Thursday, March 10, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, March 10

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The Isla Mujeres Magazine
 to benefit Isla charities 
 are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers!


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Agapito confirms large event offering services to community

Sponsored by state government  

Promovida por el Gobierno del Estado

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ISLA MUJERES, 9 de marzo.-
See City section below....

5 days without work while port closed for small boats due to weather   

Se acentúan pérdidas de náuticos por el mal clima

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ISLA MUJERES, 9 de marzo.-
  The article translated yesterday from Por Esto about the port closures & weather is very similar to this one

From Tuesday.....

Eighth edition of Diabetes Clinic

En su octava edición

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ISLA MUJERES, 7 de marzo.-

   This says that the 8th Annual edition of the "Diabetes Clinic" will be held at the Red Cross facility in Isla Mujeres beginning at 8am. (The start time was actually scheduled as 9am & it was a success). This event is organized by Karen Rosenberg (with assistance from Geovanny Avilas, plus the many people who donated glucometers, strips, and money. It is a collaboration of norteamericano and islano nurses, social workers, EMT's, paramedics, and volunteers.)  
     As occurred the previous year, part of the donated equipment and supplies were held at the international airport in Cancun, and were unavailable to help the people suffering from diabetes in Isla Mujeres. Therefore there was less equipment available this year, which was given away for free. 
     At last year's clinic, led by Karen Rosenberg, they assisted 89 people, of whom 70 received a free glucometer with a six month supply of strips. In addition to giving away medical equipment and supplies, and at these clinics, educational information is also provided about this disease, how to manage it, and proper diet, as well as making sure recipients understand how to use the machines.
     It is noted that diabetes is the second cause of death in Mexico, behind heart disease, and it is estimated that 15 percent of the population suffer from it, of whom many are unaware they have it. According to the Mexican Diabetes Federation, in 2010 in Mexico. this disease cost nearly 9 billion pesos, of which 55% of the costs were borne by patients or their families.  The annual cost for treatment is some 22,000 pesos annually (per person, I assume, which is ~$1250usd. The minimum daily wage in Q Roo is ~72 pesos, for a six day week that's ~$25usd/wk x 50 weeks is $1250usd/yr.) including drugs, medical consults, and studies. 
      Ms. Rosenberg explained that the disease is aggravated by factors that are common in this area of the Caribbean, including the consumption large amounts of sugar, poor nutrition, and the abuse of sweetened soft drinks.


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

Beneficial event on Friday: Committed To You  

The Mayor, Agapito Magana Sanchez, announced that there will be more than 300 free services offered from municipal, state, and federal agencies for the island community at the event on Friday, as part of the state government's "Mega Jornadas “Comprometidos Contigo”. This will take place from 9am to 4pm at the Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria.
      Services will include: medical consultations, haircuts, massages, pet vaccinations, state and municipal documents and registrations, and other social programs and agencies. Citizens who need governmental services will be able to be in direct contact with the agencies. 
    Credit for this beneficial event is given to the Governor Roberto Borge Angulo, the President of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, and the municipal government. The Mayor said in addition to the wide range of services being offered, the younger members of island families can enjoy fun and recreation with bounce houses, face painting, and other activities.

Women and men, always ready to give their positive best,  are the best guarantee that in the municipality of Isla Mujeres things will continue to improve, and to bring better conditions for all. #ISLAMUJERESMARCH8 (International Women's Day).
Mujeres y hombres, siempre dispuestos a dar lo mejor de sí, son la mejor garantía de que en el municipio de Isla Mujeres, vienen más y mejores condiciones para todos.

To provide a better, cleaner image of our city, we're painting the trees of the main green areas.
Para brindar una mejor y más limpia imagen de nuestra ciudad, estamos pintando los árboles de las principales áreas verdes.

In keeping with our commitment to provide security and safety for the community, officers with the Police department of Public Safety and Transport, placed signs in several parts of the city. This one is on Martinez Ross Ave.  (near the school Julio Sauri).
Cumpliendo con el compromiso de brindar seguridad a los ciudadanos, elementos de la Dirección de Seguridad Pública y Tránsito, se encarga de colocar señalamientos en varios puntos de la ciudad.
En esta ocasión corresponde el turno en la Av. Martinez Ross (a la bajada de la escuela julio Sauri).


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Por Esto's Isla Mujeres online section has no new news today, but I've got "leftovers" from earlier this week ...

From Tuesday.....

