Sunday, December 14, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, December 14

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This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Urban transport suspended

Bus suffered tire puncture: Repair expected soon

Camión sufrió ponchadura de llanta: Esperan pronta reactivación

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 13 de diciembre.-
The bus is broken down on pronlongacion Rueda Medina near the fishermen's cooperative "Laguna Makax" due to a flat tire. This affects riders who must now take taxis that cost three times as much. It is unknown when services will be restored, since the company does not have a spokesperson to provide information. It is noted that service had been suspended in recent months for different issues, because the units are very old. Users want them replaced with newer models. 

Durante el próximo año, confían

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 13 de diciembre.-
Almost five years after the SEMEFO office was built in Isla Mujeres, the building will be used by the local prosecutors office (Ministerio Publico), in  2015. The building is located at the southern end of the main avenue in colonia la Gloria. The offices of the MP are being moved there because they require more space that the small size of the facilities where they are currently located. 


Year of sports

Destino cierra a tambor batiente
con grandes competencias

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ISLA MUJERES, 12 de diciembre.-

The island has hosted major sporting events this year, both on land and at sea, giving opportunities to promote this destination both nationally and internationally, due to the characteristics and infrastructure that are available. This weekend the island is hosting the Third National Beach Handball Championships at the Posada beach. Handball teams came from Campeche, Colima, Distrito Federal, Guerrero, Morelos, Puebla, UNAM, Politécnico Nacional, Querétaro and this state, Quintana Roo.
  The municipal director of sports, Enrique Pena Barros announced that this weekend they will begin the qualifying activities for the youth Olympics in the soccer divisions infantil Menor and Mayor. It is noted that during this year, athletes from Isla Mujeres have been successful individually and collectively, winning championships, awards, medals, and trophies in several disciplines, mostly within the state of Quintana Roo.

Children have First Communion in honor of Guadalupe 

En honor a Lupita

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ISLA MUJERES, 12 de diciembre.-
This year eleven children took their First Communion on Friday at 11am at the Church of Immaculate Conception during the observances honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe. In the afternoon at 3pm, dozens of boys dressed as Juan Dieguitos and dozens of girls dressed as "Inditas" participated in the procession that began at the Church of Immaculate Conception downtown and arrived at the chapel of   Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) in colonia Salina Chica, where a small mass was performed.. Last year about fifty children participated and this year there were about one hundred.

From Tvisla Mujeres

Last TVIM update was Dec 11th

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

Inauguration of the Third National Beach Handball Championships...with participation by teams from various states of the Republic.

Con la participación de equipos de varios estados de la República, inauguramos el Tercer Campeonato Nacional de Handball en su modalidad de playa.
Les presentamos a la delegación de Quintana Roo que participa en el Abierto de Handball Beach 2014.
Presenting the Quintana Roo delegation that are participating in the Open Beach Handball Tournament 2014 

Enrique Barros, municipal Director of Sports reports that approximately 600 Mexican athletes came to Isla Mujeres
Enrique Barros, director de deportes, informó que Isla Mujeres recibe aproximadamente a 600 atletas mexicanos.

Sharing the link to read and download the booklet of Award winning poems from the Juegos Florales competition
Compartimos el link para leer y descargar el Cuaderno Premio poesía Isla Mujeres 2014. #JuegosFlorales

The activities are organized by the National Federation of Handball in coordination with the State Government.
Las actividades están organizadas por la Federación Nacional de Handball en coordinación con el Gobierno del Estado.

From Noticias de Diario Respuesta...


Pilgrims make promises to the Virgin

Cumplen peregrinos promesas a la virgencita

The traditional footrace and pilgrimage through the streets of the entire island, nearly, took place on Thursday, including  some on bicycles and some on motos, all in communion celebrating the Mother of God in honor of the Virgin of Tepayac (Guadalupe). Rosaries were said in houses of islanders to demonstrate their devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe on Dec. 11 and 12th, when the festivities continued. The procession began at the Catholic Church of Immaculate Conception downtown and went from north to south down the road along the Caribbean Sea to reach the chapel of Guadalupe. (in Salina Chica).

