Thursday, August 20, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, August 20

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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

City assists young student mothers with baby supplies

Apoya a jóvenes madres estudiantes con paquetes de productos para sus bebés

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 19 de agosto.-
See translation below in City section

Setting date for inauguration of new Hospital 

Del Hospital de Segundo Nivel

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 19 de agosto.-

     Indications are that the inauguration date for the new Hospital (Hospital de Segundo Nivel) in Isla Mujeres has been set for August 28, with Governor Roberto Borge Angulo attending, as well as municipal authorities. Therefore, training began in recent days for the personnel that will operate the hospital. The first courses are being given to the personnel of the General Hospital who will be working at the new hospital and include: the Electronic Clinical Filing System, Operation of the X ray equipment, Operation of the Dental equipment, Managing the water and electrical systems and operation of the electrical power generating plant, among other things.
     The Director of the General Hospital, Pedro Zapeta Loya explained that each of the staff members must know their roles in their respective areas, therefore they began teaching these courses last week.  With the integration of the electronic medical record system, patient records are digitized and can be accessed from anywhere in the country, when the system is enabled on a national level, in a few years. He said the process of moving the workforce and their large amount of 'tools' from one site to the other will be a huge task.


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

Campaign to protect crabs
Campaña de protección al Cangrejo.

    The DIF social service agency of Isla Mujeres, in coordination with PANNAR (Program for Children and Teens at Risk) gave young single mothers packages of baby products. On this occasion, there were 17 young women who benefited, of whom eleven were from the island and six were from Rancho Viejo, on the mainland part of the municipality of Isla Mujeres. The packages for care of young babies were handed out by the honorary president of the DIF, Marthy Vargas Leon de Magana.
       The objective of this program is to support young single mothers in the municipality so they can continue their education. The packages contain diapers, canned milk, shampoo, soap, baby wipes, cologne, ointment-cream, talcum powder, and other items. Sra.Vargas Leon said that for this type of assistance and other aid given by the municipal DIF, they use resources of the DIF agency or resources from other institutions and businesses, because they are committed to assisting island families.
         There was also a brief talk with the young women to encourage them to continue their academic preparations. The requirements for the program are to be a minor, to be a student, and to be a mother or pregnant. Those who are interested can go to the office of the PANNAR coordinator in the municipal DIF facility.

You are invited to enjoy "Cuentos en Movimiento" (Stories in Motion) at 5p (For the whole family) and "La Risa Extraviada" (Lost Laughter) at 7p (For teens & adults) on Saturday, August 29th at the Casa de Cultura. Tickets available August 24th. Free event. Isla Fest.  
Les invitamos a disfrutar de "Cuentos en Movimiento" y la "Risa Extraviada" este 29 de agosto.
Boletos disponibles a partir del 24 de agosto.

Presentation of the book "Foundation of Cities in Mexico", today, Thursday, August 20 at 12:30p in the Naval Auditorium on Rueda Medina avenue, downtown Isla Mujeres. Foundation of Isla Mujeres. 165th Anniversary.
Presentación del libro Fundación de Ciudades en México,
Este jueves 20 de agosto a las 12:30hrs.
En el auditorio de la V Región Naval, av. Rueda Medina s/n, col. Centro, Isla Mujeres

Thanks to the efforts of the State Department of Health, on Wednesday a workshop began for First Responders among the City employees that are in direct contact with the public. The course lasts three days, and is the first of five workshops that will be held by the Dept. of Health.
Gracias a las gestiones ante la Secretaría Estatal de Salud, este miércoles inició el taller de Primeros Respondientes dirigido a trabajadores del municipio que estan en contacto directo con la población.
El curso durará 3 dias y es el primero de 5 que realizará el Ayuntamiento a través de la Dirección de Salud.

August 19th, International Day of Photography
Hoy 19 de agosto. Día Internacional de la Fotografía.

In October, Isla Mujeres will again be full of music and singing with the presence of the Valsassina Ensemble. Dates and times to be announced. It will be another memorable concert.
En octubre, Isla Mujeres se vuelve a llenar de música y canto con la presencia de Valsassina Ensemble; espera fechas y asiste, será otro concierto memorable.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Boats reduce number of people by 15%
  • Reducen navíos un 15% de su carga


    Reducen navíos un 15% de su carga

    0 20 de agosto de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

  • Reporta Seguridad Pública  saldo blanco


    Reporta Seguridad Pública saldo blanco

    0 20 de agosto de 2015   by Carlos Gasca

          The chief of Police, Joaquin Poot Acosta, reported a "saldo blanco"/no incidents so far this summer holiday season, which will end soon. He said they have had checkpoints at various locations on the mainland and island, with no serious cases so far, just some penalties for driving while intoxicated and some minor incidents. 
           He said during the summer vacation season there were eight vehicular accidents which were considered minor because the damages were a low amount and were reconciled satisfactorily between the parties.  Regarding arrests for disturbing the peace, drunken impertinence (drunk and disorderly), or domestic violence, there have been a total of about 120 cases, with four days left until the holidays conclude. There have been about 20 scooters and five cars taken to the impound yard.

