Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, October 25

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Dredging the absorption wells to prevent flooding 

En marcha, desazolve de pozos

Juan Carrillo se anticipa a encharcamientos

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ISLA MUJERES, 24 de octubre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
   The Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis,  initiated a program of cleaning and dredging the absorption wells, to prevent flooding and accidents. Priority was given to the most vulnerable spots in the City, such as Rueda Medina Avenue. They will service the nine absorption wells of the island, located in downtown and the colonias of Salina Chica, Meteorologico, and La Gloria, as well as five more on the mainland in Rancho Viejo.
   The Mayor asked the public to be understanding about any inconvenience the dredging work may cause and requested the community do their share by not throwing garbage in the streets which causes the drains to become clogged.

Initiating procedures for bidding on urban transport concession

Transporte urbano, hasta 2017

 Inician trámites para licitación

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ISLA MUJERES, 24 de octubre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.       Councilman Carlos Gamboa Ortiz said they initiated the paperwork to start the bidding for the public transportation concession last week, which is expected to be adopted in the third or fourth regular session. He estimated that the concession would probably be granted in January or February, and the service should be available after the information is officially published.
   Companies that are expected to participate in the bidding to provide urban transportation on the island and in the Continental Zone of the mainland include Isla Turicun and the Taxi union, among others.
   The alderman said it is important to address this citizen complaint about the lack of bus service, and to make the announcement as quickly as possible to attract interested companies. It is noted that Isla Turicun had the concession for 15 years, with a poor performance, and they weren't allowed to serve routes on the mainland, which are "held" by the taxi drivers, nor were they allowed to extend their routes to serve workplaces.
     He said this service is useful for hundreds of workers, and many tourists use it to explore the sights of the island. (In the TVIM version of this article, the Councilman said he was very optimistic and it is possible that bus service could be reactivated in early to mid January. He said the proposals submitted will be analyzed in order to guarantee that the service will be of high quality and that the problems that existed for many years won't reoccur. )

Navy rescued 9 more Cuban balseros south of Isla Contoy 

Rescata Armada a 9 balseros más

En una lancha “hechiza”, al Sur de la Isla de Contoy

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ISLA MUJERES, 24 de octubre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
On Sunday night, Naval staff based in Isla Mujeres rescued nine undocumented Cubans south of Isla Contoy National Park. The Navy received a call from the Park Director at Isla Contoy about people adrift in a boat near that island. A boat was dispatched, (a Defender BR-08) which went to the area and conducted a search pattern, with the goal of safeguarding lives at sea. They located a boat made of wood and styrofoam, powered by an improvised sail, with nine men aboard.
      The Cubans were immediately taken to the Isla Mujeres hospital for a medical assessment and were found to be in good health. They were provided with food and beverages before they were tuned over to INM.
      This rescue occurred one week after another group of about 15 Cubans arrived to an Isla Mujeres beach, but the municipal police only secured 10 of them, amid controversy over an alleged lack of training of the officers to carry out an international protocol in these types of situations.  (In the Por Esto version of this article, it notes that the Navy were not involved with that intervention, although the Cubans landed about 500 meters from their military base. It also notes that this rescue took place about three kilometers south of Isla Contoy.)


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

Today we celebrate the 71th anniversary of the United Nations organization, created for the purpose of maintaining world peace and respecting human rights.

Hoy celebramos el 71 Aniversario de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas, creada con la finalidad de mantener la paz mundial y el respeto de los derechos humanos.

Mayor Juan Carrillo, led the parade commemorating the 71th anniversary of the creation of the organization of the United Nations (UN).
El presidente municipal, Juan Carrillo, encabezó el desfile con motivo del 71 aniversario de la creación de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU).

There are posters for several courses offered through the office of Economic Development.

Today we remember Virgil "El Chino" Fernandez, great troubadour and composer whose lyrics have immortalized in his beloved Isla Mujeres.
Hoy recordamos a Virgilio "El Chino" Fernández, gran trovador y compositor en cuyas letras inmortalizó a su amada Isla Mujeres.


