Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, July 15 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 westofcuba@gmail.com 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! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Beer truck accidentally disconnects electric cable

La Rueda Medina, sin luz

Lunes, 14 de Julio de 2014 21:44
A causa de percance con camión de carga

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The main street of Rueda Medina was temporarily closed by municipal police during repairs by the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) after a beer truck 'arrastado' (dragged) and damaged an electric cable supplying power to Social Justicia restaurant and fishing cooperative. The truck was taken to the impound yard and (the owners) will be responsible for the damage caused, which was promptly repaired just past noon. According to police officers, the unit had no business going downtown and it was presumed that it should have gone from the ferry to the beer company facilities, which it restocks.
  The repairs caused a bottleneck, since traffic was blocked on the only southbound road to the rest of the island and to the colonias. Therefore, southbound traffic was rerouted to the other lane of Rueda Medina, and Juarez was used as the means of entering downtown, for northbound traffic. 

Successful education policies

Agapito thankful to Gov. Borge 

Política educativa acertada

Lunes, 14 de Julio de 2014 21:01

Reconoce Agapito en gestión de Beto Borge

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School furniture was delivered for the kindergartens and the primary schools, and appreciation was expressed by the mayor of the island, Agapito Magana Sanchez, for the educational policies of Governor Roberto Borge Angulo. The items were provided through the Instituto de Infraestructura Física Educativa del Estado de Quintana Roo (Ifeqroo) / The Institute of Physical Educational Infrastructure for the state of Quintana Roo, and will be used during the upcoming school year, which resumes in August.
   The furniture included chairs & tables for students and teachers, white boards, chairs that have the desk attached, and storage cabinets. The schools that will benefit include the kindergarten/preschools  “Tláloc” and “Isla Mujeres”, as well as the primary schools “Julio Sauri Espinoza”, “Andrés Quintana Roo” and “César Mendoza”.

Vacation operations start: Guaranteeing security and peace for visitors 

Inicia operativo vacacional

Lunes, 14 de Julio de 2014 20:27
Garantiza Comuna seguridad y tranquilidad de paseantes
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 Tvisla Mujeres

Complaints continue about lacking medicines at the General Hospital
Continúan las quejas por falta de medicamentos en el hospital Integral de #IslaMujeres http://t.co/AzHzx7j6aa

Noticias de  Quequi......

Unfinished work in the street

  • Trabajos de vialidad quedan a la mitad


    Trabajos de vialidad quedan a la mitad

    0 15 de July de 2014
    This work on Rueda Medina was discontinued over a week ago, and has not been resumed, which concerns some business owners now that holiday season is beginning. Merchants say it presents a bad image, and there is concern that it could potentially cause a tourist to fall.  

  • Semefo: nido de malvivientes
    SEMEFO building: Hangout for delinquents 


    Semefo: nido de malvivientes

    0 15 de July de 2014

    The abandoned SEMEFO building (Medical Examiner's), whose construction was completed five years ago, has become a hangout for vagrants, who shelter there at night, say residents.  The facility, which is near the cemetery and the irregular colonia of Guadalupana, has graffiti and weeds. Residents would like better surveillance, and for the facility to be in use so that bodies would not need to be transported to Cancun.


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

"Coleguita" celebrates 97th birthday

Cumple 97 años "Coleguita"

  • Written by Diario Respuesta  Jesus Molina
  • Category: Isla Mujeres
   Don Buenaventura Delgado Días, better known as “Coleguita”, turned 97 yesterday, and is the oldest living islander. He is a beloved person among the island residents. The reporter visited Don "Coleguita" at his home on Juarez avenue, in the heart of Isla Mujeres, and found him at the business of his daughter in a rocking chair, happy, with friends. There will be a mass said in his honor, and a novena afterwards, and people are invited to share cake and celebrate, said his daughter.
Read more: Cumple 97 años "Coleguita"
Furniture arrives for public schools 

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Operation begun: Security Isla Mujeres
En marcha operativo “Isla Mujeres Segura”[+] Ver mas
The Department of Public Safety and Transport ( La Dirección de Seguridad Pública y Tránsito, the municipal police) launched an operation of security and surveillance during the summer vacation period, said the head of the agency, Joaquin Acosta Poot (chief of police). They will monitor that all drivers of vehicles are driving appropriately and not risking the safety of their passengers or other people who also use the roads.
   Thirty officers in two shifts will be monitoring the areas of largest concentrations of vacationers such as the malecon of Rueda Medina, the beaches, and Hidalgo avenue. They will have the use of three patrol cars and two trucks. There will be checkpoints near the (vehicular) ferry terminal, in front of the Aguakan facilities (the pumping station at the east side, on the edge of town), and at Punta Sur.
   The objectives of Operation  “Isla Mujeres Segura” are to avoid possible accidents caused by immoderate consumption of alcohol or other drugs, to detect any possible commission of irregularities or crimes with vehicles, and to direct visitors regarding vehicular traffic on the island, and on the mainland. (Information is given about the mainland operations).
    It is recommended that minors are not allowed to drive golf carts, and it is required that only adults drive golf cars, to avoid actions which could cause injury to the occupants or could cause a crash.

Low demand at small hotels
Pequeños hoteles con poca demanda.. [+] Ver mas
Although the number of visitors arriving via different types of boats such as the catamarans and trimarans began increasing this past weekend, on the eve of the summer holiday period, the small hotels have lower expectations. Many are not connected on the internet, and those that are on the web, are not in contact with major clients. The rates are the same as last year, and competative to other destinations, with hotel rooms available fro 371 pesos, with VAT  (IVA, Value Added Tax/Impuesto al Valor Agregado).
     A representative of the hotel Vistalmar said higher occupancy is expected at the end of the summer, and he complained that there is a lot of competition, especially from vacation homes that are not 'regular' and presumably are evading taxes. He said,  "The vacation homes are not full like other times of year, so there is a great deal of competition, with an oversupply of rooms. Some visitors haggle over prices, which are much better than rates in Merida or Valladolid."
   Officially the summer period will begin next weekend when the flow of domestic and foreign visitors start arriving to the island, to welcome the season.  The life guard towers on the beaches have not been constructed, which Civil Protection requested in the winter season. The life guards will be walking the beaches, including all of Playa Norte and the Posada beach, in coordination with other groups from the three levels of government who are providing security.

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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

Karen Rosenberg's

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 kfrlisw@gmail.com or Kathy Ennis at kathy@kathyandkeith.mx 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

Like Reggae? CD release party by local band Sunday/tomorrow....
:::Bucket of 5 Coronas & Nachos x $175 pesos & 2x1 Margaritas!:::


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 beach..dance!
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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