Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, May 19

The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!
  Here's a link to the Magazine

Please share the charity document, patronize the supportive businesses, & enjoy the articles, photos, & videos! If you'd like to donate $15 to your favorite charity to have an ad in this 2015 issue, contact me at westofcuba@gmail.com

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Wave of golf cart battery robberies

Baterías de carritos de golf, botín favorito

Lanrry Parra
In previous months thieves were stealing motorcycle tires and mirrors, and now batteries are being stolen from privately owned golf carts when they are parked in front of the owners homes. A resident of La Gloria wrote on Facebook that she found out who was responsible for the theft of her golf cart battery, thanks to the people who hang out drinking on the corner near her home. She wrote that she found the battery at a house in the colonia of Guadalupana, where a child asked, "Which is your battery? Is it this one?" indicating there were several batteries inside the house. She recorded this comment on video and posted it on the social network.
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de mayo.-

~500 workers await profit sharing payments  

 Alrededor de 500 trabajadores de la Isla

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 18 de mayo.-
Román Maldonado Euán,  leader of the CROC labor union said that May 20th is the deadline companies to turn in their tax returns for 2014, to start the process of delivering profit sharing payments to their workers. He said there are ~500 workers, distributed among ~20 companies, who will benefit.

Navy makes donation to Red Cross 

 La Quinta Región Naval

Lanrry PARRA
The Navy gave its annual donation to the Red Cross during a ceremony Monday morning, in the amount of 59,370 pesos. This donation is part of a collaboration of all the personnel of the Navy, who seek to support this worthy institution. The check was given by Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha, Almirante del Cuerpo General Diplomado de Estado Mayor, and commander of the Quinta Región Naval base. The donation was received by Fanny Morcillo, administrative coordinator of the local Red Cross, with gratitude. Afterward staff of the Navy and the Red Cross enjoyed breakfast together at the Naval base.
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de mayo.-

Finishing the last details for this year's edition of the fishing tournament “Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña”

 Para una edición más del torneo de pesca “Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 18 de mayo.-
The organizers of the “Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña” Fishing Tournament met to work on the final details of the event, which begins Friday, May 22 with the Captain's Dinner. This year  the boats will depart from the concrete pier that is located right next to the ferry terminal, and the awards ceremony will take place on that pier.
   This year the first place prize will be 300,000 pesos and the second prize will be a 2015 Pick up truck. In previous tournaments, the first prize was a pick up truck. The organizers discussed the arrival of the awards, including the truck, car, scooter, boat, and outboard motor, which will be displayed in upcoming days on the malecon of Rueda Medina, at the Posada del Mar beach.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

Enjoy beautiful sunsets in Isla Mujeres,
Disfruta en Isla Mujeres de los atardeceres más bellos.

As part of the commemorative celebrations of the World Environment Day 2015, the Municipal Department of Ecology is conducting interesting events aimed at respecting and preserving our natural environment.
You are invited to participate in creating a mural made of bottle caps

 In coordination with the state Ministry of Ecology and Environment,  children, teens, and the general public are invited to participate in the design and implementation of an Urban EcoMural of Responsible Consumerism.
      It is a visual work of urban art that is characterized by the use of techniques that do not cause an environmental impact. It is a mural that utilizes items that are reused or recycled, highlighting values of responsibility, solidarity, respect and recycling, which are encouraged on behalf of the environment
      The theme is "One planet for everyone. Consume with moderation". Participants must create images or scenes reflecting this message using only plastic bottle caps and mortar as binder. The wall must be at least 2 meters tall by three meters wide, preferably located in public or private places where large numbers of people will see it. It should be taken into account that this is a work that will have a long life.
  To raise awareness, it should be known that a bottle cap takes between 150 and 200 years to disintegrate, affecting bodies of water, and the birds and animals that consume them. Detailed information can be obtained from the office of the municipal Department of Ecology located in the lobby of the Mundaca Hacienda.

We invite you to enjoy the Riviera Maya Film Festival, May 28 to 30 May at tge Posada del Mar beach.Free event.
Les invitamos a disfrutar del Riviera Maya Film Festival del 28 al 30 de mayo en playa Posada del Mar.
Evento gratuito.

