Saturday, January 11, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Saturday, January 11 The Afternoon & Catch Up Edition

MaraVilla Caribe B&B has a cancellation. 

  One Week Feb 25- March 4, during Carnaval! 

A large suite for $300, including a bottle of wine. 

That's a savings of over $125!


Check out the Preview Edition of Isla Mujeres Magazine 

See what's coming in January & February!

Events in Isla & Articles in the Magazine

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.

Check out the Daily Specials...with Delivery numbers and Menus...see tab at top of page.

  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

More cables on Rueda Medina

Asking City to resume the program "Detenido"

Más cables en la Rueda Medina

Viernes, 10 de Enero de 2014 22:55

Piden que Comuna retome programa “detenido”

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The project to remove the overhead lines from the main street downtown, Rueda Medina, has been on hold for three or four years (The first paragraph says less than three years, and the second says about four years). Before the end of 2013, workers were seen conducting an inspection and when they were interviewed, they said there was an intention of reviving this project this year, but no date was given. An unnamed local resident said it is urgent that this project be resumed because more than one post has been in poor condition for several months, and the company who is responsible do not want to change it because they are expecting the project to resume.
   This renovation to improve the urban image downtown  began more than six years ago, and consisted of three stages. It included changing of the street surface, adding curbs and sidewalks, and remodeling, but the last stage has not been completed, which involved moving the overhead lines underground on Rueda Medina. The moving of the overhead lines on Hidalgo underground was part of the second phase of the project. Detendido means to stop.

Growing demand at General Hospital

While increasing its infrastructure 

Crece demanda en Hospital Integral

Viernes, 10 de Enero de 2014 22:44

Al tiempo que sigue fortaleciéndose

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With assistance from Governor Borge, in the past year the General Hospital of Isla Mujeres has had improved infrastructure, with more specialists and equipment to provide quality health care to the inhabitants of the island, said its director David Valenzo Loaeza. There has been an increased demand for their services, and they provide care for the uninsured, as well as to the beneficiaries of the IMSS and ISSSTE. (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), and Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado (ISSSTE))
  In 2013, they provided 37,856 general medical, urgent care, and specialty consultations, which was a 14% increase over 2012. They performed 209 surgeries of which 97 were in the specialty of gynecology, 92 were general surgery, and 22 were trauma & orthopedic surgeries, which is an 18% increase over the previous year. In addition, 80,000 diagnostic studies were conducted.
    Air conditioning was added and the fifteen beds were renewed, and 'electromedico' equipment was provided to improve the infrastructure of the hospital, thanks to the Governor.  
Potential invasion of mosquitoes after heavy rains: Urging health authorities to intervene 

Invasión de mosquitos

Viernes, 10 de Enero de 2014 22:43

Tras las intensas lluvias, urge intervención de autoridades sanitarias

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Following the heavy rains, attention needs to be paid to potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes, so residents are urging authorities to act. The Vectors department said that it is probable that this work will be resumed in these days. The reporter thinks there is a lack of financial resources for this work. It is noted that the abandoned boats, which have filled with rain water, are a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes.


 Fishermen seek help

Pierden redes y equipo por Norte

Jueves, 09 de Enero de 2014 22:28

Trabajadores del mar piden ayuda

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 After nearly a week of inactivity due to the winds generated by the cold fronts, two fishermen who went to work today returned to report they had each lost nearly 15,000 pesos worth of  nets. There have also been problems more frequent thefts of lobster traps, which is affecting the economies of the fishermen. Due to theft, the inventory of the cooperative Por Social Justicia has been reduced from 170 to 35 lobster traps.


Flu vaccines at General Hospital  

Garantizan vacunas contra la influenza

Miércoles, 08 de Enero de 2014 21:25

En Hospital Integral

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 There are flu vaccines available at the General Hospital Health Center, but they are not being given indiscriminately and are being administered to those who are most vulnerable, such as pregnant women, the elderly, and newborns. The program to administer these was suspended at the beginning of the year, but there are still vaccines available.

