Friday, February 24, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, February 24

** See the Carnaval Schedule in the Events section! **

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Mayor Juan Carrillo is committed to a government that is honest and close to the people 

Cumple Juan Carrillo

Con gobierno honesto y cercano a la gente

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ISLA MUJERES, 23 de febrero.-
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  This is about a meeting between the Mayor and the public who live in the Continental Zone on the mainland.

Human Rights Commission representative finds deficiencies at Community Hospital  

Exponen necesidad en hospital

Tras recorrido de Derechos Humanos

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ISLA MUJERES, 23 de febrero.-
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  The Visitaduría Adjunta with the State Human Rights Commission (CDHeQRoo), Martha Patricia Puc Laines visited the Community Hospital, as part of a tour to investigate the quality of service and care at hospitals throughout the state. She found three important shortcomings that prevent optimal care for the patients.
   She said the Community Hospital needs more specialists, including doctors of Internal Medicine, a radiology technician, and pediatricians. She said the cause of the lack of specialists is the low pay for the contracted personnel.
      She said the number of nurses is insufficient with only 16, while about 80 are needed. She said there is a need for medications, which currently only meet about 60 percent of the demand of the patients who come for a consultation. She said the administrative staff should receive training on how to deal with people.
      She concluded that the Community Hospital can be considered as a "white elephant" because there are many areas that are well equipped, but which do not function because of a lack of personnel.


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

City Council approve Municipal Plan 2016-2018
At the 10th City Council meeting on Thursday they approved the Municipal Development Plan 2016-2018. The municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, said that this document is a product of  consensus among the various sectors of the island community and it reflects their priorities, objectives, strategies and lines of action on issues that are political, cultural, economic, social and educative, for orderly development in the municipality.

15 schools in the municipality participated in the municipal Drill Team Competition 
      Flag Day is February 24 and on the eve of this day, the traditional Municipal Drill Team Competition was held with 15 schools participating, from the island, the Continental Zone, and the Agricultural Zone. It took place Thursday morning at Colegio Bachilleres on the island. Participants included students from primary, middle schools, and high school, both private and public.
      There were three top places in each category (primary, middle school, and high school). They were judged on a point system on the following criteria: : uniformity in presentation and escort training, reception and delivery of the flag pole, double-time step (cadence of 120 steps per minute), short step, braceo (arm position?), voice commands, position of pole and manner it's carried, stops and starts of marching, among others.
  The winners were given a trip and passes to theme parks in the Maya Riviera.  In the primary school category the winner was Julio Sauri and in the middle school category the winner was Benito Juarez, and the Colegio Bachilleres won the high school category, with all three being from the island. 


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Two young men are in serious condition after being in an accident last night
Delicados los dos jóvenes accidentados anoche en Isla Mujeres -
    Two young men are in serious condition after being in an accident last night on the western coastal road at the section known as "Devil's Curve". A little before midnight, the police and Red Cross received a call for help, because two people, one on each motorcycle (uno en cada motocicleta), had been injured in an accident. When the Red Cross arrived, they found one of the motorcycles, an Italica, laying in the road, and beyond it were two injured persons.
    One had an injured thorax and the other had an injured leg, and they were immediately transported to the Community Hospital, but little could be done for them there. It was decided to transport them to Cancun for specialized care. The names of the injured are Francisco Javier Hernandez Gonzalez, 29, who is originally from Campeche and Henry del Carmen Hernandez Mendez, 18, who is originally from Chiapas.
    Due to the seriousness, personnel from the Mexican Navy based in Isla Mujeres assisted with the transport which was done in the "Defender" type boat of the ENSAR (Search and Rescue Station), which took the injured men to Puerto Juarez. At 5am they were put into a Red Cross ambulance to receive further medical care in Cancun.

15 schools participated in a drill team competition…/

Human Rights Commission confirms deficiencies at the Community Hospital…/

(Thursday) Port opened for all boats at 10am : Harbor Master
Puerto Abierto desde las 10 de la mañana: Capitanía de Puerto -

Vehicle ferry resumed operations Thursday
El servicio de transbordadores de #IslaMujeres restableció maniobras este jueves después del cierre de puerto de ayer

Investigating allegations of fraud against a golf cart rental company…/

  The Director of Tourism filed a complaint with SINTRA alleging possible fraud by the business "Isla Mujeres Golf Cart Rental", which offers golf cart rentals via the internet. The complaint indicates the representative for the business is Alejandro Gaitan Burns. The business has a storefront in colonia Salinas, where the logo of the business is on the facade, but it appears this is not where the golf carts are provided.
   The complaint alleges that tourists have been defrauded repeatedly, because when they arrived to the island and wanted to obtain the golf cart they had previously rented, they did not receive it and on some occasions the money they prepaid was not refunded. Attached to the complaint was an incident report-complaint from a tourist with a payment receipt from the hotel "Cinco Caballos". The complaint was filed with SINTRA, who are now aware of the issue. (SINTRA is the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation)


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Councilman complains about SINTRA delegate  
Conflicto de intereses en Sintra. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
      Councilman Roberto Martinez Aragon is chairman of the Transport Committee, and he said the City Council should create a Transportation Regulation. He accused the SINTRA (Ministry of Infrastructure and Transportation) delegate, Jorge Miguel Martin Alvarez of a lack of impartiality and a conflict of interest, and wants him removed from his position.
   He said there should be a initiative of law or a modification to the Transport Law so that when a golf cart concession is granted, it is analyzed by the City Council, who should have the last word. He said concessions have been granted right and left, which is causing an overpopulation of vehicles in Isla Mujeres. He explained that the problem is with the state government, who grant the concessions, and have not been concerned about this, and now we are the ones who are suffering.
     He said this would just be the tip of the iceberg to curb the excessive saturation of the public roads, because there are taxis operating on the island who should be working in the Continental Zone.    
        He said the SINTRA delegate should work against the 'pirate' golf carts which are rented without a plate, or with just one plate, or with private plates, including carts that lack the logo of the rental agency. He said the police Traffic department should also participate.