Invitation to participate in the design and implementation of Urban Ecomural of Responsible Consumption

Conoce la convocatoria para participar en el diseño y realización del Ecomural Urbano del Consumidor Responsable.


From Tvisla Mujeres (You can join this fb page at this link)

Noti Isla Mujeres (you can join this page on FB at this link & view the photos)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Whale shark tour losses
Pérdidas en tours de avistamiento del “pez dominó”[+] Ver mas
Federal officials confirmed that the whale shark permits had not arrived as of Monday afternoon, although the tours to the area of Aguas Azules (Blue Waters) were scheduled to begin on May 15th. There are indications the permits could be delivered at any time.
      It is estimated the season will begin in early June, after the licensees complete procedures required by the Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez.While most of these tours are sold outside the island,  by big travel agencies in Cancun and the Maya Riviera; representatives of hotels who are associated with the transactors say this delay creates a bad image for this destination, because there were contracts for tours from the first day of the season, which had to be cancelled and rescheduled.
    According to previous experience, travel agents sell the tours for up to $200 per person, which includes light food, land and sea transportation to and from the Maya Riviera. According to some of the licensees, speaking privately, last season there were tours sold for 700 to 1000 pesos per person. It was proposed six years ago that there should be a set price of $120 per person, but that plan stalled.
   Now big business is being done by the intermediaries, at the sacrifice of those who actually invest in safety equipment and take the risks, because traveling 40-50 miles from Punta Sam and Isla Mujeres causes rapid deterioration to the boat equipment. Now with the new operating plan authorized by the DGVS, Department of Wildlife, there will be 320 boats operating on alternating days, in two groups of 160 boats each. Some licensees say this represents a considerable financial risk and makes it impossible to recover an investment of 30,000-50,000 pesos to replace two outboard motors with newer ones, to have radio-communication equipment and other safety equipment, and to maintain the boat.

Birdwatching: An enriching experience
Observación de aves, toda una experiencia[+] Ver mas
On Saturday, in the wooded areas and lagoons of the historic Mundaca Hacienda, 20 high school students from Colegio Bachilleres photographed and watched birds. This activity was coordinated by the Amigos de Isla Contoy and the Birdwatching Club "Green Jay Mayan Birding", with assistance from the municipal Ecology department and the Mundaca Hacienda. Birdwatching is a key tool for environmental conservation.
    The activities began at 6am and included a walk to observe and identify birds, a talk about the importance of birdwatching, practice at drawing birds, a breakfast, and planting native trees, said Catalina Galindo de Prince, of Amigos de Isla Contoy.
     The workshop was held by the founder of "Green Jay Mayan Birding", Celia Alvarez, assisted by Juan Flores, and they provided the resources. They appreciated the assistance of the director of Ecology, Carlos Barranco, and of the director of Parks and Museums, Fausto Cauich, for providing facilities for the event. A special award was given to Catherine Galindo of all her support for this first workshop, and gratitude to Maria del Mar Lima Fernandez for her collaboration.

Owner of suspended bar claims innocence
Propietario de antro suspendido alega inocencia [+] Ver mas

The owner of "Broncos" piano bar, Hidalgo Pinto Cohuó, said, "There was never a minor inside my business. I know there was a girl outside "Marma" (an adjacent business) laying on the ground, drunk." His piano bar received a municipal suspension this weekend. He said agents from the DIF (municipal social service agency, Sistema Municipal para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia) arrived at his establishment at 11pm on Saturday night, and he says, "But they found nothing." Therefore he requested clarification that the minor was not found inside his business. However, his business was sanctioned.
  The involvement of the police, DIF, and Fiscalizacion (Enforcement) occurred in response to an altercation, which led to charges against Elmi Altair García Briceño, 22, who injured one person. According to the owner of Broncos, she also exchanged blows with the minor in front of the building.
   For the sanction against Broncos, the Fiscalization imposed a fine of 60,000 pesos and a suspension of operations for not having proper papers, and to await authorization to reopen at any time. The businessman and his wife went to the newspaper to seek clarification of the issue, stating the minor was not inside the establishment, and showed a receipt for payment of the fine.

