Thursday, February 16, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, February 16

** 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 & wife witness collective weddings of 46 couples  

Integración familiar

 Juan Carrillo y esposa, testigos en boda de 46 parejas

Lanrry Parra

ISLA MUJERES, 15 de febrero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
See City section below  


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

The Government of Isla Mujeres promotes the integration of families 
The mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis and his wife, Sra. Paola Orrico de Carrillo, witnessed the union of 47 couples from Rancho Viejo and the island during the 2017 Collective Weddings.A total of 46 (sic) couples of Rancho Viejo and the island were married within the framework of the Collective Weddings held at the initiative of the City of Isla Mujeres through the municipal DIF. The municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis and his wife, Sra. Paola Orrico de Carrillo acted as witnesses of honor, and emphasized the importance of legalizing one's  union via civil marriage for the integration of families.The weddings took place this Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Rancho Viejo (on the mainland) and Wednesday, Feb. 15 on the island. The Mayor and his wife, celebrated with the couples in a small social reception where they cut a cake and celebrated with the relatives and children of the couples."Seeing this union, in the context of celebrating such a special day,  on the Day of Love and Friendship, will make this date the most important moment of their lives," said the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis. Speaking to the couples, he said he wanted them to be very successful in this new stage of their lives and he stressed the importance of the consolidation of civil union.It is noted that couples are of different ages, and among them there are  some who have children and that now that their union is formalized, the children will have greater legal certainty.

Today is the International Day of the Fight Against Childhood Cancer, a way of raising awareness of society about this disease. Stand united so that the children of Mexico and the world feel our support.

This is the La Gloria park  after work was done together with the island residents
Así quedó el parque "La Gloria" después de los trabajos realizados en conjunto con la ciudadanía isleña. #HaciendoFuturoJuntos


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Decompression took the life of a lobster fisherman…/
        Fisherman  Menalio Dzib Chí, 56, of the Isla Blanca cooperative died on Tuesday from complications caused by severe decompression. He was first taken to the Community Hospital in serious condition, where they tried to stabilize him so he could be treated later in the Hyperbaric Chamber.  He was the 39th case of decompression this lobster season, which ends on the last day of February when the ban begins for the protection of the species, for their reproduction.
          The deceased fisherman suffered an arterial gas embolism at the moment of arrival to the Hyperbaric Chamber, and was diagnosed with a severe type two decompression.  The oxygen saturation level of his blood was only 78 percent and when he arrived at the Chamber for treatment, his vital signs dropped and he convulsed. He had made three dives to 150 feet deep. He was given a Christian burial on Wednesday afternoon
    Abinai Perez Canto, 28, of the Caribe cooperative, suffered mild case of decompression before Sr. Dzib on Tuesday, and was treated at the Hyperbaric Chamber

 47 couples were married at the Collective Wedding in Rancho Viejo (on the mainland part of the municipality) and on the island (the text of the article says 46).…/

Isla Mujeres will complete 500 years of history…/
I don't have time to translate this one today.…/
Although the new license plates have not arrived, the office of Revenue Collection (Recaudación de Rentas) encourages islanders to come in and pay for their registration for this year, while there is a discount of 50 percent. For a car, the fee is usually about 1200 pesos, but thanks to this fiscal stimulus by the state Governor, now the cost is only 686 pesos, and with a card for circulation, there is an additional cost of 100 pesos. For motorcycles, the fee is only 229 pesos plus the card for circulation. These fees apply for those who are current on their payments and don't have past debts. This year the plates are being changed and they haven't arrived yet, but the corresponding payments can be made in the offices. The discount program will be extended until the upcoming month of March, and it is recommended that people pay on time and take advantage of the discounts, and avoid long lines.

