Sunday, February 14, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, February 14

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Want PROFECO monitoring stores to protect consumers on Valentine's Day   

 Para evitar abusos contra enamorados

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 13 de febrero.-
  Isla Mujeres lacks a full time presence of the Federal Consumer Protection Agency, with an official representative visiting the isle one day a week, on Wednesdays. Consumers would like the agency to monitor the stores, restaurants and hotels to assure they follow regulations on the Day of Love and Friendship (Valentine's Day), which includes displaying prices in pesos, as well as respecting their offers and promotions. It is anticipated that shops selling gifts and flower shops will be crowded with hundreds of customers.

Cycle of fumigation completed to prevent mosquito borne illnesses    

 Parra evitar enfermedades transmitidas por vector

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 13 de febrero.-.
  The work of fumigating around the isle to prevent mosquito borne diseases culminated this weekend, according to the head of Vectors in Isla Mujeres, Jorge de la Cruz Velazquez. Early in the week the focus was on downtown and the colonia neighborhoods, and on Thursday they began to comb the southern part of the island, where they completed work on the weekend. 
     The Director said he personally supervised these preventive measures, with an intense focus on the areas of mangrove of the Makax lagoon, by the colonisa Miraflores, Canotal, and La Gloria. They also fumigated the residential areas in general, around the perimeter road, and facing the Bay, which are no less important, but the priority is to focus on the wetlands. A priority is also given to any area where there has been a mosquito borne illness. There have been no cases of dengue (this year), and there have been no cases of zika in Isla Mujeres. There was a case of chikungunya reported recently in a resident who lives near the back of the Trash Transfer Station of Isla Mujeres, therefore spraying was scheduled in that area as a high priority.  
   He explained they apply the insecticide "Chlorpyrifos" via smoke-mist that extends several meters, becoming denser, causing mosquitoes to die within five seconds of exposure. Fumigation will continue in the mangrove areas, especially if there is any illness nearby, however, officials at all three levels of government emphasize that there have been no cases of zika in Isla Mujeres. 

No guarantee of supply of seafood during Lent    

De pescados y mariscos durante la Cuaresma

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 13 de febrero.-
    Due to weather conditions and the scarcity of seafood, especially fish, fishermen of Isla Mujeres cannot guarantee a supply of these products during Lent, according to the president of the Federation of Fishing Cooperatives of Quintana Roo, Baltazar Gomez Catzin.
      In addition to the weather being uncooperative recently, there is also some scarcity due to the seasonal ban on catching grouper being in force now. He said there are some fishermen who are involved in this activity illegally without respecting the dates of closure, who should be censured by officials.
         He said the state Federation includes a total of 3000 fishermen in 23 cooperatives, of which eight are located in Cancun and Isla Mujeres.


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

The dance troupe from Renatta Dance Studio will perform "Carnaval Brasil" at 8pm tomorrow, Feb. 15, on the Town Square at the official inauguration of the National Artisan's Exposition which began yesterday, Feb. 13 and continues until next Sunday, Feb. 21
Isla Mujeres, always with the best of culture and dance   
Isla Mujeres siempre con lo mejor de la cultura y la danza 

Isla Mujeres welcomes all the participants of the National Artisan's Exposition which is being held for the first time in our township. You will now find the art and creativity of  Mexican artisans here in the PUEBLO MAGICO of Isla Mujeres.
Isla Mujeres da la la bienvenida a todos los participantes del Pabellón Artesanal que por primera vez se realizará en nuestro municipio.
El arte y la creatividad de los artesanos mexicanos se encuentran ya en el PUEBLO MÁGICO de Isla Mujeres.

A clean up campaign took place in Salina Grande as part of the program of City Directors in Your Colonia and the care of parks. There was a great deal of participation and help from the ZOFEMAT Director, Carmen Nahuat and the Director of Catastro (Deeds), Ivan Lugo, as well as always, from the staff of the Ecology Department who are committed to these activities for the good of the community.
Hoy tuvimos una participativa jornada de limpieza en Salina Grande dando cumplimiento al programa Director en tu Colonia y cuidado de parques.
Gran participación y apoyo de los directores Carmen Nahuat de ZOFEMAT e Ivan Lugo de Catastro; como siempre el personal de ecología comprometido con las actividades en bien de la comunidad.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Increase of car ferry crossings  
 On Mon-Fri., the vehicle ferry will leave Isla Mujeres at 6am, 8am, 10am, 12pm, 2:45pm, 4:15pm, and 7:15pm.
 On Mon-Fri., the vehicle ferry will leave Punta Sam at 7:15am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 8:15pm.
 The hours are unchanged on Saturday and Sunday.

