Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, August 25

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 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

12 Cuban balseros rescued in improvised boat near Cabo Catoche

En embarcación improvisada, cerca de Cabo Catoche

Lanrry PARRA
    The Naval Search and Rescue unit located and assisted 12 Cubans aboard a makeshift boat, and then took them to Puerto Juarez and turned them over to INM (National Migration Institute) for processing. The 11 men and 1 woman were evaluated medically and hydrated before transport, and their human rights were respected at all times.
        The Navy received a call from the captain of the vessel "Nordic Aky" reporting a boat that was adrift, containing 12 Cubans, located 75.9 kilometer (41 nautical miles) north of Cablo Catoche. Immediately the MLB rescue boat was dispatched to the area, and after working a search pattern, the boat was found in the afternoon, and those on board were rescued. This information was provided in a statement from SEMAR (Secretaria de Marina/Secretary of the Navy)
ISLA MUJERES, 24 de agosto.-

Rain paralyzes activities

Islanders dust off their raincoats 

 Isleños desempolvaron los impermeables

Lanrry PARRA
     The rain yesterday was intermittent but intense at times, and interrupted tourist activities in general. However, despite the rain, dozens of visitors rented golf carts, and drove around the island, even though they were soaked at the end of the trip.
      Several tourists who had come to the island in the morning were visibly angry, wondering if the rain would continue all day and not allow them to carry out any activities. Both visitors and islanders put on their raincoats, so that they could carry out activities around the island. There was flooding at several streets, mostly on Hidalgo which is a main shopping area.
     Several tourists hat to walk through the water to gain access to the stores selling souvenirs, or simply because they wanted to walk down that street. Some tourists with suitcases were perplexed about which way to walk to the Maritime Terminal to take the ferry, because they wanted to avoid the flooded areas. 
ISLA MUJERES, 24 de agosto.-

Agapito inaugurates the school year at the grade school Enrique Estrella Oxte

Begin with high expectations 

 Agapito inaugura el ciclo escolar en primaria Enrique Estrella Oxté

Lanrry parra
       In the municipality of Isla Mujeres, there are 4461 students, whose classes resumed on Monday. A formal ceremony was held at the primary school Henry Estrella Oxte in Rancho Viejo, on the mainland part of the Municipality. Officials attended and the Director gave a speech of encouragement.
        The Director of Basic Education for the Northern Zone of the state announced the delivery of computer tablets for all of the fifth graders, and the students responded with joy and enthusiasm.  He explained that the devices are monitored and restricted so they cannot be misused, and are a technological tool for children in fifth and sixth grade to use for homework. Other officials were in attendance, who are named in the article.
ISLA MUJERES, 24 de agosto.-


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

Les invitamos a disfrutar de "Cuentos en Movimiento" y la "Risa Extraviada" este 29 de agosto.
Boletos disponibles a partir del 24 de agosto

Theater: We invite you to enjoy "Stories in Motion ' and ' Laughter Lost" August 29th  (Poster is translated in the Events section below)
Tickets available from August 24th

Les invitamos a disfrutar del Mariachi de la Secretaría de la Marina, este martes 25 a las 8pm en la explanada municipal.
Evento gratuito.
We invite you to enjoy the Mariachi of the Secretary of the Navy, this Tuesday the 25th at 8 pm at the Town Square.
Free Event.  
(Poster is translated in the Events section below)

La mañana de este lunes, el Presidente Municipal Agapito Magaña Sánchez, estuvo presente en la ceremonia de inicio del ciclo escolar 2015-2016.
 Monday morning, the municipal President Agapito Magaña Sanchez, was present at the ceremony of start of the school year 2015-2016.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

     99% of students attend classes

  • Asiste el 99% de alumnos a clases


    Asiste el 99% de alumnos a clases

    0 25 de agosto de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

         The school year started off without problems, except two minor glitches which are expected to be resolved today. At the primary school "Andres Quintana Roo" they were lacking two teachers, for second and fifth grade, but the problem will be resolved today. The Director said only a few of the young students were absent, and the school day passed without incident.
         At the primary school "Cesar Mendoza Santana" the Director Cristina Figueroa Medina said there were no students absent, but they were lacking a first grade teacher. Apparently this was the fault of the planning department who had omitted the existence of this class, which has been corrected.
  • Colapsa lluvia a isla


