Thursday, February 13, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Wednesday, February 12 The Afternoon Edition & Yesterday's News

  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! 
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. Ad for a year is a $45 donation. 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 ....

No more changes of City officials at this time: Agapito

No habrá más cambios

Martes, 11 de Febrero de 2014 21:34

Al interior del Ayuntamiento, al menos por el momento, subraya Agapito

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After appointing the heads of the municipal agencies of Turismo, Instancia Municipal de la Mujer and Patrimonio Municipal (Tourism, Women's Institute, and the  City Heritage agency), the Mayor said no more changes are anticipated at this time. He added that those who hold office and do not do their jobs with the dedication and commitment that is required by his administration could also be removed. He said he is not looking to fire anyone, and he appreciates the work being done and caring being given.

Hawker faces possible suspension for foul language 

Comisionista agrede a un turista

Martes, 11 de Febrero de 2014 22:09

Cuando le ofreció carrito de golf

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The staff of the municipal Tourism agency said a comisionista tourism promoter may be suspended from three days of labor after making inappropriate gestures and being verbally aggressive toward a visitor who gave a negative response when offered a golf cart rental. His fellow hawkers said this occurred this (Tuesday) morning, and the Tourism agency staff regretted that they could not enforce an immediate suspension, but must wait for the new Director of the Agency to take office on Wednesday. The tourist was directed toward the Municipal Tourism office and filed a complaint against the hawker. The new head of the Tourism agency was appointed today (Tuesday.)


Continued training for workers at CROC union

Continúa capacitación de obreros

Lunes, 10 de Febrero de 2014 21:39

En la sede de la CROC, revela dirigente

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The members of the union of hotel and restaurant workers who completed the "Basic English" course will have an opportunity to take "Advanced English" beginning on Saturday February 15th. The first course began in October with 30 students and ended in December with 15 students completing the course, who are expected to continue with this next course. The course meets on Saturdays for eight weeks, with each class lasting four hours. Basic English will also be offered again. Workers are encouraged to register and are reminded that these classes cost 50 percent less than elsewhere, and are taught by teachers from the academy Harmon Hall. The costs are not given

Very colorful tradition

 Presenting program for Carnaval 2014: Dance troupe competitions

Tradición de mucho color

Lunes, 10 de Febrero de 2014 21:35

Presentan programa del Carnaval 2014: Convocan a comparsas

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Carnaval in Isla Mujeres will take place from February 28 to March 4 and this (Monday) afternoon there was a presentation in the City Council room of the two couples competing to be King and Queen of the event. They have been working hard on the sale of votes to earn the support of islanders, which will be added to the score they receive from judges at the competition on February 15th at the town square, which is scheduled to begin at 9pm.  They will be presented with their dance troupes.
  On February 28th will be the crowning of the kings and queens, including the king and queen of the fiesta, the kings and queens of the academies, of the senior citizens, and the disabled, which is scheduled to begin at 9pm on the town square.
   Saturday night will be Cuban night, and Sunday, March 2 there is the traditional party at the Posada Beach, with the children's costume contest on the beach at 4pm.  This will be preceded by a parade on Rueda Medina that is scheduled to begin at 3pm
    The third day (Monday) of Carnaval includes a second parade through the main streets of Isla Mujeres. At the town square in the evening will the the Regional night, with a costume contest in the open category, and a competition between the dance troupes in the Regional category.
   The last day (Tuesday) of Carnaval is the most anticipated "Mardi Gras", which begins at mid day with the Negrada, when the troupes will pass through the streets downtown, in the presence of the traditional "Toro petate". That night the festival will continue on the town square with the contest between the troupes, followed by the reading of the will fo "Juan Carnaval" and the burning of his effigy.
   The contest between the troupes will be the following categories: young children,  Category A for children 13-18, and Category B for adults. Registration closes February 16th and is available at the offices of the Department of Culture at the Hacienda Mundaca.
Promoting gender equality: Council approves agreement with national organization 

Impulsa equidad de género

Lunes, 10 de Febrero de 2014 21:30

Cabildo aprueba convenio con organismo nacional

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At the 11th Regular Session of the City Council a collaboration agreement was signed with the National Institute for Women. The agreement aims to attract, promote, and foster conditions conductive to non discrimination, equality of treatment and opportunity between the sexes, and full exercise of the rights of women. with their equal participation in the political, cultural, economic, and social life of the country.

New head of municipal tourism agency to be announced this week 

Esta semana nuevo titular

Lunes, 10 de Febrero de 2014 21:15

En la Dirección Municipal de Turismo, revela Agapito: Analiza opciones

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Candidates include  Jacinto Ríos Nájera, who works as a coordinator in the Continental Zone, José de Jesús Castillo Magaña, current City Secretary,  Miguel Angulo, young businessman and member of the Contreras Gómez family, and Alejandra Pinto, young islander professional.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Over 6000 families will benefit from Mayoral commitment.

