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"Fishman" running for leader of the taxi union
Para dirigir sindicato de taxistas
ISLA MUJERES, 8 de diciembre.-.
ISLA MUJERES, 8 de diciembre.-.
Miguel Angel Chan Mena, aka "Fishman" is running for leader of the Isla Mujeres taxi union, "Lic. Gustavo Diaz Ordaz". He said that the election announcement released by the current leader, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez, does not comply with the regulations, and an explanation of the irregularities is given.
This candidate has 28 years of service and 17 as a union member with a concession. The group and slogan of Sr Chan is “Aliados por la Democracia. Por un Sindicato Transparente y Democrático” "Allied for Democracy. For a Transparent and Democratic Union ".
In addition to seeking support from the union members and partners, he is asking that the labor authorities of the state of Quintana Roo do not endorse the irregularities committed intentionally by the current leader. His registration for candidate will include a board with three female partners and one young man.
From the Municipal Facebook site..... ( FB page link)
Link for citizens to participate. "Help improve our municipality" is given with an announcement saying 71.99% of respondents want customer service that is friendlier and more respectful (brindar una atencion mas amable and humana).
Ayúdanos a mejorar nuestro municipio. Tú también únete y participa entrando en el siguiente link. http://islamujeres.gob.mx/consulta-ciudadana/
This afternoon Mayor Juan Carrillo signed an agreement with INFONACOT for the benefit of employees of the municipality and private entities.
Esta tarde el presidente Juan Carrillo realizó la firma de convenio con el Instituto para el Fomento Nacional para el Consumo de los Trabajadores (Infonacot) para el beneficio de empleados del municipio e instancias privadas.
Un día como hoy pero de 1886 nace en Guanajuato el pintor mexicano Diego Rivera, famoso por plasmar obras de alto contenido social en edificios públicos.
From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)
SINTRA put suspension seals on six golf carts of the rental agency "La Fortuna", owned by Willian del Carmen Ceballos Medina, and imposed a fine of the equivalent of 50 days of minimum salary (72 pesos/day). The agency has authorizations for 20 carts, but only seven units have been plated, and the other one is in the impound yard. It is recalled that during an inspection, employees of this rental agency became aggressive with one of the inspectors.
From por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos
No more plates for taxis
No más placas para taxis [+] Ver masFull article at this link
State Treasury official Jesus Contreras said there are no new plates being issued for the taxi drivers union of Isla Mujeres. There has been a rumor recently that the leader of the taxi union, Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez, "Wato", has ~200 new plates and the authority to distribute them, with suspicions that this is a deception to gain votes and support to extend his leadership to a total of 15 years. He has served 12 years. and announced that he plans to seek election a fifth time.
The official said the number of plates held by the taxi union is 936, which is the number that SINTRA continues to revisando. He said, "We have been instructed not to issue any new concessions, so the same number is maintained."
Regarding golf carts, he said in the past six years there have been authorizations for more than 180, of which 100 were plated during the last days of the Borge administration, and during the first 100 days of this government his agency has been cancelling new authorization to prevent vehicular saturation of the island.
The other candidates for leader of the taxi union are Jose Magana and Miguel Chan Mena. The latter is running with the group, "Allies for Democracy" and has emphasized his request for compliance with the regulations. He announced that he has delivered a letter to the leader stating his objections to the election announcement that was 'totally rigged' and not legal.
Red Cross: Without ambulance
La Cruz Roja, sin ambulancia.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The Red Cross ambulance has been out of service for two weeks and it seems that this will continue for the start of this high season for tourism, since it has not gone to a garage for the maintenance it needs. Currently transport service is being supplied by the ambulance of the Community Hospital. The head of the Red Cross, former Mayor Jorge Cardenas, said the agency lacks money and there is no oxygen tank in the vehicle, which is necessary for emergency transportation of sick and injured people.
Por Esto notes that a few months ago they published that the tires were not regularly replaced in accordance with the safety protocol of the national Red Cross, and that these safety protocols are not taken seriously despite a recent accident involving the ambulance.
The other unit has been unused for some time, and has not been taken to a garage for specialized care that is needed to guarantee service throughout the year, which is a responsibility of the institution.
There have been suggestions that the Board of Directors should be changed, including Sr. Cardenas, due to inability to resolve problems. Suggested replacements include councilman Carlos Gamboa, and William Ceballos, among others. It is said that the Delegation of the Red Cross "needs new blood to reactivate the quality service that the institution had previously."
