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Lopez Obrador Expands Plan for Yucatan Tourist Train

President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced this week an even more ambitious proposal for the Yucatan Peninsula 'Mayan Train' that would extend its route to 930 miles (1,500 kilometers) - and increase the project's cost to somewhere between 120 and 150 billion pesos.

Mexico's Velas Resorts Eliminate Single-use Plastic Straws

In an ongoing dedication to sustainability, Velas Resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Los Cabos, and Riviera Maya are no longer offering single-use plastic straws. The Mexican resort collection estimates they will eliminate 1.6 million total straws in one year.

Amazon Prepares to Launch Alexa and Echo in Mexico
Venture Beat

Amazon recently announced that Alexa will soon speak Mexican Spanish as the company prepares to localize its smart virtual assistant for its first Latin American market. No date has been given for Alexa's launch in Mexico, but it will be 'later this year,' according to the company.

Berries Generate Investment & Employment in Jalisco

The Secretary of Rural Development, Hector Padilla Gutierrez, said the berry sector triggered investment and employment in the fields of Jalisco. The state leads the blueberry production market with 13,354 tons and the raspberry market with 85,960 tons produced.

Spencer Tunick Finds Artistic Inspiration in Sargassum
Yucatán Expat Life

Spencer Tunick, the New York photographer famous for persuading crowds to strip and strike a pose, recently returned to Mexico. This time, his inspiration was the sargassum that's invading the beaches of Tulum, where he shot a group of nude activists partially covered with seaweed.

Mexico's Lopez Obrador Formally Declared President-elect
Associated Press

Mexico's electoral court has certified the July 1 victory of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The formality carried out on Wednesday allows Lopez Obrador to officially begin the transition to the presidency. AMLO will take office December 1, 2018.

Mexico Tourism Grows Even as Airlines Decrease Flights
Travel Pulse

While Mexico's international tourism continues to grow well beyond industry averages, some U.S.-based airlines are reducing flights to the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean. The reductions among these carriers come as the country's tourism continues its significant growth trajectory.

Orlando Magic to Play 2 Regular-Season Games in CDMX
Orlando Sentinel

In an effort to raise their international profile and to boost Amway's sales abroad, the Orlando Magic will host two regular-season games in Mexico City, the NBA announced. The Magic will face the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 13 and the Utah Jazz on Dec. 15 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Stop Telemarketers with Mexico's Do Not Call Registry
Two Expats Mexico

Did you know Mexico has a a national do-not-call registry very similar to that of the United States that allows people to avoid unwanted calls from telemarketers? Profeco's online registry makes it easy to add your Mexican phone number(s) in less than a minute.

Why So Many North Americans Retire on Lake Chapala

When you look at all the factors that make an ideal retirement destination - climate, cost of living, ease of travel to and from USA or Canada, healthcare, etc. - Ajijic, on the shores of Mexico's Lake Chapala, is one of the finest places on the planet for year-round living.

Mexico Attempts to End Seaweed Invasion with Innovation

State authorities are redoubling efforts to deal with the tons of seaweed that has been invading Quintana Roo beaches over the past few months. New methods, like ecological fences similar to those used in oil spills, will be utilized to collect the sargassum at sea, before it reaches land.

12-year-old Boy Studying Biomedical Physics at UNAM

After achieving a perfect score on his entrance exam, Carlos Santamaría Díaz, a 12-year-old boy from Cuernavaca, today became the youngest Biomedical Physics student to ever be admitted to the UNAM's Faculty of Sciences in the university's roughly century-long history.

Mexico's 10 Centavo Coin Costs 19 Centavos to Produce
El Financiero

The lowest denomination of Mexican currency is the 10-centavo coin, a very small silver coin that is rarely used. But for the Bank of México (Banxico) it's the most costly coin to make. Rising costs have pushed up the price of minting a single one of the coins to 19 centavos.

'Guacamania' Fest Returns to Mexico's Velas Resorts

It's time for Guacamania! With special avocado-focused menus, avocado-themed spa treatments, dedicated guacamologist and more, guests at Velas Resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Los Cabos and Riviera Maya can celebrate Mexico's 'Green Gold' this September.

No Deaths, 49 Hospitalized in Aeromexico Plane Crash

An Aeromexico jetliner carrying 103 people crashed in stormy weather shortly after takeoff on Tuesday in Mexico's north-central state of Durango, skidding to a halt in a nearby field. Fortunately, all 103 passengers and crew managed to escape before flames consumed the plane.

AMLO Sets Million-hectare Reforestation Plan in Motion

Mexico's President-elect Andres Lopez Obrador put one of his campaign promises - to plant a million hectares of fruit and timber trees throughout the country during his six-year administration - in motion last weekend by conducting field tests in Chiapas and Tabasco.

Chilean Firm Solubag Invents Plastic-Free Grocery Bags

Plastic products continue to pollute seas and rivers across the globe. Chilean firm, Solubag, seems to have come up with a solution to counter plastic pollution. It has invented a non-plastic grocery bag that is free of oil derivatives which makes it capable of dissolving in water.

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