Monday, September 21, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, September 21

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Remodeling soccer field in colonia Salinas

 En la colonia Salinas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 20 de septiembre.-

  Work has begun to improve the soccer field in colonia Salinas, which will include construction of a roof over the stands and over the players area, as well as repairing the lights for night games. The amount of the investment was not disclosed by the municipal Director of Sports, Enrique Barros Pena.
     A visit is expected on October 18 from former players of the team América de México, including  Cecilio de los Santos, Reynaldo Navia, Isaac Terrazas, Juan Hernández, Efraín “El Cuchillo” Herrera, Damián Alvarez, Cristian Torres, Fabián Estay, Eduardo Vacas and Héctor Miguel Zelada, among others.


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

It is the responsibility of everyone to keep their yards clean to prevent mosquitoes which transmit Dengue and Chikungunya
La limpieza de patios domésticos es responsabilidad de cada uno de nosotros.

The work is scheduled to conclude this month, and will be welcoming to tourists with its quality, as well as improving security and comfort for the daily users. (This refers to the work on the walking path around Salina Grande)
El término de la obra está programado para antes de que concluya este mes y de esta manera, brindar una bienvenida de calidad a los turistas y desde luego que los usuarios locales tengan mayor seguridad y confort en sus recorridos diarios.

Prolongation Rueda Medina is being paved with over 12,000 square meters of pavement
Se están pavimentando más de 12 mil metros cuadrados de la prolongación de la avenida Rueda Medina


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

"Diabetes Clinic" will take place
  • Realizarán ‘Clínica de la Diabetes’


    Realizarán ‘Clínica de la Diabetes’

    0 21 de septiembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
    Although ~75% of the donated materials for the "7th Diabetes Clinic" are being held in a Customs warehouse at the Cancun International Airport, the event will take place, according to Karen Rosenberg, promoter of the event. The clinic will take place today at 9am at the Red Cross in colonia La Gloria. There were over 300 glucometers donated from the United States, and the event will take place with the remaining 25% of the donated materials which are not in custody of SAT.
          Karen Rosenberg said, "So far, we are still waiting to see if the materials will be retrieved, however the scheduled event will be held today at the Red Cross." She said they will try to channel the aid to the people who need it most.

  • More time to pay costs of deeds


    Amplían plazo para cubrir adeudos de titulaciónAmplían plazo para cubrir adeudos de titulación

    0 21 de septiembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

    Members of the Nueva Tierra Association will have until Saturday to pay their outstanding debts, because a meeting is planned on that day with CORETT, the Commission of the Regularization of Land Tenure. The Association Director, Manuel Leon Paredes, said there will be new rules for titling of land on the mainland.
           He explained that CORETT has decided to make some changes in the program for titling the properties, which will now be done through PASPRAH, Assistance Program for Residents in Marginal Conditions for the Regularization of Irregular Settlements/ Programa de Apoyo a los Avecindados en Condiciones de Pobreza Patrimonial para Regularizar Asentamientos Humanos Irregulares. At the next meeting, the CORRETT officials will attend to explain the procedures that are required to acquire titles for these properties on the mainland.
            He said at the last meeting, an extension was given for the debt that each of the members of the Association must pay, before continuing with the deeding program. He said those who do not pay will not be able to continue in the program.

  • Remodelarán campo de softbol


    Remodeling baseball field

    Remodelarán campo de softbol

    0 21 de septiembre de 2015   By Carlos Gasca

         Miguel Ariel Caballero García, municipal Director of Public Works, confirmed that the City plans to invest nearly three million pesos in the rehabilitation of the baseball field, "Ariel Picho Magana". He said it as been about eight years since it has had attention, and the work is scheduled to begin in late September or early October with an investment of 2.9 million pesos.
            This will include replacing the roof, the stands, and the wire mesh cyclone fence around the perimeter. Bids are being collected and the contract should be signed soon. The work is expected to take about two months and to be finished in late November.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

A fire drill was conducted successfully at Chedraui in Isla Mujeres
Realizan con éxito Simulacro de Incendio en Chedraui en Isla Mujeres

