Saturday, November 19, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Saturday, November 19

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Starting second stage of eastern area cycling path  

Juan Carrillo, por mejores obras

Inicia segunda etapa de ciclopista en la zona Oriental

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 18 de noviembre.
Leer másFull article at this link...
    Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis reported that work will be done to renovate the park "Las Hormiguitas Obreras" (Worker Ants), and they will construct the second stage of the cyclovia Oriente/andador Salinas (Eastern cycle path/Salinas walkway). These public works will be done with 3.3 million pesos, which is a combination of  federal resources via the Habitat Program, and municipal funds. 

Confrontation between taxi drivers and SINTRA inspectors  

Se calientan ánimos en operativo

Entre inspectores de Sintra y taxistas

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ISLA MUJERES, 17 de noviembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

    The detention of a taxi by inspectors with the Communications and Transport Agency of SINTRA resulted in a confrontation between taxi drivers and SINTRA personnel, which required the presence of the municipal Police. The officials stopped taxi #114, which did not have its insurance papers in the vehicle, and they proceeded to put the vehicle on the tow truck. However, about two dozen taxi drivers arrived who wanted to prevent the transfer of the cab to the impound yard. It appears that this vehicle is owned by the leader of the taxi union, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez.
   The taxi remained on the tow truck for about three hours while discussions occurred between delegates of the taxi union, SINTRA inspectors, and the municipal Police Chief, Jaime Alberto Ongay Ortiz. The police chief said he was there to guarantee the safety of those involved and to prevent closure of the road.
    The SINTRA inspectors said the taxi was detained because the driver was unable to present an insurance policy. Delegates for the cabbies arrived and presented the policy, but the SINTRA inspector said the document was late and they had already issued a fine.


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

Playa Centro (the Posada Beach) is a beach that is 100% agreeable, with the distinctive international Blue Flag designation. There is a video whose captions say:
Our beaches, as well as being beautiful, are certified. One of these, Playa Centro (aka the Posada Beach), has received the Blue Flag distinction yearly. This is an international designation of excellence at a world class level, for beaches which must meet 33 global criteria in four categories: water quality, security & services, environmental education, and cleaning of the ecosystems.

Playa Centro es una playa 100% amigable que cuenta con el distintivo internacional #BlueFlag.

The 8th Citizen Forum "Let's Discuss Our Future" was held this morning with women of the island from all sectors of the community, to listen to their proposals and thereby to enrich the Mayor's Municipal Development Plan.
Esta mañana se realizó el octavo foro ciudadano #PlatiquemosDelFuturo con mujeres isleñas procedentes de todos los sectores de la comunidad, a fin de escuchar sus propuestas y con ellas enriquecer el Plan de Desarrollo Municipal del presidente, Juan Carrillo.

You, too can particpate in the Citizen's Forum "Let's talk about our future"#platiquemosdelfuturo. Share your opinions with us Ciudad Mujeres participating in the plan for a better government.. 
Tú también participa en el foro ciudadano #PlatiquemosDelFuturo. Compártenos tus opiniones.

You are invited to participate in "Charlie & Friends Half Marathon" being held for the first time in Isla Mujeres on December 4th
Te invitamos a participar al "Charlie & Friends Half Marathon" que se llevará a cabo por primera vez en #IslaMujeres este 4 de diciembre.

The large, colorful parade commemorating the Mexican Revolution took place with school groups of students and sports clubs, as well as personnel from the Red Cross, Navy, and Fire Fighters.
En conmemoración a la Revolución Mexicana se llevó a cabo el desfile tradicional del mes de noviembre con grandes y coloridas demostraciones por parte de las escuelas, clubes deportivos, así como los elementos de la Cruz Roja, la Marina y los Bomberos.

Today we celebrate the birth of singer and actor Pedro Infante, a great icon of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.
Hoy celebramos el natalicio del cantante y actor Pedro Infante, un gran ícono de la Época de Oro del Cine Mexicano.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Women add to the Municipal Development Plan for Isla Mujeres   
Mujeres se suman al Plan de Desarrollo Municipal de Isla Mujeres -…/

New Director named to the Community Hospital of Isla Mujeres.  
Que siempre sí! Nombran a nuevo director en Hospital Comunitario de Isla Mujeres -…/

Confirmation of change of schedule of the Transboarders of Isla Mujeres (vehicle ferry).
Confirman ajuste de horarios en el servicio de los Transbordadores de Isla Mujeres -…/

