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May Mexican Holidays: Labor Day and Day of the Cross
Â© Tara A. Spears
The first week of May is packed with three Mexican holidays: Labor Day, May 1; Day of the Cross, May 3; and Cinco de Mayo, May 5. Only May 1st is a Mexican national holiday in which schools, banks and some businesses are closed, the other two are social observances that vary by regional custom. Here in the Riviera Nayarit these official days are very understated, no parades or large community celebrations, just family fiestas and individuals enjoying a day off work.
Labor Day, Primero de Mayo: Mexico's Labor Day being observed on May 1st does actually have some meaning behind it. In 1906, there were labor union uproars and repression in the cities of Cananea, Sonora and in 1907 in Rio Blanco, Veracruz. Labor Day in Mexico means no government office works. There are no banks, postal services, and many restaurants close as well.
Labor Day isn't all rest and relaxation, either- in some areas it is used as a time to peacefully protest against the issues that might arise with whatever company the particular employees work for. There are several labor unions that unite together to protest specifically on this day to get better health benefits, better treatment, etc. You can see different companies protesting on main streets and in front of city halls often on Labor Day in larger cities.
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New 2012 Requirement for FM3 Renewals: Be Prepared
Â©Tara A Spears
Effective April 13, 2012 the Mexican Immigration procedure for obtaining/ renewing the FM3 document now requires a different type of photo-it must be a total of five pictures, 3 from the front (no smile allowed) and 2 from the side (no earrings or jewelry allowed). Okay, you are thinking, so it as one more pic than previously, so what? The big deal is that the government demands that the hair be slicked back from the face-no bangs, no hair in front of the ear. Ohmygod! Ladies, how many of us have that type of hairstyle??? I nearly fainted when the photographer came at me with hair pins to flatten and pull my hair back so that the entire forehead (and in my case, gray roots) is accented in the close up photo. To add insult to injury, the photographer also used water to slick all my hair back, yuck, I look like a concentration camp inmate with shaved hair! I do not look like me as I have always worn bangs since I was a girl. For those of us traveling from Riviera Nayarit to Bucerias with photos we had taken in LaPenita, it is a huge hassle to have to make another trip with a new set of photos with the mandated hairstyle, so be aware of the change and get the photos done in the specified format. With typical Mexican ingenuity, there are now three photographers immediately next to the INM office in Bucherias, who for $150-200 Mx will take the five photos so that you can get back in line to finish your application. (It's only $60 pesos in LaPenita.) Men and women must show their hairline in the photos.
Another change at the Bucerias Immigration Office is that now the office has armed guards and you must obtain a number outside the office and sign a registration book before you can speak to a clerk. Beginning in 2011, the FM3 process MUST BE initiated online (www.inm.gob.mx/) and a printed copy of the online registration presented to the clerk. I witnessed several uninformed individuals turned away (after waiting in line for a turn) because they did not have the online printout. Also be aware of the time difference in Bucerias-they lock the gate at precisely 1 p.m.-no matter that you were in line and had to run to pay the fee at the bank, get the 4 copies of the payment receipt and were hustling back to turn in the receipt. Otherwise, the necessary documents are the same:
Young Global Leaders Forum visits entreamigos community center
San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico.
Last Saturday 14th, entreamigos had the privilege of hosting the visit of part of the Young Global Leaders group that came to Puerto Vallarta for the World Economic Forum. The YGLÂ´s define themselves as a unique, multistakeholder community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. They represent the future of leadership, coming from all regions of the world and representing business, government, civil society, arts & culture, academia and media.
The building was full of people from all over the world and every sector of society: politicians from South America, journalists from Africa, physicians from Europe, social entrepreneurs from Asia . everyone trying hard to make a difference in the world.
After touring entreamigos, these 35 brilliant and inspiring young minds explored different parts of San Pancho to learn about the effects of globalization in a small community.
Mexico Retirement Expo Coming to
Jalisco in June
With baby-boomers reaching retirement age in the very near future, a handful of forward thinking Mexican organizations have emerged to meet the current and future demands of thousands of retirees that will move to Mexico in the next decade.
One of those organizations is AMAR: the Mexican Association for Retirement Communities.
The AMAR is a non-profit group focused on providing quality of life as well as quality of care for seniors retiring in Mexico. The alignment has based its mission in freedom, trust, well-being, and security for retirees making their future home in Mexico.
AMAR's mission is to encourage the development of the senior living market and to continually improve the standards among retirement communities in Mexico. The organization acts as a bridge between the communities of expatriates in Mexico, and the bureaucrats that they must interact with, such as governmental officers at every level and providers of goods and services.
|The full schedule is now available at FestivalDeMayo.org and includes a wide range of activities for all tastes, many of which are offered free of charge.|
Performers of note include Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Les Violons du Roy and Les 7 Doigts de la Main, plus many others! The full schedule is now available at FestivalDeMayo.org and includes a wide range of activities for all tastes, many of which are offered free of charge.
