Sunday, January 31, 2016

Isla Mujeres News & Daily Events Sunday, January 31

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles

New sister city    

See City section below.....

Residents set good example with clean up campaign      

Realizan jornada de limpieza

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 30 de enero.-
   A group of islanders conducted a clean up campaign on Saturday morning in honor of World Wetlands Day at one of the bodies of water in Isla Mujeres. They also cleaned and picked up trash at one of the beaches of Isla Mujres on the western part of the island near the municipal slaughterhouse. They said they do these campaigns for the benefit of Isla Mujeres and the islanders, with the intention of encouraging good habits among the children and youths of the isle.

Pet costume contest for Carnaval    

 Para las mascotas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 30 de enero.-
      A pet costume contest is scheduled for Sunday, February 7, as part of the activities for Carnaval, which takes place February 5-9. According to the announcement, all pets should be registered with the Department of Ecology, if they are from Isla Mujeres. Owners are responsible for cleaning up feces from their cat or dog during the event. First, second, and third places will be awarded based on ingenuity, originality, and creativity of the costume; coordination between the pet and owner; and the behavior and attitude of the pet. Photo from City FB page.

Merchants concerned about construction workers misbehaving    

 Piden prestadores de servicios, ya que sus excesos ahuyentan a turistas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 30 de enero.-

      Downtown entrepreneurs are concerned about the attitude and behavior of construction workers, especially on weekends when they drink alcohol, because they are driving tourists away from the nearby shops and businesses. The workers are constructing a building between Juarez and Hidalgo avenues, a block away from the Town Square. 
      The merchants say the construction workers are offending the tourists who walk down these two streets in bathing suits. They said whole families of tourists are being driven away, and when the workers were asked to moderate their behavior, it nearly came to blows. The municipal police were called, but the workers just went back into the building they are constructing until the patrol walked away.
     A nearby merchant said that the construction workers are not accustomed to seeing women dressed like this and patrols are needed in the area, at least on the weekends when the construction workers are drinking, to protect the tourists.


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

Our island is distinguished for its hospitality and friendship with the whole world.
We became sister cities with the city of Mission Texas,  which will allow us to open the doors to more tourism and bilateral cooperation and support.

Nuestra isla se distingue por su hospitalidad y amistad con el mundo entero.
Oficializamos con la Ciudad de Mission Texas, nuestro hermanamiento lo que nos permitirá abrir las puertas a más turismo y a la cooperación y apoyo bilateral.

Mission Texas and Isla Mujeres are sister cities receiving the new year with great expectations based on friendship, solidarity, and good will.
Mission Texas e Isla Mujeres Quintana Roo, ciudades hermanas que reciben el nuevo año con grandes expectativas basadas en la amistad, la solidaridad y la buena voluntad.

In the presence of representatives of the community and of the government of Isla Mujeres, the municipal president Agapito Magana Sanchez received the keys to the city of Mission, Texas. Receiving the keys to this new sister city will open up new horizons in economic, cultural, and social areas.
Con la representación del pueblo y el gobierno de Isla Mujeres, el presidente municipal Agapito Magaña Sánchez recibió las llaves de la ciudad de Mission Texas.
Recibir las llaves de una nueva ciudad hermana, abrirá nuevos horizontes en lo cultural, social y económico.

Mission Texas & Isla Mujeres, Quintanan Roo, together for a better future
Mission Texas e Isla Mujeres Q. Roo, juntas para un mejor futuro.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles

Dive shops complain other shops are "pirates"  
Denuncian piratería en buceo en la isla. [+] Ver mas
   The association of dive shops in Isla Mujeres wants authorities at all three levels of government to look into dive shops they call "pirates", saying those shops are employing foreigners and violating various regulations in Mexican law. They intended to discuss this with Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez this week, but at the last minute there was confusion over the appointment, and it was rescheduled. The spokespersons for the group made a call to Immigration and to the Hacienda (Tax-Treasury) in an attempt to stop this activity.
       Antonio Gonzalez, treasurer of the association and Misael Fernandez, secretary, said, "They are not employing local people. There are only foreigners working there, which is not permitted. This is deliberate competition, which no one is stopping." They accused four dive shops, who also provide whale shark tours, who are named in the article. They said it appears the four shops have obtained official documents, such as operating licenses, despite these alleged irregularities.
         It is noted that one business is operated by an Australian in partnership with an Argentinian manager, and that another also has dive businesses in Playa del Carmen. The accusers said, "These businesses are international chains who want to compete indiscriminately and cause ruination, without respecting pre-established rates and procedures in environmental matters, and most especially, they are not complying with Mexican regulations, like everyone else."
        Divelife of Playa Carmen has opened a dive shop at the hotel Isleño and the complainants say, "The arrival of this shop had great significance, because they offer activities such as whale shark tours and diving, displacing locals." There are persistent rumors that other shops from Playa del Carmen are interested in setting up their own shops offering whale shark tours and diving. A member of the Isla Mujeres dive shop association said, "We cannot allow this, because it opens the doors to outsiders and saturates the limited market that we have. We have talked with the authorities, but we have had difficulty making any progress in this respect."
        They are seeking proposals about how to prevent the entry of the off-island companies. Antonio Gonzalez said, "Everyone must work hard (hay que mover el culo todos lit. everyone must move our butts) to prevent this problem of giving more authorizations (permits) to more shops from Playa del Carmen, because it will be harder for us if they are given."  They have spoken to the Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez, and to the personnel at Migration, and they plan to speak with the Mayor.

