Saturday, April 23, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, April 23

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

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Seeking renewal of "Blue Flag" designation for Playa Centro/Posada Beach 

Intensos trabajos en playa Centro

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de abril.-
  The municipal director of Ecology, Carlos Barranco, said on Friday, April 22 the staff of PRONATURA would conduct inspections of the quality of the sand and water at Playa Centro (aka Posada Beach) as part of the work toward renewing its "Blue Flag" status. Other agencies participated including the municipal department of Ecology and ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone agency), who are responsible for attending to the maintenance of the condition of the beach. 
   He said that throughout the year, the seawater is monitored to detect the presence of streptococci, in order to ensure that there is optimal water quality. Studies are being done on the quality of the water and of the sand. The Blue Flag designation is given to beaches where there is sustainable development of beaches based on criteria which include water quality, environmental education, and management. 

Celebrating Earth Day with a beach clean up   

Con jornada de limpieza de playas

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ISLA MUJERES, 22 de abril.-
 The organization "Action for Isla Mujeres" conducted a beach clean up and picking up of litter at various points around Isla Mujeres. Certified divers and dive masters worked from 8am to noon collecting dozens of kilos of trash from the Isla Mujeres Bay. The trash included junk tires of all sizes, glass bottles, beer cans, dozens of snorkel tubes, pieces of rope in a variety of thicknesses, and even a grocery cart.
One of the organizers, Kau Creamer (sic, Kai Creamer), said that this event will be carried out once a year for Earth Day, but after this event, the beach cleaning and cleaning of other parts of this vacation destination will be done at least every two months. She was accompanied by Shayla Sparks and Eduardo Meraz who said the intention of this activity is to give a little back to Isla Mujeres in return for everything it gives us, with the help of sponsors and promoters, and of course, with support from the authorities of the Fifth Naval Region and the local Harbor Master, with safety boats.
At the same time this activity was taking place in the Bay, there was a gathering at the malecon of colonia Salinas of students, children, and the general public for the start of this event. Ms. Creamer said, "We want to do these events regularly, every two months. There are many of us who have the ability to pick up some trash, and to give back to the island."
She said they want to implement this activity every two months, like they do in Bonaire, where they clean the beaches every two months, which has been attended by more than 180 divers from around the world who flew in for that specific activity. She said this is what they want to do in Isla Mujeres, with the intention of keeping this vacation destination clean. She said "We are an island which lives from tourism, and we can become famous for giving back to the environment and to the Earth which has given us so much, and this will attract people from all around the world."


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

The Mayors of Isla Mujeres (Agapito Magana Sanchez), Holbox (Luciano Sima de Lazaro Cárdenas), and Cozumel (Fredy Marrufo) attended a Forum for the Development of the Island Municipalities in the Congressional chambers in Mexico City.
Los alcaldes Agapito Magaña Sánchez de Isla Mujeres, Luciano Sima de Lazaro Cárdenas (Holbox) y Fredy Marrufo de Cozumel participaron en el Foro Desarrollo e Impulso de los Municipios Insulares realizado en la Cámara de Diputados en la Ciudad de México.

An excellent day to be in Isla Mujeres 
Un excelente medio día para estar en ‪#‎IslaMujeres‬

Together we celebrate Earth Day. Together we can conserve water.
Celebremos juntos el ‪#‎DíaMundialDeLaTierra‬
Juntos cuidemos el agua.

Together we celebrate Earth Day. Together we can avoid the use of plastic bags.
Celebremos juntos el ‪#‎DíaMundialDeLaTierra‬
Juntos evitemos el uso de las bolsas plásticas.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Celebration of Earth Day in the sea  
Festejan Día de la Tierra en el mar.. [+] Ver masPhotos & full article at this link

See article in DQR above

Small fire caused by golf cart  
Conato de incendio en un carro de golf [+] Ver mas Photos & full article at this link
    A small fire occurred on Friday along the road to Garrafon, near colonia Caribena, when allegedly an inexperienced employee of a golf cart rental agency swerved into the curb while driving north. According to witnesses, it appeared the employee was driving the vehicle at a maximum speed when the driver allowed the wheels to come in contact with the curb, and the cart tipped over, without causing much damage to it or to the young man. It is owned by the rental agency "Gomar", whose owner is Jorge Gomez Castilla. There was no further information, because the driver continued on his way, and was not hurt.
    This is the first time that this type of accident has been caused by an employee. Visitors have caused countless accidents in recent years, although in reality, the numbers are likely to have lessened lately due to measures taken by authorities to encourage the rental houses to regularly provide all relevant information to their customers.
     There are over 550 golf carts in circulation on the island, and in high season, traffic becomes chaotic in front of the Maritime Terminal, on Rueda Medina, during peak hours.

Safety standard requirements for ambulances  
Ambulancias, obligadas a cumplir normas de seguridad. [+] Ver mas Photos & full article at this link
   Ambulance service regulations are specified in the Mexican Law listed in this article, and explained by Geovanny de la O Avalos, who is an emergency medical technician. He said, "All personnel who provide pre-hospital medical care on board an ambulance must have specific training and must receive regular training." He said, "It is prohibited to transport or store any material that endangers the life or health of the patient or of the staff providing the service." There are provisions regarding the use of safety equipment, protocols for patient and staff protection, and for the management of biological waste. 
    Adequate operating conditions and safety should be ensured, which includes periodic maintenance for the ambulance and the medical equipment, and recording these activities in a log. There are also regulations about control of emissions.
      He explained there are different types of ambulances including transport, shuttle, basic emergency, advanced emergency, intensive care, air ambulances, and sea ambulances. They all have in common that they are staffed by trained technicians in prehospital care, and have emergency vehicle operators.  They each have medical equipment, materials, and the minimum requirements for their classification, and radios for communication.
     Sr. de la O Avalos explained that one of the requirements is that the tires have an expiration date for mileage and performance under normal conditions, and must be changed according to this, before they could cause an unfortunate accident. 

Isla Mujeres news briefs   
Breves de Isla Mujeres [+] Ver mas Photos & full article at this link
    The families of the five missing fishermen reported that the search continues in the area of Cozumel, with help from friends, looking for clues or remains of the boat Anastacia. The Navy said they are continuing the search within their normal routines, along the usual routes taken by their fleet along the coast of Quintana Roo and Yucatan.
    In other news, a person named Juan suffered withdrawal effects when he was on the beach to the side of Playa Centro, where he usually spends his time drinking, recently. The Red Cross assisted and transported him because he was experiencing severe abdominal pain and paralysis of his hands.
      One of his companions said he had been delirious since yesterday, but now his hands had become stiff. It is presumed he is from the state of Yucatan, but has been on the island for some time, and lately has had the habit of drinking with a dozen people who hang out in this area. Apparently the alcohol may be having an effect on his organs, such as his liver, causing the pain. The police and Red Cross assisted with this emergency, while tourists watched.

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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.

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

Sunday, April 24
Dance performance Sunday evening 8pm on the Town Square as part of the "Noches de Pueblo Magico"

April 30  Children's Day
May 1 Labor Day

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