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Green Party’s dubious tactics expose  fragile state of Mexican democracy

Green Party’s dubious tactics expose fragile state of Mexican democracy

When Josefina M. was cold-called by the Green Part...

Break-up of idyllic couple proves love & business is risky mix

Break-up of idyllic couple proves love & business is risky mix

The private lives of public figures rarely make th...

Chapala urban planning chief reveals conditions for Lake City permir

Chapala urban planning chief reveals conditions for Lake City permir

As predicted in the article on the hotly-debated L...

Ajijic Cultural Center sets up gratitude mural

Ajijic Cultural Center sets up gratitude mural

A series of new projects are underway in the const...

April 19 family fair benefits kids facing major health challenges

April 19 family fair benefits kids facing major health challenges

Caring for children with physical disabilities and...

Ajijic runners shine in pilgrim's race

Ajijic runners shine in pilgrim's race

Athletes from the Salvajes Ajijic runners club rec...

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Innovative British culture to the fore at city’s May Cultural Festival

20 DAYS AGO
Innovative British culture to the fore at city’s May Cultural Festival

David Elliott, the director of the British Council in Mexico, this week joined state Culture Secretary Myriam Vachez to announce details of the United Kingdom’s involvement in Guadalajara’s 18th Festival Cultural de Mayo, which begins on May 8.

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Entertainment Guide - March 27, 2015

20 DAYS AGO

Sleeping Beauty

After last year’s success, Joven Ballet de Jalisco, Guadalajara’s professional resident ballet company, will recreate its spectacular outdoor production of the classic fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky in the majestic central patio of ...

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Train Station festivities rumble to end of the track

6 DAYS AGO
Train Station festivities rumble to end of the track

A series of cultural events at the Centro Cultural González Gallo to mark the 95th anniversary of the inauguration of the Chapala-Guadalajara railway line will continue through next weekend.

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Sopranos surpass previous sublime heights

20 DAYS AGO
Sopranos surpass previous sublime heights

The “Three Sopranos” – Berenice Barragan, Viviana Baez, Patricia Hernandez accompanied by pianist and occasional fourth soprano, Gabriela Zepeda – were back by popular demand at last Thursday’s Viva la Musica concert at the Auditorio de la Ribera, and there’s no doubt whatsoever this concert was the...

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Ribera Arts Review - April 17, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - April 17, 2015

Hard Travelin’

Don’t forget that New York performer Randy Noojin portrays singer, songwriter and activist Woody Guthrie in “Hard Travelin’  with Woody” at Club Exotica on Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m.  

Noojin comes to lakeside just off a 40-city tour of a show...

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Ribera Arts Review - April 10, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - April 10, 2015

Sunday Movie

Showcasing the power of education as a tool to help abused girls escape their dangerous lives around the world, “Girl Rising” is the seventh film in this year’s Sunday Afternoon at the Movies series, sponsored by the Lake Chapala Chapter of De...

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At the Movies – Fast and Furious 7, Mall Cop 2

-1 DAYS AGO
At the Movies – Fast and Furious 7, Mall Cop 2

Fast and Furious 7

In the most recent installment of this popular franchise Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Conner and the rest of their crew have returned to the United States to live normal lives after securing amnesties for their past crimes. But Deckard Shaw, a rogue special forces assassin seek...

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At the Movies – Unbroken, The Lazarus Effect

20 DAYS AGO
At the Movies – Unbroken, The Lazarus Effect

Unbroken

A  true-life tale of Louis Zamperini, the Olympic track star who survived a plane crash in World War II, only to fight for his life against nature and as a prisoner of war. Louis grows up a rough-hewn kid on the verge of becoming a full-on delinquent, until his brother starts traini...

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News

Public shuns ‘water-wasting’ slides

6 DAYS AGO
Public shuns ‘water-wasting’ slides

 

The huge inflatable water slides installed in Guadalajara’s Plaza de Liberacion and Plaza Universidad over the Easter holiday were not only criticized by many Tapatiosas an “eyesore” but failed to attract the large numbers of participants as in previous years. Only 60,000...

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Expert warns of Corona Market collapse

6 DAYS AGO
Expert warns of Corona Market collapse

The construction of the new Corona Market in downtown Guadalajara may be causing sinkholes and fractures to appear in properties surrounding the site. One expert this week warned of an “imminent danger” of collapse of the new structure – around 50 percent complete – an...

