Friday, May 2, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News Friday, May 2 The Afternoon Edition

  The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published in May!, 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 the remainder of year is a $30 donation. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities in May.   

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


  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Respect and support

May 1st march for workers led by Agapito

Respeto y apoyo

Jueves, 01 de Mayo de 2014 20:30

Garantiza Agapito a la clase trabajadora en marcha conmemorativa

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. As a way of showing  support and appreciation for the working class, the mayor,  Agapito Magaña Sanchez, participated in the traditional May 1st march for Labor Day,  accompanied by directors and employees of the City government. Excerpts from the Mayor's speech are given in the article. Participants in the march included members of the following unions and organizations: Sindicato de Trabajadores del Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres, del Sindicato de Trabajadores del Colegio de Bachilleres, las diversas secciones del Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación, del Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Secretaría de Salud, de la Confederación de Trabajadores de México, de la Cooperativa Isla Bonita, de la CTC y de la Fesoc, and others. 

Intercede for licensees: Agapito

To work with more than one permit during this whale shark season


Intercede por permisionarios

Jueves, 01 de Mayo de 2014 20:28

Agapito, para que trabajen con más de un permiso en temporada de tiburón ballena

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In response to requests from the whale shark licensees, the Mayor has sent an official letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment (SEMARNAT) and the Wildlife Department, askin them to reconsider their position to allow the licensees with more than one permit to work. This disagreement began a few days ago when the Wildlife Department opted to change the Management Plan,  when there were only 15 days before the Whale Shark season begins on May 15th. The mayor characterized this  as an arbitrary and bureaucratic mentality by the staff of the Wildlife Department. He agrees that the activity needs regulation, and noted that it is a huge industry that generates significant resources for the municipality and the federal government. He said three months ago the authorities,  the tour service providers, and the community worked together toward modifying the Management Plan, but what has happened now is arbitrary. He said the workers who provide the whale shark tours deserve respect.
   He concluded by saying a commission will travel in an official capacity to Mexico City, and they will meet  with the head of SEMARNAT, Raul Gonzalez, with the intention of resolving these injustices. They expect to have an answer this next week. 

Ferry "Isla Blanca" remains damaged
No date given for restart of operation

Sigue averiado el ferry “Isla Blanca”

Jueves, 01 de Mayo de 2014 20:21

No hay fecha para que reinicie operaciones

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Because the clutch of the ferry "Isla Blanca" was faulty, it has remained out of commission since Tuesday for three consecutive days, affecting deliveries to various businesses of the island. The ferry "Sergio Aguilar Gracia" has less capacity than the "Isla Blanca", and it is not known when the larger vessel will be operational again.
     Because the "Sergio Aguilar Grace" has been providing service the past three days, the ramp at the terminal in Punta Sam suffered a broken steel cable. The vessel has its own ramp, which sits low on the existing ramp and doubles the weight, which caused the cable to break.
     There are dozens of  trucks of two and three axles waiting to be transferred to the mainland, and the trash compactor trucks from the Trash Transfer Facility have not been able to cross, and those odors are causing unease among the other drivers. There are also trucks in Punta Sam that are waiting to cross.

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Hundreds of dead fish floating at the banks of Salina Grande this morning
Cientos de peces muertos flotaban esta mañana en las orillas de la Salina Grande en #IslaMujeres

The vehicle ferry "Isla Blanca" will remain out of operation for ten more days
El transbordador “Isla Blanca” permanecerá fuera de operación por diez días más

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A company representative confirmed that the Isla Blanca ferry (the largest one) is out of operation for maintenance and will remain so for at least ten days. Jose Sunza said this is a result of the constant "varamientos" (literally: strandings)  because of the lack of an adequate job of dredging the navigation channel. He said at the moment only the ferry Sergio Gracia Aguilar is in operation and therefor only vehicles under 3.8 meters high can be transported. The company acknowledged that in recent days there was a problem with the ramp at the port of Punta Sam, but this was attended to by personnel with the Port Authority and has been remedied.

Municipal government of Isla Mujeres advocating for the Whale Shark Tour operators to maintain...
Ayuntamiento de #IslaMujeres abogará por los permisionarios del Tiburón Ballena para mantener…

Mayor leads May 1st march: Labor Day
Encabeza alcalde de #IslaMujeres desfile del Primero de Mayo, Día del Trabajo
"More work & more investment for our workers of Isla Mujeres"
"Vamos por más inversión y más trabajo para nuestros obreros de #IslaMujeres; viene un año justo para todos ustedes"


Noticias de  Quequi......

Dead fish found in salina
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     The municipal Department of Ecology is investigating the case after thousands of fish were found on the banks of Salina Grande for no apparent reason. Neighbors fear the problem is the result of heavy pollution, and say if they are not removed there will be a strong odor of putrefaction. The Director of Ecology, Cristina Medina Figueroa, said that the fish are of different ages and sizes, and commented, "We are analyzing the problem but cannot rule out that it is due to the heat and the temperature of the water changing in the salina, which may be killing the fish."  She stressed that there is an investigation, but it must be quick, because there is a responsibility to remove the thousands of fish that are beginning to decompose, producing a bad odor around the salina in a matter of hours.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi .- Investiga Dirección de Ecología las posibles causas.
  • Suspenden cruces de vehículos pesados
    Crossings suspended for heavy vehicles 


    Suspenden cruces de vehículos pesados

    0 30 de abril de 2014

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi .- Será hasta el próximo martes cuando se reactive.

