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Construction starts on 220-megawatt solar park in Mexico
8 November 2018 - The Enel Group has commenced construction of a 220 megawatt solar photovoltaic park in Mexico via its subsidiary, Enel Green Power Mexico. The Magdalena II facility is located in the state of Tlaxcala and is slated to commence operations in the second half of 2019. The solar power facility will produce around 600 gigawatt hours of energy per year. (more)

The rare blue the Maya invented
17 August 2018 - In 17th Century Europe, when Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Peter Paul Rubens painted their famous masterworks, ultramarine blue pigment made from the semi-precious lapis lazuli stone was mined far away in Afghanistan and cost more than its weight in gold. Across the Atlantic Ocean, colonial Baroque works ... in early 17th Century Mexico ... were full of this beautiful blue. How could this be? Lapis lazuli was even rarer in the New World. (more)

Why ancient farming practices have resurged in a storied part of Mexico City
19 July 2018 - Xochimilco is a network of ancient, man-made canals and floating islands in southern Mexico City -- an area that was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. Today it's known for its crowds of tourists and brightly painted party boats. But Lucio Usobiaga is focused on something else here: ancient farming practices. 'Farming organically is the best way to preserve the chinampas,' he says of the islands. Mr. Usobiaga co-founded a nongovernmental organization, Yolcan, in 2011 to preserve and spread this kind of farming in Xochimilco. (more)

Laser scanning reveals 'lost' ancient Mexican city 'had as many buildings as Manhattan'
15 February 2018 - Archaeology might evoke thoughts of intrepid explorers and painstaking digging, but in fact researchers say it is a high-tech laser mapping technique that is rewriting the textbooks at an unprecedented rate. The approach, known as light detection and ranging scanning (lidar) involves directing a rapid succession of laser pulses at the ground from an aircraft. Now, researchers have used the technique to reveal the full extent of an ancient city in western Mexico, about a half an hour's drive from Morelia, built by rivals to the Aztecs. (more)

Mexican mogul Slim donates $105 million to earthquake recovery efforts
10 October 2017 - Mexican mogul Carlos Slim's foundation will donate more than $105 million (1.978 billion pesos) to help the country recover from two large earthquakes in September, Slim announced on Tuesday, 10 October. The Carlos Slim Foundation also collected more than $21 million dollars from outside donors, raising the total contribution to more than $126 million. More than 217,000 donors participated in the effort, Slim said. Slim said the group will focus its efforts on rebuilding schools, reinforcing historic buildings, and assisting hospitals. (more)

Mexican pyramid has two more inside, scientists discover
16 November 2016 - Experts have discovered a third structure within the Kukulkan pyramid in eastern Mexico, revealing that it was built like a 'Russian nesting doll', experts said on Wednesday, 16 November. The discovery could shed light on the original Maya culture before it was influenced by populations from central Mexico, said Denisse Argote, expert at the National Anthropology and History Institute. In 2015 archeologists discovered the Kukulkan pyramid was built atop a cenote, or sinkhole lake, which are common in the region and sacred to the Maya. (more)

Hidden codex may reveal secrets of life in Mexico before Spanish conquest
21 August 2016 - One of the rarest manuscripts in the world has been revealed hidden beneath the pages of an equally rare but later Mexican codex, thanks to hi-tech imaging techniques. The Codex Selden is one of a handful of illustrated books of history and mythology that survived wholesale destruction by Spanish conquerors and missionaries in the 16th century. The codex is one of fewer than 20 dating from before or just after the colonisation which were saved by scholars who realised the importance of the images. (more)

Mexico: Violence plunged after the arts were brought to Tijuana
9 June 2016 - Raúl Cárdenas Osuna has dedicated his life to creating social change through community-driven art initiatives. His outlook helped transform Camino Verde (formerly known as the most dangerous neighborhood in the city) into a neighborhood of hope and promise. He built a small building which is used for art, music, and education. Since it was built in 2010 the crime rate has dropped by 85 per cent. (more)

Secret tunnel found in Mexico may finally solve the mysteries of Teotiihucan
1 June 2016 - In the fall of 2003, a heavy rainstorm swept through the ruins of Teotihuacan, creating a nearly three-foot-wide sinkhole at the foot of a large pyramid known as the Temple of the Plumed Serpent which The sinkhole revealed a man-made tunnel. Sergio Gomez, an archaeologist with Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, knew that archaeologists had previously discovered a narrow tunnel underneath the Temple of the Sun. He theorized that he was now looking at a kind of mirror tunnel, leading to a subterranean chamber beneath the Temple of the Plumed Serpent. If he was correct, it would be a find of stunning proportions. In archaeology and anthropology circles -- to say nothing of the popular press -- Sergio Gomez's discovery was greeted as a major turning point in Teotihuacan studies. (more)