    Colapsa lluvia a isla

    0 25 de agosto de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

     The torrential rains yesterday caused flooding at the intersection of Hidalgo and Abasolo, and in some other areas, including in front of the Municipal market and near the Monument to the Fishermen on Rueda Medina (main street). 
            The staff of Civil Protection oversaw the operation of the pumps, but only one was functioning, because the other awaits connection to its new electrical transformer. The taxi drivers complained that the storm drains need better maintenance, since when they are clogged, it is difficult for the water to drain to the sea.     
          The Harbor Master said sporadic, isolated rain showers are predicted for the next three days. (It rained last night and the sun is shining this morning w blue skies at 8:30a)


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

Expecting to break records this year for number of turtles released      

          The Director fo the Program for the Conservation of Sea Turtle, Raciel Rivero Coba, acknowledged that while there is ongoing, consistent monitoring of the beaches of Isla Mujeres, there will always be some nests that are missed, and there are many times when turtles dig up the eggs of other turtles. She said it is important to 'reinforce' the monitoring and to remove the eggs that are deposited by the turtles, so that they are not uncovered, causing interruption of their natural incubation.
     She said that the Tortugranja has a total of 1261 nests of which three are Caray/Hawksbills, 61 are Caguama/Loggerheads, and 1197 are Blancas/Green turtles. At this time, there are 121,853 eggs that have been rescued, of which 331 are  Hawksbills, 6,305 are Loggerhead, and 1197 (sic, that is the # of nests.doing the math that should be 115,215 eggs that...) are Greens. So far, they have released 33,000 hatchlings, which are 32 percent of the nests that have been protected.
      She explained that although they have not scheduled any public releases, they have been releasing the hatchlings periodically. She said that if things continue as they are going, this will be one of the best seasons, with the release of more than 130,000 baby turtles. She said that last year, they released 64,989 hatchlings, and so far this year, they have already released 33,731 baby turtles.

Retweeted Roberto Borge (@betoborge):
The Separation of Solid Residues Recycling Plant of Cancun-Isla Mujeres was inaugurated 
Hoy con Diego García Coudurier inauguré la Planta de Separación de Residuos Sólidos Urbanos de Cancún - Isla Mujeres http://t.co/JdvwqgZzMe
Rain affects island  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Insufficient schools on mainland   
Insuficientes escuelas. [+] Ver mas
     The rapid population growth on the mainland area of the municipality has caused 'saturation' of the schools, while on the island the situation is still tolerable, according to officials. However at the Middle School there is talk of instituting a second 'shift', because there are some classrooms with more than 40 students. This has not happened in the past decade, and there have been recent enlargements. The Director of Education, Rocio Rodriguez Herrera, said they are not considering any afternoon 'shifts' at this moment at the secondary school, nor at the primary schools or kindergartens.

Power outages from rain 
Apagones por la lluvia [+] Ver mas

     The rain that fell just before noon on Monday caused brief outages ('cuts') in electrical service, and then the power was off at ~2p and returned after 35 minutes. There was a brief outage at 3p, and no problems thereafter. Restaurant employee, Alvaro Castillo, and hotel employee, Ulises Uribe, agreed that there were angry tourists, because they were hot. The rain caused some problems in the roads, especially in areas where there was standing water because the storm drains systems are poor, such at Hidalgo and Abasolo, where flooding generally occurs when it rains heavily.
    Less rain fell than had been predicted, but bad weather with lightning is expected in the following hours (It rained last night). However the weather did not cause a problem in the tourism industry, even with the electrical outage, because summer vacation season has ended and there is a reduced number of visitors.

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August 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

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)

Tuesday Aug. 25 8p Town Square Naval Mariachis

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. 28  8pm In front of the Town Hall  Video spectacular 'mapping'  "Isla Mujeres Vive/Live" Isla Fest event.
Aug 28-Sept 20  Video Mapping is a light projection technique that causes fascinating visual effects.
Here is an example below and at  (Link)

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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