Saturday, February 13, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, February 13

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Two month ban on grouper fishing unchanged

Durará dos meses

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 12 de febrero.-
 The National Fishing Commission (CONAPESCA) and Federation of Fishing Cooperatives of the State of Quintana Roo confirmed that the grouper ban will last for two months. It began on the first day of February and will continue until the last day of March, as was officially published in the Periódico Oficial de la Federación. It was agreed to reduce the ban in the state of Yucatan by 15 days, lasting from  Feb. 1 to March 15, but no such provision was made for Quintana Roo, and Q Roo shall comply with the provision published in the Periódico Oficial de la Federación.  
    The President of the Fishing Cooperatives of Quintana Roo, Baltazar Gomez Catzin, said he did not understand how the State of Yucatan says it has a reduction in the period of closure when such determinations can only be made after approval by the legislature. He had a conversation with the State Fishing assistant delegate, Manuel  Cardenas Magana, who confirmed that the ban lasts for 60 days or two months from Feb. 1 to March 31. He said  they want to provide support for the fishermen from the Temporary Employment Program who are inactive during this time.   

Finalizing details for the "Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament" 

Para el Torneo Internacional de Pesca “Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 12 de febrero.-
  See City section below....


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

National Artisanal Exposition Isla Mujeres 2016 February 13-21  Town Square 9a-9p 
Pabellón Nacional Artesanal Isla Mujeres 2016.
Del 13 al 21 de febrero.
Explanada municipal

Finalizing details for the "Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana International Fishing Tournament" 
  The thirteenth edition of the iconic and traditional fishing tournament "Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana" will be held Friday May 20 to Sunday May 22, and preparations have begun by the Organizing Committee. Each year the goal of the Committtee is to have a tournament that is better than previous editions, and which makes Isla Mujeres known as a top level destination for prime fishing. This year the prize package is very attractive with over a million pesos in cash, a truck, motorcycles, and perhaps surprise prizes. The rules for the competition will soon be announced.

Come and enjoy an excellent afternoon on our beautiful beaches  
Ven a vivir una excelente tarde en nuestras bellas playas.
Visita ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬

The City of Isla Mujeres, via the Institute of Women, invites you to enroll in the following training courses.  
El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres a través de la Instancia Municipal de la Mujer les invita a formar parte de los siguientes cursos de capacitación.

Quintana Roo invested 11 million pesos in the fishing industry in 2015
   In five municipalities, a total of 34 projects for fishing and aquaculture benefited from these investments, which were made to preserve this important sector of the state.
      Under the "Concurrencia" program, in 2015,  nearly 11 million pesos were invested in 34 projects of fishing cooperatives within 5 municipalities by the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) and Ministry of Economic Development (SEDE) of Quintana Roo, to further support the fishing industry, as is required by the  Eje Competitivo del Plan Quintana Roo 2011-2016
      The municipalities that benefited from the 10,981,859 pesos included Othón P. Blanco, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Benito Juárez, Isla Mujeres and Lázaro Cárdenas. The projects that were funded included providing equipment for the production of live lobsters and fish, for lobster traps, and for other equipment to assist the fishermen to perform their jobs more effectively. 
          Of the money provided, nearly 8.8 million pesos came from the federal SAGARPA agency and nearly2.2 million came from the state government. This information was provided by the Director of Pesca y Acuacultura of state agency SEDE, Martin Dominguez Viveros, who said this direct support is given to make the fishing industry sustainable, and to allow fishermen to carry out their activities more efficiently.  He said it is thanks to the efforts of Governor Roberto Borge Angulo and the head of SEDE, Francisco Javier Diaz Carvajel, and that about 125 fishermen benefited, who are members of various cooperatives, as well as individuals.
     The fishing industry of Quintana Roo produced 4000 tonnes of seafood, including fish, octopus, and lobster, for an economic impact of ~160 million pesos. 

