Sunday, February 28, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, February 28

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Clean up in colonia Caribena  

The program Ayuntamiento en tu Colonia (the City government in your neighborhood) continues working for the community. On Saturday, City employees and department Directors conducted a clean up in Colonia Caribena. (Photos in City section below)  

Red Cross campaign for vision      

 En la Cruz Roja

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de febrero.-
    Specialists will be offering eye exams at the Red Cross between 10am and 3pm from Monday February 29 until Friday March 4th. Graduates from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) and of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), specializing in eyecare for children and older adults will conduct exams for conditions such as  glaucoma, cataracts, keratoconus, diabetic retinopathy and hypertension,as well as for contacts and glasses. 
      The consult is provided for the modest fee of 50 pesos, with the price of the glasses depending on the visual problem. The community at large are invited to take advantage of this opportunity.

Serious about regulations: Warning merchants on Hidalgo

 Advierten a comerciantes que no acaten nueva disposición en la avenida Hidalgo

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de febrero.-
     Merchants who do not comply with regulations on  Hidalgo Avenue and Juarez Avenue, could be sanctioned economically, and in case of recidivism, could lose their concession to continue working on these streets. They must respect the limits restricing where they may place tables, chairs, signs, and merchandise, or be subject to a penalty of 50 daily minimum wages (~73 pesos or $4+), which is about 3500 pesos (~$200). In the case of recidivism, the penalty is 70 minimum daily wages, or about 5000 pesos (~$275), and with a third offense the business could lose permission to continue using these streets. 
     The regulations of the Isla Mujeres Tourism Area Pedestrian Zone states that restaurants may use up to 2.4 meters from the edge of their property by placing a single row of tables with their chairs. For souvenir shops, the maximum area is 1.2 linear meters from the edge of their property. 
      Businesses which are not allowed to use the pedestrian zone include jewelry stores, pharmacies, bookstores, hair salons, money exchange offices, grocery stores, commercial offices, travel agencies, dry cleaners, appliance stores, opticians, fishmongers, and butchers. Signs, displays, and menu boards may not be placed outside the permitted area. Golf carts, bicycles, and motorcycles are not permitted in the pedestrian zone.  


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

Because we love our island, this Administration takes action, not just talk, with the program AYUNTAMIENTO EN TU COLONIA conducting a major clean up campaign in colonia Caribena in honor of being named as a "Pueblo Magico" Together we can keep our wonderful home clean.
Porque amamos nuestra isla, en este Ayuntamiento, obviamos las palabras y pasamos a la acción con el programa AYUNTAMIENTO EN TU COLONIA.
En la Colonia Caribeña realizamos una mega jornada de limpieza para que ISLA MUJERES honre su nombramiento de PUEBLO MÁGICO.
Juntos mantengamos limpio nuestro gran hogar.

A clean up campaign of the mangroves of Makax Lagoon took place which was coordinated by the Directors of the Ecology Department and the Federal Zone agency, as part of the program Ayuntamiento en tu Colonia (City Government in your neighborhood). They asked the concession holders to keep the areas clean and to comply with regulations about this.
El Programa Ayuntamiento en tu Colonia en coordinación con las Direcciones de Ecología y Zona Federal, efectuaron la limpieza de manglares en la zona de la Laguna Makax, de igual manera se exhortó a los concesionarios a mantener limpios sus espacios tal y lo como marca la ley en la materia.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Concerns about partially submerged boats
Peligrosas chatarras en el mar. [+] Ver mas
   There are about six medium sized boats that are partially submerged along the shores of the Bay and at the entrance and inside to Makax lagoon. Many of them were abandoned after Hurricane Gilberto in 1988 and Hurricane Wilma in 2005. There are concerns that they could be blown into other boats if there is a hurricane, or that they could have remnants of fuel, which could cause contamination of the water. Satellite images indicate there are remains of several boats along the shores near the Sac Bajo road, and it appears that no authorities are forcing them to be removed.

