Thursday, November 2, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, Nov. 2

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Mayor kicks off "Taking Control of Diabetes Now" program Video
      While inaugurating the "Taking Control of Diabetes Now" program, Mayor Juan Carrillo Soberanis said that this program will continue throughout the remainder of his administration, in support of the people living with diabetes, which is one of the diseases that strongly affects the Mexican population.  Eighty doses of insulin will be provided without charge via this program.
    The Mayor, accompanied by the City Secretary General, Dr. Antonio Coronado Rojas, said that Mexico ranks second internationally among countries with the highest incidence of diabetes, which requires the effort of the whole society to support those who suffer from it. 
     The Mayor said that that is why he said that as a municipal government, we can not turn a deaf ear to the needs of the population, and we do our part for the benefit of those who need it most. He explained, "This is a necessary medication to be healthy, and we are aware of this, so we implemented this program so that when needed at the hospital, we have a supply to support diabetic patients, keeping a record that allows us to ensure that the medicine is given to those who really need it and they are not left out." 
          He added that in the municipality there is a considerable population of people who require medication for treatment, but sometimes it is not available in the health system. He said "We want to see the island population healthy and happy, so we are making commitments to it to be so."
      Dr. Rosa Isela Llinas Capetillo, from the "Take Control of Diabetes Now" program, said that the lack of information and  not having regular medical supervision can cause health problems for those with diabetes, so it is important that they be able to comply with their treatment, which they sometimes cannot do if they don't have access to insulin, in the case of those who need insulin to control their diabetes, for various reasons.

Youth Oratory Contest in Isla Mujeres
In order to encourage  island youth to participate and have an active role in social dynamics, the "2017 Youth Speech Contest" was held, with a large number of students from secondary and high school. The competition took place in the City Council room, where the contestants addressed topics of general interest such as democracy, security, education, social development and the importance of youth as agents of change. They were divided into category A (from 12 to 17 years old) and category B (from 18 to 29 years old). Names of the winners are given, who will represent the municipality in the state oratory contest, which will be held in the city of Chetumal, with full support from the City for this event.

Paola Orrico leads closure of "Pink Month" (Against breast cancer) in Isla Mujeres
The successful closing event for the "Pink Month" was held on Tuesday evening and was well attended by participants who held lit candles as a symbol of solidarity and union with women who suffer from breast cancer.The director of the DIF System, Hilda Christina Gómez Ávila, explained that thanks to the work done by that agency, more than 300 women received mammograms, which were covered to a large extent with the funds collected in the "Carrera Rosa" race.
     The honorary president of the DIF social service agency, Mrs. Paola Orrico de Carrillo said that with the help of the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, they will continue to be committed to the health of the islanders. Therefore, during the month of November mammograms will continue to be available at no cost, and this prevention campaign will continue throughout the year.

Restitution of palms in Green Area which had been cut without permission
This information has already been translated and it is noted that this is along the Caribbean coastal road near the FOVISSSTE apartments.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Asking authorities that the 'floating garbage dump' of Isla Mujeres be dismantled LINK to article & photos

Victor Ancona Cervera provided photographs showing the poor state of the Bottle Island, which was recently towed in an attempt to "avoid" damage by the detaching garbage. He said, "It is a floating garbage dump, and because of this foreigner, I was busy for three days picking up trash from my beach."

Mr. Ancona Cervera is annoyed by this situation and said the Bottle Island will only end up causing more pollution than what already exists. He said he saw the owner arrive with other people on Wednesday for a "so-called repair or renovation".

He said, "I am asking for help from the authorities of Isla Mujeres to stop this foreigner who has been contaminating the beaches of Isla Mujeres." Via a phone message, he sent photographs showing the current state of the Bottle Island, which the owner named "Joysxee Island".

He concluded, "Richart Sowa is the owner and has said that he intends to rehabilitate the place, and he did not speak about totally dismantling it, but the truth is that the place is no longer at its best. I was born and raised on this beautiful island and I care about the welfare of our beaches and reefs."