Government with vision and clear direction

Agapito Magana gives a report on his first 100 days in office 

Gobierno con visión y rumbo claro

Miércoles, 08 de Enero de 2014 21:30

Informa Agapito Magaña sobre sus primeros 100 días de trabajo

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In the first 14 weeks of this administration the city coordinated with the State and Federal governments to establish an office of CORETT (Commission for the Regularization of Land Tenure) as part of the Urban Development Plan on the continental area of Isla Mujeres. They will regularize (deed) 45 colonias (neighborhood/villages) and 6,184 lots.  Also, construction has begun in the Continental zone for a playground, is on the second stage at the Recreational Area,  and more curbs and sidewalks are being constructed in the colonia Americas.
 To improve living conditions for each island family, the following programs were launched: “Isla Mujeres Limpia”, (limpia means clean) “Brigadas en comunidad”, “Rehabilitación de calles” (calles means streets), “Rehabilitación de alumbrado público”  (alumbrado publico are street lights) and “Municipio prevenido” with the intention to respond to public demands promptly, and to improve public services. The Mayor plans to continue these programs to "beautify and illuminate all of Isla Mujeres" with the repair of fixtures.
 Regarding security, the Mayor launched the program "Policia en la comunidad", as well as offering training in English to police officers as the first step to establish the "Tourist Police" who have a module downtown at the Town Square.
 Regarding education, school supplies were given to 4,630 students, and the Mayor initiated the Scholarships for Ferry Transport, to decrease drop outs and aid family budgets.
 Regarding health, the Mayor put the Hyperbaric Chamber back into operation, for the benefit of the seamen and their families.
 Regarding social issues, he said, " I want to point out the extraordinary relationship  we have with the Federal Government and its agencies. We are assured, from  Enrique Pena Neito, (President of Mexico) that the families of Isla Mujeres have a friend, an ally, and a President who keeps his word." From the Ministry of Social Development, insurance was provided for 320 single mothers, who have the security of school studies for their children if they die. (en caso de que lleguen a faltar.), and 53% of the beneficiaries are from mainland communities of Isla Mujeres.
  He expressed gratitude to the State DIF president, Mariana Zorrilla de Borge, who provided programs like Abrigando Familias con Amor (Harboring/Protecting Families with Love) which provided 20 wheelchairs, 10 canes, and 15 walkers (I'm guessing on that last one.."15 burritos")
   Regarding youth, the program Joven Saludable (Healthy youth) is providing recreational and social activities, and the youth can count on the city giving them their own space, which will include a Computer Room with areas for lectures and workshops, to be implemented for the benefit of youths in the municipality.
    To boost the economy and employment, The Department of Economic Development is conducting courses and workshops to promote self employment among women, giving them the tools to advance themselves. So far there have been sixteen courses and one workshop, which have trained 270 women. The First Employment Fair was conducted and an agreement was signed with CECATI to offer technical training is specialties where there are higher opportunities for employment.
   The Mayor says they are committed to the formation the Municipal Fishing Agency ( la Dirección Municipal de Pesca), which is now a reality. This is one department to attend to the needs of the fishermen.
   In the Tourism Department, they have created a Jefatura de Servicios Turisticos who is in charge of listening and attending to the tourism sector, to manage resources, and to the vital task of promoting the 'brand' of "Isla Mujeres".
  The Mayor said, "A policy of financial responsibility has been implemented to become more efficient in providing basic services to the community in a timely fashion. For the public good, there must be a high degree of responsibility to maintain a rigorous budget, while being attentive and responsive to the needs of the population." He said, "The future is built every day, and we plan to continue these projects; we have the heart and soul to do this, and it is attainable to create a better place to live." He promised to put all his energies into producing real results that benefit the community.

 Tvisla Mujeres

DIF delivered 11 million school breakfasts
Chetumal.... The breakfast foods are composed of proteins, vitamins, potassium, fibers and sugars to complement a healthy diet: Sra Mariana Zorrilla Borge
Tvisla Mujeres shared Unidad del Vocero's status.

