Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Tuesday, February 19

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News from the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

Everything is ready for Carnaval 2019 LINK  
  See schedule in events section below. 
     The Carnaval Organizing Committee published the schedule and held a press conference for "Con Sabor a Caribe" Carnaval 2019 which will be held March 1-5.

Jobs available  Offices of Economic Development Department in the Community Center in La Gloria

 Exhibition basketball game at the Convention Center tonight Tuesday at 8:30 

Wear your helmet  Arrive safely
Always wear your helmet, wear it correctly, put helmets on child passengers, don't speed.

Government and community working together for a green island LINK
     More than 70% of the population are cooperating with the new trash collection schedule, which began on January 16, and was accompanied by a publicity campaign on social networks. Collection begins at 2pm in Sac Bajo and is from 8p to 10p in other areas including the beach zones, downtown, Canotal, and La Gloria.
   Approximately 42 tons are collected daily. The remaining ~30 percent are encouraged to join in these efforts and take their trash out on time and ensure that the bags are in good condition.


 FB News Sites about Isla Mujeres

  Tvisla Mujeres    

Complaint on social networks about usage of the green dome in colonia Salina Chica  LINK  

Everything ready to ensure safety during Carnaval  LINK  

Navy conducts 11th National Literary competition "The Old Man and the Sea" LINK

VIDEO of press conference about Carnaval 

Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Aguakan took care of a drain that overflowed on main street downtown across from the coop pier, which personnel said was due to restaurants not using grease traps. (photos)

Meeting with military police, mayor, and municipal chief of police, working to coordinate and improve security in the municipality (photo)

A merchant fixed the hole in the sidewalk along main street which was caused by the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) and had been left for over two weeks, causing a hazard for tourists and creating a bad image.

Noti Isla Mujeres   

VIDEO of Renate Herberger who is known as "the mermaid of Costa Rica" expressing her gratitude to the Navy and the director of APIQRoo who provided support for her long distance swim of 60 km over four days. She is known for swimming the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica 7 times, and she seeks to raise awareness among young people for a better planet. 

IM Noticias   

La Tertulia

"Keys4Life" donated sports equipment, computers, printers, and other items to a primary school and two kindergartens in the Continental Zone of the municipality, worth 127,000 pesos. The teachers and students expressed their gratitude.VIDEO  


 Link to Por Esto's Isla Mujeres section
Click on Spanish headline for the original article & photos

Isla Mujeres news briefs 
Breves de Isla Mujeres   
  This information about the women's Canadian soccer team winning their friendly game agains Cancun Real with a score of 7-1 has already been translated, as well as information that  the Organizing Committee for Carnaval is ready and held a press conference.

North Beach was less windy than Playa Centro 

Playa Norte saliĆ³ ganando ayer

Feb 18  The number of visitors arriving was reduced by about 15 percent due to the strong winds, however the golf cart rental agencies rented nearly all of their fleet.  The small boats were restricted to port and tours were not available to Sac Bajo and El Farito, nor to Isla Contoy. Many of those visiting the beach preferred North Beach over Playa Centro because there were less effects from the wind.  

Navy announces national literary competition  

Semar a convoca a concurso literario

 This XI National Literary Competition is part of the commemoration of the 105th anniversary of the Defense of the Port of Veracruz, whose anniversary is April 21st. The contest opened on Feb. 4th and will clsoe on March 18, with the theme "Memories of El Viejo and La Mar". It is open to Mexican who are over 60 years of age, who are amateurs and have no published works. Other information is provided with a link.

Strong winds out of the south  

Sopla la ventisca desde el sur

 On Monday at 10am, there were gusts from the south of 46 km/hr, whose intensity increased at 1p to 53 km/hr. Winds oon Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be 46-50 km/hr, and to reduce on Saturday.  More than 300 small boats were restricted to port, and at least 100 small boats did not come to the island due to the windy weather.


Researchers at UNAM found that Chaya inhibits growth of the H. pylori bacteria, which is one of the most common causes of gastritis and ulcers. Chaya is one of more than 500 species of 'quelites', along with epazote and flor de calabaza (squash flowers).
Quelites were commonly eaten in pre-Hispanic times and are a part of the agricultural tradition of Mexico. Many have been grown in milpas, cultivated by farmers from generation to generation, while others are wild plants that are harvested. UNAM scientists have been studying the nutritional value of quelites & their influence on health, as well as their cultural and culinary history. They began with three species, Chaya, Chepil and Alache; from the states of Yucatan, Oaxaca and Mexico, respectively.
A member of the UNAM Chemistry department claims, "All species of quelites, a word that comes from Nahuatl and means 'edible tender grass', inhibit this bacteria, even better than metronidazole, an antibiotic and antiparasitic.". .
Today these plants are eaten less and some species are only sold in certain rural markets. These researchers attribute Mexico's increased rates of obesity & diabetes to changes in eating habits, saying that international consortiums have replaced traditional foods with cheap, easily-accessible processed foods.
Many quelites can be grown in nutrient-poor soils, and are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6.
On Isla, Chaya is sold as a juice, usually mixed with citrus juices, as a soup, in eggs, and anywhere you might expect to find spinach. (It's more nutritious than spinach.). To prepare it, boil the chopped leaves for 10 minutes until tender, and don't use an aluminum pan.
The 'no pica' Chaya bushes are popular and the 'pica' type can also be used as 'security shrubbery'. "Pica" refers to the little thistles on the leaves, it's not spicy.
The photo is the Chaya tree in our atrium, looking a little sparse because it's growing new leaves, & it's not a fan of the nortes. UNAM=Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexcio.

