Friday, May 26, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, May 26




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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos





Rehabilitating sports areas for the benefit of islanders: Mayor Juan Carrillo 

Rehabilita espacios deportivos




 Para bienestar de isleños: Juan Carrillo


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ISLA MUJERES, 25 de mayo.-
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  The two Rapid Soccer fields in colonia Salina Chica are being renovated for a cost of 1.3 million pesos from FORTAMUN (Fund for Contributions for Strengthening Municipalities). The downtown basketball court "Jose del Carmen Pastrana", outside the Town Hall, is being renovated with 1.3 million dollars in municipal funds.
   There are multiple municipal agencies in charge of maintenance and care of all the parks and sports areas, including the departments of Public Works and of Public Services. The Mayor is keeping his commitments about rehabilitating and maintaining the sports and recreational areas.

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

COMMEMORATION OF ORANGE DAY /  EL DÍA NARANJA IN ISLA MUJERES
   Events are held on the 25th of each month, Orange Day, as part of a campaign originated by an organization of the UN, to increase awareness about preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls. This month's activities included use of graffiti techniques and the involvement of high school boys in their sixth semesters at Bachilleres, with Cancun artists Yahir Trejo and Ricardo Estrella Gómez, and Isla Mujeres artist Alberto ‘El Chicano’.


The Department of Ecology and the Environment invites young Islanders to participate in the 9th annual Children's Ecological Drawing Contest. First place is two passes to Dolphin Discovery and Second Place is two passes to Garrafon Park.


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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)


Last days to take advantage of discounts offered by Apiqroo-
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/ultimos-dias-para-aprovechar-descuentos-promovidos-por-apiqroo/
  The end of May is the deadline for the regularization program being carried out by APIQRoo, the state port authority, to retire back debts of more than 44 million pesos in the state, of which 8 million owed are in the municipality of Isla Mujeres. Of that amount, a little over 5.5 million is owned by the Marina la Amada located on the mainland area of Isla Mujeres, and a little over 2 million pesos are owed from marinas on the island. The program offers a 100% discount on interest on the arrears, and is part of the Program for Regularization of Port Structures 2017.

For this hurricane season, the National Water Commission's weather department predicts 7 Tropical Storms, 2 Hurricanes of categories 1 and 2; and two Hurricanes of category 3 or higher in the Atlantic, for a total of 11 'cyclones' of which 3-5 are expected to impact Mexico. 


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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos



D Lilys win municipal basketball tournament   
D Lilys se coronan campeonas del basquetbol. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  In the final game of the municipal women's basketball tournament at the Convention Center, the D Lilys won against the Club Marlins with a score of 53-22. Seven teams participated and the start of the next tournament is tentatively scheduled for June 6th, with a similar or larger number of teams. There is an intention to make the league grow, and it is evident there is an increasing interest by women to compete in this sport, and to become regional competitors with time.


Informational campaign about lupus  
Realizan jornada informativa sobre el lupusVer masFull article at this link
    Most of this information has already been translated, there is additional general information about lupus. HERE is a link with similar information.



Regaining sand
Recuperan tramo de arenal [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Two wooden breakwaters were installed by a North Beach concessionaire in the past three months, resulting in the recovery of about 15 meters of sand in an area that had eroded, taking advantage of the south-southeasterly winds of this season. These winds cause the surplus sand of Playa Centro to move toward Playa Norte, which is why the navigation channel became affected in April. The surplus sand of Playa Centro reached the buoy line, with the south winds, was transferred north, and for this reason beach was recovered in the area known as "Playa Sol".
    This change caused by the two wooden breakwaters now allow a line of umbrellas and they want to recover the area of nearly 10,000 square meters that was once Playa Sol, according to an employee who was working at installing temporary shelters.
     There has been no official announcement concerning the proposals for a project to renovate or replace the geotubes. It was noted on Thursday that the buoy line for Playa Centro is now fully free. Recently the buoy line that was stuck on the sand, after had been at the edge of the navigation area, due to the shifting sands. That was causing a risk to swimmers who were in the area where boats pass, but the southern winds have moved the surplus sand to the north, and the buoys are no longer resting on the beach.


Students collecting donations for Red Cross 
Se suman a colecta[+] Ver masFull article at this link
  High school students from Colegio Bachilleres have joined the campaign to collect donations for the Red Cross, asking motorists in front of the campus, at the speed bump, with their collection cans in hand.
    The municipal Transit Authority officers have removed several abandoned cars from the public streets, to prevent them from causing accidents or hindering traffic.


