The Hyperloop train: from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes at 750 mph

The Hyperloop train: from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes at 750 mph

Jan 28, 2016

The company developing Elon Musk’s Hyperloop idea claims passengers could be traveling at close to the speed of sound within the next two years, having just filed for a building permit in California. The Hyperloop concept involves firing a train full of people through a low-pressure tube at speeds of up to 750 mph. It has been described by Musk as a mix between Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table. It could take you from Los Angeles to San Francisco in under 30 minutes. In the middle of the Nevada desert, on the outskirts of Las Vegas, this potentially revolutionary method of transportation is being tested. Hyperloop, the supersonic train, has been proposed and put forward by inventor/entrepreneur Elon Musk, the founder of online payments service Paypal, electric car company Tesla and aerospace manufacturer SpaceX. But what exactly is Hyperloop, and how realistic is it as mode of transport? In this video, IBTimes UK explains.   How does Hyperloop work? Hyperloop was first revealed by a white paper written by Musk in 2013, who said that he didn’t have time to work on the system himself. Instead, it was left an open source design, with anyone free to use and modify it. Using a vacuum tube with almost all air removed, capsules carrying passengers or cargo would be pushed along by a series of electromagnets. The almost complete lack of friction due to low air pressure means the train could travel at speeds of over 800mph, and 760mph with passengers on board. Effectively, this would mean that a proposed Hyperloop system between Los Angeles to San Francisco would take only 30 minutes and a rail system between London and Edinburgh would take a similar time. Rob Lloyd, the CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of the two Los Angeles-based startups working towards making the innovative system a reality, said that one of the main advantages of Hyperloop is that it requires very little energy. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is being led by its CEO and a group of over 100 scientists and engineers. Musk has previously said he would take the idea forward himself if he wasn’t so busy leading other companies like...

It’s safe to visit Baja California: Governor Vega

It’s safe to visit Baja California: Governor Vega

Jan 28, 2016

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA   According to American diplomatic authorities, traveling to some states in Mexico is dangerous and they advise tourists not to visit some Mexican States, among them Baja California, but Governor Vega said there is no such danger and he denied the US Department Allegations. There is no security crisis in Baja California, there are problems and things like the Ensenada Palenque shoot out (where four people died), but there is no state of exclusion in this matters in Baja California, “that’s for sure” said Governor Kiko Vega in press conference early this week. Questioned by reporters regarding the security subject in the State, as well as the recommendation of US authorities warning Americans not to travel to Baja California and the alleged presence of an armed group which supposedly posted a photograph in the Internet, Kiko Vega said” “So far, there’s not a single clue that could indicate that the aforementioned picture had anything to do with armed group or any crime, and I include the Ensenada shooting in this, we are reviewing everything”. Regarding the warning for Americans about the danger of traveling to Mexico he said: “As many people here, what I do is to create the maximum security conditions for the State and I invite Americans (and all other nationalities) to visit Mexico and Baja California, because we are a place of hard working, decent, gentle people and if we have problems, well tell me: Which country doesn’t have them” “The invitation is to keep visiting our State, enjoy the great tourist attractions we offer, we are waiting tourists with open arms, we have the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, and we will work the hardest, along with all the state’s communities to welcome you to Baja California”, said the Governor. Kiko smiled and turned to de Baja California State University Dean and said that they are making a great work regarding the conservation of the totoaba fish which yields a resource that was almost lost a few years ago and in the near future could become another tourist attraction for visitors, and reiterated the invitation to all people, Americans, Mexicans and any other nationals to...

