Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, November 18

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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

12 Cuban balseros rescued by the Navy while at sea

 A plena luz del día, efectivos de la Quinta Región Naval los interceptan en altamar

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de noviembre.-
     The Navy has not issued a report, but the information available indicates 12 undocumented Cubans were rescued several miles north of Isla Mujeres by a Search and Rescue Unit of the Navy. They included a women who was weaker than the others, apparently due to the long and tiring journey they had endured. During a brief contact with the media, the Cubans said they had been at sea for 21 days, after departing from the Isla de la Juventud in Cuba. They underwent a medical examination and were turned over to the National Migration Institute before 2pm.
     Because of the new immigration policies following an agreement between the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, and the President of Cuba, Raul Castro, these people will be immediately deported back to their country. Since December 2014, there have been 144 Cubans taken into custody.

15% more visitors during Caribbean Cultural Festival and long weekend  

Festival de Cultura del Caribe y fin de semana largo repuntaron 15% la actividad turística

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de noviembre.-
   The municipal Department of Tourism announced there was a 15 percent increase in tourism this weekend, due to the Caribbean Cultural Festival 2015 (FECUCA) this weekend. The Port Authority of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo) reported a similar increase in passengers arriving on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
       The Tourism Director, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, attributed the increase to national and international promotional campaigns, as well as tourism fairs and other promotion. He said more people have visited this year during September, October, and November, compared to this period last year.
          He said tourism will continue to increase in Isla Mujeres because visitors are confident that they will have a safe, pleasant, and comfortable stay. He said this is a family destination of excellence and its inhabitants enjoy providing excellent service to tourists. He noted that activities like the Festival of Caribbean Culture increase the attractiveness of this destination to visitors, and these activities are intended to eradicate off season. Despite the weather, there were a copious number of attendees at the Caribbean Cultural Festival activities. 

Invitation from Agapito to participate in state Job Fair 

En jornada estatal por el empleo

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de noviembre.-
      The 9th state Job Fair will be held Thursday, Nov. 19, by the City of Isla Mujeres, thru the municipal Department of Economic Development, in coordination with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STyPS), at the Green Dome in colonia Salina Chica, beginning at 9am. Participants will include hotels from the island, the Continental Zone, and Cancun. These Job Fairs are being held in all the municipalities of the state, offering a total of more than five thousand jobs.
   Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez said that one of the priorities of his government is the creation of jobs in diverse sectors of  business for the island community in general. He invited people to attend the Job Fair, which fulfills his commitment to provide better opportunities for social and economic development for unemployed citizens.
     The municipal Director of Economic Development, Sumi Gonzalez, reported that free services will also be provided including haircuts, manicures, pedicures, medical consultations, and counseling. These opportunities were offered in March during the Eighth State Job Fair, which was held on the mainland of Isla Mujeres at Rancho Viejo.


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

The Sterilization Campaign that began today will continue through November 22nd.
Hoy dimos inicio a la Campaña de Esterilización, las jornadas continuarán hasta el 22 de Noviembre.

There was a good response to the beginning of the Pet Sterilization Campaign of the City of Isla Mujeres thru the municipal Director of Health that continues thru Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Taxi Union facility in Rancho Viejo of the Contintental Zone from 8am to 2pm.
Buena respuesta en el inicio de la Campaña de Esterilización de Mascotas que el Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres a través de la Dirección Municipal de Salud llevará a cabo hasta el domingo 22 en el Sindicato de Taxistas de Rancho Viejo de la Zona Continental, de 8am a 2pm.

The 9th state Job Fair is coming up
Hundreds of people enjoyed the music and excitement generated by David Calzado & Charanga Habanera at the Hacienda Mundaca palapa.
Cientos de personas disfrutaron de la música y sabor de David Calzado & Charanga Habanera en la palapa de la Hacienda Mundaca.

The City began paying employee benefits, starting with vacation pay, this past weekend, in advance of the expiration date, which is today.
En aras de cumplir en tiempo y forma con los compromisos de pago de prestaciones con los empleados, a partir de este fin de semana iniciamos el pago de la prima vacacional, la cual, vale la pena comentar, su plazo de liquidación vence hoy.

