Thursday, September 17, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, September 17

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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

Thanks for believing in Quintana Roo!

Gov. Borge inaugurates the filming of the movie "The Dove and the Crow"

Beto Borge da el “claquetazo” inicial para el rodaje de la película “La paloma y el cuervo”

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ISLA MUJERES, 16 de septiembre.-

   The locations for filming "The Dove and the Crow" include the hotel "Secrets" on Playa Mujeres on the mainland part of Isla Mujeres. A year and a half ago, the Governor laid the cornerstone for this resort, which now has two thousand rooms and plans to have four thousand by 2017. The film will be distributed in Mexico, the US, and Spain, and is directed by Joaquin Bissner. It will feature the natural attractions of Quintana Roo, and display and promote the beauty of this area.

Inauguration of the Community Hospital expected next month

Del Hospital Comunitario

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ISLA MUJERES, 16 de septiembre.-

   The  State Secretary of Health, Juan Ortegon Pacheco said the new hospital might be inaugurated before the middle of October, but the date had not been set and is dependent on his schedule and that of the Governor. He said he toured the hospital on September 15 and found that the islanders were happy with the wide spaces, but had complaints about the amount of air conditioning. He said by the end of the month,  the facilities should be at 100 percent.
    The new hospital has the same director, Pedro Zapata Loya. It has specialties including surgery, gynecology & obstetrics, pediatrics, and orthopedics. It is expected to have a hyperbaric chamber soon.  There will a new hospital inaugurated in Cancun later this year or in early 2016, which will cover those areas of care which are not available in Isla Mujeres.


Legal complaint filed by Citizens Committee for the Defense of Animals

Against owners of dog named “Güera”

 Comité Ciudadano defiende a la “Güera”

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ISLA MUJERES, 15 de septiembre.-
    Veterinarian Delfino Guevera Collazo explained that this dog, “Güera”, had been adopted by a couple about a year ago, after being rescued near Punta Sur. The vet said that indications are that the couple kept the dog tied up. They apparently had left the island for several weeks, leaving the pet tied up without food or water.
        The dog became desperate to get free and caused nearly irreversible damage to her neck A complaint has been filed by the CCDA against Willie Valencia and Fatima Garraido for maltreatment, neglect, and cruelty to the dog named “Güera”.  The dog required surgical intervention with dozens of stitches to sew her neck, and a week of care at the clinic. She is now under observation, and already fully recovered, and will later be available for adoption.
    The veterinarian expects to be subpoenaed as a witness to testify. The penal code can assign six months to a year in prison and a fine equivalent to 25 to 50 daily minimum wages (about $5usd/day) if they are found responsible for this crime. If it is decided that the animal's life was put at risk, the amount increases by half.
    ( “Güera” is a nickname for people with light hair & often they have pale skin & is pronounced WHERE  ah)

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

Para seguridad y confort de todos, en este miércoles estamos reparando líneas del alumbrado público en varias colonias de Isla Mujeres.
For the safety and comfort of all, on Wednesday there were repairs to the streetlights in the colonias of Isla Mujeres.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Ten Cubans detained as they arrived on the island

  • Recalan diez cubanos a la ínsula


    Recalan diez cubanos a la ínsula

    0 17 de septiembre de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

         Yesterday, at ~5:50pm, a small boat with ten Cubans, including a woman, ran aground in the rocky area of the Caribbean coast, near the Court building,  Juzgado Mixto de Primera Instancia. Personnel of the Navy intervened, to help prevent the vessel from sinking and causing an accident at sea, and to detain the Cubans. They were taken to Cancun and turned over to the National Migration Institute, and were in good health.
         The boat, "Yary" is in the care of the Harbor Master, waiting to see if there is any report of it being stolen, or if its owner will claim it.  On Sept. 14, there were 17 Cubans taken into custody, minutes after landing in a small boat, who included three women.

  • Son 115 los asegurados


    Son 115 los asegurados

    0 16 de septiembre de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

           After 17 Cubans were taken into custody on Monday, the total became 115 detained since December 2014. 
             It was on December 17, 2014 when the Presidents of the US and Cuba, Barack Obama and Raul Castro, announced a restoration of diplomatic relations between their countries, after half a century of conflict. On January 15, 2015, following the release of 53 alleged political prisoners in Cuba, the US announced new regulation to facilitate travel and trade with Cuba. All of this, including the opening of Consular embassies in both countries, has not dampened hopes in Cuba of seeking the "American Dream". On Monday, 17 more Cubans were trying to reach the United States, but ocean currents brought them to Isla Mujeres.
    The tally:
December 20, 2014, a  Cuban boat arrives with various people, and only seven are taken into custody.
On January 5, 2015, Mexico Navy rescues seven Cubans over 100 kilometers from the island.
On 30 January this year, the remnants of a boat arrived on the Caribbean beaches with no crew found.
On March 21, 2015, Mexico Navy took 15 Cubans into custody, who previously had been rescued by fishermen near Isla Contoy.
On April 8 of this year, Mexico's Navy rescued 14 undocumented Cubans sailing 7.4 nautical miles from Cuyo, in the state of Yucatan.
On July 16, 2015, the Navy rescued 13 Cubans as they sailed about 50 nautical miles from Cabo Catoche.
On July 25th,  the Navy of Mexico rescued seven Cubans aboard a rudimentary boat sailing near Isla Contoy.
On July 28, 2015, another ship arrived with several undocumented immigrants on board, but when the Navy arrived, they weren't found.
On August 10th, 17 people were rescued.
On August 30, 2015, the Municipal Police detained eighteen Cubans, after they had been sailing for several days, and had just arrived in a small boat.
On 14 September this year, members of the Navy of Mexico succeeded in securing 17 undocumented immigrants, including three women.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

