Saturday, February 20, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, February 20

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Providing hearing aids  

 See City section below...

200 families benefit from the "Recycling Trash for Food" program  

 Con “Reciclando Basura por Alimentos”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de febrero.-
    Two hundred families in colonia La Gloria exchanged 2.5 tonnes of recyclable materials for basic food products in another edition of the "Recycling Trash for Food" program. The scales opened promptly at 8am to weigh recyclables such as paper, PET plastic, glass bottles, and broken electronics and appliances which were exchanged for necessities from the "Mercado del Bienestar" including rice, beans, oats, sugar, oil, and milk. This program encourages recycling and contributes to the economies of families.

Tempers rise over leadership dispute of "Patria & Progreso" cooperative   

 Por disputa de dirigencia de la Cooperativa Pesquera “Patria y Progreso”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 19 de febrero.-
  Jaime Osorio Sanchez said he is still president of the fishing cooperative "Patria & Progreso", refuting allegations made by Raciel Rivero Coba yesterday, claiming he was elected president at the meeting on December 23, which ended in fighting. 
       Mr. Osorio Sanchez said the legality of this decision is now in the hands of the lawyers and that all of this conflict, including what happened a few days ago, is directly related to the sale of the cooperative. He said it is no secret that the businessman Alvaro Burgos Rios is behind this, but they will not be provoked because everything is in the hands of the lawyers. 
     He said, "With regard to the alleged debt of 3 million pesos, which was mentioned in the media, I can tell you they are wrong, because there was a business which gave us an advance for the purchase of lobster, which we must return when the season ends."  He said there are some fishermen who have sold their rights to Sr. Burgos Rios, but he insists there are many more who are not in agreement with the manner in which this potential purchase of the cooperative is being proposed.


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

Every week the program "Recycling Trash for Food" helps hundreds of Island families who exchange trash for food, and in this way an better environment is created.
El programa RBxA continúa beneficiando, como cada semana, a cientos de familias isleñas que acuden a canjear sus residuos sólidos por alimentos, de esta manera se propicia un Medio Ambiente más amigable.

You are invited to participate in Batik classes at the Casa de Cultura 
A través del Instituto de Cultura y las Artes, les invitamos a participar en las clases de Batik en la Casa de la Cultura.

Magic classes on Tuesday and Thursday at the Casa Cultura beginning March 1st.  
Clases de magia.
Inician el 1ro de Marzo.
Martes y jueves.
Casa de la cultura

Announcement to join the corps of cadets for the police department: the Municipal Department of Public Security and Traffic of Isla Mujeres 
Convocatoria para pertenecer al cuerpo de cadetes de la Dirección General de Seguridad Pública y Tránsito del Municipio de Isla Mujeres.

The Isla Mujeres DIF social service agency, in the coordination of the Beneficencia Publica of Quintana Roo will be providing hearing aids. Requirements include the documents listed below, brought to the DIF offices between 9am and 4pm before February 23rd.
El Sistema DIF Isla Mujeres en coordinación con la Beneficencia Publica de Q. Roo, llevará a cabo una entrega de aparatos auditivos.
-Copia de acta de nacimiento del beneficiario.
-Identificación con fotografía del beneficiario y/o solicitante (INE/IFE).
-Comprobante reciente de domicilio.
- Dos fotografías tamaño infantil del beneficiario y/o solicitante.
-Copia de la CURP.
Las personas que lo requieran, deberán acudir a las instalaciones del DIF Municipal con sus documentos, de 9 de la mañana a 4 de la tarde, teniendo como fecha límite el 23 de febrero.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

CFE causes traffic jam  
La CFE provocó embotellamiento.. [+] Ver mas
  Traffic was affected downtown when Rueda Medina was partially blocked for nearly three hours during the replacement of a electricity post which had deteriorated. Traffic was slowed to a crawl, and drivers wondered why the work wasn't done at sunrise where there is less traffic, rather than blocking part of the street in front of the Naval base at 9am and 10am.
   There are other posts in poor condition and it had been presumed that they would be eliminated when the underground network became operational, which was installed five years ago in this area, according to some entrepreneurs. This network of just over one kilometer, was supposed to replace the overhead electric poles in 2011 along Rueda Medina, but this has not taken place.
   According to the CFE, the underground network was not put into use because it did not meet international standards for the work. It was postponed until work is done to correct the errors, which is the responsibility of the state government, who have not addressed this problem.
         There is a deteriorated post on the corner of Rueda Medina and Abasolo which was strengthened with a cement 'cast' by a nearby business to prevent any accidents in this areas where thousands of tourists travel daily.

