China seeks to register the Mexican Nopal

China seeks to register the Mexican Nopal

Oct 16, 2017

Scholars, researchers, and producers from the Autonomous University of Chapingo (UACh) have urged the Mexican Government to protect the designation of origin of the nopal (prickly pear), a cactus China is seeking to register. During the fifth day of the Farmer’s Forum hosted by the UACh as part of the XXII National Fair of Rural Culture, it was said there is currently a worldwide boom for Cactaceae such as the Echeveria plants, and the Crassulaceae (which give an exotic flower) and the new species of Cactaceae which are being illegally exported from Mexico by traffickers in collusion with natives of the agricultural communities. The speakers held this “historical looting” began in 1982 when the Japanese exported close to 500 tonnes of Cactaceae in wooden and styrofoam boxes via Colima-Japan. During the celebration of the National Day of Cactacea, Pedro Ponce, deputy director of the University’s Service and Continuous Education department, considered urgent to “boost research with a production focus to stop the theft and looting” of several Cactaceae species, including the prickly pear, of which only in Mexico City there are over 17 production acres. He stated that “China has [7.4 acres] where they produce wines, liquors, beer, medicine, cosmetics and prickly pear, but they can’t compete with us although they do want to register the prickly pear, thus the demand to the Government to do the following: certify the designation of origin of the nopal, asap, because we all agree this is a pressing matter.” Meanwhile, Arturo Arenas from the Producer’s Association of Cactaceae and Succulent Plants claimed that Chinese, Koreans, and Thais loot Cactaceae seeds, particularly those of the Echeveria plants. He stated it was hard to keep track of the number of plants illegally exported from the country given the involvement of Mexican citizens, as they are the ones who “know the species and the place” where they can be found. Protecting the Cactaceae are only a handful of communities close to the farming lands; they get together and reach agreements, but these aren’t enough seeing that there are also communal lands and hills which are at the mercy of traffickers, Arenas added. Source: El...

Another violent weekend in La Paz, BCS

Another violent weekend in La Paz, BCS

Oct 15, 2017

At 9 pm on Friday October 13, residents of the Miramar neighborhood in the state capital called  911 to alert the security forces of gunshots in the area. The incident resulted in 2 injured women, one of them a minor . According to the first reports, the aggression originated on the corner of Avenida Miramar with Mar Calido, the subjects opened fire against the “Abarrotes Intermares” convenience store located on that corner. Also on Friday, 2 more shooting were registered in Colonia Flores Magón, the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) confirmed one person injured and 3 more deceased. According to the police report, the first event took place at 12:27 hours on Friday, October 13, on Calle Sonora between Margarita Maza de Juárez and Ayuntamiento, where a dead body was found and a person resulted wounded by firearm. Subsequently, at 5:25 pm, police officers located 2 lifeless bodies, on the corner of Calle Legaspy and Margarita Maza de Juárez (not too far from the previous incident), the corpses were transferred to the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo). Source:...

430-year prison sentence against man convicted of killing 11 women in Ciudad Juárez

430-year prison sentence against man convicted of killing 11 women in Ciudad Juárez

Oct 11, 2017

Mexican prosecutors have won a 430-year prison sentence against a man convicted of killing 11 young women near Ciudad Juárez, an area that has become notorious for femicides. The prosecutors’ office said Monday that Pedro Payán Gloria drugged the women, forced them to prostitute themselves and sell drugs and then killed them when they were no longer of use. Their skeletal remains were found in early 2012 in fields in the Juarez Valley, a largely agricultural region east of the city. More than 100 women have been killed in the area across the border from El Paso, Texas, since 1993, although many serial or copycat killings appear to have tapered off by late 2004 or early 2005. Victims have often been young factory workers who are abducted, sexually abused and strangled before their bodies are dumped in the desert. Few of the early cases have ever been properly investigated. Activists and mothers of the victims of the recent killings, however, say they pressured investigators and provided information that led to the suspects. Two other people have been convicted in the case. In 2013, the state prosecutors’ office said suspects in custody at the time ran a modeling agency, clothing store and small grocery and lured women with offers of employment. “These businesses were used by the gang as a ‘hook’ to offer young women jobs. Once they obtained the information they needed from the women’s job applications, they used different techniques and other people to kidnap them or pressure them into forced prostitution, and the consumption and or sale of drugs,” the state attorney general’s office said. According to prosecutors, after recruiting the women “with lies or threats” or abducting them between 2009 and 2010, the suspects held them in forced servitude at the Hotel Verde in Ciudad Juárez. There, an older prostitute would bring the women customers and report any escape attempts to a gang member who was in charge of punishing captives. “Once the women were no longer useful for their illegal activities, they decided to kill them and abandon their bodies,” the prosecutors’ office said. Victims, some as young as 15, were also killed if they didn’t turn in enough money....

