Friday, December 11, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, December 11

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Photo shoot by Canadian magazine to attract more tourists   

Revista especializada realiza sesión fotográfica para atraer más turistas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 10 de diciembre.-
(The headline actually says, "For the Conquest of Canada...Magazine photo shoot to attract more tourists").
      On Wednesday, the Canadian magazine "Fusion" was shooting photos on the beaches and streets of Isla Mujeres, with about a half dozen young models from that country. One of the members of the magazine staff said this is the second time they have visited the island in three weeks to crate images at various locations around this holiday destination, with the intention of showing its attractions to Canadians.
     The worker said personnel with the magazine are spending three weeks visiting locations around the state of Quintana Roo, including Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen, but the best impression had been made by Isla Mujeres.  They will be spending another week in the state of Quintana Roo and plan to return at least once more to Isla Mujeres to take more pictures to be distributed in Canada.
       The employee praised the warmth of the people and the environment in Isla Mujeres, and spoke about capturing and sharing images that demonstrate this to Canadians, were the climate is hugely different. It was noted that there are also major differences between the various destinations of the Mexican Caribbean, and that Isla Mujeres is uniquely attractive because it is a fishing village. 
         Staff with the municipal Tourism Department said that having the island featured in magazines such as this adds to the promotional efforts and allows for a greater number of tourists to visit the paradise of Isla Mujeres. The white sands, sunny weather, and turquoise blue waters are among the attractions that captivate magazine editors and television directors to schedule photos shoots here to display these to various locations internationally.

Meeting between governmental officials     

Por mantener contacto directo con municipios

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 10 de diciembre.
  See translation in the City section below...

  Lecture about the rights of persons with HIV   

De personas con VIH

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 10 de diciembre.
   A lecture will be held on Friday, December 11, at 10am, at the Community Center in colonia La Gloria about the rights of people living with HIV or AIDS, by the Commission on Human Rights of Isla Mujeres, ending at noon. Attendees are expected to include middle school and high school students, and members of the tourism industry, business community, and the general public. Speakers will include  Marco Antonio Toh Euan, coordinator of Visitadurías Generales of the Human Rights Commission of  Quintana Roo, who will give the welcoming speech; Edgar Ricardo Mora Ucán, president of Círculo Social Igualitario AC, who will speak on behalf of the NGO's; and teacher Ricardo Hernández Forcada, who will give the keynote speech. 


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

Pride in our land and our people 
Orgullosos de nuestra tierra y nuestra gente.

Agapito attends meeting with Federal legislators, state officials, and other mayors    
   The Mayor of Isla Mujeres gave a speech at a working meeting held in Tulum, led by the head of SEGOB of Quintana Roo, Leopoldo Proal Bustos, with members of state government, other mayors, and federal officials in attendance. The objective of the meeting is to strengthen and coordinate inter agency initiatives and projects for the ten municipalities of Quintana Roo. (On Oct. 30, Puerto Morelos became the 11th municipality in the state). 
      In his speech, Isla Mujeres Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez acknowledged that the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto is working in direct and close contact with the municipalities through these meetings, and he applauded the efforts and support of Governor Roberto Borge Angulo for the completion of the Isla Mujeres Comprehensive Hospital. It was announced that the hospital will be official inaugurated on December 15th by the Secretary of Health, Mercedes Juan.
      He spoke about the Land Registration (Catastral) Modernization Program which is bringing together the most reliable information possible and making gradual progress, and he thanked BANOBRAS for their support with this important project.
         He expressed his gratitude for the work of the National Water Commission toward meeting the needs of the citizens of Rancho Viejo and their efforts to provide drinking water in all the municipalities; and the Mayor said he is confident this project in progress will be realized next year.
       He briefly reported about the issue of becoming a Pueblo Magico, under the Ministry of Tourism, and said the municipality has received the specifications (lineamentos), which will allow the municipality to reap the benefits of this program. 
        He addressed a request to the state delegate for the SCT (Department of Communication and Transport) for a machine to fix the road to Punta Sam which is being invaded by weeds, and becoming dangerous to those who travel on it. He also asked that agency for buoys to mark the Whale Shark tour area, to prevent an accident with the boats that navigate this area. 
        He also requested that the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas use monies generated by visitors to Isla Contoy for the maintenance of the facilities there.  

Dec. 10: Day of the Physicist  
Hoy 10 de Diciembre, Día del Físico.

