Thursday, June 20, 2013

City Sponsors Environmental Workshops In Schools, Whale Shark Festival & Parade Manana, Nearly 15,000 Turtle Eggs, Flamenco Show, Increased Tourism With Improved Weather In Isla Mujeres News Thursday, June 20 Articles & Events: The Afternoon Edition

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



  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Campus of the University of Quintana Roo: In the Continental Zone

Negotiations with property owners

Campus de la Universidad de Quintana Roo, en la ZC

Jueves, 20 de Junio de 2013 00:42

Negocian con propietarios el predio

The Mayor announced plans to build a Universidad de Quintana Roo campus in the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres, in coordination with state government and using resources from the Federal Government. He is negotiating with different owners of tracts of land, to see if there is a possibility of a donation of about 5 hectares, or another option is to arrange a land swap with owners. This project will allow more that 350 students to pursue their higher educations in Isla Mujeres. 
ISLA MUJERES, 19 de junio.- 
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Ready for the Sixth Whale Shark Festival 2013:  June 21-23

Alistan VI Festival del Tiburón Ballena 2013

Jueves, 20 de Junio de 2013 00:38

Del 21 al 23 de este mes

The community and tourism sector will offer an official welcome for the world's largest fish to the waters of the municipality, with a parade called "Noho’ch Utz Kay" which is a Mayan phrase meaning "Gran Pez Bueno" (Good Big Fish). The official welcome and parade will involve visitors, and in this manner they can learn more about Mayan culture as they participate in these events. The festival begins with the parade  on June 21 which is scheduled to start at 5pm on Adolfo Lopez Mateos Avenue, next to the telegraph office (?oficina de telégrafos) and go to the Town Square. 
   On the Town Square stage there will be a festival and children's costume contest following the parade, with a theme of marine life, in coordination with CENDI (day care). On Sunday, in coordination with DIF (social service agency) and the Dept. of Sports & Recreation, starting at 8am there will be a sand sculpture contest with a theme of whale shark conservation, as well as sports games for the enjoyment of families and visitors. The prizes for the children and youths will include passes to visit attractions of the island.
ISLA MUJERES, 19 de junio.- 
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 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de El Quintanarroense

Celebration of whale sharks Celebrarán al tibu­rón balle­na
. Por Ovidio López - Isla Mujeres
After giving information about the parade, this article says a scientific presentation was anticipated about the advances made of investigations of this species, but in fact according to the data collected the level of protection offered by the tour providers who bring tourists to the area is not good. There have been violations of the agreed upon standards for some years, to not harass the animals, but there are videos and photos of them being "penned" by a dozen boats. PROFEPA (Federal Environmental Protection Agency) has not sanctioned anyone for this. The Mexican Navy also performs inspections at their discretion (rea­li­za una ins­pec­ción dis­cre­ta), while the Port Authority says it monitors the exit points. There have been allegations that boats under 40 feet went out when the port was closed to small boats because of strong waves/currents. (fuerte marea). Although the guides are trained that are on the tour boats with permits, but there are complaints of boats operating who do not have permits. The article says coordinated inter-agency efforts are urgently needed between the Navy, PROFEPA, and the associations of the tour providers.

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Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Conclusion of workshops about environmental care

Concluyen talleres del cuidado al ambiente

For the first time in Isla Mujeres, City sponsored Environmental Education has been offered in the various local elementary schools, teaching the values of respecting the environment . The workshops  included a project at Cesar Mendoza Elementary that was proposed by the Mayor,  in which children submitted letters and drawings of their suggestions of ways to improve the island.  These efforts at environmental education were aimed at children between  6 and 12 years of age. The activites included recycling workshops, cleaning campaigns, protection of Iguanas and Blue Crabs, reforestation of primary schools, and plays (theater). The workshops end this weekend, and these different methods of learning to care for the environment were well received and enjoyed by the children and teachers.


Preparing for the whale shark festival in Isla Mujeres

Seeking to include tourists to familiarize them with Mayan culture

Preparan el festival del tiburón ballena en Isla Mujeres

Buscan la participación del turismo para que conozca más sobre la cultura maya.

