Monday, August 24, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, August 24

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 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Protocol to reduce the number of arrivals at Contoy yields excellent results

La política de reducción de pasajeros que arriban a Isla Contoy

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 23 de agosto.-
        The Director of the Isla Contoy National Park, Maricarmen (sic..Maria del Carmen) Garcia Rivas, said that the new policy to reduce the number of visitors, which began July 16th, has yielded excellent results. Five more vessels joined the voluntary initiative to reduce passengers which was instituted by the Technical Advisory Council (CTA) of the Park.
       Thanks to the collaboration of all the permit holders, the number of visitors has been reduced by 15 percent, which should help the environment and ensure quality of services.  This plan provides for reduction of passengers on Wednesdays and Fridays, and for the boats who visit daily, to have days off, with the goal of reducing the number of arriving passengers by 15 percent.


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (you can join this FB page at this link)

Personnel of Civil Protection protecting one of our most beloved species with the hatching of 85 baby turtles at the Media Luna Beach which were later taken to the Tortugranja.
Protegiendo una de nuestras mas queridas especies, personal de Proteccion Civil pendiente del nacimiento de 85 tortuguitas en la playa conocida como la Media Luna, posteriormente fueron depositadas en Tortugranja

The summer season closed in Quintana Roo with excellent hotel occupancy and financial results

      Gov. Roberto Borge reports that during this summer season, the tourism destinations of Quintana Roo received more than 1,850,000 visitors, which is an increase of one percent over last year. They spent 1.2 billion dollars, which is 1.2 percent more than last year.
   In Cozumel, there were more than 474,000 passengers and in Isla Mujeres there were 565,571, which is an increase of 36 percent and 35 percent, respectively, compared to 2014. The head of the state Port Authority (APIQRoo), Erce Barron Barrera, said that Isla Mujeres broke the passenger record with 11,000 in a single day.  The Maya Riviera received more than 810,000 tourists between July 15th and August 17th.
          Cancun and the Maya Riviera reported that their average hotel occupancy was 87 percent, while at times it was over 95 percent which is a slight increase over last year during this same period. Hotel occupancy rose 5.1 percent in Isla Mujeres and 1.5 percent in Cozumel, compared to last year.
         The president of the Association of Hotels and Motels in Holbox said the had an excellent season closure with occupancy rates of 95 percent which rose to 100 percent on the weekends. He said, "July and August coincide with whale shark season, making this an even more attractive destination."
          Miriam Cortés, Executive President of the Association of Vacation Clubs of Quintana Roo (Acluvaq), said they had 98 percent occupancy and some timeshare developments had 100 percent occupancy, representing an increase of about 6 percentage points compared to the same period in 2014.
          The Secretary of Tourism, Laura Fernandez Pina, said that according to statistics and calculations by the major travel agencies and the hotels, the decrease in tourism at the end of the summer season is not expected to be as drastic as previous years, thanks to the promotional strategies implemented by the Governor.
          The head of Public Relations of the Cancun International Airport, Eduardo Rivadeneira Nunez reported that from July 15 to August 20 August there were 15,727 scheduled operations in national and international arrivals and departures. He said that in July alone, they moved 1,936,393 domestic and foreign passengers which is an increase of 14 percent over last year.    
   According the financial records of ASUR, the first term of the year closed with more than 10 million domestic and foreign passengers in arrivals and departures, which is an increase of 12.4 percent over last year.   

NaBalam beach was cleaned. Our goal is to keep our beaches clean for the enjoyment of island families and our visitors. Beautiful Isla Mujeres.
La misión es que nuestras playas estén siempre limpias para el disfrute de las familias isleñas y de nuestros visitantes. Limpiamos Playa Nabalam. ISLA MUJERES BELLA.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Weather could complicate conclusion of work
  • Complicaría huracán conclusión de obras


    Complicaría huracán conclusión de obras

    0 24 de agosto de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
             Residents in the colonias of Mirafores and Canotal want the company "Aguila" to finish paving the road, because they are tired of the delays and concerned that rain could cause more delays. The work began on June 18th and was expected to take 75 days (two and a half months), which would put completion at September 3rd. 
           The road is being repaved between the monument to Ramon Bravo Prieto (at the entrance to Sac Bajo) and the Naval family housing area, which is an area of approximately 13,000 square meters. The amount of progress that has been made has not been reported, but it is presumed to be about fifty percent. (This is a section of the main road down the west side of the island, named Prolongation Rueda Medina and also called the road to Garrafon.)

