Tuesday, August 5, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, August 5 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published early August!, 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 westofcuba@gmail.com 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 August...some have already been donated.
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 ....

Increased enforcement against mobile vendors

Intensifican acciones fiscales

Lunes, 04 de Agosto de 2014 22:56

Contra los vendedores ambulantes

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ISLA MUJERES, 4 de agosto.- The staff of the Enforcement agency, Fiscalización y Cobranza, are working to ensure that the beaches are free of mobile vendors and that the clubs selling alcohol are closing on time during the holiday period. A disco was closed last week which was open after hours, and goods have been confiscated from vendors who were selling on the beaches. These efforts will continue throughout the holiday period. .
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Five public works start this week

Improving tourism image 

Esta semana inician cinco obras

Lunes, 04 de Agosto de 2014 22:52

Para mejorar la imagen turística

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ISLA MUJERES, 4 de agosto.- .
    The Mayor, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, has given the green light to five public works projects, which are expected to begin tomorrow. Most are located downtown and intended to improve the image for tourism. Juarez avenue will be improved with new paving, sidewalks, and lighting.The plans for improvement of Juarez avenue intend to avoid disruption of traffic. prevé implementar un programa de circulación vehicular, con la intención de evitar la existencia de alguna afectación para los conductores en general.        
       Work has begun on the Town Square park, which will have an investment of about 1.2 million pesos, which includes removal of the fountain, benches, and planters. Maintenance will be done on a kindergarten, a primary school, and the high school Colegio Bachilleres.
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Two robberies in one week
Handicrafts & other items stolen from a business 

En una semana, dos robos

Lunes, 04 de Agosto de 2014 22:51

Ladrones cargan con artesanías y bisutería en negocio

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ISLA MUJERES, 4 de agosto.-

For the second in less than a week, a burglary occurred at the store  “Utopia”,  where clothing, handicrafts, and jewelry are sold. The head of the state police, Arturo Enrique Medina, said the case appears to have "tintes personales"  (Literally "personal dyes/colors"...I think this means ~an 'inside job'), when taking into consideration the modus operandi of the thief. According to the owner, this is the second time this has happened within a week, having occurred previously on July 31st, and then again early today. On both occasions, jewelry and handicrafts were taken, and attempts were made to take clothing, which, strangely, were unsuccessful.
     The police have a fingerprint and are on the trail of the thief, and were seen making preliminary investigations at the store.  The thirty-five year owner, B.Y.S.M. has filed complaints with the Public Ministry, and the state police are investigating.
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No change in taxi rates
Union continues to wait 

No han cambiado las tarifas de taxis

Lunes, 04 de Agosto de 2014 22:45

Sindicato se mantiene a la espera

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ISLA MUJERES, 4 de agosto.

The anticipated increase in taxi fares in August, that was previously announced by the head of the taxi union, Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez, has not yet occurred.  The union leader admitted that these increases have not been approved, noting that they are necessary because of increasing costs of fuel and parts since the last increase five years ago, in 2009. 
         The increase is expected to occur by the end of August, raising the local fare between the colonias from 13 pesos to 15 pesos, and increasing the rates for tourists and locals by 20 percent. They also want an additional a five peso charge when a passenger is taken from the colonias to a location downtown that is not the taxi stand, which has never been done before, but is expected to take place with the rate change.
   The taxi union leader says it is incongruous that the rates in Isla Mujeres remain the same, while increases have been authorized in municipalities such as  Othón P. Blanco, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen
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Cordial encounter between Agapito & ambassador of Columbia in Mexico

Cordial encuentro


Sostiene Agapito con embajador de Colombia en México

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ISLA MUJERES, 4 de agosto.The Mayor of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, had a pleasant, cordial meeting with the ambassador of  Colombia in México, José Gabriel Ortiz Robledo. They spoke mostly about trade and tourism, with the Mayor emphasizing the potential of the Continental Area of Isla Mujeres with a capacity of 30,000 beds compared to 50,000 in the Riviera Maya.
      The ambassador was surprised by the possibilities for growth and investment in Isla Mujeres, which he plans to share with businessmen in his country. He said he considered Isla Mujeres as "the MOST", as Americans say, and an icon that would be appreciated not just by Colombians, but by all South Americans, known for its beaches, its people, its safety, and for its authenticity, noting this is the most authentic place he's visited.
        He is a native of Bogota and an amateur photographer, with plans to cross to the mainland photograph El Meco archeological zone. The Mayor presented the ambassador with gifts including mementos of the old town of Dolores, which was the original name of the town of Isla Mujeres. The ambassador said he wants to promote other tourism destinations to visit in Mexico, besides Mexico City, to his countrymen. 
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 Tvisla Mujeres

