Thursday, August 7, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, August 6 The Afternoon Editon

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 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 ....

Red Cross to have laboratory

 For clinical analysis

Cruz Roja contará con laboratorio

Martes, 05 de Agosto de 2014 22:50

Para la elaboración de análisis clínicos

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de agosto.- 
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The Board of the Red Cross plans to contract with the group ATECSA to bring the clinical laboratory "Inte Lab" to their facility to provide laboratory clinical analysis services for islanders, at reasonable prices. They estimate it would take six weeks to complete the installation and the facility should be operational within twelve weeks. There are three options, of which the first is the most viable, which would be a lab designed to serve between three and 120 patients daily. The other options were between 100 and 180, or serving over 180 patients daily.
    They expect to sign a contract for five years, which would be reviewed annually for possible modifications or adjustments. They agreed to adjust the laboratory according to the needs of the population. The president of the board of the Red Cross in Isla Mujeres, Jorge Cardenas Bazan, explained this is the second step of a three part plan, with the first step already accomplished and ongoing for several months, which is providing medical consultations for donations. He said the third step will be the creation of a pharmacy. He seeks to accomplish this in a short amount of time, during his first year of his second term of the Red Cross board, which began last week. 

Safer for swimmers: Three lifeguard towers

Bañistas más seguros

Martes, 05 de Agosto de 2014 22:45

Refuerzan labor de guardavidas con tres torres de vigilancia

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de agosto.-
Fulfilling instructions from mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez, a lifeguard tower was constructed on North Beach, and two more are under construction. In accordance with safety measures for tourists issued by the State System for Civil Protection, the mayor instructed the agency director to coordinate the completion of this project with the beach concession holders. The lifeguards who staff the towers are trained in rescue and first aid in case of any emergency.
     The completed tower is in front of the Nah Balam hotel, and one is being installed by the palapa known as "Cocoteros" and the other will be located at the Ixchel Beach correction, Nautibeach Condos. In addition, there will be ~580 buoys installed between the Posada Beach and the Nah Balam beach, to provide a boundary between swimmers and boats.
    With these actions the hundreds of people who visit daily can enjoy the beaches and clear waters that Isla Mujeres offers to the world.
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Ten cases of decompression since lobster season began 

Suman 10 descompresionados

Martes, 05 de Agosto de 2014 20:26

En lo que va de temporada de langosta

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As the second month of lobster season begins, the tenth case of decompression of a diver-fisherman was treated at the hyperbaric chamber.  Alfonso de Jesús Alcocer Marrufo, 55, of the cooperative "Puerto Juarez" had completed two dives to depths of about 70 feet, about 12 nautical miles north of Isla Mujeres.
      He presented at the capsule complaining of a sharp pain in his bone marrow, and was treated for two hours and twenty minutes, according to 'application five of the decompression table'. He will require a total of five sessions, of which three are being given today, and only two more remain, for treatment of this mild case of decompression illness. After the first two sessions, he only had mild dizziness, which is expected to resolve in upcoming days and full recovery is expected following completion of treatment.
   According to statistics, of the other nine fishermen treated for decompression, five came from the cooperative "Isla Blanca", two from "Makax" coop, and two from the "Caribe" cooperative.

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

Tenth case of decompression

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

American dies while on a tour

Read more: Caen toxicómanos y un agresivo sujeto

This article gives the American tourist's  name as "Clayd E. Smith, 66", and  hometown as Delphi, Ohio. It says the name of the boat is "La Regi", captained by "Renato de Luis Náhuatl".  Mr. Smith was the first of their group, on a whale shark tour, to get in the water, just after eight in the morning.  After a few minutes he decided to return to the boat because of a pain in his right leg, while others went into the water to view the whale sharks. Minutes later he was feeling badly, so they decided to return to the island. At the Naval pier, an ambulance was waiting to transport him to the Naval hospital, but he had died of a heart attack.(The reports yesterday said the captain and guide gave him first aid in the boat, noting he recovered twice, once in the boat and again during emergency transport by the  Navy, arriving to the island with vital signs, according to the paramedics. Unfortunately, he passed away from a third heart attack and was pronounced dead at the naval hospital, according to the two reports yesterday. His body was taken to the Cancun Medical Examiners for autopsy.). 

 por esto

Cabbies raise rates arbitrarily
Taxistas suben tarifas arbitrariamente. [+] Ver mas
 Sunday afternoon a person (who requested anonymity) boarded taxi #23  with another adult and three children (all under 12 years old), and therefore they occupied the back seat of the vehicle. They rode in the cab from downtown to colonia Miraflores, and she gave him 15 pesos, and waited for her two pesos in change. Instead, the driver demanded five more pesos, saying that is the fee for occupying the entire back seat is twenty pesos. She was not convinced, but gave him the other five pesos.
    Por Esto asked several taxi drivers about charging a rate of 20 pesos to users who travel together and occupy the entire back seat. The cabbies all agreed that delegates had given approval about 15 days ago, but there were different opinion with some saying the 20 peso rate only applies when more than three people board and occupy the rear seat, while others said if three passengers board together and go to the same destination, the cost is 20 pesos.    
       Guillermo García Padilla,  the  Isla Mujeres  delegate for SINTRA (Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport),  said there has been no authorization from any agency in Chetumal for any change from the established taxi rates and he urges concerned citizens who are overcharged to file a complaint with the offices of SINTRA, so they can respond accordingly.   He said he was not aware that the union delegates had taken it upon themselves to make this decision. He said to remember that a taxi is not a colectivo, and while drivers are allowed to fill their taxis to help make money, that does not mean that abuses are allowed such as allegedly occurred with taxi #23. He said, "They are not authorized to charge 20 pesos when the passengers occupy the entire back seat, and any citizen who suffers this abuse is invited to put their complaint in writing at the SINTRA office, and we in turn will report the driver to the Secretary of Conflicts." (Note: Residents travel at a discounted rate of  13 pesos between colonias and between colonias and downtown. There is a copy of the rates from the taxi stand at the bottom of this page.)    

 Building lifeguard towers on the beaches

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CONAPESCA assists fishermen
Apoyos de Conapesca al sector .. [+] Ver mas
The state deputy representative of CONAPESCA, Manuel Cárdenas Magaña, announced that of 23 million pesos to be invested in the state by their agency, 4.5 million pesos will be used in Isla Mueres. Of the 23 million pesos, 15 million will be invested in assistance for replacement of motors and small boats, and for assistance in infrastructure and fishing equipment, and for PROPESCA, which offers payment of 8000 pesos for training, to give temporary employment assistance. The remaining 8 million pesos will be applied to agricultural programs in the rural southern zone and in the center of the state for the production of tilapia and "langostino" (crawfish?)
   In Isla Mujeres, the fishing cooperatives have proposed four projects, of which two have been approved, one from "Patria y Progreso" coop and the other from "Caribe" coop, for equipment and infrastructure. "Caribe" plan to build a storage and processing facility, and "Patria y Progreso" plan to restore their dock and add freezers.
    Mr. Cardenas said in regard to the temporary employment programs, the cooperatives Justicia Social, Isla Blanca, Macax and Patria y Progreso have submitted applications that were approved for most of their members. He clarified that some of the fishermen may not receive the benefit of 8000 pesos if they lack any of the required documents.
     He also announced that the season of ban on octopus has ended and the fishing season for them opened with a price of 50 pesos per kilogram. He said, ""We believe that the opening up of the European market will cause increased demand, and this will surely cause an increase in the price per kilogram."

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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 or Kathy Ennis at 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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