Saturday, June 28, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News and Events Saturday, June 28 The Afternoon Edition

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

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  (I sent an email to the tourism director letting him know the cam has been stuck for a few days)

   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Encouraging physical activity among police officers

Fomentan activación física

Viernes, 27 de Junio de 2014 22:49

Entre elementos de la policía

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ISLA MUEJERS, 27 de junio.- . As part of the exercise program  “Ponte al 100”, the municipal police officers participated in examinations and physical testing to evaluate their physical condition and performance.

CROC union importing workers from Cancun 

Mucha chamba y poca mano de obra

Viernes, 27 de Junio de 2014 21:17

CROC “importa” trabajadores de BJ

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de junio.- 
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The head of the CROC labor union in Isla Mujeres,  Román Maldonado Euán, said that due to a scarcity of manpower on the island, they have had to import workers for jobs in hotels, restaurants, and the service industry. The jobs they are needing to fill are in the areas of general maintenance, waiters, and cooks type "A".  Importing labor from Cancun sometimes generates discomfort among union members.
    The union leaders said many workers leave the island during the times of "low season" and return during "high season", noting this is apparently the reason there are not enough workers to meet the demands for labor in the restaurants and hotels. Every Monday the businesses send CROC a list of vacancies that need to be filled, which are posted by the union, and not all are filled. Therefore they are using workers for Cancun, in the municipality of Benito Juarez. 
On the right foot
Opening office for water conservation education 

Con el pie derecho

Viernes, 27 de Junio de 2014 20:30

Inicia instalación de espacio para la cultura del agua

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de junio.- 
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The City of Isla Mujeres fulfilled an agreement with the Water Commission:  Comisión de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado (CAPA), giving a space for the establishment of an office promoting water conservation:“Espacio de la Cultura del Agua”. The agreement was signed on June 5, "World Environment Day", with the goal of focusing on educating members of the community, especially children, about sustainable use and preservation of water resources. Two sites are being considered: one is at the mercado (market) in  El Cañotal and the other is at the Mundaca Hacienda. 
30 peso/kilo increase in price of lobster  

Aumenta 30 pesos

Viernes, 27 de Junio de 2014 20:30

El kilogramo de langosta viva y “colas” durante próxima temporada

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de junio.- 
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Following negotiations between representatives of the fishing industry of Quintana Roo and the Federación de Cooperativas Pesqueras del Estado, they announced an increase of about 25% in the price of whole live lobster, and an increase of less than 10% in the price of tails. The season begins Tuesday, July 1st.
      Live lobster will be sold for 210 pesos/kilo and tails will sell for 410 pesos/kilo, to distributors or to the public.  In both cases this is an increase of 30 pesos/kilo because last season the whole lobsters were priced at 180 pesos/kilo and the tails sold for 380 pesos/kilo.
      The fishermen have been preparing for the start of the season for several weeks. They hope this one is better than last when production was very low, and there were many days of poor weather and strong winds.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Procession in honor of Sacred Heart of Jesus
Inicia la procesión en honor al Sagrado Corazón de Jesús

Noticias de  Quequi......

40 jobs available in police force


Abren 40 plazas en la policía

0 27 de June de 2014

Por Carlos Gasca .- El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres buscará fortalecer la seguridad de la isla con la contratación de 40 efectivos y así llegar a los 140 policías activos.
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     Job openings for 40 officers have been announced, which will increase the police force to 140 active officers. Applications for the positions can by made until July 5. There are currently 99 active officers. This will improve security in the colonias, in the Continental Zone, and among the Tourist Police.
       Applicants have an initial review and must take a course. Then the  Secretaría de Seguridad Pública of the state government does a review and background check. This process should not take more than 15 days, and then they will know which applicants are eligible to work on the police force.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