Foreign tourist dies of heart attack after swimming with whale sharks

Tv Isla Mujeres | Turista extranjero muere por infarto luego de nadar con el Tiburón Ballena
Over 300 people in Isla Mujeres registered for the federal program PAL SinHambre assisted this past weekend

 Work on the Casa de Cultura to resume
 Vehicle ferry company posts times of extra crossings

Transbordadores de Isla Mujeres anuncia sus corridas extras!!
Photo: Transbordadores de Isla Mujeres anuncia sus corridas extras!!

Noticias de  Quequi......

Guaranteeing beaches "clean" of mobile vendors

  • Garantizan playas ‘limpias’ de ambulantes


    Garantizan playas ‘limpias’ de ambulantes

    0 05 de agosto de 2014 
    The   director of Fiscalización  of Isla Mujeres, Jorge Mejía Reyes, said his agency is working double shifts to maintain a constant and open surveillance of the mobile vendors. He said it is at the request of the Mayor that the beaches be kept 'clean', and that mobile vendors are prevented from returning to the beaches and the  Rueda Medina malecon. 
          He said for those who have not found space, the city has built 22 modules next to the municipal market/mercado "Javier Rojo Gomez", but he acknowledged that so far, no one has occupied those location. He noted there are also areas on the mainland that need monitoring, and he has had to lead the supervision of that area with his staff, also.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.- .
    Heart attack during whale shark tour 


    Se infarta en tour del tiburón ballenaSe infarta en tour del tiburón ballena

      05 de agosto de 2014 
     American tourist  Clyde E. Smith, 68, died from a heart attack after swimming with the whale sharks around 8:30am on Monday. The tourist from Ohio complained of a pain in his leg after he had been swimming with the whale sharks, and asked the guide to return to the boat. 
         According to the crew of the boat "Regina", owned by Javier Ayala Rejón, the tourist was complaining of pain in his right leg,  conscious and speaking for about 15 minutes with the crew and captain of the boat "Renato", Jesús Nahuat. The guide of the boat had gone swimming with another couple in the whale shark tour zone, and when he had advanced several meters, the captain of the boat signaled him to return, because the tourist Clyde E. Smith had an infarction.
           In response, the guide,  Juan José Pech Gordillo, gave the tourist first aid, with assistance from the captain, and they were able to stabilize him. Jesús Nahuat  immediately requested assistance from the Mexican Navy for an emergency transport. During the journey, the patient suffered a second heart attack, and managed to recover when given the appropriate attention. 
            The tourist was alive when he arrived on the island, but at the Naval hospital he suffered a third heart attack which caused his death. The body of the foreigner was taken to Cancun around noon, to the Medical Examiner's office (SEMEFO) for an autopsy, as is required by law. Condolences to his family and friends.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

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Waste water in street of Cañotal 
Aguas negras derramadas en Cañotal[+] Ver mas
Residents pf colonia Cañotal were annoyed by the odors from a wastewater leak, which lasted for two hours on Monday morning, and they say this was the third time n a week. They want local authorities to make Aguakan be responsible.
     It is said by some that the problem occurs when the pumping system is interrupted, then the collector becomes full and causes spillage, especially at the lower drains.Colonia Cañotal is located along the Salina Grande lake.
 Two weeks ago, there was a sewage overflow in colonia Amplification la Gloria, which lasted for several hours until it drained away. There are concerns about potential contamination of Salina Grande, and no action has been taken by PROFEPA, the Federal Environmental agency.

