Monday, April 18, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, April 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

Mysterious buoys could be a clue regarding the missing Anastacia crew

Podría dar indicios sobre tripulación de la “Anastacia”

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de abril.-
    After  Isla Mujeres fishermen found some buoys, relatives of the crew of the Anastacia are asking the nautical community to help identify these fishing buoys. The five fishermen have been missing for 17 days, since March 31. The buoys, used for marking (señalización) were found on Friday.
     The father of one of the missing fishermen said the buoys are not from the Anastacia, but it is possible that a fisherman lent the buoys to them on the day they left to go shark fishing. With the identification of these buoys, it can be determined whether they belong to another vessel and are not connected with the Anastacia, or whether they could indicate the boat has capsized.
Residents have not lost hope of obtaining deeds   

De regularizar sus predios

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de abril.-

   This weekend marked the 11 year anniversary since a group of Isla Mujeres residents occupied the (abandoned) land that has become the irregular colonia "Guadalupania". The residents of the neighborhood hope that this year their lots will become legalized/regularized (deeded), and the community could have all the basic services. Settlers of this community say the situation has been an impediment to progress and improving their homes, however some have already built foundations, with the intention of adding a second story.
     Residents say that despite all the problems they face, the colonia has managed to overcome many difficulties, but they know that the battle is not over, and they look forward to news about the final settlement of the property. Because their lots lack legal status, they lack many basic services, although they have tap water, which was introduced by the state government. There are some streetlights on the main streets, but there is a need for electricity service to each of the houses. One of the residents said, "We are not asking for a hand out;  we just want services introduced and each person will pay for it." There is a legal suit, and they are seeking legal status for their lots under the law that gives the benefit of legitimizing (regularizing/deeding) properties in an irregular settlement.
     It is noted that some non profit organizations and foreign associations have offered to help many of the families living there with offers of construction materials or of complete construction of housing, but the residents have been unable to take advantage of this due to a lack of security of land tenure.


Workers needed in hotels & restaurants 

 En los hoteles y restaurantes

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ISLA MUJERES, 16 de abril.-
    CROC union leader Román Maldonado Euán said workers of Isla Mujeres have not experienced a low season in two years, and that the demand for labor has remained so strong, that companies bring staff in from Cancun because local labor can meet the demand 100 percent. He said CROC has agreements with 20 companies, and they post a list of jobs weekly, and post jobs on social networks, yet each week vacancies remain at the restaurants and hotels.
     He encouraged members of the general public who are unemployed to come by the CROC offices and fill out a form to access the job marked and the various vacancies that are available. He said some hotels are reporting 90 and 100 percent occupancy this month, and that restaurants and hotels need laborers.


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

Congratulations to the girl's basketball team of Isla Mujeres who competed in the National Olympiad at the state level and beat Cozumel 40 to 20.
Felicitamos al equipo isleño de basquetbol femenil que inicia su participación en la Olimpiada Nacional en su etapa estatal con el pie derecho al vencer a Cozumel 40 a 20.

The Isla Mujeres team won 39-38 against Cancun and will represent Quintana Roo in the Regional competition.  Congratulations!  Go Isla!!
El equipo representativo de Isla Mujeres gana 39-38 a la quinteta de Cancún y logra su pase al Regional de Baloncesto representando al estado de Quintana Roo ¡¡ FELICIDADES / VAMOS ISLA !!


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Isla Mujeres musician "Pochon"
El Tigre rasurado de “Pochón”. [+] Ver mas Full article & photo at this link

This is a long article of an interview with Isla Mujeres native and musician,  Gregorio Sánchez Celis “Pochón”, who is well known locally for his talent, as well as for his compositions that include parodies of local people. In the 80's he enjoyed some fame and success with his interpretation of "El Tigre Rasurado" , and appeared the musical program Televisa Raul Velazco. Nowadays, foreigners visiting Isla Mujeres from the United States and Canada enjoy his version of this song and have posted videos on the internet that include him singing it & acting out the dog attack dramatically with his voice and guitar strings.
     It is a humorous song about a black guy walking down a narrow, dark street with five mean dogs, who comes upon resting indigenous man with a skinny, motley dog at his feet. The walking guy yells at him to get that scrawny dog out of the way or his five fat, vicious dogs will kill it. The old guy angrily says, "We'll see about that"...and faster than a cock can crow, the skinny, motley critter killed the five dogs, whose owner asks incredulously, "What kind of dog is THAT?"  The reply/punchline, "It's no's a shaved tiger!" In some versions of this song, such as the one at this Link there's another verse about how that's what your girlfriend becomes when you marry her  This song is popular among people who've had plenty to drink, and at both cases, it is often 'acted out'. The version below is by Caribaldeanos with "El Sorry".Link to this video. I'll translate this article another time.