From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Calm before the storm
Tranquilidad ante la tormenta. [+] Ver mas
       Although Tropical Storm "Danny" is ~5000 kilometers away and posing no danger to our state, it is being closely monitored, and if it continues on its current path, it could possibly be here in about 11 days, said the Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres, Miguel Ismael Gonzalez Gil. He said it is too far away to pose a danger, but with the original forecast for its trajectory and the time of year that this is, it remains under close surveillance. He said it appears as tho it will be diverted slightly to the north, but we will not let down our guard. Wednesday morning it was moving west at 19kph with sustained winds of 83kph, gusting to 102kph.
   In response to questions, the Harbor Master explained that the only measures being taken at this time is to retransmit information about the development and progress of the system via VHF radio at 10:30am and 4:30pm. He said if it approaches, the systems for prevention with alerts during the hurricane season will be activated and in the case of immanent impact, boat owners will be warned in a timely manner for their security, and Civil Protection will be taking the corresponding preventative measures.
       He explained that the Puerto de Abrigo has room for about 300 boats, of which at least 40 percent have already secured or rented space in the face of any eventuality. He said, "Puerto de Abrigo is used mainly by private boats and nautical tourism boats, as well as the car ferries, and the boats of Ultramar, Magana, and the 'pirate galleons', as well as boats from Cozumel, Cancun, and Puerto Morales, mainly."

Good influx of visitors continues
  Sigue siendo buena la afluencia de visitantesa .. [+] Ver mas
    Although the summer season can be described as successful with hotel occupancy increasing six to seven percent over last summer, the tourist boom has virtually ended and overall hotel occupancy is at 60%, said the director of Municipal Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, who also noted that most businesses benefited economically. He said at the height of the season there were ~20,000 visitors in one day, but he acknowledged that most tourists only visit for several hours.
    During the period between the last week of July and the first part of August, hotel occupancies exceeded 90 percent, although they never reached the long awaited 100 percent. He acknowledged that the very good summer was partly due to the beaches in Cancun being covered with seaweed, while in Isla Mujeres there was practically no problem with this.
     The nautical tour cooperatives said their business has dropped by about 15 percent since the beginning of the week, which is an unequivocal sign that many domestic tourists have returned to the place of origin. Providers of whale shark tours report that demand is still very good, although it has declined slightly in recent days.
      On Wednesday it was noted that the water formed some light waves and was a darker blue, whereas recently it had looked like glass. Swimmers of all ages were enjoying the water in the intense heat. Tourists, both domestic and foreign, were leisurely walking the streets and shopping. The lack of seaweed was noted on a tour of Playa Norte and Playa Centro (aka Posada Beach) , except a thin line in a few scattered places.

Consumer Protection Agency addresses complaints
Módulo de Profeco recogió quejas. [+] Ver mas
       Islanders have taken advantage of the Consumer Protection Agency (PROFECO) booth established at the Maritime Terminal to register their complaints. Francisco Javier Pech Poot said that since the beginning of the holiday season (when the booth was initiated), he has not received a single complaint from tourists, either national or foreign.
    It is noted that Isla Mujeres has not had a PROFECO agency office during the past several administrations, although the Federal agency has been interested in reestablishing a permanent office on the island. One of the main reasons this has never materialized is that the agreement would require that the municipality pay the rent for the offices and the salary of the director and inspectors, while the Attorney General's office trains the staff.
     Sr. Pech said that many islanders have come with concerns about certain businesses, with the number one being complaints about overcharges from Telcel, and two people came at different times to complain that their number had not be reactivated although they had paid their debt, and others complained that rates are too high.
    He said he also received a complaint from a woman who accused a taxista of not wanting to transport her. Since PROFECO was not the appropriate agency to resolve this problem, it was turned over to the officials with the taxi union to resolve the situation.
    He said, "During the holiday season, which is about to end, many tourists come to ask what are the established prices for snorkel services to el Farito, to MUSA (the Underwater Sculpture Museum), and for tours to the whale shark area. We provide this information with pleasure: the official price for whale shark tours is $125 per person (over 2000 pesos), unfortunately some tour operators reduce the prices to attract more people, which is obviously unfair competition. The cost for a snorkel tour to El Farito is 350 pesos per person, and a visit to MUSA is 475-500 pesos per person.
       He explained that while his agency has not received any complaints from visitors, the Director of Tourism received a complaint directly from national tourists who had booked a tour to Isla Contoy, but there was no room for them on the boat. He said, "Their money had been returned in full, and they were offered another service for free, but one of the women also wanted money refunded that she had spent on a swim suit for the tour. Obviously, this was not done, and there are always people who want to use a circumstances to their advantage."

