Saturday, August 22, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, August 22

This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte 

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The second issue of 
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 is online, 
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Eastern malecon has litter

Residents want City to clean it up

Vecinos piden urgente ayuda de la Comuna

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de agosto.-
Hundreds of visitors visit the Eastern malecon (seaside walkway) near Amplification La Gloria because of the spectacular views of the Caribbean sea, but there have been irresponsible, apathetic tourists and residents who litter there. This garbage, which includes beers and soft drink bottles, cans, cardboard, and other objects, makes a bad impression on tourists who visit the area. Hotel employees who work in the area explained that garbage accumulates because the trash containers (los botes) are in bad shape, now that three years have passed since this area was constructed, in addition to the problem of the inconsistency of the City workers who don't collect the trash every day. 
      One hotel employee said, "However, this does not relieve the people of their responsibilities, who come to enjoy this spectacular place to look at the view or to exercise, because if the trash cans are full or there are none, they can take their trash with them and put it in another trash can, and avoid creating a bad image for visitors and the general public."

Temporary employment program

Agapito initiates program that benefits 380 people 

Agapito pone en marcha programa en beneficio de 380 personas

Lanrry Parra

ISLA MUJERES, 21 de julio.-
      The Municipal President, Magaña Agapito Sanchez chaired an event for the inauguration of the Temporary Employment Program 2015, with Mario Fortiz Duarte, SEMARNAT representative. The event took place at the Community Center in Rancho Viejo, and the employees began working on Monday. The goal of this program is to clean the main beaches of the municipality, with the emphasis on removal of seaweed.
       In recent days, the personnel hired under this program have been intensely cleaning the Eastern Malecon sea walkway, which is one of the busiest areas of the island. This program is benefiting 180 workers in Rancho Viejo of the Continental Zone of the municipality and 200 on the island.
   During June and July, the coast of Quintana Roo was affected by a massive presence of seaweed on its shores, affecting free access to the sea and recreation in the Federal Zone area, as well as the image for tourism. Realizing the gravity of the situation, the state government has taken on the task of seeking management of resources from SEMARNAT to address this atypical phenomenon with the Temporary Employment Program.
    On the island, the workers are focusing on North Beach and Playa Centro (aka the Posada beach); the Eastern Malecon, which they have already cleaned; and Poniente (? lit. west), among other crowded places. On the mainland, they will clean up at Punta Sam and la angostura (? lit. the narrow area). 
   At this event the Mayor was accompanied by Mario Fortiz Duarte, SEMARNAT representative, the ZOFEMAT directors (unnamed), Carmen Nahuat of the municipal Ecology department, Carlos Barranco (whose title is not given), and Edgar Gasca of the municipal Economic Development department, and others.

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

Temporary Employment Program inaugurated

Les invitamos a disfrutar de "Cuentos en Movimiento" y la "Risa Extraviada" este 29 de agosto.
Boletos disponibles a partir del 24 de agosto.

We invite you to enjoy "Stories in Motion ' and 'Laughter Lost" on August. 29th
Tickets available on August 24th.

Cine al Aire Libre, este viernes a las 7:30pm.
Teatro al aire libre de Plaza Bicentenario.
Col. La Gloria.
Entrada libre
Movies Outdoors, Friday, tonight/yesterday, at 7:30 pm.
Theater in the open air of Plaza Bicentenario.
Colonia La Gloria Free entry.
Movie trailer for Rango, played by Johnny Depp (LINK)

We invite you to a day of free haircuts, this Friday (today/yesterday) at the kiosk in the park of colonia La Gloria, 9 am to 12 pm.
Les invitamos a la Jornada de Cortes de Cabello Gratuito, este viernes en el kiosko del parque de la Col. La Gloria de 1am a 12pm.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Acquiring a transformer
  • Adquirirán un transformador 


    Adquirirán un transformador

    0 22 de agosto de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

        Although the Casa de Cultura "Josefa Adame Solis" is fully operational and was in use for activities that were part of the 165th anniversary of the founding of the town, its new transformer has just arrived.  The capacity and cost of the new transformer were not given.
          All the air conditioners are working normally, and it is functioning to reduce the current for other services. There is another transformer, which provides power to the other classrooms. This was explained by the municipal Director of Culture, Ruben Perez Martin.
  • Llegan tabletas para alumnos de primaria


    Llegan tabletas para alumnos de primaria

    0 22 de agosto de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

           Guarded by Naval personnel, the first electronic tables arrived yesterday, which will be distributed to all the students in fifth grade. Of the more than 27,000 tablets being distributed in Quintana Roo, there are 237 being delivered in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. They will be given out on Monday, when the students begin the new school year. 
           It is the intention of the federal government that all students in fifth grade should have this digital tool, as part of the PIAD program (Digital Inclusion Program and Literacy). The tablets have a code that allows them to be located in the event they are lost or stolen, and they can only be used for educational purposes, due to the configuration and installed software. 
           They were delivered to each of the primary schools in the municipality, and it is expected that this includes private schools. Importantly, training has been provided for the teachers who are working with the preloaded programs which are part of the curriculum for fifth grade.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

Medical assistance for Cuban fisherman aboard Lambda 330
Ofrecen asistencia médica a pescador cubano a bordo del Lambda 330

        A crew member needed assistance for an inflamed open wound to his right foot, which was given by personnel of the Navy from the Search and Rescue unit, whose job it is to safeguard human lives at sea. They located the Cuban fishing boat Lambda 330, which had requested assistance for the crew member,  south of Isla Mujeres and transported him to the Naval station at Puerto Juarez, where he was accompanied by personnel from INM (Immigration) to a hospital in Cancun for specialized medical attention, in coordination with the Consulate of Cuba in Cancun.
Inauguration of a Plant for Separation of Trash in Cancun and Isla Mujeres 

