Thursday, September 4, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, September 3 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 

Opps, sorry...I hit "Publish" yesterday....or I thought I did...but this is still in "Drafts" this morn..

  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Everything is ready for the procession of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

No bad weather expected

Todo está listo para la procesión de la Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

Lanrry PARRA
Weather conditions are expected to be generally favorable for the procession of the Virgin of Charity de Cobre to Isla Contoy, that is scheduled for Saturday, September 6th.  However, winds from the south-southeast are expected at 15-20 kilometers per hour, which could cause large waves, but this is not expected to  prevent the procession, said the Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil.
      The Harbor Master said the organizing committee is required to provide a list of the boats that are participating in the event, but the Port Authority is only responsible for monitoring the boarding of the boats, in order to prevent any overcrowding or lack of safety equipment such as life jackets. In addition he said the local Port Authority will provide a patrol to guarantee the safety of those attending this religious ceremony, in coordination with the Red Cross, Navy, Civil Protection, and Public Safety (municipal police). 
     According to the director of Pesca (Fish) en la Isla, Humberto Moguel,  about 100 boats are expected to participate, with about 500 people on board, including housewives and general seafarers. Participating vessels will include the smaller boats used for fishing, for whale shark tours, for sightseeing and snorkeling tours, as well as middle sized boats, one of which will carry the Virgin of Charity del Cobre.
ISLA MUJERES, 2 de septiembre.-

Few diners at the restaurants: Low season

Afecta temporada baja

Lanrry PARRA 
At two weeks since the holiday season ended, the commercial sector of Isla Mujeres is feeling the effects of low season, due to the drastic reduction of visitors. The restaurant owners are hardest hit, and there are restaurants without a single diner at times, and business was worse during the bad weather this weekend, although they had a few more local customers. 
    In September the off season is at its worst, and there are premises without a single diner. It is a serious situation from morning to night, but on the weekends a few islanders go out, which helps. Some restaurant workers said they are working at less than 20 percent with only two tables occupied, serving a total of ten diners. This is bleak for those who depend on tips for their livelihood. 
     Various establishments are expected to have the so called "solidarity breaks", when workers take time off without pay, and some establishments are expected to be closed during this off season.
ISLA MUJERES, 2 de septiembre.-

Agapito delivers payments to beneficiaries of the Temporary Employment Program 

A beneficiarios de Programa de Empleo Temporal durante cordial encuentro

Lanrry Parra
The mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, participated in the Temporary Employment Program (PET) event at the park known as "La Bola" to hand out the payments to the beneficiaries. The Ministry of Social Development is responsible for the operation of this program, which benefits 185 people in the municipality, of whom 77 were employed on the island. 
    This SEDESOL program invested more than 960,000 pesos in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Those who were hired worked on six projects which included the walking path around Salina Grande lake, the retaining wall downtown, the multipurpose court in colonia Salina Chica, the baseball field, and beautification projects on the mainland at Rancho Viejo and Francisco May.
ISLA MUJERES, 2 de septiembre.-

 Tvisla Mujeres

Beneficiaries of the Temporary Employment Program receive payments from the mayor.

Reproductive Health is being taught to young people to prevent teen pregnancies, focusing on students in Middle School, said the hospital director, Dr David Valenzo Loaeza. The subjects include family planning, reproductive health, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, and how to prevent undesired pregnancies.
    He said that, unfortunately, 30 percent of the pregnant women seen at the hospital are minors. This is risky for their health, and it causes radical changes in the lives of these young students. The educators will conduct these sessions for both the middle school students and the high school students. It is noted that the teachers are young people between the ages of 19 and 24 who have the ability to establish a open dialogue with the students.

Noticias de  Quequi......

Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Rain caused absenteeism

 por esto

Low season in Isla Mujeres
Temporada crítica para Isla Mujeres[+] Ver mas
The period known as "Septihambre" (hambre means hunger, and septiembre is September) has arrived and the occupancy rate at the small hotels downtown is 35 percent. Shops & tourism providers get some tourism business during the day, while the restaurants get some patrons in the evenings.
     This situation of reduced tourism will cause some hotels and restaurants to impose mandatory time off without pay, known as 'solidarity days'., said CROC union leader Roman Maldonado Euan. He said that of their ~800 members, about 160 were hired as temporary workers during the summer season, and will be laid off, but some may have the possibility of returning. For those who kept their jobs, in some cases CROC entered into talks with the businesses, and when necessary, another day off was given, which does not apply to their vacations.
     He said that though it is not included in the Federal Labor Laws, the opportunity is available for businesses to impose solidarity days on workers, which is done to retain the workforce. He said that although hotel occupancy has declined, in October many of them have reservations, which indicates the workers will resume their jobs then. He added that the island needs more advocacy to promote overnight tourism throughout the year.
   Other business people said that although there appears to be a good presence of tourists on the island, and the boats bring many visitors, despite it being September, but most of these tourists come on all-inclusive tours, and the are given names of recommended business, which generates little economic benefit, especially to the other establishments.

Sailing on the sea: Port reopened
Se hicieron a la mar[+] Ver mas

 With the port reopened for navigation by small vessels, about 300 fishing and tourist boats resumed their daily activities, although there has been a decreased demand for tourism services, with the arrival of September.
    The fishermen are hoping that the lobster catch improved following the passing of tropical depression #5, now converted to Tropical Storm "Dolly".  The port was closed for navigation by boats under 40feet on Saturday at 2pm and it was reopened for general navigation on Monday at 2pm. Caution is recommended because the forecast for the coast of Quintana Roo includes south-southeasterly winds at 28 to 37 kph with gusting and waves from 1.5 to 2.1 meters.

Amazing biodiversity at Isla Contoy
Biodiversidad de Contoy, amenazada[+] Ver mas
I'll translate this one later or manana.

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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.


 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 & 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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