Saturday, June 15, 2013

Queen Conch Poachers Caught, Navy Monitoring Seas For Whale Shark Tour "Pirates" & Beaches To Protect Turtles From Tourists & Poachers, Helping Firefighers & Lifeguards Stay Fit, Whale Shark Festival Next Weekend, Father's Day Manana, Live Music & Great Weather & Fine Food In Isla Mujeres News Saturday, June 15 Today's Articles & Events: The Afternoon Edition

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



Electoral Agency Encourages Voting

The Director of the Electoral Institiute of Quintana Roo, Jorge Mariquez, held a press conference, announcing that three weeks before the elections they are making good progress at promoting voting in businesses and among young people. The laboring group represents 688,840 votes and 48.8 percent of the population are young people. They Institute is reaching out via business organization such as CANACO, CANACINTRA, COMPARMEX, amont others, and alos at the universities where they are holding forums. They are hoping to meet or exceed the number who voted in Isla Mujeres in the 2010 election which had a participation of 69.5 percent.
    The campaign in businesses, called Democratically Responsible Businesses / Empresas Demo­cráti­camente Responsables aims to promote the participation of workers, considering that in  northern Quintana Roo, 80 percent work in the tertiary sector, the branch of tourism, principally.  According to a study of economic activity in 2013, of a total of 19,710 companies in Quintana Roo, 18,635 are in the tertiary sector, 1065 are secondary  (which includes construction and manufacturing, among others) and there are 10 agricultural companies. The last two categories are concentrated in the central and southern part of the state. Source Quintanarroense/Ovidio Lopez 

Carlos Gasca/Quequi reports the director assured the media, at the breakfast meeting, that they have been training personnel who will be working with the Electoral Institute, to result in an electoral process throughout the state that is clean, transparent, and peaceful. He said they are working to combat absenteeism and to increase the participation of young people since 48.8 percent of the population of Quintana Roo are young. This includes activities such as Roqueando porla Democracia”. (Rockin for Democracy..similar to the US "Rock The Vote" slogan), aimed at those between 18 and 35.
   The director said, "We have had discussions with  students in order to encourage their participation in this next election, the next week we will have a reflective event with the participation of universities of the Northern zone, dedicating  15 minutes to looking at the proposals for the candidates." These proposals will be passed along to representatives of the political parties so they will become familiar with the vision of the students about policies for our state."

Diario Respuesta/Jesus Molina reports the Electoral Institute of QRoo held a workshop for the media on electoral processes, at a local restaurant. He gave advice on how to better handle electoral information.

Monitoring For "Pirates" Offering Tours
The Harbor Master, Miguel Gonzalez Gil, said that during the whale shark season, May 15-September 15, authorities are monitoring for "pirates" who offer services but do not have permits to provide tours for swimming with the whale sharks. The zone being monitored includes this island and Contoy island, and this is a joint operation between the Mexican Navy and other authorities such at the National Park Service, PROFEPA, and the Port Authority & Harbor Master, among others. They review documentation and safety equipment. The Harbor Master said if "pirate" vessels are detected, sanctions of more that 10 minimum wages will be imposed, and if they are found to be residents, their permission will be cancelled. ( ...y de ser detectados como residentes se les cancelará su permiso. I think that is a typo and should say 10,000 rather than 10.) Source: Diario Respuesta/Jesus Molina  
Por Esto notes that the required safety equipment includes radio communication equipment, first aid, heliograph,   (A signaling device by which sunlight is reflected in flashes from a mirror. ), flashlight, anchor, cape (cabo), fire extinguishers, flares & "aro", and the crew has to show they are keeping a sea journal, and have life jackets for all passengers and crew. The Harbor Master responded to a question noting there are ~260 boats in Cancun, Holbox, and Isla Mujeres, of which about 130 belong to licensees of Isla Mujeres. He said this season there will be a greater presence by the Mexican Navy, to keep an eye on activites and assure they conform to the regulations and that boats are not sighted who do not have the appropriate permissions. He acknowledged that every year private vessels flock to the area, and yet to date no "pirate" boats lacking permissions had been detected, which could involve a sanction of 10,000 minimum daily wages.

