Monday, November 9, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, November 9

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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

Preparing for winter season

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 8 de noviembre.-
        Hoteliers and restaurateurs are hiring more staff for the holiday season when this vacation destination is expected to be full, based on the reservations that have been made for Christmas and New Year. 
      The head of the CROC labor union, Roman Maldonado Euan, confirmed that the twenty businesses they contract with, which are in the tourism industry, have been requesting more workers in preparation for the winter season. Recently, with increasing tourism, the average daily income of these workers has increased from 200 to 300 pesos, (~$12 to ~$17) which should improve in high season.
       The municipal Director of Tourism said the good summer season was a result of various promotions, and he predicts occupancy will be over 90 percent this winter.  At this time, occupancy is between 47 and 50 percent. 

Renovating the fishermen's cabins on Isla Contoy 

 En Isla Contoy

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 8 de noviembre.-
    Due to the poor condition of the fishermen's cabins on Isla Contoy, the cooperative "Por la Justicia Social", is planning to remodel two of them with resources from CONANP, The National Commission of Protected Natural Areas. The cabins are located in the ecological reserve of Isla Contoy and are also part of a program of cleaning the beaches of that reserve.
       Baltazar Gómez Catzín, who is a leader of the fishermen and president of the Quintana Roo Federation of Fishing Cooperatives, said they want to obtain a commitment to rehabilitate the cabins as soon as possible, because at this time the fishermen that camp on Isla Contoy have no decent space to spend the nights. He said after submitting the documentation and participating in the programs offered by CONANP, they will have access to resources to remodel the huts, in addition to the purchase of five GPS devices, which have already been given to the fishermen.
     After having access to the funds for the renovation of the cabins, the cooperative will budget the money for the best use and initiate the work on Isla Contoy as soon as possible, so the fishermen have decent shelter at night during this lobster fishing season. Many of these cabins are in poor condition and have not been rehabilitated, and some have been neglected and lacked maintenance.

Construction to begin on "Perla del Caribe"

More hotel rooms on the island 

 Se espera que en próximos días inicie construcción de “Perla del Caribe”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 8 de noviembre.-
      About five years ago, the hotel "Perla del Caribe" closed down and was demolished after twenty years in business, and on November 12th the cornerstone will be laid for a hotel of the same name, at the same location.
       According to the municipal Director of Tourim, Gustavo Orozco Rodriguez, the new hotel will have 100 rooms and be built with an investment of 70 million pesos. The cornerstone is scheduled to be placed on November 12 for this hotel which will be located on the eastern malecon, behind the premises of the former General Hospital, and the work should begin next week.
       There are currently 1560 hotel rooms on the island, and including these 100 rooms, there will be 1660, (It says "660")  plus the 1857 in the Continental Zone,this makes a total of 2417 (sic) hotel rooms in the municipality of Isla Mujeres.  If there are 1857 rooms on the mainland, and 1560 on the island, that is a total of 3517, plus 100 will be 3617.
    " Cabe señalar que actualmente son mil 560 cuartos de hotel en la ínsula, y con las 100 habitaciones que están por iniciar a construirse sumarán 660. Estas 660 habitaciones, sumadas a las más mil 857 en la parte continental, da un total de dos mil 417 habitaciones en le municipio isleño."      
    He said despite this investment, development of this type should be focused on the mainland, because the mainland is already saturated. He admitted that this generates more economic benefit, but care must be taken with development because the island is small; therefore investments must go to the mainland, where there is space for hotel development.
   He explained that the success of the island is based on the warmth and quality services its people give the visiting tourists, coupled with other attractions such as whale shark tours which capture the attention of international tourism.


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

Nov. 8: World Day of Dyslexia 
Hoy 8 de Noviembre, Día Mundial de la Dislexia.

Isla Mujeres is surrounded by blue waters that are crystal clear
Nos rodeamos de aguas cristalinas que embellecen los paisajes.

