Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, June 28

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Working together to increase tourism in the municipality: Mayor Juan Carrillo

Trabajo coordinado

 Atrae más turismo al municipio: Juan Carrillo

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

Installing electric cables for the substation 

Esta semana introducen cables

 Para alimentar subestación de la CFE

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ISLA MUJERES, 27 de junio.-
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        It is anticipated that before the end of this week the work will take place of introducing the underground wiring that feeds the entire island, which starts at one end of Playa Norte and goes to the substation of the Federal Electrical Commission (CFE), beside the municipal cemetery. This is occurring after about five and a half months since there was a fault in this electrical line which affected the entire population.
       One of the CFE workers explained they will be introducing guides into the pipes which have been installed, in order for the cable to be placed that supply all the houses rooms and businesses of Isla Mujeres.  He said today a crane and a truck will arrive with the new cable, so that on Wednesday they can begin with the work of introducing permanent underground wiring. It is not known how many days it will take to complete these jobs, but the intention is that they finish once and for all so that the system of electric power supply returns to the normal.      It is noted that the cables that feed the island of Isla Mujeres are currently in the open and there is a risk that at any moment they could be damaged, leaving the island without electricity service.

Healthy Municipality distinction awarded to the island 

Municipio saludable

 Juan Carrillo recibe distinción para la ínsula

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ISLA MUJERES, 26 de junio.-
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Capacity at high school for all the new students  

Garantizan cupo en Bachilleres

 Para los alumnos de nuevo ingreso

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ISLA MUJERES, 26 de junio.-
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This information has already been translated reporting that 124 new students have taken the exams to enter high school, and more are expected to register in the fall, for a total of 150 to 160 new students, with adequate capacity for more.  A total of 320 students are expected for the upcoming year, with a capacity for than 360 students. 


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

Working together to attract more tourists
         The City and local entrepreneurs unite to attract a greater number of visitors to this Pueblo Magico.For two years, the designation of Isla Mujeres as Pueblo Magico has resulted in a significant increase in the tourist economic benefits for the municipality. Therefore, the City, headed by municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, and the local business owners work in a coordinated way to continue the growth and development of the island, for the benefit of its inhabitants.
     "Isla Mujeres is one of the most important beach destinations in Mexico, not only because of its beauty but also because of the recognition it possesses - such as Pueblo Magico, Blue Flag, and White Flag - and, of course, important events such as our famous fishing tournament," said the Mayor.
    Local entrepreneurs commented about the economic benefits of increased tourism from having the Pueblo Magico designation, including  Diana Martínez Márquez, general manager of the Posada del Mar Hotel,and Óscar Jiménez Cruces, owner of the restaurant "Mayan Beach Club".
      For the municipal government of Isla Mujeres, it is a priority to work closely with local entrepreneurs to maintain these important designations, which have undoubtedly had positive results, with a 15% increase in the number of tourists compared to last year. This statistic was provided by the State Department of Tourism and which endorses the commitment of the City to continue with the promotion of the municipality.

Isla Mujeres receives recognition as a Healthy Municipality
      For its active participation in activities for the benefit of the health of inhabitants, the City of Isla Mujeres, governed by Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis, received the recognition as a "Health Promoting Municipality", from the Ministry of Health of Quintana Roo. This reaffirms the commitment of the current administration to continue working for increased and improved opportunities for all.
     This was done as part of the "Healthy Environments and Communities" program, whose objective is to foster environments, communities and municipalities that favor health through the participation of society, municipal authorities and other sectors. The designation was due to the effectiveness in the prevention of diseases of the programs "For an Island Free of  Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya" and "For Responsible Management of Our Dogs and Cats".
      Since the beginning of his administration, Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis has been promoting actions that ensure the health and safety of the islanders. He said, "We are very proud to be distinguished as a 'Health Promoting Municipality', which motivates us to continue reaching out to all the colonias and communities of the island, the Continental Zone, the Agricultural Zone and Francisco May, with our community care brigades, providing health services that have a direct impact on out inhabitants. Our priority is that all citizens have quality, professional and continual attention."
    The Mayor said, "The well-being of the island families is our motivation, we want to see our children happy, and women with medical coverage in the most important stages of their lives. We want our older adults to have medicines and health services that ensure their well-being."

