Thursday, January 5, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, December 5

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Good economic benefits for tourism industry during vacation period  

Buena derrama económica

Por el flujo turístico al destino en la presente temporada vacacional

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 4 de enero.-.
Leer más..Full article at this link. See translation in City section

"Wato" may remain as head of Taxi Union

Vence toma de nota de Eduardo Peniche

Con la que se acredita como secretario general del sindicato de taxistas

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 4 de enero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  On Thursday, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez, aka "El Wato" may (?will? "vence") become the General Secretary of the Isla Mujeres Taxi Union, Gustavo Diaz Ordaz.  One of the candidates who opposed him, Julio Osorio Magana, is considering collecting signatures from members who agree they have had enough of the leaders "tricks".
     Sr. Osorio said,"As of January 6, Eduardo Peniche will no longer be General Secretary of the taxi driver union Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, at least not legally, since he will not have a document that proves it as such."
   He said the conduct of Eduardo Peniche at the last Regular Session was shameful. He said,  "We will continue our work of convincing members and raising the awareness of the union for the promotion of democratic elections, in order to be able to choose a legitimate secretary general. Do not despair, this takes time. "        He said that tentatively it could be in mid-February when an assembly is held for the election of the new director, within the framework of legality.  To that end, he said that he must have at least 33 percent of the concession partners to hold that assembly, many more than those who voted on the day of Eduardo Peniche's assembly, which was 142 for his allegedly illegal re-election.


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

The whole island community is invited to join the Caravan of the Magi 2017, which will start at the Monument to the Fishermen and end with a  party at the Bicentennial Dome, where doors open at 5pm.
Invitamos a toda la comunidad isleña a la caravana de Reyes Magos 2017, iniciando en el monumento al Pescador y finalizando con el festival en el domo Bicentenario el cual abrirá sus puestas a partir de las 5:00 p.m.

We're improving services for our visitors.

This has been a successful holiday season for Isla Mujeres with a large economic benefit for everyone who depends directly or indirectly in the tourism "industry without chimneys" on the island. Many hoteliers, restaurateurs, artisans, vendors of tours, and rentals of vehicles benefited from the large numbers of tourists who chose this holiday destination to relax and to enjoy all the tourist attraction it has to offer.
  At the end of the year there was a significant increase in number of visitors and the percentages of hotel occpancy, as a result of the intenxe promotional campaign for the island and its attractions, promoted by the Mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, in coordination with the relevant governmental agencies and the private initiative which has meant a good alliance in favor of tourism.
    During this current year, there will be increased promotion of this destination with a strong presence at the tourism fairs both nationally and abroad, which are the main showcases to publicize the amenities and alternatives offered by this vacation resort which enjoys designation as a Pueblo Magico, and has beaches which have received recognition with Blue Flag and White Flag certifications, with first class infrastructure and sites of interest without equal.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Chedraui department store takes preventative measures against potential violence…/
In the wake of the recent violent events that have occurred in different parts of the country and even in the state, the department store Chedraui decided to put some wood in front of one of their entrances, as a safety measure, which only lasted a few hours.The business closed one entrance and put various barricades inside to control access in case of any violence.  These measures did not affect their operation but they provoked surprise among the customers. The  islanders gave assurances that they are opposed to violent actions and looting which have taken place in other parts of the country, as part of general protests to express anger and rises prices of goods. As of Thursday, there had been no reports of any violence in Isla Mujeres.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Possible end of "Wato" as Taxi union leader

Llega fin de “Wato”. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

If everything goes as presumed, on Thursday night the reign of "Wato", Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez, could end as Director of the Taxi Union, and he will not be allowed to serve for three more years, if the Local Board of Conciliation and Arbitration denies him the right to take office, according to his opponents. Then there would be a legal battle in court, and a new election assembly could be convened this month to conform to the statues of the union.
    The group of five who aspire for the job is led by Miguel Chan Mena, who want a rejection of the process they call anti democratic, which took place on December 17, when Wato was nominated for his fifth term by acclamation, when the rules only allow three terms, according to Article 26 of the statutes.
     They also say the JCLA should reject Eduardo Peniches request to take office, because the documents about the noncompliance are being evaluated.  They agree that Wato has committed several irregularities and does not understand that there is a new political group in power who will no longer tolerate his excesses. So they have asked the JCLA to apply the corresponding regulations, in accordance with their claim.

Stores have not raised prices on goods in stock at this time  
Abarrotes no han subido por el momento. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  A tour of stores and interviews with consumers and managers indicates that prices have not increased since late 2016, but this is expected to happen soon (due to gas price increases.) Some prices at Dunosusa went up, although some changes were so small that people didn't notice. Yogurt at 25.9/kilo went up 9 centavos, and dog food went from 14.90 to 17.80 (brand and weight are given). a lack of produce was noted at Chedraui,  but the trailer continue to bring more without any difficulties.

Cold Front #20 will affect the isle
Frente frío número 20 afectará Ver masFull article at this link
 Jan. 4   Effects from cold front #20 are expect to begin early on Thursday, which could result in a day with weather that is not favorable for offshore recreation outside the Bay.(The ocean has been calm so far today...which is usually a sign of an impending norte. The sea is still calm & the breeze is mild at 3p.)

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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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

Jan. 12  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

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

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


In March, we'll celebrate the 500th anniversary of the first Europeans visiting the isle. That was the ill-fated Cordoba expedition where everyone was injured, except one guy, who later disappeared in Florida. They made it back to Cuba, where Cordoba died from his injuries.

Also in March is the 140th anniversary of Jose Marti's visit to Isla, which I've been researching. I found a copy of his journal about the visit & am translating it.

Jose Marti was a 24 year old journalist, anti-slavery activist, & exiled Cuban revolutionary, against Spain. He wrote for various Latin American and American newspapers and founded a number of newspapers. One of his poems was adapted after his death to create the song Guantanamera.

Also visiting in March, 1877, was the eccentric archeologist Augustus le Plongeon, 50, with his wife, Alice, a 25 year old British beauty. Le Plongeon published bizarre theories about interconnections between Mayas & Egyptians & "the people of Atlantis", as well as articles about "psychic archeology" & the occult, which left him discredited among the scientific community.

When he took his bride of two years to the Yucatan, he neglected to mention the Caste War, which had been raging for three decades, and that half the population had died or taken flight. He also didn't warn her about the yellow fever epidemics.

Marti described Augustus as an erudite, talkative, greedy American industrialist-scientist, who was here to benefit commercially. He also comments that the couple's rent is absurdly cheap at six pesos, for a traditional Mayan palapa-house.

Marti writes about a foreign academic he met on the isle, who was barefoot and penniless, carrying a couple ragged books, a hammock, and a violin, who could play beautifully and quote Voltaire, Ronsard, Molière, etc. He describes some of the sights & international events that the old man experienced in his travels, and said it was sad that he had not followed the Arab precept & had not written a book, planted a tree, nor had a son.

Meanwhile, Alice is writing about Mundaca (starting to sound like Facebook? ha!) who she described as a strange, solitary, selfish character, who called himself the Spanish Consul. She said it was understood he'd been a slave trader & people suspected he'd committed some heinous crime that haunted him.

Also in 1877, La Trigueña, (Martiniana 'Prisca' Gomez Pantoja) turned 15. Although Mundaca, 52, died several years later, he carved "1877" onto his tomb. Perhaps this is when she married another & he realized her rejection was final.

So, it seems the tradition goes back a ways of finding an odd, interesting mix of foreigners, with diverse political views & backgrounds, hanging around this isle....

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

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