This morning, once again, residents in colonia Salina Chica benefited from the program Recycling Trash for Food, which aims to protect the environment, take care of the health of the community, and support the economies of island families.
Vecinos de la colonia Salina Chica se beneficiaron nuevamente esta mañana con el programa Reciclando Basura por Alimentos, misma que tiene como objetivo proteger el medio ambiente, cuidar la salud de la población y apoyar en la economía de las familias isleñas.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Increase in respiratory illnesses with lower temperatures 
   The director of the Community Hospital of Isla Mujeres, Pedro Zapata Loya, said there has been an increase in cases of respiratory illnesses in this past week, associated with lower temperatures. He said the number of patients with respiratory illnesses has increased by 60 percent compared to December, and that of the 80 consultations daily, about 80 percent are related to these problems. (That would be about 64 people).
   He said the patients who are most affected by viral illnesses and who are coming in for consults are children and those who of a working age between 25 and 45 years old, but the majority are of school age.
     It is recommended that those who have symptoms of respiratory illnesses should go to the nearest health facility promptly, and should bundle up and take care when there are temperature changes. They should not drink cold beverages, and patients with fevers should seek medical assistance quickly to avoid serious complications.

City government of Isla Mujeres awaits 17 million pesos from Pueblos Magicos

   The municipal Pueblos Magicos committee is awaiting federal funds from SECTUR for two projects this year, which will include 14 million pesos from the federal government and 3 million from the state government. The proposals include signage (senalizacion), furniture-equipment (mobilario), lighting, and improvement of facades that are of touristic interest, and information booths. Remodeling of the Convention Center was also proposed, including painting inside and out, improving the facade, and new "canceleria" (director's office?). Funds should be released at the end of this month and once they are appropriated, the works should begin in March.
    In addition to these public works projects there are also plans for various activities, which have been proposed, including a photographic exposition "Isla Mujeres y tu como la ves" / Isla Mujeres and You As You See It". Another photographic and pictorial exposition of sand sculpture competition is planned;  "Pinceladas Caribenas", as well a gastronomic event featureing Tikinxik. as wll as other activities. 
     This information was provided by Jesus Castillo Magana, assistant delegate, who said there are 46 activities planned for this year, being approved and awaiting planning and development.

Increase of car ferry crossings  

I'll translate this manana....

Isla Mujeres schools receive assistance from Keys4Life foundation

I'll translate this manana....


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Foreigner upset about motorcycle races
Malestar por carreras de motos[+] Ver mas
   A foreigner, who declined to give his name, went to the newspaper office to complain about motorcycles drag racing after 11pm, sometimes until 3am, saying, "I have had many sleepless nights due to the noise from the motorcycles."  He has rented an apartment in the Chiapanecos neighborhood, where he hears this noise regularly, and says he is considering changing locations or leaving the island to find a better place to relax. He said he has verbally complained to the police, the Office of Tourism, and made a verbal complaint to the Public Ministry, but has not seen progress.
    Regarding this issue, the Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, offered to mediate the situation so that the Public Security and Traffic Department (the police) would monitor the areas where these races occur, in order to protect the image of Isla Mujeres. He said although several foreigners say they have come into his office to complain about this problem, he said he doesn't recall if/that there was a complaint recently. However, he stressed that he will talk with the Chief of Police, Joaquin Acosta Poot, about monitoring these areas, to prevent affecting the image of Isla Mujeres.
    There are three locations where these races take place, with the first located in Salina Chica behind the Chiapaneco neighborhood along a ~500 meter stretch, and the second is after the colonia of Guadalupana to the Casa del Bombero (House of the Fireman), while the third is from Garrfon (Park) to the building that burned at the hotel which was abandoned mid-construction. However, there have also been rumors of races in Sac Bajo, along Martinez Ross Avenue, and in colonia La Gloria, among other locations.
        There are allegations that some of those involved in the races are police officers and that is why there has been no progress on the complaints. There are concerns that an accident could occur, because there are visitors who tour the island by bicycle at night; and the people who bike home at night after work are also at risk.