This 15th edition of the Festival Cultural de Mayo runs from May 11 to 27 and tickets for paid events will be available at TicketMaster.com.mx beginning in April.The Consulate of Canada in Guadalajara encourages everyone to attend and support our fellow Canadians during this upcoming event.
MEXICO NEWS This WEEK
Calderon favors financial inclusion
President Felipe Calderon said that he will continue to be a strong supporter of financial inclusion because it is a social equalizer.
During the launching of the Mobile Transfer payment system on Thursday, the president said that financial inclusion is not an issue that is discussed in depth in Mexico.
According to global figures, he said, more than 50 percent of people living in developing countries do not benefit from progress, since they cannot prove their income.
We have analyzed financial inclusion very little in Mexico, but it is a key factor for equity in societies. It is fundamental for promoting social justice and a more efficient economy. It is calculated that 47 percent of people living in developing countries don't have access to formal financial services, he said ."..go to original article
Popocatepetl is Spewing Steam and rock
Authorities raised alert level to high yellow
Hot liquid magma? Not a good thing, and even less so when the volcano rumbling with indigestion lies just a couple dozen miles from one of the most populous cities on Earth.
For the past few months, the Popocatpetl volcano southeast of the capital has been been spewing chunks of flaming, incandescent rock and burping up clouds of hot white ash and steaming gray vapors.
At night, residents can see the glowing peak of the snow-capped volcano locals call El Popo. It is very dramatic to witness the Earth's most elemental forces reveal themselves. It is also a little bit freaky, in a Krakatoa kind of way. ."..go to original article
Hispanic voters key to US Election
With the GOP presidential nomination no longer in doubt, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney this week are urgently turning their focus to Hispanic voters , a group whose alienation from Republicans threatens GOP prospects for winning the White House and has given the Obama campaign an early opportunity to lock in the support of a key constituency.
Sensing a chance to exploit the disconnect, the Obama re-election campaign is accelerating its efforts to reignite the intensity that brought out Latino voters in record numbers four years ago.
The Republican nominee-to-be and his party are looking to repair relations by dispatching organizers to critical states and by reminding Hispanics that the administration has not lived up to its promises on immigration reform. ...go to original article
Riviera Maya is the ultimate Mexican destination for modern luxury and ancient history
Mayan temples, eco-friendly resorts and miles of pristine beaches are all waiting
From miles of pristine white sandy beaches to impressively eco-friendly resorts, ancient Mayan temples, snorkeling, scuba diving and cave diving, Mexico's hip Riviera Maya has it all â€” and, for those with kids in tow, there are even direct flights.
Here are our recommendations for making the most of it.
What To Do
Riviera Maya scores high when it comes to having tour operators who can point out its many unique aspects. For families seeking fun-filled days with activity levels suited to the needs of all, the convenience of booking through such an operator cannot be overstated. Our top picks ...go to original article
Report: Wal-Mart hushed up bribe network in Mexico
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hushed up a vast bribery campaign that top executives of its Mexican subsidiary carried out to build stores across that country, according to a published report.
The New York Times reported Saturday that Wal-Mart failed to notify law enforcement officials even after its own investigators found evidence of millions of dollars in bribes. The newspaper said the company shut down its internal probe despite a report by its lead investigator that Mexican and U.S. laws likely were violated. ...go to original article
Mexican group mixes ancestral music with Beatles melodies
More than 50 young Mixtec Indians gave a
concert in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara, in which
they fused their ancestral musical tradition with melodies made
famous by the legendary British rock group The Beatles.
With instruments typical of the Mixtec culture rooted in the southern state of Oaxaca, such as the tuba and accordion, the members of the Yaandavi Symphonic Orchestra on Friday performed songs like "Yesterday" and "All You Need Is Love" in the Pedro Arrupe Auditorium at Iteso Jesuit University ...go to original article
Great white shark caught by fishermen in Mexico
Two fishermen in Mexico have landed themselves a large and unusual catch - a great white shark almost 20ft (six metres) in length.
The 2,000lb (900kg) shark was dead when it was accidentally caught in nets from the Sea of Cortez off Sonora state.
They feared that if the great white had been alive, it would have overpowered them and their small boat. ...go to original article
Canadian-born Van't Schip named Chivas Guadalajara coach
John van't Schip has been named the new
coach of Mexican club Guadalajara Chivas.Van't Schip, born in
John Canada, was picked by compatriot and former Barcelona coach Johan Cruyff who has been serving since February as an adviser to the slumping club. Van't Schip replaces Ignacio Ambriz, who resigned earlier this week after not receiving a contract for next season. ...go to original article
A CHALLENGE FROM THE MARGARITA CHALLENGE!
The Margarita Challenge has donated $20,000 pesos to help Marianna receive her 2nd hip replacement and is challenging other individuals, groups of individuals or organizations to help meet the goal of $20,000 pesos!
Many of you may know Marianna as she sells her art and leather goods at the Tianguis in La Penita and Guayabitos.
