Monday, July 11, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, July 11

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
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  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities  are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Solar panels address the lack of electricity in colonia Guadalupana 

Para resolver la falta de energía eléctrica

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 10 de julio.-
   The irregular colonia of Guadalupana lacks electrical service, therefore many houses have solar panels, despite the high costs for purchase and installation. They are valued as an investment toward future savings, and they provide clean, renewable electrical energy, from the sun. Prices for solar panel systems can range from 9000 pesos, such as those used by these residents, to systems from 90.000 pesos.
      Demand has increased in recent years, and they are considered a long term investment, with some carrying guarantees for 30 years or lifetime guarantees. On cloudy days, they continue to work, although they may produce at only 50 percent in low light. The photovoltaic solar panels generate alternative energy that can generate savings and meet the needs of small businesses, homes, and schools.

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

July 14-16 Thursday, Friday Saturday  8p  Riviera Maya Film Festival   Posada Beach Free

Note... Thursday is a fictional film about a women, her 8yo son, & boyfriend staying in a room together on holiday in Acapulco, "Semana Santa". That trailer & info is here:
 Friday is this documentary "Erosion", about damage to the environment with tourism development in Playa Carmen (& this area in general).
  Saturday is TBA. 

Saturday July 30 Danzarte  III Dance Encounter 2016. 5:30 outside of the Casa de Cultura


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Hyperbaric chamber back in operation 
Entra en operación a tiempo.. [+] Ver masphoto & full article at this link
     Although it was risky to not have the hyperbaric chamber in operation when lobster season began on July 1st, a successful effort was made and it became functional just in time to treat the first case of decompression to a fisherman from Puerto Juarez.
    The outgoing President of the Board of Directors, Baltazar Gómez Catzín, said the cooperatives need to agree to the payments for covering the cost of 24,000 pesos for operation of the unit. They also need about 18,000 pesos to renovate the air conditioning, because if this is not attended to is can be necessary to interrupt the treatment, which puts the patient's life at risk.
    Sr. Gomez said they were able to find the parts to fix the chamber, and on the same day this was achieved, it was tested and found to be efficient when treating a fisherman from Puerto Juarez. He said the authorities have always been supportive, but the problem is the fishermen don't give their part. He is asking the cooperative Directors to take into account that if the money is not paid in time, there is no way to pay for professional service, since there is no reserve fund.
    Some are forecasting a high incidence of decompression based on the sign that the captures were good in the first three days of the lobster season along all of the Quintana Roo coastlines, based of figures supplied to the state fishing organization, provided by Sr Gomez, who is also president of that organization, Federación de Cooperativas de Quintana Roo.
   The hyperbaric chamber has been in use for the fishermen of Isla Mujeres since 1999 and has reached the end of its useful life and is in need of replacement, according to some experts who have assessed its status. Each member of each of the five fishing cooperatives must pay 400 pesos monthly toward operation of the chamber, and sometimes they are unable to make the full payment, which has caused problems in recent times, with some claiming they do not have the money. It is the assessment of the Directors that the equipment is in good condition to provide treatment if a diver suffers decompression, which is statistically likely to occur when so many of the fishermen who are diving have had this problem.

Increasing tourism activity
Actividad turística comienza a repuntarl.. [+] Ver masphoto & full article at this link
    There was plenty of tourism activity on Sunday, in a peaceful atmosphere, without major incidents on land or water, except one person who nearly drowned on North beach at an early hour, and received medical attention. Those who participated in the rescue included the Mexican Navy, lifeguards, tourism police, and the Red Cross paramedics, who transported the victim to the Naval hospital on the island. His name is Cesar Basua, 31, who is originally from Mexico City and a resident of Cancun.
   Regarding the weather, before 9 am a brief drizzle of rain fell on the northern part of the island, and the strong sun was largely covered by clouds, and by 3pm it was no problem walking the beaches or the streets. Security measures and emergency personnel and equipment were ready to provide any needed services to the thousands of tourists who visited the island during the day and who traveled in small or medium sized boats.
    These personnel and the lifeguards are ready for the thousands of tourist who will be arriving during the upcoming holiday period, and the buoys are in place for the swimmers. The service providers and private personnel are ready to maintain full coordination with the security personnel so that there will be no surprises when someone is in need. The Blue Flag destincion for Playa Centro gives assurance of its security and clean water.

