Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, January 19

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Finishing details for Carnaval  

Para el Carnaval

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de enero.-
  With less than twenty days remaining until Carnaval in Isla Mujeres, information has been released about the Comparsas (dance troupes) Contest, one of the most anticipated events during the celebrations, which includes participation by all the dance schools on the island. The meeting will be held on Friday, January 22, at the Casa de Cultura to discuss the details of the competition. At least half a dozen dance schools of Isla Mujeres are expected to participate, with the intention of winning the grand prize, and proving they are the best dance school.
         In addition to the competitions between the troupes, there will be costume contests and 'float' competitions (decorated golf carts and compact cars) in two categories: children's and open, on February 7th and 8th. The parade will be held on Sunday, Feb. 7 from the Naval base to the Posada beach (The poster says there will be parades on Feb 7 & 8, starting at 3p), and the kindergarten, primary, and middle schools are invited to participate, with Carnaval themed vehicles. The judging will consider originality, materials used (or recycled materials? materiales usados), and visual impact, with prizes be awarded to the five best decorated vehicles. 
      Also on Feb. 7th, a Costume Contest will be held, in the categories of Children's and Open, with the top three winners receiving 2500 pesos, 2000 pesos, and 1500 pesos, respectively. The costumes are required to be original, and prefabricated costumes will not be accepted, which will be verified before they are allowed to participate.

Agapito announces island will host National Artisan event  

Anuncia Agapito celebración del Pabellón Nacional Artesanal

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ISLA MUJERES, 18 de enero.-
  See the City section below.....


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

The Ministry of Education and Culture informed the community that classes will be held during Carnaval this year, and these days in February are working days in the school schedule. The schools that are participating in these traditions should conduct their activities while completing the minimum normal school requirements.  
La Secretaría de Educación y Cultura informa a las comunidades escolares que los días del Carnaval del mes de febrero de este año, están señalados como días laborables en el Calendario Escolar 2015-2016, por lo que sí habrá clases en las escuelas de educación básica de Quintana Roo.
Los centros escolares que tengan participación en estas tradiciones, deberán realizar dichas actividades cuidando la normalidad mínima escolar.

During the Eighty-Fourth Regular Session of the Technical Committee for the Funding for Monitoring, Administration, Maintenance, Preservation and Cleanliness of the Federal Maritime Zone (ZOFEMAT), there was a presentation of finances and activities for the fourth quarter of the year 2015. 
The meeting was led by state officials Elizardo Sánchez Espejo, Yedid Fernanda Montalvo Vidal, and Mario Sergio Fortis Duarte,  and by municipal officials Álvaro Magaña Galué and Carmen Nahuat Lara.
Durante la Octogésima Cuarta Sesión Ordinaria del Comité Técnico del Fondo para la Vigilancia, Administración, Mantenimiento, Preservación y Limpieza de la Zona Marítimo Terrestre (ZOFEMAT), se presentaron los avances físicos y financieros correspondientes al cuarto trimestre del año 2015.
Encabezaron la reunión por parte del Gobierno del Estado Elizardo Sánchez Espejo, Yedid Fernanda Montalvo Vidal, Mario Sergio Fortis Duarte y por el municipio Álvaro Magaña Galué y Carmen Nahuat Lara.

Isla Mujeres will host the Pabellón Nacional Artesanal event February 13-21   
    For the first time in history, and as a Pueblo Magico, Isla Mujeres, will host the National Artesanal Fair on February 13-21, featuring handicraft artists from various states in Mexico. This important event, which brings together artisans from Quintana Roo and other states, will be held in Isla Mujeres for the first time, thanks to support and assistance by the City government. In addition to the positive social effects, this should have a important economic effect on the island.
      It is noted that most craftspeople live in remote communities in regions of moderate to high economic marginality, where a few of them leave their communities to sell products below their actual cost, which is not profitable, and this is why this event next month is an important opportunity. The event is expected to provide training opportunities and to open channels for marketing, as well as dispersing, promoting, encouraging, and preserving crafts, and to provide appropriate spaces for incorporating the artisans into the business community and activities. The participation of craftspeople in different forums at fairs at state, national, and international levels allows for development, and thru these venues, products made in the state are featured, benefiting the economy of the artisans.
     The planning meeting, held at the Casa de Cultura, was attended by officials including legislator Edgar Gasca Arceo; Luis Villanueva Madrid, Director of Handicraft Development of the state Ministry of Economic Development;  and the municipal director of Economic Development, Suemy González. During this meeting a commitment was made by these officials that their agencies will provide facilities and services for this event to ensure security, hygiene, and comfort for its success in an appropriate environment to facilitate business and commercial contacts.

 Information about the competition and registration for the dance troupes for Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016.
Conoce la convocatoria para el concurso de disfraces del Carnaval de Isla Mujeres 2016.

This is from the Cultura FB page about the competition between the schools for decorating golf carts and compact cars for the parades February 7 & 8, starting at 3pm at the Naval base and ending at Playa Centro (Posada Beach). To compete, they are required to participate in one of the two parades, with a maximum of three vehicles per school.

The median strip for Avenida de Los Peces was given a new look by cleaning it up and landscaping it, to provide a positive image for residents and visitors

El camellón central de la Avenida de Los Peces luce nuevo rostro con los trabajos de limpieza y jardinería que llevamos a cabo para brindar una imagen positiva tanto a locales como a visitantes.

 To ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians, the plants were pruned along Prolongation Aeropuerto Avenue.

