Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, December 16

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Mayor lights Christmas tree among families  

 Agapito enciende alumbrado en un ambiente familiar

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ISLA MUJERES, 15 de diciembre.-
 See translation below in City section...

Inauguration of Community Hospital by Governor and Federal Secretary of Health    

 El Gobernador y la secretaria federal de Salud inauguran Hospital Comunitario

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ISLA MUJERES, 15 de diciembre.-
  See translation below....

Expecting flights to resume in upcoming weeks    

 En las próximas semanas

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ISLA MUJERES, 15 de diciembre.- .
      The administration of the airstrip was recently transferred from the Navy of Mexico to the state government of Quintana Roo, and its operation is expected to be resumed in upcoming weeks. The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, said it will first be opened to private flights, and later, when the proper permits are obtained, it can be used for commercial flights.
      The Mayor said this following an announcement by the Governor that a company in Cozumel was interested in the reactivation of the airfield, to offer trips to Isla Mujeres to tourists who want to go on whale shark tours, which is from mid May to mid September. He said there is also a company in Key West, Florida that is interested in offering charters linking US to Isla Mujeres by air.
      The Mayor said recovering the administration of the airfield was a major accomplishment by the Governor, which had been a desire of the local businessmen for some time. However, he said that before the airfield can be opened for commercial flights, it must have vital services such as a Fire Station, Customs offices, outdoor lighting, security, and even a gas station, and more. Entrepreneurs in Isla Mujeres are hoping for the revival of commercial flights to the island, which they believe could bring a significant number of tourists who have higher purchasing power.
        Although the Mexican Navy has officially handed over the property, it still remains in their custody. However, the state government will operate it through the company DIPSA. LINK to info in English about DIPSA.

From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

The Municipal President Agapito Magaña Sanchez, accompanied by numerous families, lit the Christmas lights for the end of year 2015 festivities.
El presidente municipal Agapito Magaña Sanchez acompañado de numerosas familias realizó el encendido del alumbrado navideño que este 2015 enmarcará las fiestas de fin de año.

A majestic, decorated tree was installed on the Town Square as a symbol of friendship for all who pass by the area.
En la explanada municipal, se colocó un majestuoso y llamativo árbol de navidad como símbolo de la amistad que Isla Mujeres brinda a todos quienes ahí pasean. ‪#‎ComunidadEnAcción‬

Local families and tourists enjoy holiday festivities in Isla Mujeres at the end of the year
Familias locales y de turistas disfrutaron del festival con el que Isla Mujeres se invade de las festividades de fin de año.

  As part of an annual tradition, on Monday night the mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, accompanied by numerous families, lit the Christmas lights for the 2015 December holiday season. There was also a performance by a children's choir, singing Christmas carols, and many local families and tourists enjoyed the festivities. This year a new element has been added with a clock atop the Town Hall, with (musical?) Christmas sounds "armónicos sonidos navideños" to mark the hours downtown in the historical center of Isla Mujeres. It is a monumental clock which has been supplied by one of the oldest and most traditional shops in the country, who supplied the old clock, which has deteriorated with the weather and the passage of time, requiring its replacement.
     City workers had been installing the lights and decorations since the weekend, from the General Services and Public Lighting departments. The main area that is decorated is Rueda Medina Avenue, which is the main gateway for thousands of tourists who visit during this season to enjoy the unparalleled climate of Quintana Roo. 
      In public areas, such as the Town Square, with its traditions and history, a majestic Christmas tree was installed as a symbol of friendship for all who pass through the Square. The facade of the Town Hall is brightly decorated, and will be the scene of the annual year end dance on December 31st when there will be famous live bands to help bid farewell to the old year and welcome the new year, with a unique, special event.
      Approximately 2000 meters of cable of multicolored lights have been installed in the streets, Town Square, and other public areas, by  twenty five City employees who were responsible for adding the festive Christmas atmosphere.  Two trucks ("Estaquitas" or stake bed) and a crane (?una grúa) were decorated for the holiday. The mayor invited the local families and visitors to enjoy the  Christmas and New Year's festivities responsibly.

Today the modern Community Hospital was inaugurated, which has already been serving the families of the municipality.
Hoy se inauguró oficialmente el moderno hospital comunitario que ya atiende a las familias del municipio.

These December holidays, come to ‪#‎islamujeres‬ and enjoy its history.
Estas vacaciones decembrinas, ven a ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬ y disfruta de su historia.

