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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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El Tigre Club, have the pleasure to share the joy with you and, proudly presents, our new FAMILY.
3 beautiful Bengal tigers, they were born on FRIDAY June the 30th. Tomorrow they will be 3 weeks old.

They are very healthy and gorgeous as you can see, the mother is fine and the 2 girls and the one boy are just getting bigger and stronger every single day.
These cups are number 37,38 & 39 born here at the Paradise Village Group, part of the successful program that we have with the Bengal tigers, and their names are;
Boy.......................Hobbs.
Girls.......................Princess & Joy.

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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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a2 2The objective of this program is that children and young people actively involved in creating, developing and carrying out their rights

For children and young people understand and enforce their rights, the System for Integral Family Development (DIF) of Puerto Vallarta, chaired by Magaly Ortiz Fregoso, invites children and youth of the town to join the program DIFusores Children.

The DIFusores Children program aims to promote and disseminate the Convention rights for children and adolescents, is why the body care visit various educational institutions to report to children about their rights, so they know the guarantees with that count, and identify the resources that are granted by law.

Sergio Rojas Paul Rodriguez, program coordinator, said that the aim of they know their guarantees fundamental objective the prevention of crimes affecting the overall development of children.

He said the aim of the competition is for children diffusers create spaces for children and adolescents have the opportunity to express and publicize the rights of children in their community. "We prepare children to learn not only their rights but also their duties," he said.

It should be noted that through state DIF 228 scholarships were awarded for a total of 2000 pesos per child, which will be of benefit to families participating in prevention programs of the Office of Child Protection. Department in their programs served a total of 11 thousand 500 children and their families.

For more information we invite you to turn to the program offices located in the Department of Child Protection (IPR) in Coapinole colony.

     
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*Whale Watching Season Underway*

BY GRIFFIN PAGE
Naturalist

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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images 2Located directly to the west of the Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone you will find Fluvial Vallarta, a large residential and light commercial development that is bringing smart urban planning and green space conservation to Puerto Vallarta.

Offering paved and flat streets, underground wiring, and controlled building codes, Fluvial Vallarta is a Mexican contemporary neighborhood. Beautifully landscaped parks, running trails and proximity to major shopping areas as well as some of the best private schools and hospitals in Puerto Vallarta are just some of the reasons that Fluvial has become a popular choice for professionals and families.

Intelligent community planning means that Fluvial has all the services that residents find desirable like restaurants, small retailers, pharmacies and services but that nightclub and industrial permits will not be granted in the neighborhood. The one large retailer in the area, Costco, is popular with residents from all over Banderas Bay and has a well-landscaped parking area, shaded by large trees and flowering plants, in keeping with Fluvial Vallarta design.

With an ideal location halfway between the Vallarta Marina district and the charming downtown and Old Town of Puerto Vallarta, public beach access less than one kilometer away and direct access to the city’s two major thoroughfares, Francisco Villa and Francisco Medina avenues, its easy to understand why the area is so popular with local doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs as well as foreign residents

 

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Bill Gates has triggered a wave of investments in a remote region of Mexico called Punta Mita, which is known for its iconic beaches, watersports and charming towns.

In 2014, Cascade Investment, Bill Gates’ private investment firm, bought about 48 acres of land and the Four Seasons Hotel in Punta Mita for $200 million. Other wealthy investors, particularly from the United States, Canada and Mexico, followed suit.

“Bill Gates buying land in the area has had a real impact,” Aaron Fisher, the sales director at Punta Sayulita, one of the developments in the Riviera told The New York Times. “We needed high-end clients and now they’re coming.”

In the past 18 months, property values in Punta Mita have increased 5 percent and those of the Four Seasons Hotel have increased by 12 percent, Brendan Wood, the sales and marketing director of Punta Mita Properties, told the Times.

The Riviera Nayarit, the area that includes Punta Mita, has historically attracted watersport enthusiasts, particularly due to its proximity to the surfer town of Sayulita, a bohemian town home to American and European expats.

“Residents can work from here, send their kids to the local international school and walk to town for the restaurants, bars and shopping,” Fisher said. “You can even paddleboard across the bay.”

Yet, with Bill Gates’ purchase, the region has witnessed a rise in investment from more upscale customers, particularly those from the tech, finance, and media industries.

The average age of buyers has also decreased, down to 30 or 40, from over 50.

One and two-bedroom homes in the Riviera Nayarit range from $130,000 to $250,000 and large villas cost over $800,000, while in Punta Mita, in particular, two-bedroom apartments cost over $345,000 and ocean-view villas cost more than $10 million.

Although foreigners cannot directly own property in Mexico, international investors can buy properties via a “fideicomiso,” meaning that the property is owned by a trust in a bank.

According to Wood, watersports are now an important driver for demand in the region, as opposed to golf, which dominated the market in the past.

The Punta Mita project was originally designed by Mexican developer “Dine” 15 years ago when they bought about 1,500 acres to develop a luxury resort with two golf courses, residences, hotels, and restaurants.

Today, most of the resort is sold out and plans for further construction are underway.

The Riviera Nayarit’s proximity to Puerto Vallarta and its recently expanded international airport has also boosted investment in the region.

Gates has not revealed what he plans to do with his investments so far.

 

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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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Puerto Vallarta Jal.- Banks and the Mexican Stock Market (BMV) will remain closed next Monday, March 16, due to the long weekend commemorating the birth of Benito Juarez; they will reopen Tuesday at their regular hours.

