Monday, May 16, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, May 16

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Waiting for whale shark tour permits 

Para el avistamiento y nado con el tiburón ballena

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 15 de mayo.-
   According to the Port Authority of Isla Mujeres, permits may have not yet been issued by CONANP (National Commission for Protected Natural Areas) or by the Wildlife Department to any of the licensees of Isla Mujeres.  Therefore, it is assumed that no boats can offer tours, since there has been a delay in issuance of permits by both agencies. However, it was reported that about a half dozen boats set sail early on Sunday, with at least a dozen tourists.
        The Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said none of the boats requested permission from his office to set sail for this activity. He said it is unknown whether any of the permit holders that sailed to offer tours have received their permits, and some were trying to obtain temporary permits for one week. The permits were expected to be issued by the last week of May for the area under the authority of PROFEPA (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection). The Wildlife Department are issuing permits for the entire season (The permits from the Wildlife Dept. begin June 1. The "Aguas Azules" area and the "Aguas Verdes" area are administrated by two different agencies.).

Tourism promotion as part of the "Smart Map Cancun"

El destino ya es parte de “Smart Map Cancún”

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 15 de mayo.-
   Isla Mujeres is part of a promotional campaign called "Treasures of the Caribbean" (Tesoros del Caribe), featuring the official application "Smart Map Cancun", which also includes Holbox and Puerto Morelos. This year is it expected to be downloaded between 40,000 and 100,000 times, and to have 25,000 to 50,000 followers on social networks.
    It is the result of a collaboration between the CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau) and the application company, for the use of this technological tool to promote these destinations. The project began as a Cancun guide for smart phones, but has now been extended to include Isla Mujeres and the other two towns. It works without an internet connection, and acts as a travel guide, providing information about businesses and areas of interest. It not only helps spread information about the destinations, but also about the restaurants and bars, parks, marinas, etc., as well as providing information about weather and events that are being scheduled.


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

In Isla Mujeres, we congratulate and recognize the excellent work of every one of the teachers.
En Isla Mujeres felicitamos y reconocemos la excelente labor de cada uno de los maestros.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

"Decision" arrived first 
“Decisión” primero en llegar. [+] Ver masPhotos & full article at this link

   The sailboat "Decision" arrived at 3am on Sunday, which was a day later than originally predicted due to a lack of favorable winds. It is the first boat to arrive in the 29th edition of the "Al Sol" regatta. The captain, Stephen Murray, and his crew relaxed at a hotel on North Beach and were welcomed at Buho's Restaurant at 5pm, along with the crew of "Parlay", which arrived three hours earlier, on Sunday afternoon.
     According to the satellite tracking website, the remaining nine competitors should arrive on Monday. The group was about to enter the Yucatan Channel, led by Tra Sea, followed by Anemone Tickler, Akoya, Pursuit, Skylark, Atlantic Union, Lady Gray 2, and in the rear are Free Spirit and Night Sky. The boats which returned to their home ports due to problems were Tigi Too, Do Litte, Flyer, and Hawke.
    After all the boats have arrived, their times will be evaluated according to the four categories, to determine the overall winner, which is expected to occur on Tuesday. Monday the families and friends of the crews will be visiting the attractions of Isla Mujeres, such as Mundaca, Tortugranja, Garrafon, Punta Sur, El Mueco, and others. On Tuesday, at 7pm, there will be the Official Recognition of the participants as Distinguished Guests. On Wednesday, they will interact with the local people with a New Orleans style Carnival parade and the traditional basketball game between crew members and islanders. Thursday, the winners will be given award at the Maria's del Mar Cabanas Hotel at 6:30pm. The following day the regatta participants will say goodbye and return to their places of origin.
    On Sunday, while preparations were being made for the arrival of the competitors at the Isla Mujeres Yacht Club dock, the discussion was about how this was one of the slowest tournaments. One of the regatta fans said, "They should have started to arrive on Saturday, not on Sunday. They did not get many favorable winds." Fans have been following the progress of the boats via the internet.