The green flag was given to have vehicles on patrol 24 hours a day to prevent any incidents
Hemos dado el Banderazo de salida a los vehículos que estarán atentos las 24 horas del día ante cualquier contingencia.

December 10: International Day of Human Rights  
Hoy 10 de Diciembre, Día Internacional de los Derechos Humanos.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Inauguration of new hospital on Tuesday  
Próximo martes inauguran nuevo hospital.. [+] Ver mas
      Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez confirmed that the second-level hospital of Isla Mujeres will be inaugurated on Tuesday, December 15, when the Federal Secretary of Health, Mercedes Juan Lopez, will cut the ribbon. This ceremony has been cancelled various times since it was first scheduled in October, a month after the hospital opened its doors. It is noted that the facility, located in colona La Gloria, does not have all the specialties that it should have, according to announcements.
         It is expected that Governor Roberto Borge Angulo will attend the event, and while the time has not been released, it is expected to occur before noon. Currently in the (social) media, there are objections about the lack of specialties that were expected to be available at the facility and the need for people to continue to cross over to Cancun for treatments that were expected to be available when it was put into operation in September. 
       (The rest of this article is about the Mayor speaking at the governmental meeting in Tulum, which is translated in the City section above.)

Rehabilitation Center to open in January  
El CRIM Isla Mujeres, en enero próximo.. [+] Ver mas
      The CRIM (Rehabilitation Center of Isla Mujeres) facility is in the final phase of construction and is expected to open its doors in the second half of January, 2016, according to state DIF Director, Jesus Rodriguez. He said they are nearly finished with the work, done with an investment of 18 million pesos.
        He said some pieces of equipment are lacking, particularly the floors, but, God willing, they expect to open in January 2016, as a fully equipped facility, so that the residents of Isla Mujeres will no longer have to leave the island to be rehabilitated. He said all the staff of the island's UBR (Basic Rehabilitation Unit) will be relocated to this building, where there will be better service with more equipment and trained staff, and with equipment that has been lacking at the UBR.

Teen left home & parents want her to return  
Menor de edad huyó de su hogar; sus padres le piden que regrese+] Ver mas
       Rulo Castro requested the help of reporters because he is seeking information about his 17 year old daughter, Yazely Zuleima, whose whereabouts are unknown since she left the house on last week on Friday. He believes she is in the company of a man who is more than 30 years old, and he says that in the end, he doesn't care who she goes out with, as long as he knows that she is okay. With tears in his eyes, he said he wants his daughter to know that he doesn't care what she has done and he is waiting with open arms, and he wants her to return home because he believes she is not yet ready to face life.
        Sr. Castro has a home in Cancun, as does his wife, and has worked on the island for some time in the stores catering to tourists. He works in a jewelry store on the corner of Madero and Rueda Medina, and spoke to reporters outside the business.

    Injured teen
        Regarding 16 year old Leonardo Enrique Chuy Perera, who received a strong electrical shock from high voltage wires on Wednesday at the rooftop of the hotel Luna; he was transferred to a hospital in Cancun, since the new hospital on the island was not equipped to provide treatment and lacks specialists. This caused a response from residents who are disappointed regarding promises made by politicians in all three levels of government for a second level specialty hospital on Isla Mujeres.
       On Facebook, Nelly Angelica Diaz Betancourt said, "We asked for a decent hospital for the island, a hospital which was supposed to have specialists to treat people here, without having to transport them. We are tired of lies and the new hospital is not equipped for emergencies; we continue to have a deficient hospital."

Cancun Marlins coming for game against Cocteleros      
Cocteleros reciben a Marlins de Cancún [+] Ver mas
   The game between the Isla Mujeres Cocteleros and the Cancun Marlins will take place at the El Pescador baseball field at 1pm on Sunday. The competition is expected to be well attended, and is the initial game in the league Liga Tecnológica.  The stadium will hold about 500 people, and entry is free. There is covered seating, and this is expected to be a good game for the families, youths, and tourists who are fans of the king of sports, who can enjoy the Mexican atmosphere of the game, which should feature excellent performances.
        The competition will include Alejandro “El Chuletas” (The Chops) Sánchez; Luis Fernando “El Pecas” (Freckles) Morales; René “El Terremoto” (Earthquake) Rodríguez; Juan José “El Pistola” de la O; Francisco “El Tiburón” (The Shark) Coba Francisco. It will feature the return of “El Choqui” (Chuckie) Contreras; and Gustavo “El Chicharito” (lil Pea) Fernández, among others, and include coach Luis Fernando “El Crema” Méndez, and the new manager Héctor “El Picuñas” Gil.
       Information was provided by Luis Fernando de la O Pino, who is one of the team's promoters.

