Sunday, January 22, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, January 22

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

A cleaner municipality with everyone working together: Mayor Juan Carrillo

Un municipio más limpio

Con el esfuerzo de todos: Juan Carrillo

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ISLA MUJERES, 21 de enero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
   A clean up took place in colonia Salina Chica at the park "Las Gaviotas" (Seagulls), whose participants included residents and City staff. These activities included pruning, picking up trash, sweeping, and painting of the walls, curbs, and pedestrian crossing, as well as the kiosk and planters.

Achievement of Mayor Juan Carrillo

Ratification of "White Flag" designation of North Beach 

Logro de Juan Carrillo

Ratifican “White Flag” a Playa Norte

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ISLA MUJERES, 20 de enero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

   The "White Flag" certification for Playa Norte was renewed for the period 2016-2018, due to joint efforts between the City government, private individuals, and the community to provide quality services and to helping to keep the beaches clean. This is also attributed to the commitment of the Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, to improve tourism by encouraging the care of the main attractions of the municipality.
     The White Flag designation includes a number of criteria that must be met to qualify, including the cleanliness of the water and quality of the destination, which were fulfilled 100 percent. The Mayor acknowledged the citizen involvement in this achievement and recognized the efforts of all sectors of the community. He asked that everyone be committed to caring for the islands natural resources and, above all, to keep the beaches clean.
     He said,  "I want to invited all residents, all the providers of tourism services in this area, and everyone who use and benefit from these beautiful beaches, to take care of them, to keep them clean, and see that they are respected, in order to protect our environment and our economy.


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

This morning there was a clean up at "Las Gaviotas" Park in colonia Salina Chica, where the Mayor and members of City government, residents, and children participated in improving the image of the location.
Esta mañana se llevó a cabo la limpieza del parque "Las Gaviotas" de la Colonia Salina Chica, en donde el presidente Juan Carrillo, integrantes del Ayuntamiento, vecinos y niños participaron para mejorar la imagen del lugar.

We invite you this Tuesday at the centennial celebration of the birth of the composer Islander Virgilio "El Chino" Fernandez, in the house of culture. We'll be waiting for you!
Te invitamos este martes a la celebración del Centenario del Natalicio del Compositor Isleño Virgilio "El Chino" Fernández, en la Casa de la Cultura. ¡Te esperamos!

Today North Beach was recognised with the "White Flag" award, a reflection of the work of the citizenry as a whole, private initiative and the municipal government for keeping the beaches of #islamujeres clean.
Hoy playa norte fue reconocida con el galardón "Bandera Blanca" un reflejo del trabajo en conjunto de los ciudadanos, la iniciativa privada y el gobierno municipal por mantener las playas de #IslaMujeres limpias.

Today we initiated the Dancing Workshop "Salon Mexico" in Isla Mujeres, with talented participants.
El día de hoy se llevó a cabo el Taller de Baile "Salón México" en #IslaMujeres, la cual, ha dado inicio con talentosos participantes.

The following posts are about this administration's accomplishments during the first 100 days in office:

We improved security for our residents by installing streetlights on the eastern coastal road of the island. There is a video.  
Mejoramos la seguridad de nuestros habitantes al instalar luminarias en el circuito oriente de la ínsula.

We cleaned the storm water absorption wells to prevent flooding in Isla Mujeres
Realizamos la limpieza de los pozos pluviales para evitar inundaciones en #IslaMujeres

We implemented a "Talking about our Future" citizens forum to listen to the opinions of our residents and in this way to enrich our "Municipal Development Plan 2016-2018"
Implementamos el foro de consulta ciudadana #PlatiquemosDelFuturo para escuchar las opiniones de nuestros habitantes y así enriquecer el "Plan Municipal de Desarrollo 2016-2018"

The "Zero Alcohol" was implemented to increase road safety in Isla Mujeres.
Se implementó el programa "Cero Alcohol" para que se refuerce la seguridad vial en #IslaMujeres.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

In Washington DC, thousands of women, including celebrities Scarlett Johannson, America Ferrera, and Ashley Judd, participated in a "Women's March"  against President Donald Trump…/

