Saturday, November 29, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, November 11 The Afternoon Edition

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 ....

Navy rescues foreigners: Shipwrecked near Isla Contoy

En los alrededores de Isla Contoy

 Two foreigners were rescued Friday morning by the Navy of Mexico, after their sailboat capsized near Isla Contoy, north of Isla Mujeres. The Navy confirmed sending a boat to the area of the wreck, but did not offer more information.  According to information obtained, the report came in around 8am on Friday that a sailboat had capsized near Isla Contoy in the strong winds of cold front #14, and apparently there were no casualties. The nationality of the foreigners is unknown, but one source said the boat is apparently from the United States.
   The reporter sought information from the Harbor Master who confirmed that the Navy sent a boat to the site of the wreck. He said in an incident of this type, personnel from the following agencies are usually involved: Navy / La Armada de México,  International Health/Sanidad Internacional, SARGAPA/Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación/Agricultural Dept,  Immigration Institute, Customs, and the Harbor Master. el Instituto Nacional de Migración, Aduana y Capitanía de Puerto.  In this particular case, involvement is also expected from personnel of the Marine Park/Parque Marino and from Isla Contoy. (If the reef is damaged, it could also involve an investigation and fine from PROFEPA, the Federal Environmental Protection agency.)

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ISLA MUJERES, 28 de noviembre.-

Town Saint celebrations begin with the procession of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception and mass 

Con la bajada de la Virgen de la Inmaculada Concepción y misa

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After mass at 7pm on Friday, the Virgin of Immaculate Conception was taken down from her niche with a procession from the church through the main streets of downtown, consisting of hundreds of Catholics. This occurs yearly when the Patron Saint of the island is celebrated in traditional local festivals. She is dressed each year in a detailed, beautiful regional outfit and the processions include music and singing by hundreds of parishioners. 
       When she returned to the main square, there were fireworks, dancing, games and other activities, initiating the celebrations in Isla Mujeres. These festivities were highlighted by the vaquería, which is a traditional dance about the head of a pig. The traditional ribbon cutting ceremonies were held, with participation by the Mayor, Agapito Magaña Sánchez; the priest, Raúl Sánchez Alonso; and other officials.  
       During the opening ceremonies, there was a blessing of the standards (banners) of the groups (cooperatives, businesses, and organizations) that are taking part in the festivities. On Saturday, Nov. 29th the gremios of the colonias of Cañotal y la Gloria will be celebrating, according to the festival schedule. ( The schedule is below in the Events section.)
ISLA MUJERES, 28 de noviembre.-

Some went out to sea when the port was reopened for navigation by small boats 

Al reabrirse puerto a navegación menor

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ISLA MUJERE, 28 de noviembre.-
 "After 63 hours of restrictions to navigation, Friday, at 11 am, maritime activity was allowed for vessels under 40 feet in length, although only in the lagoon area and the area of  el Farito," confirmed the Harbor Master, Ismael González Gil. 
      Almost immediately, the tourist boats of the cooperatives were active and taking tours to those areas, because there is a large demand for these services among visitors to this destination. The providers said they have had potential customers on Wednesday and Thursday, but have been unable to take them out because of the weather. The small boats were still prohibited from crossing to Puerto Juarez, Punta Sam, or the Cancun Hotel Zone, as well as sports fishing trips, tours to Isla Contoy, and other commercial travel. 
   The permission to allow small boats to travel within the lagoon and Farito area caused the activation of about 300 vessels in Isla Mujeres, out of a total number of about 1110 boats. The restriction was imposed at eight in the evening on Tuesday, and is expected to be lifted on Saturday before noon, which would free 1100 boats used for fishing, for tourism, or by individuals of Isla Mujeres.

 Tvisla Mujeres

No updates since yesterday's translations.

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

World Day for the Homeless    Nov. 28

The treasurer, Álvaro Magaña Galué, stressed the importance of citizens meeting their tax obligations.
El tesorero, Álvaro Magaña Galué, recalcó la importancia de que los ciudadanos cumplan con sus obligaciones fiscales.