Isla Mujeres schools receive assistance from Keys4Life foundation
   The "Keys 4 Life" foundation did maintenance work at the middle school "Benito Juarez" while the students were out of school for Carnaval. The work included renovating in the bathrooms, painting, installing electrical outlets, installing a pump, and general cleaning. The foundation included four activists from Isla Mujeres and 60 from Minnesota, who also did work at the kindergartens, including painting and the donation and installation of projectors.
    This organization is also known for doing construction work on homes in colonia Guadalupana, where about 180 families live who have limited resources. The founders of this organization are Ken and Debbie Wanovich, who said the group plans to do more work at the middle school on Friday, including more painting, installing of fans and of water pumps.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

"Disappearance" of maritime ambulance  
“Desapareció” la ambulancia marítima.. [+] Ver mas
    The state government donated a boat ambulance in mid-2013, which was moored near the premises of the Maritime Terminal, but it has "disappeared" recently and islanders are wondering about its whereabouts. Residents are also complaining that despite receiving the boat ambulance, the boat was never activated and has never been used, despite how important it is to be have transportation to the mainland. There are more concerns among the public since the Navy adopted a new policy so that it no longer provides its Interceptor boats for urgent transfers, even in the wee hours of the night when there are no ferries running. Doctors of the Community Hospital confirmed that now they can no longer request assistance from the Navy to transfer patients.
  When the boat ambulance arrived, the Director of the General Hospital at that time, David Valenzo Loera, said the boat only lacked registration to become operational. The Isla Mujeres Harbor Master, Miguel Ismael Gonzalez Gil said no boat ambulance has been registered at this port, but it is possible that the State Government registered it in Chetumal, as occurred with the ambulance intended for Cozumel.
     An official who spoke anonymously said it is urgent that the boat ambulance should appear, if it has not been sold or dismantled, and it should be given the necessary maintenance work, and be put into operation as soon as possible.

Exchange rate with dollar at 17.40 and 19 pesos
Dólar a la compra; $17.40; $19.00 a la venta [+] Ver mas
  The loss of value of the peso against the dollar continues with exchange rates in Isla Mujeres of 17.3 and 17.4 to purchase pesos and 19 pesos per dollar to sell them. This has caused restaurants, cocina economicas diners, loncheria diners, and taqueria taco shops to adjust their prices. However with the fierce competition, they have tried to keep this to a minimum.
     Overall, restaurants & snack bars made average increases of 10 pesos for the dishes on their menus while the taquerias and similar businesses selling snacks raised their prices one or two pesos for empanadas, salbutes, tacos, and other typical foods of the region. (10 pesos is ~60c and 2 pesos is ~12c)
    Despite the current exchange rate, convenience stores and shops of all kinds are offering lower exchange rates, not to mention the cab drivers who are only valuing US dollars as ten pesos, which is why they prefer to offer their services to foreigners and to neglect islanders, especially during peak periods.
     There was only one business on Hidalgo Avenue offering 18 pesos to the dollar, with a minimum purchase of 300 pesos. There is a travel agency accepting 17.1 pesos, while most businesses offer 12 to 14 pesos, to the benefit of the business owners when they exchange the US currency.

Merchants taking over sidewalks  
Banquetas apropiadas por el comercio.. [+] Ver mas
    Pedestrians are having difficulty walking down many downtown sidewalks because stores are placing merchandise on the sidewalks, causing people to walk in the streets. This is risky, especially because the streets are narrow and they are crowded with parked vehicles.
      It is also difficult when home owners plant shrubs and other decorations in the sidewalk areas, hindering the passage of people. Another problem is when deliveries are made and stacked on the sidewalk, causing people to walk into the street.
      There are places in the streets where the pavement (adocreto) is sunken, which is an additional risk for pedestrians who are walking in the street.

Community Hospital lacks medicines  
Hospital Comunitario, sin medicamentos.. [+] Ver mas
   Some beneficiaries of Seguro Popular insurance who are entitled to medications have been paying for the medicines themselves, because they are unavailable at the Community Hospital, which is causing economic hardships. Additionally, due to health reforms, the Community Hospital is no longer providing insulin for diabetic patients, who are forced to buy this expensive drug with their own money.
       A resident of Salina Chica who declined to provide her name said, "My husband and I are diabetics, and between the two of us we need four vials a month, which cost 890 pesos each, which is a tremendous expense. Sometimes our sons help us, and now my husband cannot work because he had a relapse, and with no money, he is running out of insulin, and I am doing without, because there is not enough for both of us."

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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. 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

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

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

Feb. 17  Wednesday   Cultural Center  Artist Fair 4-9

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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