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Finishing municipal phase of soccer for the Olympics
Terminó fase municipal de la olimpiada de futbol [+] Ver mas

The final competitions took place at the soccer field in Salina Chica in the categories of  Infantil Mayor & Juvenil Menor, for the municipal phase of the Youth Olympics, when the Islanders won against the team from Rancho Viejo (in the Continental Zone of Isla Mujeres) and won the right to represent the township.
     The one game was a trashing that ended with a score of 7-0, while the other was finishing with a tie of 2-2, until the penalty shots caused a final result of 5-3. The two teams will represent Isla Mujeres in the state phase of the youth Olympics in soccer.

Cabbie could have caused a tragedy
Taxista pudo provocar una tragedia.. [+] Ver mas
 Taxi vehicle #08 was impounded as part of an investigation after the vehicle nearly ran over a minor on Friday evening at 7:30pm near the Guadalupe chapel in colonia Salina Chica. A mild physical contact with the unit caused the child's family to be concerned and attracted curious onlookers. Then the Traffic police initiated the protocol for further investigation, and on Saturday the vehicle was in the impound yard.
      The driver, Ernesto Fidelino Puc Duran, 30, who resides in colonia Cañotal and is originally from the state of Yucatan is being investigated for possible legal proceedings. The family has not filed a complaint, according to the police, and it is not fully known that no injury has been found.
   The Chief of Police, Joaquín Poot Acosta, said this was the only incident on the first day of the current operation to ensure tranquility and peace in the municipality. Some misdemeanors were detected, and he encouraged the community in general to work together to have a 'saldo blanco' for these December holidays, which they expect between now and January 7th when the security operation will be over. (Saldo blanco literally translates as white balance and means without any incidents marring the record)

Colima champeons
Colima campeón[+] Ver mas
For the second time, the state of Colima won the National Beach Handball Championship, which is now in its fifth edition. The tournament took place on the Posada beach and was concluded on Saturday evening. They had won the third edition, and their strong presence was felt during this edition, when they initiated 'hostilities' against competitors from Campeche, Distrito Federal, Guerrero, Morelos, Puebla, UNAM, Politécnico Nacional, Querétaro and Quintana Roo.
   There were a total of 450 athletes participating within 11 associations, with 15 male teams and 11 female teams, and the event was a success. The first three tournaments were held in Colima, which is credited with bringing this type of handball to the country of Mexico, then the next tournament was held in Acapulco, and this competition was held in Isla Mujeres.


Caseta being constructed in mangroves
Construyen caseta sobre el manglar[+] Ver mas
     The leader of taxi drivers in Isla Mujeres, Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez, "el Wato is at the center of a controversy because he "authorized" building a caseta in the mangroves of Sac Bajo, allegedly without presenting an Environmental Impact Statement Impact Ambiental (MIA), Manifestación de Impacto Ambiental. It is suggested that the PROFEPA delegate, Ludivina Menchaca should give them a warning.
    In recent days, construction workers began to erect a concrete building of about five square meters as a 'control' building and to provide shade for the cabbies that serve tourists visiting the dolphinarium (Dolphin Discovery) at this part of the island.
   According to the PROFEPA website information about mangroves, there are four types in Isla Mujeres: red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) and Buttonwood Mangrove (Conocarpus erectus). The four species are subject to special protection according to the law NOM 059 SEMARNAT-2010, because they could become threatened by factors that adversely affect their viability, which determines the need to foster their recovery and conservation (DOF, 2010).

   Fifty five percent of the wetlands in Mexico are located on the Yucatan Peninsula, with a total area of 423,751 hectares as of 2013, but that continues to decrease. 

Total anarchy in Isla Mujeres
Anarquía total en Isla Mujeres [+] Ver mas
 In colonia la Gloria there are some construction materials partially obstructing a sidewalk, and along the eastern malecon a 'module' has been constructed that imposes upon the malecon.

