Saturday, September 19, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News Saturday, September 19

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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

Panic at the hospital: Air conditioning failure sends everyone running

Neighbors: Heroes

Falla en sistema de aire acondicionado pone a todos a correr: Vecinos, héroes

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de septiembre.-
      One of the motors in the air conditioning units overheated at the new Community Hospital, discharging a considerable amount smoke which was distributed in the pipes, causing a scare among the hospital employees. The neighbors assisted by supplying fire extinguishers, because apparently the new hospital still lacks this safety equipment.
       Local agencies quickly responded including the municipal police, Red Cross paramedics, and Civil Protection personnel (The Fire Department is part of the Civil Protection Department). In the end it was the police who were responsible for controlling the situation.
         One of the hospital workers said that in recent days there was a problem with the hydraulic system, because water leakage occurred. Previously, an oxygen leak had allegedly occurred but it was controlled.

No Chikungunya cases in Isla Mujeres: State Secretary of Health

Titular de Sesa niega la existencia de casos de chikungunya

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de septiembre.-
  Recently the Director of Community Hospital, Pedro Zapata Loya, told the press there were three possible "imported" cases of chikungunya in foreign visitors. The state Secretary of Health confirmed that there have been no cases of Chikungunya in Isla Mujeres, which is one of the two municipalities in the state that have remained free of the disease, along with Cozumel. The other eight municipalities of the state of Quintana Roo have each had at least one case, with the highest incidence in state capitol and in Cancun.
        He said there have been 32 cases recorded in the state, of which 20 were considered "imported" since they patients had been bitten in other states and then traveled to Quintana Roo. The remaining 12 cases have originated within the state. The officials have responded by holding meetings throughout the state to improve surveillance and intensify measures against the vectors, to prevent the adult mosquitoes. 
      He said it is very important to involve the community because most of the problem begins in the patios and courtyards of people's homes, where water is allowed to accumulate. Therefore, it is important for people to keep their yards, porches, and roofs clean to prevent breeding areas for mosquitoes.

Replacing electric lines in colonia Meteorologica to avoid interruptions  

Reemplaza cableado aéreo en colonia Meteorológica

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de septiembre.-
    Yesterday, Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) workers replaced about 120 meters of overhead lines that were in poor condition in the colonia Meteorologica, to prevent power outages in the future. The work began around 9am and finished around 2pm, when electrical service was restored. The residents were without power for about five hours. 
     This should avoid possible future outages that heavy rains or strong winds could cause. They have also been working to prevent problems with trees and the overhead lines. 

Annual Health Fair for Diabetics could be cancelled

Due to problem at Cancun Airport

Por “contratiempo” en aeropuerto de Cancún

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 18 de septiembre.-
   Due to the intervention of Customs at the Cancun International Airport, the 7th "Diabetes Clinic", scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21, could be suspended and possibly rescheduled, because most of the equipment stated to be distributed among diabetic patients on the island has been retained.
     Karen Rosenberg, who is a promoter of this project, explained that this is an annual event in Isla Mujeres, supported by donations and assistance from foreigners who are in the medical field. She said most of the equipment has been detained by Customs, although she presented documents indicating the materials were donated to a Red Cross program taking place in Isla Mujeres. She is a social worker in the US, who has been coming to Isla Mujeres, assisting and working for over 17 years, and this program to fight diabetes began 7 years ago. 
      She said the annual event was scheduled for Sept. 21, but she was unable to bring in the majority of the equipment from the United States, which included three suitcases filled with equipment for diagnosing diabetes, as well as gloves and other items for the Diabetic Health Fair. At this point, it is unknown whether the event will be suspended and rescheduled, since it is unclear if the equipment has been confiscated permanently or if it could be release in time. 
      She explained that every year, she circulates information among foreigners from the United States about the need for donations, with the intention of gathering this diagnostic equipment, which is given away to diabetic in Isla Mujeres, so they can have better control over their disease. She said, "We not only offer consultations and give away the equipment, we also teach them to use it. In this way, patients have their own portable diagnostic machine, which is an important tool when you have this chronic, degenerative disease."  She lamented the poor treatment she received at the Cancun airport, where she was made to wait for more than four hours, although she presented documents from the offices of the Red Cross.


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

The Recycling Trash for Food program continues to assist and benefit Isla Mujeres families, and today the event took place at the sports dome of the Bicentnnial Plaza, for the benefit of more than 200 people. Two tonnes of recyclable trash were collected. 

