One of the greatest mysteries of Mexico pertains to the existence of freshwater reserves in the Yucatán Peninsula despite its lack of rivers. In the Yucatán Peninsula, deep underground reserves or sinkholes of freshwater called cenotes can be seen and explored. The term cenote comes… from the Mayan word dzonot which specifies a region with available groundwater. These Yucatán cenotes are found underground as rainwater infiltrates through the soil to sub-surface regions of limestone bedrock. Cenotes, for the Mexican people, are more than a mere naturalistic phenomenon. Cenotes for the Mayans inhabiting the Yucatán Peninsula region are considered sanctified occurrences, proving the existence and caring nature of the gods.
These underground reserves of freshwater in some cases begin to resemble intricate underground or semi-sunken caves. They’re often times the location of many ancient carvings, precious stones, and mystical stone formations resembling animals revered as sacred to the Mayans of the Yucatán Peninsula. These magical creations are some of the most unique and supernatural features of the environment of Mexico that have developed over millions of years.
Guadalajara, Mexico, will soon not just be known as the land of the world renowned tequila or the home of the mariachi music – but as the hub for a new “Digital Creative City”. Located in the state of Jalisco, Mexico’s second largest city and one of Latin America’s most… important historial districts is on its way to soon becoming a 21st century city of world-class, environmentally sustainable creative culture and work that will provide a better quality of life for its population.
The “Digital Creative City” is a project resulting from Mexico’s vision to become a strategic node in digital media production for the Spanish and Latin market as well as high value services to world class media partners, as it foresees to grow its $5.6 billion market in creative industries exports and content (film, television, videogames and multimedia). The need for specialized content that caters to the Spanish-speaking market, along with the search of strategic partners for global media companies based primarily in North America and Europe, has also prompted increased interest in the region.
This vision fits into the expected growth in sales of the media and entertainment industries around the world, estimated to be more than $1.5 trillion, according to a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers study “Media and Entertainment Outlook 2009-2013.” Also, Mexico offers the greatest cost advantages for the development of software, videogames, Web and multimedia among 102 countries, according to KPMG’s “Competitive Alternatives 2010” report.
In addition to becoming a world-class digital media hub, Mexico’s “Digital Creative City” project seeks to create a new economic development model that is both sustainable and within the framework of a future prototype urban environment. It also seeks to establish an urban smart solutions living lab to better understand city dynamics through fully integrated system platforms.
The “Digital Creative City” project will enable Mexico to capitalize on its creative culture, as it implements the largest future urban development of its kind in Latin America. The initiative will also provide a state-of-the-art platform for media industries via a living lab for integrated urban solutions investments. This ambitious project will provide many key benefits for Guadalajara, including the generation of high-paying jobs, increased cultural exports, and the transfer of cutting-edge technology.
In addition to the digital media production capabilities, Guadalajara has many other things to offer, which will become key elements of the “Digital Creative City,” such as:
Orozco Fiscal made his professional debut for San Luis during the Apertura 2006 tournament, when he entered as a second-half substitute against Tigres UANL, but was sent off after just two minutes. He has played 55 league matches for the club through August 2008.
“Maybe a lot of people don't have that faith or don't see some kind of potential, but it's not bringing me down,” the 25-year-old San Luis center back told MLSsoccer.com recently in a Guadalajara hotel. “I'm out here in San Luis working hard, 110 percent, to get more calls into the national team.”
In January 2010, Orozco Fiscal left San Luis to join MLS side Philadelphia Union on loan. After one season, Philadelphia decided not to exercise its purchase option on Orozco Fiscal and he returned to San Luis.
“I wanted to be part of Philadelphia, things just didn't go the right way,” he lamented, adding that he still follows and supports the Union. “But now I'm here in San Luis and happy to be here.”
Orozco Fiscal was called into numerous American U-23 camps in preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
He helped the U-23 national team to qualify for the 2008 Olympics with stellar performance on defense; he was included in the Best XI of the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualification All-Tournament Team. On July 17, 2008, Orozco Fiscal was named to the U.S. team for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Orozco Fiscal started all three games for the U.S., but received a red card in the third minute of U.S.'s 2-1 loss to Nigeria in the final group game for throwing an intentional elbow to the chest of Solomon Okoronkwo.