Nov. 8: World Day of Urbanism 
Hoy 8 de Noviembre, Día Mundial del Urbanismo.

These courses are intended to enable participants to develop skills that will allow them to generate more money for their family budget.
Con los cursos se pretende que los participantes desarrollen habilidades que les permitan generar ingresos extras para mejorar la economía familiar.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Watering stations installed for iguanas 
  • Medio ambiente

    Instalarán bebederos para iguanas

    0 09 de noviembre de 2015 
          The Green Patrol Civil Association are promoting the installation of drinking stations for iguanas to prevent them from dying while attempting to cross the streets.  The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, explained that they are working jointly with the association to implement this project to ensure the survival of the species.
           The president of the association, Jesus Molina, said the drinking stations will be installed along Rueda Medina Avenue, to allow the iguanas to eat and drink without having to risk their lives. He said there are several areas where there are concentrations of iguanas, and where they are accustomed to finding their food.
       The Mayor explained that for towns which are Pueblos Magicos, there is a responsibility to preserve the environment and to respect the agreements that were made.

    Por Carlos Gasca
    Carrillo works in favor of the island


    Trabaja Carrillo a favor de la ínsula

    0 09 de noviembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
       The municipal Secretary General, Juan Carrillo Soberanis said they are working efficiently and promptly to provide better and better opportunities for island families. He said he personally deals with following up on complaints made by citizens, and works directly to listen to and respond to them.
          He said the areas that are priorities for this municipal government include the elderly, education, children, and women, so they have implemented programs that benefit these sectors. He said, "Those who are most vulnerable are given priority, because we want to ensure our families are healthy, that the educational programs for our youth are improved and increased, and that there is a sustainable economy for all the parents, who are the heads of households."


    Pueblo Magico promotion


    Promocionan Pueblo Mágico

    0 09 de noviembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
      The car ferry company, Maritima, are the first company to include the Pueblo Magico trademark on their promotional material, which also promotes this tourist destination. It was included on a video they released a few weeks ago, and the flag is displayed as a symbol of the tenacity and efforts of the municipality.  
         They support the efforts of the local government, headed by Agapito Magana Sanchez which include achieving designations for its beaches, and access to important programs like Pueblo Magico, which will permit access to resources to assist in the promotion of this tourist destination.
          The video not only shows a unique perspective of the ferries and their services, and also highlights the islands attractions including the beaches and Punta Sur.  LINK to video  


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Concern among tourism businesses  
Nerviosismo entre empresarios turísticos [+] Ver mas
       Juan Carlos Peña, the former vice president of CANCO, Chamber of Commerce, in Isla Mujeres, says the municipal government should have ongoing police surveillance in the ferry terminals to ensure the safety of tourists as they arrive and depart. In response to violence in recent days (in Cancun), entrepreneurs in the tourism industry have asked to have police officers in the terminals to prevent any problems which could damage the image of this tourism destination, and they noted this type of security builds trust among visitors.
        Business owners also want security cameras installed in main areas such as Rueda Medina (the main street), Hidalgo (the pedestrian street), the malecons, (walkways along the sea) and Punta Sur. Entrepreneur Jaqueline Arias Juan said this has been discussed before but never implemented, and meanwhile young delinquents come from places such as Cancun in the afternoon, get involved with tourism and commit theft, then return to Cancun on the first ferry in the morning.  Waiter Alejandro Tovar Itzá agreed, saying, "There is a lack of policing at the area where there is nightlife, which facilitates the work of these people, and cameras should be installed as a means of controlling this problem".

