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Google Mexico offers virtual visits to archaeological sites

By: Fox News Latino





Cybernauts will be able to take virtual strolls through 30 Mexican archaeological sites using Google Mexico's Street View platform, Mexican cultural authorities said.

The 360-degree virtual view of these archaeological sites, which include Teotihuacan, Xochicalco, Monte Alban, Chichen Itza, Tulum, Palenque, Tula and Paquime, allows them to be explored down to the last corner.



Mexico: 3 Names to Know in an Ignored Emerging Market

By: Charles Sizemore

Source: www.investorplace.com


Mexico gets no love. It’s not quite a developed market, but being next door to the U.S., it’s not quite remote or exotic enough to be an alluring emerging market, either. And starting with the letter “M,” it doesn’t fit into any popular acronyms.

Lest you think I’m joking, the four BRIC countries — Brazil, Russia, India and China — have nothing in common other than the fact that their first letters make a word that sounds good in marketing literature. Mexico, Turkey and Indonesia would all have been better choices than Russia because all three are promising emerging markets, whereas Russia is a decrepit petrostate on the decline. But it’s hard to form an acronym with their first letters.






Mexico Shares Are on a Roll

By: Laurence Ilif and Georgia Wells

Source: online.wjs.com

Enrique Peña Nieto's election as Mexico's next president boosted stocks.

Earlier this year, Mexican shares were driven higher largely by investors cheering the July election of incoming President Enrique Peña Nieto and the promise of market-friendly changes. Now the rally is showing more staying power as investors zero in on manufacturing-driven economic growth, the widening regional footprint of some Mexican companies and expectations of an expansion of consumer credit—even though Mexico's close ties to the U.S. economy remain a concern, many investors and analysts say.




The Mexican Health Care Solution?

By: Matthew Dalstrom

Rising health care costs, decreasing insurance coverage, and the great recession have made it increasingly difficult to afford health care. Retirees are particularly vulnerable because many live on fixed incomes and require more medical services than younger adults. Furthermore, Medicare, the primary insurer for Americans 65 and over, does not cover all the necessary medical procedures or expenses, and supplemental insurance plans can cost in the thousands. The result is that many seniors have to forgo care, become medically noncompliant, and/or spend all their retirement savings. Nevertheless, over the past few years, I have been researching a small, but growing number of retirees who are filling the gaps in their health insurance coverage by traveling to Mexico.


Ensenada Wine Valley Explodes!

Source: www.bajabound.com


The wine producing regions of Baja, like wine itself, have gotten better with age. In the past few years there has been an explosion of creative juices flowing south of the border as new and exciting wineries and wines are popping up seemingly overnight. Some have called it the 'renaissance of Baja's wine country' and the excitement is growing.

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Vino Mexico!

Head to Valle de Guadalupe for upscale wineries, chic hotels and a south-of-the-border answer to the French Laundry

By Katie McLaughlin | The Wall Street Journal TRAVEL

WE WERE WATCHING the kids swim in his backyard pool in Los Angeles when my friend Juan Carlos, who grew up in Tijuana, began raving about a life-altering bowl of chicken soup he'd recently eaten.

"It was at the Mexican version of the French Laundry," he said. "You know—a fancy, farm-to-table place in the middle of Mexican wine country."

I had no idea, I sheepishly admitted, there was wine country in Mexico, nor anything resembling the French Laundry. But Valle de Guadalupe is a Mediterranean microclimate in Baja California where wine has been produced for more than a century, and it's in the midst of the kind of winemaking and tourism renaissance that Napa Valley experienced in the 1970s.

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For Baja California Winemakers, It’s Fiesta Time

By Maya Kroth | KPBS

While driving to Ensenada one recent Saturday, I passed billboards advertising no fewer than five foodie festivals: The festival of cheese and bread; the festival of seafood and shellfish—even a festival devoted entirely to salads and salad dressings. But it’s a paella competition that brings me south of the border today.

“If we win we get to go to the big contest in Valle de Guadalupe in the last weekend of August,” said Montserrat Vildósola, an architect from Mexico City and amateur paella chef. “There’s a contest where 100 paelleros go, and this is the contest you have to win in order to be able to contest there.”