Harp Fest 2015 Gala  Sept. 25 Casa de Cultura 7p Free event
Arpa Fest 2015, te esperamos.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

  • Isla Mujeres wants to be a "Pueblo Magico" 


    Quiere ser la ínsula Pueblo MágicoQuiere ser la ínsula Pueblo Mágico

    0 19 de septiembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca

         Official notification should be given on Tuesday regarding whether Isla Mujeres is being given "Pueblo Magico" status. The City has been waiting for months for official notification from the Federal government, since the release date for the decision scheduled to be July 31st. 
          The municipal subsecretary, Jose Jesus Castillo Magana said that he is confident that the island will achieve this distinction, because it has met all the specifications required by FONATUR. The national event will be held in Puebla next week, and a representative from Isla Mujeres will attend if Pueblo Magico status is achieved

    Medical equipment detained


    Retienen equipo médico

    0 19 de septiembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
        The seventh annual "Diabetes Clinic" could be rescheduled from Sept. 21st because much of the equipment to be distributed to islanders suffering from this disease is being held in a Custom's warehouse at Cancun International Airport. 
           Karen Rosenberg, promoter of this project, said this event takes place annually on the island, with the help of donations from foreign medical personnel. She said most of the equipment was secured by Customs, although she presented documents showing the items were donations for a Red Cross program. 
            She is a social worker who has been helping and working on the island for over 17 years, and the Diabetes Clinic began seven years ago. "Our annual event was scheduled for Sept. 21, but most of the equipment brought from the United States has not been released," she said. She explained that there are three suitcases full of diagnostic equipment for diabetics, plus gloves and other items for the Diabetes Clinic, and they do not know whether to cancel it or not.
           She said every year she asks for donations from people in the United States, to acquire this equipment, which is given away to diabetics on the island to help them have better control over the disease. "We offer free consultations, give away the equipment, and teach the patients to use the machines. This way they can have their own portable diagnostic equipment, which is an important tool when you have this chronic degenerative disease," she said.
            Every year at this event, many islanders come and receive these machines, which are relatively expensive for those who suffer from this disease. She said, "These machines are not given away anywhere else; not at the medical centers, and Seguro Popular does not provide them." She said they are seeking a way to recover the equipment, which was scheduled to be given away on Monday; otherwise, the event may be canceled. She explained that many islanders have not been diagnosed, which unfortunately compounds the effects of the problem.
              She said last year during the sixth Diabetic Clinic, 130 meters were given away, and 20 more people were put on a waiting list. During that clinic, 150 people were screened for diabetes, of whom 90% had high blood sugar levels. It was expected that about 300 people would be helped on Monday, but the event may be canceled because the equipment has been detained at the Cancun International Airport.

    Retienen equipo médico


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

More photos at link
      The Quinonez family suffered a tremendous shock yesterday afternoon when a heavy Naval truck crashed into their house, partially destroying it. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and only property was damaged. The Naval Commander has promised to have the damages repaired and renovated. (Repairs are in progress today.) 
      At five in the afternoon, the police reported that an official Naval vehicle had crashed into a building. The heavy truck, with plates #500054 of the Armada of Mexico, se quedó sin frenos..(Literally: "it was left without brakes"..I think this means the parking brake was not put on) and because it was on a slope, in continued to roll down, going some 100 meters, until it crashed into the building.
       Fortunately, the family members were outside the house on the patio when the heavy truck crashed into the home. "The only person that was inside the house was my daughter-in-law, Gabi, with her baby, when the vehicle went by us and crashed. We were thinking the worst; however, she reacted quickly and escaped the falling rubble without problems, together with her baby.", said the senora.
      Some witnesses said del camion logró bajar un marino (lit. That the truck was under the management of /or attended by... a Naval sailor..I think) but it has been detained by the police, who will initiate an investigation. The Red Cross paramedics attended the owners of the house, who were having a 'crisis nerviosa'. They were also assisted by workers from Civil Protection. the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) and personnel from the Police department.  
      Also on the scene was the Admiral Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha, who spoke with the family and said that the reconstruction of their home would begin the next day, and that any damages would be taken care of. He said, "This incident is regrettable, but fortunately there were no human losses to regret. This accident could have had serious consequences, but the family is content that we will repair their property."

SAT retains donation of medicines for diabetics of Isla Mujeres
   (Actually, it's equipment...glucometers & their accessories, plus gloves and education materials. SAT is Servicio de Administración the IRS or Treasury Department. This article has the same information that was translated above.)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Campaign against Alcoholism
Campaña contra el alcoholismo.. [+] Ver mas

Appeared to be a fire at the new hospital
Conato de incendio en el nuevo hospital[+] Ver mas

        Two weeks after opening its doors, the first mishap occurred at the new Community Hospital, when there appeared to be a fire in the equipment on the top of the building. This caused a mobilization of police and the firemen of Civil Protection, without major mishaps. Apparently a short circuit was the cause of a plume of smoke, which frightened the neighbors and caused an immediate reaction on social media, where there were questions about the quality of the facilities and the preparations for responding to emergencies. There were also complaints that services seem to be similar to when the General Hospital was operational, with people still being sent to Cancun.
    Strangely, it was almost a year ago that the General Hospital had a fire, which sent its staff out into the streets to wait while until it was under control, which was at the northern part of the isle

Customs detains donation for Red Cross
Retiene la Aduana donación para Cruz Roja.. [+] Ver mas

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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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