AP – A woman who returned to Mexico from Seattle to lead a community police force was freed from prison on Friday after courts threw out charges of homicide and kidnapping. The case of Nestora Salgado has become a rallying point for activists who say the vigilante-like community groups that have sprung up across rural Mexico are cracking down on crimes ignored or fostered by corrupt government police forces.
Corporate Jet Investor – The HondaJet has received its type certificate from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Mexico. “Receiving aircraft validation in Mexico is an important milestone for Honda Aircraft Company, paving the way for the start of HondaJet deliveries in Mexico,” said Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company president and chief executive.
Australia Network News – Almost 66 million years ago an asteroid slammed Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico triggering events that ultimately led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Until now the scientists have not been able to analyze the impact hole or the buried remains of the asteroid because the region is controlled by the oil industry. Now recovered rock cores will give some clue to how life came back after the catastrophe.
Latest sales data shows Mexico’s tax on sugar-sweetened sodas has made almost no difference to buyer behavior two years after it was introduced, says the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council.
“Pro-sugar tax campaigners continue to repeat that the sugar tax, which was applied from Jan. 1, 2014, has been a success in terms of reducing consumption of sugar-sweetened sodas,” says FGC Chief Executive Katherine Rich.
“This does not reflect the true situation in Mexico post the tax,” she said. “The latest Nielsen data, compiled for FGC, shows sales volumes have returned to pre-tax levels.
“The overall net decline in sales of 0.39 percent is not even one sip per Mexican citizen and is more likely to be attributed to other things going on in the Mexican economy during this time.”
Bloomberg – Mexico will hold a private bidding round for the nation’s shale oil fields this year in part to cater to continued interest from U.S. drillers eyeing expansion south of the border, according to Deputy Energy Minister Lourdes Melgar.
AP – A four-day air pollution emergency alert in Mexico City was lifted Thursday after authorities ordered some cars off the road and atmospheric conditions improved. Rafael Pacchiano, the federal environment secretary, said new pollution-control standards would be considered after the city’s first pollution alert in 11 years.
San Diego Union-Tribune – Uber will launch Passport, its first cross-border service, offering one-way transportation from San Diego across the San Ysidro border to anywhere in the northern Baja California region, which extends as far south as Ensenada and as far east as Mexicali.
NYT – For a capital with such a long and layered history, there is much that’s new in Mexico City. Skyscrapers grow like bamboo. A trendy restaurant, boutique hotel or high-end food store seems to open every week. Despite the often dark national mood — corruption in Mexico seems ever more brazen, and violence, much of it drug-related, persists in many areas — the city has kept its mojo.
Reuters – Mexico’s central bank is expected to hold borrowing costs steady on Friday (today) after a rally in the peso dampened concerns that currency weakness will fan inflation higher.
Business Standard – Bangalore-based Biocon entered into an agreement with Laboratorios PiSA of Mexico for the co-development and commercialization of generic recombinant human insulin (rh-insulin) for the US market. This collaboration is a part of Biocon’s strategy to address the large demand for generic rh-insulin in the US, which accounts for over 40 percent of the global sales of $5 billion.
EFE – The U.N. International Organization for Migration alerted Central American governments that the immigration crisis has not ended and that Cuban migrants intent on getting to the United States are still arriving and gathering in Panama.
Global Trade – Wind blade manufacturer TPI Composites Inc. plans to open a second wind turbine blade manufacturing facility in Juarez. The Arizona-based company has signed a long-term agreement with Gamesa.
Sentido Comun – Lamosa Group, a company dedicated to the manufacture of ceramic and refractory products, said it expects to increase by 15 percent its production capacity by expanding its 22 plants and building a new one in the city of San Jose Iturbide, Guanajuato.
AP – About 200 fashion design students at Mexico City’s IberoAmerican University have opened a show of dozens of dresses and other clothes examining the effects of the drug trade on Mexican culture.
Castanet – An air pollution alert in greater Mexico City was extended Thursday, its fourth day, with authorities saying that despite slight improvements, smog levels remained at almost 1 1/2 times acceptable limits in some areas.
Z News -Dinosaur fossils aged between 70-95 million years were discovered in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. Seventeen different areas with fossils were found scattered across the municipalities of Ojinaga, Coyame del Sotol and Aldama.
The Sun Daily – Five suspected drug cartel members have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of five young people who were allegedly abducted by police officers in eastern Mexico.
Fresh Plaza – Producers of table grapes in the Coast of Hermosillo and the Valley of Guaymas are getting ready for the 2016 harvest season. Table grapes from this areas are in high demand in international markets because of their excellent quality.
Sentido Comun – Grupo AeroMexico began operating a new route connecting Mexico City to Santo Domingo, capital of Dominican Republic, its 16th destination in Latin America.
Sentido Comun – Volkswagen said it will invest $1 billion in Mexico to cover the expenses required for the assembly of its model Tiguan plant in Puebla. The company plans to start assembling the Tiguan in 2017 and needs a 70,000 square meter building where the body of the truck will be developed.