Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, February 14

** 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 reaffirms his commitment to the protection of children 

Aliado de la infancia

Juan Carrillo reafirma compromiso con su protección

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ISLA MUJERES, 13 de febrero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.

See translation in City section below 


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

The government of Juan Carrillo Soberanis reaffirmed its commitment to the protection of children and youths 
Reafirma compromiso el gobierno de Juan Carrillo Soberanis con la protección de la infancia y la juventud

"A country, a state or municipality without a healthy childhood is destined to fail, to socially decompose," said the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis as he presided over the installation of the System of Legal Protection of the Rights of Children and Adolescents.The Mayor, who was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Paola Orrico de Carrillo, said that with the installation of this agency in the municipality, there is now a department that attends to children and adolescents to ensure that their rights are not violated. The Mayor said,  "Isla Mujeres, fortunately is a small municipality which has a healthy society for the development of their childhood and youth, but this does not exempt the authorities from their responsibility in the care and protection of them." He said that any resident who sees a child in a situation of risk, which may violate their physical and psychological integrity, must protect them and complain, if there is any probable criminal situation, because there is nothing more vile than someone who threatens the integrity of someone who cannot defend themselves.The Mayor emphasized that his government is committed to the protection of children, youths and vulnerable groups in general,  "So that in the future, they will be good people; but above all, it is for their benefit to grow up in a happy environment, with access to education, health, and good treatment from their parents and by society as a whole. "

World Radio Day


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

This morning Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis delivered three new amphibious chairs for use by people with disabilities.  (Three photos at TVIM link above)
El presidente municipal Juan Carrillo Soberanis hizo entrega esta mañana de tres nuevas sillas anfibias para el uso de las personas con capacidades diferentes

Campaign to raise awareness in Isla Mujeres by the International Womens Community ICW Mexico about condom use for International Condom Day 

Alderman Roberto Martinez Aragon thinks the City should consider providing bus service themselves before taking on bids for the concession 

There's an article about the inauguration of the Second National Artisan's Fair and one from the press release in the City Section above.

The New Generation Cahuameros lost Saturday's basketball game (81 to 40) and won Sunday's game (82-65) against the Dorados of Playa del Carmen. This was only the Dorados second loss out of 22 games while the Isla Mujeres team have had 15 wins and 7 losses. The Playa del Carmen team are in first place while Isla Mujeres is in second. Next weekend the Cahuameros will be in Cozumel, playing their team, Los Islenos, who are also contenders for one of the three spots in the Semi Finals.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Ultramar hurting tourism  
Golpea Ultramar al sector turismo.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 Just before Christmas, Ultramar raised their rates for domestic and national tourists by 22 percent, from 164 pesos to 200 for a round trip, and now it has raised this to 300 pesos, which is 'an unprecedented event.'.  The company (nearly) doubled the rate, with the arguement that the price of gasoline has increased over 20 percent. Entrepreneurs are complaining that this will cause less tourists to arrive in upcoming months.
   Members of business and hotel organizations are asking their representatives to request that authorities intercede and ask the company to reconsider the rate. Entrepreneurs say it is not fair that Ultramar charges the same rate between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, because that distance is more than twice as far, across rough seas, compared to crossing to Isla Mujeres in the Bay. They consider this abusive and they want authorities to intervene. Those who were angry and expressed themselves on social media included Juan Carrillo Padilla, whose grandson is the Mayor, with the same name.
   The crossing to Cozumel is ~20 kilometers from the beach, and from Puerto Juarez to Isla Mujeres is 6 to 8 kilometers of calmer waters.
       Between Puerto Juarez and Isla Mujeres, the current rate for domestic and international tourists is 160 pesos / one way and 300 pesos / round trip, and for children it is 130p / one way and 250 pesos / round trip. For the Quintana Roo Plan is 78p / one way and 148p / round trip, with children at 46p / one way and 84p / round trip, which is more expensive than the route between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel. You must prove your state residence by having your voter's card.
   The local plan remains the same at 42p / one way and 84p / round trip, with children at 16p / one way and 32p / round trip; and seniors 26p / one way and 52p / round trip.
   The rates for Cozumel are similar with 163p / one way  and 300 / round trip, for children it's 97p / one way and 194p / round trip. The Quintana Roo Plan is  70p / one way and 140p / round trip. Children are 30p / one way and 60p / round trip. First class is 220 pesos / one way and 410p / round trip; Peninsula Plan is 115 pesos / one way and 220p / round trip; Children are 60p / one way and 100p / round trip; while seniors are 60p / one way and 100p / round trip.
   Since the other ferry company in Isla Mujeres discontinued service over a year ago, residents have been unhappy with the lack of competition and some complain that the service is poor and not equal to the prices.

School campaign against addictions  
Campaña escolar contra las adiccionesVer masFull article at this link
  Most of this article is the same as the press release translated in the City section above.
  It also says the DIF, social service agency  is conducting a campaign among schoolchildren for the prevention of addiction including specialists and representatives of institutions dedicated to rehabilitation, sharing of experiences, and prevention. The National Council Against Addictions (CONADIC) says that the rate of alcohol and drug addiction in 11 to 17 year old youths is high and work should be done on prevention of the problem in the age group.

Isla Mujeres: Good market for artisans   
Isla Mujeres, buen mercado para artesanías. [+] Ver masFull Article at this link
  This information about the inauguration of the Second National Artisan's Fair has already been translated.
    It also notes that this annual organization of this fair, to promote Mexican culture, has generated a lot of empresarial enthusiasm. Recognition was also given to the local artisans participating, who have had frequent successes at state and regional competitions and whose talents include carving shells, carving palm tree products, wood, and painting on canvas, among other techniques. In addition to this fair, there is a regular exhibition that has featured participation by foreigners at Casa de Cultura.

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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.


 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 / Dia del amor y la amistad 

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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zm2C5hx4sI0 )
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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