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Tomorrow morning swimmers from all over the world will participate in the annual "Nado por la Libre" swim between Cancun & Isla Mujeres. It is said to be one of the most important Open Water swimming events in the world. Those swimming the 9.5k from the mainland will start at 7:30a and the others will depart from an anchored ship at 8:10a to swim 3k.
This event began in Isla Mujeres in 1980 as part of the celebrations for Navy Day (June 1), with 30 competitors swimming between North Beach and a buoy for a total of 3km.
In the 90's, they began swimming from Puerto Juarez to North Beach, and the competition expanded to 50 participants, and a 10k run was added along the Isla Mujeres coast. The event continued to be held on June 1 to celebrate Navy Day.
In the early 2000's the event developed and two swims to the island were held, with the first from Puerto Juarez to North Beach and the second a month later from Punta Nizuc to Garrafon.
In 2005, the crossing to Isla Mujeres was named "Por la Libre", and this year they have begun calling it "El Cruce". Its route crosses MUSA, and it promotes the preservation & appreciation of the Underwater Museum, and of the local ecology and culture, as well as the sport of open water swimming.
It is considered the most beautiful open water event in Mexico, and attracts participants aged 10 to 70+ from all over the world.There were 230 swimmers in 2008, 380 in 2009, 600 in 2010, 780 in 2011, 750 in 2014 and 800 in 2016.


Photos & info from http://www.elcruce.mx/
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 May Events
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Monday, May 1 Labor Day    And the Sol as Sol Regatta boats are arriving

Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4, the Eta Aquarid  meteor shower can be seen, but it peaks in the predawn hours of Friday and Saturday. It is caused by debris from Halley's Comet.  The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (After moonset which is 1:33a on Wed, 2:18a on Thur., 3:00a on Fri, and 3:49 on Sat).

Wednesday, May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)

Wednesday, May 3 Basketball game Islanders vs Regatta sailors 7p  Probably at the Convention Center since the downtown court is being renovated.

Friday & Saturday:  Eta Aquarid meteor shower. The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (after moonset at 3:00a on Fri and 3:49 on Sat). Caused by debris from Halley's Comet,

Friday, May 5  Regatta Amigos. Isleno children (exceptional students aged 8-12) gather at Buhos at 10am, leave for the boats a half hour later and depart at noon for their Regatta around the island

Friday, May 5 Anniversary of victory against French at Battle of Puebla "Cinco de Mayo"

Saturday, May 6  Fashion show at 8p on the Caribbean side of the Casa de la Cultura  of Yucatecan traditional clothing and garments based on that style.

Sunday, May 7 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p: Dance troupes performing from Cancun & Isla Mujeres.



Wednesday, May 10 Mother's Day

Sunset ~7:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
May 10   7:15
May 11   8:05
May 12  8:55  
May 13   9:44
May 14  10:32
May 15  11:19  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Saturday, May 13 Artist of the Month Exhibition at aMar Cocina Peruana restaurant Featuring Laura Anileu 7:30p. On the back street Guerreo, north of Abasolo. Limited space, reservations (998) 274 3732

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Festival of Caribbean Culture May 13, 15, 16, & 19
Saturday May 13
 Painting: Workshop on the techniques of painting 6p
 Music: Outside the Casa de la Cultura  7p
              Rockabilly Malix Cats (Mx)
              Sara Curruchich (Guatemala)

Monday, May 15  Music & Singing at the Guadalupana Church (across from Mango's)
                             Mayan Opera Concert 7pm

Tuesday, May 16 Casa de la Cultura
               Play:  "Let the Jungle tell you its story"  5:30
               Painting: Caravan: Painting in Acction  7p
               Music:Norma Espinosa & Nadia Arce (Mx) 8p
 Singing in the Mother Languages  Maria Mactezuma (Mx) 8:30p (outside)
              
Friday, May 19 Outside the Casa de la Cultura
            Circense Imagine Show 8p
Saturday, May 20   Dance & Music outside the Casa de la Cultura 8p
            Bailes Caribenos (Caribbean Dancing)
            Chilangos de la Habana (Cuban...Chilangos are from Mexico City)    
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Sunday, May 14 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p (Mother's Day in the US)

Monday, May 15 Teacher's Day Día del Maestro

Whale shark season has begun 

May 19, 20, 21 Cosme Magana Fishing Tournament
Friday is final registration & the Captain's dinner
The tournament is Saturday & Sunday
Cancelled due to winds causing port closure for small boats
Rescheduled for Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4


May 19 & 20  Celebration of the arrival of Catholicism 500 years ago

Sunday, May 21 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Monday, May 22 in commemoration of International Day of Lupus, at 4:00 p.m. there will be a march starting in front of the hotel Posada del Mar, followed by a conference at the Casa de la Cultura, and finishing with the lighting of the Town Hall lights.


