Meet Frida, the dog who has saved dozens of lives after Mexico’s earthquake

Meet Frida, the dog who has saved dozens of lives after Mexico’s earthquake

Sep 23, 2017

The six-year old Labrador retriever named Frida has saved 52 people during her career in multiple natural disasters. She was deployed at disasters across Central and North America, participating in rescue missions in Haiti, Ecuador and Honduras. Frida is a veteran first-responder. She is a part of military unit that has been deployed to multiple disasters. Her bravery and resourcefulness has even earned the praise of Mexico’s president, Enrique Pena Nieto, who took to Twitter to praise the labrador. This K-9 agent has amazed the whole world with her great performance during the powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 shook Mexico City and surrounding states killing at least 273 people. Many could still be buried under the rubble and their hopes of survival rest on rescue dogs like Frida. Read more...

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez donates $1 million USD worth of supplies for earthquake victims

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez donates $1 million USD worth of supplies for earthquake victims

Sep 23, 2017

Mexican boxer Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has donated $1 million worth of supplies, medicine and construction materials toward the earthquake relief efforts in Mexico. Alvarez assisted volunteers in his hometown of Guadalajara on Thursday load the supplies into trucks headed for communities affected by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit central and southern Mexico earlier this week. Alvarez’s brother, Rigoberto, said the boxer told him “we have to help out and move forward.” Alvarez is back in Mexico after his last fight in Las Vegas. Canelo is one of the country’s biggest sporting stars and arguably the most famous name in boxing today. And less than a week after going 12 gruelling rounds with Golovkin in Las Vegas, Canelo was back in his homeland doing his bit for his compatriots. Source:...

Amazon plans mega-warehouse for Mexico growth spurt

Amazon plans mega-warehouse for Mexico growth spurt

Sep 22, 2017

Amazon.com is preparing to open a 1 million square-foot warehouse near Mexico City, sources familiar with the project said, part of an effort to boost its presence in Mexico’s nascent e-commerce industry. The new warehouse is slated to be built in the Tepotzotlan municipality about 25 miles (40 km) north of the Mexican capital, according to four Mexico City real estate professionals familiar with the plans. Expected to be completed next year, the facility would triple Amazon’s distribution space in Mexico, home to around 120 million potential customers. Amazon’s Mexico push comes amid talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, which could benefit the Seattle-based retailer if the United States persuades Mexico to raise a $50 limit on the value of online purchases that can be imported duty-free. Amazon is a relative newcomer to Mexico; it opened its Kindle e-books site to Mexican customers in 2013 and expanded into sales of physical goods just two years ago. But it is growing much faster than rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores, and is already the nation’s third-largest online retailer. Amazon posted $253 million in sales in Mexico last year, more than double the year before, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. Sharing a nearly 2,000-mile long border with the United States, Mexico would seem a logical place for Amazon to expand. But duplicating the company’s U.S.-style success could prove tougher. Online shopping comprises nearly 3 percent of all retail sales in Mexico compared with over 10 percent in the United States. Some Mexican shoppers are wary of online fraud and many do not have credit cards. Some analysts believe Amazon is willing to take the risk as it races to bulk up in foreign markets to compete with fast-moving global competitors such as China’s Alibaba. “Amazon is not afraid to plow into a new market in a very big way, take a big hit, but say, 10 years down the line, this is going to be big and profitable,” said Neil Saunders, managing director at the GlobalData Retail research firm. Amazon spokesman Julio Gil declined to comment on plans for a new warehouse in Mexico. He said the company’s Mexican unit is aiming...