Realizarán el desfile conmemorativo llamado Noho’ch utz kay. (Lanrry Parra/SIPSE)
Lanrry Parra/SIPSE notes that following this important parade, there will be a festival attended by Mayor Hugo Sánchez Montalvo;  president of  DIF (the social service agency), Eunice Sánchez; and biologist Catalina Galindo, of the  Asociación Civil: Amigos de Isla Contoy, as well as people associated with the traditional contest of children's costumes.
Diario La Verdad
Diario La Verdad

 por esto

Mejora la actividad turística[+] Ver mas
Improved tourist activity
On Wednesday, boat tour business improved and tourists were taking advantage of the suns rays at the beautiful beaches and waters of this destination. People were swimming and playing volleyball and soccer, as well as resting and having massages. At the beginning of the week, there was concern about the arrival of tropical wave number 3, but the weather improved by Wednesday when normal nautical activities resumed. Tourists were taking tours to El Farito, Isla Contoy, and other destinations offered by the islanders. The Harbor Master opened the port on Tuesday afternoon for navigation by small boats, and the fishermen and operators were able to go back to work. He said the forecast for today is improved, but this weekend a tropical disturbance could cause rains and high winds.
  The restaurant sector also rebounded on Wednesday, and it is hoped that improved tourism will continue next week, since the lobster season is about to start (July 1) which brings multiple economic benefits to the restaurants since tourists visiting Isla Mujeres enjoy consuming these types of dishes.

Incubating more that 14,700 turtlesResguardadas más de 14 mil 700 tortugas+] Ver mas

So far this year, at the Tortugranja (Turtle Farm) they have rescued 127 nests and are incubating 14,773 turtle eggs. Efforts by staff and volunteers began in May, and this year they are expecting to exceed last year's statistics. After the eggs begin hatching, there will be public turtle releases, which are events that contribute both to tourism and to public awareness about turtle conservation. The head of this program, Esteyne Ruíz Batúm, head of the Parks & Museums Department, reminded people not to consume turtle products,  noting that this species is endangered and their consumption has been banned for several years. (varios años) (Mexico declared a ban on hunting sea turtles & eggs in 1990  source: NPR)
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From MVC B&B :  June Events

Friday June 21: Summer Solstice
Fri-Sun June 21-23:  Whale Shark Festival  See below for events
Sat & Sun June 22 & 23 : Super Full Moon (6:50, 7:50, & ~hour later nightly)

Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year. BTW the serpent shadow moving on the steps of Chichen Itza occurs with the Equinoxes.

Super Moon of June: The biggest brightest moon of the year
This year the Supermoon will be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical Full Moon is. This is a result of the Moon reaching its perigree — the closest that it gets to the Earth during the course of its orbit. During perigree on June 23 the Moon will be “only” about 221,824 miles away, as compared to the 252,581 miles away that it is at its furthest distance from the Earth (apogee). Source link  

Whale Shark Festival Parade Friday....

Turismo De Isla Mujeres  Te invitamos a participar al Festival del Tiburon Ballena, decora tu carrito con motivos marinos este viernes 21 de junio a partir de las 4:30 pm. Informes al tel. 8770307. We invite you to participate in the Whale Shark Festival by decorating your golf cart with sea themes this Friday June 21st at 4:30pm, for more info call 877 0307

Turismo De Isla Mujeres Festival del Tiburon Ballena, participa en el desfle alusivo al pez mas grande, dandole su bienvenida. Ademas concurso de disfraces infantil
Participate in the parade for the biggest fish, welcoming you! Also a child's costume contest. 
The poster says..
5p Parade - starting at Mateo Lopez Avenue, down Main Street Rueda Medina and ending at the Town Square
6:10p - Inauguration at Town Square Stage
6:20 - Children's Costume Contest with 2 categories: CENDI (nursery school age) and Kindergarten  
7:45 Live Music at Town Square Stage
9am  Sand Sculpture Contest & DJ at Posada Beach
11am Sports Activities at Posada Beach

