Friday, April 28, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, April 28

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Better quality of life for islanders is a priority of the Mayor and his administration  

Mejor calidad de vida

 Para isleños, prioridad en gobierno de Juan Carrillo

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 27 de abril.-
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  See City section below....

 Chinese tour operators visit   

Confianza empresarial

 Resaltan con arribo de touroperadores chinos

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 27 de abril.-
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See City section below....


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

City Council Decision Regarding Red Cross First Aid Courses
       At the 34th Regular Session of the City Council, they decided unanimously that the Mexican Red Cross will be the only institution providing first aid training to all the companies in the municipality. The Mayor said, "For more than 30 years the Mexican Red Cross of Isla Mujeres has provided its services in this locality, always thinking about the good of all the islanders. Now, among these services is the provision of first aid courses, through which they can obtain some of the necessary resources to continue assisting the inhabitants of this municipality for free. "
       "The Mexican Red Cross offers a professional course, taught by technicians who are properly trained in medical emergencies, who prioritize the health of people and know that with the proper delivery of first aid can save lives," said Juan Carrillo Soberanis.   
        This decision is part of the actions that the municipal government has taken to maintain the safety and well-being of the islanders, in addition to supporting this important institution which has provided its services to the citizens of Isla Mujeres for many years.

A delegation of tour operators from Chengdu, China, visited the municipality of Isla Mujeres

      A delegation of tour operators of Chengdu, China, visited the municipality of Isla Mujeres and were welcomed by members of the City Council. They are visiting the state of Quintana Roo in search of destinations with unique attractions and natural beauty, such as Isla Mujeres. 
      The Director of Tourism, Gustavo Rodriguez Orozco said that this interest by these Asian tour operators is a result of promotional work done by the Mayor since the beginning of his administration, which was supported by participation in the recent Tianguis Tourist Convention Acapulco 2017.  
       The General Secretary of the City Council, Joel Saury Galue, was representing the Mayor and thanked the Delegation of Tour Operators of Chengdú for their interest in learning about the attractions of the municipality and encouraged them to invite their fellow citizens to come and visit.
     He said, "Isla Mujeres is a municipality full of history, beautiful landscapes which is growing and developing, with a great deal to offer entrepreneurs, investors and, of course, tourists. This is why all the municipal authorities are committed to continuing to work at the promotion and sustainable development of the island, because we know that this will bring economic benefits for all island families."

        Hundreds of children are expected to attend the celebration on Sunday at 10:30am of “Día del Niño”/ Children's Day at the green dome in Salina Chica by the El Pescador baseball field with a show, surprises, and gifts, sponsored for free by the state and municipal DIF social service agencies. 
        "Children are the future of our municipality, so we must seek their well-being and take actions for their benefit. The state and municipal DIF work together so that they can enjoy their day and have fun," said the honorary president of the Isla Mujeres DIF, Paola Orrico de Carrillo.

The mayor attended the Plenary Meeting / Reunión Plenaria between the three levels of government, in which he affirmed his commitment to work in coordination with federal and state agencies offer improved and increased social programs for the benefit of the islanders. 
       He said, "With the support of the Federal and State governments, Isla Mujeres will be able to have more quality services and programs which promote the economic and social development of families."   The island's mayor expressed his complete willingness to maintain this work so that more results can be provided in the short term for the citizens, and in this manner to improve their quality of life.

The DIF Isla Mujeres invites you to celebrate Children's Day, the #díadelniño
Sunday at 10:30am there will be a celebration for “Día del Niño”/ Children's Day at the green dome by the El Pescador baseball field with a show, surprises, and gifts.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Young islander speaks out against discrimination…/
     Malaika Maisha Garrido Dietrich is a 12 year old from Isla Mujeres who attends César Mendoza Santana elementary school and speaks 3 languages. She wore  her hair in an immaculate bun as she opened the session of the Children's Parliament of the State Congress with a speech against discrimination. In an interview, she explained that she has personally experienced discrimination and has seen it affect her family. 

She began with a poem Nezahualcóyotl (which is on the 100 peso note with his portrait):
I love the song of the mockingbird,
Bird of four hundred voices,
I love the color of the jade stone
And the enervating perfume of flowers,
But most of all I love my brother: man.
She closed her speech with a quote by Martin Luther King: 'We have learned to fly like birds, to swim like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living as brothers.'"

She attended the session as the child legislator for District 1 and allowed Grupo Pirámide to interview her during a recess:

-How did you prepare for this experience?

"I had the support of many people, especially my mom and my dad. I had support from my teacher and one of my aunts."

-Why did you talk about discrimination?

"I've experienced discrimination. I didn't like it and I wanted to raise my voice."

-Tell us about it ...