Marianna is a vibrant young woman who just turned 50 this spring and who struggles to walk, using crutches to help with balance. Her back is straining to compensate and Marianna is in constant pain.
The hip operations was long overdue but Marianna was unable to have the replacement done due to the on-set of breast cancer 5 years ago. One of her breasts was removed. Last spring Marianna received the good news from the doctors that she was free from cancer and could go ahead to have her hips replaced.
However, the prosthesis alone cost $41,124 pesos plus additional expenses such as X-rays, blood analysis, transportation to and from Guadalajara, medications and electro-cardio gram. The cost of the hospital and specialist were minimal but in total, an impossible amount of money for Marinna and her husband, Cristobal to save.
The Margarita Challenge along with members of this community came forth to help. A special thanks to the Margarita Challenge who donated $25.100 pesos to help purchase the first prosthesis and to successfully receive her first hip replacement!
Marianna urgently needs her 2nd hip done before permanent damage occurs to her spine. Due to the pain, Marianna twists her body as she walk The specialist wants her to have it done as soon as possible. She has no money and needs to raise at least $50,000 pesos of which $41,000 pesos is the cost of the prothesis. The other $9,000 pesos are the costs of blood tranfusions, X-Rays, medications and electro-cardiogram. The cost of the hospital and the specialist are free.
Please consider helping to pay for Marianna’s 2nd hip replacement! We only need $20,000 more pesos or approximately $1565.00!!
Donations to Marianna’s fund to date:
$ 500 pesos
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MEXICO NEWS Last WEEK
Two Quakes Strike Mexico in Eight Hours
Two separate, powerful earthquakes rocked Mexico in an eight hour period yesterday.
A strong earthquake struck in the mountains of western Mexico on Wednesday, shaking buildings more than 200 miles away in Mexico City and sending people rushing out of offices onto the streets ...go to original article
Mexico to Raise Minimum Drinking Age?
If the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico (PVEM) has its way, Mexican law will exclude anyone under the age of twenty-one from buying alcohol or tobacco, legally, in this country.
The PVEM is one of the six political parties to have representation in the Mexican Congress and it's congressional strength currently stands at 17 elected deputies (out of 500) and five (out of 128) elected senators ..go to original article
Poll shows Pena Nieto is way ahead
A new survey shows that the Institutional Revolutionary Party's (PRI) candidate Enrique Pena Nieto is winning the presidential race, beating the National Action Party's (PAN) candidate Josefina Vazquez Mota by 20.8 percentage points in approval.
BuendÃa & Laredo, the company that conducted the survey, interviewed 1,000 people in 125 different electoral zones in the country between March 30 and April 3. Mexico's presidential election will take place on July 1 ..go to original article
PEMEX says foreign companies sell stolen gas
Mexico's state oil company Pemex has filed a fresh lawsuit against a dozen oil companies including units of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, alleging they sold fuel stolen by drug gangs, U.S. court filings show.
Pemex filed the new complaint in a court in the Southern District of Texas on April 10, after a judge ruled Mexico's oil monopoly could not add the Shell subsidiaries and other companies, including ConocoPhillips, to an original claim filed in 2010 .go to original article
Money, drugs, guns and gangs: Child actors shame Mexico's politicians with mockumentary
A video "mockumentary" that shows children as kidnappers, corrupt cops and drug traffickers has sparked a fierce debate in violence-torn Mexico, with some people calling it a needed wake-up call while others described it as political manipulation or even child abuse.
Kids playing the role of businessmen, criminals and corrupt officials are seen robbing, paying bribes and shooting it out in a mock Mexico made up entirely of children, all to the deceptively laid-back tune of the 1970s ballad "Una Manana," or "One Morning." ..go to original article
Foreign Affairs defends Ottawa's response to Canadian jailed in Mexico
Nearly every day Cynthia Vanier lines up in a Mexican prison to place a collect call home to her parents in Brampton. The chats are short, sometimes emotions run high and there's always an effort to keep everyone's spirits up.
But nearly five months after she was jailed, her family says it's hard to stay positive when Canada has done so little to help one of its own citizens .go to original article
Mexico Ruling Party: Rival PRI Candidate a 'Liar'
Mexico's presidential front-runner huddled with advisers Thursday to respond to a negative campaign ad by the ruling party that calls him a "liar" and strikes at the heart of a successful message that he produces results.
The ad by the National Action Party shows a polluted lake and an unfinished bridge among the list of 608 projects that Enrique Pena Nieto says he completed during his term as the Institutional Revolutionary Party governor of Mexico state.
His campaign slogan is "I know how to deliver." .go to original article
UPS starts Cross Border service to Mexico
United Parcel Service Inc.United Parcel Service Inc.Latest from The Business Journals Woodruff's money man to retire after 35 years Exeter buys three more industrial properties in Louisville Atlanta companies gear up for London Games. Follow this company started a ground freight service in Mexico aimed at speeding up and boosting trade between the United States and its southern neighbor.
