Friday, May 6, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, May 6 (Caught up!)

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Celebrating World Day of Birds 

  An event was held Thursday morning to commemorate World Bird Day, which included a bird watching event, a tour, and a talk about birds at Playa Centro (the Posada Beach). The event at the beach was attended by students from the high school, Colegio Bachilleres, led by teacher Jonny Ordonez.
      Entertaining and informational talks were given by  Cecilia Álvarez Ricalde and Juan Flores Valadez, who are state coordinators for the  Programa Aves Urbanas de Green Jay Mayan Birds. The municipal Director of Ecology, Carlos Barranco Garcia, said the goal is to promote the culture of birdwatching. This event brought together not only the students, but also visitors and the general public.
          World Bird Day is a celebration of the conservation of birds and their habitat, and is a global awareness campign highlighting the need for conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.
    The Red de Monitores Comunitarios undertakes projects aimed at conservation of our biodiversity, with participation by students and volunteers from the general public to observe and monitor different species of birds on the island.
      Those attending the event included: Catalina Galindo de Prince, directora de Amigos de Isla Contoy; Guadalupe Durán Pedraza, enlace de Cultura de la CONANP; Cecilia Álvarez Ricalde y el Lic. Juan Flores Valadez, coordinadores estales del Programa Aves Urbanas de CONABIO-NABCI y fundadores de Green Jay Mayan Birding Club.

In response to a citizen complaint and in the interest of public health and safety to avoid obstructing the free movement of vehicles and pedestrians, a vehicle was towed away which had been abandoned for several years.
Con base en una denuncia ciudadana recibida y por tratarse de un problema de Salud y Seguridad Pública y desde luego obstruir el libre tránsito de personas y vehículos, se retiró un vehículo que fue abandonado desde hace varios años.

"Movies in Your Neighborhood" presents "Finding Nemo" on Friday, May 6 at 7pm in colonia La Gloria. Free.
Cine en tu colonia presenta "Buscando a Nemo" este viernes 6 de mayo a las a las 7pm en la colonia La Gloria.
Entrada Gratuita.

Presentation of three important accomplishments of Isla Mujeres
 (This information is translated below in the Por Esto section, under Thursday.)
Every success and every triumph of Isla Mujeres in the tourism market is a result of work by everyone and unity between the community, the business community, and the government. Working together, we achieve more for our island.
Cada éxito, cada triunfo de Isla Mujeres en el mercado turístico es el resultado de la unión y el trabajo de todos: Comunidad, empresarios y gobierno. Siempre unidos se logra más para nuestra tierra.

The anniversary of the Battle of Puebla in 1862 was commemorated at the Middle School, Benito Juarez.
En la Escuela Secundaria Técnica no. 1 Benito Juárez, recordamos con emoción y patria un aniversario más de la Batalla de Puebla de 1862.

May 5: Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla 
Hoy 5 de Mayo. Aniversario de la batalla de Puebla.

This Sunday, May 8, at 6pm, "Pueblo Magico Nights" presents the Spring Festival 2016 in the open air theater of the Bicentenario plaza in colonia La Gloria.
Noches de ‪#‎PuebloMágico‬ presenta este domingo al Festival de Primavera 2016.
Domingo 8 de mayo a las 18:00 hrs en la Teatro al aire libre de la plaza Bicentenario en la colonia La Gloria.

To beautify the public spaces downtown, landscaping work and replanting are being done in the planters of the parking lot by the Town Hall. We ask for the understanding of neighbors and residents for any inconvenience this causes.
Para dignificar los espacios colectivos del centro de la ciudad, llevamos a cabo tareas de jardinería y reforestación de las jardineras ubicadas en el estacionamiento público que se encuentran un costado del palacio municipal.
Solicitamos la comprensión de los vecinos y pedimos una disculpa por los contratiempos que dichas tareas ocasionan.

Take care of our paradise, don't litter on our beaches. Put trash in its place
Cuidemos de nuestro paraíso, no tiremos basura en nuestras playas.

