Friday, August 21, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, August 21

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

link to their Isla articles

Releasing 1000 hatchlings daily

Expecting final goal of 130,000 turtles this season

Esperan concretar meta de 130 mil tortugas en esta temporada

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de agosto.-.
      So far during this season of Protection of Sea Turtles, the staff of the Tortugranja has released about 33,000 baby turtles. It is estimated that 120,000 to 130,000 will be released by the end of the season, which will be a record.  Despite that the beaches of Isla Mujeres are not considered as a "Sanctuary of the Sea Turtle", at  this holiday destination there are more and more eggs protected and  more hatchlings released, said the Director of the Tortugranja, Raciel Rivero Coba.
    The Director explained, "Right now we have about a thousand hatchlings that will be released in the course of the night, and we will keep only those born in the wee hours of the morning (la madrugada) to release the following day, and so on, day after day." 
     She explained that at this time they have 1244 nests at the Tortugranja which contain approximately 126,000 eggs, for which there will be a massive release, adding to the daily releases that are taking place, with the intention of avoiding a conglomeration of turtles, from a lack of space.
    She reiterated that so far, 33,000 turtles have been released by the Tortugranja staff, who are releasing an average of a thousand hatchlings daily, until a massive release is scheduled. 
     Officially the Sea Turtle Protection Season ends October 15 in regard to monitoring the nesting grounds, but undoubtedly the work of caring for the eggs in the incubation and hatching areas will continue until the end of November. She said there is the possibility of reaching 1400 nests under their care, which would result in 120,000 to 130,000 baby turtles being released this season.

Paving of prolongation Rueda Medina progressing slowly

En la prolongación de la Rueda Medina

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de agosto.-
   Residents in the area of the repaving work are complaining about the slow pace, after tolerating dust in their homes for over a month and a half. The work is being done on prolongacion Rueda medina between the area of the Naval housing and the monument to Ramon Bravo at the entrance to Sac Bajo. The colonias being affected include Caridad del Cobre, Lol-Beh, Miraflores and Cañotal, as well as residents and workers in Sac Bajo who had to detour around the island for two weeks to get to their homes and jobs.
      Originally the Director of Public Works, Muguel Caballero Garcia, said the project would take one month, but after a month and a half the work is not concluded, and it is estimated that it is about halfway finished. Apparently the slow pace and stoppages of work are due to a lack of required material, which is not available and which is difficult to transfer to Isla Mujeres from Cancun.


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

We invite you to a day of free haircuts, this Friday (today) at the kiosk in the park of colonia La Gloria, 9 am to 12 pm.
Les invitamos a la Jornada de Cortes de Cabello Gratuito, este viernes en el kiosko del parque de la Col. La Gloria de 1am a 12pm.

The Historian of Isla Mujeres, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, accompanied by Fernando Martin Brito, Historian of Cancun, and the State Under Secretary of Culture, Lilian Villanueva, presented the book "Founding of the Cities of Mexico Volume 1 ".  The book has a section on the history of Isla Mujeres. It was created by the National Association of Mexican Historians, of which Fidel Villanueva Madrid is a member.

El cronista de Isla Mujeres, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, acompañado de Fernando Martín Brito, cronista de Cancún y de la subsecretaria de Cultura del gobierno del Estado, Lilian Villanueva, hizo la presentación del libro “Fundación de Ciudades de México, Tomo 1”.
La obra tiene un apartado sobre la historia de Isla Mujeres y es creada por la Asociación Nacional de Cronistas de Ciudades Mexicanas, de la cual Fidel Villanueva es integrante.

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

We invite you to enjoy "Stories in Motion ' and 'Laughter Lost" on August. 29th
Tickets available on August 24th.

Cine al Aire Libre, este viernes a las 7:30pm.
Teatro al aire libre de Plaza Bicentenario.
Col. La Gloria.
Entrada libre
Movies Outdoors, Friday at 7:30 pm.
Theater in the open air of Plaza Bicentenario.
Colonia La Gloria
Free entry.

Movie trailer for Rango, played by Johnny Depp (LINK)


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

  • Beneficia el alza del dólar a turistas
      Rising exchange rate benefits tourists


    Beneficia el alza del dólar a turistas

    0 21 de agosto de 2015   By Carlos Gasca

         Although the constant rise of the price of dollars against the peso will bring serious consequences for those Mexicans who plan to travel abroad, it is a big advantage for American tourists, said Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, municipal Director of Tourism. He explained that tourists who come from the US are benefiting the most from this increase, and can spend more and stay longer, since they are getting more for their money. 
           He said "We know that the rise of the dollar causes problems for Mexicans, because it means that many products will increase in price, but for tourism, it is a great opportunity." He acknowledged that with all the bad, this will encourage more foreign tourism and yield an increased economic benefit for the island.

