Friday, October 4, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Friday, October 4 The Afternoon Edition

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



The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines &  newspaper photos. This Afternoon Edition has  translations of the articles,  Daily Events & Live Music Schedules  & the "Around the Internet in the Past 24 Hours" section including photos & info from individuals & local businesses ....Daily In Isla Mujeres. There are always links to the original articles in Spanish.

  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

DQR still has yesterday's news at 11am

 Tvisla Mujeres

Decretan cierre general a la navegación en #IslaMujeres a consecuencia de la tormenta tropical "Karen" sólo opera Ultramar, Magaña y Ferry

Due to Tropical Storm Karen, the port was closed to general navigation, with only the UltraMar, Magana, and vehicle ferries operating.
Mañana se reanudarán las clases en todos los niveles educativos
Classes will resume tomorrow (today) at all the public schools. (this was posted yesterday)

Noticias de  Quequi......

Attentive to the winds


Atentos por ventarrones

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Yesterday the port was closed to navigation, except for the ferries. The Habormaster, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, explained that even if the storm poses no danger to the island, there are air currents reaching speeds above 40 km per hour, and with more days of rain predicted, water activities, like diving or surfing (surfeo) could remain restricted, for the safety of visitors. The restriction is not just to boats under forty feet, but to all the tours from Cancun and the jet skis. The rains have been minor, so they have not endangered the ferries: Magana, Ultramar, and the vehicle ferry.


Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Hyperbaric chamber will be operational

Pondrán a funcionar cámara hiperbárica

Pondrán a funcionar cámara hiperbárica
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Coordinating before the storm ("environmental contingency") 

Logran coordinarse ante la contingencia ambiental

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Monitoring Tropical Storm "Karen" in Isla Mujeres

 Fortunately this storm passed by and poses no risk to the Yucatan peninsula, and caused intermittant rain, and we have been prepared to respond to any effects, said the mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez. Although it poses no threat, they will continue to monitor it, as long as it may influence the weather conditions in the state, said El Almirante Cuerpo General Diplomado del Estado Mayor, Juan Ramón Alcalá Pignol. Remnants of the storm may cause more intermittent rain. The Harbor Mastor confirmed that the weather had caused the closure of the port to minor navigation and for recreational activities. 

Diario La Verdad
Diario La Verdad Karen causes rain in the area

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Intense search for fisherman
Intensa búsqueda de pescador[+] Ver mas

  Although the port was closed to all navigation except the ferries, and the Port Authority sent alert messages to the boating community advising precautions with the approaching arrival of Tropical Storm Karen, on Wednesday night a crew member of a shrimp boat fell into the sea, about 40 miles northwest of Isla Mujeres. The Navy implemented a search and rescue plan, and the admiral explained that although the accident occurred at 11:30pm, the Navy was not notified until the early hours of Thursday. Advisories were given to boaters on Wednesday morning.
        The Navy has been searching since Thursday morning, and the Naval 'zarpó' was sent out after the report, because it was appropriate to extend the search area, due to the delay in reporting the accident. As soon as weather conditions permit, a plane from Chetumal would join the search. The shrimp, "Marengo", is based at the concrete pier at Puerto Juarez, and the man who fell overboard comes from a community known as "La Soyita".

Maritime activities restricted
Restringen la actividad marítima+] Ver mas
The port was closed at 9:30 am on Thursday to all vessels except the ferries, due to Tropical Storm Karen. The catamarans and boats over 50 feet that offer tours were included in the restriction. There were very few tourists on the streets downtown, although some people were out between the intermittent showers, and took shelter hastily if the rain began abruptly. Some tourists rented golf carts despite the rain, but the beaches were empty. At times the palms were swaying in the gusts of wind. There were staff working to prevent flooding, but there was some puddling on some roads, despite their efforts.

