Wednesday, August 27, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, August 27 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! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

30 fishermen treated in hyperbaric chamber

Los atendidos en la hiperbárica

Lanrry PARRA
Thirty fishermen have been treated for decompression illness in the hyperbaric chamber, which is of concern to municipal authorities with more than six months left until the end of lobster season. According to statistics from previous years, the average number of cases of decompression is around 45 fishermen per season, and now it is only two months into lobster capture season. (It began on July 1st and ends on Feb 28th.) 
    The 30th diver-fisherman to be treated for decompression illness was Salvador Chávez, 46, of the fishing cooperative “Puerto Juárez”. He complained of pain in the upper extremities, and was diagnosed with a moderate case of decompression, and treated at the level 5 from the modified table. It is expected that he will only require a few more treatments to return to being practically normal, and to return to his usual activities.
    Of the 30 diver-fishermen who have been treated for decompression, ten are from the cooperative "Makax", seven are from the coopertive "Isla Blanca", five are from the coopertive "Por la justicia Social, four are from the cooperative Puerto Juarez, three are from the cooperative "Caribe", and one is from the coopertive "Patria y Progreso".
ISLA MUJERES, 26 de agosto.-

Pondrán bajo lupa a los que laboran con tiburón ballena

Lanrry PARRA
The Harbor Master reported that the approximately 270 captains, sailors, and guides who work with the whale shark tours aboard 130 boats have their documentation in order, and there are only a small minority whose papers do not correspond to the level of activity they perform. (In the third paragraph it says there are 170 captains, sailors, and guides aboard 130 follows:). Regarding the 170 captains, sailors, and guides, there were two who were reprimanded for lack of documentation to perform the activity they were doing. He said, "This means there were one or two captains who were working with sailor's documentation."  Regarding the 130 boats, 120 have been properly cleared. There have been three rounds of verification conducted during the summer vacation period. 
   The Harbor Master said there may be some kind of irregularity with the approximately 135 translators that work for the various travel agencies of Cancun and Playa del Carmen booking whale shark tours, since many of them are of foreign origin, but that would not be a matter for the Port Authority and is under the authority of the INM, National Migration Institute.
ISLA MUJERES, 26 de agosto.-

 Tvisla Mujeres

Starting up the first Community Veterinary Clinic in Isla Mujeres

This article has the same information as yesterday's translation about the Community Veterinary Clinic. It is located at the Mundaca hacienda.

Office of SEyC keeping its doors open: Dayana Avalos

Noticias de  Quequi......

More cases of decompression
  • Aumentan casos de descompresión

    0 27 de agosto de 2014 
    Although it has been less than two months since the start of the lobster fishing season, there have been 29 fishermen treated for decompression in the hyperbaric chamber. The largest number have come from the fishing cooperative "Makax". 
          Since there are six months remaining to the season, it is feared that this figure could more than double and that the season could close with over 100 fishermen treated which would exceed previous figures by far.
      On Thursday, two fishermen were treated, with the first being Agustín Buenfil Matus of the cooperative "Puerto Juarez", and the second being José Manuel Díaz Becerra of the cooperative "Makax".
       Of all the fishermen treated,  10 are from the cooperative “Makax”, seven are with “Isla Blanca”, five are with“Por la Justicia Social”, three are with “Puerto Juarez”, three are with “Caribe” and one is with the cooperative “Patria y Progreso”.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.- .
  • Disponibles  22 vacantes para policías
      22 job vacancies on police force


    Disponibles 22 vacantes para policías

    0 27 de agosto de 2014 
    Of the 40 new positions that became available on the police force over a month ago, 22 have not been filled, and 18 have been contracted. The jobs remain open, and those who apply must meet the requirements and pass the exams and background checks done by the State Department of Public Safety, which are done in Chetumal. The City of Isla Mujeres is seeking to strengthen the security of the island with the hiring of 40 officers to reach a total of 140 active police officers.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Indigents hanging out at Casa de Cultura

Es Casa de Cultura guarida de indigentes

  • Written by Diario Respuesta  Jesus Molina
  • Category: Isla Mujeres
A resident who lives on Juarez Avenue, near the building that will be the Casa de Cultura, said that indigents use it for a public restroom, causing foul odors, and the reporter found this to be true when he visited the site, which is near the Caribbean sea. Another neighbor commented that the site has been used for smoking marijuana.
Read more: Es Casa de Cultura guarida de indigentes
Snorkel tour boats operating at 30% 