Isla Mujeres was honored to host the XXXIII Session of the Clean Beaches Committee of Cancun-Riviera Maya, headed by the mayor, Agapito  Magaña Sanchez.
Isla Mujeres, Q. Roo.- Isla Mujeres tuvo el honor de ser sede de la XXXIII Sesión del Comité de Playas Limpias Cancún- Rivera Maya, encabezado por el presidente municipal, Agapito Magaña Sánchez.

Isla Mujeres Students: Deadline is approaching for reception of documents on Dec. 2nd.
Estudiantes de Zona Insular: Se corre la fecha límite de la recepción de documentos al 2 de diciembre.

With the program of Early Property Tax Payment: We aim to assist and encourage taxpayers.
Con el Programa de Impuesto Predial Anticipado, buscamos apoyar y estimular a los contribuyentes.

Noticias de  Quequi......

Still with articles dated Nov. 23.

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Sailboat ran aground on coral reef
Velero encallado sobre arrecife de coral] Ver mas
 This has the same information as translated above, additionally noting that the name of the coral reef where the boat wrecked  is "Ixlache", and it is located within the Isla Contoy National Park. The Director of the Reserve, Francisco Remolina, said they will request that staff of the  Comisión Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) / National Commission of Natural Protected Areas conduct the removal of the boat from the reef, to enable them to know if the boat was grounded upon the reef formations, requiring a formal complaint be filed with PROFEPA.
  In recent days, winds gusting to 60kph have affected the entire Caribbean coastal region of the Yucatan peninsula, and the Harbor Master restricted navigation to boats over 40 feet in length. At Isla Contoy, it is customary to accommodate ships that request help when they are surprised by storms in the area, said Sr. Remolina. He said "Although the winds were very strong, the Contoy boat went to the site of the shipwreck and found it laying on the west side of the reef, sitting in the sand. We have reports/reported (Nos han reportado que) that the crew is safe in Isla Mujeres."

 Urging hotels to support the certification of Clean Beaches
 Exhortan a hoteles para que apoyen la certificación de playas limpias [+] Ver mas
 At the XXXIII Session of the Committee of Clean Beaches Cancun-Riviera Maya, involving five municipalities in northern Quintana Roo, it was agreed to promote meetings with hotel associations to encourage this sector's involvement with the certification of beaches.  Playa Norte/North Beach in Isla Mujeres recently received certification and is hoping to attain the Blue Flag award in 2015. 
   This was the eleventh meeting of this group, which includes the municipalities of Tulum, Solidaridad, Cozumel, Benito Juárez and Isla Mujeres. The Committee discussed 11 points and came to agreements on 9 of them, while the other two remain in process. Those responsible for the agreements were asked to implement the actions immediately to fulfill them and to provide timely information on their appropriate resolution.
   The Committee did not have the results available from COFEPRIS ( Comisión Federal para la Protección contra Riesgo Sanitarios) for the October-November water samplings. An agreement was made that the Secretaría Técnica should send the information and make it available to all the Committee members.
    Information is included in this article that concerns other municipalities, such as strategies to improve the water quality of the Nichupte lagoon system on the mainland, certification projects for the beaches of Playa del Carmen, and seeking of the Blue Flag designation for specific beaches in the municipality of Solidaridad.