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Safer wheeling through La Floresta

6 DAYS AGO
Safer wheeling through La Floresta

Cyclists pedaling along the treacherous stretch of the Ciclopista running through La Floresta have enjoyed safer travel during the Easter holiday period thanks to eight large metal drums strategically placed to keep speeding motorists from invading the unprotected trail.  Half of the green tr...

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Expat suffers fatal fall

20 DAYS AGO

Longtime expat resident John Plummer was pronounced dead at the scene on Tuesday, March 17 after taking a fatal tumble on the sidewalk near the entrance of the Super Lake grocery store in San Antonio Tlayacapan. 

Emergency first response medics from the Chapala Red Cross were unable to revive ...

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Senior Jalisco official hits out at US travel advisory

-1 DAYS AGO

A leading Jalisco government official has criticized an updated U.S. Department of State travel advisory for Mexico released this week, even though its wording regarding this state has not changed since the previous one was issued in December of last year.

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Jalisco hopes to offer 12,000 free Internet spaces

6 DAYS AGO

The University of Guadalajara is providing training to municipal authorities to enter into the national Mexico Conectado initiative, whose aim is to offer universal free internet access within the next three years.

Jalisco currently has 125 public spaces with free internet access but the state gove...

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Canadian mining exec digs himself into a hole with cartels comment

-1 DAYS AGO

In a TV interview about the robbery of US$8.5 million of gold from a Sinaloa mine, CEO Rob McEwen came out with the remarkable statement that his Canadian company, McEwen Mining, enjoyed a “good relationship” with drug traffickers in the state. 

“If we want to go explore some...

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A dog’s dinner takes on new meaning after Tijuana discovery

-1 DAYS AGO

Following the discovery that six Chinese restaurants in Tijuana had been serving dog meat to  customers, authorities in Jalisco have called for more extensive and regular inspections of the 150 Chinese restaurants in this state.

Astonishingly, 80 of these establishments are concentrated in the...

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Briefly: Vallarta recovers

1 MONTHS AGO

Puerto Vallarta has recovered from the sharp decline in tourism suffered between 2008 and 2011, when visitor numbers dropped by 37 percent. Bird flu, security issues and international economic woes were largely responsible for the fall. In 2014, Puerto Vallarta received 1.55 million visitors.

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Popular San Pancho Music Festival turns 15

1 MONTHS AGO
Popular San Pancho Music Festival turns 15

The annual three-day San Pancho Music Festival returns for its 15th year in the beach town of San Francisco, Nayarit. As always there is no charge to the public. It is entirely supported by the contributions of local and international recording artists, and donations from those in attendance are alw...

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Ex-PM Tony Blair bullish on Mexico

20 DAYS AGO

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said Mexico’s traditions and culture could help the country become a major hub for foreign investment. 

Speaking at the Tianguis Turistico in Acapulco, Blair praised President Enrique Peña Nieto’s reforms. “Mexico is moving in the right direction an...

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UN slams Mexico for human rights record

1 MONTHS AGO

A United Nations report has placed Mexico among the worst 30 countries in the world for human rights abuses, with Venezuela being the only other Latin American country on the list.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, April 16, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

Financial indicators as of Thursday, April 16, 2015

–Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 45,262.94, an increase of 282.38 points from Thursday, April 9, 2015.

–Interest paid on 28-day Treasury Certificates (CETES) was down at 3.00 percent from Thursday, April 9, 2015.

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Financial indicators as of Thursday, April 9, 2015

6 DAYS AGO

Financial indicators as of Thursday, April 9, 2015

–Mexican Stock Market (BMV) opened at 44,980.56, an increase of 1,349.60 points from Thursday, March 26, 2015.

–Interest paid on 28-day Treasury Certificates (CETES) was down at 3.02 percent from Thursday, March 26, 2015.

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Obituary – Anita Corinne Henry

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituary – Anita Corinne Henry

Anita Corinne Henry died March 31 in Ajijic. 

Born December 8, 1945 in Missouri, Henry attended Clarksville High School. She received  bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and a PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.&nbs...