 The crew "Mía Fernanda" reported that they are ready to repeat the feat of catching the largest marlin and thus to take first place again in the XII National Sport Fishing Championship in Altata Sinaloa. LINK

Finishing touches before the Mass at the Cemetery on Thursday PHOTO  

Mayor kicks off "Taking Control of Diabetes Now" program  LINK  

Seeking to preserve Dia de los Mujertos traditions among the youth LINK  
      Preserving Mexican traditions and promoting healthy habits among young people is very important for the development of a better society, said City Councilwoman Athena Gomez Ricalde and the delegate of SINTRA in Isla Mujeres, Jorge Martín, at the of the presentation of altars at Benito Juárez Middle School. The event to commemorate Dia de los Muertos also included City historian Fidel Villanueva, and was attended by students, teachers, and administrative staff. The officials viewed the various altars that were presented and noted that it is very important to foster respect and preservation of our Mexican traditions among young people, especially on such a special day. The officials were pleased by the enthusiasm of the students for these types of cultural activities which enrich the social and family lives of the community.

Delfino: The Ecology Department knows about at least 27 cases of animal abuse LINK 
- Veterinarian Delfino Guevara Collazo said that he has reported at least 27 cases of abuse to the Department of Ecology, and he complained that they have done little or nothing the address these cases, and no progress has been made. 
    He said that only a few cases have become public in the media, but he has handed over files, in a timely manner, with information about the animals, their owners, and addresses, for at least 27 cases.
    Just last week, the owner of one of these dogs reported that her dog had been shot by a neighbor, the case has been reported, in addition to the poisoning of several dogs and cats that Ecology management has also been made aware of. He said he does not know why the assistant Director of the Ecology Department, José Guadalupe González, does little or nothing to address the complaints of abuse against animals when that is a commitment of his agency. The vet said he has done his share and he does not know why the assistant director has not been able to do anything about it, although when the official took the position he specifically said that he would pay attention to the investigation of these cases.

Complaint of medical negligence filed against Community Hospital LINK 

Youth Oratory Contest in Isla Mujeres LINK 

Close of the "Pink Month" (against breast cancer) in Isla Mujeres LINK  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Cemeteries semi-deserted
Cementerios semidesiertosVer mas
Nov. 1  At 11am there were no families in the downtown municipal cemetery, where most of the graves were clean and some people were doing last minute painting. The cemeteries had been cleaned and cleared of weeds to facilitate access for people. Nov. 1 is traditionally dedicated to the departed children. According to the history and tradition for the Day of the Dead, the souls arrive in order at 12 o'clock each day, with the order more generalized by following dates:
      October 28 is the day to receive  those who died because of an accident are and could never reach their destination, or those who had a sudden and violent death.    On October 29 is dedicated to the drowned, while he 30th is for the lonely and forgotten souls, who have no relatives, orphans and criminals. The 31st is dedicated to the limbos, those who were never born or did not receive the baptism.      On November 1, the children, also referred to as "little angels/angelitos"; and on November 2, to the adult dead.
       The most representative element of the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico is the altars with their offerings, a representation of our vision about death, full of allegories and meanings.
         Almost all the schools of the basic and intermediate level, both public and private, exhibited their altars as part of the plan to raise awareness among the young population and offset the advance of the American tradition, Halloween.

Restitution of palms cut without permission  
Restituyen palmerasVer mas
  This information has already been translated. Por Esto also notes that the municipal authorities have promoted the planting of more ornamental plants in public and private spaces, but also their staff have made mistakes such as the case of the felling of an old almond tree in front of the secondary school "Benito Juárez" a few months ago, which generated strong criticism of the government. By the way, the trunk of that tree had already begun to sprout again, until a few weeks ago when it was cut again by Civil Protection, according to the neighbors.

