Mexico provides update on US$460mn Jalisco BRT corridor


Source: BNamericas

Transport authorities in Mexico’s Jalisco state still have some pending contracts to award before completing the estimated 9.4bn-peso bus rapid transit (BRT) system known as Mi Macro Periférico, or Peribús, which is intended to connect four municipalities of Guadalajara.

The project, on which works began in November 2019, does not have an estimated completion date at present, but authorities continue to supervise some of the contracts awarded and expect to tender new ones soon, the state infrastructure and public works ministry (SIOP) said in response to a transparency request filed by BNamericas. 

“As regard the completion date, we’d like to add that not all the works that are included in this project have been awarded yet, so this information is not available. Although the general construction unit indeed has plans to launch the works, once all the contracts are assigned we will be able to estimate a completion date,” the ministry said.


Federal Government Prepares Declaration of Emergency Due to Drought in Jalisco


Source: Puerta Vallarta Daily

Due to 68% of the Jalisco territory currently in a state of “severe drought”, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) sees an emergency declaration as “imminent” from the Federal Government.

“We are living in a situation that had not been experienced, according to this report from the federal government, the drought is the worst in at least the last decade for Jalisco,” said the governor through a message he shared on his social networks.

He explained that the Inter-ministerial Commission for the Attention of Droughts and Floods of the López Obrador administration released a diagnosis that offers details about the desperate situation that the State is going through with the current climate and drought.


Mexican variant? Mutation of coronavirus under study in Jalisco


Source: Mexico News Daily

Health authorities are investigating whether a strain of the coronavirus detected in four people in Jalisco is a Mexican variant of SARS-CoV-2, a senior health official said Sunday.

Four cases of the virus with the E484K mutation were detected on Friday. The mutation, which appears to make the coronavirus more contagious, has been detected in new strains in South Africa and Brazil.


Mexican experts piece together 41 bodies found in well


09/17/19 – AP News

Forensic examiners in western Mexico said Tuesday they have pieced together a total of 41 bodies from bags full of body parts found in a well earlier this month.

The examiners in the western state of Jalisco said tests were continuing on the grisly contents of 119 plastic bags dumped in a well near the city of Guadalajara. Authorities had to call in backhoes to fully excavate the pit.

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If not for women, there’d be no tequila

3/8/2019 – CNN Travel

Sucheta Rawal

By Sucheta Rawal

(CNN) — Located 45 miles south of Guadalajara, in the Mexican state of Jalisco, the town of Tequila is known as the birthplace of the drink that bears its name.

The picturesque township, with its colorful buildings and cobblestone streets, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The federal government of Mexico calls it Pueblo Magico or Magical Town.

It’s here that casual sippers drink this aromatic spirit, but there’s one secret they may not know: Without the women of Tequila, there’d be no tequila.

The cultivation and annual replanting of the agave blooms in the states of Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit and Aguascalientes in Mexico, has historically been left to the women of Tequila.

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Crime wave, police complicity batter Mexico’s Jalisco state and trigger angry protests

03/26/2018 Los Angeles Times

Jalisco_in_Mexico_(location_map_scheme).svgA surge in gang killings, kidnappings and other crimes is gripping central Mexico’s Jalisco state and sparking street protests in a region famed for some of the country’s singular cultural emblems — from mariachi music to tequila to Mexican-style rodeo.

And, in a disturbing but familiar scenario in Mexico, corrupt lawmen in the service of criminal gangs appear to be complicit in the escalating violence.

Recent high-profile cases in Jalisco include the disappearance of three film students, the seizure of three Italian citizens and the kidnapping and execution of a pair of Mexican federal agents from an elite squad targeting organized crime.

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What’s next for Mexico’s drug cartels after El Chapo

08/25/16 CNN

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Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán

(CNN)As Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman awaits extradition to the United States, he leaves behind what appears to be a new landscape for Mexico’s drug cartels.

Last week, his son, Jesus Alfredo Guzman, was kidnapped by men authorities believe were members of a rival cartel. Sources tell CNN he was released Saturday, but his abduction signals that the game of thrones for Mexico’s next top drug cartel has already begun.

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Hundreds rescued from drug rehab center in western Mexico

5/19/16 CNN

Jalisco_in_Mexico_(location_map_scheme).svg(CNN)Hundreds of children, women and men who had been living at an overcrowded drug rehabilitation shelter in western Mexico were rescued in a police operation carried out Tuesday night, according to authorities.

Police found 271 people at the shelter, called “Spiritual Awakening, Alcoholics and Drug Addicts of the West,” in the city of Tonalá in the western state of Jalisco. The alleged victims were living in what authorities described as “inhumane conditions.” Police found 68 women, 91 men and 112 minors crammed into the facility.
“We’re still in the process of completing the operation. We found very serious conditions of overcrowding. We also found that people were being fed in a subhuman and inappropriate way,” Jalisco State’s Attorney Jesús Eduardo Almaguer said in a statement.
Almaguer said his office was alerted to the problem after a complaint from a woman who says she was beaten and kept from leaving the facility until she paid 1,500 Mexican pesos (U.S. $81.83) after she went there to visit a patient.

Mexico’s Kingpin Strategy Against the Drug Cartels

2/16/16 New York Times 

mexico-statesPope Francis’ visit to the violence-plagued Mexican state of Michoacán brought new attention to the government’s decade-long effort to break up drug cartels by targeting their leaders. The recent recapture of “El Chapo” — Joaquín Guzmán Loera, perhaps the most notorious cartel king — has been the signature achievement of the strategy, but it has also had other consequences.

A Spike in Violence

Felipe Calderón began the “decapitation” strategy when he became president of Mexico in 2006, and violence shot upward soon after. The tumult was widely viewed as evidence of disruption: a signal that more deadly and unpredictable gangs were competing to fill a vacuum. Kidnapping and extortion became more frequent as smaller gangs looked for profits.


U.S. sanctions Mexican businesses and individuals for drug trafficking links

8/20/15 Reuters

jaliscoThe United States sanctioned 21 Mexican businesses and individuals on Wednesday, saying they were part of the business network of a powerful drug cartel in the country.

The 15 businesses and six people provided support and services for the Los Cuinis drug cartel, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement. The cartel was itself sanctioned by the U.S. government in April for cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking.

The businesses targeted on Wednesday include an upscale boutique hotel, two real estate firms, and a shopping center in the south-central Mexican state of Jalisco, as well as a shopping center in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo.

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