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Obituary – Antonio Zennaro

6 DAYS AGO
Obituary – Antonio Zennaro

Antonio “Tony” Zennaro died March 8 in Italy due to complications of cancer. He was 45 years old.

Zennaro was born February 28, 1970 in Venice, Italy.  He came to Lakeside in 2005. He was a local fixture, zipping along on his bicycle from one home improvement job to another

He was...

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Chivas & Atlas tie

6 DAYS AGO

The fierce rivalry between Guadalajara’s largest soccer teams, Chivas and Atlas, was stoked by a 1-1 draw in an intense match that lived up to fans’ high expectations. In the end, Chivas fans were the ones celebrating the final whistle, while Atlas supporters bemoaned the fact that Ponch...

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Charros’ US pitcher lands baseball award

1 MONTHS AGO
Charros’ US pitcher lands baseball award

It may be the off-season in baseball’s Mexican Pacific League (LMP) but the Guadalajara-based Charrros de Jalisco are continuing to make headlines after finishing runners-up to the Tomateros de Culiacan in their debut campaign. 

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Expat Living

GDL city hall stymied in Fiestas, tower block projects

-1 DAYS AGO

The Guadalajara municipal government appears to be pushing ahead with an ambitious development in the north of the city despite the fierce objections of neighboring residential communities.

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Easter culinary treat takes over city center

20 DAYS AGO
Easter culinary treat takes over city center

Maunday Thursday saw vendors of the sweet bread delicacy, empanadas, out in force in their dozens, especially in the center of Guadalajara, as the faithful made their traditional annual visit to seven churches. The vendors will sell their treats throughout the weekend.

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City Living - April 17, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO
City Living - April 17, 2015

Green Race

The third annual “Green Race” and Ecological Fair takes place Sunday, April 19 at the American School in Guadalajara. The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara is organizing the event to correspond with International Earth Day. 

The 10-kilometer race starts at 7.30 a.m....

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City Living - April 10, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
City Living - April 10, 2015

Producer’s Fair

Dozens of vendors will set up shop at the next edition of the Feria de Productores (Producer’s Fair) on Sunday, April 19 at the Lions Club (Club de Leones), just off Avenida Tepeyac.

The event is organized by Circulo de Produccion, a collective of small, local producers...

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Canadian generosity sparks flame of friendship

-1 DAYS AGO
Canadian generosity sparks flame of friendship

Hooking up with one of the hoses brought in with the huge shipment of equipment donated by Canada’s Firefighters Without Borders, grateful firemen and medical first responders from various Jalisco communities, members of the Lakeside Fire and Red Cross Assistance Group and guest dignitaries ...

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Chapala rustles up action-packed stock show

-1 DAYS AGO
Chapala rustles up action-packed stock show

Chapala’s second annual Expo Ganadera livestock show kicks into action Friday, April 24 with a packed program of activities and entertainment spectacles set to run through Monday, May 4 on the grounds of the J. González Gallo Lienzo Charro, located on Avenida Madero, opposite the Pemex ...

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Laguna Chapalac – April 17, 5

-1 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – April 17, 5

Neill James Seminar

Dr. Richard Rhoda’s talk at the Tuesday, April 21,  2 p.m. Neill James Seminar is titled “100 Years of Reforms in Mexico.” The Lake Chapala Society (LCS) presentation will focus mostly on current President Enrique Pena Nieto’s aggressive economic ref...

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Laguna Chapalac – April 10, 2015

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac – April 10, 2015

Conservatives

During the remainder of April, the Lakeside Conservative Group is presenting the full nine-episode series, “The Men who Killed Kennedy,” at the Cinemas del Lago in Ajijic’s Bugambilias Plaza. 

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PV writer’s conference stressing publishing

2 MONTHS AGO

As aspiring writers well know, authoring a book is one thing, getting it published is another.

An opportunity to bridge that gap will be offered at the Puerto Vallarta International Writers Conference at Bibioteca Los Mangos March 6-8. Evelyn Bryne of White Bird Publications will be attending to gi...

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Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

4 MONTHS AGO
Suspense in Bucerias: expat pens first novel

After more than two decades wintering and living on the Jalisco coast, Barbara McKinley Morrison has used her experiences to pen her first novel.

