Saturday, September 20, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, September 20 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 ....

Simulation planned: Announced at the commemoration of Civil Protection Week

Anuncian en el marco de Semana Nacional de la Protección Civil

Lanrry PARRA
A civic event with the theme "Protecting Us All" was held this morning in honor of the National Day of Civil Protection and National Week of Civil Protection, recognizing the work of lifeguards, firefighters, police, paramedics, volunteers, and others. The goal is to raise awareness about working together and developing strategies between the government and the community to follow in case of emergencies. The Director of Civil Protection and Firefighting organized training for immediate response and preparedness that is aimed primarily at city departments and companies to offer to their staff. A simulation is planned at the Town Hall to train workers and to emphasize the importance of an attitude of prevention and preparedness. He stressed that it important to know the immediate actions, steps, and procedures that must be followed in a contingency. ('Contingency' means any emergency, and it is common in the local news to refer to big storms or hurricanes as weather contingencies, or just as contingencies.)
       During Civil Protection Week, simulations will be held at various public and private buildings, to implement the actions taken by each of the Civil Protection brigades at each property and to comply with the Regulations of the Municipal System of Civil Protection in the face of such an eventuality. 
      Regarding history, on August 12, 1949 Civil Protection was begun. In 2001 the Federal Government established National Day of Civil Protection in memory of the tragic earthquake of 1985 in which hundreds of lives were lost. (in Mexico City). 
     During the civil ceremony, the Mexican flag flew at half mast for a period of national mourning. The event was led by the municipal Secretary General, Cesar Poot Perez, and attended by the Harbor Master, Miguel Gil, Mauro Humberto Rodríguez Velázquez, director of Civil Protectio; Joaquín Poot Acosta, Director of Public Security and Traffic (the police chief) and the members of the City Council: Miriam Trejo León and Bartolomé Pech Matú.
ISLA MUJERES, 19 de septiembre.-

 Tvisla Mujeres

Mass held at whale shark monument: Giving thanks
Ofrecerán misa de acción de gracias en el monumento del tiburón ballena, hoy a las 19 horas!

The president of the DIF, Marty (Marthy) Vargas also contributed to the collection center at the town hall
La presidenta del DIF #IslaMujeres Marty Vargas también contribuyó con el centro de acopio instalado en palacio Mpal

The DIF opened a collection center at the Town Hall to help the victims of hurricane Odile.
Abre DIF de #IslaMujeres centros de acopio para ayudar a los damnificados de "Odile"

The City of Isla Mujeres opened a collection center by the Town Hall and the other collection center is at the offices of the DIF (in la Gloria). On Monday the items will be taken to the continental zone.
(a commenter asks who the collection is for and the reply is the victims of hurricane Odile)
Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres abrió ya su centro de acopio en los bajos del palacio municipal; otro centro de acopio está instalado en el DIF Isla Mujeres ; el lunes se trasladarán a la zona continental.
Photo: Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres abrió ya su centro de acopio en los bajos del palacio municipal; otro centro de acopio está instalado en el DIF Isla Mujeres ; el lunes se trasladarán a la zona continental.

Notice from the municipal facebook site: ..The president of the DIF (social services) Marthy Vargas (Mayor Agapito's wife), invites the island community to show solidarity for our brothers & sisters in Baja California who are suffering the effects of the passage of hurricane Odile in recent days. Two booths have been set up, one by the Palacio Municipal & the other at the DIF offices in La Gloria, open from 9a to 4p. Our brothers of Baja, California Sur, are in need. Let's help them.
The poster suggests you donate: tuna, sugar, crackers/cookies, canned beans, noodle soup, dried milk, canned food, baby diapers, oil, rice, flour.
Other notices say...They will be taking the items over to the mainland Monday & that this is a statewide effort that began on Friday morn.

Noticias de  Quequi......

