Monday, November 3, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday November 3 & Catching Up

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published soon, featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! Thank-you to everyone who has visited & shared it! 
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   Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Wall at Colegio Bachilleres: Hazardous for students

En plantel de Colegio de Bachilleres

Lanrry PARRA
Parents of high school students are concerned about the section of wall along the perimeter of the campus that is by the north gate. This was reported to the Director of the education system, Juan Carlos Azueta Cárdenas during a recent visit. One of the parents reported that the offical said resources will be allocated immediately. Parents want this fixed before it causes problems for the students or the school.
ISLA MUJERES, 2 de noviembre.- .

En La Guadalupana

Lanrry PARRA
Following the recent heavy rains, the mosquitos in colonia Guadalupana have increased, and  they are biting the children, causing skin problems. There is water pooling in the streets, and the houses are flimsy and invaded by mosquitoes and other insects. It is also noted that pets are in the streets and it is unhealthy if children walk barefoot in the dirty water.
      One mother said her eight month old child and her twenty month old child are both receiving medical treatment for skin problems, and that they are easily spread among the children, and even to adults. There is a microorganism affecting their genitals, head, and neck.
    Families in other neighborhoods are also a requesting that the mosquito spraying program visit their neighborhoods all around the island, because the mosquitoes have increased even in areas where they are not usually present.
ISLA MUJERES, 2 de noviembre.-

Certification of North Beach & the Posada Beach on Nov. 18: Agapito 

De las playas Norte y Posada del Mar, tras aprobación de auditoría: Agapito

Lanrry PARRA

White flags will be raised over the Posada Beach and North Beach on November 18th, after having passed the audit by the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification. The mayor, Agapito Magana Sanches said,  "With White Flag certification of these two beaches, it is confirmed that Isla Mujeres has one of the best beaches, not only the state and the country, but in the world." 
       He said that after obtaining this certification and recognition, they will immediately begin the process to obtain "Blue Flag" certification, which designates the cleanest beaches in the world and is of the highest distinction. It is awarded to beaches in more than 30 countries in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada, and the Caribbean. The Blue Flag designation criteria requires compliance with water quality standards, safety, general services, and environmental management. 
   The White Flag certification included meeting requirements about having buoys in swimming areas, having lifeguards, keeping the beaches free of vendors, having clean sand and sea, and zero trash in the sands. The Blue Flag certification requirements include having bathrooms, dressing rooms, lockers, showers, and security surveillance in the beach areas, with free access to the beaches, among other criteria. 
   Beaches that have been given the Blue Flag certification include  El Chileno, in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur; El Palmar, in José Azueta, Guerrero; Playa Nuevo Vallarta, in Bahía de Banderas, Nayarit; Playa Chahue, in Santa María Huatulco, Oaxaca; as well as Playa Delfines, in the municipality of Benito Juárez, Quintana Roo. (Cancun).

ISLA MUJERES, 2 de noviembre.-

“Día de Muertos” traditions maintained by families & officials

Tradiciones como la del “Día de Muertos”, subraya Agapito

Lanrry PARRA
Traditional Pan de los Muertos, bread for the souls, was sent to families in the municipality by the Governor, and shared by the Mayor on his behalf. These traditions on these dates are dedicated to the memory of those who have died. There was a festive atmosphere at these events, with one on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres, and the other at the mercado Audomaro Magana in colonia El Cañotal on the island. This tradition was also nourished with contests of altars dedicated to the dead in the community center on the mainland and in the town square of Isla Mujeres.
ISLA MUJERES, 2 de noviembre.- .


Increased ferry rates for cars, trucks, & cargo

Para autos, camiones y mercancías

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 1 de noviembre.-
Due to increases in costs of fuel, the Trasbordadora Marítima de Isla Mujeres company who operate the cargo ferry have announced a nine percent increase in rates, starting on the first day of December. This is expected to cause an increase in hundreds of products and services on the Island. The increase will not affect the fees for motorcycles, bicycles, passengers, or compact cars up to four meters in length.