To avoid accidents and problems, the Police Department (of Public Safety and Traffic) painted intersections in an appropriate manner to prevent traffic conflicts.
Para evitar contratiempos y accidentes la Dirección de Seguridad Pública y Tránsito se encarga de señalizar de forma adecuada los cruceros que de alguna manera representan algún conflicto vial.

A workshop was held in Isla Mujeres for the Closure of the Municipal Transparency Network 2013-2106 with participants from all the municipalities in the state and the Secretary of the Federal Department of Public Management.
Isla Mujeres fue sede del Taller de Cierre de la Red de Municipios por la Transparencia 2013 – 2016 en el que participaron representantes de todos los municipios del Estado y de la Secretaría de la Gestión Pública Federal.

The children of the preschool-kindergarten "Gabriela Mistral" visited the Tortugranja where they were given a guided tour to help them understand and appreciate the earth's natural wealth. They visited this location where we protect one of the most popular species in our seas.
Con las visitas guiadas a Tortugranja queremos que nuestros niños conozcan y valoren la riqueza natural que tenemos en esta tierra.
Pequeñines del Jardín de Niños Gabriela Mistral en su visita al sitio donde cuidamos y protegemos a una de las especies más apreciadas de nuestros mares.

A beautiful morning at our beaches!
Una hermosa mañana en nuestras playas!
‪#‎IslaMujeres‬ ‪#‎PuebloMágico‬

The Sister City agreement was carried out that was initiated with the Mexican Consul in Orlando, Florida, Juan Sabines, whose consular responsibilities include St. Petersburg. (This article is a copy of a press release by the Consul, which has the same information previously translated about the signing of the Sister City agreement and event.)
A continuación compartimos un comunicado del Consulado de México en Orlando Florida cuyo titular es el Lic. Juan Sabines.

Good afternoon to everyone from our beautiful isle  
Buenas tardes a todos desde nuestra hermosa isla!
‪#‎VisitaIslaMujeres‬ ‪#‎PuebloMágico‬

You are invited to participate in the  International Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana May 20 - 22


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Wives of the five missing fishermen filed a complaint with the PGR about the disappearance
Esposas de los 5 pescadores desaparecidos, interpondrán denuncia ante PGR por desaparición  Photo at link

CONAGUA inspects the sanitary drainage system in Isla Mujeres to check for any leaks.
#Conagua‬ inspecciona red de drenaje sanitario en Isla Mujeres para descartar filtraciones Photo at link

CROC union celebrates Children's Day, and for Mother's Day…/la-croc-celebro-su-dia-d…/ Full article and photo at link
 This information was already translated.

Aguakan is conductinga video inspection of over 4000 meters of pipelines. 
Más de 4 mil metros lineales de tubería serán videoinspeccionadas en Isla Mujeres: Aguakán Photo at link


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Predicting death of fish in lake  
Inminente muerte de peces[+] Ver mas
 May 5     Salina Grande, Salina Chica, and Salina Aeropuerto lakes are no longer connected with the sea, and oxygen becomes scarcer in the water when the temperatures rise, causing the water to become yellowish, which is a sign that fish are likely to start dying, as has occurred in recent years. There is also a seasonal problem of odors and respiratory effects from inhaling methane caused by garbage decomposing at the bottom of the lakes. Odors occur in the months of May, June, July, August, September, and October, which drive away foreigners and locals who exercise on the path around Salina Grande, and affects those who live on the west side of the lake.

World Red List of Birds
Lista Roja Mundial de las Aves+] Ver mas
 May 5    As part of World Bird Day, during a talk held for the high school students at Playa Centro, specialists in this region were invited to submit reports about the status of species in this area, and about the risks they face.
    According to a recent report, 13 percent of the world's birds are threatened with extinction. The new World Red List of Birds 2014, prepared by BirdLife International reports that of the 10,424 species of birds identified in the world, 13 percent are threatened with extincion. There are 213 species that are critically endangerd, 419 are endangered and 741 are vulnerable. In addition, there are 140 bird species that are considered extinct and five more that are extinct in the wild.
 The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is the global authority on conservation of nature and natural resources which is responsible for making red lists of fauna and flora worldwide.
    The municipality of Isla Mujeres is a crossing point for thousands of migratory birds, and with places like the National Park at Isla Contoy as a regional reference point for contributing, this is an important event which took place on the beach. The rest of the information in this article was translated in the City section.