Compartimos la siguiente nota sobre nuestro patrimonio cultural.…/ruinas-lugares-impresionantes-…
We share the following article about our cultural heritage.
The link is to a  National Geographic in Spanish article entitled 
"Hidden History"Author Dominique Rissolo, Date: Nov. 13, 2015
Boca Iglesia, en un extremo de Quintana Roo al que sólo se puede llegar en bote, se considera una de las primeras iglesias en México.
 Boca Iglesia, at the edges of Quintana Roo, which can only be reached by boat, is considered to be one of the first churches in Mexico.
      In 1517, the conquistador Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba arrived on the Yucatan Peninsula, and they were the first Spaniards to observe a Mayan community when they landed at a site they called "Gran Cairo". This site was formerly known as "Ecab", and was partially demolished to build what is believed to be one of the first churches in Mexico. It is known as "Boca Iglesia" and  is located south of Cabo Catoche, in the northeast corner of Quintana Roo.
       Ecab became one of the most remote encomiendas of colonial Mexico and was the site of several historical events, including an attack by the French pirate Pierre Sanfroy in 1571.
       Abandoned in 1644, today the church and rectory are almost in ruins. They are located in a remote and uninhabited corner of the peninsula, which can only be reached by boat. The structures have survived centuries of hurricanes, but are rapidly approaching an advanced state of deterioration. The National Institute of History and Anthropology, through the INAH center of Quintana Roo, under the direction of Adriana Velazquez de Morlet, are working with a team of engineers from Cultural Heritage department of the University of San Diego, California, to perform advanced diagnostics of these buildings of historical significance using underground laser scanning and thermography. Researchers hope that a "structural health assessment" of the church will provide information for the development of a strategy to conserve this piece of Mexican history. 

Link to video about Boca Inglesias (audio is in Spanish)

The Health Tour program is an initiative to bring free medical services to all citizens of Quintana Roo to ensure good health for everyone

El programa Recorridos por la Salud, es una iniciativa que tiene como objetivo acercar los servicios médicos gratuitos en aras de procurar una buena salud para todos los Quintanarroenses.

The Festival of Caribbean Culture 2015 closed in very colorful atmosphere of joy, music, and dancing.
En un ambiente de música, alegría, baile y mucho color, se llevó a cabo el cierre del Festival de Cultura del Caribe 2015.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

Improved hotel occupancy   


Mejora la ocupación hotelera

0 18 de noviembre de 2015  By Carlos Gasca 
   The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco reported that despite the rains, hotel occupancy improved 15% over the weekend with the Caribbean Cultural Festival. The Festival began on Friday and included renowned artists including  “Celso Piña”, creator of the successful Cumbia "Sobre el Río Suenan", with Patricio Elizalde (Pato Machete), as well as Isaac Delgado and his band, and it closed last night (Monday night) with Charanga Habanera. There were some changes in the schedule due to rain. The festival increased hotel occupancy and was enjoyed by islanders, and he noted that low season has not been as bad as previous years.

12 Cubans rescued   


Rescatan a 12 cubanos

0 18 de noviembre de 2015   By Carlos Gasca

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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

Isla Mujeres. – The branch of HSBC bank in Isla Mujeres was closed Saturday-Tuesday due to an electrical transformer needing repairs.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Port reopens
Vuelven sobre la pesca otra vez+] Ver mas

Evaluating the "structural health" of the church 
Evalúan salud estructural a conventoe.. [+] Ver mas

Increased annual occupancy expected 
Van por elevada ocupación anual n.. [+] Ver mas
      The hotel occupancy rate had exceeded the recent average of 50% when it reached 65% on Friday, and the Hotel Director, Dustavo Rodriguez Orozco, expects average occupancy to reach 90% during the month of December. He said currently there are some hotels with good occupancy rates, who offer their services on the internet and through travel agencies, such as Na Balam which has 80 percent occupancy.

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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  Revolution Day Commemorated  There is usually a parade in the morning. The time and place should be announced later this week.

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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