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When an airline loses your luggage, it can take hours or even days to get someone to tell you where it ended up -- if it ever turns up at all. Wouldn't it be easier to hear from the luggage itself?

That's the promise of "smart luggage," in which GPS tracking chips are embedded in bags capable of transmitting their locations to travelers and even contacting airlines directly when they get lost.

The jumbo jet maker Airbus introduced a concept design for smart luggage at the Paris Air Show last year. The product, known as Bag2Go, can be tracked via a smartphone app. It also allows for self-service check-ins and can weigh itself to ensure that it meets airline requirements.

 AT&T (T, Tech30) unveiled a similar concept at a demonstration of its "next-generation technologies" in May. The company envisions integrating the product with standard suitcases and bags -- perhaps through an attachable tag -- though it could also be built into suitcases directly.

The ultimate plan is to for the luggage to work with airlines' IT systems, contacting the carriers directly and arranging for delivery to your home or hotel.

These products are still in the developmental stage and will need approval from federal regulators, but they're sure to find some grateful customers: U.S. airlines mishandled over 141,000 bags in April, according to government statistics, or about three bags for every 1,000 passengers.

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8649Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.- Strong, exotic and enigmatic describe the solid and hollow ceramic figures from West Mexico. “West Mexico: Ritual and Identity” presents an innovative archaeology exhibition that also includes perspectives from contemporary art, art history, anthropology and various materials testing sciences.

The exhibition, which opened June 26 at Gilcrease Museum, sheds new light on one of Mexico’s sophisticated ancient cultures. Organized by Gilcrease Museum, the exhibition features a spectacular selection of ceramic figures and vessels from the Gilcrease collection, augmented by items from public and private collections.

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo saw these and other prehistoric figures as symbols of the rich ancient cultures that provided the foundation of modern Mexico. As artists, they appreciated the strong features and ingenious forms used, and they incorporated these images in their own works.

Cultures such as the Olmec, Aztec, Maya and Toltec are widely known. They too have distinctive styles that depict the kings and gods of their own worlds. Perhaps because of their monumental stone architecture of the earlier cultures or direct contact with the Aztecs by Spanish conquistadors and chroniclers, these cultures are more familiar to today’s audiences.

The western region of Mexico, including Jalisco, Colima, Nayarit and portions of Michoacán and Sinaloa, is less familiar. Yet, this region was also the home of important and innovative ancient cultures. About 1300 BCE, people began living in large towns as well as small farming hamlets. While the cultures of the central Valley of Mexico built square platform pyramids and temples, in western Mexico, towns and villages were designed on a circular plan. Circular pyramids were surrounded with a circular plaza, which was encircled by houses and temples on raised platforms. Long, narrow, stone-lined ball courts indicate that the inhabitants played a version of the Mesoamerican ballgame that was both sport and ritual.

For centuries, people thrived on the ecologically rich and diverse resources in the region. These cultures were already ancient and the sites were long abandoned by the time the Spanish soldiers, adventurers and priests came to the western lands.

In the last century and a half, local Mexican farmers found that ruins also included large and sometimes deep shaft and tomb complexes. As is true in many parts of the world, the dead sometimes were accompanied by many kinds of finely-made objects. Because of the elaborate tombs and the enigmatic ceramic figures found within, the cultures of western Mexico were called the Shaft Tomb Culture by 20th century archaeologists; a name that these ancients would not have used to describe themselves.

Ceramic human figures adorned with brightly colored clothing, tattoos and body paint provide an intimate look at men and women of the culture, along with a variety of animals, birds, fish and reptiles. In the 1940s and ‘50s, Thomas Gilcrease amassed a collection of more than 500 ceramic figures and vessels from West Mexico, including two significant human figures, each more than 30 inches in height, and among the finest figures from the region.

Recently, archaeologists from many countries, including Mexico and the United States, have begun to take another look at the people, sites and material cultures of this region. Archaeologists and other researchers are looking beyond the surface and asking questions about what these figures mean, and what they can tell us about these ancient societies.

Research in museum collections and from science labs – along with contextual data from archaeological excavations – provides new insights, yet there is still much that we don’t understand about how these people lived or why these cultures seemed to disappear.