Monday May 22 International Day of Biodiversity

In honor of Navy Day, this weekend will also be a three-way soccer competition between a Naval team, one from the Harbor Master's office, and a team of Isla veteran players on Friday & Saturday, and awards on Sunday. 

Friday, May 26
The Circus is coming to Isla Friday! The promo says....
"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.
In front of the Caribbean Sea. A show of this magnitude happens only once a year!"
Monday-Friday 8pm Saturday & Sunday 5:30p & 8:30p







Sunday, May 28 Race of 6km along Rueda Medina, which starts at 7am by the Fishermen's Monument and ends by the Naval base. 
 
Sunday, May 28 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Monday, May 29 Special Edition of Noches Magicas on Town Square 8p
Coronation of the Queen of the Day of the Sea, Dance troupes, singers, free event.
Dance Senior Citizen's dance troupe, Urban Dance from Cancun, the Isla troupe Añoranzas, Star Dancer's from Cancun, and the Isla Mujeres Children's Folklorico troupe.
 Musical performers:  Cesar Renteria and Brandon Paredes from Cancun and the Isla Mujeres band Mar y Arena.


Tuesday, May 30 Special Edition of Noches Magicas at Casa de la Cultura 6p
The Sailors of My Island Exhibition and Awards from the Children's Drawing Contest for Navy Day

Monday, May 29 Memorial Day in the US 

Thursday, June 1 Día de la Marina  Navy Day 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, May 25




This is the live webcam at North Beach / Playa Norte.  HERE is a timelapse version, that you can set to slow or fast (fps-frames per second). It takes a few seconds to load.
Follow Isla Mujeres News & Events on Facebook for highlights of news & events, and more photos & videos
  Both issues of The Isla Mujeres Magazine are here
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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

link to their Isla articles & photos




Renovation of the Bicentennial dome  



Rehabilitarán domo Bicentenario





En atención a demandas ciudadanas


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ISLA MUJERES, 24 de mayo.-
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See City section below.


Mayor & businesses: Working together for young people 


Trabaja por la juventud





 En coordinación con empresarios, Juan Carrillo


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ISLA MUJERES, 24 de mayo.-
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Start of whale shark season delayed 



Iniciará con 15 días de retraso





Temporada de tiburón ballena, confirman


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ISLA MUJERES, 22 de mayo.-
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  Although the delivery of the whale shark permits was scheduled for May 15, it has been delayed. An official with the Harbor Master's office said boats caught doing this activity without the appropriate permit could be subject to severe sanctions, and personnel from the Navy are already conducting inspections and some boats have been reviewed. The permits are issued by the National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) and the Wildlife Department (DGVS).


Security and better public spaces

Juan Carrillo manages resources



Seguridad y mejores espacios






Juan Carrillo gestionará recursos


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ISLA MUJERES, BJ, 22 de mayo.-
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See City section below.


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


JUAN CARRILLO SOBERANIS CONTINUES WORKING FOR THE YOUNG PEOPLE OF ISLA MUJERES 
   The Mayor signed an agreement for a private initiative providing discount cards to young people under the slogen "Futuro Joven". These cards will enable young people to purchase goods and consume products from local businesses at more affordable prices. The Mayor spoke about the City's commitment to the youth of the island, noting we live in difficult times, and one of our most important tasks in changing the world is to create good citizens through a system of social support. He acknowledged the work of the municipal Institute of Youth and the Director of the that agency, Oswaldo Gonzalez Barredo, thanked the Mayor for his support.
     Participants in the Futuro Joven program include the papelería “Romero”; the café “Violeta”; “Gym Tonic” gym; “Luxury Car Rental” and “Luxury Beach”; “Tonichos”; “Fitness & Nutrition Isla Mujeres” and “Wall’s Barber Shop”. Names are given of officials who attended.



CONTINUED ACTIONS AGAINST VIOLENCE TOWARD WOMEN
A conference was held titled "The Different Types of Violence against Women".
      The talk was given by Ricardo Ruiz Carbonell, and names of officials who attended are given, some of whom are quoted commenting about the importance of efforts such as this to reduce and prevent violence against women and girls, and the importance of putting prevention into practice.


