Monday, November 4, 2013

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Monday, November 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 ....

Intense rain paralyzes activities

Port remains open for navigation

Actividades paralizadas

Domingo, 03 de Noviembre de 2013 22:01

Por intensas lluvias: Puerto sigue abierto a la navegación

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 3 de noviembre.- 
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 All tourism activities came to a stop with the heavy and persistent rains on Sunday, except the golf cart rental agencies and the restaurants, who did less business than normal. The triathlon took place at the south part of the island in the morning. The port was not closed when the story was written in the afternoon. 

 Tvisla Mujeres
Rain in Isla Mujeres tests the tenacity of athletes
Lluvia pone a prueba tenacidad de atletas en Isla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

Dead turtle washed up near hotel 

Recala tortuga muerta en hotel

0 03 de noviembre de 2013             Police received a report that a dead turtle was seen at the edge of the sea near the Avalon Hotel after guests reported it to hotel security. The municipal police took the report and notified the municipal Ecology Agency, who took charge of the remains. Cristina Medina Figueroa, director of Ecology, said the animal was about six years old and had apparently died from being caught in a net, because there were severe marks in the neck area. The body was buried at the Tortugranja, as was the previous dead turtle found on October 9th. Both were of the species "Hawksbill".

Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.-


Areas of flooding with intense rainfall

Ineficaz dirección de Protección Civil

0 03 de noviembre de 2013                       Intense rains began falling in the predawn hours on Sunday as a result of Cold Front #10, causing flooding around the island, which the unnamed reporter blames on the Civil Protection agency, saying they need to maintain the catchment basins (pozos pluviales).
      Mauro Humberto Rodríguez Velázquez, Director of the Civil Protection agency, said they were working on Saturday and most of Sunday, but large puddles occur when the drains are obstructed by trash, which negligent people throw in the streets. He said, "The problem is many people leave bags of trash on the street and this ends up clogging the storm drains. For this reason, they need to keep their patios and front areas clear and clean."
     The pumps were running continuously, but could not match the rate of runoff, and the water levels rose in the salinas (lakes). There were puddles on Hidalgo despite the running of that pump, but it did not "turn into a lake like previous years".

Ineficaz dirección de Protección CivilPor Redacción-Quequi.- 
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Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

This is about the meeting with INAH that was already translated from another newspaper.
Acuerdan rescate de patrimonio cultural
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Diario La Verdad
Diario La VerdadAsking for the Tourism Promotion Agency to be continued in Isla Mujeres

En Isla Mujeres piden que continúe el fideicomiso de promoción turística

By Lorena Cruz.. The head of the Hotel Association, Guadalupe Martinez Marquez said Isla Mujeres hoteliers are planning a meeting with the new head of the Tourism Department, Laura Fernandez, regarding their concerns about the future of the Tourism Promotion agency.  They plan to discuss the upcoming DEMA show in Miami, noting that the Tourism Promotion agency already bought a booth, but they seeking assurances about official representation at other events in the future.

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Abundance of locations for sale or rent
Abundan los locales en venta o renta .. [+] Ver mas
The reporter estimates there are more than 60 business locations for sale or rent downtown, and the head of the Chamber of Commerce, Juan Carillo said rents range from 5000 to 20,000 pesos monthly.  The main locations with closures are at the market "Javier Rojo Gomez" and at the market near the school "Andres Quintana Roo." Businesses downtown have been affected by low season. According to neighbors, these businesses have been closed for two or three months, since the end of summer, so it is unknown if they are rented for the next season.

Triathlon not stopped by rain
Ni la lluvia paró al Triatlón [+] Ver mas
The Triathlon proceeded normally on Sunday morning despite the heavy rains, with 230 participants swimming, cycling, and running. The event began at 6 o'clock in the morning with the competitors departing according to age categories, and the awards ceremony took place at ~11am. Capt. Dulche Museum hosted the event and the Police and Civil Protection departments kept the athletes safe. There were ten Islanders participating, among competitors from Mexico City, Monterrey, Merida, and Cancun. The overall winners were Adrián Lizama of Cozumel and Isabela Luckie of Cancún, and results are available at 

Rain ruins tourism activites
La lluvia “arruina” la actividad turística [+] Ver mas
Heavy rain affected tourism, causing disappointment to those who were anticipating increased business on Sunday, due to the long holiday weekend. The rains started very early, leaving the beaches empty and the boat tours suffered 100 percent losses. The port closed to boats under 40 feet in length. Restaurants had some business. The poor weather is expected to continue the next few days, which will continue to affect the tourism industry.