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Wine Country: Valle De Guadalupe

In this episode, we’ll visit the famous wine country of Baja. Valle de Guadalupe is just North of Ensenada and is the Napa Valley of Mexico. Visit the harvest festival, wine taste, get to know the wine owners, and learn about the Russian history behind it all.


DaMarcus Beasley: I encourage more Americans to play in Mexico

By: Eric Gomez

TIJUANA -- It only took an ill-timed slide and just 20 minutes on the Estadio Caliente's artificial turf for DaMarcus Beasley's tendinitis to flare up again. That was a month ago, and thankfully for Club Puebla and Beasley, the injury did not keep the American winger out for long. Despite the limited appearance in Tijuana last July, Beasley got a good look at Xolos de Tijuana and its American stars, mainly midfielder Joe Corona, who Beasley can now call his teammate after both players were penciled in by Jurgen Klinsmann for Wednesday's friendly against Mexico at the Estadio Azteca.


Trying to Protect a Reef With an Otherworldly Diversion

By: Randal C. Archibold

CANCÚN, Mexico — Most people head off to an art exhibit with comfortable shoes and a deep appreciation for creativity. Jason deCaires Taylor’s work requires flippers and, to really appreciate it, a depth of at least 12 feet. Mr. Taylor labors over his sculptures for weeks, five-ton concrete figures of men, women and children, many of them modeled after people in the fishing village near here where he lives and works. The little boy Carlito sitting on a rock. The proud Joaquín glancing skyward. The old man everyone knows as Charlie Brown clasping his chin in contemplation.


Mexico's Reborn Youth Movement is Spreading Internationally

By: Published by Frontera NorteSur

In less than three months the Mexican youth movement #Yo Soy 132 (I am 132) has undergone a remarkable evolution. Beginning as a protest against Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto at the privately-run Ibero-American University in Mexico City, on May 11, the movement has since grown by leaps and bounds. 

From the get-go the 132 Movement linked issues -- protesting the Televisa network's long-running promotion of Peña Nieto, and questioning the former governor and now virtual president-elect's role in the repression of protestors at San Salvador Atenco in 2006, an event in which dozens of female detainees were raped or sexually molested. 


Mexico Real Estate Mining Investments Hit $5.6 Billion


By: Mark Morley

Source: http://www.gxsblogs.com/morleym

According to recent reports by the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Businessweek, mining investments in Mexico real estate is currently experiencing a significant boom, jumping an impressive 60 percent in 2011 to $5.6 billion. According to Canimex, the nation’s mining chamber, mining companies are expected to invest an additional $7.6 billion in 2012.

“2011 investments exceeded the chamber’s previous report,” stated Sergio Almazan, who is the head of Canimex in Mexico City this July. "We’re seeing that Mexico can compete with anywhere in Latin America in attracting mining investment.”

Mexico is reportedly already the world’s top silver producer, accounting for 27 percent of the nation’s output last year alone. This is compared with gold at 25 percent and copper at 20 percent. 

In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, “here in Mexico, a new gold rush is under way.” Canada’s Goldcorp Peñasquito site is poised to produce at least 500,000 ounces of gold this year, making it the company’s most prolific mine and Mexico’s largest to date. In other areas of Mexico, highly concentrated deposits of gold have attracted a variety of companies to explore, invest and buy up land.

“People had said everything had been discovered in Mexico,” stated Richard Whittall, CEO of Canada’s Newstrike Capital, which discovered a large gold deposit recently the size of a skyscraper in the mountains of Guerrero. “Now you’re seeing a renaissance.”







Arriba, Arriba, The Automotive Industry Speeds Up its Investments in Mexico

By: Mark Morley

Source: http://www.gxsblogs.com/morleym


When I was growing up, one of my favourite cartoons featured a Mexican mouse called Speedy Gonzales and his adventures with Sylvester the cat. At the time this represented one of my first indirect introductions to Mexico and at about the same time (during the early seventies) the automotive industry in Mexico was relatively small in comparison to today’s industry. So once again and for the purposes of this blog entry I am taking an interest in Mexico, but this time from an automotive industry perspective!