"It was very sad. They've made very bad comments and once they dragged me down onto the floor. They've even discriminated against my mother because of where she comes from. My mom is German and my dad is Mexican; I am half German and half Mexican, so I speak three languages: Spanish, English and German."

-What did you think of this experience and which legislator helped you?

"I thought this experience was super. I loved it. It is a great opportunity and I'm very happy to have been a part of the Congress of Quintana Roo. I worked mostly with Alberto Vado Morales."

-What do you like to do in Isla Mujeres?

"I love Isla Mujeres.... the sea, school, my family, and I am enjoying my childhood."

-What message would you give to other children?

"Involvement in politics is important because you can raise your voice about an issue. If you have suffered something, you can raise your voice for someone to do something."

In the clip, she says she's happy to be there, representing District 1 and that the fight against discrimination is very important because it exists in the schools, streets, and many other places in Mexico & that we are all equal, all human, and all living together in a world that is full of discrimination.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Reviewing whale shark tour boats  
Cumplirán condiciones de seguridad n.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   The Harbor Master's office has inspected 50 percent of the whale shark tour boats to ensure that they have the safety equipment which is required by law, and the other boats will be reviewed before the start of the season. Since the end of 2016 and the start of 2017, the permit holders have been renewing their certificates of maritime safety and updating their insurance policies to provide coverage to passengers from May to September. In April, the permit procedures began for the authorities to issue consents to enter the permit areas.
   There are a total of 304 permit holders, of whom 204 are located in Isla Mujeres and Benito Juarez (Cancun), which is the jurisdiction of the Isla Mujeres Harbor Master. The Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) determines the dates for the start and end of the tour season, as well as other issues associated with the areas of the Aguas Verdes (Green Waters) and Aguas Azules (Blue Waters), which would be issued through the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) and the General Department of Wildlife (DGVS) for the declarations of the Mexican Caribbean Biosphere Reserve which converges in the same area. 
      The Harbor Master explained that it is uncertain whether the season will begin May 17 and end Sept. 17, and this is entirely up to SEMARNAT, as is the eventual modification of the management plan. Some environmentalists have proposed that the season be limited to the months of July and August, but he did not consider this to be justified, since only 40 to 50 percent of the fleet go out when there are fewer numbers of whale sharks in the sighting areas. However, their presence in the sighting areas has been recorded since January of each year.

"After You" sailboat defending title in Regatta 
El velero “After You” defenderá el título. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  The 49th edition of the Sol al Sol Regatta begins this Friday in St. Petersburg, Florida to sail more than 500 nautical miles to Isla Mujeres across the Gulf of Mexico. The sailboat "After You" will compete to defend its title with seven other boats, including  “50/50”, “Equinox”, “I Believe”, “Its Only Money”, “Midnight Sun”, “My Time” and “Tattoo”. They are expected to begin arriving at the island on Sunday, although the strong winds from the south affecting the Gulf are not favorable for the sailors, and could delay their arrival until Monday.  The boats can be tracked on the regatta website and activities are scheduled on the island.
  The participants will have free days on the first and second days of May to visit island attractions, and the archaeological sites of Tulum and Chichen Itza. The traditional Captain's Cup will be held at the Casa de las Rocas at 1p on May 3, and at 7pm will be the basketball game between locals and the sailors. (The article says it will be held on the court "José del Carmen Pastrana", but that court by the town square has been removed and there is just rubble there now. It is scheduled to be completed in June). The Special Session of the City Council in their honor will be held at Punta Sur on Thursday, May 4 at 5pm, or at the Town Hall, depending on the weather. 
   Participants for the 48th edition of the Regatta Amigos will gather at Buho's restaurant at 10am on Friday, and go to the boats a half hour later. These exceptional students from ages 8-12 will begin their tour around the island at noon. Also on Friday, at 7pm there will be a cocktail party and awards ceremony at Cabanas del Mar. On Saturday the participants and their families will depart.

Surada winds cause advisories 
Recio viento del sureste afectaba. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

 This article is about yesterday's SCT weather report, which said conditions offshore were unfavorable for sailing by boats under 40 feet. The southeast winds of 30-40 kph closed the port for navigation by small boats, preventing fishing and tourist recreation outside the bay. The CONAGUA forecast indicated this could continue almost all weekend and may bring rain. This could reduce tourism on the long weekend. (Many children are out of school on Friday due to teacher's meeting and celebrating Children's Day, and Monday is an official holiday, Labor Day.)
          Editor's note: Mexico's National Meteorological Service is forecasting a heat wave today with temperatures that could be >40C in Q Roo (104F) and Surada winds that may gust over 60 km/h (37mph). Possible scattered showers.
       On Sunday at 10:30am there will be a celebration for “Día del Niño”/ Children's Day at the green dome by the El Pescador baseball field with a show, surprises, and gifts. This free event is sponsored by the local and state DIF family social service agency. 