Pope Francis visit to celebrate Mexico's indigenous church
7 February 2016 - Pope Francis' visit to the heavily indigenous Mexican state of Chiapas appears to be aimed at celebrating the region's 'Indian church,' a mix of Catholicism and indigenous culture once considered a thorn in the side of standard liturgy by the Vatican. In Chiapas, Francis is scheduled to visit the diocese of San Cristobal, home to two of the most famed religious defenders of indigenous people in Mexican history. (more)


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Mexico: City devastated by drug-war violence reaps peace-creating benefit of advanced meditation groups
25 December 2013 - A recent New York Times article featured Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, and 'a perennial symbol of drug war devastation'. The article highlights a recent trend of dramatically reduced crime and violence in the city, with many former residents who fled in fear returning, shops and restaurants reopening, and people once again venturing out freely on the streets. 'There is still disagreement over what, exactly, has led to the drastic drop in violence,' the article reports. Yesterday on Christmas Eve, Transcendental Meditation teachers commented that these positive trends reflect rising coherence and peace in collective consciousness--created by large groups practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes in Central and South America, including Mexico. (more)

Mexico: Thousands of indigenous students to meditate together at traditional celebration
18 December 2012 - This Friday, 21 December, many young students from rural schools in Mexico will take part in a celebration of indigenous people in the southern part of the country. The students--along with many of their parents, teachers, and community leaders--are coming together to practise Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes in a large group, expected to number in the thousands. They have learned these meditation techniques as part of Consciousness-Based Education, which is being used in schools throughout Latin America and around the globe. The students are aiming to create through their group meditation a powerful, uplifting influence of coherence, harmony, and peace for Mexico, all of Latin America, and the world. (more)

Mexico: Consciousness-Based Education to benefit student population, promote peace in the nation
2 July 2011 - Consciousness-Based Education programmes are being applied in secondary schools and universities in Mexico, to improve student achievement while contributing to the creation of invincible peace, harmony, and progress for the nation. (more)

Mexico: Maharishi Vastu schools under construction
8 December 2010 - Construction began a few weeks ago on two 2-storey school buildings in Monterrey, Mexico, which have been designed according to Vastu principles of Maharishi Vedic Architecture. The buildings will be halls for 900 students to practise the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in large groups every day, to create a continuing influence of coherence, harmony, and peace in their region and for the whole nation. (more)

Mexico: Young school students innocently create invincibility for the nation
12 July 2010 - A school in Mexico is making a large nation invincible through students' group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM Sidhi Programme. In a new film about the programme, the school's Academic Director says that students have become more orderly and more attentive in class; teachers feel more free from stress, more willing to listen to the children; and crime is decreasing in the town where the school is located, compared to other nearby areas. (more)

Mexico: 2,380 Yogic Flyers to be a 'lighthouse of coherence for the continent of Latin America'
2 July 2010 - National coherence is now becoming well established in Mexico. One thousand Yogic Flyers will soon regularly practise the Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying, in ideal Vastu (Vedic architecture) facilities, and the number of Yogic Flyers will soon increase to 2,380. (more)

Leading universities in Mexico adopting Consciousness-Based Education
28 June 2010 - Two leading universities in Mexico have agreed to implement the Transcendental Meditation Programme on a large scale. (more)

Mexico: Five hundred students learn Yogic Flying, transform their school
29 May 2010 - A secondary school in Mexico--and the surrounding community--are being transformed by the daily Yogic Flying practice of 500 students, who recently learnt the technique as part of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme. Teachers in the project have noticed a distinct decrease in stress levels within the school, and growth of joy and confidence among students, teachers, and parents. (more)

Monterrey school leading the way for Mexico to achieve national invincibility
23 November 2009 - With rising numbers of student Yogic Flyers at a school in Monterrey, Mexico will soon reach the threshold number of 1,008 Yogic Flyers required to achieve national invincibility. (more)

Latin America: Students raising Mexico to invincibility
23 December 2008 - In Mexico there will soon be 1,000 students practising Yogic Flying (an aspect of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme)--the number required to create invincible peace, prosperity, and good fortune for the nation. These students are among 61,000 from 158 schools in 19 Latin American countries currently practising Transcendental Meditation, and 14,000 practising Yogic Flying--creating a powerful influence of coherence and harmony for the entire continent and the world. (more)


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Powerful Hurricane Willa bears down on Mexico's Pacific coast
22 October 2018 - Hurricane Willa, an extremely dangerous a Category 4 storm, weakened slightly as it veered toward popular tourist resorts on Mexico's Pacific coast on Monday (22 October), prompting government warnings for people to leave high-risk areas and take cover. Mexican authorities urged residents to evacuate their homes for temporary shelters, closed ports, canceled classes, and suspended beachside and marine activities. (more)

