Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, January 13

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Small boats resume activity after being restricted to port for nearly 48 hours    

Tras 48 horas de inactividad reabren puerto a la navegación

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ISLA MUJERES, 12 de enero.-
  The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, reopened the port for general navigation at 9am, after it had been closed for two days for boats under forty feet. It was closed Sunday at 1pm, due to the effects of Cold Front #28, which brought strong winds and cooler temperatures. The Harbor Master recommended caution, because the sea was choppy two miles offshore. He said it is expected that the port will remain open for general navigation during the weekend, although it could be restricted if there is bad weather.

Concerns about crocodiles    

En cuerpo de agua donde habitan cocodrilos

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ISLA MUJERES, 12 de enero.-
     Residents of colonia La Gloria are concerned about the presence of one or more crocodiles in the body of water near the Isla Mujeres Community Hospital. A crocodile can be seen daily, sunning itself in the mornings. Islanders and tourists can often be seen taking its picture.
       It is unknown whether any pets in the area have been attacked, but neighbors said that a puppy has been missing. They are concerned about risks to children and want the body of water delimited, so the crocodile cannot go beyond the swamp. 


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

The municipal Women's Institute and the Job Training Institute invite you to take the following courses
La Instancia Municipal de la Mujer y el Instituto de Capacitación para el Trabajo les invitan a tomar los siguientes cursos.

Recycling Trash in Exchange for Food (RBXA) program benefits island families  

 During the second half of 2015, more than 4500 people in Isla Mujeres benefited from the unique and useful program Reciclando Basura por Alimentos (RBXA), Recycling Trash for Food.  The program was implemented a few months after the start of the administration of Governor Roberto Borge Angulo, and has been copied in other states. Between July 17 and December 24, there were 20 RBXA events held in the three areas of the municipality, the Island, the Continental Zone, and the Agricultural Area.
   The RBXA program benefits the families of Quintana Roo by providing basic food products such as rice, beans, crackers, oatmeal, milk, toilet paper, soaps, etc. in exchange for recyclable products like cardboard, paper, aluminum, and plastic. The program operates in all municipalities of the state, with a twofold purpose of supporting family economies with earning free products that are useful in the home, and by helping maintain a clean and healthy environment while raising awareness about conservation.
    During the second half of 2015, about 45 tonnes of trash were exchanged in Isla Mujeres, giving positive results in terms of cleaning up homes and businesses, as well as public spaces.

Working together to make our island a better place to live   (It says: Brush was cleared from the sidewalks in colonia Amplificacion la Gloria which had grew quickly from the recent rains. "Before" "During" "After".)
Trabajando juntos hacemos de nuestro destino, un mejor lugar para vivir.
Important announcement for youths to register or renew their state or federal scholarships. 
Aviso importante para todos los jóvenes que se inscribieron o renovaron becas estatales y federales.

Two historical events for Quintana Roo were commemorated at the middle school ( Escuela Secundaria Técnica No. 1 Presidente Juárez) in a civic ceremony: the promulgation of the state constitution and the state's reinstatement at a federal entity.
En las instalaciones de la emblemática Escuela Secundaria Técnica No. 1 Presidente Juárez, celebramos una ceremonia cívica para festejar dos hechos fundamentales en la historia moderna de Quintana Roo.
Festejamos un aniversario más de la promulgación de la Constitución Política del Estado y nuestra reincorporación como entidad federativa.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Respite for nautical community  
Respiró la comunidad náutica.. [+] Ver mas
  On Tuesday, the port reopened for navigation by boats under 40 feet, with caution, at 7:30am and closed again for those vessels at about 8pm that evening. This allowed the fishermen and tourism boats to work, until they were restricted again due to the remnants of cold front #28 causing winds of 35kph with gusts of 50kph. These conditions are likely to continue through Thursday and Friday.
    Despite the opening of the port, the demand for the nautical tours did not reach 50 percent, and has decreased since the holidays, when many of the boats were going out twice a day. One of the members of the cooperative "Adolfo Lopez Mateos" said, "It helps a lot when the port is closed, but we are allowed to go to el Farito, because then the cooperatives of Pueto Juarez send us clients via the Magana ferry."
   Although tourism has decreased, the Department of Tourism reports that hotel occupancy is 75%, and hotels are no longer full like they were during the holidays. On Tuesday, there was a 'mediana'  (medium) number of visitors on the beaches, enjoying the sun and frolicking in the water.
       Most of the tourists were foreign born and many occupied the chairs and umbrellas available for free for the guests of the Posada del Mar hotel, and some paid for to rentals, while others set up their towel and other belongings near the shore, and enjoyed the sea in all its beauty. Street vendors were observed, despite this being against the guidelines for this beach which earned the Blue flag, a distinction that requires offering free services, such as (ends mid sentence).

Propane gas increase: 7.8 pesos more for a 20 kilo cylinder 
Nuevo incremento al gas LP; $7.80 más por un cilindro de 20 kilos [+] Ver mas
    Propane gas prices increased at the first of the year, costing an additional 7.8 pesos for a 20kg cylinder, and an additional 11.7 pesos for a 30kg tank, which are used by restaurant industry. Last year the prices were 152.9 pesos for 10 kilos, 305.8 pesos for 20 kilos, and 458.7 pesos for 30 kilos. In January the prices increased to 156.8 pesos, 313.6 pesos and 470.4 pesos for tanks of 10, 20, and 30 kilos respectively.
      Benefits of the Energy Reform were supposed to include lowered costs for light and fuel. The cost of electricity has allegedly been reduced by 2%, and gasoline fell by an average of 40 centavos, but the cost of LP gas has increased about 8 pesos a month for a 20 kilo tank and about 12 pesos for a cylinder of 30 kilos.
    The president of CANACO, Juan Carrillo Figueroa, expressed concern over this "scandalous" (escandaloso) increase in propane prices. He said restaurateurs could increase the price of their dishes by five or ten percent; not just because of continual increases in LP gas rates, but also because of other operating costs which have risen in association with the peso devaluation, since many items are imported, and there are large wholesale businesses who have raised prices of domestic and imported products about 25 percent.
   Housewives are complaining about the effect this will have on their family budgets, and owners of small loncheria diners, cocina economica restaurants, and snack counters are considering the possibility of raising their prices.

Failure to obey Nautical Tourism Regulation 
No respetan el Reglamento de Turismo Náutico[+] Ver mas Photo at link
   There is a Nautical Tourism Regulation (Article 26) which requires the nautical tourism boats to load and unload passengers at docks, and they may only unload onto the beaches if they are under 5 meters (16 feet) in length, which is not the case with any of the boats of the tourism cooperatives.
      On Tuesday morning, the boat "Coquette", of the Puerto Juarez cooperative, was seen unloading tourists on the beach, who appeared to have concerns and difficulties with the procedure. When the Harbor Master was consulted, he was surprised and said during the holiday operations this problem did not occur.
      It is presumed the operators of the boat preferred to use the beach, despite the risk and difficulty for the tourists, to avoid the payment of 10 pesos per person when using the API dock. A waiter at the Posada del Mar said he has seen this many times in the same area and that sometimes the bow of the boat remains in the sea and is not up on the sand, and people get wet when they disembark. He said, "I don't think this is any way to treat a tourist, and they deserve better than that, especially the women and children. There could be an accident at any time, such as a sprained ankle, and it may take something like that before the Harbor Master intervenes."

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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)

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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