Shipwrecked sailboat at Isla Contoy didn't damage the corals
Velero hundido en Isla Contoy no daño corales [+] Ver mas

    The sailboat "Chiron" that ran aground near the coral reef Ixlaché, located south of the National Marine Park of Isla Contoy, had no rupture in its hull, contrary to what was believed, according to the latest inspection conducted by the staff of PROFEPA (Federal Environmental Protection Agency). Good weather is expected for its removal.
   The 42 foot boat from the United States was bound for Guatemala when it suffered damage to its sail on the morning of Nov. 27 in the Yucatan Channel, and used up the rest of its fuel using its engine to get to the accident site, amid strong winds of a 'norte' northern front.
    According to information received, there is an irregularity between the writing on the reports and the facts, since there was no break in the hull, so there is an investigation of the company in charge of the rescue, regarding alleged alteration of data. It is assumed that the intention was to try and surprise the boat owners by charging them a high sum for the rescue.
     There has not been damage to the coral during the shipwreck. The sinking may have been due to strong currents that were generated by the strong winds. It became full of water and the sand did not damage the hull, even with the rocks nearby. There is an unofficial report that it will be rescued over the next week, once the weather improves.

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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, Items for Little Yellow School House, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

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Miguel's high season schedule:
Sunday: The Sol Rockers @ El Patio 9p - 11p
Monday: Miguel solo @ El Patio 6:30p - 8:30p
Tuesday: La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio 9:15p - 11:15p
Wednesday: The Sol Rockers@ El Patio 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Thursday: Miguel Solo @ el Patio 6p - 8p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a
Friday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a
Saturday: Marina Paraiso 7p - 9p, Faynes 10:30p - 12:00a, Adelita's 12a - 2a

 John Cain's schedule  
Wednesday 7pm - 9pm  Comono/Patio Sol Rockers 
Thurs, Marina Paraiso 7-9 pm
Sats. El Patio 630-830 "Country Nights"  this Saturday thru December.. 
. Sunday at El Patio w Sol Rockers from 7 to 9 pm

 El Patio House of Music...(formerly Comono)

Sundays 630 to 9 - solo Ryan Rickman - 9 to 11 - Sol Rockers
Mondays 630 to 830 Miguel - 830 to 1130 Ryan Rickman -

 Tuesdays  not sure who is there, but someone is...
Wednesdays 7 to 9 Sol Rockers and DJ 9-12
Thursdays 6 to 8 Miguel and Elvin from 8 to 11
 Fridays 630 to 815 Fabio Ryan and band 830 to 1130 
Saturdays 630-830 John Cain solo Country music 830 to 1130 Ryan and Band..
. Sunday at El Patio  7 to 9 pm 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  (I'm not sure if this is still current
Banda Sin Nombre at Chuuk Kay 3:30p Sat & Sun

Fenix  Sun ~2p  Salsa  Tomorrow...3 salsa bands  12-5p!

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

Here's Music by day of the week...with a thanks to Jean Lemke for rearranging it!

Monday - Miguel solo @ El patio 6:30 - 8:30
Ryan Rickman @ El patio 8:30 - 11:30

Tuesday - John Cain @ Café Del Mar solo 8-10 p
Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ El Patio house of music 9:15-11:15

Wednesday - Sol Rockers @El patio house of music 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Faynes - 10:30 - 12:00

Thursday - John Cain @ Marina Paraiso - solo 7-9
Miguel @El Patio house of music 6-8/ Faynes 10:30 - 12
Elvis @ el Patio house of music 8-11
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12

Friday - Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
Miguel @ Fayne's 10:30 - 12
La Banda Sin Nombre @ Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Fabio @ El Patio house of music 6:30 - 8:15
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Saturday - Cuban Music at El Veradaro's 3-5
Banda Sin Nombre - Chuuk Kay 3:30
Miguel @ Marina Paraiso solo 7-9
La Banda Sin Nombre - Faynes 10:30 - 12:00
Banda Sin Nombre - Adelitas for Salsa 12:30 - 2
Ryan and Band @ El Patio house of music 8:30 - 11:30

Sunday - Fenix for Salsa 1-3 
Special show Sunday Dec 14... Noon to 5 p with three salsa bands!!