From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Lesson in strength and human fortitude
Lección de valor y fortaleza humana[+] Ver mas
      Sra. Aurelia Nájera Povedano will be 89 years old on October 2, and does not visit the doctor frequently. She does not have diabetes, like many senior citizens these days, but she spends up to 5000 pesos monthly for cardiac medications. She had eleven children with her husband, Pedro Coral Luna, who is deceased. At the time her children were born, her husband was working copra and they lived among the coco palms in what is now the Cancun Hotel Zone. She spoke about the midwife Patrona Novelo who assisted her with the births, and afterward she would return to the copra camp.
       She said there was a shortage of food for the children because her husband did not give her enough money, because it was spent on other things. She had to find food near the copra camp where her husband worked and she used her wits to raise her children. She tells these stories in detail, as memory after memory emerges.
    She conducted the interview sitting in a plastic chair on the sidewalk by the house of her friend, neighbor, and confidant, Sra Elsy Coral and spoke about life over half a century ago, when the island was virginal. "I remember when there were only 110 families on the island and everyone lived in what is now downtown. There was a lot of solidarity between us in those days, and there was no robbery. You could fall asleep on the beach and nothing would happen to you. The streets were made of sand and the houses were made from local materials, mostly, "  said the woman who longs for those days.
    She said that modernity arrived with the Rueda Medina malecon and continued with the formation of colonia Salina Chica and the filling in of part of that body of water. Long ago, her family had land in the residential area, behind what is now the Naval base, as well as land by the Mundaca Hacienda. Her father made a desperate decision to sell these assets for 75 pesos, and went to Merida to seek medical attention for a condition on his face. This occurred when she was 15 years old, leaving her feeling abandoned by her father.
     She also remember using a wooden house at Punta Sur as a shelter when hurricanes came, and walking along the six kilometers of the coast in front of the Caribbean Sea. Therefore she knows the vulnerabilities of the island and the risks of tremendous flooding which break down natural defenses, and for this reason, she recommends strengthening them (the defenses..the hurricane walls), saying "Otherwise we could be swimming like ducks, at anytime." She said the area where she lives is low and vulnerable, lacking protection which allows great volumes of water to enter.
      Her husband, Pedro Coral Luna, died fifteen years ago, and she had seven siblings, of whom two are still living. She does not have a lot of contact with her eleven children, but she sees the grandchildren and great grandchildren who visit. She was unable to go to school when she was a child, because there was none, but she knows her vocales. She remembers the arrival of the first two teachers, who educated her descendants, the teachers  Josefa Adame Solís and Blanca Carrillo de Magaña.
       Her tired eyes don't see her way so well, and when she was visiting Holbox for the traditional fair for San Telmo, she hurt her left foot which is still purple. She uses aloe vera to avoid going to the doctor, and evidence of another injury is seen on her right arm. She said, "I occasionally come down with a cold, which I treat with lemon juice and honey. That's sufficient."
       She has no qualms about moving her feet, waist, and hands when she hears music, and when there are parties, nothing will prevent her from enjoying them.  The pain in her right knee disappears and she will dance the first dance, and the last one, too. "Dance till you drop" She describes herself as a happy person, who is free from prejudice.
        She keeps her terno (a fancy version of the traditional huiple dress) to show the world the Mayan traditions at the dances, and she tells anyone who is interested about the history of Isla Mujeres. She shares this long history with her descendants, describing the days before there was tap water and their water tasted of the sea and came from ten wells to provide for all the families, and there was a cistern to capture rainwater.

Cooperative "Patria & Progreso" regularized
Se regularizó la cooperativa “Patria y Progreso” [+] Ver mas
     After the new Board of the cooperative Patria & Progreso was elected at the end of June, the previous board would not provide any documentation. A long process has now ended after several steps with SHCP, the Secretary of the Treasury and Public Credit, who have granted the FIEL, Electronic Signature. (I believe this is required for paying taxes).
    The Board filed a lawsuit in August with the Public Ministry against the former president of the cooperative regarding the denial of documents, which has not yet been resolved. It is noted that the main income of the organization comes from lobster, whose season is going on now, but is busiest when the northern winds begin in the fall.

Hotel in Punta Sam: Movie set
Hotel de Punta Sam, set cinematográfico+] Ver mas
   This has the same information that was previously translated about this movie, "The Dove and the Raven" (“La paloma y el cuervo”), that will have scenes filmed on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres at the resort "Secrets Playa Mujeres", and will be distributed in Mexico, Spain, and the USA. It is noted that there were recently visits to Isla Mujeres by mass media representatives from Brazil and Japan.

