Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, November 25

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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

Positive expectations & welcoming attitudes about the new status of the airstrip

Por el nuevo status de la aeropista que podría ampliar sus servicios en beneficio del turismo

ISLA MUJERES, 24 de noviembre.-
 See translation in City section below...

Concern about conflicts between tourism workers 

Por mejores espacios, de cara a temporada alta

Lanrry PARRA
ISLA MUJERES, 24 de noviembre.-
      According to an explanation by staff with the municipal Tourism Department, there have been conflicts and disagreements between the comisionistas who sell tourism services to arriving visitors and boaters with the Tourism Cooperative "Isla Bonita". This is related to the comisionistas who work in the streets wanting to enter the Maritime Terminal to approach tourists, and the boatmen of the Cooperative going into the streets to attract tourists.


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

Positive expectations & welcoming attitudes about the new status of the airstrip

 The Mayor of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magana Sanchez, received the news with positive expectations and a welcoming attitude, that the administration and operation of the local airstrip will be the responsibility of the state government, beginning this week. 
   As part of the celebrations commemorating the Day of the Mexican Navy held at the Naval base on the island, commander Admiral Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha presented the document to Governor Roberto Borge Angulo, which states that from now on the airstrip may expand its services, in order to promote and increase tourism on the island. 
    In response, the Mayor expressed his satisfaction and welcomed this event, thanks to the coordinated efforts of various governmental agencies including the State Ministry of Tourism, the Office of Visitors and Conventions, and the Tourism Promotion Trust. The Mayor said, "That the management and operation of the airstrip now rests in the hands of the state government is good news which offers the possibility for more tourists to arrive to the island in a direct manner." He said, "Since the beginning of my administration, we have had the support of Gov. Borge, which is critical to take advantage of the airstrip for tourism."
      This year has been historic in terms of the island obtaining recognition, which is paying off with the presentation and development of this destination's ability to compete in the demanding and changing global tourism marketplace. The island has received the White Flag and Blue Flag awards for its main beaches, which designate high standards of quality for services and facilities, as well as respect and caring for the environment. The recent addition of Isla Mujeres to the roster of Pueblo Magicos of Mexico is another indication of the quality that is available for tourists and is another means for coordinating promotional campaigns worldwide throughout the year.
      The three designations, in close coordination with the private sector and all of those involved with the local economy, offer improved conditions and opportunities for the development of tourism promotion. The municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez estimates that at the end of the year, occupancy will exceed 90 percent. He said this year has been historic and record breaking in terms of the number of visitors and occupancy rates. 

The students of the Primary School commemorated the CXIII Anniversary of the creation of the Territory of Q. Roo, with emotion and outstanding participation.
Con emoción, por tratarse de nuestra patria chica, hoy conmemoramos el CXIII Aniversario de la Creación del Territorio de Q. Roo. el alumnado de la Escuela Primaria Andrés Q. Roo tuvo una destacada participación.

Danzarte is an encounter that brings together dance troupes of the ten (sic) municipalities of the state. (There are now eleven municipalities, with the recent addition of Puerto Morelos).
Danzarte es el encuentro que reúne a los grupos de danza de los diez municipios del estado. ‪#‎ComunidadEnAcción‬
The public was delighted with the spectacular and colorful choreographies that enriched the performances.
El público se deleitó con las espectaculares y coloridas coreografías que enriquecieron el encuentro.

November 24: Anniversary of the death of Diego Rivera 
Hoy 24 de Noviembre, Aniversario luctuoso de Diego Rivera.

Thursday, November 26, there will be a large Social Services and Assistance Fair
   A variety of social services will be available at a large "brigade" which will be held Thursday, and coordinated by the municipal Department of Social Development. The event will take place at the Sports Dome in colonia La Gloria, starting at 9am, by the state Institute for Adult Learning (IEEA), and under directions from the mayor, to facilitate access to services and to identify needs to provide additional services so that families may benefit immediately.
      Municipal services that will be available include: Secretary General, Treasury, Administration, Urban Development, Ecology, Economic Development, Public Security/Police, Deeds & Titles, DIF Social Services, Legal, Business Enforcement, Health, Civil Registry, Women's Institute, Federal Zone agency, and Civil Protection.    (Secretaría General; Tesorería; Oficialía Mayor; Desarrollo Urbano; Ecología; Desarrollo Económico; Seguridad Pública; Catastro; DIF; Jurídico; Fiscalización; Salud; Registro Civil; Instancia de la Mujer; ZOFEMAT y Protección Civil.)
     Other governmental services available include: Mexican Institute of Social Security, Institute of Social Security and Services for State Workers, State Department of Health, National Insurance, and the State Institute for Adult Education.    (Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado (ISSSTE), Secretaría Estatal de Salud (SESA), Seguro Popular, Instituto Estatal para la Educación de los Adultos (IEEA).)