Wato: We are an autonomous union and the JCA cannot obligate me to convene a new election.…/
  The leader of the Taxi union, Eduardo Peniche Rodriguez, said he will file an amparo after he was denied the 'nota' (authorization of office) by the JCA (Board of Conciliation and Arbitration). He said he never sought re election and he was asked to continue by a majority of the union members. 
  He said "The Board (JCA) is conciliatory, the Board cannot come and tell me...'Your election was worthless and you must have another.' The unions are autonomous and the union members are the ones who decide. The Board cannot obligate me to hold another election. The maximum authority is the assembly, and the assembly said they want me to continue for three more years, and this should be respected." 
   He said he will file an amparo, including a federal amparo so that a determination can be made.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Wato plans appeal  
Wato da patadas de ahogado [+] Ver mas Full article at this link
   Taxi union leader, Eduardo Peniche Rodríguez, aka “Wato” , said he will appeal the decision of the JLCA (Local Board of Conciliation and Arbitration) to deny him the 'nota' authorizing to extend his leadership of the union to 15 years. He said, "We will resort to al amparo to prove that the Board (JCLA) made a mistake."  The JCLA refused to give him the 'nota' due to irregularities in the election on December 17.
        He alleges he never sought re-election, and that his nomination was granted by a majority of the partners during the assembly on December 17th.
   During his twelve years in office the number of taxi placas (plates/medallions) increased from just over 200 to over 1000 (on both the island and the mainland), but there are only 900 that are officially recognized.

Seeking protection for Chacmuchuch lagoon in the Continental Zone  
No quieren que se repitaVer masFull article at this link
  Like the Makax lagoon on the island, the Chacmuchuch lagoon system in the Continental Zone (on the mainland part of the municipality) urgently needs protection to avoid the same experience as occurred with the Nichupte lagoon, warned representatives of Isla Mujeres business organizations.
   Gerardo Magaña, vice president of the Small Hotels Fascinantes Association, urged governmental agencies bodies to prohibit the connection of drains of hotels in that lagoon body and to respect the dunes and vegetation of the area to avoid erosion that has occurred in Cancun and on the island,due to hotel development.
   He said, "This occurred with the Nichupte lagoon, where oxygenation by the sea was blocked. Before the Calinda bridge, there were many fish, but today this doesn't exist anymore. I hope corruption doesn't facilitate the installation of drainage to the lagoon." He doesn't want this to happen to the sands of Punta Sam and Isla Blanca, where tourist development and damage to the ecosystem have already begun.
   It has been five years since the Friends of Laguna Chacmuchuch Association requested that the entire surface of 12 thousand hectares of that lagoon body be converted into a reserve.The association presented a proposal to the government of Quintana Roo expand the reserve project, which included only 2,000 hectares with the Manti Lagoon.
    There have been cases of mangrove cutting and a long standing problem with traffic in seafood, including juvenile lobsters, conch, turtles, and sea cucumbers, according to residents of the Continental Zone. There is a threat of massive pollution from hotel sewers since the Urban Development Plan for the Continental Zone, which includes Punta Sam and Isla Blanca, authorizes the building of 27,000 hotel rooms on an area of 1100 hectares of land, with a good portion owned by foreign companies.

Association helping diabetics of Isla Mujeres
En desarrolló proyecto de financiamiento [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The association "Diabetes Clinic in Isla Mujeres" has created a permanent financing project to continue raising awareness about this problem and ways to help patients who have less, said the president of that local association, Geovany de la O Avalos. He announced that the organization now has a webpage: where its plans and objectives are published, (as well as information about donating and the history of the organization).
  He estimated that in the past nine years, the Diabetes Clinic of Isla Mujeres has served more than 800 people. The group is supported by local and foreign volunteers, who collect donations of glucometers and test strips, specifically Contour, Contour Next, and OneTouch, as well as donations of money to purchase test strips.(We've also given away hundreds of pairs of donated reading glasses).
   The non profit organization is made up of Geovanny de la O, president; Teresita de Jesus Rojas Peláez, treasurer; Guadalupe Chi Tuz and Ronda Winn Roberts, board members. Volunteers include bilingual social workers, nurses, EMT's, paramedics and doctors from the United States; as well as the Isla Mujeres community partners who are doctors, nurses, paramedics and EMT's. 
       Diabetes is the leading cause of death for women in Mexico and the second leading cause of death for men after heart disease. Those interested in donating supplies or money can contact Karen Rosenberg at or meet with Geovanny on the island.

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 February Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

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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