Friday, September 9, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, September 9

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  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Course offered to fishermen  

Imparten curso a los pescadores

Para que conozcan beneficios de Propesca

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 8 de septiembre.-
Leer más...Photo & full article at this link
   The National Institute for Industry Development has begun offering courses to the fishermen, which will enable them to be eligible for benefits available to them from the assistance programs "PROPESCA".  Baltazar Gomez Catzin, president of the  Federación de Cooperativas Pesqueras del Estado de Quintana Roo, (Q. Roo State Federation of Fishing Cooperatives) said there are about 50 fishermen in Isla Mujeres benefiting from PROPESCA.
   The first courses were held for the fishermen of the cooperatives Isla Blanca and Patria y Progresso,  and on Friday and Saturday they will be held for the fishermen of the cooperative Makx and Caribe.  This program offers assistance to coastal fishermen, who receive a subsidy during the closed months of lobster season.  The fishermen must attend this two day course to receive accreditation and a certificate, which are required when applying for the subsidy of 7000 pesos. The fishermen appear to be interested in participating, since at the meeting with the Patria y Progreso cooperative there were at least 20 fishermen attending.


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

   The celebration in Isla Mujeres of National Manatee Day was coordinated by the municipal Department of Ecology and the staff of Dolphin Discovery. The students from the primary school Andrés Quintana Roo were given a tour of Dolphin Discovery, as the second group of primary school students,  with lectures and lessons about the manatees.
Esta mañana la Dirección de Ecología llevó a cabo con alumnos de la escuela primaria Andres Quintana Roo la segunda visita guiada a las instalaciones de Dolpnih Discovery. Para que conozcan acerca del mamífero marino conocido como manatí, esto como parte de las actividades en el marco del Día Nacional del Manatí.

Campaign for the protection of out for them, let them pass and don't run them over!
Campaña de protección al cangrejo.
¡Déjalos pasar, no los aplastes!

#IslaMujeres #PuebloMágico #Cangrejo

There is another brief video reporting on the accomplishments of the Mayor during his administration, highlighting the benefits of forging sister-city relationships with the US cities of Mission, Texas; Helena; and St. PetersbergLINK  

Second state week of the Manatee, Sept. 5-9, featuring educational talks in the primary schools and field trips.
Segunda semana estatal del manatí.  Del 5 al 9 de septiembre   Visitas guiadas y pláticas a escuelas primarias.

Sept. 8,  Day of the Journalist 
Hoy 8 de septiembre, Día Internacional del Periodista.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Increasing numbers of fishermen suffer decompression  
Se multiplican pescadores descompresionados. [+] Ver mas
   Although it is only a little more than two months into the lobster season, there have already been 17 cases of decompression by fishermen using compressed air and diving in deeper areas. Those in charge of the Hyperbaric Chamber say the majority of the cases have involved mild injuries, and some of the fishermen who have been treated are from other nearby municipalities, with the most recent being from Holbox and Cancun. It is possible to even have divers treated from the state of Yucatan, as has happened in the past, because the cost is more accessible compared to private hospitals.
    Since the port reopened and lobster fishing resumed on Monday, there have been four cases. The first was  Fermín Chan Novelo,  42, of the fishing cooperative “Isla Blanca”, who presented with arm pain after diving at 120 feet in two dives. He was treated according to the criteria of Table 5, which took two hours and 15 minutes.
       Next was Antonio Becerra Diaz, 39, of the cooperative "Makax", who dove to 130 feet deep, spending 45 minutes at that depth and came up with abdominal pain. He was treated according to Table 9, with a duration of one hour and 45 minutes.
      Wilberth Ovando, 40, was the third fisherman to suffer decompression illness. He is from the cooperative "Puerto Juarez" and was transferred to the General Hospital of Cancun, with a severe case of decompression.
      Victor Manuel Sanches, of the cooperative "Holbox" presented with pain in his arm and a mild case of decompression after diving to 145 feet deep, and was treated fro two hours and 15 minutes. Most of the injured returned to work with warnings to be very careful and to respect the decompression tables, and follow the international advisories from specialized agencies. At this rate, during the six months of lobster season that remain, the total could reach  50 cases, according to those in charge of the Hyperbaric Chamber.  

Residents complain that cabbies give preference to tourists  
Taxistas discriminan a pasajeros locales [+] Ver mas
      Residents are complaining that many taxi drivers give preference to tourists, and local residents suffer the consequences. Maria Leonor Lozano is an elderly woman who lives downtown near Playa Norte on Carlos Lazo street, with her humble family. She needs to use public transportation to make her purchases, and complains that empty taxis pass her by and ignore her and her neighbors. She said, "They want dollars." She said when she finally got into a taxi, which had two other people in back, the driver charged her 30 pesos to go to Chedraui, when the rate for local people is 15 pesos. She said it was taxi #05 and the driver was a Chiapaneco (from the state of Chiapas).
    These problems occur to her regularly, and she is one of many residents who are demanding the introduction of public transport to replace the Turicun company whose concession ended May 16th. It appears the concession was not extended, but there have been no official statements.The Turicun company had the concession for 15 years, didn't improve the service, and violated the term of the contract.
      Now that low season has begun, taxi drivers are picking up local residents, but during the summer holiday season locals were often ignored. It was common to see women with children in arms waiting for service, older people with suitcases, and whole families, as well as those who live downtown near the beaches who are being ignored. This is becoming a widespread, frequent complaint and municipal authorities are asked to address the need for urban transportation vehicles, for the sake of families and workers.

