Law (MPFC) was closed, due to the holiday. With no complaint filed, the state Judicial Police (PJE) could not initiate an investigation, so his friends and family were in charge of this work. As of this afternoon, they had not yet been successful in finding the scooter which is a Honda Wave, that is the color of red wine, owned by the family of Magana Rios. The owners suspect the unit has been taken away, rather than dismantled, as has happened in the past.
Sunbathers enjoyed the long weekend until its final moments 

Disfrutaron al máximo

Lunes, 03 de Febrero de 2014 21:58

Bañistas aprovecharon hasta el último momento del puente largo

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On the last day of the holiday weekend celebrating the Promulgation of the Constitution of Mexico,  the beaches were invaded by hundreds of visitors of all nationalities, who arrived early in the morning, and enjoyed every minute of the sunny day. There were many foreigners, principally from North America, who visit this vacation destination during the months of December, January, February, and March each year. 

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

  • Seeking to promote increased consumption of Lion Fish


    Buscarán fomentar consumo de pez

    Buscarán fomentar consumo de pez 0 03 de febrero de 2014

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.-

    Registration for the Lion Fish tournament is open today until February 14th, when the two day tournament begins. Humberto Moguel, director of Pesca said they are encouraging consumption at local restaurants. They are involving the specialized dive shops to join in the fight against this species. They are planning to offer attractive prizes to the winners, and more than 40 boats are expected to register. They will give prizes for the most quantity and the largest specimen. Efforts are being made throughout the Caribbean to halt the advance and negative effects of this invasive species, which is killing many members of species that are native to the region.

  • Taxi rate increase in March


    En marzo sube tarifa de taxistas

    En marzo sube tarifa de taxistas 0 03 de febrero de 2014

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.-
    The leader of the taxi union, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez, announced that they plan to increase the taxi rate  for islanders on the shortest trips, which currently cost 13 pesos. The new rate of 15 pesos is scheduled to take effect in mid March, which is an increase of 14 percent.Students and children pay a special discounted rate of 8 pesos. The managers of the taxi union will travel to Chetumal to meet with the Secretary of Transportation to make the changes official. He said the drivers have been absorbing increased costs for a long time, but can endure it no longer. He explained that prices of fuel and parts have risen steadily.


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Parents assured there is space for all students

Garantizan a padres cupo escolar

Garantizan a padres cupo escolar
School registration will be held February 4-17 at Julio Sauri primary school from 9am to noon. Parents are asked not to form long lines in the morning, and are assured that there is space for all students. Registration will begin promptly at 9am on February 4th for all grades of kindergarten, primary, and middle school. They are expecting about 250 new students to enroll. The list of required documents are included in the article.

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Baby Jesus celebrated on Dia de la Candelaria  (not Calendaria)

Celebran al niño Dios en Día de la Calendaria

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Children demonstrate their baseball skills

Demuestran pequeños sus dotes beisbolísticos

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 por esto

Outbreak of dengue
Nuevo brote de dengue[+] Ver mas

 There have been several positive cases of dengue among families who live some meters from the  Hospital Integral in Isla Mujeres, according to data collected by Por Esto. A telephone interview was conducted with one of those who are affected, Arturo Rios Magana. He complained about an ex-official in the neighborhood of colonia Electristas, who has several properties that are overgrown and could provide breeding grounds for Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes. He also complained about potential breeding areas that are near his family home, which is adjacent to the hospital. His home has has experienced more than one case recently.
  In an interview with residents who live downtown, they said the main potential breeding ground there is the area where the Perla Caribe hotel was located, where there are many receptacles where rain water stagnates. Another site is the Hotel Berny, which is being remodeled, and has a pool from which rainwater is rarely drained. Now there is a wooden boat near the boardwalk where the Perla Caribe was formerly located.
      On various internet pages there are comments from tourists who say the presence of mosquitoes prevented them from opening their windows for some fresh air. The daughter of Jose Rios tested positive for dengue and lives near the hotel Berny. There have been 15 cases in the municipality in January, and families who are affected include Magana, Ramos, Rios, and Osorio. They were all classic and there have been no cases of  hemorragic dengue. Residents want the City to punish owners who do not take care of their properties and allow standing water to accumulate.

Urban image project abandoned
Abandonado proyecto de imagen urbanaVer mas

There were plans to move the overhead lines underground when the plans were made to remodel downtown in 2008. This aspect of the project has not been completed, which included moving lines underground on Hidalgo and Rueda Medina Avenues.
    Along Juarez Avenue there are  cables overhead that 'collide' with balconies and walls, including those facing the Naval base. One homeowner said they fear electrocution of themselves or of the guests who spend the winter in their home, because of the proximity of the wires.

