Sunday, November 6, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, November 6

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  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
featuring  a variety of talented writers and photographers! 

  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Popular Noches Magicas / Magic Nights feature local talent

Impulsan Noches Mágicas

 Con talento local

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de noviembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
 The Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis supports efforts to promote cultural events on the island, as well as providing a venue for local talent and promoting healthy recreation. Therefore, the Sunday night program on the Town Square, "Las Noches Magicas" will continue on a weekly basis, as it has during four consecutive weeks of this administration.
   It has featured the participation of about 250 artists, six local groups, seven groups invited from other places, three guests and a musical group, who have presented singing and dancing performances for the enjoyment of locals and visitors.
      The Mayor said, "With these activities we seek to encourage artistic and cultural activities, promoting local talent, and providing healthy family recreation that they can attend together." Residents are encouraged to attend the Sunday night programs on the Town Square at 8pm weekly. 

Outline tourism promotion plan for 2017

Delinean plan para promoción turística

 Durante el 2017

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ISLA MUJERES, 5 de octubre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
   Staff with the municipal Tourism Department will be attending the major International Tourism Fairs, including those in Berlin and Madrid. During the next year they will be promoting the attractions of Isla Mujeres, including its beaches, swimming with the whale sharks, diving, and other ecotourism activities. A more aggressive approach is required to boost overnight tourism, especially in periods when many rooms are available, including August, September, and October. This plan will be endorsed by the OVC (Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau, who manage the money collected by the 3% Hotel Tax (IAH). However, everything will depend on the budget available. The Tourism Department and many local entrepreneurs want the reinstatement of the Isla Mujeres Tourism Trust to manage the more than 10 million pesos that will be collected in 2017 (rather than the OVC).

Mayor Juan Carrillo is committed to a clean municipality, using City brigades  

Firme compromiso de Juan Carrillo

 Con municipio limpio, mediante actuar de brigadas de Comuna

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ISLA MUJERES, 4 de noviembre.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  There have also been City Clean Up Brigades on the mainland part of the municipality at Punta Sam, to improve the urban image and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. In that area more than 1500 square meters of brush has been removed.
    During these programs the municipality has removed 22 tons of junk and trash from the streets, pruned ack more than 2000 square meters of brush, and responded to more than 40 resident requests for repairs to 20 street lights, painting curbs & sidewalks, as well as for cutting brush in various colonias. The Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, and the Director of Public Services, Jose Guadalupe Rios Chale, asked the residents to help keep the streets and neighborhoods clean, because we will be able to keep the municipality in good condition if we work together.


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

The Mayor, Juan Carrillo, expressed his support for the Isla Mujeres basketball team "Cahuameros" at a presentation Saturday morning, and said the Convention Center will be at their disposal for at least a week and a half. He congratulated the team and offered them the full support of the City.
Esta mañana se realizó la presentación del equipo de básquetbol de #IslaMujeres, "Cahuameros", en donde asistió el presidente municipal Juan Carrillo.
El edil reiteró su total apoyo hacia estos deportistas recalcando que el Centro de Convenciones estará disponible en por lo menos una semana y media para su disposición total.
Felicitó al equipo de básquetbol y recalcó que el Ayuntamiento de #IslaMujeres estará brindando su total apoyo.

The City wishes the Mayor a happy birthday.

The ongoing clean up project, Brigada Permanente de Limpieza, were working in front of the FOVISSSTE building in colonia la Gloria
Se realiza la Brigada Permanente de Limpieza en la colonia "La Gloria", frente al edificio de Fovissste.

Don't drive under the influence of alcohol. Your life is worth more than a fine of 50 Minimum Daily Wages. (Which is ~3600 pesos, since the MDW is ~72 pesos) There is a GIF of a motorcyclist driving erratically, then falling over, and hitting his head. It says Disminuitrmos accidentes con el programa permanente #CeroAlcohol. Reducing accidents with the permanent program: #ZeroAlcohol
Evita conducir alcoholizado.Tu vida vale más que una multa de 50 salarios mínimos.