Wanting the commisionista hawkers 'reined in'

  • Urge meter en cintura a los comisionistas


    Urge meter en cintura a los comisionistas

    0 20 de septiembre de 2014 
    There are members of the business community who hope that the opening of the new ferry terminal will present a new image of Isla Mujeres and eliminate the problems with the commisionista hawkers, who they say present a bad image by harassing visitors. The unnamed entrepreneurs are quoted as saying they understand this will cause some discomfort, but they believe it will bring significant benefits to Isla Mujeres. They also say it is essential for the City to continue to eradicate the street vendors from the streets.

    Por Carlos Gasca.-
  • Protestan por reubicación de embarcación
    Concerns about  relocation of balsero boat 


    Protestan por reubicación de embarcación

    0 20 de septiembre de 2014 
    The balsero boat that allegedly brought ~8 undocumented Cubans to Isla Mujeres two weeks ago has been moved from North Beach, but now the fishermen of the Posada del Mar beach are complaining about its relocation.They are concerned that the boat could remain in this location for months because the engine that was on board has been removed and now no junkyard is likely to be interested in the rest of the vessel. The fishermen want the boat removed from the Posada Beach because there are still traces of fuel inside that could pollute the sands.

    Por Carlos Gasca.- .

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Number treated for decompression has risen to 41

Two more fishermen have suffered decompression and are number 40 & 41 to be treated at the hyperbaric chamber. The first was José Antonio Torres Uscanga, 52, of the cooperative Patria y Progreso who suffered paralysis in his right arm and minutes later in most of his body. The other was Manuel López Cauich, 53, of the cooperative Por Social Justicia, who was diving at a depth of 70 feet. After he finished working he began to feel badly, and realizing what was happening, he went to the hyperbaric chamber and received treatment.
    The doctor in charge of the chamber said statistics have soared this lobster fishing season, with almost twice as many cases of decompression among the lobster fishermen. (The season began July 1st and is over March 1st.)

 por esto

Trash: Out of control
Basurero sin control [+] Ver mas
There are areas downtown, that are frequented by tourists, that are far from clean where debris and trash have been left. This includes a 30 meter stretch of sidewalk along Juarez avenue, near the elementary school "Andres Quintana Roo, where the rubble is apparently from a nearby hotel that is receiving maintenance. There is rubble from construction at other areas to, which are not specified in the article.

Cuban balsero boat: Abandoned
Dejan abandonada balsa de cubanos [+] Ver mas

Big plans & little action
Muchos planes y poca acción[+] Ver mas
This article has information translated above about Civil Protection Week, and notes the municipal Civil Protection Agencies of Isla Mujeres and Benito Juarez did not participate in the mock simulations of oil spills conducted by the Navy recently, and regularly, in the Bay of Isla Mujere

Collection for humanitarian aid
Acopio de ayuda humanitaria [+] Ver mas
This has the same information as was translated about, noting that suggested items for donation include the items listed above plus other non perishable foods and items including baby formula, baby food, oatmeal, tetrapack milk, instant coffee, and cereal, as well as article and materials for cleaning, according the the National Civil Protection agency. Food that can be consumed without requiring cooking are best in this emergency because the state is experiencing a shortage of electricity and gas. The booths aer open during DIF office hours, and can also be brought to the leaders of the DIF who are making personal contact with businesses and individuals to make donations.
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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.


Miguel's schedule
 Wednesday 7 - 9pm   Comono - solo
 Wednesday through Saturday - 10:30 - 12:00 - Faynes -  La Banda Sin Nombre  (closing 9/16 for 4 weeks)
Friday & Saturday 7 - 9p Marina Paraiso -  solo
Friday & Saturday 12:00 - 2:30am - Adelitas -  La Banda Sin Nombre Salsa Music 
Sunday 7 - 9p - ComoNo - The Sol Rockers 

 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

Wednesday Miguel 7-9
Sunday  Sol Rockers 

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


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 release dates TBA, usually only a day or two in advance
 Caribbean-Mayan Cultural Festival  TBA Nov?

Artist Fairs on the Square, usually first Thursday, have been cancelled for October & November.  Next Fair: Dec. 4


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