Protest planned against constitutional reforms   
Suman sus voces en defensa de la familia[+] Ver mas
     Representatives of the Presbyterian churches have joined with the FNF (National Family Front) who are planning a peaceful protest march in 110 towns, which includes Isla Mujeres. They object to proposed constitutional reforms, backed by the president, which they consider threatening to traditional marriage, family, and their parental rights regarding the education of their children.
         The march is scheduled for Saturday at 5pm, starting at the Fishermen's monument, along Rueda Medina and going 600 meters to Morelos and then to the Town Square.  It is not known whether those who support this initiative will also mobilize, but in any case tolerance is critical and controversy is to be avoided.

Venta de lotes vedados para toda construcción[+] Ver mas
    This is another article about entrepreneurs being unhappy about construction near the airport, and PRD councilman Victor Osorio Magana  continues to complain about the lack of official response.In this article, they are also unhappy about the sale of lots along the coastal area during the past two decades, where homes of foreigners have been constructed. A gas station was also placed in the area.
       The entrepreneurs say the 'whims' of certain politicians have jeopardized the revival of the airfield, which was inaugurated 52 years ago, and they want former mayors investigated. They say these officials should be held responsible. They say the selling of lots along the sea, followed by the construction of homes by foreigners, has caused interference with the airflow to the runway, making it unstable and dangerous for landing.
        According to a member of the Magana Moguel family, two decades ago (before those houses were built) a small plane owned by a foreigner bringing goods to a dive shop crashed into the mangroves south of the runway, without bad consequences.

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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.

September events

Sunset ~6:45p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Sept. 16     6:58p
Sept. 17     7:45p
Sept. 18      8:32p
Sept. 19      9:21p
Sept. 20     10:12p
Sept. 21     11:05p

Every Tuesday & Thursday at 10am: Sergio's Batik class. ~3 hours long. 400p includes materials. Casa de Cultura

Aug. 30-Sept. 8  Our Lady of Charity Celebration: Patron Saint of Fishermen. 
               Evening activities at the chapel of Caridad del Cobre in colonia Miraflores. 
               Wed., Sept. 7-Mass at 10p, then Las Mananitas (usually at midnight). 
               Thur.  Sept 8  Saint's Day of Our Lady of Charity
               Sat., Sept. 10-Boat procession to Isla Contoy departs at ~8am, This 17th annual procession will include hundreds of Catholics who will travel  30km, transporting the wooden icon to the chapel at the fishermen's camp.  A Mass will be held, and the people will return to Isla Mujeres afterwards, probably shortly after noon. The Virgin de la Caridad del Cobre is the patron saint of seamen and this icon from Cuba will remain in Isla Contoy throughout the lobster season, returning to Isla Mujeres in early March.

Sept. 1 Thursday  Artist Fair scheduled at Casa de Cultura 4-9


Friday, Sept. 2 at 7:30pm the "Movies in your colonia" program presents "Bichos" (A Bug's Life) at the Bicentario Plaza in La Gloria. Free.

Sept. 5-9 Second state Week of the Manatee

Sunday, Sept. 11 International Coastal Cleanup in Isla Mujeres

Schedule of Patriotic Festivities
Sept. 12 at 7:30p Town Square   Lighting of the lights
Sept. 13 at 9am  Benito Juarez Middle School  Ceremony commemorating the 169th anniversary of the Battle of Chapultepec in 1847    Dia de los Ninos Heroes of Chapultepec
Sept. 14 at 9am  Colegio Bachilleres High School  Ceremony commemorating the 192nd anniversary of the Annexation of Chiapas in 1824
Sept. 15 at 9:30pm  Town Square  Band & Dancing * Coronation of Queens of the Patriotic Festivities * Proclamation of Independence-Grito  (See poster below)
Sept. 16 at 8am Naval base Civic parade for the anniversary of the Independence of Mexico
Sept. 30  at 8am  Julio Sauri Espinoza school commemoration of the 251st anniversary of the birth of Jose Maria Morelos

Thursday, Sept.15  Artist Fair scheduled 4-9p  Casa de Cultura

Thursday, Sept. 15   Grito of Dolores Celebration
 Town Square.
9:30 Folklorico Dancers Performing
10p Coronation of the Festival Queens
11p Celebration of the Proclamation of the Grito of Independence
11:30 Super Crack band

Friday, Sept. 16   Independence Day

Thursday Sept. 22  Equinox

The 9th annual Diabetes Clinic will be November 3rd in La Gloria. We are a team of nurses, social workers, EMT's and paramedics with a doctor for consultation of patients who need to be seen immediately. Please consider donating $50 which would buy 200 test strips, enough for one patient for a year. We also need donations of reading glasses, particularly the higher numbers. Many diabetics have vision problems too. We have a drop off location at Marina Paraiso Hotel or will pick up wherever you are! Muchisimas gracias for your generosity ~ Contact  Karen Rosenberg Here or email me at

Sources for Storm Information:
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The Artist's Fairs are scheduled twice a month, on the First and Third Thursdays, at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9. 

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