Sunday, February 21, 2016

Isla Mujeres News & Events Sunday, February 21

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Conflicts between foreign and local business owners 

 Entre comerciantes extranjeros y locales, por hostigamiento a turistas

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ISLA MUJERES, 20 de febrero.-
    There have been comments in social media about conflicts between local and foreign business owners downtown, and authorities have indicated they intend to take action on the matter to try and eradicate any irregularities. There are also complaints about foreigners who are vending illegally and clandestinely at the tables of established restaurants. 
      The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, has promised to contact the authorities of the INM (National Institute of Migration) to take the appropriate legal actions to avoid the presence of people who are not complying with the laws, either commercially or privately.  
     There are complaints about an Italian business owner who enters other businesses and attempts to attract customers to his location, and whose staff sometimes works shirtless. The other situation involves a foreigner who has a business selling hamburgers, and confrontations over barking dogs inside a home. In both cases, complaints have been filed with the Public Ministry (state prosecutor).

Ministry of Health activates boat ambulance    

Por parte de la Secretaría de Salud

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ISLA MUJERES, 20 de febrero.-
 On Saturday,  activation of the boat ambulance was announced, and the Secretary of Health, Juan Manuel Pacheco Ortegon said it has been operational since Friday. He said it is ready to handle any emergency that warrants transfer, and is now under the responsibilities of the Community Hospital of Isla Mujeres and the Port Authority of Quintana Roo. 
      It came from Cozumel on Thursday, and is moored at the API dock, and will depart from there when transporting emergency patients during the night or early morning. It is 32 feet long and equipped with two outboard motors of 250 hp each. The first sea ambulance has an inboard engine which presented problems for its operation, and that boat was never in service.

Archbishop comes to island to relax after hosting the Pope 

 Tras convivir con el Papa

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ISLA MUJERES, 20 de febrero.-
    After participating in the tour of Pope Francis in Mexico, the Archbishop of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas has arrived in Isla Mujeres for a few days of rest and relaxation. He is staying with his sister, whose birthday was Saturday. He plans to officiate at some Masses and to visit the beach on Sunday.
       He spoke about the messages brought by the Pope to the Mexican people, advising them not to live life just as observers, when we know there are many difficulties, but to work hard to transform our society.

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

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.

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.

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


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Functioning boat ambulance
Ambulancia marítima funcional [+] Ver mas
      The state Secretary of Health, Juan Manuel Prtegon Pacheco, oversaw the inauguration of the sea ambulance at the Port Authority pier (APIQRoo). The Director of the Community Hospital, Pedro Zapata, said it will be available for transports between midnight and 5am, when there is no ferry service. It is adapted with two outboard motors of 250 Hp each, enabling it to make the crossing to Puerto Juarez in 10 minutes. The previous sea ambulance, which arrived three years ago and was never operational, was put into dry dock. It has an inboard engine which allegedly had mechanical problems.
       This vessel was originally in operation in Cozumel, and is 32 feet long. It is not appropriate for performing rescues at sea, but it can efficiently cross the bay to Puerto Juarez, Punta Sam, or the Cancun Hotel Zone.
     Residents have complained that the hospital has a limited staff of around the clock specialists, which include a gynecologist, pediatrician, and surgeon, and some consider the modern facility to just be a "shell" because the government has not invested in personnel to staff it.

Monsignor of Tuxtla Gutierrez visiting the island 
Llega a la isla monseñor de Tuxtla Gutiérrez +] Ver mas

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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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. 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:

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