Friday, January 8, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, January 8

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Cubans rescued at sea & evacuated by Navy: Two women & seven men 

Elementos de la Marina auxilian y aseguran a dos mujeres y a siete hombres de Cuba

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 7 de enero.-
  Tuesday morning seven Cuban balseros were rescued at sea, 28 miles from Isla Mujeres, by the tanker "Chem Venus" , which flies a Panamanian flag. The seven men and two women were evacuated by the Navy, who sent out a search and rescue vessel in response to the report, and located the vessel approximately 51 kilometers from the island. 
      The Cubans were evaluated by a Naval physician and found to be in good health. They were taken to the Naval Station at Puerto Juarez on Tuesday afternoon, where they were turned over to the National Migration Institute (INM) to be processed. The Navy reports that this rescue was done in compliance with their responsibilities under the law to safeguard human life at sea.
      This is the first recorded case of undocumented Cubans in 2016, and there were 127 Cubans 'rescued' (detained) on and near the island, making it one of the most active years for the Cuban refugees, who are seeking the American dream. 

Record breaking number of passengers to Isla Mujeres: Over 2.2 million   

Cruzó a la Isla la histórica cifra de 2 millones 212 mil 591 pasajeros, confirma Beto Borge

CANCUN, BJ, 7 de enero.- .
      Governor Roberto Borge Angulo said that for the first time in the history of Isla Mujeres, in 2015, more than two million passengers crossed by boat to the island, thanks to the support of President Enrique Pena Nieto, who aims to turn Mexico into an important international tourism destination. The Governor said that the promotional work for the Quintana Roo tourist destinations at the national and international markets has moved Isla Mujeres into a position of preference by vacationers.
     He said, "This has been demonstrated by the positive results achieved in recent years. This positive performance in terms of passenger growth was sustained month after month this past year, achieving a total of 2,212,591 passengers. This is an increase of 24% compared to 2014, when there were 1,783,267 passengers, which is a difference of 429,324 additional people this year."  
     Gov. Borge explained that in December, there were 217,486 passengers transported, which is an increase of a little over 20 percent, in relation to this same month last year when there were 181,010 passengers. He noted the months with the most ferry passengers were July and December. 
      The Port Authority representative in Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez, Ricardo Ancona Argaez, said these record breaking statistics are the result of the leadership of Governor Roberto Borge and his commitment to the development of tourism in the state.  He said, "During the administration of Governor Borge, Isla Mujeres has had a presence at all the national and international tourism fairs, as well as at the most important tourism events and conventions in Mexico and in the world, strengthening its position as an international destination that opens its arms to tourism with modern port facilities and first class services."


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

DIF shares joy and happiness for King's Day in Isla Mujeres and Rancho Viejo

     Hundreds of small children enjoyed a spectacular celebration of the Dia de los Reyes, which was provided by the municipal DIF social service agency. The first celebration took place on the mainland at Rancho Viejo at noon, with music, fun, joy, and games for the traditional celebration of King's Day.
       Later the festivities moved to the Island, where there was a caravan of vehicles, including trucks, golf carts, and scooters, which began downtown at the Monument for the Fishermen.(It also included the 'party bus' with its music and flashing lights, and police vehicles with lights & sirens.) The group toured famous Rueda Medina Avenue and distributed sweets and some gifts (Then they went down the east coast on prolongacion Aeropuerto  and into the colonias).
      The tour ended at the Bicentennial Dome in La Gloria were the spectacular and fun celebration was enlivened by the Grupo Jeyma. During the big festival, the honorary president of the DIF, Marthy Vargas de Magana, and her husband Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez, played with the children and shared good wishes, sweets, ice cream, balloons, gifts, and toys. There was music, fun, shows, raffles, and many surprises to make it an unforgettable day.

Shared Link by the City from Caribbean Connection's post.
Do you know who Ramon Bravo is?  Friend of the Sea and the Sharks? Read his impressive biography on our blog:
¿Sabes quién es Ramón Bravo?, "Amigo del Mar y los Tiburones"; Descubre su impresionante trayectoria en nuestro Blog:
 The post & blog are in Spanish.  Here is an article in English that I wrote about Ramon Bravo Prieto LINK.

Keeping our promise to the athletes of the island, we delivered uniforms to the Pescadores baseball team, representing Isla Mujeres.
Cumpliendo con nuestro compromiso con los deportistas, entregamos uniformes al equipo de béisbol Pescadores, representativo de Isla Mujeres.

Sports are a priority for our administration and therefore we take care of mowing and maintaining the sports areas of the municipality. The personnel of the Sports Department and the Public Services Department cleaned up and maintained the baseball field.
El deporte es prioridad para nuestra administración por eso nos ocupamos de la limpieza y mantenimiento de los espacios deportivos del municipio; con la participación de personal de Deportes y Servicios Públicos se realizó la limpieza del campo de béisbol.

Are you looking for work? Take advantage of this opportunity.
¿Estas buscando trabajo? Aprovecha esta oportunidad.

We invite you to enjoy a Movie in Your Colonia, which will take place tonight, Friday, January 8 at 6:30, at the Bicentenario Dome in La Gloria, free.
Les invitamos a disfrutar del Cine en tu Colonia que se llevará a cabo el día viernes 8 de Enero a las 6:30 pm.

