Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, January 6

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Preparing for another grand festival  

Traditional Carnaval celebration: February 5-9

 Tradicional fiesta de Carnaval se llevará a cabo del 5 a 9 de febrero

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de enero.-
See translation in City section...

Measures taken by municipal authorities could reduce the number of comisionsitas  

Ante nuevas medidas adoptadas por la autoridad municipal

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ISLA MUJERES,  5 de enero.-
   There are currently approximately 35 comisionistas who offer tourism services, who are required to wear the identification badges and uniforms that were recently provided for them, due to new measures to standardize tourism providers in general, as part of the provisions established by the Pueblo Magico committee.
    The municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, explained there requirements, and said the number of comisionistas could be reduced this year, with the stricter rules. He said there is no possibility that their number will increase, since there is no intent to grant new permits for this activity.
      The requirements also include drug testing, which will be done on a regular, ongoing basis, and failure would be one of the main reasons for comisionistas to lose their permits. They will also be offered training courses about customer service and courtesy, with the intention of preventing complaints from tourists, and maintaining an excellent image nationally and internationally.


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

Take advantage of this opportunity for discounts for paying property taxes in January  
Aprovecha el descuento del mes de enero en el pago del impuesto predial.

Important Notice  /  Aviso importante.
Monday, January 4 to Sunday, January 10, staff of the National Electoral Institute will be available at the Municipal Women's Institute for any citizens who need to process a document.Aviso importante.
Del lunes 4 al domingo 10 de enero, personal del Instituto Nacional Electoral estará en la Instancia Municipal de la Mujer atendiendo a todos los ciudadanos isleños que necesiten realizar algún trámite

Isla Mujeres prepares for another spectacular Carnaval celebration 

  The municipal Institute of Culture and Arts announced that Carnaval will be held February 5-9, but that the final schedule has not yet been determined. It will begin with crowning of the Kings & Queens on Friday, Feb. 5, and will conclude on Tuesday, Feb. 9, with the traditional and amusing reading of the will of Juan Carnaval.
     As of today, an invitation is issued to the groups who wish to participate in the scheduled performances and to perform at the evening presentations, and they can register at the Casa de Cultura between 9am and 4pm before Feb. 5th. 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.
     As every year, the streets of Isla Mujeres will be filled with colorful, lively dancers and fun as island families come together to participate and bring joy to every corner of the island with their variety of costumes and choreographies.
      Islanders, visitors, and tourists can enjoy the best flavors, colors, music, fun, and ambiance of this traditional carnaval party that has taken place for many years in the main streets and plazas of the island.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Port reopened for small boats  
Al fin reabren puerto a navegación.. [+] Ver mas
  On Tuesday the port reopened for navigation by small boats, after they had been restricted since Monday at 10am, due to weather associated with a frontal system, said the Harbor Master, Miguel Ismael Gonzalez Gil. 
       He noted that although the port was closed (for small vessels) for more than ten days during the Christmas holiday, the arrival figures were very positive with an average of about 20,000 passengers daily on the passenger and cargo ferries. In addition, there are large boats of more than 40 feet who bring over tourists for activities, with an average of 15 catamarans bringing another ~1000 tourists daily, and include trips between the Cancun Hotel Zone and the island. While the statistic of 20,000 passengers does not include all the travelers arriving in these tourist boats, in addition to tourists, it includes passengers who are local residents and workers.
   The closure of the port for small boats for ten days during the holidays, which was practically the whole vacation period, affected the fishermen more than the tour operators and lancheros because they were able to conduct their activities near el Farito and near the coastal areas. There were tourists who were unable to buy tours at Puerto Juarez, but they were not available due to the weather, and instead they came to the island to enjoy the tours and attractions available here.
     The Harbor Master said they have had a 'saldo blanco' (no incidents) as far as water sports are concerned, and there have been no major accidents or mishaps at sea."

