US man arrested at Cancun airport for carrying gun Cancun Mexico 

US man arrested at Cancun airport for carrying gun

Cancun, Q.R. — Federal police have reported that a man from Texas was arrested at the Cancun International Airport over the weekend after a scan of his luggage found he was carrying a .40-millimeter Smith & Wesson gun as well as cartridges. According to police information, the American man did not have the legal documentation that is required to bring the gun or ammunition into the country. Since he was found without legal documentation, he was arrested. Several arrests are made each year at the Cancun airport for passenger violations, however this…

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Hotel leaders fear new tax, natural tragedies affect tourism Mexico Riviera Maya News 

Hotel leaders fear new tax, natural tragedies affect tourism

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The hotel association fears that the new lodging tax combined with the natural tragedies will result in a complicated year for tourism. According to hoteliers, the new tax combined with the recent natural tragedies of Mexico are two factors that could affect the end of the year in the local tourism sector, which despite its increase compared to 2016, is static and projected to be difficult in the last quarter of 2017. Jean Agarrista, President of the Riviera Maya Hotel Association, explained that although occupancy numbers through August indicate that Riviera Maya has grown…

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Tropical Storm Lidia, Hurricane Irma and Riviera May weather Around Mexico 

Tropical Storm Lidia, Hurricane Irma and Riviera Maya weather

Riviera Maya, Mexico — As Tropical Storm Lidia continues to soak the regions of Sinaloa and Baja California Sur, Cancun and Riviera Maya will also see rain, but not to the same extent. Luis Felipe Puente of the National Coordinator of Civil Protection says that an orange alert has been issued for the central and northern areas of the country, while Sinaloa and Baja California Sur remain on a red alert due to Lidia. According to reports, approximately 1,400 people sought shelter ahead of Lidia at Los Cabos resorts. Flash flooding will be the most widespread threat, however, there…

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Hurricane Irma heading northwest, not a threat to Mexico Cancun Mexico 

Hurricane Irma heading northwest, not a threat to Mexico

Cancun, Q.R. — After Tropical Storm Francis then Tropical Depression Harvey during the month of August, Hurricane Irma is making her way across the Atlantic on the first day of September, but not toward Mexico. Weather experts who are closely following Irma say that the storm, which is now a Category 3 hurricane, is heading west-northwest and if anything, may make contact with the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands. As of Thursday afternoon, Irma strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane west of the Cabo Verde Islands. Irma…

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Weather experts say Harvey downgraded but still a threat Cancun Mexico 

Weather experts say Harvey downgraded but still a threat

Cancun, Q.R. — Although Tropical Storm Harvey has been downgraded to a disorganized system, weather experts are warning not to let your guard down just yet. The system, they say, still poses a threat to Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula. AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski says that on Sunday, Harvey showed signs of regeneration and could become a tropical depression or storm by Tuesday morning. If this occurs, Harvey will hit the region with gusty thunderstorms and rough seas. However, the direction of the storm has changed. According to the…

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Whale shark study assesses population International 

Whale shark study assesses population

Photo identification of whale shark spot patterns recorded by researchers and citizen scientists across decades and throughout the Western Central Atlantic has provided the region’s first population estimate and highlighted migratory patterns of the world’s largest fish, an iconic ambassador for sharks and other marine wildlife. The study, published by PlosOne entitled “Long-term assessment of whale shark population demography and connectivity using photo-identification in the Western Atlantic Ocean”, is timely as whale sharks were recently elevated to the status of Endangered to Extinction per the International Union for the Conservation of…

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Franklin intensifies into Category 1 Hurricane Mexico 

Franklin intensifies, evolves into Category 1 Hurricane

Mexico — Tropical storm Franklin that passed through the state of Quintana Roo Monday and Tuesday, has now intensified into a Category 1 hurricane. As of 4:00 p.m. today, Tropical Storm Franklin was renamed Hurricane Franklin and rated a Category 1 on the Saffir-Simpson scale after it evolved into a hurricane while crossing the Gulf of Mexico. The storm is being tracked as it makes its way west toward Veracruz at 12 kilometers per hour. The Meteorological National Service (SMN) reports the center of the system as being located approximately…

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Extreme heat to continue for Cancun, Riviera Maya Cancun Mexico Riviera Maya News 

Extreme heat to continue for Cancun, Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Extreme heat will continue to effect much of the state of Quintana Roo with the continuation of mid to high 30°C temperatures. The heatwave is expected to continue to effect the coast of Quintana Roo as temperatures are anticipated to reach 38°C in some regions throughout the day. The entry of tropical maritime air with variable moisture content from the Caribbean Sea into the Yucatan Peninsula is maintained by the remnants of a weak low pressure channel located along the southern portion of the Gulf of Mexico. This will lead to cloudiness…

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