Reuters – As Mexico opens up its oil sector to private producers for the first time in decades, the initial set of contracts up for grabs later this year will feature extended exploration periods, the country’s oil sector regulator said on Wednesday.
AP – An arson attack on a subsidiary of a U.S. energy-services firm was part of an extortion attempt, prosecutors in Tabasco said Wednesday. Five attackers forced their way into the company’s yard and burned three trucks.
Out – Luis Gerardo Méndez, one of Mexico’s hottest celebrity commodities, is now busy co-producing Netflix’s first Spanish-language series, Club de Cuervos (set to premiere this summer), which he calls “the House of Cards of soccer.”
Sentido Comun – The Ministry of Finance announced new tax incentives for companies involved in housing construction geared at reducing building costs and decreasing home prices.
Sentido Comun – Grupo Empresarial Angeles, the health, finance, communications and tourism business conglomerate of the Vazquez Rana family, said its subsidiary Real Group Tourism, or TSO, will invest $220 million to open four new hotels in Mexico in the next two years.
Sentido Comun -Ferromex and Ferrosur, railway companies controlled by Grupo Mexico, acquired 34 locomotives for $80.65 million (1,130 million pesos) to strengthen and expand its driving capacity.
Sentido Comun – A coalition of Sinaloa state workers have filed a lawsuit against Jesus Mercado, a Lousiana Aguaculture labor recruiter, for allegedly deceiving the benefits workers would receive for performing temporary work crawfish fishing in Louisiana.
El Sol de Cordoba – Ministers of the Supreme Court of Justice determined that in all violent deaths of women, authorities must launch an investigation to determine whether it was a femicide.
Milenio – The Vidanta Group is investing $200 million to create the first theme park in Mexico for Cirque du Soleil in Nuevo Vallarta, Jalisco. “It will be like Disneyland,” said Norma Preciado, Cirque du Soleil’s commercial manager in Mexico.
El Informador – The Chilean writer Carla Guelfenbein was awarded the Alfaguara Prize for her novel “Contigo en la Distancia.” “What does it mean for me? It means that I know I’m going to a new league,” she said.
By Omar Millan / AP
Workers at large, export-oriented farms in the Mexican border state of Baja California have led a week of violent protests over low pay, abuses and poor conditions, threatening a harvest that supplies millions of dollars worth of tomatoes, strawberries and other crops to the United States.
Burning tires and tossing rocks at vehicles, hundreds of farmworkers have blocked Baja’s main north-south highway on and off, and as many as 50,000 are believed to be on strike statewide as of Tuesday.
Baja California Gov. Francisco Vega said over the weekend that the harvest — and thousands of jobs — were at risk. “If the fields continue without a workforce, the harvests will be lost and that will affect everyone who depends on this part of the economy,” his office said in a press statement.
Many of the workers are migrants from southern Mexican states like Guerrero and Oaxaca who toil at huge hot-house farms just south of Ensenada. Their demands — health care, overtime pay, days off, an end to abuse by field bosses and more pay than the $8 many earn for a full day of stoop-labor — echo those of farmworkers 40 years ago in the United States.
USAToday – There are some vehicles from major automakers that you can buy in Mexico, but not in the U.S. And they are among the most interesting in the world. We picked the seven cars and trucks that you can get there, but not in the U.S.
Reuters – General Motors Co will build its next-generation Chevrolet Cruze small car in Mexico. GM will invest $350 million to produce the Cruze at its plant in Coahuila, as part of the $5 billion investment in its Mexican plants announced last year.
AP – A suspected leader of the violent Zetas drug cartel who was on Mexico’s list of 122 priority targets for arrest was captured. Ramiro Perez Moreno, 34, was arrested without any shots being fired in the city of Nuevo Laredo.
AFP – The flamboyant world of Mexican wrestling reeled in shock as the tragic death of a star fighter sparked a debate about safety in the beloved national pastime.
Billboard – Grupero star Javier Rosas is the latest victim of violence in Mexico. The 23-year-old singer was shot in the parking lot of a shopping mall in his native Culiacán. Rosas suffered two bullet wounds and is being treated at a local hospital.
Palm Beach Post – BurgerFi, a fast casual restaurant headquartered in North Palm Beach, is expanding into Mexico in its first international development agreement. In a deal with EFIT, 40 restaurants are planned for Mexico City and the surrounding areas over the next five to seven years,
TeleSur – Former Mexican President Vicente Fox and his family are being investigated in connection with the exploitation of 200 Tarahumaras, including children, among other agricultural workers.
Economic Times – US singer, actress and businesswoman Jennifer Lopez took her fashion line outside the United States for the first time on Monday, launching in Mexico. Speaking in Spanish, the star said she wanted to make her designs affordable to low-income women who want some glamor in their lives.
WSJ – Caterpillar Inc. plans to eliminate 230 jobs at a plant in Joliet, Ill., where workers went on strike in 2012 for more than three months, and move production of oil pumps and valves to one of its plants in Monterrey.