Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Disappointing Hotel Occupancy With Weekend Tournament, Free Dental Services, Complaint Over Isla Blanca Sand Removal, Governor Gave Prizes & Announced Plans For Baseball Park Renovation, Work Begins On Taxista Colonia, Successful Sand Sculpture Contest In Isla Mujeres News Tuesday, May 21 Today's Articles: The Final Edition

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



Amayrani and Carlos triumph in sand sculpture competition

On Sunday morning 27 children participated in the sixth annual sand sculpture contest, held by the DIF as part of the tenth annual Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana, at the Posada beach. The Category A winner was Amayrani Sánchez with a lobster sculpture and the Category B winner was Carlos Eduardo Cárdenas, who created a seahorse. They each won an electronic tablet, and winners of second thru sixth places were given bicycles and toys. The judges considered originality, creativity, size, difficulty, and neatness, and the children were given two hours and an area of three and a half meters. Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez  

Complaint of Sand Removal on Isla Blanca
On May 16, the president of the Isla Blanca Homeowners Association. Asociación de Colonos de Isla Blanca, Carlos Augustoi Castells Galleti,  reported to authorities that sand was being illegally removed  from the area of kilometer 11 of the Isla Blanca road, in the terracería of Santa Fatima, at lot 18,  in the subdivision Francisco Javier, allegedly by Hector Da Silva. Sr. Da Salva and another man are accused of having intimidated homeowners,  who said this was the third time this has happened at this site, and that they have photographs and videos. The president of the HOA said since the police and municipal authorities have not responded, he will complain to other entities such as PROFEPA. He claims they are trying to sell the sand in Tres Rios, which is a federal offense. The offenders claim they have permission. Source: Diario Q Roo/Manuel Valdez   

Governor At Fishing Tournament Awards Ceremony
Governor Borge awarded the top ten prizes at the 10th annual Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana, with top winners being "Christina", with Captain Jose Luis Villanueva taking first,and "Sea Rose" with Capt Javier Zetina gaining second, both of Cozumel; while third place was won by "Ester" of Isla Mujeres, with Capt. Mark Howen. There were both Mexicans and foreigners competing. First place won 250,000 pesos, second won a Chevrolet pickup truck, third place was 100,000 pesos, fourth was fifty thousand, and fifth was twenty thousand. The Mayor accompanied the Governor at the ceremony. It was announced that there will soon be an investment in improving the baseball field, and noted that work continues on the last stage of the new hospital, and that the green light has been given for the construction of a new ferry terminal. (Actually construction started weeks ago and it is said to be 25 percent complete.). Source: La Verdad 

Hotels Report 48% Occupancy

Although occupancy during the fishing tournament was expected to reach up to 80 percent, it was reported it did not exceed sixty percent for the weekend. On Friday the overall occupancy was 48 percent, and on Saturday it was 50 percent, and on Sunday it was 48 percent. The operators of boat tours said their business did not increase as much as they expected. On Sunday there were many people visiting the beaches of Isla Mujeres, but the economic benefit to restaurants and boat tour operators were disappointing. The hoteliers and restauranteurs are pinning their hopes for increased business on July when the summer holiday begins. Source: Por Esto 

Dental Health Week Begins

On Monday National Oral Health Week began in Isla Mujeres with plans for more than 3,629 activities to raise awareness of the importance of oral health among children. These will take place May 20-24 and include training in tooth brushing techniques and flossing, with the use of disclosing tablets to detect areas of tartar buildup. Other activities include cleanings, cavity treatment, application of pit and fissure sealants, and extractions. They will take place at educational facitlities and different health and community centers. The staff of the General Hospital will visit two public and two private kindergarten/preschools, as well as two private and two public grade schools to teach the young students about oral health. Both the curative and preventative activities are free, and islanders are invited to go to the nearest Health Center and request the preventative dental health package. The First Week of National Dental Health in Isla Mujeres will be inaugurated on Monday , May 22, at 9am at the kindergarten preschool Tlaloc. Source Por Esto   

Heavy Machinery Begins Work On Taxista Colonia
The leader of the taxi drivers union, Eduardo Peniche Rodriquez, released information about the land on the mainland dedicated to forming a colonia of the taxistas. He siad the properties will be 20 meters by 10 meters, and the colonia will be divided into two stages, with the first stage involving the delivery of 300 lots to members of the union, and the second stage will give the operators and drivers access to a lot. He said there is currently heavy machinery creating the streets of this subdivision. He thanked the Governor for his support in making this dream come true for the taxistas.Source: Diario Respuesta/Jesus Molina  

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Sunrise this morning from MVC B&B

 On the internet in the past 24 hours...
Rick Melase  Isla Mujeres----- Tuesday
Clear. High of 86F with a heat index of 93F. Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph.
Hotel Posada Del Mar added a new photo.

Diane White Daniel
 Nutella and banana crepe — at Caffe Italia.
Since my wonderful husband wasn't here I had to eat the whole thing myself....  Nutella and banana crepe

Rob Herrin  — at Texas Holdem Poker.

Lalo ran away Sunday after his family moved with him across the street and he got a bad haircut! His legs and snout have long hair and the rest is grey. He is a black miniature French poodle, eight years of age, with an undescended testicle and one in place.
He belongs to my handyman Jose Flores, whom you can reach by calling me at ### ####. He is from the Salina Grande area of Isla Mujeres. Email me at westofcuba@gmail.com and I will call her!
Lalo ran away Sunday after his family moved with him across the street and he got a bad haircut! His legs and snout have long hair and the rest is grey. He is a black miniature French poodle, eight years of age, with an undescended testicle and one in place.
 He belongs to my handyman Jose Flores, whom you can reach by calling me at 274 0136. He is from the Salina Grande area of Isla Mujeres.

Last 24 hrs "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 translated.in a previous post.

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