Friday, October 23, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, October 23

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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

Port closed again for small boats due to large waves

Fuerte oleaje obligó a aplicar medida restrictiva para seguridad de hombres del mar

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 22 de octubre.-
    Approximately 24 hours after the port was opened for navigation by small boats on Wednesday morning, it was closed again at 7:30 am on Thursday for small vessels, due to strong winds.
       Larger vessels were allowed to come to the island from the Cancun Hotel Zone, and small boats could conduct activities in the lagoon area and near el Farito, for snorkeling and swimming. But the port was closed for small boat activities such as sport fishing, tours to Isla Contoy, trips to MUSA (the Underwater Sculpture Museum), and diving trips in general.
      There had been five days of inactivity for small vessels due to heavy rains, then the port was opened again for their general navigation for about 24 hours, before it was closed again.

Invitation to all women for today's Pink Breakfast 

Hoy, Desayuno Rosa

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 22 de octubre.-
   Friday, (today) the Desayuno Rosa (Pink Breakfast) will take place at the Casa de Cultura in Isla Mujeres at 9am, which is organized by the DIF, social service agency, and the first lady of the state, Mariana Zorrilla de Borge is expected to attend. This was announced by the president of the municipal DIF, Marthy Magana Vargas, in a meeting with the Damas Promotoras (lit..women promoters...usually called "The Navy Wives"...who hold benefit breakfasts whose proceeds usually benefit the Naval Hospital) where she said this breakfast is open to all the women of Isla Mujeres, since it is for altruistic purposes and their contributions are important. 
       This event takes place as part of the fight against breast cancer, which is emphasized every October. Resources will be used to help a family or person who is affected by this disease and lacks resources for treatment. She reiterated that the breakfast will be held at the Casa de Cultura, and tickets have been sold for those who want to attend, but anyone who wishes to attend may come and make a donation at the entrance.
     The schedule of activities for the First Lady of the state are not known, but it is thought that during her visit she may deliver various types of assistance to families or individuals who were affected by the heavy rains last weekend.

Altruism for the benefit of the Naval Hospital 

Por parte de Damas Promotoras de la Armada

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 22 de octubre.-
   The monthly breakfast was held Thursday by the Damas Promotoras de la Armada de México, at the Naval Club, and was attended by dozens of women of Isla Mujeres. The breakfast was chaired by Sra. Olivia Villaneda de Fierro, wife of the Naval Commander of the local base, Admiral Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha.  She explained that this month's proceeds will benefit the Naval Hospital, where substantial improvements are taking place to provide better care for the beneficiaries. She explained how and where the resources have been spent, which were previously obtained by the women volunteers, and thanked everyone for their participation.
    This month's breakfast marked Dia de los Muertos and Halloween, and included women of Isla Mujeres, women associated with the Navy, and foreign women who live in Isla Mujeres. There was a raffle whose prizes included a woman's purse.


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

Oct. 23 is the last day to submit photos... Don't miss your chance to participate!
Mañana es el último día para enviar tus fotos.
¡No te quedes sin participar!

Everyone's participation is essential to prevent Dengue and Chikungunya
La participación de todos es vital para evitar el Dengue y el Chikungunya.

School supplies and backpacks were delivered with the objective of assisting family budgets
La entrega de mochilas y útiles escolares tiene el objetivo de apoyar la economía familiar.

Lunchboxes, backpacks and school supplies were given to the students at Kindergarten, Primary, and Middle schools.
Loncheras, mochilas y útiles escolares llegaron a los alumnos de nivel básico: kínder, primaria y secundaria.

Here is an announcement from Governor Roberto Borge that in Quintana Roo, we are not changing the time this Sunday. It says:  Advisory:  While the rest of the country is setting back their clocks on Sunday, in Quintana Roo the time will remain the same.
En ‪#‎QuintanaRoo‬ no cambiaremos de horario el próximo domingo, así lo anunció el Gobernador Roberto Borge.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Rescued dolphin dies

Medio Ambiente

Muere delfín, tras rescate

0 23 de octubre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
  The dolphin which was rescued after it washed up on a beach of the Cancun Hotel Zone died yesterday at ~8am, and PROFEPA (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection) was notified. They will perform an autopsy, as is required by law, and send tissue samples to the Hisopathology Institute for analysis. 
     There were over 10 people involved in the care of the animal who suffered from seven deep wounds, caused by a shark. Blood samples had been taken and the dolphin was examined to determine whether it had any other diseases, which may have weakened it and made it vulnerable to sharks. 
     The chief veterinarian for Dolphin Discovery, Roberto Sanchez Okrucky, issued a press release with the sad news. He said at first they thought there were five wounds, but when they were cleaning the wounds, more were found on the underside of the animal. The dolphin had responded favorably, but the wounds were serious and deep.

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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Surgeon on weekends
Fines de semana con cirujano [+] Ver mas

   The new Hospital in Isla Mujeres continues to expand its team of specialists, to provide "Second Level" services as soon as possible, and an agreement has been reached with the Taxi union to finance the work of a surgeon on weekends. On Friday, Oct. 23, three patients will receive operations from the surgeon Rene Juarez, who signed an agreement with the Hospital Director, Pedro Zapata Loya, and the head of the Taxi Union, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez. 
    The Taxi Union leader said "Patients who need hospitalization will no longer need to cross to Cancun." The hospital opened over a month ago, but apparently it still lacks several specialists, presumably related to a lack of economic resources from the state government.  Sr. Peniche Rodriguez said that for several years they have had an agreement with a surgeon to attend to the members, drivers, and their families in consultations at the union lodge, and now this commitment will continue at the new hospital. Now the entire Island population can receive services on Fridays and Saturdays. The hospital will provide ist facilities and operating room, and the union will provide the surgeon to attend to those cases which need surgical intervention. Dr Rene Juarez has three surgeries scheduled on children of union members on Friday and Saturday, with two involving testicular problems, and the other is a gallbladder. Thursday, the patients had consultations at the union lodge and scheduled their respective surgeries.