The Mexican Banks Association explained that, even though it is a holiday, institutions offering their services in Commercial Centers and supermarkets, will be open to the public at their regular schedule.

They also reminded the public that Banks have telephone and Internet services, as well as 41,000 ATM’s available to their clients the 365 days of the year.

Transparency and Legislation of Financial Services Law establishes that, when the deadline of a payment falls in a nonworking day, the payment should be made the on next working day.

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  • Julia Pastrana had a condition that left her entire body covered in hair
  • She was exploited in traveling exhibitions throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada before and after her death
  • Her body ended up in a storage room at the University of Oslo and now a New York-based artist has fought to have it returned to Mexico

uglyLaid to rest: Julia Pastrana, billed as the 'world's ugliest woman' in the 19th century, will finally be buried in Mexico, 153 years after her death

A woman branded the 'ugliest woman in the world' after a rare disease left her body covered in hair has finally returned to her birthplace in Mexico for a proper burial - 153 years after her death.

Julia Pastrana was exploited as part of a traveling exhibition through Europe until she died from complications of childbirth in 1860. Even after her death, her body was exhibited across the world.

It eventually ended up in a storage room at an Oslo research institute, and after learning of the body's whereabouts, visual artist Laura Anderson Barbata campaigned to have it returned to Mexico.

'I felt she deserved the right to regain her dignity and her place in history, and in the world's memory,' Barbata, who learned Pastrana's story while working on a play about her life, told the New York Times.

'I hoped to help change her position as a victim to one where she can be seen in her entirety and complexity.'

Barbata, who lives in New York but hails from Mexico City, eventually won her decade-long battle and on Tuesday, Pastrana's body will finally be buried in Sinaloa de Leyva.

Pastrana was born in Mexico in 1834 and suffered from congenital terminal hypertrichosis, which left her face and body covered in thick hair.

She also suffered from gingival hyperplasia, which made her lips and gums thick. She was not diagnosed with either condition in her lifetime.

In 1854, she was bought by a Mexican customs administrator and he began exhibiting her through the U.S. and Canada. While in New York, she married Theodore Lent, who became her manager.

Historians believe that while she was in love with Lent, he only married her to control her earnings, the New York Times reported.

Lent toured his wife, whom he called a 'bear woman', through Europe. Critics called her 'revolting in the extreme' and doctors said she was ugly1the result a human mating with an 'Orang Outang'.

But she is also documented in 19th century history books as having an affinity for singing, music, dancing and languages, as well as great generosity to local charities.

In 1859, she fell pregnant and her son inherited her hypertrichosis and died 35 hours after his birth. Pastrana died from complications of the birth five days later - aged just 26.

But the death did not stop Lent, and he began exhibiting his wife and son's embalmed bodies propped up a in glass cabinet.

Exploited: Pastrana, who was born with a rare disease that left her body covered with hair, was advertised as a 'bear woman' as she toured Europe with her husband and manager Theodore Lent

DIAGNOSIS AFTER DEATH: WHAT CAUSED JULIA'S APPEARANCE?

Julia Pastrana suffered from congenital terminal hypertrichosis, which left her face and body covered in an abnormal amount of thick hair. This form of extreme hair growth is most responsible for the term 'werewolf syndrome'.

There is no cure for any congenital forms of hypertrichosis, and an affected female has a 50 per cent change of passing it to her offspring - as Julia did to her son.

This type of hypertrichosis is usually accompanied by gingival hyperplasia, which makes the person's lips and gums thicker due to an overgrowth of gum tissue. Julia also suffered from this.

She was not diagnosed with either condition in her lifetime.

He later married a bearded woman in Mexico and billed her as Pastrana's sister 'Zenora Pastrana'.

After his death in a Russian mental institution in 1884, the bodies continued to be featured at exhibitions until thieves broke into a warehouse owned by a fairground in Norway in 1976 and stole them.

The remains were later found by police in a trash bin; Pastrana's arm had been dismembered and her son's body could not be salvaged.

In 1996, her body was taken to the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Oslo, where she was placed in storage.

'By ending up as part of a collection in a basement, she lost any trace of dignity,' Barbata said. 'My ultimate dream goal was that she should go back to Mexico and be buried.'

Barbata learned of Padtrana's sad resting place while designing costumes for a play her sister, Kathleen Anderson Culebro, produced in Texas: The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World.

In 2005, she began petitioning the University of Oslo to return the body to Mexico, and in 2008, she made her case to Norway’s National Committee for the Evaluation of Research on Human Remains.

On show: Even after her death from childbirth, Pastrana was embalmed and exhibited next to her dead son

Help: Her body has now returned to Mexico after a decade-long campaign by New York-based artist Laura Anderson Barbata (pictured second left)

In June last year, they agreed 'it seems quite unlikely that Julia Pastrana would have wanted her body to remain a specimen in an anatomical collection'.

The current governor of Sinaloa, Mario López Valdez, then joined the cause last year, and the Mexican ambassador to Norway, Martha Bárcena Coqui, offered to work with the university.

ugly2The institute agreed to start the process transferring the body to Mexican custody last August, and last week, Barbata confirmed Pastrana's identity before her coffin was sealed.

During the check, she saw that bolts remained in Pastrana's feet, and they were removed.

Pastrana will be buried on Tuesday in a cemetery in Sinaloa de Leyva, near to her birthplace.

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