Friday, February 19, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, February 19

Tonight on the Town Square at 8pm, performances by the Children's Folklorico troupe of the Cultural Institute and by the troupe "Carnavalissismo" are scheduled. The National Artisan's expo continues daily 9a-9p thru Sunday, featuring crafts from all around Mexico being sold by the families who created them.

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The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Individual offers his boats for emergency transport

Para traslados de urgencias

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 18 de febrero.-
  Due to the ongoing need to move sick and injured members of Isla Mujeres families, island businessman Martin Trejo Manzano has offered use of their boats 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He announced this offer to the community of Isla Mujeres, at no cost for the gas or for the crew, without any personal interest, for the support of the island's residents. 
      He clarified that this is not being done for political purposes, is not linked to any political party, and he has no aspirations for any elective office, but is doing this to help individuals or families, and this service is available to all islanders. He said one of the most important reasons he decided to offer this service is because his grandson recently needed transport from Isla Mujeres to Cancun at 2am, where he is now in intensive care. When he returned to the island, he saw that someone else had to wait to be transported on the ferry.
  It is noted that for the past six years, the island has not had a functioning boat ambulance, and unfortunately, the Community Hospital lacks the specialists required to treat all types of emergencies. 
   Martin Trejo's family has Minino's restaurant on Medina (main street), overlooking the bay, which is one of our favorite places to eat seafood. ~wc

Mayor launches campaign to raise awareness about land use downtown 

Inicia campaña de concienciación a comerciantes sobre uso de suelo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 18 de febrero.-

See City section below.....


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

The traditional collective weddings were held during this month of love and friendship, thanks to coordinating by the DIF (social service agency) and the Civil Registry.
La coordinación entre el Sistema para el Desarrollo Integral de la Familia de Isla Mujeres y el Registro Civil, permitieron llevar a cabo las tradicionales bodas colectivas durante este mes del amor y la amistad.

Campaign to raise awareness about land use  
     In response to complaints and concerns from leaders of the business community, Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez has launched an informational campaign, through the municipal Department of Urban Development, to raise awareness of the entrepreneurs about compliance in respect to the Pedestrian Zone of the Tourism Area (Zona Peatonal del Centro Turístico) of the island. The campaign will clearly inform the merchants about the limits of their area to sell goods, and about the existing regulations and sanctions regarding this. 
     The campaign includes the delimitation of the area where they can exhibit, with an orange line showing the boundaries, and an informational booklet with the "Rules of the Pedestrian Zone in the Tourism Area of Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo" will be given to each merchant. The Director of Urban Development, Josue Villanueva, said these regulations became official on May 20, 2005.
   Some of the rules listed in the brochure say: No menu boards or other information may be displayed outside the concession area. Bicycles, motorcycles, and golf carts are prohibited in the pedestrian area. The City reserves the right to limit the area used by each of the businesses as it sees fit. 
     Regarding sanctions, the leaflet says:  If an establishment is found to exceed the permitted area, a fine applies of 50 daily minimum wages (~$4usd/day x 50) and for a second infraction a fine of 20 daily minimum wages, and a third offense incurs cancellation of the concession allowing use of the public space.

Information about the Cosme A Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament which will be held May 20-22 2016  

Conoce los premios del Torneo Internacional de Pesca Cosme A. Martinez Magaña que se llevará a cabo del 20 al 22 de mayo de 2016.

Recognizing and congratulation the residents of colonia La Gloria who clean up in front of their homes; an excellent example to follow.
Nuestro reconocimiento y felicitación para los habitantes de los altos de la colonia La Gloria; realizando la limpieza del frente de sus casas, un ejemplo digno de seguir.