Efficient coordination for the storm
Eficiente coordinación ante tormenta+] Ver mas

Lower temperature are conductive to respiratory infections, but they have not yet increased
Bajas de temperatura propician infecciones respiratorias, pero hay con qué afrontarlas[+] Ver mas
There has been no increase in respiratory infections, with 82 cases reported (it does not give the time period). The rain and lower temperatures are conductive to an increase, and the youngest and oldest members of the population are the most vulnerable, particularly those under two and over 60 years of age. Regarding citizen complaints about a shortage of some medications at the Hospital, the hospital Director, David Valenzo explained there is a consignment delivered every three months, which will arrive for the last quarter of the year. For the treatment of respiratory infections, there is a great demand for various antibiotics, cough suppressants, and antihistamines, so these drugs are in stock at the pharmacy, but now in lesser quantities. There were complaints about an interruption in laboratory services for several days, which have been restored and are back to normal.

Fishermen must contribute their share to obtain motors, or complete boats
Pescadores deben de aportar su parte a fin de obtener motores, o lanchas completas +] Ver mas
The fishermen who are participating in this subsidy program have until the end of October to pay their share, or else they will be removed from the program, which is a offered by the state and federal government. Their payment range between 20,000 pesos and 50,000, pesos depending on whether it is for a motor or a boat.  For a motor that costs 172,000 pesos, they will pay 50,000 pesos. For a boat of 25 or 26 feet, they pay between 20,000 and 23,500 pesos, depending on the characteristics of the boat. The full price would be 58,000 pesos for a 25 foot boat, and 66,000 pesos for a 26 foot boat. They must turn in their old boat or motor, and contribute their share before the end of October. The president of the cooperative Social Justicia, Baltazar Gomez Catzin, said he knows this is not an economically favorable situation, and he urged the fishermen to seek some way to make their contribution because it would be a shame not to benefit after all the paperwork they had to do to qualify for the program.

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It's National Taco Day
 I ran into Capt. Bill from Texas who says his favorite taqueria is still the former "Baseball Taco Stand" whose name became Cachirul and they moved to La Gloria a few years ago & he recommends the arranchera tacos. We have enjoyed taking guests there for years...very tasty, inexpensive food with a great bar of free sides. If you want some Tex-Mex style crispy tacos made with hamburger...head over to the Soggy Peso today.
The Artist's fair will be the third Thursday in October due to the change of government & will resume being the first Thursday in November.  Oct. 17th, Town Square 4-7p.

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See Live Music schedule at top of page for Live music during low season. Fayne's is closed in early October. Some gigs are more intermittent during October & can be prone to weather cancellations.

I am working on the events schedule for October-November. There is usually a Mayan-Caribbean Cultural Festival, and of course Day of the Dead, which lasts over a week here as Hanal Pixan.  At the end of November is the town saint celebration. Then in early December is the Virgin of Guadalupe festival which begins the Christmas holidays that continue into January and the Day of Kings.  

 Meanwhile, here is a list of events in the Maya Riviera area LINK, and here is a LINK to an article I wrote about Hanal Pixan, and HERE is the article I wrote about Day of the Dead in Isla Mujeres.
John Cain says..
My schedule this week is
Tuesday solo from 8 to 10 pm at Cafe Del Mar, lovely spot on the beach across from Jax,
Wednesday the return of The Sol Rockers at Bally Hoo Restaurant from 7 to 930, come support this great venue, relaxing vibe and good food!
Friday solo at Iguana Bar Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres from 7 to 9 and
Saturday at The Sunset Grill, solo from 7 to 9 pm. They offer 2x1 special from 6 to 10 pm on all wine by glass or bottle, nice deal. See ya! 


Poc-Na Hostel's photo.

Sunday, November 24 at 8:00pm

Sol Rockers are playing Sunday at Bahia Tortuga

Miguel's schedule this week:
Saturday at 11:30pm Tequileria La Adelita and
 Sunday at Bahia Tortuga at 7pm

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

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After the weather. Now. Very clear calm and nice.· 16 hours ago via mobile
Pat Oreskovich : a clear beautiful day on the island.....

Soggy Peso & Jax reopened, and I think Faynes & Qubano are closed.

