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Puerto Vallarta, Jal.- The popular Mexican singer died on Wednesday morning after a car crash

Regional pop star Ariel Camacho has died in a car crash while on tour.

Camacho, 22, died in an accident on a motorway outside of his hometown, Los Ranchitos in Sinaloa. The artist, signed to Del Records, had been on the road promoting his album El Karma.

Tributes have poured in for the singer. "My heart is broken by the loss of Ariel Camacho," president and founder of the Regional Mexican label, Angel Del Villar, said. "I knew he was going to transform the genre in Mexico and the United States. Millions of people would have become fans and would have gotten to know the man I did."

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January 30th, Charity Night with guest host Candace of Fishing With Carolina for Autism02 was a smashing success we raised $5910 pesos!!!!!!!!!!! that buys a large tank of oxygen. The evening was even more fun as we also celebrated Candace's daughter Savannah's 16th birthday.

The prizes for the raffle were generously donated by:CASSANDRA SHAW JEWELRY, Mama Dolores Diner, Encanto Restaurant, Clerese Hair and Body Care, Archies Wok, Lucy's Cucu Cabana, Kathy Lowther Reflexology, Encuentros Lounge and Pizza Bar and Quimixto.

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*Whale Watching Season Underway*

BY GRIFFIN PAGE
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Those of you whom live here or visit Banderas Bay regularly, you may know that our wonderful bay serves as reproduction grounds to the Humpback whales. They migrate over 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) to reach those breeding grounds and it is also here that they give birth. They are simply spectacular! These creatures attract an incredible amount of people every year who wish to see them, perhaps, for the first time in their lives. Hence, these animals also play an important part of our local economy between December 8th and March 31st when whale watching is permitted.

The Humpback whales are still on the list of endangered species and therefore, our Bay also plays a crucial role in their survival. It is imperative that these whales feel welcome and relaxed here if we want to be able to enjoy their presence for years to come. This is why there are rules and regulations related to the activity of "Whale Watching." Permits are necessary for the companies to operate whale watching tours. Guides and captains should be trained in this regard, know the rules and abide by them.

Why then, am I seeing, quite too often, too many boats well within the allowed distance for whale watching (30 meters - 99 feet). Most of whom don't have the proper flags (permits) for this particular activity. Some, with big boats, who should be even farther (60 meters - 198 feet) away. Others, which are privately owned yachts, that are either approaching from the wrong angles or quite abruptly cutting in front of the paths of these whales and going way too fast at close distances.

Why then, am I seeing a poor baby whale, repeatedly leaping (breaching) out of the water for an extended amount of time in an attempt to tell his mother that he is not able to keep up with her as she is swimming too fast in order to evade all the boats around her while the tourists on the boats applaud, quite oblivious of what is really going on right before their very own eyes. I'm even seeing babies separated from their mothers, or just lie there, exhausted after so much physical effort. I see angry tails' slashes, brought on by the intense fear and frustration that all this noise and activity around them is creating.

It is true that these behaviors can sometimes be a simple act of play or even a baby working on his coordination. But the important thing here is to be able to tell the difference, to see the nuances in the whale's behavior that tell you whether they are having fun or whether they are attempting to flee. This is the most important key in proper whale watching.

Why am I seeing these things happen in our own Bay? Most often, people don't have the appropriate means or readily available information in order to make the right decisions when choosing a tour provider or are often pressured into buying from the wrong companies. Some just want to save a buck and choose the cheapest tour available. Since the proper permits are costly, the accredited companies may charge slightly more.

I sincerely hope that the information enclosed in these articles will shed some light on this subject and hopefully, provide you with sufficient information to help you choose adequately. Bring this newspaper back home with you and share this information with people you know. Knowledge is the key.

If you care about these precious creatures of our seas and wish to actively participate in the conservation of this species while enjoying their beauty, make sure the tour provider you will be going out with has the proper permits, trained guides and strictly follows the guidelines.

A company who also spends time and money collecting data on these creatures, hence, actively participating in conservation efforts, while providing you with an wonderful, educative experience is a great way to start. This will leave you with a good deal more to tell your family and friends about when you go back home. "Isn't it great? We saw a courtship group!" They will then ask: "What's that?" And you'll have incredible tales to tell about your extraordinary experience. Better than: "Yeah, we saw whales. They were cool," don't you think?