No improvement in gas distribution
No mejora la distribución de gase.. [+] Ver mas

The gas company has a location at the southern part of the isle where propane is provided directly and promptly, without needing to wait until the next day. However, consumers must get their tanks to the location, which involves hiring a taxi and knowing the hours they are open. The phone number is given for gas delivery from the company Gas del Caribe as 8813100, who say they deliver the next day if the request is made between 6am and 10pm. The cost per kilogram of LP gas in February in this area is 14.23 which is 12 more centavos than in January. The costs of filling tanks are as follows: 10 kilos is 142.30 pesos;  20 kilos is 284.60  and 30 kilos is 426.90 pesos, according to the Diario Oficial de la Federación  at their website HERE  

Lion Fish Tournament
Torneo de pesca de pez león [+] Ver mas

Registration is open until February 13th and members of the organizing committee expect some 100 teams to participate.  The list includes divers, fishermen, tourism service providers, and the public in general, both men and women. The Secretary of the Ministry of Fish gave special harpoons for catching lionfish, and offered to promote the event among sports fishermen. Participants may register as a team (by boat) with a limit of four members, with a designated captain. Regitration is at the municipal offices from 9-3 Monday - Friday, and the tournament will being at 8am on the dock of the cooperative Caribe, promptly at 8am on February 14th.  The fish should be delivered to the judges alive or freshly caught, juveniles to adults, and awards will be given for the largest & heaviest, whose specimens must be submitted whole. The prizes for the top ten winners include cash, and will be awarded for the largest, heaviest, and largest number caught.

Rescuing the Makax Lagoon
Al rescate de la laguna Makax[+] Ver mas

       ...Off to the Taxi Siteo...Where Elsy sells great food 'to go' in the morning...if you get there before it's all gone!

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February begins with a long holiday weekend that features the competition for the Carnaval Kings & Queens on Saturday (Feb. 1st), then 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.

Feb 1 Competition for Adult King & Queen of Carnaval

Feb 2  Candlemas / Fiesta de la Candelaria Join your friend for a tamale party! On King's Day (January 6th), those who got the baby Jesus in their piece of Rosca/ King's cake, are hosting the party today.
   The second of February occurs forty days after Christmas, and is celebrated by Catholics as the "Feast of Purification" or as the "Presentation of Christ at the Temple." According to Jewish law it was customary to bring a baby to the temple after that period of time had passed.  Jesus would have been taken to the temple on February second, if he was born on Dec. 25th. 
     The second day of February corresponds to the first day of the first month on the Aztec calendar, called Atlcahualo o Quauitleoa. There is an ancient tradition in many parts of Mexico to take corn cobs to the church to be blessed on this day, in anticipation of the onset of  planting season. 
     Atole is also traditional for this party, which like tamales, is a corn based food.Chocolate is usually included on both celebrations, King's Day and Candlemas, and like corn, is also an important substance in indigenous traditions.
      In many Catholic churches (and homes) in Mexico, on February second the baby Jesus icon is taken from the Nativity scene, dressed in finery, and moved to a niche, where it remains for the rest of the year before being 'lifted' to its niche.
      The baby was placed in the Nativity during the first of the Posadas, on December 16th, and remained there until Candlemas. During the Posadas there is a children's Posada play on the town square and neighborhood reenactments of Mary & Joseph being denied shelter, with a  party at the house that admits them. On King's Day, January 6th, the figurine (and Mexican children) was given presents, "from the 3 Magi/ wise men".  The pieces of King's cake that are shared by families, parishes, and coworkers are also said to represent gifts from the Magi, with their three colors  representing the three Kings, and there are three baby figurines inside.
    The tamales vary by region. In Isla Mujeres they may be accompanied by with sophisticated guajillo chile sauce with achiote , tomato , garlic , onion and spices, while in addition to masa and pork, the filling may include olives, capers , raisins and almonds. If it is prepared by people from Chiapas, they may have added carrot, potato, peas, peppers and boiled egg.

 Feb. 2 is the midpoint between winter solstice and spring equinox, and some believe it can indicate  upcoming weather.

Feb 2 is  Dia de Marmota, or Groundhog's Day in the US

Feb 2 is World Wetlands Day  (Usually there is a clean up of the lagoon areas)
This week....

Feb 3 Day off for Constitution Day: Long weekend with closures

Island Time Fishing Tournament Benefits help the Little Yellow School House

Feb 3 Monday 6pm Los Fuegitos Benefit w live music

Feb 4 Tuesday Registration for Isla Time Fishing Tournament, Captain's Meeting, Party at Buhos

Feb 5 Wednesday 2p-5p Soggy Peso Benefit  "Margarita Madness" w live music

Feb 5 Día de la Constitución / Constitution Day

Feb 6 Thursday 3p-6p BBQ & Open House at LYSH

                                 4p-7p Artist Fair on Town Square

Feb 7 Friday 5p-10p Iguanas at Marina Paraiso Fiesta Benefit  w music, comedy, auction, food, fire dancers, and prizes

Feb 8 Saturday 7:30-10:30 Buhos Awards dinner w live music for ITFT

Feb 9 Sunday 4p-7p   Brisa's Grill Dance Party for ITFT 

Free pet sterilization campaign Feb 9th at the Taxi lodge 9a-4p. Register by February 5th at the Ecology agency at Hacienda Mundaca between 9a - 4p.

 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:  On Hidalgo, the pedestrian street, at Abasolo 




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

Well, the drone video above Punta Sur has been removed from YouTube by its author, but here's one mid isle, by Chedraui, posted by Carlos Gasca of TVIM & QueQui/ Tweeted by Moises Gutierrez...(It still has less than 50 views, so blogger search isn't finding it, but here's the LINK.)

Here is the one of the north part of the isle that I posted recently, by Luis Corral...LINK


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