Here's a Cumbia version..LINK  

Good weather for tourism activities   
El clima permitió la actividad turística. [+] Ver mas
    At this time there are fewer tourists and some hotels are reporting occupancy of less than 40 percent, but that is expected to improve in early May with the arrival of the Regatta. The hoteliers are not expecting an increase with the arrival of whale watching season in mid May. The fishermen reported that catches were not good and are not improving, blaming it on over exploitation, and they are looking forward to the beginning of lobster season on July 1. It is also noted that some fishermen have quit fishing and switched to jobs in tourism, especially those who are advanced in age, because it is safer.

Young soccer players win in Valladolid  
Prueban a jóvenes futbolistas en Valladolid obteniendo buenos resultados] Ver mas
 On Saturday, in the Under 15 soccer league, the Isla Mujeres Chivas won with a score of 3-2 against the Academia Tigres of Valladolid. In the Under 17 category, the Academia Tigres beat the Isla Mujeres Chivas 5-1.
    On Sunday, in the league “Guillermo Cañedo”, in the category '  Niños Héroes, the Isla Mujeres Chivas beat the Academia Tigres of Cancun 2-0. In the category "Infantil Mayor", there was a tie between the Cahncun Atlas and the Isla Mujeres Chivas, 2-2.


Fishing tournament expected to improve hotel occupancy   
Torneo de pesca va a levantar [+] Ver mas

     Hotel occupancy is at 50% overall, and hoteliers hope it will reach 80% during the fishing tournament May 20, 21, and 22. Occupancy is not expected to improve significantly with the Women's Fishing Tournament, nor with the Regatta of Sol al Sol.
  However, the fishing tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana has become an institution with 122 boats participating last year, and more expected this year. It is noted that most of the overnight visitors are of foreign origin, while those coming for the day are a mix of domestic and foreign tourists, with many of the latter coming from the hotel zone of Cancun and many of the domestic tourists are residents of Cancun.

Baseball game Sunday at El Pescador  
De gala el parque de beisbol “El Pescador”[+] Ver mas

 This is about a baseball game scheduled for Sunday at 1pm between the finalists of the Liga Tecnológica Invernal (winter league), which is the first time in history that two Islander teams will face off for the final. The teams are the Pescadores, managed by Martin Trejo (of Minino's) and the Cockteleros of the City of Isla Mujeres. This is the second game and in the first the Cockteleros won. If the Pescadores win this game, there will be a third, final game, at the home stadium, El Pescador. Whoever wins, Isla Mujeres will take the championship.  The game will begin with a presentation of the players and the Mayor will throw the first ball, and then "playboooool!"

Bus service: From bad to worse
De mal en peor+] Ver mas

  Bus service on the island has gone from bad to worse, with a single bus that was out of service for several months, and broke down again after resuming operation for a few days. The urban transportation concession is owned by Isla Turicun, which is a subsidiary of Turicun, who began supplying service 15 years ago in the middle of a controversy. 
     According to the concession granted by the Mayor at that time, Jorge Martinez Pena, the company was supposed to provide five minibuses, with four in operation over two designated routes and the other in reserve, ready to go into operation when there are mechanical problems. Before the islanders knew it, the two routes were reduced to one and there was only one unit providing service.
       Turicun's argument was that they did not have an garage to store the vehicles, but did noting about that issue when they were offered land next to the trash transfer facility, where the gas plant is now.
     Residents of Isla Mujeres who are tired of guessing what time the bus will come by say the City officials should have a meeting and analyze the terms of the concession, which no administration has done since the arrival of Turicun was authorized, and if possible revoke the concession and give another company the opportunity to provide service.

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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.

April events

Sunset ~7p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
April 21   6:54pm
April 22   7:44pm  Full Moon
April 23    8:33pm
April 24    9:24pm
April 25   10:14pm
April 26   11:04pm
April 27    11:54pm

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30: March 26, April 9 and April 23.
To reach the classroom enter the doors shown in the photo & go through the building, into the courtyard. His classroom is on the right. If this front door is locked, go left around the side of the building to the back/seaside and enter the courtyard from there. LINK to FB page w  photos & more info

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)

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

April 7, Thursday at 6:30pm on the Town Square, in a "Sesion Ordinaria" (That usually means a regular session of the City Council) the Music Trova (repertoire) of Isla Mujeres will officially be declared a part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the state of Quintana Roo.
It doesn't mention if there will be a performance, but since it is happening on the Town Square rather than inside the Town Hall, that seems like a possibility.

April 10, Sunday night at 8pm on the Town Square

April 15 7pm Benefit at El Patio for the families of the Anastacia

April 17 Dance performance Sunday evening 8pm on the Town Square as part of the "Noches de Pueblo Magico"

Friday, April 22 Earth Day Clean Up

April 30  Children's Day
May 1 Labor Day

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