Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, December 16 & Yesterday's News

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 soon...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 


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

Ultramar donates toys for underprivileged children in Puerto Juarez

A niños de escasos recursos en Puerto Morelos

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Con la finalidad de propiciar una mejor Navidad para los niños de la zona desprotegida de Puerto Juárez, la empresa Ultramar ....(I don't know why the headline says Puerto Morales..the article is about P. Juarez..see below.)
ISLA MUJERES, 15 de diciembre.-

Increasing demand for ferries 

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ISLA MUJERES, 15 de diciembre.-
This has the same text as the article above about Ultramar's donation of toys and plans to hold a posada party for under privileged children in Puerto Juarez with pinatas, refreshments, music, and toys at the basketball court there, to ensure they have a good Christmas. Fifty chairs for classrooms were also donated.

Dress warmly when temperatures drop: Recommendation from municipal Health Director 

Recomienda Dirección Municipal de Salud ante bajas temperaturas


ISLA MUJERES, 15 de diciembre.
Municipal Director of Health,  Tharin Vital Casique, said decreasing temperatures are forecast for the end of the year and early January, and it is vital that children under 10 years of age and senior citizens over 60 dress warmly, and they are encouraged to eat plenty of foods high in Vitamin C. This time of year is associated with increased respiratory illnesses.

Increased surveillance began this weekend 

A partir de este fin de semana

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ISLA MUJERES, 15 de diciembre.-
Starting this weekend, checkpoints will be in place practically 24 hours a day, and officers will be more rigorous with drivers in general, both visitors and locals, said the Chief of Police, Joaquin Poot Acosta. Fines will be applied to persons who drive while intoxicated or who are underage drivers, as well as to golf carts with excessive numbers of passengers, and those who are driving scooters without helmets or while talking on cell phones. The fines range from five to 50 days of minimum wage (~$5usd/day, so ~$25-$250dlls), with fines for repeat offenses for the same driver of up to 90-100 days of minimum wage. 
   He said that on the days of Dec. 24th and Dec. 31st the checkpoints will remain in place for 36 hours, which means that they will be set up at noon on Dec. 24 and continue until 12 at night on December 25; and they will be set up at noon on Dec 31 and continue until 12 at night on the first day of the year. These are part of the holiday security operation "Guadalupe-Reyes", although it includes more days than expected.
   According to information from the Director of Public Works,  Miguel Ariel Caballero García, the main road under construction, prolongation Rueda Medina, could be put into operation at the last week of this month, although it may possibly not be 100 percent ready.

Ten million pesos for sports infrastructure: During first quarter of 2015 
 During the first three months of 2015, there will be ~10 million pesos investing in sports infrastructure including construction of a dome, remodeling spaces, and building a skating and skate board park near the colonia Las Chiapanecos, which has been requested by youths of Isla Mujeres for some time. They have requested a skate park with obstacles and equipment where they can do their stunts. A dome will be constructed at the Middle School "Benito Juarez", and the green dome and tennis court in colonia Salinas will be remodeled. These works are expected to be finished by April 2015.

Durante primer trimestre de 2015

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ISLA MUJERES, 14 de diciembre.

Medical attention guaranteed at the General Hospital during the holidays

Durante las fiestas decembrinas, en el Hospital Integral, aseguran

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ISLA MUJERES, 14 de diciembre.-
 The Director of the Hospital gave assurances that they have adequate staff and equipment to meet demands for care by residents and visitors during the December and New Year holidays. There should be no concern that the sick or injured will not be served, so no one should worry. They are aware that the number of visitors increase at this time, and the number of accidents may increase, and they are prepared to meet the demand.
      The facility has 23 doctors, 21 nursing staff members, nine hospital beds, four emergency beds, and an ambulance. Only 10 to 15 percent of the staff are allowed to take vacation with the intention of not leaving patients without services. All services will be available on Dec 24th, 25th, 31st, and Jan 1st.

Agapito ensures New Year's celebration on the Island: Spectacular & peaceful 

Celebración de Año Nuevo en la ínsula, garantiza Agapito

The usual traditions will take place on the Town Square to send out the old year and welcome new one with joyful festivities, music, and surprises shared by residents and visitors, as well as the memorable greeting of the sunrise over the Caribbean Sea. Tranquility and security are assured by the Mayor during these celebrations, which are two conditions offered to locals and visitors 365 days a year, said the Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez. 
ISLA MUJERES, 14 de diciembre.

From Tvisla Mujeres

Last update by TVIM was Dec. 11.

From the Municipal Facebook site.....

We are busy with maintenance & cleaning of the urban infrastructure in an ongoing manner to guarantee efficient services.

Nos ocupamos que el mantenimiento y la limpieza de la infraestructura urbana sea permanente para garantizar eficiencia en los servicios.

