Thursday, February 2, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, February 2

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos

Saving lives of fishermen with the hyperbaric chamber  

Salvan vidas con cámara hiperbárica

De pescadores

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 1 de febrero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  So far this lobster season, there has been a total of 35 cases of decompression sickness among the fishermen of the island, and more are expected in the remaining 27 days. The latest was Wilberth Caamal, 36, who is a member of the cooperative "Patria & Progreso". He entered the hyperbaric chamber at 5:30pm yesterday with arm pain and numbness in his lower extremities, and more seriously, bladder inflammation. He was diagnosed with type II decompression, which required the Table 6 level of treatment. He responded well to the treatment for decompression, and then was taken to Cancun to receive specialized treatment for the bladder inflammation.

Comisionistas await delivery of credentials

Dispara el número de comisionistas en Isla Mujeres: Falta de acreditación turística

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 1 de febrero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
  It has been more tan two months since the comisionistas were given drug testing, but they have not received their credentials. These have usually been given a couple weeks following the testing, to these tourism workers who are among the first to have contact with visitors arriving to the island. Meanwhile there have been conflicts recently, with an increased number of workers selling services, because the comisionistas have been joined by taxi drivers and lanchero boatmen, who are selling their services.
   The Department of Tourism is about to finalize the list of comisionistas, which should be completed in the next few days, and then the credentials will be delivered to those who have met the requirements and the training courses. 

Police work hand in hand with residents to prevent crime 

Policía de IM trabaja de la mano de vecinos para prevenir delitos.

ISLA MUJERES, 1 de febrero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
Isla Mujeres police are working on crime prevention with residents in the Continental Zone (on the mainland part of the municipality).


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

Ongoing junk removal campaign initiated in colonia "Cañotal"
      The general manager of public services, José Guadalupe Rivers Chalet reported that a total of 9 tons of junk were removed from the streets of colonia "Cañotal" on Wednesday morning during the start of an ongoing campaign of junk removal, implemented as of this day, on the instructions of the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis.
       This clean-up work involved 12 people, with the support of a dump truck and a three ton truck. The official explained that these efforts will take place every week in different parts of the municipality. Thursday, it is scheduled in colonia Miraflores, and Wednesday in colonia la Gloria, from 8am to 1pm. Residents are cordially invited to put their junk in front of their homes for the crews to remove.
       The Director of Public Services said, "We are following the instructions of the Mayor to have a municipality that is free of objects that can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, to prevent the outbreak of diseases such as dengue, zika and chikungunya, and to have clean streets that contribute to the health of the inhabitants of Isla Mujeres."

There is a poster for a 10 percent discount on property tax payment in February  

The City Council held the 8th Regular Session

As part of measures to improve the municipal administration and make the work of different departments more efficient, during the 8th regular session of the Isla Mujeres City Council, measures were approved to define the areas of power for the Department and Director of Public Works, and for the Department and Director of Civil Defense, as provided in the General Law of Civil Defense. 
  They also approved an update to the regulation that previously provided for the former Institute of Youth, Sport, and Recreation which became two independent agencies: the Institute of Youth and the Institute of Sports.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Isla Mujeres police are working on crime prevention with residents in the Continental Zone (on the mainland part of the municipality).…/

Ongoing campaign of junk removal initiated…/

Lobster season concludes February 28th and this year's catch has been better than last year's.…/

35 fishermen have required treatment for decompression in the hyperbaric chamber…/

  On Tuesday, President Enrique Peña Nieto met privately with the 32 governors of the country to discuss building a new bilateral relationship with the United States…/

The INE (National Electoral Institute) reported that there has been an increase in 'usurpation' of identity with 10 to 12 cases detected monthly in Isla Mujeres, mostly among youths who come from the state of Chiapas.…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

35 fishermen have been treated for decompression   
Van 35 pescadores descompresionados] Ver mas Full article at this link 
    This has the same information as the article above, also noting that the season began July 1, and there have been no deaths, only injuries, and the ban on lobster fishing will begin March 1st.

Positive expectations  
Pronóstico halagador .. [+] Ver mas Full article at this link 
  The Director of Tourism Promotion, Gustavo Rodriguez, said that February has begun with a hotel occupancy of 68 percent, and expectations are good for the rest of the winter season. Some representatives in the hotel industry said that reservations indicate that occupancy could be above 70 percent.
    They do not expect a negative effect on the number of visitors arriving from the United States, who are major customers in this season, from the political and economic problems that have been provoked by the arrival of Donald Trump in power in the United States. They think that the number of visitors could improve with the depreciation of the pesos against the dollar. One hotelier said "It is cheaper for tourists to visit Mexico because they receive more money." 
     The interviewees agreed with Rodríguez Orozco, a promoter of Isla Mujeres, that the quality of customer service should improve every day, and bad practices should be denounced, in order not to conflict with the general policy of generating comfort and well-being for visitors.
     On a daily basis, about 10,000 tourists visit Isla Mujeres, arrive in ferries and recreational boats, to spend some hours enjoying the beaches, water, and places of interest on the island, and for this reason it is important to preserve the good image of this destination. According to officials in the Department of Tourism, it appears that currently the incidence of theft and of mistreatment of visitors has decreased.
   However, there has been a revival of taxi drivers overcharging for transporting clients between downtown and the colonias, with some drivers charging up to 100 pesos per tourist. These are often visitors who spend the full season on the island, renting vacation homes of hotel rooms. There have also been cases of excessive charges for souvenirs, but no more reports of theft of cards from tourists, so far this year.

Mexican Navy gave assistance  
Labores activas de la Armada de México [+] Ver mas Full article at this link
 On January 30th, the Naval Command Center received a report that the boat "NAMASTE" lacked propulsion and needed assistance with three crew members aboard, about 180 nautical miles north of Isla Mujeres. A Naval Ocean Patrol vessel was dispatched, which towed the boat to the Naval base, where the crew were given medical evaluations and found to be healthy. 
   Yesterday, Naval personnel were mobilized upon the request of a member of the Isla Mujeres cooperative "Caribe", who reported that his son required medical assistance after suffering from decompression while diving 25 meters underwater. A Defender type boat from the Search and Rescue unit was immediately dispatched, and the fisherman was transferred to the Naval Hospital for medical support.
   These actions were done as part of the Navy's commitment to watch over the Mexican coasts and seas to safeguard human lives at sea.

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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. Within ten minutes walk are the restaurants Mango Cafe, Bahama Mama, Brisas, Manolitos,  Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend 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. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.


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Sunset ~6:40p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Jan. 12  6:55  Full Moon
Feb. 10  6:39
Feb. 11  7:36
Feb. 12  8:31
Feb. 13  9:24
    Feb. 14  10:16   
 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.

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

Feb. 5   Sunday   8p  Noches Magicas performances  Town Square
                                  Constitution Day

Feb. 6 Monday  Day Off for Constitution Day

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

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. 23 or 24-28  Carnaval 
The schedule of events hasn't been published yet & it may begin on Thursday or Friday.  It usually includes two or three afternoon parades, a beach event by the Posada, dancing in the streets, at businesses, and nightly on the Town Square, with themes such as Caribbean, la Negrita, Cuban, International & Nautical. 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. 

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