Isla Mujeres featured on the internet 
Isla Mujeres ya está en la Red.. [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link

 During a meeting of the business community held at the hotel Mia Reff (sic, Reef), the municipal authorities presented a website promotion of “islamujerespueblomá”, (that link isn't working for me), which will feature a new video about Isla Mujeres which was just presented on the "Mexico Travel" channel. The information was also presented regarding the nomination of North Beach as the second most beautiful in Mexico and one of the 10 most beautiful in the world, on Trip Advisor, a popular site for travelers. This is not the first time Playa Norte was included in this list, which is decided via a contest by its clients. This is the second consecutive year that Isla Mujeres has received recognition and certification for its clean beaches, environmental conservation, and services.
       The video was shown from the television show "Jimmy el Trip" on the Mexico Travel Channel, which was premiered at the Caribbean Pavilion during the travel convention Tianguis Turistico. At the convention, Isla Mujeres presented audiovisual promotions of the island's attractions and traditions.
     The speaker at the event was City Council Secretary General, José de J. Castillo Magaña, and attendees included hoteliers, restaurateurs, water tourism providers, transport providers, fishermen, and others. Sr Castillo explained, "The webpage highlights the beauty and features of this tourism destination, and we are confident that it will be far reaching and bring in more visitors."
     Por Esto notes that two promotional websites for Isla Mujeres were cancelled, when the Fideicomiso de Promocion office in Isla Mujeres was absorbed into the Cancun Convention Bureau (OVC). Por Esto notes we will see next season whether this new website will be a tool for internet users where they can see the island's attractions, and if it could even become a means for obtaining reservations.

LINK to YouTube video of the Jimmy the Trip show featuring Isla Mujeres.

Son del Caribe ballet performance on Saturday  
Ballet Son del Caribe se presentará en IM] Ver mas
      The "Ballet Son del Caribe" is a troupe of five senior citizen women, who have been dancing together for five years, who have performed on and off the island several times. They will dance at 7pm on Saturday, at the outdoor theater of the Blue Dome in colonia La Gloria. This is in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the AA group "Una Esperanza en mi Vida", who are presenting an artistic and cultural festival featuring representations from the Mayan culture, regional traditions, and in collaboration with the children's ballet of the Casa de Cultura.
     The director of the group is professor Rogelino E. Peña Yama, and the members of the group are Consuelo Cruz, Gloria Vázquez, Geny Catzín, Susana Ku, Susana Perera, Juana Argüelles, Maridelma Carrillo and Carmen González. The director extended an invitation to anyone who would like to join this group.

Cold front #60 causes rain 
Frente Frío 60 provoca leve lluvia [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link
  May 4   The arrival of cold front #60 caused slight precipitation in the afternoon, with thunder at 3pm, without affecting tourism activities in Isla Mujeres.  A forecast is given.
       In all the Mexican ports of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, a simulation was carried out of the arrival of of a tropical hurricane, now that the season is beginning soon, in order to be prepared to respond  before, during, and after the passage of a hurricane.
        On Tuesday, just before midnight, residents saw what appeared to be flashlight signals from a small boat near the coast, and informed the chief of police, who informed the Navy. No emergencies were reported, because it was just fishermen who work at night.

    In Cancun, the squall uprooted some trees, caused some temporary flooding, & ripped a piece of metal roofing from a Walmart garage. This photo was circulating around on Facebook. I don't know who the photographer is, or if it is from the webcam. (This copy was posted by Veterinario Ricardo Jordon)
      Here is an article with more photos and videos..