Improved Occupancy Expected For Whale Shark Fest & Restauranteurs Hopeful For Father's Day
Hotel occupancy has remained at 40 percent and may increase a few points on the weekend, while the restaurant businesses are expecting more customers for Father's Day on Sunday.  There has been good touristic activity in the streets, shops, and restaurants, both at lunch and at dinner. Some members of the industry wish business was better. On Friday morning when the reporter toured the beaches there was a decent number of people, which surpassed the number the previous day.  Both Mexican and foreign tourists were settling in to enjoy the sun or the shade. It is hoped that occupancy will reach 80% during the Whale Shark Festival July 15-17. (The whale shark festival is scheduled for June 21-23)

33 Queen Conchs Released Alive After Seizure
Thirty-three Queen conchs, which were still alive, were seized by inspectors with CONAPESCA from two fishermen in a 23 foot shark fishing type boat named "Ocotups" in the area of Cuevones. After determining that the conchs, strombus gigas, were alive, the inspectors returned them to the sea. There has been a ban on them for five years, and the violation was detected during an inspection at the Parque Marino Nacional Costa Occidental de Isla Mujere (National Marine Park of the West Coast of Isla Mujeres). The boat was seized and taken to the dock of Social Justicia cooperative, pending appropriate action. The conchs could not be held for evidence as is required when charges are filed with the federal agency, PGR, because the conchs would have died, so there will be administrative charges filed. The names of the fishermen are not known, and apparently the boat sailed from Puerto Juarez very early with the motive of poaching conch because there were no other sea creatures in the boat. The seizure occurred around 10 in the morning. Source: Por Esto  

Fitness Program For Firefighters & Lifeguards
Staff of the Civil Protection agency will participate in a Supplemental Fitness Program for 51 days, beginning on June 24th, to assist the lifeguards, fire fighters, operational personnel, and shelter and auxiliary staff in improving their physical condition. The program will be free and is not limited to Civil Protection personnel. It is being administrated by the Sports and Recreation department, and will be taught by Mario Parra. The deadline to sign up is June 21st, and those who attend at least 80 percent of the sessions will receive a certificate upon completion of the program. The main objective is to prepare the personnel psychologically and emotionally and physically, which will benefit the community. Source Por Esto 
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 From MVC B&BJune Events
Sunday June 16: Father's Day /Dia de los Padres
Friday June 21: Summer Solstice 
Fri-Sun June 21-23:  Whale Shark Festival
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  

In Isla Mujeres Today & Tonight
Saturday's Usual Schedule of  Live Music:

Fenix:  3-5 Tropical Groove (reggae & Cumbia) LINK
Chuuk Kay:  3:30-6:30 Banda Sin Nombre  LINK
Casa de los Suenos:  4-7 w 1/2 price appetizers  LINK LINK
Iguanas: 6:30-8:30  Tropical Groove  w BBQ ribs, steaks,etc   LINK   LINK   
Brisas Grill: ~7p   Cuban trio  LINK
Sunset Grill: Sunset Keyboard & vocals  LINK

Fenix: 8-10  Latin Jazz w Fabio  LINK
Faynes 8-10  Raul Alexis  LINK
Comono 8:30-11  Marco LINK
Poc Na 9p  ?   Link
Ocean Blues & Sassy Jazz  8-10   La Guera & Willy's Blues  LINK

Fenix 10:30-2 Guest DJ & Fire Show  LINK
Faynes 10:30-12  Banda Sin Nombre  LINK
La Terraza 10p-close Salsa & Latin  LINK
Poc Na   Link

Tres Mentiras ?  LINK

La Catrina ?  LINK LINK

On the internet in the past 24 hours... 
I was interrupted this is from the past ~48 hours....

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

David Daniel  What a lovely day to be on the ocean! — with Diane White Daniel at Sea Hawk Dive Shop.

Bruce I know I'm channeling my inner child, but it would be really cool to walk on the ceiling. (Gecko)

Squaloadventures Isla Mujeres added 2 new photos.

David Daniel  Had an EXCELLENT lunch at Zama today! Thanks for the hospitality Ronda and Bruce!!

at Zama   by  Bruce: What can I say?

Tony Garcia  But Saturday I been on whale sharks for sure I am going to take my girl betsy
Caribe On CanvasTGIF! Sure would be nice to be sitting on Playa Norte this weekend. Have a great weekend everyone!

Aqua Adventures Eco Divers Isla Mujeres This is a video on their site   School of Mantas!!! Wilbert and Patty at Punta Sur this morning weren't the only ones watching the turtles making new turtles.  Early Birthday Gift for Wilbert?

Aqua Adventures Eco Divers Isla Mujeres This is a video on their page  What the turtles came to Punta Sur for in the first place! Come down for the release of the babies in August!

