Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, June 16

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
 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

Awaiting the visit of Mariana to inaugurate "Marinero Breakfast"

 Para inaugurar “Desayuno Marinero”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 15 de junio.-

  Marthy Vargas de Magaña, honorary president of the municipal DIF, social service agency, announced that on Friday, June 19 there will be a  “Desayuno Marinero”. (lit. "Sailor's Breakfast. It's a benefit breakfast hosted by the Navy wives.). The donation is 250 pesos toward the purchase of wheelchairs adapted for sports, and the island community is invited to attend. The wife of the Governor and president of the state DIF, Mariana Zorrilla de Borge, is invited, as well as the presidents of the DIF agencies in the other nine municipalities. The event is hosted by the el Patronato de Damas Voluntarias de la Quinta Región Naval; Board of Women Volunteers for the Fifth Naval Region.

Truancy at 80% despite sunny day 

A pesar de día soleado

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 15 de junio.-

  Following the heavy rains of this weekend, only about 20 percent of the primary school students attended classes on Monday. At  "Andrés Quintana Roo" there were 61 students attending out of about 400 enrolled. At “Julio Saury Espinosa” and “César Mendoza Santana” there was also ~80 percent absenteeism.

Estimated 4.5 million pesos lost when rain paralyzed activities for nearly 48 hours 

Por lluvias que paralizaron actividades por casi 48 horas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 15 de junio.-

It is estimated that the heavy rain over the weekend cost the business community about four million pesos in economic losses, including restaurants, golf cart rental agencies, stores and  other types of businesses.
    Members of the nautical community were inactive for three days. The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said there were about a dozen boaters who suffered losses after their boats were swamped. It is estimated that this totals to a loss of about 150,000 pesos because replacing each engine is about ten thousand pesos.
     Some businesses on Hidalgo suffered damages to some of their goods and furniture. In the colonias, it was noted that some trees had been damaged and branches had fallen from the winds that gusted up to 55 kilometers per hour. 


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

To help the childcare center located in front of the Las Gaviotas park, we pruned the branches that were falling on the lines to avoid risk to the populace. Isla Mujeres: supportive municipality.
En apoyo a la guardería infantil ubicada frente al parque Las Gaviotas, acudimos a podar ramas caídas sobre cables para evitar riesgos a la población. ISLA MUJERES, municipio solidario.

During the recent rains, a tree was damaged at the fishing cooperative in the Makax Lagoon, therefore we lent them a chainsaw to remove it. Isla Mujeres: Supportive municipality.
Durante las recientes lluvias, en la Cooperativa Pesquera en Laguna Macax, un árbol resultó dañado, acudimos a brindar apoyo con motosierras para su retiro. ISLA MUJERES, municipio solidario.

Friday evening there was an interesting and helpful conference for young people about responsible use of the social media and protecting your information online, sponsored by the DIF. 
   There were about 250 young people attending the talk given by Gabriel Wabi Rueda, an internet specialist. (He is a popular vlogger on YouTube from Merida). The talk lasted about two hours and included advice, tips, and recommendations. 
La noche de este viernes tuvo lugar una interesante y útil conferencia sobre un tema de actualidad en el que los jóvenes son actores vitales: el uso responsable y la protección de datos de las redes sociales.

La noche de este viernes tuvo lugar una interesante y útil...
If you are looking for a job, here are options for you.
Si buscas trabajo estas opciones son para ti.

Renew and obtain your voter's card
Renueva y obtén tu credencial para votar.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Rain affects sewers

  • Afectan lluvias al drenaje sanitario


    Afectan lluvias al drenaje sanitario

    0 16 de junio de 2015

    Heavy rainfall caused flooding that affected the sewers in the colonias of La Gloria and Cañotal, generating odors from some of the storm drain grates. 
  • Están en crisis los náuticos
    Economic crisis for boaters 


    Están en crisis los náuticos

    0 16 de junio de 2015

     It is estimated that the nautical community suffered three to four million pesos in losses due to heavy rains.The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said the boaters have been unable to work for six days, including the fishermen and those who offer whale shark tours.
        There will also be economic losses from the boats that were partially swamped.  Baltazar Gómez Catzín, president of the fishing cooperative “Por la Justicia Social”, said all their boats were sheltered and did not suffer damage. 
          The Harbor Master said the passenger ferries resumed operation at 7am and the cargo ferry began operating at 9am.


