Mexicali

Highway that connects Sonora with Baja California to be concluded this month

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017

The Murguía-Estación Coahuila highway in the Mexicali Valley is 95 percent complete and is expected to be completed by the end of this month, the Communications and Transportation Ministry (SCT) reported. The director general of the SCT Center in Baja California, Alfonso Padrés Pesqueira, indicated that this work will conclude the El Faro-Murguía-Estación Coahuila road section, which connects the state of Sonora with the state of Baja California. He said that this road has a traffic of more than 6,641 vehicles a day and its construction will benefit the inhabitants of Carranza, Plan de Ayala, Estación Coahuila, Mezquital and Murguía. He noted that the budget allocated for this work includes the modernization of 5.7 kilometers of road that was extended to 12 meters wide, in addition to the adequacy of a bridge and horizontal and vertical signage. Finally, Padrés Pesqueira explained that in the last five years 22.1 kilometers have been modernized, 224 and roads have been rebuilt in the Mexicali Valley to provide safe conditions for those traveling to the Valley....

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Baja California

Highway that connects Sonora with Baja California to be concluded this month

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017

The Murguía-Estación Coahuila highway in the Mexicali Valley is 95 percent complete and is expected to be completed by the end of this month, the Communications and Transportation Ministry (SCT) reported. The director general of the SCT Center in Baja California, Alfonso Padrés Pesqueira, indicated that this work will conclude the El Faro-Murguía-Estación Coahuila road section, which connects the state of Sonora with the state of Baja California. He said that this road has a traffic of more than 6,641 vehicles a day and its construction will benefit the inhabitants of Carranza, Plan de Ayala, Estación Coahuila, Mezquital and Murguía. He noted that the budget allocated for this work includes the modernization of 5.7 kilometers of road that was extended to 12 meters wide, in addition to the adequacy of a bridge and horizontal and vertical signage. Finally, Padrés Pesqueira explained that in the last five years 22.1 kilometers have been modernized, 224 and roads have been rebuilt in the Mexicali Valley to provide safe conditions for those traveling to the Valley....

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World News

US tourist suspects he was attacked in Cuba, years before diplomats

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Chris Allen’s phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana’s Hotel Capri. Allen’s friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier after numbness spread through all four of his limbs within minutes of climbing into bed at the same hotel where the American government workers were housed. Those weren’t the only parallels. Convinced the incidents must be related, Allen joined a growing list of private U.S. citizens asking the same alarming but unanswerable question: Were we victims, too? It may be that Allen’s unexplained illness, which lingered for months and bewildered a half-dozen neurologists in the United States, bears no connection to whatever has harmed at least 22 American diplomats, intelligence agents and their spouses over the last year. But for Cuba and the U.S., it matters all the same. It’s cases like Allen’s that illustrate the essential paradox of Havana’s mystery: If you can’t say what...

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National

Mexico’s presidential race may be crowded with independent candidates

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017

There could be a wide range of choices when Mexican voters elect a new president next year: 86 people registered as independent candidates by Saturday’s deadline, the National Electoral Institute (INE) announced. The INE reported that it had received statements of intent to run in the July 1 election from 79 men and seven women. It will be the first presidential election to allow the participation of candidates who are unaffiliated with political parties. But the final ballot is likely to contain somewhat fewer names. Of the 86 declared aspirants, eight have already been ruled ineligible because they failed to comply with at least one of the requirements set by the INE, while a further 38 were given an additional 48 hours to fulfill all of the relevant criteria. The remaining 40 have received accreditation. The final number will not be finalized until February after candidates have gathered signatures to demonstrate they have enough popular support to warrant inclusion. To qualify, each candidate is required by law to collect 866,593 signatures of support by February 12, a number that corresponds to 1%...