    Governor Roberto Borge Angulo inaugurated this plant which is the largest of its kind in Latin America, with a capacity to receive the 1200 tonnes of trash that are generated daily by the municipalities of Isla Mujeres and Benito Juarez (Cancun) and separate out 600 tonnes of recyclable materials. Over 300 million pesos were invested.
      The plant can recycle enough paper and cardboard daily to prevent the cutting down of 720 trees, and 950,000 plastic bottles per day, which is the equivalent of 160 kilometers, if they were laid in a line. It will not affect the recharge zone of the aquifer.
     The three levels of government worked together for this project which puts Cancun on the forefront of solid waste management. The plant includes access for heavy vehicles, and it has administrative offices and an electrical plant. 
   The Governor explained that the operations of this plant and of the compactor will extend the life of the landfill, whose first section is already closed and the second section is in use. It has a capacity of two more sections at this site (Parque Intermunicipal), and in the future, with assistance from SEMARNAT, a biodigestor will be installed to generate more renewable energy.
     In addition to the benefits for the environment, this plant also generates more than 400 direct, official jobs, with proper wages and benefits.

Rotting turtle eggs on the Caribbean beaches  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

New vehicles rejected
Rechazan nuevos vehículos [+] Ver mas
    The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (SINTRA), through the Department of Communications and Transport, has not authorized the use of motocarros for rental to tourists, said the local representative for that agency, Guillermo Garcia Padilla.
        The rental agency Joaquin had acquired four colorful three wheeled vehicles to replace motorcycles, under the motorcycle permits, but the official said those permits cannot be used for three wheeled vehicles, and are only for motorcycles with a capacity for two people.
        There was an immediate response on social networks, questioning this official decision, and the debate continues with some in favor of the rental agency, while others claim it would add to traffic congestion. Those who didn't take a side said there is a need to study the issue regarding  all of the businesses with concessions, which are concentrated in the hands of some twenty  "PRIistas" and certain "opposition".
   On the TV Isla Mujeres website, Sr Garcia Padilla acknowledged that authorization was given in July to Julian Ricalde Magana regarding his vehicles, but he said the authorization did not include this type of vehicle and was for vehicles with two wheels not three, and that are open, not enclosed. He said there was an attempt to license them, but they failed the physical inspection at the office of Recaudadora de Rentas (Tax collection), in colonia La Gloria, where there was a protest by taxi drivers. The authorization is for vehicles up to 100 horsepower, which can accommodate two passengers. He said the permit is for motorcycles and not for motocarros, plain and simple, and they have been notified that it is not possible to operate these.
      The former mayor of Cancun visited Sr. Garcia Padilla himself to listen to the decision of SINTRA, who were not convinced by the argument that these types of vehicles are used in Cuba.

Turtle nests in danger
En peligro nidos de tortugas[+] Ver mas
       Large numbers of turtles are arriving every night, with 15-20 nests are being rescued nightly, with more than 1260 nests protected so far. This trend should continue throughout August and begin to decline in September. It is estimated that by the end of the season, there will be a total of 400 nests protected, which should result in about 130,000 hatchlings. So far, 33,000 baby turtles have been released.
        The limited staff of the Tortugranja cannot keep up, and some observers say they need more volunteers or assistance from other agencies, because there are abandoned eggs on the beaches. These eggs have often been dug up by other nesting turtles, and are eaten by predators such as dogs and iguanas.
        On Thursday, the Tortugranja Director, Raciel Rivero, confirmed these events, and reported there are 15-20 nests that have been left on the beach, and are marked, because they could not be moved in time. If it is outside the parameter of the number of hours since the eggs were freshly laid, it is not recommended that they be moved, because this reduces the hatching rate from the highest level of 80% to a level below 20%, if they are moved after time has passed, according to the protocol of this program of monitoring and protection.

More personnel to clean the beaches 
Más personal para limpieza de playas,.. [+] Ver mas

Old house presents potential danger
Peligro latente, casa antigua[+] Ver mas
    The two story building on the Nicolas Bravo street, facing the basketball court "Jose del Carmen Pastrana" appears to be falling apart, with obvious cracks in the structure. On more than one occasion pieces have been blown into the street below. The small food business on the south corner of Hidalgo has put timbers up to reinforce one of the wall upstairs to prevent it from detaching while they are in operation.
       Neighbors are concerned that parts of the building could become missiles in the event of a hurricane. There have been two hurricanes which have weakened the older buildings, Gilberto in 1988 and "Roxana" (sic, Wilma) in 2005. There have been dozens of private buildings which developed cracks, but generally they receive maintenance from their owners, but this is not always true, as in this case. After three decades, their useful life ended from environmental effects and their steel structures rusting away.
   There are also unfinished hotels, such as the one located near the UMF (Family Medical Unit) of the IMSS (Mexican Social Security Institute) whose work has been interrupted for nearly a decade, and another hotel building near Garrafon, which is tall, and has been the victim of theft of materials including its copper tubing, according to information received. Beams, boards, and other objects from these abandoned buildings represent potential projectiles for the nearby homes, including those buildings full of visitors.

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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, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or Seso Loco. Visit marinas, 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.

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)

 Tickets available August 24th. Free event  Isla Fest.  

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 hospita
Friday, Aug. 28  8pm In front of the Town Hall  Video spectacular 'mapping'  "Isla Mujeres Vive/Live" (Isla Fest event...the word 'mapping' was in English on the poster)

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) See poster above. Tickets available Aug 24

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  (Link)

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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