*Los desayunos están compuestos de alimentos de proteínas, vitaminas, potasio, fibra y azúcares para complementar una sana alimentación: Señora Mariana Zorrilla de Borge

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During 2013, the (state) DIF provided 11,387,849 hot and cold breakfasts to primary school children in Quintana Roo.
   Over twelve months they provided 8,920,033 cold breakfasts which included raisins, apples, blueberries, pineapple, or banana; vanilla flavored cereal or graham crackers,;and a 250 ml bottle of skim milk.  The hot breakfasts included options such as rice, dried meat, tuna, beans, vegetable salad, eggs, flour, whole grain pasta, tomato sauce, and soy, among other products and different dishes that were offered. 

Noticias de  Quequi......

Hoteliers:  Forming a new organization
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    Formarán nueva asociación

    0 10 de enero de 2014

    Por Carlos Gasca.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Conflicts arise between cabbies and commisionista hawkers

Surgen conflictos entre taxistas y los comisionistas

Surgen conflictos  entre taxistas y los comisionistas
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 Property tax discounts disclosed

Dan a conocer descuentos del pago de predial

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Complaint about lack of lighting in Zona Maya

Denuncian falta de alumbrado en zona maya

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DIF invites families to Kings Day Festival
Invita el DIF a familias al festival del Dia de Reyes
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Social activist very ill: "Mucaro" in Intensive Care

Delicada la salud de luchador social

Delicada la salud de luchador social
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Reconstruction of wall: Urgent
Reconstruir el muro, urgenteVer mas
 The City will seek resources from the FIPREDEN (Prevention Agency) and the FOPREDEN (Fund for Natural Disaster Prevention) with the possibility of erecting a new sea wall to protect downtown. There is about a kilometer that could be renewed, especially a critical stretch of inferior quality that allegedly could not survive any hurricane, unlike the first part that was constructed after Gilberto in 1988. The work should be based on international standards, which have changed and is likely to cost several tens of millions of pesos.
   Meanwhile former aldarman Edgardo Marfil contacted the Mayor's office regarding the broken rock 'cage' that protects the wall in question. He is seeking to 'reclaim land from the sea' from the RocaMar hotel to the area across from the hanger at the Naval runway, for a length of over 500 meters and a width of 20 meters. He offered 5000 pesos to start a fund for this project, hoping businesses, individuals, and the government would contribute. "We need a recreational space and pathway in this area." he said. He is concerned about the area where Hurricane Gilberto broke through a solid structure, and opened a waterway across the malecon. He believes that filling in this waterfront area would prevent a possible split in the island at this point.

Finally, the sun returned
Al fin asomó el sol[+] Ver mas

Tourism resumed with the good weather. The beaches, boaters, & businesses were busy again.

Nautical tour givers seek support
Lancheros reclaman apoyos[+] Ver mas

The majority of the members of the half dozen cooperatives dedicated to nautical tourism need to replace their boats or motors, but are awaiting assistance from the three levels of government, who usually contribute with the beneficiaries adding their portion equally. The cooperative "Isla Mujeres" needs to replace 7 boats and 14 motors, with an investment of 200,000 pesos per boat and about 150,000 for each 60 horsepower engine. It is estimated that among all the cooperatives, they need to replace about 70 boats under 30 feet, and about 100 outboard motors. They lack the funds and are awaiting governmental support. At least two of the cooperatives have piers in need of replacement also. They are not pleased because there are two piers planned for the fishing cooperatives.

