Sunday, September 7, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, October 7 The Afternoon Edition

The second issue of The Isla Mujeres Magazine to benefit Isla charities will be published soon, 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 September...some have already been donated.
Update...The content & layout are finished, and awaiting publication, while I am 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 ....

Awaiting the arrival of Spanish TV to film "Food Planet"

Para grabar “Planeta Comida”

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ISLA MUJERES, 1 de septiembre.- (sic)
Televisora TVE, of Spain will be on the island Sept. 11-15 to film Food Planet (Planeta Comida), which will help promote this tourist destination, while it highlights cuisine of the island and the area. These actions are part of the promotional activities of the Office of Visitors & Conventions of Cancun (OVCOficina de Visitantes y Convenciones de Cancún to promote Isla Mujeres not only as a beach destination, but also as a place with wonderful food.
    Food of the world is featured in the program, taking into account other factors that influence the cuisine's development, such as culture, religion and climate of each place. "Planet Food" is a production of Mega TV and Plis Plas and will have four reporters who are responsible for sharing the unique culinary offerings..
The tourism director explained that according to the plan, the production of this program will choose a family of Isla Mujeres and follow the preparation of a popular food in the region ​​from beginning to end.

Procession in honor of Virgin of Caridad del Cobre postponed: Due to weather

En honor a Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, por mal tiempo

 For the first time in over 15 years, this Saturday the procession of the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, from Isla Mujeres to Isla Contoy, was suspended due to high winds that prevailed in the early hours of the morning. (Por Esto reports it has been cancelled three times previously). Director of Fisheries and event coordinator, Humberto Mogel, explained that it was a postponement, rather than a suspension, and the event is expected to take place next weekend on Saturday, depending on the weather. The decision was made for the safety of the participants. The first  procession took place during the administration of the Island historian, Fidel Viallanueva Madrid, and occurs annually during the lobster season.

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ISLA MUJERES, 6 de septiembre.-

Playing against Cozumel today

Hoy buscará emparejar serie con Cozumel

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ISLA MUJERES, 6 de septiembre.-
The home team has been preparing all week to win the game this weekend, which will take place at the stadium "El Pescador", at 1pm, in Isla Mujeres. This is their second game against Cozumel, in the final series of the new State League Baseball league "Roberto Borge Angulo". Last weekend the Isla Mujeres team lost to the Cardinals; Los Cardenales of Cozumel. If Isla Mujeres wins this game, the play off will take place on the Island of Swallows,  (Cozumel, Isla de Las Golondrinas) on September.14th.

From Thursday....

For the best police

Agapito reiterates his commitment to ensure public safety

Reitera Agapito compromiso para garantizar seguridad pública

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     Fifty Isla Mujeres police officers (of the Dirección de Seguridad Pública y Tránsito) participated in a training workshop, "Focusing on the Road to Excellence for our City"“Enfoque Ciudadano por el Camino a la Excelencia”. With instructions from the mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, to dignify and humanize the work and conduct of the police, this event was organized for the active officers, and coordinated by the chief of police, el director de Seguridad Pública, Joaquín Poot.
     Dynamic interactions took place between the speaker and the police officers, to identify negative behaviors and actions, and to work in a personal manner, on their elimination. This course began one week after the start up of the program "Police in your neighborhood" (Policía en tu Colonia), which aims to improve public confidence in the police. Therefore the knowledge gained in this course will be very useful, and of great value.
       During the workshop, the officers not only learned tools that will serve them in their police works, but that could also help them improve their personal relationships, and help them resolve difficult situations in their family life. After listening attentively and actively participating in the course, the island police concluded that to improve their work and services, it is necessary to offer reliability, responsiveness, and empathy. Unlike previously, they have tools to avoid errors in the relationship between citizens and police such as apathy or negativity, not giving personalized service, and complicating things by giving misinformation.
   It is necessary to note that these training courses, as well as the English classes given to officers that began months ago, are fundamental to provide quality service of information for the tourists, in addition to the security services that are part of their jobs.
ISLA MUJERES, 3 de septiembre.-

De fotografía submarina

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ISLA MUJERES, 3 de septiembre.-

Dive shop owners are interested in bringing back the underwater photography contest named for Ramón Bravo Prieto, which was suspended since 2012.  This was an international event and the diving entrepreneurs think it is important to hold events such as this which attract visitors during this off season. The event was held in October 2011, but was cancelled in 2012, which was attributed to a lack of resources by the city and the tourism promotion board.

 Tvisla Mujeres

William Levy being filmed on Isla Mujeres beaches has been postponed
Aplazan filme de William Levy en playas de #IslaMujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

Procession to Contoy suspended

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

From Thursday....

