Thursday, February 18, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, February 18

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 to benefit Isla charities 
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Ready for the Collective Wedding ceremonies  

See city section below....   

Local representative for Children's Congress to be chosen March 18  

 El 18 se marzo se elegirá al representante local

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de febrero.-
This information was translated yesterday...

Immediate reaction by City to unexpected storm    

 Agapito instruye acciones ante sorpresivo temporal

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 17 de febrero.-
See city section below....  


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

You are invited to take Batik classes at the Casa de Cultura, via the Institute of Culture and Arts. See the Events section & the poster is in English.  
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 Tuesdays & Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura starting March 1st. See the Events section & the poster is in English.
Clases de magia.
Inician el 1ro de Marzo.
Martes y jueves.
Casa de la cultura.

We invite you to the National Artisan's Exposition on the Town Square and see the excellent work of Mexican artisans.
Te invitamos a ir al Pabellón Nacional Artesanal que se encuentra en la Explanada Municipal.
Ven y conoce el excelente trabajo de los artesanos de nuestro país.

Quick response from City to unexpected storm  

 When an unexpected storm surprised the island on Wednesday, Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez instructed the Directors of various City departments to make an immediate, coordinated effort to respond to the problems and challenges caused by the weather. The municipal officials worked in teams and brigades visiting different areas around the island to assist residents and visitors. They followed instructions and demonstrated a serious commitment to the community by cleaning and monitoring the storm drains to prevent flooding. The mayor announced that there will be a special temporary employment program as soon as weather conditions permit.

Everything is ready for the traditional Collective Wedding ceremonies that are organized annually by the DIF and Civil Registry. They will take place on February 18 and 19 with four couples from the island and 24 couples from the Continental Zone/Rancho Viejo area.
Todo se encuentra listo para que este 18 y el 19 de febrero se lleven a cabo las tradicionales bodas colectivas organizadas por el DIF ISLA MUJERES y el Registro Civil.
En esta ocasión, serán 4 parejas en la ínsula, mientras que en la Zona Continental/Rancho Viejo, serán 24 parejas las que se unan.

Announcement for beneficiaries of the senior citizens pension program Sixty Five Plus and for those who are interested in enrolling in the program to advise that personnel from SEDESOL will be here Wednesday, Feb. 24 to make payments and take registrations.
Informamos a todos los beneficiarios del Programa +65 Pensión para el Adulto Mayor y a los interesados en inscribirse al mismo, que el día miércoles 24 de febrero personal de la SEDESOL estará realizando la prueba de supervivencia, pago en efectivo e inscripciones, por lo que es de suma importancia su asistencia.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Island wakes up "underwater" 
La isla amaneció “bajo el agua”,.. [+] Ver mas
  Isla Mujeres was nearly 'paralyzed' by heavy rains at dawn which severely affected the activities of providers of various tourism services, although the port remained open for navigation by small boats. The rain fell relentlessly for more than two hours, causing flooding downtown and in other areas, particularly affecting the baseball field and Hidalgo Avenue, where the water came over the curb and entered some of the shops.
       In spite of the rain, an employee of the Civil Protection department was working at the intersection of Guerrero and Abasolo to clear litter from the grates of the absorption pits, giving an outlet to the large amount of accumulated water. He said the two pumps had been turned on, and were working when he began his shift at 9am, but he did not know what time they had been turned on.
       The main beaches were virtually empty. The usual flooding occurred downtown, with water levels on some streets reaching nearly half a meter, especially on Hidalgo Avenue where tables at some restaurants were nearly hidden under the 'lake' that had appeared on this popular street.
    By 1pm the weather conditions had improved and the sun came out, but this was not enough to revive tourism activities to 100 percent. Some stores selling souvenirs were closed. At a store that remained open, employee Hilda Tun said, "It was raining for half the morning, then we spent the second half sweeping and moping the floors, and sweeping the street to remove the puddles. Of course, there wasn't much else to do since the few tourists who passed by weren't very interested in buying or even taking a look."
    The restaurants fared a little better and reported an average occupancy at their tables. There were many tourists who chose to wait out the rain over breakfast or a hot beverage.

Fighting among members of cooperative  
Brote de violencia en cooperativa [+] Ver mas
Original article By Ovidio Lopez  Feb. 17
   Tensions have been high in recent weeks among members of the cooperative Patria & Progreso. Wednesday afternoon a fight broke out near the headquarters of the cooperative between the leader of the group of members who want to liquidate the assets of the organization, Raviel Coba Rivero, who is also Director of the Tortugranja and Sergio Trejo Gamboa.
         Sergio Trejo spent a couple hours in jail and complained about police taking away his sons and grandsons when they came to his defense. He says eyewitnesses will agree that Raciel Rivero was the provoker, commenting, "He has been trying to provoke me in recent days with constant harassment and insults, but I am older than him so I've been ignoring it."
           The source of the municipal official's anger is that there are members of the cooperative who do not want to agree to the liquidation of the assets of the group in exchange for 'a few coins', from Alvaro Burgos Rios, for only about 100,000 pesos per member.
  Two members reacted to this event with concerns about further violence and asked for governmental intervention to assess the situation to avoid a possible repetition of what happened in the eighties, referring to the violence that erupted during the formation of the Justicia Social cooperative. They say the government has failed to take a neutral position in the conflict and to seek a solution, and they accused the government of supporting Avaro Burgos. 

Empty beaches in the morning  
Playas lucieron vacías gran parte del díai.. [+] Ver mas
Original article By Ovidio Lopez Feb. 17
   Due to the heavy rain that fell on Wednesday morning, the beaches remained mostly empty until noon. Then the weather improved and tourists visited the beaches. There were no people on Playa Norte and the Posada beach at 11am, but an hour later people arrived and the beaches were fairly full for the rest of the day. Security personnel reported there were no problems.
       The horizon was dark at 8am with the arrival of cold front number 39,  cancelling plans for tours by dive shops and the lanchero tour boats, although the port remained open for small boats.

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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

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. 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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