As Business Firstreports, UPS Cross Border Connect is a ground freight service that bundles UPS's transportation and customs brokerage expertise north and south of the border. It is a contractual service that uses the trucking network that supports UPS's North American Air Freight service ..go to original article
Mexican Catholics laud expansion of religious rights
The Archdiocese of Mexico City has praised a majority decision by Senators and legislators to reform the Mexican Constitution to broaden religious freedom in the country.
In a March 27 statement, the archdiocese praised the reform of articles 24 and 40 in the local constitution, which acknowledge religious freedom as a "fundamental" human right.
The archdiocese noted that local archbishop Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera "has said on various occasions" that strengthening religious freedom "benefits our citizens first of all, whether they are believers or not, and only secondly the institutions comprised of them." .go to original article
A Deadly Syndrome Stalks the Mexican Elections
Call it the Michoacan Plus Syndrome.
Exposed during last fall's elections in the Mexican state of
Michoacan, kidnappings and other crimes against actual or
potential political candidates are now surfacing in Mexico's
state and federal elections scheduled for July 1.
In a recent meeting with the Interior Ministry, leaders of the Progressive Movement coalition denounced violent attacks and threats against their members and candidates in seven of Mexico's states including Quintana Roo, Guerrero, Durango, Nuevo Leon, Jalisco, Morelos and Michoacan ..
Movie on Mexico's war against Catholics offers timely lessons
The producer of a new film that brings to life the fight against the Mexican government's persecution of Catholics in the 1920s says there are clear parallels to today's situation in the United States and elsewhere.
"I think what we are living now is the same things that happened at that time, and after you watch the movie you will see there are a lot of topics that are very alive right now," Pablo Jose Barroso, producer of "For Greater Glory," told EWTN News on March 21.
"For Greater Glory" - formerly called "Cristiada" - charts the history of Mexico's Cristero War that was sparked by anti-clerical legislation being passed by the Mexican President ElÃas Calles in 1926. Those laws banned religious orders, deprived the Church of property rights and denied priests civil liberties, including the right to trial by jury and the right to vote ..go to original article
Mexican group tackles pollution with vertical gardens
When people think of Mexico City, they think of many different things â€” traffic congestion, for example, or colonial churches, or snow-covered volcanoes . . . or traffic congestion.
They do not think of the pristine quality of the air.
There's a reason for that. Although far cleaner than it used to be, the atmosphere that sustains the city's roughly 20 million residents remains severely laden with contaminants.
But that doesn't mean a city can't dream, and the massive urban conglomeration that serves as Mexico's capital is dreaming these days â€” en verde.
In green ...go to original article
Now you can view Bill and Dot Bell's Mexico Photography in one place!
RV Insurance Provider Announces New Specialty RV Coverage
RV Insurance Professionals, a division of International Insurance Group, Inc, reminds RV'ers that many traditional auto insurers do not offer some very important Specialty RV Coverage options that have recently become available including for visitors to Mexico.
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RV Insurance Professionals reminds RV and Travel Trailer owners to review their current RV policies to ensure that they have the best coverage available in the marketplace. Many RV Owners still buy their RV Insurance policies with traditional Auto Insurance companies, many of whom do not provide specialized RV coverage , stated Derek Kartchner, with specialty insurance provider RV Insurance Professionals, a division of International Insurance Group, Inc.
Some of the specialty RV Insurance coverage options now provided by http://www.iigins.com include:
Agreed value coverage: removes the questions that may occur at the time of a loss by locking in the value of the RV or Travel trailer at the time of insurance purchase. To qualify an appraisal of the unit must be provided.
Attached Accessories coverage: protects accessories that may be attached to the RV or travel trailer. This may include items such as awnings, satellite dishes, and television antennas.
Diminishing Deductibles coverage: decreases the deductible year over year until it reaches zero. This coverage is an excellent option for those with safe driving records.
Full Timers coverage: works much like personal liability coverage on a homeowner's policy and provides broad liability coverage for those who are full time RVers. In addition, on the property side, coverage for stored personal contents, and additional living expense coverage is available with full-timers RV insurance coverage.
Guaranteed loss replacement coverage: an important coverage that protects against depreciation. If the RV is older than 5 years, and has a total loss, then the purchase price of the unit will be paid.
Mexico physical damage coverage: extends the territory on an RV or Travel Trailer policy to include coverage in Mexico for comprehensive and collision.
Purchase Price Protection coverage: guarantees reimbursement of the entire purchase price of the RV or travel trailer in the event of a total loss.
Personal Property Replacement Cost coverage: provides for replacement without regard to depreciation for personal effects in the RV .
Towing and Labor coverage: provides assistance in the event of an RV breakdown. Services such as battery jumpstarts, fuel delivery, flat tire change, locksmith service, winching and towing for mechanical or electrical breakdown are available.
The RV Insurance Professionals encourage RV and Travel Trailer owners to review their current policies to determine if these coverage options are included.