In danger of disappearing  
En peligro de desaparecer. [+] Ver mas
  Francisco Coba Rios, 67, who is one of the founders of the "Patria y Progreso" fishing cooperative, said he is concerned about the real risk that the society could disappear and the property be sold to private hands. He dedicated half a century to the organization, where for decades the administrators were not held accountable. Now that the organization was rescued over half a year ago, the accounts have still not been turned over by the old leadership. He sees no justice in this, especially since those who won't deliver the documents are making bold claims and want to sell the society to businessman Alvaro Burgos Rios. There are rumors that a new board was registered at the state capitol in a coup, who will support that entrepreneur.  The current president, Jaime Osorio Sanchez, was notified that there is a new board led by Raciel Rivero Coba; also that the fiscal data of the company is not being  used, and  production will be billed by another group.
    Of the more than 70 registered members, the majority would need to sign a document in order to sell the property to Burgos and would each receive about 100,000 pesos which would break up the rescue  project which was begun in July 2015 by the new Board, which was elected in an assembly. The Board has not seen any such document, and some of the founders are concerned that these events could spark violence.

Other cases
   The process of losing by good cooperatives is not new, which occurred with the Makax group last year, when allegedly local and state politicians acquired their property, which appears to be in the works with Social Justicia cooperative. At this time, the lanchero cooperatives (ones who offer tours) of "Isla Mujeres" and "Adolfo Lopez Mateos" have moved on ( le pasaron). The cooperative "Caribe" has been tempted by those wanting to purchase the beach where they load and unload seafood. The cooperative Isla Blanca fought in the courts for three years until they recovered rights an area of about 400 square meters, which was taken by businessmen in collusion with former governmental officials.

It appears business owners were heard   
El parecer los empresarios fueron escuchados+] Ver mas
    In response to recent insistent requests from the local business community, there are unofficial reports that that the local office of the National Institute of Migration (INM) will be staffed and operational in the current quarter. However, upon contacting the social communication department of the regional INM office, this was neither confirmed or denied, saying that information should be requested by mail from the central office.
    Members of the business community have often urged the Federal Government to staff the office on the island to facilitate processing paperwork here, but this has fallen on deaf ears for many years. Recently an association of divers met with City officials to complain about several businesses from outside the community which employ foreigners. They requested intervention from INM but did not receive cooperation from that entity.
      Although no information was given by INM staff, information has been obtained from another source that an office will be staffed and equipped in the next two months on Rueda Medina avenue, near the Maritime Terminal. The office will be modernized so it will be able to carry out direct inspections of companies to detect anyone who is in the country illegally or acting outside the regulations. The office will be connected to the national grid, therefore staff will be able to process the documents that are needed when foreigners arrive by sea to spend time on the island, such as those who participate in the Regattas. A source said, "The delegate has authorized the modernization of the office to meet the needs of the business community and the community in general."

They must join the IMSS  
Deberán afiliarse al IMSS[+] Ver mas
  A large majority of the 23 fishing cooperatives on Quintana Roo are not affiliated with the IMSS (Mexican Institute of Social Security), and new federal regulations require this, in order to receive this federal aid.  A majority of the over 2500 members of fishing cooperatives lack the protection of IMSS for themselves and their families for medical treatment and should initiate proceedings at this time to access this federal support, or there will be no program for them, according to the president of the state Federation of Fishing Cooperatives, Baltazar Gomez Catzin
      Among this large number of unprotected Quintana Roo fishermen are many employees, and each association should join in to obtain protection for its employees and workers. This regulation also appears to apply to those who provide services on boats (ie the tour boats and their cooperatives), although another opinion was recently expressed by leaders of the cooperative "Isla Mujeres".

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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.

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 Artisanal Fair Pabellón Nacional Artesanal  
National Artisans Craft Fair on the Town Square  9a-9p

Feb. 14  Valentine's Day 

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

Feb. 17  Wednesday   Cultural Center  Artist Fair 4-9

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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