Saturday, November 12, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, November 12

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

City Council approves the Income Law for 2017 

Aprueba el Cabildo la Ley de Ingresos

Para ejercicio 2017

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ISLA MUJERES, 11 de noviembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.        At the Fourth Special Session, the City Council unanimously passed the Tax Act for Fiscal Year 2017, with the consideration that tourism powers the local economy, and considering the growth trends in the country, and the international economic conditions. The Estimated Income for the coming fiscal year will correspond with the budget to cover administrative expenses and other obligations of the municipal government headed by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis. This initiative will be submitted to the XV Legislature for their consideration.

PROSPERA agency assisting families in need 

Beneficia Prospera a familias

Juan Carrillo ratifica respaldo a personas en condiciones de vulnerabilidad con gestión de recursos

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ISLA MUJERES, 11 de noviembre.-
Leer más.Full article at this link..
   PROSPERA is a social assistance program of the Federal government which helps 460 families in the municipality, who receive a payment bimonthly to help meet their basic needs. Beneficiaries must attend talks on health care, self help, and they receive periodic medical checks.
     The Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, reaffirms his commitment to work with those people who live in a condition of vulnerability, with the management of resources necessary for their socio-economic improvement. The Mayor is sensitive to the needs of the islander families and for this reason he will continue to seek more programs and assistance, whose goal is to help the progress and well being of the most vulnerable sectors of society, for those who require social assistance to overcome the situation of marginalization which they are in.


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

The Federal Police Mariachi were applauded loudly during their performance on Friday night, before the general public of the island, who enjoyed the musical presentation.
Fuerte ovación se llevó el Mariachi de la Policía Federal durante su presentación la noche de este viernes ante el público isleño, al que deleitaron con un amplio repertorio musical.

We are maintaining the Sac Bajo road in a ongoing manner.
Estaremos realizando mantenimiento constante en la carretera de Sac Bajo
There is a video saying they are cutting back the brush to clean up the 3km of the Sac Bajo road in an ongoing manner to present tourists with a clean island.

In the municipal phase of the state oratory contest "Cadet Heroes of Chapultepec" the first place winner was Adrián Ceme May. In second place was Antonio Coronado Martínez and third place went to Javier Fernández Montero. The first and second place winners will represent Isla Mujeres at the state level.
El día de hoy se llevó a cabo la fase municipal del Concurso Estatal de Oratoria "Niños Héroes de Chapultepec", donde los dos primero lugares nos representarán próximamente en la etapa estatal.
Felicitamos a los primeros tres ganadores. En primer lugar, Adrián Ceme May. En segundo lugar: Antonio Coronado Martínez y como tercer lugar: Javier Fernández Montero.

Tu opinión es importante, #PlatiquemosDelFuturo entrando en el siguiente link. / Your opinion is important, follow this link. "Come and let's talk about the future"


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Trump's win could affect Isla Mujeres businesses    
Triunfo de Donald Trump si afectará a los empresarios de Isla Mujeres -…Full article at this link/
 Fernando Peryrano,  manager of a local restaurant that is popular with American tourists, said the election of Trump will affect everyone, including everyone in the tourism industry and all parts of the world. He said the dollar is the foundation of the world economy, and when dollars cost more, many people become worried. Although the North Americans are not concerned very much about these money problems, they are a problem for the Mexicans, and causing them to have doubts about making purchases.
       He say he sees how people are buying dollars today, but he thinks the exchange rate will normalize over the next week, and the cost of dollars should decrease in Mexico. He said although the exchange now rose to 20 pesos, he believes in the next month and a half it will return again to 15 pesos per dollar.  He said this situation is going to affect Mexico, noting that although the majority of the people who come to Cancun  have paid vacations, those who still are thinking about paying, are going to think twice. "People are going to start reducing their spending, and that is going to reduce spending on secondary services and products," he said.
   He said his business, like all the businesses on Isla Mujeres, exist because of the tourism industry, and therefore all of them will be affected by this situation. He said the person who would have spent 200 pesos on breakfast, now may opt for a cheaper location, or the people who planned to stay for two weeks may shorten their stay.
   On the other hand, regarding the North American tourists, he thinks they surely will be slowing down their spending and won't want to travel until they have a clearer picture concerning the new president. He thinks the Europeans will benefit, because all the people with Euros in their pockets are going to invest in trips, food, pleasures, and activities.
      He thinks that Trump wants to increase imports, will impose a tax, and the Mexican products will become cheaper. He says the government should subsidize the travel industry to lower ticket prices so that the tourists continue to travel.
   He says those who follow politics say that 60% of Trump's comments have been said just to capture the attention of the parts of the public.
   Carlos Valdez, a 39 year old Mexican, doesn't think the exchange rate will exceed 22 pesos per dollar. He says many Mexicans will be affected, including those who purchase American products. 
    Alessandro Giaretta, a 56 year old Italian businessman said, "We should wait and see what happens, since we've only heard what Trump has to say, but we need to see what he does".  He doesn't think it will have a great effect on the tourism industry, that the exchange rate won't rise as much as predicted, and that North Americans will buy properties and other things in various parts of the world. He thinks the situation is complex.  He said his business uses Mexican products.
    He said he has been on the island for nearly four years and when asked about how this could impact taxes and services, he replied that it is more important to recuperate petroleum prices. He said many North Americans are traveling to Cuba, with their new relationship. He said, "With many people becoming familiar with that location, it is becoming one of the preferred locations for people from the United States."
     Emily, who is a 39 year old Italian in charge of three restaurants on the island said she thinks tourist will be the beneficiaries.

