Tuesday, April 29, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Tuesday, April 29 The Afternoon Edition

  The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published in May!, 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 the remainder of year is a $30 donation. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities in May.   

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 ....

Reopening of basketball court tomorrow

Próxima reinauguración de cancha

Lunes, 28 de Abril de 2014 23:07

Mañana "abrirá sus puertas"

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 The downtown basketball court Jose del Carmen Pastrana has been renovated and will be reopened tomorrow, Wednesday, at 6 pm. The fund of 529,718 pesos came from CONADE, the National Commission for Sports and Culture. The inaugural event will include a friendly match  for the Regatta Sol al Sol whose participants will compete against a team of islanders, which begins at 7pm.  

No absenteeism in schools after two weeks of vacation

No hubo ausentismo en las escuelas

Lunes, 28 de Abril de 2014 22:50

Tras dos semanas de vacaciones

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After two weeks of vacation, 4200 students in the municipality of Isla Mujeres returned to school on Monday, with a lack of absenteeism among students, teachers, or other staff. They will only be in school for three days before an extra long weekend from Thursday, May 1 through Tuesday May 6, when they return to classes.

Diver was lost at sea after boat captain lost sight of him 

Se extravió otro buzo en altamar

Lunes, 28 de Abril de 2014 22:39

Patrón de embarcación lo perdió de vista

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Although the port was closed yesterday, Monday at 7am for small boats,  a diver of the Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera Caribe remained missing at the time of this article since the morning, when he was harpooning fish and the captain lost sight of him. The report  regarding the missing diver,  Fernando Mendez, 35, was made at 1pm by Leonel Celis, 47, captain of the 25 foot long boat "Sugey".  The captain had searched for a couple of hours before notifying the authorities.
     According to fishermen and their families on the beach, Sr. Celis returned at 2pm in a visible state of worry to refuel, and resumed searching. The diver was lost in an area known as "El Dormitorio", which is three or four nautical miles from the island. As of 3pm, the vessels of the Navy had joined the search, and support from Parque Marino Isla Contoy was sought, but he had not yet been located.

Port closed 
Harbor Master made decision to protect small boats 

Cierran el puerto

Lunes, 28 de Abril de 2014 22:37

Capitanía toma decisiones para proteger a embarcaciones menores

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The port was closed at 7am for boats under 25 feet, including crossing between Puerto Juarez and Isla Mujeres, and trips to Isla Contoy, due to strong winds from the south east.  This affected dozens of boats who cross the bay, the boats devoted to sports fishing, diving, and snorkeling,  as well as those who tour to Isla Contoy, and ~200 fishing boats.  The Harbor Master said it is expected that the port will be closed tomorrow, and there are forecasts for these winds to remain for at least a couple days. They are expected to intensify over the next 24 hours,(This was written Monday afternoon) and the port could be reopened on Friday or Saturday. The winds are making the search for the missing fishermen more difficult. 

Major boost to culture

Mayor impulso a cultura

As part of the commemoration of the Centenario de la Gesta Heroica de la Defensa del Puerto de Veracruz, the Navy hosted a cultural weekend in the Town Square for the islanders with the presentation from the Naval orchestra Galeón de la Secretaría Armada de México, of the quintet  “Vivaldi” with the soprano Ciara María Quintal Ya.

Ready for the festival

Organized by DIF to honor mothers and children for their day

Listos para festejo

En honor a niños y madres con motivo de su día, organizado por DIF

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ISLA MUJERES, 28 de abril.- Everything is ready to celebrate “Día del Niño”  and “Día de la Madre” (Day of the Child is April 30 and Mother's Day is May 10). There will be a traveling festival, which begins on the Continental area of Isla Mujers on April 29th  On May 8, at the dome of the Community Center on the Island there will be a big festival, which is coordinated between the municipal and state  DIF agencies. They have been working for weeks and the show will include clowns, ventriloquists, magicians, souvenirs, refreshments, and toys for the children.

