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New anti-kidnapping strategy to be implemented in ten states

The national anti – kidnapping coordination (CONASE) said that 10 states have the highest kidnapping rates in the country, among them Tamaulpas, State of Mexico, Veracruz, Guerrero, Tabasco, Morelos and Mexico City.

Patricia Bugarín Gutiérrez, head of the CONASE declared that after analyzing the performance and needs of the specialized units in each state and the capital city, a new national anti-kidnapping strategy that will focus on ten states will be announced in November.

Bugarín Gutiérrez explained that the staff of the anti-kidnapping units will receive special training and the government will make sure that the investigation staff has everything they need to do their job. She concluded stating that the analysts will be certified.

Source: El Universal

Plenty of Fun Things for Retirees To Do in Mexico

Glynna Prentice – International Living go to original

I recently checked my local events calendar here in Guanajuato and, just as I’d suspected, there were interesting activities every single night of the week. And many nights offered more than one option.

Guanajuato, Mexico – When workaholics looking to retire in Mexico wonder aloud how they’ll avoid boredom, I don’t know what they’re talking about.

Recently, out of curiosity, I checked my local events calendar here in Guanajuato. And just as I’d suspected, there were interesting activities for every single night of the week. And many nights offered more than one option.

There was the free film series… a selection of short films by Mexico’s most promising young film directors, the series ran for five nights at a local auditorium. Hard on its heels came “Soul Train,” another free, five-day series, this time of edgy, U.S. urban dramas from the 1970s onward. (New Jack City, anyone?)

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La Penita Flood Victims Need Help !

Tara A. Spears

Flood Photo by Rafi


Photo by Octaviano Figueroa

It might seem hard to believe when so much of the northern part of the continent is experiencing drought, but recently La Penita was the scene of serious flash flooding. September is usually the time when our coastal region has the extreme storms that can cause flash floods. Monday night, September 21, several residential areas experienced violent water surges as local creeks swelled to overflow while the people were sleeping. The worst hit areas are Las Cabras, Las Rosas, Isla del Verano, Las Cedros, and Palmar- especially those families whose property border the creeks. In order for the water to reach up and over the street bridge the surge must be over 10.5 meters high! This particular storm of nearly 4 inches (10 cm) of rain pounded the area so hard that erosion of structures and river banks was significant.

The water may have receded with only the debris littering the banks to indicate the destruction. Even those who have a house still useable have lost most – if not all- of their possessions to water damage.

The La Penita Accion Cuidandana committee is spearheading the relief efforts and is joined by Jaltemba Bay Rotary Club and the Los

Amigos’ Community Center. CCC director, Viky Robles said that “228 families are affected by the flooding. Donations of household items, especially kitchen dishes, cooking pots/pans, and mattresses are desperately needed.”

Good used or new items can be dropped off at the CCC in La Penita on Ruben Jaramillo Calle #9. (One street north of the avenida.) If you have large items to donate such as appliances, telephone Viky to make arrangements. 327-107-0523

Volunteers work to sort donations for flood victims:

In addition to the household items, Guayabitos Civil Protection said that food staples that do not need to be cooked, such as canned meats and tuna, would be a huge help.

Ballet Folklorico – Bill Bell

Cash and a Mercedes couldn’t buy police

Documents reveal details of the arrest of Iguala’s Imperial Couple

Half a million pesos and a Mercedes-Benz weren’t enough to buy Federal Police officers who arrested the Imperial Couple of Iguala last fall.

The federal Attorney General has released information regarding the arrest of former Iguala mayor José Luis Abarca Velázquez and his wife, María de los Ángeles Pineda Villa, on the night of November 4 and 5, 2014.

The couple are believed co-conspirators in the Iguala-Ayotzinapa crimes one year ago today in which six people were killed and 25 wounded and 43 students disappeared. From the onset, the ties between the couple, the municipal police of Iguala and the Guerreros Unidos cartel were the main lines of investigation.

Although the tragic events of that night remain mired in confusion, the disclosure of documents pertaining to the arrest of Abarca and Pineda shines light on one chapter of this convoluted narrative.

The preliminary investigation made public indicates that the couple was first seen on October 24 in a shopping mall in Ermita, in southeastern Mexico City, through investigations conducted by the Federal Police, aided by intelligence sources.

The two were accompanied by a young woman who drove them around in a blue Chevrolet Spark. Her name hasn’t been disclosed, but she is believed to be a friend of the couple’s daughter.

Having fully identified the vehicle and its three passengers, a surveillance operation began, revealing frequent trips between the mall and a house in the Mexico City borough of Iztapalapa.

On November 4, at 2:30 in the morning, Federal Police officers monitoring activity at the house saw a taxi arrive, and the couple emerge from it. They were then approached by the police, and asked to provide identification.

As Abarca took out his ID, Pineda, her head covered by a scarf, offered the police officers half a million pesos in exchange for letting them go. When the officers warned her that what she was proposing was a felony, Pineda assured them that she had enough money to pay them, and sweetened the offer with a Mercedes-Benz.