Another ten Cubans taken into custody by the Mexican Navy....


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Wave of Cubans continues
Continúa la oleada de cubanos [+] Ver mas
         This has the same information as translated above, noting they were hydrated, fed, and given medical evaluations before they were handed over to personnel with INM. Their boat of about 20 feet, with two red stripes, was reported shortly before 6am. The Secretary of the Navy received a phone call from the Secretary of Public Safety (the police) at 5:55am that a boat with people aboard was in the Caribbean sea about 100 meters from the sea, in the surf by the rocks.
       The Navy immediately dispatched a Search and Rescue vessel to the site, who assisted the nine men and one woman, after their boat had run aground in a rocky area of the Caribbean Sea. After they were safely aboard the Naval vessel, their boat was towed to shore.
       This occurred two days after the previous group of 17 Cubans were taken into custody when they landed early on Wednesday, near Isla 33. Both groups were taken into custody by the military. This appears to represent a new wave of undocumented immigrants trying to reach the United States

Parade causes vehicular chaos
Caos vehicular a causa del desfile.. [+] Ver mas
     The growing number of vehicles on the island and the lack of adequate parking contributed to the traffic problems that occurred during the parade commemorating the 205th Anniversary of the initiation of the battle for Independence. The detours lasted two hours, from 8am to 10am, with two way traffic on the southern part of Juarez.
     Some residents proposed that the parade take place to the Colonias in the future, where it has been held at times in the past, and to consider having it go down prolongation Martinez Ross in La Gloria.

Parade saturates roadways
Desfile satura las vialidades+] Ver mas
       The parade began at 9am and was over in less than an hour. Drivers were annoyed that they were not allowed access to the moto parking area by the basketball court. There are also complaints that golf carts owned by rental agencies are using the parking spaces by the Casa de Cultura, and should not be taking up public parking. Officials observing the parade included the mayor, his wife, the local legislator, members of the City Council, and the state Secretary of Health.


Temporary closure of some restaurants
Cierre temporal de restaurantes [+] Ver mas

       At least six restaurants have closed temporarily during this low season, allowing the owners to take a vacation or to do renovations and maintenance. Temporarily closed on Hidalgo has been Asia Caribe (reopened), El Qubano, Faynes, and elsewhere there has been Jax, Soggy Peso, and Olivia. The head of the Chamber of Commerce commented that in the case of Fayne's, they are doing remodeling and maintenance, while the staff is on vacation with pay, and will be back to work the first week of October.

Restaurants may raise their prices
Restaurantes elevaran sus precios .. [+] Ver mas
      A representative from the restaurant owners organization CANIRAC said that many foods are imported from the United States and other countries who use the dollar as currency for transactions, and the collapse of the peso may cause restauranteurs to raise their prices in December.
       There are forecasts that the dollar could reach 20 pesos by the end of the year, while it is currently exchanging at 15.5 to 15.75 at exchange centers, while businesses offer 14 to 16 pesos, with some being exploitative and offering 13 pesos.
        In some cases the taxi drivers have exchanged at 10 pesos to a dollar. Ernesto Capul, who is a waiter in a restaurant tried to pay a taxi for a 15 pesos fare with a dollar. The driver said he owned another five pesos. He told the taxi driver that one dollar is worth more than 15 pesos, but the taxi driver replied that if he did not like it, he should pay in pesos. The passenger gave him a second dollar and received 5 pesos in change. 

Actions to prevent alcoholism
Acciones para prevenir el alcoholismo. [+] Ver mas
      Members of Alcoholics Anonymous will conduct educational events for young people during the Third National Week Sept. 21-27 at various schools in the municipality. There will be a talk on Friday, Sept. 18 at 10am the Casa de Cultura. They will be working with the high schools students of Colegio Bachilleres, the middle school students of Benito Juarez, and the fifth and sixth grade students in the primary schools.

