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CFE admits to have overcharged 27,412 customers by nearly 142 million pesos

Mexico City – After investigating only 55% of the over 223,000 complaints from customers who claimed that billing for their power consumption had been excessive, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) admits to having overcharged 27,412 customers by nearly 142 million pesos between 2011 and 2018.

The unjustified charges were 40% higher than they should have been – but with 45% of cases still unresolved, that figure can be expected to increase significantly.

One of the reasons why the CFE overcharges customers is that in some cases it calculates bills by estimating consumption rather than by checking meters. According to the Federal Auditor’s Office, just under 3% of bills are based on estimates, and the practice has been particularly prevalent in parts of central Mexico, including the capital city.

The CFE told El Universal newspaper that in all cases where billing errors are detected, electricity rates are adjusted and customers are compensated. In addition, the CFE has signed an agreement wth the Federal Consumer Attorney, PROFECO, to expedite the resolution of complants.

But for some consumers, the commission’s recognition of its mistakes either came too late or they are still waiting for their complaint to be investigated. People in both situations have been forced to close their businesses as a result of excessive charges.

Though the power is supposed to remain on while complaints are being investigated, statistics show that the CFE practice of cutting off electricity supply despite the existence of investigations into excessive electricity charges is fairly common. The National Human Rights Commission has received 3,042 complaints over the practice since 2010.

Some complainants have joined El Comité Popular de Los Derechos Humanos de Los Pedregales, a committee in southern Mexico City that is lobbying the government to apply a “clean slate” to electricity debt, as the CFE has agreed to for more than half a million customers in Tabasco.

The committee is also seeking the introduction of “social rates” in which economically-disadvantaged electricity customers and owners of small family businesses pay no more than 3% of their income on power bills. But many believe that any such commitment from the government might only happen at some point in the distant future.

Source: MND

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Jellyfish are Seasonal Visitors to Mexican Beaches

Adam García – Timothy Real Estate Group

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – The ocean water in Puerto Vallarta is visited by jellyfish seasonally. Whereas some types of jellyfish are indigenous around the globe, we are simply a tourist destination for a couple of the species, some harmful.

What do they look like? If you see a gelatinous blue blob on the sand while you’re walking down the beach in Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas, avoid it and keep your eyes peeled for more. Their sting can be very painful, even when they seem to be dead. We’ve heard them called Blue Devil, which is an appropriate label, since they will feel like you’ve stepped into a bit of hell.

Once you’ve been stung, it can take a long time for the pain to dissipate. The pain and scarring varies from person to person but we have heard of some having sensitivity for weeks following the original injury. We’ve also had friends who’ve been stung and were hardly bothered at all, considering it little more than an annoyance.

For remedies, there are many, some absurd but worth trying. Don’t ever rub the area of the sting, especially if there are bits of jellyfish on your skin. Get it as wet as possible, using seawater to rinse it off, pouring copious amounts of water on the skin to shed any remnants of the animal.

If you have any kind of allergic reaction, get to an emergency room immediately. Swelling of the skin; hives; and/or difficulty in swallowing or breathing indicate a serious reaction and can be extremely dangerous. We’ve been asked many times if urinating on the stings helps and we can attest to the fact that we’ve seen it work when other solutions fell short. It’s worth a try, urine is clean, but make sure it’s your own, not someone else’s.

There is a cure that locals and residents claim is the best remedy and it’s not a bad idea to add it to the beach first aid kit: unflavored meat tenderizer. Pour seawater on the aggravated spot with generous amounts of tenderizer. Let it soak in and the jellyfish bits should dissolve. Continue to rinse with seawater. Follow this with ice cold fresh water and coat with any type of cream that contains benzocaine.

If we see jellyfish on the beach, we stay out of the water in that specific area. The invasion of these creatures is an off and on event for the first few weeks in the summer but you can find beaches in Puerto Vallarta that are not affected, since jellyfish tend to float with currents so they can pass by huge swatches. It’s still safe to go into the water.

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The number one selling and listing agency in the greater Bay of Banderas region since 2011, Timothy Real Estate Group is a locally-owned and operated real estate brokerage with a strategic location in the city’s Romantic Zone. Because the Puerto Vallarta area has varying neighborhood personalities, we practice localized real estate and, with 5 sales offices around the bay, we know our communities well. If you are looking to sell or purchase a property in the Banderas Bay area, please contact one of the Timothy Real Estate Group agents for the best experience in Puerto Vallarta real estate. For more information, visit TimothyRealEstateGroup.com.

