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UNAM Develops Natural Disaster Early Warning System
El Universal

The National Autonomous University of Mexico is currently working on the development of an early warning system for natural disasters that will give both the government and the population more time to prepare for tropical storms, hurricanes, fires, lightning strikes, and ash plumes.

To Save Mexico's Vaquita, U.S. Court Bans Fish Imports
The Hill

Last week, the United States Court of International Trade ruled that the government must ban Mexican imports of seafood caught in the Gulf of California using gillnets, a fishing technique that has been found to injure and kill the critically endangered vaquita porpoise.

LatAm Trade Ministers Concerned Over Protectionism

Latin American leaders championed free trade at the Pacific Alliance Summit held in Puerto Vallarta this week. Throughout the summit the trade ministers' focus was on cooperation and integration at a time where protectionism, particularly in the U.S., has created growing concerns.

Expat Examines the Pros and Cons of Living in Mexico
International Living

Regardless of how much expats brag about their lives in their chosen overseas destination, the truth is that no country is perfect. Every country has pros and cons, and Mexico is no exception. Here are a few of the pros and cons one expat discovered while living in Mexico.

Lucha Libre Declared an 'Intangible Cultural Heritage'

The Mexico City government has granted Intangible Cultural Heritage status to Lucha Libre (pro wrestling), one of Mexico's most colorful institutions. The status was granted after a petition was submitted by the Wrestler's Commission of Mexico City, where the tradition thrives.

Mexico's 10 Dirtiest Beaches are on the Pacific Coast
Mexico News Daily

According to the Federal Environment Secretariat (Semarnat), although all Mexican beaches are currently within acceptable pollution levels, there are 10 in the states of Guerrero, Nayarit and Michoacán that are on the brink of becoming unsuitable for recreational enjoyment.

Huicholes Aim to Create Record-Breaking Beaded Mural

Members of the indigenous Wixarika community in San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán, Jalisco are using thousands of colorful beads to create an 81-square-meter (882-square-foot) mosaic in an attempt to earn a spot in the Guinness Book of Records for the world's largest mural.

Guadalajara Hosts 25th Int'l Mariachi & Charro Festival

One of the most important cultural events of the year in Guadalajara, the birthplace of Mexico's Mariachi and Charro traditions, is the International Mariachi & Charro Festival. In 2018, the festival celebrates 25 years with festivities at various venues in and around the city, Aug 20-Sept 2.

Southwest Launches Int'l Shipping Service to Mexico
Air Cargo News

Southwest Airlines Cargo has officially launched its international shipping operation with services to Mexico City. Later this summer, the carrier intends to expand services further by adding the ability to ship between the US and Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas/Los Cabos.

New US Travel Advisories Exempt Mexico Tourist Spots
Travel Pulse

On July 16, 2018, the U.S. State Department issued an update for its travel advisory to Mexico by deeming all major tourism destinations safe. Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, San Miguel de Allende, Guadalajara and Mexico City, have no travel restrictions.

Facebook's Messenger Kids App Launches in Mexico
Tech Crunch

Messenger Kids, Facebook's parent-controlled messaging app that lets kids text, call, video chat, and use face filters, has now arrived in Mexico. The launch follows Messenger Kids' recent expansion outside the U.S., where in June it first became available to users in Canada and Peru.

Jalisco to Ban Straws, Plastic Bags & Styrofoam in 2019
El Informador

Propelled by an initiative presented in Puerto Vallarta by city councilman Juan José Cuevas, the State Congress intends to approve a bill to prohibit the use of straws, plastic bags and even Styrofoam throughout Jalisco before the end of the current legislature.

T+L Names San Miguel de Allende the World's Top City

Three Mexican cities have made Travel + Leisure magazine's list of the world's top 15 cities for 2018 and San Miguel de Allende has ranked No. 1 for the second year in a row. Oaxaca City moved into second place from last year's sixth, and Mexico City returns to the list, placing 11th.

Jalisco's Vicente Fernandez Returns to Music at Age 78
Latin American Herald Tribune

Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez returns to music at age 78 with the ranchera number 'En la Carcel de Tu Adios,' an emotional song that comes more than two years after his retirement. It's the first promotional single of his new album, 'Más Romantico que Nunca,' available August 10.

CFE Removes Disincentive for Solar Panel Installation
El Economista

Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission has withdrawn its legal opposition to the regulations governing the sale of solar energy up to 500 kilowatts, meaning that people with small solar panel systems will soon be able to sell electricity they generate back to the state-owned company.

New Blueberry Plantations Are 'Cropping Up' in Jalisco
Fresh Plaza

New agricultural businesses are 'cropping up' every day in the Valleys of Jalisco. The Bloomberry Farms and Esquiberries Farms companies, run by three young agro-entrepreneurs, are new producers in this region, and this is their second year working with blueberries.

AMLO to Attend Pacific Alliance Summit in Puerto Vallarta
El Financiero

During a press conference held in Mexico City on Tuesday, President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that he'll be taking a commercial flight to Puerto Vallarta to attend the 13th Pacific Alliance Summit, to which he was invited by President Enrique Peña Nieto.

P&G Moves Mexico Headquarters to New Offices

Procter & Gamble Co. has completed the move of about 400 employees to new corporate offices near Mexico City. The Cincinnati-based maker of household products and consumer goods is now leasing space for P&G's Mexico headquarters in a new building in Huixquilucan.

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