Conferences on mechatronics, nanotechnology and environmental care to be given at Baja Callifornia high schools

Conferences on mechatronics, nanotechnology and environmental care to be given at Baja Callifornia high schools

Nov 30, 2015

As part of the strategies to promote science, technology and innovation among the youth of Baja California, the state administration headed by Governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, through the State Council for Science and Technological Innovation (COCITBC) in conjunction with the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT), coordinated lectures on mechatronics, nanotechnology and environmental care at local high schools in Baja Callifornia. The Secretary for Economic Development of the State and head of COCITBC, Alfredo Babun Villarreal said that conferences are part of the activities of the “Hand in Hand With You in Science and Technology Program” (De la Mano Contigo en la Ciencia y Tecnología), which also includes international science fairs, contests and scientific experiments. “The main objective is the dissemination and socialization of science, we want to reach the goal of providing 40 conferences in Tijuana, Ensenada and Mexicali with the support of  investigators from Sinaloa, in an exchange program with other states, “said Babun Villarreal. He added that Piero Espino Roman, Doctor in Management and Educational Policy at the Polytechnic University of Sinaloa (UPSIN) will give a conference on mechatronics, a scientific discipline that lingers on the borders of different engineering specialties such as mechanics, electronics, automatic control and computer-oriented design and manufacture of electromechanical systems and intelligent processes. The aim is to interest and excite young people to explore the applied sciences as an opportunity for future development. On the other hand, Miguel Morales Rodríguez, professor of the Academic Program of Nanotechnology Engineering (UPSIN), will give the lecture “Nanotechnology: The technology of the present and the future“, which will feature the history of nanotechnology and its applications in daily life, understanding that is based on the manipulation of matter at dimensions of atoms that allows the creation of cell phones, smaller computers, clothes without odors, flavors that last longer, aerospace materials and more effective medicines. Finally, Science Professor Laura Esther Rico Espinosa, from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the UABC will address the topic “Sustainable alternatives in everyday life” with the conference “I am part of the solution.”  ...

World Meteorological Organization says 2015 is the warmest year on record

World Meteorological Organization says 2015 is the warmest year on record

Nov 26, 2015

With Baja California experiencing multiple stretches of days with temperatures above 40°C (104°) last spring and summer, Baja residents would not be surprised to learn the World Meteorological Organization says climate change has broken “symbolic thresholds,” days before international climate talks in Paris. With international negotiations on climate change set to begin in Paris, the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization has announced that 2015 is shaping up to be the warmest year on record. Climate change has surpassed “symbolic thresholds,” the organization warns in a report released Wednesday Nov. 25 from Geneva, with global surface temperatures set to breach a 1 degree Celsius rise from pre-industrial levels. The previous warmest year was 2014 and the past five years are shaping up to be the hottest such period. Spurring the warming are the twin forces of human-induced climate change and a strong El Niño this year, according to the report. Tellingly, the three-month average for carbon dioxide (CO2) in the northern hemisphere has reached 400 parts per million for the first time. Scientists have previously argued that the long-term concentration should stay below 350 parts per million in order to stave off the worst impacts of global warming, which include intensified storms, rising sea levels, and bizarre weather. Although greenhouse gases are thought to be the primary driver, the effects of El Niño are adding to this year’s warming, reports the World Meteorological Organization. El Niño is the periodic warming of the Pacific Ocean every few years. That warming water tends to boost global air temperatures by at least 0.1°C, meteorologist Jeff Masters writes for the Weather Underground. “This extra bump in temperature, when combined with the long-term warming of the planet due to human-caused emissions of heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide, makes it virtually certain that 2015 will be Earth’s second consecutive warmest year on record,” Masters writes. El Niño is already thought to have contributed to October 2015 being the warmest on record, at 0.98°C (1.76°F) above the 20th century average for the month. “This is all bad news for the planet,” World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement. World leaders from 190 countries are meeting in Paris from November...

