Monday, January 25, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events, Monday, January 25

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There will be an homage to beloved Isla Mujeres song writer-musician "El Chino" Fernandez today at 6pm at the Casa de Cultura in honor of the 99th anniversary of his birth. It will include performances by the DIF Choir, the listed musicians, and the dance troupe Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Studies continue of sea temperatures to curb damage to various species   

Para frenar daños a diversas especies

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 24 de enero.-
  Over the past year, researchers have been working in the Isla Contoy Natural Protected Area (PNA) National Park, placing specialized temperature sensors to measure sand temperatures. This project involves measuring the temperatures at beaches of Quintana Roo, in order to avoid possible impacts on various marine species. 
     In order to have accurate records about increasing temperatures, measurements are required during the same period of time; therefore the project has been extended into 2016. Measurements need to be made over several seasons in order to evaluate changes, because weather conditions vary, which is reflected in the results. 
     One factor that has caught the attention of researchers is that in rainy times, the temperatures in the turtle nests decrease and when there is no rain, there is a slight increase in temperature. It still remains to study the causes of these changes, which affect determining the sex of the hatchlings. Depending on the temperature, more eggs will become male turtles or female turtles. 

Investing millions of dollars over the next three years in the Continental Zone  

Se espera para los próximos tres años en la Zona Continental

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 24 de enero.-
  The Spanish hotel chain "RIU" is expected to invest 51 million dollars in the Chacmuchuch peninusla, in the Continental Zone of the municipality of Isla Mueres (on the mainland). They plan to invest 17 million dollars annually for the next three years, constructing the Hotel RIU Costa Mujeres, with 753 new rooms. 
       The news website "El Economista" reported that the hotel will be built on an area of 1,802 square meters on the peninsula Chacmuchuch. (The address is given). The building will be five stories tall, and is expected to comply with the guidelines of the POEL (Local Ecological Zoning Program) of the municipality of Isla Mujeres, which was officially published in April of 2008.
       To accomplish this, a request for change of land use must be submitted to SEMARNAT (Ministry of Environmental and Natural Resources). The flora and fauna must be rescued according to the established guidelines before clearing of the lots can take place. It is anticipated that this Hotel RIU will be environmentally viable, with authorization from an Environmental Impact Statement and the master plan, "Costa Mujeres Tourism Development"/“Desarrollo Turístico Costa Mujeres”.  


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

Teamwork can accomplish great things and working for Isla Mueres, we are a City government which offers results for the benefit of the community.
En equipo se logran grandes cosas, juntos, trabajando por Isla Mujeres seremos un Ayuntamiento que seguirá ofreciendo resultados para el bienestar de nuestra gente.

This is an example of the achievement of working as a team and with love for our island, improving the Center for Community Development, with the campaign "City Government in Your Colonia".
Aquí la muestra de los logros cuando se trabaja en equipo y por amor a nuestra isla.
Así luce el Centro de Desarrollo Comunitario después de la jornada AYUNTAMIENTO EN TU COLONIA.

Unfortunately, there is a fire at the old dump on the mainland, which is located within the municipality of Benito Juarez, near the colonias Tres Hermanos, Palmas 1 and México. The fire was reported at 8pm and firefighters, Civil Protection, and Public Security of Benito Juarez are working to put it out. It began in the brush and spread to the area of the tires. Skills and equipment are dedicated to putting out this fire, to the best of human abilities and techniques
Con relación al lamentable incendio del antiguo basurero, el Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres comparte el reporte que tenemos de nuestros elementos en Rancho Viejo.
Se tuvo conocimiento del incendio alrededor de las 8 de la noche.
Inició en la maleza del lugar que luego se propagó entre las llantas ahí depositadas.
La ubicación exacta es en el antiguo relleno sanitario ubicado en el Municipio de Benito Juárez, cercano a las colonias Tres Hermanos, Palmas 1 y México, todas dentro de la jurisdicción del vecino municipio.
Bomberos, Protección Civil y Seguridad Publica de Benito Juárez se encuentran en el sitio tratando de sofocar el incendio.
Informamos que en la medida de nuestras capacidades humanas y técnicas participaremos en la extinción del incendio.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Mangrove cleared in Sac Bajo 
Desmontan manglar en Sac-bajo. [+] Ver mas
   In less than a week there has been two cases of clearing of mangrove in Sac Bajo by individuals, which residents suspect was not authorized by officials. There are no Environmental Impact Statements on display. One cleared area is located by the Puerta al Mar condominiums, just a kilometer from the monument commemorating environmentalist Ramon Bravo Prieto. Portions of mangrove were devastated in recent days, in preparation for clearing a 30 meter access this weekend in front of Makax lagoon. It is expected that construction of a pier is planned in this area.
      Activists contacted the media amid the controversy of the Tajamar case (in Cancun), saying they hope this 'ecocide' will be stopped by officials on Monday. They explained the mangroves are home to the larvae of a large number of species, who develop and populate the seas. They also serve to shelter birds, plants, mollusks, as well as being a refuge in times of hurricanes.

Weather expected to "stabilize"
Pronostican “estabilidad” en los siguientes días.. [+] Ver mas
   The remnants of the cold front #33 are forecast to still be felt on Monday, when the south-southeastern winds should begin to dominate. The effects of cold front #34 are being felt in the northern part of Mexico, and should affect this area on Thursday, according CONAGUA (National Water Commission). This front could bring stronger winds that were experienced on Saturday, when gusts exceeded 40 kph, then decreased, as was predicted.
      On Sunday at 9am, the blue flag was flying, indicating a restriction for boats under 40 feet, although in reality the wind was less intense. At 3pm, the winds were ~15kph, allowing businesses to open, but some entrepreneurs commented that sales were nil.

Two businesses closed down 
Clausuran dos negocios .. [+] Ver mas
   The City closed down two businesses for not having their documents in order this weekend. There was a negative reaction against authority on social networks in response to the closing of a small business that sells crafts at Punta Sur. The restaurant "Varadero" in colonia Electrista, was closed for allegedly lacking city and state permits. It is noted they serve creole Cuban food,  have a good reputation for two decades, and that local and state officials dine there. A pizza restaurant in colonia La Gloria reported that costs have increased for Civil Protection permits and trash collection.

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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 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

Jan. 10 Saturday   8pm Convention Center Basketball game: Los Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres will face off against Los Isleños of Cozumel.

Jan. 11 Sunday    noon   Convention Center Basketball game: Los Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres will face off against Los Isleños of Cozumel.

Jan. 25 Monday   There will be an homage to beloved Isla Mujeres song writer-musician "El Chino" Fernandez today at 6pm at the Casa de Cultura in honor of the 99th anniversary of his birth. It will include performances by the DIF Choir, the listed musicians, and the dance troupe Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres

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)

Announcement of the activities to commemorate World Wetlands Day. 
Feb. 2, Tuesday 6pm Casa de Cultura "The Importance of Wetlands" Conference
Feb. 3, Wednesday 9am-11:30 am Clean Up 
            Meeting place is the Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria

Artist Fair February 4  

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.

The parades on Feb 7 & 8 begin at 3p at the Naval base, going to Playa Centra/Posada Beach, and include decorated carts & compact cars in a student competition.

Announcement of the Costume Contest for Isla Mujeres Carnaval 2016
The Children's Contest for those under 13 will be Sunday, Feb. 7 at 9pm on the Town Square.
The Adult's Contest for those 13 and over will be Monday, Feb. 8 at 9:30pm on the Town Square.

Feb 13-21  Isla Mujeres, will host the National Artisanal Fair Pabellón Nacional Artesanal  

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