Monday, January 11, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, January 11

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Improving health services  

 Con “El Semáforo de Consulta Externa”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 10 de enero.-
  In order to optimize services at the Community Hospital, a new program will be implemented in upcoming days called "“El Semáforo de Consulta Externa”. (Lit. "El Semaforo" is a traffic light, and "Consulta Externa" is an outpatient visit. This is a triage system. )  
        In this regard, the Director of the Hospital, Pedro Zapata Loya said that within the health care process, the red color corresponds to an emergency that requires immediate, skilled attention. Yellow indicates a case that is relatively urgent or that is an illness or injury that began one or two days earlier. Green corresponds to a case that does not need immediate attention and is typically an illness or injury that has been present for three or four days. Although the green color may apply to a legitimate emergency, attention could be delayed if the medical staff is busy delivering babies or attending to a more serious situation. 
    He said this was the case with a woman who presented with a serious illness with a bleeding problem, who was transported to Cancun after she was diagnosed. He explained that when the staff is busy with serious cases such as this, the other consults will be delayed, but at no time will they stop serving those who need attention. He said that delays generate complaints, and he asked for understanding from the public and that they remain calm.  He said there have been cases where the doctors are sick, because they are also humans and get sick, and that was the case on one of these days. He said fortunately, the percentage of registered complaints regarding service at the hospital is virtually nonexistent and barely 0.3 percent.

Voter registration module will return January 25-27     

 Estará de regreso del 25 al 27 de enero para continuar con trámites

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 10 de enero.-
  The module for the National Electoral Institute (INE) was in Isla Mujeres was in Isla Mujeres for six days, Jan 4-10, completing procedures related to voter registration, using the facilities of the municipal Institute for Women.
    The INE module will be back on the island January 25 to 27;  February 9 to 12; February 23 to 25;  March 16 to 24 and April 11 to 19. The deadline for those turning 18 is June 5, even if that is their birthday. Required documents are listed.  
        HERE is the election calendar which indicates Quintana Roo's election will be July 3rd, for Governor, Legislators, and City officials, who will take office in September.    


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

Every day we clean the streets and avenues for residents and visitors to enjoy a first class and top quality town and tourism destination
Diariamente nos ocupamos de la limpieza de calles y avenidas para que locales y visitantes disfruten de una ciudad de primera y un destino turístico de calidad.

Take advantage of the discounts for paying property taxes in January 
Aprovecha el descuento del mes de enero en el pago del impuesto predial.

Dance troupe competition announcement for Carnaval 2016 
Convocatoria comparsas Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Wreck diving is a popular option 
Barcos hundidos opción de buceo.. [+] Ver mas

  Isla Mujeres is a good choice for recreational diving, with 10 wrecks in the area, including the “Ultrafriss”, the Naval gunboat C-58, and  “La Constanza”. Within the sunken ships, divers can view natural marine flora, fauna, and deposits, as well as the natural and coral of the surrounding seabed. According to the municipal Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, an expert, experienced diver, the "Ultrafriss" is some miles north of the island at 100 feet deep, while the military ship is to the south at 70 feet deep, and the Constanza is at 30 feet deep. These dives are offered by shops in Cancun and Isla Mujeres for $75-$85 per person, and other diving attractions include the famous Cave of the Sleeping Sharks and Punta Sur.
   The Cave of the Sleeping Sharks was discovered by Carlos Garcia, aka "Valvula", who fished in his youth, where multicolored fish abound. Now lovers of sea life who visit these locations are very satisfied when they come up to the surface, and they return again and again, according to dive shop representatives.
   Years ago, the military boat was intentionally sunk for this purpose, but the other boats sank as a result of accidents along the coast of Quintana Roo, where the Chinchorro Bank has been the site of shipwrecks for the past two centuries. The dive guides share the history of each ship with their potential clients as they work out negotiations, however, in the first days of this year there have been fewer departures because of the weather, while in recent days there have been "great trips" underwater.
     The gunboat C-58 can be observed on the inside, at 26 meters, with "all the types of marine life of the region, both flora and fauna", according to a description provided by Aquaworld on their website, which is a principal company offering marine recreation in this area.
   There are dozens of dive shops in Isla Mujeres and Cancun offering PADI certified services for recreational tours, and they have had a zero annual incidence of decompression accidents, presumably, however there are no statistics available on the subject, unlike the lobster divers who have....(the article ends mid sentence).
Bagged trash presents poor image  
La acumulación de basura daña la imagen de destino.. [+] Ver mas
     On Sunday, there was trash bagged up along Rueda Medina, the main street downtown, where thousands of visitors arrive daily. Municipal authorities recently announced a new trash collection system which they plan to implement in upcoming days. It is noted that businessmen, including the leaders of the Chamber of Commerce (CANACO) and the Restaurant group CANIRAC, consider it illegal that businesses are required pay a trash fee, while residences are not charged fees.
    Resident Rosa Ruvalcaba Can said the municipal authorities need to address the problem of strays spreading trash around while looking for food, and acknowledged that the cooperation of the residents is also required. She said, "We are aware of the announcement by officials to set the collection times, which is a better system for educating us, and with the sanctions, should reduce this messiness." She explained that application of regulations leads to law and order, and officials should lead by example, "Because citizen participation is vital in order to ensure that our society becomes responsible, overall."

Arrival of Cold Front #28
Entró frente frío 28Ver mas
  The first effects of Cold Front #28 were felt on North Beach on Sunday afternoon, and the National Water Commission predicted that winds from the 'norte' front could reach 25-35 kph on Monday morning, which would be likely to cause the closure of the port for navigation by small boats. The front is expected to remain over the Yucatan Peninsula until Tuesday, with lower temperatures, although by then the winds along the Quintana Roo coast are expected to be from the south.
   At noon on Sunday, the port remained open for general navigation, but as the afternoon proceeded the winds were expected to increase. Tourism was normal on Sunday, with no problems, with restaurants reporting 'normal' sales, and hotels, dive shops, and boat tours reported good activity. No incidents were reported on land or sea.

First-responders participate in Paramedic course
Socorristas participarán en curso de Paramédicos[+] Ver mas
   Representatives of the Cancun Red Cross will be offering training to become an Emergency Medical Technician, basic level, during a 10 month course, at 12 hours per week, in four schedules. Participants must be between 18-40 years of age, in good health and good physical condition, with a service-oriented and disciplined attitude.
       Registration is available Jan. 4-31, and the courses begin February 8, 12, and 13th. The registration fee is 600 pesos, which covers the monthly fee, and 600 pesos also for the preparatory course. There are four types of schedules, which are given. During the classroom training they will work with equipment and mannequins, practice in the ambulances, as well as in the medical area and radio communication. Required documentation is listed.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
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)

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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