Sunday, August 17, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, August 17 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published in August!, 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 August...some have already been donated.
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 ....

"Police in your neighborhood"

Agapito starts new program

Agapito marca inicio de novedoso progama

The program of "Police in Your Colonia" aims to engage the public more directly in crime prevention based on trust the officers will gain when they are integrated into the everyday life of the neighborhoods. Nine colonias will be included in this first stage, and will be attended by as many police officers, all of them women, which is expected to add more confidence for the residents.  Prior to the implementation of this program, they received training, and went through the testing and reviews required to join the municipal police.
    The start of this program was noted with an event in La Gloria, with the officers giving their names and other information to the public, to inspire confidence from the residents. The Mayor said this is an opportunity for authorities and the community to work together, hand in hand, at crime prevention and security for families. He said that they want people to feel like these officers are part of your neighborhood and exchanging information with them will help  fulfill one of the major challenges: security.

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Students prepare to return to classes with the end of summer vacation 

Para el regreso a clases, al concluir vacaciones de Verano

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The opening ceremony will be held at the school Cesar Mendoza Santana tomorrow, and will be led by the Mayor. It is estimated there are ~4373 students are returning to school on Monday, including preschool/kindergarten, primary, and middle school, as well as 330 teachers. These statistics include both the island and continental zone of the municipality. 
    The free textbooks arrived last Sunday and distribution has begun. There are 756 books for the kindergarten/preschools, 2435 books for the primary school students, and 348 books for middle school or high school.

End of camp for learning English

Sobre idioma inglés

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After nearly two months of learning, more than 170 primary students between the ages of six and nine completed English Summer Camp, which was provided by the "Volunquest" association. The project manager & president of the association, Kristen Tywan, said this is the second time they have offered English language classes in the summer, and in some instances, they offered lessons in Italian.
      She said that their organization has offered assistance with English language classes in practically all the public schools here for the past two years. In addition to the language classes, the children also swam with the dolphins and visited the Cancun planetarium.`The program began last year while Agapito was still campaigning, with 40 children, and this summer 170 children were involved.


Basketball champions for second time: "Seduction Island"

En básquetbol de Segunda Fuerza

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The team "Seduction Island" were champions for the second consecutive time, winning in just two games of what would have been a three game series, by a score of 68-56, defeating the team representing the City of Isla Mujeres.  The point difference in the first and second games were very similar, and a third game was not needed to determine that they had won the championship of the Second Division. The City workers were runners up and the third place was taken by the Taxi union team. Fourth place was won by the Middle School teacher's team "Masters", who played an excellent tournament. The team for the High School disbanded.

Gov. Borge shows his commitment to senior citizens with delivery of pensions 

Beto Borge ratifica compromiso con adultos mayores al entregar pensiones

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The Governor was in attendance when 525 senior citizens of Isla Mujeres were given assistance for the period of July-August, from both the mainland and the island. They are are beneficiaries of the program “Pensión para Adultos Mayores”. The governor delivered the payments, accompanied by many other officials who are named in the article.
        He said there are nearly 31,000 senior citizens in Quintana Roo who are assisted with an investment of 160,000 pesos every two months. The number of beneficiaries was increased because President Nieto reduced the minimum age from 70 years to 65 years.
        The governor spoke about other assistance programs such as the SEDESOL program "Life insurance for female heads of households" “Seguro para jefas de familia”, which has 45,000 women registered within the state.
          He spoke about the coordination between the Federal, state, and local governments for continuing tourism promotion, and for public works and  infrastructure, such as the new Maritime Terminal and the new Specialty Hospital, which will receive 15 million pesos in upcoming days for its completion.
       He spoke about improvements  in the Continental Zone with the development of Ciudad Mujeres, and how that area will provide housing for the children of this municipality, and will help bring the inhabitants of this municipality a better standard of living.The Governor symbolically gave out the cash payments to several recipients, and contributed a cake for the attendees to celebrate Senior Citizen's month.
      Ernesto Nemer Alvarez, Undersecretary of Social and Human Development, SEDESOL said there are about 39,000 seniors over 65 in Quintana Roo who are beneficiaries of this program “Pensión para Adultos Mayores”. (I suspect that is a typo, rather than an 8000 difference in his stats vs the Governor's, but I don't know.) Many other officials attended, who are named in the article, including the Mayor, who also gave a speech that included mentioning the 164th Anniversary celebrations of the founding of the Town of Dolores.