For more information, or to obtain a quote, consumers can visit http://www.iigins.com.
Beautiful Coastal Gardens: The Best Salt-Tolerant Plants
Â©Tara A. Spears
A friend was recently venting her frustration with gardening, These plants were just gorgeous when I bought them at the Thursday market, but a week after I planted them in the ground, the plants were shriveled and ugly. I am just not a gardener! I encouraged her to not give up gardening but to remember the cardinal rule for selecting plants: always consider the big four' growing needs of the plant: the preferred soil composition, the amount of sun required, nighttime temperature tolerance, and the amount of water needed. Match the plant with its preferred conditions and it will thrive.
In training to become a master gardener, the course begins with learning about soil composition. In fact, all US county master gardener centers offer free soil testing. Knowing the makeup of your soil guides your plant selection and leads to how to amend the soil to make it more suitable for growing healthy plants and trees. Soil composition is one reason why a particular geographic area has native grass as opposed to pine forests, etc. It is also why there is such a variance in the types of commercial potted soil sold. The chemical makeup of a given soil is often the most important determining factor of whether a plant will flourish or struggle, or even of if it will grow at all. Salt content in soil is one consideration that can significantly affect plant growth, as salt primarily affects the way plants absorb moisture from soil. In excessively saline soils (such as in our coastal region,) it takes more energy for the plant to absorb the same amount of water than moisture uptake would require in non-saline soils. Because the energy the plant uses to absorb the water is diverted away from building new growth on the plant, soil salinity often becomes apparent as stunted new growth, leaf wilting and similar symptoms. Some plants that have a particular sensitivity can suffer a toxic reaction in saline soils.
EXPANDING ON THE SUCCESS OF THE LOS AMIGOS RECYCLING PROGRAM
Los Amigos' recycling program, partly funded by the Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club grant, now collects over 3,500 kilos of plastic per month. Local volunteers are no longer able to manage the volume. The operations side of the program will now be sub-contracted to a third party collection company, specializing in the processing of recycled plastic. As per the grant, Los Amigos will continue to administer the program's containers, education and marketing.
THANK YOU CALIFORNIA ROTARY DISTRICT 5130 AND MIDDLETOWN ROTARY
California Middletown Rotary and California District Rotary 5130 have done it again! Following on the success of their Los Amigos Recycling grant and their Zacualpan high school grant ( remodel including computer lab and commercial kitchen lab), CONALEP high school has received a much needed grant for computers. Eddie Dominguez made the announcement at the La Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary meeting. The grant will provide 20 new computers, a new computer lab and 5 new computers for the school library. The local La Penita club will raise $4,000.00 as their participation in the grant funding. The school's parents and teachers will be required to raise 20%. Your donations at work!
CONALEP STUDENTS CARRY THEIR LEADERSHIP TRAINING FORWARD
The momentum was started in the Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club's Learning for Life grant provided by Kalispell Montana Rotary Club. Forty CONALEP students learned key leadership concepts coming out of their three leading-edge leadership work shops. The local students have formed The CONALEP Community Club which will identify six to eight community projects. Congratulations future leaders of Jaltemba Bay! Stay posted for more progress information.
TWO ROTARY PRESIDENTS GO TO PET INTERNATIONAL
Jaltemba Bay La Penita Rotary Club's president-elect, Abraham, and president elect-elect, Octaviano, attended the Rotary International PET officer training in Tepic last week. Rotary's theme for this coming year will be Peace Through Service. The two in-coming presidents were able to meet their counter-parts and get to know about the objects of Rotary going forward. Stay posted as these two Rotary leaders will be very active in the next two years.
THE RISE OF THE AZTEC EMPIRE
By John P. Schmal Click here to go to original
The Aztec Empire of 1519 was the most powerful Mesoamerican kingdom of all time. The multi-ethnic, multi-lingual realm stretched for more than 80,000 square miles through many parts of what is now central and southern Mexico. This enormous empire reached from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf coast and from central Mexico to the present-day Republic of Guatemala. Fifteen million people, living in thirty-eight provinces and residing in 489 communities, paid tribute to the Emperor Moctezuma II in Tenochtitlan, the capital city of the great empire.
The Mexica (pronounced "me-shee-ka") Indians, the dominant ethnic group ruling over the Aztec Empire from their capital city at Tenochtitlan in the Valley of Mexico, had very obscure and humble roots that made their rise to power even more remarkable. The Valley of Mexico, which became the heartland of the Aztec civilization, is a large internally-drained basin which is surrounded by volcanic mountains, some of which reach more than 3,000 meters in elevation.
Your Car in Mexico
By Rolly Brooks, Click here to read original
Who can leave a car in Mexico? Anyone with an FM3 or FM2.
I have an FMM, I need to fly back home for a quick trip. Can I leave my car while I'm gone? Not without special permission. You must surrender your FMM at the airline check-in counter. When you give up that FMM, your car becomes illegal. Go to an Aduana (customs) office and ask them what to do. You will find Aduana offices at all border crossings and ports of entry (sea ports and international airports.)
