Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, September 27

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Protesters complain of poor service and lack of medicines at hospital 

Protestan por mal servicio en hospital

Falta de medicamentos y escaso personal en Isla Mujeres

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ISLA MUJERES, 26 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Full article and photo at this link.    A group of mothers held a protest in front of the Community Hospital with signs saying "We demand qualified people at the Hospital", and "A big hospital but little interest in helping", and "Isla Mujeres has resources for a good hospital." One woman said she had a tubal ligation at the hospital to prevent more pregnancies and became pregnant six months later. They said they want to take their complaints to the State Government, including the new state Secretary of Health.

Change of command at Naval base  

Realizan cambio de mando de armas

En la Quinta Región Naval

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ISLA MUJERES, 26 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Fulll article & photo at this link.


Merchants complain about delayed mail delivery 

Afecta inoperancia de Sepomex

Comercios denuncian retraso en entrega de correspondencia

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ISLA MUJERES, 25 de septiembre.-
Leer más...Photo & full article at this link
   Delays in mail delivery have become worse this year, affecting ~100 businesses who can be subject to fines when they do not receive official notifications in a timely manner, particularly the smaller businesses who do not use email.It is also noted that this presents a bad image to tourism.
     The representative of the business organization CANACO (National Chamber of Commerce), Juan Carrillo Figueroa, is concerned about the downsizing at the post office, where there is only one employee, although there once were more than half a dozen workers. He wants regional officials of SEPOMEX to restaff the post office.

Negative response to bungalow project   

Proyecto desata inconformidad

Convocan a manifestarse

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ISLA MUJERES, 25 de septiembre.-
Leer más..Photo & full article at this ink.
   The announcement of the construction project "Bungalos Reef Club" at North Beach has generated a series of negative reactions on social networks, and older islanders have commented that the buildings would be subject to devastation in hurricane, which could create dangerous projectiles.
       See Translation in Friday's news LINK


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

Isla Mujeres celebrated its first year as a Pueblo Magico with a festival full of joy and color. There are currently only 111 towns in Mexico with Pueblo Magico status.
Con un alegre y colorido festival, Isla Mujeres celebró el primer año de su nombramiento como Pueblo Mágico de México.
Cabe recordar que en la actualidad solo son 111 sitios de la República Mexicana que tienen el status de Pueblo Mágico.

Mayor Agapito Magana Sanchez was cordially invited to attend the ceremony for the changing of command at the Fifth Naval Region, and it was also attended by Jesus Pool, representing the state government. The Naval undersecretary Marina Almirante Joaquín Zetina Angulo,  turned the command over to  Almirante Carlos Ortega Muñiz, who will replace Vicealmirante Luis Felipe López Castro.
El presidente municipal Agapito Magaña Sánchez atendiendo una cordial invitación acudió a la Quinta Región Naval con sede en Isla Mujeres a atestiguar el cambio de mandos al que también acudió Jesús Pool con la representación del Gobierno del Estado.
En el solemne evento el subsecretario de Marina Almirante Joaquín Zetina Angulo, entregó el mando al Almirante Carlos Ortega Muñiz quien suple al Vicealmirante Luis Felipe López Castro.

Another week begins on our beautiful island.
Una semana más comienza en nuestra hermosa isla.

With sponsorship and support of the City government, headed by Agapito Magana Sanchez, on Tuesday the third edition of the book,  Isla Mujeres a Través del Tiempo (Isla Mujeres Through Time), by historian Fidel Villanueva Madrid, will be presented. The event will take place in the City Council room, and the audience is expected to include all those islanders interested in the history of Isla Mujeres.
Con el apoyo y patrocinio del Ayuntamiento que encabeza Agapito Magaña Sánchez, el próximo martes será presentado el tercer tomo de la obra Isla Mujeres a Través del Tiempo, del cronista vitalicio Fidel Villanueva Madrid.
El evento tendrá lugar en la sala de Cabildo y se espera contar con la presencia de todos los isleños interesados en el devenir histórico de Isla Mujeres.