       More than 200 soccer players, in 80 teams, are expected to participate in this event, the 2017 CECAFF League Cup, which will take place in Isla Mujeres on November 1 & 2 for the Center for Soccer Training League (CECAFF).  This event promotes soccer for children aged 4 to 14, and the island community is invited to participate. The center, based in Monterrey, was created with the purpose of training amateur coaches and young players, in their different venues, and who are the 'seedlings' for professional teams.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

CONANP will revoke whale shark permits from boats in poor shape 
Insiste Conanp en que sí revocará permisos    
       The National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP) will revoke the permits of the whale shark tour operators who don't comply with the safety conditions to operate.  CONANP has given permits to 240 boats, however only 230 boats are carrying out the tours, since the rest lack the minimum conditions required to operate. These deficiencies are serious and include boats that lack engines.
       This week both agencies will corroborate all their information, and based on this they will determine how many boats will lose their permits. This will release spaces for the permit holders who fully comply with all the requirements.

On July 4, the Blue Flag flag will be raised for the third time in Isla Mujeres…/
  Playa Centro in Isla Mujeres received the Blue Flag designation for the third consecutive time on June 11, and the flag will be raised on July 4th. The award was presented during the XII National Meeting of Clean Beaches held in Bahía de Banderas, at the Riviera de Nayarit. The final inspection visit by PRONATURA was on April 5th.
       There are 35 beaches in the Blue Flag registry and two marinas, one of which is located the Continental Zone of the municipality of Isla Mujeres.Playa Centro has been registered for next year's award, and it is proposed the Playa Norte should apply, which already has the White Flag designation. 

VolunQuest opens registration for 5th English language class…/
       Registration for the 5th edition of the English Summer Camp, promoted by the VolunQuest association, will open on Monday, July 10 until June 28th at the Community Center. Kristen Tywan, who is responsible for the program, explained that this summer there will only be room for 200 children, between 9am and 1pm. Last year there were 230 children registered. The goal of the summer camp is to help children in different primary grades to learn English. 
  She said this effort is achieved thanks to the support of volunteers from the United States and Canada who volunteer to teach and help the children of Isla Mujeres. She said the camp will start Monday, July 10 and conclude July 28, and includes some recreational activities.     She explained that only children registered in a public elementary school in the municipality of Isla Mujeres can enroll in the 2016-2017 school year. Regarding registration, she explained that parents should go to the community center on June 28 and 29, between 9a to 12p of the day and 6p and 8p hours to 20 hours, presenting a copy of the parent's voter registration card and the child's CURP card.  .

Councilwoman offers free ultrasounds and x-rays at the Community Hospital
   A two day health campaign took place at the Community Hospital, due to efforts by City Councilwoman Atenea Gómez Ricalde, with medical specialists from the company SIYS Soluciones, providing more than 100 people with free ultrasounds, 4D ultrasounds, X-rays and bone densitometries. The company also donated a newborn incubator to the hospital, with a value of 110,000 pesos. 
  On the first day of the campaign, they did 25 general ultrasounds, twelve prenatal ultrasounds, twelve bone densitometries for osteoporosis detection, and four X-rays.
"We are committed to health, and having the support of companies like SIYS is an opportunity that we value a lot," said Ms. Atenea Gómez. She said on the second and last day of the campaign, about 45 people were attended to, of whom 23 received general ultrasounds, three prenatal ultrasounds, and ten bone densitometries.         Ms. Gómez Ricalde explained that the cost of a 4D ultrasound is 900 to 1100 pesos, while a regular ultrasound is 500 to 600 pesos, X-rays cost 800 to 1000 pesos and bone densitometry is between 1,600 and 2,000 pesos.

CROC union said demand for labor continues 
"The labor demand in Isla Mujeres continues to be maintained, but not at the same pace as in November or December, but in a significant way," said Román Maldonado Euán, leader of the CROC labor union in Isla Mujeres. He explained that although the demand for jobs has decreased by 50 percent, job openings continue from the larger companies with whom the union has a collective bargaining agreement. He said the jobs most in demand continue to be bartenders, waiters, and housekeepers.  
   He said although the labor demand has decreased, a major upturn is expected in July and August, during the holiday period. Another downturn is expected in September and October, but this effect is less each year. He said that many of the companies decide to take those months to give vacations to their workers and to make improvements in their business, preparing everything for the months of November and December.

No problem with Colegio Bachilleres high school capacity…/


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Potential health risk  
Peligro latente para la salud [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   There is an area of trash and overgrown brush where mosquitoes could breed, due to moisture left from recent rains. It is located in an alley in the street Circuito Colonias, by the baseball field, near the police station. Residents in the area are complaining about a lack of lighting, graffiti, littering, and young people hanging out in the area. The fronts of their houses face Martinez Ross avenue and they say this green area lacks drainage. They say machinery should be brought in to clear the area of brush and trash, and a cement slab should be installed. 

