Sunday, October 30, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday October 30

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Three patients waited more than half an hour and the boat ambulance did not arrive 

No aparece ambulancia marítima

Tres pacientes tuvieron que esperar más de media hora

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, a 28 de octubre.- .
Leer más.Full article at this link.. 

  Two newborn babies and their mother needed to be transported to the mainland to receive specialized medical care, according to the diagnosis by a doctor at the Community Hospital, but the Maritime Ambulance did not arrive. They went over on the Ultramar ferry, and could have gone earlier, but they had been told there was a boat ambulance.
    According to a witness, shortly before they took the ferry, an APIQRoo (Port Authority) employee told them that the weather conditions were not permitting tranfers in the sea ambulance. It is noted that two weeks ago APIQRoo announced the activation of the boat ambulance, saying it would be operational 24 hours a day.

Port closed for small boats
 Ferries running without restrictions 

Cierran puerto a navegación menor

Embarcaciones de ruta, sin restricción

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 28 de octubre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
 The ferries have continued running, while the port was closed for navigation by boats under 40 feet due to strong winds from the east-northeast causing large swells up to three meters high. This restriction included the catamarans and trimarans under 40 feet that come from the Hotel Zone of Cancun, as well as those boats normally offering trips to Isla Contoy, and diving and snorkeling tours, as well as fishing tours and commercial fishing. This restriction will remain until Sunday and could continue until Monday, when general navigation may be permitted, depending on the weather.


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

Monday night the event Hispanidad was held, which was an enjoyable show full of music and dancing, which celebrated our roots and culture. Thank you to all of those who contributed by donating denim items for a good cause.
Esta noche se llevó a cabo el evento de #Hispanidad, donde disfrutamos un espectáculo lleno de música y danza que celebra nuestras raíces y cultura. Agradecemos a todos aquellos que ayudaron donando prendas de mezclilla para una buena causa. DIF Isla Mujeres

The best medicine is prevention. Thank you to the Quintana Roo DIF system for their support for women of the island, with the mobile hospital, the "Health Brigade Against Breast Cancer" will be a success in the early detection of these cases.
La mejor medicina es la prevención. Agradezco al Sistema DIF Quintana Roo por el apoyo para las mujeres isleñas. Con el hospital móvil, la "Brigada de Salud Contra el Cáncer de Mama" será un éxito en la detección temprana de estos casos.

We work as a team to maintain clean our public spaces. #Hagamosfuturo #Culturaambiental
Trabajemos en equipo manteniendo limpios nuestros espacios públicos. #HagamosFuturo #CulturaAmbiental

We are implementing a breathalyzer with the aim of preventing and avoiding accidents; we want you return home in good condition to be with your loved ones. This is for your safety Drive without alcohol #conducesinalcohol
Implementamos el alcoholímetro con el objetivo de prevenir y evitar accidentes, queremos que llegues bien a casa con tus seres queridos. Es por tu seguridad #ConduceSinAlcohol

At the Third Regular City Council session they approved a state reform to the Constitution of Quintana Roo which limits the amount of debt that municipalities can accrue.
En la Tercera Sesión Extraordinaria de Cabildo se aprobó el proyecto de decreto por el que se reforman y adicionan diversas disposiciones de la Constitución Política del Estado de Quintana Roo a efecto de armonizarla con la Constitución Política de México, que servirá para poner a los municipios un tope máximo para la contratación de deuda evitando así comprometer sus finanzas.

There is an announcement about a Oratory contest for youths, whose registration deadline is November 9th.

There is an announcement about courses being offered by the office of Economic Development at the Community Center in La Gloria in subjects like sewing, baking, computers, and other to improve economic opportunities for the participants. This was previously posted & translated.

The Mayor, Juan Carrillo, and his wife, Sra Paolo Orrico, initiated a Campaign for Inclusion and Assistance to raise funds for the benefit of CRIM, which is a facility to benefit islanders who need physical rehabilitation.
Esta mañana el presidente municipal, Juan Carrillo, junto con su esposa, la señora Paola Orrico, dieron inicio a la Campaña de Inclusión y Apoyo al CRIM para la recaudación de fondos en beneficio de esta institución.
El edil hizo un llamado a la comunidad para colaborar con esta causa que será de beneficio para los isleños que más lo necesiten.

This announcement from the local government says the fine for driving drunk is 50 "Minimum Daily Wages" & you can save your money by taking a taxi. (The DMW is 72 pesos. (50 x 72 = 3600p or about $200usd.. The breathalyzer program & checkpoints have been inaugurated. A taxi ride home is ~$2 dlls.)
Saca tus cuentas, es más barato pagar un taxi que 50 salarios mínimos. #CeroTolerancia a quien maneje en estado de ebriedad. (MULTAS NO CONDONABLES)

Drive with caution when going down the road along the Caribbean Sea, because there are turtles in that area during this season.
Conduce con precaución cuando transites en la carretera por el Mar Caribe, ya que en esta temporada hay tortugas en la zona.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

 Everything is ready for the Altar contests & the participation of the municipal Directors is expected & awaited.   LINK.  