Whale watching is not about seeing a good show, we have theaters for that. Sure, if Nature cooperates, that's just what you'll get. But it's really about seeing these whales in their natural environment behaving like they normally do. It's about being able to see the delight in your children's eyes, years from now, as they also witness their beauty, right here in Banderas Bay. Let's not shoot ourselves in the foot.

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Ash from the Popocatepetl volcano fell Monday on eight Mexico City boroughs and six municipalities in neighboring Mexico state, covering streets and roofs, the Cenapred national disaster management agency said.

Popocatepetl, located 85 kilometers (52 miles) southeast of Mexico City, began emitting steam, gas and ash on Sunday afternoon, with the emissions continuing into the early hours of Monday, the agency said in a bulletin.

Ash was reported on the ground and on buildings in the Mexico City boroughs of Milpa Alta, Xochimilco, Tlalpan, Cuajimalpa, Magdalena Contreras, Alvaro Obregon, Tlahuac and Iztapalapa.

Six cities – Ozumba, Atlautla, Tlalmanalco, Ecatzingo, Tepetlixpa and Amecameca – in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, also reported ash from the volcano.

The national disaster management agency extended the volcanic alert for the region, warning residents to be prepared for an eventual evacuation.

In areas where ash is falling, there could be precipitation of incandescent fragments, steam and gas fumes, and mudslides, the Cenapred said.

The agency recommended that residents of areas affected by ash cover their noses and mouths with wet bandanas or wear masks, close windows and remain indoors as much as possible, rinsing their eyes and throats with clean water.

About 25 million people live less than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Popocateptl, which is located where the states of Mexico, Puebla and Morelos meet.

Popocatepetl, which rises 5,452 meters (17,875 feet) above sea level, is one of the world’s most monitored volcanoes because of its recurring activity over the past 22 years.

 

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Federal-PoliceDoes your car have insurance? No? Well, from now on you will need to insure it if you want to hit the road.

Last week the House of Representatives approved amendments to the Law on Roads, Bridges and Federal Motor Carrier that makes it mandatory for all vehicles traveling on toll roads, federal roads and bridges to have insurance for third party liability.

So if you live in a state where insurance is not mandatory (it is in Yucatán), you will need to obtain insurance coverage to drive on a federal highway.

Juan Carlos Muñoz Márquez, president of the Transport Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, said in an interview that since it was previously approved by the Senate, the amendment only requires enactment by the President to take effect immediately.

The amendments establish penalties and fines of between 20 and 40 days of minimum wage to those driving without an insurance policy that covers third parties for damages arising from an accident. The fine would be waived if the motorist obtains insurance within 45 days.

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By Eduardo Rincón-Gallardo
On Tuesday, April 10th, the people of San Blas reported a baby whale entangled in fishing nets.

Locals and ecologists came to help the small cetacean which lay motionless on the sand and placed her in a tank by a beach restaurant called "Ramada Alicia" to try to keep her alive. There, more specialists arrived to team for solutions for the condition of the baby orca (also known in English as killer whale). It was decided to transport "Pascuala" (locals baptized her as such for her Easter arrival or Pascua) to the facilities of Vallarta Adventures in Nuevo Vallarta, where there are large pools and specialists in the care of sea mammals.

Vallarta Adventures had already notified Sea World of San Diego (there is no other place with more experience on handling orcas on earth) of the baby orca situation, so they would be prepared to participate in saving Pascuala, though Semarnat (the Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources) officials would have to authorize her transportation to San Diego, if needed. Semarnat has not authorized its transportation until it has more elements to decide on the course of action to be taken. Although Pascuala has gained weight with the care and formula feeding from the specialists, her overall health condition has not improved and her possibilities of survival are scarce with or without the most advanced care and facilities.

Meanwhile, the poor communication from those involved has fueled rumors and publications that go from asking the Federal Government for Nayarit to be custodian of the orca, to inferring that transporting Pascuala would make a lot of money to those involved. ¡Pobre Pascualita!

I greatly admire the intelligence of marine mammals and especially Pascualita, taking all the human love and care around her and not paying attention to the complicated nonsense and fuss we manage to entangle ourselves with.