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)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Swamped boats
Zozobraron embarcaciones .. [+] Ver mas
Members of the fishing cooperatives said about a half dozen boats were swamped by the rain, after their owners failed to adequately protect them. The engines that came into contact with water will need washing and revisión (need to be rebuilt?). Because it is the fault of the individual owners, the economic losses are their responsibility and not that of the cooperatives;  Caribe, Patria y Progreso, Justicia Social, Isla Blanca and Makax, nor of their social organizations.
       In general, the fishermen are concerned because they have been unable to work for a week. They are looking forward to the start of lobster season on July 1st.
       The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said ferry service to Punta Sam resumed at 7am, after service was suspended all day Sunday. The passenger ferries resumed normal operations to Puerto Juarez and nautical recreational activities such as snorkeling resumed in the area of El Farito and Sac Bajo.
   The port may open for navigation by small boats on Tuesday, however CONAGUA (National Water Commission) is forecasting the arrival of another tropical wave on Wednesday that could cause instability for the coast of Quintana Roo.

Fed up with flooding
Hartos de las inundaciones [+] Ver mas
Monday morning the pedestrian street Hidalgo was cleaned up and ready when the tourists arrived around 10-11am, after it had been completely flooded by heavy rains. Some merchants had damaged goods from the flooding and recommended that the pumps should be started sooner to prevent flooding.

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June Events

Sunrise ~6:05a
Sunset  ~7:25p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
June 1  6:40
June 2  7:35
June 3  8:30
June 4  9:25
June 5  10:17
June 6  11:06
June 7  11:54

In the US, June is Caribbean-American Heritage month. Link.
In the US, June is also National Oceans Month  Link

June has the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere,

June 1, Monday  Dia de la Marina..Navy Day
10am Ceremonies at Naval base plaza.
10:40 Boats depart for ceremonial placing of wreath on the waters of the Bay commemorating those who died in service.
The first and last Ultramar ferries are cancelled.
The cargo ferry is running fewer crossings. (Departing the island at  06:00, 09:30, 12:45, 16:15 and 19:15; and departing Punta Sam at, 07:15, 11:00, 14:45, 17:30 and 20:15.)

June 4 Thursday  Corpus Christi...a religious holiday

June 5, Friday  World Environmental Day
 Town Square 9a-noon First Isla Mujeres Environmental Fair 2015 
The Navy will have a booth showing their diving equipment as well as their rescue program to combat pollution at sea, and a conference that is open to the public entitled "Mangroves".
The CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) will have a exhibition of various ways to produce electricity, aimed at grade school children.
The Human Rights Commission will have a booth and the state Director will inaugurate the fair, with the Mayor.
The labor union CROC is supplying volunteers and had donated ornamental plants, to be used for reforestation.
 The DIF is participating and will be giving away discs showing how to conserve water.
 Aguakan will have a booth, who often work with NGO's.
The Maritime Terminal is organizing a Drawing Contest titled "A Child's View of Caring for Nature" ( “la mirada de los niños en cuidado de la naturaleza”), and the ferry company will be responsible for the prizes.
The Veterinary Clinic of Isla Mujeres (La Clínica Veterinaria de Isla Mujeres AC) will have animals available for adoption and materials available about pet care.
The Tortugranja (Turtle Farm) will have a booth about the work they do as programs for reproduction and care for sea turtles.
The Municipal Ecology department are actively participating and will have a booth featuring the actions of their agency in favor of ecology.
The NGO Green Patrol/Paturlla Verde will present photographs from 15 years of educational work on the island.

