Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, Oct. 21


Wed. Oct. 21 at the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres at 7pm, Free event
Cuban photographs, Art and a Dance performance

Wednesday, Oct. 21 Casa de Cultura  4p-8p Free.
 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

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

  Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos  HERE.

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

After State of Emergency was declared, Municipal Committee met

Health of inhabitants: A priority

Tras declaratoria de emergencia por lluvias, se reúne comité municipal

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de octubre.-
See translation in the City section below    

North Beach passes evaluation

Standards of quality maintained 

Playa Norte pasa evaluación

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de octubre.-
   An audit took place of North Beach regarding its White Flag status which was awarded in November 2014. The certification is awarded for a two year period, and a verification visit takes place annually, and is done by the Mexican Institute of Standardization and Certification.
       It was a two stage evaluation with a review of documents on Monday, and the physical inspection on Tuesday of the beach and seabed. The inspectors were verifying that the beach and seabed were clean of trash such as bottle caps and cigarette butts, which apparently they did not find. 
        The Director of ZOFEMAT, the Federal Zone agency, Carmen Náhuatl Lara, said she is confident there will be a favorable result.
    It was about a week ago that the Playa Centro, aka Posada Del Mar Beach, was evaluated regarding its Blue Flag designation and received an A+, which is the highest mark.

Fire persists at Trash Transfer Facility despite heavy downpours

Ni intensos aguaceros han podido sofocarlo

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 20 de octubre.-
   Despite heavy rains, the Trash Transfer Facility continues to burn and emit foul odors, and residents and drivers continue to complain about the strong smell of the smoke. This fire has been burning and smouldering since Sunday, October 11, and has not been extinguished during these ten days, which is making the neighbors uneasy.


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

Oct. 20  Day of Air Traffic Controllers
Hoy 20 de Octubre, Día del Controlador Aéreo.

Oct. 20  World Osteoporosis Day
Hoy 20 de Octubre, Día Mundial de la Osteoporosis.

Oct. 20 Day of the Pediatrician
Hoy 20 de Octubre, Día del Pediatra.

The Community Kitchen serves tasty nutritious food for those in need for 10 pesos per meal (The poster has slightly different times vs those given below)
Breakfast starts at 7 o'clock in the morning and ends at 11 o'clock in the morning, and lunch starts at 12:30 pm and ends at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, on Monday thru Friday.

El desayuno inicia a las 7 de la mañana y termina a las 11 de la mañana y el almuerzo empieza a las 12:30 del día y termina a las 2 de la tarde de lunes a viernes. #‎ComunidadEnAcción‬

Meeting of the Municipal Committee of Health and Civil Protection
Se reúne el Comité Municipal de Salud y Protección Civil
   On Tuesday, a special meeting was held of the Municipal Committee for Health and Civil Protection, after Isla Mujeres was included in municipalities listed in the Declaration of an Emergency on Monday, by the National Coordination of Civil Protection of the Ministry of the Interior, due to heavy rains in recent days. 
      At the meeting the Mayor was represented by the municipal Secretary General, Luis Carrillo Soberanis. The primary objective of the Committee is to protect the health of the population from any damage that could be caused by an epidemiological or a disaster situation. 
       Dr. William Sauri Gutierrez, epidemiologist of region #2 said the reason for the meeting is not only to protect the population from illnesses transmitted by vectors (mosquitoes), but also from respiratory illnesses, dermatological illnesses, and diarrheal diseases. 
        Dr. Vital Casique Tharin Sadat, municipal Director of Health, discussed the decisions and agreements that were made in the city of Chetumal (state capital) specifically for the municipality of Isla Mujeres. The goal of these agreements is to reinforce and continue the preventative measures against mosquito borne diseases (Dengue, Chikungunya, and Malaria), and to ensure that medical attention is available for the population. 
         Another objective is that the health institutions will intensify epidemiological surveillance in the municipality for the detection and prevention of outbreaks. People are urged to remove their trash, junk, and any containers that can collect water and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, such as tires, cans, buckets, etc. 
        The municipal Director of Civil Protection said that before, during, and after the contingencies that arose in recent days, they began the rehabilitation of urban infrastructure to prevent problems from becoming larger. He said they cleaned all the storm drains on Rueda Medina, in the downtown in general, and in several of the colonias of the island. 
     The two pumps in colonia Salina Chica were activated. Two forty horsepower submersible pumps were activated to remove water, with the help of two four inch pumps that were removing water from the area between Rolandi's Restaurant and City Hall. It was reported that over 700,000 cubic meters of rain water was pumped off, throughout the island. 
      Those attending the meeting included representatives from COFEPRIS (Federal Commission for the Prevention of Sanitary Risks), IMSS (SS health agency), ISSSTE (Govt employee SS health agency), SEMAR (Navy), Red Cross, Aguakan, Harbor Master, and  APIQROO (State Port Authority).

Today, Wednesday Oct. 21, promptly at 4p at the Casa de la Cultura  
Mañana los esperamos en punto de las 4:00 pm en la Casa de la Cultura.

Monday and Tuesday at the Casa de Cultura, training was given to fishermen of the municipality with a course titled Organizational and Human Development, offered by INCA, the National Training Institute, in coordination with CONAPESCA and the City.
Capacitan a pescadores del municipio con el curso denominado Desarrollo Organizacional y Humano, ofrecido por el Instituto Nacional de Capacitación (INCA) auspiciado por CONAPESCA en coordinación con el Ayuntamiento.
La preparación fue ayer y hoy en la Casa de la Cultura.