Lobster fishermen have good expectations 
Langosteros, con buenas expectativas.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
       Fishermen are confident that this lobster season which is about could at least match last season's production of 80 tonnes of whole lobster and 12 tonnes of lobster tail, between the five cooperatives of the island.  
       Baltazar Gómez Catzín, president of the Regional Federation of Fishing Industry Societies in the state, said that as things stand, an excessively productive lobster season is not expected. He said, "Poaching, not observing the closures, and climate change are affecting the behavior of the species. When the ban is not respected, lobsters are caught that are full of roe, which then have no chance to develop. In addition to the crustaceans are farther away and the fishermen have to travel very far to catch a medium amount of production, and they no longer have the catches of previous days, which have passed into history.
      Regarding catching fish, Mr. Gómez Catzín said that after more than a week of inactivity due to the closure of the port, the fishermen were able to work since Saturday, coinciding with the "Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña" Fishing Tournament.        "Now they are arriving with fish. They are taking advantage of the good weather, because at this season of the year, you don't know when conditions can change and leave you on land for several days". 
           The fishing boats began to return to the docks of their cooperatives after noon and the men of the sea rushed to get the product from the boats for processing and sale later to customers, mostly individuals, and even tourists.
      Mr.  Baltazar Gómez reminded the members of the fishing cooperatives that, since the Hyperbaric Chamber is available for the fishermen as of July 1, the day the lobster season starts, the contribution of 400 pesos per month is important to sustain operating expenses,

57 high school graduates 
Egresarán 57 nuevos bachilleres [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 This is about the mainland part of the municipality....

No radiologist at the Community Hospital  
Hospital Comunitario, sin radiólogo.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
        The Community Hospital has no radiologist and the X ray machine was installed incorrectly, therefore islanders needing X rays must cross to Cancun. It is also noted there is a lack of the promised specialists, and the hospital still lacks a pediatrician. The Community Hospital has state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment, which is unused, because there is no one who can operate it.
     There are concerns among the fishermen about the distance between the hyperbaric chamber and the new hospital, since the chamber was installed near the old hospital in order to stabilize the decompressed fishermen before using the chamber.
       Regarding the X-ray equipment, from the beginning it was installed badly and therefore it was as tho it did not exist. To top it all off, its license is overdue so it could not offer X-ray service, even if the other issues were resolved. 
      When the Community Hospital was officially inaugurated, it was announced that 101,331,000 pesos were invested in its construction, with 83.5 million pesos were invested in the work and the other 18 million was spent on equipment.         The official announcement indicated that the Community Hospital is equipped with 13 beds, areas for emergency care, hospitalization area, operating room, delivery room, recovery area, clinics, trauma room, hyperbaric chamber, sterilization area and diagnostic service with digital x-rays, which have special walls, as well as ultrasound, dental service, oxygen, cables for voice and data, as well as areas for administration and medical residence area.
        The annoyed mother of a two year old complained, "They deceived us. When they opened the new hospital they told us that we would no longer have to cross to Cancún, except when it was an emergency or for something they did not have here. They promised us a lot of specialists, but it was not true, and there is no pediatrician. Children should see a children's specialist, not a general doctor."


Planning next year's International Fishing Tournament  
Adelantarán Torneo Internacional de Pescan .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link 
      The 2018 XV International Sport Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martinez Magaña" could be held in June next year, instead of May, in order to avoid further cancellations by winds from the Southeast that prevail in that month, according to some members of the organizing committee. This was discussed by some of the participants and organizers. 
      There are 23 fishing tournaments in Quintana Roo, and 13 have been completed. The fourth women's fishing tournament in Isla Mujeres, "La Dorada del Caribe" has been rescheduled for August 5th and the ninth tournament "Barracuda Isla Mujeres" is scheduled to be held on August 15th.
      The winds caused several tournaments to be rescheduled, and the schedule is HERE.   The results  of this weekends tournament are given, noting that 73 boats participated in this important international tournament, although more were expected. Forty eight fish were released in the catch and release event.   

