Friday, January 15, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, January 15

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Truck leaves neighborhood without TV & internet

Arrastra cableado en colonia La Gloria

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ISLA MUJERES, 14 de enero.-
   Dozens of homes in the upper part of colonia La Gloria were left without TV and internet service until Thursday, after a large truck knocked down some cables in the area on Wednesday night, and the guilty party left the area without being caught. Residents think it was a large truck carrying construction materials, who probably was lost and ended up in the area. Residents say this accident could have occurred because cables are left hanging lowly, due to lack of maintenance by the company.

Pets abandoned at veterinary clinic  

En alrededores de clínica veterinaria

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ISLA MUJERES, 14 de enero.-

    There have been several cases of pets being abandoned at the veterinary clinic located at the Mundaca Hacienda. When this occurred recently, at first the clinic workers thought the dog belonged to an employee of  the Department of Ecology or the Mundaca Hacienda, but then they realized it had been abandoned. This has occurred on three or four other occasions, with the intention that the veterinary workers take charge of the abandoned dogs.
       A member of the group working at the clinic said they will not refuse to accept dogs, but abandoning them outside the building is not the correct way to do this. They said the clinic is very small and does not have space for this many animals. They said if you no longer want your pet and want to bring it to the veterinary clinic, come in during the office hours between 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, and in this way a person who can adopt the pet can be sought, but it is not right to just abandon them near the facility. (Isla Animals is at the Mundaca clinic on Tuesdays & Thursdays 10a-4pm, see the Events section below for more info.)

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

Civil Protection Department of the Northern Zone are preparing for the wildfire season  
  Under the authority of Governor Roberto Borge Angulo, the Coordinators for Civil Protection in the Northern Zone began preparations for the prevention and fighting of wildfires, according to Director Guillermo Morales Lopez, who explained that the official season is January 16 to June 16.
      The most dangerous months are April and May, when there is usually drought, low humidity, and rising temperatures. He said in 2015 the wildfire season was 'regular', with many fires occurring mostly in the municipality of Benito Juarez, and he asked residents to be responsible about the environment.
    The first action is the instillation of the state Committee for the Prevention, Fighting, and Control of Wildfires for 2016, with coordination of the municipalities of the Northern Zone and between the three branches of government. First, they are working on the official calendar for agricultural burning and the facilities in each municipalities, and the campaign for prevention of fires and forming and training crews and brigades.
An important meeting was held in Punta Sam with representatives of municipal government regarding steps to be taken for the completion of the work that will bring drinking water reserves to the municipality of Isla Mujeres and the northern part of Benito Juarez. The meeting included the CAPA delegate for the Northern Zone (Commission for Drinking Water & Sewage), a representative for the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission),  a representative of the company Aguakan, and municipal authorities.
En la representación del gobierno municipal en Punta Sam tuvo lugar una importante reunión de trabajo en la que se abordaron los
pasos a seguir para la realización de la obra que llevará agua potable a reservas de tierra en Isla Mujeres y el sector norte de Benito Juárez.

Participaron en esta reunión, propietarios de reservas de tierra en el municipio y del sector norte de Benito Juárez, el delegado de la Comisión de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado (CAPA) en la Zona Norte, el representante de la Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), el representante de la empresa AGUAKAN, el comisario ejidal y autoridades del Ayuntamiento entre otros.

Important notice for youths who need to register or renew their state and federal scholarships. 
Aviso importante para todos los jóvenes que se inscribieron o renovaron becas estatales y federales.

The municipal Women's Institute and the Job Training Institute invite you to take the following courses
La Instancia Municipal de la Mujer y el Instituto de Capacitación para el Trabajo les invitan a tomar los siguientes cursos.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Poor weather affects everyone  
Mal clima afecta a todos .. [+] Ver mas
Jan. 14   The port was closed for small boats due to strong winds from the east and southeast, associated with stationary front #28, said the Harbor Master on the rainy morning. However, boats larger than 40 feet could be seen going out north of the isle in the afternoon, while the smaller boats remained moored for a second day, due to the weather. 
      The winds increased to 40-50 kph, with stronger gusts, in the Yucatan channel, and blew at nearly that intensity on the island during two days. During the night it drizzled and the dawn was cool and humid, with decreased attendance by young students. As the climate improved, tourism activity improved during the day. The forecast is for effects to continue on Friday and Saturday, with improving weather. (Today is sunny with the very calm seas that typically precede a norte, and #30 is forecast to arrive tomorrow or Sunday).

