Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, February 2

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

~350 fishermen affected by seasonal ban on grouper 

 Por veda de mero

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 1 de febrero.-
  The ban on grouper fishing from February 1 to March 31 will affect about 350 fishermen according to the president of the Quintana Roo Federation of Fishing Cooperatives,  Baltazar Gómez Catzín. Previously the ban was from February 14 to March 14, but it was officially extended to 60 days for 2016, which involved SAGARPA (Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación) via CONAPESCA (Comisión Nacional de Acuacultura y Pesca). This was officially published in the DOF (Diario Oficial de la Federacion). 
      According to the local fishermen, the extension of the ban will bring benefits to the reproduction of the species, because the females with eggs won't be captured. Previously there had been concerns that the ban should be extended beyond March 14, because there were still females who had not spawned. According to the publication in the DOF, the main reason for extending the temporary ban is to allow the species to have more time to spawn and thus establish guidelines for the sustainability of these organisms for fishing.

Association of Small Hotels want better internet service from Telmex    

 Asociación de Pequeños Hoteles pide mejor servicio de Internet

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 1 de febrero.-
    The Association of Small Hotels Fascinantes of Isla Mujeres (Asociación de Pequeños Hoteles Fascinantes de Isla Mujeres) confirmed they will have another meeting with Telmex concerning the poor quality of internet service. Previously, Telmex had promised to have a fiber optic network installed downtown by the start of 2016, to accelerate internet speeds, which has not occurred. 
     The poor service causes annoyance for international and domestic tourists who are frequent users of the internet. The hoteliers want this problem addressed and the commitment met, before this lowers the prestige of Isla Mujeres as a vacation destination. 


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

Together we will all have the excellent home we deserve: having a clean healthy island is a shared responsibility between the people and the government. CITY GOVERNMENT IN YOUR COLONIA. 
Todos unidos lograremos tener el gran hogar que merecemos: una isla limpia y sana, es responsabilidad compartida entre el pueblo y el gobierno. AYUNTAMIENTO EN TU COLONIA.

These are the artists who will perform at Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016
Conoce a los artistas que tendremos en el Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016
 Note this says Monday is Regional Night for the Dance Troupes.

A beautiful postcard from our beautiful island.  
Una hermosa postal de nuestra bella isla.

The City of Isla Mujeres via the Municipal Women's Institute invite residents to take part 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.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

Schools in Isla Mujeres receiving economic aid to pay for their necessities: Secretary of Education


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Potholes pose risk for accidents 
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    Tourists lease more than 600 vehicles daily, including golf carts, scooters, taxis, and bicycles, which are all traveling on the roads of the island. Potholes have appeared in two sections of the perimeter road, where hundreds of tourists travel, which poses a risk for these visitors, according to the taxi drivers.
    The first troublesome stretch is between the airfield and the kindergarten "Gabriela Mistral", which is a distance of about 600 meters (~1/3 mi), and the other is from Amplification La Gloria to the FOVISSTE housing. Crossing these sections is a 'nightmare' for some drivers, especially at the bottleneck-like section by the airfield. The potholes could cause a fall by one of the two wheeled vehicles, as well as an accident by the larger vehicles, which could have negative consequences for the image of Isla Mujeres, according to some golf cart rental agents, who hear frequent complaints from visitors about this problem.
    According to recent information for the Department of Public Works, there are no immediate plans for investment to refinish the damaged area near the runway, having considered a second stage to modernize this road, without risking failure to complete what was begun. (?  no se tiene previsto inversión inmediata para terminar el tramo dañado por aeropista, considerando una segunda etapa para modernizar esa vía, por lo que habría riesgo de no terminarse lo que se comenzó.)
    Some taxi drivers and private drivers, such as Eloy Sanchez and Elena Paz Hinojosa say, "Aguakan should take responsibility for repairing the damage they cause to the roads when they open them up repeatedly and do not properly repair them afterwards. This results in accidents which are their fault, and they should be held accountable."

Caution advised for small boats  
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   Forecasts from the SCT (Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes) and from SEMARNAT (Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales) indicate that good weather is expected in the northern region of Quintana Roo in upcoming days, before the arrival of the next winter storm. Caution is advised for small boats because choppy waters are expected daily, with waves up to two meters at times, and the Harbor Master recommended caution when the winds from the southeast are gusting over 30kph. The SCT forecast predicts the arrival of cold front #35, the ninth winter storm, into the northern part of Quintana Roo on Thursday.
   In Isla Mujeres recreational activities took place on the sea and on the land, and the fishermen worked to replenish their inventories. Boaters in the Bay of Mujeres are advised to be aware that the boat "Happy Day" is have submerged near the entrance of Nichupte Lagoon at latitude  21° 07’ 52.90” Norte and longitude 086° 47’ 13.70” West, approximately 5 km west of  Puerto Juárez. It is marked by two blinking green marine lanterns.

Taking measurements at the airfield  
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  Last week, two people began taking measurements on the runway and in the parking area of the airfield, two months after its administration was transferred to the state of Quintana Roo at an official ceremony. Formerly, it had been administrated by the Navy for two decades.
    At that ceremony on Nov. 20th, Enrique Lima Zuno, representing the business community, said the runway is in good condition and he requested that it be extended, and that the tower be rebuilt to house officials from Immigration, Customs, and International Health; in order to meet requirements for operating, which will require a significant investment of public resources.
   Today the runway is used regularly by the Mexican Navy, and occasionally by one or two private airplanes. The business community is proposing that planes could arrive from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. In particular, these flights could carry friends and relatives of those who compete annually (and biennially) in the regattas from St Petersberg and Pensacola.
    These events have occurred continuously for half a century, when boats bound for Isla Mujeres compete in late April and early May. Both cities, which are ports in Florida and sister cities with Isla Mujeres, represent great economic and social benefit to this destination, according to Sr. Lima Zuno, Director of the Yacht Club of Isla Mujeres.
      The business owners want the runway extended another 300 meters to total 1500 meters, in order to accommodate flights by these executive aircraft. However, in the past the Directorate of Civil Aviation has issued an advisory recommendation, due to the urban growth around the airport, which has continued.

Completion of baseball park renovation delayed  
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   Renovation of the children's baseball park, “Ariel Magaña” began late last year and is expected to be completed by the end of February, with an investment of 2.9 million pesos, according to Public Works director Miguel Caballero Garcia. 
      This remodeling includes replacing the roof over the grandstands, adding new mesh protection, installing new gates to control access by players and by the public, expanding and completing the perimeter fence, improving the electrical installations and lighting systems in the stands and on the field, landscaping, marking the field, installing trash cans, and general painting.
     The renovation was originally scheduled to begin in late September or early October and to be completed by the end of 2015, but it did not work out that way. The structures are about a decade old, and this work is important for the safety of athletes. It is noted that more maintenance of the sports facilities is desired by some sports promoters.

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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), 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 this video  
MONDAY: CARNAVAL Town Square  8pm 
Dance Troupe Performances/Regional NIght, 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. 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  

Feb. 14  Valentine's Day

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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