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July is Full of Exciting Events in the Riviera Nayarit

This summer is getting off to a fantastic start! In addition to its offer of sun, sand, luxury, and spectacular hotels, the Riviera Nayarit has added an entire gamut of activities to enjoy with your friends, family, or significant other.

The Riviera Nayarit has entertainment options for everyone. Visitors to the area will find a safe paradise for rest, relaxation, and fun, where they can take it easy and enjoy nature.

What sets this destination apart from all the others is the number and quality of events it hosts throughout the year. Sporting, culinary, musical, and eco-events are just part of the variety of activities that visitors can enjoy in Mexico’s Pacific Treasure and its 23 coastal villages this month.

Below is a selection of the top events for July:

Mita Culinary Month (June 15 – July 15)
Four restaurants from Punta de Mita in the Riviera Nayarit have come together to participate in the first edition of Mita Culinary Month, created by chefs Héctor Leyva and Iván Bautista, chef and sous chef for Hector’s Kitchen. Babela’s, Hector’s Kitchen, Pacífico Grill Latino, and Punta Mercedes are presenting their culinary proposals from June 15 through July 15, 2019, with three-course menus brimming with texture, color, and flavor—a hallmark culinary offer from Punta Mita, Riviera Nayarit, one of the most recognized and awarded destinations in the world. For more details, menus and reservations, click HERE.

Punta Mita Chef’s Table Summer Series (July 5-6)
After its resounding success earlier this year, Punta Mita is all set for the Punta Mita Chef’s Table Summer Series, to be held at the Pacífico Beach Club on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, with special guest Gastón Yelicich. Gastón will serve a selection of signature dishes from his restaurant Cuatro Mares in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity! Along with its unparalleled surroundings and luxury lifestyle, Punta Mita continues to shine as one of the golf and gastronomy capitals of Mexico and one of the top hotspots in the world. For more information, click HERE.

13th Bahía de Banderas Marlin and Tuna Tournament (July 18-20)
Organized by the Bahía de Banderas Fishing Club, this traditional sport fishing event returns to the waters offshore the Riviera Nayarit on July 18-20, 2019. Nuevo Vallarta’s Vallarta Yacht Club will host this tournament, which attracts the best fishermen in Mexico and abroad. Experts consider Mexico’s Pacific Treasure as one of the top destinations for sport fishing. There is a fantastic diversity of marine species along its 300-kilometer (186-mile) coastline that guarantees excellent catches any time of the year. For more information about the tournament, click HERE.

VII Sea Turtle Festival (July 20 – 21)
It’s turtle nesting and hatchling liberating season on Playa Platanitos – a coastal village in the Riviera Nayarit located in the municipality of Compostela – which means everyone is preparing for the VII Sea Turtle Festival, held July 20-21, 2019. The goal for the event is to promote environmental awareness and the conservation of the sea turtle, besides boosting tourism in a community with less than 100 inhabitants who live mostly from commerce, fishing, and sustainable tourism. For more information, click HERE.

The Riviera Nayarit offers easy connections to most major U.S. and Canadian cities through the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, making it the ideal destination for unforgettable summer getaways full of fun-filled events. For more information, visit RivieraNayarit.com.

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Dafne’s Salon: A Neighborhood Beauty Parlor          

Tara A. Spears

This is the type of salon where girlfriends meet before a big event. The owner/operator is a hard-working single mother who loves her job. Located on a cross street in the first block south of the main avenida of La Penita downtown area, there isn’t a sign visible from the street. The black and white interior is simple yet feminine with the focus on professional service.

The lovely Lizeth Rivera dreamed of making ladies beautiful as she arranged the hair on her dolls as a child. After completing secondario she worked until she was 18 to save up for the beauty school tuition. “I had a dream to have my own shop for many years,” said Lizeth. “After graduating beauty school and earning my beautician’s license, I worked for another shop in order to save for my own business.”  Finally, Lizeth was able to open her own salon, Dafne’s.