Trash affects mangroves in Makax Lagoon 
Basura afecta manglares de Laguna Makax .. [+] Ver mas
     Mangroves near the Makax lagoon have not only suffered from cutting, but also from pollution by garbage, especially plastic bottles. There is litter along the side of the Sac Bajo road which needs to be cleaned up, including packaging from soft drinks, water, and beer. Visitors suggested that trash cans along the sidewalks are needed.
        There are at least 50 piers around the Makax lagoon area, and unofficial reports indicate that many of them have 'irregularities'. Their owners have not appeared to be interested in volunteering for clean up campaigns when this has been suggested, therefore residents would like the municipal government to raise the awareness of these federal zone concession holders to prevent further damage to the flora and fauna. Many of the piers have trash around them.  Environmental activists want PROFEPA and the municipal department of Ecology to monitor the area to prevent any further cutting of the mangroves.

Sea ambulance ready for use 
Dicen que “ahora si”. [+] Ver mas
  The sea ambulance that was recently acquired from Cozumel is ready for use, resolving the previous problem of lack of a boat for emergency transports, especially during those hours when the ferries aren't running. This was confirmed in a telephone interview with the director of the Community Hospital, Pedro Zapata Reyes. He said this boat ambulance is in perfect condition for transporting patients and will replace the one which never became operational.
    He said, "I saw it and it has all the equipment; we have a captain, and it is ready to be used whenever it is required, with no problems. We have coordinated with the Red Cross and with API (the Port Authority), so we can cross directly with the patient. He said the sea ambulance has been stationed in Cozumel for several years, but was moved to this location due to Isla Mujeres due to the urgent need for maritime transport in emergencies. It is not know whether this is temporary or permanent.
      The Hospital Director said the boat is equipped with two powerful outboard motors and can cover the distance between Isla Mujeres and Punta Sam in just ten minutes, if necessary. A nurse at the hospital explained that the time it takes to receive specialized care in an emergency can make the difference between life and death, or at best, leave the patient with severe physical or mental limitations. She said, for example, a patient who has suffered a severe head injury needs to be in an operating room for surgery within sixty minutes. She said,  "If there is a crash in Isla Mujeres at 3am and the patient suffers severe head injuries, obviously they need immediate treatment and emergency surgery, but here they can only be stabilized. Therefore, if there is no way to transfer the patient until the ferry is running, that is a delay of hours which drastically reduces their chance for survival."

Boat ambulance which was never operational
   On July 24, 2013, a boat ambulance was delivered  to the Isla Mujeres Health Department by the State Government, which was similar to this vessel from Cozumel, but it never accomplished a single transport. It remained docked at the pier of the Maritime Terminal without moving. If a patient needed transport they traveled on the ferry, or the Navy provided transportation in the middle of the night when the ferry wasn't running,.
   The head of the Quintana Roo Port Authority (APIQRoo), Erce Barron Barrera,  said the boat ambulance is available in case of medical emergency to guarantee the peace and security of islanders and of the thousands of tourists who visit this destination. He said the boat and captain are available 24 hours a day to deal with any situation requiring an urgent transfer to the mainland, especially when the ferries aren't running. He said this is a commitment made by Governor Roberto Borge Angulo to provide 24 hour coverage for the island, in response to this longstanding demand of the islanders. It is not known why the previous ambulance was not made operational.

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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.

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

Feb. 2 Candlemas  If there was a plastic baby in your piece of Rosca (King's cake) on Dia de los Reyes (Kings Day Jan. 6), you're expected to provide tamales today for the friends who shared the cake with you. Link to info about Candlemas.  

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 (Including RDS)
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 video of performer  
MONDAY: CARNAVAL Town Square  8pm 
Dance Troupe (Regional Night) Performances, Adult Costume Contest
Comedy with Nani Namu & Stars

TUESDAY: CARNAVAL Town Square   8pm  
Dance Troupe Performances (including RDS), 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. 8 & 9  No School (for Carnaval)  

Feb. 10 Ash Wednesday

Feb. 11 Thursday, Naval Wives Monthly Breakfast Benefit (For Naval Hospital) 9am Naval Club 

Feb. 13 & 14, Sat & Sun, Salina Chica Futbol Rapido Lightning Tournament  

Feb 13-21  National Artisan's Exposition 9a-9p Town Square Pabellón Nacional Artesanal  

Feb. 14  Valentine's Day 

Feb. 15 The dance troupe from Renatta Dance Studio will perform "Carnaval Brasil" at 8pm on the Town Square at the official inauguration of the National Artisan's Exposition which began  Feb. 13 and continues until next Sunday, Feb. 21

Feb. 15-20  Island Time Music & Fishing Fest   LINK     LINK    

Feb 16, 18, & 23 at 10 am
    Feb. 25 at 4pm
  Batik classes by Sergio at Casa de Cultura 350 pesos +50p for materials (Islanders 100p,includes materials)

Feb. 17  Wednesday   Cultural Center  Artist Fair 4-9

Feb. 19 Friday  8pm Town Square  a performance by the Children's Folklorico troupe of the Cultural Institute and by the troupe "Carnavalissismo" and the Artisan's expo continues daily 9a-9p thru Sunday.

Feb. 23 Magic show demonstration (free) Casa de Cultura 5pm;
Magic Classes on Tues & Thurs starting March 1st for two months 5p-6:40  (900 pesos foreigners/600 pesos residents)

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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