Many Mexicans disappointed by Clinton’s debate performance

Many Mexicans disappointed by Clinton’s debate performance

Sep 27, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has attracted widespread hostility in Mexico for his threats to deport immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, and to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. In the wake of Monday night’s presidential debate, some analysts here were disappointed that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton did not do better, the Los Angeles Times reported. “Clinton wins the debate; the key question is if this first debate stops the momentum of Trump,” Arturo Sarukan, a former Mexican ambassador in Washington, said on Twitter.  “Not yet I think.” Another former Mexican diplomat, Gabriel Guerra Castellanos, also noted  that Clinton failed to achieve an overwhelming victory. “Hillary wins by points when she needed a knockout,” Castellanos wrote. Likewise, Mauricio Meschoulam, a professor of international relations, didn’t view the first debate as a game changer. “I don’t see where this manages to change the tendencies,” wrote Meschoulam. During the debate, Trump repeated his charges that U.S. jobs were flowing to Mexico and that the North American Free Trade Agreement was a bust for the United States. But Mexico did not figure as a major theme in the debate. Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported from Tokyo that the debate seemed to contribute to a moderate  rebound for the Mexican peso, which plummeted to a record low of almost 20 to the U.S. dollar last week. Some analysts have seen Trump’s recent rise in the polls as part of the reason behind the peso’s recent decline. The Mexican currency rose 1.7 percent to 19.5415 to the dollar as of late morning Tuesday Tokyo time, Bloomberg reported, “a sign investors may perceive Hillary Clinton outperformed Donald Trump in the first U.S. presidential debate.” Source:...

Pemex rule out any risk of fuel spill during tanker fire in the coast of Veracruz

Pemex rule out any risk of fuel spill during tanker fire in the coast of Veracruz

Sep 26, 2016

The fire on board a Pemex oil tanker loaded with 167,000 barrels of assorted fuels in the Gulf of Mexico was extinguished on Sunday Sept. 25, officials with the state-run oil company said, ruling out any risk of a fuel spill. Nevertheless, members of several Mexican departments and agencies are continuing with their special operation seven nautical miles off the coast of the city of Veracruz, where the Burgos exploded and caught fire on Saturday morning, Efe news agency reported. Participating in the efforts to control the fire and prevent any fuel spillage have been three boats and five tugboats belonging to Veracruz’s Apiver port administration and four vessels belonging to the Mexican navy. The navy said in a press release, that the efforts of its vessels are focused on supporting preventive measures to protect human life and the ocean environment. Pemex said that none of the fuel on board the Burgos has spilled into the Gulf and that the oily spots that have appeared in the waters near the burning vessel result from firefighting foam sprayed to extinguish the blaze. The oil company also said that the Burgos, weighing 25,400 tons and 175 meters long, has a double hull to eliminate the risk of a spill. Meanwhile, authorities confirmed that there have been no deaths or injuries resulting from the incident, adding that most of the fuel on board the vessel was being consumed by the blaze. The Burgos was reportedly loaded with 80,000 barrels of diesel fuel, 71,000 barrels of high-octane gasoline and 16,000 barrels of desulfurized gasoline when the explosion and subsequent fire occurred. Officials with the Veracruz Port Authority, Pemex and local Civil Protection authorities said that the tanker’s 30 crew members managed to evacuate the vessel without injury. It is not yet clear what caused the explosion. The Burgos is one of the Pemex’s oldest tankers and regularly plies routes in the Gulf of Mexico, operating amid top security measures. Civil Protection authorities said that putting out the fire will require several days, since the cargo on board the vessel is highly flammable. The Burgos is one of 17 oil tankers operated by Pemex in the Gulf of Mexico...

Mexican wrestling icon and moviestar “El Santo” would have been 99 today

Mexican wrestling icon and moviestar “El Santo” would have been 99 today

Sep 23, 2016

Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, who popularized lucha libre around the world, ‘represented justice and the fight against evil,’ Google wrote on death anniversary. Well done, Google. The internet giant gets major props today as their daily doodle commemorates Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, commonly known as “El Santo”, the legendary Mexican wrestler, movie star and national icon who popularized the sport across five decades and gained cult status throughout the globe. He would have been 99 years old.   El Santo helped fuel the growth and reputation of lucha libre throughout the world and thanks to its distinctive personalities and vibrant costumes, the sport appeals to fans of both wrestling and pop culture. Directly translated as “free wrestling”, lucha libre is a cultural institution in Mexico, making it one of the most popular sports in the country and since its origin in the early 1930s, the sport’s governing body, the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) is the longest-running active professional promotion company in the world. Click here for full article...

Intentional fire in Holbox Island: PROFEPA

Intentional fire in Holbox Island: PROFEPA

Sep 22, 2016

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA EDITOR   Paradise turned into hell, Holbox island, a natural wonder which is home for many animal, bird and marine species, has been taken as booty by the defenders of tourism development who intend to ignore the relevance of this kind of ecosystems. A few days ago there were reports of a wild fire in the island, which has been totally closed by environment Federal authorities until further notice. The fire in Holbox was provoked according to a press release of PROFEPA (Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection in Spanish) after am air and land surveillance travel by the Federal Agency, evidence of an intentional fire were found. According to PROFEPA, the conclusion was that there were severe damages to the ecosystem so they requested the Environment and Natural Resources Secretary not to authorize the change of land usage permits in the fire zone for the next twenty years as the Sustainable Development General Law determines. The most worrying thing of this matter is that those responsible for the fire will most likely get away with it, and according to the nature of the damages caused by the fire, it could have been started by people who are interested in preparing the land to build tourist...

United Nations International Day of Peace: September 21

United Nations International Day of Peace: September 21

Sep 21, 2016

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. The Day’s theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were unanimously adopted by the 193 Member States of the United Nations at an historic summit of the world’s leaders in New York in September 2015. The new ambitious 2030 agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve these goals over the next 15 years. It aims to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. The Sustainable Development Goals are integral to achieving peace in our time, as development and peace are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. “The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.” Sustainability addresses the fundamental needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Modern challenges of poverty, hunger, diminishing natural resources, water scarcity, social inequality, environmental degradation, diseases, corruption, racism and xenophobia, among others, pose challenges for peace and create fertile grounds for conflict. Sustainable development contributes decisively to dissipation and elimination of these causes of conflict and provides the foundation for a lasting peace. Peace, meanwhile, reinforces the conditions for sustainable development and liberates the resources needed for societies to develop and prosper. Every single one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is a building block in the global architecture of peace. It is critical that we mobilise means of implementation, including financial resources, technology development and transfer, and capacity-building, as well as the role of partnerships. Everyone has a stake and everyone has a contribution to make. Source:...