Municipal Market greeter passed away 
Falleció un personaje del Mercado Municipal. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 June 26   Martín Pérez Velázquez, 80, better known as "Burundanga", died this morning of natural causes. His friend brought him refreshments last night and a tenant representative said he had gotten weaker lately and died peacefully.
   Mr. Perez Velázquez was a native of Tabasco, who arrived in the island in the early 1970's, in a plan to work with his colleagues who came from Yucatan. They began roasting fish beside the market to sell to tourists. Shortly afterwards his companions left and he stayed to help the tenants.
      So he worked doing errands and cleaning of the premises for the occupants of the market, such as Mr. Clemente Azcorra (RIP), Antonio García (RIP), the Parra family, and the Caamal family, among others. He continued to work for their children. Rafael Garcia, one of the descendants, explained how they appreciated Burundanga very much, and he was like family to them.
     Although he didn't have diabetes, he had a foot amputated ten years ago after a wound became gangrenous, and has been in a wheelchair since then. He would always be at the door of the market "Javier Rojo Gómez" greeting the merchants. 
        He does not seem to have had a family in his home state, and the traders of fruits and vegetables, chickens, meats, and groceries became his family. He was available every day from when the building opened at 6am until it closed at 4pm, when the last merchants left. May he rest in peace.

Distribution of family medical kits  
Reparto de botiquines familiares.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

This article is about the mainland part of the municipality.

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June Events
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The Circus is in Town: 
"Arriving for the first time & for a short period, directly from Mexico City, the Afeere Brothers International Circus. Feel the maximum excitement with the 4 suicidal motorcycles in the Globe of Death, and the acrobats performing feats on the Fantastic Pendulum more that 10 meters in the the air. A show of this magnitude happens only once a year!"
In front of the Caribbean Sea (on the Caribbean coastal road, south of Salinas-Meteorologico & north of Isla 33).
 Daily 6:30  & 8:30p

Thursday, June 1 Navy Day  Día de la Marina
Memorial placing of the wreath at sea (in the Bahia). Boats leave the pier near the car ferry at 10:30am

Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4  Cosme Magana Fishing Tournament New Date: Weather permitting

Sunday, June 4 Noches Magicas at 8pm on the Town Square will feature the Isla Mujeres Senior Citizen's Choir & performances by three dance troupes from Cancun.
Monday, June 5 World Environment Day  

Thursday, June 8 World Ocean's Day & Playa Centro (aka Posada Beach) will receive its third Blue Flag award, during the XII National Meeting of Clean Beaches, which will be held in Bahía de Banderas, on the Riviera de Nayarit. The flag raising ceremony is scheduled for July 4. 

June  9   7:41
June 10   8:30
June 11   9:17 
June 12  10:03
June 13  10:47
June 14   11:29 
Sunday, June 11 Town Square 8p: Special Edition of Noches Magicas "Senior Citizen's Club" featuring the Senior Citizen Choir, the Senior Citizen Dance Troupe, and the musical groupe Mar & Arena (Sea & Sand).

The nine days of festivities in honor of "Corpus Christi" at the Sacred Heart of Jesus church in colonia La Gloria will continue thru next Friday, June 23rd and include a dance with live music, performances by various dance troupes, musical groups, and other events. Photo from Por Esto.

Friday, June 16 7p  Fund raising benefit dinner for Brazos Abiertos & their volunteers at aMar Peruvian restaurant with a special tapas menu

Saturday, June 17 Brazos Abiertos is back for their IX health campaign for the prevention of teenage pregnancy, HIV and STD's. They will be in La Gloria Park Saturday 10-2 offering rapid, confidential HIV tests, counseling, and immediate results.
Sunday, June 18 Father's Day Run  “De los corredores para los corredores” (From the runners for the runners)  begins at 6:45am on Sunday at the parking lot next to the Mundaca palapa on Paseo de los Peces Avenue.The distances are: 5 and 10km for adults, 400 meters for children up to 6 years, 1km for children up to 9 years, 2km for children up to 14 years and 2km for those who just want to walk. There will be hydration provided and some gifts for the participants.

Sunday, June 18 Father's Day & Noches Magicas at 8pm on the Town Square presents performances by the Ballet Folklorico of Cancun & the dance troupe Playa Dance.

Tuesday, June 20 Summer Solstice (11:24pm)

Wednesday, June 21 6p art exposition at the Casa de la Cultura with wine and music by Dhante Loyola to raise money to attend the Caribbean Festival in Santiago de Cuba

 Friday & Saturday, June 23 & 24 Women's Fishing Tournament  Dorado del Caribe  Probably to be  rescheduled

Friday, June 23 Dance event at the Mundaca Theater, next to the Mundaca apartments 8p
Friday, June 23 On the Town Square at 8pm on Friday, June 23, the orchestra Típica Tumben K'ai will perform, who are students from Chetumal.

Saturday & Sunday, June 24 & 25 Cosme Alberto Martinez Magana Fishing Tournament

Saturday, June 24 Dance event 5p behind the Casa de la Cultura 4th Edition of Danzarte with over 200 dancers performing from Isla Mujeres & other parts of the state.
Sunday, June 25 Noches Magicas at 8pm on the Town Square

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