Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, November 23

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor Juan Carrillo signs agreement with association for English language classes

Impulsa enseñanza del idioma inglés

 Juan Carrillo firma convenio con asociación

Lanrry parra

ISLA MUJERES, 22 de noviembre.-
Leer más..Full articles at this link.

      The Mayor said that promoting and offering education in the English language to our children is a priority for his administration. He said this is important in our globalized world, but particularly so in this municipality where the main industry is tourism. 
  Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis signed an agreement between the City and the Volunquest association to teach English language in the primary schools, offering classes to children in first to fourth grade within the context of the "National Program of English in Education". 
       According to the agreement, these children will receive English classes as part of their curriculum, and Primary and Middle schools will participate in vacation camps which will offer three hours of daily classes. In total, 1468 students will benefit who attend the following schools:Julio Sauri Espinoza (both shifts), César Mendoza Santana and Andrés Quintana Roo.
   The Mayor acknowledged the work of Volunquest, whose volunteer program will provide the staff who will be in charge of teaching English, and thus helping the children to become better prepared for the future. He recognized the importance of the private sector, volunteers, students, and public servants being actively involved in this collective effort, for the benefit of the community.
    He said, "In my administration we will continue to promote and facilitate better education and preparedness for our children. I will always work to give more tools to the students, so that each day they are better students, better human beings, and more prepared; so that they will have access to better opportunities for developing their careers and businesses in the future, which translates into a better quality of life for their families."
   Volunquest Association coordinator, Krinsten Ashley Tywan, said that since this project began three years ago, it has been supported by Mayor Carrillo, and she recognized his interest in helping with the education and development of children. She also said the program will be extended to students in the Continental Zone in January.
     Omar Zuriel Chan Espadas, a child, said thank you for the English classes which give the Island students more tools to make their way in life. 


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

There's still time to be a part of this change and to add your input to the Municipal Development Plan by entering the following link:
Aún estás a tiempo de ser parte de este cambio, enriquece este Plan de Desarrollo Municipal entrando en el siguiente link:

A citizen forum for the Municipal Development Plan was held at the Community Center in Rancho Viejo, on the mainland part of the municipality. There are photos.

Congratulations to Radio Turquesa and their entire crew for these 27 years of transmission. Congratulations!
Muchas felicidades a Radio Turquesa y a todo su equipo por estos 27 años de transmisión. ¡Enhorabuena!

International Day of Music November 22

Don't miss the chance to participate in the marathon "Charlie & Friends" which will be held for the first time December 4. Register!
No te quedes con las ganas de participar en el maratón "Charlie & Friends" que se realizará por primera ocasión este 4 de diciembre. ¡Inscríbete!

We offer a great deal of appreciation to those who dedicate their lives to serving the nation with courage and loyalty. #Díadelaarmadademéxico
Hacemos un gran reconocimiento a aquellos que dan su vida por servir a la nación con valentía y lealtad. #DíaDeLaArmadaDeMéxico

The City of #islamujeres , via The Women's Institute, invites you to participate in this Orange March in commemoration of "Non-violence towards women". We hope you'll participate!
El ayuntamiento de #IslaMujeres a través del Instituto de la Mujer te invita a participar en esta marcha naranja a conmemoración de la "No violencia hacia la mujer". ¡Te esperamos!


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

A life without violence is a basic human right.Quintana Roo Human Rights Commission   
Una vida Sin Violencia es un derecho humano fundamental: QDHQROO -…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Concerns about risk of wall falling 
Alto riesgo para pobladores y visitantes. [+] Ver mas Full article at this link
   Providers of tourism services showed the reporter a 20 meter stretch of wall along Guerrero Avenue that could be at risk of falling, in an area of daily pedestrian activity. They say the municipal authorities with the Civil Protection department should impose regulations and have Poc Na hostel repair the wall.
     The reporter noted that the varillas (rods?) that provide support for the structure are now vencidas (lit. expired). Residents are concerned that rain and norte winds could cause a collapse. A month ago  15 meters of the fence at the Municipal Cemetery fell, and a year ago to 20 meters of fence by the Senior Citizen's dome collapsed.. In both cases, there were regrettable consequences, but with high season beginning in less than a month, there are concerns about the risk this wall could represent to pedestrians.
       The Poc Na hostel has already renovated part of its wall along Abasolo, by the Casa de la Cultura.

Hotels reservations nearly sold out  
Reservaciones hoteleras, próximas a agotarse [+] Ver mas Full article at this link
    Based on their reservations, the larger four and five star hotels such as Ixchel and Privlege Aluxes expect to have occupancy rates of 90 to 100 percent beginning on December 15th. They anticipate having full occupancy for most of the winter.
   The 'low season' rates will increase by 40% on December 10, to $255 dollars.Most of their clients are from the US and Canada. These rates are charged by the large hotels in the coastal area of Punta Sam (on the mainland part of the municipality), where in just over three weeks the winter 'high season' will start, when nearly all hotels have average occupancy rates of 80 percents in January, February, and part of March.
    Meanwhile, according to the Director of the Association of Small Hotels Fascinantes of Isla Mujeres, the smaller hotels expect occupancy rates of 80 to 90 percent for the second half of December until the first days of January. Then occupancy drops off significantly until it rebounds in February, and continues until the third week in March when Easter is over.
        After that period, the small hotels do not do very well, and this summer their average occupancy was 60 percent. During September, October, and November their occupancy rates were 10 to 20 percent. Therefore, they intend to implement a promotional plan, so this does not occur again in 2017.

Small boats restricted from open seas  
Navegación en mar abierto, suspendida] Ver mas Full article at this link
   On Tuesday, the small boats were limited to tours inside the coral area near El Farito, where protection from the norte winds is provided by that island, and they are not felt very much. Dozens of boats visited the area including members of the tourism cooperatives “Adolfo López Mateos”, “Isla Bonita”, and “Isla Mujeres”, among others. Boats from Cancun also included the area in their tours. As of noon, no incidents had been reported. Only boats over 40 feet could offer tours to Isla Contoy National Park, to assure safe passage thru the areas of the chain of rocks of "El Cabezo", in front of Isla Blanca. Small boats were restricted from sailing out into the open seas, and to await an improvement in the weather.
    On the island, at noon it was reported that nearly all of the golf cart agencies had rented most of their vehicles, which reflects the  steady increase in the number of visitors in recent days, which is expected to continue with high season beginning December 15th.

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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.

 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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