If I leave my car behind, who can drive it while I'm gone? Read here. You should be sure your insurance policy allows others to drive your car. Personally, I think it is a very bad idea. If your friend has an accident without your being there to deal with the police and insurance adjuster, your friend (and later you) may have a big problem. It should be OK, but I would not count on it.
MEXICO NEWS Last WEEK
Mexico's plan to drill deep Gulf wells sets off alarms
Regulator charges that company is unprepared for accidents
Two years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, Mexico's state oil company is about to test its hand at drilling at extraordinary depths in the Gulf of Mexico.
If all goes as planned, Petroleos de Mexico, known as Pemex, will deploy two state-of-the-art drilling platforms in May to an area just south of the maritime boundary with the United States. One rig will sink a well in 9,514 feet of water, while another will drill in 8,316 feet of water, then deeper into the substrata ..go to original article
San Marcos National Fair, Aguacalientes, Mexico
For 184 years the city of Aguacalientes, capital of the state of Aguacalientes, the land of clear water, clear skies, fertile land, and good people, as stated in the motto on its coat of arms. Has hosted what has come to be called the Festival of Mexico. The San Marcos National Fair. This year it will begin on April 20th and run until May 13th. The party gets started with the coronation of Ana Cristina I , the elected queen of the fair. The inaugural race occurs on Sunday, the 22nd at the eastern gate of the San Marcos Gardens.
The fair has several expositions and highlights both a state of Mexico and foreign nation. This year, the state of Tamaulipas and the country of Japan are the stars of the fair. There is also a pavilion for the Federal District, as well as expositions highlighting industry, arts and crafts and Hidrocalidad , highlighting local goods. ..go to original article
Discover Mexico's Semana Santa and its specialty cuisine(+ Pambazo recipe)
It is truly a beautiful time of year to be in Mexico, important religious images are displayed, altars are decorated at home and in the streets, and flower decorations and palm crosses are everywhere. Semana Santa (Holy Week) begins with Domingo de Ramas (Palm Sunday) and lasts Easter Sunday or Pascua. Since, according to the Vatican Insider, nearly 90% of Mexicans are Catholic, Holy Week is one of the important holidays, second only to Christmas. It is also the end of the period of sacrifices, Lent, which began this year on Ash Wednesday, February 22.
Food historian Jeffrey Pilcher, in his book, Que Vivan Los Tamales, offers this scene in Mexico from the 1800â€²s era memoirs of Guillermo Prieto. From Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday throngs of people danced through the streets, in a movable feast of popular cuisine. Thirsty revelers guzzled aguas frescas, refreshing waters flavored with pineapple, melon, tamarindo, and chia seeds, dispensed by women from palm-frond and flower-decorated stands . ..go to original article
Week of Gaffes Forces Rethink for Mexico Candidate
The presidential candidate of Mexico's governing party canceled a rally and called an emergency meeting of her political team Thursday after her first six days of campaigning were marred by gaffes.
On March 30, Josefina Vasquez Mota misspoke during a speech and said she planned to "strengthen money laundering" if elected.
The next day, a campaign rally had to be called off because of a nearby picket line of striking airline workers â€” a cancellation her staff blamed on poor planning. ..go to original article
Mexico's controversial gangster ballads
The name of Aaron Lopez's band Los Astros del Cristo Rey â€” meaning the Stars of Christ the King â€” drew inspiration from a towering statue of Christ here in Mexico's conservative Catholic heartland northwest of the liberal capital city.
By day, the name fits: the trio sings "corridos," or ballads, about the region and the Christ statue for visitors arriving at the hilltop site. After hours, the group moonlights in local bars and cantinas, singing about less Godly topics: drug-cartel kingpins and their illegal exploits. ..go to original article
Texas Opposes Giving River Water To Mexico
Texas officials are opposing a federal commission's decision to give Mexico water from the Rio Grande despite a historic drought that has severely depleted Texas water resources.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein say they're challenging a decision by the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) to give Mexico water. They said Wednesday that they're asking President Barack Obama to intervene. ..go to original article
Teen mothers account for quarter of all births in Mexico
Mothers aged 14-19 account for roughly
480,000, or 24 percent, of Mexico's 2 million annual births,
The figures were provided by Alejandro Rosas Solis, deputy director of sexual and reproductive health at the health secretariat's National Center for Equity, Gender and Reproductive Health.
"A teen pregnancy is considered high risk due to the immaturity of the (adolescent's) body, which puts them at risk of pre-eclampsia or haemorrhages, conditions that are among the main causes of maternal mortality," the expert said ..go to original article
US, Mexican leaders trade warnings on gun violence
The explosion of drug-fueled violence along Mexico's border with the United States could harm relations between the two nations, President Barack Obama said Monday; Mexico's leader retorted that much of the problem of drugs and guns begins on the U.S. side of the line.