With her natural fashion flair and training, Lizeth was soon popular with area young women. Lizeth works the shop by herself so it is better to call and make an appointment. She offers a full range of feel good services: haircuts, manicures, pedicures, a wide selection of nail options, permanents, and hair coloring. What led me to Dafne’s was noticing the sharp looking hair color that a couple of friends are rocking; I asked them which beautician they used. Now I’m a happy client, too! “The current color trend that is very popular in Mexico (predominantly dark hair) is going with one of the new grey/platinum shades,” explained Lizeth. “The younger women like the tips in vibrant colors or streaks. It’s fun for the colorist!”

Any woman can tell you the hands down favorite salon service is getting an acrylic nail and nail art to match your outfit. (Pun intended) Nothing makes a lady feel special than to have beautiful, uniform nails. The choices are astonishing! The whole field of decorated nails is an artistic category worthy of recognition: some of the salon technicians are truly creative.

  

I wish that I had known about pedicures all the years that I stood in high heels all day. The reason that women- and men- set up weekly pedicures is because it includes a foot soak and foot massage. The decorated nails are just the icing on the cake after the relaxing, therapeutic soak. Of course, the prices here in Mexico are so affordable, why not treat yourself?

Lizeth goal is to “focus entirely on one customer at a time.”  She guarantees that no customer will be disappointed with her service. The salon is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm . Cell number for appointments: 322 228 8034    Come be pampered!

     

Calle #4 Bahia Acapulco almost to the corner of Alfredo V. Bonvil Calle intersection

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Golden Rain Tree Dazzles in Summer              

Tara A. Spears

I’ve been dazzled by the bright clusters on a neighbor’s tree for the entire month of June. Every summer I am impressed by these lush subtropical blooms that perk up the dropping jungle foliage at the end of the dry season. Although in Florida these are considered nuisance trees due to the huge number of seeds and volunteers* that spread throughout a neighborhood from just one tree, I love them in the wild. The north side of La Penita has quite a few on the way to Las Varas and they are interspersed through Guayabitos. * Volunteer is a term for plants that shoot up from a parent tree- they volunteer to grow without being invited.

According to horticulturist Jacob Wright the Golden Rain Tree is able to grow in full sun locations that are plagued by poor soils or tough growing conditions where other trees fail. With its wide canapy the golden rain trees (Koelreuteria spp.) make excellent choices for shade trees. Overall good in windy sites, trees pruned when they are young ensures they develop with a good structure to diminish any losses during thunderstorm winds. For most luxurious growth and flowering, plant them in moist, well-draining soils in a lawn and mow off young seedlings that sprout.

Of the three subspecies, the warm climate one is called Chinese Rain Tree which yields bumper crops of seeds that germinate readily, hence you need to be careful where you plant it.

Golden Rain Trees provide fast-growing shade to gardens and add floral color in summer when other popularly grown landscape trees are green. They are striking when in full bloom, and the papery seeds provide ornamentation on the tree, and if cut and dried they make good floral arrangement fillers.

These trees also demonstrate a remarkable tolerance for less than ideal growing conditions, handling drought, wind, heat and an array of nutrient poor and various pH soil types. They are popular for urban areas needing a tough shade or street tree.

The prolific seed production of Golden Rain Trees potentially causes weediness in landscapes because their seedlings sprout all over. Most worrisome are the bouganvillea golden rain tree and the Chinese rain tree, as they attained noxious or invasive weed status in Australia, Florida and Hawaii. But here in rural Mexico it has plenty of space to coexist with the jungle vines and trees.

If you do choose to plant a golden Rain tree in your yard, just monitor your lawn and edges of native ecosystems to eradicate volunteer tree seedlings. The beauty of this spectacular tree outweighs the side effects.

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Mexican Family Tradition: Baptism

Tara A. Spears

Mexico has a culture that incorporates customs that originated in religion but evolved into secular traditions. An example is the tradition of baptism which continues to be practiced in modern Mexico. This is a celebration of new life that includes a church service but the main emphasis is the grand fiesta that follows with dinner, live music, dancing and extended family and friends having a good time together.

The baby’s parents have a serious task when selecting the godfather and godmother for the baptism.  Tradition has a method, although the customary selection process has changed in the last 50 years. Before, who was asked to the baptismal sponsors varied according to the number of children. For the first child, the godfather of baptism was the paternal grandfather and the godmother of baptism was the maternal grandmother; the second son had as sponsors of baptism the maternal grandfather and the paternal grandmother; for the third child, the father’s brother and the mother’s sister; and so on.