The ex-mayor’s wife then produced a wad of 23,790 pesos in cash from her handbag, telling the officers to take it as an advance on the half-million offered. The rest, she said, could be transferred to any bank account.

But her attempt to bribe the officers failed. They proceeded to arrest the two and secure the cash that had been offered. Police read them their rights before allowing them to remove some personal effects from the house, after which they were transferred to the agency responsible for investigating organized crime, the Seido.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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Thousands march in Mexico City to mark year since 43 students …

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Tropical Storm Marty to Threaten Southwest Mexico


Tropical Storm Marty formed in the eastern Pacific on Saturday night and will threaten southwest Mexico with wind and rain this upcoming week …

Mexico’s Plan Merida on Trial

teleSUR English

Plan Merida has been blamed for worsening the country’s security situation and allowing atrocities like the Ayotzinapa disappearances to …

In search for Mexico’s 43, killings of 6 others go ignored

Yahoo News

SAN MIGUEL TECOMATLAN, Mexico (AP) — Unlike the families of the 43 students who disappeared a year ago, Julio Cesar Mondragon’s …

Obama reaches out to Mexico, but not Canada, in push to wrap up …

The Globe and Mail

Both Canada and Mexico, NAFTA partners with the United States, are standing in the way of of a TPP deal because of a dispute with Japan …

Heeding Pope’s Message, Church Hosts Moms Of Missing Mexico …


For many people of faith, events can lead them to use their religion and values Catholics to lead them to higher levels of consciousness.

Meet One of Mexico City’s Best Tamale Makers

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Nowadays, he’s scrapped that trade to become one of Mexico City’s best gourmet tamale makers. Once you unwrap the corn husks from one of …

LA Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos set on securing Mexico spot in …


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How to save a holiday in Mexico

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I’d been lured to Mexico’s Caribbean coast with the promise of postcard-perfect turquoise water and blindingly white sand. But arriving in Tulum …

Kidnapped American taken to Mexico for ransom rescued

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office says federal police have rescued a Texan who was kidnapped and taken across the border …

Actress Ali Landry’s relatives found dead in Mexico


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Mexico is Latin America’s success story as Brazil stumbles


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30 years ago, an earthquake rocked Mexico City — and the entire country

MEXICO CITY — Commemorative concerts, art and photography exhibitions, forums on survivors´ issues and inauguration of a new early warning system with 8,200 loudspeakers throughout Mexico City are among the activities and events this week in connection with the 30th anniversary of the 1985 earthquake in the capital.

Mexico City´s government activated the new Seismic Warning System on Friday, Sept. 18, marking the 30th anniversary of the first shocks that killed more than 5,000 people and devastated buildings and infrastructure in the capital and surrounding region. A national earthquake simulation will also be staged on Friday, with 80,000 public employees participating.

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) has commemorated the 30th anniversary of the earthquake that rocked Mexico City in 1985 with the world premiere of Magnitude 8.1, by Alexis Aranda.

The Mexican composer explained that the 15 minute piece is divided into three movements. The first one bears the name of the piece and alludes to what happened the morning of September 19; the second one, Elegy, approaches sad moments and the pain it left in the country, and the last one, Resilience, shows how to overcome an adverse situation.

The earthquake struck in the early morning of Sept. 19 with a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter Scale. The sequence of events, which also shook Mexico´s national political system and society, also included a foreshock of 5.2 magnitude the previous May and two large aftershocks, including a 7.5 magnitude temblor on Sept. 20. Click here to read the entire story


Uxmal – Photo Bill Bell
Mexico Arrests 13 Over El Chapo Escape, Including Former Prison …


Mexico has arrested 13 more people in connection with the escape of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, including the former director of …

More arrests are made in prison escape of Mexico’s ‘El Chapo’ Los Angeles Times

13 arrested in prison break of drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman … CNN

Shifting jobs to Mexico now up for UAW vote

Detroit Free Press

Building more cars in Mexico. It’s a flash point for about 40,000 UAW workers preparing to vote on a tentative agreement with Fiat Chrysler …

Fiat Chrysler shifting more car production to Mexico USA TODAY

Documentary Shows US, Mexico Fighting Drug Cartels

Voice of America

A new documentary follows two communities — one in the United States and the other in Mexico — as they try to stop drug cartels from harming …

Letter: Don’t blame Mexico for our drug problem azcentral.com

Wounded come home as Mexico demands Egypt compensation Yahoo News

The Mexico City earthquake, 30 years on: have the lessons been … In-Depth-The Guardian

Mexico’s Fruitless Hunt for Justice

New York Times

MEXICO CITY — Sept. 26 will mark a year since one of the most heinous crimes in modern Mexico, when police officers and drug cartel hit men …

Mexico’s missing students: Drug cartel member arrested In-Depth-CBC.ca

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Towns blanketed with ash as Mexico’s Colima volcano erupts


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Part-Time Living in Cancún, Mexico

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Parents hunt down missing daughter as thousands of others vanish …


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AI: Mexico claims that missing student’s remains were ID’d show …

Fox News Latino

Mexico – Amnesty International once again slammed the Mexican government over its response to the chilling case of 43 teacher trainees who …

Mexico says remains of the second of 43 missing students have …

Los Angeles Times

Mexican authorities announced that forensic experts have identified the second of 43 missing college students from remains officials say were …

Experts identify bones of Mexico student In-Depth-Financial Times


Fed’s rate decision gives Mexico a reprieve

Salt Lake Tribune

Mexico City • The Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates unchanged is buying Mexico time to kick-start its sluggish economy.


