Friday, January 31, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Friday, January 31 The Afternoon Edition

  The first issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities has been published, featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! Thank-you to everyone who has visited & shared it! It's already had thousands of views & a couple hundred dollars in ad donations. 
Check out the Charity document, patronize the supportive businesses & visit the blogs of the talented contributors! Contact me at if you'd like to donate $15 to your fav charity, for an ad. Good causes, good exposure. 100% is contributed.

Feel free to copy & share the Charity document! Telling your friends about the Magazine & sharing links helps Isla Charities, too. Your support is appreciated & small efforts add up to big differences. Thanks! 

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte

  LINK to 24 hour time lapse of the webcam

The "Morning Edition" has translated headlines &  newspaper photos. This Afternoon Edition has  translations of the news articles,  Daily Events, the Live Music Schedule  & 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 ....

Preparing sterilization campaign for dogs & cats: February 9th

Preparan campaña de esterilización

Jueves, 30 de Enero de 2014 22:58

Para perros y gatos, a llevarse a cabo el próximo 9 de febrero

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 30 de enero.- 
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Five specialists, including veterinarian Rene Guzman Ramirez, will participate in the sterilization clinic on February 9th, for pets and stray animals, at the Hacienda Mundaca from 9am to 5pm. There have been 20 to 22 animals registered already, and animals can be registered until February 5th.
    Regardless of the success of this event, they are planning to have a similar campaign monthly, with plans to sterilize 50 animals at each event, said the Director of Ecololgy, Cristina Medina Figueroa. These actions are part of the agreement signed last week with the CCDA, Committee for the Care and Protection of Animals.

Green light to regulations: For integration, organization & maintenance of the city archives 

Luz verde a reglamento interno

Jueves, 30 de Enero de 2014 22:52

Para la integración, organización y manejo de los archivos municipales

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ISLA MUJERES, 30 de enero.-
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Regulations regarding the care of the city archives were unanimously passed at the City Council meeting. For improved access and more space, the archives will be moved in February. They are currently located in colonia Electristas, and will be moved to colonia Salina Chica, on Jesus Martinez Ross Avenue. 

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

  Fishing industry without improvement
  • Sin mejoría el sector pesquero


    Sin mejoría el sector pesquero

    0 30 de enero de 2014

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.-
    The end of the lobster season is nearly a month away, and the fishermen are hoping things improve in February, because they have not been able to work due to the weather in the past month, except for a few days. The director of the cooperative "Justicia Social" said things will not be favorable for them if the production of lobster does not improve. It is not only hard for individuals, it is hard for the cooperatives, who must pay about 20,000 pesos monthly for  Seguro Social insurance for all their members. Fishermen are having a hard time covering their expenses and loans made by the cooperative.
  •   The island is free of influenza: SESA


    La ínsula está libre de influenza: SESALa ínsula está libre de influenza: SESA

    0 30 de enero de 2014

    Por Carlos Gasca-Quequi.-
     The director of the General Hospital said as part of the actions of the State Government, through the Health Committee, they are increasing surveillance to detect any acute cases of influenza. So far, the island has been free of the disease, but they are not dropping their guard. The hospital is continuing to give vaccines against AH1N1. So far this month they have tested 35 samples from patients, but all tested negative on the rapid test. Flu symptoms are listed and patients are encouraged to come to the clinic for evaluation and parents are cautioned to take sick children to the doctor and not to school. 

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Giving ultimatum concerning golf cars

Ponen ultimátum a carritos de golf

Ponen ultimátum a carritos de golf

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Approval of rules of the Municipal Archive

Aprueban las reglas del Archivo Municipal

Aprueban las reglas del Archivo Municipal

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Illuminating the walking path around the lake of  the "Salinas"

Iluminan andador del cuerpo lagunar de las “Salinas”

In response to citizen complaints, the Mayor instructed City workers to repair the lights around the body of water known as "Las Salinas". This pathway is popular with athletes, as well as families. Workers have started repairing the fixtures, and the work should be finished within two weeks.
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The Quintana Roo Tigers roar in a friendly game

