Business Wire – Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Playa Hotels & Resorts has opened of Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta, an all inclusive resort at the site of the former Dreams Puerto Vallarta.
Zeenews – A couple separated by deportation have realized their dream of getting married in a religious ceremony at a fence dividing the cities of Tijuana in Mexico and San Diego in the US.
WSJ – The U.S. and Mexico have struck a deal to scrap tariffs on imports of Mexican sugar, ending a trade dispute that rattled candy-makers over higher costs for their key ingredient.
LA Observed – The new California Sunday Magazine has posted early its January issue story reconstructing the events of September 26, 2014, when 43 Mexican student activists disappeared in the darkness of night from the city of Iguala.
Al Jazeera – Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has a launched a proposal to overhaul the police force in Mexico. The plan, however, point blank ignores state and federal collusion, despite their obvious contribution to a growing sense of lawlessness in Mexico, and the overall proposal strikes many as a hodgepodge of old ideas.
WSJ – The Mexican minimum-wage commission determined to raise the country’s daily minimum wage by 4.2 percent—in line with current inflation—to about 70 pesos a day, less than $5 at current exchange rates.
Financial Times – You don’t have to look far to see the impact on Mexico of falling oil prices (now close to a five-year low): just take a look at the trade balance of state giant Pemex . It slumped by half in one month, to $656 million in October from $1.3 billion in September, and that was before the combination of Mexico’s lower production and lower world prices really began to bite.
So now would be a good time to take a cold look at how much damage falling prices could really do to Mexico as it prepares to open up its oil sector to private investment, what Mexico could do about it, what wider impact that could have, and what the US and the International Monetary Fund could do to help.
EFE – Police seized five tons of marijuana and arrested a suspect in Playas de Rosarito in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California, officials said.
Goal – It was a big year for Mexican soccer both domestically and abroad, and Goal counts down the best five moments.
Yucatan – Mexico has become the most dangerous place for priests in Latin America, according to a Centro Católico Multimedia report. Under President Enrique Peña Nieto, eight priests have been killed and two missing, an increase of 100% from the previous administration.
OEM – The number of industry conferences and conventions in Mexico grew 18 percent, with about 20,000 events, in 2014. The same number is expected in 2015.
Christmas is one of the most popular festivities among the Mexican population, not only because the family gathers to spend quality time together but, because by law, every employee gets paid an end-of-year bonus.
This bonus has to be paid before Dec. 20, and cannot be less than the amount earned by the employee in 15 days of work.
However, the happier Mexicans are the ones who work in top positions for the national government, such as the president, legislators and the members of the Supreme Court of Justice.
All of them will receive large bonuses, and, in some cases, their bonus will be 500 percent higher than what any minimum wage worker earns, according to a www.sinmebargo.mx investigation. The minimum wage in Mexico is now $4 per day.
As an example, Peña Nieto will receive a $5,219 Christmas bonus, while the senators will be able to spend a $16,083 Christmas bonus, $3,000 less than congresspeople.
On top of his bonus, Peña Nieto will also receive an extra “reward” of $22,000.
Fox News Latino – A Mexico City psychologist murdered and decapitated her purportedly abusive husband before scattering his remains around the city and using his cellphone to message family and friends in an attempt to make them think he was still alive.
Telesur – U.S. rating agency Standard and Poors said on Wednesday that corruption and violence in Mexico are major challenges that could affect the country’s economic panorama.
Conde Nast Traveler – You’ll find the fullest expression of Oaxaca’s complex personality in its food markets and handicrafts. Here, three Oaxacan travelers give the lowdown on what not to miss.
Breitbart – A recent investigation by the Dromomanos journalism collective revealed the Sinaloa Federation has overtaken Colombian and Asian drug suppliers in New York and the cartel now dominates heroin distribution across the United States.
Aztec Noticias – A cold front in northern and northeastern Mexico will strengthen bringing rain and sleet to Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo, Puebla and Veracruz with a chance of snow in the mountains.
Televisa – After the confrontation that left 11 dead in Ruana, Michoacán, the national president of the PRI, César Camacho. said the strategy to achieve the peace in the region should be reviewed.