School seeks Green Flag certification

The kindergarten-preschool Enriqueta Camarilla y Roa, has an environmental education program "Eco School", which is part of an international program, that operates in 58 countries promoting sustainable development and recognition of schools with commitment to ecology. The school is seeking to obtain the program's "Green Flag" certification. The parents, teachers, staff, and students have achieved 80% of the goals. Their work on various parts of the island includes the rescue and relocation of palms known as "chit", which were in the landscaped areas by the Town Hall. The landscaped areas in the Town Square have been filled with Maguey Morado and lechuga de mar ('sea lettuce'), which will stay the appropriate size and have a pleasant appearance.
Deserted beaches  

The tenants in the souvenir stores selling handicrafts are reporting a significant decrease in tourism and a decrease in sales. Those located on Hidalgo Avenue say they are more affected because their sales opportunities are more dependent on overnight tourists, while the stores on Rueda Medina avenue benefit more from the tourists who visit for the day. The reporter toured downtown and found there were more tourists near the area of the ferries, where the flow is constant, and a few on Rueda Medina, and fewer on the central avenues of Juarez, Hidalgo, and Carlos Lazo, among others. (Rueda Medina is the main street, and Hidalgo is the pedestrian street, while Juarez is the one way street between them.) 

Traffic checkpoints reviewing documents

The police are reviewing drivers licenses and registration certificates of cars, taxis, motos, and golf carts. The commander of the Traffic police, Jairo Chevez, said that these reviews are being done in the manner of a 'surprise',  meaning that the officers are not spending the whole day at a certain point, but rather are at different places at different times, staying for a brief period, and then moving to another location. They are reviewing drivers licenses and license plates, and if the plates have already been paid for but not received, they want to see a copy of the payment. And finally they ask to see  la tarjeta de circulación (the registration I think...literally: the card of circulation), and they request that the residents get 'regularized' (legal, up to date documents) and avoid problems. These reviews are producing results in finding expired documents, and drivers who lack a license or current registration certificate and current license plates. 

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Increased measures against mosquitos
Refuerzan medidas sanitarias[+] Ver mas
       Faced with the possibility of arrival of the virus chikungunya, the staff of the Vectors department have increased the ongoing preventative measures against dengue, said the director of the General Hospital, Dr. David Valenzo. "Our staff is having ongoing training to face this new health problem affecting the Caribbean region, and now there has been a first case on Mexican soil." he said.
      There have been no indigenous cases and this one was imported. The disease is not contagious from person to person. Preventative measures implemented against dengue have been increased and there are ongoing activities including fumigation and fogging, as well as the removal of junk that causes potential breeding areas for the mosquitoes that carry dengue. The official said "We also work on the identification of cases in a clinical manner, adding that the only difference between dengue and  chinkunguya is that it affects the joints more.
   The virus was discovered in Tanzania, Africa in 1955, where it was called 'Makonde" meaning 'disease of the twisted man' because of the strong articular pain caused by the arthritis that characterizes the disease. There is no cure and the symptoms are similar to dengue, with a febrile phase lasting 2-5 days, followed by a period of pain in the joints of the extremities, which in some cases may persist for years.
   The World Health Organization advises that the best prevention is control of the mosquitoes that transmit the disease  (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus),and avoidance of their bites. According to WHO, southeast Asia is the natural habitat of the mosquito Aedes albopictus, which was introduced to other parts of the world in 2007, including the southeastern United States, Caribbean and Central America, Brazil, southern Europe, and Italy.

20 vehicles to impound yard
Veinte vehículos al corralón[+] Ver mas

This information was translated yesterday.

Recognition of the work of the Navy
Reconocimiento a la labor de la Armada de México[+] Ver mas
Yachtsmen from yacht clubs from the southeastern US and from the yacht clubs of Isla Mujeres awarded recognition to the Navy of Mexico, for providing surveillance and security for over 50 years during their regattas which travel between Florida and the island.
       One regatta occurs annually and the other visits every other year, for 50 and 46 years, respectively. They are called "Al Sol" and "Sol al Sol", and the yachts travel 600 nautical miles across the Gulf of Mexico and the Yucatan Channel, from Pensacola and St Petersburg, Florida. Both competitions were held in May, and over 40 boats participated.
     The event recognizing the Navy was held on Friday at 10am, with the three sons of Don Lima Zuno in attendance, who recalled the participation of their late grandfather,  José de Jesús Lima Gutiérrez, the father of the regattas and a promotor of tourism in Quintana Roo in the 1950's, 60's, and 70's. His efforts helped effect the legislative initiatives for laws that created the first natural refuges in the country for the flora and sea fauna of Garrafon in Isla Mujeres, and Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc in Cancun.

