Sunday, June 19, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, June 19

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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High school has space for incoming students: More than 120 registered 

 Son más de 120 aspirantes

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de junio.-

       The Director of the Colegio Bachilleres high school, Jorge Martinez Pena, said there are more than 125 applicants who took the diagnostic admission exam on Saturday. He said unlike other municipalities which have a registration limit, in Isla Mujeres all students will be accepted. The purpose of the test is not to exclude students, but rather, it is diagnostic; to identify the areas where learning needs to be reinforced, and to reduce the rate of failure. 
       He said on Saturday there were a few more than 125 students, with many of them arriving from other parts of the state. He said even if that figure reaches 130, all will be accepted, since they have a capacity for 150 new students, who will be divided into four groups. 
      He said a preparatory course has been scheduled, to strengthen the knowledge of the students in the areas they are lacking, which is mainly mathematics and reading skills. The newly appointed Director said one of the major challenges is to reduce the high drop out/failure rate that exists in Isla Mujeres, which has remained as high as 60 percent. He said it is very concerning that for every 100 students that enter, only 40 graduate. 

Port remains closed for small boats     

Prevén que medidas restrictivas para los náuticos se mantengan

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de junio.-
   The port was closed for navigation by small boats on Friday afternoon, which is expected to continue Saturday and Sunday, with normal activities expected to resume on Monday. On Saturday, nautical activities were allowed in the Bay and the lagoon areas, as well as near el Farito. Hundreds of boats have been affected, facing economic losses, including those who offer whale shark tours, trips to Isla Contoy, diving, and sports fishing, as well as the commercial fishermen.
       Particularly affected are the whale shark tour license holders, who say (estimate that) a day without work represents a loss of over 1.5 million pesos, just for those in Isla Mujeres (all together). There are large numbers of foreign visitors who come mainly for this activity, which is one of the main attractions in Isla Mujeres. One licensee said the worst part is that they can't go out now, when a larger number of whale sharks are in the tour area. They said during the first two weeks of the season, there were almost no whale sharks.


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

Important notice for those in Senior Citizen's Program 65+ (Payments for May-June will be made June 21 at 11am at the Senior Citizen's Club)   
Aviso importante para los inscritos al Programa +65 Adultos Mayores.

June 24 & 25  Third International Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe" Participate!
3er Torneo Internacional de Pesca Femenil
24 y 25 de Junio


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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Promoters want lighthouse renovated 
En completo abandono. [+] Ver mas
   Promoters of Isla Mujeres have asked APIQRoo (State Port Authority) to begin maintenance work the iconic downtown lighthouse, which has been unused for nearly a decade. It is located on northern Rueda Medina, near the monument to the fishermen.
       It became obsolete following the construction of taller hotels, and the signal was moved to the top of the building that is now Mia Hotel, on islet el Yunque, about 500 meters away. The lighthouse began operation at the beginning of the previous century and was a symbol of this destination. Its operation was transferred from the SCT (Secretary of Communications and Transport) to APIQRoo, along with several other lighthouses, beacons, and buoys in the National Marine Park of Isla Mujeres-Cancun. Some nautical personnel say this change was not for the better.
      Responsibility for the southern lighthouse on Isla Mujeres was also transferred from the SCT, and it is operated by a company which sub-leases it from Garrafon Park. The lighthouses at Isla Contoy,  El Meco, and Cabo Catoche are under Federal authority. The Cabo Catoche lighthouse recently received full maintenance. The Isla Contoy lighthouse is the tallest in Quintana Roo, at over 30 meters high.
      There are tourists who would like to climb the downtown lighthouse, as well as the southern lighthouse, to experience the panoramic views in all directions, especially the Bay where there are hundreds of small and medium sized boats.

Buoy system ready for summer holidays 
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    The buoy system, which will protect thousands of tourists from boats and yachts during the summer holiday season, is in good condition. The lifeguards report that they must advise dozens of swimmers every week, who want to go outside the buoys, and there are also cases of boaters who enter the restricted area.
    The private guards who work for the nearby concession holders say they are prepared to offer assistance and security to their customers, and in coordination with the Port Authorities, Civil Defense, the Navy, the Tourist Police, Tourism Department, and Red Cross.
    As is traditional, the Navy fleet always has units assigned to provide security for visitors, including a group of specialists in a first aid booth on the beaches. Specialized personnel arrive during the summer holidays to assist the Port Authority, when the number of crossings increase, moving visitors between the island and the various points on the mainland, from Punta Sam to the Hotel Zone.
    The Tourist Police and the Tourism Department coordinate to offer information to visitors, to prevent cases of theft or loss, and to prevent tourists from swimming in dangerous areas. Timely support is given by the lifeguards, who have towers installed on the three beaches.

Normal activities  
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   There were normal activities by the nautical sector in Isla Mujeres on Saturday; at noon there was regular rainfall and skies remained cloudy thereafter. The rain chased the tourists from the beaches.
         NOAA reported that at tropical wave near the Yucatan Peninsula was producing cloudiness and disorganized thunderstorm activity. The SCT (Secretary of Communications and Transport) advised precaution for small boats off the coasts of Quintana Roo, because the winds could cause the waves reaching two meters.
          There were boats going out to the whale shark tour area, diving, snorkeling, sports fishing, visiting Isla Contoy, and other nautical activities in the area, including ecotourism off the northern coast of the continental zone of Isla Mujeres.

Problem with Sac Bajo road
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    Golf cart rental agencies are receiving many complaints from customers concerning a section  of road by the entrance of the Sac Bajo, where the road dips in an area of mangroves. The two kilometer-long road was resurfaced four years ago, with a federal investment of several million pesos, with curbs and sidewalks added to the first 300 meters.  An angry representative of the rental agencies spoke with the media, complaining about politicians and the bad image for the island that results from problems like this.
        The municipal Department of Public Works plans to correct the problem with the introduction of pipes to connect the lagoon of the Palace Hotel with the Makax lagoon, and to add an adequate amount of fill to prevent the problem of sinking over time. However, now with this administration in its final months of government, the problem won't be addressed this year, according to minor officials.

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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.

June events

Sunset ~7:30p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
June 20   7:48
June 21   8:38
June 22   9:27
June 23  10:03
June 24  10:58
June 25  11:42

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.

June 1 Dia de la Marina  Usually there is a ceremony in the morning on the Bahia

June 2 Thursday 4-9  Casa de Cultura  Taste of Isla & Artist Fair 

June 5 Sunday Election Day  (Alcohol sales are usually limited to selling to tourists with food, in tourist oriented businesses)

 Pueblo Magico Nights events are usually held on Sunday evenings, often featuring dance troupes performing on the Town Square.

June 5 World Environment Day  

June 8 World Ocean's Day 

June 12 Sunday at 8pm on the Town Square, Pueblo Magico Nights presents performances by the Baile Endanzate Dance Academy and the RFive Dance Studio

June 19 Sunday  Father's Day

June 20 Solstice

June 24 & 25 Women's Fishing Tournament "La Dorada del Caribe"

Starting in July, the Artist's Fairs are being scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9.

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