The problem of Diabetes is very serious in Isla Mujeres: Dr. Blancas Torres 
El problema de la diabetes si es muy grave en Isla Mujeres: Blancas Torres -…/
 November 14 was International Day of Diabetes. Dr. Patricia Blancas Torres said diabetes is considered an international pandemic, and the problem of diabetes is alarming in Isla Mujeres, where little had been done to limit the disease. She said, "This is an ongoing problem, affecting members of every family on the island, and it is a disease that is chronic, debilitating, and expensive." It is a disease that advances silently and affects dozens of people year after year.
   Dr. Blancas is responsible for the Department of Health within the City government, and she said it is important to focus on campaigns offering education about nutrition and the importance of physical activity and exercise. Island families need to be reeducated about eating foods that are low in grease and sugar.  She said Diabetes in Isla Mujeres is a serious problem of concern.  She said we need to have diets that are more natural, including more vegetables and protein, and to avoid consuming street foods that are high in saturated fats. Housewives need to return to the cooking and preparing home cooked foods, and put an end to this daily diet of flours, taquitos, burritos, embutidos, tamales, etc.
    She recognized that this is complicated by the lifestyles of many families, but eating habits are learned by the children, and with this diet they are destined to a terrible illness. The diet consumed by most islanders causes obesity at an early age, which ends in serious illnesses. She said there are many children who are in grade school who are very overweight and this will lead to diabetes. She said the main problem is in the homes, not in the schools, with parents teaching their children how to eat. She said few are accustomed to eating vegetables at home, and they need to watch less television and have more physical activities in the fresh air. She said the problem becomes more serious every year, and now presents in persons under 25 years of age, whereas previously it was rare to see a patient under 40.
   She said diabetes is very expensive, with patients often needing daily medications. One family member who is diabetic can consume all of a minimum monthly wages of the family because the medicines are not cheap. She said it is regrettable that the medical sector is limited to two or three medicines which they have access to, via the health programs; but sometimes it is necessary for patients to purchase them and they are very costly.
    For those who are afflicted by this disease, it is recommended that they change their dietary habits and exercise, and in this way they may be able to significantly reduce their dependence on medications.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

New schedule for vehicle ferry  
En marcha nuevo sistema de horario del ferryVer mas

The new schedule for the vehicle ferry:
Six round trips on Mondays:
 from Isla Mujeres, 6:00, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:15 & 19:15;
and from Punta Sam: 7:15, 9:00, 11:00, 13:00, 17:30 & 20:15.
Seven round trips Tuesday thru Friday:
from Isla Mujeres 6:00, 8:00, 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:15 & 197:15; 
and from Punta Sam, 7:15, 9:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:30 & 20:15.
Five round trips on Saturdays:
from  Isla Mujeres, 6:00, 9:30, 12:45, 16:15 & 19:15;
and from Punta Sam, 7:15, 11:00, 14:45, 17:30 & 20:15 horas.
Three round trips on Sundays:
 from Isla Mujeres 10:00, 14:00 & 19:00;
and from  Punta Sam, 11:00, 15:00 & 20:00 horas.

 The ferry "Isla Blanca" has returned after two months of maintenance in Ciudad de Carmen, and has been tested and inspected. It has returned to service and with the other ferry, "Sergio Gracia Aguilar",  will offer improved service to the islanders, said company manager Felipe Rodríguez García.

Change of Community Hospital Director  
Cambio de director en el Hospital Comunitario [+] Ver mas
    The new Director of the Community Hospital is Miguel Angel García Albarrán who is replacing Pedro Zapata Loya, who was Director for the past 15 months since the facility opened. Por Esto says the alleged looting of the state coffers by of  previous Governor has made it difficult to attend to the needs of the hospital immediately. The facility has 13 beds but not enough personnel to attend to those who are seriously ill, and therefore most of the beds are empty. It has been said that services were better at the former facility, the Hospital Integral.

Women contribute their ideas to the Development Plan  
Mujeres hacen propuestas para el Plan de DesarrolloVer mas

Working toward reducing traffic chaos  
Trabajan en proyecto para regular el caos vial+] Ver masFull article at this link
Nov. 17  Councilman for the Morena party, Roberto Martinez, said the Commission for Urban Development and Transportation has begun working on a project to regulate the traffic chaos in the roads, before it becomes unsustainable.  He said this procedure began with personal with the Communications and Transportation agency of SINTRA reviewing taxis, despite some resistance from the cabbies, and continued with several golf cart that were not properly documented and were taken to the police impound yard.
    The alderman said he will assure that the measures implemented by SINTRA are impartial, to both the rental agencies with permits for over 500 golf carts, and to the owners of more than 200 taxi permits.

 Rehiring & recruiting of employees begins  
Inicia la recontratación de empleosl.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Nov. 16  CROC labor union announced that the gastronomic industry has begun more hiring. The union maintains a list of jobs on its board throughout the year, except there is usually a pause in September and October. The jobs at hotels and restaurants include waiters, helpers, cooks, landscapers, and bartenders, among others.

First Job Fair
Primera Feria del Empleo y Servicios Laboralestu.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Nov. 16  The First Job Fair was held in the dome of colonia Salina Chica offering more than 300 vacancies from more than a dozen companies, and was inaugurated by  Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis.
      The Mayor recognized the abilities, talent, and dedication of the workers of Isla Mujeres, and said, "Thanks to the porters, the housewives, the nautical services providers, Isla Mujeres is recognized internationally for its hospitality and quality of services."
      The Head of the state Department of Labor and Social Welfare acknowledged the good will of the municipal administration to promote options for the welfare of the citizens. He said the state and local government should continue working together for the benefit of the citizenry. Representatives of local business organizations were present as well as from the governmental agencies of l Infonavit, Fonacot, and IEEA.

Pieces of hurricane wall are about to fall  
Pedazos de muro están por caer. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
Nov. 17   Waves which have increased with the strong northern winds are causing deterioration of the rock cages (gabions) below the eastern Hurricane wall. A section of 15 meters began to weaken more than a year ago, and this is also observed near the courthouse, along a 50 meter section.

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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
Art by Liwlig Larsen
Nov. 18-21 Buen Fin (Sales)

Friday, Nov. 18 8:30  Parade commemorating the 106th anniversary of the Revolutionary War
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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