  • Aumentan los casos por descompresión


    Aumentan los casos por descompresión

    0 24 de agosto de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

        The last five cases of decompression were linked to problems caused by accidents with the fishermen's equipment. There is a lack of proper maintenance on the compressors, hoses and nozzles, which causes accidents and can cost the fisherman his life.  "Sometimes the hose gets clogged or just bursts, causing the fishermen to experience a lack of oxygen and he must surface quickly, which causes serious complications,", said ?.
          The Director of the chamber said that every year there are more fishermen who require treatment, and some end up with serious consequences which affect their ability to walk, while there have been other cases where they become paraplegics or died from not having timely intervention.   
        Those involved with the hyperbaric chamber recognize that the work of the fishermen is complicated, because with a decompression injury,  time is a very important factor. The fishermen often travel for 45 minutes to get to the place where they are going to dive. Then he  prepares his equipment for about 45 minutes of diving to a depth of 90 or 120 feet, and when an emergency occurs under the sea, it is a priority to get to land as soon as possible. If he runs out of luck and the decompression is severe, the fisherman may die en route.
         "When they reach the island, they are taken to the hospital where they are evaluated, stabilized, and placed into the chamber." he said. 
           On Saturday, Manuel Fonseca, 43, was treated in the hyperbaric chamber for decompression, making him the 13th case this season, which ends Feb. 28. (sic Feb. 29. It began July 1stHe is a member of the Isla Blanca cooperative, and after diving at about 90 feet he experienced shortness of breath and general numbness throughout his body. He will need several sessions in the hyperbaric chamber, according to the doctors. 



From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Health checks needed in bars and taverns
Exigen control sanitario en bares y cantinas . [+] Ver mas
       A number of housewives, who prefer to remain anonymous, are asking for intervention by authorities because they are concerned that some of the cantinas are open outside of their legal hours of operation and that their emplyees could have venereal diseases. The women said, "Recently waitresses have shown up at the bars downtown and in the colonias, coming from who knows where."
      The housewives are worried about becoming victims of contagious diseases, knowing that some of their husbands may be going with (tener trato) these women. They have heard that the waitresses do not show their health cards, which are required, and they want the municipal and state health authorities to intervene. Beatriz U.B. said, "At this time in Quintana Roo, cases of sexually transmitted diseases are again soaring, and for this reason, here in the small town of Isla Mujeres we are being exposed to this, which aggravates the situation."
      They accuse authorities of turning a blind eye and say these are major problems that cause breakdowns in family units, which in itself is already complicated enough in these modern times. They suspect that there are some minors among the dancers and waitresses, and ask for NGO's to intervene, if that is the case. The businesses they are complaining about include  María y José, Casa Blanca, and others. If these allegations are  true, the law requires temporary closure or more severe punishments.
     It is the custom of many fishermen, tourism workers, and office workers to visit these establishments frequently, especially when they have just been paid. They spend their money rather than bringing it home, therefore the women are tending to organize to deal with the problem. Some of them go to municipal agencies such as the DIF, social service agency, for assistance and emotional support, according to information given.