On August 28, 2008, Orozco Fiscal was called up to his first full national team camp, in preparation for the World Cup qualifiers against Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago. He debuted in the latter match on October 15, 2008, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 loss.
After the T&T match it took nearly three years for Orozco Fiscal to play another again for the national team. He returned on August 10, 2011 in a friendly against Mexico, which was the United States' first match under the newly appointed head coach Jürgen Klinsmann and since then, the defender has loved every minute of life in USMNT camp
Orozco started playing professional soccer in Mexico at the age of 18 and that was exactly the kind of environment Orozco was looking for, rather than going through college.
A recent article in the Financial Times recently highlighted Mexico’s record-breaking number of international tourists in December 2011, and… confidently stated that Mexico’s tourism sector “has never been stronger.” According to figures published by the tourism ministry, 1,072,180 foreign tourists visited Mexico in December 2011, 13 percent more than during December 2010. These 1 million visitors marked the highest figure ever recorded for the month of December, and represented the fifth consecutive month of an increase in tourism over the same month in 2010.
More than half the December number was made up of visitors from the US which represents an increase of about 11 percent over 2010, and 9 percent over 2008. The government stated about a year ago, that its aim was to place Mexico in the top five tourist destinations by 2018 from 10th at present. At the rate the tourist destination numbers are producing, it might meet its goal.
After playing four times since 2009, the United States and Mexico national soccer teams have a very serious rivalry brewing. These matches included close finishes and the highly publicized Gold Cup final before a sold out crowd at the Rose Bowl for the continental championship, which Mexico won 4-2. …
The last time that Mexico and the United States met was last August when they played a friendly at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA, finishing in a 1-1 draw. It seems these teams can’t get enough of this competition because the two will square off again at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico. The date is tentatively set for August 21, 2012.
Mexico is the top team in the region and this match will only help prepare El Tri for World Cup qualifying. Mexico will begin the semifinal round of qualifying with two matches in June before playing two more matches in September and two more in October to wrap up the round of qualifying for 2014.
Playing the friendly at Azteca is a big change for these teams. The last time the two teams met in Mexico for a match that wasn't a World Cup qualifier was in 1999. Since then, they have played seven friendlies, three Gold Cup finals and a U.S. Open Cup match, all on U.S. soil, in addition to a World Cup match in South Korea.
Expect high drama in the lead-up to this contest and a very closely matched game, as each team will expect to put on an impressive performance. Mexico is also set to take on Brazil this summer in Dallas, TX and have a match against Colombia lined up for February 29 in Miami, FL.
Mexico currently boasts a vibrant economy with a commitment to free trade that keeps companies coming back for more. Learn about what… brought Unilever to Mexico from the President of Personal Care, Dave Lewis.
On January 16, Lectra, the world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials such as textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, and composite materials, announced its plans to exhibit at Intermoda July 17-20 in Guadalajara, Mexico. A preview of the company’s solutions is on display… at the National Chamber of the Apparel Industry in Jalisco from June 27 to July 16.
During Intermoda, at Lectra Stand, the company will present its industry-standard and leading-edge pattern and marker-making solutions, Modaris and Diamino. This allows for the creation, development, verification, industrialization and grading of patterns faster, at lower costs and with flawless quality, while automatically generating markers that respect all fabric and garment constraints from the simplest to the most complex shapes.
Additionally, Lectra will team up with The Camara Nacional de la Industria del Vestido, providing a 3D body scanner. Lectra developed and will demonstrate the Modaris V7, the company's latest version of its apparel pattern-making and grading software solution, which is now fully-integrated with 3D prototyping technology.
Modaris V7 is a powerful and user-friendly solution that combines the best of pattern-making, draping, sampling, grading and 3D virtual prototyping where 2D patterns can be drafted and then seen right away in 3D.
This interactive process significantly reduces prototyping costs and development time while giving companies the control and flexibility they need to make decisions as quickly as possible and stay ahead of the market.
"Lectra is excited to showcase these dedicated range of fashion solutions at Intermoda and demonstrate our commitment to the industry by partnering with leading organizations like Universidad Jannette Klein and CANAIVE," stated Roy Shurling, President of Lectra North America.
