Monday, August 31, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, August 31

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

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

18 undocumented Cubans detained after landing on the east coast of Isla Mujeres

Policías municipales lograron asegurarlos en playas del Oriente de Isla Mujeres

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de agosto.-
   Eighteen Cuban balseros were detained by the Municipal Police (PMP) as they came ashore on the eastern coast, near the gas station and the high school, Colegio Bachilleres. It was 10:20am when a municipal police patrol was getting fuel at the gas station and they saw the Cubans landing. The balseros were taken to the police station, where they were assisted by paramedics of the Red Cross, and overseen by representatives from the Navy and the INM, National Migration Institute.
    The detained men said they departed from Mayabeque, in the province of Winis, Cuba on Wednesday at 1am and had been at sea for about five days with crackers to eat and water to drink. They survived two large storms that threatened their lives and took them off course. They were in good health.
      They had been heading toward Miami, but made landfall in Isla Mujeres. They said most of them had left behind families and young children in their home country, and their biggest fear is being deported. After they were processed in Isla Mujeres, according to the law, they were taken to Puerto Juarez aboard a Naval vessel and handed over to the INM. They will be transferred to the city of Chetumal to begin the process of assisted repatriation, and any of them could also be claimed by relatives they might have living in this country.
  The names of the detained Cubans are  Reniel Serrano,  29; Juan Carlos Batista Martínez, 29; Gilberto Ramos Almeida, 39; Elmer Romero,  39; Yanoi Capudi Díaz,  26; Yohannis Velázquez Fabián,  38; Yovani Hernández Hidalgo; Gerardo Cuéllar Batista, 35, Yadien Cruz Gasca,  28; Edilio Joel Ricardo Rojas,  21; Dionisio Mejía Cantillo,  51; Yoelny Cerviño López, 34; Emilio Gendis Vera, 36; Ediel Moneda Gil, 40; Malquez Abreu Fernández,  23, Yulier Alba Ortega,  30, and Jesús Piloto Rendón, 30. 

To begin treating patients at the new Second Level Hospital today

 En el nuevo Hospital de Segundo Nivel

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de agosto.-
       According to workers at the General Hospital, the new hospital is expected to become operational on Monday, August 31. For two weeks, workers have been moving equipment and furniture. Staff have been taking training courses in subjects including Integration of Electronic Health Records,  Operating the X Ray equipment, Operation of the Dental Equipment, Management of the Electric generator and system and of the water systems, among others.

Optimistic about tourism

Expecting hotel occupancy to remain above 50% in upcoming months 

Prevén que la ocupación hotelera se mantenga por arriba del 50% en los próximos meses

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de agosto.-
     After the excellent vacations season at this tourist destination so far this year, the municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, is optimistic that Isla Mujeres won't have an off-season this year. He said throughout the first week after summer holiday season ended, hotel occupancy has remained at an average of 50 percent.
     He said the months of September, October, and part of November are traditionally considered the off season, when the number of visitors decreases dramatically, but this year it is expected that this phenomenon will not occur because the island has had such excellent holiday seasons. He said that promotional work done in advance, and ongoing, will prevent the so-called low season.
    He said it is a fact that with the beginning of September, the start of the decline of the arrival of tourists will be felt, and things will change for the businesses and service providers, but the decrease is not expected to be very drastic. Store employees, cart rental businesses, and nautical tour providers said that there is less demand, but they did not give a figure about how much business has decreased.


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

Campaign to protect the crabs
Campaña de protección al cangrejo.

Uno de los más apreciados habitantes de nuestros mares: el Tiburón Ballena, es respetado y admirado por los isleños y miles de visitantes.
One of the most appreciated inhabitants of our seas: the whale shark, is respected and admired by the islanders and thousands of visitors.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Prize for best boat
  • Premiarán a la mejor embarcación


    Premiarán a la mejor embarcación

    0 31 de agosto de 2015 By Carlos Gasca
     This information has been translated, and is also in the events section. The deadline to register is Sept. 10, & the best decorated boat will win 2000 pesos and the runners up get 1500 and 1000 pesos. The first 30 boats to register will receive a fuel voucher worth 200 pesos. The procession departs Sept. 12 at 8am from the concrete pier and they will gather for the contest and boarding an hour earlier. They are taking the icon of the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre to Isla Contoy, where there will be a Mass, and usually people picnic, and the Patroness of fishermen is left in a little chapel there to protect the lobster fishermen, until the end of the season.

  • Verificarán los negocios


    Verificarán los negocios

    0 31 de agosto de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

         Following an outbreak of fire in one of the downtown restaurants last week, the Civil Protection agency will begin conducting reviews of the facilities of the island businesses. The businesses are required to provide updated information about their infrastructure. 
          It is the responsibility of the municipal authorities to inspect them directly and of the office of Civil Protection to review the information, said Guillermo Morales Lopez, Civil Protection coordinator for the Northern Zone of Quintana Roo. He said each business must complete an 'isometric plan', and meet requirements to prevent accidents in the future. He said it is the responsibility of each business to review the status of their facilities and to correct any risks that might exist, such as damaged pipes or stationary propane tanks located near chimneys.

From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

After sailing for almost a week, 18 undocumented Cubans arrived aboard a small...


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Celebrating their "First Convention for Peace"
Celebran su “I Convivencia por la Paz”s.. [+] Ver mas
 Residents of the "Agricultural Zone" of the Continental Zone, on the mainland part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres, held a fair to showcase their agricultural products which included citrus fruits, nances, lemons, honey, and chilies, among other items. They offered plants for planting and ornamental plants, tanned hides, natural drinks, and other items. It is hoped that these events will grow and become a tradition. 

Finished moving the General Hospital
Termina mudanza el Hospital Integrald.. [+] Ver mas
      The new hospital is equipped with 13 beds and includes areas for emergency care, hospitalization, an operating room, delivery room, recovery area, offices, 'sala de choque' (trauma room?), hyperbaric chamber, sterilization area, and diagnostic services including digital Xray equipment. There are also two machines to provide hemodialysis for people with renal failure. There are outlets for "medical air", oxygen, and special walls in the Xray area. There is ultrasound and dental equipment, as well as wiring for voice and data. There are areas for governmental offices and medical residents (or residence..I think this means a sleeping/dorm room.) It is noted that has been a crocodile photo on social networks recently that was taken at the lagoon near the hospital, and neighbors are concerned that it will "greet" the patients.

Arrival of 18 undocumented Cubans via a balsero boat
Recalaron 18 balseros cubanos. [+] Ver mas

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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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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, Bahama Mama, Brisas, 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.

September events

Sunset ~7:00
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Aug 29  7:08
Aug 30  7:56
Aug 31  8:44

Sept 1   9:32
Sept 2  10:20

Sept. 29 7:08
Sept. 30 7:56
Sept. 31 8:44
Oct. 1    9:32
Oct. 2  10:20
Oct. 3  11:10

Monday, Sept. 7  Town Square Patriotic ceremony  (morning, probably ~8 or 9a)

Saturday, Sept. 12    8a Concrete pier  Procession to Isla Contoy with the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre, preceded by a boat decorations contest with prizes of 2000 pesos, 1500 pesos, and 1000 pesos.
Boats, crews, and passengers will assemble at 7am.

Sunday, Sept. 13   Los Niños Héroes Day

Tuesday, Sept 15 Midnight Town Square  Grito event
 (In Town Squares across Mexico, the Mayors read the El Grito de Dolores calling for Independence from Spain and ring the town's bell)

Wednesday, Sept. 16  Independence Day

Wednesday, Sept. 23  Equinox

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

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