Wednesday, February 5, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Wednesday, February 5 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 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 ....

Preparing for state playoffs

Basketball teams & triathlon athletes

Se alistan para eliminatoria estatal

Martes, 04 de Febrero de 2014 22:07

Equipos de básquetbol y triatlón

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These playoffs for the state eliminations of the Olimpiada Nacional 2014 will take place this weekend in Cancun. The basketball and triathlon  competitions will be between the municipalities of the Northern Zone of the state:   Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Lázaro Cárdenas, Benito Juárez and Isla Mujeres. Winners will compete against the winners in the Southern Zone playoffs. The basketball players will be given new uniforms. The gold medal in Tae Kwan do was won by Islena Celia Flores Yam, who will represent the state in the regional competition (Or she will represent the region in the state competition).

Electricity is back on at the high school 

Directors arranged a temporary power line 

Vuelve luz a Cobach

Martes, 04 de Febrero de 2014 22:02

Directivos contratan línea temporal de energía eléctrica

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The new transformer had to be special ordered, and should be installed at the substation at Colegio Bachilleres in four or five week.s Meanwhile they have arranged with the CFE to provide electricity for the high school campus, where there are over 300 students attending classes daily.  
Initiating Economic Census
Agapito leads presentation of team and strategy of INEGI 

Inicia Censo Económico

Martes, 04 de Febrero de 2014 22:02

Agapito encabeza presentación del equipo y estrategia del Inegi

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The deputy director of the National Statistical Institute of Statistics and Geography ( INEGI) explained that census takers will be on the isle between until July 31st, for the Economic Census of 2014, which is the 18th of its kind in Mexico.  They will also be visiting the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres. They will be in uniform and asking 63 questions to established businesses including the identification and location of the business, period of operation, staff numbers, pay, expenses, income, value of production, investment, and loans for the year of 2013. According to the last census, 65 percent of businesses rely on tourism.

 Tvisla Mujeres


Above..World Day Against Cancer...yesterday

Below..Dialogues with the community..Today

Noticias de  Quequi......

High school still lacks transformer

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Island benefits from long holiday weekend: Tourists flock to beaches

Aprovechan puente para abarrotar playas

Aprovechan puente para abarrotar playas

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Cleaning storm drains to prevent flooding 

Evitan encharcamientos al limpiar las alcantarillas

Staff from the Civil Protection agency were seen cleaning the storm drains downtown on the streets of Hidalgo, Juarez, and Carlos Lazo, which pleased members of the public.
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State subsidies available for students

Llama la SEyC a tramitar becas del gobierno estatal

An announcement was made of the availability of the bank contracts for the scholarships offered by the state of Quintana Roo, at the offices of the Ministry of Education and Culture in La Gloria. These scholarships will be added to the 150 that already exist in Isla Mujeres. Documentation is being accepted for the next two weeks. The requirements include having at least two years residency in the state, and an average grade point of eight, among other requirements.
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Counterfeit bills in circulation
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 In a branch of a department store chain, in colonia La Gloria, a case was reported of a false 50 pesos bill. It is recommended that any complaints be filed with the PGR, Attorney General's office. It is said that there are several people who have been surprised to receive counterfeit money. Upon investigation by the reporter, it was found that this was unknown to the Public Ministry of Common Law. The person who tried to use the 50 peso bill contacted the reporter, and said, "It was similar to a real one."  Then  a detailed description is given of a 50 peso note, from the Bank of Mexico.

Tourism promotion suspended on Internet
Suspenden promoción turística vía Internet[+] Ver mas
Tourism promotion has been suspended on three websites, apparently due to lack of annual payment. The sites are given as:, and  The first two have a message "Site Suspended" and the other says "This webpage not available". These websites promoted and sold services in Isla Mujeres. The Tourism promotional agency for Isla Mujeres was absorbed into the Cancun agency during the last quarter of 2013, amid controversy and complaints. It appears these annual service fees have not been paid for 2014, but there was no decision made to this effect among the business community.

Initiation of economic census
Inició el levantamiento del censo económico[+] Ver mas

 Project to promote Mayan culture in France
 Proyecto para promover la cultura maya en Francia[+] Ver mas
A group of Mexican volunteers is interested in promoting Mayan culture in France, with exchanges of traditions between the two countries, said Carlos Cervera. They are seeking donations of hipiles, rebozos, alpargatas, and other examples of regional clothing. (dresses, shawls, sandals). Promoters of this plan include Lorenzo Maldonado who has a radio program in the Mayan language in Cancun, and who has lived and worked in Isla Mujeres in the fishing industry.
    The "Maya-Saastal" project includes exchanges between Mayas of Mexico and Central America in the areas of sport, art and culture, with the goal of organizing Mexican Mayan-Caribbean dances, dinners, and theater events, not to mention the events of Olympic fighting; in Greek and free styles, Mayan style, and the Mayan game of hip-ball. They are making plans for the summer and to have regular events year-round, as well as workshops about crafts, cooking, arts, food, and traditional dancing.

Rescuing the Makax Lagoon
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On World Wetland's day, Feb. 2,  the municipal Director of Ecology, Christina Medina, announced a plan to protect Makax Lagoon with international financing. She said there is a need to 'regularize' the dozens of piers. It is said they are presumably not authorized, and several are in the approval process of the PROFEPA agency according to sources consulted by the reporter.
     This lagoon is considered a 'nursery' for various marine species that populate the area, as does the lagoon Nichupte, near the Cancun hotel zone. Sra Medina said she will seek collaboration between state and federal agencies in ecological matters concerning the lagoon, to achieve a conservation proposal. It is said there is little surveillance,  and the lagoon suffers regularly from pollution, cutting of mangroves, waste disposal, and other damage.

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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.

This week....

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)

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

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  Barlito's is closed in Feb, while they relocate. Contact me at westofcuba@gmail for assistance with drop offs! Thx!




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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