Para brindar mayor seguridad tanto a los peatones como a los conductores de vehículos, estamos realizando trabajos de limpieza y jardinería en la Avenida Prolongación Aeropuerto.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

Human Rights Commission has an ongoing investigation into alleged medial negligence to Islander senior citizens
    The Human Rights Commission of Quintana has an ongoing investigation into alleged medial negligence to five Islander senior citizens, who received eye surgery last month, which resulted in bacterial infections. The local representative of the Commission, Martha Patricia Puc Laies, said an official complaint has not been filed, but the investigation is the result of public complaints made through the media. They have sought and received information from the municipal DIF. She said they are collecting information, but it will be necessary for the senior citizens who were affected to come forth and make a declaration of the problems they encountered.
      A group of senior citizens took advantage of an assistance program offered by the business Cinepolis, but were apparently infected by a bacteria at the clinic where the operations took place, which caused loss of vision and in some cases loss of an eye. The only participation of the DIF was providing assistance with obtaining a second opinion in Mexico City, which was approved by the Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez. The private clinic has been closed and now faces serious sanctions from COFEPRIS.
      The affected senior citizens include: Ortencia Tepal Puc, Alicia Brito Salazar, Elena Ramirez Arguelles, Jose Tomas Pech Uicab, and Natividad Mendez Rayon.

This TVIM article says there will be five national forums about the legalization of marijuana, with the first being held in Cancun on Jan. 26
Cancún será sede del foro nacional sobre la legalización de la Mariguana!

This TVIM article says the company providing cable service, Cablemas, has received many complaints about service, and therefore have discontinued their local telephone line, so that complaints must now be made thru their website or 800 number. Technicians from Cancun who were doing maintenance over the past four months found many irregular and unreported situations which affect the service of those who pay.  Some users say PROFECO should investigate the company, because they do not provide reliable service and do not respond in a timely manner to complaints. Some users are discontinuing their contracts and seeking other alternatives for service for television, internet, and telephones.

This TVIM says the Governor will lead the state delegation at the 36th edition of the FITUR, International Tourism Fair, January 20-24 in Madrid. At the previous edition of FITUR, there were more than 9000 companies from 165 countries or regions, with 125,000 professionals from the hospitality industry, and media coverage by 7368 journalists from 60 countries.
       It is an important event in the national circuit of tourism trade fairs, and representatives from Quintana Roo will meet with large wholesalers to strengthen relations and increase the number of tourists arriving to the state. These meetings include BD Travel, Sunwing, Sell off vacationes, Signature, Solways, Logitravel, Avasa, Axis and Travel Aliance. They will meet with airline executives about maintaining current flights, adding new flights, and discussing the forecasts, frequencies and availability of seats on airlines including Airport Group of Sureste (Asur),  British Airways, Lufthansa and European companies that charter flights to Quintana Ro. They will meet with the principal hotel groups in Europe with investments in Q.Roo, including Hoteles Royalton.For the second year in a row, Quintana Roo will receive an award from the Blue Bay Hotel & Resorts company for excellence in promotion of tourism in the state and in the nation. 
      Gov. Borge is also president of the Tourism Commission of the National Conference of Governors. In 2015, it was the fourth consecutive year that records were broken in Quintana Roo for the number of tourists, with 15.7 million visitors, as well as in hotel occupancy, economic impact, and passenger arrivals by air. This is crucial for the goal of Mexico remaining one of the Top Ten in the tourism industry, which was proposed by President Nieto at the beginning of his term. The Governor said the three levels of government are working together with the private sector to consolidate the tourist destinations of Quintana Roo to attract more visitors.
Roberto Borge encabezará delegación de Quintana Roo en la 36ª edición de la FITUR


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Small boats back to sea  
Se regularizó la navegación marítima. [+] Ver mas
  Monday,Jan. 18.      Early on Monday morning, the port was reopened for navigation by small boats, after the effects of cold front #31 had passed. Normal nautical activities resumed when the winds dropped below 20kph, for now. Forecasts indicate there will be good weather for most of the week, with another system expected to arrive on Friday, according to CONAGUA (National Water Commission).
       While the weather is expected to be stable on Tuesday, CONAGUA still advises caution for small boats along the northern coast of Quintana Roo, in the Yucatan Channel, where gusts of wind could reach 50kph in the morning. The entrance of humid air from the Pacific, encouraged by the jet stream across the Yucatan Peninsula, in association with cold front #31, is likely to cause cloudy skies with isolated rain showers, and cool air in the afternoon and evening.
    Meanwhile, normal commercial activities resumed on the land and sea, with the arrival of visitors seeking recreation. Tourists were seen on the beaches, but in smaller numbers than is desired, because of the threat of rain that was present for most of the day. Golf cart agencies reported renting most of their fleets. Some of the fishermen did not go out seeking lobster, but this activity is expected to resume on Tuesday, when they will resume their work with nets, traps, or diving.

Seeking assistance to clean up school  
Piden apoyo para limpiar una escuela. [+] Ver mas

  The Board of Directors for the Parents Association for the preschool "Gabriela Mistral" conducted a tour of the campus with local legislator Edgar Gasca and the school director, Patirica Sanchez Trinchan, to discuss the needs of the school. The school library recently received an air conditioner, in response to the parents requests made several days after school resumed.
      The library was opened at an event during the Christmas holidays, when the legislator made a commitment to the students, administrators, and parents, but he did not discuss the education budget for 2016, determined by the legislature of Quintana Roo.
       He said, "Without a doubt, one of the commitments for 2016 of the State Congress is to provide greater support for the education sector, which is a commitment that has also been made by the state administration.
      The parental association want assistance cleaning up the playground and other improvements at the campus, for the benefit of the students.

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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. The parades on Feb 7 & 8 begin at 3p at the Naval base, going to Playa Centra/Posada Beach.

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

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