Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, February 15

** See the Carnaval Schedule in the Events section! **

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor delivers water chairs for people with special needs  

Destino incluyente

Juan Carrillo pone en funcionamiento sillas adaptadas

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 14 de febrero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
 See article below in City section....

Wato not given authorization

Cabbies call for a new election 

Le niegan la toma de nota a Wato

Taxistas piden nuevas elecciones

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ISLA MUJERES, 14 de febrero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

    It is estimated that in approximately 20 days, an elective assembly will be held for the designation of the new General Secretary of the taxi drivers' union, after the Local Board of Conciliation and Arbitration denied the giving of the authorization to Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez.
   During a press conference,  José Magaña Galué exhibited the copies of the act  in which the Local Board of Conciliation and Arbitration niega la toma de nota (lit. denies the taking of note) of Peniche Rodríguez, and it also indicates that several irregularities occurred and the statutes of the union were not respected.       Given this situation, Sr. Magaña Galué indicated that they will seek an Special meeting for the election of the union's Secretary General of the union, since the process by Sr. Peniche Rodriguez in December was totally irregular.         José Magaña explained that for the realization of a Special meeting, the collection of signatures of at least 35 percent of the partners who support this proposal is required. He said this it will be carried out in a week and a half or less, to which will be added to 10 working days for Peniche Rodríguez to convene the Special assembly, which makes a total of 21 or 22 days, at most.           He said that in the event that said meeting is not held, they will appeal again to the Local Board of Conciliation and Arbitration to force Eduardo Peniche to convene elections within the union group.
    It is noted that in addition to denying the taking of the office ( la toma de nota) by Eduardo Peniche's, aka "El Wato", he was also notified that he will be disqualified from occupying this position, at least as long as he occupied the leadership of the taxi drivers union of Isla Mujeres.Likewise, it was made known to him that in the Special assembly that he must convene is only for the purpose of the election of the General secretary of the union.


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

Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, demonstrated his commitment to work for a more inclusionary municipality.
The municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, put two adapted chairs into operation, so that people with disabilities who come to Playa Centro, can enjoy the water, with help from their companions. The mayor explained that this action is an important step toward making the island an inclusionary tourist destination, providing arrangements in infrastructure and urban equipment downtown to improve the mobility of people with disabilities.
The mayor said that for this municipal administration, it is very important that the beaches of the destination maintain an image of being a clean and safe place, and that there is also equipment available for people with special needs.
He emphasized that having this equipment is very important to endorse the important certifications that the beaches of this vacation destination. In fact, thanks to the efforts of the municipal government, Playa Centro, the beach where the amphibious chairs were used, received the "Blue Flag" certification for the period 2016-2018, due to the excellent conditions found there.
Carrillo Soberanis, in the same vein, recognized the work that the staff of the Federal Maritime Land Zone (Zofemat) carries out every day, to keep the beaches clean and to take care of the proper use of the equipment which is in their care.
Finally, the mayor who was accompanied by councilmen and government officials, said that in Isla Mujeres the municipal government works to improve tourism, which is the main source of income, with the image of a clean, safe and inclusionary island.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Celebrating Valentine's Day / the day of love and friendship / Dia del Amor y la Amistad…/

The deadline ends this month to take advantage of the 50 percent discount for alcohol licenses and fees, and there has been a good response.…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Ultimatum for "Wato" Peniche
Ultimátum al “Wato” Peniche.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Eduardo "Wato" Peniche Rodríguez has a period of 15 working days since Friday February 10 to issue a call to elect the new Director of the taxi union, since the Board of Conciliation and Arbitration rejected the "toma de nota" (taking of office) of the current secretary general, who will serve as the Director until new elections are called.
       José Magaña Galué, one of the aspirants to take over the union's reins, announced that Eduardo Peniche's "toma de nota" was rejected by the Conciliation Board and Arbitration on February 7, so they called on  "Wato" to convene new elections."He was denied the "toma de nota' and the election was declared illegal by the Board of Conciliation and Arbitration since it violated several statutes, as well as the Federal Labor Law," he said.
      Sr. Magaña Galué showed a copy of the resolution of the Board of Conciliation and Arbitration, which in point three does not recognize the Executive Committee Election at the Ordinary Assembly held on December 17 and consequently they do not issue the requested "nota". 
      "Therefore he can not be and will not be Secretary General, because the statutes make it impossible, as we said from the first day we started the campaign, and now all that remains is for Mr. Eduardo Peniche to call a new elective assembly, which is the only function he can do as Secretary General. " He said, "The law sets a maximum period for the call that should not exceed 15 working days. The nota was denied on Feb. 7, but was officially published in Estrados on Friday, Feb 11, so the 15 day countdown begins on that day. "

Year of public works 
Año de obra públicar.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

     In this first third of the year, you should see investment in public works for the municipality of Isla Mujeres, said Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, but independently the goal is to work toward having an inclusionary city so that people with disabilities can move properly around the island. In a brief interview before the event of the delivery of amphibious chairs at Playa Centro, Carrillo Soberanis said that this year he will invest funds to remodel more parks and sports spaces, as well as other important works, although he didn't provide more details for the moment. 
       See article in City section about the amphibious chairs at Playa Centro.