In town with little water, Coca-Cola is everywhere. So is diabetes.
14 July 2018 - San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico: Maria del Carmen Abadia lives in one of Mexico's rainiest regions, but she has running water only once every two days. When it does trickle from her tap, the water is so heavily chlorinated, she said, it's undrinkable. Potable water is increasingly scarce in San Cristobal de las Casas, a picturesque mountain town in the southeastern state of Chiapas where some neighborhoods have running water just a few times a week, and many households are forced to buy extra water from tanker trucks. .... Climate change, scientists say, has also played a role in the failure of artesian wells that sustained San Cristobal for generations. 'It doesn't rain like it used to,' said Jesus Carmona, a biochemist at the local Ecosur scientific research center, which is affiliated with the Mexican government. 'Almost every day, day and night, it used to rain.' (more)

Monarch butterfly numbers off for 2nd year in Mexico
5 March 2018 - The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexican forests declined for a second consecutive year, a government official said Monday (5 March). The monarch butterflies' migration is measured by the area they cover in pine and fir forests west of Mexico City. Millions of the butterflies make the 3,400-mile (5,500-kilometer) migration from the United States and Canada each year. (more)

Mexico murders hit record high, dealing blow to President
23 December 2017 - Mexico has this year registered its highest murder total since modern records began, according to official data, dealing a fresh blow to President Enrique Pena Nieto's pledge to get gang violence under control with presidential elections due in 2018. A total of 23,101 murder investigations were opened in the first 11 months of this year, surpassing the 22,409 registered in the whole of 2011, figures published on Friday night by the interior ministry showed. The figures go back to 1997. (more)

Murky business: A hunt for answers as children fall sick around Mexico lake
4 December 2017 - Eduardo Baltazar is the youngest person in the tiny Mexican village of Agua Caliente to have a kidney transplant, undergoing the life-saving surgery a month shy of his 13th birthday. The boy is one of many victims of a health crisis in the western state of Jalisco that environmental experts are linking to water and air pollution, despite denials by the government. A University of Guadalajara investigation into the 950 residents of Agua Caliente on the shores of Lake Chapala has confirmed what locals have known for years -- chronic kidney disease has reached epidemic levels and is hitting children hardest. From the smog-coated capital to polluted lakeside villages, agricultural and industrial pollution and poor regulation have sickened communities across Mexico, say campaigners. (more)

Mexico quake leaves thousands stranded without a home
10 October 2017 - Rubble is all that remains of hundreds of houses rent asunder by the earthquake that struck Mexico in September, leaving owners lodging with relatives or friends, hoping their homes can be rebuilt or they can find new ones. At least 369 people died in the 7.1 magnitude quake that hit central Mexico, causing more devastation in the capital than any since the 1985 disaster that killed thousands. (more)

149 killed as 7.1 magnitude quake fells buildings in Mexico
19 September 2017 - A powerful earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday (19 September), collapsing buildings in plumes of dust and killing at least 149 people. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed sickeningly. (more)

After woman's mysterious death at Mexico resort, tourists report similar incidents
22 July 2017 - Something sinister is happening at a handful of luxury Mexican resorts -- at least according to one lawyer and some tourists who've vacationed there. After a young woman died under mysterious circumstances at the Iberostar Paraiso Resort in Playa Del Carmen, her family and attorneys have been looking for a plausible explanation for what happened to her. Abbey Conner, 20, died in January within just a few hours of arriving at a resort with her family. ... An attorney hired by the Conner family to investigate the situation visited the resort and noticed numerous young tourists hanging out drinking at the bar. But he also noticed something else. ...The Conners were not the first to report mysterious events and ultimately, tragedy, during their time at a luxury resort in Mexico. An investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed other tourists found themselves in unexplainable situations with no memory of what had occurred. (more)

Mexico murders up with deadliest month in at least 20 years
22 July 2017 - Mexico's spiraling violence reached new heights with 2,234 murders in June, the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, according to government data. Killings rose in states ranging from the tourist haven of Baja California Sur to the Gulf coast state of Veracruz and even in Mexico City, long considered a relative oasis from drug gang violence. For the first six months of 2017, authorities nationwide recorded 12,155 homicide investigations, or 31 percent more than the 9,300 during the same period last year. (more)

'The only two powerful cartels left': rivals clash in Mexico's murder capital
28 November 2016 - Manzanillo and the surrounding state of Colima were once best known for their black sand beaches, lime groves, and a smoldering volcano that erupts every century or so. But over the past year, the region has claimed a new title: murder capital of Mexico. Analysts of the drug war say the violence is part of a nationwide realignment of organized crime -- and a bitter struggle to control the port of Manzanillo, one of the biggest on Mexico's Pacific coast. (more)

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