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November Calendar of Events .

Here is a LINK to an article I wrote about Hanal Pixan
HERE is the article I wrote about Day of the Dead in Isla Mujeres.

Nov 1 Dia de los Muertos / All Saints Day
Nov 2 Dia de lost Muertos / All Souls Day
Nov 3 US Time Change / End DST
Nov 7 Art Fair at Town Square  4p-7p
Nov 8 Last day of Hanal Pixan
Nov 11 US Veteran's Day Canada Remembrance Day
Nov 12 Postal Worker Appreciation Day Mexico
Nov 14 World Diabetes Day
Nov 15-18  Buen Fin (discounts)
Date of Caribe Maya Cultural Festival TBA (Was this w/e in 2011 & 2012)
Nov 16 International Day of Tolerance
Nov 18 Day off for Revolution Day (date of parade TBA)
Nov 20  Dia de la Revolución
Nov 21 US Thanksgiving holiday
Nov 24 Solemnidad de Cristo Rey (Christ the King Day / El día de Cristo Rey)
Nov 25 Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia Contra la Mujer
Nov 27 Hanukkah begins
Nov 28 Beginning of Festival for Town Saint through Dec 8: Virgin of Immaculate Conception (exact date TBA)  HERE is an article about the Festival
Nov 30 Hurricane Season Officially Ends

Full Moon on Nov 17. Moonrise over the Caribbean (East) at:
Nov 17  5:21p
Nov 18  6:09p
Nov 19  6:57p
Nov 20 7:47p
Nov 21  8:37p   and ~50 minutess later nightly

John Cain's schedule 
Tuesdays, Cafe Del Mar 8 to 10 pm,
 Saturdays, The Sunset Grill from 6 to 8 pm
 Sundays, The Sol Rockers, Bahia Tortuga 7 to 930 pm

Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix Lounge   Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! :: Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!! — at Fenix Lounge.
Domingo Salsa en Vivo con ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! ::  Sunday Live Salsa with ¡¡Puro Sabor - Salsa Cubana !! + Gratis/FREE Chilpachole Pa' la Cruda! + Tragos/Drinks + SUP & Kayak :: See You There!! / No Falten!!
·Iguana's has been having Caribbean-Tropical music on Saturdays  & Sundays starting around 6. The Sol Rockers play at Bahia Tortuga on Sunday evenings. You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

At Poc Na Nov 24 8p..Fidel Nada Full Band
Poc-Na Hostel's photo.

On the internet in the past 24 hours...

In the US, in Ohio....
  • Beautiful New Handcrafted Designs just in from Isla Mujeres, Mexico! 100% of the sales go directly to the women in the bead cooperative!

    Saturday, November 23 - 1-5 pm
    Sunday, November 24 - 1-5 pm

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From Isla Animals..  Please vote (once logged in once not logged in) and help bring home this prize to Isla

We Promote Mexico  This is the last free download day for this book for 2013. Get your copy before midnight Pacific time. |     Mexico-More Expatriates Insights the Sequel (Mexico Insights Volume 2)
Tony Garcia  Raining and. More. Raining

Not in Isla Mujeres:

In Mexico, Dia de los Muertos festivities include Tapetes Monumentals,

In the state of Chihuahua....
Over 1200 sq meters....superado las dimensiones respecto al año pasado con una obra de mil 200 metros cuadrados [Img #36039][Img #36040]El Instituto Chihuahuense de la Cultura, a través de Alas y Raíces, ha creado un espectacular tapete en la Plaza Mayor con la Catrina ... del Día de Muertos. From