Tourists enjoyed beaches despite cooler temperatures    
Fresco chapuzón en aguas caribeñas.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   Although it was cooler on Thursday morning, with temperatures of only 21C at 7am, the beaches had a good presence of tourists later, when the temperature rose to 28 degrees. (70F and 82F). There were some vendors on the beach and a businessman complained about the unfair competition and that they are not supposed to be allowed on the beach with its Blue Flag certification. He also wants the mobile vendors removed from Rueda Medina avenue.

39 fishermen have suffered decompression illness 
Van 39 pescadores descompresionados.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  With less than a week before the end of the lobster catching season, 39 fishermen have suffered from decompression,and unfortunately, one is deceased. The president of the Board for the Hyperbaric Chamber, Baltazar Gomez Catzin, said it would be ideal to have a doctor who lives on the island, rather than depending on someone living in Cancun. He said the Chamber should be closed for the next four months, when there is a ban on lobster fishing, but sometimes it is used for a tourist with decompression or to treat diabetics with foot wounds. 
      He said, "Now there are problems were didn't have before when the hospital was just a few meters away. Then, when a fisherman arrived in serious condition, he was first stabilized at the hospital, and then treatment was given in the chamber according to the type of decompression."  He said with the hospital so far away, patients who need hyperbaric treatment suffer from the transport. He said it is recommended that the Hyperbaric Chamber be installed in the Community Hospital. In one of the visits of former Governor Roberto Borge, he announced that a hyperbaric chamber would be acquired at the hospital, but this hasn't occurred.
    Sr. Gomez Catzin said unfortunately the Board does not have enough money to pay for a doctor who lives here to provide support any time day or night, in addition to paying operating expenses.
   On another topic, he said the fishing industry has been paralyzed by bad weather lately and although the port reopened on Thursday, many of the fishermen stayed in and may be able to go out on Friday. He said "We hope that in the few remaining days before the closure begins that they can harvest more than a ton of live lobster, so that production would be approximately on par with last season.

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 February Events
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Feb. 2   Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 5   Sunday   8p Town Square  The Noches Magicas performances will feature three singers and four dance troupes, including the children's Folklorico troupe
                                  Constitution Day This is the Centennial. The Mexican Constitution was drafted in Santiago de Querétaro by a Constitutional Convention during the Mexican Revolution. It was approved by the Mexican Constitutional Congress on February 5, 1917.

Feb. 6 Monday  Day Off for Constitution Day (A Federal holiday, some cities & towns will have parades and celebrations. This is the Centennial)

Feb 7-11 Island Time Fishing Tournament

Feb. 9  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Sunset ~6:40p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Feb. 10  6:39 followed by a lunar eclipse
Feb. 11  7:36
Feb. 12  8:31
Feb. 13  9:24
    Feb. 14  10:16   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Feb 11-16 National Artisans Fair 11a-10p Town Square

Feb. 12  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 14  Tuesday  Valentine's Day

Feb. 16  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 19  Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square

Feb. 23  Thursday 4-9  Artist Fair Casa de Cultura   Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music, Fun

Feb. 24  Friday   Flag Day

Feb. 24-28  Carnaval 

Coronation of the Kings & Queens of Carnaval
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Town Square / 8p
Dance to Live Music by MegaBoom

Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Dance Show & Live Music
Kimbara Show (*Here's a version sung by Celia & Tito: )
Town Square / 8p

Begins at the monument in front of the Naval base on Rueda Medina.
Concludes in front of the Posada Beach (*aka Playa Centro) / 3p
Live DJ music at the Posada Beach and in the street of Rueda Medina.
Performances by Children's Dance Troupes & Persons w Disabilities.
Children's Costume Contest
Children's Show of Botargas (*Costumed Characters like Barney & Dr Simi)
Town Square / 3p
Performance by Senior Citizens Carnaval Dance Troupe
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes of Diversity
Daudeth Alarcon: Master of Ceremonies
Dance to Live Music
Town Square / 8p

Begins at the monument in front of the Naval base on Rueda Medina.
Concludes in front of the Posada Beach (*aka Playa Centro) / 3p
Traditional Night
Carnaval Dance Troupes
Adult Costume Contest
Nani Namu & Stars Show (*Comedy & Dance & Crossdressing)
Dance to Live Music
Town Square / 8p

Negrada & Toro Petate / In the town streets after noon
(*La Negrada celebrates the Afro-Caribbean roots of Carnaval & also dressing as opposite sex. Toro Petate features a dance-fight w one character in a huge costume.)
Performances by Carnaval Dance Troupes
Burning of Juan Carnaval
Last Will & Testament of Juan Carnaval
Dance to live music by Junior Klan
Town Square / 8p

Carnaval Dance Troupe from Holbox "Las Dormadoras" dancing in the streets of Isla Mujeres.

Photos by Bruce from Carnaval 2015

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

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

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