In the 21st century the birth rate is lower and also many parents have their first child later, so sometimes grandparents have already passed away. The friends of the family or the uncles of the parents have come to take the place of the grandparents as godparents and godmothers.

Those invited to be a godparent have social obligation to accompany the baptized child in the Christian life and help him with all his doubts and problems. Being a sponsor is a wonderful privilege. Once the christening is over, the sponsor or godmother will have the duty to always watch over their godson. Therefore, it is normal to hear that if something happened to the parents throughout the child’s life the Godparents would be responsible for acting as parents for both the moral and physical upbringing.  

bIn order to become godparents of baptism, the church requires that the person be Catholic, be baptized and confirmed; and that he has reached the age of 14. He must also be a practicing Christian and lead an honest life, as he will be an example for the child. It does not matter if they are single, but if they are married they must have been married by the Church. During the ceremony, the sponsor is responsible for holding the baptismal candle; while the godmother takes care of holding the baby. Although it is not mandatory, sponsors usually provide the candle and a bible as a gift to their godson or goddaughter. The Padrino and madrina give a gift of cigars to family and friends if the baby is a boy and chocolates if is a girl. The sponsors also traditionally give a cross to the baby as a reminder of the ceremony.

The baptismal clothes for a baby should always be white, although there have also been changes in recent years that incorporate a blue tie for a male or a pink ribbon for the female. Dressing the baby in white is a symbol of purity. In addition, during the ceremony the baby is given a kind of white cape (ropon), with which he is clothed with Christ.

Using holy water is another of the baptismal traditions from centuries past.  The water purifies the soul of the child and cleanses the Original Sin. The baptismal tradition consists of pouring holy water on the baby’s head.

The traditional baptismal candle that the godfather carries in his hand is lit from the flame of the Paschal candle in the sanctuary in which the baptism is celebrated. The candle symbolizes calling the child to spiritual light since from the moment the baptismal candle is lit, the child is asked to be a light of the world.

After the church portion of the day comes the family celebration! Since the point of a christening is getting a name and becoming an angel for God, the theme of the party includes the child’s name on centerpieces and party favors. Weeks before the scheduled ceremony, a personalized invitation was sent to guests with the time and location of the christening and party. It is standard to have an open bar, delicious dinner, desert table that is a big hit with the children, and live mariachi music for dancing.

Many Mexicans believe that Baptisms should be celebrated in a big way because it only happens once in a child’s life, unlike a birthday. Mexicans love making a big deal of this special day in a child’s life.  If you are ever invited to a traditional baptism don’t miss the opportunity to participate in a wonderful custom.

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Mexico City drops gender-specific school uniforms

Mexico City – On Monday June 3rd, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced that students attending public and private kindergartens, primary and secondary schools in Mexico City no longer have to wear gender-specific uniforms.

“Boys can wear skirts if they want and girls can wear trousers if they want,” Mayor Sheinbaum said during a visit to the Guadalupe Ceniceros de Zavaleta elementary school, located in the capital city’s historic center.

She added that the measure would create “a condition of equality, of equity.”

Previous guidelines stated that “just as the skirt is the basic garment of a girl’s daily school uniform, so trousers are for boys.”

Mayor Sheinbaum said that that kind of thinking “had passed into history” and that the new measure would come into effect “immediately.”

Sheinbaum’s announcement was welcomed by transgender activists who said it would help children who until now had to use a uniform they may not have identified with.

Education Minister Esteban Moctezuma backed the mayor’s move and said he was sure many other states would follow suit.

It is not the first time Mexico City has been ahead of the rest of the country in introducing more liberal norms.

In 2010, it became the first area in Mexico to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Since then, it has been legalized in more than a dozen other states. And, last month, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he would push for same-sex marriage to be made legal across the country.

Source: Animal Politico

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The Islas Marietas coral restoration team has noted how the islands’ fragile ecosystems are bouncing back and becoming heView postalthier with the return of fish, marine predators, and wildlife to restored areas.

deG Planting Fragments of Hope at Las Islas Marietas


Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Fifteen years ago, the waters around Islas Marietas in Mexico’s Nayarit State were so abundant with corals that people could see them for miles.

