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Fishing tournament: Beneficial for tourism
Destaca Juan Carrillo con torneo de pesca
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de mayo.-.
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de mayo.-.
Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, said his administration supports events that generate economic improvement for the island's inhabitants, such as the International Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martinez Magaña", which will be held from May 19 to 21st. He said this important event is organized by the municipal government, and is one of the most "consolidated" (consolidados) with fans of this sport, both in Mexico and the US, therefore this 14th edition is expected to have a good turnout of participants and visitors.
He said, "The tournament is exciting and fun for fans of the sport, both islanders and those who come from other parts of Mexico and from abroad. We expect it to be very successful this year, and of course, to offer great benefits to those who make their living from tourism in Isla Mujeres."
The International Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña" was the first to implement the "catch and release" modality, and today it is a magnet for tourists and foreign fishing enthusiasts, which contributes to maintaining optimal levels of hotel occupancy on the island.
The general coordinator for the tournament, Humberto Moguel, thanked the Mayor for the facilities and support. He said they expect more than 120 boats to register and are offering prizes which total to more than a million pesos in value.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
Islanders compete in state level of the Olympiad of Children's Knowledge
Olympiad of Children's Knowledge (OCI) at the state capitol, Chetumal, on Friday. The mayor gave them encouragement, and presented them with diplomas and economic support. They will face students from the different municipalities of Quintana Roo to determine who will represent Quinatana Roo in the national phase of the OCI. The students received their awards in the office of the mayor and they are: Romel Oswaldo Tun May, of the school César Mendoza Santana, Miguel Angulo Contreras of the school Jean Piaget, Cinthia Jolette of Santos Izquierdo and Bryan Misael Chan Poot, of Enrique Estrella Oxte. (The last two are on the mainland).
City employees receive loans from ISSSTE
Thanks to efforts by the mayor of Isla Mujeres, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, with the Federal Delegation of the Institute of Social Security for the Service of Education Workers (ISSSTE), this afternoon loans were presented to City employees this afternoon by Cora Amalia Castilla Madrid, federal delegate for ISSSTE in the state. She thanked the Mayor for the efforts he has made and said the agency she represents will always provide a helping hand to provide services in the best possible manner.
During the municipal administration of Juan Carrillo Soberanis, he has been able to increase the amount of credit provided by ISSSTE, streamline and simplify the procedures, and to arrange to have a worker from the agency brought to the isle to present the loans, in order to avoid additional expenses for City employees. Officials who attended the event are named.
"Hat Breakfast" to raise money for CAVI
See translation in the Por Esto section below
Isla Mujeres is ready for the Fishing Tournament
Finalizing details for the International Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña"
International Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña" and to ensure the reputation of Isla Mujeres as a top-level and high-end fishing destination, the municipal government, headed by Juan Carrillo Soberanis, issued instructions regarding the fine tuning of all remaining details.
This morning a tour was made by officials including directors of the municipal agencies of Economic Development, ZOFEMAT (Federal Maritime Zone agency), Tourism, and Public Safety (Police) and Traffic.They were led by senior official Abiran Fuentes Cruz, and made a tour down Rudea Medina and nearby areas from the Caribe cooperative to the Posada del Mar, to ensure that work was carried out to provide security and a quality event for islanders and visitors.
The municipal Director of Public Security and the Traffic Department (the chief of police) announced the south to north lane of Rueda Medina (main street) will be closed from the Caribe cooperative to the Posada del Mar on Saturday from 7a to 7p and on Sunday from 7a to 6p.
Friday, 8pm behind the Casa de la Cultura, Imagine Circus Show
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
Zeta gas truck causes damage to storm drain grates
Due to the fragility and poor condition of the storm drainage grates in colonia Salinas, by the old Oasis, the Zeta gas delivery truck fell into one of the storm drains, where the water flows. This caused alarm among the neighbors since it had at least a half dozen propane tanks as cargo.
The accident occurred on Thursday morning, when the gas truck was going from south to north along pronlongacion Martinez Ross Avenue, and a garbage truck was coming from the opposite direction. The gas truck yielded to the trash truck but the grate didn't hold the weight of the gas truck and it fell into the storm drain channel. This caused alarm because in addition to the noise, there was fear that a cyclinder had fallen from the truck and could cause an explosion.
There have been complaints on social networks about the poor state of the grates and the potential danger, including one FB user who said he has complained directly to the Mayor and other officials, including the Director of Civil Protection, but hasn't gotten a response. It is noted that this is the route the leads to "Cesar Mendoza Santana" elementary school, with concerns that an accident could involve a child or mother.