In Isla Mujeres, women also protested against Trump…/
Donald Trump became the head of state for the neighboring country to the north and the impact on Mexico and the world is very visible. There was a protest in Washington DC under the slogan "Women's March", and they were joined by women in Britain, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Denmark, Colombia and hundreds of cities from all continents who marched in protest of the policies of the New York tycoon.
Isla Mujeres was no exception. At midday, a group of women of different nationalities, from countries including Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Cuba, US, and Ethiopia gathered to protest in front of the Town Hall holding signs with phrases such as "Equal Rights 4 All". Another said: "I am from Canada and I want to give my support to the great cause for equality in all parts of the world".
The objective of these marches is centered around supporting women's rights, human rights, inclusion, and diversity. The idea became an historical fact that the first day of Trump's term was marked by an international wave of protests.
"This is a march against Trump and his politics. We are against him and against everything he represents. From here, we are supporting all the women around the world who are marching," explained Vivian Reinaldo, originally from Cuba and a resident in Isla Mujeres for 15 years.

White Flag certification for North Beach for 2016-2018…/

Working for a better quality of life in Isla Mujeres (this was already translated).…/

Trump becomes 45th president of the USA

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán  spent his first night in prison in the US…/

There was a call that caused a false alarm at the Fiscalia in Cancun on Friday at 5pm and most of the staff were promptly evacuated and sent home, who were scared and concerned.…/…/
The Mayor of Cancun said the safety and security of the families of Benito Juarez is one of his priorities, and has increased actions of protection, patrolling, operatives, crime prevention and the monitoring of locations with the largest concentration of people, such as malls, schools, supermarkets, along roads, and at exits of the city.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Excellent day for the cooperatives
Excelente jornada para cooperativistas. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Tourism activity was at a high level on Saturday, and the small lanchero boats who offer recreation in the bay had many visitors enjoying their services, as did the dive shops, enjoying the surroundings and the underwater life. An agent of the Harbor Master reported there were no incidents at sea and it is noted there have been no accidents so far this winter season, which is attributed to the high level of awareness by the nautical services providers, the courses they take and training they receive, and the ongoing evaluations that their boats are properly equipped.
   Thousand visitors arrived from Cancun and Punta Sam, most of whom came to enjoy the day, and only a minority came to stay. About two thousand people toured the island in golf carts, and a smaller number in small boats, with others doing it from the boats in which they arrived. Taxi drivers were offering tours for sale.

Beach clean up 
Llevan a cabo limpieza de playasi.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     Dozens of volunteers joined a program for regular beach cleaning, and the comisionistas and mobile vendors should participate, said Isla Mujeres Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez. A good volume of trash was collected in the vicinity of Playa Norte and Playa Centro. It has been nearly a year since divers and environmentalists removed tons of trash from the seabed near this area. That was announced to be an annual campaign and a new clean up of the seabed could be developed soon.
     The comisionistas and vendors will be helping the cleaners with ZOFEMAT (Federal Zone), with an effort coordinated by the Tourism Department. Personnel with the departments of Public Services and with Enforcement (Fiscalizacion) participated, as well as some of the employees of the businesses with concession in the Federal Zone.

No more failures in electrical supply are expected 
No más fallas en suministro de electricidad.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Once staff from the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) 'reinstate' one of the four wires of the submarine cable at the last stretch to North Beach, the agency guarantees that service will continue for the remainder of the winter season without interruptions. However, at the ferry terminal there are two large vehicles containing electrical generators, in case they are needed.
    It is noted that the unexpected 15 hour power outage on Sunday-Monday caused economic damage for the business sector and this outage is said to have originated in Cancun, according to business representatives. The second outage is attributed to this final section of the submarine cable, where they had to replace the "B" line.
     The agency is also replacing deteriorated posts that were installed after Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

Golf cart accidents occurring  
Se disparan accidentes con carros de golf. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Jan. 21  There have been a number of golf cart accidents so far this winter season, with the most recent occurring on the road to Garrafon Park, without major consequences. This  afternoon there was a collision between a golf cart and a motorcyclist on Rueda Medina, near the ferry parking lot, in which the driver of the motorcycle suffered a hard impact with the pavement and was taken to the hospital. The police impounded the red motorcycle, until responsibilities are determined. This is the second accident of this type on that street, where traffic is heavy and many tourists are in the area.
   Two days ago, a golf cart was overturned, which usually happens due to a lack of precaution by the driver. In general, these vehicles don't reach high speeds, so the 'falls' usually only result in scares and minor injuries, such as fractures.
       A taxi driver noted that there are 600 golf carts circulating daily, with many operators who are not experts, and they make mistakes like driving on closed roads.
    Also last night, a tourist skidded on a motorcycle, near Rueda Medina, suffering injuries, and was taken to the hospital by the Red Cross ambulance. 