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The acquisition includes companies that operate under the name Nextel Mexico, spectrum licenses, network assets, retail stores and about 3 million customers, Dallas-based AT&T said in a statement Monday. The purchase price doesn’t include an unspecified amount of debt from NII, which filed for bankruptcy in September.

Nextel Mexico’s high-paying monthly subscribers will help AT&T accelerate a plan to offer its first cross-border service in the U.S. and Mexico. AT&T’s pending takeover of DirecTV, which has operations in Mexico, marked the company’s first push outside the U.S. in more than a decade as growth slows at home. The company has since added to that expansion with the $2.5 billion acquisition of Grupo Iusacell SA in Mexico, which closed earlier this month.

The deal strengthens AT&T’s efforts in Mexico by adding Nextel’s “more highly-valued postpaid customers and some additional infrastructure,” Walt Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG LLC, said in a phone interview from New York. “Nextel’s spectrum bolsters what Iusacell has to offer: wireless data services, the key element of AT&T’s growth strategy.”

Nextel Mexico’s network covers about 76 million people. AT&T said it plans to combine Nextel Mexico with Iusacell, which will help improve service for people living outside major metropolitan areas. The deal is expected to close in the middle of this year, AT&T and NII said.

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“The acquisition of Nextel Mexico will support AT&T’s plans to bring greater competition and faster mobile Internet speeds to the Mexican wireless market,” AT&T said in the statement.

This is AT&T’s third deal that hasn’t involved Mexico’s largest wireless-service provider, America Movil SAB. Carlos Slim’s company has been looking to sell a large portion of its business to comply with new laws that penalize it for being a dominant phone company.

AT&T shares fell 0.7 percent to $33.13 at 9:38 a.m. New York time. America Movil dropped 2.1 percent to 16.89 pesos in Mexico City.

AT&T has been on the prowl specifically for deals in Latin America and Mexico. In September, Chief Strategy Officer John Stankey said that Mexico was poised for investment and that he sees a lot of options in Latin America.

NII, which has been in bankruptcy protection, said it will use the proceeds of the Nextel Mexico sale to help emerge from Chapter 11 and fund its Brazilian unit. The deal requires approval from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

“The sale of Nextel Mexico represents an opportunity to reduce our operational risk, deliver value to our stakeholders and provide the liquidity that will position us to emerge from Chapter 11 reorganization,” NII Chief Executive Officer Steve Shindler said in a statement.

--With assistance from Kenneth Wong in Berlin.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Avocado prices topped $56 per box in late June on very low Mexican volumes, and even when Mexico ramps up again in July, markets for large fruit could remain tight.

The surprisingly quick end to the Mexican season started to become clear in May, and it’s played out as expected into summer, said Rob Wedin, vice president of sales and marketing for Calavo Growers Inc., Santa Paula, Calif.

“It started driving prices higher, and that’s continued,” Wedin said June 28. “Prices are as high as we’ve seen in the last 10 to 15 years.”

On June 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported prices of $55.25-56.25 for 2-layer cartons of hass 48s from Mexico, up from $32.25-33.25 last year at the same time.

Wedin described a kind of perfect storm in which peak demand collided with the top supplier winding down very early.

“We’re really struggling to get to the 4th of July. It’s been a headache. The growth in Mexico has been so strong — that they would wind down a month early has been hard to accept.”

Robb Bertels, vice president of marketing for Oxnard, Calif.-based Mission Produce, said Mexico had been a “non-factor” in the market in the second half of June.

“It’s fairly unusual. Volumes have been much lower than expected.”

Into the void has stepped California, which was shipping peak volumes in late June and making up 60% of all volume shipping in the U.S. the week of June 20, Wedin said.

“California has responded quite well, and it’s been good for California growers.”

While California peaked in June, volumes should be strong through much of July, with weekly shipments in the “high teens,” Bertels predicted.

Mexican volumes fell from 30 million pounds weekly in mid-May to just 7 million pounds the week of June 20, but by the week of July 4, they could climb back up to 20 million pounds as new-season shipments begin arriving, Wedin said.

That should bring prices for smaller fruit down, but larger fruit could still be at a premium for some time, he said.