Summer vacation season ends without incidents: "Saldo Blanco"
Termina la temporada veraniega con saldo blancoí.. [+] Ver mas

Being out in public improves self confidence
Tomar la decisión de salir le hizo ganar confianzaa .. [+] Ver mas

       Carlos Alberto Caamal Güemes, is a 35 year old young man with a disability, who is a police officer by profession. He encourages families to take their relatives with special needs out into the community, and not to keep them locked away at home, which is not helpful. This officer, who raises awareness and knowledge while he does his job, says that he is happy with his life.
     He suffers from Spinal Bifida, which caused damage to his central nervous system, but it has not prevented him from developing as an individual. He has always taken the initiative, since asking to leave the house, and in this vein he is planning to study at the high school level, in the equivalency system. He gratefully recalls all the good, helpful people who have crossed his path, including the teacher Loyda Velazquez Chi who taught him his first letters and numbers when he was 13 years old, at the Red Cross.
        At work and during his time off, he is hampered by barriers in the urban infrastructure which prevent him from moving about the roads and sidewalks. Services are not designed for people with special needs, and for this reason he asks for the construction of bathrooms designed for handicapped people, as well as at the health facilities.
            He recalled that his parents Alberto Caamal and Rosaly Guemez respected his decision to leave the house and did not oppose his taking classes. These decisions led him to be able to 'collaborate' with financial aid from the Red Cross, and he became the 'centralista' to receive and channel information for assistance (dispatcher?), and later he went to work for the Municipal Police, doing the same job. But because the claves (codes?) were a little more complicated, he went to work in the streets, working on patrol at different locations in his wheelchair.
          Carlos Alberto Caamal Güemes was born on July 15,1980 in Tizimín, Yucatán and he is the oldest of three children who live on Gaviota street in the colonia of Canotal in Isla Mujeres.
         During his workday, he often receives greetings and encouragement from tourists and local people. Children approach him and ask why he cannot walk, and he usually answers, "Porque soy flojito" (Because I am a little weak). Visitors congratulate the government for employing him as a police officer, but it is not always pleasant work because he has also received insults and offensive remarks from some people, such as the indigent, who do not want to listen to him.
         Recalling his basic education, he said it began in 1993 when Loyda Velazquez Chi began teaching him to read and write, and he obtained his certification in 1997, at the Red Cross. He studied the Middle School courses at the Casa de Cultura and obtained that certification in the year 2000. He worked for the Red Cross from 1996-1998, and then he was hired as a police officer to do the same job, but not for long because he had difficulty with using the codes. "I would get mixed up", he confessed. ("me cuatrpeada") and after eight months he went to work in the streets.
    He worked at various places downtown, assisting visitors to Playa Norte, and for some time he worked at the entrance to the grade school "Andres Quintana Roo". After a year he was transferred to the park in La Gloria. He really enjoyed working with the children at the school, who would ask him questions about his situation. "Children do't really understand, and when they ask me why I don't get up out of my wheelchair, I usually tell them it is because I am a little weak." He has not found any discrimination, which has helped him to gain self confidence since he first made the decision to leave the house, and therefore he encourages this for families who have someone with special needs.
    As part of the impression Isla Mujeres makes upon tens of thousands of tourists, Carlos Alberto is aware of the need to continually improve the infrastructure of services for tourists with special needs, because he knows that they arrive regularly among the groups for recreation. But there is a lack of ramps downtown, and  a lack of handicapped toilets. He happily recalls the program that was implemented in 2008, to patrol the streets giving him a great deal of contact with the public, and improving the image for the visitors, as well.
       Regarding his health, he is well but being treated for kidney stones of which he has expelled two and has one remaining. He is conscientious and consistent about eating a healthy diet. Regarding his participation in events, he was a Carnaval King in 2014, and he attends spiritual meetings at the Catholic Church. Recently his photographs were exhibited in Cuba of/by? (por)  the Italian woman Rossana, appearing in these images at various events: happy.

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August events

Sunset ~7:00
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Aug 29  7:08
Aug 30  7:56
Aug 31  8:44

Sept 1   9:32
Sept 2  10:20

Wednesday, August 5 8pm Circus BamBam (near Boxito, east of Chedraui). Tickets 50 pesos. Performance for the benefit of Medical and Therapy needs for kids with Down syndrome, coordinated by Corozon del Willito. Raffle for two sets of tix to swim with Dolphins for 2 people at Dolphin Discovery.

