Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, January 27

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

200 voter cards ready to be picked up   

En el módulo del INE

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ISLA MUJERES, 26 de enero.-
   There are more than 200 voter cards waiting to be picked up at the visiting module of the National Electoral Institute, and voters have until Wednesday to do so. Otherwise they will have to wait until February 9, 11, and 12. An INE official explained that of the 200 credentials, half were processed in 2014 and 2015, and the rest were processed recently. 
    He said since the beginning of this year, 320 credentials have been processed, of which more than 200 were picked up, leaving about 100 remaining, in addition to the 100 left over from 2015 and 2014, for a total of 200 remaining credentials. He said there are about 30 that were processed during 2014 which could be voided in upcoming months, and their owners will be required to initiate a new account and go thru the whole process to obtain it. 
      He explained that in order to have their card as required for the upcoming elections on June 5, they must visit and register during February. The module returns Feb. 9-12, except they don't work on Feb. 10th, which is INE Day.

Promoting environmental education with craft workshop   

Con taller de manualidades

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ISLA MUJERES, 26 de enero.-
 See City section below   

  Boaters who don't respect the rules put tourists at risk   

Lancheros no respetan disposiciones de la Capitanía de Puerto

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ISLA MUJERES, 26 de enero.-
   As of noon on Tuesday, at least three boats, from Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez, had anchored at the edge of the Posada beach, where their tourists had to disembark without necessary tools, such as a ladder. Supposedly this is prohibited by the Harbor Master, but it continues to occur on a daily basis. The fishermen note that the tour boats do this to avoid payment for use of the dock, which is very minimal. It is hoped that the Port Authority will take action before there is an accident. (The boat tours cost about 350 pesos per person, with lunch and snorkeling, and the docking fee is about 10 pesos per passenger.)


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

City Government in Your Colonia is a program of the current municipal administration with participation by officials and employees in the cleaning up of our streets 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.
Isla Mujeres celebrates World Day for Environmental Education

    World Day of Environmental Education was commemorated in Isla Mujeres by children, youths, and adults with a crafts workshop sponsored by the City, via the municipal Department of Ecology, where items were created by reusing materials such as tires, plastic bottles, glass jars, etc. Participants in these activities included youths from the high school Colegio de Bachilleres Plantel Isla Mujeres, senior citizens from the Club de la Gente Grande, City officials, as well as residents. 
     The Director of Ecology, Carlos Barrancos, said the objective is to encourage the island's community to raise their awareness and understanding of the importance of maintaining a sustainable balance through workshops such as these. He said environmental activities are being done on an ongoing basis, with some focused on compliance with the Blue Flag beach certification. 
      City Council member Mirian Trejo Leon attended as a representative on behalf of the mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, and acknowledged the efforts of each of the participants in the interest of promoting and maintaining Environmental Education in the municipality. Also attending the event were Cesar Poot Pérez, director of Social Development;  Manuel Figueroa, director of Public Services; Carmen Nahuat, and the director of ZOFEMAT; Rocío Rodríguez, as well as other officials.
      Other activities commemorating the day included reforestation work at the nursery of the Mundaca Hacienda, with plants including Palmas de Chit, Maguey Morado, and Amoena, using compost made from Christmas trees that were collected throughout the island during January.    

We are very proud of the fact that Isla Mujeres has been featured on international television programmes as Pati's Mexican Table of Pati Jinich
  Statement of Ximena, who works in the Office of Visitors and Conventions: 

Last week was a lot of  fun assisting with the production of the TV show Pati's Mexican Table in Cancun! Thanks to the Crab House, Cristian Morales, Marina Sunrise, and the Sunset Grill in Isla Mujeres! Soon these episodes of the show will be broadcast across the US!
Nos sentimos muy orgullosos de que Isla Mujeres sea un referente para programas de televisión internacionales como Pati´s Mexican Table de Pati Jinich
Testimonio de Ximena, trabajadora de la Oficina de Visitantes y Convenciones

On Tuesday, Jan 26, the City of Isla Mujeres, via the municipal Ecology Department, celebrated World Day of Environmental Education with a workshop on arts and crafts.
Este martes 26 de enero el Ayuntamiento de Isla Mujeres a través de la Dirección de Ecología, festejó el Día Mundial de la Educación Ambiental con un taller de manualidades.

