Sunday, January 24, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, January 24

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Agapito to sign important agreement for more resources for public safety  

Firmará importante convenio en materia de seguridad pública

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ISLA MUJERES, 23 de enero.-

See the City section below.....

Boats stolen and abandoned with motors missing     

motores fuera de borda

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ISLA MUJERES, 23 de enero.-
  In the early hours of Saturday, a 40 foot boat was stolen, and it was recovered before noon, but its 60 horsepower outboard motor was missing. Then it was discovered that another 60 hp motor had been stolen. According to the Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, both boats had been moored near the car ferry pier, on the north side. 
     The 40 foot boat "Pelicano" is owned by Manuel Rosado, of the Patria and Progreso fishing cooperative, and the boat whose motor was taken is the "Princesa" of the tourism cooperative "Isla Bonita", owned by Alberto Garrido. The Harbor Master estimates the boat and motors were taken around 3am, and then the "Pelicano" was found around 10am near the Cancun Hotel Zone by fishermen from Puerto Juarez, who notified the Harbor Master. Regarding the boat "Princesa", they only stole its motor, and it is theorized that afterward, they climbed aboard the "Pelicano", and left. 
      After the boat is recovered and a report is made to the Port Authority, the owners are expected to file a complaint with the Public Ministry for the crime of theft, and an investigation will be initiated to try an determine the whereabouts of the two engines. So far there are no leads on who the perpetrators were, but there is talk among boat crews & owners of Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez about a history of similar cases. In the last case of this kind in Isla Mujeres, a group of Cubans were arrested, who focused on motors of higher horsepower. It is noted that each of these 60 hp motors that were stolen has a value of more than 120,000 pesos.


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

Agapito to sign important public safety agreement  
     Monday, the mayor of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magana Sanchez, will attend an important meeting in Mexico City, convened by the Executive Secretariat of the National System of Public Security, (Seguridad Pública) of the Ministry of Interior. The purpose of the meeting is the authorization of funds to improve the professionalization of the municipal police officers.
     The extra resources are from a program called Strengthening Security / Fortalecimiento a la Seguridad  (FORTASEG). To obtain authorization for this special resource, the mayor signed an agreement to join the Executive Secretariat of the National System of Public Security / Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública.    
      One of the objectives of FORTASEG is development of personnel by supporting the professionalization, certification and equipping of police officers. It is important to note that in 2016, one of the most important and significant priorities is training in the New Penal System.     FORTASEG includes:  assessments of skills and knowledge; evaluations of performance; and training the officers. Skills training includes technology, equipment and infrastructure of institutions, crime prevention, Human Rights, Gender Equality and the Culture of Lawfulness.
        Another objective of the FORTASEG program, is to improve technological equipment and infrastructure, and, of course, the prevention of violence and crime.  In August, 2015, the National Public Security Council approved  five strategic areas and ten programs in Public Safety with national priority.For this purpose, FORTASEG serves four of the areas and six programs:1. Implementation and development of the Criminal Justice System and complementary systems.2. Development, professionalization and certification of police.3. Technology, infrastructure and equipment support for police operations.4. National Information System for Public Security. (Seguridad Pública).5. National System for Emergency Calls and Citizen Complaints.6. Development of training in local institutions for the design of public policies aimed at the prevention of violence and crime with citizen participation in issues of public safety. 
      The agreement will be signed and then it is required that the guidelines, conditions, and policies are complied with while carrying out the duties of public safety in Isla Mujeres.  The deadline for the signing of the FORTASEG agreement and its amendments is February 29, 2016.     The mayor will be accompanied at the meeting by the City Treasurer, Alvaro Magana Galué, the director of Public Security (Police Chief),Joaquin Poot Acosta and Jose Rios from the Planning Department.

The staff of the City Department of Transparency, and residents committed to the environment, participated in the cleaning of the Senior Citizens Park and neighborhood.  
Personal de la Unidad de Transparencia del Ayuntamiento y ciudadanos comprometidos con su entorno, participan en la limpieza del Parque y Colonia del Adulto Mayor.

The staff of the department of Oficialia Mayor and of the department of General Services participated in a clean-up of one of our walkways
Personal de la Oficialia Mayor y la Dirección de Servicios Generales participan en la limpieza de uno de nuestros andadores.