With representatives of the community and government of Isla Mujeres, we joined in the emotional historical moment when Puerto Morelos became the eleventh municipality of Quintana Roo. We are certain there will be a bright future for our countrymen of Puerto Morelos.
Con la representación del pueblo y gobierno de Isla Mujeres, asistimos con emoción al momento histórico en que Puerto Morelos se convirtió en el onceavo municipio de Q. Roo.
Estamos seguros que el rumbo que seguirán de ahora en adelante nuestros paisanos Puertomorelenses, será de certezas para un porvenir luminoso.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

Nine Cubans were rescued at sea 28 miles from Isla Mujeres...
Rescatan a nueve cubanos cuando navegaban a 28 millas de Isla Mujeres

The tanker ship "Chem Venus", which flies a Panamanian flag, rescued nine Cubans who were at sea 28 miles from Isla Mujeres.
Buque tanque "Chem Venus" de bandera panameña rescató a nueve cubanos cuando navegaban a 28 millas de Isla Mujeres

The ferries brought more than 2.2 million passengers to Isla Mujeres in 2015...
Barcos de ruta trasladaron hacia Isla Mujeres durante el 2015 a más de 2.2 millones de…

Aguakan offers movie event for the children of Isla Mujeres…/ofrecera-aguakan-funcion…/

Yesterday, Julian Daniel Ávila Pérez and Cristina Medina Rodriguez became Director and Deputy Director of the technical secondary school, number one, (the Middle School)  "Benito Juárez", This was confirmed by Joaquín Alcalá, supervisor of technical schools of the school zone 03.
Julián Daniel Ávila Pérez y Cristina Medina Rodríguez se convirtieron desde ayer en Director y sub directora de la Escuela Secundaría Técnica Número Uno, “Benito Juárez”, así lo confirmó Joaquín Alcalá, supervisor de escuelas técnicas de la zona escolar 03.…/secundaria-tecnica-numer…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

More Cuban balseros
Aparecen más balseros cubanos.. [+] Ver mas

Cold front #28: Little effect on boaters   
El frente frío número 28 no afecta la actividad de lancheros turísticos [+] Ver mas

Hotels maintain 80% occupancy   
Hoteles mantienen 80% de ocupación+] Ver mas
   The main hotels report that occupancy continues to be above 80 percent, and there is a good influx of daytripper visitors, although these numbers were higher during the holiday celebrations. Visitors are arriving from the US and Canada, and there are more than 50 medium and large boats who transport visitors to to the island daily, from Cancun, for recreation.

    Saldo Blanco (no incidents)

      The Police Chief, Joaquin Poot Acosta, said a saldo blanco was maintained throughout the Guadalupe-Reyes holiday period, with no tourists having trouble on the roads. Checkpoints were placed on the island and at Punta Sam and Isla Blanca, with the focus of police patrols in the areas where there are many tourists, to ensure their safety.
        During the holiday period, there were no reports from visitors of thefts, abuse, or fraud (desfalco), according to officials at the Office of Tourism. The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said there were tourists who came into the office with complaints, and he said the holiday period ended with a good number of tourists visiting and zero problems, except some "minor incidents". He did not say whether any complaints were left on the tourism website about poor service.
        There were positive responses and reports of good treatment from nearly everyone who was asked regarding the porters, boatmen, taxi drivers, and waiters. He said it helps that the beaches are certified, which includes increased security, and the Tourist Police were available to prevent incidents.

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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 southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. 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.

January events

Sunset ~6:30
Moonrise over the Caribbean
"Wolf Moon" or "Old Moon"

Jan. 23   6:46
Jan. 24   7:21
Jan. 25   8:13
Jan. 26   9:05
Jan. 27   9:55
Jan. 28  10:44
Jan  29  11:32
  During the month of January, folkloric dance costumes of Quintana Roo are on exhibition at the Casa de Cultura
Jan. 1   Sunrise event Punta Sur  Greeting New Year
 First Ultramar crossing from Gran Puerto is 7a and from Isla Mujeres 7:30a
Car ferry departs Isla Mujeres at 8am and Punta Sam at 9am. The earlier crossing is cancelled

Jan. 6 Dia de los Reyes / King's Day    Commemorating the Magi bringing gifts to the baby Jesus. Gifts are exchanged & this ends the Christmas holidays. DIF usually has a party & toy give-away. 

International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th (birthday of Florence Nightingale) but in Mexico, Jan. 6 is Día de la Enfermera. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes" Gift from the Magi. It's Día de los Reyes..Kings Day, when Mexican kids receive gifts. If you get the baby in your piece of rosca, you're providing tamales for your friends on Candlemass, Feb. 2nd.

Jan. 7 Artist's Fair 4-9  Outside the Casa de Cultura
           Taste of Isla 5-7

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)

Carnaval is February 5-9  
The traditional Carnaval will include the customary Cuban Night with a live band (Noche Cubana), the beach Carnaval (Carnaval Playero), and Regional Night (Noche Regional), which includes a parade along Rueda Medina, and the unique Negrada.

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