During the 99th anniversary of the birth of don Virgilio "El Chino" Fernandez, his son with the same name represented his family as he presented a donation of musical instruments to the Institute of Culture and Arts, with the aim of benefiting current and future generations, and the music of the island, in memory of his father.
Durante el XCIX Aniversario del Natalicio de Don Virgilio “El Chino Fernández”, su hijo, del mismo nombre, con la representación de su familia hizo un donativo de instrumentos musicales al Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes con el objetivo de seguir fomentando entre las actuales y futuras generaciones, la música isleña en memoria de su padre.

The Municipal President Agapito Magaña Sánchez attended an important meeting on public security whose main theme was the training and professionalization of police officers in the field of the New Adversarial Criminal Justice System.
El presidente municipal Agapito Magaña Sánchez asistió a una importante reunión sobre Seguridad Pública en la que la capacitación y profesionalización de los elementos policiacos en materia del Nuevo Sistema Penal Acusatorio, fue uno de los temas principales.
For the collective interest, we share the news story published today, Tuesday, in the newspaper Diario de Quintana Roo (It was translated yesterday)
Por considerarla de interés colectivo, compartimos la nota periodística publicada hoy martes en el Diario de Quintana Roo.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)

In Cancun the first National Forum About the Use of Marijuana was held, with arguments presented for and against its use, with Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, head of the Secretaría de Gobernación in attendance.
Hoy en ‪#‎Cancún‬ con la presencia de Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, titular de la Secretaría de Gobernación se lleva a cabo el 1er. Foro Nacional sobre el uso de la Marihuana, donde se presentará a la sociedad los argumentos a favor y en contra sobre su uso.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Closure seals placed on properties  
Sendas clausuran en predios.. [+] Ver mas
   The municipal Department of Urban Development and the Environment placed closure seals on two properties in Sac Bajo, after the neighbors reported the ecocide to the media. This confirms their suspicions that the work lacked proper permits, but the reporter was unable to obtain a statement from the Director of Urban Development and the Environment. Mangroves were destroyed, with other vegetation, including an area next to the condos Puerta del Mar, and a smaller area of wetlands was filled in. It is also alleged that at least four piers have been built in the area without authorization.

Port open for small boats, for now
Poco duraría la bonanza.. [+] Ver mas
    After several days when the port was opening and closing for small boats, it was opened on Saturday at noon, to the delight of the fishermen and other boaters, but another closure could occur on Thursday with the arrival of cold front #34. This system could bring winds of 50 kph with higher gusts, and the tropical winds from the southeast on Wednesday could close the port for small boats.
       The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, explained that the entrance of continental polar air, modified by interaction with maritime tropical sea air from the Caribbean, with moderate moisture, could cause fresh winds, cloudiness, and scattered showers across Quintana Roo, with warm temperatures during the days and cooler temperatures at night and early mornings.
    The temperatures at night dropped to 23C (73F), which was an improvement over previous nights when it had dropped as low as 14C (57F), which especially affects the less protected residents of colonias like La Guadalupana, where homes are made of plywood and cardboard.
   With the port opened, tourism cooperatives were offering their services, especially snorkeling tours to el Farito, but the demand has not rebounded as much as they would have liked.

Few clients for boat tours  
Náuticos con muy poca demanda.. [+] Ver mas
     Although hotel occupancy has been around 75%, largely due to the presence of tourists from the US and Canada who stay overnight, the demand for boat tours from the tourism cooperatives has not exceeded 60%, when the port is open or snorkeling is allowed to El Farito, even on weekends when the weather is good.
     Andrés Francisco Bardales Pastrana, better known as “Capitán Archie”, who works with the tourism cooperative “Isla Contoy”, said that demand is currently between 50 and 60 percent. Members of the cooperative "Isla Bonita" said that although demand fell after the Christmas holiday period, it has remained at 60-65%, increasing to 70% on the weekends.
       One of the comisionistas of the cooperative, who was having little success selling tours to foreign visitors, said that during high season the boats were working at over 100%, with some making two tours per day due to demand. He said demand should improve during the Easter holidays, when national tourists visit.

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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.

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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