Thursday, November 19, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News and Events Thursday, November 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

Cuban balseros turned over to INM

 Confirman que tripulación de crucero los avistó primero en altamar

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de noviembre.-
  The Navy confirmed that they rescued 12 Cuban balseros yesterday (Tuesday) morning, including one woman, who were turned over to INM (National Migration Institute) of Cancun. Their boat is secured at the Naval dock, and the Cubans arrived on a Naval patrol boat, after they were rescued approximately 36 nautical miles (66 km) north-northeast of Isla Mujeres.
       The Cubans had been spotted by the crew of the boat "Caribbean Princess", who reported their location. The Navy responded by sending a boat from their Search, Rescue, and Maritime Surveillance unit (ENSAR) of Isla Mujeres, who provided food, water, and medical care to the 11 men and one woman, who were in stable condition. After receiving assistance, they were taken to the Naval Station in Puerto Juarez and turned over to the INM authorities.

Conflicts between comisionistas and tour guides again 

 Entre guías de turistas y comisionistas

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de noviembre.-
   The tourism services promoters known as "comisionistas", who have permits to work selling golf cart rentals, are alleging that tour guides who lack permits are competing with them unfairly. They asked the inspectors from the municipal Department of Tourism to intervene concerning these people who come to the island aboard boats from the Cancun Hotel Zone and coordinate with workers from the golf cart rental agencies, detracting tourists from the comisionistas.
      Fernando Aguaya, one of the comisionistas, said it is not fair that just anyone can come and do the work that is reserved for them, since they are required to take training courses and submit themselves to analysis for drug screening, in order to receive their credentials from the municipal Department of Tourism, for which they pay fees. He said the workers from the rental agencies, and the tourist guides from Cancun, come out of the blue and approach the tourists, taking them to particular businesses, before the comisionistas have a chance to talk to the visitors, although these other workers have not met a single requirement.
      Sr. Aguaya said there have been confrontations between the comisionistas and the workers, which creates a bad image for this tourism destination, therefore the municipal Department of Tourism should take action on the matter before it becomes more serious and gets out of control. He said the situation needs to be resolved before the winter holiday season to avoid any embarrassing spectacles.

Protecting infants 

 La Isla ya forma parte de la Red de Ciudades Amigas de la Niñez

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de noviembre.-

Monuments need maintenance    

 A diversos monumentos

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de noviembre.-
  Some of the monuments around the island are in poor condition, and need maintenance, due to the high degree of corrosion which shortens their lifespans. At the Monument to the Turtles, behind the Church of the Immaculate Conception, one of the turtles has fallen off and has been removed. At the bust of the Benemérito de las Américas (Hero of the Americas. This refers to Benito Juarez.), two of the columns flanking the monument have fallen. In the case of the iguana sculpture located at Punta Sur, sunlight has faded its colors so now it appears to be an albino iguana.


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

Posted yesterday....

Tomorrow (Thursday) is the state's 9th Job Fair, with participation by hotels and businesses from Cancun, Isla Mujeres, and the Continental Zone.
Mañana se efectuará la Novena Jornada Estatal por el Empleo, contaremos con la participación de hoteles y empresas de la ínsula, Zona Continental y de Cancún.

Dancing is important...Come to the Second Edition of the Dance Group Encounter event  Saturday, Nov. 21 Casa de Cultura esplanade 6:30 p
Lo más importante es bailar. Te esperamos en la II Edición del encuentro de grupos de danza #‎Danzarte‬.
Isla Mujeres is part of the Network of Child Friendly Towns 

From January through October of this year, 1,829,459 passengers were transported by boat to Isla Mujeres. During the same period last year, 1,463,682 people were transported.
De enero a octubre de este año, el número de pasajeros transportados por barco a Isla Mujeres alcanzó la cifra de 1 millón 829 mil 459.
En el acumulado de enero-octubre del año pasado se movilizaron 1 millón 463 mil 682 pasajeros.

Advisory: Those who haven't picked up their digital televisions have until November 21 to get them. (This is part of a national give away for beneficiaries of governmental programs such as 65+ because the county is discontinuing analog next year)
#ATENCIÓN‬: Quienes no hayan pasado por su televisor digital tienen hasta el 21 de noviembre para pasar a buscarla.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Part of the Network of Child Friendly Towns  
  • Se adhiere a Ciudades Amigas por la Niñez

    0 19 de noviembre de 2015
      Recently, the XX Assembly of the Mexican Network of Child Friendly Towns (RMCAM) was held in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, in the municipality of Ahome. At the event, Marthy Vargas Leon de Magana represented the Isla Mujeres DIF, social service agency, and swore that the municipality will adhere to the Network of  Child Friendly Towns.
           There are more than 100 municipalities registered to protect and care for children as a priority, forming a vital part of governmental programs. This is part of the work of President Enrique Pena Nieto, enacted through the General Law for the Rights of Children and Adolescents, to strengthen the laws protecting children.
          During the event, the RMCAM president, Gina Ruiz de Marrufo, said that the children and teens are the most important wealth of the country, therefor it is the duty of everyone to ensure their rights, integrity, and dignity.