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

 Working class celebrates with march
More than 800 children enjoy their festival 
The first basketball court of the island is 'like new' 
Celebrating the magic of being a child 
Children's Day ( Día del Niño ) was celebrated at the various schools with cakes and pinatas, as well as some clowns who delighted the small children. Sweets and food were shared, with music, and in some cases there were small festivals organized. The children were allowed to go home early, since they were only having celebrations, and they will be off on Monday for the long weekend.
Presenting the Children's City Council 

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Terrible problem: Massive death of fish

“Terrible” problema, la muerte masiva de peces[+] Ver mas
The municipal director of Ecology, Cristina Medina Figueroa toured the perimeter of Salina Grande to confirm the mass death of fish, which she described as "terrible". The Director of Health, Dr Tharin Sadat Vital Casique and personal of the Public Services Department were also present. They confirmed that it is a certain type of fish that dominates the shore of the salina, and there there are more fish that are living, and for this there it is important to monitor that a stable PH is achieved. Fish deaths occur in times of drought, but not in the quantities that has been happening this week, and thing could get worse if measures are not taken. Presumably there is no drainage of wastewater from the salina which takes up an area of 15 hectares, and there is no filtration of water discharged from homes that are not connected to the Aguakan sewer network, according to some accounts.
   Given that there are families that consume fish from this lake, there are concerns about the effects on children if there are contaminated fish, so they are rapidly trying to determine the cause of the problem, and to act to control it. The Director announced they would be cleaning around the salina starting on Friday at 6am, with the help of a group from Environmental Education and various officials. Samples were taken to a laboratory and the results could be ready on Tuesday.

Bureaucrats predominate at march
Predominaron burócratas en el desfile . [+] Ver mas

Getting maintenance: The other cargo ferry
A mantenimiento, otro barco de carga+] Ver mas

After persistent complaints: Ensuring a supply of medicine at the General Hospital's pharmacy

Tras insistentes quejas, garantizan el abasto de medicina en la farmacia del Hospital Integral[+] Ver mas
The hospital director confirmed that they have sufficient medicines to attend the patients in the hospital registry. With this, the patients with chronic degenerative disorders can maintain proper control of their conditions. Arrangements have been made with state health authorities to keep the pharmacy in Isla Mujeres stocked to meet the demands for patients with diabetes and hypertension The hospital currently has about 200 patients, however there is an agreement with the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers (ISSSTE ) and the Mexican Institute of Social Security ( IMSS ) to supply them with medications such as: Pravastataina, Metformina, Glibenclamida insulina, Insulina intermedia, Insulina rápida, Metroprolol y Captropil, among others.

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 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 @ Marina Paraiso



Miguel's high season schedule:

Thursday at 6pm Marina Paraiso Isla Mujeres with Seblues Hernandez Miranda - blues variety
Wednesday - Saturday at 10:30 Fayne's BarandGrill with La Banda Sin Nombre - Rock, blues & pop
Friday - Saturday at 12:00 mn Tequileria La Adelita with La Banda Sin Nombre - Salsa & Mexican
Sunday at 7:00 Bahia Tortuga with The Sol Rockers - Rock & blues 

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 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 ~1p Reggae/Cuban  

       Sun ~1p  Salsa 
(Start times 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!!
You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

 Jeff Current's Schedule
5:30 - 7:30 Wednesday Bahia Tortuga
7-9 Fridays Marina Paraiso  


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


May 1 Thursday 4p-9p Artists Fair on Town Square
May 1 Formal welcome to Regatta Sol al Sol XLVI
 May 1 Labor Day in Mexico
May 1  May Day
May 2 Regatta Amigos XLV 12:30 Isla Children sail around isle
May 2 Regatta Sol al Sol Awards dinner 
May 3 Regatta Sol al Sol departure
May 3 Day of the Holy Cross (festival for mason/constrct wkrs /Dia de Santa Cruz, also called El Día del Albañil. (Essay..maybe May 4th 2012)
May 5 Battle of Puebla 2012 "Cinco de Mayo" 

May 8 Thursday Regata Al Sol XXVIII Departs for Isla Mujeres

 May  9-11 Cosme Magana Fishing Tournament

May 10 Saturday Mother's Day  in Mexico
~May 13-20  Festival of Lady of Fatima Rancho Vieho ~30+ yr tradition
May 15 Thursday Teachers Day
May 29 Thursday Ascension Day



May 15- Sept. 15- Whale Shark Season
Early May -  Nov.  Sea Turtle Mating & Nesting

Whale Shark Festival TBA  ~ late June-early July?

6th Annual Alicia Ricalde Magana Women's Fishing Tournament  TBA August?

Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance

Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


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