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CBS has put in development Rosarito Beach, a comedic drama from Jennifer Lopez and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas’ Nuyorican Productions and Universal Television.
Created by Nick Weiss and Isaac Laskin with Matt Lopez supervising and showrunning, Rosarito Beach is described as a light one-hour procedural that will challenge cultural assumptions. It pairs a disgraced, loose cannon female attorney from California with an ambitious, tightly wound Latino lawyer who is intent on building his practice in San Diego, taking on cases that straddle the U.S./Mexican legal systems.
Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez and Benny Medina executive produce alongside Weiss and Matt Lopez, while Laskin is co-executive producer. Nuyorican’s recently appointed head of development, Kristel Laiblin, is overseeing for the company. Universal TV, where Nuyorican is under an overall deal, is the studio.
Universal TV/Universal TV Alternative Studio also produce the Lopez-starring drama series Shades of Blue and dancing competition series World of Dance.
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Largest Marine Protected Area in North America Created off Mexico
The Revillagigedo marine reserve protects a vast area in the Pacific and is home to many sharks, rays, and other life.
By Brian Clark Howard and Michael Greshko
PUBLISHED October 6, 2017
The Mexican government has announced the creation of a new marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean Thursday, the largest protected area of its kind in North America.
Alejandro Del Mazo Maza, representing Mexico’s National Commission of Protected Natural Areas, announced the massive expansion of the Revillagigedo marine park on October 5 at the Our Ocean conference in Malta.
The park covers more than 57,000 square miles, a vast rectangle of ocean encompassing the four Revillagigedo Islands, small volcanic landmasses under Mexico’s control that lie about 240 miles southwest of Baja California. The islands are uninhabited except for a small Mexican naval presence and were named a World Heritage Site in 2016 for their unique biodiversity (the reserve is also the location for the photo that won the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest in 2015 .
“With the goal of guaranteeing maximum protection of this World Heritage Site, our national legislation’s strongest conservation category will be used, and all forms of fishing will be prohibited,” Del Mazo said in a statement. He also said that Mexico will not permit the construction of hotel facilities on the islands.
Previously, the islands had been protected by a small reserve that included only the waters up to six miles off the land. That left important feeding and migration areas for sharks, rays, whales, and other species in the path of fishermen—who either target the species, often illegally, or catch them accidentally as bycatch.
But the new park is designed to protect critical habitat for those animals, as well as corals and other fish. No fishing, mining, or other intensive resource development will be allowed in the newly expanded reserve.
‘Giant Manta Rays Galore’
“This is the wildest place in tropical North America,” says Enric Sala, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who led a Pristine Seas fact-finding expedition to the area in March 2016. “It’s one of the places where you can see the most giant manta rays and sharks on the planet.”
During the expedition, the team of more than a dozen scientists saw “giant manta rays galore,” says Sala. “We saw lots of sharks, groupers, and tuna. It was a rare place of large fish, with biodiversity as if the Galápagos Islands had opened a branch in Mexico.”
On land, the islands are home to many sea and land birds, endemic reptiles, and unique plants.
With a DeepSee submersible and remote dropcams, the Pristine Seas team also surveyed a ridge about 300 feet beneath the surface. There, they found “a beautiful soft coral garden,” says Sala, packed with corals, sea fans, sponges, crabs, and fish.
When proposed, the reserve saw some opposition from fishermen, but fishing fleets used only a small part of the waters, says Sala. Of the entire Pacific range fished by Mexico’s tuna fleet, only seven percent of their effort was directed in the waters of the newly expanded reserve, he says.
And what’s more, Mexico’s fishermen should see their catches in waters outside the reserve increase, says Sala, due to spill-over of growing fish populations in the protected waters. That’s exactly what happened around the Galápagos after fishing was restricted in 1998, turning former adversaries of the reserve into supporters.
The reserve should also increase the amount of dive tourism to the area, which is already a $15 million business. Boats often leave out of the popular resort destination Cabo San Lucas, a few hundred miles away.
Each living manta ray is worth 57 times more to Mexico’s economy through increased tourism than the money received by selling its body parts to Asia, Sala’s team calculated.
The next step will be enforcement of the reserve’s new boundaries. Illegal fishermen have been operating there with sophistication, sometimes using helicopters to spot for enforcement vessels.
The reserve is the newest marine park that Sala and his Pristine Seas initiative at National Geographic helped bring into being. Over the past few years, the project has helped governments around the world establish 17 new reserves, covering some two million square miles of ocean.
On October 4, the governments of Chile and Niue announced three new marine parks in the Pacific Ocean that Pristine Seas had helped scientifically survey. Combined, the three parks protect 290,000 square miles of ocean from fishing and extractive activities—an area more than twice the size of Germany
It Rained Fish In Mexico, Officials Say.