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August events

Sunset ~7:30
Moonrise over the Caribbean
July 31  7:42
Aug 1  8:31
Aug 2  9:19
Aug 3 10:05
Aug 4  10:51
Aug 5  11:38

 The Carnival was heading out on Tuesday, not sure if the circus is still here or not...

Wednesday, August 5 8pm Circus BamBam (near Boxito, east of Chedraui). Tickets 50 pesos. Performance for the benefit of Medical and Therapy needs for kids with Down syndrome, coordinated by Corozon del Willito. Raffle for two sets of tix to swim with Dolphins for 2 people at Dolphin Discovery.

Friday, August 7, Junk collections in  Salina Chica, Electricistas, and at  Colegio de Bachilleres.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 11 and be most visible on August 14 when the moon is new

Aug 10-14 Catholic festival for the Assumption of Mary. .Link to translation of schedule.

State campaign for the collection of broken electronics and appliances July 29 to August 28 at the Hacienda Mundaca tourist building at the Ecology Department, 9-4, Paseo de las Aves, colonia La Gloria

Thursday August 13 at 1pm at the Futbol Rapido soccer field: 2nd "Gotcha" Paintball Tournament  
August 14-17 Isla Fest   Anniversary of the Founding of the town in 1850     
7p Town Square Inauguration
Gastronomic event with Tik in Xic fish
Local Talent Night
Coronation of the Queen of the Festival

Friday August 14 
10am Casa de Cultura  Oratory Competition 
7pm  Casa de Cultura  Photography and documentary exposition "Art of Fishing"
                                     Historical conference by historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid
8pm Immaculate Conception Auditorium  Performance by The Symphonic Orchestra of Quintana Roo

Saturday, August 15
 12:00 Casa de Cultura Signing of Sister Cities agreement between Mission Tx & Isla Mujeres

Saturday, August 15
 12:00 Casa de Cultura Signing of Sister Cities agreement between Mission Tx & Isla Mujeres
5:30pm Procession from Sangrado Corazon (Sacred Heart) Church in La Gloria to the Immaculate Conception Church on the Town Square

~7 or7:30  Mass on Town Square for consecration, with candles officiated by Mons. Fabio Martinez Castilla
8pm Religious Procession through the downtown streets, returning to the Town Square where there will be Fireworks
10pm Regional Dance

Sunday, August 16 Town Square
7pm  Performance of "Añoranza for Isla Mujeres"  (Yearning for Isla Mujeres)
          by the Quintana Roo Folklorico Ballet Group
         State Musical Group

Monday, August 17
9:30am  Departing from the API pier: Wreath placement event at the Cross in the Bay
6:30pm Town Square  Special Session of the Town Council
9 pm Performance by the musical group "Marconi"

 Thursday, August 20 at 7 p.m. a vegetarian dinner to benefit the animals of the street. The money raised will be used to by food for stray cats and dogs will be at the restaurant da Luisa at Casa Ixchel Hotel.  150 pesos, beverages are separate. (a mixed vegetarian entree and a vegetarian pasta, accompanied by bread). Buy your ticket at: Gelateria Italiana FraSe on Madero avenue or  at Hotel Casa Ixchel.

 August 24, Monday: School resumes (Teachers return the week before)
   Tickets available for free theater event Saturday at the Casa de Cultura (see below)

Thursday, Aug. 27  7:30pm,  dome on the Bachilleres campus,  photographic exhibition of the 25 years since the birth of this institution in the municipality

Friday, Aug. 28 Inauguration of the new hospital 
Friday,  Aug. 28th  8pm In front of the Town Hall  Video spectacular 'mapping'  "Isla Mujeres Vive/Live" (Isla Fest event)

Saturday, Aug 29 Casa de Cultura by Theater Company "La Libelula""Cuentos en Movimiento" (Stories in Motion) at 5p (For the whole family) and "La Risa Extraviada" (Lost Laughter) at 7p (For teens & adults) 
 Tickets available August 24th. Free event  Isla Fest.  

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)

Wednesdays in September  5p-8p  Nico's Restaurant,  $30usd Painting Class with profits donated to Isla Animals & Little Yellow Schoolhouse  HH drinks & appetizers available

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