 Buffet at Los Compadres..across the street from  Bucaneros restaurant

Saturdays! Sundays!  and holidays...8am to noon for 100 pesos 

From fruit to eggs with bacon to chicken escabeche, relleno negro or cochinita pibil...are just some examples of dishes you will encounter.
 Sounds like a good opportunity to try some Yucatan specialties. There are explanations & photos of these dishes in my Food blog LINK  (and in my restaurant/delivery blog, in the Daily Specials section). 
(I think 'en frente' means facing or "across the street", but I am not Great at directions in either language)
Haz probado los buffets de desayuno en Restaurante "Los Compadres"?(anteriormente Rest. Bucaneros). Todos los sábados, domingos y días festivos de 8 am a 12 pm. Esta excelente y cada vez un menú diferente, solo $100 pesos por persona. Desde fruta y huevos con tocino hasta pollo en escabeche, relleno negro o cochinita pibil solo como ejemplos de lo que puedes encontrar.

A story from the Isla Community Board...
Wednesday Betsy posted this...
Betsy  Snider  I don't know if this is the right place to post but let me know if it's not and I'll delete.
Tony has found a young family, man, woman and a one month old baby that are in need of help. They live without running water or electricity and could really use baby clothes, food, diapers and whatever you need for babies that doesn't require electricity. Food staples and really whatever else would be good as well. Tony says they are both very skinny. If anyone would like to help, please pm me and I will make sure whatever you want to do gets to these struggling young people. I'm sure this is one of many families struggling on the island but I also know this is a warm bunch of people and maybe we can make a difference for a few.

Thanks for listening.
And many people responded with offers of help. Last night Betsy posted this baby pic and an update. They (Rex & Paulina) sell shells and jewelry in Sac Bajo near the entrance to the turtle farm. The offers of help included a system for solar lighting and batteries, with instillation, so they can have safer lighting than candles. People have dropped by on their own to buy shells and leave a few pesos, items, or a Chedraui gift card.  As Natalie wrote...
Natalie Noelle Snider: Muchas Pocos Hacen Un Mucho. (Many littles make a much)
I wanted you all to see the baby you are helping. He is adorable. His parents are very nice. We went by this evening and dropped off a ton of things and talked about what they need. She said baby wipes and diapers and formula (nan 1) and tomorrow I have a Dr appt in Cancun and will swing by Costco and pick those things up in larger quantities with money you have donated. So far there is 1500 pesos and $190. Later in the evening we picked up more stuff from Gail,'s place from her and Ronda and Christy. We will take it by tomorrow evening and also get some Chedraui gift cards for them.

To describe their house, it is 2 rooms and wooden. There are gaps in the wood and a nice breeze so those blankets and things will be handy as it gets cooler. It has a concrete floor but not poured concrete. It looks like a patted down layer of concrete that is lower than the ground outside so water flows indoors in the rain. They have a propane tank and a burner to cook on but no running water and electric so the electric will be most welcome and hopefully we can swing getting water hooked up.

This is a young family and they are both welcoming and grateful for the help. They have warm smiles and it is heartwarming to know what a difference this bit of help can make for them.

God bless you all and I'll give you another update and a photo of the family together tomorrow but now it's time to sleep.
Gail reposted the story with this comment...
Gail Marie Stewart
This is what goes on here on Isla, to my non-Isla friends...Tony and Betsy are an amazing couple, we are happy they brought this couple, really just young kids, to our attention. Sept. and Oct. are the slowest of slow months here, and most locals are hurting for money, some much more than others...When you see people in the store buying two eggs instead of a know things are tough... people help each other here....I love this about Isla, among so many other things....

Isla Animals  Daily Update: This is Dennise. She is one of our little miracles. Someone put her in a shoebox and left her outside our gate in the middle of the night. We started out feeding her chicken broth and then watered down chicken baby food - anything that we could put into a syringe. This picture was taken after one of her feedings – as you can see she has quite a bit of it on her face. What a little trooper, she wagged that cutie tail every time we fed her and she loved coconut electrolytes. She took a long time to put on weight but when she did she turned into a beauty and now has a home in Canada. Beat that for wonderful. One of the problems with rescue is that the true answer is spay and neuter but we get bogged down rescuing individual animals but what else can you do? Thanks to Carol we are up to 1,205.00 in monthly donations.
Isla Animals Here is Dennise after.