Video by Recuerdos de Isla Mujeres (A FB site started by Temo Zurita) LINK 


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Tvisla women - Residents of Isla Mujeres do not approve the construction of bungalows at North Beach  Full article at this link.
TVIsla Mujeres - Habitantes de Isla Mujeres no aprueban la construcción de búngalos en Playa Norte


Tvisla Women - Mexican Navy detained another 9 Cubans to the south of Isla Contoy  Full article at this link.
TVIsla Mujeres - Armada de Mexico aseguró otros 9 cubanos al sur de Contoy

Isla Mujeres put a program in motion of cleaning and dredging of the absorption wells. Full article at this link.
En Isla Mujeres ponen marcha programa de limpieza y desazolve de pozos de absorción

CROC union of Isla Mujeres reports drastic decrease in the hotel occupancy  Full article at this link
Drástico descenso en la ocupación hotelera reporta la CROC de Isla Mujeres

City of Isla Mujeres to seek company for concession for public transport next month Full article at this link 
Cabildo de Isla Mujeres licitaría concesión del transporte publico el próximo mes

Isla Mujeres will have a breathalyzer starting this weekend Full article at this link   
  In order to prevent accidents, the City of Isla Mujeres, via the Department of Traffic, will begin an operation this weekend with a breathalyzer, whose slogan is "Zero Alcohol", to raise awareness among drivers not to operate a vehicle when inebriated, which endangers their lives and others.
     This operation will begin on Friday, October 28, with checkpoints and random testing, on the main streets of the municipality. It will be conducted every weekend, in an ongoing manner, during this administration. Although the island is a small community, it is not exempt from traffic accidents, and each weekend there are 2 or 3 and each year, out of all the accidents, there are at least 3 fatalities.
    Comandante Jose Carlos Pech Pat, Director of Municipal Traffic, said he was given instructions for this operation by the Mayor, and these activities are intended to help create a new culture of awareness to prevent situations that put the lives of citizens at risk. Sr. Pech Pat said, "The principal causes of accidents are alcohol and excessive speed, and for this reason we are implementing a breathalyzer operation and enforcing the Traffic Laws, with fines for those who drive while inebriated.
      They will also be checking that motorcyclists are wearing the mandatory helmets, have current plates, and that their documents are in order.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Endless exodus of Cubans  
Sin fin, el éxodo de cubanos[+] Ver masFull article at  this link

Program of dredging and maintaining the absorption wells 
Programa de desazolve y mantenimiento de pozos. [+] Ver mas Full article at this link

Artistic festival for "Day of the Dead" 
Festival artístico por el “Día de los Muertos”.. [+] Ver mas Full article at this link
   There will be a dance event during the festivities for Dia de los Muertos, reenacting this Mexican tradition and its customs, which has existed since pre-Hispanic times, by a island dance troupe consisting of 30 enthusiastic women who are senior citizens. The folklorico dance troupe, "Son del Caribe", will perform on the Town Square at 8pm on Sunday, November 6, during the Magical Nights (Noches Magicas), which are presented regularly by the Casa de la Cultura.  This dance troupe mostly perform examples of national culture at the main local attraction. The Director of the troupe, Eleazar Pena Rogelino Yama said, "We will talk about the customs and traditions in Mexico regarding the dead and the lightheartedness (picardia) that Mexicans have concerning death, enlivened with live music." He gave the reporter a video which has been prepared for the occasion. He said their goal is to rescue this Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos from foreign influence and to expose tourists to this historical information, in an 80 minute performance.
     The narrative begins with the story of the origins of this tradition during the pre-Hispanic period with the Toltecs and Aztecs who celebrated Dia de los Muertos in November. In this scene, the stage is represented as a cemetery, with dialogues and moments among the artists represented in dances and performances. At one point, the musical background is "Calaca" by Amparo Ochoa. The dead 'talk' about their families visiting the cemetery, which is only on their minds this day, and not during the rest of the year.
    The Son de Caribe dance troupe will also perform in Cancun on August 11,  and information is given.

Here is a video of Amparo Ochoa's "Calaca"  LINK   LINK

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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.

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 Muertos...one 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 vivientes..living Catrinas...it'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. https://www.facebook.com/events/322448854785481/
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 vivientes..living 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.  https://www.facebook.com/events/322448854785481/

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 westofcuba@gmail.com

 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 westofcuba@gmail.com) 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. 

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