Boating activity resumes  
Se reanuda la actividad náutica+] Ver mas
  The restriction for small boats due to winds and waves caused by cold front #34 was removed by the Harbor Master on Saturday, after two days, and nautical activities resumed for fishermen, divers, tourists, etc. The closed season for grouper and snapper begins February 1st. Saturday dawned with low temperatures of 19 C outside and 22 C inside. At 8am, the winds had dropped off completely, with the port opened for general navigation.

Child dancers going to Nicaragua 
Niños dandantes a Nicaragua] Ver mas
      Dance instructor Renatta Rodriguez said children from the Renatta Dance Studio (RDS) will perform at Carnaval in Isla Mujeres, which begins next weekend, before their tour of Central America in the following weeks.
     Their show is called "Viva Brasil", with girls four years old and up, who will represent Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, and Mexico in Nicaragua, as well as in Merida, Yucatan. They will perform for the Isla Mujeres public at the Town Square at 8pm on Saturday, Feb. 6 and on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at the same time and place. The music for their show includes Samba, Axe, Lambada, and Batucada, as a fusion of Brazilian rhythms, explained the professional who is always looking for different ways to delight her hometown fans and other audiences. There will be 45 dancers performing, as well as invited guests, and they look forward to entertaining the general public with a cultural extravaganza typical of their high quality performances on their tours within and outside the country in recent years.
      They practice daily before noon in the upstairs of her home, located on Carlos Lazo street near the IMSS (Unidad de Medicina Familiar del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social). The dancers of the RDS frequently perform on the island; in Merida, Yucatan; in the Caribbean; and in Central America, and are already well known in the region. 

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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.

February events

Sunset ~6:30
Moonrise over the Caribbean
Feb. 22, Monday:       6:57  (Full Moon, sunset 6:50)
Feb. 23, Tuesday:       7:47
Feb. 24, Wednesday:  8:37
Feb. 25, Thursday:     9:25
Feb. 26, Friday:        10:14
Feb. 27, Saturday:     11:03
Feb. 28, Sunday:       11:52

Sunday, Jan. 31 
Pescadores vs Cockteleros  at 1pm at the El Pescador baseball field for the Winter Technical League

Feb. 1, Monday  Day off for Constitution Day

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  Adult volunteers needed to assist & supervise the students. Wear closed shoes, hats, comfy clothing
            Meeting place is the Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria

February 4, Thursday   Artist Fair 4-9  Outside the Casa de Cultura
Feb. 5 Friday  Constitution Day

Carnaval is February 5-9  

Feb. 5, FRIDAY: GALA NIGHT Town Square 8pm   
Coronations of the Carnaval King & Queen, the Senior Citizen King & Queen, and the King & Queen with Disabilities. Dance Troupe Performances. Special performance by the young singer Jomal.

Feb. 6, SATURDAY: CUBAN NIGHT Town Square 8pm   
Dance Troupe Performances
Dancing by Residents & Tourists to Music of the Band "Rebelde"

Rueda Medina & Posada Beach aka Playa Centro Live Music
      FANTASY NIGHT Town Square  8pm  
Costume Contests for Children & for Pets
Performance by Eduardo Togi

Link to this video  
MONDAY: CARNAVAL Town Square  8pm 
Dance Troupe Performances, Adult Costume Contest
Comedy with Nani Namu & Stars

TUESDAY: CARNAVAL Town Square   8pm  
Dance Troupe Performances, Burning of Juan Carnaval & Reading of His Will

 The theme for Carnaval Isla Mujeres 2016 isEl Escenario del Mundo(The World Stage or Scenes of the World). Ten dance troupes are registered. The theme song is “Calor, Pasión, Mucha Diversión.This article says Monday is Regional Night/Noche Regional LINK.   
    For more information, visit the social network sites of the Ayuntamiento (City government) LINK  or go to the Casa  de la Cultura, Av. Guerrero at the intersection with Abasolo, tel.: 8 770767   

Feb. 10 Ash Wednesday

Feb 13-21  National Artisanal Fair Pabellón Nacional Artesanal  

Feb. 14  Valentine's Day

Feb. 24 Flag Day
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)

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