Port reopened for small boats  
Restablecen navegación menor [+] Ver mas
   The intensity of the northern winds reduced, and the port was opened to small boats after three days of restrictions. The National Water Commission (CONAGUA) forecast the arrival of winds from the south on Sunday, although the latests predictions didn't occur with the prolongation of two systems affecting the region, causing cooler days with temperatures of 23 degrees.
    There were no incidents on land or sea except minor injuries to a local resident when a visitor operated a golf cart without due caution, which is common when they get distracted (emocionados); drive in restricted areas; or don't control their vehicle properly. The vehicle was impounded while responsibilities are being determined. The large number of vehicles on the streets on weekends leads to chaos in the high traffic areas, such as Rueda Medina, where negligence causes incidents such as this.

IMSS beneficiaries lack coverage at night    
Sin atención nocturna del IMSS[+] Ver mas
   Thousands of beneficiaries of the IMSS (Mexican Social Security Institute) now lack medical coverage at night on the island since the former agreement with the Naval Hospital has been cancelled. More than one person has been rejected at the Naval Hospital so far this year, and the most recent was  Hugo Magaña Cruz on Friday night, who was told the agreement is no longer in place.
   Sr. Magana presented to the hospital following an accident shortly after 7pm on Rueda Medina when a vehicle suddenly entered the roadway and there was a collision with his scooter, which he was riding with a small child. While protecting the child, his foot was injured and it needed an X ray to see if any bones were damaged. He was not able to obtain from the Naval Hospital due to cancellation of the agreement, allegedly without advising the IMSS. The Red Cross paramedics then transported him to the new Community Hospital, which is not prepared to meet this need. He crossed over to Cancun to receive the required medical attention.
     It is recalled that the Naval base has stopped transferring patients at night since last month, which caused concerns, and the state government was obligated to provide an maritime ambulance, when one had not been operational previously. Now that boat is available for transports to Puerto Juarez at night, before the ferries start running at 5am.

Planning only one Stations of the Cross procession on the island
Habrá un sólo víacrucis en la isla+] Ver mas
    The traditional Viacrucis for Good Friday will be held March 25, and will be united into one event, with a longer journey from colonia La Gloria to the Town Square in front of the Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. More than 3500 believers are expected and there will be nearly a month of preparations and 60 actors participating in the representation of the Passion and death of Jesus Christ in the streets of Isla Mujeres.
  For the second year, Jesus will be played by Wenceslao Trejo Martinez, and about half of the actors have participated previously. organizer Gibran Mex Pinzon said the priest, Raul Sanchez Alonso, considered it necessary to cancel the viacrusis of La Gloria and unite with the principal celebration which has a tradition of 24 years, from the Chapel of Guadalupe.
        The schedule is unchanged with the reenactment beginning at noon at Capella Guadalupe with the staging of the trial.The group who leave from La Gloria at the front of the Sacred Heart Church will proceed up Paseo de los Peces avenue to Jesus Martinez Ross, past the Dome by Venado, and walk up the road to the starting point. ( cambia el horario de salida del viacrucis en la Guadalupe, a las 12 horas cuando inicie la escenificación del juicio. Una hora, el grupo de creyentes que partirá de la Gloria, lo harán frente a la capilla Sagrado Corazón de Jesús; avanzarán sobre las avenidas Paseo de los Peces, Jesús Martínez Ross, hasta el domo por Venado y encaminar sobre la vía que conduce a punto de partida.)
    According to the Catholic Church, this reenactment is the largest in the region, with many families arriving to participate. Tourists tend to join the final part of the procession, which is now four kilometers long.

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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.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)

Thursday, March 3  Artist's Fair Casa de Cultura 4-9p

  Saturday, March 5:

This says the upcoming Artist Fair & Taste of Isla on Thursday, March 3 at the Casa de Cultura will include music, and dancing...and beverages, which probably means Isla Cerveza are expected.

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