Sanctions considered after Cancun taxi driver threatens Uber Cancun Mexico 

Sanctions considered after Cancun taxi driver threatens Uber

Cancun, Q.R. — Sanctions are being considered after a taxi driver threatened violence against Uber. The incident took place during a taxi union meeting in which one of the members made a speech threatening to kill Uber drivers, extending the threat to include their family members. The heated speech was recorded and quickly spread throughout social media platforms before landing on the desk of Sintra. The head of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (Sintra), Jorge Portilla Mánica, said that possible sanctions against the driver are being considered. The official…

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Belize and Quintana Roo working to establish new tourist routes Cancun Mexico 

Belize, Quintana Roo working to establish new tourist routes

Cancun, Q.R. — Mexico and Belize are working together to establish new tourist routes that would result in economic benefits for both sides. The Ambassador of Mexico in Belize, Carlos Quesnel, affirmed that international agreements are being sought between both points to establish new tourist and commercial routes that would generate economic benefits for the southern part of Quintana Roo and for the central part of the neighboring nation. The diplomat said that he has been working on these bi-national agreements to strengthen ties between both borders as well as generate benefits for…

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US companies keen on expanding into Mexico with new liberalized gas prices Business Mexico 

US companies keen on expanding into Mexico with new liberalized gas prices

From large oil companies to gas pipeline operators, several companies in the United States are preparing to take advantage of the opportunity to supply gas to the newly liberalized fuel market in Mexico. After years of preparation, Mexico finished liberalizing the price of gasoline and diesel throughout the country. Since April of last year, foreign companies can move fuels, but now costs to consumers will be more closely aligned with the dynamics of the open market. As fuel specifications and prices align, US companies are working to make transportation to Mexico fluid. At the US-Mexico border, trucks and trains move south from the Texas refineries…

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Dish to offer pay TV customers free mobile services Business Mexico 

Dish to offer pay TV customers free mobile services

Mexico City, Mexico — Dish Mexico is fighting back against its biggest competitor with free mobile telephone services for its customers. Dish Mexico is fighting back against Sky, its main competitor in satellite pay TV, by offering its customers free mobile telephony through FreedomPop, a Mobile Virtual Operator (OMV) that transits under the Telcel network. José Luis Woodhouse, CEO of Dish said  that due to consumption habits and the evolution of the sector, they saw the opportunity to add this service in order to maintain the loyalty of its customers. “This will also support us so…

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Previous Borge director of port administrator for state arrested Mexico Political 

Previous Borge director of port administrator for state arrested

Cancun, Q.R. — Ercé Barrón Barrera, who served as director of the Port Administration of Quintana Roo (Apiqroo) during the government of Roberto Borge Ángulo, was arrested Saturday in Tijuana, Baja California. Through a press release, the Special Prosecutor in the Fight against Corruption stated that Ercé Barrón was arrested on Saturday morning at the bi-national bridge of the Tijuana-San Diego International Airport. His arrest is part of the criminal proceedings opened for various irregularities detected during his management term under Borge Angulo. Barrón Barrera was also general treasurer of the…

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Mexico City hosts NFL's Raiders, Patriots to sold out crowd Mexico Mexico City 

Mexico City hosts NFL’s Raiders, Patriots to sold out crowd

Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico city hosted another NFL football game Sunday to a sold out crowd at Estadio Azteca in the capital city as the New England Patriots took on the Oakland Raiders for their first game in Mexico. ”It’s loud,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. “There’s a hum, there’s a buzz throughout the game for offense or defense. Especially when we’re on defense, it gets really loud. They want us to win. You can tell by looking in the stands how many Raider fans there were there that it’s…

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Electrolux Mexico hit with significant tariff increase for US imports Business Mexico 

Electrolux Mexico hit with significant tariff increase for US imports

Mexico City, Mexico — Electrolux Major Appliances North America announced it has been informed by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) that a preliminary and significantly increased tariff rate of 72.41 percent on washing machines manufactured in Mexico and imported into the U.S. between February 2016 and January 2017 was set. The company said it intends to “contest this decision vigorously”. If the preliminary tariff rate is determined as final, it could have a one-time cost to Electrolux of up to US $70 million in 2018. “We believe this is completely unfounded and…

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Nestlé invests more in Mexico to decrease imports Business Mexico 

Nestlé invests more in Mexico to decrease imports

Mexico City, Mexico — Food producer Nestlé says they are hoping to decrease material imports and improve local purchasing by investing more in Mexico. The company says that they allocate approximately 13 billion peso for the purchase of raw material in Mexico to manufacture its various products such as cereals and milk powder, but the company wants this figure to be higher. Juan Carlos Pardo, corporate affairs director of Nestlé Mexico Group, explained that they are promoting support programs for coffee, cocoa, milk and corn producers in addition to reducing their dependence on imports. “Some material such as cocoa…

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