The Canadian artist and landscape painter, Leonard Brooks, famous for his unique war-themed painting “Potato Peelers,” recently died at the age of 100. Leonard Brooks, who had made Mexico his home in 1947, was known as a dean of one of the first Mexican art colonies. Once established in San Miguel de Allende,… Mexico, now a popular retirement community among Americans, Brooks became a music school director and an accomplished author, writing eight books for the working artist.
Having fought in WWII, he first moved to Mexico on a veteran's grant and on leave from a high school teaching job. He says he originally chose Mexico because it was where an artist could survive on little money. Soon afterwards, however, he fell in love with the country's vibrant culture, sunshine and subject matter.
“Potato Peelers,” his most well-known painting, is unique among war artists for its subject matter: it portrays two sailors in the unglamorous and unheroic act of preparing dinner, instead of fighting on the battlefield, a thoughtful glimpse into the daily activities of military duty.
According to those who knew him best, his Mexican and Canadian art, teaching, and writing all ‘help him become a magnet for other artists toying with the idea of coming down to Mexico.’
“When he arrived in San Miguel, it was a sleepy little town where magic was about to happen,” says Mexican-American cellist, Gilberto Munguia, in a newly published book on Leonard Brooks. “Leonard brought the magic.”
Fourth-quarter gold production rose 145 percent to 72,119 ounces. Silver production fell 7 percent to 1.1 million ounces.
AuRico said in a statement that the Mexico-focused company's revenue rose 38 percent to $154 million.
The Toronto-based company, which changed its name from Gammon Gold in May last year, said gold production for the quarter from El Chanate mine, located northeast of Caborca in Sonora State, Mexico, was 18,080 ounces.
Shares of the company closed at $8.91 on January 12 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Production of the company’s Young-Davidson mine remains on schedule to begin by the end of March 2012.
"2011 has truly been a transformational year for AuRico. Through the two strategic acquisitions completed in 2011 we have expanded our asset base to include quality assets like El Chanate and Young-Davidson," Marion concluded.
The Mexican government has been supportive of the development of biotech crops, including corn, while recognizing the genetic diversity of native corn species.
Biotech-derived crops are still not commercially cultivated in Mexico. However, the government of Mexico has continued to grant permits to developers for experimental releases of genetically-modified corn into the environment.
According to the Bio-safety Law, it is in the best interest of biotech developers to complete the experimental stage as soon as possible to begin the pilot stage and, afterwards, the commercialization stage. Mexico has no significant trade barriers to biotech crops or foods derived from biotechnology.
Mexico was the United States’ second largest agricultural trading partner in 2009, while the United States was Mexico’s principal agricultural trading partner with nearly 80 percent of Mexico’s agricultural exports going to its northern neighbor.
In 2009, U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico were valued at $13.9 billion, while U.S. imports of Mexican agricultural products were valued at a record $11.9 billion. The impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been substantial, with U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico increasing by $9.3 billion between 1994 and 2009 and Mexican agricultural exports to the United States increasing by $8.5 billion in the same time frame. Mexico is the largest market for U.S. soy-meal, sorghum, dry beans, rice, apples, beef, dairy, swine, and turkey.
The Secretariat of Agriculture approved 23,000 acres of commercial biotech cotton for 2011 and may approve up to 500,000 acres for 2012. Mexico could be self-sufficient in cotton production by 2016 and an exporter by 2020. According to Agro Bio, biotech cotton requires only 0.4 quart of insecticide per acre instead of 4.0 to 5.0 quarts of pesticide applications for non-biotech seed.
Under the Bio-safety Law and its Implementation Rules (Reglamento), three different agencies are responsible for Mexico’s biotech policies, while the Inter-Ministerial Commission on Biosecurity and Genetically Modified Organisms (CIBIOGEM) coordinates Mexico’s biotech activities.
Mexico’s biggest low-cost carrier, Volaris, recently purchased 44 new Airbus planes in what is “the first major sale of European aircraft to Mexico.” In the words of the French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Pierre Lellouche, “This opens up a new vista for the French… and European aviation industry,” as well as for Mexican aviation. The aircraft order, which includes 30 A320neos and 14 A320s, will make Volaris more competitive in domestic flights against Mexico’s national airline, Aeromexico. Lellouche declined to say how much the sale of the 44 new Airbus planes was worth, yet aviation sources claim the total amount could surpass $5 billion.
