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Daylight Savings Time Ends in Mexico October 26th
Banderas News Team

There's just a couple of days left before we get that opportunity for an extra hour's sleep in the morning. That's right, daylight saving time 2014 officially ends for most of Mexico at 2 am on Sunday, October 26th - this weekend! Be sure to set your clock back 1 hour Saturday night.

Dorilocos: The New Snack Craze on Mexico's Streets
Nick Miroff

Perhaps it was only a matter of time before someone gazed upon a bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos, a product boasting no fewer than 27 ingredients, and thought: these need more. And that appears to be how 'Dorilocos,' the red-hot snack food craze, began sweeping Mexico’s streets.

New Study Models Ways to Cut Mexico’s HIV/AIDS Rates
David Orenstein

Brown University recently conducted a study addressing the HIV epidemic in Mexico. The study found that a major source of new infections in the country is Mexico City’s male sex workers. Researchers estimate the prevalence of the virus among them is as high as 40 percent.

New Site a Sort of 'Yelp' for Mexican Migrant Workers
Karl Baker

Although it’s illegal for recruiters to charge fees to prospective migrants, 58% of temp workers from Mexico say they paid to be matched with a US employer. Contratados.org will serve as a forum for migrants to inform others about which recruiters operate above board.

San Miguel de Allende Wins 2014 Readers' Choice Awards
Ed Placidi

Condé Nast Traveler has recognized the world's top hotels in its 27th annual Readers' Choice Awards. San Miguel de Allende's Hotel Matilda was named the #2 hotel in Mexico and #71 on the list of the world's top 100 hotels. The city of San Miguel was #5 on 'World's Top 25 Cities.'

Despite Auto Boom, Mexicans Still Buying US Junkers
MonitorGlobalOutlook.com

Mexico's auto industry is stuck in a paradox: Production of cars for export is booming but domestic sales have stagnated. However, now one of the causes of those slack local sales - loopholes that allow used old US cars to be sold cheaply in Mexico - is being eliminated.

State-of-the-Art Border Crossing Opens in Arizona
Lee Allen

The newly completed, state-of-the-art Mariposa border crossing at Nogales, Arizona is the most modern, sustainable, and efficient port of entry on the US-Mexico border. The facility will now be able to process more than 4,000 trucks per day, has 12 car lanes and a bus lane.

Mexico Shows Initiative to Prevent Ebola Outbreak
Angela Kocherga

Mexico has posted signs at border crossings and airports warning travelers about the Ebola outbreak in Africa, symptoms of the disease and how to prevent spreading the virus. In recent weeks up to 90% of Mexico's health care workers have been trained to detect Ebola cases.

US, Mexico Announce New 'Trusted Trader' Program
Sandra Dibble

Backed by trucking groups, customs brokers, and others involved in cross-border trade, the US and Mexico have announced a 'Trusted Trader' program aimed at expediting the passage of goods across the border. The arrangement is similar to the one between the US and Canada.

SEMARNAT Establishes 2014-2015 Whale Watching Season
El Sol de Nayarit

Every year from December to March, the waters off the Pacific coast of Mexico offer some of the most spectacular whale watching in the world. SEMARNAT recently announced the opening and closing dates for the 2014-2015 whale watching season for Mexican Pacific resorts.

China Expected to Supply Mexico with Bullet Train Tech
Lu Bingyang

China moved a step closer to exporting their expertise in constructing high-speed trains and tracks for the first time, as a consortium involving four Chinese firms was the sole bidder on a project linking Mexico City and Queretaro, which is set to break ground this year.

Baby Rescued From Mexico's Metro Station Public Toilet
Ians/EFE

A newborn was found in a public restroom in a Mexico City Metro station last weekend. A cleaning woman heard the baby crying and found the child in the toilet with her umbilical cord still attached. The baby was apparently born about 20 minutes before she was found.

Another Toxic Mine Spill Reported in Sinaloa, Mexico
TelesurTV.net

A retention dam collapsed at a gold and silver mine in Sinaloa, Mexico causing 11,000 tons of toxic material to pollute nearby rivers. Emergency measures are being taken to prevent wastes pollutants from contaminating ground water and affecting inhabitants of the region.

Tropical Storm Trudy Batters Mexico's Pacific Coast
John Thomas

Mexico has been battered this hurricane season by a cavalcade of storms, bringing flooding rains and destructive winds across many parts of the country. Last weekend saw the arrival of Tropical Storm Trudy, another devastating weather system on the country's Pacific coast.

Isla Redonda: The Hidden Gem Still Baffles Geologists
Brandon Presser

There’s an islet off the Pacific coast of Mexico with a pristine beach drilled into its central core like the hole of a donut. Isla Redonda, one of the Marieta Islands, is a hidden Eden which continues to baffle geologists with its oculus of volcanic stone.

Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Could Reach Mexico
ndtv.com

Mexico is very likely to join the list of countries to register cases of the painful mosquito-borne viral disease Chikungunya, a senior health ministry official said on Wednesday. Spread by two mosquito species, it is typically not fatal but can cause debilitating symptoms.

Ozzy Announces 'Ozzfiesta' in Riviera Maya, Mexico
Richard Dangler

If you have ever fantasized about enjoying a tequila on a Mexican beach while watching Ozzy Osbourne tear up the stage, your dreams are about to become a reality. Announcing 'Ozzfiesta,' a 5 day event to take place next May at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Chicago Man Killed By Camel at Mexico Wildlife Park
Associated Press

A US man who owned a wildlife park just outside of Tulum, Mexico, died after being kicked, bitten, and sat on by a camel. Rescuers had to use a rope tied to a truck to pull the enraged camel off of the body of the 60 year-old animal lover who founded the park 15 years ago.

Mexico Celebrates the History of the Charro Horse
Associated Press

Since their arrival aboard Spanish ships in the 1500's, horses have been part of the story of the New World. In Mexico, there is perhaps no better representative of the country's cultures and history than the horse trained for 'charreria,' the Mexican version of a rodeo.

334 Gambling Machines Seized in Mexico Border Cities
Ildefonso Ortiz

Mexican police seized and destroyed 334 coin operated gambling machines in the Mexican border cities of Reynosa and Matamoros following nine separate investigations. The machines are illegal in Mexico and were destroyed as part of the protocol that follows seized assets.

Mexico Faces the Challenges of Opening Energy Sector
Lorne Matalon

Mexico’s oil and gas industry is opening up to the rest of the world — and US energy companies are eager to get a foothold in the market. But before major exploration can take place, Mexico has to create the infrastructure to support it - that’s where the challenges begin.

Cruise Lines' Interest in the Mexican Riviera is Growing
Vallarta Opina

During the 21st Annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Conference and Trade Show, held October 6th on the island of Saint Maarten, representatives of Norwegian and Carnival Cruise Lines expressed a growing interest in bringing more ships to ports on the Mexican Riviera.


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