Via the Institute of Culture and the Arts, we invite you to participate in Batik classes at the Casa de Cultura  
A través del Instituto de Cultura y las Artes, les invitamos a participar en las clases de Batik en la Casa de la Cultura.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Accumulating trash at the Transfer Facility  
Estación de transferencia, un desperdicio.. [+] Ver mas

  More than 800 tonnes of trash have accumulated at the Trash Transfer Facility, which has caused concerns among the island residents, especially those living nearby, as well as concerns about the poor image it presents for the tourists passing by in golf carts. The Director of Public Services, Manuel Figueroa Cetina, acknowledged there is a significant delay in transferring trash to the mainland due to the problem that only the smaller ferry is operating now, which has no space for the municipal trash truck, which must comply with the wishes of that company..
    The Trash Transfer Facility was designed for the collection of one day's trash to be carried out on the last ferry crossing or, failing that, on the first ferry the next morning. Not a single City administration has been able to accomplish that level of waste management, causing the Trash Transfer Facility to become an open air dump. Data from the Department of Public Services indicates the amount of trash collected daily has increased from 35 tonnes to nearly 50 tonnes, due to the continuous growth in population and in tourism, both overnight tourism and those who visit for the day.

Islanders return feeling transformed  
Regresaron completamente transformados
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    Silvia Trejo Leon coordinated the delegation of islanders who traveled to Tuxtla Gutierrez where  Pope Francis was visiting, and where the beloved son of Isla Mujeres, Monsenor Fabio Martinez Castilla, was accompanying the Pope.
      She said they enjoyed seeing and hugging Father Fabio, who is known to them all, and they were transformed by the whole experience and the opportunity of being about two meters from Pope Francis. She said his message was very important, about the need for instilling good family values into children, in order to get ahead as a people, a community, or a city.
        She said Father Fabio was busy hosting the Pope and had a great deal of work with all the people who came to The Encounter, and he appointed a person to take care of the group of Islanders, who remained with them, looking after their needs, so they would not have the slightest problem.

Raziel Rivero Coba: New president of "Patria & Progreso" fishing cooperative 
Raziel Rivero Cobá, nuevo presidente de la cooperativa pesquera “Patria y Progreso”.. [+] Ver mas

   Raziel Rivero Coba said that his appointment as president of the "Patria & Progreso" fishing cooperative has been approved by the appropriate officials and that it was approved during the meeting on December 23. He said now the documents have arrived from the federal Hacienda and from the Public Registry of Property and Commerce, enabling him to take office actively. Although the opposition group does not recognize his presidency, these documents will entitle him to act as the formal representative who is authorized by the organization to sell their products, in accordance with their permits to catch fish, lobster, and shark.
   He said he has the documents to back up his statements, so that there can be no dispute. He showed a receipt for registration with the Public Registry for Property and Commerce and a new electronic signature document from SAT (Hacienda) dated February 3rd. The Federation of Quintana Roo Fishing Cooperatives has officially recognized the new board, which consists of Rivero as president, Vicente Celis as secretary, and Ismael Figueroa Rejon as treasurer.
    Regarding accusations that the election process was irregular at the meeting in December, Raziel Rivero agrees it did not occur in a peaceful atmosphere, because there were those who were intent on having a boycott who saw that most of the members signed the document. He said they ended up with more than fifty members agreeing, from a total of 73 on the list.
    Now the "accusers become the accused", regarding the previous board, because the new leader alleges there is an unjustified debt of 3.9 million pesos and says legal action cannot be ruled out against the former president Jaime Osorio Sanchez and the ex-board. He alleges, "There was movement of money by check without justification (respaldo) with buyers of products, during the more than six months when they were in office."
     He said that among the debts of the cooperative there are two which include people with whom he had an altercation on Wednesday; Sergio Trejo Gamboa, for 20,000 pesos in return for "renouncing his shareholder rights" and the same for  Fidel Agustín Trejo and Jorge Antonio Trejo Ancona, father and son, with the same amount of 20,000 pesos each.
       There was a physical confrontation on Wednesday, which resulted in a complaint before the public prosecutor against Sergio Trejo, his two sons, and his grandson. When asked, Sr. Rivero denied that he caused  the fight. He removed his sunglasses during the interview to show a bruise at his left eye as a result of the altercation with Trejo.
      Regarding the Alvaro Burgos Rio's interest in acquiring the assets of the cooperative, he confirmed that the businessman has expressed that desire and he hopes the members can reach a final agreement that would make that sale a reality, but he declined to go into details at this time.
      Prior to this interview, several members who do not accept this board, including the former president Jaime Osorio,  characterized this new legal leader took office in a 'coup' and they are aware of events and closely monitoring the offices of the cooperative, and the atmosphere is tense.

