Thursday, April 7, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, April 7

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

Here is the official Anastacia FB page where updates on the rescue efforts are being posted


  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Looking for foreigner in his 80's with Altzheimer's 

 Padece de Alzheimer

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 6 de abril.-
   Lawrence Gluck, 81, from the United States, has been missing since Tuesday & is being sought all over the island. His relatives said he is wearing a plaid shirt of brown and white, blue jeans, and that he has a pacemaker and Altzheimer's disease. They explained he'd come to Isla Mujeres on Tuesday, and had left his room around 4pm and had not returned. 
   According to information provided by the municipal police, information indicates that he took a ferry that goes to the Cancun Hotel Zone where he was detained by the Cancun police for urinating in the street and was taken to their offices in the Hotel Zone. However, the guard on duty at the Hotel Zone booth said he was released because he had reduced mental facilities, and his whereabouts are unknown currently. It is thought he is roaming in the City of Cancun. 
   Dr Mora posted on FB this morning that he is back with his family. 

Members of the Patria & Progreso cooperative lose ~50,000 pesos in seafood

 Integrantes de cooperativa “Patria y Progreso”

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ISLA MUJERES, 6 de abril.-.
    On Wednesday, March 30, the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) suspended electrical service to the Patria & Progreso cooperative, apparently upon the orders of Alvaro Burgos Rios, which has resulted in the loss of 30,000 to 50,000 pesos in seafood this week. There are strong odors coming from the cold room, because of the rotting seafood. 

Searching from Cuba for the 5 fishermen lost since March 31   

De los cinco pescadores extraviados desde el pasado 31 de marzo

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ISLA MUJERES, 6 de abril.-

  Jaimes Osorio Sanchez, representative of the Patria & Progreso fishing cooperative, said they have been in contact by phone with the military base and border guards at Cabo San Antonio, Cuba who confirmed emphatically that the five fishermen missing from Isla Mujeres since Thursday, March 31 did not land in Cuba & they have seen no evidence of them. There had previously been rumors on social networks that they may have washed up on the Isle of Juventud, Cuba and taken in custody. (This was investigated by those involved with the search & found to be a false. ).
     Sr. Osorio Sanchez said they are working to improve the search for the fishermen by asking permission from the Cuban authorities to give access for two small, fast boats, equipped with powerful engines to be based in Cuba and able to immediately respond to any reports of a drifting boat, person, or object offshore. Authorization was given for the boat "Huachisan" which departed from Isla Mujeres on Tuesday at 8pm, and was given permission to refuel and get more food in Cuba, and to remain there for the weekend. Aboard the boat are Juan de Dios García Povedano, Fernando Ballote, and four crew members who arrived in Cuba around 6am on Wednesday, and were searching an area 40 nautical miles north of Cuba until noon.
       It is planned that on Wednesday, two small planes would by based on the Isla de la Juventud with Marcelo Cupul, Rogelio Digurnay, Marcelo Cupul son, Javier Martínez Cen, Wilberth Ancona, Julio Sosa and Telmo Burgos. 
       Jorge de la O Pino, father of one of the missing fishermen, said that the purpose of being in Cuba is to have greater autonomy and more search time, both for the boat and for the two planes.
      It is estimated that more than 500,000 pesos have been spend for purchasing fuel and for leasing planes, between Saturday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 6.


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

Tonight at 6:30pm on the Town Square, in a "Sesion Ordinaria" (That usually means a regular session of the City Council) the band and Music of Trova  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...maybe by relatives of the original group or other Isla musicians? 

Today 6th of April. International day of sport for development and peace.
Hoy 6 de abril. Día Internacional del Deporte para el Desarrollo y la Paz.

No dejes residuos de basura en la playa.
Cuidemos de nuestro paraíso.
Don't leave trash on the beach.
Take care of our paradise.
It says...We'd love it if this is the only mark you leave behind in the sand. Don't litter on the beaches


