Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, February 16

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Restaurateur filed complaint against Italian restaurant owner on Hidalgo 

Comerciantes de la avenida Hidalgo lo acusan de hostigar a clientes

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ISLA MUJERES, 15 de febrero.-
    Due to the alleged behavior of a person of Italian nationality, who owns a restaurant selling pasta and pizza on Hidalgo Avenue, the owner of a neighboring restaurant has filed a complaint with the Agencia del Ministerio Público (local office of the State Prosecutor). The complaint accuses the foreigner of making threats and of coming into the complainant's place of business to try and entice his customers away.
      Owners of nearby businesses say they are fed up with the ongoing intrusions by this person into the activities of other businesses, which, they say, has caused foreigners to become discouraged and leave, who were about to spend money. They also complained that the foreigner's employees, who work shirtless, have been coming into other businesses to offer their services, because they are desperate from lack of customers.
       One of the owners of a neighboring business had a confrontation with the Italian restaurateur and accused him of paying off local officials, and allegedly the foreigner claimed he has paid off three officials. The Italian restaurateur has been arrested for possession of white powder, and he was arrested this weekend for driving while intoxicated.


Increased promotion in US 
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ISLA MUJERES, 14 de febrero.-

    Isla Mujeres will be more aggressively promoted in the United States as a holiday destination to attract more visitors and increase hotel occupancy rates. Staff with the municipal Department of Tourism said the first focus of this campaign is on the state of Texas, whose residents often chose Cancun for their trips abroad. Also, a sister-city agreement was recently formalized between the island and Mission Texas, which should increase tourism for the municipality.  They said last year about 200 people from Texas stayed at hotels in Cancun and over half visited Isla Mujeres, so now they would be considered return tourists. The main sources of tourism from the United States are from Texas, California, Illinois and New York. These states averaged 150,000 tourists each. (?)
          The Tourism Department is seeking to extend the stays of tourists to four nights, and therefore they have tried to provide a hotel map with both renowned hotels, as well as boutique accommodations, for those seeking to experience the advantages of the tranquility of the island. It is noted that the municipality has begun developing the Continental Zone, with a population center and a range of hotels, offering more options for visitors.
      Statistics from the municipal Tourism Department indicate that residents from the eastern coast of the US come to the island during the first few months of the year for the fishing competitions and seeking warm weather. Because of this, you can now see many of these senior citizens at the bars and restaurants.

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

Conoce como prevenir picaduras de mosquitos, juntos contra el dengue, chinkungunya y el zika. ‪#‎ComunidadEnAcción‬

How to prevent mosquito bites: Working together against dengue, chikungunya and zika
It says..
*Remember that mosquito bites are the only way to become infected with dengue, chikungunya, or zika. 
*The recommendations to prevent mosquito bites include having screens on windows and doors, covering your skin with long sleeves, pants, and caps, sleeping under a mosquito net, and using repellents as directed. 
*To prevent mosquitoes from breeding, you should clean out tanks, fountains, plant containers, sinks, and drinking bowls; you should throw away old tires, bottles, buckets, cans, and pots; you should cover water tanks, trash cans and other types of containers; and you should turn things upside down, such as trash cans, buckets, and other containers.  If there are no places for mosquitoes to breed, there will be no dengue, chikungunya, or zika.  
*If you have symptoms of fever, headache, rash, joint or muscle pain, conjunctivitis, or nausea & vomiting, see a doctor immediately.

More training for Isla Mujeres police   

As part of the ongoing training of Isla Mujeres Police officers, a training course in the New Criminal Justice System began on Monday, offered by the City via the Department of Public Safety and Traffic (the Police Department). The training will last three weeks  and is being taught by lawyer Jose Suaste Reye at the Casa de Cultura. The Chief of Police, Joaquin Acosta Poot, siad this is part of various training activities that the given to the police officers in an ongoing manner by the City for improved performance of their duties. The classes focus on theory, methodology, and legalities concerning issues such as the disposition of detainees, filling out of police reports, chains of custody, and other topics. He said in March, as a result of an agreement with FORTASEG, they will be offering a new course that is more focused on practical concerns and less on theoretical issues.

Announcement from CONANP about receiving assistance via PROCODES for projects and technical studies of natural resources.
Convocatoria a través de CONANP para recibir apoyos de PROCODES para proyectos y estudios técnicos de los recursos naturales.

The Institute of Culture and the Arts invites 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.

