Sunday, August 31, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, August 31 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 ....

Opening postponed

Maritime terminal will be in operation before September 15th

Terminal marítima comenzará a operar antes del 15 de septiembre

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 30 de agosto.-
It appears the opening of the maritime terminal will not occur this weekend as was announced, because there are some irregularities that need correcting before the construction company turns it over to the SCT, Department of Communication and Transportation. One of the employees of the Port Authority, API, said  problems were found with some of the lights in the bathrooms, after they were left on overnight. The construction project began a year and a half ago, and has had an investment of over 25 million pesos.

Durante primera quincena de septiembre

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 30 de agosto.-
A five day workshop will be held for wheelchair basketball during the second week in September, hosted by the DIF, social service agency. It will be held at the court in colonia Meteorological called "Las Hormiguitas", at times to be announced. "These clinics are not only aimed at people in wheelchairs who have a disability, but to all those who want to learn everything about wheelchair basketball, such as coaches, assistants and players of the sport in general," said Jacinto Ríos Nájera.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Harbor Master decides to close port to navigation by small vessels at 10:30. // Rain predicted for tomorrow.
La capitanía de Puerto de #IslaMujeres determinó cerrar el Puerto a la navegación menor a partir de las 10:30//Prevén lluvias para mañana

Noticias de  Quequi......

Offering an alternative for diabetics

  • Promueven alternativa para diabéticos


    Promueven alternativa para diabéticos

    31 de agosto de 2014 
    The director of the General Hospital,  David Valenzo Loaeza, said the hyperbaric chamber in Isla Mujeres could be helpful for patients with diabetes. He explained that this disease is a serious public health problem, which can be complicated over years by not following a specific diet and taking proper care. 
        He said diabetics are prone to ulcers in the lower extremities, which do not heal easily, causing a problem commonly known as "Diabetic Foot", which can become serious and end in amputation. He explained, "Many people neglect the ulcer, which can easily become infected. A serious symptom is the loss of feeling in the extremity and a bad odor, therefore it is important to see a doctor every day for cleaning." 
          Treating this condition in the hyperbaric chamber is not new, and there have been several patients who have been treated with good results, including from Chetumal, Cancun, Merida, and Campeche. He said although many sessions are needed to achieve excellent healing, in the end the goal is achieved, which is hard to attain with other methods of care. Upon entering the hyperbaric chamber, people are subjected to pressure and deep oxygenation, killing bacteria, reducing the infection, and healing the diabetic foot.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-
  • Cierra puerto a navegación menor
      Closing the port for small boats


    Cierra puerto a navegación menor

    0 31 de agosto de 2014

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-
  • Aumenta los casos de descompresión
    More cases of decompression 


    Aumenta los casos de descompresión

    0 30 de agosto de 2014 
    Yesterday a young fisherman nearly lost his life while diving, from both decompression and inhaling oils used on the compressor. Twenty-four year old Abisael Tum Chan was unconscious when he was urgently admitted to the General Hospital of Isla Mujeres. Initially it was thought he had  suffered severe decompression, but the doctors had to use resuscitation and stabilized him with IV solutions. He had an inflamed stomach and spots on his right arm, which indicated the problem was not simply decompression. 
           After he was stabilized and had given consent, he underwent intensive treatment for five and a half hours inside the chamber. According to the patient, he made three dives to 140 feet deep, staying down the first time for 30 minutes, and the two following dives took 45 minutes. He is a member of the cooperative "Caribe", and he felt much better after treatment, only having slight dizziness, and he should return for more care. There have already been 30 cases of decompression.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-
  • Adoptan playa en el mar Caribe
    Adopting Caribbean beach 


    Adoptan playa en el mar Caribe

    0 30 de agosto de 2014 
    Tourists who are amazed by the beaches of Isla Mujeres have begun to use a new site that previously had not been considered as a public beach because it is very difficult to access. It is located along the coastal perimeter road of the Caribbean sea, a few meters from the Trash Transfer facility. Tourists who rent golf carts take the opportunity to cool off and swim there, even if it is just for a few minutes. 
        Authorities say this beach forms in some seasons and disappears sometimes, and acknowledged there is a need for better access and even some trash cans. It is noted that visitors to the site know that risks exist on beaches along the Caribbean Sea, and while this area is free of rocks that can cause accidents, it could be open in certain seasons when the currents are calm.
          Upon taking a tour of the site, it was found that a number of tourists frequent the site daily and insist the only danger they encountered was during access because of the quantity of rocks that exist by the road. They said it would be a good idea to provide a ramp or stairs so people can walk down and enjoy these beaches.They acknowledged that this beach is not as calm as those at the north end of the island, but there are tourists who are expert swimmers who want to enjoy themselves and the sun.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.- .

