Saturday, January 9, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, January 9

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

"Seniors & Friends of Isla" give donations to hospital  

Agapito atestigua acción altruista del grupo “Seniors and Friends of Isla”

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 8 de enero.-
  For the second year in a row, the altruistic group "Seniors & Friends of Isla" donated a large amount of medical supplies and equipment; last year to the General Hospital and this year to the Community Hospital of Isla Mujeres. The altruistic group, represented by Andy Gary and Denis (sic, Gary Van Lankvelt, and Denis & Andy St. Pierre), donated a prosthetic leg, 10 pairs of orthopedic boots, a camera for the detection of human papillomavirus, 10 oximeters, 9 stethoscopes, 2 breast prosthesis, material for treatments such as silver patches which are used for diabetics with minor injuries, 10 wheelchairs, 6 pairs of crutches, hundreds of masks, and other important medical supplies.
   The delivery of the donation was made in the presence of the mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, local congressman Edgar Arceo Gasca, and the Director of the Community Hospital Pedro Zapata Loya. The group "Seniors & Friends of Isla" solicited donations on an ongoing basis through the use of social networks and periodically make medical donations to different institutions such as the Red Cross, and on this occasion, the Community Hospital. 
   Pedro Zapata Loya, Director of the Community Hospital of Isla Mujeres, expressed his gratitude for the demonstrations of support by the foreign community and said there are various helpful groups here who make these types of donations. It is noted that in addition to this group, there is a community of Canadians who have also made important contributions.
     The Mayor expressed his appreciation for the donations and said that only by working together can we build a clean, strong, healthy municipality.
    It is noted that the donating of altruistic support by this group began a year ago after a bad experience when there was a lack of medical equipment (a wheelchair), which inspired them to help, and there have been ongoing donations from the foreigners who live in Isla Mujeres.

Investigation of ferry incident     

Que puso en peligro a 180 pasajeros

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 8 de enero.-
  An investigation was initiated on Friday into the incident at the Ultramar on Thursday afternoon when one of the mooring lines was released before the captain was on board. There were ~ 150 to ~180 passengers on board at the time, who completed their crossing without any problems. There were only isolated cases of passengers who were upset, because most of them were unaware of what was happening. There was no damage or injuries, and only a slight delay in departure.
  The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said that an investigation has begun, and he predicted that responsibility would directly lie upon the 'marinero de la popa' (the sailor in charge of the back/stern of the boats), who apparently did not follow the Ultramar protocols. He is awaiting the statement from the company to report what caused the incident.
        He said, "The facts are that the internal protocol for navigation was broken, and it appears that the sailor in charge of releasing the ropes from the stern did not advise the captain of the boat, did not wait for a response from the captain, and did not confirm that the captain was aboard the boat." He said when the investigation is concluded, there could be a penalty imposed against the sailor, as well as against the company. 
     It is noted that around noon, the captain of the boat and the sailor went to the Harbor Master's office to make statements regarding the incident. 

There is a video on FB by Isla Mujeres Hoy, which shows the stern line had been cast off, but the aft line remained attached. It appears that someone engaged the engines to bring the rear of the boat back around to the dock, which was tied off, and the Captain hopped aboard...  here LINK 


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

Always attentive to the needs of the residents, the staff of the Public Services Department maintain the parks and green areas of the municipality.
Siempre atento a las necesidades ciudadanas, personal de la Dirección de Servicios Públicos, se ocupa de mantener en buen estado los parques y áreas verdes de la ciudad.

In the presence of the municipal President, Agapito Magana Sanchez, The group "Seniors & Friends of Isla", represented by Gary Van (Lankvelt), and Denis & Andy St. Pierre donated medical equipment of vital assistance for providing effective services of quality.
Con la presencia del presidente municipal Agapito Magaña Sánchez el grupo Seniors and Friends of Isla, conformado por Gary Van, Denis y Andy ST. Pierre, donó al Hospital Comunitario de Isla Mujeres equipo médico de vital importancia para brindar servicios eficientes y de calidad.

The second round of the Basketball Major League has begun, and our team Los Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres will face off against Los Isleños of Cozumel. Bring your family and support your favorite team on Saturday at 8pm at the Convention Center. Don't miss it!
Arranca la segunda vuelta de la Liga Mayor de Basquetbol y nuestro equipo Los Cahuameros de Isla Mujeres Nueva Generación se enfrenta a Los Isleños de Cozumel.
Asiste con tu familia y apoya a tu equipo favorito este sábado a las 8 de la noche en el Centro de Convenciones...¡NO FALTES!