Study says Mexico is the top vacation destination for wealthy American tourists

Study says Mexico is the top vacation destination for wealthy American tourists

Jan 27, 2016

According to California based news website http://www.ctvnews.ca/, Mexico is the preferred destination among the ranks of America’s richest travelers, for whom money is no object and the world is at their well-heeled, designer-clad feet. That’s according to the results of a new study that looked at the travel trends of the richest one percent of Americans. For the report, international travel and tourism consultancy group Resonance Consultancyanalyzed data from more than 1,660 travelers with a household income of at least $200,000 USD or a net worth of $2 million. Compared to the average American traveler who takes about five trips a year, the top five percent of richest Americans take about 14 trips a year, divided roughly between business and leisure trips. Likewise, while the typical traveler will spend an average of $1,347 per person, per vacation, the affluent traveler will spend about $3,115. With that kind of budget, that means reserving stays at high-end hotels such as the Four Seasons and Hilton, which are the preferred brands of the wealthiest one percent. And while the middle-class and more budget-conscious traveler may spend hours on end shopping for flight and hotel deals online, analysts found that wealthy travelers are more likely to book directly with a hotel or airline. Here are the top 10 travel destinations among America’s top one percent: 1. Mexico (26%) 2. Canada (24%) 3. Italy (24%) 4. England (22%) 5. France (22%) 6. Germany (14%) 7. Bahamas (14%) 8. Anguilla (13%) 9. Australia (12%) 10. U.S. Virgin Islands (11%)...

Murders in Mexico increased nearly 9 percent in 2015

Murders in Mexico increased nearly 9 percent in 2015

Jan 25, 2016

The murder rate in Mexico jumped nearly 9 percent last year, the first increase in four years, as President Enrique Peña Nieto struggles to make good on his election pledge to end the country’s drug violence, Reuters reports. But other crimes like kidnapping and extortion have fallen, according to government data released late on Wednesday, perhaps pointing to a shift toward more brutal tactics by some of the country’s dozens of drug cartels. Prosecutors from Mexico’s 31 states and Mexico City reported 17,013 murders last year, the fifth-highest figure in nearly two decades, Interior Ministry statistics showed. There were 15,653 murders reported in 2014. The rate equates to about 14 murders per 100,000 people, higher than the U.S. rate of about five per 100,000 people, but below that of Mexico’s Central American neighbors. Many experts have said only a fraction of all crime in Mexico is reported. Drug cartels and other gangs are known to routinely buy off police to turn a blind eye to their operations, leading to widespread impunity and lack of trust. The central state of Mexico, which encircles much of Mexico City, had the highest murder rate last year. In second place was Guerrero, a southwestern state where 43 trainee teachers were abducted last year and believed by government officials to have been massacred by a drug cartel in league with local police. The number of kidnappings nationwide fell 24.5 percent from 2014, the lowest level since 2008, while extortion dropped 12.6 percent. (Reporting by Anna Yukhananov; Editing by Peter Cooney for Reuters) Source:...

Mexico will invest146 billion dollars in electricity in the next 13 years

Mexico will invest146 billion dollars in electricity in the next 13 years

Jan 23, 2016

Mexico will invest US$146bn in electricity between now and 2029, but to attract the necessary capital it will need to finalize its power market plans and continue to signal policy stability to investors, according to a report by the World Economic Forum (WEF). “Mexico’s economic growth over the last decade has been held back in some cases by the regulatory structure of some key sectors, including energy,” says the WEF’s 2016 The Future of Electricity in Fast-Growing Markets report. In the wake of the reforms opening up the sector to more private participation and creating a wholesale electricity market, Mexico will need to ensure that the new market functions smoothly, enables appropriately attractive returns to investors and attracts the required scale of investment in conventional and renewable power, it adds. Mexico’s US$146bn electricity investment over the next 15 years will comprise US$33bn to expand T&D networks, and US$113bn in generation to create a matrix based on natural gas and renewables, adding 5GW hydroelectric, 16GW in other renewables, 12GW in nuclear and cogeneration, and 26GW in gas. Mexico mirrors other electricity markets in fast-growing economies as they seek to satisfy voracious new demand for electric power as their economies grow, more customers connect to the grid and as per capita consumption rises, the report states.​ ​”By prioritizing investments in gas and electricity transmission from the north to the south of the country, combined with new efficient conventional and renewable generation, Mexico has already been able to reduce its wholesale electricity prices by 33%, providing a significant stimulus to the economy,” according to the report. “Mexico is seeking to tap into the North American shale gas revolution and the natural wind and solar resources in the country. To exploit these resources, Mexico is spending US$11bn on gas transmission pipelines to 2018 and US$33bn on power transmission and distribution lines to 2029.” The report states that, in the short term, power market stakeholders in Mexico should focus on three key recommendations. Firstly, in the upstream sector, a viable natural gas market is required to encourage stability that attracts investment. Policymakers will need to create incentives to build gas production and storage infrastructure and a competitive market, while...