Thursday, November 12, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, November 12

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

City employees are about to begin receiving their year end benefits

 Trabajadores de la Comuna se alistan para cobrar prestaciones de fin de año

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 11 de noviembre.-
     City employees are expecting to receive payment of their year-end benefits starting on November 15, when they receive their salaries for the first half of the month. Last year to cover these year end benefit payments, about 20 million pesos were invested, and that amount is expected to be larger this year. The benefits payments include paid days off, vacation pay, savings fund, and part of the year end bonus (the aguinaldo).


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

The children will have an enjoyable time watching the "Bee Movie". Come!
Niños y niñas tendrán un momento de esparcimiento con la proyección de Bee Movie, los esperamos.

In ‪#‎Islamujeres‬ we are distinguished for being in solidarity with those who are most in need.
En ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬ nos distinguimos por ser solidarios con quienes más lo necesitan. ‪#‎ComunidadEnAcción‬

The Festival of Carribean Culture in Isla Mujeres will feature artists of various nationalities.
Llega el Festival de Cultura del Caribe a Isla Mujeres con artistas de diversas nacionalidades.

On Sunday,  November 15th, at 9 am the annual drawing for young conscripts for national military service will be conducted at the Community Center in colonia La Gloria for those born in the year 1997, previous and current.
The City of Isla Mujeres invites all youth to comply with this patriotic obligation of appearing for their national military service

Este domingo 15 de noviembre a las 9 de la mañana en el Centro Comunitario de la colonia La Gloria, se llevará a cabo el sorteo anual para los jóvenes conscriptos del Servicio Militar Nacional clase 1997, anticipados y remisos.
El Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres invita a todos los jóvenes a cumplir con esta obligación patriota de presentar su Servicio Militar Nacional.

 Here's some information about conscription (the draft/mandatory military service) in Mexico:
The Mexican Military,  is made up entirely of professional career soldiers. Draftees are not integrated into any military units. Legally, every Mexican man is obligated to one year of national military service (SMN), when they participate in weekend sessions which are social service in nature, emphasizing education, history, physical fitness, and military discipline. They can also comply with civil service by involvement in literacy programs and sports training programs. Upon completion, they are given a "Cartilla", which is often requested when seeking employment.  Each year a public lottery is held where the youths will present themselves in alphabetical order to draw from an urn of balls. A black ball means you get a "pass" for the year, but are "available".

Pets are an important part of the home. (The poster is for the Sterilization Campaign. There is more information at the end of the events listings below)
Las mascotas son parte importante del hogar.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Dead turtle washes up 

Medio ambiente

Recala una tortuga muerta

0 12 de noviembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca
   Yesterday, a female Hawksbill turtle washed up in a rocky area of the Caribbean coast, behind the restaurant "La Lomita, and staff from the municipal Department of Ecology and from the Tortugranja came to the scene. The director of Tortugranja, Raciel Rivera Coba, said it was a female, 83 centimeters long and 72 centimeters wide. After an inspection, it was determined that the turtle died from drowning, presumably after being stuck in a fisherman's net. The remains were buried on the beach near the place where they washed up.

Electric post reinforced with concrete   


Recubren con concreto poste eléctrico

0 12 de noviembre de 2015 By Carlos Gasca

         Downtown business owners had complained to the CFE, Federal Electricity Commission, about a deteriorating electrical pole, and requested its replacement. A CFE engineer inspected the pole, confirmed that it was in poor shape, and said it was not at risk of falling. 
       In recent weeks, pieces concrete fell off the post, and there was exposed, rusty metal. The City has repaired the pole by applying more cement to it. They used a metal tambo and various cubic meters of concrete, and the old structure has been re-covered.

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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

IMSS is offering an Vaccination Fair...come and take advantage of this opportunity to complete your schedule of vaccines.
Promueve el IMSS feria de vacunación…Ven y aprovecha esta oportunidad de completar tu esquema de vacunación ‪#‎Imss‬


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Concern that wall by SEMEFO building could collapse
Temen también colapse el muro del Semefo. [+] Ver mas
    After the collapse of the wall of the dome for the senior citizens, there are some people who are concerned that the wall of the SEMEFO (Forensic Medical Service) could suffer the same fate. There are others who say this is not a risk because the foundation for this wall is built into limestone rock with sascab, unlike the fence at the dome which was...mostly built upon fill? (que era embutido la mayor parte del área).
      The mayor explained that the collapse of the wall did not indicate any jeopardy to the dome. The dome construction was financed by CONADE, the National Sports Council, and apparently the builder did not consider the need to reinforce the wall with a solid structure. The collapse occurred a month ago, and there was a federal declaration of a state of natural disaster due to the weather, but it is not yet know what funds will be available for Isla Mujeres. The reconstruction will take place after the funds are available.
    There was also a privately owned fence that collapsed during the heavy rains, in colonia Salina Grande. Since that time, residents who live in colonia Guadalupana and cut thru at the SEMEFO fence, have had some concerns about using that path. The SEMEFO building and fence were constructed more than six years ago, but the facility was never used.