Intense preparation for the Tiburoneros FC
Intensa preparación de los Tiburoneros FC. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
This is about two soccer teams from the continental area of the municipality of Isla Mujeres.
|View from the rooms.|
MaraVilla Caribe Bed & Beach Three rentals with large glass doors overlooking our white sand beach and the beautiful Caribbean sea, with kitchenettes & free WIFI. In the coastal neighborhood of Bachilleres, among upscale villas & boutique hotelitos, convenient to downtown or the colonias, yet separate. Quiet & Private.
|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.|
Free amenities such as hammocks, bikes, outdoor shower, portable beach chairs & beach towels, washer, loungers. Breathtaking panoramic views from the rooftop terrace. Upstairs room also available. Downtown is ~ a mile away; if you don't feel like walking or biking, flag a $2 taxi. Parking. You can enjoy the music & crowds downtown, then come home our quiet neighborhood of Bachilleres where you'll sleep to the sounds of the sea.. $275/$325/$425 wk $40/50/$65nt Monthly Discounts
|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.
The holiday period in Mexico from Dec. 12 to Jan. 6 is called Guadalupe-Reyes (from Dia de Guadalupe to Dia de los Reyes/King's Day). In Isla Mujeres, this is preceded by patron saint festivities Nov. 28-Dec. 8.
Festivities for the Patron Saint the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
On the Town Square
At the bullring at the end of the runway, by the car ferry
|Thursday, Dec. 1 Horse procession (12p), and a performance by horses & a band (4p). |
Friday, Dec. 2 Bullfight (4:30)
Saturday, Dec. 3 Rodeo with a band (4:30).
Sunday, Dec. 4 Bullfight (4:30)
Thursday, Dec. 8 Bullfight with dwarfs (8p).
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Dec. 1 Thursday
12p Horse procession
4-9p Artist Fair at Casa Cultura w live music, craft beer, food, & art.
5p Anti-AIDS/HIV march & Health Fair at Bicentennial Dome La Gloria
6p Horse performance & live music 6p North end of runway.
Dec. 2 Friday
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance group Añoranzas at Town Square
Dec. 3 Saturday
4:30p Rodeo & live music at North end of runway
7:30p Dance troupe Entorno and band Mar & Arena at Town Square
Dec. 4 Sunday
7:30a Charlie & Friends Marathon 5 & 10km Garrafon/P.Sur along Caribbean coast
4:30p Bullfight at North end of runway
7:30p Dance Studio Renatta and Academia La Isleña at Town Square
Dec. 5 Monday
7:30p Mestizas de Agua Salada dance troupe at Town Square
Entorno dance troupe at Town Square
Dec. 6 Tuesday 6:30p Caravan procession for Patron Saint
Dec. 7 Wednesday 8p Yucatan band Picante Plus at Town Square
“Las Mañanitas” will be sung to the Virgin at Town Square
Dec. 8 Thursday Day of the Virgin of Immaculate Conception
3pm Boat Procession of the Virgin in the Bay
8p Bullfight with Dwarfs North end of runway
4-9 Art Fair at Casa de Cultura
Dec. 9 Friday 8p Second Little People (and little bulls) Bullfight! Last night was sold out so rumor has it there will be another performance tonight. Tickets go on sale at 5p, doors open at 7p, event begins at 8p.
Dec. 10 Saturday 8p Town Square Federal Police Rock Band Free event
Dec. 11 Sunday Celebration in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Chapel Guadalupana in Meteorolgocia (which overlooks the Caribbean, across from Mango cafe), with singing of Las Mananitas before midnight, possibly with Mariachis.
Dec 12 Monday Day of Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron Saint.
People honor her with pilgrimages and efforts of endurance, such as the annual run around the island, which will probably be held in the morning, usually from the downtown church to Punta Sur to the Guadalupe Chapel.
There is a procession in the afternoon with children dressed up as Juan Diego, shepherds, and shepherdesses usually between the Chapel Guadalupana and the downtown church, and sometimes there are horses. Juan Diego saw the vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the hill at Tepeyac, 485 years ago. There will probably be an evening event on the Square. See article below. I will update this info when it is available.
Moon rise over the Caribbean
|Dec. 13 6:12 Full Moon|
Dec. 14 7:13
Dec. 15 8:15
Dec. 16 9:16
Dec. 17 10:14
Dec. 18 11:10
Painting by Pam Haase
4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura Art, music, food, craft beer
Dec, 16-24 Posadas Navidenas.