Decreased occupancy but high season continues 
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     Hotel occupancy levels remain close to 80 percent according to the municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco. He said that decline in hotel occupancy levels will not be drastic because tourists from Canada and the US prefer to escape their cold weather during January and February in locations that are warm and tranquil. A good economic benefit is expected between January and the Easter holidays, with tourists visiting who have good purchasing power, enjoy the local cuisine, buy souvenirs, and tour the island in golf carts.
   He said on Saturday afternoon, Isla Mujeres was at 100% occupancy, which could clearly be seen on Hidalgo Avenue. He said that except for restaurants, businesses on Hidalgo tend to close between 8pm and 9pm, but during the holiday period some stayed open later. He said, "While it is true that many tourists board the ferries back to Cancun, the ferries are also full of tourists laden with suitcases and backpacks, although in a smaller quantity than those who leave."
    Despite the 20 percentage point drop in hotel occupancy, activity around the isle is good between 10am and 4 or 5pm, with many people visiting for the day to enjoy the clean beaches, to rent a golf cart, or to simply stroll thru the streets downtown and enjoy food at a local restaurant

Investigation of dog abuse  
Localizar a los psicópatas. [+] Ver mas
  The municipal Alderman of Ecology, Victor Osorio Magana said the City is investigating the facts behind the atrocity of a puppy who died after firecrackers were placed in its mouth. He said the administration should be severe with the penalties against those who harm the physical integrity of animals like this, and in this manner, set an example, because to do otherwise would suggest that you can abuse animals without consequences.
           He said, "There is talk that this was done by children or teens, but it is unknown; however if that was the case, we should put them into a psychological treatment program and maintain treatment for them as well as their parents."
       He said, "I feel that we should amend the Ecology Act, which exists since 2012 under the State Congress, but needs updating because it has become obsolete." He said, "Immediate action must be taken, because it is not enough to ban the sale of firecrackers, we must also see that this is complied with and enforced, which will require collaboration between the departments of Civil Protection, Public Security (police), Ecology, and the residents, themselves."
    He said, "We must enforce the Animal Rights and Welfare Act, not just by putting up posters around the island, but we must also enforce the regulations. For example, on the malecon near the Casa de Cultura, there are animal feces, although the regulation clearly states that pet owners much pick up after their animals, but they are not being obligated to put it in baggies so it does not remain in the public area."
       He explained that if the regulation is enforced, and the sanctions that it provides are administered, then owners will think twice about leaving their pets unattended, or mistreated, or any other unauthorized action.
     He said, "The Civil Associations, the Department of Ecology, the board of Cultura, and all of the City Council will have to focus on the regulations, enactment, and sanctions to punish whoever commits violations. In short, we must work together, which is the best solution, but the Civil Associations are upset because they have good ideas, which have not been considered by the City."
    It is noted that a few hours after this interview was conducted, there was an account published on social networks by  resident Nancy Sulub Trejo, who said poison had been thrown in her backyard, causing two of her dogs two die, while the other was under veterinary treatment. She said the mother of these dogs suffered the same fate and recommended that people be careful because there are some people who are very bad and lack feelings.

Brief notices from Isla Mujeres  
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    Although there was theoretically a 'saldo blanco' (no incidents) for the December holidays, on Sunday night a fisherman died while swimming in a state of inebriation. According to a report from police chief Joaquin Poot Acosta, on Sunday evening Cenin Sanchez Yam, 53, of Isla Mujeres, was drinking with his friends at a downtown beach, when he suddenly felt a need to go into the sea and swim, although he was in a very drunken state. Minutes later, he began making signs of difficulty, which were seen by the people in the area, who rushed to his aid immediately. Although they were able to rescue him and bring him to shore, he died of  congestión alcohólica, said the Chief of Police.

  Back to School

      The 4700 students of the preschool, primary, and middle schools of Isla Mujeres are scheduled to return to class on January 6th, King's Day. It is expected that many of the younger students will not attend, especially the preschoolers, kindergarten students, and those in first and second grade. There are 620 students enrolled in Colegio Bachilleres on the island and on the mainland (high school).

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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  

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