"Damas Promotoras" breakfast benefits Naval Hospital
Rinden informe Damas Promotoras de la Marina[+] Ver mas 
  This has the same information translated above and additionally notes that previous contributions were spent for purchasing new chairs, windows, air conditioners, television, and other items for the benefit of the patients and medical providers in the areas of Pediatrics, gynecology, obstetrics, dentistry and general medicine. This report included audio visual material, and was followed by a raffle, and a performance by the Naval musical group "Veracruzano", to the delight of all of those present, including the special guests. 

Inhaling toxic gases for days
Por días han inhalado gases tóxicosdi.. [+] Ver mas

    Photographs have been taken ( link ) of the burning trash at the Trash Transfer station, showing the presence of PVC plastics, exposing dozens of families and foreigners to inhalation of toxic gases. Various institutions and international organizations have warned that exposure of this type to gases from plastics can lead to consequences such as cancer.
        "When PVC (PolyVinyl Cholride) is burned, this causes the formation of organoclor-based substances, which are extremely toxic to the environment and human health, and therefore, it is an environmental toxin," according to the website The website says,  "The massive use of PVC today is largely due to its low cost. There prices do not include the costs of environmental damage generated by this material, which are paid by all citizens, rather than by those who are responsible for polluting. This places the producers of more natural alternatives at a disadvantage."
      The fire at the Transfer Facility began on October 11, in an area which was considered to only contain trash from plants, but in reality includes garbage such as tires, all types of plastics, appliances, metal, wood, grasses, and thatch, among other substances. It was not  'removió" (stirred up), for two days, during the contingency that was being dealt with by Civil Protection, with help from the Navy and Aguakan. The smoke never disappeared, and then it re escalated after the men and equipment were removed.
    The arrival of the rains which lasted for several days was not enough to quell the burning, and on Monday there were signs that it was on fire, and is now active. On Wednesday, the municipal government promised that they would have the matter under control, 'within hours'.

    There have been rumors that the fire was started by the municipal government to save money on the cost of transporting the trash to the mainland, but that they "shot themselves in the foot".(“pero le salió el tiro por culata”). The Director of Municipal Services, Manuel Figueroa Cetina, told a national newspaper that there was a 'vaquita'  (lit. a heifer) among several municipal Directors about the cost of the failure of the initial operation for control.   (que hicieron su “vaquita” entre varios directores para costear la fallida operación de control inicial)
     There have been complaints on social networks accusing Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez of indifference, and asking officials to take responsibility, and requesting an environmental investigation. The Trash Transfer facility still contains tonnes of accumulated trash, generating odors which bother the neighbors, independent of the fire. There are also concerns expressed about pollution of the coast and sea, which are 30 meters away from the Facility.

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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.

October events

Sunset ~6:40
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Oct. 27   6:44
Oct. 28   7:37
Oct. 29   8:31
Oct. 30   9:26
Oct. 31  10:22

Thursday, Oct. 1 You are invited to the lighting of the pink lights today at 7pm on the Town Square commemorating the start of the fight against breast cancer

Monday, Oct. 5 Noon Bazaar at offices of El Corazon del Wilito charity which benefits babies and children needing heart surgery (Next to Tugui Paleteria in La Gloria)

Friday, Oct. 9  Day of the Fishermen (Dia del Pescador). Event at Monument to the Fishermen at Rueda Medina commemorating those who lost their lives at sea and placing of wreath at sea

Monday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Activities at the Casa de la Cultura:
  On October 12, a workshop will begin on Painting and Drawing with teacher Dante Loyola at the Casa de Cultura on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm, for 50 pesos weekly, which includes basic materials.
   On October 5, fitness classes to relieve stress and improve fitness will begin, with Dani Velasquez, at a cost of 100 pesos a week, on Monday thru Friday at 6pm, at the Casa de Cultura.
    On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5pm, there are classes for those who enjoy the rhythms of urban dance, hip hop, soca, afro, and mambo de calle at the Casa de Cultura.
      A theater workshop for youths and adults will begin on Oct. 14 from 6p-8p, with teacher Rita Giacchetti, with the objective of teaching the participants how to put on a performance. There will be 24 sessions between Mondays and Fridays, with a small contribution required.

Wed. Oct. 21 at the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres at 7pm, Free event
Cuban photographs, Art and a Dance performance

Wednesday, Oct. 21 Casa de Cultura  4p-8p Free Entry Sea turtles and their conservation at the Isla Contoy National Park of Quintana Roo   
       Subjects: Nesting beaches,  Sea monitoring, Genetics and marking, Monitoring the beach temperatures 
  Sponsored by Amigos de Isla Contoy and contact info is given for more information

Tuesday, Oct. 27   Blue Crab protection campaign scheduled (Sac Bajo, possibly also along the eastern coastal road between the cemetery and Punta Sur)

The living celebrating the dead in Isla Mujeres...Oct 30 & 31
En Isla Mujeres los vivos celebramos a los muertos.

Saturday, Oct. 31 Halloween

Sunday, Nov. 1 Dia de los Muertos,  All Saints Day
Monday, Nov. 2  All Souls Day

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. 

Coming up in November at the Casa de la Cultura!

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)

From Sally Margolis 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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