Sunday, October 18, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News and Events Sunday October 18

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

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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

Cuban balseros land on Isla Mujeres after 15 days at sea: In the middle of a storm

Nearly sank during landing

En medio de la tormenta, y luego de travesía de 15 días, salvan la vida

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de octubre.-
   Six Cuban balseros landed on the east coast of Isla Mujeres, after sailing 15 days in their small boat, overcoming strong winds and large waves that endangered their lives. The group included a woman, and said they had left the Isle de la Juventud fifteen days ago, hoping to get to the United States.
    The municipal police said a patrol noticed the small boat at noon and notified the Navy, but they arrived after the Cubans had landed. Dozens of islanders and tourists witnessed the event, took videos, and applauded the accomplishment of the Cubans who successfully landed in a rocky area, after nearly sinking in the strong breakers offshore. They were wet and cold, and were offered food, hot coffee, and legal help by the onlookers. Paramedics from the Red Cross assisted them and they were in good health.
   Upon review it was confirmed that the small handmade boat which had made the journey, was taking on water, and it was concluded that it took a superhuman effort by the illegal Cubans to avoid sinking. 
    They were taken to the police station aboard an ambulance, and later turned over to INM (National Migration Institute). The Cubans were identified as: Dazmani Carratalam, 27; Marcelino Campos, 54; Omar Suero Aguilar, 43; Ferides Matos, 38;  Daineris Caraballo, and Reimer Ventura Escalante, 32.

Brazilian journalists to visit & promote Isla Mujeres

La próxima semana arribará delegación de periodistas

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de octubre.-
  The municipal Tourism Director, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said the representatives of media in Brazil will be visiting Isla Mujeres next week, as well as Cancun and the Riviera Maya. He said this visit follows a request made by the Tourism Board of Brazil, in coordination with Tam airlines and the Cancun OVC, and they will take a tour and document the attractions of Isla Mujeres. 
         He explained that the main objective is to highlight the beauty of the beaches of the main tourism destinations of Quintana Roo, and this point is achieved in Isla Mujeres to a great advantace since its beaches are free of seaweed. For the Brazilian tourism market, this issue has become a factor in redirecting tourists from Caracas to different areas of the Caribbean. 
      The press will include representatives of various media including print, online media, blogs, and magazines; including Brasil Travel News, Revista de Novia e Festas, Revista Vogue, Brasituris, Diario do Grande ABC, UOL, and others. 

Moving trash to the Continental Zone on the mainland

To clear the Trash Transfer Facility

Para desahogar Centro de Transferencia

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de octubre.-
   Despite the efforts of municipal authorities, they have been unable to keep the Trash Transfer Facility clear of trash for the past two years, and in fact, the amount of trash being generated is increasing. The past four administrations, at least, have been trying to eliminate the concentration of trash, but none have been successful, despite the efforts and investments made toward achieving this goal.
   Regarding the problem of increasing trash, Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez has estimated that it has risen by about 30 percent, due to the increased number of residents. He said in order to avoid the accumulation of this trash on the island at the Trash Transfer Facility, they are taking the necessary measures to control it and move it to the mainland. For this purpose, two trascabos (bulldozers or backhoes, I think?) have been acquired and are operating at the Trash Transfer Facility to move the trash to the góndolas (large transport trucks, I think?) and to the trash compactors, which is expediting the efforts to eradicate the trash. Additionally, now there will be more trash transport units making daily trips to the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres.
    The Mayor explained that previously they had a trascabo with pneumatic tires that was costing a great deal to repair the punctures, but now one with a track system like a tank has been purchased. He concluded by saying that with this new equipment and machinery, they are seeking to clear the Trash Transfer Facility of Isla Mujeres of trash and then to only have trash remain there for a few hours during the day, in order that it can be transferred it in a timely manner to the Continental Zone.


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

In an immediate and coordinated manner, and led by the Mayor of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magana Sanchez, personnel from different municipal agencies took care of problems and incidents that occurred in the wee hours after the recent days of uninterrupted rain in the state of Quintana Roo, to assure the health and safety of the inhabitants. These problems were caused by the large quantities of water generated by the rains, and were addressed personally by staff of various municipal agencies. (It is also noted in the comments that the pumps continue to run continuously to combat flooding).  That is a wall that collapsed in Salina Grande in the wee hours, which has newish mural about ocean pollution on it, and caused closure of the street.
De manera inmediata y coordinada, encabezadas por Agapito Magaña Sanchez, presidente municipal de Isla Mujeres, brigadas de diferentes áreas del Ayuntamiento atienden desde esta madrugada los conflictos y contratiempos originados por las ininterrumpidas lluvias que desde durante los últimos dias azotan todo el estado de Quintana Roo.
Empleados de diferentes direcciones municipales atienden de manera personal y directa los contratiempos motivados por las cantidades inesperadas de agua que han provocado serios problemas al igual que en el resto de los municipios del estado.

Together we can prevent illnesses. It says...Without places to breed there are no mosquitoes and with no mosquitoes there is no Dengue or Chikungunya. Take care of your health and that of your family and community. Remember that a mosquito bite is the only way you can catch these diseases. It is in your hands to avoid it and to participate in covering your water tanks and any containers that hold or collect water.
Juntos prevenimos enfermedades.