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Highway that connects Sonora with Baja California to be concluded this month

Highway that connects Sonora with Baja California to be concluded this month

Oct 23, 2017

The Murguía-Estación Coahuila highway in the Mexicali Valley is 95 percent complete and is expected to be completed by the end of this month, the Communications and Transportation Ministry (SCT) reported. The director general of the SCT Center in Baja California, Alfonso Padrés Pesqueira, indicated that this work will conclude the El Faro-Murguía-Estación Coahuila road section, which connects the state of Sonora with the state of Baja California. He said that this road has a traffic of more than 6,641 vehicles a day and its construction will benefit the inhabitants of Carranza, Plan de Ayala, Estación Coahuila, Mezquital and Murguía. He noted that the budget allocated for this work includes the modernization of 5.7 kilometers of road that was extended to 12 meters wide, in addition to the adequacy of a bridge and horizontal and vertical signage. Finally, Padrés Pesqueira explained that in the last five years 22.1 kilometers have been modernized, 224 and roads have been rebuilt in the Mexicali Valley to provide safe conditions for those traveling to the Valley....

40,000 thousand citizens came out to clean up the city of Mexicali

40,000 thousand citizens came out to clean up the city of Mexicali

Oct 23, 2017

On October 22, almost 40 thousand people participated in the sixteenth massive operation of clean and reforestation ‘Mexicali Queremos Verte Bien‘, organized by the civil association Todos Somos Mexicali. This annual one-day event is organized since 2008 to improve the quality of life of those who live in the city, encouraging greater and better citizen participation. During its ninth edition it gathered 39 thousand 166 volunteers, who rehabilitated spaces in different areas of Mexicali and its Valley. “People of all ages, members of 104 neighborhood committees, 200 public and private organizations, and 100 educational institutions at all levels participated this year”, said Guillermo Galván Sariñana, president of Todos Somos Mexicali. Mayor Gustavo Sánchez was there too, and staff coordinated by the Mexicali City Hall facilitated and operated machinery that allowed maneuvering debris and accumulated garbage. From 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, they removed 5,000 square meters of graffiti and planted 1,100 trees in different parts of the city. They also removed banners and old ads that generated visual pollution. “The cleanest city is the least dirty, however there are those who continue to litter and that is why we have to come out and clean their mess.” Eight and nine year-old children have been participating actively in these tasks, and they will grow up with this sense of social participation they will become better citizens, it is all part of the civic culture that we want to create, “said Galván Sariñana. “We will continue to urge citizens not to throw garbage, not to litter, not to violate Municipal Regulations in any sense and generating awareness among the population, inviting them to participate in these activities, ” the president of Todos Somos Mexicali concluded. Source: Ayuntamiento de...

Revillagigedo seeks to become largest Marine Protected Area in North America

Revillagigedo seeks to become largest Marine Protected Area in North America

Oct 22, 2017

The Mexican government last week announced the creation of a new marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean, the largest protected area of its kind in North America. Alejandro Del Mazo Maza, representing Mexico’s National Commission of Protected Natural Areas, announced the massive expansion of the Revillagigedo marine park on Thursday, October 5 at the Our Ocean conference in Malta. The park covers more than 57,000 square miles, a vast rectangle of ocean encompassing the four Revillagigedo Islands, small volcanic land masses under Mexico’s control that lie about 240 miles southwest of Baja California. The islands are uninhabited except for a small Mexican naval presence and were named a World Heritage Site in 2016 for their unique biodiversity (the reserve is also the location for the photo that won the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest in 2015.) “With the goal of guaranteeing maximum protection of this World Heritage Site, our national legislation’s strongest conservation category will be used, and all forms of fishing will be prohibited,” Del Mazo said in a statement. He also said that Mexico will not permit the construction of hotel facilities on the islands. Previously, the islands had been protected by a small reserve that included only the waters up to six miles off the land. That left important feeding and migration areas for sharks, rays, whales, and other species in the path of fishermen – who either target the species, often illegally, or catch them accidentally as bycatch. But the new park is designed to protect critical habitat for those animals, as well as corals and other fish. No fishing, mining, or other intensive resource development will be allowed in the newly expanded marine reserve. Read the full article...