Summoned by the City of Isla Mujeres, on Friday the Magi visited the community of Francisco May (on the mainland part of the municipality) to share smiles, gifts, and joy. The municipal President Agapito Magana Sanchez was represented by the City Secretary General, Juan Carrillo. Best wishes!
Convocados por el Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres, los reyes magos acudieron este viernes a la comunidad de Francisco May para compartir sonrisas, alegría y regalos.
El secretario general de Ayuntamiento Juan Carrillo, asistió con la representación personal del presidente municipal Agapito Magaña. ¡Muchas felicidades!

Fulfilling his commitment to athletes of the island, the municipal President Agapito Magana Sanchez delivered uniforms to the baseball team Pescadores, who will be participating in the State Baseball League, which begins on Sunday.
Cumpliendo sus compromisos con los deportistas de la isla, el presidente municipal Agapito Magaña Sánchez entregó uniformes al equipo Pescadores que este domingo arranca acciones en la Liga Estatal de Béisbol.

Take advantage of the discount this month for payment of property taxes.
Aprovecha el descuento del mes de enero en el pago del impuesto predial.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Renovation of sports stadium roof
Inician renovación de estructura en área deportiva. [+] Ver mas

   Work has begun on the renovation of the roof at the children's baseball park "Ariel Magana", which should be completed this winter. There had been plans to replace it during the 2015 fiscal year, which were delayed, and it was reported in this media that there were metal pieces falling off in recent months, endangering fans and players. There are sports enthusiasts who attribute its deterioration to a lack of timely maintenance with paint.
    A few weeks ago, work was completed on the installation of roofing at the soccer field (campo de futbol llanero), as well as artificial turf, after fans waited for a year. The roofing of the futbol rápido soccer field in Salina has also been replaced. There are residents who want the playground for disabled children renovated, which is located in colonia La Gloria and has been closed for nearly a year.

Released, with a criminal history 
En libertad, y con largo historial delictivo [+] Ver mas
     A complaint was filed against a twenty year old man, who is named in the article, for damaging the motorcycle of Raymundo Coral, while allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol, on December 20th. The motorcycle was parked outside the home of the complainant, who said that the 20 year old arrived in an intoxicated state and  proceeded to destroy the vehicle. He called the police to arrest the young man, and then the magistrate released him, rather than putting him at the disposal of the Public Ministry (Ministerio Público), as expected.
      Sr Coral showed photos of the damaged motorcycle and of the arrest. He said the young man has been in trouble before, including being in a group of people whose golf cart hit the glass door of a pharmacy in Salina Chica, but a legal complaint wasn't filed in that incident. Sr Coral alleges that there have been various complaints against the young man for damage to public health (daños a la salud pública) which he says are known to the Navy.
      Sr Coral accuses the young man of robbing the Ronco store, the Super Express in La Gloria when he worked at the restaurant of Sergio, and the home of Sra Guadalupe who works for the Maganas. Sr Coral accuses the young man of storing stolen objects within his home and wants it searched. He wants others who have been a victim of this young man to file complaints to prevent him from continuing to commit crimes. Sr. Coral went to the Human Rights Commission for assistance because he says the authorities need to fulfill their responsibilities in order to prevent more serious problems in the future.

Installation of 8 maritime beacons  
Instalación de ocho balizas marítimas.. [+] Ver mas
   The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said the SCT (Ministry of Communications and Transport) will install six maritime beacons this year at the entrance to the Makax lagoon and at Sac Bajo. This modern signalling system will facilitate navigation and safety, and the project also includes the renovation of the buoys at the busier beaches. It is estimated that 500 meters of buoys will be placed to define the swimming areas at Playa Centro (the Posada Beach) and Playa Norte (North Beach). The Harbor Master did not know the amount being invested by the SCT for this project.
   It is expected that the beacons will be in place before the Easter holiday period. It s noted that within the jurisdiction of the Harbor Master, there are 1100 vessels registered, with 800 physically on location and the other 300 are probably no longer in use and will be removed in the course of this new year. He noted that there was a 'saldo blanco' during this holiday period, (no incidents) and hopes this continues throughout the winter.

International Buoys

    Regarding the plan to place buoys to restrict the passage of cargo ships and cruise ships through the area of whale shark sightings, he said this issue is for the higher authorities; to define and change the route of these large ships which would mean two hours delay in traveling time. Once a decision is made by interdepartmental authorities, and notifications are made via the international organizations associated with maritime traffic, two buoys would be installed some miles to the east and northeast of Isla Mujeres, to remain in place for a period of six months when the whale sharks are in the area feeding; April, May, June, July, August, and September. It is probable that the buoys will not be installed for this year's whale shark season.

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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.

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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