Operan lancheros al 30%

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

Now that it is off season, the tour boats have reported a drastic decrease in the number of tourists requesting their services, and only two or three boats are going out daily from these cooperatives who offer sightseeing tours (and snorkeling). At the pier along Rueda Medina Avenue, near the Ultramar departure area, you could see only one tour boat (lancha) with tourists was heading out, while the other lanchas remained anchored awaiting tourists to come an seek their services, but those tourists never came.
Read more: Operan lancheros al 30%
More funds for public works 

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Considering opening a DICONSA store at the mercado "Audomaro Magana"
Contemplan abrir tienda Diconsa en el mercado “Audomaro Magaña”[+] Ver mas
In the near future, islanders who are enrolled in the federal program PAL Sin Hambre (Without Hunger) will no longer have to wait two months for the truck to arrive with supplies to stock their pantries, because they are planning to open a DICONSA store at the mercado in Cañotal. The beneficiaries with their cards will be able to obtain the 15 products included in the basic staples group that are provided by the program.
     The federal government recharges their card every two months with 1150 pesos, which they can use to acquire the basic staples offered by the program, which include oil, rice, beans, milk, coffee, rice, tuna, flour, masteca, and sardines. Previously there have been problems with the most popular items being exhausted first. How well the store remains stocked depends on the skills of the person in charge, with will gain a five percent commission, which is generated by sales to citizens who do not have a PAL card. Information about the program was provided by Miriam Trejo León who is a consultant for the program.

In a five minute meeting, COPLADEMUM addressed the subject of combating poverty
En reunión de cinco minutos, Coplademun atendió temas sobre el combate a la pobrezaVer mas
 In a short meeting of barely five minutes, the Planning Committee for Municipal Development / Comité de Planeación para el Desarrollo del Municipio (Coplademun) approved a budget of 2,364,887 in federal funds to combat social problems and extreme poverty. This money comes from the Fondo para la Infraestructura Social Municipal (FISM)/ Fund for Municipal Social Infrastructure.
     The meeting was scheduled for noon and began at 12:45, when the Mayor and Secretary General arrived, while the other directors had been in their seats at noon. The meeting was over at 12:50.
   They also announced a significant investment of state funds in the construction of an aquifer on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres for the residents of Rancho Viejo, as well as a budget of ten million pesos for repaving around the island.
   The Mayor said these resources from the Federal government are part of the program Mover a México, and there are more public works in development. He said ten million pesos have already been allotted for repaving around the entire island, both the main roads and the streets in the colonias. Information about work being done on the mainland and the funds being invested is also included in the article.

Cabbies: Accused of unfair competition
Taxistas, competidores lesleales[+] Ver mas
Member of the cooperatives that provide tourism services, say there are taxi drivers who are illegally selling snorkeling tours, trips to Xcaret, golf cart rentals, and other activities to the tourists they transport around the island. Commisionistas of the tourism services cooperative Adolfo López Mateos and the coopertive Isla Bonita say the taxistas are offering the same services they are, pitching tours on boats, to theme parks, and other activities that have nothing to do with their work driving cabs.
    A member of the Isla Bonita cooperative said, "This is a mess. The authorities control us. They don't allow us to sell tours in the areas out front, but the cabbies are allowed to do so 'under the table' and they are taking away the small amount of business that is currently coming to the island. There are taxistas with 'pitch books' in plain sight to all who enter their taxis, offering packages to theme parks and other activities that have nothing to do with their job. It is illegal competition on the part of the drivers who transport people from one side of the isle to the other; who should not sell tours, trips to Xcaret, or golf cart rentals. The cabbies wouldn't like it if we drove islanders to their homes in our private vehicles, and we don't like what they are doing to us.".
      The commissionistas want the head of the taxi union,  Eduardo “Wato” Peniche Rodríguez, to intervene.
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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

Link to video  

 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) Tues & Thurs, Cuban & Caribbean & Latin music Wed, Fri, (Sat & Sun)
Schedule may change now that summer vaca season just ended

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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