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The second issue of
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
to benefit Isla charities
featuring a variety of talented writers and photographers!
The Isla Mujeres Magazine
to benefit Isla charities
featuring a variety of talented writers and photographers!
From Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....
link to their Isla articles
Monitoring whale sharks and manta rays
Vigilan megafauna marina
Monitorean al tiburón ballena y mantarrayas para tener un mejor controlLanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 28 de octubre.- .
This information about a workshop for the fishermen and tourism service providers who frequent Isla Contoy was translated yesterday.
Complaints to Consumer Protection agency
Quejas por incumplir servicios
Recibe la Profeco en la isla y las desahoga en CancúnLanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 28 de octubre.-
In the past two days, two complaints have been received at the Consumer Protection Agency module in Isla Mujeres. The Isla Mujeres module acts only to receive complaints and as an intermediary. If an agreement cannot be reached between the parties, complaints are channeled to the PROFECO office in Cancun.
The first complaint was against a Department Store for failure to honor a guarantee on electronic equipment, which was not resolved; therefore it was referred to the Cancun office. The second complaint involved an interest charge of 700 pesos on the sale of a cellular phone, with a contract of payments over 13 weeks. The consumer said the sale price of the phone had been reduced from 1800 pesos to 1300 pesos, but now it would cost more than 2000 pesos.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... (you can join this FB page at this link)
Take advantage of the discounts being offered by the Municipal Treasury (For fines and fees relating to property taxes, traffic offenses, trash collection charges, etc)
Aprovecha los descuentos que ofrece la Tesorería Municipal.
Together with the Department of Ecology and the personnel of PRONATURA, in coordination with SEMA (The Department of Ecology and the Environment), recently a visit was made to the high school campus, Colegio Bachilleres, to verify compliance with the curriculum and in regard to the awards for the eco-schools program.
En compañía de la Dirección Municipal de Ecología el personal de PRONATURA coordinado con la Secretaría de Ecología y Medio Ambiente (SEMA), hizo una visita en días pasados al Colegio de Bachilleres Plantel Isla Mujeres para verificar el cumplimiento de la Metodología y obtener los galardones del programa de Eco-Schools.
October 28, World Day of Animation
Hoy 28 de Octubre, Día Mundial de la Animación.
At the 54th Regular session of the City Council, they discussed and approved the Procedural Rules of the Institutes of Culture and Art, and of Youth, Sports, and Recreation of the municipality of Isla Mujeres.
Durante la Quincuagésima Cuarta Sesión Ordinaria de Cabildo se discutió y aprobó el Reglamento Interior de los Institutos de la Cultura y las Artes y el de la Juventud, Deporte y Recreación del Municipio de Isla Mujeres.
Take care of your pets during rainy season and protect them. Don't leave them exposed to the weather or tied up.
Ante las lluvias que se presentan, cuidemos a nuestras mascotas.
link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles
Health Department continues fighting mosquitoes
No baja Sesa la guardia en combate a los moscos0 29 de octubre de 2015 By Carlos GascaIn response to recent rains, the Department of Health continues fumigating with an intensified campaign at potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes, to prevent diseases like dengue and chikungunya, on both the island and the mainland.The head of Sanitary District #2, Jorge Guitierrez Contreras, said there have been no confirmed cases of chikungunya on the island, and strategies are being applied throughout the state to prevent mosquito borne diseases. He urged anyone with symptoms of dengue or chikungunya to go to the hospital so the problem can be identified in a timely manner.
Schedule for Caribbean Culture Festival to be announced on Friday
Definirán programa del festival0 29 de octubre de 2015 By Carlos GascaThe schedule for the Caribbean Culture Festival should be released on Friday. for this event which begins on November 3td. The theme will be "La Mar de las Artes" (Sea of Arts) for this fifth edition, which is dedicated to Cuba. A meeting took place yesterday in Cancun between representatives of the Departments of Culture to determine the official program for each municipality.To make this Festival closer to the community, in addition to the usual events in the ten municipalities, there will also be activities in the universities, high schools, and middle schools, as well as in the colonias and neighborhoods of the main towns of the state. With this new protocol, more young people will be involved, not only regarding the music, but also for various artistic, cultural, and academic aspects.There are 19 countries expected to participated in this fifth edition, including Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, United States, Colombia, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico are, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Haiti, Panama, Brazil, Spain, Dominican Republic, and, of course, Mexico.