The earthquake in Japan in 2011 has proven to be a turning point for the global automotive industry.  After years of globalisation, the industry is now being more cautious over its global expansion plans.  Due to the significant disruption caused by the earthquake, many automotive companies started to review their global manufacturing strategies.  Some markets such as China will continue to see inward investment due to the increasing wealth of the Chinese consumer, but what about other markets around the world?  In an earlier blog I discussed how the Inovar Auto directive in Brazil was helping to grow the domestic automotive industry in the country but what does the future hold for one of its closest competitors, from an automotive manufacturing perspective, Mexico?


I think it is amazing that one single event such as the Japanese earthquake can have such an effect on the global automotive industry and as a result ‘near shoring’ has started to appear as the key automotive strategy for 2012.  North America has seen significant inward investment over the past twelve months with some saying that Detroit is likely to return to being a profit centre once again. But another growing profit centre is Mexico. So why are automotive companies rushing to build plants in Mexico?, why has the country become such a hotbed of automotive related investments over the past year? Today’s automotive industry seeks manufacturing locations that offer: low labour costs, high quality, good infrastructure, access to markets, reduced shipping time and costs, and an educated, skilled work force.  Mexico actually ticks most of these boxes!

So time for some facts on Mexico’s automotive industry, Mexico is currently the eight largest car producer in the world and is the sixth largest car exporter,nearly 80% of vehicles produced in Mexico are exported to the United States, 11 out of every 100 cars sold in the United States are made in Mexico.  Auto production is expected to reach 2.4 million units by 2014 with a projected growth rate of 5.5% per year and account for 18% of Mexico’s manufacturing GDP, while generating 56,000 jobs.





For Baja California Winemakers, It’s Fiesta Time

By: Talea Miller

Source: www.pbs.org

While driving to Ensenada one recent Saturday, I passed billboards advertising no fewer than five foodie festivals: The festival of cheese and bread; the festival of seafood and shellfish—even a festival devoted entirely to salads and salad dressings. But it’s a paella competition that brings me south of the border today.

“If we win we get to go to the big contest in Valle de Guadalupe in the last weekend of August,” said Montserrat Vildósola, an architect from Mexico City and amateur paella chef. “There’s a contest where 100 paelleros go, and this is the contest you have to win in order to be able to contest there.”

Vildósola’s team is one of about a dozen competing today for a spot in the big paella contest that closes out the grandaddy of all Baja gastronomic festivals: the Fiestas de la Vendimia. That’s Spanish for harvest parties, and they’re happening now in Ensenada’s lush Guadalupe Valley wine country, a bucolic place where horses graze amid scenic vineyards surrounded by majestic purple mountains.

Baja produces about 90 percent of the wine from Mexico,” said Joaquín Prieto, current president of Provino, the coalition of winemakers that coordinates the Vendimia. “Climate is the prime thing. We have the Pacific cold and the heat of the valley so it creates a microclimate.”


Mexico Nears Universal Health Care Goal

By: Talea Miller

Source: www.pbs.org

Mexico's government insurance program covers all services for young children. Photo by Mexico Ministry of Health.

As the United States continues to debate the legality of President Obama's healthcare law, south of the border Mexico is preparing to celebrate a healthcare milestone of its own: universal coverage.

Ten years ago, half of Mexico's population had no health insurance. Then the congress passed a law guaranteeing access to care, and a government insurance program called Seguro Popular was born.

Mexico's newly appointed health minister, Salomón Chertorivski, used to run the Seguro Popular program and spoke with the NewsHour in a phone interview about the progress and challenges ahead (edited for length):

Mexico has been working towards universal health care coverage for years, where does the program stand?

Health Minister Salomón Chertorivski: In 2000, half of the population in Mexico did have a financial mechanism for health, but that was because of their labor status. If you had a formal or salaried job you had access to social security and social security gave you access to medical attention, financing your medical attention.

But the other half of the population did not. In 2004, the Seguro Popular, which literally means popular insurance was created ... today we already have more than 50 million people registered with Seguro Popular and together with those with social security, we are reaching in December universal coverage: that is all Mexicans are going to have a financial mechanism for their health.