14 million USD oceanfront home in Cabo makes cover of Mansion Global

14 million USD oceanfront home in Cabo makes cover of Mansion Global

Oct 22, 2017

Mansion Global is a premier digital destination connecting the world’s affluent real estate buyers with prestige properties across the globe through relevant, timely listings and compelling content. Their multilingual platform is localized to address the interests of international property seekers. Luxury listings are combined with global market analysis and relevant news to empower our users to make informed real estate decisions. An oceanfront contemporary home known as Casa Higuera is the one of the only fully turnkey custom homes currently available at the new Maravilla Los Cabos residential resort in Mexico. And priced at $14 million, it’s also one of the most expensive of the planned 230 homes. “It’s furnished, complete, turnkey, ready to go,” said Neil Johnson, director of residential real estate for Ohana Real Estate Investors, the developer. “The forks and knives are in the drawer, and water is in the pool.” Ohana is the owner-developer of Twin Dolphin, a planned residential community in Los Cabos, Mexico, that will include the 260-acre Maravilla Los Cabos as well as the new 39-acre Montage Residences Los Cabos that is expected to open early next year. The community spans both Las Viudas Beach and the renowned Santa Maria Bay, encompassing two of the few year-round, swimmable beaches in Cabo. Three years after suffering major devastation from Hurricane Odile, the luxury resort market on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula has come back to life. For now, Casa Higuera is serving as a model unit of sorts for would-be homebuyers at Maravilla. “We built it to give people an idea of what the finished product would look like,” Mr. Johnson said. “It’s been extremely well received. We’ve had a few offers on it.” Click here for full article on Mansion Global...

Mexico’s presidential race may be crowded with independent candidates

Mexico’s presidential race may be crowded with independent candidates

Oct 22, 2017

There could be a wide range of choices when Mexican voters elect a new president next year: 86 people registered as independent candidates by Saturday’s deadline, the National Electoral Institute (INE) announced. The INE reported that it had received statements of intent to run in the July 1 election from 79 men and seven women. It will be the first presidential election to allow the participation of candidates who are unaffiliated with political parties. But the final ballot is likely to contain somewhat fewer names. Of the 86 declared aspirants, eight have already been ruled ineligible because they failed to comply with at least one of the requirements set by the INE, while a further 38 were given an additional 48 hours to fulfill all of the relevant criteria. The remaining 40 have received accreditation. The final number will not be finalized until February after candidates have gathered signatures to demonstrate they have enough popular support to warrant inclusion. To qualify, each candidate is required by law to collect 866,593 signatures of support by February 12, a number that corresponds to 1% of all voters on the electoral roll. The INE announced yesterday that a mobile application has been developed so that presidential candidates can collect the signatures digitally, a measure designed to save millions of pesos and lots of paper. Notable candidates among the large field include former first lady Margarita Zavala, who recently announced her resignation from the National Action Party (PAN), and the independent governor of Nuevo León, Jaime “El Bronco” Rodríguez Calderón. María de Jesús Patricio Martínez, a Nahua woman better known as “Marichuy,” is also running. Backed by the National Indigenous Congress (CNI), the healer from Jalisco will be the first indigenous woman to run for president in Mexican history. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, leader of the Morena Party, is currently leading the polls but the major parties, including the incumbent Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the PAN, have yet to select their candidates. Once candidates are announced, future polls are likely to give a clearer indication of voters’ intentions for the July 1 election. Source: mexiconewsdaily.com from La Vanguardia, El...

Former Mexican ambassador says: “Mexico has moved on from NAFTA”

Former Mexican ambassador says: “Mexico has moved on from NAFTA”