Second National Health Week in Isla Mujeres: "Route to Health" / Ruta de la Salud
       During the Second National Health Week the municipal Health Department has administered 102 HPV vaccines and approximately 50 pap smears. Isla Mujeres Health Coordinator Ada Lara Fabián explained that this National Health week focuses on the administration of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, completing vaccination schedules, and the prevention breast and cervical cancer.
      She said,  "This is the first time that a campaign of this type is being carried out in the municipality, and we are very grateful for the support of the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, to be able to carry out this campaign and help more islanders to prevent cervical cancer,"
       HPV or human papillomavirus is a group of more than 150 viruses, of which approximately 35 are associated with both benign and malignant (cancer) lesions, but as a preventive measure it is recommended to administer the HPV vaccine in two doses to girls 9 to 12 years old


MAYOR JUAN CARRILLO IS COMMITTED TO SECURITY FOR ISLANDERS 
      Eight fully equipped patrol cars were delivered to the Public Security and Municipal Transit Authority by municipal and state officials, including Juan Carrillo Soberanis, the governor of the state, Carlos Joaquín González, and the federal legislator for Quintana Roo, Jose Luis "Chanito" Toledo Medina, in compliance with the commitment to provide greater security to the island's citizens.
      The Mayor noted the crime rates in Isla Mujeres are below the national average, and said,  "There is a challenge to improve security, and these patrols cars will increase surveillance of the streets, houses, parks, schools, and workplaces of the Island and the Continental Zone."  The Mayor thanked the Governor for his support and the Police Chief, Jaime Ongay Ortiz, thanked the Mayor for his work to improve order and social peace in Isla Mujeres.  
     Thanks to the work done by the municipal government, since the beginning of the current administration the number of active officers that make up the police force has increased from 72 to 200 ─ previously trained -, the communication system has been renewed, including 15 'Matra" radios and 10 portable radios, to facilitate faster and more accurate emergency responses.   
  In addition, as of October 16,  the Public Security and Municipal Transit Authority had 6 patrol vehicles and 8 motorcycles, and under the administration led by the mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, this has beeb increased to 20 fully equipped patrol vehicles and 12 motorcycles.


Timely response from City to citizen requests
  The Mayor issued instructions to provide maintenance to the Bicentennial Dome in colonia La Gloria, and a tour was made by the Directors of the municipal departments of Public Works and Civil Protection. Today city workers began removing the loose canvas, and they will continue working to dismantle all the structures that are in poor condition. The public is asked to respect the signs and stay away from the done, to avoid and accidents while it is undergoing maintenance.



MARCH AND CONFERENCE ON LUPUS TAKES PLACE IN ISLA MUJERES
     As part of the commemoration of the International Day of Lupus, which was May 10, the Municipality of Isla Mujeres, headed by the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, through the Municipal System for Integral Development of the Family (DIF) , chaired by honorary president Mrs. Paola Orrico de Carrillo, conducted a march for the occasion of the conference "What is lupus?". This conference was given by the president of the Lupus Hope Life Foundation EAS AC, of Puebla,  Elizabeth Alonso Soto.     
      At the event, Ms. Alonso Soto spoke about the interest of municipal authorities in joining the fight against lupus, a disease that mainly affects women; for every 10 cases, only one male is affected. In addition to being a chronic autoimmune disease, it can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, organs and tissues).     
      The president of the aforementioned foundation explained that the conference was held with the objective of raising public awareness about this terrible disease which afflicts more people. She explained some of the warning symptoms, which include: hair loss, redness on the face that forms a butterfly, dizziness, unexplained fainting, thrush, joint pain and bruising.       
       Hilda Christina Gómez Ávila, Director General of the DIF Isla Mujeres, commented that this is the first time that an administration has carried out activities to commemorate this important international date,  and thanked the mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, and his wife, Mrs. Paola Orrico de Carrillo, for their support with carrying out the walk and the conference, which will undoubtedly provide very relevant information to the inhabitants of the island.        
     At the end of the conference, authorities and citizens in general witnessed the lighting of purple lights on the outside of the Municipal Palace/Town Hall, to commemorate the month of lupus awareness. Names are given of officials and others who participated.


CONFIRM DATE OF FISHING TOURNAMENT
     The City of Isla Mujeres, headed by the municipal president, Juan Carrillo Soberanis, confirmed that the International Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martinez Magaña" will be held the weekend of June 3 and 4. The date change was necessary because weather caused the closure of the port for small boats on Friday evening, which continued all weekend. 
      The Director General of Economic Development, Leonel Povedano Castillo, said, "We are grateful for the great support that the Fishing Committees of Mahahual and Cozumel provided to us in order to be able to hold the tournament as soon as possible, because changes had to be made in the dates of their tournaments."  This change affected the Mahahual tournament "Dorado de Playa" and the Cozumel tournament, "Bernardo Alonso Canto".
    The municipal government of Isla Mujeres invites fishing enthusiasts and the general public to participate in the traditional International Fishing Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña" and said registration will remain open until the beginning of the competition.


