Thursday, January 28, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, January 28

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Foreigners complain about cable company to Consumer Agency

Presentan su queja ante Profeco por pésimo servicio de empresa de cable

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de enero.- .
    On Wednesday, a group of about 20 foreigners who live in Isla Mujeres, mostly from the United States, presented complaints at the PROFECO (Federal Consumer Protection Agency) module in the Maritime Terminal against the cable company which provides television, internet, and telephone service.There were about a half dozen similar complaints presented the previous Wednesday.
     The visibly angry group had complaints about bad service, overcharging, and abuse from employees of the company.  While they waited about a half an hour for the PROFECO representative, a representative from the municipal Tourism Department, Angel Francisco Pech, collected information from each of the complainants. 
     The Americans said the problem was not unique to one part of the island, since they live in all areas including downtown, in the colonia neighborhoods, and at the southern part. They complained about poor quality of internet service, of paying for 10MB and receiving less than three, and of buying bilingual packets that are not as promised. Two foreigners presented receipts for nearly 6000 pesos.
   So far, the Consumer Protection Agency does not have a solution for this problem. Until now, the cases have been addressed by the Consumer Services department of PROFECO, who have sought to reconcile the problems between the two parties. The PROFECO representative explained that in order to take more aggressive and decisive action, the complaint should be presented to the Departamento de Verificación y Vigilancia. They would conduct an investigation, and if they find irregularities, a financial penalty could be imposed, and in extreme cases, closure of the business could occur. 
   A lawyer for the cable company responded that they are willing to make the necessary adjustments, and even to change the cableria, as is done in Cancun with these types of cases. In the end, he said the actions taken in these types of cases depends on the claim of the consumer, and may involve cancellation of service or the aforementioned adjustments.

Everything is ready for Carnaval: February 5-9   

Se llevará a cabo del 5 al 9 de febrero

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de enero.-
See City section below..... 

Access to English for everyone

Agapito & Alonso Ovando deliver nearly 1000 English books to grade school students   

Agapito y Alonso Ovando entregaron casi mil libros a estudiantes de primaria

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de enero.-
   The Secretary of Ministry and Culture (SEyC), Jose Alberto Alonso Ovando, and the Mayor of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magana Sanchez, presented 973 English books to students of the primary school "Andres Quintana Roo". Sr. Alonso said that all the students of all six grades of primary school will have access to English as a second language. 
       The state official explained that in 2012,  at the beginning of his administration, Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez signed an agreement with the Volunquest Assosciation, headed by Kirsten Ashley Tywan, to offer English classes in the primary schools of the municipality. This promise to the children and their parents  has been kept, and now all the children in primary school are studying English.  
      He said, "Through the efforts of both parties, the children of Isla Mujeres can count on having teachers whose mother tongue is English; and it is better for the children to interact with and learn from these types of teachers. The example set in Isla Mujeres has spread to other municipalities of the state. A few days ago we signed an agreement in Solidaridad with Volunquest to provide free English classes for 2800 students in six primary schools." 
     At the book presentation event, he also mentioned that the program Escuelas al CIEN (Hundred Schools) is presenting 1.5 million pesos to the primary school "Andres Quintana Roo" to make improvements to their facilities. The Mayor said the municipal government will construct a dome at the school so that the students, as well as the teachers, can participate in activities without being exposed to the elements.
      Kristen Tywan of Volunquest said, "The English program began in the grade schools of Isla Mujeres two and a half years ago in only one grade; and now, with the help of the Mayor, the teachers, and the Secretary of Ministry and Culture, it is taught in all of the grades. She said, "In the beginning we did not think we would be able to cover all the grades so quickly, but now this has become a reality that fills us with satisfaction." She said that learning English is no longer a luxury, but has become a necessity in areas such as northern Quintana Roo, due to the large tourism industry. During the event, a certificate was presented to volunteer English teacher Lily Brown.


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

The Third Regular Meeting of the Isla Mujeres Pueblos Magicos Committee included the municipal president Agapito Magana Sanchez, and the Working Plan for 2016 was presented.  
Con la presencia del presidente municipal Agapito Magaña Sanchez se llevó a cabo la Tercera Reunión Ordinaria del Comité Isla Mujeres Pueblos Mágicos en la que se presentó el Plan de Trabajo 2016.

Books for the Basic Education English Program were delivered to the students of the grade school Andres Quintana Roo in Isla Mujeres as part of the free education in public schools of the state.
Con la entrega de libros del Programa de Inglés en Educación Básica a pequeños estudiantes de la Primaria Andrés Quintana Roo, Isla Mujeres marca rumbo en la enseñanza gratuita en escuelas públicas en el estado.