Mexico’s earthquake aftermath: In the ruins of home

Mexico’s earthquake aftermath: In the ruins of home

Oct 11, 2017

Rubble is all that remains of hundreds of houses rent asunder by the earthquake that struck Mexico in September, leaving owners lodging with relatives or friends, hoping their homes can be rebuilt or they can find new ones. At least 369 people died in the 7.1 magnitude quake that hit central Mexico, causing more devastation in the capital than any since the 1985 disaster that killed thousands. Damage to housing was particularly striking in central areas of the country close to the epicenter of the quake southeast of Mexico City in the states of Puebla and Morelos. Some houses were simply flattened by the shuddering tectonic shift which the government and the private sector estimated caused billions of dollars of damage. “I lost everything. My aunt died here,” said Ana Maria Hernandez, 37, a clothing salesperson, as diggers cleared away the wreckage of her home in Jojutla de Juarez, Morelos. Now living with relatives, she and many others hope their destroyed homes will eventually be rebuilt. But uncertainty clouds the future for some. Veronica Dircio, a 34-year-old housewife said “nothing was left” of the house she and her children called home before the earthquake hammered the town of San Juan Pilcaya in Puebla. “We’re worried because they came and did a census of the homes; and whether it’s a big house or a small house, they haven’t told us if we’re at least going to be able to get back a bit of what was once our house,” Dircio said. Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed in the quake, which followed another major tremor in the southwest of Mexico two weeks earlier that displaced thousands of people. Click here for full article...

What is happening in National Action Party?

What is happening in National Action Party?

Oct 11, 2017

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA THE BAJA POST/EDITOR Margarita Zavala, wife of former President Felipe Calderon, has quit PAN (the partisan organization which made Felipe President) because of her differences with Ricardo Anaya, the current national head of PAN who (according to Zavala’s political group) has harmed the partisan unity in PAN but seems to forget the manner in which her husband, when he was President, imposed two National Leaders in the party. Their names: German Martinez (who started the downfall of the party) who is a huge egotistical and narcissist personality and caused severe damage to PAN without caring a bit, the other one named Nava was nothing more than a presidential marionette who did with the party any which thing Felipe wished and told him. Those two individuals enslaved PAN and somehow favored the return of PRI to the Republic Presidency, now, after Margarita, Cocoa (nickname for Felipe Calderon’s sister Senator Luisa Calderon) also resigns to her partisan militancy in PAN, an act of family solidarity and neither Anaya is an utter prick nor Margarita is a Virgin Mary of sorts, both have a long history behind them. In Mexicali, four PAN members who had resigned and went to the ranks of Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) a political party which (according to them) was a Project with a certain future growth (politically and demographically) now has agreed an Alliance with PAN and the left wing PRD, so they consider that they couldn’t go back to their “political cradle” since they consider the alliance called “Pact for Mexico” is not coherent with what they saw in MC when they arrived there, but that is another...

Mexico fears eruption from Popocatepetl after earthquakes

Mexico fears eruption from Popocatepetl after earthquakes

Oct 8, 2017

The 5,426-metre high Popocatepetl volcano is the most active in Mexico, with more than 15 major eruptions reported since 1519. But the volcano, which is also referred to by Mexicans as El Popo, is now causing other problems in the region as neighbours report rivers of mud flowing from the skirt of the mountain following a recent mini eruption. Experts at geological news service Sismologia Mundial reported the plume as a “mild eruption” and confirmed Popocatepetl is now “normal”. But now neighbours have warned large rivers of mud from the volcano have flowed into the streets over the last three days, reaching the municipalities of Atlautla and Ozumba. On 19 September a deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico City and triggered a volcanic eruption. The Popocatepetl volcano burst into life at the same time as the earthquake, which killed at least 248 people, and sent plumes of thick, black smoke into the sky. And during the eruption a church collapsed during mass, killing 15 people, in Atzitzihuacan on the slopes of the volcano, Puebla Governor Jose Antonio Gali said. The landslides after the earthquake created a dam, which with the constant rains has been washed away, dragging tons of mud to the lower parts, especially in Nexpayantla. Since the earthquake, the neighbours of these communities, the most affected ones, say they can no longer sleep peacefully as they fear what could happen. GETTY The volcano is also referred to by Mexicans as El Popo Last year, Popo erupted for the first time since 2000 when ash was propelled a staggering three kilometres into the sky. Since then, there have been several eruptions. The eruption comes after a spate of volcanic activity around the world – with all eyes on the Agung volcano in Bali which is showing signs of erupting....