Sure, it’s been known to rain cats and dogs during some heavy thunderstorms. And if we’re to believe The Weather Girls — and who wouldn’t? — it was even raining men that one time in 1982.
But fish? That feels like a new one.
Yet during a light rain Tuesday morning in Tampico, Mexico, it appears that’s precisely what happened: Several fish fell from the sky, slapping the pavement right in front of a few startled onlookers, at least one of whom recorded some video.
That’s according to Pedro Granados, the director of civil protection in Tamaulipas state, who noted the reports and videos his agency had received from local residents.
“Not to say there were a lot of fish — one here, one there,” Granados told local media. “It has to be said, they’re very small fish, which weigh a few grams. It’s strange, not normal.”
He also said that, strange as it is, the phenomenon has been documented before — and in this case, the U.S. Library of Congress backs him up, noting that similar reports have cropped up as far back as ancient civilizations.
“Of course, it doesn’t ‘rain’ frogs or fish in the sense that it rains water — no one has ever seen frogs or fish vaporize into the air before a rainfall. However, strong winds, such as those in a tornado or hurricane, are powerful enough to lift animals, people, trees, and houses,” the library posting notes. “It is possible that they could suck up a school of fish or frogs and ‘rain’ them elsewhere.”
Mexico is by no means alone in this either, the Library of Congress points out: Apparently, both Kansas City and Dubuque, Iowa, came in for a little amphibian precipitation in the second half of the 19th century, according to residents at the time. And similar reports have surfaced from Louisiana to Serbia and Australia.
In a small Honduran farming town, residents told The New York Times that powerful rainstorms bring fish with such regularity, they’ve marked them with an annual festival they have celebrated for decades. Many people in the inland town said it’s their one chance to eat seafood. Their explanation for the phenomenon:
“It’s a miracle,” one farmer told the Times. “We see it as a blessing from God.”
For Granados, though, the reason for what happened Tuesday in Tampico is far less clear.
“I don’t know if it’s climate change,” he said, “but we’ve had tornadoes, storms, rains, floods, raining fish, eclipses, earthquakes, all kinds of natural phenomena that we aren’t used to, but that we are experiencing these days.”
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You need Mexico car insurance because it’s required and US /Canadian insurance coverage stops at the Mexican border. Every year Mexico implements stricter laws for uninsured motorists, meaning not having it can cost you money due to damage/loss to your vehicle, fines and more
When you drive your car to Mexico, travel with complete peace of mind, by being properly insured. Your U.S. or Canadian insurance policy, however comprehensive, won’t cover you in Mexico, but affordable insurance is available…
Insuring Your Car in Mexico
Although your U.S./Canadian car insurance policy may be comprehensive, and might also extend some limited damage coverage in Mexico, you will still need to purchase policy that is legally valid in Mexico.
U.S. and Canadian auto insurance policies, however comprehensive, hold no legal jurisdiction in Mexico. This means that you must buy separate insurance cover for your car while you’re driving in Mexico if you want to travel with complete peace of mind.
If you are driving your car improperly insured in Mexico and you become involved in an accident it will, at best, cost you a lot of money and, at worst, leave you imprisoned in a Mexican jail house. Presenting a U.S. or Canadian auto insurance policy will be of no use because these documents have no legal or actual force in Mexico, and the companies backing them will not settle any claim arising when you or your car are situated south of the border.
Drivers who are involved in serious accidents in Mexico are usually arrested pending investigation. If you are not properly insured in Mexico and become involved in a serious accident—even if it’s not your fault—these procedures will likely place a great deal of stress and financial burden upon you.
This guide explains how insurance works in Mexico and how to go about buying the additional insurance protection you need to ensure that you, your passengers, and your vehicle are properly insured when driving on Mexican soil and that, in the event of a serious accident, you are properly covered by a legally-valid and adequate insurance policy.
Mexican Auto Insurance
Mexican Law stipulates that only insurance companies which are licensed in Mexico can provide the type of auto insurance coverage that is recognized and accepted by Mexico’s legal system.
A few U.S.-based insurance companies will extend physical damage coverage on cars and RVs while they are situated in Mexico, but they cannot and do not provide Mexican liability insurance. So, although these policies may cover your damage, they will not cover your liability to others in Mexico. This is why a special insurance policy is absolutely necessary to be properly insured in Mexico.
Mexican Insurance Companies
Mexican Law also stipulates that liability insurance must be purchased from a licensed Mexican company, so your auto insurance policy necessarily needs to be issued by one of Mexico’s insurance companies, or through a broker in the U.S./Canada working in conjuction with a Mexican insurance company.
Who’s Insuring You?
Buyers purchasing insurance for their car in Mexico are often times misled by believing that they can rely on the broker, rather than the Mexican Insurance Company, to properly handle any claim that may arise during their stay in Mexico.
The insurance company underwriting your policy is much more important than the Broker that sells you the policy.
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