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February events

Sunset ~6:30
Moonrise over the Caribbean
Feb. 22, Monday:       6:57  (Full Moon, sunset 6:50)
Feb. 23, Tuesday:       7:47
Feb. 24, Wednesday:  8:37
Feb. 25, Thursday:     9:25
Feb. 26, Friday:        10:14
Feb. 27, Saturday:     11:03
Feb. 28, Sunday:       11:52

Sunday, Jan. 31 
Pescadores vs Cockteleros  at 1pm at the El Pescador baseball field for the Winter Technical League

Feb. 1, Monday  Day off for Constitution Day

Feb. 2 Candlemas  If there was a plastic baby in your piece of Rosca (King's cake) on Dia de los Reyes (Kings Day Jan. 6), you're expected to provide tamales today for the friends who shared the cake with you. Link to info about Candlemas.  

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  Adult volunteers needed to assist & supervise the students. Wear closed shoes, hats, comfy clothing
            Meeting place is the Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria

February 4, Thursday   Artist Fair 4-9  Outside the Casa de Cultura
Feb. 5 Friday  Constitution Day

Carnaval is February 5-9  

Feb. 5, FRIDAY: GALA NIGHT Town Square 8pm   
Coronations of the Carnaval King & Queen, the Senior Citizen King & Queen, and the King & Queen with Disabilities. Dance Troupe Performances. Special performance by the young singer Jomal.

Feb. 6, SATURDAY: CUBAN NIGHT Town Square 8pm   
Dance Troupe Performances (Including RDS)
Dancing by Residents & Tourists to Music of the Band "Rebelde"

Rueda Medina & Posada Beach aka Playa Centro Live Music
      FANTASY NIGHT Town Square  8pm  
Costume Contests for Children & for Pets
Performance by Eduardo Togi

Link to video of performer  
MONDAY: CARNAVAL Town Square  8pm 
Dance Troupe (Regional Night) Performances, Adult Costume Contest
Comedy with Nani Namu & Stars

TUESDAY: CARNAVAL Town Square   8pm  
Dance Troupe Performances (including RDS), Burning of Juan Carnaval & Reading of His Will

 The theme for Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016 isEl Escenario del Mundo(The World Stage or Scenes of the World). Ten dance troupes are registered. The theme song is “Calor, Pasión, Mucha Diversión.This article says Monday is Regional Night/Noche Regional LINK.   
    For more information, visit the social network sites of the Ayuntamiento (City government) LINK  or go to the Casa  de la Cultura, Av. Guerrero at the intersection with Abasolo, tel.: 8 770767   

Feb. 8 & 9  No School (for Carnaval)  

Feb. 10 Ash Wednesday

Feb. 11 Thursday, Naval Wives Monthly Breakfast Benefit (For Naval Hospital) 9am Naval Club 

Feb. 13 & 14, Sat & Sun, Salina Chica Futbol Rapido Lightning Tournament  

Feb 13-21  National Artisan's Exposition 9a-9p Town Square Pabellón Nacional Artesanal  

Feb. 14  Valentine's Day 

Feb. 15 The dance troupe from Renatta Dance Studio will perform "Carnaval Brasil" at 8pm on the Town Square at the official inauguration of the National Artisan's Exposition which began  Feb. 13 and continues until next Sunday, Feb. 21

Feb. 15-20  Island Time Music & Fishing Fest   LINK     LINK    

Feb 16, 18, & 23 at 10 am
    Feb. 25 at 4pm
  Batik classes by Sergio at Casa de Cultura 350 pesos +50p for materials (Islanders 100p,includes materials)

Feb. 17  Wednesday   Cultural Center  Artist Fair 4-9

Feb. 19 Friday  8pm Town Square  a performance by the Children's Folklorico troupe of the Cultural Institute and by the troupe "Carnavalissismo" and the Artisan's expo continues daily 9a-9p thru Sunday.

Feb. 23 Magic show demonstration (free) Casa de Cultura 5pm;
Magic Classes on Tues & Thurs starting March 1st for two months 5p-6:40  (900 pesos foreigners/600 pesos residents)

Feb. 24 Flag Day
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)

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