Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, January 20

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

Change of Naval command   

Gabriel Mendicuti atestigua ceremonia en la Quinta Región Naval

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de enero.-
   On Tuesday, there was a ceremony for the change of commanders of the Naval base on Isla Mujeres of the Fifth Naval Military Region. Command was received by Vicealmirante del Cuerpo General Diplomado de Estado Mayor (CGDEM), Tomás López Hernández, who replaces Almirante CGDEM doctor en Defensa y Seguridad Nacional, Juan Guillermo Ferro Rocha. 
     The swearing in was witnessed by state Secretary Gabriel Mendicuti Loria, as representative for Governor Roberto Borge Angulo, and the event was supervised by Subsecretario de Marina, Almirante de CGDEM, Joaquín Zetina Angulo.
   The new commander was born in Veracruz and began active duty in the Mexican Navy in January 1971 as a cadet at the  Heroica Escuela Naval Militar, where he graduated as an Engineer in Naval Science in 1976. He has served in senior management as a commander of the Sixth Naval Zone and the Twelfth Naval Zone. He was appointed by the President of Mexico in the area of Superior Command and was Commander in Chief of the Naval Force of the Gulf. 
   He has also served as a naval attache in the Mexican embassies in Great Britain and Ireland, as well as a representative of the Mexican Navy in the Mexican Delegation of the International Maritime Organization. 
    Other officials attending the event included: Comandante de la X Región Militar, General de División DEM, Sergio Arturo García Aragón; Municipal President of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magaña Sánchez; Municipal President of Benito Juárez (Cancun), Paul Michel Carrillo de Cáceres; el presidente del Concejo Ciudadano de Puerto Morelos, Leonel Medina Mendoza, and the director jurídico de la Secretaría de Seguridad Pública de Yucatán, Alejandro Ríos Covián Silveira.

Seeking better pay for CROC union members     

Para sindicalizados de la Croc

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de enero.-
    Contractual review began on Monday for the CROC union (Union of the Regional Confederation of Workers and Campesinos) for their negotiations with about 20 companies in Isla Mujeres, including hotels and restaurants. Their leader, Roman Maldonado Euan, said their goal during this analysis is to achieve substantial wage increases and better benefits. Last year the Minimum Daily Wage was at 70.3 pesos, but for 2016 it is being increased to 73.04 pesos. (~$4.20usd/day)
      Dates are being set for negotiation meetings for revisions to employee contracts and for each of the company representatives to agree on the new benefits for the workers. They are also including a Contractual Revision for the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the companies to sign with increases which should include 10% wage increase, a monthly stipend to assist children of union workers, support for the National Review Board, and for expenses for the work on the Revision of Collective Labor Agreement. 

Children receive donated helmets    

Niños y niñas reciben cascos protectores

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ISLA MUJERES, 19 de enero.-
See City section below....

Recognition of Naval forces     

Paul pondera su labor en defensa de los litorales y auxilio a ciudadanos


ISLA MUJERES, 19 de enero.- 
  After the change of command ceremony, interviews were given by officials who included the Mayor of Benito Juarez,  Paul Carrillo Caceres, who spoke about coordination between the three levels of government and he expressed gratitude for the work done by the Navy. 
       During the ceremony, official honors were given for the departing commander, Almirante del Cuerpo General Diplomado de Estado Mayor, Doctor en Defensa y Seguridad Nacional, Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha, including an insignia for years of service to Mexico. The incoming commander, Almirante del Cuerpo Genera Diplomado de Estado Mayor, Tomás López Hernández, reviewed the cadets. 