June 7, Sunday  Election Day (for Federal legislators)  Restriction of sale of alcohol to go and in some local bars. Alcohol has been sold in tourist bar-restaurants during past elections.

June 8, Monday World Ocean's Day  Link   

You are invited to a Dance Workshop of Caribbean Rhythms, starting June 8th at the Mundaca Hacienda Palapa. 20 pesos. For more information contact the Cultural department 877 0767 culturaislamujeres@gmail.com

June 13, Saturday 10am or 11am 1st Gran Cabalgata (Mounted Parade) on Rueda Medina, from downtown in front of the Ferry Terminal along Rueda Medina until the Unidad Deprotiva (colonia Salina Chica?), where they will go toward Jesus Martinez Ross Avenue, then to the intersection of Paseo de los Peces in colonia La Gloria and over to the coastal road, to the southern part of the isle, stopping at the paths (dirt roads) in that area. After the horses drink water, they will take the same route back north to the chapel La Guadalupe and then gather at the El Pescador ballbark.(in front of Cheraui) The procession is expected to take about three hours. There will be a special brigade to remove the feces, and there will be collaboration with the Traffic police and Civil Protection to ensure a safe event. There will be entertainment at the park until 7pm, including the band "Laguna Verde". A donation of 20 pesos will contribute to the fund for the construction of a seminary being built in Bonfil.
  The procession will include riders from  Tizimín, Kantunilkín, Valladolid, Cancún and Isla Mujeres. Rain is forecast for Saturday, which could cancel the event.

June 13, Saturday   API pier or Magana (wooden) pier   Submarine tours begin in Isla Mujeres 300 pesos  "Discover the sea without even getting wet while enjoying a drink & appreciating the seabed of our beloved island. For all ages. 9841762052 Gabriel."  (From Merca Isla on FB)

June 17-21 Brazos Abiertos (Open Arms) Seventh Annual Isla Mujeres HIV Testing, Sexual Education, and Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Campaign
LINK to information & opportunity to donate

June 21, Sunday  Summer solstice
                             Father's Day
June 26 & 27, Friday & Saturday  Women's Fishing Tournament.   La Dorada,   Organized by DIF. More than 500,000 pesos in prizes. Entry fee 3000 pesos

June 27, Saturday  Noche de Estrellas

Thursdays at 8:30p Magic show at Poc Na  see poster

Fridays Artes en Todas Partes events TBA

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

No Artists Fairs since April, scheduled to resume in November 

July 11 Isla to Isla Open Water Swimming Event to arrive at Posada del Mar beach. Followed by samples of seafood from local restaurants 

Saturday, July 18 to Friday, July 24- Whale Shark Festival

 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)
Isla Animals: Vet clinic at Mundaca Hacienda

 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."


Miguel's schedule (may need updating):
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  (Updated June 1)
Sunday & Wednesday 7:30pm - 9:30pm   El Patio Sol Rockers 
Thursday Bahia Tortuga 6:45-8:45 
Saturday. El Patio solo  630-830 

 El Patio House of Music (Updated June 1)

Sunday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30
Monday Jazz from Toronto 5-7, Miguel 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30 
Tuesday Jazz from Toronto 5-7,  Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Banda sin Nombre 9:30-11:30
Wednesday  Sol Rockers 7:30-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Thursday Closed for the month of June
Friday Ryan Rickman 7-9:30, Radio Band 9:30-11:30
Saturday John Cain 7:30-9:30, Isla Cali 9:30-11:30

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

Fenix  ~2p~5p   Live music at the beach in the afternoons on Sundays. Salsa, Cumbia, Cuban music. Update June 13: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~2p.

Bahia Tortuga  John Cain on Thursdays and Lara  on Mondays...~7p (Updated June 1)

You may find live music at night on Hidalgo 
Fayne's: 10:30-12 (see above)
La Terraza: ~10-12 
Morgan's:  Between 7 & 11 (see above)
El Patio (see above)
Poc Na Hostel: Starting ~10p to late
Veradara's Cuban restaurant  Saturdays ~3p Cuban music


 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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