Tribute to King Momo in Isla Mujeres: February 5-9  
   Everything is ready for the annual celebration of Carnaval in Isla Mujeres on February 5-9 when the slogan will be “El Escenario del Mundo” (The World Stage or Scenes of the World) with spectacular fun planned for island families and tourists. All events will take place on the Town Square, starting at 8:30pm.
       The beautiful Queen of Carnaval will be Darcy I, Darcy Dannae Magaña Cahuich, who is an 18 year old student and the King will be Beristain I,  Jesús Alberto Beristain Carrillo, 18, an employee. The King and Queen with disabilities will be  Kimberly Guadalupe Solís Espinoza, Kimberly I and Manuel de Atocha Rosado Uicab, Manuel I. The senior citizen King and Queen will be Concepción Pastrana, Conchy I and Ernesto Rodríguez, Ernesto I.
     Carnaval begins with their coronations at a grand gala event on Friday night, Feb. 5, followed by a presentation of the dance troupes.
    Saturday, Feb. 6th, will be Cuban night with a presentation of the dance troupes, and dancing by residents & tourists to the music of the band "Rebelde". 
     Sunday, Feb. 7th, will be an excellent day for family entertainment with the Beach Carnaval (Carnaval Playero) and a parade starting in front of the monument by the Naval Base and concluding at the Posada Beach (Playa Centro). Other activities scheduled for Sunday, the Night of Fantasy, include a children's costume contest and a pet costume contest.
    Monday, Feb. 8th, is one of the most colorful and exciting traditions: Regional Night. There will also be a presentation of dance troupes, the adult costume contest, and the much anticipated, spectacular Show de Nani Namú y sus Estrellas.
     Tuesday, Feb. 9th will be the grand finale with a presentation of the dance troupes and the comedic event that is always anticipated with pleasure; the burning of Juan Carnaval and reading of his will. 
     At this time there are ten troupes registered and the deadline is the first of February. The duration and times of the activities on Monday and Tuesday will take into consideration that these are not vacation days from school, in order to facilitate participation by students and parents. 
     Isla Mujeres Carnaval 2016 will have its own official theme song  “Calor, Pasión, Mucha Diversión”, by talented youths of the island, written by Abdiel Hernández and performed by Andrea Burgos y El Yankee.
      To obtain more information about this exciting and fun tradition, visit the social network sites of the Ayuntamiento (City government The link to their FB page is at the top of this section) or go to the Casa  de la Cultura, Av. Guerrero esq. Abasolo Col. Centro, tel.: 8 77 0767.

Cleaning up the public spaces of our excellent home that is Isla Mujeres for the benefit of the general public and community: City Government in Your Colonia  
Más allá de los intereses mezquinos de las personas de siempre, nos unimos en verdadera comunidad para limpiar los espacios públicos de nuestro gran hogar que es Isla Mujeres. AYUNTAMIENTO EN TU COLONIA.

City Government in Your Colonis is a program of the current municipal administration with participation by officials and employees cleaning up our streets, avenues, and public areas.  
AYUNTAMIENTO EN TU COLONIA es un programa de la actual administración municipal con el que con la participación y entrega de funcionarios y empleados logramos la limpieza de nuestras calles, avenidas y otras áreas públicas.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

Foreigners complain about poor Internet and television service
All grade school students in Isla Mujeres receive classes in English: Ministry of Education & Culture  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Seeking answers about destruction of mangroves 
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     On Tuesday, closure seals were placed on land where mangroves had been removed in Sac Bajo. A reporter visiting City Hall shortly before an official event was unable to obtain comments at the offices of the Director General Urban Development and the Environment  (Desarrollo Urbano y Medio Ambiente), Josué Francisco Villanueva Vargas, nor at the Deed office, Catastro, whose Director is Javier Iván Lugo Garrido, nor from the Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez. The City Council member of the PRD party, Victor Osorio Magana said this matter is not acceptable, and that more construction should not be allowed in the area of Sac Bajo, because it  is environmentally sensitive and needs protecting.

Insufficient resources invested in Isla Contoy National Park  
Insuficiente para el Parque Nacional de Isla Contoy. [+] Ver mas
  The outgoing President of the TAC (Technical Advisory Council) of the Isla Contoy National Park, Fidel Villanueva Madrid, said federal resources need to be increased to improve surveillance against poachers of marine species such as sardines, which are the basic diet of thousands of birds who live on the island. He has been knowledgeable about this issue for many years, and says it is impossible for the small staff of the park to prevent this age-old problem, which occurs at night, and upsets the ecological balance. Meanwhile, the federal government is now receiving entry fees from over 50,000 tourists yearly, which was unheard of a decade ago. Villanueva said that only 10 percent of the fees are returned to the Park, which is insufficient to provide adequate monitoring, and the staff has been reduced by nearly a third, compared to several years ago. He said this is in opposition to the constantly increasing need to rescue the nature reserve, whose protection is considered a national example.
   On Tuesday, Villanueva was replaced by Pedro Fuente at a meeting of the Council, after serving as President since 2011. Villanueva, who is also municipal Trustee of Isla Mujeres, as well as the municipal historian, resigned for personal reasons.
   The Contoy Management Program rezoned the areas where fishing is allowed, and failed to renovate two dozen fishermen's huts. Improvement to the tourism infrastructure is awaiting an investment of some 800,000 pesos, most of which would be invested in the tower which has suffered damage to its metal structure from the salt air .

Everything is ready for Carnaval   
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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.

Jan. 24 Sunday  11am El Pescador baseball field (In front of Chedraui) All Star's game 

Jan. 25 Monday   There will be an homage to beloved Isla Mujeres song writer-musician "El Chino" Fernandez today at 6pm at the Casa de Cultura in honor of the 99th anniversary of his birth. It will include performances by the DIF Choir, the listed musicians, and the dance troupe Anoranzas de Isla Mujeres

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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