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

Children receive helmets  

    Students of the primary school Andres Quintana Roo received helmets that were donated, as part of the community program  Isla Mujeres Gel Eta For The Children, (sic, Helmets for Children), instituted mostly by foreigner who reside in Isla Mujeres, or have connections or love for the island. This was the first delivery of donations in 2016, with 150 helmets provided for the children. There are plans to provide a second and third delivery of helmets on this campus, to ensure that all the children who are transported on motorcycles or bicycles are protected by helmets.
    The Isla Mujeres Helmets for Children program has been in operation for a year, and during the  previous school year they distributed 470 helmets to the morning and evening shifts at Julio Sauri Espinoza primary school. This year, after they complete their commitment at Andres  Quintana Roo, they plan to provide helmets at Cesar Mendoza Santana primary school. The donations from are from people of foreign origin, who have a strong sense of solidarity and affection for the island community, and this program includes Volunquest, Marina Paraiso, and a large community of foreigners. The donations are stored as they arrive, to be delivered on a regular basis.
      You can find more info about donating or about the program here...

The Women's Institute and the Institute for Job Training invite residents 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.

With The Secretary of the government of the State of Quintana Roo, Gabriel Mendicuti, we welcome  the Vice Admiral of the CGDEM, Tomás López Hernández, who is now in charge of the Fifth Naval region, based in Isla Mujeres.
Con el secretario de gobierno del Estado de Quintana Roo Gabriel Mendicuti, le damos la bienvenida al Vicealmirante del CGDEM Tomás López Hernández quien a partir de hoy estará al mando de la Quinta Región Naval con sede en Isla Mujeres.

On Tuesday, the Secretary of the government of the State of Quintana Roo, Gabriel Mendicuti Loría, and the municipal president of Isla Mujeres, Agapito Magaña Sánchez, witnessed the change of command at the Fifth Naval Region.
The Vice Admiral CGDEM, Tomás López Hernández, now replaces Admiral CGDEM Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha

El secretario de gobierno del Estado de Quintana Roo Gabriel Mendicuti Loría y el presidente municipal de Isla Mujeres Agapito Magaña Sánchez, acudieron este martes a atestiguar el cambio de mando en la Quinta Región Naval.
El Vicealmirante CGDEM Tomás López Hernández ocupa a partir de hoy el lugar del Almirante CGDEM Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha.

We bid farewell with gratitude and with our best wishes to the Admiral CGDEM Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha with appreciation for his dedication and discipline leading of the Fifth Naval Region, giving us to one of our greatest assets: safety and tranquility.
Despedimos con gratitud y con nuestros mejores deseos al Almirante CGDEM Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha quien con su entrega y disciplina al frente de la Quinta Región Naval, abonó a uno de nuestros mayores patrimonios: la seguridad y tranquilidad.

 Today there was a change of command of the Fifth Naval region, and we welcome the Vice Admiral of the CGDEM, Tomás López Hernández and we said goodbye to Admiral CGDEM Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha. We recognize our Naval personnel for their patriotism and for ensuring peace and tranquility on our seas.
El día de hoy se realizó el cambio de mando en la Quinta Región Naval, le damos la bienvenida al Vicealmirante del CGDEM Tomás López Hernández y despedimos al Almirante CGDEM Juan Guillermo Fierro Rocha; reconocemos en nuestros marinos su patriotismo y entrega para garantizar la paz y tranquilidad en nuestros mares.

Honor and appreciation to the men and women who are members of the Naval Armada of Mexico, whose loyalty and courage provides peace and tranquility for those of us who live in Isla Mujeres.
Honor y reconocimiento para las mujeres y hombres integrantes de la Marina Armada de México, que con su lealtad y valor brindan a quienes vivimos en Isla Mujeres, paz y tranquilidad.

Announcement of the Costume Contest for Isla Mujeres Carnaval 2016  It says 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.
Conoce la convocatoria para el concurso de disfraces del Carnaval de Isla Mujeres 2016.