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


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Tomorrow there will be a change of command at the Naval Base in Isla Mujeres,  of the Fifth Naval Region.
Mañana habrá cambio de Mando en la Quinta Región Naval militar con sede en Isla Mujeres https://t.co/JagnL1uMMd https://t.co/m7sjz3QQ94

There are posts, photos, and videos about the swearing in of the Governor and the names of his cabinet members.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Change of command at Naval base  
Cambio de mandos en la Quinta Región Naval .. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
  This article includes the new commander's experience, education, and credentials

Advisory for small boats  
Llamado a reforzar medidas de seguridad al navegar [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
  Sept. 26   The SCT advised against small boats going to sea off the coast of Quintana Roo, including the Yucatan Channel, due to increasing winds in the afternoon, and expected this advisory to continue for Tuesday morning.
    There is a system (Invest 97L) in the Atlantic with potential to develop into a hurricane that is being monitored.  LINK

"We were better off with the old hospital" 
“Estábamos mejor con el antiguo hospital” [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
   This has similar information as the DQR article above regarding the protest. The Hospital Director, Pedro Zapata. explained that there was no negligence in the death of the child Mario M.T, who had a congenital problem with cerebral hypertension, and twice received a valve in a specialty hospital in Merida. The child was treated for a severe headache at the Community Hospital with a painkiller and returned home. Shortly thereafter he went into respiratory arrest, and the family returned to the hospital, where he was successfully resuscitated, and then transported to Cancun, where there are specialists. He was taken into surgery at the IMSS, and the medical team returned to the island, but the bad news came hours later. The official said he was given the necessary attention at the hospital and there was no negligence.


Few boats arrive at Playa Norte   
Pocos botes llegaron a playa NorteVer masPhoto & full article at this link
  Sept 25   The number of boats at North Beach was less than usual amid cloudy skies, with no precipitation. During the day, before 5pm, there were fewer than a dozen boats anchored outside the buoys, and the number of swimmers did not exceed 300, according to estimates by the lifeguards and security personnel.
   Playa Centro had a usual number of people enjoying its white sands, which was about the same number as in recent weeks, and is expected to remain the same on most Sundays until fall. There were slightly more people arriving on the car ferry from Punta Sam, compared to Saturday, and about the same number arriving from Puerto Juarez and the Hotel Zone.
   The Tourist Police and Tourism Department said there were no incidents reported on Sunday. The merchants and those working on commissions reported that this is a difficult season for them and it has just begun. Taxi drivers had fewer passengers, but the golf cart rental agencies had rented out about 70 percent of their inventory. Many have intermediaries in Cancun.
    The cooperatives that offer nautical tours in the Bay averaged only about two boats for each of the five cooperatives.

Feral cat population uncontrolled 
Sin control la población gatuna .. [+] Ver masPhoto & full article at this link
     While the stray dog population is under control in Isla Mujeres, this has not happened with the cats, of which 90 percent are feral. The vet Delfino Guevara has been conducting a control campaign over the past 16 years, and about 70 percent of the population has been sterilized. So far this year, his hospital has sterilized 122 cats, and there is a small group who regularly catch cats at various parts of the island and who plan to continue this sterilization work, but they are hoping for more help from the public and the government, to accelerate the process.
   A level of control has been achieved downtown, but it is estimated that there are 300 feral cats in the colonias. It is estimated that for every cat that has been sterilized, there are two that have not. The hospital absorbs the full cost of the sterilization, and has dozens of cats available for adoption.
      The young vet Rossely Gonzalez Gomez was interviewed on the occasion of the second anniversary of the hospital, which was financed with help from foreigners and Mexican volunteers. She is the 'right arm' and assistant Director, who ran the facility while Delfino Guevara was on vacation for the month of June. It seems he is planning to retire in two years, when she will take over full responsibility for the facility.
       She said she is fascinated by the field of disease prevention in pets, and now they are given chemotherapy when they have cancer. Therefore, it is important that animals have regular check ups, which can extend their lives.
       She said the biggest problems in the local dog population are experienced by the Chihuahuas, due to inbreeding which has brought about heart disease, and physical malformations. This crossing between siblings, parents, and cousins has made them prone to diseases due to impaired defenses, and they have reduced life spans. In some cases they do not survive six months. It is estimated that half the Chihuahuas on the island have this problem, therefore sterilization is important, as are controls by authorities. The vet recommended that owners take more responsibility to promote a healthy control of the problem.

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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  This has moved to his home...directions on his FB page HERE

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 Parade 8am
Thursday, September 22 at 8pm on the esplanade of the Casa de la Cultura
Celebremos a #IslaMujeres este 22 de septiembre en la explanada de la casa de la cultura a las 8pm.

Thursday Sept. 22  Equinox
Sunday, September 25 at 8pm on the Town Square, celebration of the first Anniversary of Isla Mujeres being named as a Pueblo Magico.


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 westofcuba@gmail.com

Sources for Storm Information:
Tropical Tidbits

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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