Celebrating the "Youth Oratory Contest 2017"
Celebran el “Certamen de Oratoria Juvenil 2017” [+] Ver mas
See City section 

Modernization project should be resumed
Debe retomarse proyecto de modernización [+] Ver mas
    Some downtown merchants say previous modernization plans for downtown Isla Mujeres should be resumed, which should include renovation of the roads and hiding the electrical lines. They are particularly concerned about electrical lines that are close to balconies, where the owners advise their renters not to go out on the balconies. One worker in the tourism industry commented, "But nothing is guaranteed because many tourists usually drink alcohol and can forget about the risks."

Dinner & dance benefit against diabetes   
Cena baile contra la diabetes.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link

     The first fund raising event for the "Isla Diabetes Clinic" organization will take place on Nov. 17 at the restaurant  “aMar Cocina Peruana”. Organizer of the event, Karen Rosenberg said the invitation has been extended outside of Isla Mujeres as well, in hopes of a large number of attendees, including volunteers and supporters from inside and outside of Mexico who support these efforts to assist those who struggle with diabetes.
        "Isla Mujeres will host a night of fun and elegance. The guests will enjoy dinner and dancing, and there will be a cash bar (in addition to one cocktail included with the ticket)," she explained when extending the invitation via digital and conventional media. 
            You can request electronic tickets for $ 25 through PayPal, by entering this address: or by email at Individual tickets cost 450 pesos each and there are tables available for sponsorship. Their goal is to raise more than $ 2,000 at this event to meet the cost of supplies that are given to the diabetics
     Ms. Rosenberg said all proceeds from the event will be spent for supplies for those who have diabetes, including blood glucose meters, test strips, syringes and lancets. She said, "The clinics also provide diabetes testing, nutritional counseling, and diabetes education for island residents." Their website explains, "All services will be free of charge for patients on the island, who do not have the means to treat themselves, because many receive the equivalent of $7usd as pay for a day's work."
         There will also be an online auction with gift certificates for many island restaurants, yoga classes, massages, snorkeling, art, boat cruises, golf carts, etc. For more information about the details of the event, including sponsorships, donations and ticket packages, visit the Facebook site "Isla Diabetes Clinic" or contact Sydney Houston, phone in Mexico 998 394 5275, telephone in Canada 778 215 4686 or email  

Serious problem on the island

       In Mexico, type 2 diabetes is a growing public health problem. According to the Department of Social Health of Mexico, it is believed that between 6.5 and 10 million Mexicans have diabetes, with 20 percent of all Mexican women and more than 25 percent of men at risk of developing the disease.It is the leading cause of death in the country for women and the secondary cause of death in men, causing approximately 70,000 deaths per year. Public health experts are linking this growing epidemic with obesity, another public health problem in Mexico. 
       A 2012, a federal health and nutrition study concluded that 64 percent of men, 82 percent of women and 34.4 percent of children in Mexico were overweight or obese. Diabetes has become the main cause of limb loss and blindness.
          Another study showed that less than 20 percent of people with diabetes in Mexico have their blood glucose levels under control (ie, monitored). 
       Local public health doctors estimate that approximately 80 percent of islanders have diabetes, and many have not been diagnosed. Public health clinics in Isla Mujeres are limited and they do not have glucose monitoring devices / meters available. Blood tests are done intravenously. Very few people can afford the use of blood glucose monitors or strips, and usually wait until they have their annual medical exams to get tested. Due to lack of supplies, people with diabetes often end up in the hospital with  diabetes descompensada or other serious acute and chronic complications of the disease.


