Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, September 2 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 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 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 ....

Truancy in both public & private schools

Tanto en planteles públicos como privados

Lanrry PARRA
Due to rains that began on Saturday afternoon and continued on Monday morning, the rates of absenteeism in both public and private schools of the island were very high. At some of the kindergarten-preschools the children simply did not show up at the school facilities, so educational activities were not carried out. 
   At the primary schools, the absenteeism rate was 75%, because there was rain, strong winds, and cloudy skies on Monday morning, according to Guadalupe Briceño León, the supervisor of the School District 039 elementary schools. The director of the primary school "Andres Quintana Roo, María Elizabeth Tun Balam, said about 50% of their students were absent. At the private schools the absenteeism rate exceeded 75% on Monday morning. 
    At the middle school, "Benito Juarez" regular activities took place, despite 40% of the students being absent. At the high school, Colegio Bachilleres, there were students absent from the morning shift, but educational activities were normal in the afternoon.
ISLA MUJERES, 1 de septiembre.- .

Reopening port after three days of inactivity due to the weather 

Luego de tres días de inactividad por efectos de mal tiempo

Lanrry PARRA
After three days of inactivity among the seafarers, the port is expected to be reopened for navigation by all vessels on Tuesday, said the Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil. He said the weather is no longer expected to be a threat to this area on Tuesday. It is noted that the port was closed since Saturday, and remained closed on Monday, due to strong winds of 35-40 kilometers per hour, with gusts of 45-50 kilometers per hour.
ISLA MUJERES, 1 de septiembre.-

 Tvisla Mujeres

Noticias de  Quequi......

Opening the port

  • Abren el puerto a la navegación


    Abren el puerto a la navegación

    0 02 de septiembre de 2014 
    This has the same information as the article above, noting that the area of atmospheric instability is moving away from the Caribbean toward the Gulf of Mexico. 
          The Harbor Master said, "On Tuesday, surely the port will reopen for all water activities, including swimming with the largest fish in the world. " He acknowledged that many of the seamen were concerned about the situation, but should be restarting their operations on Tuesday. 
        It is noted that the whale shark season concludes on Sept. 15 and that there were economic losses from the late state as a result of issuing the permits.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-
  • Dejan inconclusa remodelación de avenida
      Unfinished renovation of main street


    Dejan inconclusa remodelación de avenida

    0 02 de septiembre de 2014 
    The company "Citelum" has discontinued working on the last stage of the main street renovation, which involves moving the electrical service underground. The last work they did this weekend involved breaking into three 'niches' that are part of the electrical service system. In June, representatives with the company confirmed they had won the bid for the job from SINTRA, and the work was progressing at a good pace, and looked like it might be a quick job, but it has been abandoned.
          The representatives of the CFE, Federal Electrical Commission, have made it clear that they cannot do their part of the work until the company finishes its work. Just last week  it was reported that there are some electrical/light poles that are in poor condition, but this delay could last for several months.

    Por Carlos Gasca > Quequi.-

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Seeking Pueblo Magico designation

Losses during port closure 

Pierden con el cierre de puerto en la localidad

  • Written by Diario Respuesta Jesus Molina
  • Category: Isla Mujeres

The port was closed for navigation by boats under 40 feet, affecting fishermen and tourism service providers of activities including sightseeing, diving, and swimming with the whale sharks. The suspension of these activities is causing economic losses, and is caused by strong winds and intermittent rain, which are (were) expected to last about 48 hours.
Read more: Pierden con el cierre de puerto en la localidad

 por esto

Parents, teachers, & authorities attend organizational meeting
Adiestran sobre consejos escolares[+] Ver mas
According to Article 70 of the Education Act, every municipality shall operate a Municipal Council of Social Participation in Education. At the City Council room, a meeting was attended by educational authorities, school principals, teachers, and parents. At this meeting, three themes were discussed: School councils for the social participation of school associations to develop harmonious activities in the schools, training in food hygiene for the food concessionaires who sell food at the schools, and roles and participation of  family and parental associations in the educational programs.

Winds & rain subsided
Amainaron los vientos y al agua[+] Ver mas

 On Monday at midday the port was partially opened again for the small boats when the Harbor Master gave the permission ot operate within the Bay in the area of El Farito and along the stretch of coast which includes Playa Tiburon in Sac Bajo, where visitors are often taken on tours. The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez said that he expected the weather to continue to improve, which would allow the fishermen to go out. This would allow them to meet the daily demand for pargos, meros, (snapper & grouper) chachi, canané, and other species that are popular for local consumption. The reporter observed that the major roads were semi-empty, as were the areas of shopping and restaurants. Many people who had stayed in their rooms during the first part of the day waiting for sunshine, came out around 3pm when the sun emerged, and began going to the beaches. Tourism service providers reported few sales, but were optimistic that business would normalize on Tuesday with the improved weather

Weather affected absenteeism
Escasas clases efectuadas.. [+] Ver mas
Due to rain from tropical wave #25, general absenteeism was over 50 percent on Monday. At the primary schools absenteeism was 60 percent , while at the middle school it was 40 percent. The preschool/kindergartens were more affected because parents feel it is not appropriate to bring their small children out in that weather. The educators took the opportunity to decorate their classrooms for this patriotic month. The students of the second shift at Julio Sauri arrived as the sun was coming out at that time. The taxi drivers benefited from the many parents who left their scooters at home when they left for work and to take their children to school. You could see waves in some of the puddles along some of the roads, or in the low areas with runoff.

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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.


 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 
Saturday, The Sunset Grill, solo, 630 to 830 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 Release...date & 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 24   6:32pm   
Sept 25   7:10pm   Full Moon
Sept 26   7:46pm
Sept 27   8:23pm
Sept 28   9pm
Sept 29   9:39pm


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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