Preparing for traditional children's fishing tournament  
Preparan tradicional torneo de pesca infantil .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    On Sunday, the Velazquez-Celis family will commemorate the 20th anniversary of celebrating Children's Day together with a traditional children's fishing tournament that is held year after year on the pier by their palapa restaurant, along Rueda Medina. The purpose is to instill values in the children and promote a sense of family. It lasts an hour and is catch and release. There will also be a variety of games and an exhibition of boats made by hand from various materials including coconut, cork, wood, etc. Later there will be a sailing competition with these boats.
    The extended Velazquez-Celis family will attend, including parents, brothers, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, with family guests coming from Holbox and Cozumel as well. The older aunts and  uncles will be present, including Porfiria Velázquez, Juana Velázquez, Esteban Velázquez, Eusebia Velázquez, who will judge the boat competition. The head organizer of the family and main host is Don Fernando Velazquez.

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 April Events
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Saturday, April 1 at the Casa de la Cultura 5pm: Festokin with musical guests: Elefangs, Los Afectados, Ultra P, @Kiritz, Isla Sounds Mexico, Mindblowing Sound Corp, and spirulahelix. Creative talent includes muralists, graffiti artists, body painters & more.

Sunday, April 2 Noches Magicas 8p Town Square

Tuesday, April 4 Jazz Dance Classes 6p Casa de la Cultura

Thursday, April 6 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer
Isla Brewing Company says: Where can all your dreams come true? The Artist Fair at the Casa de Cultura has it all. Awesome Art, Delicious Food, Cold Beer, and Great Music. This week’s musical guest is Kiritz Reggae, 6 – 8, everything is IRIE
Thursday, April 6   6pm
     You are invited to an event about the workshops available at the Casa de la Cultura on Thursday at 6pm. Learn pinata making, hammock making, Yoga, dance & more!

Friday, April 7 Easter Vacation begins
On Good Friday, April 14, about 75 actors are expected to participate in the reenactment of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, which is part of the celebrations of the 500 years since Catholicism came to these lands. This will be the 25th anniversary of this celebration of the Passion of Christ in Isla Mujeres, and will include all the actors who have played Christ over those 25 years.
   Holy Week begins April 9th with Palm Sunday, with the blessing of the palms and more emphasis will be given to the entrance of Christ (played for the sixth time by Wenceslao Trejo Martinez) into Jerusalem, riding on a small burro, as it says in the Scriptures.
   A press conference was held about the event by parish priest Raul Sanchez, who explained that more than 30,000 pesos are being invested in the event, since it celebrates the 25 years of this event as well as 500 years since Isla Mujeres was encountered by Europeans, bringing Catholicism. They are getting new armor from Guadalajara for the Roman soldiers, and a renovation to the wardrobes of the main characters, so they will look more professional and realistic, as well as the costs of the burro.


Friday April 7 6:30-8:30p Cocktail reception for Batik Artist Sergio
 Amar Cocina Peruana Restaurant is on the back street Guerrero, just north of Abasolo & the Cultural Center, on the west side of the street. Sergio's impressive batik art can be seen, and purchased, at the Thursday Artist Fairs. He also does murals & sign painting. We love the mural he painted for us! His are will be featured and for sale at the restaurant all month.

Sunday, April 9  Palm Sunday
On Palm Sunday at 9:30am, a procession will reenact the triumphant entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, by walking from Playa Centro to the Town Square, where a mass will be celebrated in front of an audience which is expected to be ~1000 Catholics.  Fifty people will participate as actors and 20 will be in charge of logistics.
   Another reenactment of the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem is scheduled for 7:30pm from the tourist center at Mundaca Hacienda to the Sacred Heart Church in La Gloria, where Mass will take place.

 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Sunset ~7:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
April 11  7:39 Full Moon
April 12   8:30  
April 13   9:20
April 14  10:10
April 15  10:59
  April 16  11:48   
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Thursday, April 13 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura Art, Food, Music, Beer

Holy Thursday, April 13 Foot Washing Ceremony and reenactment of the Last Supper Town Square Immaculate Concepcion Church
  There will be two Last Suppers and Washing of the Feet reenactments, with the first at the downtown church Immaculate Conception at 8:30pm and the second is an hour later at the Sacred Heart Church

Good Friday, April 14 10:30am Sacred Heart Church (in la Gloria), Passion of Christ reenactment with the Stations of the Cross . On Friday,  reenactment of the ViaCrusis (passion play/stations of the cross) will start at 10:30 (at Sacred Heart) and join the other group at the Guadalupe Chapel (overlooking the Caribbean in Salina Chica) and they all will go together for traditional walk to downtown, which is four kilometers finishing on the Town Square at 3p with recreation of the crucifixion of Christ.   

