Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, October 17

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor Juan Carrillo is committed to tranquility for the islanders 

Juan Carrillo, por la tranquilidad de isleños

Firme compromiso

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 16 de octubre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
   Recently, the streetlights were repaired and updated along the 1.5 kilometers of Juarez Avenue, and next the public lighting will be improved in several colonias on the mainland part of the Isla Mujeres municipality, in response to a recent Public Meeting held there, in Rancho Viejo.

Reviewing the status of the hurricane shelters  

Verificarán albergues temporales

Para conocer el estado que guardan en caso de contingencia

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 16 de octubre.-
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  This information about staff with Civil Protection reviewing the hurricane shelters has already been translated. 


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

Mayor Juan Carrillo, reiterates that his government is committed to works and actions that will be of benefit to the island community. That is why the first #100 díasdetrabajo/days of work includes a strategy aimed toward improving public lighting where it is most needed. In this case, at three colonias on the mainland, following requests at the public meetings held in Ranch Viejo. The Mayor emphasized that he is working for all sectors of the community and will continue to respond directly and promptly to the citizens.

In order to preserve the life of these crustaceans, the municipal Director Environmental Ecology conducted the "Protection to the Red and Blue Crab Program"
The event was attended by students of the high school, Colegio Bachilleres of Isla Mujeres, middle school students and high school students from Jean Piaget, staff of SESA, and the 
general public.
Also in attendance was the first alderman and chairman of the Committee on Tourism and Ecology, Sebastian Escobedo, accompanied by police officers to ensure the safety of the participants.

Your body is a sanctuary, take care of it and feed it healthy food, because that will be reflected in your health. #Díadelaalimentación
Nuestro cuerpo es un santuario, cuidemos de él alimentándonos sanamente pues es el reflejo de nuesta salud. #DíaDeLaAlimentación

Having a healthy, balanced diet is vital for children to grow up to be healthy. A healthy diet helps prevent nutritional deficiencies and childhood diseases.
Tener una alimentación saludable y balanceada es de vital importancia para que los niños crezcan saludables, una alimentación saludable ayuda a prevenir carencias nutricionales y enfermedades infantiles.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

 - The number of fishermen suffering decompression continues to grow & has reached 18.
TVIsla Mujeres - Siguen creciendo el número de pescadores descompresionados; ya van 18
Dr. Eli Garcia Molina, who is in charge of the operation of the Hyperbaric Chamber of Isla Mujeres, explained that currently they are treating an average of five to seven cases per month, and a total of 18 patients so far. The last case was a fisherman of the Isla Blanca cooperative on Friday, October 7th. He said the number of patients had increased because they are treating more fishermen from other parts of the state. He said a majority of patients are from other municipalities, mainly Lazaro Cardenas. 
    He said, "Generally, patients are paralyzed from the waste down and unable to move their legs and feet and unable to move their bowels or urinate. We put them in the chamber for repeated treatments over a course of days, accompanied by medical treatment with analgesics and hydration." 
    He said there are many factors that cause these accidents, because they do not pay attention to the proper use of hoses and equipment, or in other cases they don't respect the times and properly control their ascents to the surface. 
     He said following decompression treatments, the patients should wait three to five days before returning to their routines, and in severe cases, they should wait two weeks before diving again, but often this is not respected. He understands that it is difficult to stop working for 15 days, and fishermen need to return to the sea, even if it means risking their health. 
    He explained that tests and maintenance on the Chamber have been done by specialists in atmospheric pressures from Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche and engineers in the oil industry, PEMEX.

TVIsla Mujeres- Timely intervention in the attention of the public services of Isla mujeres
TVIsla Mujeres - Oportuna intervención en la atención de los servicios públicos de Isla Mujeres

