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US provides its greatest '' do not take a trip ' cautioning for 5 Mexican states

By Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP)– Five states in Mexico now have the sternest “do not travel” advisories under a revamped U.S. State Department system revealed Wednesday, putting them on the same level as war-torn nations like Syria, Yemen and Somalia.

The five states are Tamaulipas on the U.S. border and Sinaloa, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero on the Pacific coast. All the states are hotspots of drug cartel activity, either hosting trafficking routes or comprehensive drug-crop growing.

The State Department had actually previously discouraged travel to all or part of those states but the brand-new cautions are sterner, putting them on a level 4 caution, the greatest level of possible threat.

Mexico as a whole has a level 2 score, implying Americans ought to “exercise increased caution” due to the fact that of issues about crime. But an extra 11 Mexican states got a level 3 warning Wednesday, which advises individuals to “reassess travel” there. Mexico has 31 states, half of which are now under level 3 or 4 warnings.

Those states where Americans are urged to reevaluate travel consist of the State of Mexico – Mexico’s most populated state, which includes most suburbs of Mexico City – and Jalisco, home to the city of Guadalajara, the Puerto Vallarta resorts and the lakeside expat neighborhood of Chapala and Ajijic. However the travel advisory stated there are “no limitations on U.S. civil servant for remain in … Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, Chapala, and Ajijic.”

Most of northern Mexico, including the border states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Sonora as well as Durango, Zacatecas and San Luis Potosi, are under level 3 cautions.

Mexico’s federal tourist department was not instantly readily available to discuss the brand-new cautions.

However the federal government’s Mexico Tourism Board said in a declaration that “Mexico’s major worldwide tourism destinations have been clearly noted as having no travel limitations,” obviously a referral to major resorts like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco.

Nevertheless, a minimum of 2 Mexican resorts– Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Acapulco– are in a do-not-travel state, Guerrero, and last year, the State Department extended a total restriction on personal travel by U.S. federal government workers there.

U.S. workers had actually previously been permitted to fly to Ixtapa, the last location in Guerrero where they had been permitted to go. Individual travel by land and to the resort city of Acapulco had actually currently been forbidden.

The no-travel states had primarily currently lost much foreign tourism.

Tamaulipas has actually long been riven by grass wars in between competing drug cartels, and Sinaloa is home to the cartel of the same name. Michoacan was so controlled by a drug cartel that vigilantes took up arms in 2013 to drive them out.

Colima has seen homicides escalate in recent years due to the growth of the Jalisco New Generation drug cartel, and the state now has Mexico’s greatest murder rate, with 83.3 killings per 100,000 homeowners, inning accordance with figures for the first 11 months of 2017.

The U.S. federal government did note its staff members are enabled to go to the seaside city of Manzanillo, Colima.

The state with second-highest murder rate– 61.6 per 100,000– was Baja California Sur, the home of the twin resorts of Los Cabos. The state conserved its level 2 advisory, “exercise increased care,” in spite of a series of shootouts and killings in recent months.

Rising levels of violence have not so far affected Los Cabos, which saw a 16 percent increase in tourist arrivals and an 18 percent increase in hotel tenancy in 2017, said Rodrigo Esponda, managing director of the Los Cabos Tourist Board.

Esponda said regional authorities and tourism operators are purchasing increased security, consisting of camera systems and the building of a new marine base.

“We are going to keep working extremely hard in 2018 to make sure that Los Cabos continues as a safe location,” Esponda stated.

Talking to local media earlier this week, Tourism Secretary Enrique De la Madrid stated, “In my viewpoint, the most crucial obstacle we have in the tourism sector are crime events occurring where they didn’t before, for instance in Cancun, la Paz and Los Cabos.”

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Remembrance and Healing in the Mexican Ofrenda.

Barrick Museum display for Dia de los Muertos invites additions through today.

Arts & & Culture| Oct 31, 2017|By

UNLV News Center A profusion of colorful flowers, an abundance of splendid dishes, and a plentitude of thoroughly cut papel picado brightened by the flicker of candles are all utilized in an ofrenda to honor and keep in mind loved ones who have died.

Students in professor Miriam Melton-Villanueva’s History of Mexico class constructed an ofrenda at the Barrick Museum to show our varied UNLV neighborhood. The function was both to honor their own enjoyed ones but honor those who lost their lives during the Route 91 Music Harvest Celebration. Each student brought a product to place on the altar as a symbol of unity, strength, and remembrance– attributes that emerged throughout the Valley in the aftermath of the Oct. 1 shooting.