Hotel occupancy at 85%  
Ocupación hotelera al 85 %. [+] Ver mas

Environmental conservation efforts  
Bajo el estándar de conservación ambiental.. [+] Ver mas
   This is an interview with the President of the Asociación de Colonos de Isla Blanca, Carlos Castell, about development in the Continental Zone of the municipality, and the need to respect rules and laws protecting the environment, while building infrastructure and planning development. He says great care must be taken to avoid pollution of the ground water, lagoons, seas, flora, and fauna, as well as permanent control of fires, access to protected areas, and other issues associated with Isla Blanca, particularly because of its proximity to Cancun. There are complaints about road maintenance and security, as well as concerning sand having been removed to be relocated near hotels.

15% discount for residents 
Darán 15 % a los residentes.. [+] Ver mas
   On Wednesday, the cargo ferry company which supplies vehicle and passenger service between Punta Sam and Isla Mujeres began a discount program at certain times of the day. The discount of 15 percent is available on weekday departures at 8am from Isla Mujeres and at 8:15pm from Punta Sam. On Saturdays it is available for the first departure at 6am and for a return at 8:15 pm. On Sunday, the discount is available on all crossings.
    There was some controversy over the 'level 1' rates (the most economical rate, for compact cars), and the company subsequently made adjustments. On Wednesday, it published the list of qualifying vehicles, which include Aikon, Fiesta, Eco Sport, Fiesta Ch, Golf, and Jetta clásico, among others. Despite the rising prices of diesel during 2015, there was no increase in rates, with the company absorbing these costs, and now the plan is to attract more users with these discounts, to occupy available spaces.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the traditional neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Stroll five minutes southward down the coastal sidewalk to Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, or Manolitos. Walk less than 10 minutes southwest to shop at Chedraui or to dine at Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, or other options. 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.

January events

Sunset ~6:30
Moonrise over the Caribbean
"Wolf Moon" or "Old Moon"

Jan. 23   6:46
Jan. 24   7:21
Jan. 25   8:13
Jan. 26   9:05
Jan. 27   9:55
Jan. 28  10:44
Jan  29  11:32
  During the month of January, folkloric dance costumes of Quintana Roo are on exhibition at the Casa de Cultura
Jan. 1   Sunrise event Punta Sur  Greeting New Year
 First Ultramar crossing from Gran Puerto is 7a and from Isla Mujeres 7:30a
Car ferry departs Isla Mujeres at 8am and Punta Sam at 9am. The earlier crossing is cancelled

Jan. 6 Dia de los Reyes / King's Day    Commemorating the Magi bringing gifts to the baby Jesus. Gifts are exchanged & this ends the Christmas holidays. DIF usually has a party & toy give-away. 

International Nurse's Day is celebrated on May 12th (birthday of Florence Nightingale) but in Mexico, Jan. 6 is Día de la Enfermera. This special day was established in 1931, when Dr. Jose Villagrana said nurses were like a "regalo de reyes" Gift from the Magi. It's Día de los Reyes..Kings Day, when Mexican kids receive gifts. If you get the baby in your piece of rosca, you're providing tamales for your friends on Candlemass, Feb. 2nd.

Jan. 7 Artist's Fair 4-9  Outside the Casa de Cultura
           Taste of Isla 5-7

Jan. 10 Saturday   8pm Convention Center Basketball game: Los Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres will face off against Los Isleños of Cozumel.

Jan. 11 Sunday    noon   Convention Center Basketball game: Los Cahuameros of Isla Mujeres will face off against Los Isleños of Cozumel.

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)

Artist Fair February 4  

Carnaval is February 5-9  
The traditional Carnaval will include the customary Cuban Night with a live band (Noche Cubana), the beach Carnaval (Carnaval Playero), and Regional Night (Noche Regional), which includes a parade along Rueda Medina, and the unique Negrada.

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