 Tvisla Mujeres

The DIF is ready to celebrate mothers and children for their days

El DIF de #IslaMujeres asegura estar listo para celebrar a los niños y las madres en su día http://t.co/FysHpqYD6v

Authorities activated a search operation  after a young fishermen  was lost at sea while diving six miles north of the island. After swimming for several hours, the young fisherman (of the cooperative Patria & Progreso) was rescued & returned, and was healthy.
Autoridades de #IslaMujeres activan operativo de búsqueda en la mar; pierden a Joven pescador cuando buceaba a 6 millas al norte de la Isla
Autoridades de #IslaMujeres activan operativo de búsqueda en la mar; pierden a Joven pescador cuando buceaba a 6 millas al norte de la Isla
Luego de nadar por varias horas, joven extraviado en la mar logra ser rescatado y regresa sano a #IslaMujeres http://t.co/NIIJTXzT3e
Luego de nadar por varias horas, el joven pescador extraviado esta mañana fue rescatado a… http://t.co/CTMHjifRfh
Rescatan a joven pescador de la cooperativa Patria y Progreso, luego de varias horas perdido en el mar!!
Photo: Rescatan a joven pescador de la cooperativa Patria y Progreso, luego de varias horas perdido en el mar!!

Noticias de  Quequi......

Harbor Master closed the port to navigation by small boats

Luis Mendez Gomez was with his partner, Leonel Celis, who charge of the in the 25 foot long boat "Zujey", when he disappeared around 11 am.  Sr Celis lost sight of the young man who was trying to spear fish, and when he could not find him, he returned to Isla Mujeres to make a report and seek assistance. On land, at search was being organized  shortly after 1 pm. Meanwhile at sea, the young man got rid of his ballast and began swimming to shore. This task took time and effort but he was ultimately successful. Over 15 vessels offered their assistance in the search, which was done in several areas, considering the wind and seas currents. It was after 5pm when a 'crew of his same vessel'  tripulación de su misma embarcación    found him at the edge of the coast in an area called "el ancón” (the cove).

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

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Occupancy maintained by Sol al Sol Regatta

Regata de Sol a Sol sostiene la ocupación[+] Ver mas
The average hotel occupancy, which has been above 70 percent, did not drop to below 40% at many hotels, because of the arrival of families and friends of the people participating in the Regatta. This week the participants of the Regata al Sol (sic) are here and next will arrive the participants of la Regata al sol (This one is the Regatta Sol al Sol  XLVI, and next is the Regatta al Sol XXVIII. The former comes annually and the latter visits every other year.).
     The whale shark season begins May 16th and ends in September(It usually begins on the 15th, which is what some reports have said. ), but many hoteliers say most people who come for the whale shark tours do not stay in Isla Mujeres, and are brought from Cancun, and the Riviera Maya.
   The ferry companies are back to their usual schedules, and there are fewer people visible in the streets, stores, and at the beaches. A "saldo blanco" was reported by officials from the three levels of government, except for the death of a tourist at Playa Norte from a natural disorder. (Saldo blanco translates literally as a white balance and means there were not major negative incidents. The tourist from Jalisco, who was in his thirties, died in shallow water, reportedly of a heart attack.)  The small hotels are joining together to create promotions as a group, led by Leonel Povedano Castillo.

Second concert in honor of the Defense of Veracruz

Segundo concierto por la defensa de Veracruz [+] Ver mas
The second concert was held on Sunday evening and enjoyed by hundreds of lovers of good music. The woman's voice was broadcast to the port area and dominated the stage, which drew more people in to the event. The Navy provided this event, which was well received. (The photo probably does not belong with this article. That is Marthy, head of the DIF, wife of Agapito).

Boca Iglesia: Soon to be a historical site

Boca Iglesia, sitio histórico en breve[+] Ver mas
The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) will soon proceed to 'restrict' (restringir) an area of ~30 hectares around the first Hispanic church at Boca Iglesia. (I think this means they plan to survey & search the area for artifacts and structures. I had some difficulty translating this article.) The declaration will be published in the Official Gazette and in the Public Registry of Property of the area and in the Public Registry of Monuments. This is because the land where the building sits is private. The INAH will survey for the existence of wells, 'rehollada', 'calera', arches made of stone, military sites, and other buildings on the west side of the church. Archaeologist Luis Leira Guillermo said it is very likely that this could become reality, through a Presidential degree, with the cultural heritage of  the Franciscan convent from the sixteenth century. In less than one visible hectare, is the building in the middle of jungle brush, but more evidence of buildings were found in (within?) the perimeter, on a platform area over 300 meters in solid points,(?)  in the form of a half horseshoe over a surface, which could spread the complex over an area of 25-30 hectares, based on the body of water on the east side, where the landing (or point of disembarking?) is located.