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From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)



Juan Carrillo Soberanis continues working for island youth-http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/continua-juan-carrillo-soberanis-trabajando-por-la-juventud-islena/
See City section


After changing the engines of the maritime ambulance, it is now in operation-http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/tras-cambio-de-motores-ambulancia-maritima-ya-esta-en-operacion/
- After an investment of just over 700,000 pesos,  the Maritime Ambulance, which is under the responsibility and protection of the Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo), has  returned to service.  The work was concluded on Friday and the ambulance began operating on Saturday, carrying out several transfers.  
    The ambulance began operations with the change of administrations, however a few months later problems were detected with the two Mercury engines, which have been replaced with two new powerful Yamaha motors. 
   The Director of APIQRoo, Alicia Ricalde Magana, explained that while the motors were being adapted in Isla Mujeres by qualified personnel for several days, emergency transfer services were available through a private individual, to ensure the commitment was maintained that was made by the Governor. She said these transport services are coordinated at the request of the Community Hospital and the boat can sail as long as weather conditions allow.

Another ferry company is interested in the Puerto Juarez-Isla Mujeres route 
http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/se-apunta-otra-naviera-par…/
On Monday, the director of the Port Authority of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo), Alicia Ricalde Magaña that there is a third ferry company that would be interested in the route between Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez. However, the General Directorate of Ports has not officially signed off on the work (done on the pier.). Ms Ricalde said there is a good chance for this company, who are already familiar with these ports, and have their own fleet. It is the company Naviera Integral (Navinsa), owned by the magnate Juan Pablo Vega Arriaga. 
   Ms. Ricalde said she is trying to expedite the official delivery of the pier so the tests can be started that are required for the interested companies. The route is currently served by 'Ultramar" and the other interested companies are "Barcos Caribe", "Marinsa" and now "Navisa".
    It is hoped that the pier will be officially released next month and then the docking tests can begin, and it is probable that a second company will service the route by the upcoming vacation season of July and August. 


Timely response with maintenance for the 'Bicentennial' dome-http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/oportuna-respuesta-al-mantenimiento-del-domo-bicentenario/
See City section

Greater security for Isla Mujeres-http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/suman-de-voluntades-por-una-mayor-seguridad-para-isla-mujeres/
See City section

State Governor announced changes to the community hospital of Isla Mujeres-http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/anuncia-gobernador-del-estado-cambios-para-el-hospital-comunitario-de-isla-mujeres/
       The Governor of the State, Carlos Joaquín González said that in less than two months changes and improvements will begin within the Community Hospital of Isla Mujeres, because they will provide more equipment and medical specialists via the Seguro Popular insurance program the Popular Insurance will seek to provide more equipment and medical specialists.     The Governor acknowledged this demand of the inhabitants of Isla Mujeres, who sent a letter last September requesting better services, medical care, and qualified personnel to operate the equipment that exists inside the hospital.
     He said, "We started proceedings with Seguro Popular yesterday and we hope that in less than two months we can have the whole hospital equipped, and get it going!" It is noted that the issue of health care in Isla Mujeres has been an urgent concern and need for several years, because even after the new hospital was inaugurated, complaints continued due to the lack of specialists and qualified personnel to operate the new equipment. 


Motorcycle club of Isla Mujeres continue their altruistic work against cancer-http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/motoclub-de-isla-mujeres-continua-su-labor-altruista-a-favor-de-la-lucha-contra-el-cancer/
The Moto Club Evolución Fz (formerly Community Fz), held a day of collection of bottle caps (tapitas plasticas) in support of the Aitana Foundation, who work on behalf of children with cancer.A collection table was set up for 3 consecutive weekends in the colonia La Gloria park, where there was a very good response from the island community. In addition they installed collection buckets in various schools, including kindergartens, primary schools, and private schools, as well as in private institutions.       
     It should be noted that this Motoclub has always been characterized by its social work and support to the community in various situations. These tapitas will be sold by the Aitana Foundation and the proceeds of the sales will be used to obtain medicines and chemotherpy treatments, which are required to fight this disease.
      They thanked everyone in the community who participated in this campaign, the directors and teachers of the middle school, the various kindergartens, El Trenecito nursery school, as well as the private institutions who supported the cause, including the Union of Taxi drivers, the Paletería  Tuggy, and the Tortugranja, among others. They said that with the help of all of them and the community, they have collected 31,501 tapitas.
         They invited everyone to continue collecting the bottletops and said this will be an ongoing campaign with collection tables at the La Gloria park every two months.