Seven Up removed from shelves in Tamaulipas’ stores after intoxication case in Mexicali

Seven Up removed from shelves in Tamaulipas’ stores after intoxication case in Mexicali

Sep 21, 2017

CIUDAD VICTORIA, TAMAULIPAS .- According to El Mañana de Tamaulipas, after the terrible case in Mexicali which resulted in the death of one person and five intoxications for allegedly consuming Seven-Up soda, a Pepsico product, the State Commission Against Health Risks of Tamaulipas has not launched any emergency announcement with an official version of these facts, nevertheless, the local Pepsico distributor refuses to speak with the media. It should be noted that COFEPRIS ordered the Pepsi Cola company to remove from stores in Tamaulipas all the two-liter presentation Seven Up soft drink- while the investigations are carried out to determine the cause of the intoxication of six people and the death of one man in the Valley of Mexicali. However, the State Health Secretariat in Tamaulipas does not consider this a risk to the area, so it has not officially issued any statement, order or warning....

CETYS and Jorge Ramos: Joint donation of 25 thousand dlls. to Mexico City victims

CETYS and Jorge Ramos: Joint donation of 25 thousand dlls. to Mexico City victims

Sep 21, 2017

CETYS University will support the effort to alleviate the problems caused by an earthquake last September 19 in Mexico City, and during the 56 anniversary celebration of the institution, Mexican journalist and writer, Jorge Ramos announced a donative of 10 thousand dollars, which will be equaled by the students and complemented by the institution to add up to 25 thousand dollars. AT the end of his Keynote Conference, “Mexico & USA future: Transcendence of border and education”, Ramos announced the donation and he said: “I challenged the CETYS students, after the earthquake there are many necessities in central Mexico, a lot of help is required and you can do it”, said Ramos who is considered among the 25 most influential Hispanic in the US. Ramos invited CETYS community to cannel the amount by means of initiative and innovation which characterizes them to collect the amount, the effort will be carried out by the FORTES group, using the institutional link of the University Network for Prevention and Attention of Disasters (Unired in Spanish) which CETYS is part of, coordinating the Northwestern region. Fernando León García, CETYS Dean, promised a 5 thousand dollar donation from the institution and thanked Mr. Ramos for his attendance and participation, sharing his vision and experience as a journalist and bi-national citizen: “As border residents, you must assume leadership to start changing things”, he said, “you are the Mexico in which I believe”. The 56 Anniversary celebration kicked off with an act where there was a minute of silence in memory of those who perished in Mexico City on the earthquake of September 20th, there were several academic community members, administration personnel, alumni and special guests from the three Government levels and executives from companies operating in...

Earthquake death toll soars as Mexico digs out from rubble

Earthquake death toll soars as Mexico digs out from rubble

Sep 20, 2017

MEXICO CITY — At least 250 people have perished in a powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 that struck central Mexico on Tuesday Sept. 19, toppling buildings in the heavily populated capital where rescuers scoured frantically under the rubble of ruins for survivors. Reuters reported thousands ran into the streets in panic, and millions lost electricity when the quake struck around lunchtime. Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said 44 buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. Several major gas leaks and fires occurred. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong told local television rescue teams were working painstakingly with picks and shovels. The United Nations expressed condolences and said it was ready to assist. “We have some buildings where we have reports that there could be people inside. They are doing it with lots of caution,” the interior secretary said, adding that more rescue personnel would be needed. Ambulances and fire engines confronted gridlock on Mexico City’s streets as millions of workers tried to go home. The temblor occurred on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating quake that killed thousands in Mexico City in 1985. Many Mexicans had taken part in earthquake drills on Tuesday as is customary every Sept. 19. A powerful quake in southern Mexico on Sept. 7 killed at least 98 people. Among buildings that collapsed in the capital on Tuesday were apartment blocks, a school, a factory and a supermarket. The fashionable Roma district was hard hit, and a six-story apartment building was among several collapses reported. Hundreds of volunteers and rescue workers dug through the rubble with picks, shovels and their bare hands. “My wife is there. I haven’t been able to communicate with her. She is not answering, and now they are telling us we have to turn off our cellphones because there is a gas leak,” said Juan Jesus Garcia, 33, choking back tears. On Twitter, relatives posted pleas for news of family members, including 8-year-old Alexis Vargas Macias who was at Enrique Rebsamen school when the quake hit. The school collapsed, television images showed, and according to local media and family members on social media, several children were killed. Earthquakes of magnitude 7 or above are regarded as major and...