Maintenance was given to the public lighting system of the Children's Park, Las Tortugas, and now families can enjoy this playground
Nos encargamos del mantenimiento del sistema de alumbrado público del Parque Infantil Las Tortugas; ahora las familias pueden disfrutar de este espacio de diversión.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

 Fifth Naval Region change of command  
Cambio en la Quinta Región Naval. [+] Ver mas
   In addition to the information translated above, this article notes that unofficial information indicates that Admiral Fierro Rocha has a new assignment in the state of Guerrero and left immediately after the official ceremony. The ceremony took place in the midst of a strong security presence with Naval units patrolling downtown continually, and the local airstrip came alive with the arrival of a plane and a helicopter to transport the special guests.
       The newly appointed commander of the Fifth Naval Region, Vice Admiral Thomas Lopez Hernandez, was born in Papantla, Veracruz, on May 12, 1955. More of his resume is given.

Port closure for small boats 
Desesperados . [+] Ver mas
 Tues. Jan 19
      The nautical industry is desperate to return to work while port closures for boats under 40 feet have affected an average of 600 boats of fishermen, tour operators, and private individuals, although at times the tour operators have been able to work in the area of Farito and the lagoon. The port was closed again Monday evening at 8pm.
       The Harbor Master said there were four port closures last week for small boats as follows: On Monday, January 11, at dawn they were restricted until Tuesday at 7:30am. On Wednesday, the port was closed for small boats until Friday, Jan. 15, when it was reopened at 8am. They were restricted again on Sunday, Jan 17 at 7:30am until the port was reopened Monday at 7:30am, and then closed again for small boats that evening at 8pm.
       He said conditions on Wednesday are expected to be favorable for its reopening, and noted that the latest closure was due to the increasing winds which were predicted to come from the northeast at 25-35kph with gusts over 50kph. Based on the forecasts, he expects the port to be reopened on Wednesday when cloudy skies are predicted, without precipitation, which should continue, with some sporadic showers, until Friday, Jan. 22, when another 'norte' is expected, which could close the port for small boats on Friday and Saturday, at least.
     In upcoming days, the easterly winds are expected to be 25-35kph, and then to increase in strength and rotate to a northerly direction on Friday. The continuous port closures for small boats has affected the fishermen, and on days when they are permitted to work, the rough seas often keep them near the coast where the catches are smaller. However, they are about to enter the final part of the season when the lobster catches increase because the norte winds and storms put them on the march. The situation has been a little better for the tourist cooperatives, whose activity remains at 50-60 percent when the port is open or they are allowed to take snorkelers to el Farito.

Seeking better wages for employees   
Buscarán mayores beneficios para empleados.. [+] Ver mas

Slight increase in respiratory illnesses  
Ligero aumento de enfermedades respiratorias . [+] Ver mas

    The Director of the Community Hospital, Pedro Zapata Loeza, said respiratory illnesses have only increased 12% as a result of weather changes in recent weeks, with cool temperatures at night and in the mornings, and warm temperatures during the day. He said there are an average of 60 consultations daily, of whom about eight children and 12 adults have respiratory problems in their upper airways, with symptoms such as runny nose, headache, sore throat, and body aches. He said there have been no problems with lower airways, such as pneumonia or similar diseases, fortunately.
      He said it is normal at this time of year for respiratory illnesses to affect the general population, and those who are most susceptible should take extra precautions, including children under five years of age, the elderly, and pregnant women. Precautions include dressing warmly, avoiding drafts, eating fruits and beverages rich in vitamin C, including grapefruit, orange, lemon, and pineapple.
     The Hospital Director said the rains have caused an increase in mosquitoes, and people should take precautions, to avoid diseases that they carry, such as dengue and chikungunya. "Regardless of the efforts of the Ministry of Health, including the Vectors brigades, the most important thing is that people do not leave containers near their homes where rain water can collect. They should turn buckets over, change water in plant containers, and wash the water dishes of pets and not just change their water," he said.
    He said the main symptoms of dengue and chikungunya are headache, aching bones and joints, low back pain, high fevers, and a rash. People who experience any of these symptoms should visit the Community Hospital to undergo an analysis to confirm or rule out these diseases.

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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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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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