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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 neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, 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.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 

Feb 19   7:05
Feb 20   8:10
Feb 21   9:13
Feb 22  10:14
 Feb 23   11:12 
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  6:35-6:50 
Sunrise ~7:20-7:05
February Events 
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturday mornings LINK . Volunteers welcome! Here's the Accion Isla LINK 

  Friday, Feb. 1  Municipal clean up of mangroves to commemorate World Wetlands Day. Join them at 9a to clean part of the Makax lagoon. Sturdy shoes, long sleeves, repellent.They will also be presenting educational talks in the schools.

Saturday, Feb. 2 World Wetlands Day Plogging Clean-up  8a meet up at Zama beach club to clean along the Sac Bajo road. Sturdy shoes, long sleeves, repellent. Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container. 

Saturday, Feb. 2 Candlemas Day  Tamales provided by those who had the baby Jesus in their Kings cake on Jan. 6th.


Sunday, Feb. 3 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes and singers with local talent and invited guests.

Monday, Feb. 4  A Civic ceremony is held the first Monday of each month, often on the Town Square, in the morning, probably around 8a or 9a. 

Thursday, Feb. 7  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Feb. 9 Plogging Clean-up  Location TBA 8 or 8:30a for a couple hours. Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container.

Sunday, Feb. 10 Performances by Carnaval dance troupes with judging to determine the Kings & Queens of Carnaval.  Two couples are competing for the overall King & Queen, other categories include Children, Youth, and Diversity.

Thursday, Feb. 14  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

 Feb. 14 Dia de Amor y Amistad (Day of Love and Friendship) The City provides a free Collective wedding event including the ceremony, cake, and paperwork for residents.

 In mid-February, there has been Artisan's Pavilion on the Town Square, for the past few years with artisans from other regions of Mexico, as well as a number from Isla Mujeres offering interesting handmade items at reasonable prices.

Saturday, Feb. 16 Plogging Clean-up  Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container. 


Sunday, Feb. 17 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes and singers with local talent and invited guests.

Feb 18-24 Island Time Music Festival & Fishing Tournament

 This will be the 10th anniversary of this Festival which benefits the Little Yellow School House who provide education and therapy for special needs kids on the island.  LINK to schedule of events, ticket information, etc Features popular Country music artist


  Tuesday, Feb. 19  Exhibition basketball game at the Convention Center on Tuesday at 8:30

Tuesday, Feb 19  Online auction begins for the benefit of  Isla Mujeres Scholarship Program

Thursday, Feb. 21  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Saturday, Feb. 23 Plogging Clean-up  Location TBA 8 or 8:30a for a couple hours. Bags & Gloves provided, Bring your refillable water container.  

Sunday, Feb. 24 Noches Magicas performances on the Town Square at 8p featuring dance troupes and singers with local talent and invited guests.

Thursday, Feb. 28  Artist Fair 4p-8p in front of the Casa de la Cultura on the back street Guerrero, at the cross street Abasolo.

Isla Blanca Kite Festival (on the mainland) says they've discontinued after ten years due to parking problems, but here's their page in case that changes.  LINK    

In February, generally the temperatures are very pleasant, but weather for this month includes "nortes", fronts from the north whose winds often cause small boats to be restricted to port, and they may bring clouds, rain, and cooler temps.  They cause the lobster to come out of their hiding places and move south across the seabed, increasing the catches of the fishermen

Fishermen in this region are banned from catching Grouper and Octopus in February (and March). Lobster season ends after Feb. 28th (Lobsters kept in captivity continue to be available).  LINK 
Carnaval Schedule

Friday, March 1st Noche de Gala/Gala Night
Coronation of the Kings & Queens in all categories
Presentation of dance troupes
Dance to live music byYerbabuena
Town Square 8:30p

Saturday, March 2 Noche Cubana/Cuban Night
Presentation of dance troupes
Dance to live music by Grupo Junior Klan
Town Square 8:30p

Sunday, March 3 Carnaval Parade-Fantasy
Contest of Decorated Floats/Carts
Procession is on Rueda Medina from the Naval base to the Fishermen's Monument at the Traffic Circle
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Afternoon of Fantasy
Bouncy houses, Children's Costume contest, dance troupe performances and show for kids
Town Square 5p

Night of Fantasy
Presentation of the Queen of Diversity, Performances by dance troupes, Performance by Silvanna Show
Town Square 8:30p

Monday, March 4-Carnaval Parade-Regional & Comedy
Contest of Decorated Floats/Carts
Procession is on Rueda Medina from the Naval Base to the Fishermen's Monument at the traffic circle.
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Comedy & Regional Night
Costume Contest for Adultes
Presentation of Dance Troupes
Comedy by Macta
Town Square 8:30p

Tuesday, March 5-Burning of Juan Carnaval
Show by DJ's
Playa Centro 3p

Tuesday Night of Carnaval (Fat Tuesday)
Presentation of Dance Troupes, The Will & Burning of Juan Carnaval
Dance to live music by Caribbean Kings
Town Square 8:30p
Sources for 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
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres  

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