Friday, August 7, Junk collections in  Salina Chica, Electricistas, and at  Colegio de Bachilleres.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 11 and be most visible on August 14 when the moon is new

Aug 10-14 Catholic festival for the Assumption of Mary. .Link to translation of schedule.

State campaign for the collection of broken electronics and appliances July 29 to August 28 at the Hacienda Mundaca tourist building at the Ecology Department, 9-4, Paseo de las Aves, colonia La Gloria

Thursday August 13 at 1pm at the Futbol Rapido soccer field: 2nd "Gotcha" Paintball Tournament  
August 14-17 Isla Fest   Anniversary of the Founding of the town in 1850     
7p Town Square Inauguration
Gastronomic event with Tik in Xic fish
Local Talent Night
Coronation of the Queen of the Festival

Friday August 14 
10am Casa de Cultura  Oratory Competition 
7pm  Casa de Cultura  Photography and documentary exposition "Art of Fishing"
                                     Historical conference by historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid
8pm Immaculate Conception Auditorium  Performance by The Symphonic Orchestra of Quintana Roo

Saturday, August 15
 12:00 Casa de Cultura Signing of Sister Cities agreement between Mission Tx & Isla Mujeres

Saturday, August 15
 12:00 Casa de Cultura Signing of Sister Cities agreement between Mission Tx & Isla Mujeres
5:30pm Procession from Sangrado Corazon (Sacred Heart) Church in La Gloria to the Immaculate Conception Church on the Town Square

~7 or7:30  Mass on Town Square for consecration, with candles officiated by Mons. Fabio Martinez Castilla
8pm Religious Procession through the downtown streets, returning to the Town Square where there will be Fireworks
10pm Regional Dance

Sunday, August 16 Town Square
7pm  Performance of "Añoranza for Isla Mujeres"  (Yearning for Isla Mujeres)
          by the Quintana Roo Folklorico Ballet Group
         State Musical Group

Monday, August 17
9:30am  Departing from the API pier: Wreath placement event at the Cross in the Bay
6:30pm Town Square  Special Session of the Town Council
9 pm Performance by the musical group "Marconi"

 Thursday, August 20 at 7 p.m. a vegetarian dinner to benefit the animals of the street. The money raised will be used to by food for stray cats and dogs will be at the restaurant da Luisa at Casa Ixchel Hotel.  150 pesos, beverages are separate. (a mixed vegetarian entree and a vegetarian pasta, accompanied by bread). Buy your ticket at: Gelateria Italiana FraSe on Madero avenue or  at Hotel Casa Ixchel.

 August 24, Monday: School resumes (Teachers return the week before)
Tickets available for free theater event Saturday at the Casa de Cultura (see below)

Tuesday Aug. 25 8p Town Square Naval Mariachis

Thursday, Aug. 27  7:30pm,  dome on the Bachilleres campus,  photographic exhibition of the 25 years since the birth of this institution in the municipality

Friday, Aug. 28 Inauguration of the new hospital
Friday, Aug. 28  8pm In front of the Town Hall  Video spectacular 'mapping'  "Isla Mujeres Vive/Live" Isla Fest event.
Aug 28-Sept 20  Video Mapping is a light projection technique that causes fascinating visual effects.
Here is an example below and at  (Link)

Saturday, Aug 29 Casa de Cultura by Theater Company "La Libelula""Cuentos en Movimiento" (Stories in Motion) at 5p (For the whole family) and "La Risa Extraviada" (Lost Laughter) at 7p (For teens & adults) Tickets available August 24th. Free event  Isla Fest.  

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic
 Consults 100p, Vaccines: parvo & distemper 50p, flea & tick meds 20p, wormer 10p. Helpers always welcome! Isla Animals, Mundaca Hacienda, 10am-4pm (No food morning of surgery/water ok)

Wednesdays in September  5p-8p  Nico's Restaurant,  $30usd Painting Class with profits donated to Isla Animals & Little Yellow Schoolhouse  HH drinks & appetizers available

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