Monday, December 21, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, December 21

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Hotels & restaurants have workers for Christmas & New Year's

En hoteles y restaurantes en Navidad y Año Nuevo

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ISLA MUJERES, 20 de diciembre.-
   The leader of the CROC union, Roman Maldonado Euan, said there are sufficient workers in the hotels and restaurants to take care of the hundreds of tourists who are expected during Christmas and New Year. He said there have been no problems meeting the demands for workers during these last days of the year, when demand is high for rooms and food.
    He said the law also protects companies who want employees to work on these days, as long as it is not unexpected and and notification was given days in advance, before the employee has made plans to travel or celebrate. On the other hand, workers have the right to be paid double wages on holidays, according to labor laws. 
     He said there are some companies who have cut their staff to avoid paying double wages on holidays, but those are the companies that suffer from a lack of manpower in high season, and ultimately this affects their revenues and profits. But in this tourism destination, that is not a problem, because all the businesses maintain a basic number of employees and then hire additional workers when necessary. 
      He said workers in the tourism industry should work during these days because there are more visitors, and therefore more money to be made, especially in tips. He said in general, these days the labor situation is beneficial to both parties, because they have been waiting for this season to work.

Agapito invites tourists to enjoy the first rays of the sun touching Mexico in 2016 

 Agapito invita a turistas a disfrutar los primeros rayos de Sol que tocarán al territorio mexicano


ISLA MUJERES, 20 de diciembre.-
    Isla Mujeres Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, invited domestic and foreign tourists to visit the island on January 1st and receive the first rays of the sun to touch Mexico, "with the best services in the Caribbean and with the best security," he added. He said this year there has been record breaking statistics in terms of visitors, from tourism service providers and hotels on both the island and the mainland, which indicates that economic recovery is a reality, with the additional benefit of gaining the designation as a Pueblo Magico. 
       Islanders are celebrating more this year because they are reaping the rewards of the efforts to achieve excellence in the quality of services offered to tourists, done with teamwork between municipal authorities, hoteliers, and other providers of tourism services.
    This winter the tourists will be a mix of foreigners, domestic tourists, and people from Cancun, who will create occupancy rates of 100 percent during the last ten days of the year, which is expected in the rest of the state, also. Isla Mujeres is being promoted by the Cancun Visitors Bureau, and following its becoming a Pueblo Magico, there will be a very defined line established to represent the image that is Isla Mujeres.   (y tras el nombramiento de Pueblo Mágico habrá de establecer una línea muy definida para representar la imagen que les exige la denominación.)


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

The December holidays are approaching and in Isla Mujeres we hope you are enjoying this time.
Los festejos decembrinos ya están cercanos y en Isla Mujeres deseamos que disfrutes estos días.

This is the last week for the 25% discount for paying in advance. Take advantage of it!
Esta semana será la última con el 25% de descuento en el pago adelantado. ¡Aprovecha!

December 20: International Day of Human Solidarity   
Hoy 20 de Diciembre, Día Internacional de la Solidaridad Humana.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Vacation Security Operation in effect  
En marcha Operativo Vacacional. [+] Ver mas
   The Naval operation of this Fifth Naval Region are providing security during the vacation period, which began on Saturday and will continue through January 10, 2016. The Security Operation will involve 68 people including admirals, captains, officers, non-commissioned officers, and sailors, as well as 9 vehicles for land, sea, and air, with land and water patrols monitoring the beaches. There will be two stations for information and first aid, coordinated with Naval health personnel, lifeguards, and people in communications, to provide support as necessary.
       The commander of the Fifth Naval Region explained that these actions are intended to safeguard human lives on the beaches and to keep order during the visits of domestic and foreign vacationers. For this purpose, the Navy has the following recommendations for the general population:
     Don't go in the water after eating food or drinking alcohol, don't litter on the beaches, avoid dehydration by drinking enough water, respect the instructions from the lifeguards, don't obstruct the accesses to the beaches which allow for free movement of the patrols and ambulances, and if you participate in activities on the water in a boat; wear your life jacket. If there are any emergencies, this number is answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year:   01 998 877 0194 or contact the naval personnel at the information/first aid station, or the municipal Civil Protection lifeguards.

Confusion about meeting date 
Controversia y confusión.. [+] Ver mas
     The announcement on the door of the Patria & Progreso coooperative regarding the upcoming meeting has caused confusion, because the day and date do not match. It says "Monday, Dec. 23" and Monday is the 21st and Wednesday is the 23rd.
      The 46 members who signed the application for the meeting are in favor of the plan to not sell the real estate, and to reach a commercial agreement with a seafood buyer, and in return to obtain a loan to settle with the founding members. They want to reject the proposal of businessman-politician Alvaro Burgos Rios, which is said to be less beneficial. They prefer to keep the property and the fishing permits within the cooperative.
        At the meeting in June, the previous Board was removed by majority vote, and they did not turn over the records to the new board, so a complaint was filed in August with the Public Ministry of Common Law, which has not yet been resolved. The cooperative sells several million pesos worth of lobster, fish, and shark annually.

Altruistic work of Juan May Chan  
La labor altruista de Juan May Chan . [+] Ver mas
   This article is about social work being done on the mainland area of the Isla Mujeres municipality,  by Juan May Chan and the AZA (Friends of the Agricultural Zone), in the Agricultural Zone where there are about 100 families. Businesses that have helped include:  Farmacias Similares, Agencia Caribbean Nexus Tours, Hotel Hard Rock, Fundación Save the Children, Hotel Excellence Playa Mujeres, Fundación Rafael Donde, Preparatoria Unica, as well as the recently enlisted Hotel JW Marriott.

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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.

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 Kermes), 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  2p  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    

       3pm there will be dozens of small children dressed as Juan Diego (who saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 484 years ago) and as shepherds and shepherdesses in a procession going ~2km from the downtown church to the Chapel of Guadalupe in colonia Salina Chica, where the priest will hold a mass at 5pm.
 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th. School vacation begins Dec. 12

Dec. 15, Tuesday  Inauguration of Community Hospital (which began operations in September) time TBA

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. 17 Naval Band performance 8pm Town Square
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 Festival on the Town Square.  Tables can be reserved at the entrance to the Town Hall 10am-3pm.
   People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn.

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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