We are now conducting job interviews. Come in.
Ya estamos efectuando entrevistas. Te esperamos.
‪#‎Vacante‬ ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Inauguration of the Community Hospital   
Inauguran el Hospital Comunitario [+] Ver mas
     During the inauguration of the Community Hospital on Tuesday, Governor Roberto Borge Angulo announced that it will be equipped with a new Hyperbaric Chamber, which will treat up to nine people, to replace the one that is obsolete. He said he will return soon for the official inauguration for the Casa de Cultura, which will be followed by inaugurations the CRIM facility (for rehabilitation therapy), and SEMEFO (Medical Examiners office) in Isla Mujeres. He said that 101,331,000 pesos were invested in the new hospital, of which 83.5 million went into the construction and 18 million was spent on equipping it.
   The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, welcomed and thanked the federal Secretary of Health, Mercedes Juan Lopez, who announced the that there will be ten actions taking place in the northern part of Quintana Roo for the benefit of Public Health, including expanding the Cozumel hospital and equipping the hospitals in Bacalar and Chetumal.
    The officials cut the ribbon at the main entrance to the Community Hospital and unveiled a commemorative plaque. The hospital first became operational in September 2015, several years after its construction was begun, and was halted repeatedly for various reasons. The inauguration had been scheduled on several occasions, and finally took place on Tuesday.
      The hospital includes 13 beds and areas for emergency care, hospitalization, recovery, surgery, trauma, and sterilization, as well as offices and digital X ray with special walls. It is equipped with ultra sound and for dental services, and has outlets for oxygen, as well as cables for voice and data. There are areas for governmental offices and and an area for medical residency (residencia médica).  At this time they are offering services in General Medicine, Gynecology, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Internal Medicine, and other specialized services should soon be available, said the Hospital Director, Pedro Zapata Loya.

Students ready for vacation to begin 
Estudiantes listos para dejar las aulas. [+] Ver mas
  About 5000 students in public and private schools in Isla Mujeres will begin their Christmas vacations on Friday, December 18, and will return to school on January 6th. There are about 4700 basic level students (preschool, primary, and middle school), and about 300 high school students who will be on break.
      However, little is being accomplished in the classrooms during these last few days before the holidays, when a festive atmosphere prevails, and the rooms are all decorated in Christmas motifs. Teachers agreed that the students become more restless as the holidays approach, and the remaining time in school dwindles. The younger students become more nervous and impatient, and in the final days some skip wearing their uniforms or school shoes, and they are talking among themselves about gifts they want from Santa Claus, or the feasts that will be served.
       The ~5000 students of Isla Mujeres will be on vacation for eighteen days, as well as those ~40 who study off the island and return at this time to enjoy festivities with their families until they return to their classrooms on January 6, 2016. Undoubtedly it will be the youngest students who will be most resentful of returning to school, because they will no be able to play with the gifts that were brought to them by the Santos Reyes Magos (Holy Kings...the Three Wise Men).

Consumers complain about electricity bills   
Cobros desmedidos de la CFE .. [+] Ver mas
    Consumers are complaining on social networks that their electric bills have increased, with more kilowatts consumed, but they say their usage has remained the same or decreased. Some consumers allege that the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) is charging them for more kilowatts than they have consumed.
        Rosario Garcia said their bills are usually ~400 pesos, but this bill for two months was a surprise at 1999 pesos. He said he does not understand because they do not have an air conditioner, nor other appliances that use a large amount of current, and their refrigerator has been broken for three months. He said, with annoyance, "These exaggerated amounts occur every year in December, but no matter how much you complain, the answer does not change. They say that is what was consumed and that is what you must pay for."
        Isabel Romero Garcia said her bills are usually ~200 pesos every two months and this bill is 496 pesos, which seems excessive to her. She said, "I live alone and work all day. When I get home I watch television before I go to sleep, therefore my consumption is low. But the people of the CFE seem to think all the lights are left on. It seems odd to me that my receipt shows a larger number of kilowatts were consumed, when there has been no unusual usage."
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December events