Sewer line system inspection by Aguakan
Inspecciona Aguakan su red de alcantarillado .. [+] Ver mas Full article & photo at link
May 3 
   The video inspection of the sewer lines of the northern part of Isla Mujeres began on Tuesday, following preliminary work on Monday, to diagnose the condition of the lines and to allow the company to make plans for preventative maintenance to avoid future problems. This work will continue throughout the week, inspecting approximately 4000 meters of lines.
     Aguakan manager Jose Pinzon Sarabia asked that the public be understanding about any inconvenience this may cause, noting this is done to provide better service to the population. The company is using technology to know the exact status of each segment, allowing them to plan preventative maintenance, because they want their systems to work properly.
       He said the video inspection equipment is a robot which is sent into the network through a retractable tube, sending real time video and images which are captured in a computer in a van, providing a diagnosis of the state of health of the infrastructure. The robot has an elongated shape, similar to the box on a trailer, and carries an integrated camera. 
     Some drivers, particularly taxi drivers, expressed some annoyance when they were forced to detour around the area blocked off by the Aguakan workers.

Increased tourism from Israel 
Fluye el turismo de Israel[+] Ver mas Full article & photos at link
 May 3    The municipal Tourism Department statistics indicate that about 10 percent of tourists staying overnight on the island are from Israel, and there are a significant number of daytime visitors from that country also. Not all Israelis come to the island for a holiday; there are some who chose to settle here, either temporarily or intending to stay for a long period or establish roots, and to work to support themselves.
        It is noted that this segment of the tourism population began to establish a presence four years ago, which has grown slowly. Now Israelis have businesses which focus on their own people, such as a vegetarian restaurant serving kosher food, run by young Israelis, which has become a meeting point for their countrymen, especially at breakfast. A few meters away is a small local restaurant which features vegetarian food and healthy vegetable and fruit juices, managed by Rosa Martinez, and they are now in "competition" since this restaurant attracts many Israeli visitors. She said although there have been problems with a few Israelis who did not want to pay their bill, there are very few cases, and she has been fortunate to have many of the right people come. Some Israeli customers were so pleased by the prices, service, quality, and warmth that they wrote a sign in Hebrew recommending the restaurant, which is prominently displayed beside the front door. Similar signs, mostly written by satisfied customers, can be seen on other downtown businesses, including restaurants, snack bars, travel agencies, and souvenir shops.
       Not everyone looks as kindly upon these tourists, with some accusing them of being  "de piojo y mañoso" (showing their bad side and being crafty) saying they haggle impossibly and have excuses for not paying or demanding refunds. During 2105, the Department of Tourism had only five complaints from tourism service providers against Israeli visitors, which included allegations of theft of belongings in a hotel for not paying the bill, a meal which was completely consumed and not paid for because the diners said they didn't like it, and a refund for a dive tour because they didn't like it.

Educational fun while learning about caring for the environment  
Divertido aprendizaje sobre el cuidado del medio ambiente . [+] Ver mas Full article and photo at link
May 3     Students of the primary school "Andres Quintana Roo" spent an enjoyable morning watching the play "“Los Supersónicos con Conciencia” (Superheros with conscience), which was presented by Aguakan to encourage care of the environment, and especially water, without which life would not be possible.
   In celebration of Children's Day, the play was presented, and ~379 children enjoyed it, with their teachers, giving them the opportunity to think about water usage, and how to care for and conserve this natural resource. They were invited to put their suggestions on paper, to be read by the actors.
      The plot of the play involves an alien girl who comes to earth from a planet where the lack of water makes life difficult, an astronaut, a robot, and messages about the consequences of pollution and failure to respect the environment. The students enjoyed interacting with the robot onstage and providing their suggestions and proposals on this topic.


