News Around the Republic of Mexico
|Joint San Diego-Tijuana Longshot Olympic Bid Revived|
Mexico is trying to revive a joint bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics between Tijuana and San Diego. The idea was originally deliberated last year, but was ruled out because at the time the Olympic Charter did not allow for joint bids for the Summer Games.
Gulf Maritime Boundary Talks Among US, Mexico, Cuba
Joint talks will begin soon among the US, Cuba, and Mexico to fix the maritime boundaries of the three nations in the Gulf of Mexico. The process of assessing the value and distribution of the resources in the oil and gas-rich region is likely to last several years.
Tiger Woods Signature Golf Course Opens in Cabo
Eight years after he created his golf course design business, six years after the seismic downward shift in the global economy, and three months after Hurricane Odile blasted through, Tiger Woods finally opened the 'El Cardonal at Diamante' golf course in Cabo San Lucas.
No Laughing Matter: Mexican Clown's Holy Pilgrimage
The streets of Mexico City burst with sound and color as hundreds of clowns made their annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico City on Wednesday. Mexican clowns have been making the trek for over 30 years to attend a mass in honor of the saint.
Upgrades at San Ysidro Border Crossing Cut Wait Times
Motorists at the San Ysidro border crossing were used to waiting hours while vendors walked between lanes selling everything under the sun. Now, thanks to a $741 million construction project, they may not have enough time to lower their windows and consider buying anything.
$5 Billion Expansion for Port of Veracruz Underway
Mexico has begun expanding its largest port at Veracruz to increase global trading and boost its economy. The expansion of the port is set to take place in two stages, with the first to be completed in 2018 and the second by 2030, all at a cost of around $5 billion.
Pilot Fired for Letting Mexican Pop Singer Fly Plane
The pilot of a plane flying between Cancun and Mexico City has been fired after he let a famous singer sit down in his seat, wear his hat, and take command of the aircraft. The pilot was 'busted' after the star shared the photo with her 40,000 followers on Twitter.
Puerto Vallarta Wins More Travelers' Choice Awards
Banderas News Team
TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel website, has just released more results from their 2014 Travelers' Choice Awards, and Puerto Vallarta is ranked #2 in the 'Most Popular Destinations in Mexico' category. This is the third consecutive year that Puerto Vallarta has been recognized.
New Ad Blames Coke for Mexico's Diabetes Epidemic
Svati Kirsten Narula
A powerful new public service announcement seeks to turn more Mexicans away from soda. It borrows Coca-Cola’s 'Make someone happy' tagline, but instead of people raising Coke bottles in cheer, it features families whose Christmases have been saddened by Type 2 diabetes.
Santa Barbara Launches 2020 AYWW Crowdfunding Campaign
Luella Engelhart, PhD
2020 A Year Without War, a nonprofit group in Puerto Vallarta's Sister City, Santa Barbara, California, has launched its first crowdfunding campaign to raise $111,000 for three professional staff positions that are essential for expanding the global reach of the organization.
10,000 Mexico Taxi Drivers File Complaint Against Uber
Representatives of 10,000 Mexico City taxi drivers filed an illegal transportation complaint against the companies that own the smartphone apps Uber and Cabify, which connect drivers with people in need of a ride. Mexico City's mobility secretary is also named in the suit.
Santander Bank Plans to Invest $15 Billion in Mexico
Banco Santander announced plans to invest $15 billion in Mexico over the next few years to finance infrastructure projects and the expansion of small to mid-sized businesses. Projects in the energy sectors and telecoms are of particular interest to the Spanish banking giant.
Mexico Approves Nationwide Ban on Animal Circuses
In a historic vote, one which marks a significant step toward preventing exploitation of animals, Mexico’s congress approved a new measure to ban animal circuses nationwide — joining a small, but growing list of nations which have already outlawed the controversial practice.
Southwest Airlines to Service Mexico From Houston
In 2015, Southwest plans to fly to 4 Mexico destinations — Mexico City, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos — and to San Jose, Costa Rica, from a new international concourse being built at Houston Hobby Airport. The carrier applied for government approval late last week.
Mexico Opens Bidding for Outsider Oil Exploration
E. Eduardo Castillo
Mexico has announced the start of bidding for oil exploration rights in areas of the Gulf of Mexico opened to domestic and international companies. The parcels up for bid are limited to shallow water - less than 1,640 feet - off the coasts of Veracruz, Tabasco, and Campeche.
Motel 6 Parent to Expand Into Mexico, Latin America
The Dallas-based operator of the Motel 6 chain is expanding into Mexico. G6 Hospitality, which operates more than 1,200 Motel 6 and Studio 6 locations in the US and Canada, has announced that it is expanding its portfolio to include two new brands: Hotel 6 and Estudio 6.
GM Plans $3.6 Billion Expansion of Mexico Operations
General Motors plans to invest $3.6 billion to double production at its plants in Mexico. The investment will be directed toward expansion projects at GM's four manufacturing complexes located in the states of Mexico, San Luis Potosi, Coahuila and Guanajuato.
Mexico: Important Advance in Care for Incurably Ill
Human Rights Watch
On Dec. 9th, the Mexican Health Ministry took an important step to ensure access to palliative care for people suffering from pain due to incurable illness - the release of the long-awaited guidelines to its 2009 health law, operationalizing provisions on end-of-life care.