These ofrendas, or offerings, consist of an elaborately embellished platform with images of the departed and a few of their favorite items and foods, and these altars can be set up in homes, churches, as well as plazas. Created every year for El Día de los Muertos festivities, ofrendas have actually appeared in Christian calendars throughout All Saints’ Day, and can be traced back to the Nahua celebration in Mexico, miccaihuitl, which means Day of the Dead.

The ofrenda remains up through completion of this week; more additions are welcome.

Written by UNLV trainee Maribel Estrada-Calderon.

Mexican professionals hurry to examine quake-damaged buildings

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017|12:30 p.m.

MEXICO CITY– In quake-stricken Mexico City, hundreds of designers and engineers are rushing to do triage, detect and classify some extremely worrisome patients: the thousands of buildings that suffered cracks of varying size and seriousness in the 7.1 magnitude quake that struck on Sept. 19.

The quake turned the city into a large health center of buildings, and the deaths are simple to count: Thirty-eight structures entirely collapsed, typically into pancaked pieces crumpled one atop another. They were instantly swarmed by rescue employees looking for survivors. More than 100 individuals have actually been discovered alive, and an overall of 167 people were validated dead in the city alone. In the procedure of that search, the mountains of rubble at some the collapse websites has actually currently been largely removed.

However it is the wounded structures that have experts worried: Hundreds of structures throughout the city are roped off with cops tape, often with little piles of brick, stucco or glass that fell off their facades resting on the sidewalk in front.

Some could fall in coming weeks. Some could make it through up until the next earthquake, and then collapse with fantastic loss of life.

Or some could just look a bit battered– scaring their owners and keeping occupants from returning house– despite the fact that they are, structurally speaking, healthy.

It depends on professionals like designer Víctor Marquez, who thinks about himself as a building doctor, to bring comfort– or suggest aggressive treatment– to afraid home dwellers.

That’s what he was doing with 12 worried occupants of a seven-floor apartment building in Mexico City’s Roma area, whose swampy soil is understood for heavy earthquake damage.

Throughout Tuesday’s quake, large, frightening cracks had opened in zig-zag patterns in the building’s stairwell.

Marquez rapidly found the problem: an exceptionally thick coat of plaster that somebody had actually used over the decades, a layer so thick they had laid it in with wire matting.

Delicately, Marquez pried under a chunk of plaster with his fingers, to take a look at the brick wall behind it: it was uncracked and solid.

A healthy client, Marquez told the relieved occupants.

“Plaster is really frightening, however it is a false sign,” Marquez informed them. “Architects can determine the quiet opponent, the damage that isn’t as visible.”

The broken windows that shattered under the rocking and swaying of the quake might be repaired. The stairwell could be plastered. Minor damage to a low property-line wall might be patched.

The city said there were 3,848 reports of damaged buildings, though it was uncertain if some were replicate reports.

On Thursday and Friday, numerous young architects, engineers and architecture trainees crowded the workplaces of the city’s College of Architects, waiting to be designated to examine damage r(asterisk)eports. If a structure is deemed dangerous, the professionals will inform city authorities, to motivate inhabitants to leave.

All this, in part arranged by web platforms like Marquez’ “Save Your House” is being done complimentary, and willingly.

Antonio Aldana, a 28-year-old architect, is among the volunteers. After the quake, he first tried to volunteer as a rescuer, using a shovel to try to find survivors. But collapse websites were quickly overwhelmed by the variety of individuals wanting to volunteer, so Aldana chose to utilize his occupation to assist instead.

“In a circumstance of crisis like this, all professions work,” he stated.

Viva Las Vegas as celebrities load Sin City for Mexican holiday


John Locher/ AP An ad for Mexican performer Franco Escamilla is shown in a window along the Las Vegas Strip, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. Often mistaken for Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day will be celebrated this weekend, and as an entertainment sanctuary near Mexico, Las Vegas will roll out the red, white and green carpet to commemorate “El Grito.”

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017|12:04 p.m.

Las Vegas never ever requires an excuse to party, and as a home entertainment oasis a brief trip from Mexico, the city will roll out the red, white and green carpet beginning Friday to celebrate Mexican Self-reliance Day.

A leading boxing match, a bell-ringing ceremony and more than a dozen efficiencies by Latin megastars, including Ricky Martin and Alejandro Fernandez, were anticipated to attract 10s of thousands of visitors, making the weekend as soon as again among Sin City’s busiest.

The holiday, often mistaken in the United States for Cinco de Mayo, gradually has actually ended up being a star-studded celebration of Hispanic culture.

