Thursday, July 24, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, July 24 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! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Nurses accumulate 90% of the complaints 

From patients at the General Hospital

Enfermeras acumulan 90% de quejas

Miércoles, 23 de Julio de 2014 22:10

De pacientes del Hospital Integral

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The Director of the General Hospital, David Valenzo Loaeza said that data from the latest study at the hospital indicates that ~90% of the complaints are directed at the nursing staff, saying that they are unpleasant. He said this seems strange because they are from the island. They are unsure what actions will be taken in respect to this when staffing the new hospital, but they are considering recruiting staff from elsewhere. He said they seek to provide the highest quality of care to patients and if there is a problem with the nurses, they will have to find a solution promptly.   

Significant progress on the murals 

Could be ready ahead of schedule 

Importante avance en los murales

Miércoles, 23 de Julio de 2014 22:10

Estarían listos antes de lo previsto

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Major progress has been made on at least half of the 14 murals being painted in different locations, and they could be ready before the stipulated time. According to the assistants and support staff of the artists, the time limit is one week, but some are expected to finish ahead of schedule. The work began yesterday and is expected to be ready on Tuesday, July 29th.  The 14 murals are being painted by 15 artists from locations including: New Orleans, Japan, Spain, Australia, United States and Mexico. The themes include threats that are faced in the oceans by the world's largest fish, the whale sharks, as well as by manta rays.
Embarrassing spectacle 

Porters fought on pier & went to jail

Bochornoso espectáculo

Miércoles, 23 de Julio de 2014 22:05

Maleteros protagonizan trifulca en pleno muelle y acaban en la cárcel

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The taxi drivers who witnessed the disagreement said it was between Sergio Ramon "B", aka el Barbas,who is a leader of the tricycle porters, and Mario "A" aka Chocomilk, who is a tricycle porter. They say two porters wanted to carry several bags of fish for  'Pelayo', who wanted to pay 100 pesos to have the cargo transported to his automobile. The police arrived to intervene and charged the the porters with disturbing the peace, and took them to the municipal jail, where they must stay for 72 hours or pay a penalty determined by the judge.
      The taxi drivers want the municipal government to place regulations and restrictions on the tricycle porters.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

Tourist suffers low blood pressure

  • Se le baja la presión a un turista


    Se le baja la presión a un turista

    0 24 de julio de 2014

     French tourist, Julian Clever, 26, received attention for the paramedics, when he felt badly after swimming with the whale sharks. Although the swells were not large, he was not accustomed to this and began to feel badly. Things became more complicated when his blood pressure fell, and he was met by Red Cross paramedics at the pier of the family Lima Zuno. He did not require transport to the hospital and only required attention for a few minutes, and his blood pressure was restored.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.- .
  • Los maleteros del muelle se vuelven locos
    Porters working at the pier act crazy


    Los maleteros del muelle se vuelven locos

    0 24 de julio de 2014

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-
According to the police report, after a disagreement between two porters occurred on the wooden pier, they decided to settle the matter with blows.  The incident occurred shortly before noon,  and the police intervened between Sergio Ramón Barbudo Trejo, 50, and Mario Aké López, 59. It is believed that they were fighting over a tourist's luggage, and it is noted a few weeks ago there was a conflict in the street between porters and taxi drivers. That incident caused indignation among islanders because it presents a bad image of the island.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Two porters exchange blows

Se lían a golpes dos "maleteros"

  • Written by Diario Respuesta  Jesus Molina
  • Category: Isla Mujeres
Local police intervened between Sergio Ramón Barbudo Trejo, 50, who lives in  colonia Salina Grande, and Mario Aké López,  59, who lives downtown, when they disagreed over a customer by the crosswalk of the Magana ferry pier. They were taken go the municipal jail for disturbing the peace and fighting.
Read more: Se lían a golpes dos "maleteros"
Bringing services to islanders 

Working in shifts for a clean island 

100 turtle nests rescued 

Resguardan 100 nidos de tortuga

  • Written by Diario Respuesta
  • Category: Isla Mujeres
Over 100 sea turtle nests have been rescued and the eggs were taken to the  Granja de Tortugas “Tortugranja” in Sac Bajo, said Raciel Rivero, who is charge of this program. The hatchlings, who are of the species hawksbill, green, and loggerhead, will be released in the Caribbean Sea. Isla Mujeres is a pioneer in the management of protection of Sea Turtles, and many tourists were seen enjoying their visit to the facility.
Read more: Resguardan 100 nidos de tortuga
Murals reflect the identity of the island 

Arraigan identidad de la isla

  • Written by Diario Respuesta
  • Category: Isla Mujeres
This article says the group is called Sea World, but I don't think this is correct. It says ten artists are involved, but most reports say 15 artists are painting murals on 14 walls & that the project is called Sea Walls. I posted information, links, videos and photos taken today in the events section, below.
Read more: Arraigan identidad de la isla

 por esto

Boat ambulance not operating
Sin funcionar la ambulancia marítima.. [+] Ver mas
After a year, the boat ambulance remains unavailable, and the last emergency transfer went over on the ferry. The rapid response team of the Navy is available at night for road accident victims who require transport to the mainland. The Mexican Red Cross provided the first sea transport vessel three decades ago, but a lack of resources for maintenance left them in a position where they could not provide ongoing service.