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

"Trova Islena" to be recognized in City Square...(see City section)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Islanders not losing hope  
Isleños no pierden las esperanzas [+] Ver mas Photos & full article at link
   This article has information previously tranlated, noting that the Huachisan has drums of fuel on board worth about 16,000 pesos, and Wednesday morning her six man crew was searching for the "Anastasia" in an area of over 60 nautical miles in the waters near Cuba. It is estimated that over have a million pesos have been invested in fuel alone, since the search began on Saturday for Jorge Fernando de la O. Ávalos “Pipis”, Alfonso Jiménez Torres “Chanty”, Humberto Constantino Ordaz “Beto”, Russel Enrique Pech Cemé “Curro” and Marco Antonio Bardales Pastrana “Vampiro”.
    Efforts are currently focused on Cuba and if necessary will include Puerto Rico, Panama, and Jamaica. Two private planes in Cancun are awaiting the required authorizations before taking off for the Isla of la Juventud. The first plane was originally scheduled to depart at 7am on Wednesday, but permits from the Cuban government and red tape caused delays so it was expected that both would depart on Wednesday afternoon. One of the planes will bring 22,000 pesos to be shared among the participants searching by sea and air, so they have money for incidental expenses. In order to maximize resources, especially fuel, both of the planes and the boat "Huachisan", and their crews, will be based on the Isle de la Juventud.
     In addition, at the base of operations at the Patria & Progreso coopertive, there are 22 containers of fuel that are ready so that in the event of an emergency, the boats can leave at once, without wasting valuable time collecting fuel.
       One of the fishermen who is spending nearly all of his time at the Patria & Progreso cooperative said, "We know it is very difficult, but it would be very nice if the Cuban government would give permission for another two small fishing boats to also be on hand, in addition to the Huachisan which is there already, to be ready to go out whenever necessary."

False rumors hurt the families  
Falsos rumores dañan a familias+] Ver mas Photos & full article at link
  In response to the various false rumors that have been generated since the public became aware of the five fishermen being lost, a message was published on social networks by Jorge de la O Pino, father of one of the fishermen. He thanked everyone for their interest and warned users of social media that regarding information about the "Anastasia" and her crew, they should only trust him, because he is receiving information first hand that is generated during the searches. He asked people to call 998 148 7249 before sharing news. He asked that discretion be used by the media and those using the internet, and for people to not get carried away by rumors. He said "The only ones who really know everything that is going on are those who are coordinating the search, which is us, here, at Patria & Progreso."
    In recent days, the desire to collaborate between users of the internet and to provide information that they think could be helpful in the search for the fishermen,  has caused a great deal of confusion when people with good intentions irresponsibly spread information that was not true, such as that remains of a boat had been found at sea or that they had been rescued by a cruise ship. Neither of these rumors were true.
     The families and friends of the missing fishermen are barely leaving the Patria & Progreso cooperative; waiting to be the first to hear when news is generated. However, they cannot keep their emotions in check when rumors like these surface on social networks. They know logically that this cannot be true, because they would have known first, but it causes hearts to pound and hopes to rise, if only for a moment.  The latest rumor caused a great deal of confusion throughout the Island community and even among close friends of the fishermen when someone wrote that a "Chancellor in contact with Cuba said there was a boat adrift and another at the Isla de la Juventud in Cuba, where the crew had been detained by the Cuban authorities, and now the ambassador was going to see if it was them." This proved to be false news, but caused hope in vain among more than one family member. 

Late night noise bothers neighbors  
Cansados de soportar el escándalo [+] Ver mas Photos & full article at link
   Families and individuals who live in the downtown area, as well as hotel owners, continue to complain about loud music after 11pm, and particularly about  noise that continues after 2am, when patrons are talking loudly and hanging out in the streets outside the establishments. On Juarez Avenue, residents who are tired of noise from the clients & music of the Karma disco bar put up a notice saying, "Mexican fun is fine, but after 2am, we want to sleep. Thanks, The Neighbors".
      A resident said, "We collected signatures about the problem and took the petition to the City, because the music was very loud. Now it as not as bad; sometimes the music is loud, but not every day. It was a problem during all of high season, when the streets were full of Israelis, gringos, and tourists from other places who were talking loudly at 3am, not letting anyone sleep." 
     Carlos Pelegrin, who rents near the Stingray restaurant said it is often impossible to sleep because the restaurant, which is practically outdoors, plays music at full volume. He is considering moving to the colonias in search of peace, because there are many days when he cannot sleep well, and he gets up at 6am to go to work.

From yesterday.....
Man says his brother hasn't paid him  
Trabajó para su hermano y nunca le pagol.. [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at link 
    Eligio Trejo Avalos alleges that his brother Jose Trejo Mercedes Avalos owes him about 120,000 pesos for work done over the past year and five months. He claims his brother agreed to pay him a salary of 250 pesos daily, but that he has not seen a single peso. He said he worked at the restaurants Stingray and Brisa Mexicana, as well as acting as a driver on occasion, made purchases for the businesses, and traveled to Merida to bring back building materials. He said he has proposed that the debt be repaid gradually, because he does not want to cause difficulty or overwhelm his brother all at once. He has printed leaflets with the face of his brother, saying he doesn't pay, and posted one on the door of his brother's house.

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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 30  Children's Day
May 1 Labor Day

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