Ibette de Alcocer  Tenemos el pollo a la naranja, el pollo con pasta, el de cacahuate, el chow fan y mas! postres y smoothies! ven a probar!! We have chicken in orange sauce, chicken with pasta, with peanuts, chow fan & more. Desserts & smothies. Come and try it!
I remind all my clients to continue with the Chinese and Mexican evening meals.
les recuerdo a todos mis clientes que continuamos con la comida china y los antojitos mexicanos. ¡ BUFALO !!
Cockteleria Justicia Isla Mujeres  buenos dias clientes ,amigos y familiares, para hoy les in formo, que tendremos postas de sierra frita,ya saben, acompañados de frijoles refrito,arroz y su rico chiltomate, estilo justicia social, hoy a partir de las once horas, haga sus pedidos al tel-27 40 142. estamos a SUS ORDENES. y que tengan exelente dia.good morning customers, friends and family, today I want to inform you we have postas of seirra frita, and you know, accompanied by refried beans, rice and tasty chiltomate, social justice style, today from eleven in the morning, call in your orders tel-27 40 142. We are at your service. and have excellent day.
David Daniel Avalon

Isla Mujeres  Friday I'm in love... with Isla Mujeres. And you?  Viernes estoy enamorado... de Isla Mujeres ¿Y tú?

Marla Bainbridge shared a photo.
NEW for the beach. Keep your keys, phone, drinks out of the hot sand with these new beach spiker cups. Order now

Looking Good!!
NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center   On this Friday, there are no areas of disturbed weather in either the eastern North Pacific basin or the Atlantic basin that have any potential for tropical cyclone development during the next 48 hours.
Keep up with the tropics by visiting the NHC website anytime at

TGIF or TBFOECP....Thank God Its Friday or Thank Barlito For One Eyed Cajun Paninis! On Brad's homemade honey whole wheat bread, we put cream cheese, cheddar chese & jack cheese in the middle we add our hickory smoked pork tossed with bbq sauce. We can not take credit for creating this culinary delight that genius was Tim Faucheaux!! Thanks Tim for creating one of our most popular paninis. If you ever move to Isla we have job for you, VP of New Panini Development.
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Tony Garcia This are the birds by the rock on the bay. Hundreds of them: Snooty Tern Wiki Link

Christian Brunner
Aber der Sonnenuntergang gestern war spektakulär !
But the sunset yesterday was spectacular! (Translated by Bing)
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Jackie Conlon  Beautiful! — at Casa de los Sueños.

Diane White Daniel  Excellent fish filet (120p about $9.50us) — with David Daniel at El Varadero.

Thurs night... Carlos Espíndolaposted toMarina Paraiso Isla Mujeres

Here is Rob Herrin's video of breakdancers in Isla Mujeres

Los conductores Carlos Trillo y Sandra Corcuera realizaron una visita a Isla Mujeres, donde llevaron a cabo diversas tomas para el programa “El Break”, transmitido a través del canal Ritmoson Latino. Cabe señalar que a través de este programa televisivo se darán a conocer, a poco más de 50 países, los principales atractivos turísticos, así como tradiciones y costumbres del municipio.REALIZAN VISITA PROMOCIONAL CONDUCTORES DE RITMOSON LATINO (4 photos) TV hosts of "El Break" who were recording in Isla Mujeres & show features attractions and traditions of Isla & will go out to over 50 countries.
These are Gluten Free and Very Good!
Diane White Daniel   Probably the last round of Tacos Pescado al Pastor from Zama Beach for this trip. Always so good! — with David Daniel and 2 others.
Ibette de Alcocerposted toMerca Isla  I remind you do not have to spend so much. Here in Buffalo we give you the best care, at a great price and most importantly, very tasty!

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)

On June 15th last year....

On June 15th, a year ago..the Mini Rodeo was in town....Tho this video is from the Mini Rodeo of November, 2011.

It was Bureaucrat's day.

Photos Bruce took a year ago....

Hammocks at Buho's.
SUP Playa Norte

Pelicans fly by MVC at sunset, following the coast, usually heading south.

Sunset yesterday from MVC roof

Sunset from MVC roof

Here is a one minute video of 100's of whale sharks shot by Capt Tony several years ago...

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 published in the morning.
This Final Edition with the translated articles, plus original photos including the sunrise and the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section is published in the afternoon.
Both blogs always have links to the original articles.
 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.

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