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September events

Sunset ~7:00
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Sept. 27 6:31
Sept. 28 7:19
Sept. 29 8:09
Sept. 30 9:00
Oct. 1    9:52

Oct. 2  10:45

Monday, Sept. 7  Patriotic ceremony is usually held the first Monday of the month (Town Square, probably ~8 or 9a)

Friday, Sept. 11 Outdoor movie at 7:30p at the Dome of the Bicentennial Plaza in colonia La Gloria, free
The schedule of activities for the patron saint of the fishermen, Our Lady of Charity:
 On Sept. 4th, the fishing cooperative "Caribe" will participate at the church Sagrado Corozon (Sacred Heart, in la Gloria) with a regional dance presentation "“Inmaculada Concepción” (Immaculate Conception).
   On Sept. 5 the cooperative "Isla Blanca" will participate with host Enrique Najera Morales.
   On Sept. 6, it is the cooperative "Patria & Progreso" with the choir of the Niñas del DIF; and religious songs by singer Ana Laura .
  On Sept. 7, the cooperative "Ceviche Tours" will have the singing of the Las Mañanitas at 11pm (This is the 'birthday song' and is sung to patron saints before midnight when their day starts.)
  On Sept. 8, the cooperative Un Dia Perfecto will host, and all the cooperatives will have traditional dances and festivities.
Saturday, Sept. 12 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. This is preceded by a Mass at 7am at the Church of Immaculate Conception on the Town Square and a procession to the pier. Priority for space on the boats will be given to those in the procession from the Church, which is expected to arrive at the dock around 8am. There will be two or three larger boats provided for the public, who are encouraged to bring food and drink since none is available on Isla Contoy.~800 people are expected to participate and ~80 small boats.

Spectacular presentation of  Video Mapping at the Town Square 
 September 11 & 12 at 8p & 9p 
& Sept. 13th at 8pm
"The awakening of Mexico"

Sunday, Sept. 13   Los Niños Héroes 

Monday, Sept. 14 
 Commemoration of the Annexation of Chiapas to Mexico
  Town Square 7pm  Mayor's Second Annual Governmental Report

Tuesday, Sept 15 Town Square  Grito event 11p
 In Town Squares across Mexico, the Mayors read the El Grito de Dolores calling for Independence from Spain and ring the town's bell
  Town Square  205th Anniversary of the Grito
9:30 Folklorico Dance presentation "The Colors of My Mexico"
10:45 Coronation of the Queens of the Independence Day Festivities
11p Official Grito Ceremony
11:30  Band & Dancing
Martes 15 de Septiembre, vive la Noche Mexicana.
¡No te lo puedes perder!

Wednesday, Sept. 16  Independence Day  Parade on Rueda Medina in the monring

Saturday, September 19, 5pm, by the Whale Shark Monument, there will be a Mass and the festivities by the Whale Shark tour crews and their families, including free tacos and beverages.

On Saturday, Sept. 19 on the Town Square, there will be a ceremony commemorating the National Week of Civil Protection, remembering the devastation of the earthquake that occurred on September 19 in 1985 in the capital of Mexico.

On Sept. 19,  International Beach Clean Up Day,  different groups and non-governmental organizations will participate,  removing trash as well as raising awareness, including advising the fishermen about disposing of oil and other residual liquids in a correct manner to avoid creating risks for the environment.

Monday, Sept. 21 9a Red Cross in La Gloria  Clinic for Diabetics
     If you know any interested islanders, please invite them to our annual Diabetes Clinic. Health professionals will be testing blood, offering diabetes education and distributing meters, strips & other supplies for people with Diabetes. This is completely free. For more info, email

Wednesday, Sept. 23  Equinox

Friday, Sept. 25 7p Casa de Cultura  Harp Fest

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 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
Hi all!! We (Isla Animals) are gearing up for a HUGE Spay/Neuter, Vaccination, Wellness campaign for the animals in Rancho Viejo Nov 17-22. This is a very poor area in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Most are living without electricity and running water. The situation for the animals there is dire right now with parvo & distemper running rampant, and heavy overpopulation. We expect to treat/vaccinate/spay/neuter 1000 cats & dogs with the cost of surgery at just $10us per dog. This may be the only time any of these animals see a vet. We can treat the existing animals, vaccinate others against disease, curb the population growth, and educate pet owners on proper animal care and make a HUGE DIFFERENCE!! We have the knowledge, experience, volunteers, and heart to make it happen. We are asking for all of your help to raise funds to make the campaign a reality. (We can also accept Paypal donations via our site - just add RANCHO VIEJO in message, and cash in person on Isla Mujeres. Please, please share the link on your social media. It helps us so much. If you are not in a position to donate PLEASE do read the campaign & share, there is lots of excellent info in it about the work we do-There is always so much to do! Thank you for your time!

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