Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, July 7

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

Receiving therapy with dolphins
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ISLA MUJERES, 6 de julio.-

     Eighty island children with special needs received a day of therapy with dolphins when they visited Dophin Discovery with their families for free, as a result of collaboration between the company Dolphin Discovery and the DIF social service agency. The president of the municipal DIF, Marthy Magaña Vargas, offered a deserved recognition to Carlos Guerrero, manager of Dolphin Discovery in Isla Mujeres. 
     The children who benefited and enjoyed the therapy with the beautiful and intelligent animals had disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, slow learning, and deafness, among others. Sr. Guerrero said they will continue these activities to serve all of the students with special needs in the three areas of the island municipality. He said these activities, in addition to being therapeutic, are a way for families to have fun together.  (The three areas of the municipality are the island, the urban area of the Continental zone and the agricultural zone, with the last two being on the mainland.)

Enthusiastic participation in replanting of eastern boardwalk by students 

 De estudiantes en jornada de reforestación en el malecón Oriente

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ISLA MUJERES, 6 de julio.-
     The City of Isla Mujeres, through staff of the the Municipal Department of Ecology, organized and coordinated a  reforestation day that included 58 middle school students of Jean Piaget school, and five members of the Environmental Brigade at the high school Colegio Bachilleres. The municipal Cadastre agency provided a vehicle to transport the plants, tools, and materials, and the police department provided security.
      On the Eastern malecon boardwalk, the young people planted 120 native plants from the City nursery, which included  siricote, chit palm, sea lily, sea lettuce and coconut palms. (siricote, palma chit, lirio de mar, lechuga de mar y palmas de coco.) The young environmentalists participated with enthusiasm, using shovels, picks, buckets, and trowels. This activity will be repeated in upcoming days at various locations around the island.


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

Students participate in replanting of eastern malecon

Como cada primer lunes de mes, hoy nos reunimos por la mañana para rendir honores a nuestro lábaro patrio en la tradicional explana municipal.
Like the first Monday of every month, today we gathered in the morning to pay honors to our homeland in the traditional town square.

Las mujeres cuentan con todo el apoyo de la IMM.
‪#‎ComunidadEnAcción‬ ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬
Women have the full support of the IMM.
It says: Need help to resolve issues relating to alimony and divorce? Do you require psychological help to move on? You are not alone and you can receive help and assistance at the Municipal Women's Institute. Services are free and available 9a-3p at the IMM located at the Isla Mujeres Community Center.


link to Quequi;s Isla Mujeres articles  

Islanders protest

  • Protestan isleños


    Protestan isleños

    0 07 de julio de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

        About 500 signatures were gathered on a complaint requesting the dismissal of Miguel Francisco Medina Rovira, who works in the pharmacy of the IMSS Family Medical Unit. The protest in front of the facility was attended by the IMSS director of Social Communication, Violeta Díaz, to listen to the complaints, and she will deliver the document to the legal department. It will take about 15 days for their response.


    Parents request removal of teacher

    Piden padres que corran a una docente

    0 07 de julio de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

           Several mothers of students were gathered in front of the middle school, Benito Juarez, accusing a teacher,  Beatriz Soto Valenzuela, of being rude and humiliating students, and they do not want her to return next fall. They are unhappy that the director has come to her defense when they complained, and want intervention by the Department of Education. They say they will seek assistance from the Parents Association and the municipal Human Rights agency.


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

The municipal Enforcement agency(Fiscalizacion) put a closure seal on an ATM on a street in Isla Mujeres
Fiscalizacion procedió a la colocación de sellos de clausura en un cajero electrónico sobre la vía pública en Isla M. http://t.co/SYFJWqfhMJ


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

IMSS responding to complaint
Jurídico del IMSS atiende denuncian.. [+] Ver mas
      The complaint should have a response in 10-15 days, and it is noted that the director of the Human Rights agency did not attend the protest. Complaints of some of the beneficiaries are given in the article.

ATM closed
Clausuraron cajero automático. [+] Ver mas
      Merchants are preparing to welcome thousands of visitors during the upcoming summer vacation period. On the main street Rueda Medina, traffic police are working to prevent vehicles from obstructing the access of people to the businesses. However, some people report that the officers need more training about how to communicate and explain the problem to the drivers.
        An ATM was installed on the sidewalk, before its paperwork was approved, and was quickly shut down by the municipal Enforcement agency, whose director, Jorge Mejía Reyes, said it will need to be moved. He said, "Unfortunately, when it was installed, they never took into consideration the rules that exist on the main avenue, and now they will have to relocate it." 

Golf Carts

   Owners of golf carts rental agencies are renting their vehicles from the Maritime Terminal in Puerto Juarez, where the vast majority of tourists arrive. A group of them hired a module to provide their vehicles for lease by the hour, by the day and for 24 hours. The cost is ~180 pesos per hour and more than 500 pesos per day, and with this module they avoid intermediaries. There are about 20 agencies renting about 550 golf carts to the tourists who like to travel around the island and enjoy the beauty of this place.

Requesting dismissal of educator
Piden destituir a mentora [+] Ver mas

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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.

Sunset ~7:30

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

July 1 (In Canada) Canada Day
July 2  Blue Flag raising event at Posada del Mar beach

July 2 at 7:45pm on the Town Square. Danzarte Isla Mujeres 2015.
July 4 US Independence Day  Probably celebrated at bars where English is often spoken

July 4, Saturday, 10:30a Tee Ball game for children age 3-7 at El Pescador baseball stadium (in front of Chedrui)   

July 5, Sunday, Poc Na Reggae concert

July 10, Friday, PRI Barracuda Fishing Tournament Welcome Cocktail Party at Posada del Mar palapa restaurant

July 11, Saturday, 8am Barracuda Fishing Tournament at the pier of the cooperative Caribe. Motorcycles for the first three winners and 7 cash prizes. Registration is 800 pesos.

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

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

July 18 Anniversary of the death of President Benito Juarez (March 21, 1806 to July 18, 1872)

July 30 Anniversary of the death of Miguel Hidalgo (May 8, 1753 to July 31, 1811)

 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."

Limited Time Opportunity during month of JULY! Donor will match your funds to sponsor a student in the  Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program -
We are excited to announce that a very generous anonymous donor has agreed to do a second round of fund matching for the 2015/16 school year!
*Any one time donation in July  (from anyone, including current sponsors).
*Any new sponsors who join/pledge in the month of July for a one year sponsorship (does not have to be paid all at once)
*Any current sponsor who increases their monthly dollar amount beginning in July
     All new funds as listed above will be matched dollar for dollar with the money going to the 'General Slush Fund' of the program. This fund is available to be used by any student for needs such as graduation expenses, licensing, field trips, books, or other extra needs that are approved by the sponsors. The funds can also be used to help with monthly expenses for any student, as needed.
We suggest that sponsors join at $30 or $55 level per month.
       Our program has been going now for 10 years and we have many successful college graduates who would not have had the opportunity to finish high school without support. If you have been thinking about joining, now is a great time!
      For more information about the students whom need additional sponsors or general information please email jackieinpdx@q.com.


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 July 4: Music Fri, Sat, Sun. ~2p & weekdays usually, except Mondays

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

 Poc Na  Thursdays

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  

 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, 4p-9p ~Nov-April. 

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