Restrictions on navigation by small boats continues. LINK    

Mayor Juan Carrillo is committed to the welfare of island women  LINK 

City Council approved state constitutional reforms to avoid municipal indebtedness  LINK  

There is an announcement about discounts for October & November on fines & fees from the City. LINK 

Patients waited to be transported to Cancun on the boat ambulance, but weather conditions, causing restrictions from the Habor Master, made this service unavailable. There was a lack of communication, and a woman said they waited close to two hours for authorization. The patient, and another crossed on the Ultamar ferry. LINK.  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Start of regional baseball semifinals 
Arranca la semifinal de beisbol regionalle.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 The game is scheduled to begin at 1pm Sunday at the El Pescador baseball field between the Isla Mujeres Cockteleros and the Playa del Carmen Guerreros (Warriors). Information about other games in this series at other locations is given and about the Isla Mujeres teams that are involved. 

Program against Breast Cancer 
Instalan Programa contra el Cáncer de Mama a.. [+] Ver masFull Article at this link
   This program will offer 70 mammograms, 100 tests for diabetes, anemia, and cholesterol, and 20 studies for osteoporosis, and was intiated at the Senior Citizens Club and is part of the month for prevention of breast cancer, in coordination with the DIF. A mobile unit is equipped with X Ray equipment and a bone densometer and a spectrometer and staffed with a general practirioner, a radiologist, and radiography tech and an administrative supervisor.

SINTRA plans to limit new plates 
Sintra ofrece frenar nuevas placas. [+] Ver mas
  The leader of the Taxi Union, s, Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez “El Wato”, 'liberated' 127 new placas (taxi medalions) which put the total over 1000 in the municipality of Isla Mujeres, on the mainland and the island. Information indicates that there were just over 200 placas when Wato first took office, which is a five fold growth. It has been said that no more than 400 are needed, and that 60 percent of the placas are inacctive because it is not affordable.
   It is noted that in October, more taxis were observed on the island and mainland, and one taxi union member said a few months ago there were 953 placas but with the newly released 127, that will total 1080.


Campaign for assistance for CRIM Rehabilitation Facility 
Campaña de recaudación a favor del CRIM[+] Ver masFull article at this link

Breathalyzer on the weekends
Alcoholímetro los fines de semanaad .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Schools preserving traditions 
Escolares preservan tradicionesl.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

   On Thursday night, before the long weekend began on Friday, the schools of Isla Mujeres conducted cultural activities related to the Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead and Hanal Pixan. The students were well advised to assure that the exhibitions and the altar displays contained all the traditional elements.
      Tourists were given access to the exhibits, and they loved them, and clearly many of them came to enjoy this traditional type of celebration, and to enjoy a break from Halloween. However, some preschool children were dressed as pumpkins. The altars were created in nearly all the schools.
      The officials continue to encourage the schools to promote the Mexican traditions of the Day of the Dead, and to stop the advance of other traditions.  This objective has been achieved in good measure; with these observances being supported by the municipal government for the past two decades, according to teachers, parents, and students who were consulted on the subject.
         Efforts were coordinated by the Department of Education, the DIF system, the Parent's Associations, and the teachers. In nearly all the schools, public and private, there were presentations of offerings to the dead of their favorite foods and beverages. The altars at the middle school and high school were of especially high quality, and the students made presentations about the history and elements involved in this ancient tradition.
       At the primary and preschool campuses, the students were well advised and supervised to assure the required elements were included, and the information was transmitted faithfully, so as not to be changed over time, according to written procedures.
   One of the altars appeared to be dedicated to the late Mexican underwater documentary filmmaker Ramon Bravo who died 19 years ago on February 21, in an electrocution accident at his home on the road to Garrafon.


Halting construction of bungalows on North Beach 
Frenan construcción de búngalos en Playa Norte.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  This information has been translated previously.

Increased erosion on North Beach 
Avanza la erosión en Playa Norter.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   This information has been translated previously about the effects of the Norte winds causing erosion, that this is affecting a pier on the western edge, and about the business owners in the area wanting the 'whales' that were installed in 2007 updated. They say in the past two years at least 10,000 square meters of beach have been lost in that area.

Campaign for assistance for CRIM Rehabilitation Facility 
Campaña de recaudación a favor del CRIM[+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Currently there are 78 people receiving care at the facility and the community is asked to help with donation to help cover the costs of operation. Services include physical and occupational therapies, hydrotherapy, multisensory therapy, and psychological counseling.

Tourism service cooperatives unable to work 
Cooperativas de servicios turísticos, paralizadas
   Due to the winds and weather.

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October events

Sunset ~6:20p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Oct. 15      6:20p  Full Moon
Oct. 16      7:09p
Oct. 17      8:01p
Oct. 18      8:55p
Oct. 19      9:51p
Oct. 20     10:49p
Oct. 21     11:46p

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

Thursday, Oct. 6  Artist Fair   4p  Casa de la Cultura  Participants include Isla Brewing, AMar Cocina Peruana, and Javi's Cantina

Oct. 8: 42nd Anniversary of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo

Oct. 9:  Day of Fishermen

Sunday, October 9: You're invited to the start of the program "Isla Mujeres Magic Nights" at 8pm on the Town Square.  A Sunday evening program of cultural and artistic events. Commemorating the XLII Anniversary of the creation of the Free & Sovereign State of Quintana Roo.