Turtles continue to come
Siguen llegando los quelonios [+] Ver mas

A few days after the instillation of the Committee for the Protection of Sea Turtles, it has been reported that three nests have already been rescued, said Raciel Coba Rivero, head of the program. They are of the Green turtle species. Hatching occurs after three months of incubation, (The eggs incubate for about two months, and the hatchlings are kept in tanks at the Tortugranja prior to release) and then the traditional massive releases take place, and children are included in the events.
   According to historical data, sea turtles have been protected in Isla Mujeres for more than half a century, beginning with a federal employee of the Fishing Department, don Gonzalo Chalé. He was dedicated to this work, and then institutionalized this protection with the government. The Tortugranja is the result of his work.
     The Director of the program, Raciel Rivero said these works consist of cleaning and conditioning the four beaches along the eastern side of the island, and preparing the incubation corral for the sea turtle eggs. These preparations were made in the early days of May.
    The program involves various municipal departments including Civil Protection, and the Navy, as well as the Committee for Vigilance for the Protection of Sea Turtles.
    Historian Fidel Villanueva wrote about  Gonzalo Chalé Maldonado, who loved turtles and died January 29th, 2011, at 93 years of age. In 1957 he began to rescue turtles for his care, when it was legal to slaughter and export them during the spawning season, when large quantities of eggs were thrown by the city pier and being crushed. He put them in containers and took them to an area of beach known as "Punta Gaviotas" (Today it is the  Estación de Investigación Pesquera/Fishing Investigation Station). In the first year, 4000 eggs hatched. Then a federal permit was needed, and it was provided by the federal Fisheries representative at the time, Luis Manzanilla.
   Assisted by his family, he developed this work, amid the mosquitoes and chaquiste. ("no see um's", I think) The place required constant care, because of the presence of animals like crabs, mapaches (similar to racoons), sea birds, and dogs who represented a threat. He did not release the turtles at hatching, and fed them scraps of fish from the packing plant "Romeo" and he fed them sardines that he captured. He released hundreds of thousands of hatchlings over the decades, and in 1998 he received a medal "Cross of Ramon Bravo Beach" from the municipal government.
     Those who worked with him in these efforts include  Raúl Ramos Padilla, Fernando Fernández Marthen, Manuel Ravell Magaña, Favio Figueroa Paz, Rolando Figueroa Paz, Gonzalo Chalé. And his children:, Marianilla, Manuel, Sigifredo, Margarita, Genoveva, Octavio, Guadalupe, María, Gonzalo, and Alba.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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, Compadres Barbacoa or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, 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.

May Events

Sunrise ~6:15a
Sunset  ~7:10p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
May 2  6:10
May 3  7:01
May 4  7:54
May 5  8:48
May 6  9:43
May 7 10:36

Thursday, April 30 Regata del Sol al Sol Cocktail Party at Ballyho's (1:30), Poker Run (3:30p), Mayor's Reception (7p)

Thursday, April 30 Dia del Nino / Children's Day

May 1, Friday:  Dia del Trabajo - Labor Day. A national public holiday with political and labor union marches and official speeches. Schools, banks and government offices are closed.

May 1. Friday:  Regata del Sol al Sol Amigo's Regatta: Children board (10:30a), Departure (~11:30a) Awards ceremony at Buhos (7p)

May 3, Sunday: Dia de la Santa Cruz - Day of the Holy Cross
This celebration dates back to colonial times. Construction workers decorate crosses with flowers and mount them on buildings under construction, and have picnics at the site.

May 5. Tuesday: Cinco de Mayo (Battle of Puebla). No school. This date is commemorated more enthusiastically in the US, as general celebration of Mexican culture (and opportunity for abundant consumption of salsa, chips, and Mexican beer.).
      Here it is an 'optional' holiday (office & bank closings vary state to state) commemorating the victory of Mexican troops against a large number of French troops in 1862.
        (Then, more French troops arrived, sending Benito Juarez's government into exile, and Maximilian was crowned emperor of Mexico in 1864. At the time, the US was involved with its Civil War, 1861-65.  {Link:How Battle of Puebla affected US Civil War.} Then the US supported Mexico and invoked the Monroe Doctrine against European involvement in the Western Hemisphere. Napoleon III withdrew French troops in 1866.)