“It has actually developed over 20 years or more to become a staple. Las Vegas has the ‘ambiente’– the fun, the enjoyment– all year long, then you bring in Alejandro Fernandez, Pepe Aguilar and the ones who have the residencies like Ricky Martin and Jennifer Lopez,” said Rafael Villanueva, senior director of worldwide service sales for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

The event is so much larger it consists of those superstars who aren’t Mexican, consisting of Martin and Lopez, who both have Puerto Rican roots.

“If you speak to many people in Mexico, they’ll state if we are not going to the Ciudad de Mexico, we are coming to Las Vegas because of all the enjoyable and all the home entertainment,” he said.

The vacation on Saturday marks Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s call to arms that stimulated the Mexican uprising versus Spanish rulers in 1810. The rebel priest was eliminated the next year, but his words, referred to as the “Cry of Dolores” or “Grito de Dolores,” eventually led to self-reliance from Spain in 1821.

What started as private entertainment shows for high rollers from Latin America has actually evolved into one of the city’s busiest weekends, with companies scheduling performers a year ahead of time and airline companies including direct flights from Mexico.

The show lineup intends to interest a variety of musical tastes and generations and includes Marc Anthony, Ricardo Arjona, Emmanuel, Enrique Iglesias, Carlos Santana, Mana, Marco Antonio Solis, Jesse and Delight, Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman.

“Most likely over the past 15-20 years, we have truly welcomed the holiday, bringing high-level, A-level acts and fights,” said Sid Greenfeig, vice president of entertainment and reservation for MGM Resorts International, which is hosting 7 shows and a megaboxing match across its properties. “We look certainly at diversity within the artists, and having arenas and large locations, we likewise take a look at acts that can fill these spaces.”

San Diego resident Esthela Pedrin is seeing Fernandez’s annual Mexican Self-reliance Day show Friday for the 10th time. With many options to select from, she said she’s having a challenging time selecting a Saturday performance to go to.

“I love commemorating it in Las Vegas, particularly since a lot of individuals from all over our nation of Mexico collect there,” stated Pedrin, a double resident of Mexico and the U.S. “(Fernandez) highlights the flag. All of us sing.”

The city’s signature offering is a boxing match. A lot so, Floyd Mayweather Jr., before he retired, made Mexican Self-reliance Day his own holiday, fighting several times for many years. Promoters have actually traditionally provided battles featuring Mexican fighters on the El Grito and Cinco de Mayo weekends.

Mexico’s popular Saul “Canelo” Alvarez squares off Saturday against Gennady Golovkin in a long-anticipated middleweight bout at the sold-out T-Mobile Arena.

For the past 3 years, the tourist bureau’s occupancy rate records show hotels reached above 96 percent capability throughout the three-day duration connected with the vacation. In 2016, 98.4 percent of the city’s 149,000 hotel and motel rooms were reserved, making it the year’s fourth busiest weekend.

The celebrations start Friday night with a celebratory ringing of a bell by Mexican Consul Alejandro Madrigal Becerra at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Hidalgo, the rebel priest, called a bell when he gave his famous speech, and Mexico’s president does it in Mexico City every year.

Mariachi bands will perform at casino-resorts, including one from a high school that will welcome tourists at the airport Friday. Properties, of course, will serve Mexican food and tequila.

“This is generally a citywide occasion that is anchored on entertainment plus, generally, the biggest battle of the year,” stated Fedor Banuchi, vice president of home entertainment at The Cosmopolitan, whose theater will host 2 performances. “We provide something for everyone since actually the Mexican Self-reliance Day vacation has actually become so large therefore popular that we need to be mindful of all the various groups that come.”

'' This is a celebration ': Mexican boxing fans show their passion ahead of big bout


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class =” picture” src= “/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/20170505_Sun_Canelo_Chavez_Weigh_LE6_t653.jpg” alt=” Image “/ > L.E. Baskow Fans cheer as they wait to go into the main weigh-in occasion for the Canelo Alvarez versus Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena

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and green packed into the MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday afternoon for exactly what was less of a boxing weigh-in than a rousing Cinco de Mayo fiesta. The throngs shouted, sang and danced for nearly two hours inside the arena while they awaited Saul” Canelo” Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to step onto the scales. Both fighters ultimately made the 164.5-pound limit, however it was simply a side note to the occasion. “You have 2 of the top Mexican fighters and this is a celebration, “said Jesus Sanchez, who owned with his friends from Los Angeles to see the battle.” It’s an event in itself. The energy was so charged in there with the mariachis and whatever. “Fans were lined up at the MGM ticket office will contact us to pick up their reserved tickets considering that about 8 a.m. Those who didn’t get tickets early needed to wait in a different line that twisted around

the outside of the arena and stretched more than 200 feet down the street. There were fans wearing face paint, boxing gloves and Mexican flags curtained over their shoulders. Some in mariachi gear took out instruments to captivate those desperately waiting hours for a glimpse of Alvarez

and Chavez Jr.” It was all worth it, “said Eddie Velasquez, who also drove from Los Angeles. He will be watching the battle at one of the MGM Grand’s closed-circuit television celebrations Saturday night.” It’s going to be an excellent fight.

They both go forward so there’s going to be blood. “Velasquez left the building happily holding a boxing glove covered in sharpie. He purchased the blank glove at the MGM and was able to get signatures from Mexican boxing greats Ignacio “Nacho “Beristain and Marco Antonio Berrera, in addition to Lucas Matthysse

, who is battling on Saturday night’s undercard.” It’s really big since it will determine who is Mexico’s finest fighter,” said Olga Avila, who drove out from San Diego to enjoy the battle. “It was the very best experience ever, and I know Canelo is going to win,” she stated, happily pointing to her Canelo T-shirt.

Surprisingly, the majority of the crowd was rooting for Chavez Jr. Thousands shouted his name while using” Chavez Jr.” bandanas firmly connected around their foreheads and hoisting signs as he made the walk to the stage. Alvarez looked to be in impressive shape as he stepped on the scale

9.5 pounds heavier than he ever has in his 50-fight career. The 2 will lastly square off in the extremely anticipated bout tonight at T-Mobile Arena. The HBO pay-per-view starts at 7 p.m., as does our live coverage.

Judge: Household of Mexican teen shot by representative can take legal action against


Kelly Presnell/ Arizona Daily Star by means of AP

In this July 29, 2014, file photo, Araceli Rodriguez deals with a rosary that came from her child Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, visualized behind her, who was shot and killed by U.S. Border Patrol representative in October 2012, during a press conference in Nogales, Mexico.

Thursday, July 9, 2015|10:55 p.m.

TUCSON, Ariz.– The mother of a Mexican teen killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent in a cross-border shooting can continue a lawsuit in the case, a federal judge has ruled.

The civil liberties case versus Agent Lonnie Swartz over the death of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez will certainly move forward after U.S. District Court Judge Raner C. Collins denied a part of his motion to dismiss the case.

A lawyer for Swartz said that Elena Rodriguez was not secured by the U.S. Constitution due to the fact that he remained in Mexico at the time of the shooting.

In a similar case in Texas, a federal appeals court ruled that a teen eliminated in Mexico by a border agent in El Paso was not protected by the Constitution.

But Collins wrote he respectfully disagrees with that finding.

“The Court discovers that, under the realities alleged in this case, the Mexican national might avail himself to the protections of the 4th Change which the representative might not assert certified resistance,” Collins wrote.

The ACLU submitted a suit on behalf of the child’s mother. Elena Rodriguez remained in Nogales, Sonora, near a border fence when Swartz shot him from Nogales, Arizona, on Oct. 10, 2012.

The Border Patrol has actually stated Swartz was safeguarding himself versus rock-throwers. Elena Rodriguez’s family says he had not been involved in any misdeed.

Swartz has actually not been charged, and an investigation by the FBI is continuous. He is still a representative with the Border Patrol, his attorney, Sean Chapman, stated after a hearing in May.

In his motion to dismiss, Chapman composed that the teenager was not entitled to constitutional securities since Elena Rodriguez “neither came within the territory of the United States nor developed considerable connections with this country to justify its extraterritorial application.”

Chapman could not be grabbed comment late Thursday night. James Lyall, an ACLU attorney on the case, praised the ruling.

“The court was right to recognize that constitutional defenses don’t stop at the border which Border Patrol representatives can not shoot throughout the border with impunity,” Lyall stated.

In the Texas case, a federal appeals court found the family of another Mexican teen killed by an agent can not take legal action against in the United States. U.S. Border Patrol representative Jesus Mesa Jr. shot 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca in June 2010 near a bridge between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Authorities said Mesa was trying to jail immigrants who had illegally crossed into the country when rock-throwers attacked him. Mesa fired his weapon throughout the Rio Grande, striking Hernandez Guereca two times.

A three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals initially said Hernandez Guereca’s family could take legal action against Mesa. But the complete court reversed that judgment in April.