Another fisherman was treated in the hyperbaric chamber

Lorenzo Álvarez López, 42, was treated in the hyperbaric chamber yesterday morning for a mild case of decompression. The hyperbaric specialist doctors said it was not life threatening, but the seaman will need some more treatments. The fisherman is a member of the Puerto Juarez cooperative, and he said he dove twice to a depth of about 23 meters, for about an hour each time. Afterwards, when he finished diving, he felt a little pain in his right arm, but he ignored it. When he woke up in the morning, the pain was stronger and he had difficulty moving his arm, so he told his wife they needed to go to the island to the hyperbaric chamber for treatment before it got worse. This was the 34th  case of decompression that has been treated at the chamber this season. (The lobster season began July 1st
Doing maintenance on electrical poles

Workers of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), were observed providing preventive maintenance to the posts that hold the electrical power transformersand the cables, located downtown.  They began on  Vicente Guerrero avenue and were seen working near the Health Center. There were four workers and a crane, (una grúaprobably a 'cherry picker') and after finishing in the streets downtown, they will move to the colonia neighborhoods, including  La Gloria, Cañotal, Caridad del Cobre, Salinas, and Salinas Grande, among others. This preventative work is expected to be completed in about 30 days, according to the workers. 

 por esto

Procession of Virgin postponed
Posponen procesión de la Virgen+] Ver mas

Strong winds and waves on the Caribbean Sea prevented the transfer of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre, patron saint of fishermen, to the fishermen's camp at Isla Contoy National Park.  The procession was postponed one week.
   Baltazar Gomez, one of the organizers, said it's not the first time this setback has occurred. There have been three cases of cancellations due to bad weather, but it is expected that this time it will not be cancelled,  just postponed, and the procession should take place next Saturday.  The decision to cancel was made at 5am, although many parishioners expected it when the rain began at 8pm. 

   The Harbor Master closed the port for navigation by small vessels, so the fishermen could not go out, but the tour boats were allowed to take visitors to el Farito and points along the island's coast overlooking the Bay. The winds and waves dragged seaweed to areas overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Although fishing activity was suspended, it is not totally bad news for the fishermen, because the arrival of these winds, indicates the eve of the arrival of the 'nortes' (northern fronts), which improve the lobster catches.

Controversy over restrictions of 'junk food'
Polémica restricción de alimento “chatarra” [+] Ver mas
 This information has been translated.

Preparing for diffusion of the island on TV and the internet
Preparan difusión de la isla en TV e Internet[+] Ver mas
This information has been translated.

Telephone cable for high school fell
Cae cable de teléfono por el Cobach[+] Ver mas
The winds in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday caused a phone cable to fall in front of the high school campus, Colegio Bachilleres. It is presumed this caused a disruption in service, and it created an obstruction on the sidewalk, for pedestrians to walk around.
      The municipal Civil Protection agency recommends that residents remove items from their roofs which could blow off, and to prune their trees, during this time when winds have blown down lines, and storms are a potential threat.
    The wind also blew a cover off a high tension outlet near the Habitat Plaza in La Gloria, in front of Mero street. A municipal worker covered it with a temporary cover, to be sure that children in the area would be safe.

From Thursday....

Need for a life guard tower
Demandan un puesto de vigilancia+] Ver mas
Residents and tourists are using the beach near the Aguakan sewage plant a great deal. An official with ZOFEMAT (Zona Federal Marítimo y Terrestre, the federal zone authorities) has indicated that a request has been made to grant this area to the City as a public beach. Residents are asking for a life guard tower, because there are more waves and currents at this beach than at North Beach or the Posada beach.
     Senora Elisa Alvarez, who lives in colonia la Gloria, explained, "We don't have a lot of money to pay for transportation for the whole family to go to the traditional beaches, and for this reason we go here, where it is closer."  She and her family frequent the beach on weekends, and she agrees that surveillance is needed. Swimmers commented that although Civil Protection has warned that people should refrain from swimming in the area, but use of this area has become customary and it is a reality that every day this sandy area is full.
     The presence of tourists is obvious, and there have been some incidents when youngsters were rescued who were being 'dragged' by the current in the area. Hector Valdez says there are children who do not swim very well and get scared when there are 'reculones', and he said he is an instructor for children who come to the area for the first time. (reculones seems to mean going backward)

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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
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.


 Sept 5 Los Cafres at Poc Na


Linkto video above

 John Cain's schedule   
Tuesday, Cafe Del Mar, solo, 8 to 10 pm
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm 

Sunday  Comono at El Patio, The Sol Rockers  6:30-8:30

 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.
(This schedule may be altered for low season)

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 (maybe)
       Sun ~2p  Salsa 
Weekday's ~2p.. Various artists including
Chucho (Jesus Campezino) Tues & Thurs, Cuban & Caribbean & Latin music Wed, Fri Discontinued for low season

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


 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.

September Events

Turtle & time TBA.
Sunrise ~6:30am
Sunset ~7pm at start of month and ~6:30 at end of month

Sept 4  Art Fair Town Square 5:30-9:30pm
Sept 6 8a Procession to Isla Contoy of Virgin of Caridad de Cobre from pier of the Lancheros (north of Magana ferry pier)
Sept 15 Midnight at town square: Grito de Dolores
Sept 16  Independence day
Sept 23  Equinox

Moonrise over the Caribbean (Sunset ~7p)
Sept 8    6:41pm   
Sept 9    7:28 pm
Sept 10  8:14 pm
Sept 11   9:01pm
Sept 12  9:48 pm
Sept 13 10:37pm


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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