Thursday, December 24, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, December 24

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

First crossing of car ferry suspended on Christmas day & New Year's day  

 Empresa de transbordadores

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de diciembre.-
  On December 25 and January 1st, the first crossings of the car ferry will be suspended and it will not be departing at six o'clock on those two Friday mornings, according to a company representative. The first crossing from Isla Mujeres to Punta Sam will be a 8am and the first crossing from Punta Sam to Isla Mujeres will be at 9am.
       This is currently the only change in the schedule, and when they increase the crossings to seven daily trips, there will be an announcement. This will be determined by demand and could occur at the end of the week.
    For the changes in the Ultramar ferry schedule...see the Events section below.

Hosting National Dance Congress: December 25-30     

 Del 25 al 30 de diciembre

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de diciembre.-
See translation in the City section below     

Disagreements between members of the fishing cooperative Patria y Progreso   

 Intentan “madrugar” a directiva de la Cooperativa Pesquera “Patria y Progreso”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de diciembre.-
   The group was unable to attain a quorum at the attempted meeting, (50 percent plus one), with some members in favor of holding the meeting and other being opposed. There are 80 members of the Patria y Progreso fishing cooperative, which means that at least 41 are required for a quorum.
           This appears to have been planned to be an informational meeting with the agenda as follows: recording attendance, presentation of the registry of assistance by the secretary of the Board of Directors,  and statement in the case of a quorum being assembled; the election of the president of the assembly and two 'escrutadores' by vote. The last point was to discuss matters related to the management of the fishing cooperative by the current board, with a plan to attempt a recall, which could not be done legally without a quorum, yet those supporting Alvaro Burgos wanted to carry out this process.
         These irregularities triggered anger between the salaried members and the founding members, resulting in confrontations that caused at least one injury, and requiring intervention by the municipal Police. The elected President of the Board, Jaime Osorio Sanchez, said there were other irregularities, such as the lack of attendance by the current President of the Federation of Fishing Cooperatives of Quintana Roo, Baltazar Gomez Catzin, as well as the deputy of SAGARPA, Manuel Cardenas Magana, nor any other state authorities. He said he expects more lawsuits to be filed, and acted upon, but the one they filed more than six months ago has still had no success.

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

These courses are being offered by the Municipal Women's Institute 
No olvides tomar alguno de los cursos que ofrece la Instancia Municipal de la Mujer.

Isla Mujeres will host the 33rd National Mexican Folkloric Dance Congress    
On December 25-30, Isla Mujeres will host the 33rd National Congress of the Mexican Folk Dance Choreographers Association of Mexico (ACFMAC). The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, announced this event back in February, which will begin on Thursday (The performances are scheduled to begin on Friday, Dec. 25) and culminate on Wednesday, December 30th.  
       The National Congress of Mexican Folk Dance is an event that brings together teachers, directors, performers, and researchers of Mexican folkloric dance to one location where they can learn about their customs and traditions thru dance. This event will include more than 180 teachers from 22 different Mexican states, and from the state or Pennsylvania in the US, who will learn in a theoretical-practical manner about these folk-traditions of Quintana Roo. 
       The City Council, thru the Isla Mujeres Institute of Culture and Arts, has provided the facilities and overseen the logistics, for the different workshops and activities which require space as well as materials such as sound equipment, work tables, and areas for promotion and distributing information.
      The Director of the Institute of Culture and arts, Ruben Perez Marin, said the dances performed will include:  Bailes del Sur, Mayapax, Jaranas de Kantunilkin, Guaranchuda Cozumeleña, and Bailes de Isla Mujeres, among others. He said events such as this expand the marketplace for Isla Mujeres as a destination with many types of attributes for tourists, such as culture, in addition to beautiful beaches and sunshine.
        During the six days of the Congress, there will be workshops, conferences, parades, exhibitions, performances, and classes, all concerning Quintana Roo.

Take advantage of the last days that the 25% discount is available for paying property taxes in advance.
Aprovecha los últimos días con el 25% de descuento en el pago adelantado.

Big New Year's Eve party! Make your reservations and come celebrate with us
¡Gran fiesta de año nuevo!
Reserva y celebra con nosotros


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Winds keep small boats in port   
Clima irregular impide navegar+] Ver mas
  The port remained closed for navigation by small boats due to strong winds from the southeast, which could continue to cause them to be inactive thru Friday. Then a winter storm that is affecting the whole region may prevent them from working.
      This temporary closure may bring large dividends once the winds calm down, which should occur by the end of the month, increasing the lobster catch. The CONAGUA forecast shows a 60% chance of showers with thunderstorms on Thursday, and the start of the effects of cold front #23 the same day. 
      Wednesday there was a little rain before 8am, that caused some people in the tourism industry to arrive late to work, but the weather was good the rest of the day, and the sun was shining. The golf cart rental agencies were leasing nearly all of their 550 carts, and the stores were busy. The tourism boats over 40 feet came over from the Cancun Hotel Zone, and there have been no major incidents during this holiday season so far. 

Western beach suffering from erosion  
Arenal oeste ha desaparecido [+] Ver mas
    There has been erosion on the western corner of North Beach, with no indications of plans to repair the 'geotubes' that were installed some years ago to prevent this, but have deteriorated. The Romero Galaz family from San Luis Potosi said that it is necessary to renovate the geotubes, and that they chose to visit Isla Mujeres because of the beautiful beaches shown on the internet. He said there are many other nice areas of beach on North Beach and in Isla Mujeres, but it is difficult to cross thru this area, and part of the beach no longer exists that was shown in photographs on the web.
    In addition to the problem of erosion, there is a dispute over this space that the sea is reclaiming, and the adjacent area, and accusations that the lack of official intervention could be politically motivated to favor one party over the other.

Failed meeting    
Falló convocatoria l.. [+] Ver mas

   An attempted meeting of the members of the Patria y Progreso fishing cooperative, whose date was confusing when it was announced last week as "Monday, Dec. 23", was unsuccessful because there were disagreements between two groups, and a lack of a quorum. The information in this article about a new offer to sell the property, and aspects of their disagreements, has already been translated. The members plan to meet with the businessman in January, to review the details of this new offer.
      There were two handheld posters criticizing Alvaro Burgos. Municipal police were present and watchful.  There were words exchanged between the President of the cooperative, Jaime Osorio Sanchez, and one of his opponents, Raciel Coba. Emotions were tense among those present, with some pushing and slapping, but it did not escalate.The opposition group brought their lawyer, but there were no representatives of SAGARPA or the Federation of Cooperatives in Quintana Roo, or the municipal government. There is a legal case pending before the Public Ministry regarding the union administration, because a complaint was filed by the current Board of Directors.

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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 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 
 Last Ultramar ferry departs Gran Puerto at 10:30p and Isla Mujeres at 11p

Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day
The first Ultramar crossing is from Gran Puerto at 7a and from Isla at 7:30a
Car ferry departs Isla Mujeres at 8am and Punta Sam at 9am. The earlier crossing is cancelled.

December 25-30  10a-2p & 6p-9p for State and 8p nightly for National except the 28th  Casa de Cultura 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.
 Last Ultramar ferry departs Gran Puerto at 10:30p and Isla Mujeres at 11p 

   People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn.

Jan. 1 The first Ultramar crossing is from Gran Puerto at 7a and from Isla at 7:30a
  Car ferry departs Isla Mujeres at 8am and Punta Sam at 9am. The earlier crossing is cancelled

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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