Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, September 30

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

Volunteers and students: Protecting blue crabs

 Se suman alumnos y voluntarios

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ISLA MUJERES, 29 de septiembre.-
  See translation below....

City offers discount program for delinquent taxpayers 

 Comuna lanza programa de descuentos para quienes tengan rezago

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ISLA MUJERES, 29 de septiembre.-
  When the City Council approves this discount program, it will go into effect on October first, and the specifics were explained by the municipal treasurer, Alvaro Magana Galue. For delinquent property taxes, the discount of fines is a very attractive 100 percent. For fees from offenses, and vehicular fines from Municipal Transit  the discount is 50 percent, except regarding drivers licenses. From the municipal department of Civil Protection, there will be a 30 percent discount and for procedures with Urban Development, there will be 30 percent discount on unpaid fees.  For businesses who are behind on trash collecting fees, there will be a 25 percent discount and a ten percent discount for those who are current. 
        The Treasurer explained that this discount program is beneficial in three ways: It allows taxpayers significant savings and the avoidance of further charges; it allows access to the same discounts that were offered at the end of the year; and it improves tax collection, bringing money into the City coffers, which in turn benefits the community.  If the payments are made with a Banamex card, there are an additional offers of 3, 6, and 9 months free of interes.


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

In the municipality of Isla Mujeres,  recognition and appreciation is given for the actions and works of the men who gave us a homeland that is free and just; we commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of José María Moleros y Pavón,  "He Served the Nation"  (That's not a very good translation, but "The Nation's Servant" doesn't convey the correct meaning either)
En el municipio de Isla Mujeres reconocemos y valoramos las acciones y obras de los hombres que nos legaron una patria libre y justa; conmemoramos el 250 Aniversario del Natalicio de José María Moleros y Pavón el "Siervo de la Nación".

Sept. 29 Anniversary of the birth of Guadalupe Victoria
Hoy 29 de Septiembre, Natalicio de Guadalupe Victoria.

In Isla Mujeres: Protecting Blue Crabs

      More than 60 people, including volunteers and students, participated in an event for the protection of Blue Crabs while they were spawning during the full moon on Monday night. Carlos Barranco, municipal Director of Ecology, said, "The crabs embark on a dangerous journey to the sea to lay their eggs and are unaware that humans have used this area for roads, and on their way they sometimes get crushed." The event took place on Sac Bajo road, near Dolphin Discovery, and on the coastal perimeter road between the cemetery in (Amplification) la Gloria and Punta Sur. There were municipal police officers present to ensure their safety. 
       The crews will be out again on Tuesday, October 27th when the moon is full.  There has been a Blue Crab Protection campaign by the municipal Department of Ecology, which began weeks ago, placing signs and posters and spreading the information in social networks.

Isla Mujeres: A Place of Traditions 
 Participate!  This is a poster for a Hanal Pixan altar competition   Hanal Pixan is the Mayan Holiday that occurs around the time of Dia de los Muertos and Halloween. It lasts about a week and a half and is a commemoration of departed relatives and friends, who are remembered with offerings of their favorite foods, drinks, and items at altars containing their photos, at homes, businesses, and other locations, and their graves are cleaned and decorated. There are specials foods and other traditions. 

Isla Mujeres, lugar de tradiciones.

The campaign continues which promotes the prevention of Dengue fever and Chikungunya, as well as the Clean Patio program; increasing awareness by placing informative posters in schools and parks.
Continuamos con la campaña de concientización fomentando la prevención del Dengue y Chikungunya así como Patio Limpio; ampliamos la cobertura colocando lonas informativas en escuelas y parques.

At the closing date of the literary-poetry competition Juegos Florales Isla Mujeres, there were 80 submissions received.
A un día de cerrar la convocatoria de los Juegos Florales Isla Mujeres 2015, se han recibido cerca de 80 trabajos.