Nearing the end of 2014, the balance in sports is positive
A punto de finalizar este 2014, el balance en materia deportiva es positivo.

 Throughout this year, Isla Mujeres has hosted major sporting events, both on land and at sea.
A lo largo de este año, Isla Mujeres ha sido sede de importantes eventos deportivos, tanto en tierra como en el mar.

Holding sports competitions at our destination has given opportunities to promote it.
La realización de competencias deportivas en nuestro destino, ha representado la oportunidad de promocionarlo.

The characteristics of the island and its infrastructure make it ideal for various types of sports.
Las características de la isla y la infraestructura con que contamos, son ideales para varias clases de deportes.

The timely and complete support of Mayor Agapito Magana Sanches has been crucial for sports.
El apoyo puntual y total del alcalde Agapito Magaña Sanchez, ha sido fundamental para el deporte.

We have implemented schedules for various events of great impact in 2015
Ya tenemos calendarizados varios eventos deportivos de gran impacto para el 2015.

With dropping temperatures at the last weeks of the year and the first of 2015, the municipal Director of Health recommends the residents dress warmly.
Ante el descenso de la temperatura durante la última quincena de este año y la primera del 2015, la Dirección Municipal de Salud de Isla Mujeres recomienda a la población abrigarse bien.

Citizens are invited to have their voter cards processed at the INE module Dec 15-18
Invitamos a todos los ciudadanos a tramitar su credencial para votar en el módulo INE que estará del 15 al 18 de dic.

From Noticias de Diario Respuesta...

Increasing numbers of foreigners: Good news

Alegra aumento de extranjeros

By Jesus Molina.  The streets appear to have larger numbers of tourists, and hotels have more reservations, with capacity expected to reach 80% as the number of overnight visitors increase with the upcoming holidays. Statistics indicate that the largest number of foreign visitors at this time of year come from northern countries, namely the United States and Canada.

Mayor envisions positive year for islanders

Vislumbra edil positivo año para isleños

The Mayor was recording his message to the Islanders as part of the Christmas festivities. He said "The end of year is propitious moment to reflect on what has been experienced: what we did and what we need to do."
"It is time also to reaffirm our best projects and desires."
"Today I take this opportunity to ask them to continue to offer each of us the best for our beloved town".
"From our place in the public life of Isla Mujeres, I will provide my experience, my knowledge, but above all my love for my homeland, for this 2015 will be a year of prosperity and opportunity for all."
"This December 2014, on behalf of my family and the City Council we honorably wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," he said.
Greeting the New Year with a big party

Recibirán año nuevo con magna fiesta

This has the same information as was translated above.

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Easy target for respiratory illnesses
Blanco fácil para enfermedades respiratorias[+] Ver mas
This has the same information as translated above advising people to dress warmly and consume foods high in Vitamin C when the temperatures drop, since respiratory illnesses usually increase during lower temperatures, especially among those under 10 or over 60 years of age, since people are accustomed to warm temperatures, and affected by minor changes, which are often manifested in colds, flu, coughs, etc.

Fishermen happy with improved weather
Alegra a pescadores mejora de clima [+] Ver mas

After some weeks when the effects of cold fronts have allowed the fishermen to work sporadically, they are pleased that the forecast is good for this week, until Friday when effects of Cold Front #19 are expected, and could bring rain.


Former hospital administrator continues to work
La Ex administradora de hospital continúa laborando[+] Ver mas
 The process of handover of the job of hospital administrator began on November 18, from Marinelly Trejo Vivas to José Alberto Cortázar, but the former administrator continues to sign documents. The unionized workers requested the removal of the former administrator,  which was agreed upon by officials following negotiations.

Virtual dive at the Mesoamerican reef chain

Zambullida virtual en la cadena arrecifal Mesoamericana[+] Ver mas
Here is the link for street views of the whale sharks  and for MUSA.
Diving specialists collected three dimensional images near Isla Mujeres, including members of the team Mexico Divers, led by young Misael Fernández Estermann. The work of filming this chain of reefs in  Belize, Sian Ka'an, Cozumel, Cancun, and Isla Mujeres began in 2013.  It is noted that there were many more schools of fish in the documentaries filmed decades ago by the crews of Jacques Yves Cousteau, which is attributed to poaching near Garrafon Park.

Venue confirmed for traditional end of year dance
Confirman la sede para el tradicional baile de fin de año[+] Ver mas

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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, Bufalo, Bahama Mama, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui. Visit restaurants, bars, & beach clubs that are 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, Items for Little Yellow School House, Moto Helmets for kids...Barlitos @ Marina Paraiso

For donations to Zapatos Para Los Ninos.. please contact Greg at bullridersnider@yahoo.com, or find them on Facebook at "Shoes For The Children."


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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