November 24:  Anniversary of the creation of the Territory of Quintana Roo
Hoy 24 de Noviembre, Aniversario de la Creación del Territorio de Quintana Roo.


link to Quequi's Isla Mujeres articles  

CROC union offers job vacancies on the island
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    Oferta CROC vacantes a insulares

    0 25 de noviembre de 2015 
    The leader of the CROC labor union, Roman Maldonado Euan, said there are a variety of job vacancies available in the hospitality field for islanders including  waiters, landscaping personnel, housekeepers and assistants, receptionists, managers and assistant managers, cooks, therapists, cashiers, and bartenders, among others. He said with high season only a few weeks away, many hotels are increasing their workforce, and he encouraged islanders without jobs to come to the union office downtown.

    Weather affects boaters


    Afecta clima a los náuticos

    0 25 de noviembre de 2015 
       The port remains closed for boats under 40 feet in length for the third consecutive day, due to weather associated with cold front #14, said the Harbor Master Ismael Gonzalez Gil. Winds have reached 45 kph and been accompanied by sporadic rains, causing fishermen to remain on land for three days. Companies have cancelled their nautical activities such as diving and sport fishing, due to these restrictions. The Harbor Master said the closure for small boats may continue until Friday. The tourism service cooperatives are allowed to make trips in the lagoon area and to El Farito, with caution. The winds and intermittent rains have kept most tourists away from the beaches and have affected attendance at the schools.

    Promotion of Isla Mujeres in Argentina & Brazil   


    Promocionarán a la ínsula en Argentina y Brasil

    0 25 de noviembre de 2015 
      This information has already been translated.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Port closed for small boats for their safety
Cierran el puerto por seguridad .. [+] Ver mas

Grey dawn in Isla Mujeres
Gris amanecer en Isla Mujeres. [+] Ver mas
  The dawn was gray and the beaches were nearly empty in the morning due to the weather yesterday. Even when there was no rain occurring during recent days, activities were reduced, and conditions were not favorable for merchants or tourism service providers. There were about a dozen tourists walking along the beach, but they were not swimming or lounging in the chairs, until the afternoon when there was more activity, but still very little compared to sunny days.
         There is confidence that business will improve this weekend when the weather improves, and the end of the month should be better. Hotel occupancy in December is expected to exceed 80 percent.

Hope for the tourism industry 
Esperanza para el sector turismo.. [+] Ver mas
     Small business owners and fishermen in Isla Mujeres welcomed the news that the state government is taking over operation of the local airstrip, because it should improve tourism at this destination with the implementation of commercial flights and the improvement of the facilities to provide better services, especially for the affluent tourists who had airplanes and those who arrive in small groups.
     Residents who have lived in Isla Mujeres for more than sixty years remember that long before Cancun became a  premier destination, Isla Mujeres received regional flights from airlines including Aeroméxico, Aeromaya and other commercial flights, which landed here and passengers could cross to Cancun. However, since the Cancun airport was built, this airstrip has been used exclusively by the Mexican Navy and some private planes.
      It is considered a success that the Navy has turned over the operation of the airstrip for the improvement of the demands of tourism in Isla Mujeres. During a tour of the facility, the control tower appeared to be in poor condition due to a lack of maintenance, with obvious cracks. However, it is expected that the state government will improve the facilities, especially the parking, and will provide better infrastructure to provide for the arrival of regular commercial flights.
     Carlos Perez, an Isla Mujeres fisherman, said that until recently, the municipality had failed to realize that the airfield could be used to connect with foreign countries, and he said, "Hopefully, with this new change, the demand will improve like we had before, and we won't be directly dependent on Cancun, because we need more tourism, and above all, because we are growing as a city, this could bring about great success."
     Sergio Torres, who sells souvenirs, said this should improve the airfield facilities, saying, "Look what a good job the government did with the Maritime Terminal, and hopefully they will improve the airfield, because the tower is very old. Above all, it could be opened as a small airport for slightly larger flights bringing groups."
     It is noted that the Isla Mujeres is growing in an uneven manner, since it is anticipated that the future could bring 22,000 new hotel rooms to the mainland part of the municipality, in addition to those that are on the island. The airstrip change has the potential to attract particular visitors with higher purchasing power.

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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 at the Convention Center

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

Monday, Nov. 23  Día de la Armada de México..Mexican Naval Day. 11am Commemoration event in courtyard of Naval base.

This free photography exhibition continues thru Monday Dec. 7, featuring the biological richness of Isla Mujeres and its native flora and fauna at the Casa de la Cultura Isla Mujeres. It includes 70 photos, rotated thru in groups of forty, taken by local amateur photographers.

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)
  Coming in December.....
  On Thursday Dec. 3 and Tues. Dec. 29 you are invited to come to the esplanade (outdoor plaza) of the Casa de Cultura Isla Mujeres for the 10p food samples (from 5-7) and the artist fair (from 4-9), & dance troupe performances.
 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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