Whale shark permit holders begin renewal of documents with the Harbor Master.

New municipal directors named

Noticias de  Quequi......

still has yesterday's news at 1pm.
Golf cart rental agencies: "Making a killing"

Rentadoras de carritos ‘hacen su agosto’

0 10 de febrero de 2014

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The reporter toured golf cart rental agencies and reported that due to the large number of Americans & Europeans visiting and using their services, they are "making a killing in the month of February" and demand has 'skyrocketed'. It is noted that the number of visitors has not decreased since the beginning of the year. Rental rates range from 270 pesos per hour to 550 pesos for all day, without consideration for the 100 pesos for the comisionista/hawker. It is noted that although most tourists prefer to rent golf carts, there is demand for the little boats that offer tours in the Isla Mujeres bay.


Fishermen suffer during bans

Veda asfixiará a pescadores

0 10 de febrero de 2014

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This info has been translated..the grouper ban is Feb. 15- March 15 and the lobster ban begins March 1st. 

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...


Competing for the crown: Carnaval 2014

Van por la corona del Carnaval 2014

Van por la corona del Carnaval 2014

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Council signs agreement with INMUJERES

Aprueba Cabildo firma de convenio con Inmujeres

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 por esto

Says requirement of City is 'arbitrary'
Arbitrario requisito de la comuna[+] Ver mas

This is another article calling for an update to ten City Regulations, with complaints about the processes for obtaining an operating license and comments by Javier Ortiz, former local president of CANACO.

Lack of respect for gifts from famous sculptors
No respetan regalo de afamados escultores[+] Ver mas
There were 23 artists who donated steel sculptures in 2001 for the Sculpture Park at Punta Sur, and now there are 22 sculptures are still standing, but weakened. The state government announced that in 2014 there will be 2,385,358 pesos invested in the Sculpture Park, but the plan was not given.  Of the 23 sculptors, 11 are foreign, and 12 are Mexicans. The foreigners are from Egypt, Iceland, Bulgaria, Colombia, and the United States. The sculpture of American Bruce Beasely collapsed over two years ago. The sculptors donated their work to the community of Isla Mujeres on December 8, 2001 to welcome the new millennium.

New Director of Tourism named
Nombran nuevo director de Turismo[+] Ver mas
Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco was appointed the new Director of Tourism , replacing Hamed Carmelina Martinez during a brief event in the council room, where two other appointments were also made. He was the head of Citizen Participation (Participación Ciudadana) which is now being led by the Secretary of the City.
    Yuseli Juliana López Tec, is the new head of the Women's agency, Instancia de la Mujer, a position she has held previously, and the head of the agency of Patrimonio Municipal, is now Jorge Clemente Pimentel Cruz.
    It is expected that the new Tourism director will be eager to listen to the business community's concerns about comisionista hawkers annoying tourists and about street vendors, among other issues. The Mayor announced an upcoming meeting with Jesus Almaguer, of the OVC, Office of Visitors and Conventions in Cancun about topics such as the promotional video that has awaited release for three years, investment in infrastructure, new developments, and other topics.

Coconut palms enjoy good health
Gozan de buena salud palmas cocoteras[+] Ver mas

This is another article about the yellowing disease that decimated the coco palms in Isla Mujeres and Cancun in 1982, noting the current palms have resistance to that disease, which is caused by an insect (Mynduscrudus). This threat was unusual and was contained by the government to protect the economy of the coconut farmers because Mexico is the seventh largest producer, according to the FAO.
    There are inspectors who conduct regular monitoring of the palm trees. In recent years they have been affected by the Red mite Raoiella indica, which has been treated by the government.  The staff of the municipal department of Ecology are pruning the trees and will give brochures to the holders of the Federal Zone beach concessions, advising them that pruning of the palm trees is the responsibility of the concessionaires.


Regulations in need of updating
No trabajan, pero bien que cobran [+] Ver mas

 Por Esto reports there are regulations which are outdated, and need to be updated. The article has a list of regulations passed by the past two administrations, as well as a list of repealed regulations.

Presentation of candidates for Carnaval King & Queen
Presentan a candidatos a reyes del carnaval[+] Ver mas
This info has been translated.

More opportunities for women
Más oportunidades para la mujer[+] Ver mas

I think this photo was probably not meant to accompany this article which is about the Institute for Women. This info has been translated.


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February begins with a long holiday weekend, and 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

Thursday morning is the Navy Wives Breakfast (benefit's the hospital)

Feb 15 Town Square 9p Competition for Carnaval King & Queen

 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:  is closed & relocating. email me at westofcuba@gmail for help arranging pick ups. Kathy Ennis has volunteered to fill in. They plan to reopen at Marina Paraiso in March.




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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