Sunday, January 17, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, January 17

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Car ferry discounts for islanders  

 En el servicio de ferry

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ISLA MUJERES, 16 de enero.-
       The ferry company which supplies vehicle and passenger service between Punta Sam and Isla Mujeres began a discount program on January 1st. A discount of 15 percent is available on weekday departures at 8am from Isla Mujeres and at 8:15pm from Punta Sam. On Saturdays, this discount 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.
  A list of vehicles that qualify for the Level 1 rate was published, which include Aikon, Fiesta, Eco Sport, Fiesta Ch, Golf, and Jetta clásico, among others.

Nearly 2.5 million dollars for promotion    

 Serán destinados para asistir a ferias nacionales e internacionales

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ISLA MUJERES, 16 de enero.-
        The municipality of Isla Mujeres has a budget of about 2.5 million US dollars for the promotion of tourism in 2016, which will be earmarked for attending promotional conventions in the national and international markets. This ~2.5 million dollars is part of a 30 million dollar investment in promotion and advertising for Cancún y los Tesoros del Caribe, (Cancun & The Treasures of the Caribbean) provided by the OVC (Office of Visitors and Conventions).
        In addition to the budget for Isla Mujeres, there is one million dollars for Puerto Morelos, for a total of 3 million dollars; for Isla Mujeres there is 800,000, to total up to 2.4 million, and for Holbox, there is 500,000 dollars to bring a total of 1.5 million dollars. The amounts budgeted for these municipalities for their promotion are increased by the participation of cooperative groups (socios cooperativos), which triple or quadruple the investments. The OVC guarantees that in these promotions will include not only the image of this destination, but will have no cost for emails or phones to complete the sales. One of the aspects of the promotion will be a display on Time Square, which annually reaches 547 million people, advertising Cancun, Puerto Moralos, Isla Mujeres, and Holbox, as well as special events in these locations.
    The promotional strategy for 2016 involves each location having its own identity, now that Puerto Morelos has been declared a municipality and given the distinction of a Pueblo con Encanto, and Isla Mujeres and Holbox are Pueblos Magicos. The five aspects of the campaign for 2015-2016 are: luxury, culinary, business, sustainability, and entertainment. The priority for these markets is associated with the routes and frequencies of flights to Cancun, making it easier to get here, as well as the issue of easy access to visas and documentation, with cooperation and facilitation with cooperative groups such as tour operators, airlines, and others who are involved.


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

Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016. Coming Soon! Don't miss it
¡Muy pronto!
Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016
No te lo puedes perder

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

A Happy Birthday wish to the Municipal President Agapito Magana Sanchez from the other members of his administration  Congratulations and best wishes!
El equipo del H. Ayuntamiento felicita en este día a nuestro Presidente Municipal Agapito Magaña Sanchez
¡Muchas Felicidades!


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Problem of abandoned pets  
Vigente el abandono de mascotas. [+] Ver mas

    After providing medical care for an dog who was abandoned in the streets, veterinarian Delfino Guevara Collazo said the problem of families abandoning their pets and failing to take responsibility for them will not be resolved until municipal authorities enforce the laws. He said he has dealt with a dozen of these cases during the past year, which in some situations were desperate. In all the cases they managed to end the animals suffering by either getting the owners to be responsible, or by adopting out the animals. He said the authorities have not stepped up on this issue, and he hopes that officials will work to stop these bad practices by several local families in 2016.

The most recent case
   He said the most recent case involves a 13 year old female dog, with very little vision. The owner abandoned it after giving birth to her son. On Thursday, the dog was brought to the clinic, and they contacted her possible owner, the teacher "Tocito". However, he was not the real owner, who was his daughter, who was contacted. She is married to the brother of a woman called Paloma, who is a protector of animals. She was contacted and an agreement was made by her and Tocito's family to take care of the dog, whose name is Sasha.
        The veterinarian said, "The dog was a regular patient at the clinic, until the owner's daughter married and had children, then it was neglected, and no longer brought into the clinic."  After the story was on social networks, the family has taken responsibility and made a commitment to take care of the dog. He said in cases like this, the agencies which are responsible for investigation and resolution are not meeting their responsibilities. It is the CCDA and the Department of Ecology who can and should legally monitor and process these cases.

Recommend precaution with navigation  
Recomiendan precaución a la navegación Ver mas
Jan. 16     Two cold fronts of short duration are forecast to be crossing the waters off the coast of Quintana Roo on Sunday, according to CONAGUA (National Water Commission), therefore caution is advised to those going to sea. There was good weather during the day on Saturday, with sun bringing many visitors to the beach, however this is expected to be different on Sunday when gusting winds are predicted, and boats under 40 feet in length may be restricted to port.
      The frontal system #31 is expected to affect the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday, causing scattered showers in Yucatan and Quintana Roo. The mass of polar air associated with colder temperatures will affect much of the nation, with gusts of wind up to 60kph along the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico and the Yucatan Peninsula, which should gradually decrease during the day.
   Caution is advised for mariners because there are some beacons and signals that are out of service. The range of the light El Cabezo has decreased to 62.5%, when it normally has a light of 120mm which can be seen for 3 miles. Boats should use caution along the barrier reef between Isla Mujeres and the Isla Contoy National Park. The beacon is out of service at Punta Francisca (Punta Mosquito) and at Buoy #2 in Holbox, and instead there is another buoy in service for that isle.

Large outbreak of mosquitoes 
Brote masivo de mosquitosl.. [+] Ver mas
By Ovidio LopezISLA MUJERES, 16 January.
  There has been a large outbreak of mosquitoes in the colonias after the rain brought by the stationary cold front, causing residents to ask for increased efforts at spraying and larval control, especially near schools. In the colonias of La Gloria, Electricista, Salina Grande, Salina Chica, Meteorológico, Cañotal and Miraflores; there are more complaints in the areas near the bodies of water. The problem persists in Sac Bajo, where workers say there are some who do not participate in the junk removal (descacharrizacion) campaigns.
     Residents want increased efforts to fight mosquitoes and their larvae, because they cause diseases such as malaria, dengue, and chikungunya, which are more common on the Continental Area of the municipality, according to unofficial information.

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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)

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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