Happy Anniversary to Isla Mujeres today!! If you missed the articles I translated & wrote about the founding of Dolores/Isla Mujeres in 1850, it's HERE    

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

Cabbies donate school supplies

  • Donan taxistas útiles escolares


    Donan taxistas útiles escolares

    0 17 de agosto de 2014 
    The cabbies donated 790 packets of schools supplies which will be delivered tomorrow, said the leader of the Taxi union,  Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez, noting that they do this annually to help family budgets. He said the union invested more than 115,000 pesos, and the supplies will be delivered to both the mainland and the island tomorrow at 10am from the local offices of the taxi union.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-
  • Over 4000 students return to classes 


    Regresan más de cuatro mil a las aulas

    Regresan más de cuatro mil a las aulas0 17 de agosto de 2014

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    Civil Protection officials had a meeting

    Inauguran reunión de trabajo de Protección CivilInauguran reunión de trabajo de Protección Civil

    0 16 de agosto de 2014 
    A meeting was held yesterday at the Municipal Auditorium in Punta Sam to coordinate training, information, programs, and actions, and common problems within Civil Protecion, by officials from the Regional division of the South East Region. The officials who attended are included in the article and included the Mayor.

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  • Exigen castigo para taxistas
    Complaining about cabbies


    Exigen castigo para taxistas

    1 16 de agosto de 2014 
    Residents are complaining in social networks that the service given by taxis leaves much to be desired. A story went locally "viral" about a family who was refused service because they were in bathing suits and wet, and on social networks they commented, "The taxi drivers not only denied us service, they also made fun of us. They had several cars available at the taxi stand, who had lined seats, but they would not take us." 
           There are growing numbers of requests in social networks for a new colectivo service to serve the colonias, but at a lower cost. Bad publicity and unpopularity of the drivers seems to be growing after the rate increase was announced, a change which was justified by the taxi union leader. Increasing numbers of residents on social networks are asking for some real competition for the taxi drivers, which would result in a better quality of service.

    Por Carlos Gasca.-

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Start of program: "Police in your colonia"

Suicide in Isla Mujeres 

Many islanders are mourning the death of teacher and PRI politician  Gilberto Ávalos Galué, 46, after he committed suicide by hanging on Saturday afternoon. Friends and family gathered at his home, which is located along prolongation Rueda Medina in colonia Miraflores, to confirm the sad news and mourn together.It is reported he had been deeply depressed.
         He played baseball and tennis and had served as District Representative, City Secretary General, and other elected positions, including serving as the liason for Isla Mujeres to the Department of Education and Culture of Quintana Roo Secretaría de Educación y Cultura (SEyC).
Cuban Consul strengthens ties with Isla Mujeres

Benefits for senior citizens from Governor 
Roberto Hernández, Consulate from Cuba, said he received an invitation for the authorities of Isla Mujeres, and a presentation of the book of Fidel Villanueva, who is a good friend of Cuba. He said it is good to be more informed about the historical links and cultural exchanges between the people of Isla Mujeres and Cuba, with the exchanges of arts and crafts of both, and with reaffirmed ties of  historical brotherhood between the two islands.
      After the termination of six PAN governments, the relations between the two countries had stagnated and been fractured, but now exchanges have reached the highest level following the visit by President Nieto to Cuba in January, followed by the CELAC summit earlier this year. Before that the Cuban chancellor had visited Mexico and signed several agreements, which were ratified during President Nieto's visit.
   Regarding Isla Mujeres and Cuba being sister cities, he said that agreement was signed at some time in the past and no one will be rejected and there is an historical fraternity between Isla Mujeres and La Habana and La Havana Vieja. He said, "But at this time we are focusing on practical things, such as doctors for the fishermen during lobster season, culture, and we are talking with municipal  authorities about increasing and continuing assistance, at a higher level that we have ever had in the past."

Governor pays benefits to senior citizens


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Public servant commits suicide

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Authorities confirmed the death of the former mayoral candidate, Gilberto Avalos Galué, by hanging at his home along the road to Garrafon. He is the current representative for Isla Mujeres with the state Education Department. Shortly after 4pm his daughter discovered him in a room, having hung himself with a clothesline.
      When the first responders arrived they found him without vital signs. Moments later family and friends were observed going in and out of the house in colonia Lol-be. Shortly afterwards the judicial authorities arrived and cordoned off the area of the suicide, as part of  routine procedures and the usual investigation.
   Friends said he had suffered from depression and was taking medication to control it, but also had family problems. He was scheduled to play baseball with the team of veteran players, and he also played basketball. He was often seen jogging around Punta Sur, by the Caribbean Sea, and through the colonias of La Gloria and Cañotal.
    He was one of a group at the primary school Andres Quintana Roo who provided mentoring for students. He had served on the City Council as an alderman and as Secretary General. He ran for Mayor in 2008 and lost the election by 6%  to the current PAN Federal legislative representative,  Alicia Ricalde Magana.
    Family and friends could not believe what had happened and began filling the sidewalk facing the home in front of Makax Lagoon, to grieve, and you could hear the cries of relatives. He served as representative to the state Education Department for three years, managing educational scholarships, as well as being involved with the PRI political party in the municipality

