Friday, July 18, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, July 18 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published in July!, 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. 100% is contributed. Donations will be totaled, published & turned over to the charities in July.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am now creating & posting the new ads. It is going slowly because I am busy with other things, your patience is appreciated.     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 ....

Classes end at CENDI

Marthy hosted the festivities & ceremonies

Clausuran cursos los Cendi

Jueves, 17 de Julio de 2014 23:22

Marthy encabeza ceremonias y festivales

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. The honorary president of the Municipal Agency for Integral Family Development (DIF), Marthy Vargas Magana, handed out diplomas at the closing ceremonies of the courses of  municipal Child Development Centers (Cendi). The audience was entertained by the performances of the toddlers, who delighted them with innocent interpretations of various rhythms and musical numbers.
    At the center the young children of working parents receive education, recreation, nutrition, and psycho-social skills. On the island, the center has been open for 12 years, and on the mainland the CENDI center opened in 2011.

Evicting 67 boats before festival

Between the concrete pier & restaurant 

Retirarán 67 lanchas

Jueves, 17 de Julio de 2014 22:31

Entre muelle de concreto y restaurante, ante realización de festival

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There are  67 boats being evicted from the area between the concrete pier and the Capitan Laffite restaurant, as part of the preparations for the Whale Shark Festival, which is scheduled to begin July 24th. There are 27  vessels which are moored or anchored, and the other 40 are sitting in the Federal Zone, which presents a bad image for this holiday destination. This action is a joint effort between the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo), the Harbor Master, and the municipality.
   The operation began with the placement of signs in recent days by APIQRoo, which is the agency responsible for the administration of this area of Federal Zone. The next step that is expected is  intervention by the Harbor Master, who is responsible for regulating vessels and punishing any wrongdoing by their owners. And finally, the City is expected to clean the area and remove and vessels that are left. He said they have given notifications to the owners of the boats since 2013, but previously there was a lack of coordination between the three governmental entities.

Second diver in hyperbaric chamber
Immediate treatment for decompression 

Segundo buzo en cámara hiperbárica

Jueves, 17 de Julio de 2014 22:05

Lo atienden de inmediato

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This is the second case of decompression illness since the lobster fishing season began earlier this month. The diver-fisherman is a member of the fishing cooperative "Makax", and was treated in a timely manner just after noon today. Julian Escobar Diaz began to feel discomfort as they were returning to the island and was taken immediately to the hyperbaric chamber where he presented with symptoms of extreme tiredness and lack of muscular strength.
      The doctor said he may need another treatment, depending on his condition over the next 24 hours, and significant improvement is expected. He made two dives to a depth of about 12 fathoms, or ~10 meters  (? A fathom is 6 feet or 1.8 meters), of which one lasted 40 minutes and the other was for 20 minutes.  ...dos inmersiones a unas 12 brazas de profundidad -unos 10 metros-, uno de 40 minutos y el otro de 20 minutos.

Positive meeting between Agapito and the director of the Operating Unit of DICONSA 

Positiva reunión

Jueves, 17 de Julio de 2014 21:40

Sostiene Agapito con directora de Unidad Operativa de Diconsa

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This morning at his office in City Hall,  mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez received a pleasant visit for the state Director of the Operational Unit of DICONSA of Quintana Roo, Sarabia May, who discussed social projects that will benefit our community.  One of the topics they discussed was the possibility of installing a DICONSA distribution center in the mercado in colonia El Cañotal.
     The federal agency offers various products including rice, tuna, sardines, chocolate powder, beans, wheat flour, corn flour, instant coffee, oatmeal, canned chiles, corn, powdered milk, oil and fresh eggs.   The official visit followed the day's event at the sports dome in La Gloria where 150 beneficiaries of the  Programa Alimentario Sin Hambre, Food without Hunger program were assisted. 

 Tvisla Mujeres

The Under-sea tap water line is in perfect condition: Aguakan
Línea Submarina de agua Potable en perfectas condiciones aún: Aguakán

Noticias de  Quequi......

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Trash transfer facility: A dump

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Second decompression case of the season
Segundo descompresionado en temporada[+] Ver mas
 Edwin Escobar Diaz, 33, was the second case of decompression to be treated at the hyperbaric chamber during this lobster season. He entered the chamber with symptoms of respiratory failure, extreme fatigue, paresthesia (numbness) throughout his body, and loss of the use of his muscles. He was diagnosed with a severe grade of decompression, and was scheduled for a series of treatments, seeking full recovery, although there may be sequelae. 
   Apparently he made repetitive dives in deep water and did not respect the protocol for natural decompression during ascent.The experience of several fishermen who suffer from this disease is that there are various risks faced by divers using compressed air that supplies oxygen via a hose, such as sudden interruption if the generator fails, or if the hose is kinked, among other incidents that can occur. There have been cases where the supply hose was accidentally cut by the propeller of the boat. Experts recommend the use of tanks that supply air independently, to avoid cases of loss or depletion of air supply, because there is always a risk of errors. 

Renovating motors to guarantee reliable service: Magaña Ferries
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 Jorge Aragón, representative for  “Magaña Ferries” said the company plans to improve the service they offer from the terminal of APIQRoo (The Port Authority of Quintana Roo) in Puerto Juarez.  They plan to renovate the engines of the ships to guarantee reliable service and want to maintain the same price of 70 pesos per round trip, despite continuous increases in the costs of fuel and supplies.
       The users of their services, many of whom are workers, hope the business continues to offer an alternative to the other ferry company. He clarified that the company is no longer called  "Maritime Transport Magaña", since the family Magaña Castillo left the business, and is called "Magaña Ferry".