 Noticias de  Diario de Quintana Roo's Isla articles & photos LINK
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November Events
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Tuesday, Nov. 1 All Saint's Day   Dia de los Muertos (for the departed children)
In Isla, families clean and decorate their loved ones graves, where their visits are private moments, unlike the all-night, public vigils that are traditional in some places. Hanal Pixan means "Food for the Souls" in Mayan. Altars are created in homes featuring photos of the deceased, with offerings of their favorite foods, and often include candles, copal incense, marigold flower petals, and papel picada (paper with cut-out designs). Try some seasonal Pibi Pollo tamales & Pan de los Muertos pastry. Wednesday, Nov. 2  All Soul's Day   Dia de los Muertos

Thurs. Nov. 2 All Soul's Day Dia de los Muertos
At the cemetery at 6pm, participants in the silent procession (featuring Dia de los Muertos costumes/makeup and traditional garments) will gather and walk down Hidalgo to the Town Square and then up Guerrero to the Casa de la Cultura for the "Festival de las Animas (Souls) 2017", which includes a contest of Catrinas, a Tzompantli, (altars built by cultures of ancient Mexico), and altars representative of the states of Querétaro, Nayarit, Michoacán, Chihuahua, and the state of Mexico. AND....
8pm Town Square Noches Magicas Dance performances by Cancun High School IV and two folklorico troupes from Cozumel. (These are all free events)

Fri. Nov. 3 Online auction begins for the benefit of Isla Mujeres Diabetes Clinic charity.

Fri. Nov. 3 at 5p: Casa Cultura conference about indigenous celebrations in Mexico for Dia de los Muertos (in Spanish).

Sat. Nov. 4 at 6:30p a procession featuring traditional clothing from different regions of Mexico starting at the Town Square church and going thru the downtown streets. AND...

7:30p Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square featuring two troupes including the Folklorico Troupe of Quintana Roo and the closure of the Dance conference event.

Full moon Sat, Nov.4 r
                                                                    Sunset ~6p
Nov. 4  6:58
Nov. 5  7:51
Nov. 6   8:48
Nov. 7  9:47
Nov. 8  10:48
Nov. 9  11:49

Sun. Nov. 5 at 7p: Noches Magicas on the Town Square. Hanal Pixan altar Competition and performances by the Isla Mujeres Añoranzas dance troupe and the folklorico dance troupe Al Son del Corazon  Free

Sun. Nov. 12 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free 

Mural Festival at the Cañotal Mercado
Nov. 13-14 Artists arrive, clean up & set up, volunteers welcome.
Nov. 15-17 Public welcome to visit & interact while the artists paint.
Nov. 18-19 Exhibition: Come & see the art inspired by the founding families of isla and hear about their stories being told through the art.
Nov. 20 Casa de la Cultura Exhibition & Sale of artists' paintings to raise money for a new roof at "Julio Sauri" primary public school.

Fri. Nov. 17 Fundraiser Gala to benefit Isla Diabetes Clinic at aMar Cocina Peruana 6p Cocktails  7pDinner 5 course meal 9pm doors open to general pubic for drinks & dancing & a fantastic array of musicians. Tickets 450p/$25usd  PayPal address is: Or PM Karen Rosenberg The ticket includes one cocktail. Starting Fri. Nov. 3 there will be an online auction that will end that evening.

Fri.-Mon Nov. 17-20  Buen Fin Discount shopping (Like "Black Friday" in the US)

Sun. Nov. 19 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free

Mon. Nov. 20 Revolutionary Day  There is usually a parade that starts around 8a (TBA), usually on Rueda Medina downtown with a lot of kid cuteness in Revolutionary era and military costumes, as well as choreographed routines and acrobatics.

Sat & Sun Nov. 25 & 26 Biker Fest 2017 
    Sat. noon: Registration Saturday's activities are at the airfield
                2p  convivencia (meet & greet)
              3:30  Official opening ceremonies
                 4p  Tour around the island and official photo 
                 5p Quarter mile competition 
               6:30  Stunt show performance by PDC
                  7p Various activities, contests, and surprises until 10p
                 11:30  evening concludes

Sun. Nov. 26 10a-1p Playa Centro with competitions, activities, entertainment

Sun. Nov. 26 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p Free

Sources Weather Information:

LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion" (it used to be in my blog margin, until Blogger became incompatible with it).

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