Good hotel occupancy & tourism arrivals  
Se mantiene a buen ritmo llegada de turismo . [+] Ver masFull article at this link
         The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco, reported a good arrival of tourists continues and hotel occupancy is averaging 76 percent, and he expects this to continue throughout February. Regarding the recent events in Playa del Carmen where several tourists died, the official said he does not expect negative effects from those regrettable instances. 
    He noted that the depreciation of the peso against the dollar makes places of interest in Quintana Roo more attractive. A hotel manager said, "It is better for people from the United States to spend their vacations here."
       Recently the Police Chief, Jaime Ongay, announced that crime prevention efforts have been increased, and that more staff will be hired and trained. It is noted that the Maritime Terminal of Isla Mujeres is well monitored. and there are also Naval patrols on the island and in the Continental Zone.
      There was no drop in tourism from the United States was noted with the transition of power in that country. as Donald Trump took office. Sr. Rodriguez said he doesn't expect the number of visitors from the north to decrease as long as there are people who look for tropical places to escape the cold fronts.
    He said Isla Mujeres is represented at the FITUR tourism fair in Madrid, Jan 18-22, by a company publicizing its attractions. He said a delegation will represent Isla Mujeres at the main international and domestic tourism fairs to so that occupancy is optimal and the national average continues to rise and will exceed fifty percent.

Workers need bus service 
Ya se olvidaron de la clase trabajadora. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
     No one in the City Council is working toward moving the project forward to announce a call for bids for urban transport (bus service), while it has been nearly a year since that public service has been provided.  Before Christmas, workers in the tourism industry, such as housekeepers, groundskeepers, and cooks, expressed their complaints and need for this public service, but the response has been silence. Alderman for the MORENA party said he doesn't know of any City Council members who have plans to work on this, but he offered to work on the issue.
     Tony Garcia, "a cybernaut", presented his opinion online on the subject of urban transport , suggesting that this needs to be attended to as quickly as possible, and he quickly received approval. He wrote, "Currently, urban transport is a necessity in demand, because the taxis are not efficient." Sr Garcia also wrote about the possibility of moving the start time of preschools, primary schools, and middle schools from7am to 8am, because it is barely dawn at 7:30am. There is a risk for children who are walking in the dark or who are likely to be injured when being transported on scooters.

Positive results from COFEPRIS inspections 
Cofepris reporta saldo blanco +] Ver masFull article at this link
The Federal Commission for Protection against Health Hazards (COFEPRIS) reported a " " (no incidents)  so far this winter, as a result of the constant monitoring of dozens of restaurants and locations of mass consumption by  tourists, said Leonel García Povedano, local representative of that agency.
   The agency also monitors the quality of drinking water that is supplied in hotels and restaurants, and the beaches that are visited daily by thousands of tourists, on the island as well as in the Continental Zone of Punta Sam, Isla Blanca, and Ciudad Mujeres. There were no incidents reported, except for cases of minor compliance issues in some of the gastronomic businesses. He said, "There have been no complaints from tourists about a lack of quality of these services and we hope/expect that nothing will happen during the remainder of the winter season." 
     He said that at the end of the high season for tourism, the forty days of Lent and seafood consumption begin, when special attention will be given to businesses such as  El Comején, Playa Tiburón, Playa Lanchero, Mininos, Palapa Velázquez, and Picus, among others.

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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.

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January Events
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Jan. 1 Sunday  New Year's Day

Jan. 5 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 6  Friday  Three King's Day   Children receive presents & the holiday season ends

Sunset ~6:25p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Jan. 12  6:55  Full Moon
Jan. 13  7:56
Jan. 14  8:55
Jan. 15  9:51
  Jan. 16  10:44
    Jan. 17   11:36  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Yoga at the Casa Cultura on Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6pm. On the back street, Guerrero, at Abasolo.

Jan. 12  Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9  Casa de Cultura, featuring the Rolling Papers a very talented local Reggae band from 6- 8. After the music seems like there is always a surprise, will it be Mayan Warriors? Fire Dancers? Jugglers? Only way to find out is to be there. DRINK BEER….BUY ART…..EAT FOOD…..DANCE…..HAVE FUN.

Jan. 15 Sunday 8p Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 19 Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 22 Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 26  Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 29  Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20. 

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