 Live Music
 In Isla Mujeres: On Thursday's

The Joint  1-4  Marco-Reggae LINK 

Casa de los Suenos 4-7  Banda Sin Nombre   Half priced appetizers LINK fb

Iguanas 6:30-8:30   Varies  

Sunset Grill 6-7:30 Keyboard & Vocals  LINK


Fenix: Thurs-Sun 8-10  Latin Jazz w/Fabio  LINK

Faynes 8-10 Raul Alexis  LINK

El Patio 8:30-11  La Guera & Willys Blues    LINK 


Faynes Banda Sin Nombre 10:30-12:15   LINK

Bahia Tortuga 7:30 Movie night  LINK 

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

Jul Isla posted a photo to your timeline.
Don´t Miss this Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to travel from Isla Mujeres to Honduras aboard a very Unique Sailing Ship! Inbox me for more details
From Tiffany of Barlitos--
The deadline for the July 4th Artist Fair is this Saturday, June 22nd. You can submit your payment/paperwork at Barlito, 8am to 3pm. We look forward to having another great Artist Fair in the Square!
Chinese food in BUFALO too! order 50 pesos, included 1 spring roll, rice, and two different stews.
1.-Vermicelli with chicken and vegetables.
2.-Tagcu liji sweet chicken
3.-Gongbao jiding chicken with peanuts and vegetables.
4.-Chow fan.
5.-Orange chicken.
6.- Special soup with vermicelli, chicken and eggs.
7.-Spring rolls.(vegetables and chicken)
BUFALO te ofrece los mejores antojitos mexicanos y la comida china autentica.

Buffalo offers the best Mexican snacks Mexican and Chinese food for this afternoon and evening at the best prices. We have too Banana cake, lemon pie, chocolate chip cookies and iced with real fruit. DELICIOUS!!
come and taste the delicious smoothies! made with natural fruit here in BUFFALO!
 Fashion Tour TV program will feature Isla Mujeres on June 23 at 2pm on Unicable.  (There are a couple different versions on YouTube..this is the one given in this link . )
¡No se pierdan a #IslaMujeres este domingo 23 de junio, el programa Fashion Tour, a las 14hrs, tiempo de #México a través de Unicable!

HERE is a very nice two minute video of the sandy streets & scenery of Isla Holbox

Photo & caption by Bruce:
You're not the boss of me.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota.....Ignacio Acosta Casanova shared Science Museum of Minnesota's photo.  Excelente.
The world premiere of Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed is a week away. Our building is ready!

Tiffany Yenawine Wareingposted toBarlito, bakery & market cafe and Sonrisas Catering on Isla Mujeres, MX On hot & humid summer days our Israeli Salad hits the spot, fresh tomato, cucumber, red onion, chick peas, black olives & feta tossed w/ olive oil, lime, garlic, oregano & salt. Make your lips smile & your belly happy at Barlito!
Jackie Conlon  One of my favorite places when it's humid. — at Brisas Grill.

This is not from Isla Mujeres, but it is an interesting, brief documentary about an aspect of Mexican popular culture, by the BBC, The Masks of Lucha Libre LINK  "It's more fiesta than Fight Club".
Caribe Mexicano shared Isla Mujeres's photo.
The Whale Shark Festival is this weekend! You should come!  El Festival del Tiburón Ballena es este fin de semana! ¡Deberías venir!
Jackie Conlon Pool day — at Villa Vera Puerto Isla Mujeres.

Jackie Conlon  with Brisas Grill R P at Brisas Grill. Cesar Salad
Ham, sausage, artichoke pizza

Ann Copeland BoothSunrise 6-20-13--

We only got ~an hour of rain from what is now TS Barry...and a coupla days of overcast skies.
NOAA NWS National Hurricane CenterTropical Storm Barry is expected to make landfall this morning with the center crossing the coastline of southern Mexico just northwest of the city of Veracruz. Tropical storm conditions are occurring over the coast in the warning area. The main threat continues to be the heavy rains that could cause significant flooding and mud slides over a large portion of southern Mexico.Get the latest on Barry, including warnings and graphics, on the NHC website at
Ann Copeland Booth  At the Turtle Farm
Last 24 hrs "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

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This Afternoon/Final Edition has translated articles, events, and original photos with the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section.
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 Usually if  there is a headline, but no translation,  it was probably published in another paper recently, and the information was a previous post, usually in the past couple days.

1 comment:

  1. Too many boats going out to find the whale sharks. This needs to be more strictly controlled; the problem is not the boats leaving IM, it is the unregulated boats leaving private docks from Cancun.


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