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December events

Sunset ~6:05
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Dec. 25   6:46
Dec. 26   7:43
Dec. 27   8:38
Dec. 28   9:32
Dec. 29  10:24
Dec. 30 11:09
Dec  31  12:03am (Jan. 1)
Casa de Cultura:  The photography exhibition of Isla's biological diversity is scheduled to continue thru Dec. 7. It features 70 photographs of native flora & fauna by local amateur photographers, including city employees, and students, rotated in groups of 40.
Casa de Cultura: "Una Mujer en Isla Mujeres" continues thru Dec. 11.  Includes photographs and works on handmade bark paper.
  On Thursday Dec. 3  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.
  Thursday, Dec. 3 World Disabilities Day 4p March from police station to Salina Chica Green Dome where there will be workshops, educational activities, testimonials, and a performance by a pair of dancers from Cancun.  Cancelled due to weather
Friday, December 4 Inauguration of exhibition "A Tribute to the Mexican Muralistas" by the high school students of Bachilleres
 Nov 28 - Dec 8 Festival for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the Town Saint. is held annually. Link
Photos from two years ago (City press release)

 Saturday, Nov. 28  Church of Immaculate Conception Mass at 7p followed by the taking down of the icon and a procession thru downtown, followed by fireworks, with music and folkloric performances of traditional dances in regional clothing at the church esplanade

Festival events at 8p nightly.

Sunday, Nov. 29: Miraflores neighborhood guild, with music and a dance
 Monday, Nov. 30: The union of the Public Security Department (police) with a presentation of the  ballet folclórico at the Casa de la Cultura, starting at 8pm.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: Two groups. The CROC gastronomic union and the neighborhood guild of colonia Salina Chica, where the RDS dance troupe will perform at 8pm
Wednesday, Dec. 2: Colonia Salina Grande neighborhood guild, with a presentation by the Senior Citizens Dance troupe and a performance by local artists  César López and Anabel Burgos.
Thursday, Dec. 3: The cooperatives Caribe and Isla Bonita with a presentation of the ballet folclórico La Isleña at 8pm.
Friday, Dec. 4: Five groups together: Barrio de Pescadores, Cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Isla Bonita, Colonia El Cañotal, and the Youth Group, with a grand concert and a velada juvenil with Rene Francisco.
Saturday, Dec. 5: Four groups: Patria y Progreso fishing coop, Justicia Social fishing coop, el esperado woman's group, and the neighborhood guild of colonia La Gloria, with a presentation of the program  Lluvia de Estrellas (Cascade of Stars) with local singers. 
Sunday, Dec 6: The cooperative Isla Mujeres and the children's group, and the confirmations will take place
Monday, Dec. 7: Mega caravan with participation by all the people, with  Las Mañanitas being sung to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception at the chapels of  Caridad del Cobre, Sagrado Corazón and La Guadalupe.
Tuesday, Dec. 8: The guild of Las Conchitas, the first communions will take place, and the grand boat procession with dozens of vessels depart from the concrete pier at 4pm. THE POSTER SAYS 3P.
 8p Celebration (Gran Kermesse), Dancing, Concert Town Square

   Dec. 11 Community Center in La Gloria   10a-12p: Human Rights Commission lecture about rights of people living w HIV or AIDS
    Dec. 11 Casa de Cultura:    noon  Isla Mujeres-Caribbean Poetry Contest awards 

Dec. 11 Chapel of Guadalupe Salina Chica-overlooking the Caribbean  People gather to sing Las Mananitas to the Virgin of Guadalupe at midnight

 Dec. 12  Dia de la Virgen Guadalupe...patron saint of Mexico  Link to info about Guadalupe & Juan Diego    

 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th.

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas... There is usually a children's Posada play during this time  Link to information  
During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico

Dec. 19 Annual Golf Cart Parade 6p from Bachilleres thru the colonias

Dec. 20 Cancun Hotel Zone area 5p  Annual decorated boat parade Link  

 Dec. 24  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve  

Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day

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"

Dec. 26  Usually the annual  Quinceaneras event and Mass at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who will be wearing beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available

Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes  A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"  
Dec. 29  you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.

Dec. 31  New Year's Eve  Usually celebrated with a large party on the square with fireworks and dancing until dawn or beyond. People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn. Tables can be reserved in advance, until sold out. More info TBA when available.

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)

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