Soggy Peso is having a Cinco de Mayo party w Jeff Current playing music 5-7:30

May 6, Wednesday...Inauguration of a painting exhibit at the Magana Maritime Terminal-continues for 2 weeks:  “Mujeres del Caribe, Arte en Todas Partes”

Thursdays at 8:30p at Poc Na


May 8, Friday: Artes en Todas Partes event, maybe. TBA
                         7th Annual Water Rally (Teens compete in teams & learn about water conservation and processing)
May 10, Sunday: Mothers Day (Restaurants will be busy, and florists & mariachis.)

May 14, Thursday...see PocNa poster

May 15, Friday: Teacher's Day.  No School.
                            Artes en Todas Partes Event, maybe,TBA.
                            Start of Turtle Nesting Protection Program along the eastern coast and the eggs are incubated at the Tortugranja, with public releases of hatchlings in the fall.  (Hawksbills begin laying in earlier, so tours are made to watch for their nests starting ~May 1)
                              Start of the Whale Shark tour season may vary and continues until ~Sept. 15th
May 16, Saturday
You're invited to the annual pink wig breakfast, with raffle, gifts and awards. 200 peso donation. You and your friends can wear your favorite color and of various colors, in the design you prefer. Tickets available at the offices of Por Siempre Viva, phone 8770073

May 21, Thursday...see Poc Na poster

Fishing Tournament May 22, 23, & 24 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

(May 22 & 23: From Xcaret to Cozumel:  Travesia Sagrada Maya - Sacred Mayan Journey. Recreating the pilgrimage of the ancient Maya to worship the Goddess lxChel, canoeists in pre-hispanic-style vessels race approximately 17 miles.)

 May 28-30 Posada Beach: Maya Riviera Film Festival

May 29, Friday No School (Last Friday of Month...Technical Meetings)

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Mondays & Thurdays at El Patio 6p on Hidalgo..more info HERE.

No Artists Fair in May, scheduled to resume in November 

  The Women's Fishing Tournament, "La Dorada", organized by the DIF is planed for June 26 & 27.

 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, Items for Little Yellow School House, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

For donations to Zapatos Para Los Ninos.. please contact Greg at bullridersnider@yahoo.com, or find them on Facebook at "Shoes For The Children."

Music: Schedule may change for low season  

(By band & location)

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 & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   ElPatio Sol Rockers 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45

Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

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

Sundays 7:30-9:30 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel / 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  9-11 Banda Sin Nombre
Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:30 Sol Rockers /  DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio & Ryan / band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 7:30-9:30 John Cain solo Country music / 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..

Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo 
Mon - Tues 7pm - 9pm - Jazz with Norman and Darin 
Wed- Sat 8pm - 11pm - Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge

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 ?? Now Playitas

Fenix  ~1p~4p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on weekends

Bahia Tortuga has live music at times...announced on their streetside signboard. John Cain is there on Thursdays and Lara is there on Mondays...~7p

You may find live music at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: 9 or 10-12 
Morgan's:  7 or 8 - 9 or 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)

 Poc Na Hostel: 9:30-11

Saturday afternoon ~3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant

Here's Music by day of the week

Monday -
 Fenix-Chucho 2-4
Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Tuesday -   
Fenix Cuban musicians 2-4
Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15
Jazz with Norman and Darin 7-9p Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Wednesday -
 Fenix live music Chucho? 2-4
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7:30-9:30
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Thursday -
Fenix  live music 2-4
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
John Cain Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Friday -
 Fenix- 2-4 SesBlues, Pao & band..Blues, Rock, Salsa, Reggae
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
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Saturday -
Cuban Music at El Veradaro's 3-5
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre - Faynes 10:30 - 12:00
Banda Sin Nombre - Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
 John Cain 7:30-9:30 @ El Patio house of music Ryan and Band 8:30 - 11:30
Tips or Sex aka Alfedo & Jorge 8-11p  Morgan's Restaurant & Bar - on Hidalgo

Sunday -
 Fenix for Salsa 2-4
Sol Rockers El Patio 7:30-9:30  Ryan Rickman  8:30 - 11:30


 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p ~Nov-April. 
Now the City is having Arte en Todas Partes events on Fridays.

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