Banda Sin Nombre @Chuuk kay 3:30
Sol Rockers El Patio 7-9


Nov 28 Beginning of Festival for Town Saint through Dec 8: Virgin of Immaculate Conception (e  HERE is an article about the Festival
Nov 30 Hurricane Season Officially Ends

  Regarding the schedule of celebrations for the patron saint of the island, they are as follows:
On Friday, Nov. 28, the activities honoring the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the patroness of Isla Mujeres, will begin with the removal of the icon from her niche, and the blessings of the banners of the guilds & blessings for the faithful who have kept a promise during the year. Following the blessings by Father Raul Sanchez, there will be a procession through the town center.  That will be followed by fireworks, and the ribbon cutting to inaugurate the festivals, by the City officials. 
    On Friday, there will be family oriented celebration to carry on traditions that will include a vaquería, bailables,and a kermesse.
 Sat. Nov 29, the gremios of  colonias Cañotal & Salinas;

 Sunday, Nov.30 el gremio de Niños & of the  colonia Miraflores.
Monday, Dec. 1, gremio of Apostolados of la Capilla,  of la Caridad del Cobre 
Tuesday Dec.. 2  gremios of la cooperativa Isla Blanca, Sindicato de Gastronómicos of the CROC union & colonia Salina Chica.
Wed., Dec. 3, gremio de la cooperativa Caribe  & at six in the evening are the confirmations by monseñor Pedro Pablo Elizondo.
Thurs. Dec. 4, gremios of la cooperativa Patria y Progreso, Apostolados of Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart church) & Seguridad Pública (the police), 
 Friday Dec. 5,  en tanto que el viernes 5,  los gremios of la cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Barrio de Pescadores, Jóvenes, colonia Salina Grande and the Señoras.
On Saturday, Dec 6, los gremios of las cooperativas Isla Mujeres, Justicia Social, Isla Bonita & el gremio of las Familias.
On Sunday, Dec 7, at 7pm, the Virgin will pass through the main streets of the isle in a caravan of members of the congregation of the Church of Immaculate Conception. At 10:30pm the gremio of the mobile vendors will celebrat with a grand kermesse, and the mass of the  mañanitas will be held for  a la patrona of the island.
 To close the celebrations, on Monday, December 8 at 10am there will be a mass of First Communion, and of the gremio of las Choncitas, and at 3pm there will be a boat procession in the Bay, a mass, and the Virgin will be returned to her niche until next year.

 Artist Fairs on the Town Square, usually first Thursday, were cancelled for October & November.  There's a second fair in December, with tastings  Dec. 18  4p-9p

Friday, December 5 at 7:00pm  Naval Club

 Magic Show at PocNa Mondays at 8:30 Free (tips encouraged) 2x1 cocktails 50p

This magic show is at Fenix on Friday & Saturdays 8p
Sunset ~5p

Moonrise over the Caribbean
Dec. 6  at 5:35p Full Moon
Dec. 7 at 6:27p
Dec. 8 at 7:19
Dec. 9 at 8:11
Dec. 10 at 9:01p
Dec. 11 at 9:51
Dec. 12 at 10:40

Dec 4 Naval Wives Breakfast to benefit Naval hospital. Naval Club
Dec 8 Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, Isla's town saint
Dec 11-13 Posada Beach National Handball Tournament 
Dec 11..Mananitas will be sung to the Virgin of Guadalupe at a religious celebration at her chapel in the evening
Dec 12 Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's saint  Banks close (not an 'official' gov't holiday)

Texas Hold 'Em Poker Mon & Thurs at El Patio 6p on Hidalgo..more info HERE.


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