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September events

Sunset ~7:00
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Sept. 27 6:31
Sept. 28 7:19
Sept. 29 8:09
Sept. 30 9:00
Oct. 1    9:52

Oct. 2  10:45

Monday, Sept. 7  Patriotic ceremony is usually held the first Monday of the month (Town Square, probably ~8 or 9a)

Friday, Sept. 11 Outdoor movie at 7:30p at the Dome of the Bicentennial Plaza in colonia La Gloria, free
The schedule of activities for the patron saint of the fishermen, Our Lady of Charity:
 On Sept. 4th, the fishing cooperative "Caribe" will participate at the church Sagrado Corozon (Sacred Heart, in la Gloria) with a regional dance presentation "“Inmaculada Concepción” (Immaculate Conception).
   On Sept. 5 the cooperative "Isla Blanca" will participate with host Enrique Najera Morales.
   On Sept. 6, it is the cooperative "Patria & Progreso" with the choir of the Niñas del DIF; and religious songs by singer Ana Laura .
  On Sept. 7, the cooperative "Ceviche Tours" will have the singing of the Las Mañanitas at 11pm (This is the 'birthday song' and is sung to patron saints before midnight when their day starts.)
  On Sept. 8, the cooperative Un Dia Perfecto will host, and all the cooperatives will have traditional dances and festivities.
Saturday, Sept. 12 Concrete pier  Procession to Isla Contoy with the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre, preceded by a boat decorations contest with prizes of 2000 pesos, 1500 pesos, and 1000 pesos. This is preceded by a Mass at 7am at the Church of Immaculate Conception on the Town Square and a procession to the pier. Priority for space on the boats will be given to those in the procession from the Church, which is expected to arrive at the dock around 8am. There will be two or three larger boats provided for the public, who are encouraged to bring food and drink since none is available on Isla Contoy.~800 people are expected to participate and ~80 small boats.

Spectacular presentation of  Video Mapping at the Town Square 
 September 11 & 12 at 8p & 9p 
& Sept. 13th at 8pm
"The awakening of Mexico"

Sunday, Sept. 13   Los Niños Héroes 

Monday, Sept. 14 
 Commemoration of the Annexation of Chiapas to Mexico
  Town Square 7pm  Mayor's Second Annual Governmental Report

Tuesday, Sept 15 Town Square  Grito event 11p
 In Town Squares across Mexico, the Mayors read the El Grito de Dolores calling for Independence from Spain and ring the town's bell
  Town Square  205th Anniversary of the Grito
9:30 Folklorico Dance presentation "The Colors of My Mexico"
10:45 Coronation of the Queens of the Independence Day Festivities
11p Official Grito Ceremony
11:30  Band & Dancing
Martes 15 de Septiembre, vive la Noche Mexicana.
¡No te lo puedes perder!

Wednesday, Sept. 16  Independence Day  Parade on Rueda Medina in the monring

Saturday, September 19, 5pm, by the Whale Shark Monument, there will be a Mass and the festivities by the Whale Shark tour crews and their families, including free tacos and beverages.

On Saturday, Sept. 19 on the Town Square, there will be a ceremony commemorating the National Week of Civil Protection, remembering the devastation of the earthquake that occurred on September 19 in 1985 in the capital of Mexico.

On Sept. 19,  International Beach Clean Up Day,  different groups and non-governmental organizations will participate,  removing trash as well as raising awareness, including advising the fishermen about disposing of oil and other residual liquids in a correct manner to avoid creating risks for the environment.

Monday, Sept. 21 9a Red Cross in La Gloria  Clinic for Diabetics
     If you know any interested islanders, please invite them to our annual Diabetes Clinic. Health professionals will be testing blood, offering diabetes education and distributing meters, strips & other supplies for people with Diabetes. This is completely free. For more info, email

Wednesday, Sept. 23  Equinox

Every Tuesday and Thursday: Free spay/neuter clinic  (Isla Animals)
 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
Hi all!! We (Isla Animals) are gearing up for a HUGE Spay/Neuter, Vaccination, Wellness campaign for the animals in Rancho Viejo Nov 17-22. This is a very poor area in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Most are living without electricity and running water. The situation for the animals there is dire right now with parvo & distemper running rampant, and heavy overpopulation. We expect to treat/vaccinate/spay/neuter 1000 cats & dogs with the cost of surgery at just $10us per dog. This may be the only time any of these animals see a vet. We can treat the existing animals, vaccinate others against disease, curb the population growth, and educate pet owners on proper animal care and make a HUGE DIFFERENCE!! We have the knowledge, experience, volunteers, and heart to make it happen. We are asking for all of your help to raise funds to make the campaign a reality. (We can also accept Paypal donations via our site - just add RANCHO VIEJO in message, and cash in person on Isla Mujeres. Please, please share the link on your social media. It helps us so much. If you are not in a position to donate PLEASE do read the campaign & share, there is lots of excellent info in it about the work we do-There is always so much to do! Thank you for your time!

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