Monday, January 18, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, January 18

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Increased investment in hotels in Continental Zone  

Para detonar la Zona Continental

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de enero.-
   It is estimated that 1.6 billion dollars is being invested in hotel infrastructure on the mainland part of the municipality. This investment focuses on projects to construct nearly 8000 hotel rooms, beginning in 2016, and they are expected to be completed by 2018, according to the Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals. 
     The final plans are being completed, and during this year the process will begin to obtain permits and initiate construction. It is estimated that once the rooms are ready, they will generate an average of 16 jobs each. In 2016, the hotel Dreams is already under construction, and there will be another in the marina, operated by Melia, with ~2000 rooms.

Working to offer excellent service at the Community Hospital   

En el Hospital Comunitario

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de enero.-
  The Director of the Community Hospital, Pedro Zapata Loya, said his priority is satisfaction of patients when they come to receive services, and toward this goal he is working to improve the quality of services by beginning a process to raise awareness among workers in the various areas of the hospital. If his expectations are not met, drastic measures could be taken in upcoming weeks, which could lead to some workers being laid off.
         The talks with the bosses and employees began early last week, and there has been a good response. He said most employees are accepting the recommendations, and are joining in this process which will benefit the patients who come to the hospital. He predicted a great future for this hospital in the next few years, with the participation and support of workers at all levels, from doctors to the general employees.
        He said "I talked to all the staff and they are willing to improve the quality of services, and at the same time to improve the image of the hospital to the patients who come in to seek medical care. We want to go down in history as a clinic that offers good medical care, not just for having inaugurated the new building of the Community Hospital." 
     There has also been more medical staff for the emergency department, and doctors are providing consults 24 hours a day.


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

Announcement for the dance troupes for Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016 
Convocatoria comparsas Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016

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


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Weather restricts small fishing and tour boats
Paralizadas las lanchas turísticas y de pescadores. [+] Ver mas

      On Sunday, winds of 35-45kph with stronger gusts caused waves up to three meters in height, restricting boats under 40 feet to port. At dawn, the temperatures indoors were 24 degrees, and the air felt fresh. Residents were in the streets at 9am and the tourists followed an hour later.
      Cold front #31 is expected to have an effect until Monday, when its intensity should decrease, according to forecasts by CONAGUA (National Water Commission). The early morning rain caused a brief, temporary power outage in the colonias.
   It was a sunny day and there were tourists on North Beach and many golf carts being driven around the island. Due to the weather, boating was not allowed in the Bay, which is expected to be permitted on Monday. Winds continue to cause erosion on some parts of North Beach.

Usual amount of people at Playa Centro  
Playa Centro registró regular afluencia+] Ver mas
     With the effects of cold front #31, many visitors preferred the Playa Centro/Posada Beach because the effects of the weather were less there. After 10am, entire families were observed enjoying the sun and sea at this beach. It was more difficult to enjoy North Beach, with winds gusting over 40kph in the morning, making swimming difficult there, so there were few people.
      However, just before 4pm, the winds dropped and more people arrived, with decreasing winds expected on Monday. Boats under 40 feet were restricted from leaving port, and there were fewer passengers on the ferries.

Medical assistance for a cruise ship passenger  
Brindan atención médica a un crucerista. [+] Ver mas
    On Saturday, the Navy provided medical assistance for a passenger on the cruise ship "Carnival Magic", located 33 nautical miles (53km) northeast of Isla Mujeres. The call for assistance was received at midnight concerning a 68 year old passenger, from the United States, who was experiencing hypertension and a cerebrovascular event.
      The Navy dispatched an MLB Search and Rescue vessel with Naval medical personnel aboard, who transported the patient to the Naval Station in Puerto Juarez, where an ambulance was waiting to transfer the patient to a private hospital in Cancun. This assistance is performed by the Navy under the provisions of the law to safeguard human lives at sea in the northern region of the Mexican Caribbean. This was the first case in 2016.

Recognition for long career  
Reconocen su larga trayectoria [+] Ver mas
   At an event this weekend, recognition was given to Doctor Marco Tito Avila Frías, for his career of over 20 years. He has assisted hundreds of fishermen with decompression problems over the past 15 years. In 1999, he began working 8 months of the years operating the hyperbaric chamber to treat fishermen who suffered decompression accidents while diving for lobster.
     These accidents began taking place in the 80's, when the lobster became more scarce and fishermen moved to deeper waters, using compressed air. Some fishermen were severely damaged and left paralyzed, and other died. He works on the staff of the local hospital as a general practitioner.
     Recognition was also given to Leonel Garcia Povedano, who has worked for more than two decades in the area of sanitary control on the island. He inspects restaurants to assure sanitary measures are taking place in order to avoid problems that affect the image of this destination.

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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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