Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, February 10

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Price of a kilo of tortillas could rise to 20 pesos  

En los próximos días se anunciará alza por encarecimiento del maíz

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de febrero.-
  Currently in Isla Mueres, the price of a kilogram of tortillas is 17 pesos wrapped in paper and 16 pesos without. With rising prices around the country for a tonne of corn, it is expected that the cost of a kilo could increase to a maximum of 20 pesos, or to about a dollar. Workers at the tortilla factory say that the costs for raw materials and overhead have continually increased, but the price per kilogram of tortillas has remained stable for a long time. At this time the amount of the increase is unknown, but an imminent increase is expected, which could cause the price to rise above a dollar per kilo.  

Voter Registration module was closed despite announcement 

No abrió módulo itinerante del INE en la fecha que se había anticipado

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 9 de febrero.-
  The INE (National Electoral Institute of Quintana Roo) had announced their module would be in Isla Mujeres from February 9th to 12th, but would be closed on February 10, which is celebrated as INE day throughout the state and the country. The INE staff announced this when they were in Isla Mujeres during the last days of January. Dozens of people were lined up and waiting on Tuesday, some for up to three hours, and they were angry that no one appeared with an explanation. 
    There are more than 200 voter registration cards waiting to be collected, of which about 100 were processed in 2014 and 2015, and about 100 were processed in January. Of the older cards, 20 percent of them could be removed from the system if they are not claimed, and the owners will have to re register.  


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

National Artisans Craft Fair on the Town Square Feb 13-21

February 10th: Day of the Mexican Air Force 
Hoy 10 de febrero, día de la Fuerza Aérea Mexicana.

Spectacular and colorful performances by the King & Queen of Carnival 2016 and their troupe, who performed yesterday to the enjoyment of hundreds of Islanders and people from all over the world, on the last night of the Carnaval festivities.
Espectaculares y coloridas presentaciones de los Reyes del Carnaval 2016 y sus comparsas, quienes hicieron disfrutar ayer a cientos de isleños y personas del mundo en la última noche fiesta carnavalesca.

Enjoy the best of the last day of  Isla Mujeres Carnaval 2016.
Come and have fun with us at the burning of Juan Carnaval and reading of his will

Disfrutando al máximo del último día del Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016.
Ven y divierte con nosotros con la quema y lectura del testamento de Juan Carnaval.

United for a Better Quintana Roo, the municipal presidents held a working meeting with Governor Beto Borge. Quintana Roo and its people are our priority.
Unidos por un Mejor Quintana Roo los presidentes municipales sostuvimos una reunión de trabajo con nuestro gobernador Beto Borge
Quintana Roo y su gente es nuestra prioridad.

The City of Isla Mujeres, via the municipal Women's Institute, invites you to be part of 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.

Colorful, spectacular, and magical Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016, whose theme is Scenes of the World (or World Stage), is an example of one of our most popular traditions
Colorido, espectacular y mágico el Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016, es el "Escenario del Mundo" en el que mostramos una de nuestras más arraigadas tradiciones populares


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Proud to have a brother who is an archbishop  
Orgullosos de tener un hermano arzobispo.. [+] Ver mas

 Ismael and Herlinda are the siblings of Monsenor Fabio Martinez Castilla, who is the Archbishop of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. They are very proud of their brother and excited about the pending visit of Pope Francisco who arrives to Mexico on Feb. 12, and will visit Tuxtla Gutierrez on February 15.

Cool nights continue 
Seguirán las gélidas noches [+] Ver mas
 Feb 9.
  Low temperatures are expected to continue at night with averages of 19-21 degrees (66-70F), with cloudy skies and some scattered showers. Currently the port is open since 7am on Monday morning, which was expected to continue for several days, until Saturday or Sunday, when it could be closed for small boats again. Winds are expected to increase on Saturday and Sunday, due to cold front #37. If so, about 800 boats under 40 feet, of fishermen, tour operators, and individuals would be affected. Conditions are expected to improved on Monday, February 15. The tourism cooperatives have had more luck with recent closures, since they were usually able to continue offering tours to El Farito and the lagoon area. It is unfortunate when poor weather occurs on the weekends, when more tourists want to visit Isla Mujeres.

Carnaval results in good occupancy rates
   The municipal office of Tourism reported that occupancy was just over 70 percent, which is very good compared to recent years when it barely reached 50% during Carnaval, and dropped to 30 percent or less until the start of the Easter holidays. During the winter months, many tourists from the northern United States and from Canada visit the island to escape their cold weather and enjoy the warmer, summer-like temperatures.
     On Tuesday, tourists were arriving continuously and filling the streets to shop, rent golf carts, and visit the beaches. Many were toting luggage and looking for a hotel, as well as using the taxis and visiting the restaurants. Some tourists carefully chose their dates to correspond with Carnaval, to celebrate in a big way with the dance troupes, including the traditional "Negrada", and the associated activities. More diners were seen in the restaurants of the town, especially on Hidalgo Avenue, while the cool breezes left more tables vacant at the beach-side restaurants.

Beaches come alive 
Playas recobran vida[+] Ver mas
  Despite the temperatures of 22-24 (72-75F), there were many tourists at the beaches, although few were opting to get into the water, due to the gusts of wind during most of the morning, which offset the effects of the bright sunlight. Merchants on Rueda Medina complained about the presence of a few vendors on the beach, which is prohibited under the Blue Flag designation, and the store owners consider the mobile vendors to be unfair competition.

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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. A queen & single bed.

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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.

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 this video  
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  

Feb. 14  Valentine's Day 

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

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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