Friday, July 11, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, July 11 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published in July!, 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. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities in July.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am now creating & posting the new ads. It is going slowly because I am busy with other things, your patience is appreciated.     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! 

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   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

5000 students on vacation

Starting today: Although the term ends on the 15th

De vacaciones, 5 mil estudiantes

Jueves, 10 de Julio de 2014 23:51

A partir de hoy, pese a que curso termina el 15

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Although the summer holidays officially begin on July 15th, unofficially the school year is ending Friday July 11, when ~5000 students will leave the classrooms, following the closing ceremonies in their respective schools. The teachers should be present on Monday to make the final arrangements to turn in the grades, and report cards will be delivered on Tuesday, July 15th, when the school year will officially end. 

Uneasiness over presence of federales

On piers: Helping immigration agents

Inquieta la presencia de federales

Jueves, 10 de Julio de 2014 23:46

En muelles, en apoyo a agentes del INM

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The operation by the National Migration Institute (INM) continued for the third consecutive day, with support from the Federal Police and the Navy, on the arrival pier of the ferries, to review documents that establish the legal status of foreigners.  One of the entrepreneurs of Isla Mujere commented "Big guns scare tourists and are not welcoming to visitors who arrive at this vacation destination."
    Businessman Rogelio Magana Castro said that islanders have bad luck because at the beginning of each vacation period or during each vacation period some circumstance occurs that affects the providers of tourism services, in general, such as the presence of this operation which inhibits tourists.  He clarified that he is not opposed to these actions seeking to detect illegal immigrants on the island, but he says there are ways to do that which do not inhibit the actions of the visitors. The boat tour operators have similar complaints.
    There has been no official report, but unofficially it was learned that at least one Israeli was arrested, apparently for not having documents proving his legal status in the country, or he was working without documentation. The actions on the part of the three federal agencies continue on the pier where visitors arrive and in some of the nightclubs on the island, where it is known that there are dozens of visiting foreigners as patrons. 

Cabbies receive a training course in customer service

Por servicio de calidad

Jueves, 10 de Julio de 2014 23:40

Taxistas reciben curso de capacitación impulsado por Agapito

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This morning a customer service workshop-course for taxi drivers was held in the City Council meeting room, and the mayor attended to personally greet and encourage the cabbies. The class was conducted by Gloria Alarcon, who works a s psychologist, and has a master's degree in human development, and a master's degree in emotions & stress, as well as being a recognized consultant who specializes in teaching courses.
      This training workshop is important because the taxi drivers are the ones who have a great deal of interaction with residents and visitors, and in this manner they are often the ones who have the first contact with the tourists, within this community. The aim of this course is to form a better attitude about service and friendliness among the drivers, and in this way decrease the complaints from the riders.
      The municipal director of tourism was present, Gustavo Rodriguez, and the councilmen in charge of Tourism, Jose Magana Galue, as well as the head of the taxi union,  Eduardo Peniche, known as Wato.

Agapito recalls memories: Speaking at the close of classes of his grade school 

Agapito revive recuerdos

Jueves, 10 de Julio de 2014 23:38

Atestigua clausura de cursos en la que fue su primaria

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The mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, attended the graduation ceremonies at the primary school Andres Quintana Roo, where he had begun his education 40 years before. At the end of the event, the students who are continuing on to Middle School shared a breakfast with the Mayor to celebrate. On Thursday, closing ceremonies took place at Escuela secundaria número 30 (Middle school #30, which must be on the mainland) “Islas Hermanas”, at  escuela primaria (primary school) “Enrique Estrella Oxté”, turno matutino, (morning shift)  and at jardín de niños (preschool/kindergarten) “María Enriqueta Camarillo & Roa”.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Cabbies of Isla Mujeres take a course on customer service, given to 250 workers
Taxistas de #IslaMujeres toma curso de calidad en el servicio; será impartido a los 250 trabajadores!

Noticias de  Quequi......

Immigration continues operation

  • Sigue la cacería de migración


    Sigue la cacería de migración

    0 11 de July de 2014 
    No positive results have yet come from the operation mounted in recent days by the National Migration Institute (INM), at least none that have been verified. The checkpoints and reviews are not just random, there also has been surveillance at each one of the piers, with verification only requested in suspicious cases. The personnel in charge of the inspections has not offered more information, and the officers of the Navy are only functioning as spectators, providing back up, but not responsible for other actions.
         The islanders have been aware of this operation since it first began, when the arrival of the official vehicles sparked curiosity among the residents. It is thought this operation could take two days, while it is seeking to review both Cubans living in Isla Mujeres as well as Israelis who have businesses on the island.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.- No han logrado detectar a ningún indocumentado; el operativo podría durar dos días más.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Closing ceremonies attended by Mayor
Increased business at restaurants 

Gran afluencia en restaurantes

  • Written by Diario Respuesta  Jesus Molina
  • Category: Isla Mujeres

 Baltasar Reyes Tun Maldonado, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Cámara de la nacional de la Industria (Canirac) said there has been a marked increase in business at the local restaurants, although the summer holidays have not yet officially begun. It is noted that if you visit Hidalgo Avenue at dinner time, you can see a good quantity of tourists, which indicates an increase in overnight tourism. Most of the restaurants are operating at 70 percent, and hope to reach 100 percent during the holiday season. He said there are promotions for domestic tourists, offering a 10% discount.