You and your family are invited to attend the Magic Nights of the Souls this Sunday on the Town Square. We'll be waiting for you!
Te invitamos a ti y a toda tu familia a que asistan en las #NochesMágicas de las Ánimas este domingo en la Explanada Municipal. ¡Te esperamos!

There is a notice, which has been translated already, about discounts in November on fines and fees.

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


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Capitán de Patrulla Interceptora provoca daños a embarcaciones al navegar de manera imprudente en Isla Mujeres -…/
   This is about a Navy boat, Patrol 1110, that went into the Canal (channel) at ~13-14 knots, where the speed limit is 4 knots, causing damage to various boats and to posts in different marinas. This was documented in photographs and videos, some of which can be seen at the link above.
       Normally, boats are cautious as they enter this lagoon area. The excessive speed of the Naval patrol created a large wake, which caused the damages. This occurred at 5:15 pm.  Some boats that were damaged when they slammed into the piers, and one suffered a broken hydraulic system.
     Those affected documented the damage and taking their complaints to the Harbor Master and the Navy. The witnesses said the patrol boat was not on an emergency, and after going several meters, it reduced its speed and left.

Acostúmbrense a los aumentos de luz y combustibles, dice el secretario de Economía -…/
   This is about seasonal electrical bill subsidies ending, which occurs annually at this time of year in this region as the hot weather abates. They are then given in the colder states.

Total apoyo de Juan Carrillo para los deportistas de Isla Mujeres -…/
   This is about the mayor helping athletes & teams of Isla Mujeres.

CANACO reports hotel occupancy in Isla Mujeres is increasing little by little 
 Poco a poco va mejorando la ocupación hotelera en Isla Mujeres: CANACO -…/

Bombas de achique para cuerpos lagunares trabajan desde hace 15 días: Protección Civil -…/ 
   The pumps that control the salina lake levels have been running for the past two weeks: Civil Protection. Full article at link above. 

 There is a video which is a trailer for Episode 9 of Season 5 For Pati Jinich's "Mexican Table" series on PBS which features Isla Mujeres. Link to FB video.

 APIQRoo (Port Authority) to resume work on the Maritime Terminal in Punta Sam where they await an investment of 31 million pesos. Full article at link below
Retoma la Apiqroo la obra de la nueva terminal marítima en Punta Sam donde se espera un inversión de 31 MDP -…/

Leon Perez: There will not be a chance in the Director of the Community Hospital Full article at link below
No habrán cambios en la dirección del Hospital Comunitario de Isla Mujeres: León Pérez -…/

Cases of Larva Migrans continue to occur in Isla Mujeres Full article at link below
Siguen apareciendo casos por Larva Migrans en Isla Mujeres -…/
  This is a parasite caused by dog feces & I don't have time to translate the article right now


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

"Noches Magicas" / Magic Nights are here to stay  
Noches Mágicas llegaron para quedarse.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Official support for Cahuameros team  
Cahuameros recibe respaldo oficial [+] Ver masFull article at this link

Removing trash from the Transfer Facility  
Ya falta menos del montón de basura [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Although the larger vehicle ferry has not yet returned from receiving maintenance at the end of October as expected, progress has been made toward removing some of the backlog of trash that accumulated at the Transfer Facility. The Director of Public Services, Jose Rios Chale, said they have removed 30 percent and progress should increase next week with an evening crossing.
    He said their goal is to have the Trash Transfer Facility cleaned out before high season begins, and they plan to put a lawn at the front area of the building. The larger ferry is expected to return in upcoming days, but meanwhile they are giving space in the evening schedule for another trip by the big truck ('la gondola'), hauling over 30 tonnes of trash. With the arrival of the larger ferry, the process will accelerate and should be completed by December 15, and then the site won't have the bad odors that were an ongoing problem over the past five years.
   The last part of the article lists the new vehicles that are needed to be purchased to improve trash collection service. It also notes that attention has been given to public lighting problems, with progress of about 40 to 50 percent, as well as progress in cleaning pedestrian areas, and campaigns for trash removal.