Boat ambulance receiving new motors
The maritime ambulance that is under the responsibility and protection of the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo) is undergoing maintenance, and meanwhile emergency transfers will be available with assistance from a private individual, according to Alicia Ricalde Magaña , Director of APIQRoo. The two "Mercury" outboard engines were having problems and are being replaced with two "Yamaha" motors.
She said the investment for this work was about 700,000 pesos and they are currently continuing to work on the adaptation of the two new motors, which is under the supervision of Wilbert Ancona. She explained that the motors were acquired during the last administration, but they were kept in the APIQRoo facilities in Cozumel.
She said the adaptation has been laborious, but the boat should be operating at 100 percent in another week. Meanwhile, with the help of a private individual, there is coordination with the hospital to continue offering this service. She said it is a priority that emergency transfer service continues to be available, and it is important that the boat is in optimum condition.
Final details for Fishing Tournament
CROC union will offer financing for housing to members
CROC union leader in Isla Mujeres, Román Maldonado Euán, said at least 150 union workers are expected to benefit from the housing finance program. He said this is one of 16 social programs that the union offers on a national level, which includes the members on the island. This one way to give the worker options to have a decent home, which they all deserve, he said.
Representatives of the CADU realty company will visit all the workplaces between May 15 and June 15, and will assist employees with the loan process to help them obtain the necessary documents and meet all the requirements to obtain credit. About 20 percent of the 800 workers are expected to benefit, which is about 160 hotel and restaurant employees in Isla Mujeres. He said that among the workers are employees of the hotels and restaurants, such as accountants and administrators, who are not affiliated with the CROC union, who will also benefit.
Seeking a name for the rescued dolphin
May 18 After more than two weeks since the stranded dolphin was rescued from on the the Caribbean beaches of Isla Mujeres, Dolphin Discovery has issued an invitation to choose the ideal name for the animal, which they expect to liberate in the near future.
Four names were proposed on a video, which was posted on Thursday and has received more than 2000 views at this time. (Update on Friday morning, it has 9500 views). By selecting one of the four Facebook reaction icons, people can choose a name for the dolphin, who continues to gain weight and could be released next week. The options are Paki, Isleño, Itzae and Paal Yaax
Last week, Roberto Sánchez Okrucry, head of veterinarians at Dolphin Discovery, explained that the dolphin was recovering well, but they want him to gain weight so they can release him. He said, "The dolphin was very underweight when he arrived, and now he is eating on his own, but we are concerned about his weight." Therefore they are feeding him so that he can gain at least 20 more kilograms (~45lbs). The veterinarian said he did not know how much longer he would remain under observation, but after he gains at least ~20 kilos, they will talk to the authorities about setting him free.
LINK to video on FB from DD which says....On May 3 a dolphin was beached on a beach in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo. With help from City officials, tourists, and specialists from Dolphin Discover, he was taken to a secure, safe area at the Tortugranja facility. After various studies and a great deal of work by our specialists and veterinarians, the dolphin has improved considerably. And we are working together to enable him to return to his habitat. But first, we would like you to help us find a name for him, one that is as special as he is and that will help us to always remember him. Vote!
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
Festivities begin tonight outside the Church of Immaculate Conception
Esta noche inician los festejos en la explanada de la parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción[+] Ver masFull article at this link
May 18 Everything is ready for the two days of festivities to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Catholic faith in Isla Mujeres. On Friday evening, Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo, bishop of the Cancún-Chetumal prelature, will inaugurate a mural of 30 square meters on the sides of the presbytery of the parish of the Immaculate Conception which describes this historical event. He will also inaugurate a museum in one wing of the church which contains historical data about the development of the faith among the islanders. A ticket for the event is 150 pesos and when it is presented at the ferry office, visitors can obtain a discounted round trip ticket for 84 pesos.
Quarterfinals tomorrow in the "Champion Premier" League
Mañana cuartos de final de la Liga “Champion Premier”+] Ver masFull article at this link
On Monday, the Isla Mujeres team in the under 17 categore, in the soccer league "Champion Premier", qualified to compete in the quarterfinals, after beating Playa del Carmen by a score of 2-1, in dramatic game, in which young Martin Ongay scored both goals and avoided a tie in the final part of the game.
On Saturday they will play Pumas Rever at the soccer field in colonia Salinas at 5pm, which is expected to be a difficult game. Then they will play at the same field on Saturday, May 27 against the team named "Cozumel", who are from Cancun.
Benefit to raise funds
Realizan actividades para recaudar fondos[+] Ver masFull article at this link
A "Hat Breakfast" was held to raise funds for the Center for Attention to Domestic Violence (CAVI) to assist minors who are victims of domestic violence. Support was coordinated by volunteers with the Fifth Region Naval Base in Isla Mujeres and the DIF social service agency for this traditional event, which is one of the first scheduled activites to collect money for this social problem.