YUM – Puerto Penasco


Blue Crab – Photo by Dean Miller

Vallarta May Soon Have the Largest Aquarium in Mexico

Eduardo García Gómez – Vallarta Opina go to original

According to Miguel Angel García Beltrán, General Director of the Puerto Vallarta Port Authority, the aquarium’s design plan could be ready later this year and construction could begin in the first half of 2016.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – A private investor plans to build the largest and most modern aquarium in Mexico at Puerto Vallarta’s Maritime Terminal.

According to Miguel Angel García Beltrán, General Director of the Port Authority (API), the project’s investor specializes in large, modern projects of this kind.

He said that even though the project’s final design has not yet been submitted, the proposed ‘marine museum’ will include glass tunnels that allow visitors to see most all of the marine species within the aquarium.

García Beltrán went on to say that the final plan for the structure’s design could be ready later this year and that construction could begin sometime in the first half of 2016.

The (unnamed) private investor plans to spend around 250 million pesos on this world-class tourist attraction, which will give travelers one more reason to vacation in Puerto Vallarta… the opportunity to visit the largest and most modern aquarium in Mexico.

Original article translated and edited by María Francesca for BanderasNews.com.

Commemoration of the Sacrifice of Saint Patrick’s Battalion during the Mexican–American War (1847)

 September 12

Saint Patrick’s Battalion

During the Mexican / US War of 1846 to 1848, many “Irish” joined the Mexican army for a number of reasons. While the majority of the deserters or defectors were ethnic Irish there was also an abundance of German Catholic immigrants. The battalion also included English, French, Canadians, Italians, Poles, Scots, Spaniards, and Swiss – the majority being Roman Catholics.

The primary reason sited is that they fought on the side of the Catholics and that they were treated abominably by the US forces. The Mexican Army offered to pay more, give them land and citizenship and treated them humanely. While the Mexicans have honored the Irish Battalion members throughout history, the US branded them traitors and hung those that they captured.

The San Patricio’s were a brave and fearsome battalion and imposed heavy losses for the US side. Eventually when they were captured they were tried without legal representation or transcripts and against hung by the neck en mass even though it was against the current Articles of War which stated that traitors were to be killed via a firing squad.

The Battalion continues to be honored as Mexican heroes and is memorialized on both Saint Patrick’s Day and September 12 – the anniversary of the day of the US executions.



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Mexico Auto Insurance What you need to know The following is taken from Mexperience.com

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…

Mexican Auto insurance You Can Trust if you ever get into an accident in Mexico

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. As all insurance policies are sold through brokers, it’s important to know which insurance company (or companies) are underwriting the policies being sold to you by the broker. Click here to read more  Click here to get your free quotes

Pico De Orizaba near Puebla Photo Dean Miler



Versatile Mango Fruit: Tropical Favorite

Mango is one of the most commonly eaten fruits in tropical areas worldwide. Now with efficient shipping readily available, mango is grown commercially and sent to global markets. Click here to read the entire story




Exotic Jaca Fruit            This bizarre looking tropical fruit is highly sought after for its alleged medical properties and some people just like the taste. The jackfruit (jaca in Spanish) is well adapted to the hot humid tropics. Click here to read the entire story

Popular Mexican Distroller Dolls Combine Art, Culture, and Whimsy                    Tara A. Spears Move over Cabbage Patch and Barbie dolls, Ksi merito is the doll to have. Each decade seems to have a hot toy item and for the last few years these unique premie baby dolls have grown in popularity. What is special about these dolls is that they use the folklore, culture, fun, and sad facts of life to create a universe full of color and good humor. The biggest attraction to the whole Distroller phenomenon is the tremendous imagination of its creator, Amparin Serrano. Each package proudly states (translated from the Spanish) “102% Original; 102% Mexican Design.”      Click here to read the entire story



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Incredible Dorado

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Huevos Mexicana More than just scrambled eggs

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Dog Friendly Hotels in MexicoThis is a partial list of Dog Friendly Hotels that we have found on the web. They are unverified so if you find one that does not accept pets or who has changed its policy, please send us a note. Click here to read the entire list of hotels

All About Archeology in Mexico

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Internet While You Travel Mexico Internet while you travel is not usually a problem. There is an assortment of opportunities to go online. See More Here

Learn About Mexican Vehicle Insurance Canadian and American Vehicle insurance doesn’t work in Mexico. While insurance is not mandatory – you would be crazy to risk going without. Mexican insurance can be purchased before you leave or at the border. Click to read more Here:

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