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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 variety of other stores and small local restaurants

 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

Thanks to Sally Margolis for her hard work raising money for this campaign!
She wrote this....

Please consider donating to this worthy cause!!: The 6th Annual HIV & Teen Pregancy Prevention Campaign, Isla Mujeres:

The 6th annual Isla HIV & Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign (June 18-21) has 2 components: 1-To provide FREE, rapid HIV testing, as well as education and counseling. 2-Education programs in the public schools and community to help prevent teenage pregnancy. Did you know that our neighboring state, Yucatan, has one of the HIGHEST rates of HIV infection in Mexico? Did you know that every HIV positive person who does not know their status, on average, passes HIV on to 4 other people before they are identified? Did you know that Isla Mujeres has the HIGHEST rate of teen pregnancy in the ENTIRE state of Quintana Roo?... A DONATION OF JUST $8.00usd WILL PROVIDE ONE COMPLETE HIV TEST! Please help support by donating and sharing this important campaign for the health of Isla Mujeres!!! We can't thank you enough for your support! :



 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 
Friday, July 4 El Patio 8-10:30 
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!! 

       Sun ~2p  Salsa 

You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

Saturday afternoon 3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant


June Events:
June 1 Dia de la Marina
8am Handball Tournament at Posada Beach
 10am Women's Softball Competition at the Children's Baseball Field Commemoration of those who died in line of duty including placement of wreath onto the Bay. 
10:30am boats are available to take civilians out into the bay from the concrete pier for the wreath ceremony
12:30pm Posada Beach: Recreational activities
 June 5 World Environment Day: activities TBA, will include a small parade.
June 9   Monday  9-4,diabetes and hypertension screening at Red Cross,  free
June 12-22 Town Square   “Palibrarte 2014”   Book Fair
June 12 Thursday  Artist Fair on the Square 4 - 9
June 12  7:10 pm Full Moon rise in east, an hour later nightly. Sunset 7:30
The First International Women's Fishing Tournament ( Primer Torneo Internacional Femenil de Pesca) “La Dorada del Caribe”,  will take place June 13 & 14th. The first place prize is a golf cart, worth over 80,000 pesos, and the second prize is a trip to Havana Cuba, which includes airfare and lodging, and the third prize is a motorcycle. Other prizes include staying at an all inclusive hotel, annual membership to the gym "Energy" in Cancun, swimming with the dolphins certificates, and other sponsors and prizes are still being arranged.
   The Captain's dinner will be June 13th and the tournament will begin the next morning at 8am. The weighing in will take place from 2pm to 5pm with the awards at 6pm, at the Posada beach. Women who are interested in registering may obtain more information from the Municipal Tourism office or they can call 87 70307, or visit the official City (Ayuntamiento) website for rules and entry form.Information from Diario Q Roo, June 3.
June 13, Friday  Captain's dinner (evening before tournament)
June 14  Women's fishing tournament:...formerly named for an ex-mayor who was also the candidate defeated by our current mayor...its new name is Primer Torneo Internacional de Pesca Femenil “La Dorada del Caribe”
June 15 Sunday Father's day (always the third Sunday in June)
June 21 Saturday  Summer Solstice   Festival at Capt. Dulches....until dawn!



Whale Shark Season ...ends Sept 15
It is Sea Turtle Mating & Nesting season
Red & Blue crabs are migrating to the sea for spawning during full moons
Whale Shark Festival July last a week this year. Includes a parade w floats, sand sculpture contest, recreational activities, and more.
Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


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