Better hospital but poor services 

Mejor hospital, pero pésimo servicio [+] Ver masPhotos & full article at this link

  Veteran fisherman Daniel Avila Solis faced three years when he was very ill from problems with diabetes, cholesterol, and triglycerides, and has gradually recovered and can now walk without a cane. He sat on the couch of his living room-kitchen and spoke about his work, his family life, and his good relationship with his wife throughout these difficult circumstances.  His wife, Beta Rodriguez, 63, is the same age as he is, and also has health problems. She was lamenting over the poor medical care at the new hospital, which is located in colonia La Gloria.  She said, "It was better before, and then it was closer to our house." She spoke about the ordeals they have both faced to receive medical care.
    The interview took place at their home on Rueda Medina, near the Maritime Terminal. Sr. Avila said, "I feel happy. I love my wife Berta, who is here." He has given nearly half of his life to fishing, and has belonged to the Patria & Progreso cooperative since it was founded. He holds a permit to capture "pez escribano" which is a species used for bait by sports fishermen. He explained there is an old problem that hinders his financial situation because people undercut the prices, and even give it away, when the standard price is 100 pesos per 10 fish.
     It is difficult to work and to be independent like before, and now it is hard to go out regularly near the Isla Contoy National Park to catch fish, and averages about 1000 fish every two months. He said when he goes out, he must pay for cleaning of the bottom of the boat, and 600 pesos each for two helpers. That does not leave enough to afford to eat and purchase medications for himself and his wife. As he told his story, tears welled up in his eyes. They are fortunate to rent two small areas of their home as commercial space.
      The most difficult times for lacking money occurred when he was in the hospital three years ago for a heart attack and the high level of fat in his blood caused a stroke, which made him unable to move his feet. Now with exercises and improved diet, he is slowing beginning to feel well, and commented, "Now I can walk 100 meters without help, from here to the gas station." He has continued his rehabilitation with support from his two sons, Efrain, 44, and Daniel, 38, who live on their own.
     Sr. Avila was born Dec. 11, 1952, and comes from one of the legendary founding families of the community of Isla Mujeres, while his wife is from Merida. She came to the island to work when the Free Trade Zone as at its height during the 1970's, when they met and married.
       He said the expenses to control their illnesses are relatively high. His son Daniel is a Red Cross paramedic and monitors his blood pressure daily, and he thinks this is why he is not in a wheelchair, which is progress. He can walk without a cane, at home, and no longer eats or drinks foods with sugar or grease.
      He refills his medicines every two weeks, and his blood sugar levels have dropped, including a drop down to 25 , when the normal is around 100,  after he was given a bad prescription by one of the hospital doctors. During those difficult times, it exceeded 300, and with these problems he suffered from sleepiness and irritability.
     Sr Avila admits that the expenses cause a lot of stress, and he also has a liver problem, in addition to his obvious cardiac problems, but he reminds himself that his doctors told him to avoid internal stress. He remembers that his family is at his side and he has faith in God to bring sanity and sound judgement during difficult times.
    He shared photos of the history of fishing, which included his many god-children, as well as his wife who was a fisherwoman, and other women who fished. When he young and in good health, he also took many foreigners out to catch fish or sharks, who appear in some of the photographs with the youth's sailing boat. At the end of the interview, he and his wife made recommendations for young people, but recognized that these are different times, and now many young people take drugs, which were not around when they were young. 


Pentacoastal Vigil held for youths & adults  
Vigilia de Pentecostés para jóvenes y adultos. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link

  Saturday night a spiritual retreat was led by father Raul Sanchez Alonso which lasted into the opening minutes of Sunday, and included dozens of couples, adults, and young people, many of whom wept, fainted, and experienced healing in their souls from pain and suffering. A sermon about the Holy Spirit was given at 10pm and a Mass was held at 11pm. Then there was a laying on of hands and a procession with Santisimo (Blessed Sacrament), signifying the start of the evening of the Pentecost at the Immaculate Conception parish.
      The group "Carisma Joven" participated in this encounter with youths, and have distinguished themselves in recent years with participation in choirs and encounters on and off the island. More activities are expected to be organized throughout the year for young people, according to volunteers who work with the Catholic churches of the island.

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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 7, Saturday   "Ballet Son del Caribe" a troupe of five senior citizen women,  will dance at 7pm  at the outdoor theater of the Blue Dome in colonia La Gloria. This celebrates 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.

May 8, Sunday, at 6pm, "Pueblo Magico Nights" presents the Spring Festival 2016 in the open air theater of the Bicentenario plaza in colonia La Gloria.

May 10 Mother's Day
May 12-20 Group exhibition at the Casa de Cultura 

May 15 Pueblo Magico Nights  (and Teacher's Day)
May 20 - 22  International Fishing Tournament Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana

May 22  Pueblo Magico Nights
May 29  Pueblo Magico Nights 

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