Thursday, February 25, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, February 25

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Valor & discipline

Third Competition of Marching Cadets

Durante el Tercer Concurso de Escoltas organizado por el Ayuntamiento

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ISLA MUJERES, 24 de febrero.-
See City section below....

Electrical Commission preventing accidents    

Reemplaza postes en mal estado

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ISLA MUJERES, 24 de febrero.-.
   Since last week, the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) have been replacing poles downtown that are in poor condition, as part of a program of preventative maintenance. Last week the changing of a post on Rueda Medina near the Naval base caused some inconvenience, and the Director of CFE in Isla Mujeres explained this is necessary to maintain the electrical service and to meet the needs of the community and for the companies that offer services to tourists.
      Today, (Wednesday), this work continued with the changing of a post on Adolfo Lopez Mateos avenue near the offices of Telegrafos de Mexico. Next week, they plan to change another pole on that street, but the date was not available. Apparently the changing of these poles followed a citizen complaint about a potential danger to pedestrians and drivers. It is expected (or espera) that these activities will include changing the pole near the PRI party office, because there have been many complaints about it.


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

Valor & discipline at the Third Competition of Marching Cadets   

    The third edition of the Marching Cadet Competition took place on Wednesday morning on the Town Square with teams from the primary schools and middle schools of the municipality, demonstrating their discipline and courage, winning attractive prizes with the goal of making this a tradition. With support from their teachers, in perfect weather, the student showed their skills and discipline honoring their homeland. The primary school winners are listed below. 
    Of the middle schools, for the third year in a row, first place was won by Benito Juarez who had 638 points, and second place was taken by the private school Jean Piaget with 554, and in third place was Francisco I Madero middle school of the community of Francisco May (from the mainland) with 499 points. 
         The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, speaking for the City Council as its President, congratulated the winners for their outstanding participation in the Third Municipal School Competition of Marching Cadets. The judges were  Enrique Barros Peña, municipal director of Sports & Recreation; Mario Sisero, Physical Education teacher; Naval Captain of CGEPM representing the Fifth Naval Region, Álvaro Héctor Sandovalm. Those responsible for the event include the teacher and Education Director Rocio Rodriguez and the General Secretary Juan Carrillo Soberanis, who gave speeches encouraging, praising, and congratulating the students.

The City of Isla Mujeres congratulates the winners of the Marching Drill Teams Competition 2016 and acknowledge the valor and discipline of the teachers of the winning teams.
 Primary Schools:
1st place with 579 points: Andrés Quintana Roo.
2nd place with 578 points:  Enrique Estrella Oxté (afternoon shift).
(on the mainland).
3rd place: Cesar Mendoza Santana.

Providing sports equipment for Isla Mujeres athletes  
  On Wednesday afternoon, the Mayor delivered sports equipment for the athletic community of Isla Mujeres provided by COJUDEQ (Quintana Roo Commission of Youth and Sports), represented by Martin Cobos Villalobos, who gave credit to the Governor Roberto Borge Angulo. He said the state government is aware of the needs of communities and the importance of sports. 
      The equipment includes basketballs, volleyballs, and soccer balls, as well as nets and other items for the various athletic leagues and associations on the island.  The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, expressed his appreciation and said this equipment will help hundreds of children and young people. He said, "With the delivery of these balls, sports infrastructure on the island is completed, having done the repairs, renovations, and installation of grass in the various sports fields and stadiums, fulfilling our commitments as a government." 
       Officials who attended included the municipal Treasurer, Álvaro Magaña Galué; Secretary General, Juan Carrillo Soberanis; the municipal trustee, Fidel Villanueva Madrid; Director of Sports and Recreation, Enrique Barros and the Director of the Municipal Youth Institute, Fidel García, as well as City Council members  Miriam Trejo; Adriana Trejo; Bartolomé Pech; José Magaña and Abirán Fuentes.

At the Rancho Viejo Community Center, financial assistance was delivered to the beneficiaries of the Senior Citizen pension program "Sixty Five Plus", in compliance with the orders of the President of Mexico.