American senior citizen suffers heart attack after seeing whale sharks
Norteamericano de la tercera edad perece al pegarle infarto cuando veía a tiburón ballena[+] Ver mas

On Monday, a sixty-eight year old tourist suffered two heart attacks shortly after getting into the water to swim with the whale sharks, despite assistance from the Mexican Navy. American Clyde E. Smith had just gotten into the water to take a close look at this animal, when he felt a pain in his right leg. Therefore, he asked the guide to get back into the boat to wait for the trouble to pass, but that is not what happened.
      After 15 minutes he had cardiac symptoms, for which the crew gave him first aid to stabilize him, while assistance from the Navy was requested to return him to the island. On the way he had another heart attack, and they managed to stabilize him again, arriving at the Naval Pier on the island. Then he was taken to the Naval Hospital for emergency care, where the doctors pronounced him dead.
    Mr. Smith, originally from Ohio, had purchased a tour to go 30 miles north of Isla Mujeres to see and swim with whale sharks, but it appears that his health was not good, because at 9am he went in the sea to swim with the whale sharks, and it triggered the problem. The crew of the boat "Regina", of Javier Ayala Rejon, provided appropriate care, according to emergency protocol. The captain of the boat,  Renato de Jesús Náhuatl, who was assisted by crew member Juan José Pech Gordillo, attended to the incident from the beginning, interrupting service to the other tourists on board.
     Sources with the Mexican Navy confirm that the visitor arrived on the island with signs of life, according to the paramedics, however, death occurred enroute to the Naval Hospital. Shortly before noon the tourist's body was taken to the Forensic Medical Service (SEMEFO) in Cancun for the autopsy to confirm the cause of death. This is the first case of a death that is associated with whale shark tours, in nearly a decade.

Complaint to Federal Environmental Agency against 'clandestine' workshop for cutting Queen Conchs
Opera “taller clandestino” para cortar conchas de caracol, denuncian a Profepa[+] Ver mas
A complaint has been filed with PROFEPA, the Federal Protection agency, by Wendy Quijano Aceves against her neighbor Marcelino Velázquez Garrido. She accuses the former municipal union official of using his patio as an illegal workshop, (taller “clandestino” ) generating dust and noise from cutting up Queen conchs, "at all hours". She says he has done this for years, which is unhealthy because the dust affects her home and he will not build a wall.
     On Monday morning, she decided to take photos for evidence to show the officials, and he reacted violently, throwing part of a conch, which she presented a evidence with her complaint, and showed to reporters, commenting that she was lucky it missed her head or she could have been killed.

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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
Karen Rosenberg's 
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 kfrlisw@gmail.com or Kathy Ennis at kathy@kathyandkeith.mx or FB either of us. We accept monetary donations too and will buy strips to bring down.


 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   discontinued for now
Ken Wanovich

 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.

Javier Martinez Cen La Banda Sin Nombre has played for 12 years at Faynes, we needed some days off, so less than a year a go, we let the band Radios play for us (at the same stage same time), they are great! LBSN play Weds/Saturday from 10:30 till 12, Fridays and Saturdays we also play next door, at Adelitas, just salsa music, from 12:39 till 2:00 
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.. Various artists including
Chucho (Jesus Campezino) & 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


August Events

Turtle hatchling releases at Media Luna & Guadalupana (eastern)  beaches  TBA (Usually 1-2 days before event.)

 (Gets 10 min later across month)
Aug 1   ~6:20am
Aug 31 ~6:30am

(Gets 20 mins earlier across month)
Aug 1   ~7:25p
Aug 31 ~7:05p
Aug 9  5:05 am   ~Full moon sets before sunrise 
Aug 10 6:11am     Full moon sets  ~sunrise

Aug 10  Full Moon Rises at 7:18p   Sunset ~7:20p
Aug 11    Sunset ~7:20p  Moonrise 8:07p

Aug 12  Moonrise 8:54p
Aug 13  Moonrise 9:40p
Aug 14  Moonrise 10:25p
Aug 15  Moonrise 11:10p

Aug 7, Thursday Artist Fair on the Square 5:30-9:30 Summer Hours

 On August 31, about 500 athletes, both Mexican and international, are expected to participate 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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