Closing hyperbaric chamber to poachers  
Cierran la Cámara Hiperbárica a furtivos[+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Island fishermen are being affected by theft of lobster traps by poachers, who generally lack permits to catch the crustacean. In addition, the fishermen have been impacted by higher fuel costs.
    Baltazar Gómez Catzín, president of the Board of Trustees of the Hyperbaric Chamber of Isla Mujeres, said that in the face of complaints expressed by fishermen and managers of cooperatives regarding stealing of traps at the hands of poachers, from now on, for of the current season and subsequent years,  the Board of Trustees will require that a decompressed fisherman have a permit to catch lobster in order to have access to the Hyperbaric Chamber. 
      He said, "The fee for the fishermen is 400 pesos each, per month, and we have extended coverage to fishermen from outside as well as those of the island, because it is impossible to pay the 4000 pesos that each session costs, but those who lack permits will be left out." He said that the poacher-divers are at high risk of decompression because the traps are at great depths and they make their bad actions in haste, fearing the arrival of the owners, so they do not always respect the necessary pauses during ascent. He said, "If we make it clear that there will be no hyperbaric chamber for fishermen who do not have lobster permits, if they are stealing traps, this is a form of pressure to stop them."
    He said lately the weather has been cooperative, but the production reports have not been good. Now another norte (northern front) is needed, especially since the season is about to end, along with the closure of grouper catching, which will bring difficult times for the fishing industry. 
   He said so far this season, all the cooperatives of Isla Mujeres have produced 60 tons of whole lobster, live and dead, and a little over 15 tons of live lobster. Although last year at the end of the season, this production was achieved, their goal is to catch at least five more tons of live lobster and two tons of tails, between all the cooperatives, to match or surpass last year's production.

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 February Events
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Feb. 2   Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 5   Sunday   8p Town Square  The Noches Magicas performances will feature three singers and four dance troupes, including the children's Folklorico troupe
                                  Constitution Day This is the Centennial. The Mexican Constitution was drafted in Santiago de Querétaro by a Constitutional Convention during the Mexican Revolution. It was approved by the Mexican Constitutional Congress on February 5, 1917.

Feb. 6 Monday  Day Off for Constitution Day (A Federal holiday, some cities & towns will have parades and celebrations. This is the Centennial)

Feb 7-11 Island Time Fishing Tournament

Feb. 9  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Sunset ~6:40p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Feb. 10  6:39 followed by a lunar eclipse
Feb. 11  7:36
Feb. 12  8:31
Feb. 13  9:24
    Feb. 14  10:16   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Feb 11-16 National Artisans Fair 11a-10p Town Square

Feb. 12  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 14  Tuesday  Valentine's Day

Feb. 16  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 19  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 23  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 24  Friday   Flag Day

Feb. 24-28  Carnaval 

Coronation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Town Square / 8p
Dance to Live Music by MegaBoom

Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Dance Show & Live Music
Kimbara Show (*Here's a version sung by Celia & Tito: )
Town Square / 8p

Begins at the monument in front of the Naval base on Rueda Medina.
Concludes in front of the Posada Beach (*aka Playa Centro) / 3p
Live DJ music at the Posada Beach and in the street of Rueda Medina.
Performances by Children's Dance Troupes & Persons w Disabilities.
Children's Costume Contest
Children's Show of Botargas (*Costumed Characters like Barney & Dr Simi)
Town Square / 3p
Performance by Senior Citizens Carnaval Dance Troupe
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes of Diversity
Daudeth Alarcon: Master of Ceremonies
Dance to Live Music
Town Square / 8p

Begins at the monument in front of the Naval base on Rueda Medina.
Concludes in front of the Posada Beach (*aka Playa Centro) / 3p
Traditional Night
Carnaval Dance Troupes
Adult Costume Contest
Nani Namu & Stars Show (*Comedy & Dance & Crossdressing)
Dance to Live Music
Town Square / 8p

Negrada & Toro Petate / In the town streets after noon
(*La Negrada celebrates the Afro-Caribbean roots of Carnaval & also dressing as opposite sex. Toro Petate features a dance-fight w one character in a huge costume.)
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Burning of Juan Carnaval
Last Will & Testament of Juan Carnaval
Dance to live music by Junior Klan
Town Square / 8p

Carnaval Dance Troupe from Holbox "Las Dormadoras" dancing in the streets of Isla Mujeres.

Photos by Bruce from Carnaval 2015

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20.

Yoga at the Casa Cultura on Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6pm. On the back street, Guerrero, at Abasolo.

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