Streets look like boat repair shops
Calles parecen talleres de lanchas[+] Ver mas
This complaint focuses on a white boat with a red band that is parked on the street Pelicano in colonia Lol-Be, near an access to the Salina Grande walkway. They note that the trailer has blocks, but that if it was hit and it rolled down the hill into the road, there could be an accident of major proportions.
    In the past there were complaints about boats in the adjoining  neighborhood Caridad del Cobre, which were published in the media, and that activity decreased. Boat owners say it is very expensive to move their boats to a shipyard for maintenance, therefore, they resort to this practice, and allege that they have permission from municipal authorities.

Athletes, parents, and fans: Very annoyed
Gran molestia de aficionados, papás y deportistas] Ver mas
Fans, parents, and athletes were annoyed because the new roof has not been installed at the soccer field, and they were left without shade.  It is the beginning of the formal training for the teams of the 4th and 5th national divisions, and the roofing has been dismantled but not yet replaced. The previous steel and zinc materials were at risk of falling or being brought down by a strong wind. Some volunteers provided tarps for the coaches and players in the area where they gather. The work was expected to be completed in a matter of days, but a week has passed. It is noted that there are other aspects of this facility that need maintenance such as the artificial turf, the goals, and the fencing, as well as cleaning of the drains.

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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

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 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)

Ken Wanovich
Wed 7/23 - Mamacita's, 7:00pm.
 Fri 7/25 - Chi Chi & Charlie's, 4:00pm. 
Mon 7/28 - Villavento Beach Hotel - Noon 
Wed 7/30 - Mamacita's, 7:00pm. 
Fri 8/01 - Chi Chi & Charlie's, 4:00pm.
 Sat 8/02 - Marina Paraiso, 6:30pm.
 Mon 8/04 - Villavento Beach Hotel - Noon 
Tue 8/05 - Mamacita's, 7:00pm. 
( Keys 4 Life is also bringing school supplies and 3 new LCD projectors for the elementary schools, and doing some minor construction projects to repair/improve several homes in Guadalupana.)

 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.. Various artists including
Chucho (Jesus Campezino) & 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!!

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 20th...Start of Whale Shark Festival
PangeaSeed in collaboration with 1xRUN, Residencia Gorila, @World Artist Destination & Juxtapoz Latin America present Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans - Mexico Expedition: Isla Mujeres 2014 !Here's a selection of 6 of the 15 large walls that will be painted by 15 renowned international contemporary artists on the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
Together via art and activism, we are helping to celebrate, educate and inspire both local and tourist communities on the importance of preserving oceans and marine wild life.
Stay tuned, as the festival runs July 20-28, for some incredible works created by an incredibly talented international team.  Together, we can help save our seas!
‪#‎pangeaseed‬ ‪#‎seawalls‬ ‪#‎saveourseas‬ ‪#‎staywild‬ ‪#‎mexico‬ ‪#‎islamujeres‬ ‪#‎sharklove‬

The artists are also planning a beach clean up.

Nice article about the mural project LINK  (In English...Huffington Post)

Map to the murals..

 Mural photos from today by Bruce....

LINK to video of Day 2 

 My photo of Ixchel at Palacio hall


**July 20 or 24th -27 : Whale Shark Festival.  Includes a parade with floats, sand sculpture contest, recreational activities, and more.
**Some sources indicate the plans (again) are for the festival to last for a week, and that it will begin on July 20th, others say it starts on the 24th.

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 24-26 Miss Caribe de Mexico beauty pageant
Ten beautiful young women from the ten municipalities of the state will compete for the title of Miss Caribe de Mexico 2014 on July 24-26 in Isla Mujeres, and the winner will represent Quintana Roo in the national contest. The activities will take place on Hidalgo Avenue, and will begin on Thursday with the reception of the contestants and their official presentation. On Friday they will model swimwear, of the brand of the official sponsor, as well as jewelry and accessories. On Saturday the grand finale will be held, and the winner will be chosen. As part of the final competition, they will each present a topic about the place they represent, and the press will be in attendance.

July 25, Friday Whale Shark Parade (time/place TBA)
Jul 26 Saturday 6pm Town Square  Zumba event

 July 26, Saturday:  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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