During the Posadas, there is usually a dance on the t\Town Square, featuring regional dances & costumes from different states of Mexico. The schools may have Posada plays, which are reenactments of Mary & Joseph being refused shelter. Posada means 'inn'.
Dec. 21 Wednesday Solstice
Just before Christmas, the government has a procession of decorated carts and vehicles with a Santa, which goes thru the colonias playing music tossing candy and small toys, There is also one by the residents, foreign & local, that is planned again this year. Dates TBA. There is a decorated boat parade annually at Cancun.
The DIF (social service organization) collects toy donations for a big give away, as does Rueben's restaurant, where you can drop off donations now. Dates TBA. Kids in Mexico receive presents on King's Day/Dia de los Reyes on Jan. 6.
Dec. 24 Saturday Noche Buena / Christmas Eve
Ultramar ferry is usually cancelled after ~11p, as well as the first crossing Christmas morn. Some businesses are not open in the evening, because families are celebrating together.
Dec. 25 Sunday Dia de Navidad / Christmas Day The first ferries may be suspended.
Usually around this time the annual Quinceaneras event and Mass are held at the Church of Immaculate Conception for young women who turned 15 during 2015 and who wear beautiful gowns. More info TBA when available
Dec. 28 Dia de los Santos Innocentes A day of practical jokes, similar to "April Fool's Day"
Dec. 31 New Year's Eve Festival on the Town Square with live music and fireworks. Tables can be reserved in advance, with information TBA. The last ferries are usually suspended.
Jan. 1 New Year's Day People observe the sunrise at Punta Sur The first ferries are usually suspended.
Día de Guadalupe is an important holiday in Mexico
According to accounts published in both Nahuatl and Spanish in the 1600s, the image of the Virgin Mary appeared to the indigenous peasant, Juan Diego, in the hills of Tepeyac in the outskirts of Mexico City on December 9, 1531, when he was on his way to the city from his village. (Later she appeared to his sick uncle also.) The dark-skinned young woman was surrounded by light & spoke in Nahuatl, telling Juan Diego that a church should be built in her honor at the top of Tepeyac hill, where there had once been an Aztec Temple to the goddess Tonantzin.
But when Juan Diego related this to the Spanish archbishop, the cleric didn’t believe him and told him to go back to Tepeyac and ask the Virgin for a miracle. The Virgin told Juan Diego to gather roses from the top of the hill (unseasonably and in an area of cactus & scrub). She helped arrange the flowers in Juan Diego’s tilmátli (cloak), and he carried them back to Mexico City.
When he arrived on December 12 and opened his tilmátli in front of the archbishop, the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe had been imprinted onto the cloak. The tilmátli with the imprint is still on display at the Basilica de Guadalupe, one of the most visited shrines in the world.
Celebrating New Year's in Isla Mujeres
To celebrate New Year's Eve, some Isleno families set up tables in the side streets with pinatas strung overhead, and dine on turkey stuffed with seasoned ground meat, while others crowd the Town Square for live music, dancing, and fireworks. Each neighborhood brings in the New Year with a bang, and the skies explode with color in all directions.
During the NYE countdown, there is a tradition of eating twelve uvas de buenas suerte (grapes of good luck), each representing a month, with a toast of champagne or cider. The party on the town square continues all night long. At the other end of the isle, people gather at Punta Sur to greet the first rays of the sun at the eastern-most point in Mexico.
Other customs include cleaning your house on New Year's Eve & sweeping out bad luck. Wearing red underwear could bring you love in the New Year, or your white undies may bring you peace, while yellow represents wealth. Those who hope to travel should grab an empty suitcase and carry it around the room or the block, and set it by the door. If you drop a shoe on New Year's morn and it lands "boca arriba" (face up) you will enjoy good luck in the upcoming year.
The old year is represented by a life sized character called El Viejo, The Old Man, who is later filled with fireworks and set ablaze. He may resemble a politician, and he is usually holding cigars & tequila. Fireworks are everywhere, and their names are metralletas (literally "machine guns" – but it means fire crackers), cañones (larger fire crackers), voladores (rockets in many different sizes), chifladores (whistlers), and barre pies ("foot sweepers", that spin on the ground & shoot sparks).
Kids receive toys on Dia de los Reyes, January 6, when families, friends, and coworkers share rosca de reyes. King's cake, usually with hot chocolate. If you get the Baby Jesus,it means you'll be hosting a party & providing the tamales on Candlemas Day, Feb. 2.
The Artist's Fairs are scheduled