In the thick of political contests in both the United States and Mexico, Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon traded unusually direct claims about the cause and effect of the drug violence that has consumed a swath of northeastern Mexico. They were cordial and complimentary to one another, but did not hide the degree of worry on both sides about a six-year spasm of violence that has killed more than 47,000 people.
"It can have a deteriorating effect overall on the nature of our relationship," Obama said. "And that's something that we have to pay attention to." ..go to original article
Navy will stay on streets: Pena Nieto
On Wednesday, the Committed to Mexico Alliance presidential candiate, Enrique Pena Nieto, promised that the Navy will maintain surveillance in Veracruz and, if necessary, in all regions of the country, until security is reestablished.
On the fifth day of the presidential race, the priista visited the port of Veracruz, where he held a press conference in a restaurant, the Cafe de la Parroquia. There, Pena Nieto signed his thirteenth campaign promise regarding security, which states that if he wins the July 1 elections, Mexico's navy will continue to maintain surveillance in the streets of Veracruz. ..go to original article
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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added Jalisco's "Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila" to its World Heritage List in 2006.
But the area has become threatened, with businesses in the protected area not fulfilling their obligations to treat sewage, and also by local authorities approval for the installation of a landfill site in Amatitan.
Candidates for the state governorship, Jorge Aristoteles Sandoval Diaz and Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, have both voiced their concerns this week.
"Losing recognition would entail a loss of global prestige and would also hinder any attempt by the state of Jalisco to seek further designations," said Sandoval.
Two Years in Prison for Iguana Meat Smuggler
SAN DIEGO (CN) - A Las Vegas man was sentenced to two years in federal prison for smuggling iguana meat into the United States, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Eliodoro Soria Fonseca, 38, admitted that he entered the United States from Mexico in June 2011 "with several coolers stuffed with iguana meat, concealed under fish," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement announcing the sentencing.
"Officers with Customs and Border Protection at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry ultimately searched the coolers, and found the beheaded, skinned, and deboned bodies of 115 iguanas (weighing 159 pounds) concealed inside. Fonseca acknowledged as part of his guilty plea that he intentionally concealed the iguana meat, which he knew he should declare to United States authorities," prosecutors said in the statement.
The green iguana (Iguana iguana) is protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The CITES Appendix II list, which includes the iguana, covers species that are not yet endangered but may become threatened if trade in them is not controlled.
Circus! Circus! Tough Life on the Road
Â©Tara A. Spears
Harking back to a less sophisticated time, small family circuses live a nomadic life driving on the rural serpentine, two lane highways throughout Mexico, pitching their tents in dusty fields in small towns. It used to be a BIG event: something out-of-the-ordinary, excitement for the sleepy, isolated villages that welcomed any entertainment besides walking down main street on a Saturday night. But in the age of satellite TV and internet, the traveling circus pales compared to the high tech movies now available right at home. Presently, the once glamorous life of a circus performer is just a lot of hard work to barely make ends meet. This original reality' entertainment is a dying art.
But the circus tradition still touches audiences: to young children even an ordinary llama, camel or monkey is a delight. This week La Penita was home for not just the Continental Circus but the Ponderosa de Venezuela Circus. The audience was mostly families or grandparents with children-look at the anticipation in the girls' eyes (left photo) as they waited in line to attend a recent circus performance While an adult sees a threadbare, home-made costume, a child sees the glamorous outfit of a real-life Barbie doll. The children cried Ohhhhh! as the acrobats performed overhead amid the spotlights-it was Spiderman live! While a pony might be ordinary if grazing in a field, tricked out with feathers in its halter, bathed in colored spotlights and accompanied by upbeat music with a handler in sequins, it is a magical creature. The slap-stick antics of the clowns needed no translation- it's comical in any language. A modern act, two cousins who ride motorcycle in the Globo de la Muerta (Globe of Death) defy gravity as they flip upside-down within a metal cage on growing machines.How to Summer Proof Your Winter Home in the tropics
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Summer temperatures in the Banderas Bay region average around 94 degrees, and with very high humidity this creates an intense environment for a myriad of property issues that warrant some extra precautions. It is a good idea to get your villa or condo prepped to avoid harrowing consequences due to inadequate planning upon your return.
Don't wait until the last minute to get ready for the annual migration, you should give yourself one to two weeks to properly prepare and Summer proof your winter home.
Here's a checklist of things to consider before leaving your Bay of Banderas home for the summer. All these suggestions may be used or just a few of them. Some people do everything right and still return to storm or water damage. You really cannot control Mother Nature.
Celebrating Benito Juarez- Mexican President and Hero-March 21
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Benito Juarez's birthday on March 21st calls for celebration in Mexico, with schools and banks closed. Benito Juarez was one of Mexico's most loved presidents for the way he lead the country: he defied the French occupation, brought the country up to modern standards, and really started the country towards liberal thinking. Benito Juarez is honored as Mexico's first indigenous president and a founding father of Mexico's constitution.