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles
Mega-rosary planned at the Blue Dome
“Megarosario” en el Domo AzulVer mas
The priest, Raúl Sánchez Alonso, announced a Mega-Rosary event will be held Saturday night at the Blue Dome in colonia La Gloria to commemorate World Month of Missions, in an act of solidarity with the thousands of missionaries who have lost their lives in the Middle East defending Christ. The organizing committee said the islanders "owe a great deal to the mother of Jesus Christ, who is always interceding for us and protecting us from hurricanes and natural disasters."
There will be songs of praise at the beginning, then the praying of the rosary, in the building which has room for a thousand people. The children will be given candles and balloons of different colors representing the different continents of the planet, which will create a huge rosary, that will eventually be launched into the sky. The priest said he will lead the mass following the event, scheduled at 8:30pm.
Veterinary Hospital's accomplishments
“De manteles largos” hospital veterinario[+] Ver mas
The Veterinary Hospital of Isla Mujeres recently celebrated its first anniversary, and its Director, Dr. Delfino Guevara Collazo, accompanied by his student Rossely Gonzalez presented a report about the past year, since the facility opened in late September, 2014. He explained that the facility is not linked to any other organization or to any animal rights groups, and they are now doing their own medical projects.
The facility opened as the "Veterinary Clinic of Isla Mujeres. A.C." in late September, 2014, offering the following veterinary hospital services including: emergency care, surgeries, consultations, hospitalization, vaccinations, X Rays, and laboratory services including hematology, parasitology ,and urinary analysis.
There are two consulting rooms, a hospital area, and an area for observing feline patients, as well as a space used for pre surgical preparation and taking X Rays, and a darkroom area. There is an area that acts as a pharmacy, laboratory, and for cleaning and sterilizing surgical equipment. The operating room has two anesthesia apparatuses; one for large animals and one for small animals.
He said the fees are 40 to 60% less that those generally charged in the region, and some services were done at a 25% discount, with some surgeries offered at a 20% discount, for a special low price, while 10% of the surgeries were done free of charge, thanks to the support of private donations for this. Therefore, 55% of services were done a preferential prices for people who lacked resources.
Of the patients treated at the clinic, 98% were dogs, and only 2% were cats. He said that this proves his previous conclusion that all the dogs on the island have owners, while most of the cats do not. The clinic gave 1200 services in total, of which 144 were first vaccinations, 25 were boosters, and 160 were treatments for ticks & parasites.
There were 275 consultations for digestive problems, 350 consultations for respiratory problems, and 68 consults for various other conditions, as well as 60 for emergency services, 38 from car accidents, 12 due to poisoning, and 10 others.
There were 118 surgeries; with 8 cistotomías (6 cats, 1 male dog, 1 female dog), 3 diaphragmatic hernias (1 female dog and 2 male dogs), 12 Cesarean sections, 18 excisions of tumors, (16 from skin and 2 from abdominal soft tissue), one right front leg amputation on a dog, 38 debridements of abscesses, 16 reconstructive suturing of injuries caused by dog on dog attacks, and 22 dental treatments of cleaning and tooth removal.
As part of the clinic's policy to control the pet population in general through sterilization, (and especially the cats), which has been one of the most important works of the clinic for 16 years, in its various forms, the following sterilizations were done: 75 male cats, 79 female cats, 2 male dogs, and 29 female dogs. Since 100% of the dogs on the island have owners, the majority of them were taken to the free sterilization programs, and this is why a small number were sterilized at this facility. Adding these numbers to the other surgeries performed during the year, the total is 303, including 25 small interventions.
The facility offers clinical and hospital medical services, but does not have grooming services. They applied skin treatments as required in the case of diseases or infections or parasites that affect the skin, giving medicated baths, and the treatments that go along with them, for a total of 65 baths during the year.
In any hospital, research is fundamental, since it is important to provide medical care with a scientific basis. Some cases have been prepared for possible publication in medical journals which involve diagnosis of illnesses that were difficult or unique. One case involved isolation of trichomoniasis in dogs and the first cases of amoebas isolated from private pools.
This year, research is being done for a thesis for an advanced degree from the Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria de la Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY), about Chagas disease, (Tripanosomiasis), which is transmitted by an insect, and can be transmitted to humans. This is being done by the student Rossely Gonzalez, to meet her professional qualifications, and the clinic is assisting with use of its equipment and facilities, and more specific analysis are being done at the UADY facility.
The clinic currently has a student from UADY assisting during their vacation, and gaining practical experience. In a similar fashion, volunteers assist from the United States or Canada, who are students or graduates, and have contributed their knowledge and assistance during the past year.
