News Around the Republic of Mexico
|Carlos Slim to Translate Stanford Classes into Spanish|
Carlos Slim, Mexico's richest person, forged a partnership with Coursera Inc. to translate online classes from colleges such as Stanford University into Spanish. By the end of the year, Coursera and the Carlos Slim Foundation expect to translate about 50 free online courses.
Mexico's Pyramid of the Sun in Danger of Collapsing
In a recent study from the National Autonomous University of Mexico led by Dr. Arturo Menchaca, it was discovered that the soil beneath the south side of Mexico's largest pyramid was severely dry, putting it at risk of collapse like a sandcastle lacking enough water.
Border Patrol Tells Agents to 'Elude' Rock Throwers
The US Border Patrol instructed its agents to seek cover from rock throwers along the border rather than shoot at them, not to put themselves in the paths of moving vehicles as a pretext for shooting at them, and to take other steps to curb a spate of killings of migrants.
Mexico's Cancellation of Heavy Metal Show Draws Fire
Mexico state's decision to cancel the two-day 'Hell and Heaven' heavy metal concert with top bands like Kiss, Twisted Sister, Korn, Rob Zombie, and Guns 'N Roses is drawing fire from fans and organizers, who say they suspect that discrimination is behind the move.
Mexican Zoo Welcomes First Baby Hippo in 16 Years
The Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico is celebrating the first birth of a hippopotamus in 16 years. The baby hippo was born underwater, without complications, with a weight of approximately 88 pounds and is currently living in the pastures of the zoo with its parents.
Mexico Not 'Springing Forward' Until April 6, 2014
While Americans will be turning their clocks ahead for daylight-saving time on Sunday, March 9, 2014, for most of Mexico, daylight saving time does not begin until 2 am on Sunday, April 6th. So if you'll be traveling to Mexico this month, there will be an extra hour difference in time.
Nearly 1,000 Gray Whale Calves Born in Mexican Waters
According to Mexico's environmental protection agency, 981 gray whale calves have been born in Mexican waters since January 2014. Officials say this birthrate suggests that the conservation efforts that have been put into place have allowed the species to recover to near-normal levels.
What's Up With WhatsApp? Mexico Sheds Some Light
'Whatsapp' is the most popular texting service in Latin America, and Facebook has declared its market value is in the billions. That might surprise those accustomed to easy texting, but in places like Mexico, where monthly cell phone plans are uncommon, its a different story.
New Study Reveals the Best Time to Book Plane Tickets
Finally, there's a scientific answer to that magic number of days before a flight when tickets are at their cheapest. The folks at CheapAir spent the last year analyzing over four million airline trips, and for Mexico they say it is 89 days before your flight.s
PRD Legislators Pushing Full Marriage Equality Bill
Legislators will try to push through a full marriage equality bill for the entire country during the current legislative sessions. Hopes are that those who voted for civil unions the last time around won’t be as conservative and vote for full marriage rights for gay couples.
Carlos Slim Slips Down to World's Second Richest Man
According to Forbes’ annual ranking released on Monday, Mexican media mogul Carlos Slim is now the world's 2nd richest man - Microsoft founder Bill Gates tops the list. Slim's wealth is valued at $72 billion and Gates is at $76 billion. Spain’s Amancio Ortega stayed at Number 3.
Mexico City Will Pay Vendors to Get Them Off Subway
The Mexico City government will pay $2018 pesos per month to 'vagoneros' - informal vendors who ply their wares in public places - to stop them from carrying out their activities on the 'Metro' subway system. 60% of Mexico's workers are part of the country's informal economy.
Cuaron First Mexican to Win 'Best Director' at Oscars
Alfonso Cuaron is the first Mexican and the first Latin American director to win an Oscar for best director. Cuaron's film 'Gravity,' a technical achievement with a powerful narrative, also won several other Oscars in technical categories at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.
US Considers Facial Recognition Technology at Border
US Customs and Border Protection is considering using facial recognition software as well as other biometric technology on travelers leaving the United States by land. Officials say biometrics would not be focused on US citizens and would adhere to strict privacy standards.
Puerto Vallarta Ready for Spring Breakers' Return
Named the 4th most popular Spring Break destination in the world by US & World News Report, Puerto Vallarta's spring break travel season starts on March 1 and specialists estimate that about 8,000 students from the US and Canada will be visiting the Pacific coast paradise in 2014.
Mexico Combating 'World's Fattest Country' Label
In 2012, close to 35 percent of Mexico's children between 5 and 19 were classified overweight or obese. Estimates indicate that the epidemic costs the government more than 5 billion dollars each year and forecasts indicate that by 2017, this amount will more than double.
Mexicans Finding Love on the Internet Prefer Facebook
With dating sites charging hefty amounts, many singles are resorting to free social networks to find love. According to a recent survey, Facebook is the most popular site for Mexicans looking for a relationship online, with Twitter and MySpace rounding off the top three.
Christina Aguilera Gets Engaged in Riviera Nayarit
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On Valentine's Day, Christina Aguilera’s boyfriend surprised her with a beautiful engagement ring in Punta de Mita according to the post on her Twitter account. The image of their clasped hands with the ring front and center was in several Mexican and US media publications.
Nearly Extinct 'Water Monster' Spotted in Mexico
Known as the 'water monster' or 'Mexican walking fish, the salamander-like creature the axolotl was earlier this year thought to be extinct in its natural habitat. But researchers said this week that have spotted two of the slippery little creatures in Mexico City's lakes.
Mexico's Interior Secretary Hails New Justice System
Mexico's Interior Secretary has signed a charter that will work to unify federal and state legislation in the implementation of Mexico’s new adversarial justice system — modeled after the court system in former British colonies - a process which must be completed by 2016.
Turned Away From Hospitals, Women Giving Birth Outside
Seven times since mid-2013, Mexican women have given birth on the lawns or steps of hospitals or health clinics in the states of Oaxaca and Puebla. Sadly the cases are largely known only because bystanders snapped photos or took videos they later posted on the Internet.
Mexico to Become No. 1 Source Of Imported Cars to US
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Mexico is on track to become the United States' No. 1 source of imported cars by the end of next year, overtaking Japan and Canada in a manufacturing boom that's turning the auto industry into a bigger source of dollars than money sent home by migrants.
Mexico Releases Plan to Protect Country's Wetlands
The National Protected Natural Areas Commission has released a plan to protect 139 wetlands in Mexico, the country with the second-largest number of protected wetlands in the world. The policy comes from a recognition of how vulnerable ecosystems are to climate change.
Mexico's Low-Income Families to Get Free Hi-Def TVs
Mexico plans to provide free hi-def tvs to low-income households to speed along its transition to digital broadcasts. The project will start with a pilot program distributing 120,000 TVs in Tamaulipas state and the government will look to take the program nationwide in May.