As is true with virtually all archaeological research and exhibitions, there are ethical, legal and authenticity issues involved. This exhibition explores these sensitive issues and discusses how research, exhibitions and museum practices are impacted.

“West Mexico: Ritual and Identity” opens a new chapter in archaeological exhibitions. It incorporates multiple new research perspectives and techniques in the analysis of the artifacts in an attempt to shed light on the meaning and use of these extraordinary objects. The exhibition acknowledges the problems of working with objects that have been taken from their context and the difficulties thus created. It also acknowledges that in addition to complete and genuine objects, many archaeological objects, particularly ceramic figures, have been repaired, modified, altered or forged over the years. Yet, instead of dismissing these objects, these issues are seen as part of the exciting challenge of working with museum collections.

The third part of the exhibition highlights the ongoing link between antiquities and modern artists who are still awed and inspired to use the imagery, themes and forms from ancient times in their own works. This idea may have been new in Rivera’s and Kahlo’s time, but it is no less important today.

Highlighting the artistry, incorporating new research and connecting the past with the present are the ways that “West Mexico: Ritual and Identity” helps humanize the ancients and reveals the research behind the exhibition.

Title sponsor of the Gilcrease Museum 2016 exhibition season is the Sherman E. Smith Family Charitable Foundation. Generous support is also provided by: Mervin Bovaird Foundation, C.W. Titus Foundation and M.V. Mayo Charitable Foundation.

An exhibition lecture will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. on July 16 in the Tom Gilcrease Jr. Auditorium. Robert Pickering, Ph.D., and exhibition curator, will discuss “West Mexico: Ritual and Identity.” A book signing will follow in the museum store. A series of symposia is also planned during the run of the exhibition. For a complete list of events, visit gilcrease.org.

 

 

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tvThe wildly popular HGTV show that airs in over 50 countries will return to Puerto Vallarta next month to film their sixth episode featuring the famous tropical resort destination. It was only in January of 2012 when Timothy Real Estate Group was chosen to be filmed for the first ever ‘House Hunters International’ episode in Puerto Vallarta.

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Women either want breast implants or they don’t.

But now a new procedure will let them have it both ways.

Call it “vacation breasts” – a doctor in New York City has come up with a creative way for women who have not made up their minds about getting a breast augmentation. The “vacation breasts” procedure, currently in the works by doctor Norman Rowe, will purportedly increase bust sizes up one cup or more, and then slowly bring them back to their natural size in two to three weeks.

A plastic surgeon based in Manhattan, Rowe said he will start performing the procedure in 2016. The main goal, he said, is to let women experience their new shape fully.

"You can use 3-D imaging and put implants in bras," he said, "but it's another thing to see what the weight will actually feel like and what it will be like to live with the new breasts," he told ABC’s Good Morning America.

The temporary breasts can also appeal to women interested in showing off during a summer vacation or perhaps a short fling. But it would be costly: a procedure already being offered by Rowe, an instant breast enlargement that lasts 24 hours, costs upward of $2,500 – depending on the size requested.

Rowe did not disclose the chemical makeup of the solution, but he did offer that the additive is something that's already used in the medical community for other purposes.

According to Rowe, men could also take advantage of the technique to enhance their pecs and calves.

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Seven and soon to be eight graceful, healthy tigers are kept in their natural habitat, five of them at El Tigre. Recently, I was permitted to meet three of them, up close and personal. Not as personal as Jesus, who cared for some of the cubs after birth at his house. The big guy there is Khan, a four year old, Nala is 3 ½ and Samantha, who is six years old is pregnant and is due to give birth in two months. The Carmona household will include yet another cub.

The three youngest tigers on the resort property are Lluvia (2 years), Diego (3 years) and Nala (3 ½); all of which Jesus had the opportunity to have as house pets until they outgrew the Carmona home. Diego lived in the house for five months, Lluvia for eight months and Nala for four.

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Puerto VAllarta, Jal.— “Again, we do apologize," came over the intercom.

Passengers on Delta flight 4507 From Salt Lake City to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, knew something wasn’t right as soon as one of the pilots started talking on the intercom and the airplane started turning around.

“It's something that we wouldn't have known what to do as pilots as far as this airplane not being allowed to land in Mexico." That announcement was recorded on one of the passenger’s cell phones.