Providers of Tourism Services in Isla Mujeres object to the installation of a new module in front of the PRI offices.
Prestadores de Servicios Turísticos de Isla Mujeres protestan por la instalación de nuevo módulo a las afueras del PRI -…Full article at this link/

The peso has its worst week since the crisis of 2008…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Controversy among tourism service providers  
No los dejan trabajar pese a tener permisode.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   When the tourism cooperative "Isla Mujeres" gave up their federal concession site and were invited to leave that location, the workers organized to obtain a permit and operate an information module on Rueda Medina avenue, on property owned by the PRI party. This is causing objections from the comisionistas who work that same area, who consider this unfair competition. They say it is a breach of their agreement with the City, who subdivided spaces between groups.
    The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, said he was not aware of this issue, that he is not authorized to comment on it, and that it should be discussed with the Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis
      Victor Pech Sunza "Cholas",said he is one of about 20 workers who lost their place of work several days ago, and obtained permission to work at the location on the PRI property. Their permit allows them to work there along Rueda Medina, at the intersection with Abasolo. 
     He said he has worked almost 20 years for the cooperative as a wage earner and did not receive any of the liquidation money, along with about a dozen other workers, who were left to their fate. They tried to install a booth on the cooperative's (ex) location, but the business group that acquired the concession threw them out. 
       When he was asked about the amount received by each of the partners who had rights, he said he ignored that, but there was rumors about 500,000 pesos per person, which is similar to what was received by qualifying members of the fishing cooperative "Justicia Social". 
    In an interview with a former Tourism Director, Enrique Rios Chale, he said the situation with the comisionistas is out of control on the island. He estimates the number has increased to about 70 people, instead of the 40 that was their goal for half a decade. 
   Also, some members of the fishing cooperative "Caribe" claim ownership of the PRI property, for more than two decades, and they consider the comisionistas as "invaders". They say they are the ones paying the property taxes every year.

Municipal income will increase 23% in 2017  
Incrementará 23% el ingreso municipal en 2017C.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  According to the Law of Income for 2017 drafted by the City Council, income, in relation to 2016, will increase by 23% with the number approved by the council being 266,356,544 pesos. If this number is not changed by the legislature, the municipal government will be empowered to collect property taxes of 48,233,000 pesos, as its principal source of its own income.
    In 2016, the total of income under the law was 241,211,092; therefore the amount for fiscal year 2017 represents an increase of 23 percent. The Estimated Income Budget for the upcoming fiscal year will correspond with the amounts needed to cover administration expenses and other obligations of the municipal government. It will be submitted to the XV legislature.

Training courses conclude for whale shark licensees and crews
Concluyen capacitación permisionarios y tripulantesri.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    This training is provided by the agencies of CONANP and PRONATURA for the whale shark permit holders and their crews, and it also took place in Holbox. There are still more than 600 people who will need to take the first aid course, which should be offered at the end of the year or early next year.
   The courses began Monday at the Community Center, with different groups attending each day.

Basketball team "New Generation Cahuameros" are ready  
Cahuameros Nueva Generación se repora listoVer masFull article at this link
   They will be playing in Cancun at the gym Kuxil Baxal on Saturday, and on Nov. 26 and 27 at the Convention Center, and November 19 and 20th in Tulum.
   In children's soccer, young Cesar Diaz Wilberth, aka "Chicharito", and Romel Santos left on a trip to Hermosillo, Sonora to participate in the national phase of the league competition "Sub 10".
   In baseball, the "Cockteleros" of Isla Mujeres will compete with the team "Stia Aeropuerto de Cancun" on Sunday at the El Pescador field, in the first of a series of three games, in the Liga Tecnologica, Group B. The game begins at noon, and is expected to be an excellent competition and well attended. 

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

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.

November events

Sunset ~6:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Nov. 13      5:44p

Nov. 14      6:37p  Full Moon
Nov. 15      7:34p
Nov. 16      8:33p
Nov. 17      9:34p
Nov. 18     10:33p
Nov. 19     11:31p

 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

Sunday evenings on the Town Square 8p Noches Magicas  Music & Dance Performances

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

Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos  No School & Offices Closed
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.

 To all Islenos: We invite you to the 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, as well as free reading glasses 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 Americans who live and visit your beautiful island.

Sat. Nov. 5 Town Square 8pm  performance by the graduates of the Polynesian dancing classes of the Casa de la Cultura.

Sunday, Nov. 5 Magic Nights of the Souls at 8pm on the Town Square. Festival of the Living for the Dead.

Friday, Nov. 11   You are invited to enjoy a performance by the Federal Police Mariachi band at 8pm in the Town Square. They are 14 professional officers who are also professional musicians.

Thursday, Nov. 17 Artist's Fair 4-9 Casa de la Cultura

Nov. 18-21 Buen Fin (Sales)

Sunday, Nov. 20  Revolutionary Day Memorial (National Holiday)
Monday, Nov. 21 Day off for Revolutionary Day Memorial (National Holiday)

 At the end of November are the celebrations for the town's Patron saint, and residents from the US celebrate Thanksgiving.

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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