    Neglected sculptures   


    En abandono, las esculturas

    0 19 de noviembre de 2015  By Cliserio E. Cedillo
     This article has the same information as the previous article above, and also notes that the paint has almost completely fallen off of the bust of Benito Juarez, in addition to the two columns flanking it having fallen. It says the Punta Sur iguana sculpture has become so dull and discolored by sunlight, that instead of cheering up visitors, it saddens them. It notes the Monument to the Fishermen and the sculpture of the goddess Ixchel, as well as others, are part of the cultural heritage of Isla Mujeres, but are gradually eroding away because of the climate, and no one cares. Residents and businesses which are located near the monuments want the authorities to restore them, because they are part of the image and attractions that are offered to tourists, but under the circumstances, they are a source of embarrassment rather than pride.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Conflicts over the right to promote
Disputan por derecho a promocionar.. [+] Ver mas
  This information about disagreements the comisionistas are having with the golf cart rental agency employees and the tour guides from Cancun has been translated above.

"Acaro rojo": Under control 
Ácaro rojo, bajo control .. [+] Ver mas
     A report was given concerning the fight on Isla Contoy against "Acaro rojo",  which is a red mite that has infested coconut palms and varieties of chit. Biologist Trinidad Sanchez Tellez said that significant progress has been made to get it under control
      The outbreak on Isla Contoy began recently and efforts to combat it began immediately. It has affected palms and chit on Isla Mujeres for five years, where efforts have been made to fight it.  It also has affected Isla Blanca according to collected information.
     The official from the Contoy Reserve explained that the efforts will continue, because there is the possibility that the infestation could spread and affect bug-free areas. Sanchez Tellez said the only area free of infestation is the lighthouse area, while the fishing camp and tourist areas are affected.

   Hundreds of these birds appear daily, when the 200 tourists arrive, seeking food scraps; and they vanish once they are full. The staff of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP) is preparing a program to address this problem which has affected the park in recent months.

     This meeting was chaired by the Park Director, María del Carmen García Rivas, who said she is attentive to the concerns of the licensees. (Licensees have permits to bring tourists to the park, and must adhere to guidelines and regulations.) She spoke about control of lion fish and the operational systems in the tourist area, including the solar energy system, the rainwater collection system, and the wastewater disposal system.

Preparing activities on the mainland to celebrate the Mexican Revolution 
Preparan una obra para recrear la Revolución Mexicana. [+] Ver mas
  In the agricultural area of the mainland part of the municipality, the activities on Friday will include a play recreating the Mexican Revolution, after the traditional civic parade is held in the afternoon, as well as a Miss Revolution competition, which will include regional, casual, and creative costumes.

12 Cubans rescued  
Rescatan a 12 personas de origen cubano. [+] Ver mas
  This has the same information as was translated above, also noting that it is one of the duties of the Mexican Navy, by law, to safeguard human life at sea.

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November events

Sunset ~6:05
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Nov. 25   6:14
Nov. 26   7:09
Nov. 27   8:06
Nov. 28   9:02
Nov. 29   9:58
Nov. 30  10:52

Nov. 5 Thursday 4p   Town Square   Art Fair with 10 pesos food samples starting at 5p
Cancelled by rain, Rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 13 & relocated to the Casa de Cultura

Nov. 5 & 6 Casa de Cultura 7p  Balsassina Ensemble of Vienna  Free Entry

 Nov. 12 Postal Worker Appreciation Day

Nov. 13 Friday Zumba event at the Taxista lodge

Nov. 13-16 is Buen Fin when discounts are widely available

Friday, Nov. 13 at the Casa de la Cultura 6p Book presentation
Caribbean Culture Festival 2015 will be held outside the Casa de la Cultura, Nov. 13-15, all events are free. Residents & Visitors are invited. See changes below in Sunday's schedule & location

Friday, Nov. 13 at 7pm, there will be a performance by the dance troupe Alma Caribeña; La Trova Islana,  the band Gil Harry SevenF, and the headliner is Cuban Jazz musician Isaac Delgado and his band.

Basketball on Nov. 14 & 15:

Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7pm, there will be a performance by the Symphonic Orchestra of Quintana Roo, featuring songs written by isleños, including Virgilio “El Chino” Fernández and his son Virgilio Fernández. It will be at the building next to the Catholic Church on the Town Square.

Sunday, Nov. 15  Celso Pina & Pato Machete are rescheduled for Sunday Nov. 15 at 8pm at the Mundaca Hacienda, followed by Cuban band Timbalaye. 

Monday, Nov. 16  at 8pm, Mundaca Hacienda, a performance by Charanga Habanera; whose leader David Calzado is known for the hit “Gozando de la Habana”.

Monday, Nov. 16 Day off for Revolution Day

Friday, Nov. 20   8am Parade commemorating  Revolution Day. The route is down Rueda Medina from the entrance of Naval base to the Monument to the Pescador and the official reviewing stand will be at the pedestrian crossing in front of the Magana dock. 

Saturday, Nov. 21 Casa de Cultura esplanade 6:30 p Dance event

Sunday, Nov. 22 Christ the King Day

Approximately Nov 28 - Dec 8 Festival for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the Town Saint. is held annually. Link   

Nov. 29 Los Cafres at Poc Na

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!
Coming in December.....
 Coming December 25-30! Performances by dance troupes of the National Congress of Mexican Folkloric Dance..."A fragment of the mosaic mural of Mayan culture"

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