Comienza a crecer flujo de turistas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 1 de noviembre.-
With the month of November beginning, employees of various businesses are reporting a slight increase in tourism, which is expected to be reflected in income. This increase in sales is estimated to be about ten percent, since the souvenir stores on Rueda Medina have increased by that percentage. Service providers of boat tours and golf cart rentals are starting to witness an increase, but did not give statistic. Restauranteurs have noticed an slight increase of ten to fifteen percent in diners, mostly foreigners
   . The beaches appear to have more tourists, particularly from European countries including Italy, and Spain, and from Israel, among other locations.. Large groups of pedestrians are seen in the streets and at the attractions of the island. A good holiday season and winter are anticipated. Nearly 600 athletes are expected to visit Isla Mujeres in the second week in December for the National Beach Handball Championship


Month of Ecology

Agapito's government confirms its environmental commitment

Ayuntamiento de Agapito refrenda su vocación ambiental

Lanrry PARRA
 Around the world, November first is celebrated as World Day of Ecology, and this month is decreed Municipal Ecology Month by the local government. Various environmental activities are planned with participation by schools, various institutions, civic organizations, and citizens interested in the care and improvement of the habitat.
   On Monday, at 10am at the Mundaca Hacienda, the Municipal Month of Ecology will be officially initiated, with an open invitation to anyone interested in environmental issues to attend and to participate in the activities taking place throughout the month of November.
    The Director of the municipal Ecology Department,  Cristina Medina Figueroa, said that during the month, in a special manner, they will attend to 10 themes about environmental conservation, whose main promoters are the students of the schools that are enrolled in the international program Eco-School. This was begun in the previous school year and has environmental awareness programs, with involvement by adults, following the progress of the students.
  It is noted that caring for the environment is intimately related to public health, and for this reason, community involvement in such initiatives is vital. World Ecology Day is celebrated to highlight the importance of raising awareness among people about environmental and social issues. Today the environmental crisis is evident in many regions of the world by climate change, desertification, increased temperature, soil erosion, and destruction of biodiversity, among other serious problems.
    With the declaration of Municipal Ecology Month, the City reaffirms its commitment to environmental causes and the fight for a healthy, protected environment.                                      
ISLA MUJERES, 31 de octubre.-

Hospital Integral completa plantilla para atender a pacientes

After about six weeks without a pediatrician, the General Hospital is again providing this service. The hospital Director said they were making many efforts, and that it is not easy to bring specialists from other parts of the state or country to Isla Mujeres. For the next three months, doctor Gerardo Echeverria will provide pediatric services, while the usual pediatrician remains on disability while she has her baby. It is expected she will return to work after the baby is born.
      The hospital is respecting the schedule of previous appointments.  Pediatric services are available Monday through Friday from 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
      Hospital staff includes specialists in pediatrics, gynecology, internal medicine, general surgery,  internal medicine,  orthopedics,  orthopedic surgery,  anesthesiology, and general practice, and emergency, as well as a lab tech and a nutritionist.  With these services available, the hospital can meet the needs of the community without them traveling to Cancun, as has been occurring in previous years.
Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 31 de octubre.-

Tuzos del Pachuca: Fruit of six years of work 

Fruto de 6 años de trabajo

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 31 de octubre.-
After six years of hard work, the "Los Isleñitos de Isla Mujeres" soccer players have become an official affiliate of the Futbol Club “Tuzos de Pachuca”. This designation was obtained on September 19th, and on Thursday the official agreements were presented and signed. This involves about 110 young Islander athletes, who will play in the First Division, when they are of the correct age.
      The City Director of Sports & Recreation, Enrique Barros Peña, signed the agreement. Coaches  Manuel Miss and Jorge Gómez, said the idea behind this project is to promote a new culture of sports in Isla Mujeres, where the children who have talent for playing soccer will now have the opportunity to compete with the first division of the Pachuca Club. This will allow talented athletes to achieve their dreams of entering the game professionally, and it is noted that this is an historic first to have a subsidiary of a professional futbol team in Isla Mujeres.
    Manuel Miss said, "It's a great achievement, because six years ago I decided to open my soccer school with five children, called the Isleñitos of Isla Mujeres, where great achievements were obtained, and now we are a subsidiary of Pachuca."  He said that now this team is part of a professional club, with the institution that is Pachuca, which is one of the best schools in Mexico, focusing on children and teens with talent, who one day could enter the First Division.  He added, "We will work hard to ensure that our young athletes are good children and especially good human beings, through sport."

 Tvisla Mujeres

No new articles yet today


Increase in cargo ferry rates!
Surprisingly, the car ferry company released a statement to the press today announcing a fare increase and here is the communication: (Note, this document says the increase begins November 1st)


De manera sorpresiva, este día a través de un comunicado de prensa, la empresa Marítima Isla Mujeres anuncia aumento en las tarifas de su servicio.
Este es el comunicado!!


High school students of Colegio Bachilleres in Isla Mujeres have an exhibition of their altars for the dead starting at 1pm; seeking to preserve the customs of the region.