With this new deal, Volaris will continue building on its success as a Mexican airline and hopes to stay competitive when Aeromexico renews its fleet, currently made up entirely of Boeing planes.
Enrique Beltranena, Volaris CEO, said in a statement, “The arrival of the new A320s is great news not only for Volaris and the environment...[but] also for all of our customers." The fleet of latest generation Volaris planes are not only top-of-the-line, but also promote sustainability and environmental responsibility among airline carriers: “The new airplanes will let us strengthen our low price strategy to benefit a larger number of Mexicans, while their fuel efficiency and reliability will allow our fleet, the youngest in the country, to be even more friendly to the Mexican skies."
Recently Mexican President Calderón, in conjunction with the rest of the Mexican government, introduced the development of a new program set to provide loan opportunities for students in need of financial assistance with aspirations of pursuing higher education in Mexico. The Mexican government has announced that they will give out more than 3… billion pesos, or around $219 million in loans a year to students. President Calderón, in explaining the importance of pursuing higher education in Mexico, stated that this action “implies an economic power that a good part of the population lacks.”
This new financial aid program is similar to those in the U.S., Chile, and Brazil. Mexico hopes that the development of this loan program will lead to a certain “democratization” of higher education. Students receiving loans will additionally have a six-month grace period after the completion of their education to begin paying back their loans to the Government development bank Nafinsa. In order to qualify for a loan, students must continue maintaining good grades and have a reliable family member consent to co-sign the loan. This program is an important step for the Mexican population as a whole in terms of giving all individuals the chance to pursue higher education regardless of their financial situation.
The 32nd International fair of Tourism (FITUR), a series of conferences and discussions on the topic of tourism, took place from the 18-22 of January 2012 in Madrid, Spain. The event was inaugurated by the Prince and Princess of Asturias. The International fair of Tourism provides business professionals in the tourism sector, official… delegations, journalists, and the general public the opportunity to collaborate, meet, and build alliances in an interactive and creative environment. This year an estimated 9,500 exhibitors were in attendance from around 167 different countries around the world.
Notably, FITUR, in the last couple years, has had an imperative Latin American attendance, with individuals traveling from Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic to attend the event. The International fair of Tourism demonstrates the crucial resurgence of the international tourism sector of the global economy. For example, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) based in Madrid recently reported that in 2011, the tourism segment of the economy accounted for 980 million international trips whereas in 2010 it only accounted for 939 million international trips. Therefore, tourism on a global level is on the rise with an increase of 4.4 % in tourism based traveling.
The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Chichen Itza in the state of Yucatan, Palenque in Chiapas, and the seaside site of Tulum, in Quintana Roo… are among the most "picturesque" and "photo-friendly" locations on Earth. In fact, these regions are home to 6 of Mexico's 27 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the most found in any other country in the world. Because of this beauty, these Mayan archaeological sites were recently featured in a CNN story about tourism in Mexico. In this report, it is estimated that 52 million tourists will visit southeastern Mexico in 2012, spending approximately $23 million visiting these locations.
Leading Mexican actress and recording artist Sandra Echeverria recently signed on as skincare giant Neutrogena’s newest brand ambassador in the U.S. With this news, she joins the ranks of …
Miranda Cosgrove, Jennifer Garner, Vanessa Hudgens, Emma Roberts, Gabrielle Union and more.
"It’s an honor to represent a brand like Neutrogena with such a long-standing history of instilling health, confidence and beauty in young women – and that is something I strongly support," she said. "I’ve been a huge fan of Neutrogena since I was a teenager. Since I’m always on the go – either on set or on the stage – it always helps keep my skin clean and fresh looking. I really love the Neutrogena® Deep Clean Cream Cleanser and the Facial Cleansing Bar."
The Mexican actress, singer and songwriter is recognized internationally. She recently starred in the record-breaking telenovela La Fuerza del Destino on the Univision Network. She’s also previously starred in a number of other telenovelas, airing in hundreds of countries. Her global appeal will make her an asset to the Neutrogena brand, as the company seeks to market its products to Latino markets in the U.S.