Monday, February 19, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, Feb. 19

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

There's an article about paving roads in the Continental Zone.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

  Approximately 80 artisans from 15 states of  Mexico are participating in the "Orgullo y Tradición" /Pride and Tradition Craft Pavilion in Isla Mujeres, which was inaugurated this weekend. 
     The event is organized by the Government of the State of Quintana Roo, through the Secretariat of Economic Development (SEDE), in coordination with the National Fund for the Promotion of Crafts (FONART) and the City of Isla Mujeres. 
       Leonel Povedano Castillo, general director of Economic Development in Isla Mujeres, said the artisans will display and sell their works to the general public from the 16th  until February 19, from 9:00 am, at the Town Square, in front to the Municipal Palace.
        We are very happy to host an event so important for the economic development of our state and through which we provide important support to local and national producers, "said the official. There are about 10 Isla Mujeres participating. 
       The inauguration was attended by the General Secretary of the City Council, Antonio Coronado Rojas, and a representative of FONART. LINK 

     Personnel with the Navy based in Isla Mujeres (the Fifth Naval Region) rescued two people aboard a small boat named "FAIS DO DO" which was adrift approximately 74 kilometers (40 nautical miles) north of Isla Mujeres. The Command and Control Center of the Secretary of the Navy received a call reporting that the boat"FAIS DO DO" ​​was adrift with two people of US nationality aboard.
       Therefore, the departure was ordered of a Defender vessel from the Naval Maritime Search, Rescue and Surveillance Station of Isla Mujeres, which located the small boat with its crew on board. They towed the boat to the Bay of Isla Mujeres, where Naval Health personnel performed medical evaluations on the crew, finding them in good health. 
     With these actions, the Department of the Navy-Armada of Mexico as a National Maritime Authority, reaffirms its commitment to the citizenry to safeguard human life at sea, as well as ensuring that Mexico has clean, safe and efficient ports. LINK 

     The company Naveganto formally began operations on Sunday, operating hourly from 5:05am to 10:05pm between Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez, offering fares below Ultramar, and a few pesos lower than Marinsa. The round trip fare for residents on Naviganto is 70 pesos, which is 14 pesos less than the 84 pesos charged by Ultramar, while the rate is 76 pesos on Marinsa. 
     It is important to note that the rates for residents of Quintana Roo are the same as those for islanders, which makes it attractive for residents of Cancun and other municipalities to visit the island.  
      The opportunity to use the Naveganto ferry is considered very attractive, since it is cheaper by 6 pesos compared to its closest competitor Marinsa, whose crossing takes longer, and 14 pesos cheaper than the strongest competitor, Ultramar, who offer fast, comfortable boats, if one takes into account that Naveganto's boats are good and equally comfortable.
   The prices are the same for island and Quintana Roo residents, 35 pesos one way, 70 pesos round trip, and children are 13 pesos one way and 25 pesos round trip. Student tickets are 14 pesos one way and 25 pesos round trip. The rate for those with an INAPAM credential (seniors) is 20 pesos one way and 40 pesos round trip. LINK 
   (Note: A round trip tourist fare on Ultramar is 300 pesos and 265 on Naveganto.)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Navy rescued foreign sailboat  
Marina rescata velero extranjero [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  This article has the same information as the TVIM article above and also notes that the last intervention by the Navy was the rescue of seven Cubans on February 3, adrift on a makeshift raft, 237 kilometers northwest of Isla Mujeres (sic usually they are northeast). Every year the Navy performs a dozen rescues, including transportation of sick passengers on cruises that frequent, occur in the Yucatan Channel, including several cases in recent times.

Everything is ready for the final tournament  
Todo listo para la gran final+] Ver masFull article at this link
     The Real Villanueva and Novatos teams moved ahead in the semifinals of the Municipal Soccer League and obtained the right to play in the grand final of the tournament next Saturday night.

