U.S. energy secretary promotes pact with Mexico and Canada amid NAFTA changes

U.S. energy secretary promotes pact with Mexico and Canada amid NAFTA changes

Jun 30, 2017

The U.S. has a unique opportunity to develop a “North American energy strategy” with Canada and Mexico, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said, striking a conciliatory tone with the other members of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Bloomberg News reported that while President Donald Trump has blasted Nafta and moved to renegotiate it, Perry referred to the upcoming talks to rework the 1994 trade pact as a “massage” of it, saying it presents an opportunity to bolster energy ties, not enact new trade barriers. “That relationship I don’t think has ever been more important than it is today, particularly from an energy perspective,” Perry told reporters at the White House last week, while stressing his close ties with his counterparts in Ottawa and Mexico City. “Energy is going to play a very important role.” His comments came at the outset of so-called “Energy Week” from the White House, as Trump highlights his efforts to reduce regulations on energy producers and jump-start energy exports. Perry’s comments are nonetheless the latest signal Trump’s cabinet is warming to trade ties with Canada and Mexico — whether it’s lauding Nafta and its impact on farmers or saying any revisions of the pact will be good for the U.S. neighbors, as well. “Energy is an ideal area for the Trump administration to move forward with the relationship,” Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, said in a telephone interview. Trump has long advocated for American energy dominance, Wood said: “But everybody knows that for the United States to do that on its own is a pipe dream in the short term at least — but for North America working together, it becomes feasible.” To read complete article click here. Source: Bloomberg...

Lawyer arrested trying to introduce crystal meth to Ensenada’s jail

Lawyer arrested trying to introduce crystal meth to Ensenada’s jail

Jun 30, 2017

A Lawyer was arrested when he was trying to introduce 29 grams of meth to the Ensenada Penitentiary, he was detained in the check point at the entrance, whetre every hygiene and medicine items are that visitors and relatives bring or send to the inmates. The attorney, Jorge “X”, was carrying jars with vitamin capsules, which (he said) were given to him by a relative of his client, who even gave him a medical prescription, so the ñawyer could take them to the inmate. Officers at the checkpoint noticed the guarantee seal was broken so they proceeded to review the capsules content with a K9 unit that smelled and marked the jar, so the officers assumed there were drugs inside the capsules. The Commanding Officer opened a capsule to find a transparent and granulated substance, he proceeded to review all the other capsules, and found that all contained the same substance. The approximate weight of the drug was 29 grams, and the lawyer assured he didn’t know anything about it, anyway he was sent to the Federal authorities for the investigation and to define his juridical...

M.D. goes crazy and attacks a NY hospital: Two dead and six people hurt

M.D. goes crazy and attacks a NY hospital: Two dead and six people hurt

Jun 30, 2017

Another absurd crime, a man killed several people in New York, he was not a common criminal he was a doctor and went berserk and killed on colleague of his and other people and he committed suicide afterwards, one more tragedy in a country where firearms and weapons are an addiction for most of its residents. One doctor was shot and killed and at least six other people were injured on Friday afternoon inside Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center after a former doctor at the hospital opened fire with an assault rifle, officials said. The gunman, who was wearing a white lab coat, was killed, apparently by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the police said. He was identified by a police official as Henry Bello. On the hospital’s website a Henry Bello is listed as a doctor employed in family...

Trump administration plans to build border-wall prototypes this summer

Trump administration plans to build border-wall prototypes this summer

Jun 30, 2017

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The agency in charge of U.S. border security plans to start building prototypes for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico later this summer, the Associated Press reported. Ronald Vitiello, Customs and Border Protection’s acting deputy commissioner, said this week that four to eight companies will get contracts for prototypes in San Diego that could be models for the roughly 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border. Companies will have 30 days to complete the models. Vitiello says it’s impractical to build a wall on about 130 miles (209 kilometers) of border where there are already natural barriers, like lakes or canyons. Trump’s budget proposal for 2018 includes $1.6 billion for 74 miles (118 kilometers) of wall in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and San Diego. There are currently 654 miles (1,046 kilometers) of fencing....

Renowned Mexican ecologist says native crops hold key to food security

Renowned Mexican ecologist says native crops hold key to food security

Jun 29, 2017

TEPIC, Mexico — Mexico’s ancient civilizations cultivated crops such as maize, tomatoes and chilies for thousands of years before the Spanish conquerors arrived — and now those native plants could hold the key to sustainable food production as climate change bites, a leading ecologist told Thomson Reuters Foundation. PHOTO: mexiconewsnetwork.com José Sarukhán Kermez, who helped set up Mexico’s pioneering National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO), said that analyzing the genetic variability of traditional crops, and supporting the family farmers who grow most of the world’s food offered an alternative to industrial agriculture. “We don’t need to manipulate hugely the genetic characteristics of these (crops)… because that biodiversity is there – you have to just select and use it with the knowledge of the people who have been doing that for thousands of years,” said Sarukhán, CONABIO’s national coordinator, in a telephone interview. The emeritus professor and former rector of the National University of Mexico (UNAM) recently won the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, often referred to as a “Nobel for the Environment”. Making use of the knowledge held by indigenous groups is “absolutely essential”, Sarukhán told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. That requires working with a wide range of people, from local cooks to small-scale farmers, especially in states like Oaxaca and Chiapas in the south of Mexico where indigenous farmers have a strong traditional culture, he said. “They haven’t gone to university, and they don’t have a degree – but they damn well know how to do these things,” he said. For example, they discover and incorporate new knowledge as they exchange seeds with peers from different areas. Click here to read complete article. Source: Thomson Reuters...