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Most often associated with the Burgundy Districts of France, Pinot Noir is considered to be a finicky grape, very particular about climate and soil types. These factors lead to a somewhat limited production that often translates to higher cost.
The wine while red, is of a lighter color than most reds. Pinot is much lower in tannin and of a lighter body than a Cabernet or Merlot making it a good choice for those just starting to explore red wines.
Pinot typically has a very fruity (think berries) flavor and aroma and smooth, silky mouth feel. Pinot Noir is not noted for ageing well due to its lighter body and lower tannin content and is at its prime between 3 to 8 years.
Pinot Noir is likely the most versatile red wine and will pair well with most any meal making it an excellent wine to keep on hand.
While not a wildly popular wine here in Mexico, La Bodega keeps a few selections of Pinot Noir in stock.
"Sex" Motels explained
Motels de Paso vs Hotels
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In the USA and Canada, the line between a motel and a hotel is sometimes blurry. This is not the case in Mexico; here they are distinctly different. Hotels frequently do not have secure parking; motels always do. Hotels usually cost more than motels, sometimes much more. Hotels often have restaurants, motels almost never do. Many motels can be found on the highway near a town or city, while hotels are usually located near the city center. But the big difference is in the purpose of each.
Some background: In Mexico it is common for two, three, or even four generations to share the same house, sometimes even the same bedroom. In such a situation, it is difficult for a couple to find a private time to be intimate. Motels provide a place for couples to get together when they have no other place to do so. They are not brothels.
The proper name of these establishments is Motel de Paso, but the more common name is just motel. It always will have a covered garage attached to each unit. The cover may be a regular garage door or it may be a heavy canvas curtain. The facility is complete walled off from the outside except for a single entrance/exit which is staffed 24/7. This combination provides very good security for your car. Units are typically not rented in 24 hour blocks like hotels, but rather in shorter blocks -- anywhere from 4 to 8 hours. Some of them are rather plain and not very expensive, some are truly elegant and priced accordingly. Prices typically range from US$15 to $25, more for an up-scale place.
What Options are Needed on your RV Insurance Policy for Mexico?
Vacation Liability: Provides general liability coverage while the RV is used as a vacation residence. This coverage will follow you on your travels, from one campsite to the next RV lot. It will also cover the perimeter of your campsite to protect you against any kind of incident you may be legally responsible for. If you are a Full-Timer, we would replace this Vacation Liability with Full-Timer Liability.
Emergency Expense: Pays for temporary living facilities, transportation, and cost of returning the RV in the event of covered loss more than 50 miles from home.
Diminishing (or Disappearing) Deductible: By adding this optional coverage, your deductible is reduced by 25% following each claim-free policy term.
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The Heroes of Jaltemba Bay Spay & Neuter
Clinic: Improving the Quality of Life for
Everyone needs to feel safe and cared for, whether you're a human or an animal but for the many Mexican homeless street animals these basic life tenets don't exist. The indigent and homeless local animals were treated with affectionate top quality, professional veterinary care and medicines donated by the wonderful team of vets from Victoria, B.C. and Peace Mexico.
Pictured above left to right: Dr. Malcolm Macartney founder of Mex-Can Vet Project; JBAR volunteers Wendy and Edwardo with a patient, and Dr. Poly Lopez from P.E.A.C.E Mexico (http://www.peacemexico.org/helpanimals.php). When one is on vacation usually the goal is to be carefree and have a good time yet the international visitors of the Jaltemba Bay area take the time to do so much good for the community: this week's spay and neuter clinic in Guayabitos exemplifies the positive and generous spirit of both visitors and residents.
The four day clinic ran efficiently with a dedicated staff of volunteers from Canada, the United States and Mexico under the expert guidance of professional doctors who worked long hours administering to the over 200 animal patients. Not only did the veterinarians give their time and talent, but they brought state-of-the art equipment and the latest in high quality medicines to administer. While the annual clinic aims to reduce the number of unwanted animals through spaying and neutering, the vets treat many other conditions from mange to tick infestations to dental disease.. All this medical attention significantly improves the animal's quality of life. Another aim of the JBAR (Jaltemba Bay Animal Rescue) group is to find homes for the street animals through adoption: contact Lin Chimes, 327-274-0976 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, to arrange a viewing of the many cats and dogs presently in foster care awaiting adoption.
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Mexico to Raise
Minimum Drinking Age?
The PVEM is one of the six political parties to have representation in the Mexican Congress and it's congressional strength currently stands at 17 elected deputies (out of 500) and five (out of 128) elected senators.
The party has proposed that Mexico pattern after the US in elevating the minimum drinking age from 18 to 21. Facts show that 23% of all accidents on the roads involving drunk drivers are caused by adolescents ranging from age 15 to 24.
The PVEM also endorses changing the laws so that no one under 21 years of age would be able to buy tobacco, which is responsible for over 50,000 deaths a year in Mexico.Currently, the federal Chamber of Deputies is evaluating the proposed reforms to determine if the General Health Law should be amended.