TVIsla Mujeres By orders of the Governor, the Maritime Ambulance is ready for operation: Apiqroo
TVIsla Mujeres  Por ordenes del Gobernador del Estado, la Ambulancia Marítima ya está en operaciones: Apiqroo
The Maritime Ambulance of Isla Mujeres which was previously was donated by the Government of Quintana Roo and for many months was out of operation, reappeared on Saturday when the new authorities of the Port Authority of Quintana Roo, (Apiqroo) announced the new Governor had ordered that the vessel would operate for the benefit of the islanders.
      Previously the boat had been assigned for exclusive use for transferring patients to the mainland, but it only provided a few trips and then went to be repaired. Then patients who needed to go to the mainland were dependent on the ferries and their schedule, but a private individual offered to make the transfers at no cost. The islanders questioned the whereabouts of the vessel and did not know if it was in working condition or not. This question was answered Saturday when the new APIQRoo officials presented the boat with no apparent navigational problems. 
      Rosa Elena Rios Fernandez, general coordinator of the APIQRoo in Isla Mujeres presented the boat to the media, saying it would be responsible for providing urgent transfers for patients from Isla Mujeres to the mainland,  The General Director of APIQRoo, Alicia Ricalde Magana announced via social networks on Saturday that the Maritime Ambulance had come to be in operation via instructions from the Governor. Sra. Rios said the boat is now ready to offer transport services and is under the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and in the safekeeping of APIQRoo. Regarding transfer of patients, that will be coordinated in total by the Ministry of Health, to continue this assistance, with recognition that there is a real need within the Isla Mujeres community to transport these patients needing urgent care.

TVIsla Mujeres  - Primary school in Isla mujeres seeks to maintain the level of education
TVIsla Mujeres - Escuela primaria de Isla Mujeres busca mantener nivel educativo
The Director of the primary school "Andres Quintana Roo", Maria Tum Balan said the educational level of the schools is very good, and they expect to maintain this, with a zero percent level of reprobacion (drop outs?). She said to achieve these results, the teachers are working with strategies and activities for the children who are behind, so they can move forward and pass their classes. She believes there are many factors affecting school progress, which include economic issues, because many students live in the colonias, and cannot come to school when their parents lack taxi money, and the weather affects them a great deal, as well as other family issues. She said, "We are already achieving our goals for this school year, with no one reprobado (dropping out?), because we want the school to be of the highest level."
       She also spoke about upcoming activities, including the traditional Day of the Dead altar that is done yearly. "We will be presenting our Altar for the Dead here at the school on October 27, to preserve this Mexican tradition from being lost." They are also preparing for the traditional Civic Parade on November 20th.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Thankful for his life  
Agradecido con la vida [+] Ver mas Full article at this link
 Demetrio Estrella Cocom, 65, is a  former driver  of the truck that shuttles trash to the mainland. During this interview, he was sitting in his wheelchair outside the office of the Department of Public Service, with a cheerful look on his face and he confessed that he continues to be grateful to God for his life.
    His left foot was amputated in February 2014, due to gangrene, which resulted from an injury days before when contaminated steel penetrated his rubber boot, and he didn't receive proper medical care at the ISSSTE clinic. He is not resentful toward the institution for this deficiency, and says he received good care from the staff of the Cancun ISSSTE before, during, and after the operation. He recounted episodes during his 90 days of convalescence, when he had strong faith that he would walk again. He was grateful the amputation had no major complications, despite his suffering from diabetes.
     He had a prosthesis and returned to work, but he stumbled and fell, injuring his spine and hip, which put him into the wheelchair. He continues to work as a guard at the Public Service Department facility, and has not lost hope of returning to drive the trash transfer truck, which he had done since 1996.
    Sr. Estrella was born in Valladolid, Yucatan, and at age 12 he accompanied his uncles to Cancun, who were transporting goods and supplies to the fledgling tourist resort, and to Cozumel. He experienced the early days of this touristic megaproject, and during his youth he was able to help support his family with this work. He returned to Valladolid after four years, and met his wife, with whom he fathered seven children in Chetumal, where he'd moved with his father in law. For 20 years he worked planting corn and other farm products in the country, before returning to the city, working as a driver. He worked for 14 years, transporting goods for his employer to various parts of the three states of the Yucatan peninsula, until 1996, when he applied to work on the island's municipal work crew.
      Now he has another family of three children, who are studying toward their middle and higher educations, and he works to meet expenses and to visit his wife every fortnight, amid difficult circumstances. He is waiting for institutional assistance to process his early pension, but he is willing to work once he recovers from this last fall.
       He said he has been happy for his life,  adding, "I am always laughing at work and grateful to God, who gives us strength at all times, if we turn to him."  He referred to the two students who are now in charge of transporting the trash, since he is unable. He encouraged young people to be aware that being a member of the City trash department is a difficult job. There are others like him who have been injured, as well as the veteran worker who recently died, who also suffered the effects of inhaling the gases that come from the trash in the trucks for many years, according to his collegues.
          Sr. Estrella says he has enough fight in him to continue to move onward and says he expects to retain his independence and walk again, but not like before. He dreams of being behind the wheel again. He admits it is tiring spending many days in the wheelchair. The great-grandfather struggles to cope one day at a time, since his wife does not spend the day with him, and he is alone. He washes his own clothes. He continues forward for one reason; for his children, who he only sees on certain days of the month.  