Today, 17 October, International Day for the elimination of poverty.
Hoy 17 de Octubre, Día Internacional para la eliminación de la pobreza. ‪#‎ComunidadEnAcción‬

On the three past Thursdays; the 1st, 8th and 15th of October,  providers of tourism services of the island were given training
Durante los tres recientes jueves: 1, 8 y 15 de octubre se capacitó a prestadores de servicios turísticos de la ínsula.

Today, October 17th: Anniversary of the acquisition of civil and political rights for Mexican woman.
Hoy 17 de Octubre, Aniversario de la adquisición de derechos civiles y políticos de la mujer mexicana.

With the constant rains that have occurred in recent days, the City of Isla Mujeres has been seeing to it that the storm drains of  the main streets are functioning in an effective way to prevent flooding.
Ante las constantes lluvias ocurridas durante los recientes días, el Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres se ha encargado de que el drenaje pluvial de las principales calles funcione de manera eficaz para evitar inundaciones.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Six Cubans arrive after 15 days at sea


Recalan 6 cubanos

0 18 de octubre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca  This information was translated above & there is a photo at the link

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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

Rains in Isla mujeres caused 2 mudslides, the first in the colonia La Gloria and the second in Salina Grande!

A miracle the six Cubans survived.....
 This info was translated above..Photos at LINK
There are also photos at the TVIM FB page HERE and at Isla Mujeres Hoy HERE   or on my FB news page..see link at top of this page.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

"De manteles largos": Veterinary Hospital
“De manteles largos” hospital veterinario. [+] Ver mas
 The Veterinary Hospital of Isla Mujeres just celebrated its first anniversary, and its Director Dr. Delfino Guevara Collazo, accompanied by his student Rossely Gonzalez presented a report about the past year, since the facility opened in late September, 2014. The article is very lengthy and I don't have time to translate it right now.

A date has not been announced for resumption of service by the Magana ferry company
No hay para cuando reanude barco “Magaña”+] Ver mas

Lights left on during the day
Alumbrado encendido de día.. [+] Ver mas
   This is very similar to the previous article complaining that there are lights remaining on during the day at sports facilities and on some streets, noting that this is a waste of money and electricity.
       There is concern about this raising the DAP which is a five percent charge on total energy consumption  for the right to public lighting which is paid by the people and passed through the CFE (Federal Electricity Commission) to help the City Council pay for public lighting in the municipality. If the CFE raised one million pesos from the monthly DAP, and the City spent 1.2 million pesos, then the City Treasury is responsible for the other 0.2 million pesos.
   The CFE provides electricity to ~39.2 million customers in Mexico with an average annual growth of nearly 6% in the past ten years, which average charges at the following rates per kilowatt: Domestic 88.6 pesos, Agricultural 0.33, Industrial 0.78, and services 0.51.

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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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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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.

October events

Sunset ~6:40
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Oct. 1    9:52

Oct. 2  10:45

Oct. 27   6:44
Oct. 28   7:37
Oct. 29   8:31
Oct. 30   9:26
Oct. 31  10:22

Thursday, Oct. 1 You are invited to the lighting of the pink lights today at 7pm on the Town Square commemorating the start of the fight against breast cancer

Monday, Oct. 5 Noon Bazaar at offices of El Corazon del Wilito charity which benefits babies and children needing heart surgery (Next to Tugui Paleteria in La Gloria)

Friday, Oct. 9  Day of the Fishermen (Dia del Pescador). Event at Monument to the Fishermen at Rueda Medina commemorating those who lost their lives at sea and placing of wreath at sea

Monday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Activities at the Casa de la Cultura:
  On October 12, a workshop will begin on Painting and Drawing with teacher Dante Loyola at the Casa de Cultura on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm, for 50 pesos weekly, which includes basic materials.
   On October 5, fitness classes to relieve stress and improve fitness will begin, with Dani Velasquez, at a cost of 100 pesos a week, on Monday thru Friday at 6pm, at the Casa de Cultura.
    On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5pm, there are classes for those who enjoy the rhythms of urban dance, hip hop, soca, afro, and mambo de calle at the Casa de Cultura.
      A theater workshop for youths and adults will begin on Oct. 14 from 6p-8p, with teacher Rita Giacchetti, with the objective of teaching the participants how to put on a performance. There will be 24 sessions between Mondays and Fridays, with a small contribution required.  

Wednesday, Oct. 21 Casa de Cultura  4p-8p Free Entry Sea turtles and their conservation at the Isla Contoy National Park of Quintana Roo   
       Subjects: Nesting beaches,  Sea monitoring, Genetics and marking, Monitoring the beach temperatures 
  Sponsored by Amigos de Isla Contoy and contact info is given for more information

Tuesday, Oct. 27   Blue Crab protection campaign scheduled (Sac Bajo, possibly also along the eastern coastal road between the cemetery and Punta Sur)

The living celebrating the dead in Isla Mujeres...Oct 30 & 31
En Isla Mujeres los vivos celebramos a los muertos.

Saturday, Oct. 31 Halloween

Sunday, Nov. 1 Dia de los Muertos,  All Saints Day
Monday, Nov. 2  All Souls Day

Isla Mujeres: A Place of Traditions 
 Participate!  This is a poster for a Hanal Pixan altar competition   Hanal Pixan is the Mayan holiday that occurs around the time of Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. It lasts about a week and a half and is a commemoration of departed relatives and friends, who are remembered with offerings of their favorite foods, drinks, and items at altars containing their photos, at homes, businesses, and other locations, and their graves are cleaned and decorated. There are specials foods and other traditions. 

Coming up in November at the Casa de la Cultura!

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)

From Sally MargolisHi 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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