Weather improved with another cold front on the way: Navigational precautions

Mejora el clima, pero viene otro frente frío; precauciones para la navegación[+] Ver mas

 Eggs: Costing 10% more than yesterday
Huevo, 10% más caro desde ayer,.. [+] Ver mas
 The cost of eggs rose by 6% on Friday and is expected to rise next week,  to a total increase of 10 percent. This will affect the working class because small stores are expected to round the price of an individual egg to 2.5 pesos.  
     The distributors now collect 570 pesos for 12 cartons of 30 eggs each, which is an increase of 30 pesos from the previous price. They have given notice that on Monday the cost will rise by another 20 pesos, to a total of 590 pesos for 12 cartons. (12 x 30 =360 eggs. Previously, 540/360= 1.5 pesos/egg at the wholesale price & individual eggs in small stores were 2 pesos/egg. Now it's 570/360=1.583 per egg and Monday it will be 590/360=1.638 per egg, so small stores are expected to charge 2.5 pesos/egg.
   Checking the prices at the supermarkets on Friday, the reporter found that the price of a kilo of eggs remained 30.8 pesos, and some stores had sales for 29.95 pesos/kilo. Individual eggs were available for 2 pesos each, and on sale for 1.7 pesos. Executives of the retail chains say they were not warned of the price increase, and the price will remain the same while they have inventory in the warehouse. 

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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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, Bufalo, Bahama Mama, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui. Visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs that are 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, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

Follow up info on the recent clinic by Isla Animals....
Attached is a before and after photo of Toby who came in for surgery-he required hours of de-ticking, bathing, grooming.

From Alison Sawyer Current 
Thank you so much form Isla Animals, it was a wonderful clinic, 125 cats and dogs sterilized, 100 vaccinations sold or offered for people who volunteered, we shaved and bathed many poor knotted dirty dogs, gave out meds, tick and flea prevention, de-wormer and medicines if we had them. Thank you for your generous support: Matthew Garrity, Theresa Gerber, Tracey Gazdik, Lisa Bassett, John Pasnaeu, Robert O’Hara, Dawn Baxter, Roxanne Edmundson, Judith Arnold, Biztech LLC, Linda Weiss, Terri Huffstetler, David Ross, Deborah Mason, Angelique Carlisle, Connie Harris, Brad Peek, Wesley Montemayor, Jon Knight, Kelly Johnston, Paul Ruetz, Amy Moe, James Marias, Dave Rhinehart, Scott Vogt and Eileen Regn.
Sally Margolis  Thank you to Casa el Pio and Ronda Winn Roberts at Maravilla Caribe for the towel and sheets donations and Sugeidy Avilés for volunteering as well. The next clinic will be 2-3 days at end of January or early February. It may be one day on the island and two days in Rancho Viejo or all in Racho Viejo depending on timing and space available-Thanks everyone!!!You can always check out daily updates on Isla Animals' Facebook page at: and their website where you can make Paypal donations:

Rodger Ericson's photo.Rodger Ericson I invite all to donate $20 to Isla Animals at the upcoming Fair or via Tiffany and I'll give you a hummingbird like this one.

A HUGE Thank You to Sally Margolis for raising thousands of dollars in funds for these clinics!! And, of course, to Alison Sawyer for all she does!!
December 1st: World AIDS Day
I'm happy to share that Brazos Abiertos/Fundación BAI A.C. will be returning to Isla Mujeres THIS weekend to continue their work on the island towards HIV Prevention & Testing and Teen Pregnancy Prevention.  Brazos has been working closely with Agapito and the Minister of Health on Isla to organize these events.
Nov 30 *SUNDAY, the team will be doing Free Rapid HIV Testing & Education in Rancho Viejo, on the continental zone of Isla. This is a very poor area and they need a lot of help. All of the volunteers remarked in June, that they wanted to do more in this area as the interest from locals (and the need) was evident.
Dec 1 *MONDAY  Teen Pregnancy Prevention Workshops at Middle School
6p. Town Hall/ Palacio Municipal will be lit red in honor of World AIDS Day  with speeches by the Mayor, the Health Director, and a Brazos representative.
Here is a link to the Brazo's events in Merida & Isla.!world-aids-day/cso8
Donations are always welcome via Paypal on their Website Consider a re-curring donation, $10 can go a long long way The HIV test kits that will be used in Rancho Viejo were purchased with donations from YOU that were made on our gofundme campaign last June. Thank you again to everyone who donated, you are making such a difference! And thank you to Brazo's for stepping outside of the Yucatan and helping our island. .!donate/c1ghi (I also have forms if you would like to make cash donations on Isla Mujeres.)
Thank you everyone for your continued support, and to Casa El Pío Mexico and Bonnie & Ariel at Seahawk Divers/Que Barbara apartments for donating rooms (again!) for our volunteers!