Persisting despite strong competition   
Subsisten pese a la fuerte competencia .. [+] Ver mas
      Roman Colli Ku, 36, is an entrepreneur in the industry of tortillas and masa, who has not had to fire anyone despite difficulties such as strong competition.
      When he was six years old, his family moved from Hecelchakan, Campeche, because his father had been working in construction on the island for some time. He began school on the isle at preschool-kindergarten, and continued until he graduated from middle school. Then he did not continue his education, although he had the opportunity.
       He is unmarried, and is focused on keeping the business alive after their sales dropped 40 percent since franchise stores came to the island in recent years. He has sought ways to survive and to save money, such as personally maintaining and repairing the machines, being as efficient as possible, and being attentive to services that are expected by clients, to provide a product of better quality.
        He remembers his childhood in Campeche and then in Isla, where he had no problem fitting in, because they lived with close relatives, who loved going to the beach to swim and to play soccer. They would dive for coins under the pier, which was a custom when visitors would throw them there.
           However, his parents, Rosendo Collí Ketz and María Elvira Kú Chablé, kept an eye on him and put him to work at the mill in the downtown mercado "Javier Rojo Gomez", sweeping, running errands, and delivering orders. He had a talk with his father when he was 15 and graduated from middle school, and little by little over ten years,he was given more and more responsibilities.
         Now he is responsible for the other two mills, with in colonia Salina Chica, and the other in the mercado "Audomaro Magana", including the purchase of flour, supplies, materials, and machine parts. He answers to the head of the family, who cannot walk well, due to a foot ailment. There are four siblings in total, including Jaquelin, Jendy and Olga.

     The First Mill
        He remembers the advice of his parents, and is responsible for the business. He recalls their stories, such as the start of the company, which was motivated by one of the bosses at the construction company where his father worked. He said, "My father told me he was advised by Sr. Zurita (Zurita Cuauhtemoc Landeros, an engineer who currently resides in Chetumal) to invest his savings in something that would generate income later. He thought about this and bought the first mill". It was installed at the mercado Javier Rojo Gomez.
       His father, don Rosendo Collí, devoted himself to this small business, which grew and boomed in the eighties, nineties, and new millennium, until the department stores brought competition, especially in the past five years. He is determined to keep the company alive, and to fight and survive, to feed families and tourists who he appreciates for preferring his company's tortillas.

Ferry company features the "Pueblo Magico" logo  
Naviera se apega al lineamiento de “Pueblos Mágicos”[+] Ver mas

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November events

Sunset ~6:05
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Nov. 25   6:14
Nov. 26   7:09
Nov. 27   8:06
Nov. 28   9:02
Nov. 29   9:58
Nov. 30  10:52

Nov. 5 Thursday 4p   Town Square   Art Fair with 10 pesos food samples starting at 5p

Nov. 5 & 6 Casa de Cultura 7p  Balsassina Ensemble of Vienna  Free Entry

Nov. 13-16 is Buen Fin when discounts are widely available

Caribbean Culture Festival 2015 will be held outside the Casa de la Cultura, Nov. 13-15, all events are free.

Viernes 13
Malecón de Casa de la Cultura
Festival Artístico
Alma Caribeña
Viernes 13
Malecón de Casa de la Cultura
Festival Artístico
Inauguración Isla Mujeres
Viernes 13
Malecón de Casa de la Cultura
Festival Artístico
Trova Isleña
Viernes 13
Malecón de Casa de la Cultura
Festival Artístico
Gil Harry SevenF
Viernes 13
Malecón de Casa de la Cultura
Festival Artístico
Isaac Delgado
Sábado 14
Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción
Festival Artístico
Joel Montero acompañado de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Quintana Roo
Sábado 14
Malecón de Casa de la Cultura
Festival Artístico
Celso Piña y Pato Machete
Domingo 15
Malecón de Casa de la Cultura
Festival Artístico
Asociación de Coreógrafos Folcloristas de México A. C. y Alicia Alonso Studio Dance
Domingo 15
Malecón de Casa de la Cultura
Festival Artístico
Charanga Habanera

  Here's a translation of the schedule of events from DQR 10/30 :
Friday, Nov. 13 at 7pm, there will be a performance by the dance troupe Alma Caribeña; the band Gil Harry Seven, and the headliner is famous musical artist Isaac Delgado and his band.

