Saturday, April 20, 2013

Improvements At General Hospital, 2.8 Million For Infrastructure, Preparing To Protect Turtles In Isla Mujeres News Saturday, April 20 Today's Articles: The Final Edition

..This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte



2.8 Million Pesos In Federal Funds For Infrastructure

A federal official with the Ministry of Rural, Territorial, and Urban Development, (SEDATU),  Cástulo Ramírez, met with city officials to offer 2, 846,405 pesos in federal funds for the development of infrastructure in Isla Mujeres through the program "Habitat".  This is twice the amount that was available last year, and under the new rules, this year the municipality must contribute 40 percent in matching funds, while last year that amount was 50 percent. The Mayor said the funds are likely to be used on the island and mainland for public works such as lighting, drainage, water, paving, sidewalks and other infrastructure. During the meeting, the Mayor asked the federal official for support with expediting the documents submitted to CORETT to legalize and register the deeds of the colonias in the area of Ciudad Mujeres, since they have been delayed by a change in the State Property Registry. He offered his support for the development of Ciudad Mujeres. He said the amounts of the budgets for other federal programs in Isla Mujeres, such as Su Casa/Your House, Rescuing Public Spaces/ Rescate de Espacios Públicos, and Human Settlements and Rural Housing At Risk/ Riesgo de Asentamientos Humanos y Vivienda Rural are pending.  Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez & municipal website/

Preparing To Protect Sea Turtles: Nesting Season Starts Soon
The Director of Parks and Museums, , Esteine Ruiz Batúm, said they are cleaning the pens where the turtle eggs will be incubated in the upcoming sea turtle nesting season. They eggs will be rescued from the beaches by those who monitor them at night. Recently a municipal committee was formed, and these efforts include coordination by personnel from the Navy, Civil Protection, Environment, and Public Safety (police), as well as volunteers. Officially the season begins May 15, but the staff will begin their night watches sooner, to protect the sea turtles. The main beaches where they arrive and nest are: El Rastro, Playa Angar, Barranco, Acapulquito, Punta Sur, in front of the high school  Colegio de Bachilleres, La Media Luna, the beach by  colonia Chiapanecos, Piedra Rota and Sac-bajo. Last year over 89,000 eggs were collected and 84,405 baby turtles were released, of which 100 were hawksbill, 6305 were loggerheads, and 78,000 were green turtles. (The hawksbill start laying before the others, and last year only one nest was found and protected. Hawksbill shells were  were once commonly used for combs, and jewelry & such.)  Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez

Independent Candidate Makes Request
Ana Luisa Leal is seeking an independent candidacy in district XIV, but providing the required signatures from her supporters is complicated by the cost of going to the island, which is 140 pesos for a round trip. She says many of the people who support her are poor and cannot afford to travel to the island to present their documents and signatures. She is asking for a location to be made available on the mainland. She said with the deadline coming up on April 25, she is running out of time to collect the required 1090 signatures, and currently only has 100 signatures. Source: Quequi/María Cristina de la Cruz

Improvements at the General Hospital

The hospital director said there have been changes made and now the pharmacy on the premises is under the control of the hospital, and as of this weekend will have its inventory and be able to supply drugs and treatments to the beneficiaries of Seguro Poplar. He said they have made a request to the State Health Department to repair the broken X ray machine, and meanwhile the Naval Hospital is supplying that service. This week they hired a new doctor and next month they plan to hire an ultra sound specialist. The hospital was also been painted and cleaned on Friday. Source: Por Esto

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On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Sorry..No time for those last two sections today! Have a great Saturday!

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

  The Early Edition with the newspaper photographs and headlines is usually published around sunrise.
This Final Edition with the translated articles, plus original photos including the sunrise and the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section usually publishes around noon.
Both blogs always have links to the original articles.
 Usually if an article is "missing",  it may have been published in another paper recently, and a previous post.

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