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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 variety of other stores and small local restaurants

 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

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NEED DIABETES SUPPLIES FOR OCTOBER DIABETES CLINIC: We have been doing Diabetes Clinics on Isla Mujeres for five years, with more local residents participating annually. This is a joint project of bilingual social workers, nurses, and other health care professionals originally from the USA, working with Isleno community partners. Diabetes is now the primary cause of death in Mexico.

We are in great need of donations of glucometers and strips, specifically these brands: Contour, Contour Next and OneTouch. Many doctor's offices, clinics and hospitals discard strips that are almost expired. Strips are actually still effective for at least a year after expiration dates so often those are the ones that are most often donated. If you have any contact with medical professionals or pharmaceutical reps, you can often get current supplies. We can also use lancets, lancet devices, alcohol pads, and syringes.

The next clinic will be in October 2014. Contact Karen Rosenberg at or Kathy Ennis at or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down.

Follow up...The Go Fund Me campaign by Sally Margolis to assist with the HIV testing events by Brazos Abiertos was successful, & BA have also coordinated with the City to provide education about sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy in the schools, monthly.


 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm 
Friday, July 4 El Patio 8-10:30
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 pm
Sunday, Bahia Tortuga, The Sol Rockers, 630 to 900 pm  (Currently on hold while SeBlues is off the isle)

Ken Wanovich
Wed 7/23 - Mamacita's, 7:00pm.
 Fri 7/25 - Chi Chi & Charlie's, 4:00pm. 
Mon 7/28 - Villavento Beach Hotel - Noon 
Wed 7/30 - Mamacita's, 7:00pm. 
Fri 8/01 - Chi Chi & Charlie's, 4:00pm.
 Sat 8/02 - Marina Paraiso, 6:30pm.
 Mon 8/04 - Villavento Beach Hotel - Noon 
Tue 8/05 - Mamacita's, 7:00pm. 
( Keys 4 Life is also bringing school supplies and 3 new LCD projectors for the elementary schools, and doing some minor construction projects to repair/improve several homes in Guadalupana.)

 Ryan Rickman Friday - Tuesday at 8 - 11 pm (Fridays 9 pm - 12)
 Fabio Thursdays and Sundays 6:30 - 8 pm 
 John Cain 6:30-8:30 Fridays 
Wednesdays & Thursdays live music with a band that rotates starting at 8:30-11 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!! 
 Sat ~2p Frequencia

       Sun ~2p  Salsa 
Weekday's ~2p..Chucho (Jesus Campezino)
 Wed: Blues W SeBlues..tho he's off isle right now.

You may find live music after 9 or 10 on Hidalgo at Fayne's, La Terraza, or  Comono, and at Poc Na Hostel.

Saturday afternoon 3-5 Cuban music at Veradara's Cuban restaurant

Like Reggae? CD release party by local band Sunday/tomorrow....
:::Bucket of 5 Coronas & Nachos x $175 pesos & 2x1 Margaritas!:::


July Events....

Thursday 5:30-9:30pm  Artist Fair on Town Square  (Note new hours)
Rain date...rescheduled to Friday
Friday, Fourth of July US Independence Day

At Casa de los Suenos....

From Christy Dix....For those who are in Isla Mujeres and want to practice your Spanish, come join us!! Spend an hour at Barlito's at Marina Paraiso this Friday 7/4 (3-4pm) and practice your Spanish skills while helping those who are studying English. It's a win win!!

July 5 Saturday 7p  Abuelito & Abuelita contest La Gloria open air theatre

July 6 Sunday  PRI Barracuda Fishing Tournament 8am start, 4pm weigh in, awards to follow on Posada Beach. 2pm Son 3 performing on Posada!
July 7 Town Square ~7p "Michael Jackson Extravaganza" 

July 11 Friday Full Moon Rise: ~6:50    Sunset is ~7:30
 Careful of the migrating crabs crossing the road to get to the sea to spawn, especially down at the south and south east part of the isle.
July 12 Saturday  Full Moon Rise: ~7:45  
July 13 Sunday  Moonrise  8:41pm
July 14 Monday  Moonrise  9:31pm
July 15 Tuesday Moonrise  10:17pm  and ~50 minutes later nightly

**July 24-27 : Whale Shark Festival.  Includes a parade w floats, sand sculpture contest, recreational activities, and more.
**Some sources indicate the plans (again) are for the festival to last for a week, and that it will begin on July 20th. 

The seventh edition of the Whale Shark Festival will take place July 24-27 and will include an agenda of activities that are: cultural, artistic, touristic, and environmental; with participation by artists, musicians, speakers, and environmental experts. There will be contests of:  decorated golf carts, costumes, and sand sculptures; as well as parades, plays, lectures, performances by dance & music groups, photographic exhibitions, and other artistic activities.
       A group of international artists plan to paint murals focused on the themes of conservation and protection of whale sharks, in a project titled "SEA WALLS". All events will be completely free and will take place at venues including the Town Square, the Posada Beach, and Rueda Medina Avenue (main street). Municipal gencies who are coordinating this event include the departments of Culture, Tourism, Public Relations, Ecology, and Social Communication. 

 July 26:  There will be 600 Mexican athletes competing on the island for the “Copa Isla Mujeres de Tae Kwon Do”, including about 40 athletes from Isla Mujeres.


 On August 31, about 500 athletes, both Mexican and international, are expected to participated in an open water swimming competition, Competencia de Nado de Aguas Abiertas, at Playa Norte/North Beach. The swimmers will travel distances between 250 meters and five kilometers, with the course being defined by a rectangle of buoys off Playa Norte. Dozens of foreigners are expected to participate, especially from the United States.



Whale Shark Season ...ends Sept 15
It is Sea Turtle Mating & Nesting season
Red & Blue crabs are migrating to the sea for spawning during full moons

Turtle releases August-Sept dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?


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