24 hour boat ambulance service  
Servicio de ambulancia marítima todo el día. [+] Ver mas Full article at this link
       It has been confirmed by the Community Hospital that boat ambulance service will be available 24 hours a day for patients who need to cross to be admitted to a hospital for specialized care, and then after a year, it will only operate for five hours, when the ferries aren't running. The State Health Department (SESA) will hire specialists to provide this service, which has been needed for a long time for those who suffered accidents and serious illnesses in the predawn hours.
     Comments on social networks included advice from Geovanny Avalos, who was part of the Red Cross, who recommended the use of standard protocols to ensure quality services for each patient. Sra Adriana Beatriz Pinto Cohuo welcomed the news and said, "But it would be good if the hospital were not only well equipped, but if it had specialized medical staff available 24 hours, especially for women who are pregnant and require prompt attention." Eduardo Moreno said we need a regular ambulance because the Red Cross vehicles are more than eight years old, but the police get new cars every year. He urged the government to provide ambulances and wondered what we would do without these unsung heroes and these two nearly obsolete vehicles, which are in poor condition and in need of renovation.

Normal number of passengers on Sunday  
Terminal marítima con regular afluencia y.. [+] Ver mas Full article at this link
       The number of passengers moving thru the Maritime Terminal was normal on Sunday and is estimated to have exceeded 5000 people by dusk. About one third of the tourists who visited the island for several hours also came via about 50 boats from the Cancun Hotel Zone, Puerto Juarez, and Punta Sam to private docks.
       Visitors could be seen touring around in golf carts and about 40 percent of the loungers on the beaches were occupied. At 4:30, there were more than a dozen yachts parked off North Beach. The tours to Isla Contoy National Park reached the capacity of 200 per day, while dive shops reported they are operating at 30 percent, but expect improvement in November. Some hotels report occupancy of 80 percent, while others are half empty.
      Good weather is expected for Monday.

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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.

October events

Sunset ~6:20p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Oct. 15      6:20p  Full Moon
Oct. 16      7:09p
Oct. 17      8:01p
Oct. 18      8:55p
Oct. 19      9:51p
Oct. 20     10:49p
Oct. 21     11:46p

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials. Casa de Cultura  This has moved to his home...directions on his FB page HERE

Thursday, Oct. 6  Artist Fair   4p  Casa de la Cultura  Participants include Isla Brewing, AMar Cocina Peruana, and Javi's Cantina

Oct. 8: 42nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo

Oct. 9:  Day of Fishermen

Sunday, October 9: You're invited to the start of the program "Isla Mujeres Magic Nights" at 8pm on the Town Square.  A Sunday evening program of cultural and artistic events. Commemorating the XLII Anniversary of the creation of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo.

Wednesday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Sunday, Oct. 16 Magic Nights 8pm Town Square

Thursday, Oct. 20  Artist Fair  4p

Monday, Oct. 31   Halloween

Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos


The 9th annual Diabetes Clinic will be November 3rd in La Gloria. We are a team of nurses, social workers, EMT's and paramedics with a doctor for consultation of patients who need to be seen immediately. Please consider donating $50 which would buy 200 test strips, enough for one patient for a year. We also need donations of reading glasses, particularly the higher numbers. Many diabetics have vision problems too. We have a drop off location at Marina Paraiso Hotel or will pick up wherever you are! Muchisimas gracias for your generosity ~ Contact  Karen Rosenberg Here or email me at westofcuba@gmail.com

 To all Islenos: We invite you to the Diabetes Clinic sponsored by the Club Pro-Paciente Diabetico A.C. at the Community Hospital in La Gloria on Thursday, November 3, at 9:00 AM. Health care professionals will test your blood, offer diabetes education and distribute meters and strips and other supplies for people with Diabetes. We will teach you how to use the equipment so that you can manage your illness of diabetes better. This clinic is completely free and is funded by the generosity of gringos that live and visit your beautiful island. Please tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers! PM Karen Rosenberg or Geovanny Avalos on FB for more information about this new non-profit organization created to serve the people of Isla Mujeres! (or email me at westofcuba@gmail.com) Please share this information. Thank you.

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

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