Interruption of electrical power in Isla Mujeres-http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/amargos-recuerdos-dejo-apagon-en-isla-mujeres/
   Electrical power was restored shortly after noon in Isla Mujeres (It went out around 11am), and most of the Yucatan peninsula was also affected. In a statement, the CFE, (Federal Electrical Commission) confirmed that 1.7 million customers were affected, mainly from the states of Campeche, Tabasco and Quintana Roo, however, service has been more than 90 percent restored. Some islanders were concerned during the power interruption, recalling the outage which lasted more than 12 hours in January. However, all services were back to normal shortly after noon, including the banks and gas stations.

Dolphin now has a name and is called 'Paki'-http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/delfin-ya-tiene-nombre-desde-hoy-se-llama-paki/
 May 23 The rescued dolphin has been named "Paki" after a total of 80 people voted in response to an invitation issued by Dolphin Discovery, on May 18th via social networks. The invitation to vote included a video showing the work and attention that the dolphin has received at the Tortugranja since he was rescued on May 2nd. The choice for names were “Isleño”, “Itzae”, “Paal Yaax” and “Paki”.
      Last week the chief veterinarian for Dolphin Discovery, Roberto Sanchez Okrucry, said the dolphin is small, and they are concerned about his weight, but he is eating on his own. He is gaining weight and recovering from an infection, which had him on the verge of death. The vet said he is recovering well and needs to gain weight in order to be released.


New civic association with the slogan 'Together for a better future'
-http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/surge-asociacion-juntos-por-un-futuro-mejor/


  New date for fishing tournament confirmed  
-http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/confirman-nueva-fecha-para-torneo-de-pesca-de-isla-mujeres/
See City section

Increased risk of salmonella during heat wave
-http://www.tvislamujeres.com.mx/esperan-casos-por-salmonelosis-en-esta-epoca-de-calor-en-isla-mujeres/
. - Dr. Miguel Ángel García Albarran, director of the Isla Mujeres integral hospital, explained that in order to avoid the spread of gastrointestinal diseases, it is necessary to try to practice hand washing and maintain hygiene in the preparation of food.
    He said, "So far we have not had any cases of serious gastrointestinal diseases such as Salmonellosis, possibly because we are just beginning the season of hot weather, however we cannot ignore that they occur, so it is important to be insistent about taking care when handling food and with personal hygiene." 
    He said that the Isla Mujeres Community Hospital  offers a workshop on how and when to wash hands, including the proper technique. He said the most common gastrointestinal disease during the hot season is Salmonellosis, which is why it is important to pay close attention to the quality of food, the preparation of the foods, verify where we eat, and stay hydrated. There is an explanation of  'What is Salmonellosis?". LINK to Wiki article about Salmonellosis.


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From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos



Conference to eliminate violence against women 
Violencia de ninguna aceptable [+] Ver masFull article at this link
May 24
  See City section.... 
This article also contains estimated statistics from WHO about violence against women, and expresses the opinion that although there are ongoing plans to prevent this problem in Isla Mujeres, the incidence does not seem to diminish, and for this reason, organizations encourage the community in general to participate in the collective efforts for prevention.

Motorcyclists with a cause 
Motociclistas con causa. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
May 24
See TVIM section...


Race planned for Navy Day  
Realizarán carrera por el Día de la Marina[+] Ver masFull article at this link
May 24 In honor of Navy day, a six-kilometer race will be held this Sunday for men and women along the Rueda Medina malecon. It will begin at 7am at the Monument to the Fishermen and they will return to the finish line by the Naval base. Winners in both categories will receive prizes including gifts and lodging packages from local businesses. Participation awards will be given to the first 100 who register for the competition.
    Also in honor of Navy Day, there will be a three-way soccer competition,  (un triangular de futbol), between teams from the Naval base, the Harbor Master's office, and a team of Isla Mujeres veterans, which will begin on Friday and continue on Saturday, with prizes awarded on Sunday. 


Bidding process begun  
Inició proceso de licitaciónVer masFull article at this link
May 24
   The Director of Sports, Natanael Gallegos Salinas, said the Bicentennial Dome will need a complete renovation, because it is not possible to save the entire steel structure, which was not given maintenance in the past eight years. He did not know the how much the renovation will cost,but estimates it will be at least 4 to 5 million pesos. He said there is advanced deterioration from the salt, and it would not be able to withstand the winds over time, therefore they decided to throw that all away. The bidding process to completely renovate this dome has begun.
   Last month, the strong winds began to tear away the canvas roof, which also had not been renewed in a timely manner, and part of it fell with the strong south-southeast winds, so the area was closed to avoid any accidents.
    He said the work to demolish the entire roof structure will take place in early June, and a new one will be installed, and the structure should be back in operation in the fall, for the hundreds of young people who practice there, as well as the large events that are held there.
     Sr Gallegos said that the sports areas are in need of constant maintenance,because of their proximity to the sea which destroys the steel. Currently two sports areas are undergoing renovations, the downtown basketball court "Jose del Carmen Pastrana" and the rapid soccer field in colonia Salina.