Get ready for the most exciting and important fishing tournament in Isla Mujeres: Cosme A Martinez Magana Fishing Tournament May 20-22, 2016.
Prepárate para las grandes emociones del torneo de pesca mas importante de Isla Mujeres, el Cosme A. Martinez Magaña, del 20 al 22 de mayo de 2016.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Meeting of fishermen about obtaining federal benefits 
Muestran como beneficiarse de programas federales . [+] Ver mas
 Two weeks before the start of the seasonal ban on lobster fishing, a meeting was held with the administrators of the fishing cooperatives of Quintana Roo to discuss the federal programs and how to meet their requirements, to provide financial support for the fishermen during the four month ban.  The meeting was held with SAGARPA officials at noon on Monday at the offices of the Por Social Justicia cooperative, and included leaders of  the  Caribe, Isla Blanca, Makax, and Justicia Social coops. The leaders of  Patria & Progreso weren't present when the meeting began.
         .Each fishing cooperative member is expected to receive 8000 pesos after fulfilling the requirements of the program, which include training in proper use of fishing gear and measures for conservation of species. There will be two days of training scheduled during the March to June lobster ban period, for this program which was developed to help the fishermen while the seasonal closures are for the benefit of species of high value including lobster, and grouper. (It also says snapper, but my research didn't show a snapper ban. This year the grouper ban is two months; February & March).
         The president of the Federation of Fishing Cooperatives of Quintana Roo, Baltazar Gomez Catzin (aka "Chayo"), spoke about the benefits of the closures for the preservation of lobster and other species for future generation, whose harvests have been declining. He also spoke about the need for all cooperative members to join the IMSS (Mexican Social Security Institute). The distribution of dozens of boats and engines to various cooperative throughout the state (including some from Isla Mujeres) was discussed, who must provide their 30 percent before the end of February. If they don't meet this deadline the exchange rate set in December of 16 pesos to the dollar will no longer be respected, and they will have to pay at the current exchange rate.

Price of tortillas expected to rise  
Insostenible producir la tortilla al mismo precio.. [+] Ver mas
  The cost of a kilo of tortilla is expected to be increased from 16 pesos to 17 pesos, which has already occurred elsewhere. This is expected to occur before Easter vacation, unless the consortium of flour reconsiders their recent increase. Energy costs have doubled in the past year, in addition to the rising cost of corn flour. The current price of tortillas has been the same for a little over a year. Local tortilleria owner Roman Colli Ku said, "We are undercapitalized and facing strong competition from the two national chains who have arrived here."
    He broke down the increases saying that his electric bill had risen from 2500 to 5000 since 2015,  the last propane gas price rose to 22 centavos a liter, and now corn flour went from 9500 per tonne to over 9950 per tonne. Sr Colli said his six tortillerias strive to acquire the best quality corn meal, in order to satisfy customer expectations, which costs over 10,000 pesos per ton. He said that many people will chose lower cost and the cheapest product, regardless of quality, because many families are facing difficult financial situations and looking for ways to save money.
    His last hopes are in the hands of Maseca, if they return to lowering the price to what it was before. The price rose in January and it has not dropped. Sr Colli said "We are stretching to reduce costs and expenditures, but it has become untenable to maintain the same price." He said they will inform the public consumers when the decision is made to raise the price of tortillas and masa, when the Federal Government removes the subsidy.


Ambulance lacks motors  
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  The boat ambulance, which has never been operational since it was acquired in 2013, was found to be docked at a the pier of a small marina at the Makax lagoon, along the road to Garrafon. It is apparently in good condition and without engines, which is how it was presented to the Director of the General Hospital at that time, Dr. Davi Valenzo Loeza. The caretaker, "Chel" declined to allow photographs to be taken, saying he was now permitted to allow people to enter and the owner had traveled to Cancun. The stern of the vessel was visible, among the weeds.
   The boat ambulance has never been put into operation, despite the urgent need for a vessel that is adapted to for emergency transports to Cancun, which is currently impossible since the Navy has cancelled their assistance in this regard, due to a new Naval policy.
   An unnamed nurse at the Community Hospital the current situation is very worrisome for the hospital personnel, because if an emergency occurs in the wee hours of the night, no matter how grave, the patient will be forced to wait for the departure of the first ferry to Puerto Juarez. She said, "Previously, perhaps this was not so worrisome since we could count on support from the Navy, but given the current situation, it would be much healthier to get the maritime ambulance operational once and for all." She said City officials should look into the situation and pressure should be put to see what is going on because the Hospital Director has changed and has done nothing to see what has happened with the boat ambulance. She said, "It is not good that it has been nearly three years since the boat arrived and nothing has been done to activate it, which is an unforgivable negligence."

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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 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. 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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