En el salón de usos múltiples del Centro Comunitario de Rancho Viejo, hoy cumplimos con la encomienda del presidente de la Republica de entregar los apoyos a los beneficiarios del programa federal de +65 Pensión para el Adulto Mayor.

Staff with the municipal Urban Development Department began marking out the boundaries of the areas where exhibition and sale of goods and services are allowed on Hidalgo Avenue. It is an important issue with this administration to regulate trade in the historic center of tourism in Isla Mujeres
Regular y reglamentar el comercio en el centro histórico turístico de Isla Mujeres, es un tema fundamental para la actual administración municipal.
Personal de la Dirección de Desarrollo Urbano inició con la delimitación física de las áreas permitidas para la exposición y venta de productos y servicios en la avenida Hidalgo.

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.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Closure seal removed from cleared lot in Sac Bajo 
Levantan clausura en zona devastada en Sac-bajo.. [+] Ver mas
    Earlier this week, the municipal Department of Urban Development and the Environment removed the closure seal from the lot in Sac Bajo where mangrove bushes were removed during one of the largest clearings of vegetation on the island, of more than a hectare of land. The Director, Jose Francisco Villanueva Vargas, wan not in his office when the reporter visited twice, and written questions were left with his staff.  The questions asked for information about who was responsible and the fine, and the case in general, with no response at this time.
    Google images from 2014 indicate the clearing happened since then, therefore it occurred during this administration. The property extends from the Bay on its west side, to the Sac Bajo road on its east side, with a condominium to its north. There are rumors about who may be responsible, which have not been confirmed by municipal authorities.
   There have been other cases of clearing of mangroves in 2014-2015 in Sac Bajo, although this property is the largest. More than a year ago, the taxi union cleared 300 square meters of land that included mangroves, to build a parking area. Mangroves were also destroyed during the clearing of two entrances for private docks on the Makax lagoon.

Establishing boundaries on Hidalgo Avenue 
Ponen orden en la avenida Hidalgo[+] Ver mas
   On Wednesday,  City workers began defining the permitted areas where merchants and restaurants may use the public areas in front of their businesses on Hidalgo Avenue, in compliance with the regulations that were officially established in May 2005. They are allowed to extend out from their properties between 1.2 and 2.4 meters, into the public street which is 7 meters wide.  (de 1.2 a 2.4 metros, respectivamente, de una vía estrecha de hasta 7 metros).
   The former vice president of CANACO (Chamber of Commerce) applauded the efforts and said the next step will be to renovate the adjacent sidewalks and prohibit occupation of those sidewalks on Morelos, Madero, Matamoros, Abasolo, and Lopez Mateos.
   The regulations state that there is a stretch of about 600 meters of Hidalgo Avenue which is for pedestrian use, and that the maximum area allowed for tables and chairs in front of restaurants will be 2.4 meters from the boundary of the property. Other details of the regulations are given.

"Surada" winds blow sand onto the seaside walkway   
Por la “surada” aparecen las primeras arenas en el malecón .. [+] Ver mas

  Winds from the south caused sand to drift across the seaside walkway along Rueda Medina avenue (main street) downtown, with winds of 35kph for most of the day, causing a restriction for small boats with yellow and blue flags flying.
      After the passage of cold front #40 on Friday, it is expected that the winds will change as they do seasonally, signaling spring when they blow from the south, and causing sand to drift onto the malecon during March. These "surada" winds can be very strong and violent, causing accidents at times, such as occurred in the 90's when several fishing boats were capsized during a "Mahache" and three men were lost at sea.
  On Wednesday afternoon, shortly before 3pm, rain fell that lasted for over an hour, with the arrival of cold front #40, according to CONAGUA (National Water Commission). The port remained closed for small boats, with activities restricted for boats under 40 feet, who were allowed to continue to work near el Farito and Sac Bajo, close to shore, with necessary precautions to prevent incidents. 

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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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