Rugirán los Tigres de Quintana Roo en un juego amistoso

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Invitation from CROC to vaccinate everyone
Invita la CROC a vacunarse todos[+] Ver mas
There has not been a single case of H1N1 influenza on the island, and there were no cases during the national contingency that occurred in 2009.  Roman Maldonado, head of the CROC union, said they will be offering vaccines against influenza at the Senior Citizens in colonia La Gloria on Saturday from 10am to 2pm with plans to administer ~200 vaccines. They have enough to meet the general demand, and they have help from the personnel of the IMSS (Mexican Institute of Social Security).  
      The event will be open to the public to address this issue, but they also offer a range of medical services including rapid HIV tests, eye exams, energy massages, psychological consults, orthopedic consults, and other services. As of last week, nearly 600 people had been vaccinated, especially children, the elderly, and pregnant women. Also there have been pharmacy chain stores that have administered this medication.

City Council meeting
Marasmo regulador del Cabildo [+] Ver mas

Without phone service due to fallen post
Sin servicio telefónico por la caída de un poste[+] Ver mas
This information was translated and this article includes complaints from a housewife about interruption of their WIFI service, which her children use for their studies.

Construction union of Isla Mujeres
La Fusioc ya cuenta con el gremio de la construcción de Isla Mujeres [+] Ver mas
La Federación Unica de Sindicatos Independientes de Obreros y Campesinos (Fusioc) is organizing affiliates in the construction sector.


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February begins with a long holiday weekend that features the competition for the Carnaval Kings & Queens on Saturday (Feb. 1st), then on Sunday are tamale parties for Epiphany. Monday is a day off for Constitution Day & the (fun!)benefits begin on Monday, that accompany Island Time Fishing Tournament. ITFT lasts all week until the following Sunday night. (See schedule of events below.)
    The next weekend is Valentine's Day & the Lion Fish Tournament. On the 15th the Carnaval King & Queen will be presented & Carnaval begins as the month ends. Read more here at the Isla Mujeres Magazine February Events Page!

The tentative, partial Carnaval schedule...

 (There are usually parades in the afternoon, down Rueda Medina to the whale shark festival, and events at night on the Town Square. The troupes also perform at parties, hotels, restaurants, & in the streets. There are usually activities on Friday night also.)

Saturday night, March 1, will be Cuban night, with the traditional Negrada.

 On Sunday, March 2,  they will hold the traditional Carnaval Playero at the Posada del Mar Beach. (Along Main Street/Rueda Medina. Playero means of the beach.).

 On Monday March 3 will be the traditional regional evening with Yucatecan outfits, and the dance of the pig's head & the bull petate  (el baile de la cabeza de cochino y el toro petate), among other activities. In addition, with the regional night on Monday, will be held a celebration of the discovery of Isla Mujeres, which occurred on the 3rd of March.

On Tuesday March 4th the competitions between the troupes will take place, as well as the traditional reading of the will of Juan Carnaval, and then the burning event.

This week....

Feb 1 Competition for Adult King & Queen of Carnaval

Feb 2  Candlemas / Fiesta de la Candelaria Join your friend for a tamale party! On King's Day (January 6th), those who got the baby Jesus in their piece of Rosca/ King's cake, are hosting the party today.
   The second of February occurs forty days after Christmas, and is celebrated by Catholics as the "Feast of Purification" or as the "Presentation of Christ at the Temple." According to Jewish law it was customary to bring a baby to the temple after that period of time had passed.  Jesus would have been taken to the temple on February second, if he was born on Dec. 25th. 
     The second day of February corresponds to the first day of the first month on the Aztec calendar, called Atlcahualo o Quauitleoa. There is an ancient tradition in many parts of Mexico to take corn cobs to the church to be blessed on this day, in anticipation of the onset of  planting season. 
     Atole is also traditional for this party, which like tamales, is a corn based food.Chocolate is usually included on both celebrations, King's Day and Candlemas, and like corn, is also an important substance in indigenous traditions.
      In many Catholic churches (and homes) in Mexico, on February second the baby Jesus icon is taken from the Nativity scene, dressed in finery, and moved to a niche, where it remains for the rest of the year before being 'lifted' to its niche.
      The baby was placed in the Nativity during the first of the Posadas, on December 16th, and remained there until Candlemas. During the Posadas there is a children's Posada play on the town square and neighborhood reenactments of Mary & Joseph being denied shelter, with a  party at the house that admits them. On King's Day, January 6th, the figurine (and Mexican children) was given presents, "from the 3 Magi/ wise men".  The pieces of King's cake that are shared by families, parishes, and coworkers are also said to represent gifts from the Magi, with their three colors  representing the three Kings, and there are three baby figurines inside.
    The tamales vary by region. In Isla Mujeres they may be accompanied by with sophisticated guajillo chile sauce with achiote , tomato , garlic , onion and spices, while in addition to masa and pork, the filling may include olives, capers , raisins and almonds. If it is prepared by people from Chiapas, they may have added carrot, potato, peas, peppers and boiled egg.