The president of the DIF, Mrs. Paola Orrico de Carrillo, led the event, which was held in the Multiple Purpose Room of the Navy. She thanked the guests and spoke about being committed to continuing to work at eradicating domestic violence. She said the funds raised will be allocated to the rehabilitation of CAVI, which will provide better and more timely care to those who come daily for help.
She said, "This action is extremely important, because the island's citizens arrive with a need to improve their quality of life and by providing them with adequate and optimal facilities we begin a process of rapid recovery." The needs of the residents of the municipality who are in a vulnerable state are many and resources are limited, and I appreciate the great support of all the women who are with us today." Names of some of the attendees are given, which included officials from DIF organizations in nearby municipalities and from the Isla Mujeres DIF, the mother and sister of the Mayor, and a coordinator for volunteer work with the Red Cross.
Updating street name signs
Renuevan nomenclatura Ver masFull article at this link
New street signs are being installed in colonia Amplifacation la Gloria, because previously many of the street names were just painted on the buildings. Now they are on their own poles in the sidewalks, which should help visitors find their way around. There has not been an announcement about the cost or the stages of installation, but is is believed that during the course of the year, they will attend to all of the colonias.
In other news, the Director of ZOFEMAT (Federal Maritime Zone agency) has said the about 20 percent of the 1000 concessionaires are behind on their payments and will be required to catch up. Two notifications have been sent out in the past two months, and the agency intends to reduce the current delinquencies in payments, and could begin enforcement later this month or in June.
|View from the rooms.|
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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.|
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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. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, Manolitos, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30 minutes to walk downtown.
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Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4, the Eta Aquarid meteor shower can be seen, but it peaks in the predawn hours of Friday and Saturday. It is caused by debris from Halley's Comet. The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (After moonset which is 1:33a on Wed, 2:18a on Thur., 3:00a on Fri, and 3:49 on Sat).
Wednesday, May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)
Wednesday, May 3 Basketball game Islanders vs Regatta sailors 7p Probably at the Convention Center since the downtown court is being renovated.
Friday & Saturday: Eta Aquarid meteor shower. The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (after moonset at 3:00a on Fri and 3:49 on Sat). Caused by debris from Halley's Comet,
Friday, May 5 Regatta Amigos. Isleno children (exceptional students aged 8-12) gather at Buhos at 10am, leave for the boats a half hour later and depart at noon for their Regatta around the island
Friday, May 5 Anniversary of victory against French at Battle of Puebla "Cinco de Mayo"
Saturday, May 6 Fashion show at 8p on the Caribbean side of the Casa de la Cultura of Yucatecan traditional clothing and garments based on that style.
Sunday, May 7 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p: Dance troupes performing from Cancun & Isla Mujeres.
Wednesday, May 10 Mother's Day
Moon rise over the Caribbean
|May 10 7:15|
May 11 8:05
May 12 8:55
May 13 9:44
May 14 10:32
May 15 11:19
Painting by Pam Haase Link to website
Saturday, May 13 Artist of the Month Exhibition at aMar Cocina Peruana restaurant Featuring Laura Anileu 7:30p. On the back street Guerreo, north of Abasolo. Limited space, reservations (998) 274 3732
Festival of Caribbean Culture May 13, 15, 16, & 19
Painting: Workshop on the techniques of painting 6p
Music: Outside the Casa de la Cultura 7p
Rockabilly Malix Cats (Mx)
Sara Curruchich (Guatemala)
Monday, May 15 Music & Singing at the Guadalupana Church (across from Mango's)
Mayan Opera Concert 7pm
Tuesday, May 16 Casa de la Cultura
Play: "Let the Jungle tell you its story" 5:30
Painting: Caravan: Painting in Acction 7p
Music:Norma Espinosa & Nadia Arce (Mx) 8p
Singing in the Mother Languages Maria Mactezuma (Mx) 8:30p (outside)
Friday, May 19 Outside the Casa de la Cultura
Circense Imagine Show 8p
Saturday, May 20 Dance & Music outside the Casa de la Cultura 8p
Bailes Caribenos (Caribbean Dancing)
Chilangos de la Habana (Cuban...Chilangos are from Mexico City)
Sunday, May 14 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p (Mother's Day in the US)
Monday, May 15 Teacher's Day Día del Maestro
The starting date for Whale Shark Tour season hasn't been announced yet, so it is unknown if it will be May 17 (possibly thru Sept. 17). Will update when announced.
May 19, 20, 21 Cosme Magana Fishing Tournament
Friday is final registration & the Captain's dinner
The tournament is Saturday & Sunday
Sunday, May 21 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p
Sunday, May 28 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p
Monday, May 29 Memorial Day in the US
Thursday, June 1 Día de la Marina