Sunday, January 10, 2016

Isla Mujeres News & Events Sunday, January 10

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Similar budget for 2016 

El techo financiero del Ayuntamiento: La cifra total asciende 241 mdp

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de enero.-
   The budget of the City of Isla Mujeres for fiscal year 2016 will be just one percent higher than last year's budget, for a total of 241,611,092 pesos. In 2015, the budget was 239,503,398 pesos, which is a difference of about one percent. This does not include federal funds that may be granted since Isla Mujeres joined the list of Pueblos Magicos. 
   This parity in the budget compared to last year may be associated with a decrease in income from property tax collections to 48,322,926, while in 2015, that amount of revenue was 57,618,598. In the area of investments and contributions, the total is 146,965,961 pesos. This does not include contributions from federal programs such as "Tu Casa", Habitat, Rescue of Public Spaces, the Urban Fund (Fondo Metropolitano), and other sources, including Pueblos Magicos.

35,000 medical consultations in 2015   

El Hospital de Sesa, durante el año pasado

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ISLA MUJERES, 9 de enero.-
  During the twelve months of 2015, there were 36,000 medical consultations provided for patients at the General Hospital and the Community Hospital. The former hospital was operational for the majority of the year, and then the latter facility provided services for the last few months. There were 113 births.
      The Hospital Director, Pedro Zapata Loya, said, "During 2015, we only received 0.3 percent complaints, which would be about 180 complaints for the whole year." He said the new hospital is operating at 100 percent, and there are plans to implement new programs in the upcoming days, to improve services. This will include having the pharmacy open throughout the night, and weekends, to meet urgent needs at those times.


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

Coming Soon! Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016. Don't miss it.
¡Muy pronto!
Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016
No te lo puedes perder.

This weekend, at the start of the second round of the Basketball Major League, the Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres New Generation will face off against Los Isleños of Cozumel. The games will be at the Convention Center on Saturday at 8pm and on Sunday at noon.
Este fin de semana en el arranque de la segunda vuelta de la Liga Mayor de Basquetbol, el equipo Cahuameros de Isla Mujeres Nueva Generación se enfrenta al equipo representativo de Cozumel, Los Isleños.
Los encuentros serán este sábado a las 8 de la noche y el domingo a las 12 del día en el Centro de Convenciones.

We have a variety of birds in Isla mujeres; everyday you'll find a scene that will surprise you.
For this and more, we're a Pueblo Magico

Así es nuestra variedad de aves en Isla Mujeres; todos los días encontrarás una escena que te sorprenda.
Por esto y más somos un Pueblo Mágico.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Vandalism in Isla Mujeres  
Vandalismo en Isla Mujeres. [+] Ver mas (photo at link)
   Businesswoman Kin Lima Fernandez expressed anger on her Facebook account after an archery target structure was vandalized, located near the Convention Center, which was used by her daughters, who regularly represent Isla Mujeres in national competitions.
     On Saturday night at 8:30, they left the structure which supports the target in place, because they planned to practice again early the following day, but it was destroyed during the night. She said it would have required two or more people because the wood is heavy and thick. She was especially upset because the target was stolen a couple months ago.
     She said they are not hurting anyone by practicing in a public place, and have asked for nothing more than use of the space. She said things are going from bad to worse. She is the granddaughter of the late Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Lima, who was the main promoter of tourism in Quintana Roo in the 1950's and 60's.
     She said she contacted the Chief of Police, Joaquin Poot Acosta, who offered to investigate and provide more surveillance near the Convention Center, where these crimes occurred. The municipal Director of Sports, Enrique Barros Pena, expressed regret about the incident and said he emphasized with her anger and hoped the problem would be resolved. He said to contact him when they want to train in the Convention Center.

Cabbies prefer to transport tourists  
Taxistas prefieren llevar a turistasVer mas
   Now that it is high season, the old story is repeating itself, and local people, especially families, are reporting that cabbies are giving preference to tourists. Sra Ema Tun Galaz complained after being rejected by a taxista recently, and others report the problem was worst during the Christmas and New Year holiday.
      Alvaro Guzman said, "When there are not enough vehicles to transport us, it is difficult to get from one point to another, which causes us to be late for work." Complaints can be made at the taxi union office "Gustavo Diaz Ordaz" concerning this practice of selectively providing service, but in fact, penalties are not being given for this practice.

No bus service

     Those who are are carrying children and purchases must wait a half hour or more for a "charitable" taxi driver to take them home or to their destination, because, once again, the bus is not running. This is a recurrent and prolonged problem with the Isla Turicun company, who have not gotten a new vehicle, and the City does not enforce the terms of their contract.
      Some residents have complained to City officials, including to the Mayor, according to Sra. Tun, and have been advised that the bus service problem will be resolved "soon" (pronto). However, this does not seem to be the case, with only nine months left for this administration. Those who are affected by these unfulfilled promises of the current politicians feel helpless. Rather than improving the service, it has gotten worse, and the days continue to pass without resolution of the problem, from days to weeks to months, and now we are starting a new period of political campaigns.

Efforts continue to rescue patrol ship  
Continúan maniobras de rescate de patrullaa.. [+] Ver mas
     A statement from the Fifth Naval Region, headquartered in Isla Mujeres, said the Navy is continuing efforts to rescue the patrol ship "ARM Saiph" which se hundiera (sank/foundered) on Thursday at Puerto Aventuras.
        Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the incident which occurred when the ship was operating between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, and became stranded in the vicinity of the jetties (las escolleras) of Puero Aventuras. The Naval patrol ship was without power, and the crew lost control of it. Adverse conditions at sea caused the vessel to become beached on the breakwater (escollera) of the port. No personnel were harmed.
    The letterhead of the statement is from the high command of the Ministry of the Navy in Mexico City, with Friday's date. It states, "Naval personnel, with specialized equipment from the Service Center #11 (Centro de Reparaciones número 11), continue working on maneuvers to bail out the ship and refloat it to safety, so that repairs can be made and it can resume its assigned operations."
    This is not the first time a military patrol boat sank (se hunde) in the Mexican Caribbean, and the last incident was on September 1st, 2003, when the patrol vessel "Lago de Cuitzeo", which was nearly 30 years old, sank in the Gulf of Mexico. The 17 meter (56 foot) boat left the station at Cayo Norte of the Banco Chinchorro that afternoon, and was in the vicinity of the Canal de Zaragoza, when a wave hit the vessel and caused a vuelta de pantoque, (the lower part of the ship to turn about?) and then it sank. Of the 27 sailors aboard, 15 (sic, 25) were rescued and 3 died.
      The difference is that the Saiph is a modern interceptor patrol boat, and the Cuitzeo was old, having been built in Tampico in 1961. For this reason, it will be interesting to see the outcome of the investigation, which should reveal the cause of this recent accident.

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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.

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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