Oct 22, 2017

According to Yahoo News, officials from the United States, Mexico, and Canada said this week that the negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would extend into 2018. The extension is not an auspicious sign for a deal, and the Trump administration has already said that the president himself will “probably” end up terminating the agreement. In U.S. circles, thoughts on NAFTA’s long-term prospects have become more grave of late, but the tone is very different south of the border. As some U.S. business leaders lobby for NAFTA, their Mexican counterparts have already completely moved on — months ago. “Psychologically, Mexico has already accepted that NAFTA is coming to an end,” said Jorge Guajardo, former Mexican ambassador to China from 2007 to 2013 who now consults for both Mexican and American companies. “You have President Trump posturing and negotiating as if Mexico’s life depends on NAFTA. Mexico is like, ‘we’ve already walked away.’” This week, Guajardo met with three prominent CEOs of Mexican multinational conglomerates who were in Washington, D.C., to speak on a pro-NAFTA panel. “They couldn’t be more blasé about the whole NAFTA pullout,” he told Yahoo Finance. Despite the CEOs’ reason for coming, they were circumspect. The attitude was that “Mexico will take a little beating, but we’re used to it — when it comes to dealing with economic crisis,” Guajardo said. The Mexican population writ-large may not view NAFTA particularly favorably — many see it as a bad deal in a history of bad deals with its bullying northern neighbor. But business leaders in Mexico generally have a favorable outlook on the agreement, said Guajardo, making their attitude even more striking. To read the full article click here....

Festival Internacional Cervantino is strengthening the ties between Mexico and France

Festival Internacional Cervantino is strengthening the ties between Mexico and France

Oct 22, 2017

The 45th edition of the Cervantino International Festival (Festival Internacional Cervantino) that features France as guest country, is strengthening the ties between Mexico and France in the field of humanities, art, and culture. This year, the French delegation is presenting 300 artists featuring about 30 shows, with groups such as Ballet Marseille, Les Siécles, Les Cris de Paris, among others. In an interview, prior to the inauguration of the House of France in Guanajuato, Anne Grillo, Ambassador of France to Mexico reaffirmed the solidarity of France with Mexico and with those affected by the earthquakes that struck Mexico City last month. “France offered its support to Mexico in the reconstruction of cultural heritage. I talked with the Secretary of Culture, María Cristina García Cepeda, regarding the French offer,” she said. Regarding the House of France, Anne Grillo detailed that it will have an area devoted to French innovation in engineering and tourism. “We want to promote the French regions. Being the country’s guest of honor this year has allowed us to showcase French creativity in all areas,” explained Grillo. Jean-Paul Rebaud, Cultural Adviser of the French Embassy in Mexico, disclosed that a series of activities, exhibitions, and meetings related to tourism, gastronomy, and innovation will take place throughout the festival. Raphael Meltz, France’s artistic programmer at the Cervantino, highlighted the presence of creators such as Wajdi Mouawad and James Thierré, the baroque ensemble Le Poème Harmonique, as well as French cultural institutions like the National Center of the Dance, among others. Source: El...

Sales Executives Annual Convention 2018 will be held in Mexicali

Sales Executives Annual Convention 2018 will be held in Mexicali

Oct 21, 2017

The Annual Convention of the Mexican Confederation of Sales and Marketing Executives (Comev) will be held in Mexicali in 2018. From July 19 to 21 of next year, 300 entrepreneurs from all over the Mexican Republic affiliated with the Comev, will meet in the capital of Baja California, with the purpose of boosting the productive sectors of this region. Within the framework of the same event, the award will be granted to the National Distinguished Executives. The official announcement was in charge of the national president of the Confederation, Edgar Gómez Vázquez, accompanied by the president of the Association of Executives of Sales and Marketing of Mexicali. Present at the event were Omar Dipp, director of the Committee of Tourism and Conventions of Mexicali (Cotuco), and Miguel Ángel Torres, president of the Chamber of Restaurant Industry (Canirac). Both recognized the Comev for electing Mexicali as the venue for the national meeting, and considered that these types of events are what the city requires for a good positoning. The convention will be supported by EFM Capital, a group of private investors who will promote sustainable and innovative projects of Mexican initiative. The selection of such projects will be carried out during the Business Forum, and will be evaluated in a format similar to that of the ‘Shark Tank’ TV program. Businesses incubators, educational institutions, and entrepreneurs can join the three day event. Preparations formally began on October 19, 2017. A tour of the Guadalupe Valley, social events, and business dialogues are already scheduled for the participants. Over the next few months details and new events will be confirmed, said Jaime Dávila Galván....