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North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

20 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 27, 2015

Altruism Festival

Paraiso Felino, the no-kill cat shelter in the northshore inland town of San Juan, will again be  one of the 24 Vallarta-area community service organizations to benefit from the annual International Altruism Festival, set for May 17 at the Hotel Marriott, in cooperation with ...

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La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

20 DAYS AGO
La Manzanillo Memo – April 4, 2015

Bare Bones Theatre 

Since 2011 La Manzanilla’s Bare Bones Readers’ Theatre, headed-up by Arleen Pace, has been entertaining us with their annual productions. During their inaugural shows the group had us laughing and blushing during lively performances of The Vagina Monologues.   From int...

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Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

20 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad and Melaque Journal – March 27, 2014

The International Language

Barra’s families come from fishing and agriculture ancestry, so locals are drawn to certain musical styles. Of course, the town’s population includes tourists and expats, who along with locals, like to kick back and groove to banda, norteña and grupera sounds. 

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

1 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin – March 6, 2015

Cat Tails

A cool cocktail, awesome hors d’oeuvres, live music and a spectacular sunset awaits at the PuRR Project Sunset Cocktail at Daiquiri Dick’s on on Tuesday, March 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

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Columns

Documentary film outfit brings Jalisco into focus, while stacking up awards

6 DAYS AGO
Documentary film outfit brings Jalisco  into focus, while stacking up awards

Visitors to Teuchitlan’s ever more popular Phil Weigand Museum eventually wander into its auditorium to take the weight off their feet and watch a 50-minute video called “An Unknown Civilization in Ancient Western Mexico.” 

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Hot pools versus hot river: What does La Primavera have to offer?

20 DAYS AGO
Hot pools versus hot river: What does La Primavera have to offer?

The town of La Primavera is located 12 kilometers northwest of Guadalajara on the extension of Avenida Vallarta (Highway 15), the road heading for Tepic, Puerto Vallarta and Nogales. It takes only a few minutes to drive south through this pueblito, whereupon you come to a sort of forest. No, I don’t...

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South of North–Key economic movement: eggs! Employment up, wages down; oil prices down, the economy also

-1 DAYS AGO

International financial analysts saw the key market movement that convinced them. There was no doubt about it.  Mexico was economically in deep trouble, they agreed.  The evidence was clear. It was indisputable.  

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South of North – Cattle drive as political leaders, fiscal gurus and czars ruin the economy, order assassinations

6 DAYS AGO

Various forms of present government corruption threaten Mexico’s dreams of growth.  Past similar attempts at self-aggrandizement stir the memories of many long-time residents.  The 1994 devastation of the Mexican economy is one of these.  A new president, Ernesto Zedillo, had ju...

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Windows 9 goes way of 2014 World Series

20 DAYS AGO

An upcoming event to watch for this new year of 2015 is the debut of Microsoft’s newest Operating System, Windows 10.  Some people aware of Windows 7 and Windows 8 may be asking “What happened to Windows 9?”

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Resolving a lost internet connection

27 DAYS AGO

Once I received a call from a woman quite agitated that her computer had inexplicably lost its connection to the internet two days earlier.  When I arrived she showed me her wireless access point with its little antennas sitting in the front room of the house.  I went to work testing it us...

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The heavens open – is this really March?

27 DAYS AGO
The heavens open – is this really March?

March is on record as the driest month of the year in Jalisco, meteorologists say.  Tlaloc, the Aztec rain God, obviously thought it was time for that stat to change.

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An honest-to-goodness miracle

-1 DAYS AGO

I moved here in October of 1990. Never in 25 years have I ever heard of any utility company in the country voluntarily issuing a refund. For that matter, I’ve never heard of them refunding money when the customer begged, pleaded and demanded it. 

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Easter Bonnets

20 DAYS AGO
Easter Bonnets

While I was thinking about this column the other day, the Irving Berlin hit, “In Your Easter Bonnet,” floated back into memory. Judy Garland sang that song in the 1948 movie “Easter Parade,” which also starred Fred Astaire, Ann Miller, Peter Lawford and character actor Jules Munshin. 

