Friday, March 25, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, March 25

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Reenactment of the Washing of Feet

Cientos de fieles reviven las últimas horas de Jesús en Jerusalén

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ISLA MUJERES, 24 de marzo.-
  Thursday evening, following the 7pm Mass at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, priest Raul Sanchez Alonso portrayed Jesus at the representation of the Washing of the Feet of the Apostles and the Last Supper. This began the representation of the Passion and the Death of Jesus on the Cross in Isla Mujeres, and was followed by a Mass at the Sacred Heart of Jesus church in colonia La Gloria.
  On Friday, hundreds of faithful Catholics are expected to participate in the scheduled representation, which begins at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria and goes thru the traditional Stations of the Cross and passages of the Passion and Death of Jesus on the Cross, ending at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception church downtown.

Bus service resumes after six months without service 

Después de seis meses de suspensión

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ISLA MUJERES, 24 de marzo.-
  Bus service resumed on Thursday, March 24 after more than six months without service, which was discontinued in September, 2015. This caused many islanders to be forced to use taxis, which cost them large amounts of money to get to their respective destinations of work, medical consultations, and daily activities. 
    There are rumors that the owners of the concession put the units in service, not because of a need to meet the demand for transport by the islanders, but rather because they are seeking an endorsement of their concession which will expire during  this year. It is unknown whether the concession will be renewed or suspended during the current municipal administration, which will terminate at the end of September, or if that will be determined by the next administration. 
       There are comments on social networks criticizing the buses and saying they are in terrible condition.  

Improving taxi service with more vehicles  

Para mejorar la calidad del servicio

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ISLA MUJERES, 24 de marzo.-
    In order to provide better service during this Easter holiday period, starting this weekend thirteen more taxis will be added to those operating on the island, increasing the number from 142 to 155 vehicles.
      The leader of the taxi union, Sindicato de Trabajadores del Volante de Isla Mujeres“Gustavo Díaz Ordaz”, Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez, explained that an analysis determined that at peak times, there is an average of 15 taxis offering service downtown, while the other units are distributed around the island in areas such as El Garrafon, Dolphin Discover, parts of Sac Bajo, hotels, and other tourism areas. This leaves an insufficient number of taxis downtown for the people arriving on the ferries, which are increasing the crossings.
      He said these 13 taxis were previously working on the mainland in the area of Punta Sam and have the most time/seniority there; therefore they were chosen to relocate to the island.  


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

Come to Isla Mujeres & see the cultural richness of Oaxaca on display in the Mexican Caribben; enjoy the Oaxacan Artisan Exposition
La riqueza cultural de Oaxaca presente en el Caribe Mexicano; ven a Isla Mujeres y disfruta de la exposición artesanal de Oaxaca.

Come to Isla Mujeres during this vacation period and enjoy our invited guests from the State of Oaxaca with their rich and varied culture
En estas vacaciones ven a Isla Mujeres y acércate a nuestro invitado: el Estado de Oaxaca con su rica y variada cultura.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Exhibition basketball game by athletes in wheelchairs  
Realizarán juego de exhibición e.. [+] Ver mas Full article and photo at this link
   On Saturday in the Green Dome, starting at 7pm. there will be an exhibition basketball game  between the Cahuameros and the Balleneros, who are a group of young athletes in wheelchairs who began practicing the sport last year. They intend to compete outside of the municipality, and consider  this as a warm up game. Their motto is "Jueguemos a ser yo", and the teams have tee shirts for the special guests, from their families and their fans, who support them, with people from the DIF, family services agency
       . One of the players commented that it is difficult to make baskets because the chair continues moving, but that with intensive training they are becoming better at scoring.
    After they complete this match, they intend to compete against the officers of the Police and Traffic Police, with hopes of raising their level of competitiveness so they are ready for the level of other teams in Quintana Roo.
      The captain of the team, Manuel Perez Ayala said, "We plan to visit different people to invite them to play ( or to the game? para invitarlos a jugar) , and to experiment a little with how people in wheelchairs can live, and in this way to raise awareness. We want everyone to have a better quality of life." They plan to visit the City Council, the Navy, the fishing cooperatives and tourism cooperatives, and other institutions.

Isla Turicun bus reappears  
Reaparece Isla Turicun. [+] Ver mas Full article and photos at this link 
    With less than 60 days left on their fifteen year long concession, during which the contract's requirements regarding quality, frequency, and safety were not fulfilled;  the bus company Isla Turican once again has a bus ("unidad vetusta" lit: ancient unit) on the streets of the island. The original contract for a fifteen year period began on May 16, 2001, and will expire on May 16, 2016.
   Some users have said that the contract could legally be withdrawn for breach of the agreement, because Clause 15 says the concession may be annulled by default such as failure to provide continuous and regular service. The grounds for termination of the contract include failure to provide service on a continuous regular basis, without user satisfaction, failure to maintain the vehicles in good condition to the detriment of users, for providing service with vehicles which exceed eight years in age and use and are not replaced with new vehicles, among other provisions.
      It is noted that Turican repeatedly was not in compliance with Clause 15, to the point where they only operated one bus during the day, with about 15 years of usage. The contract requires three vehicles to cover two routes, operating from 6am to 11:59pm daily. The contract requires that service be provided until the conclusion of the contract in accordance with the provision of the contract which include: respecting the preset schedule; regular investments of funds for the maintenance, operation, and upkeep of the vehicles, that the concession may not be assigned to third parties, they must accept and acknowledge senior citizens, they must maintain the required number of vehicles in service, ....(The article ends mid sentence).

Reenactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ  
En Isla Mujeres, emularon a Jesucristo en las horas previas a su pasión y muerte [+] Ver mas

 This article says the reenactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ will begin today, Friday at 10:30am at the Sacred Heart Church (in La Gloria), with a large delegation departing to the Guadalupana Chapel (in Salina Chica, overlooking the Caribbean) where the Suffering of Jesus Christ begins at about noon. At 1pm the procession, with thousands of parishioners, should reach the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, to continue with the crucifixion, celebration of the Seven Words, the march of silence, the rosary of pesame, and the adoration of the cross.

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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.

March events

Sunset ~7p
Moon rise over the Caribbean

March 22     6:57
March 23     7:47
March 24     8:37
March 25     9:25
March 26    10:14
March 27    11:03
March 28    11:52

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30: March 26, April 9 and April 23.
To reach the classroom enter the doors shown in the photo & go through the building, into the courtyard. His classroom is on the right. If this front door is locked, go left around the side of the building to the back/seaside and enter the courtyard from there. LINK to FB page w  photos & more info

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)

Thursday, March 3  Artist's Fair Casa de Cultura 4-9p 

This says the upcoming Artist Fair & Taste of Isla on Thursday, March 3 at the Casa de Cultura will include music, and dancing...and beverages... Isla Cerveza are expected.

Friday, March 4  Celebration of the 499 anniversary of Isla Mujeres being found by Spaniards, sailing from Cuba

  Saturday, March 5:

March 8 Tuesday 9am  Diabetes Clinic at Red Cross  Blood Sugar testing, Diabetic Education, Free glucometers and supplies for diabetics.

March 8, Tuesday International Day of Women   

Friday, March 11 
 Pre season baseball game between champions at 1pm at the El Pescador field.

Beginning March 13, Sunday at 8pm: Pueblo Magico Nights on Sunday evenings on the Town Square featuring entertainment including dancers, musicians, and more.  

March 15-19  Tues-Sat.  Traveling Museum of the Marimba at the Casa de Cultura
Tuesday: Inauguration at 7pm
Hours: 11a-3p & 5p-8p  Free.

Free Rabies Vaccination Campaign March 14-18, Mon-Fri, 9a-1p, as follows:
  Tuesday in colonia Salina Chica at the kiosk; Wednesday in colonia Salina Chica in the sports area known as La Juala; Thursday at the Basic Rehabilitation Unit; and Friday in the colonia of Guadalupana.

March 17, Thursday  St Patrick's Day  Celebrated in some bars, mostly by foreigners  Bobo's will be serving Isla Cerveza and having specials

March 18, Friday  Day of the Petroleum Expropriation   
Saturday, March 19-Monday, April 4: Easter Vacation (Semana Santa)
Many domestic tourists visit during this time & the island (and ferries) are busy during the daytripper hours (~10a-5p)  

March 20- Palm Sunday  and 8p on Town Square: Pueblo Magico Nights 8p Fusion Latina Mardi Gras dance troupe performance

March 20-27  Holy Week
 March 21, Monday  Anniversary of the Birth of Benito Juarez
March 24 Holy Thursday: Mass 7:30 at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception 8:30 reenactment on the Town Square of the washing of the feet of the 12 Apostles. 9pm Mass at Sacred Heart in La Gloria.
March 25  Good Friday   Noon: Viacrusis procession of the Stations of the Cross (Passion of Christ). Begins slightly before noon at the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria, with over 90 actors reenacting the Stations of the Cross and ending on the Town Square downtown. 
March 27  Easter (Domingo de Pascua)
April 5, Tuesday  Students return to school

March 19-April 3 9a-10pm Town Square including the Basketball court & Paseo de la Triguena.
 The Guelaguetza is a cultural festival dating back hundreds of years bringing together musicians and dancers from the eight regions of Oaxaca wearing clothing representative of their districts to dance, dine, pay homage to corn, and to share their native ceramics, textiles, etc. It typically takes place on two Mondays in July on an historical hill in Oaxaca,

The Oaxaca Exposition and Guelaguetza in Isla Mujeres is located on the Town Square, 9am-10pm thru April 3rd.
*The poster lists many of the types of items and foods for sale..."from the hands of the artisans who create them to your hands".
*There is the schedule of activities, which generally start at 6p and include music and dancing from different regions of the state of Oaxaca.
*There are learn to dance workshops 5pm-6pm thru April 1st.
*On Saturday and Sunday, April 2 & 3, there will be live music and the Guelaguetza performances from the eight regions of Oaxaca, starting at 5pm.


April 7, Thursday  4-9p Casa de Cultura:  Artist Fair (Last of the season)

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