Calderon-Molinar letters expose rift in the PAN

Excelsior – An exchange of letters trading accusations by former President Felipe Calderon and former IMSS director Juan Molinar has aggravated the division in the PAN.

One day after Molinar defined Calderón as “an isolated character” responsible for “continuous defeats,” the former president, in a letter from Haiti, said Molinar is “bitter” and accused him of complicity with those in the current leadership of the PAN.

http://www.excelsior.com.mx/nacional/2015/01/29/1005215

SCT postpones bidding rules for high-speed rail

High-speed rail trainEl Economista – The Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) postponed the publication of the new call for tender for the development of high speed train (TGV) Mexico-Queretaro (scheduled for today), to have more time to analyze comments that have been received from companies interested in the pre bases and “strengthen” the process.

http://eleconomista.com.mx/industrias/2015/01/28/sct-pospone-bases-licitacion-tav

Mexico officials conclude “without a doubt” that student teachers are dead

Human rights groups and parents of the missing students have accused the government of being slow to investigate and of mishandling the case.
Human rights groups and parents of the missing students have accused the government of being slow to investigate and of mishandling the case.

By Randal C. Archibold / New York Times

Four months after the abduction of 43 rural college students shook the nation and set off a political crisis, Mexico’s attorney general on Tuesday officially declared the students dead, saying confessions and forensic evidence supported the theory that their bodies were incinerated near a garbage dump.

The attorney general, Jesús Murillo Karam, delivered a detailed account of the case that did not divert much from what was previously known. Yet he went beyond hints that the students had been killed to declare that after an “exhaustive, serious” investigation, “the evidence allows us to determine that the students were kidnapped, killed, burned and thrown into the river.”

Murillo Karam, in what appeared to be an effort to convince an increasingly skeptical public that investigators had solved the crime, showed photographs of charred remains, snippets of videotaped confessions and the crime scene. He also disclosed that nearly 100 people had been arrested, 39 confessions obtained and thousands of fragments of human remains recovered.

Over somber music, he played a short video account of the night of the crime, based on what investigators had learned.

The case has led to a series of mass protest marches, most recently on Monday, and raised doubts about the rule of law in Mexico. It has helped send President Enrique Peña Nieto’s approval ratings plummeting to levels not seen by a Mexican president in two decades.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/28/world/americas/mexico-officially-declares-missing-students-dead.html

How Mexico City’s housing projects give way to changing needs

National Geographic – Mexico City’s Galaxia subdivision was built in an era when the middle class aspiration was to own a certain type of single family house with room for a car. But as times and needs change, so does the city, morphing into a new landscape that reflects modern needs.

http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/27/how-mexico-citys-outer-housing-projects-give-way-to-changing-needs/

After fraud revealed, Pemex unveils new supplier, contractor system

Pemex logo with nozzleSentido Comun – Petroleos Mexicanos announced that it has begun implementing a new system for recording and pre-assessing suppliers and contractors to build a reliable supply chain and allow better combat fraud irregularities and practices.

The announcement was made by the company just a couple of days after the Reuters news agency disseminated an extensive investigation that showed various irregularities in the structure of procurement and contracting of the Mexican state oil company.

http://www.sentidocomun.com.mx/articulo.phtml?id=17087

Mexico shuts down Chinese-led Dragon Mart project due to environmental concerns

Dragon Mart's project manager, Juan Carlos López, in December 2012 points at the property where the Dragon Mart was to be built at El Tucan, Cancun. (EFE/Alonso Cupul)
Dragon Mart’s project manager, Juan Carlos López, in December 2012 points at the property where the Dragon Mart was to be built at El Tucan, Cancun. (EFE/Alonso Cupul)

EFE

The Dragon Mart, a trade mart being built in the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo with Chinese investment, has been ordered to shut down due to environmental damage caused by the project.

The project, located in the El Tucan district of the city of Benito Juarez, was ordered to close down following a visit by federal environmental inspectors who determined that developers had failed to comply with orders recently issued by officials, the director of the Profepa environmental protection agency, Guillermo Haro, said in a press conference.

Developer Real Estate Dragon Mart was building the trade mart in a jungle area that is home to wildlife and a coastal ecosystem that are “all protected” by environmental laws, Haro said.

The project “has affected the area’s biodiversity” and the “productive capacity of the forest lands,” the Profepa chief said.

The developers of the Dragon Mart project planned to build 722 residential units and 20 warehouses, as well as 3,000 spaces for businesses, on 204 hectares (503 acres).

Dragon Mart was designed to be an exhibition center for merchandise from China, providing an opportunity for companies from the Asian nation to make contacts in Mexico and Central America.

http://www.laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/2920991_mexican-gov-t-shuts-down-dragon-mart-project-on-environmental-concerns.html