Seeking public building for archives

“Secuestran la historia de IM”: ex regidor [+] Ver mas

Former City Council member, Emilio Sosa Medina wants the Municipal Archives to be moved to a public building. He wants the material to be available to the public during office hours, and expressed concerns about  Fidel Villanueva Mardid working for the City government, in addition to his responsibilities as municipal historian, alleging that Sr. Villanueva may be collecting two salaries, which would be illegal.

Successful patron saint procession
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A dozen businesses and organization decorated golf carts for the parade downtown on Friday evening in honor of the Assumption of Mary, the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the patron saint of Isla Mujeres. Among those who participated were the hotels Posada del Mar and Bucanero, the private schoolJean Peaget, the business Isla Mujeres Arquitectura, the dance academy Renata and the taxi union.
   The procession took place after Mass and moved from Guerrero to Lopez Mateos to Rueda Medina to Morelos, lead by the priest Raul Sanchez Alonso. The theme was "Mary Queen of Peace" and each group included their own messages promoting healthy relationships and good family values, to give the younger generation new paradigms in this age of digital communication. The celebration was part of the festival celebrating the 164th anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres. The leaders of the Catholic and Christian churches encourage family values and in society to encourage healthy living during this commemoration of the birth of this village in the 1800's.

Here is the winning the Posada del Mar...

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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.


 Aug. 26 Kapanga at Poc Na

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 Sept 5 Los Cafres at Poc Na


Linkto video above

 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   discontinued for now

 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.

Javier Martinez Cen La Banda Sin Nombre has played for 12 years at Faynes, we needed some days off, so less than a year a go, we let the band Radios play for us (at the same stage same time), they are great! LBSN play Weds/Saturday from 10:30 till 12, Fridays and Saturdays we also play next door, at Adelitas, just salsa music, from 12:39 till 2:00 
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


August Events

Turtle hatchling releases at Media Luna & Guadalupana (eastern)  beaches  TBA (Usually 1-2 days before event.)

 (Gets 10 min later across month)
Aug 1   ~6:20am
Aug 31 ~6:30am

(Gets 20 mins earlier across month)
Aug 1   ~7:25p
Aug 31 ~7:05p
Aug 9  5:05 am   ~Full moon sets before sunrise 
Aug 10 6:11am     Full moon sets  ~sunrise

Aug 10  Full Moon Rises at 7:18p   Sunset ~7:20p
Aug 11    Sunset ~7:20p  Moonrise 8:07p

Aug 12  Moonrise 8:54p
Aug 13  Moonrise 9:40p
Aug 14  Moonrise 10:25p
Aug 15  Moonrise 11:10p

Aug 7, Thursday Artist Fair on the Square 5:30-9:30 Summer Hours

Aug 15 Friday
 11a City Council room: Presentation of the book "Isla Mujeres a traves del tiempo, tomo II. Fidel Villanueva Madrid, Historian of the City 
7pm Documentary Exposition  Town Hall Pasillo
7:30pm Inauguration of Photographic Exposition  Hidalgo Avenue

Aug. 16 Saturday  8pm  Town Square
Presentation of the show: "Monsters & Mayan Legends" (Monstruos y Leyendas Mayas)
Presentation of a dance:  Traditions of Isla Mujeres"
Regional Night with an orchestra from the township of Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Aug. 17 Sunday
9am Port Authority Pier (#6)  Floral offering for the 20th anniversary of the sinking of the Cruz de la Bahia/Cross in the Bay

Following Mass: Procession from the Church on the Town Square celebrating the Virgin of Assumption going down Guerrero, to Lopez Mateos, then down Rueda Medina, main street. The walkers will return to the square via Morelos, while the decorated carts go farther down Medina to loop back from the south to the north. There is a contest for the top five decorated carts.

8pm Town Square
Official Session of the City Council commemorating the 164th Anniversary of the founding of Isla Mujeres
Homage to the founding families
Giving of the Award for Citizenship
Giving of the Award for Tourism

 On August 31, about 500 athletes, both Mexican and international, are expected to participate 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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