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Educational equivalency exams

Aplican exámenes a educandos

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

This weekeind  the "Coordinación 03 of Cancún & Isla Mujeres" of the State Institute for Education of Youth and Adults (Instituto Estatal para la Educación de los Jóvenes y Adultos)  (IEEA), is offering registration for students who have had an interruption in their education and want to resume their education, and they are offering literacy classes, said Juan Ramón Góngora Canto. During the remainder of the year, they will offer special exams to allow students to complete their level of education on a monthly schedule, ans well as exams for people who have not had the opportunity to learn to read and write or to complete their basic education.
     In "Coordination 03" there are 954 people who are reported to be inactive of whom 134 have not complete the basic education (illiterates), 243 have not completed primary school, and 577 haven't complete middle school. The exams and the preparation classes are offered at the CROC union (Confederación Revolucionaria de Obreros y Campesinos) facilities in Supermazana 63
Read more: Aplican exámenes a educandos

 por esto

Course about transparency
Aterrizan curso de transparencia[+] Ver mas
This information was already translated.

Announcement for basic level courses
Lanzan convocatoria para cursar nivel básico[+] Ver mas
 By Ovidio Lopez
Román Maldonado, of the CROC union announced they are encouraging workers to complete their primary and middle school educations and achieve equivalency certification, for free. They will also be offering basic English courses for waiters, bartenders, administrators and other specialties at a special price on Fridays and Saturdays. The 8 week course will cost 1700 pesos, and the hours are from 9a-1p and 2p - 6p. The Harmon Hall Institute has an agreement with the union, offering this discount of nearly 50 percent. 
      The IEEA agency, with the CROC union, are promoting a schedule of free courses for persons over 15 years of age to complete middle school equivalency, and for those over 10 to complete grade school. The Community Hall is open for registration Monday thru Friday from 9a-4p and on Saturday from 9a -2p. The course lasts six months, and they must present 2 materials for each month, or submit  the diagnostic exam that covers 12 materials. Then their certification is delivered in 2 months. The required documents are listed in the article.

Preparing for a tropical wave
Toman previsiones por onda tropical[+] Ver mas
The port authorities and the staff of Civil Protection are prepared for the increased winds and waves caused by Tropical Wave #25 that are (were) expected on Saturday. The port may possibly be closed on Saturday, and on Sunday this is considered a reality, since when the weather was 425 kilometers off the coast, it had a 10% chance of developing into a hurricane.
      No interruption of ferry service is scheduled, but the will comply with any request from authorities. Heavy rains are expected, which the storm drains will discharge into the sea. The salina lakes are at low levels, so they have is no immediate risk of flooding there, and water run off from the streets is captured there. Some of the fishermen and lanchero boaters have already prepared or moved their boats. Civil Protection reports the storm shelters are ready and on the island they have space for about 2000 people between the Navy base, the Hurricane Shelter, and the schools and other facilities, and there is a similar amount of space available on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres.  (I changed some of the tenses from present to past. It rained and was windy last night. This morning at 8a the skies are blue and mostly cloudy, and there are less whitecaps than there were yesterday, and the winds are not exceptional. At 9:30 it is raining while the sun is shining, but it is getting more overcast. If this storm is going to gather energy, is should do it over water, on the other side of the Yucatan, in the Bay of Campeche and the Gulf.)

LINK to NOAA graphic of Tropical Wave #25 passing over the Yucatan

It rained last night, and a couple times this morning. The skies are blue and cloudy, and the winds are not overly strong. Photos from the balcony around 9am. The first is looking east at the Caribbean, and the second is looking up the east coast toward Punta Norte, where it appeared to be raining. Looks like a nicer day than we expected, at least so far, at nearly noon.

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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 or Kathy Ennis at or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down.


 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 
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Sunday  Comono at El Patio, The Sol Rockers  Start time changed to 7p 6:30-8:30

 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.
(This schedule may be altered for low season) 
Sunday..Sol Rockers start time changed to 7p  6:30-8:30

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 12:30 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 (maybe)
       Sun ~2p  Salsa 
Weekday's ~2p.. Various artists including
Chucho (Jesus Campezino) Tues & Thurs, Cuban & Caribbean & Latin music Wed, Fri Discontinued for low season

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


 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.

September Events

Turtle & time TBA.
Sunrise ~6:30am
Sunset ~7pm at start of month and ~6:30 at end of month

Sept 4  Art Fair Town Square 5:30-9:30pm
Sept 6 8a Procession to Isla Contoy of Virgin of Caridad de Cobre from pier of the Lancheros (north of Magana ferry pier)
Sept 15 Midnight at town square: Grito de Dolores
Sept 16  Independence day
Sept 23  Equinox

Moonrise over the Caribbean (Sunset ~7p)
Sept 24   6:32pm   
Sept 25   7:10pm   Full Moon
Sept 26   7:46pm
Sept 27   8:23pm
Sept 28   9pm
Sept 29   9:39pm


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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