Need cooperation to fight mosquitoes & dengue
Croce brote de dengue.. [+] Ver mas

The winds have kept the mosquitoes in check, but after the rains they have potential to propagate, and it is important that residents cooperate with the Vectors agency when they visit homes. The staff identify areas in patios and yards that need to be eliminated, where water accumulates, and they fumigate monthly, depending on the breeding cycle of the insects. There were only 15 cases of dengue in the municipality of Isla Mujeres in 2013, of which only one was hemorrhagic. (Most of the Isla Mujeres cases usually occur on the mainland). The 'smoke' they use to fumigate is not harmful to humans and is recommended for use inside homes that are at risk. It is recommended that dishes be washed after spraying, as well as babies' clothing, but the clothing of adults does not need washing after exposure. Of ten families in La Gloria, only two gave permission to the Vector staff, which is a trend that needs to be reversed, said Rosalinda de la Pena Layva, who is responsible for Epidemiological Monitoring of the General Hospital of Isla Mujeres.
Alarming loss of sand       Alarmante pérdida de arenales [+] Ver mas

 Approximately 15 meters of beach were eroded away near the junction of North Beach and the Posada del Mar beach during the recent winter storm. (The Posada beach and North Beach converge in the general area of the beach formerly known as Sergio's Playa del Sol.) It is presumed when the winds come from the south in February, that the sand may be naturally recuperated. It is noted that with Hurricane Wilma, nine years ago, about 80 percent of this sandbar was lost, and not even half of it has recuperated since 2005. There was also a stretch of malecon on prolongacion Rueda Medina that fell during the passage of that hurricane.  People with beach concessions have installed "whales" to reduce sand loss and planted coconut trees to act as breaks.
 Support for elderly withdrawn
Retiran apoyos a los ancianos[+] Ver mas
  Venancio Tun Tec,  82, who is recovering from a recent stroke, says he and his wife, Eugenia Flora Moreno, must work to support themselves. He is concerned because  his governmental support of 900 pesos, (every two months) which he received under the previous administration, has been discontinued, and he doesn't know why this is, but he continues to hope, because other people were offered alternate types of support. "But not me," he says. He admits he has many grandchildren, but says he does not receive help from them. (It either says but he doesn't ask them, or that they don't ask him...I have a lil problem with reflexive pronouns sometimes.
     "I receive more help from strangers. The doctor has advised me to continue exercising, so I sell seashells on the malecon, which helps me," he explained from his humble shack-home in the Miraflores neighborhood. He spent several days in the hospital recently when he had a stroke, and now has difficulty walking. He uses a broom stick for a cane, and has a foot with 'skin that looks sick', and he has scabs and marks on various parts of his body, that indicate he needs specialized care. The law guarantees social assistance and the rights of older people, and has been in force since 2002.  There is a lack of money, of savings, and of institutional support from social agencies such as the DIF, which is essential to address health emergencies such as this.
         The Federal Income Reform has had a negative impact on the elderly, who comprise 10 percent of the population, which is over 10 million people. The reporter quotes sections of the Constitution that this law allegedly violates. Escalating food prices with the increase of the VAT to 16 percent are also affecting this segment of the population. (VAT/IVA increased from 11 percent in border states. It already was 16% in the rest of Mexico). In the case of Don Venanciao, his support has been removed and has not been placed into another program that would give him a thousand pesos every two months. The reporter thinks the DIF did a better job under the previous administration. 
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Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe or Monchi's,shop at Chedraui or visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs; minutes away by bike or on foot. Our guests recommend the Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a pharmacy and variety of other stores and small local restaurants

FOR JANUARY & FEBRUARY EVENTS>>>>visit the preview edition of the Isla Mujeres Magazine...which will benefit Isla Mujeres Charities! HERE   

The King's Day Gift giveaway by the DIF has been rescheduled for Saturday ~5:30 at the Convention Center, and Barlito's is still the drop off location. Boys toys are needed and the response has been excellent!

Roots Clinic Open Grand Opening: Rescheduled due to TBA Friday Jan. 3 5pm-7pm. Located in Isla Mujeres Plaza. Sangria and snacks and check out the new location:

Texas Holdem Every Monday and Thursday
 at 6:00pm   El Patio Caribbean Grill
 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.  
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 ~3p Reggae/Cuban  

       Sun ~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

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