Non profit organization helping to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), and teenage pregnancies. 


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 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a
Saturday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, 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
Sats. El Patio 630-830 "Country Nights"  this Saturday thru December.. 
. Sunday at El Patio w Sol Rockers from 7 to 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  not sure who is there, but someone is...
Wednesdays 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 630-830 John Cain solo Country music 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..
. Sunday at El Patio  7 to 9 pm Sol Rockers 

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 Music 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
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9


Nov 28 Beginning of Festival for Town Saint through Dec 8: Virgin of Immaculate Conception (e  HERE is an article about the Festival
Nov 30 Hurricane Season Officially Ends

  Regarding the schedule of celebrations for the patron saint of the island, they are as follows:
On Friday, Nov. 28, the activities honoring the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the patroness of Isla Mujeres, will begin with the removal of the icon from her niche, and the blessings of the banners of the guilds & blessings for the faithful who have kept a promise during the year. Following the blessings by Father Raul Sanchez, there will be a procession through the town center.  That will be followed by fireworks, and the ribbon cutting to inaugurate the festivals, by the City officials. 
    On Friday, there will be family oriented celebration to carry on traditions that will include a vaquería, bailables,and a kermesse.
 Sat. Nov 29, the gremios of  colonias Cañotal & Salinas;

 Sunday, Nov.30 el gremio de Niños & of the  colonia Miraflores.
Monday, Dec. 1, gremio of Apostolados of la Capilla,  of la Caridad del Cobre 
Tuesday Dec.. 2  gremios of la cooperativa Isla Blanca, Sindicato de Gastronómicos of the CROC union & colonia Salina Chica.
Wed., Dec. 3, gremio de la cooperativa Caribe  & at six in the evening are the confirmations by monseñor Pedro Pablo Elizondo.
Thurs. Dec. 4, gremios of la cooperativa Patria y Progreso, Apostolados of Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart church) & Seguridad Pública (the police), 
 Friday Dec. 5,  en tanto que el viernes 5,  los gremios of la cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Barrio de Pescadores, Jóvenes, colonia Salina Grande and the Señoras.
On Saturday, Dec 6, los gremios of las cooperativas Isla Mujeres, Justicia Social, Isla Bonita & el gremio of las Familias.
On Sunday, Dec 7, at 7pm, the Virgin will pass through the main streets of the isle in a caravan of members of the congregation of the Church of Immaculate Conception. At 10:30pm the gremio of the mobile vendors will celebrat with a grand kermesse, and the mass of the  mañanitas will be held for  a la patrona of the island.
 To close the celebrations, on Monday, December 8 at 10am there will be a mass of First Communion, and of the gremio of las Choncitas, and at 3pm there will be a boat procession in the Bay, a mass, and the Virgin will be returned to her niche until next year.

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

Friday, December 5 at 7:00pm  Naval Club
 Fashion show with participation of designers from Merida, Cancun, & Isla Mujeres, as well as participation by local models and our little children models. 200 peso donation. Cocktail reception at 6:30

Sunset ~5p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
Dec. 6  at 5:35p Full Moon
Dec. 7 at 6:27p
Dec. 8 at 7:19
Dec. 9 at 8:11
Dec. 10 at 9:01p
Dec. 11 at 9:51
Dec. 12 at 10:40

Dec 4 Naval Wives Breakfast to benefit Naval hospital. Naval Club
Dec 8 Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, Isla's town saint
Dec 11-13 Posada Beach National Handball Tournament 
Dec 12 Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's saint 


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