The pilot was telling passengers their flight to Puerto Vallarta couldn't land and they were turning around to land in Tucson, Arizona and refuel before flying back to Salt Lake City.

"We got pretty close. I think they said within an hour, or under an hour,” said Casey Boyd, who is from Denver and was heading to Mexico with his wife and child on vacation.

However, when the pilot told passengers they couldn’t land in Mexico because of a paperwork error, Boyd couldn’t believe it.

"No, it sounds pretty unbelievable," Boyd said. "Yeah, I don't know. It doesn't sound like maybe the whole story."

The flight was a Delta Connection flight operated by SkyWest Airlines based in St. George.

According to SkyWest's spokeswoman, the flight “returned to Salt Lake City at approximately 6 p.m. to correct a paperwork issue. The 57 passengers onboard will be provided with hotel accommodations and have been rebooked on a new flight tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. We apologize to those customers we've inconvenienced and are working to get them on their way as quickly as possible.”

Boyd said before the flight left Salt Lake on Tuesday morning, the gate agent asked for passengers willing to take a later flight because they were using a smaller airplane than originally planned.

It's possible that smaller plane didn't have the proper paperwork to land in Puerto Vallarta, and no one caught the error until it was too late.

"I would like to know more about what happened,” Boyd said.

Still, he says Delta gave him vouchers for a hotel, food, and other expenses, as well as a flight to Mexico for Wednesday morning.

A Delta spokesman said all 57 passengers have been re-booked to Puerto Vallarta on Wednesday morning.

"They've taken pretty good care of us,” Boyd said. “It’s just one less day of vacation.”

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Puerto Vallarta.- Anxious to find out who will be YOPO-ing on Bachelor in Paradise Season 2 this summer? Now that filming for the Bachelorette is underway, fans are wondering who will join Ashley S. and her famous onion in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico this summer.

Earlier this month on the live Bachelor finale, Chris Harrison all but confirmed that Ashley S. would be part of the upcoming BIP cast. Weeks later, he chatted with After Buzz TV about the other Bachelor Nation cast-offs who may end up on the second season of the popular reality show spinoff.

It looks like fans will have to wait a bit longer to get a full cast list — Chris isn’t spilling the beans yet because the Bachelorette is still filming, and some of the cast may come from guys that are rejected this season. There are also rumors that Britt Nilsson was already rejected on the Bachelorette, so she may be heading to Paradise when taping begins in a few months.

Chris dropped some hints about a few of the ladies from Chris Soules’ season, stating that Kelsey Poe and Ashley Iaconetti are both on his BIP wish list. Don’t be surprised if there are also a few Bach-alum from the previous season of BIP (Michelle Money? Chris Bukowski?) cast for the show as well.

“I’d like to see some older people come back as well. I kind of like it when they’re mixed in… like we did with Michelle Money who was from years ago. From Andi’s season we have a bunch of good guys. And from Chris’s season… I would love to see Ashley I…. and Kelsey would be great out there. There’s a lot of friends out there who I would like to see find love.”

According to the Vallarta Daily, Season 2 of Bachelor in Paradise will be filmed in Puerto Vallarta and will most likely air in August. If that seems like a long wait, fans still have the Bachelorette to look forward to.

WetPaint reports that the Bachelorette Season 11 two-night premiere begins on Monday, May 18 at 9 p.m. ET. Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe will meet 25 guys on night one, but rumor has it that guys picked Kaitlyn to be the leading lady. Fans of Britt will be happy to know that she may end up having a role on the show, despite being rejected. That sounds like must-see TV, doesn’t it?

So, clear your Monday night schedule starting this May when the Bachelorette 2015 premieres, and again in August when BIP returns for another season full of drama, hookups, and perhaps a love story or two.

Who do you want to see cast for Bachelor in Paradise Season 2?

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NEW YORK, NY -- Miguel Torruco Marques, the Secretary of Tourism for Mexico City, was recently in New York conducting numerous press events, interviews and hosting duties as part of a new initiative Mis Raíces (My Roots), to promote tourism to Mexico City among Mexican-Americans in the United States.

“Mis Raíces” represents the first concentrated effort to bring in U.S. Latinos with a connection to Mexico. “We know that we have a lot of future in this market,” said Marques at a press conference.