Trilanchiapas wins "lightning" soccer tournament
Trilanchiapas gana torneo relámpago de futbol. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Feb. 18   Last night the "Trilanchiapas" team won last night the lightning soccer tournament, organized by the Autonomous Cohesion Association of Citizen Entrepreneurship (CADEC). Eight teams of young people participated in the tournament over several days.  The CADEC association is committed to strengthening  social fabric by distancing children and youths from harmful practices that can affect their health.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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, 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.


February Events
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On Mondays & Thursdays there are poker tournaments at 6p at El Patio.

Feb. 1 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 1 Start of two month ban on grouper fishing

Feb. 2 Friday Candlemas (If you got the baby in your piece King's cake, today you're providing tamales).

Feb. 2 Friday: World Wetlands Day (Usually there is a clean up in the mangroves).

Feb. 4 Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 5 Constitution Day (National Holiday)

Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
                                                                    Sunset ~6:30p
Jan. 31 7:01
Feb. 1 8:05 
Feb. 2  9:06
Feb. 3 10:04
Feb. 4 11:00
Feb. 5  11:54 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Feb. 8 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 8 Thursday Convention Center 7p Dance Troupes performing & competing at the Baile de Carnaval for women - Tribute to Michael Jackson Each troupe will dance for 15-20 minutes and judging criteria includes: Choreography, projection, performance, technique, group execution, and audience response, as well as originality, creativity, and total effect. Prizes are 15,000 pesos, 10,000, and 5000.

Feb. 9-13 Friday thru Tuesday:  Carnaval  

February. 9 Gala Night
Coronation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval in all the categories and guests.
Presentation of dance troupes (performances)
Dance to the music of the band "MegaBoom"
Town Square 8p

February 10
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Cuban Night
Presentation of the King & Queen of Carnaval
Presentation of Carnaval dance troupes (performances)
Band: "El Fresa y la Sentencia"
Town Square 8p

February 11
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval  Parade
Starting by the Naval base and going up Rueda Medina 4p

Children's Afternoon of Fantasy
Presentation of the King & Queen of Carnaval, Show of costumed characters, bouncy houses, Carnaval dance troupes, Children's costume contest.
Town Square 5p

Diversity Fantasy Night
Presentation of the Kings and Queens of Carnaval
Carnaval Dance Troupes (performances)
Show of Transformismo
Town Square 8p

February 12
Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval Parade
Starting by the Naval base and going up Rueda Medina 4p

Carnaval Monday
Presentation of the Kings and Queens of Carnaval
Costume Contest for Adults
Comedy Show by international imitator Pierre David
Musical performance by "Michael Stuart & Jemanuel & los Panas de Venezuela"
Town Square 8p

 February 13
 Music by DJ's starting at 3p on Rueda Medina (Usually at Playa Centro)

Carnaval Tuesday
Presentation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval
Presentation of Carnaval dance troupes (performances)
Burning of Juan Carnaval & the reading of his last Will & Testament
Dance to the music of the band "Super Lamas"
Town Square 8p

Feb. 13-18 Tuesday thru Sunday Isla Time Music & Fishing Festivals Link to FB page
   Feb. 14 Wed. 6:30 Free performances on Town Square by Jorge Blanco, Love and Theft, LOCASH and Amara Givelove, Kim Paige, and Kristy Osmunson and food available "Taste of Isla".

Feb. 14 Wednesday  It's also Dia del Amor y la Amistad "Valentine's Day" & Ash Wednesday

Feb. 15 Thursday Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb 15- 19 The Artisan's Pavilion is on the Town Square, opening daily at 9am, with artisans, both local and from other regions, offering their products, including at least ten from Isla Mujeres. This is their third year, and they offer interesting handmade items at reasonable prices.

Feb. 18 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

 Feb. 22 Thursday: Artist Fair 3-8p Casa de la Cultura (on Guerrero at Abasolo)

Feb. 24 Flag Day

 Feb. 25 Sunday Noches Magicas performances 8p Town Square

Feb. 28 Wednesday Last day of lobster season until four month ban ends July 1. 
  Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres   

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