Size has been a battle for two months, Bertels said, with fruit from California, Peru and the late Mexican deal all on the small side.

While the Jalisco region of Mexico has been cleared for export to the U.S., some details in the work plan for the region haven’t been worked out, so Jalisco has not been able to help fill the June gap, Wedin said.

Another newcomer to the U.S. scene, Peru, also hasn’t been taking much of the pressure off of Mexico.

Heavy June rains caused Peruvian shippers to cancel a shipment of 20 containers of avocados and other fruits to the U.S. in late June, said Marianela Rodriguez of Peru’s Consorcio de Productores de Fruta S.A. (CPF).

El Nino-related problems throughout the Peruvian season have caused shippers to significantly scale back their export forecasts, Rodriguez said.

Exports are projected to rise just 3% this year, and because of strong demand from Europe, just 12% of Peruvian fruit had been exported to the U.S. through late June, she said.

El Nino has affected not just overall volumes this season but also fruit size, Rodriguez said.

 

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With reports from around the bay of nests and baby sea turtle releases, this becomes a great adventure for everyone to experience.

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Health officials closed a dozen plastic surgery clinics in Tijuana, a border city in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California, the Federal Commission for Health Risks Oversight, or Cofepris, said.

Expired and unregistered medicines were seized in the raids by Baja California health inspectors.

Health officials shut down 10 clinics and two other establishments that were selling expired and unregistered medical products with English labels.

Massage oils, creams, hypodermic needles and improperly handled botox products were seized in the raids.

The federal agency recommended that people looking to have plastic surgery verify that the clinic they visit is properly licensed, the doctor is a specialist, the facility follows proper medical protocols and the equipment is registered with the health department.

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ABAJO16 m616y6uqmlltfgo9v8yl2llr4re9dghjoyhk6mp0goPuerto Vallarta, Jal.- Swimming and interacting with the Dolphins is two of the unique experiences that Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit have to offer; this was confirmed by a group of TV presenters that were here to attend a celebration attended by the rich and famous, last weekend.

The presenters of the Azteca TV program ‘Hasta mañana es lunes’, which is transmitted every Sunday at noon: Lambda Garcia, Regina Munguia y Majo Castro greatly enjoyed the Dolphins and the Water Park ‘Aquaventuras Park by Dolphin Discovery, where they were able to interact with the dolphins and learned about these creature’s care and anatomy.

The open air activities and the contact with the Flora and Fauna of Vallarta-Nayarit region are the most looked after by thousands of tourist each year; that was the case with the rich and famous that were here, who said they will be sharing with their audience their amazing experience with the dolphins.


The General Manager of the Dolphin Park, Mario Dominguez, said that it is encouraging that these kinds of Puerto Vallarta’s and Riviera Nayarit’s activities are promoted on TV. This way, people will learn how exciting the contact with the dolphins is.

Representatives of tourist companies promoting the region will take care of providing all the logistics for the filming that have already been planned and that will give Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit a good projection right before vacation time.

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abarradenavidaIn many ways, La Bahía de Navidad, on Mexico's Costa Alegre ("Christmas Bay on the Happy Coast"), is an inexpensive, small-town version of up-scale Puerto Vallarta four hours to the north. With a Mexican population of just a few thousand friendly folks, the 500 or so full-year expats integrate easily into Barra de Navidad and Melaque, the two towns on the bay. Melaque is a typical ocean-side Mexican village where fishing, agriculture, and tourism provide a relaxed lifestyle for the locals. Barra de Navidad is chic and picturesque, with good restaurants and jumping nightspots, anchored by the elegant Grand Bay Hotel on the south-east side. Both of these towns receive thousands of winter visitors each year, primarily Canadian snowbirds celebrating their escape from the freezing weather back home by sunbathing and drinking frosty margaritas.

The Bahía of Navidad has rightfully earned a reputation as an outstanding wintering destination, and a full-year retreat for those folks that love hot weather. The bay is well-connected by air to both the United States and Canada, and the rest of Mexico, with flight times of just a few hours. The influx of winter visitors provides plenty of stimulation and seasonal business opportunities for those expats searching for a full-year retreat.

If your dream haven includes sunny beaches, good restaurants, friendly people, fishing, boating, and surfing in a small-town setting, then this area will put a special smile on your face.

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