Alumnos del Colegio de Bachilleres, plantel Isla Mujeres realizan sus altares de muertos, buscando promover las costumbres de la región. La exposición inicia a las 13 horas — 

Noticias de  Quequi......

Car Ferry rates to increase

Didn't publish news yesterday...

  • Preservan las tradiciones Preserving traditions


    Preservan las tradiciones

    0 01 de noviembre de 2014
    Aiming to continue the traditions of   Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, high school students of Colegio Bachilleres held an exhibition of nine altars in the main square of the school. This tradition of offering regional and traditional foods was followed, mainly choosing the deceased's favorite dishes. There is great respect in this region for this Mexican and Mayan tradition.
         This was a three hour exhibition, and not a competition, and at the end the teachers and students enjoyed dishes typically eaten at this date, such as mucbipollo. "At this time it is a tradition to celebrate Hanal Pixan, or 'food for the souls' in the Yucatan peninsula which is also a part of the Dia de los Muertos and a legacy of the Mayan people that must be kept alive among the younger generations", explained Roger Lozano Colonia, school counselor.

    Por Carlos Gasca.- 
  • Continúa pendiente el retiro de embarcaciones
    Removal of boats is still pending 


    Continúa pendiente el retiro de embarcaciones

    0 01 de noviembre de 2014
    It will be January 2015 when the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo) will remove the boats that are occupying part of the port along prolongation Rueda Medina. Although this was intended to occur this year, it has been delayed by the roadwork being done on the avenue. There are about 600 linear meters of coastline where boats are moored, and there are some concerns about people claiming a concession that is not theirs.
           It is noted that according to law, there is a port enclosure that is directly administrated by APIQRoo that is understood to extend from the gas station of the Lima family to the Marina Puerto Isla Mujeres. The Harbor Master has recorded the arrival of these vessels to this area, but he said the responsibility to claim the space lies with APIQRoo.  He said "The vessels have been identified and we know who the owners are, but many have not been maintained and are virtually abandoned." With the recent rains, some of them are on the verge of sinking, but no one is caring for them.

    Por Carlos Gasca.-

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Suspension of Magana Ferry for maintenance
Preserving Day of the Dead traditions 

Yesterday the only IM article is about Rancho Viejo, on the mainland, and they have not yet published today.

Cargo ferry rates will increase

 por esto

Magana ferry suspends operations
Naviera Magaña suspendió operaciones[+] Ver mas
The Magana ferry which provides less expensive transport between Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez suspended service Sunday due to mechanical problems. The Ultramar ferries are continuing to provide services, and it is noted that increasing numbers of visitors are arriving recently. The Magana company posted a notice which asked for support and understanding from their customers. A company representative, Jorge Aragón, said they expect to resume services on Monday.

Preserving the tradition of altars for the souls of the dead
Se preserva tradición de altares a los difuntos[+] Ver mas

Institutions of government and education, as well as non governmental organizations are continuing the 'battle' to preserve the tradition of building altars for the dead while celebrating Dia del Muertos, fulfilling two decades of preserving and promoting Mexican culture, in the face of foreign influences. In 1993, municipal historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid, began a plan that was implemented the following year which focused on efforts by local government to preserve local culture and traditions which tourists do not see in their countries. Since then altars can be found in most of the schools, with contests for their creation, and inevitably the celebration of Halloween had been introduced. However the youngsters retain their loyalties to their culture and to their roots, and they perform these traditional activities in the face of foreign influences. 
     There are companies who organized parties for their employees who admit that the influence of Halloween is a reality, and that there is adaption to both cultures in their commemorations of the Day of the Dead. You could see some employees along Rueda Medina and Hidalgo avenues dressed in costumes and dark clothing, noting that it attracted more sales.
    In the social networks, photos of altars were published, including samples from the schools, although there were no officially organized competitions in the schools by the City this year. City officials delivered bread of the souls (pan de los muertos) to some local families on the island and on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres. There was strong participation in the festivities for All Saints Day and All Souls days, and altars were made in the mainland Community Center and at the Town Square on the island.

Refurbishment of SEMEFO: In 2015
Remozamiento del Semefo, hasta el 2015[+] Ver mas
The Medial Examiners building and property have suffered from neglect and damage by vandals, and there are indications that water filters into the building. The head of SEMEFO said there are errors from construction that will need to be corrected before the building can be occupied and put into operation. The Procuraduría de Justicia de Quintana Roo (Attorney General) visited in October and said they are proposing the allocation of  resources in 2015 to repair the building and to furnish and equip it, to enable it to be used, and to avoid further deterioration.