Easter Sunday, April 16

Thursday, April 20 Artist Fair 3:30-8:30 Casa de la Cultura, Art, Food, Music, Beer  Cancelled due to weather.
Don’t get LOST! The Isla Mujeres Artist Fair is Thursday 3:30 – 8:30 at the Casa de Cultura.
Music starts at 6 and features the local Salsa band “Tokeson”.

Saturday, April 22, Earth Day 
Action for Isla
To everyone who loves Isla Mujeres,
Action for Isla would like to cordially invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Earth Day Isla Mujeres Dive Against Debris Event on April 22, 2017. The main objective of the event is to perform a cleanup of the docks and beaches of Isla Mujeres in order to give back to the community and the island that we all love and enjoy.
Last year’s event was a raging success, over 60 volunteers on land and sea collected more than 650kgs of trash in the space of an hour and a half, including 425 glass bottles, 87 snorkel tubes, 6 car and tractor tires and a supermarket shopping cart. We hope to make this year even bigger!
The main reason for this letter is to invite you to participate and support the cause. This event consists of teams of certified divers, support snorkelers and spotters on land that will remove trash from the areas under the docks from the Adolfo López Mateos dock to the dock of the restaurant Velazquez. Volunteers on the beach will assist in the separation and classification of waste. Additional volunteers and the schools of Isla Mujeres will facilitate a simultaneous cleaning of the beaches and boardwalk (Malecón) area and beaches of downtown (Centro) that same day.
In addition to cleaning, we will hold a raffle to raise funds for improvements in the area of the National Park and actively contribute to the organization Project AWARE, which aids in organizing such events worldwide and is currently supporting the logistics of this event. Furthermore, we will document and report the classification and total weight of all debris collected from these two areas to assist Project Aware in their ongoing research regarding marine conservation.
We will provide gloves and lunch for participants as well as large water dispensers, please bring your own refillable water container as it is Earth Day and we would like to promote reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Volunteer Positions Available
*Divers – Advanced Open Water Divers and higher (Dependent upon available gear)
*Snorkelers (Unlimited with own Gear)
Beach Cleaners (Unlimited)
Malecón Cleaners (Unlimited)
Trash Sorters and Weighers (Unlimited)
**Sign-In Volunteers (4 People)
**T-Shirts and Raffle Ticket Sales (2-3 People)
**Water Stand Volunteers (6 People)
**Beer and Sandwich Stand (2 People)
Boat Spotters on each Dock (10 People)
Transporting trash from divers and snorkelers to the collection pile (Unlimited)
*If you wish to dive to collect debris please ensure you are Advance Open Water certified and contact us as soon as posible, there is a limit on the number of divers we can have based upon the available gear. Please bring your own snorkel gear if you have it. ALL DIVERS AND SNORKELERS MUST ATTEND AN ADDITIONAL SAFETY BRIEFING THE EVENING BEFORE THE EVENT.
**The in water clean-up will begin at 8:00am (divers and organizers meet at 7:30am) the event will continue until 2pm to factor in the time for sorting the trash, and then the raffle will take place. Cleaners and volunteers may come at any time but we ask if you would like to volunteer at the stands please contact us and ensure you can show up at 8am to help with set-up. Thank you!
There are many volunteer positions available for this project and if you can help in any way, big or small, please contact us! We are excited to not only clean up trash from our beaches and public areas, but also to involve community members in our ongoing efforts to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our beautiful Isla Mujeres.
To participate please contact us via our Facebook page "Action for Isla" or by email at We can also be reached by telephone +52 (998) 134-0712 or +52 (998) 244-4009. We firmly believe that there is strength in unity, and we look forward to your participation.

Special editions of Noches Magicas on the Town Square nightly at 8pm
Thursday, April 20 Ballet Folklorico "Of My Land" Santa Cruz del Astillero Jalisco (Cancelled due to weather).
Friday, April 21 Choreography workshop DAE "Dance, Art & Expression. Pavlova Street Jazz
Saturday, April 22 Roy Gonzalez Academy of Dance Brandon Paredes and Aldahir Davila
Sunday, April 23 Mar & Arena Group (Sea & Sand) Academy of Dance and Adrenalina.

Thursday, April 27  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  3:30-8:30

Isla Brewery says....
If you are lucky enough to be on the island, you need to come see why this event has been so successful. This year’s Artist Fair Finale is Thursday April 27th at the Casa de Cultura 3:30 – 8:30. Come down and check out the local talent. Local Salsa band “Tokeson” will be playing starting at 6:00. The weather is going to amazing, take advantage and come on down. This Thursday, party like a pirate.

Sunday, April 30 Children's Day

Sunday, April 30 on the Town Square stage at 8p. A Celebration of the International Day of Dance

Monday, May 1 Labor Day

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