Stem Cell Therapy, Stem Cell Treatment in Mexico

By: regenerative medicine

Source: http://www.regenerativemedicine.mx/index.php


Regenerative Medicine Institute is a multispeciality group of Board Certified physicians and allied health professionals working together to meet the needs of patients and families living with chronic degenerative disease. They work to streamline the referral process, share information with other healthcare personnel, communicate and work with primary care physicians and case managers, research treatments and procedures to find the best options for treating the causes of degenerative disease, and participate in drug trials and research.


Regenerative Medicine Institute advocates the use of autologous adult stem cells (patient’s own stem cells) as they pose no possibility for rejection. Regenerative Medicine Institute investigators work with other world-renown research groups in order to find more efficient ways to deliver stem cells, including tissue engineering.  In order to ensure patient safety, all research procedures are subject to strict oversight. Specific trail protocols are submitted and approved by Hospital Angeles’ bioethics and scientific committees. They must then be approved by the International Cellular Medicine Society, a non-profit third party dedicated to patient safety and international standards. Further, the same protocol must be endorsed by COFEPRIS, the Mexican equivalent of the FDA.

Regenerative Medicine is an Institute where board certified, multi-specialty physicians work together, using endovascular research methods in order to place a patient’s own stem cells (autologous) as close as possible to the target organ or tissue. Utilizing specialized catheters makes this cutting-edge procedure less invasive than traditional treatments and doctors are able to get the stem cells to the most remote areas of the body. Patients are awake for the entire procedure, which usually lasts less than an hour.


Mexico Celebrates Olympic Soccer Gold Medal

By: Galia Garcia-Palafox

MEXICO CITY -- Jubilant Mexicans celebrated their 2-1 Olympic gold medal soccer win over powerhouse Brazil Saturday, waving flags and chanting in plazas and streets across the country.

Crowds began gathering not long after the Mexican team scored its first goal in the first minute of play, with shouts of "Goal!" ringing out from bars and homes. Fans erupted in massive celebration as the game ended, marking Mexico's first ever Olympic soccer gold medal.

Cheering Mexicans turned the downtowns of Mexico City, Guadalajara and other cities into street parties. Hundreds of fans waving the country's red, white and green flag took a victory lap around the capital's landmark Angel of Independence statue, with traffic shut down on the city's main boulevard.


Cultural bazaar, peace caravan, boxing match

By: Sandra Dibble

Source: www.utsandiego.com

Held four times a year since 2010, Arts and Trees is a Tijuana cultural bazaar that includes live music, art, clothing, food, beer and wine. The event’s 2012 summer edition takes place on Saturday at Pasaje Gómez, an arts alley located between Third and Fourth streets off of Avenida Revolución.

The roving seasonal event is inspired by Tijuana’s mercados sobre ruedas—markets on wheels—with their colorful tarps and merchants selling everything from fresh produce to used electronics to clothing. Promoter Manuel Cabrera said the idea behind Arts and Trees is to give a voice to local artists—from both sides of the border. From 1 p.m. to 10 p.m . Free.

Other border-related events from Sunday, Aug. 12 to Saturday, Aug. 18th include:

Sunday (Aug. 12): Mexican anti-violence activist Javier Sicilia is the featured speaker at a public forum organized by the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego. Sicilia, an internationally recognized poet whose son was murdered in Mexico last year, is coming to San Diego to lead the "Caravan for Peace" that aims to bring attention to international drug policy and other U.S.-Mexico bilateral issues. Event starts at 4 p.m. in the theater of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.

Tuesday through Sunday, Aug. 19th: Recent films from Spain’s northern Catalonia region are being shown at the Tijuana Cultural Center (Cecut) in the city’s Rio Zone. The shows are daily at 8:30 p.m. (with an extra show on Sunday at 6 p.m.) in the Carlos Monsivais Theater. The series opens with the 2011 *** Maillo science fiction film “Eva.” Regular admission is 40 pesos (about $3). For a full schedule, go to www.cecut.gob.mx.

Thursday: Tijuana writer Rafa Saavedra discusses his book, Border POP, and expects to touch on a range of city themes ranging from daily life, the effects of violence and the energy generated by the city’s arts movement. At 7 p.m. at 206 Arte Contemporaneo, a new gallery in the Plaza Revolución (next to Pasaje Gómez off of Avenida Revolución between Third and Fourth Streets). Free.