What's Going On In This Country?

March 19, 2018 Edition
BY: SANTIAGO VERDUGO

Politics, sigh A U.S. delegation, headed by professional son in law to the president Jared Kushner, visited Mexico City last week and met with President Enrique Peña Nieto. He was trying to smooth relations between Trump and Peña Nieto, after they frosted over the week before on the phone. It’s all about the wall, of course, with Trump trying to get the Mexican president to pay for the silly thing.

In related news Well, sort of. U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobsen, quit and went home. Official reason was yada yada yada but the deal was, the professional foreign service officer, who was very well respected by her counterparts in Mexico City, didn’t get that respect from Washington. She was told every decision had to be routed through the Whitehouse under the supervision of Jared Kushner. She said nuts to that and packed up and went home.

Breathalyzer program spreading Accident fatalities have dropped 43% since the breathalyzer tests started in Mexico City 14 years ago, according to stats.

The gadgets are now in 155 cities in 31 states, where 3,631 people have been trained in the use of them. Yes, that includes Los Cabos, but they only have one. What are the odds you will be nailed by it?

Traffic accidents continue to be the biggest cause of death for people between ages 15 and 29. Alcohol or drugs are a factor in 12% of traffic fatalities.

Classic yellowtail tournament April 19 to 21 in Loreto. Sign up Thursday, then there will be two days of fishing your butt off. Entry is a reasonable $280 USD. But remember, there’s no point in getting out of bed at the crack of dawn if you don’t buy into the daily jackpots. Email info@lamisionloreto.com, call 52 (613)134-0350 or visit lamisionloreto.com.

Getting a little help 9 million dollars have been allocated from various trusts to promote Los Cabos. A total of $11 million total will be spent in the four cities of the state.

No, that’s not all pretty ads in pretty magazines, that money is also spent to support some sporting events, and some tournaments, the marathon, yada yada.

Tourism officials justify that expenditure by pointing out that more than 50,000 people per day are in Los Cabos during this Easter period, and they spend an average of $400 each. La Paz will have around 5,000 people and in Loreto will receive 3,400 daily.

What’s a mayor to do? A city on the mainland owed nearly $16 million to the garbage collection service so the company cut off the pick-ups. Things quickly turned nasty as the garbage piled up.

So the mayor hired a bunch of guys with pickup trucks, told them to go around picking up piles of trash, and dump it outside of town. Now the city had another mess.

Meanwhile, the mayor accused the company that was owed the back fees of blackmailing the city into paying by threatening to stop pick-up. Looks like they did more than threaten.

Dumping garbage in the new location was deemed a health risk by the state Civil Protection office and it was ordered closed. The city of Tuxtla Gutiérrez generates an estimated 500 tons of trash every day, which is now beginning to accumulate on the streets again.

NAFTA talks Is anyone paying attention? We are. Mexico has been unusually blunt and harsh with U.S. trade officials in these negotiations. If Trump chooses to invoke the six-month termination clause, the Mexicans have promised to pick up their NAFTA papers and walk away from any further trade talks with the Americans.

The Mexicans have started aggressively courting alternative trade partners. In addition to China, Mexico has set its sights squarely on trade expansion with other Latin American countries.

They have already started replacing the importation of some U.S. corn with a Brazilian product and U.S. wheat with a hardy Argentine substitute. This will certainly send a powerful shot across the bow of the U.S. agricultural sector — especially since American farmers turned out the vote for Donald Trump. Mexico also signed on to the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes in order to reassure international firms that Mexico welcomes foreign investment, is a safe place to invest, and that it honors global rules and regulations.

You can do that? 37 miles of coral reef and beach on Mexico’s Caribbean coast will be insured to help preserve them and reduce the impact of hurricanes, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a large U.S.-based charity, has announced.

Payouts will be in order when winds reach a certain speed under the “insurance-for-nature” plan, a concept TNC said countries such as Belize and Honduras were considering.