In all the corners of the island, we add  our 'little grain of sand' every day to have a better place to live and a first class tourist destination.  ( "granito de arena" refers to a dicho/saying about each person doing their part; that a small effort by many individuals can yield a big result)
En todos los rincones de la isla ponemos nuestro "granito de arena" para cada día ser un mejor lugar para vivir y un destino turístico de primer nivel

This is an example of what can happen when we work together; the results are always good for the community.
Aquí la muestra de que cuando se unen voluntades y esfuerzos, los resultados siempre son a favor de la comunidad.

Teamwork pays off. With a great affection for our island, we go forward.  
El trabajo en equipo siempre rinde buenos frutos.
Por el gran amor a nuestra tierra siempre unidos saldremos adelante.

As part of the City Government in Your Neighborhood Program, staff from the Department of Parks and Museums participated in the clean up of public spaces  which are enjoyed by all the families who call the island their home.
A quienes orgullosamente formamos parte de este Ayuntamiento, nos mueve el gran amor que tenemos por nuestra amada Isla Mujeres.
Todos juntos a través del programa AYUNTAMIENTO EN TU COLONIA limpiamos los espacios públicos que forman el gran hogar de todas las familias isleñas. ‪#‎Ayuntamientoentucolonia‬
Personal de la Dirección de Parques y Museos participan en la limpieza de nuestro gran hogar que es Isla Mujeres.
Personnel with the Department of Ecology and the ZOFEMAT Department participated in the clean-up of La Salina and its walkway‪#‎Ayuntamientoentucolonia‬
Personal de las direcciones de Ecologia y ZOFEMAT participan en la limpieza de Limpiando La Salina y el andador.

Personnel with the Department of Enforcement (Fiscalizacion) participated in the clean up of the (downtown) mercado/market "Javier Rojo Gomez" and in Rancho Viejo (on the mainland).
Personal de la Dirección de Fiscalización participa en la limpieza del Mercado Javier Rojo Gómez y en Rancho Viejo.

 Personnel with the municipal Youth Institute participated in the clean up of the Salina Grande dome and the La Jaula dome
Personal de la Instancia Municipal de la Juventud participa en la limpieza del domo de la Colonia Salina Grande también conocido como domo La Jaula.

Personnel with the Department of Fishing and the Department of Government participated in the clean up of the Park of the Chiapanecos
Personal de las Direcciones de Pesca y de Gobierno participan en la limpieza del Parque de Los Chiapanecos.

Personnel with the Department of Material Resources and the Institute of Culture and Arts participated in the clean up of the Park of the Frigates in colonia Lol be.

Personal de la participa Dirección de Recursos Materiales y del Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes participa en la limpieza del Parque las Fragatas en la col. Lol Be.

Personnel with the Public Services Department participated in a clean up of public spaces near Isla 33.
Personal de Servicios Públicos en la limpieza de Isla 33.

Young athletes of the island participated in the clean up campaign. .
Jóvenes deportistas de la ínsula se unieron a esta gran jornada de #ayuntamientoentucolonia para limpiar nuestro hogar que es Isla Mujeres.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Navigation was not recommended yesterday  
Ayer no fue recomendable navegar . [+] Ver mas
   Due to the weather, the SCT (Ministry of Communication and Transportation) recommended that boats under 40 feet do not go out from the coast of Quintana Roo, especially into the Yucatan Channel, due to strong winds and large waves caused by cold front #33. The temperature is expected to be warmer on Sunday afternoon, and on Monday the first effects of cold front #34 are expected to reach the Yucatan Peninsula.

Port closure for small boats  
   On Saturday morning, the winds were not as strong as expected, at 30-35 kkph with gusts up to 45kph. The ferries were all running, as were the tourism boats that visit from Cancun. The effects of the weather were stronger on North Beach, where the wooden jetties, which were constructed to protect the beaches, were losing sand, and some of their older boards went into the water. Few people were swimming, and the water was choppy. Many toured in golf carts, and others went shopping. Many people were wearing coats.

Insurance for young mothers  
Seguro a jóvenes madres [+] Ver mas
 This information was translated yesterday.  