Better services are guaranteed for the community with the acquisition of more vehicles and machinery.
Con la adquisición de más vehículos y maquinarias, garantizamos un mejor servicio a la población en todos los rubros.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Generously improving the lives of infants


Les regalan esperanzas de vida a infantes

0 30 de septiembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

      Last week, the first ten cardiac surgeries were successfully performed on children of Quintana Roo, as part of the 10,000 Smiles program 2015, with assistance from Dolphin Discovery and the ADANEC Foundation (Association for Assistance for Children in Critical Condition with ABP), with support from AmeriMed Hospital. 
       This is the third year of this program which has two objectives: To offer swimming with the dolphins for the local community at discounted prices and to use these funds for treatment of pediatric cardiovascular disorders, through the ADANEC ABP Association. 
       Through this program, 969 children were able to swim with the dolphins at an affordable price and since this program is for the enjoyment of families, 1116 adults also participated. They raised 850,000 pesos, which was used for costs associated with surgeries including diagnostic and other fees, surgical materials, and costs for the surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, and nurses.
        On July 24-27, three pediatric cardiologists from Monterrey and Cancun conducted a diagnostic campaign at the pediatric facilities of the  Cancun Oncology Center in the Galenia Hospital, assessing 22 children from the state of Quintana Roo, who were on a waiting list. The best treatment for their condition was determined, and in some cases this was surgery. 
        This is an integral project that includes all stages: planning, fundraising, evaluation of candidates, allocation of resources, and finally, performing surgeries. The head of the Dolphin Discovery Foundation, Guadalupe Jimenez explained that this program provides hope and improves the quality of life for these children and their families. 
        The 10,000 Smiles campaign has been recognized by CEMEFI (Mexican Center for Philanthropy) as one of the "Best Practices of Social Responsibility 2014", and it received recognition from ARPCM (Association of Public Relations in the Mexican Caribbean) as the "Best Public Relations Campaign 2014" in the category of Development of Tourist Activities in Public Spaces.

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Program to encourage delinquent taxpayers
Medidas para estimular a morosos.. [+] Ver mas

Bad weather brings improved fishing for lobster and liseta
Recalones de langosta y de liseta. [+] Ver mas
    After four days of inactivity, the fishing fleet of around 200 vessels resumed their normal activities on Tuesday. Although the port opened for smaller boats on Monday at 7am, many fishermen preferred to wait until the swells (or tide) decreased, when it was safer to be away from the coastal areas.
        Baltazar Gomez Catzin, president of the Regional Fishing Cooperatives of the State, said the bad weather on the weekend brought the first good catches of lobster and of Liseta, which is a species that is highly prized because of the quality of their meat. He explained that the lobster catches improve when it is the season for the 'nortes' (northern fronts), which bring out more of the crustaceans, although they also cause port closures.
    The Harbor Master, Miguel Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said normal activities are expected to continue this week and especially this weekend, with good weather forecasts thru Sunday.  In response to questions he said that some seaweed had landed on the northern tip of the isle from the rain, and that there were a few boats which became somewhat swamped from rainfall, and were bailed out by their owners. The port was closed from 3pm on Saturday until Monday at 7am for small vessels, and is now open for general navigation, with caution recommended due to the presence of squalls.
      Sources with the municipal Department of Tourism estimated that hotel occupancy is around 35 percent, and is boosted by the large numbers of Israeli tourists. Those operating various tours have reported a decrease in business; with the boat tour cooperatives reporting activity at about 35 to 40 percent, and the golf cart agencies say they are leasing about 70 to 85 percent of their inventory, although they were recently at nearly 100 percent. A decreased number of tourists are noted on the beaches.

Volunteers help blue crabs survive their migration to the sea to spawn
Voluntarios ayudan a sobrevivir el paso a los cangrejos azules, para que desoven. [+] Ver mas

    The information about the blue crab rescue is translated above. It is also noted that staff of the municipal Department of Tourism were given a day off last week when there was a foul odor in their office,  and specialized personnel came to investigate. The odor was coming from the ceiling and now the office is full of rubble from the part of the ceiling that 'fell' down. The Head of the agency, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco said they will soon be moving to other offices at the API terminal. The air conditioners are no longer working, so they must prop open the door, and there are holes in the ceiling and exposed wiring. This presents a poor image to tourists who come to the office for information or assistance.

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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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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.

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
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

Wednesday, Sept. 23  Equinox

Friday, Sept. 25 7p Casa de Cultura  Harp Fest

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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