You don't have to give any info to vote, and it takes you right to the Isla Animals option. Very easy! Click this link: Please Help My Animal Shelter Win
Isla Animals is participating in a contest to win $10,000.00. All you have to do is go to: and vote for them. You can vote once per day, and do not need to create an account to vote. Please share with your animal lover and Isla lover friends!

Some of the photos are from Carnaval.... by Rosa Sirenas  ..Thanks!

las baguets del café café serv a dom. 2 74 03 15. por temporada baja horario de 8am a 4 pm
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Selling a durable wooden table (sold)and interior and exterior chars of metal or hard plastic. In front of the Centro de Apoyo Psicopedagogico, colonia la Gloria in the comments it says  
The table is $ 300 to $ 200 at first to confirm, the chairs are $ 5.
En venta Mesa de madera dura y resistente y sillas para exterior o interior de metal y plástico duro. Ubicados en el Centro de Apoyo Psicopedagógico. Colonia la Gloria.
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Trash for food in La Gloria this time
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On October 23 at 10 in the morning Cruz Roja will host a Diabetes Screening Clinic put together by Karen Rosenberg. I will be there testing blood sugars and wonder if there is another nurse who will be on the island then who would like to help. We expect a large turn out because of the location so it will probably be for 2-3 hours. Please PM me if interested. Thanks in advance. More info on the clinic itself will come from Karen soon.
Caribe on Canvas will be selling calendars.. A inexpensive opportunity to have a variety of their beautiful prints, suitable for framing!
The 2014 calendar is at the printer and will be available for sale within a few weeks.

The first Caribe On Canvas calendar is now at the printer. The 12 month calendar (with 12 monthly pictures) will be printed on high quality gloss paper. They will be stapled (versus spiral) with no holes to allow you to save the photos if desired. The calendar is 11 X 8.5 with plenty of space for making notes on the calendar section. Once we have the proof copy reviewed and approved, we will begin taking pre-orders. Only a limited supply will be available so be on the lookout for the pre-order option. Total cost, with free shipping to the US and Canada, will be $17.95 per calendar. Based on feedback received, this calendar contains only beautiful, high resolution photos of Isla Mujeres. Stay tuned!! :) — with Isla Mujeres.

Lolo lorena added 7 new photos to the album Lolo's dinners fall 2013.
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Today's teaser, the Dinosaur BBQ Sandwich. Modeled after the Carolina BBQ Sandwich at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Q in Syracuse, NY. Way back in the 80's a few bikers that liked blues & BBQ opened up the Dinosaur Bar-B-Q first on the road & then in downtown Syracuse. In 1990, they remodeled, expanded & got a liquor license. Today, they have multiple locations (Rochester, Troy, Harlem, Brooklyn, Newark, NJ & Stamford CT). At Barlito, we think the Dinosaur has some of the very best bbq in the world & as a tribute to them & their outstanding service, food & attitude, we have our version of our favorite sandwich on their menu. We slow hickory smoke pork shoulder, shred it, toss it with our homemade chipotle bbq sauce top it with coleslaw & pile it all on of our fresh rolls. This is one of our top sellers & we encourage you if your travels take you near a Dinosaur Bar-B-Q to indulge yourself. You will not be disappointed!
Isla Mujeres Hoy's photo.
It says..They are coordinating the activities of cleaning and drainage in the streets, to avoid flooding. En las calles coordinando las actividades de limpieza y drenaje para evitar inundaciones. #MejorCalidadDeVida
It says..forget Isla mujeres Mogagua Grita is the best..Olvídate de Starbucks, en Isla Mujeres Cafe Mogagua Grita es lo mejor. Visitalo aqui:
Restaurant and Bar

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  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  
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