Wednesday, Oct. 12  Dia de la Raza

Sunday, Oct. 16 Magic Nights 8pm Town Square
Wed, Oct 19 at 5pm. Pink March The general public is invited to join the Pink March to raise awareness about the fight against breast cancer from the Monument to the Fishermen (north end of Medina) to the La Triguena statue (by Town Square banos). Enjoy the music of Jose Aguilar and performances by the dance troupe Anoranzas, as well as food vendors.

Thurs, Oct 20 Art Fair  Casa de Cultura 4-9p Art, Craft Beer, Food Vendors

 Fri, Oct 21 Pink Breakfast Benefit  Casa de Cultura 9am Participants are asked to wear pink or white to this benefit of "Por Siempre Viva" foundation and the prosthesis program. Ticket donations are 200 pesos and T shirts are 120 pesos, both available at the DIF offices 9a-4p.

Fri, Oct 21 Memorial to Ramon Bravo at his monument (entrance to Sac Bajo) 8am. Anniversary of his birth

Sat. Oct. 22 International Beach Cleaning Day at 8am until noon, starting at the Whale Shark monument, cleaning up near Mundaca, Sac Bajo, Salina Grande, and the Eastern Malecon. General Public is invited.

The general public is invited to a skateboard-longboard competition on Saturday at 2pm on Isla Contoy street, at the intersection with Pargo, in front of the Julio Sauri school.
Sat. Oct. 22  "CIRCUS SHOW" Dance Festival  Town Square 7:30p 4th anniversary of the Renatta Dance Studio with special guest dancers
Sun, Oct 23 NOCHES MAGICAS Celebration Town Square 8p

At this time of year, Mexican families remember & celebrate their departed relatives. Hanal Pixan is the Mayan celebration. Altars are made with photos of the deceased and some of their favorite items & food, water is offered, copal incense is burned, marigold flower petals are often used. The schools are having altar contests & displays, there's usually one in the Town Hall, and there will examples at the Casa de la Cultura.
All Saints Day & All Souls Day are the Dias de los for children, one for adults. Nov. 1 & 2, when families visit graves & clean & decorate them. On the island, these are private moments in the cemeteries, not public celebrations like in many parts of Mexico.
On Oct. 30 the usual Sunday "Noches Magicas" on the Town Square (8p) will be themed for the holiday w "Noche Magica de las Almas/Magic Night of the Souls", featuring folklorico dancers.
On Nov. 2, Hundreds of residents have been invited to participate the silent parade, who will dress in traditional clothing or white, with Catrina makeup (Catrinas's the "Festival of the Living for the Dead") from the Cemetery to the Casa Cultura where there will be a display of altars in the style of different regions of Mx. There's a really cool video of last year's, but I haven't found a shareable version.
Lots of attention is given to keeping these Mexican traditions alive, & each year Halloween is celebrated more enthusiastically...publicly on HIdalgo, especially. Bring lotsa lil items & be prepared to be mobbed by cute littles & watch for some pretty impressive & clever homemade costumes. I wouldn't be surprised to see T & T'ing on Sat, Sun, & Mon nights, but quien sabe?
The Casa Cultura also has dance performances on Oct. 29-Flamenco and on Nov 5-Poynesian. The Artist Fair at the Casa Cultura will be Thursday, Nov. 4.


Sat. Oct. 29 Casa de la Cultura  7p Flamenco dancers

Sunday, Oct. 30 Noche Magica de las Almas 8p Town Square Folklorico dancers

Monday, Oct. 31   Halloween  Trick or Treating on Hidalgo

Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos
On Nov. 2, hundreds of residents have been invited to participate the silent parade, who will dress in traditional clothing or white, with Catrina makeup  as Catrinas Catrinas for the "Festival of the Living for the Dead". It starts at 6p from the Cemetery (Hidalgo and Lopez Mateos) to the Casa Cultura where there will be a display of altars in the style of different regions of Mexico. There's a nice video of last year's here on FB.

Thursday, Nov 3  Artist Fair at Casa de la Cultura 4p-9p
  Batik artist Sergio is a usual participant, along with Isla Brewery. Amar Peruvian restaurant set up tables at the last two fairs.

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

 To all Islenos: We invite you to the Diabetes Clinic sponsored by the Club Pro-Paciente Diabetico A.C. at the Community Hospital in La Gloria on Thursday, November 3, at 9:00 AM. Health care professionals will test your blood, offer diabetes education and distribute meters and strips and other supplies for people with Diabetes. We will teach you how to use the equipment so that you can manage your illness of diabetes better. This clinic is completely free and is funded by the generosity of gringos that live and visit your beautiful island. Please tell your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers! PM Karen Rosenberg or Geovanny Avalos on FB for more information about this new non-profit organization created to serve the people of Isla Mujeres! (or email me at Please share this information. Thank you. 

Sat. Nov. 5 Town Square 8pm Polynesian dancers

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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.