Indigents using abandoned SEMEFO building
El Semefo se ha convertido en refugio de indigentes[+] Ver mas
  The abandoned SEMEFO (Forensic Medical Service) building is located along the boundary of the municipal cemetery in colonia La Gloria, and has been damaged by water seepage and vandalism. It is being misused and damaged by homeless people who are sheltering there. When the reporter visited, there were three people drinking a few meters away.
       Plans were announced in early 2013 to rehabilitate and use the building, including stocking it with staff and equipment, which did not occur. Residents who live in nearby colonia Guadalupana often cross thru this area, and some say they have asked for police support to maintain constant vigilance in the location. Residents say when they walk thru the area after dark, they are not given respect and insinuations are made.

Hotel occupancy expected to increase during the Festival of Caribbean Culture 
Se espera un incremento en la ocupación [+] Ver mas
  Some hoteliers say they are expecting 70 percent occupancy during the Festival of Caribbean Culture this weekend. Last weekend general occupancy was about 50 percent. Some hotels are promoting the festival and offering packages. Information about the schedule is given in this article. (and is below in the events section).

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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.

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 6p  Donation of 50p to benefit women fighting cancer

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.

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.

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. This will be followed by, at the Casa de Cultura, “El Chevo y su Swing Urbano”, who play a mix of Caribbean rhythms and urban music, including the hit: “Métela Sácala”. ?? (They are not on the poster, but Quequi lists them in their festival article published Tuesday and Por Esto included them Thursday) At the Casa de la Cultura: 8p Dance performance. Then Cumbia legend Celso Piña, will take the stage, creator of the hit “Cumbia Sobre el Río Suenan”, accompanied by Patricio Elizalde (Pato Machete).

  From Cultura Isla Mujeres on FB (their original in English):
The voice of Joel Montero will dress up the Mexican Caribbean
The Mexican tenor returns to his native Quintana Roo to interpret the best of his repertoire in the framework of the Festival of Culture of the Caribbean 2015
After performing with great success in the main opera houses of Europe, the Mexican tenor, Joel Montero, returns to his native State of Quintana Roo in the framework of the Festival of Culture of the Caribbean 2015 which takes place in the Mexican Caribbean from the 3rd through the 22nd of November.
The singer, born in Chetumal, and who has opened his way to success through perseverance, his art and his mastery of his voice as an musical instrument, has been described by international media as a passionate singer with a powerful voice and emotional acting which has gained for him a privileged place on the stages of the Old Continent.
Among his awards and recognitions are the special award given to him at the international singing competition “Monserrate Caballe” in Andorra and the “Luigi Infantino” prize in Lugoj, Rumania.
Montero was part of the Opera Studio at the theater in Zurich, Switzerland and the State Theater in Meinigen, Germany and has been an invited soloist at different theaters in various cities in Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Finland and England, appearing, as well, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Next 14th of November, thanks to the Festival of Culture of the Caribbean, the Isla Mujeres public will be delighted by the voice that is conquering Europe when Montero will appear with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Quintana Roo, making all of his fellow Quintana Roo residents proud.

From Cultura Isla Mujeres on FB (my translation from Spanish):
 Celso Piña will enchant the Caribbean
  This musician from the mountain region will be performing at the Caribbean Culture Festival 2015 in Quintana Roo which takes place Nov. 3-22. Celso Piña, better known as "the rebel of the accordion", will have the Mexican Caribbean dancing to la cumbia on November 14th, in Isla Mujeres, sharing the stage with Pato Machete.
The rhythms of this singer, composer, and arranger and icon of Mexican popular music in recent years, has confirmed his performance the festival. They will be bringing their distinctive sound that has enriched the cumbia with touches of other popular rhythms such as ska, reggae , rap and hip hop.
  A born Musician, self-taught skill on the accordion, Pina provides a value beyond what is musical, and he represents an emblem of cultural Mexico today. This was demonstrated in the documentary film which he starred in, for the channel 11-one, and reinforcing the image immortalized in literature by  Garcia Marquez, dancing to the rhythms of cumbias which are proudly made in Mexico.
So, the festival of culture in the Caribbean, it enriches the purest style "Sonidero" with the presence of the musician who, for 25 years, has been one of the stars of the stage of the genre of cumbia.

Sunday, Nov. 15 at 7pm, there will be a performance by the Ballet de Danza Folclórica de México, followed by Belizean band Timbalaye, and 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  Revolution Day Commemorated

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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