This event at the Casa de la Cultura in Isla Mujeres is coordinated by the Cuban Consulate in Cancun and the National Institute for Arts and Culture, and takes place tonight. Photographs, Art, and a Dance performance 7p  Free Entry
En coordinación con el consulado de Cuba en Cancún, a través del Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes realizaremos esta actividad en la Casa de la Cultura de Isla Mujeres.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

  Sun shines on islanders
  • Clima

    Ilumina el sol a isleños

    0 21 de octubre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
       After a week of heavy rains, yesterday the weather finally offered a "truce" and the sun began to shine again, causing local business owners to sigh gratefully. Although there was no flooding in the streets downtown yesterday, concerns remained about the threat of more rain. 
           The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said that despite the easing up of the downpours yesterday, the port remained closed for small vessels, who were only allowed to sail in the bay-lagoon area and by the Farito area. He said some boats had problems from excess rainfall, which were anchored in the water, and took on water until they were nearly at sea level, but none sank completely. 
           It is noted that in the lowest areas of the colonias, there are still some problems, and the level of the salinas is being maintained.

    Dolphin shows slight improvement 

    Medio ambiente

    Presenta delfín leve mejoría

    0 21 de octubre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca  photo at link 

     Dolphin was attacked by shark in the Cancun Hotel Zone
         On Monday, a dolphin was rescued from one of the beaches of the Cancun Hotel Zone, where it was struggling to survive, after receiving five serious injuries from a shark. Veterinarians who work for Dolphin Discovery, are monitoring the dolphin in a pen at the Tortugranja in Isla Mujeres. They say the animal has improved slightly, but the prognosis remains guarded because a great deal of blood was lost.
        Edgar Urbina,  head of the group of trainers, said,  "The veterinarians are doing their best to treat the wounds caused by a shark. In addition to treating the wounds, they also performed medical examinations to determine if it is suffering from some disease, because it is unusual for a 20 year old dolphin to fall prey to a shark, unless it is sick or weak."
        He said when the dolphin first entered the pen at the Tortugranja, the animal was too weak to swim, and was placed on a float to prevent it from sinking to the bottom of the sea. "After the first dose of antibiotic and treatment of the five wounds apparently caused by a shark, they proceeded to withdraw the floats and the dolphin began to swim on its own and to eat," he said. The prognosis remains reserved because of the amount of blood lost from the bites.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

Weather conditions are improving and therefore the number of tourists arriving also.....
Las condiciones climatológicas van mejorando y con ello también la afluencia turística en el…

This is one of the bite marks that the dolphin received, which was rescued in the hotel zone of Cancun yesterday (photos at link
Esta es una de las mordidas que recibió el delfín rescatado en Zona Hotelera de Cancún ayer…/delfin-rescatado-en-canc…/
Dolphin rescued in Cancun is fighting for its life from shark bites (This is the same information as translated above, also noting that it is a bottle nosed dolphin.)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Schools closed & children outside
Escuelas cerradas y los niños afuera. [+] Ver mas
   Classes were suspended at the preschool-kindergartens and the primary schools, and continued normally at the middle school and high school on Tuesday. This was not a problem for the preschool-kindergarten parents, because there is an unwritten agreement between the school directors and the parents that classes are automatically suspended when there is rain at dawn.
      However, there was confusion over whether or not the primary school classes were suspended, because the state announcement said classes were suspended in the municipalities of Benito Juarez, Bacalar, and Othon P Blanco, without mentioning the other municipalities. The cancellation announcement was made mere hours in advance, and some parents were unaware.
      Concerned mothers were commenting on social networks, who did not know if classes were suspended, and were especially concerned because tests were scheduled at the primary schools. There were comments from angry mothers because they had not been notified in a timely manner, and they took their children to school in the rain, getting wet, only to find out at the school gate that classes were cancelled.
      The truancy rate at the middle school and high school was slightly less than twenty percent.

Sun returns, but not the tourists
Reapareció el sol, pero no los turistas [+] Ver mas
       After four days of heavy rains which severely affected tourism providers, the sun poked out. Despite the improved weather, there was little tourism, following several days when tourism activities had been minimal to zero. On Hidalgo, which is particularly susceptible to flooding, restaurateurs reported business during the rainy days was less than ten percent, from tourists staying overnight, but most seemed to prefer to eat in the hotel restaurants, during the rain.
        Some restaurants in the areas less prone to flooding, or where the water receded quickly, reported sales at 30 percent, while others said they didn't have a single customer. Souvenir sellers said that during the rain there was zero demand for their products because the overnight visitors didn't want to leave their hotels, and the daytrippers weren't crossing over to the isle.
      Fortunately on Tuesday, after a rainy sunrise, the weather improved and tourists came out of their hotels and were seen on the beaches, and were joined by visitors coming across on the passenger boats.

Delayed response from authorities
Tardía respuesta de las autoridadesn .. [+] Ver mas
    Overflow from Salina Grande lake caused flooding in several colonias and along its walking path, affecting ~40 families, to a greater or lesser extent. Some of those residents who were affected in the colonias of Cañotal, Salina Grande, Caridad del Cobre, Lol-Beh and Miraflores blame the authorities, particularly the Director of Civil Protection, who they say should have begun pumping water earlier, to avoid the overflow.

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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. 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.  

Wed. Oct. 21 at the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres at 7pm, Free event
Cuban photographs, Art and a Dance performance

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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