News Around the Republic of Mexico
|The 1st Annual Chilis, Sauces, and Mortars Festival|
Chili peppers and sauces will take center stage at a festival being held this weekend in Mexico City, where the spicy plant - one of the pillars of Mexican cuisine - will be honored. Some varieties, like the guajillo, pasilla, and chilpaya are not well known outside Mexico.
Mexico: United States Practices Unfair Meat Labeling
The United States is not respecting a World Trade Organization ruling on meat labeling, and it's hurting Mexican and Canadian cattle exports. The Canadian government has threatened a possible retaliatory strike against US imports, and is hoping Mexico will join it.
Ancient Decapitated Ball Game Statue Found in Mexico
Villagers installing a water pipe in the Mexican town of Piedra Labrada - located near the Guatemalan border - unearthed a granite statue depicting a player of a Mesoamerican ball game. There are indications that the 5-foot-4 tall statue could be more than 1,000 years old.
Mexican Communities Sue Pemex for Eco-Injustice
Fed up with oil spills from facilities belonging to Mexico’s state oil company Pemex, residents of two communities in the southeastern state of Tabasco are taking the country’s largest company to court in a bid for compensation for damage to the environment and agriculture.
Peña Nieto and PRI Want to Limit Power of Governors
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his political party, the PRI, are pressing several initiatives designed to cut the power of governors. The president is intent on sweeping reforms for the country is not about to let the country's governors thwart his plans.
Mexico Now a Latin American Leader in Tech Services
Mónica Ortiz Uribe
In the last decade Mexico’s tech industry has flourished, growing three times faster than the global average. Seventy-five percent of tech outsourcing in Mexico is consumed by the United States. But without certain reforms Mexico’s progress can only go so far.
WTO Ranks Mexico World's 13th Most Visited Country
Tribuna de la Bahía
According to the World Tourism Organization, Mexico fell out of the 2012 World's Top 10 Most Visited Countries, moving from 10th to 13th place in October. Mexico received 23.1 million international tourists in 2012, dropping 1.2 percentage points from 2011.
$2.75 Billion Lawsuit Against Yahoo! Mexico Reversed
Yahoo Inc. announced that the Superior Court in Mexico reversed a $2.75 billion verdict by a lower court for Mexico's Worldwide Directories against Yahoo Mexico. The court also ruled to uphold the $2.6 million judgement for Yahoo which they were awarded in a countersuit.
Alice Cooper Performs at Harley-Davidson Parade in DF
Thousands of motorcyclists gathered in Mexico City last weekend to celebrate the 110th Anniversary of Harley Davidson. Part of a global celebration taking place on six continents throughout the entire year, Mexico City’s motorcycle parade, had more than 5,000 participants.
Mexico Fires Official Over 'Lady Profeco' Scandal
The Mexican government announced it has fired an official whose daughter sent inspectors to shut down a restaurant that didn't give her the table she wanted. Mexico's Interior Secretary said that the 'Lady Profeco' scandal damaged the government agency's 'image prestige.'
First Class Action Lawsuit Against BP in Mexico
A group of Mexican citizens are preparing the first civil lawsuit in Mexico's courts against British oil company BP for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The lawsuit encompasses damages to people who live along the coast as well as people indirectly affected by the spill.
'Nosotros Los Nobles' Breaks Cinema Records
How the mighty have fallen — at least on movie screens. A comedy lampooning the rich has become the highest-grossing film in Mexican cinema history. The story of a Mexican construction tycoon fooling his spoilt children into a life of poverty has hit a nerve with movie-goers.
Model for Megacities? Mexico City Cleans Up Its Air
Mexico City has taken steps to improve air quality over the past two decades. In 1992, the air quality in this megalopolis of more than 20 million people was so bad, it recorded only eight days with air quality considered 'good.' In 2012, the city recorded 248 good air days.
Mayan Noh Mul Pyramid on Mexican Border Bulldozed
Jones and Stevenson
The 2,300 year old Mayan Noh Mul Pyramid has been essentially destroyed by backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project. Located right near the border with Mexico, the ceremonial center was considered the most important site in northern Belize.
Alert Status Raised as El Popo Activity Increases
Mexican authorities have started preparing public shelters after seismic activity increased at the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City. Authorities have also raised the alert status of towns in the state of Puebla, the state of Mexico, and the capital city.
Government Seeks Cheaper Loans, Easier Foreclosures
Mexico's government proposed a sweeping overhaul of the banking sector last week to make credit cheaper and more available, a move desperately needed in a country where bank loans represent less than 20 percent of GDP — one-tenth the level seen in the United States.
Mysterious Metallic Spheres Found in Ancient Temple
Hundreds of mysterious metallic-looking spheres lie beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, an ancient six-level pyramid just 30 miles from Mexico City. They were found during an archaeological dig using a camera-equipped robot in the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan.
Disney Abandons Trademark Attempt on Mexican Holiday
After a massive outcry on social media and an online petition, Disney said this week that it would abandon an application it had filed on May 1st to trademark the phrase 'Día de los Muertos' in connection with Pixar's upcoming animated film based on the holiday.
Bird Flu Continues to Spread Across Central Mexico
The highly pathogenic bird flu virus is spreading quickly across central Mexico, much to the frustration of the Mexican poultry industry. The official stance is that the virus is contained within one area of the country, but the industry believes it has spread far and wide.
Fixing Pemex a Top Priority for Mexico’s New President
Fixing Petroleos de Mexico (Pemex) has become a top priority for Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto. With an overhaul plan expected by late summer, global energy companies are waiting to see whether Mexico will give outsiders a crack at the country’s hydrocarbon treasures.
New Laws Protecting Sea Turtle Nesting Habitats Passed
Mexico is famous for being the sea turtle capital of the world. Literally, every sea turtle species on earth nests on Mexico’s beaches, save one that is only found in Australia. That is why the manner in which Mexico protects its sea turtles is important on a global scale.
Roughly 43 Percent of Mexico Suffering from Drought
The Bioenergy Site
With roughly 43 percent of Mexico suffering from some degree of drought again this year, the federal government has announced stringent conservation measures to preserve already tight water supplies, particularly in a large area just south of the border with the US.
Mexico's Tortillerias and Panaderias Becoming Extinct
Recently, the National Chamber of Baking Industries of Mexico said the small bakeries and tortilla factories in working-class neighborhoods are in danger of becoming extinct due to the influx of the large chain grocery stores like Wal-mart, Tiendas Aurrera, and Soriana.
Sonora Becomes First Mexican State to Ban Bullfighting
Sonora last week became the first Mexican state to ban bullfighting, passing a law against cruelty to animals. The Green Party of Mexico believes the new law puts them one step closer to achieving one of the their goals - the prohibition of bullfighting nationwide.
MEXLend Offers USD Loans for Mexico Property Mortgages
MEXLend, the leading mortgage broker in Mexico, is once again introducing a new lender into Mexico and this time, the lender is not only offering US Dollar loans for purchasing Mexican real estate, but also for refinancing properties owned by US and Canadian citizens.