Marques came to the Big Apple as part of the program’s first launch. Mexican-Americans are the fastest growing demographic in the New York City, with a population over 500,000. A few days later Marques was in Chicago to make the same overtures to that city’s growing Latino population, followed by Los Angeles and Houston. According to Pew Hispanic 2012 estimates, there are about 33.7 million Hispanics of Mexican origin living in the United States.

“Mis Raíces” is being done in collaboration with Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera and the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce. Mexico City’s Tourism Board is travelling with members from Aeromexico and Mexitours, two key partners in the campaign.

Mexico City has seen a promising growth in tourism, about 12 percent in 2013. Over a third of its tourists are coming from the United States; it is the biggest destination in Latin America.

The first phase of “Mis Raíces” centers on popular local Latino newspapers including El Diario in New York and La Raza in Chicago. The second, which is web-based, focuses on business travelers who might want to extend their stay in Mexico City. Ultimately, the city hopes that these travelers, no matter how long they are staying, consume these tailored tourist packages.

“The goal is to make it as easy as possible,” says Mauricio Reyna from the Mexico City Tourism Ministry.

In that spirit Mexico City collaborated with the existing campaign from Mexico launched two years ago, “Live it to Believe It” on television ads. They are stylishly produced advertisements that highlight the cultural impact of Mexico City that will run on stations around the United States. One even features a celebrity cameo from Ringo Starr who met his wife of thirty years ago a few blocks from the Frida Kahlo Museum.

“Mis Raíces” hopes to capitalize on the abundance of culture available in Mexico City. In addition to packages that highlight over 180 museums, there are tours which are specifically designed for foodies and sports enthusiasts.

The gastronomic rise of Mexico City has inspired much tourist fanfare. Marques is particularly proud of Mexico City’s representation on San Pellegrino’s annual list of the best restaurants on the world: Pujol and Biko came in at number 20 and 59 respectively.

Mexico City just opened to the public the biggest aquarium in Latin America, financed by global magnate Carlos Slim, which Marques said is another addition to Mexico City's cultural impact in the region. He did, however, provide a cautionary tale to visitors at the press conference. Marques actually has a small scar on his right hand from a time when he put his hand into a tank with two piranhas. It turns out the sharp teeth piranhas are famous for do indeed bite.

When asked whether potential travelers might express security concerns, Marques points out that the State Department offers no current advisory regarding travel to Mexico City (also known as the Federal District). “We are like any other [huge] city,” he said.

The impact of “Mis Raíces could potentially bring in over one million more visitors this year to Mexico City. Marques and his team are particularly proud of the tours available for visitors who might be seeing family and do not necessarily have a tremendous amount of money to spend. There are still many cultural sites to see like the Estado Azteca and Chapultepec.

Ultimately “Mis Raíces” is about motivating the paisanos in the United States to discover or re-discover Mexico City and schedule time to journey through their heritage, as well as keep coming back. One word of caution - don't put your hands in a piranha tank.

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With the aim of bringing City Hall workers and their families, promotion and health care provided by the Mexican Institute of Social Security, having joined this institution, Mayor Ramon Martinez Guerrero and Jalisco's delegate of the Institute, Benito Carranco, launched together with medical and municipal authorities, the conference of 'PrevenIMSS', that over this week, will be taking care of allof the public servants in the various buildings of the Municipal Government, with informative talks, guidance and preventive activities.

The mayor said that "it is one step further to ensure social security and health care for workers, to restore the services that the municipality is obliged to grant and that was one of the responsibilities that previous administrations left pending."

He therefore asked the officials to be patient in the transition that is occurring after joining the IMSS, for besides the services of health promotion, on this day they will be able to answer their questions about the care they will be permanently receiving in the clinics, as there is openness "to resolving it immediately case by case with the warmth and quality deserved" thanks to the link that has been made between the City, Social Security and the Union of Municipal Workers.

He announced further that in a next step, there will be a solution to the issue of State Pension, so that civil servants can recover this provision, which was also left aside by previous administrations.