New patrol cars delivered  
Entregan nuevas patrullas. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
May 23
See City section

Electrical outage  
Todo perdido, cundieron temores] Ver masFull article at this link
May 23  There was an interruption in electrical service for nearly two hours on Tuesday at 11am, which the CFE (Federal Electrical Commission) said was caused by a interruption in the transmission line of the "Grijalva" hydroelectric complex (Chicoasén, Peñitas, Angostura) which supplies the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo, causing a widespread power outage in practically all the Yucatán Peninsula and two states of the Southeast. 

Lack of personnel to monitor nesting turtles  
Falta personal para vigilar. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
May 23
    There are only three people to monitor the sea turtle nesting areas on more than 20 beaches and protect their eggs from predators or poachers. Fortunately, the season has barely begun and so far only four nests of eggs have been transferred to the Tortugranja. The Mayor was asked about this and said there will be more staff no later than next week because they are hiring people who are interested in  participating in the Temporary Employment Program, which is focused on the rescue of the eggs of turtles who nest in Isla Mujeres during the upcoming months.
    The port remained closed to boats under forty feet due to high waves at sea, and the Harbor Master allowed the cooperatives to offer their tours to El Farito, within the Bahia de Mujeres.


Hotel occupation decreases  
Desplome en la ocupación hotelera.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
May 22 
 Hotel occupancy rates in small hotels are down to 10 to 15 percent, while the medium to large hotels have rates of up to 30 percent, while the large franchise hotels by Punta Sam have much better statistics.
   As of Monday, the Hotel Berny had five occupied rooms of a total of 34, with reservations in July for ten percent, and no reservations for August. Some hotels take advantage of this time for remodeling, the the Hotel Berny is renovating eight rooms to have a total of 42, and they may have 100 ready by the winter season.
   The Vistalmar on the Rueda Medina malecon has temporarily closed its 36 rooms, apparently for renovations after its sale to a foreign firms, with rumors that it could undergo demolition to be replaced by a luxurious five-star property.
    Other hotels, such as the Caracol, say they expect low occupancy to continue until November, except it should improve a little during the summer vacation period. A hotel manager complained that although whale shark tour season is starting at any time now, the tourists in Cancun and the Riviera Maya are mostly targeted and he wants better and increased promotion for this destination.


Catholic festival closes with music of "Alfareros"
Musical cierre de fiesta con “Alfareros” [+] Ver masFull article at this link
May 22 
- The Catholic music group "Alfareros", from the Dominican Republic, captivated the people of Isla Mujeres at the closure of the celebration of 500 years since the arrival of faith in this municipality, and the Town Square was filled with more than two thousand attendees. The concert began at 8:30pm on Saturday, and people were dancing in the Town Square, and some even cried in response to the emotional singing and prayers.


Date set for fishing tournament  
Fijan fecha para el torneo de pesca Ver masFull article at this link
May 22 
- The organizing committee of the 14th International Fisheries Tournament "Cosme Alberto Martínez Magaña" confirmed the event will take place on June 3 and 4, after weather caused a suspension of the tournament this past weekend. The port was closed for navigation by small boats on Friday, May 19, at 8pm.
        The Director General of Economic Development, Leonel Povedano Castillo,  thanked the Fishing Tournament Committees of Majahual, "Dorado de Playa", and and of Cozumel, "Bernardo Alonso Canto", for their support and cooperation with rescheduling their tournaments. More than 100 boats were registered for the Isla Mujeres tournament, and registration remains open, at 5000 pesos, and prizes are listed. (See poster in Events section).


News briefs in Isla Mujeres  
Breves de Isla Mujeres[+] Ver masFull article at this link
May 22       Tourism activity is decreased with fewer visitors arriving by ferry, fewer sales in the stores, and fewer rentals at the golf cart agencies. Merchants indicate that sales have fallen by 20 percent.
   There is now new information about the ferry company from Ciudad del Carmen, who expressed interest before Easter, and an executive blamed the APIQRoo director, Alicia Ricalde for putting obstacles in their way. The ferry company Barcos Caribe has also expressed interest in the route, but there are allegations about their executives being under investigation for alleged money laundering, in association with the former Governor.
    Southeasterly winds continue.