Concerns about Marine Park 
Parque Marino fuera de control.. [+] Ver mas Photos & full article at this link

   Regular users of the National Marine Park of Isla Mujeres-Cancun are suggesting that  CONANP (National Commission for Protected Natural Areas) present a proposal to SEMARNAT (Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources) restricting the size and number of boats entering the park as follows: Up to 40 feet with a maximum of 10 tourists, with no more than 60 large boats at once. It is also requested that the buoy line be repaired and the missing buoys replaced, which have been damaged by heavy boats tying up to them.
     A guide named Samuel complained that he was in the water with several tourists when a boat went over them, and there could have been serious injuries. He said this occurred because now there are only seven buoys left in the area where there were 20 buoys before. Another tour provider said it is troubling that CONANP is allowing more boats and bigger vessels, which does not seem logical for protecting the sea life. He said today there were 11 sailboats crowded with tourists in one area, with many of them using loudspeakers to blare music, which is stressful for the marine life. He said there is a high risk of an accident with general chaos of hundreds of visitors daily, which would cause bad publicity. They say the chaos has increased in the last four years, and a study should be done regarding the capacity, to reduce the number of people in the area, as was done with the whale shark viewing and swimming area.
   It is also noted that daily, after 5pm, poachers can be observed in the Park on makeshift floats, removing lobster and Queen conch, when the park rangers are not on duty.

Trash collection worker remains in coma & difficult working conditions continue  
Trabajan en condiciones infrahumanas .. [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link 
  May 2    The worker who fell on Saturday afternoon while working collecting trash, Misael Velazquez, remains hospitalized with a suspected skull fracture, according to two coworkers. They were working on the truck which he fell from, after stopping to change a punctured tire. It is noted that the windshield is damaged from being hit a few days ago  by the truck's hood, whose latch deteriorated from the salt air. They confirmed that only two three-ton trucks and one "Esquitas" type truck are servicing the whole island, while two other trucks have been out of service for some time.
      "We must cover the route in record time. No one realizes that the volume of trash has increased lately with the opening of more hotels and businesses, but our orders are that we must do it. Before there were 30 tonnes of trash daily, and now the island is generating 40 tonnes, with only half the fleet of vehicles available, which have reached the ends of their lives due to working 24 hours without rest, 365 day a year," they said.
        They are concerned that what happened to their coworker  who fell could happen to them at any time, and confirmed that they do not have health insurance or ISSSTE coverage. They clarified that he doesn't drink, and neither does the person who was driving the truck at that time,V íctor Castellanos, therefore they say the rumor that they were drinking when the accident occurred is not true, and that this can be verified by medical tests.
       They spoke with regret about the condition of their coworker, who still hasn't had an operation, and remains in a coma. There has been no official statement, which the reporter attributes to an attempt at minimizing the information during this election period.

Tourism Director predicts another busy summer  
Prevén lleno total en el verano [+] Ver mas Photo & full article at this link
  May 2  The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, predicts another busy summer, noting there are considerable reservations at the hotels. There was a high volume of tourists for the long weekend for Labor Day, with security provided by the police, lifeguards, and Harbor Master's office, in coordination with security guards for the businesses in the federal zone and the tourism providers who offer information for prevention of accidents and awareness. Tourists were enjoying the beaches, the malecon sea walkway, and areas of recreation and sightseeing around the island including Sac Bajo and Punta Sur. They were enjoying nautical recreations including tours to Isla Contoy, sports fishing, snorkeling, and diving. There were many people touring the isle in golf carts or on foot, enjoying sand, sun, sea, and local businesses.

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View from the rooms.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.
A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.
Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available.   Downtown is  ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi or hop on the bus. We also have room for parking,You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll  sleep to the sounds of the sea.$275/$325/$425 wk   $40/50/$65nt  Monthly Discounts

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.

May events

Sunset ~7:20p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
May 21   7:20
May 22   8:11
May 23   9:01
May 24   9:52
May 25  10:41
May 26  11:28

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials.
Kid's classes every other Saturday at 12:30.
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

April 30  Children's Day
May 1 Labor Day
May 1 Pueblo Magico Nights present "Innova Dance" at 8pm on the Town Square.
May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)
May 5 Anniversary of victory against French at Battle of Puebla
May 8 Pueblo Magico Nights at 8pm on the Town Square
May 10 Mother's Day
May 15 Pueblo Magico Nights at 8pm on the Town Square (and Teacher's Day)
May 20 - 22  International Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana

May 22  Pueblo Magico Nights at 8pm on the Town Square
May 29  Pueblo Magico Nights at 8pm on the Town Square

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