"The efforts made by the municipal government and the union of workers, are not only related to joining the Social Security, for which I am sure that I have the support of the delegate and the directors, but we will also standardize and improve care in providing this service, besides the efforts we have made to increase by 10 percent the earnings of workers with lowest wages in the municipal government and which in the next budget we will be bringing closer to 20 percent, not to mention the effort we are making together to resolve the issue of State Pension. I think that now in the government we are delivering this slowly, we wanted more, yes, we would like to improve, yes, but we're not advancing by speeches but by deeds, "said Guerrero Martinez.

In his intervention, the representative of the IMSS in Jalisco, Benito Carranco, described as important the adherence of the City Hall staff to this institution, which he said, in the state caters to 63 percent of the population, with a network of 16 hospitals of second level, 109 units of family medicine, 111 pharmacies and 3 highly specialized hospitals like the Western Medical Center. He added that through the program 'PrevenIMSS', you can get a snapshot of the health status of civil servants and their families and enable the processes of care that they require.

'PrevenIMSS' is a strategy that brings health services to companies to improve, maintain and restore the health of the workers, under a framework of responsibility, and thus help improve their productivity.

These actions are offered on five areas: Health Promotion, with the informed delivery of primers and of the health care ways; Guidance in topics according to the age of the workers; Nutrition, with measurement of weight and height, waist circumference, nutritional assessment and counseling; visual disease detection, cervical cancer and breast cancer, hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol, and pulmonary tuberculosis; Disease Prevention and Control, with preventive vaccination informed delivery of condoms and actions focused on oral health.

It is worth noting that the mayor and the president of the DIF, Magaly Fregoso, put the example by being the first to receive each preventive service offered by the program.

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Actress Diane Guerrero, who was born in the US, unlike her parents who were born and raised in Colombia, told the LA Times the unfortunate story about how her mother and father were deported when she was only 14 years old.

Guerrero says her parents moved to escape the instability in Colombia at the time and went to New Jersey, where Diane was born and later to Boston. The “OITNB” star says she remembers her parents trying to become legal time after time with no avail, meaning she spent her childhood fearing she would one day come back from school to an empty house, until she did.

When Guerrero’s neighbors explained the situation, she understood her biggest fears had come to be, and immigration officers had taken her parents. “Not a single person at any level of government took any note of me. No one checked to see if I had a place to live or food to eat, and at 14, I found myself basically on my own,” said Guerrero.

She says her parents were detained in the outskirts of Boston throughout the whole deportation process, in which they didn’t stand a chance without a lawyer and with an immigration system “that rarely gives judges the discretion to allow families to stay together.”

Guerrero remains grateful about how things turned out for her, despite having a “rocky existence” throughout the years where she saw herself as a nuisance to the family she’d stayed with, and always fearing her invitation to stay would be removed. She worries that her story is all too common, even with members of her family. Her own brother was deported as well, leaving his little girl who was a toddler at the time. Now she is serving time in jail, and Guerrero assures this would not be the case if her father and her parents had been there to guide her. Read the full narration of events by Guerrero here or her full CNN interview below.

 

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   Congratulations to cast and crew of Nunsense—On Vacation in Vallarta! The ongoing success of their hit musical, which has been playing to enthusiastic audiences at Santa Barbara since its premiere five weeks ago, caught the attention of Dreams Resort concierges and managers, who decided that the popular show was a perfect addition to their line-up of entertainment at the five-star property south of town.<br>

   The trial run this last Sunday night was a huge success and Dreams Resort has just completed an agreement to run Nunsense on Sunday nights for the next six months. Co-directors Federico Fenseca and Paul Guerrero, along with co-stars Morgan Adams and Norma Shuh, will continue appearing in the hit show this summer. Closer to Vallarta, fans can still catch the high-kicking, fun-loving sisters of Nunsense at The Santa Barbara Theater on Monday nights.<br>

   And for Spanish-speaking locals and visitors, the musical satire Cine Horror plays on Friday nights. This humorous spoof about the movie biz contains a handful of comical vignettes about Mexican movies, auditioning for a part in a movie, making a motion picture, going to a movie, and watching a movie. Be prepared for rapid-fire dialogue, witty asides, a mischievous take on social mores, and a whole lot of riotous dance numbers.<br>

   For more information on shows, call the Box Office at 223-2048 or stop by The Santa Barbara Theater at $351 Olas Altas St. in the Romantic Zone. Since seating is limited, advance reservations and ticket purchases are recommended.