There are complaints from store owners and workers who sell handcrafts and souvenirs about people who come to this location to sell when the peak holiday season starts, saying this is unfair competition. A complaint was made by telephone to the newspaper about a mobile vendor setting up on Hidalgo who uses spray paints to create artwork, saying this affects established businesses who pay their taxes, and they questioned if the vendor has a permit. They requested anonymity and said they wonder who gives permission to people who do not live in this town and who appear when peak season arrives.
Read more: Gran afluencia en restaurantes

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"Mysterious" operation by Immigration
“Misterioso” operativo de Migración [+] Ver mas
Secrecy continued for the third day on Thursday as the National Migration Institute (INM) continued their operation monitoring the main point of entry and exit, with support from the Navy and Federal Police. The movements of the official vehicles have been seen, but when information was sought from the local INM office, they said information would come from the regional office, or from the field agents.
      The Navy and Federal Police did not release information, but there are unofficial reports that the operation was prompted by reports of undocumented Cubans living on the island, as well as Europeans who are working illegally. There were female INM agents on the pier checking documents of some passengers who arrived by boat. No one wanted to talk to the media and the message about the regional office was repeated.
      There were comments both for and against this operation made by residents and business representatives, with those in favor saying this type of occasional operation should inhibit irregularities.

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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

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NEED DIABETES SUPPLIES FOR OCTOBER DIABETES CLINIC: We have been doing Diabetes Clinics on Isla Mujeres for five years, with more local residents participating annually. This is a joint project of bilingual social workers, nurses, and other health care professionals originally from the USA, working with Isleno community partners. Diabetes is now the primary cause of death in Mexico.

We are in great need of donations of glucometers and strips, specifically these brands: Contour, Contour Next and OneTouch. Many doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals discard strips that are almost expired. Strips are actually still effective for at least a year after expiration dates so often those are the ones that are most often donated. If you have any contact with medical professionals or pharmaceutical reps, you can often get current supplies. We can also use lancets, lancet devices, alcohol pads, and syringes.

The next clinic will be in October 2014. Contact Karen Rosenberg at or Kathy Ennis at or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down.

Follow up...The Go Fund Me campaign by Sally Margolis to assist with the HIV testing events by Brazos Abiertos was successful, & BA have also coordinated with the City to provide education about sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy in the schools, monthly.


 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm 
Friday, July 4 El Patio 8-10:30
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm  (Currently on hold while SeBlues is off the isle)

 Ryan Rickman Friday - Tuesday at 8 - 11 pm (Fridays 9 pm - 12)
 Fabio Thursdays and Sundays 6:30 - 8 pm 
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 Fridays 
Wednesdays & Thursdays live music with a band that rotates starting at 8:30-11 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!! 
 Sat ~2p Frequencia

       Sun ~2p  Salsa 
Weekday's ~2p..Chucho (Jesus Campezino)
 Wed: Blues W SeBlues..tho he's off isle right now.

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


July Events....

Thursday 5:30-9:30pm  Artist Fair on Town Square  (Note new hours)
Rain date...rescheduled to Friday
Friday, Fourth of July US Independence Day

At Casa de los Suenos....

From Christy Dix....For those who are in Isla Mujeres and want to practice your Spanish, come join us!! Spend an hour at Barlito's at Marina Paraiso this Friday 7/4 (3-4pm) and practice your Spanish skills while helping those who are studying English. It's a win win!!

Soggy Peso, in the past, has had Red White & Blue jello shots &  a smoked brisket special
Miquel's Moonlight bar has had 4th parties in the past

July 5 Saturday 7p  Abuelito & Abuelita contest La Gloria open air theatre

July 6 Sunday  PRI Barracuda Fishing Tournament 8am start, 4pm weigh in, awards to follow on Posada Beach. 2pm Son 3 performing on Posada!
July 7 Town Square ~7p "Michael Jackson Extravaganza" 

July 11 Friday Full Moon Rise: ~6:50    Sunset is ~7:30
 Careful of the migrating crabs crossing the road to get to the sea to spawn, especially down at the south and south east part of the isle.
July 12 Saturday  Full Moon Rise: ~7:45  
July 13 Sunday  Moonrise  8:41pm
July 14 Monday  Moonrise  9:31pm
July 15 Tuesday Moonrise  10:17pm  and ~50 minutes later nightly

July 24-27 : Whale Shark Festival.  Includes a parade w floats, sand sculpture contest, recreational activities, and more.

The seventh edition of the Whale Shark Festival will take place July 24-27 and will include an agenda of activities that are: cultural, artistic, touristic, and environmental; with participation by artists, musicians, speakers, and environmental experts. There will be contests of:  decorated golf carts, costumes, and sand sculptures; as well as parades, plays, lectures, performances by dance & music groups, photographic exhibitions, and other artistic activities.
       A group of international artists plan to paint murals focused on the themes of conservation and protection of whale sharks, in a project titled "SEA WALLS". All events will be completely free and will take place at venues including the Town Square, the Posada Beach, and Rueda Medina Avenue (main street). Municipal gencies who are coordinating this event include the departments of Culture, Tourism, Public Relations, Ecology, and Social Communication. 

 July 26:  There will be 600 Mexican athletes competing on the island for the “Copa Isla Mujeres de Tae Kwon Do”, including about 40 athletes from Isla Mujeres.


 On August 31, about 500 athletes, both Mexican and international, are expected to participated in an open water swimming competition, Competencia de Nado de Aguas Abiertas, at Playa Norte/North Beach. The swimmers will travel distances between 250 meters and five kilometers, with the course being defined by a rectangle of buoys off Playa Norte. Dozens of foreigners are expected to participate, especially from the United States.



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

Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


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