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico – April 17, 2015

-1 DAYS AGO

Sometimes I have little floaters in my eyes – those tiny black specks that flit around in your field of vision only to dart away when you shift your eyes to look at them. And sometimes I have little black gnats that fly in aimless circles around my head and across my line of sight. B...

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A Midwesterner moves to Mexico – April 10, 2015

6 DAYS AGO

“When you’re dead, you turn into a snake,” my three-year-old grandson told me the other day as we walked home from school – a walk that takes us by at least one house with an “Ave Maria” plaque at its entrance, stores and restaurants that close on religious h...

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Mexican Lifestyles

New app for drivers warns of hazards

6 DAYS AGO

Tec de Monterrey University has developed a new app so smartphone users can avoid hazards on the roads. Drivers will be able to consult their handheld devices to keep an eye out for breeches, landslides, fallen trees, rain, animals and traffic. The app was developed for Continental Automative Servic...

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Gov’t agency develops app for boaters, fishermen

6 DAYS AGO

A new smartphone app, in both English and Spanish, allows fishermen and boaters to stay in compliance with Mexican laws covering visas and permits.

Developed by Mexico’s Aquaculture and Fishing Commission (Conapesca), the app includes the requirements for boaters who plan to venture into Mexi...

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Upscale Tequila hotel up & running

1 MONTHS AGO
Upscale Tequila hotel up & running

The first Gran Turismo hotel has opened in the town of Tequila and has set an initial promotional rate of US$160 to entice guests.

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Mexican couple draws on fitting background to create lively outings

4 MONTHS AGO
Mexican couple draws on fitting background to create lively outings

In offering tours of substance to Lakeside residents, the husband-and-wife team of Rosie Cepeda and Carlos Alfaro bring some uncommon experience.
With her background as a high-school chemistry teacher in northern Mexico, Cepeda’s interest in natural sciences and education shows.

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Chili cookoff bonanza for charities

-1 DAYS AGO
Chili cookoff bonanza for charities

The success of the 2015 Mexican National Chili Cookoff, held February 27-March 1 at the Tobolandia Water Park, is reflected in a generous pay-out of proceeds split in equal shares among eight lakeside area charitable causes. 

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Continent’s oldest winemaking nation looks for yet another revival

20 DAYS AGO
Continent’s oldest winemaking nation looks for yet another revival

Wine has been an integral part of European culture for millennia and, until not so long ago, part of the daily diet. 

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The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

20 DAYS AGO
The top-selling Mexico-themed new books of 2014

The production line of books on Mexico seems to get longer with each passing year. Dozens of tomes were published in 2014, the best selling titles of which appear below (guide books excluded) in no particular order.   Only one of the books in this list was self-published, which goes to disprove...

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Rebuilding your life after the death of a loved one

5 MONTHS AGO

Put yourself in this scenario: Your name is Judy. Your husband’s name is Bob. Together you have discovered Lake Chapala in central Mexico (for Bob it is “love at first sight”) and there you have recently purchased your retirement home, where “One entire sliding-glass wall opened onto a view of the l...

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IMSS seeks new ways to ease patient congestion

1 MONTHS AGO

The Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) in Jalisco is struggling to cope with the increase in the number of new subscribers to the national health care system.

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Weighing up the risks of common medications

4 MONTHS AGO
Weighing up the risks of common medications

With some public health experts warning about the overuse of antibiotics and vaccines, many individuals struggle with uncertainty when faced with situations that call for their use.

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US citizen murdered in Guadalajara

San Fransisco native Stephen Marcus Peat was found dead Sunday night at his home on Calle España in Guadalajara’s Moderna neighborhood.

Peat, 39, died from stab wounds and asphyxiation up to eight days before his body was discovered. Authorities were alerted by the strong smell coming from his house.

Peat was found with his hands and feet bound and with traces of masking tape on his face. None of the locks had been forced, suggesting the culprit may have been someone he knew.

Peat sold his home in downtown Guadalajara and began renting the house in Colonia Moderna around six months ago. In the last month he had used the money from the sale to buy a blue Mazda 3 and several new electrical appliances, all of which were stolen.

An accomplished interior designer, Peat received formal recognition of his work from the city council in February. He won second place in the Annual Award for Conservation and Restoration and received 30,000 pesos in prize money from Aristoteles Sandoval, then mayor of Guadalajara.

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