The vet said, "Beginning in February of this year, we took over care of the health of the dogs used by the Mexican Navy for security and detection services. We make two medical visits monthly to keep them in good condition and able to better comply with their work, which includes application of deworming medicines and vaccinations as scheduled. Various diagnostic and medical procedures have been done to complement this service we provide for the Navy."
Cruelty and Abandonment
He said that after 16 years of doing this work, he has found that many people still have the same attitudes about their pets, and cases of abandonment, cruelty, collisions, and poisonings are still prevalent. Previously, there were no animal protection laws, but now there is such a law, and cases where it should be applied. However, we are finding that these legal means are too slow, and that those who are responsible for applying these laws are not doing their jobs. He said recently they have opted to use social networks to report and resolve cases that are reported to us, and we have resolved four cases of neglect and cruelty, which were extreme and could not wait. Normally, in cases of this nature, we refer them directly to the municipal Department of Ecology, which has the legal power to resolve them.
Frequently, people bring in abandoned kittens that they find in the street, which are provided the necessary care at the clinic, and later are put up for adoption, except the littlest ones that are sick and suffering, who are euthanized. During the year, there were 20 cats which were adopted, but 35 abandoned cats were received.
In other circumstances, puppies or dogs that are not claimed by their owners after hospitalization are made available for adoption. This year, five dogs were adopted. Sometimes there are cases of sick animals in poor condition that were found in the street after being abandoned for a long time, but they do not deserve to be euthanized, so they are treated and put up for adoption. In some circumstances, they are not adopted, as was the case with a dog named Daisy, who has lived at the clinic for 10 months. There is also a cat that was run over, that has lived at the clinic for six months. There are cases of older animals and those that have been abandoned in the street, who are kept in a secured area which they share with other animals who have not been adopted.
Travel Certificates & Other Official Duties
Medical Certificates for travel are issued for animals being transported within the country or abroad, and 40 certificates have been issued in the past year. They have also provided services when asked by authorities in cases of animal attacks between animals or upon humans, to observe, consult, and if necessary, to issue detailed medical reports. They also respond when authorities ask them to investigate the health of pets which arrive at the various marinas, and made 20 visits of that type in the past year.
He said, "As you can see, our work encompasses a wide range of activities, which are all related to medicine. This is all done by a group of people with different jobs at the clinic, as well as by volunteers whose help and donations we receive as a non profit organization." He thanked everyone who has helped, in many forms, and the pet owners who have chosen their services. He said they are committed to continuing to provide affordable veterinary care for the welfare of the animals and education for their owners.
(This article is from Oct. 18, when I did not have time to translate it, due to its length. There is an article in today's Por Esto HERE, noting that it has been one year since a dog named "Lucky" was euthanized by electrocution by workers of the Department of Ecology)
|View from the rooms.|
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen|
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|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.
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
It says: Advisory: On Sunday, Oct. 25 from 5a to 11a there will be street closures due to the Triathlon. The following streets will be closed: Rueda Medina Avenue, Adolfo Lopez Mateos, Carlos Lazo, the Eastern Malecon (Malecon Oriente), the Airport road, the Curve by colonia Chiapaneco, and the coastal Perimetral road to Garrafon.
Tuesday, Oct. 27 Blue Crab protection campaign scheduled (Sac Bajo, possibly also along the eastern coastal road between the cemetery and Punta Sur)
Tuesday Oct. 27 Dance performance, Food, Art Fair, Music! At the new Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres... and the Governor and local officials will be commemorating Isla's designation as a Pueblo Magico. The Casa de Cultura is on the eastern malecon at Abasolo (and Guerrero.....the back street). Scheduled to begin at 7p
The living celebrating the dead in Isla Mujeres...Oct 30 & 31
En Isla Mujeres los vivos celebramos a los muertos.
Oct. 30, Friday, 6p Parade of Souls from Cemetery to Cultural Center where there will be an exhibition of Dia de Los Muertos altars representative of different states in Mexico, by the students of Jean Piaget school, and a Catrinas exhibition. Free
Saturday, Oct. 31 7p Main Square Competition of Hanal Pixan altars, Dia de lo Muertos Festival with a Mexican Costume contest and Dance performances by the dance troupes of Tonantzin, Expresión Folclórica Mexicana, Costumbres y Tradiciones de México, Nuestro México, Asociación de Coreógrafos Folcloristas de México A.C. and Alicia Alonso Dance Studio.
Oct. 31, Saturday at 1pm in Cancun... Movie Premier of El Principito & Red Carpet event to benefit the Little Yellow School House. 100 pesos, Tickets on sale at Mundaca Realty
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.
Nov. 5 Thursday 4p Town Square Art Fair with 10 pesos food samples
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)
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