Big New Mexico wind energy project faces public hearing

11/20/2017 The Seattle Times

A proposed eastern New Mexico wind energy project that will be the subject of a public hearing next week has a large group of backers but also faces a substantial number of opponents, including staff at the state’s utility regulation commission.

Hundreds of wind turbines would be erected near the town of Portales close to the Texas border under the proposal by Minnesota-based energy giant Xcel Energy, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported Sunday.

Xcel subsidiary Southwestern Public Service Co. has said the project would create hundreds of construction jobs and more than two dozen permanent ones when it is completed.

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Uber adds six cities to Mexico coverage, bringing total to 45

11/6/2017 Reuters

U.S. ride-hailing service Uber Technologies Inc said on Monday it was increasing its presence in Mexico to include six more cities in the country’s northwest, bringing its coverage to 45 cities overall.

From Monday, Uber was adding La Paz, capital of the state of Baja California Sur, as well as Guasave in Sinaloa state and the cities of Nogales, Guaymas, San Luis Colorado and Navojoa in the state of Sonora, the company said in a statement.

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Hunt for Life in Mexico Fuels Demand for Tech to See Past Rubble

10/3/2017 Bloomberg

At 6 a.m. on Thursday, Rafael Ortigosa stood atop the collapsed Alvaro Obregon office building in Mexico City and called a halt to his company’s search and rescue efforts.

It wasn’t the result Ortigosa, South America sales manager for Leader, a French maker of ultra-sensitive listening equipment and cameras, had hoped for. Although 28 people escaped the toppled seven-story building following a 7.1 magnitude quake on Sept. 19, by the time Ortigosa and his team arrived on the site more than a week later, no more survivors were being found. In all, 35 bodies were discovered at the site and at least eight more remained unaccounted for.

If he’d gotten there sooner, Ortigosa said, maybe a few more could have been saved. The first 72 hours after a natural disaster are crucial for bringing in rescue dogs and search equipment like the systems made by Leader, he said.

“That’s when you can still detect people alive,” he said. “After that, it is very difficult.”

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AT&T Launches First LTE-M Pilots in Mexico for Internet of Things

09/11/2017 Markets Insider

AT&T* is deploying LTE-M technology across our network in Mexico1. We completed LTE-M pilots in Tijuana and Puebla, Mexico in the third quarter.

We also completed the first LTE-M international data session between the U.S. and Mexico. We believe this was the world’s first international data session on LTE-M.

AT&T deployed a nationwide LTE-M network within our 4G LTE network in the U.S. earlier this year. We can now reaffirm plans for deployment across Mexico by the end of 2017. It will create the first North American footprint for technology that promises to connect more “things” than ever before.

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New Publication | Building on Early Success: Next Steps in U.S.-Mexico Educational Cooperation

By Angela Robertson and Duncan Wood

USA and MexicoLaunched in 2014, the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation, and Research (FOBESII) seeks to “expand opportunities for educational exchanges, scientific research partnerships, and cross-border innovation to help both countries develop a 21st century workforce for both our mutual economic prosperity and sustainable social development.” It aims to promote binational cooperation in higher education and research, especially regarding important areas for innovation in the United States and Mexico, by promoting programs for student mobility, academic exchange, research, and innovation in areas of common interest to contribute to the competitiveness of the region.

Cultural and educational exchanges help to create connections between the people and institutions of the United States and Mexico via exchange programs, scholarships, grants, and joint research.  Increasing educational exchanges and strengthening workforce development and innovation, particularly in STEM areas, will allow the United States and Mexico, and North America as a whole, to compete in global markets. Thus, FOBESII has the potential to build a more prosperous future for both the United States and Mexico.

Nonetheless, this short paper argues that, while FOBESII has done much to expand educational exchanges, increase joint research, and promote innovation, it has yet to achieve its stated goals and continues to face serious challenges. We argue that to overcome these challenges, future initiatives must focus on advancing private sector engagement, workforce development, and improving public communication and outreach. FOBESII continues to be a relevant and important initiative, but it is in urgent need of restructuring and redirection if it is to make a significant contribution to bilateral affairs and regional competitiveness.

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Border students are shaping the future with technology and innovation

09/06/2016 The Huffington Post

Social-media-communicationExpanding access to clean water and other natural resources. Ending gender violence. Improving physical and mental health. Increasing educational attainment for all students. These are some of the pressing challenges we face and will continue to face unless we decide to do something about it.

Here is a thought: how about we ask our young people to use the latest technology and innovation to solve these problems? After all, these are problems they will inherit should we fail to solve them now.

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MUSEIC hears from border entrepreneurs

— Stories of successful business innovators in the cross-border region helped set the stage for Friday’s meeting in Tijuana of the Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council, or MUSEIC.

The San Diego-Tijuana region “is a clear demonstration of how young people are becoming more creative than previous generations as they stress economic, cultural and social integration over themes of migration, walls and xenophobic speeches,” Tijuana Mayor Jorge Astiazarán said during the start of the day-long event.

The gathering at Tijuana’s Business Innovation and Technology Center marked the fifth MUSEIC meeting since the group was created in 2013 under the auspices of the High Level Economic Dialogue between the United States and Mexico.

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