    Local legislator to bring state program to Isla Mujeres

    Brindará Chanito una Consulta Ciudadana

    0 21 de agosto de 2015

    Por Carlos Gasca
        Legislator José Luis “Chanito” Toledo said that in upcoming days he will bring the program Consulta Ciudadana “Quintana Roo Cuenta con Todos” to the island. During the Festivities for the 165th anniversary of the founding of the town he said that Isla has a great deal to celebrate and can count on him as a friend.
           He said his swearing in as a deputy/legislator will take place on August 29, and on Sept. 1st the President, Enrique Pena Nieto will give his third report. He said that among the plans for this month are a proposition for a zero based budget, which will permit assistance to be given to the island, for additional resources, and in this way to achieve extraordinary growth. He said that after the swearing in, activities are planned around the state, which certainly should include Isla Mujeres.

From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Expecting the season to close with a flourish
Esperan cerrar con broche de oro la temporada.. [+] Ver mas

     The Port Authority, APIQRoo, reported that on Sunday there were 17,500 people who arrived and departed from the Maritime Terminal. The best weekend of the season was July 24, 25, and 26 when there was a total of 54,919 people. Security personnel continue to report a 'saldo blanco' (no incidents), and a good number of tourists were observed at the beach and on the boats.
     Occupancy is expected to reach 70 percent this weekend, with more vacancies available at the hotels with one, two, or three stars, while the larger hotels have higher occupancy rates.

Caribbean walkway presents poor image
Malecón Caribe ofrece una vergonzosa imagen.. [+] Ver mas
The malecon (sea walkway) along the eastern Caribbean presents a poor image because it has trash and litter that need to be removed, and the broken lighting prevents its use after dark. The area presents a panoramic view of the sea from a height of 8-10 meters, where many tourists stop to take photographs. But it is not cleaned daily, and some workers explained that this is because of a lack of staff.

SEMARNAT does not want turtles to be handled
Semarnat pide no manipular crías de tortuga.. [+] Ver mas

     The Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) has requested that there be a new protocol for the releasing of the turtles where they are not handled, and therefore in the future the massive releases will only be done in the presence of the children. The traditional releases with hundreds of children on the beach, when the children would usually hold the hatchlings in their hands, will not be repeated, and they can only watch as the Tortugranja personnel. The personnel of the DIF, social service agency have agreed.
    So far this season, about 33,000 baby turtles have been released during the nights, which were from about 400 nests. By the time the season ends on Oct. 15, they could reach 100,000 hatchlings.
     Larger numbers of turtles arrive in odd years, and in 2013 there were ~130,000 hatchlings out of ~170,000 eggs, which is a birth rate of 80 percent. Currently, they are rescuing about 15-20 nests nightly which should continue for the rest of August, and then begin to decrease.
   With the large number of eggs this season, they are using the pasarela de andadores (entry area of the pathways?) and new areas of beach to protect all the nests that are being rescued from the Caribbean beaches of the island.
    As of Thursday, they had rescued 1264 nests and they expect to reach 1400 nests by the end of September, said Raciel Rivero, Director of the Tortugranja program. At night, patrols are made by the staff of the Tortugranja, as well as from other agencies and volunteers, watching nearly a dozen points where turtles come to nest. The official confirmed that as of this time they have located about 15 nests that already had eggs when they were found, so it is not recommended that they be moved.

Road deterioration returns
Hundimiento de la vialidad vuelve a ser un problema . [+] Ver mas
    The swampy area at the entrance to Sac Bajo has caused an old problem to return with the collapse of a section of road. The two kilometer long road was repaved two years ago, with a federal investment of several million pesos, including curbs and sidewalks, although the sidewalks were not finished. specialist warned that this 200 meter portion, with a history of problems, would need special treatment to avoid repeatedly sinking.
      The current administration has considered this plan, and to reconnect both lagoons with pipes to allow the ebb and flow of the water, from north to south, with the Bay, as it was in the past when there was a connection at Playa Lancheros.
     A visitor in a golf cart, Darwin Álvarez, commented that the road should be repaired because a golf cart could tip over. A resident on a motorcycle, who is frequently in this area with his family at night, said if you were distracted, you could fall and break bones, because it has become as dangerous as it was before. Taxi drivers predicted that this section needed a better foundation.

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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)

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...the word 'mapping' was in English on the poster)

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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