Some consumers dislike new digital electric meters 
Usuarios arrepentidos por cambio de medidor[+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link
   Some consumers say their household electric bills have increased since they changed from conventional meters to digital meters, and they blame the meters. Some residents say that for two months in the summer, they typically used about 300 kilowatts, and received a bill of ~200 pesos, (plus DAP and VAT), but since the meter was changed that figure has reached 250 pesos. They complain that they thought they would pay less, but are paying more and they say that the card for payment and loading data is complicated, and when the payment machine is broken, they can be left without energy.
   The Director General of the CFE (Federal Energy Commission), Enrique Ochoa Reza, said electricity rates will increase in July for those in the industrial, commercial, and high consumption sectors, due to the increased costs of fuels used to generate electricity. He stressed that this will not affect about 90% of consumers, because of the 40 million customers of the CFE, 35.5 million are in the low usage category.
    Electricity Reforms have produced 18 months of declining rates, but July brings a price increase. High consumption increased 6.8 percent in price in relation to August, 2015. In a press release, it was confirmed that this domestic sector of high usage will not receive a subsidy and will be affected by this increase. For those in the domestic sector in the low usage category, the rate will remain at 2 percent less than it was in December 2015.
   The CFE Director explained that this increase is due to an 8.4% increase in the price of fuel oil. the price of natural gas that the CFE buys via Pemex to generate electricity has increased 18% during this same period. In contrast, there has been 18 consecutive months of reductions in electricity rates for the industrial sector, compared to the previous year.
     Therefore, the rates for the industrial sector will increase this July, compared to last July, between 2% and 5%, while the commercial sector rates will increase between 5% and 7%. The residential rates for domestic users in the high usage category will increase 6.8% in July, compared to July of last year.
     For those in the domestic sector in the low usage category, their rates rose 4% annually from 2006 to 2014, and in 2016 it will not rise. In fact, since January 1, 2015, there has been a decrease of 2%, compared to December 2014. In addition, January 1, 2016, had a decrease of 2% in rates compared to December, 2015.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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.

July events

Sunset ~7:30p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
July 19    7:21p
July 20    8:10
July 21    8:56
July 22    9:42 
July 23   10:44
July 24   11:10   

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

The Maya Riviera Film Festival concluded in Playa de Carmen on June 30, and is supposed to be coming to Isla Mujeres this month. Last year it was two or three evenings on the Posada beach, shown on a big inflatable screen, shortly after sunset.  Schedule TBA. Link to Website.  Link to FB page.

July 4, Monday  Independence Day in the US

July 7 Thursday Artist Fair 4-9 Casa de Cultura

July 10-23  Whale Shark Festival.    Schedule TBA.
  Some of the Sea Walls artists will be touching up the murals from two years ago and adding new ones. 

July 14-16 Thursday, Friday Saturday  8p  Riviera Maya Film Festival   Posada Beach Free
 Thursday is a fictional film about a women, her 8yo son, & boyfriend staying in a room together on holiday in Acapulco, "Semana Santa". That trailer & info is here:
 Friday is this documentary "Erosion", about damage to the environment with tourism development in Playa Carmen (& this area in general).
  Saturday is TBA.

July 15 Friday Classes End & Vacation begins

July 21 Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9 Casa de Cultura

Saturday July 30 Danzarte  III Dance Encounter 2016. 5:30 outside of the Casa de Cultura

The Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program is excited to announce a new matching event to add sponsors and funding for our scholarship students for the 2016/2017 school year!!! I like to call it July Matchapalooza. :-) because, let’s be honest, everything is more fun when you add 'palooza' to it or when your donation gets doubled.
Our very generous anonymous donor has agreed to another round of matched funds for any new sponsors or donations. That’s right – your donations will be doubled!
*Any new sponsors who join/pledge in the month of July
*Any one time donations
Need more information or have questions? Check out our website or Margaret Washa. We would LOVE to tell you about the wonderful students who are supported by our program because we are terribly proud of them. This is an ideal time to join the program and make the most out of your contribution or to make a one time contribution (we understand if you have commitment issues)
Our facebook page is Isla Mujeres Scholarship Group, please join us there for photos and personal stories from our group. And check out our wonderful new website (thanks, Jackie Conlon!)

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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