 Feb. 2 is the midpoint between winter solstice and spring equinox, and some believe it can indicate  upcoming weather.

Feb 2 is  Dia de Marmota, or Groundhog's Day in the US

Feb 2 is World Wetlands Day  (Usually there is a clean up of the lagoon areas)

Feb 3 Day off for Constitution Day: Long weekend with closures

Island Time Fishing Tournament Benefits help the Little Yellow School House

Feb 3 Monday 6pm Los Fuegitos Benefit w live music

Feb 4 Tuesday Registration for Isla Time Fishing Tournament, Captain's Meeting, Party at Buhos

Feb 5 Wednesday 2p-5p Soggy Peso Benefit  "Margarita Madness" w live music

Feb 5 Día de la Constitución / Constitution Day

Feb 6 Thursday 3p-6p BBQ & Open House at LYSH

Feb 7 Friday 5p-10p Iguanas at Marina Paraiso Fiesta Benefit  w music, comedy, auction, food, fire dancers, and prizes

Feb 8 Saturday 7:30-10:30 Buhos Awards dinner w live music for ITFT

Feb 9 Sunday 4p-7p   Brisa's Grill Dance Party for ITFT 

Free pet sterilization campaign Feb 9th at the Taxi lodge 9a-4p. Register by February 5th at the Ecology agency at Hacienda Mundaca between 9a - 4p.

Full Moonrise...Sunset  ~5:45
Feb 14  5:42
Feb 15  6:32
Feb 16  7:22
Feb 17  8:13
Feb 18  9:05
Feb 19  9:58
Feb 20  10:54
 Charity Info
See tab at top of page!

Donation Drop offs:
Red Cross:  Social Justicia Restaurant (south of ferry terminal, north of car ferry)

 Books for Grade School Reading Program, Items for Isla Animals, Diabetes Supplies, Shoes for the Kids, Items for Little Yellow School House...Barlitos:  On Hidalgo, the pedestrian street, at Abasolo 




Iguana's: Live Music Thurs, Fri, Sat, & Sun! ~6p
 Thursday is Blues, with beer & pizza specials, usual menu also 

Friday evenings Caribbean, Blues. 
Saturdays   Reggae- Caribbean-Tropical music & Carlos is on the BBQ making ribs, burgers, arranchera, & steaks. Usual menu also
Sundays  Vera Cruz, Carribean music & the special is paella. Usual menu also.

  Miguel's playing schedule 
 Fayne's BarandGrill  Wednesday through Saturday 10:30pm - 12:00am.
 Saturday Tequileria La Adelita's 12:00am - 2:00am for salsa night. 
 Sunday Bahia Tortuga with the Sol Rockers 7:00pm - 9:00pm

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 530 to 730 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm 
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

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!! 
Fenix Sat ~1 or 2p Reggae/Cuban  

       Sun ~1 or 2p Salsa 
(Start times have been variable. Posted on menu board by entrance)
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!!
every tuesday!You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.
ComoNo, Isla Mujeres, Mexico  RYAN RYCKMAN......back at ComoNo......every night 8:30

Texas Holdem Every Monday and Thursday
 at 6:00pm   El Patio Caribbean Grill

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