Sunset ~6:05
Moonrise over the Caribbean

Dec. 25   6:46
Dec. 26   7:43
Dec. 27   8:38
Dec. 28   9:32
Dec. 29  10:24
Dec. 30 11:09
Dec  31  12:03am (Jan. 1)
Casa de Cultura:  The photography exhibition of Isla's biological diversity is scheduled to continue thru Dec. 7. It features 70 photographs of native flora & fauna by local amateur photographers, including city employees, and students, rotated in groups of 40.
Casa de Cultura: "Una Mujer en Isla Mujeres" continues thru Dec. 11.  Includes photographs and works on handmade bark paper.
  On Thursday Dec. 3  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.
  Thursday, Dec. 3 World Disabilities Day 4p March from police station to Salina Chica Green Dome where there will be workshops, educational activities, testimonials, and a performance by a pair of dancers from Cancun.  Cancelled due to weather
Friday, December 4 Inauguration of exhibition "A Tribute to the Mexican Muralistas" by the high school students of Bachilleres
 Nov 28 - Dec 8 Festival for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception, the Town Saint. is held annually. Link
Photos from two years ago (City press release)

 Saturday, Nov. 28  Church of Immaculate Conception Mass at 7p followed by the taking down of the icon and a procession thru downtown, followed by fireworks, with music and folkloric performances of traditional dances in regional clothing at the church esplanade

Festival events at 8p nightly.

Sunday, Nov. 29: Miraflores neighborhood guild, with music and a dance
 Monday, Nov. 30: The union of the Public Security Department (police) with a presentation of the  ballet folclórico at the Casa de la Cultura, starting at 8pm.
Tuesday, Dec. 1: Two groups. The CROC gastronomic union and the neighborhood guild of colonia Salina Chica, where the RDS dance troupe will perform at 8pm
Wednesday, Dec. 2: Colonia Salina Grande neighborhood guild, with a presentation by the Senior Citizens Dance troupe and a performance by local artists  César López and Anabel Burgos.
Thursday, Dec. 3: The cooperatives Caribe and Isla Bonita with a presentation of the ballet folclórico La Isleña at 8pm.
Friday, Dec. 4: Five groups together: Barrio de Pescadores, Cooperativa Adolfo López Mateos, Isla Bonita, Colonia El Cañotal, and the Youth Group, with a grand concert and a velada juvenil with Rene Francisco.
Saturday, Dec. 5: Four groups: Patria y Progreso fishing coop, Justicia Social fishing coop, el esperado woman's group, and the neighborhood guild of colonia La Gloria, with a presentation of the program  Lluvia de Estrellas (Cascade of Stars) with local singers. 
Sunday, Dec 6: The cooperative Isla Mujeres and the children's group, and the confirmations will take place
Monday, Dec. 7: Mega caravan with participation by all the people, with  Las Mañanitas being sung to the Virgin of Immaculate Conception at the chapels of  Caridad del Cobre, Sagrado Corazón and La Guadalupe.
Tuesday, Dec. 8: The guild of Las Conchitas, the first communions will take place, and the grand boat procession with dozens of vessels depart from the concrete pier at 4pm. THE POSTER SAYS 3P.
 8p Celebration (Gran Kermes), Dancing, Concert Town Square

   Dec. 11 Community Center in La Gloria   10a-12p: Human Rights Commission lecture about rights of people living w HIV or AIDS
    Dec. 11 Casa de Cultura:      noon  2p  Isla Mujeres-Caribbean Poetry Contest awards 

Dec. 11 Chapel of Guadalupe Salina Chica-overlooking the Caribbean  People gather to sing Las Mananitas to the Virgin of Guadalupe at midnight

 Dec. 12  Dia de la Virgen Guadalupe...patron saint of Mexico  Link to info about Guadalupe & Juan Diego    

       3pm there will be dozens of small children dressed as Juan Diego (who saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 484 years ago) and as shepherds and shepherdesses in a procession going ~2km from the downtown church to the Chapel of Guadalupe in colonia Salina Chica, where the priest will hold a mass at 5pm.
 Start of Guadalupe-Reyes Holiday period, which ends January 6th. School vacation begins Dec. 12

Dec. 15, Tuesday  Inauguration of Community Hospital (which began operations in September) time TBA

Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas... There is usually a children's Posada play during this time  Link to information  
During the posadas, there is usually a dance on the town square, featuring dances & costumes from different regions of Mexico

Dec. 19 Annual Golf Cart Parade 6p from Bachilleres thru the colonias

Dec. 20 Cancun Hotel Zone area 5p  Annual decorated boat parade Link  

 Dec. 24  Noche Buena / Christmas Eve  

Dec. 25 Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day

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"

Dec. 26  Usually the annual  Quinceaneras event and Mass at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who will be wearing beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available

Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes  A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"  
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.

Dec. 31  New Year's Eve  Usually celebrated with a large party on the square with fireworks and dancing until dawn or beyond. People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur on New Year's morn. Tables can be reserved in advance, until sold out. More info TBA when available.

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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