El Sol de Mexico – Cold fronts are expected to bring rain today, Wednesday, in states in north, northeast, central and eastern Mexico. Winds up to 60 mph and potential snowfall are also forecast.
El Universal – The Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection ordered PROFECO to find and deliver the information on all fines imposed from 2009 to the current date.
El Occidental – The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection said 781 tons of hazardous materials, substances and waste were carried out at ports and borders during 2014.
El Economista -The use of gadgets and mobile devices has changed routines in families, as revealed in a study conducted by the Center for Public Opinion of the Universidad del Valle de Mexico.
By Dolia Estevez / Forbes
It was not the best year for Mexico; 2014 will be remembered for violent acts that shook the country, most notably the abduction and likely massacre of 43 teacher-trainees (“Normalistas” in Spanish), the execution of 22 people by the Army and the ongoing killings by powerful criminal groups of thousands of Mexicans, including two journalists and three Catholic priests.
The year also witnessed major new corruption scandals and controversies over alleged conflict of interest by government officials, which resulted in a crisis of confidence engulfing President Enrique Peña Nieto, his closest collaborators, major political parties and institutions, such as the Army.
The rapidly deteriorating internal situation overshadowed some of Peña Nieto’s 2014 successes, including the arrest of one of the world’s most wanted criminals and the approval of an historic energy overhaul opening Mexico’s vast oil sector to foreign capital for the first time in decades.
Peña Nieto ends the year with his popularity plummeting. According to a recent survey, the president’s disapproval rating has soared to 52 percent, the highest in his tenure and more negative than those of his two predecessors at this point in their terms; 38 percent of respondents said they did not believe Peña Nieto “one bit.”
Dallas Morning News – President Enrique Peña Nieto travels to the White House next week, battered and bruised and in need of a political boost from his U.S. counterpart.
Fox News Latino – Questions about collusion between municipal police and drug cartel henchmen, and the possible complicity of Mexico’s army and Federal Police, have fueled a debate about whether Mexico’s law enforcement agencies are capable of—or willing to—effectively provide security.
Reuters – The Mexican telecoms regulator on Monday set the 2015 rates for interconnection fees between competing networks as part of measures to open up its historically hidebound sector dominated by Carlos Slim’s America Movil.
AP – A Mexican woman who said she was forced to work as a prostitute in New York City 15 years ago says she now wants to make sure other Latin American immigrants don’t suffer the same fate.
Trucking Info – The pilot program for allowing Mexican truckers to operate across the border has too few participants to project the outcome of a full border opening, says the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General.
JCK – The Panama Diamond Exchange has partnered with Cámara de Joyería y Platería de Jalisco, the largest jewelry association in Mexico, to develop and improve business relationships.
EFE – A growing number of tourist attractions, the chance to have a symbolic wedding and an atmosphere of non-discrimination have made the coasts of Jalisco and Nayarit a paradise for the international gay community.
Vanguardia – Children and adolescents have suffered more casualties as a result of the increasing violence in Mexico. The rate of murders of children is comparable to countries with armed conflicts such as Iraq and Sudan.
La Voz de la Frontera – Officials have issued an alert for the next days warning of strong winds, snow and very cold temperatures in the northern part of Baja California.
Milenio – Citizens of at least 11 countries showed their solidarity and support to the families of the 42 students in Iguala Ayotzinapa through a video posted on YouTube.
El Sol de Mexico City – The Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks has been asked to research information that would allow a ban on the sale and distribution of electronic cigarettes.
Azteca Noticias – The Mexican economy will close the year with greater dynamism, which will continue during 2015, said the Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit ( SHCP ).
Notimex – The Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV) ended yesterday, Monday, with a gain of 0.43 percent, supported by broadcasters such as Grupo Mexico, in a mixed day for global stock markets.