High price for Mundaca Hacienda fence
Alto precio por cerco en hacienda Mundaca[+] Ver mas
Construction of fencing has begun around the perimeter of the 19 hectares of the Mundaca Hacienda, which some sources say is being done at a high cost to the environment, and has affected several mangrove plants. This  occurred in the area that floods during the rainy season, near the intersection of the roads to Sac Bajo and to Garrafon. It is noted that the trees that have been felled are "black or button' (negro o de botón) of the species Conocarpus erectus. It is noted that there are four types of mangrove as classified by specialsits: White, red, gray, and others. One of the workers said they were supervised by a representative from the Federal Environmental Protection agency (PROFEPA), but the worker did not provide a document to prove that to the reporter.
   There has been significant progress made on the foundation of the wall, and this week they will begin placing the blocks to complete the fence, with the entrance at the side of the former house of the deceased environmentalist Ramon Bravo, said the workers.

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 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 @ Marina Paraiso



Miguel's high season schedule:

Thursday at 6pm Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres with Seblues Hernandez Miranda - blues variety
Wednesday - Saturday at 10:30 Fayne's BarandGrill with La Banda Sin Nombre - Rock, blues & pop
Friday - Saturday at 12:00 mn Tequileria La Adelita with La Banda Sin Nombre - Salsa & Mexican
Sunday at 7:00 Bahia Tortuga with The Sol Rockers - Rock & blues 

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 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 ~1p Reggae/Cuban  

       Sun ~1p  Salsa 
(Start times 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!!
You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

 Jeff Current's Schedule
5:30 - 7:30 Wednesday Bahia Tortuga
7-9 Fridays Marina Paraiso  


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


April 3 4p-9p Artist's Fair on Town Square

April 12 Saturday: 6:30am Pirate Triathlon

April 13 Palm Sunday event 6:30pm Chapel of Caridad del Cobre

April 17 Maundy Thursday (bank holiday)

April 18 Good Friday  (bank holiday)
Two Reenactments of the Stations of the Cross / The Passion of Christ
10 am  Starting at Sacred Heart of Jesus in colonia La Gloria, going up  Paseo de las Aves, and by the park Las Tortugas, then over to prolongacion Rueda Medina, and entering the street by the new hospital, to come back to the church. 3000-4000 attendees expected
Noon For the representation by the Church of Immaculate Conception, they will start at the chapel to Guadalupe (la capilla de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) at noon to travel five kilometers under the rays of the midday sun to the church of Immaculate Conception. That is the chapel overlooking the Caribbean, near Mango Cafe in Salina Chica.  300-400 attendees expected

April 19 Holy Saturday

April 20 Easter Day
Children's Fishing Tournament  “Buenaventura Delgado Díaz-Coleguita” Sponsored by the DIF celebrating Children's Day

April 27, Sunday  Regatta XLVI Sol al Sol arrives in Isla Mujeres
(Lack of wind delayed their arrival)
April 30 Regatta event Casa de las Rocas
April 30 7p  Basketball game between yachters & islanders Downtown court by Town Square

April 30  Día del Niño  Festival is planned for Mom's & Children


May 1 Thursday 4p-9p Artists Fair on Town Square
May 1 Formal welcome to Regatta Sol al Sol XLVI
 May 1 Labor Day in Mexico
May 1  May Day
May 2 Regatta Amigos XLV 12:30 Isla Children sail around isle
May 2 Regatta Sol al Sol Awards dinner 
May 3 Regatta Sol al Sol departure
May 3 Day of the Holy Cross (festival for mason/constrct wkrs /Dia de Santa Cruz, also called El Día del Albañil. (Essay..maybe May 4th 2012)
May 5 Battle of Puebla 2012 "Cinco de Mayo"  
May 8 DIF Festival atCommunity Center Dome to celebrate Children's Day and Mother's Day.
May 10 Saturday  Mother's Day

May 8 Thursday Regata Al Sol XXVIII Departs for Isla Mujeres

 May  9-11 Cosme Magana Fishing Tournament

May 10 Saturday Mother's Day  in Mexico
~May 13-20  Festival of Lady of Fatima Rancho Vieho ~30+ yr tradition
May 15 Thursday Teachers Day
May 29 Thursday Ascension Day



May 15- Sept. 15- Whale Shark Season
Early May -  Nov.  Sea Turtle Mating & Nesting

Whale Shark Festival TBA  ~ late June-early July?

6th Annual Alicia Ricalde Magana Women's Fishing Tournament  TBA August?

Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance

Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


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