From Atlixco (Puebla) posted by  Kimanniemcdlove in 2011 : See more HERE 

Also from Atlixco from


And Papel Picada,

 For Dia de los Muertos, papel picada patterns feature festive, humorous images of skulls and skeletons, often cut from purple, orange or pink paper. Skeleton activities include celebrating (drinking, feasting, dancing, singing, playing instruments), getting married,and riding on trains, bicycles, horses, and in cars.
From  LINK




And Alebrijes     
Catrinas & Calacas of Papel Pegado/Paper Mache

From Mexico City (2007) by novato001

DF - El día de Muertos para los Alebrijes

Publicada el 31 de octubre del 2011
Una colección integrada por alrededor de 20 catrinas vestidas con ropa típica de diversos estados de la República México se exhibe afuera de las instalaciones del Banco Nacional del Ejército, Fuerza Aérea y Armada (Banjercito). Foto: Agencia El Universal 
Publicada el 31 de octubre del 2011
Judas, calacas y alebrijes adornan el altar de Día de Muertos que este año exhibe en honor del estado de Guerrero el Museo Dolores Olmedo. Foto: Agencia El Universal
Publicada el 31 de octubre del 2011
Altar de Día de Muertos en el Museo Dolores Olmedo. Foto: Agencia El Universal

This is the Calaca scene from Frida, which is kinda grim, while Day of the Dead calacas are festive & humorous...(LINK

And of course Sugar Skulls (Calaveras de Azucar)

Back in Isla Mujeres.....  From the Spay & Neuter clinic which continues today (rain or shine)   Marla Bainbridge posts:  Aubie has a friend..... Aubie is cute about it. He keeps trying to wake up Ernie to play. Ernie is like " dude, back off! I'm sleeping."  
 Ernie (on the left) is called DC or Dirty Curly in the bottom/Before photo.  Ernie/DC is a stray that Marla & Javi are feeding, and he is going "home" with meds to help him heal...and looking for a 'forever' home. Aubie is Marla's dog (on right).  

Sally Margolis   This is a Before photo of Dirty Curly or DC...he was picked up by around Sailfish condos....and is currently in surgery and awaiting his haircut, mani/pedi, medicines, and some much needed TLC. Can't wait to see DC's After photo.... 
— BEFORE>>>>

Isla Animals   Daily Update: So, I want to introduce you to every dog here since of course they are all wonderful. This is one of our Moma’s babes and I call her Feather because she has the most wonderful tufts of fur under her chin. She’s been staying upstairs with me because she’s a bit of an escape artist and then runs around the driveway making all the other dogs bark. Yesterday was the first day of our island clinic and we worked way too late but we spayed and neutered 18 cats and dogs which was great because we got a late start. Sadly we’ve had to put off the Spay the Mommas campaign because there is distemper on the island and I just can’t risk bringing the virus into the clinic. After the clinic is over Eileen and I are going to go out to the Guatalupana to check things out. Distemper is the worst disease because it has different stages that can look like so many other illnesses. It can give the dogs diarrhea, respiratory issues, infected eyes and a runny nose, lethargy and loss of appetite and then finally it affects their nervous system, worse than that the dogs can have all of those symptoms or just one etc etc. It’s the devil, especially in a rescue situation because if the dog survives he or she can be contagious for up to 5 months. Just a nightmare. My friend Trish has told me that I have to put the link to the donation part of my web site on every post and Pamela says I have to remind you all to vote every day. I’m lucky to have such friends.

 My Photos around MVC...
This morning around sunrise from the back balcony at MVC....

 Bicycle riding mason mixing concrete in the driveway, building more storage space. The building materials were delivered, but I didn't see how he got the boards for the scaffolding to the site.Taken on Friday & Saturday.

 Construction site looks better after dark...the red is a taxi light

 On the 28th when we walked by the Navy hospital, there was smoke coming out & some staff members casually standing outside. No sirens or excitement & Freddy at the Peso said it looked like it was coming from the area of the cafeteria.
Tony Garcia  Too bad. I had a group of 20. People for today. To isla Contoy. Weather bad conditions to go
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Pat Oreskovich  Good morning..

  Playa Norte now in real time in Isla Mujeres   

 "Time Lapse" of Playa Norte Webcam:  LINK  
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