Car ferry rates adjusted due to increase costs of diesel
Ferry ajusta tarifa por alza de diesel[+] Ver mas

Light posts succumb
Sucumben postes de luminarias[+] Ver mas
Ovidio López
ISLA MUJERES, 1 de noviembre.-
The light poles with steel tubing along the malecon walkway at the eastern seawall have begun to fall in the winds, creating a potential threat to locals and tourists, said ex legislator Hugo Ravell Magana. He said a pole fell near his property on Saturday and he has notified the director of Public Services. The walkway is over a kilometer in length, and has nearly fifty lights on metal poles. He said corrosion has caused deterioration quickly, in less than a decade, and they should be replaced with poles of fiberglass or plastic of high strength.
      It is noted that in the children's park, metal poles have been used again, and in less than a year, rust is present, and eventually they could become hazardous.


Medical Examiners Agency building: White Elephant
“Elefante blanco”, inmueble del Semefo[+] Ver mas
Four years after its construction, the building of the Forensic Medical Services agency (SEMEFO) now appears completely abandoned, and has suffered another attack from vandals who broke the glass of the main window with a stone. The neighbors say it is becoming a white elephant and they have doubts if it will be opened, noting that last year the procurador, Gaspar Armando García Torres, promised to finish and equip it.
     The property is overgrown and a wall is open which gives an alternate access for those living in coloina Guadalupana. It is located on the Avenue de Los Peces, and shares a wall with the town cemetery. There is graffiti on the driveway and fences, and inside there is broken glass, brooms, old building materials, a broken table, and bathroom fixtures. 

Concern about wall at Bachilleres high school
Amenaza para estudiantes de Bachilleres [+] Ver mas

Children's Soccer Club formed
Formalizan incorporación del Club de Futbol Juvenil Isleñitos[+] Ver mas

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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


Miguel's high season schedule:
Sunday: The Sol Rockers @ El Patio 9p - 11p
Monday: Miguel solo @ El Patio 6:30p - 8:30p
Tuesday: La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio 9:15p - 11:15p
Wednesday: The Sol Rockers@ El Patio 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Thursday: Miguel Solo @ el Patio 6p - 8p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Friday: Marina Paraiso 6p - 8p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a
Saturday: Marina Paraiso 6p - 8p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a

 John Cain's schedule   
 Sunday 9pm - 11pm
  Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm  Comono/Patio Sol Rockers 
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm 

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono)

Sundays 630 to 9 - solo Ryan Rickman - 9 to 11 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel - 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays 7 to 9 Sol Rockers and DJ 9 - 12 - 
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel and Elvin from 8 to 11
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio Ryan and band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..

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  (I'm not sure if this is still current
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix  Sun ~2p  Salsa 

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

Here's this info by day of the week...with a thanks to Jean Lemke for rearranging it!

Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30

Tuesday - John Cain @ Café Del Mar solo 8-10 p
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday - John Cain @ Marina Paraiso - solo 7-9
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
Elvis @ el Patio house of music 8-11
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12

Friday - Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
Miguel @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Fabio @ El Patio house of music 6:30 - 8:15
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Saturday - Cuban Music at El Veradaro's 3-5
Banda Sin Nombre - Chuuk Kay 3:30
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre - Faynes 10:30 - 12:00
Banda Sin Nombre - Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3
Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Ryan Rickman @ El Patio house of music 6:30-9:00


November events
Sunset ~5:10p
Moonrise in the east..over the Caribbean
Nov. 6 at 5:14p  Full Moon
Nov. 7 at 6:03
Nov. 8 at 6:54
Nov. 9 at 7:46
Nov. 10 at 8:38
Nov. 11 at  9:29
Nov. 12 at 10:20
Nov 13 at 11:10

 Nov 1  Halloween Buffet & Party at Casa de los Suenos 6:30 (reservations recommended)
Nov.1 & 2 Dia de los Muertos
Nov 1 DIF Catrina Costume event.. Benefit for DIF, social service agency, at the Naval Club (Playa Albatros)  200 pesos  The DIF is also collecting jackets & sweaters.

Caribe Culture Fest Nov 12-18 This says that Sonora Dinamita will be playing cumbia in Isla Mujeres,  as well as Son del Barrio & Yura Santo Negro


 Blue crabs are migrating to the sea for spawning during full moons, from the mangroves. Try to avoid running them over. Look out for them in areas where there are Sac Bajo & near areas of Makax Lagoon.

Artist Fairs on the Square, usually first Thursday, have been cancelled for October & November.  Next Fair: Dec. 4 

Dec 11-13 Posada Beach National Handball Tournament 


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