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 May Events
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Monday, May 1 Labor Day    And the Sol as Sol Regatta boats are arriving

Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, May 4, the Eta Aquarid  meteor shower can be seen, but it peaks in the predawn hours of Friday and Saturday. It is caused by debris from Halley's Comet.  The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (After moonset which is 1:33a on Wed, 2:18a on Thur., 3:00a on Fri, and 3:49 on Sat).

Wednesday, May 3 Dia de la Cruz (celebrated by construction workers)

Wednesday, May 3 Basketball game Islanders vs Regatta sailors 7p  Probably at the Convention Center since the downtown court is being renovated.

Friday & Saturday:  Eta Aquarid meteor shower. The most meteors can be seen during the hours before 5a, when dawn starts (after moonset at 3:00a on Fri and 3:49 on Sat). Caused by debris from Halley's Comet,

Friday, May 5  Regatta Amigos. Isleno children (exceptional students aged 8-12) gather at Buhos at 10am, leave for the boats a half hour later and depart at noon for their Regatta around the island

Friday, May 5 Anniversary of victory against French at Battle of Puebla "Cinco de Mayo"

Saturday, May 6  Fashion show at 8p on the Caribbean side of the Casa de la Cultura  of Yucatecan traditional clothing and garments based on that style.

Sunday, May 7 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p: Dance troupes performing from Cancun & Isla Mujeres.



Wednesday, May 10 Mother's Day

Sunset ~7:05p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
May 10   7:15
May 11   8:05
May 12  8:55  
May 13   9:44
May 14  10:32
May 15  11:19  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Saturday, May 13 Artist of the Month Exhibition at aMar Cocina Peruana restaurant Featuring Laura Anileu 7:30p. On the back street Guerreo, north of Abasolo. Limited space, reservations (998) 274 3732

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Festival of Caribbean Culture May 13, 15, 16, & 19
Saturday May 13
 Painting: Workshop on the techniques of painting 6p
 Music: Outside the Casa de la Cultura  7p
              Rockabilly Malix Cats (Mx)
              Sara Curruchich (Guatemala)

Monday, May 15  Music & Singing at the Guadalupana Church (across from Mango's)
                             Mayan Opera Concert 7pm

Tuesday, May 16 Casa de la Cultura
               Play:  "Let the Jungle tell you its story"  5:30
               Painting: Caravan: Painting in Acction  7p
               Music:Norma Espinosa & Nadia Arce (Mx) 8p
 Singing in the Mother Languages  Maria Mactezuma (Mx) 8:30p (outside)
              
Friday, May 19 Outside the Casa de la Cultura
            Circense Imagine Show 8p
Saturday, May 20   Dance & Music outside the Casa de la Cultura 8p
            Bailes Caribenos (Caribbean Dancing)
            Chilangos de la Habana (Cuban...Chilangos are from Mexico City)    
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Sunday, May 14 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p (Mother's Day in the US)

Monday, May 15 Teacher's Day Día del Maestro

Whale shark season has begun 

May 19, 20, 21 Cosme Magana Fishing Tournament
Friday is final registration & the Captain's dinner
The tournament is Saturday & Sunday
Cancelled due to winds causing port closure for small boats
Rescheduled for Saturday & Sunday, June 3 & 4


May 19 & 20  Celebration of the arrival of Catholicism 500 years ago

Sunday, May 21 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Monday, May 22 in commemoration of International Day of Lupus, at 4:00 p.m. there will be a march starting in front of the hotel Posada del Mar, followed by a conference at the Casa de la Cultura, and finishing with the lighting of the Town Hall lights. (International Day of Lupus was May 10).


Monday May 22 International Day of Biodiversity

Friday, May 26
The Circus is coming to Isla Friday! The promo says....
"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.
In front of the Caribbean Sea. A show of this magnitude happens only once a year!"
Monday-Friday 8pm Saturday & Sunday 5:30p & 8:30p

Sunday, May 28 Race of 6km along Rueda Medina, which starts at 7am by the Fishermen's Monument and ends by the Naval base.

Sunday, May 28 Noches Magicas on the Town Square 8p

Monday, May 29 Memorial Day in the US 

Monday, May 29 Special Edition of Noches Magicas on Town Square 8p
Coronation of the Queen of the Day of the Sea, Dance troupes, singers, free event.


Tuesday, May 30 Special Edition of Noches Magicas at Casa de la Cultura 6p
The Sailors of My Island Exhibition and Awards

Thursday, June 1 Día de la Marina/ Navy Day