Saturday, January 23, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, January 23

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Clean up work done at Hacienda Mundaca  

En la Hacienda Mundaca

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de enero.-
  See City section below....

Information for beneficiaries of the federal program of Insurance for Female Heads of Households 

Del programa federal  Seguro para Jefas de Familia

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de enero.-
   See City section below....


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

15 % discount on the payment of property tax.
Take advantage of the last days of the month of January to pay less

15% De descuento en el pago del impuesto predial.
Aprovecha los últimos días del mes de enero para pagar menos

Providing information about program providing insurance for women who are heads of households 

    The City of Isla Mujeres launched an intensive informational campaign about the benefits of the federal insurance program for female heads of household, via the municipal Department of Social Development. They intend to reach as many families as possible to share information about this and other federal governmental programs.
     The program provides life insurance for mothers age 12-68 for their children up to 23 years of age who are still in school, providing payments every two months if the female head of household dies. In the case of preschool children the payment is 600 pesos, for those in primary school it is 1000 pesos, for high school students it is 1800 pesos, and for university students it is 2000 to 3700 pesos. 
   Like all social programs, there are certain requirements to ensure the support is given to those who actually need it. In the case of insurance for female heads of households, the requirement is that the beneficiary must be a female Mexican (Mexicana),  between the age of 12 and 68, and the mother of at least one child under 23 years of age.
   The City of Isla Mujeres invites all the mothers in the municipality who meet the requirements to register for this and other programs to go to the Social Development Department offices at the Community Center at Plaza Habitat with a copy of their CURP, voter ID, and to fill out the forms.

You don't want to miss Isla Mujeres Carnaval 2016. It's coming soon! (See events section)
No te puedes perder el Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016.
¡Muy pronto

Announcement of the activities for World Wetlands Day (See events section) 
Conoce las actividades que se llevarán a cabo en el marco del Día Mundial de los Humedales.

Hacienda Mundaca is a location on the island that is historical and a tourist attraction. It is an eco-archaeological site that is visited daily by dozens of tourists. An intense cleaning took place by the staff of the Department of Parks and Museums at this fundamental location in Caribbean history.  It is an obligation of the municipality to provide an image of cleanliness to the driveways, roads, roadsides, and buildings.
Uno de los referentes históricos y atractivo turístico de Isla Mujeres, es la Hacienda Mundaca, espacio ecoarquelogico que a diario visitan decenas de turistas; ofrecer una imagen de limpieza en sus calzadas, caminos, basamentos y edificios, es compromiso de este Ayuntamiento.
Con la participación comprometida de empleados de la Dirección de Parques y Museos se llevó a cabo una jornada de limpieza profunda en las instalaciones de este punto fundamental de la historia Caribeña.

Seeking to stimulate higher level studies in the areas of arts and culture  

The Ministry of Education and Culture (SEyC), in coordination with the Ministry of Culture of the federal government, established a new period, which expires on February 29 for receiving and analyzing proposals relating to the granting of incentives for undergraduate, masters or doctorate studies related to the arts and culture.Secretary of Education and Culture, José Alberto Alonso Ovando announced that artists, creators and academics can receive funding of up to one hundred thousand pesos.      He explained this is available for persons 18 years of age or older, born in the state or with minimal residence five years, who are studying at national or foreign institutions of recognized academic prestige for the school year 2015 2016.
  The disciplines that the individuals must be pursuing are: architecture, visual arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater, design, cultural management, cultural anthropology, restoration of cultural heritage and other areas related to the arts and culture. .
        Applicants can visit the site to download the application form, print it and sign two copies, to be submitted with the other required documents. The appointment of candidates will be determined by a Judging Committee made up of personnel of the Ministry of Arts & Culture, as well as renowned experts of the state. Applicants must appear in person at the Department of Education and Cultural Development with their documentation. (the address is given). The results will be announced on April 4th at the SEyC website:

From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Ferries could be subject to sanctions 
Navieras serán sujetas a sanción .. [+] Ver mas
  The three ferry companies could be sanctioned for the second time in five years for conducting monopolistic practices, with the fine to be resolved within three months, according to information from COFECE (Federal Competition Commission). You may recall that in 2009 a lawsuit forced the municipal government to intervene when the Port Authority (APIQRoo) 'added' the assistance to the companies who had the same rate in Isla Mujeres, and from that there was a COFECE investigation in Cozumel, resulting in a fine of 25,750,000 pesos in 2011.
     This new complaint began on May 8, 2014, when it was alleged that these companies maintained the same policy, by a hidden agreement, which is not in the interests of the public, and now it appears that the law may be violated again, and the penalties will be know in three months, according to the COFECE website, which mentions the investigation. The fines, which will be known in more than 90 days can be for 10 percent of total revenues, up to ten years imprisonment for those responsible.

I'll get back to this later or manana.....

All Star game on Sunday  
Esperado Juego de Estrellas.. [+] Ver mas

Effects of winds from northern front  
Se resienten vientos del norteo.. [+] Ver mas

Winds carry bad odors  
Vientos arrastran fétidos olores. [+] Ver mas

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View from the rooms.

MaraVilla Caribe   Bed & Beach    Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with  kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of  Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate.  Quiet & Private.   
 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

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers & BBQ. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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)

Announcement of the activities to commemorate World Wetlands Day. 
Feb. 2, Tuesday 6pm Casa de Cultura "The Importance of Wetlands" Conference
Feb. 3, Wednesday 9am-11:30 am Clean Up 
            Meeting place is the Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria

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.

The parades on Feb 7 & 8 begin at 3p at the Naval base, going to Playa Centra/Posada Beach, and include decorated carts & compact cars in a student competition.

Announcement of the Costume Contest for Isla Mujeres Carnaval 2016
The Children's Contest for those under 13 will be Sunday, Feb. 7 at 9pm on the Town Square.
The Adult's Contest for those 13 and over will be Monday, Feb. 8 at 9:30pm on the Town Square.

Feb 13-21  Isla Mujeres, will host the National Artisanal Fair Pabellón Nacional Artesanal  

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