Disagreement with skateboarders 
Altercado por patinetas . [+] Ver mas
    A group of skateboarders had a disagreement with police along the perimeter (eastern coastal) road at colonia La Gloria, after the brothers Juan Carlos and Rodrigo Sánchez Rangel were advised to stop skating on the road because there was risk of an accident, but Rodrigo did not heed the warning. Therefore, the officers took his skateboard and he was a risk of being arrested.
     His brother and others advocated for him, while he agreed to cooperate, asked questions, and gave his name. Someone higher up in the police hierarchy arrived, listened to the arguments, returned the skateboard, and advised them to skate in the area designed for this purpose in Salina Chica. The young skateboarding specialists say that site does not have the proper conditions for practicing their sport.
        Rodrigo told the officers that the procedure was not right, and that attitudes such as this scare away tourists. He said, "I like the island, and we recommend it to our friends in New York."
        The brothers chatted with the reporter and explained that the island qualifies as a good skating environment with sloping roads, like those where this incident occurred, where there is little traffic. However, some taxi drivers do not agree with this idea, although this practice occurs with some regularity.

From yesterday......

All Star game on Sunday  
Esperado Juego de Estrellas.. [+] Ver mas
 Everything is ready at the baseball park "El Pescador" for Sunday's All Star game of the Winter Technological League 2015-2016, according to organizer  Jorge Fernando de la O Pino.
   The local team includes:  Herbe Peniche, Adrián Pérez, Jorge González, David Maldonado (pitcher), Guillermo Calva, Raúl Márquez, Alexis Chan, Didier Cruz (pitcher), Elso Solano, Elvin Góngora, Alán Nolasco, Arturo Poot (pitcher), Carlos Lara, Daniel Rivera, Fredy Velázquez (pitcher), Federico Figueroa (pítcher), Erick Rivero, Ray Alcalá, Manuel Meneses, Ricardo Rivero (pitcher), Edgar Sosa, Daniel Pech, Carlos Trejo, Salvador Sánchez (pitcher), Marco Castillo, Erick Rivero, Iván Aguirre and Daniel Alejo (pitcher). It will feature Enrique Pérez King, of the team Venados
  The visiting team includes:  Pastor and Raymundo Estrella, Edgar Prado, José Hernández (pitcher), René Rodríguez, Francisco Cobá, Juan de la O, Fernando Morales (pitcher), Fortunato López, Martín y Sebastián León, Luis Celis (pitcher), Floriel Juárez, Sergio Hernández, William Caropreso, Luis Vivas (pitcher), Manuel Cano, Johathan López, Juan Ruiz, Rulfi Balam (pitcher), Francisco García, Alvaro Canul, Bryant Canul and Mario Cruz (pitcher). It will feature  William Beltrán, of the team Rockies.
  The organizing committee for the All Star Game is headed by the league president Abel Fernández, and  sport director Enrique Barros Peña. The City team, the Cockteleros, are hosting, with  Héctor Gil Chable.
   The game is scheduled to begin at 11am and families are invited to attend this interesting spectacle, as well as tourists who winter on the island, and already have a good relationship with the local people.

Effects of winds from northern front  
Se resienten vientos del norteo.. [+] Ver mas
  The effects of the northern front or 'norte' #33 began on Friday at noon with gusting winds, while the Port Authority had issued a forecast at 8am about its pending arrival with gusting winds expected up to 70kph. The port remained closed for boats under 40 feet and for all recreational boating activity, according to official Jose Viceno Borges.
       The effects of the front are expected to be felt all day on Saturday and to decrease on Sunday, when recreational activities at sea are expected to resume. When the winds picked up at noon on Friday, people were leaving North Beach to move to Playa Centro (Posada Beach) where there were fewer effects.

Winds carry bad odors  
Vientos arrastran fétidos olores. [+] Ver mas
     Residents at the southern part of the island, including señora Pía Fernández, were complaining about bad odors generated by the hundreds of tonnes of trash at the Trash Transfer Facility, which were carried on the winds of the norte. There are foreign tourists who spend their winters renting in this area, and the property owners who lease to them say the contamination is not good for respiratory problems. Some residents in the area blame the City for risking damage to their health and to the environment.
    The Trash Transfer Facility and its accumulated garbage are near the Caribbean Sea, which raises concerns about rainwater causing contamination, which could affect the water quality, as well as the beach located 200 meters away, where residents and tourists swim in the spring, summer, and fall.

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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)

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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