Saturday, Nov. 14 at 6pm, there will be a performance by the Symphonic Orchestra of Quintana Roo, featuring songs written by isleños, including Virgilio “El Chino” Fernández and his son Virgilio Fernández. This will be followed by “El Chevo y su Swing Urbano”, who play a mix of Caribbean rhythms and urban music, including the hit: “Métela Sácala”. Then Cumbia legend Celso Piña, will take the stage, creator of the hit “Cumbia Sobre el Río Suenan”, accompanied by Patricio Elizalde (Pato Machete).

  From Cultura Isla Mujeres on FB (their original in English):
The voice of Joel Montero will dress up the Mexican Caribbean
The Mexican tenor returns to his native Quintana Roo to interpret the best of his repertoire in the framework of the Festival of Culture of the Caribbean 2015
After performing with great success in the main opera houses of Europe, the Mexican tenor, Joel Montero, returns to his native State of Quintana Roo in the framework of the Festival of Culture of the Caribbean 2015 which takes place in the Mexican Caribbean from the 3rd through the 22nd of November.
The singer, born in Chetumal, and who has opened his way to success through perseverance, his art and his mastery of his voice as an musical instrument, has been described by international media as a passionate singer with a powerful voice and emotional acting which has gained for him a privileged place on the stages of the Old Continent.
Among his awards and recognitions are the special award given to him at the international singing competition “Monserrate Caballe” in Andorra and the “Luigi Infantino” prize in Lugoj, Rumania.
Montero was part of the Opera Studio at the theater in Zurich, Switzerland and the State Theater in Meinigen, Germany and has been an invited soloist at different theaters in various cities in Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Finland and England, appearing, as well, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Next 14th of November, thanks to the Festival of Culture of the Caribbean, the Isla Mujeres public will be delighted by the voice that is conquering Europe when Montero will appear with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Quintana Roo, making all of his fellow Quintana Roo residents proud.

From Cultura Isla Mujeres on FB (my translation from Spanish):
 Celso Piña will enchant the Caribbean
  This musician from the mountain region will be performing at the Caribbean Culture Festival 2015 in Quintana Roo which takes place Nov. 3-22. Celso Piña, better known as "the rebel of the accordion", will have the Mexican Caribbean dancing to la cumbia on November 14th, in Isla Mujeres, sharing the stage with Pato Machete.
The rhythms of this singer, composer, and arranger and icon of Mexican popular music in recent years, has confirmed his performance the festival. They will be bringing their distinctive sound that has enriched the cumbia with touches of other popular rhythms such as ska, reggae , rap and hip hop.
  A born Musician, self-taught skill on the accordion, Pina provides a value beyond what is musical, and he represents an emblem of cultural Mexico today. This was demonstrated in the documentary film which he starred in, for the channel 11-one, and reinforcing the image immortalized in literature by  Garcia Marquez, dancing to the rhythms of cumbias which are proudly made in Mexico.
So, the festival of culture in the Caribbean, it enriches the purest style "Sonidero" with the presence of the musician that since 25 years ago, has been one of the stars of the stage of the genre of cumbia.

Nov. 14  Casa de Cultura 7p Free Entry dance performances Danzarte

Sunday, Nov. 15 at 7pm, there will be a performance by the Ballet de Danza Folclórica de México, followed by Son de la Catedral, and a presentation by Charanga Habanera; whose leader David Calzado is known for the hit “Gozando de la Habana”.

Monday, Nov. 16 Day off for Revolution Day

Friday, Nov. 20  Revolution Day Commemorated

Sunday, Nov. 22 Christ the King Day

Approximately Nov 28 - Dec 8 Festival for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the Town Saint. is held annually. Link   

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 Margolis 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!
Coming in December.....
 Coming December 25-30! Performances by dance troupes of the National Congress of Mexican Folkloric Dance..."A fragment of the mosaic mural of Mayan culture"

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