More tourists beginning to arrive 
Comienza a llegar el turismos .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  More tourists are visiting on the catamarans and other tour boats from the Cancun Hotel Zone, as well as more overnight tourists arriving from the US and Canada. Hotels are reporting good numbers of reservations for high season, when the daily number of passengers arriving at the Maritime terminal is expected to exceed 20,000. Of these, only about a third stay overnight on the island, and the majority are visiting for the day, according to previous data from the Port Authority and the Harbor Master.

9th Diabetic Clinic held  
Realizan la 9 ͣ clínica para detectar diabetes.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   About 130 patients participated in the 9th Diabetes Clinic on Wednesday morning at the Community Hospital, organized by the association “Club Pro-paciente Diabético Isla Mujeres, A. C.”, with the invaluable support of Karen Rosenberg and her husband Roy, who are social workers in the US who founded this effort, according to Geovany de la O, one of the activists for the program. Those participating included nurses, paramedics, and social workers, who are from Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Cancun, and the United States. They were assisted by administrators and staff at the Hospital.
     The volunteers administered glucose tests, provided free glucometers and supplies, as well as training in using the equipment and diabetic education. (and free reading glasses). This annual effort by this civil association is drawing attention and imitation from other groups who address the same problem, and Geovany de la O said, "We are very pleased that now some institutions are interested in following our model, because all our diabetic friends need support."
    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of people with diabetes has increased from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014; the global prevalence of diabetes in adults (over 18 years) has increased from 4.7% to 8.5% in the same period. It has grown faster in countries of low and middle income.Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, myocardial infarction, stroke, and amputation of the lower limbs; it is estimated that in 2012 diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths and 2.2 million deaths were attributable to hyperglycemia.Since 2000, diabetes mellitus in Mexico is the leading cause of death among women and the second among men. In 2010, this disease caused about 83,000 deaths in the country.

Authorities seek to raise awareness & reduce accidents
Autoridades buscan crear consciencia. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Since the lauch of the breathalyzer program "Zero Alcohol" on October 28, the police have administered 45 tests, of which 35 were positive for alcohol. The goal of this program, which is in its second weekend, is to reduce the number of accidents and prevent situations that jeopardize people's safety, by insisting drivers do not drive under the influence of intoxicants and thereby risk their own lives and that of others. This operation will be ongoing on all weekends under this administration, since driving drunk and carelessness are the two main causes of accidents. Therefore decisive steps are being taken to reduce risk factors with the enforcement of current regulations and the use of the breathalyzer.
  The second part of this article is about the cleaning brigades, which has already been translated.

Scooter thrown in the sea  
Hallan motoneta en el mar [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The police rescued the red Honda scooter from the waters of the Caribbean Sea on Friday around noon, near the area of the municipal slaughterhouse. Four police officers rescued the vehicle which was presumably thrown their by thieves after they removed parts, including the headlight, the front cover of the 'faro', the battery and signals. Its front plastic fenders were broken, and there was brush in the back wheel, indicating it had fallen down the rocky slope before hitting the beach and landing in the water. After contact with the sea, its parts need to be washed  immediately, due to the risk of corrosion to its metal parts. The police took it to the impound yard to begin an investigation into finding the owner and those responsible for the alleged theft.
   This is not the first time motorcycles or scooters have been stolen while parked outside the owner's homes or in parking areas. It is said that some the thieves are specialists who know mechanics to 'activar' them or they put them inside closed vehicles to cross them over to Punta Sam, according to some who have been affected and not recovered their vehicle in recent years.
    There are about 1500 vehicles of this type on the island, and there are several dozen abandoned in the impound yard, whose owners never came to claim them, after they were impounded for irregularities or due to failure to follow traffic regulations.

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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.

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 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.

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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