Agreement to install more artificial reefs  
De acuerdo con instalar más arrecifes artificiales+] Ver mas
  The National Park Service of the Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún & Punta Nizuc Park is planning to install more artificial reefs near the islet "La Carbonera" which is located in front of the Bay. The Directors have had two meetings and agreed to install structures along a 300 meter stretch near the coral reefs by El Farito. At this time, it is unknown how many structures will be installed, but there will be enough to create more opportunities for tourists.
    Before MUSA (the Underwater Museum) was created, artificial reef structures were installed near La Carbonera and became covered by coral reefs, acting as a refuge for fish, which attract snorkelers and divers who enjoy the natural beauty of the environment.
   Currently, the areas of el Farito, La Carbonera, and Sac Bajo receive over 500,000 tourists annually. According to CONANP (National Commission for Protected Natural Areas), in 2000 there were 350,000 visitors, and a plan was created for El Farito where a massive amount of people visit throughout the year. The project which was created over a decade ago, involving the placement of three different types of artificial reefs within the area known as polígono 1 del Parque Marino Nacional Costa Occidental de Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún y Punta Nizuc”. This plan is supported by the  boat (lanchera) cooperatives who offer tours:  “Adolfo López Mateos”,  “Isla Bonita”, “Isla Mujeres”, “Un Día Perfecto” and “Punta Sam” , which include some 50 members and about 150 employees who work as crew members on the boats.

A statue of "Valvula"
   Mary Delgado Novelo, who is on the board of directors of the cooperative "Adolfo Lopez Mateos", said they support the idea of increasing MUSA near this part of the island,  to become a major attraction for visitors, which would diversify the boat tours in this area. At a shallow depth or about three to five meters, a horizontal structure could be placed on the seabed. It is suggested that consideration be given to including a representation of Carlos Garcia, aka Valvula, who is the diver who discovered the Cave of the Sleeping Sharks.
      It is suggested that other people could be considered for these figures, including the men of the wooden boats, and the boats,  which no longer exist, which offered transport between Puerto Juarez and the island, as well as of the people who promoted the development of economic, cultural, and social activities in the municipality.
    It is believed that these conservation plans will take place this year in this polygon of the National Marine Park of Isla Mujeres-Cancun.

New briefs from Isla Mujeres   
Breves de Isla Mujeres[+] Ver mas

The first news brief is about the "Pueblo Magico Nights" program which will occur on Sunday, nights at 8pm, starting March 13th. This artistic and cultural program is expected to attract local families and visitors, who have enjoyed previous events. It is estimated that at least ten percent of the current population of the island consists of tourists who winter on the island and who appreciate these events. The head of the Institute of Culture and Arts, Ruben Perez said this is an ongoing, continuing cultural project, with an invitation to local artists and others to participate.

The second news brief says that for the Day of Families (Dia de la Familia) the DIF (Family Social Services) held a sports rally called "Knowing and Exercising My Rights" at Playa Centro (aka Posada Beach), which involved more than 40 participants. Children and youths from the from the PANNAR program (Programa de Atención a Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes) participated, including those in the program “Los Niños Trabajadores y Los Niños Difusores”. (This is a program that educates children and teens about their rights and about how to share this information with others)

The third news brief is about the Health Fair for International Women's Day on the mainland, which was pending at that time & that information has been translated.

Increasing surveillance at beaches  
Reforzaran vigilancia en las playas [+] Ver mas
    The municipal Director of Tourism confirmed that security will be increased on the beaches during the busy Easter holiday season, and Tourist Police will be available to respond to any complaints. The Semana Santa Committee will be responsible for making decisions and ensuring adequate security on land and sea, between all three levels of government.
      There are unofficial reports of increasing cases of theft from tourists, particularly from inside dwellings at the southern part of the island. The Attorney General/Prosecutor's office has not provided any statistics, but there are several unresolved cases from 2015 and 2016. It is also noted that there are areas of the island which would benefit from improved lighting, to provide better security. These include Sac Bajo and the eastern malecon sea walkway.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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March events

Sunset ~7p
Moon rise over the Caribbean

March 22     6:57
March 23     7:47
March 24     8:37
March 25     9:25
March 26    10:14
March 27    11:03
March 28    11:52

Tuesdays & Thursdays 5-6:40 beginning March 1st: Magic Classes
 (900 pesos foreigners/600 pesos residents)

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 

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... Isla Cerveza are expected.

Friday, March 4  Celebration of the 499 anniversary of Isla Mujeres being found by Spaniards, sailing from Cuba

  Saturday, March 5:

March 8 Tuesday 9am  Diabetes Clinic at Red Cross  Blood Sugar testing, Diabetic Education, Free glucometers and supplies for diabetics.

March 8, Tuesday International Day of Women  

Beginning March 13, Sunday at 8pm: Pueblo Magico Nights on Sunday evenings on the Town Square featuring entertainment including dancers, musicians, and more.  

March 17, Thursday  St Patrick's Day  Celebrated in some bars, mostly by foreigners

March 18, Friday  Day of the Petroleum Expropriation  
Saturday, March 19-Monday, April 4: Easter Vacation (Semana Santa)
Many domestic tourists visit during this time & the island (and ferries) are busy during the daytripper hours (~10a-5p)  

March 20- Palm Sunday
March 20-27  Holy Week
March 25  Good Friday   Noon: Viacrusis procession of the Stations of the Cross (Passion of Christ)
March 27  Easter (Domingo de Pascua)
April 5, Tuesday  Students return to school  


March 21, Monday  Anniversary of the Birth of Benito Juarez

April 7, Thursday  4-9p Casa de Cultura:  Artist Fair (Last of the season)

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