Mexico hosts global development forum

April 18, 2014

Mexico BricksShanghai Daily, 4/17/14

Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto Tuesday opened the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, attended by some 1,500 international leaders, including United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

At the opening of the two-day event in Mexico City, Pena Nieto said, “Mexico, as host country of this first meeting, seeks to promote dialogue and the building of accords between different government and non-governmental agencies to strengthen and promote efficient cooperation for development.”

Ban also addressed the gathering, urging the international community to earmark more national resources and financing to cut poverty and reach the UN-sponsored Millennium Development Goals ( MDGs) by the preset deadline, 2015.

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Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexico City, Acapulco

April 18, 2014

guerreroUSA Today, 4/18/14

A powerful, magnitude-7.5 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.

The quake was felt strongly in the resort city, as well as in Mexico’s capital, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

“There is a crisis of panic,” said Alicia Dominguez, who answered the phone at the civil protection office. “It’s mainly the tourists who are shaken.” Civil protection officials were patrolling the city to check for damage and casualties.

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Governor Herbert: Trade mission bolstered ties to Mexico

April 18, 2014

increase bar chartThe Salt Lake Tribune, 4/17/14

Gov. Gary Herbert proclaimed his recent trade mission to Mexico a success after three Utah-based companies used the tour to release plans to expand operations there.

Space Monkey, doTerra International and Converus all announced new ventures during the governor’s April 7-10 trade mission, which included 39 Utah business leaders and six government officials.

“Utah and Mexico have a rich history of economic trade,” Herbert said, noting that Utah exports to Mexico last year approached $550 million. “We can maximize the expertise and business opportunities we have in common and explore new ones. There is room to deepen that relationship to benefit both economies.”

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All Eyes On Mexico: Energy Reform Creating Opportunities Across Oil And Gas Supply Chain

April 18, 2014

energy - oil pumpsForbes, 4/17/14

In the next two weeks, Mexico’s lawmakers are expected to release a series of laws, known as the secondary laws, that should begin to delineate how the revolutionary energy reforms approved last December will be implemented.

Prior to the reforms, Mexico had the most closed energy regime of any country in the world, save North Korea, some have quipped. This Latin perestroika is not going unnoticed in the US and abroad. It has become de rigeur at nearly every oil and gas conference to have at least one panel to discuss the changes, and with good reason.

Not only is Mexico close, the opportunity is huge. The country is prospective for 54.6 billion barrels of oil  equivalent in conventional resources, and 60.2 billion in unconventional, according to PEMEX figures. And don’t forget NAFTA.  Although Mexico’s energy industry had been excluded under Chapter 6 of NAFTA, that exclusion may no longer apply given the reforms, said Dallas Parker, a partner with Mayer Brown, during a presentation at Mergermarket’s 6th Annual Energy Forum last week in Houston.

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Mexico failing to protect journalists, advocates say

April 18, 2014

shutterstock_95556718Los Angeles Times, 4/17/14

A highly touted system to protect Mexican reporters working in one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists is failing miserably and may in fact further imperil those it is intended to help, media advocates say.

In the first year of the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto, killings of journalists declined significantly but other attacks multiplied, organizations that work on behalf of reporters said.

Article 19, an advocacy group, said 330 “aggressions” against journalists were reported in 2013, compared with 207 the year before. Those were defined as verbal or physical attacks, many occurring during protests when police countered forcefully, injuring journalists along with demonstrators. A little more than half were committed by public officials, said Dario Ramirez, director of Article 19.

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Beltran-Leyva gang leader Arnoldo Villa Sanchez arrested, Mexico says

April 17, 2014

prisonABC local, 4/17/14

Mexican police said Wednesday they have captured a man identified as the second highest-ranking figure in the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

 The head of Mexico’s federal police, Monte Alejandro Rubido, said suspect Arnoldo Villa Sanchez was arrested Tuesday, in an upscale Mexico City neighborhood along with another man, two guns and several packages of synthetic drugs. Police said Villa Sanchez had coordinated a shipment of about 265 kilograms (584 pounds) of cocaine found earlier during raids in Mexico City.

Rubido said Villa Sanchez, 40, operated out of Mexico City, and answered only to cartel leader Hector Beltran Leyva.

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Street theater in Mexico City’s rough Tepito area

April 17, 2014

Harlekin_Columbine_Tivoli_DenmarkTimes Leader, 4/17/14

Few outsiders dare venture after dark into Tepito, a neighborhood known as Mexico City’s main clearinghouse for contraband ranging from guns and drugs to counterfeit sneakers.

But a theater project led by one of Mexico’s best-known actors has been taking middle-class audiences into the lives of Tepito residents in recent weeks in an attempt to show the human side of the gritty area blighted by poverty and crime.

Traveling by foot and motorcycle, the participants move after dark along trash-strewn streets, then crowd into the cramped apartments of residents, who interact with professional actors as they perform fictionalized renditions of tales about their lives.

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