Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, June 9


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

Alicia Ricalde left Isla Mujeres to campaign in Yucatan

Abandona a panistas de Isla Mujeres para ir a hacer campaña a Yucatán: Ni siquiera votó

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 7 de junio.-
  Federal legislator Alicia Ricalde Magana, who is a leader in the PAN party, was not in Isla Mujeres during the election on June 7th, because she was supporting candidates in the state of Yucatan, in the towns of Tizimin, San Felipe, and nearby areas. The Secretary General of the National Action Party (PAN) of Isla Mujeres, Faustino Uicab Alocer regretted that she was not on the island showing her support here.


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

All students benefitting from Academic scholarships or Ferry Transportation scholarships that are on this list are advised to present their documents to the Social Development office between June 8 and 12th. (The lists are on the municipal fb page)
A todos los estudiantes beneficiados con Becas Académicas o de Transporte Marítima que aparecen en la siguiente relación, se les informa que deberán presentar en la Dirección de Desarrollo Social la documentación pendiente en su expediente del 08 al 12 de junio del año en curso.

Participate in the Women's Fishing Tournament June 26 & 27.
Participa en el Torneo de Pesca Femenil este 26 y 27 de Junio.

June 8. World Ocean's Day
Hoy 8 de Junio. Día Mundial de los Océanos.

You are invited to participate in the Caribbean Rhythms Dance Workshop
Les invitamos a participar en el Taller de Baile de Ritmos Caribeños.


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

CHETUMAL....Today Governor Roberto Borge Angulo announced the delivery of electronic tablets to 26,588 students in fifth grade...... and to teachers, directors, and supervisors in the entire state, for the school year 2015-2016. The Governor announced that on May 22, the agreement was signed with SEP (The Ministry of Public Education) to assist the students and teachers by providing electronic tablets. This program is being implemented with the help of the President, Enrique Pena Nieto, and the Secretary of Education, Emilio Chuayffet Chemor, as a result of the Educational Reform.
  Quintana Roo is participating in the Program for Computer Literacy (PIAD) 2015 for the benefit of all fifth grade students in all the public schools: formal, indigenous, special, and CONAFE & migrants, as well as for the fifth grade teachers, directors, and supervisors. The electronic tablets contribute to the process of teaching and learning, improve the students ability to study, reduce digital and social gaps among families and communities, and the tablets are preloaded with materials to help with subjects of the curriculum and of academic interest. 
    The Governor recalled that this is part of the strategies of the Quintana Roo Plan 2011-2016 for his administration, to impart quality education for all of the students of the state, equally.
   There will be training for the implementation of PIAD and technical support available at all of the schools. There will be monitoring and instillation of a Comite de Vigilania y Seguimiento del PIAD, and assistance by the military and the state police to assure the security of the electronic tablets during their transport and distribution, to guarantee their delivery to the student beneficiaries.
CHETUMAL, Quintana Roo, 8 junio.— El gobernador Roberto Borge Angulo anunció hoy la entrega de tabletas electrónicas a 26 mil 588 alumnos de quinto grado de...

Retweeted Roberto Borge (@betoborge):
In July, the Whale Shark Festival will be held; the largest fish in the ocean
En julio ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬ realizará el Festival del Tiburón Ballena, el pez más grande del océano. #‎QuintanaRoo‬ http://t.co/EJsoq7we2r

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


link to Quequi  

Mayor Agapito exercised his civic duty

  • Celebra Agapito el ejercicio cívico 


    Celebra Agapito el ejercicio cívico

    0 09 de junio de 2015 Por Carlos Gasca

Creating more artificial reefs

Harán más arrecifes artificiales

Por Carlos Gasca
See translation below


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Concerns about seawalls
Temor por muros de contención inconclusoser mas
It was recently announced in Por Esto that some residents wanted a seawall built by Salina Chica to extend the current wall to the cliffs. The unofficial answer is "no money".  This week the state Committee Specializing in Weather Phenomenons is being installed, and they will discuss actions to be taken in emergencies, but are not expected to address this neighborhood complaint.

Artificial reefs: In development
Arrecifes artificiales, en desarrollo.. [+] Ver mas

     Robert Ibarra Navarro, head of the Artificial Reefs Department of the National Park of Isla Mujeres-Cancun, said the artificial reef project at Sac Bajo, has been a success. He said it has been a decade since the transplants were placed, after natural corals were damaged by Hurricanes "Ivan" and "Wilma". The site is a stretch of 200 meters, where 150 concrete structures were placed, imbedded with small pieces of coral. The corals have grown and the artificial reef is alive with fish and colors that the tourists like to see. It is not far from the corals of El Farito, at the southern part, near the island of La Carbonera.
    The official said they plan to place more structures in this area, at a depth of less than five meters. They have considered installing more MUSA statues, of which there are currently 450, but those details are known by the Park Director, Jaime Gonzalez Cano.
   This project was begun ten years ago, after a study by specialists concerning this area of  polygon 1 of the Park determined it was a priority to establish a policy in response to the number of tourists visiting this Natural Protected Area (ANP) with the objective of conserving the natural reef formations in the long term by creating artificial reefs. About 300,000 tourists visit El Farito annually, but now there is an alternative place to snorkel.
   In the first stage, they placed 70 concrete objects called "Reef Ball", 30 objects called "Layer Cake", and 10 called "Payao", to form artificial reefs and serve as shelter for fish, in accordance with a study conducted by SEMARNAT (Department of the Environment). He explained that these structures do not interrupt the natural processes of colonization and growth of organisms present in the water, and don't create negative effects on the physical and chemical characteristics of the sea.
   In the entire polygon of the park, in 2000, there were 850,000 tourists who entered the park, according to CONANP (National Commission for Protected Natural Areas), and today that figure has doubled. Due to federal budget cuts, there is no money this year to expand the artificial reefs, so that will need to wait until 2016.
    The park consists of three 'polygons', or large geometric areas. The Isla Mujeres area is Polygon 1 and extends off the western coast of the isle. There is a map of it in this document on page 18. LINK )

Prizes for young artists
Premian a pequeños artistas. [+] Ver mas

The winners of the VII Municipal Children's Ecological Drawing Contest have been announced and their drawings will be submitted to compete on a state level, said Carlos Barranco, director of the municipal Ecology department. The contest opened May 11 and closed May 28th, and the outcome of the state competition will be released on Friday, June 12th. The theme is "At play we are responsible consumers" “Juguemos a ser Consumidores Responsables”.
   The official explained that the aim of the competition is to help children understand the importance of being responsible consumers and consuming consciously, and to adopt attitudes and skills that will prepare them to live in harmony with the environment in pursuit of a sustainable future. 
    There were two age categories (6-8 and 9-11), and the winners were  Jesús Azael Pérez and Migdy Jacqueline Hernández Herrera. The 183 children who participated were students of the primary school "Enrique Estrella Oxte" in the Continental Zone. It is not known why the other four primary schools in the municipality did not participate.
    In each category, the first place winners were given bicycles, second place won VIP certificates for two at Garrafon Park and a dolphin encounter, and third place winners were given VIP certificates for two at Garrafon Park.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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.

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 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

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 

 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 1: Last week they had live music again in the afternoons. ~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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