Delta Air Lines now owns 49% of Aeromexico

Delta Air Lines now owns 49% of Aeromexico

Nov 25, 2015

Delta Air Lines Inc. is boosting its ambitions in the world’s emerging markets as Chief Executive Officer Richard Anderson ups the carrier’s stake in Grupo Aeromexico SAB to as much as 49 percent. The offer of 43.59 pesos a share was 52 percent more than the closing price on Wednesday Nov. 18, when Aeromexico was valued at 20.4 billion pesos ($1.22 billion). Delta is seeking as much as 32 percent more of the stock, doubling its current holdings in Mexico’s largest airline. (Delta recently announced it would expand service to Merida from Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas in early 2016.) Delta’s plan builds on a history of acquisitions outside the U.S., most recently an accord in July for 3.6 percent of China Eastern Airlines Corp. for $450 million. In September, the U.S. carrier more than tripled its stake in Brazil’s Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA, and in 2012 agreed to buy 49 percent of Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.  “We believe this to be a long-term positive for Delta as it expands its influence into a growing Mexican (and Latin American) market,” Raymond James Financial analyst Savanthi Syth said in a note Thursday. The move also “continues the strategy of expanding its global network by leveraging strong partnerships within the constraints of ownership limits.” Delta rose 1.6 percent to close at $48.51 in New York. Aeromexico surged 33 percent to 38.29 pesos in Mexico City. Long-Term Goal Anderson often has spoken enthusiastically about the Mexican, Chinese and Brazilian markets, in interviews and in his weekly recorded message for employees. That includes his long-term goal of a hub in Shanghai. His aim: seek a foothold in all major regions for Delta, the world’s third-biggest airline. Aeromexico, a Delta partner in the SkyTeam alliance, generated about 54 percent of 2014 sales from flights to North America and elsewhere outside its home market. The carrier surged 41 percent this year through Wednesday, beating Mexico’s benchmark IPC index but trailing the parent of discount airline Volaris, whose shares more than doubled. Delta signed its first cooperation agreement with Aeromexico in 1994 and invested in the Mexico City-based carrier for the first time in 2011, taking a $65 million stake. It has...

Another journalist murdered in the state of Veracruz

Another journalist murdered in the state of Veracruz

Nov 24, 2015

Mexican photojournalist Juan Carlos Landa Rodríguez, who disappeared last November 10th, was found dead in a river in the state of Veracruz, near the city of Córdoba, where he worked as an independent photographer and reporter. This was announced on Sunday November 22nd, by the state prosecutor. Speaking to the press, the head of the Attorney General (FGE), Luis Angel Bravo Contreras, said the lifeless body of the photojournalist was found on Friday November 14th, in the waters of the river that converge in the city of Omealca, on the outskirts of the city of Cordoba in Veracruz. Due to the advanced state of decomposition of the photographer’s remains, the body could not be identified, until one of his relatives recognized a tattoo on his ankle, said the head of state prosecutors. With Landa, there have been 17 journalists killed in Veracruz since 2010, during Gov. Javier Duarte’s administration; and therefore, this state has been spotlighted by national and international human rights organizations as one of the most dangerous for journalists in Mexico. Bravo Contreras confirmed the killing of the 32 year-old photojournalist, but declined to give further details of the crime, saying only that there is an ongoing investigation to determine the motive of the homicide. From January 1st, 2000 to January 31st 2015, more than a hundred journalists have been killed in 20 different states throughout Mexico....

Oaxacan Mixe ethnic group challenge French label over clothing design patent

Oaxacan Mixe ethnic group challenge French label over clothing design patent

Nov 23, 2015

As published on June 19th, the community of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, located in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, was considering the possibility of proceeding legally against French fashion designer Isabel Marant. Today, a media storm is swirling in Mexico after local news agencies reported that the French government had issued a patent document to the authority of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, to prevent the inhabitants of the municipality from selling their indigenous designs. The existence of this document, or its content, has not yet been confirmed by the French authorities, but for its part, the Isabel Marant label has denied any such patent exists. “Isabel Marant formally denies owning any patent to the Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec embroided blouses,” a statement obtained by Vogue from the company’s representatives read. “Isabel Marant also formally denies having sent – or asked any French authority to send or issue – any document to the authority of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca, to prevent the inhabitants of the municipality from selling their indigenous designs.  On the contrary, Isabel Marant is fighting before the district court of Paris to set the record straight.” The document is said to suggest that Isabel Marant and another French company, Antik Batik, own the patent to the embroided blouses – and that the Mexican community of Oaxaca will need to pay copyright fees in order to sell them, which understandably has enraged the local people. This follows an initial story in June, in which the two French companies were accused of plagiarism in respect of embroidered blouses which took inspiration from the country’s artisanal designs.  “Oaxacan designs were kidnapped a few months ago by French fashion designer Isabel Marant and Antik Batik, which began a lawsuit to claim the copyright of textile design originating in indigenous Mixe of Oaxaca,” a local petition against the patent on Change.org states, Revolución 3.0 reports. “They have started legal proceedings to obtain a patent and start the exploitation of Oaxacan design.” Erasmo Hernandez, the mayor of the Mexican town in question, stated he is not aware of the existence of the document that contains the claim, but  Regino Montes, Secretary of Indigenous Matters, stated that he intends to bring a lawsuit against Antik Batik: “We are facing an obvious...