They were hard to avoid, too. “To go and surf in that area, you would have to wear tennis shoes because it was full of coral mountains,” said Javier Alvarez, a tourist operator and owner of outdoors shops from Puerto Vallarta, the nearest mainland city.

But unregulated tourism chipped away at fragile ecosystems to the extent that it was soon corals that needed protecting from humans, said Alvarez.

“Some days there were 3,000 tourists coming every day without any information [on how to behave to protect the area] so they were just throwing water bottles and diapers and anything you could imagine that was sticking to the coral,” he said.

Alvarez helped found a project through which marine experts from the University of Guadalajara came to study the corals and documented the devastation wrought by climate change and poor environmental management. They also took steps to plant new corals and protect the old ones.Their findings led to actions that limited the number of tourists and regulated tourism,despite serious opposition from operators.

“[Operators] were really angry because in the middle of the study the park closed for three months,” said Paola Rodriguez, a coral expert at the University of Guadalajara.

Despite efforts to get local boat operators on board with the project and explain that swarms of people trashing beaches and waters would kill business, while protecting resources was key to growth and longevity, local tensions ran high.

“I had to leave Mexico with my family due to the pressure, with people basically saying: ‘We are going to kill you’. When we closed the site, we let the authorities know how mass tourism was starting to kill the coral and degrade the biomass,” said Alvarez.

As part of the coral restoration project, the team has planted more 2,900 corals, or “fragments of opportunity”. The project quickly proved to be successful, with a 90–95 per cent of all the fragments attaching after three months, and a growth rate of around 5 cm per year for branching corals. This year, the team is providing different protocols for restoration of corals.

Corals from Islas Marietas have shown to be high resistance, “super” corals that can survive challenging conditions such as the bleaching events that affected coral populations worldwide in recent years – the same ones that in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef caused the die-off of more than 90 percent of the coral.

The team has also noted how ecosystems are bouncing back and becoming healthier by the return of fish and top predators and other wildlife to restored areas.“What’s good is that we now see sharks, something that did not happen a few years ago,” said Rodriguez.

An increase in park fees has seen the number of visitors drop to around 350 per day, reducing the stress on the corals.

At the same time, boat operators are profiting from better standardized fees for trips to certain beauty hotspots, which in some areas have tripled. Tourists have shown they are willing to pay more to visit the areas that have benefited from better regulation, protection and restoration.

Rodriguez sees the model of tourists paying more to enjoy a more controlled and boutique experience of a natural park that their money is helping to preserve as working in Mexico, like it does in other places of outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity such as The Galapagos and Hawaii.

“People are happier, they give better tips, there are less boats and it is less work to find nice spots,” she said.

Tourist operators are also invited to participate in the program #adoptacoral, a new initiative in collaboration with PROZONA AC, where tourists can plant their own coral.

Boat operators now carry out underwater cleaning campaigns, ask tourists not to apply sunscreen just before going in the water to protect the corals and insist on people wearing life jackets to stop corals being taken as trinkets.

The challenges include not having enough people to help with the restoration and despite the team’s efforts to train operators in how to plant coral, some show little interest or care in doing so.

“The older guys in town will support this project because before, you could see coral for miles and the beaches were great. The fishing industry has really been affected and so profits have plummeted,” said Alvarez. “They never teach you the importance of coral in the ecosystem, so when you see for yourself that the fish that have disappeared come back, you have to spread the message,” he added.

Alvarez has not been able to return to Puerto Vallarta due to accusations of him wanting to invest in the coral restoration project to keep the islands for himself. But he believes that community action, coupled with more national and international awareness, can help business and conservation work together and keep mutually beneficial projects alive, and resources sustainable.

“You cannot protect what you haven’t seen and I want to make as much noise as possible to make people aware that those little rocks are actually corals that make oxygen and give us food,” he said.

Guadalajara University and PROZONA AC have registered their coral reef project as a voluntary commitment to plant 4,000 coral fragments and increase overall coral cover by 1 per cent by 2020. The project is part of a Community of Ocean Action (CoA), formed following the United Nations Oceans Conference in 2017.

Source: United Nations Environment Programme

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Leader of Mexican sect “La Luz Del Mundo” charged with sex crimes in the US

LOS ANGELES, CA. USA (Agencies) — Naasón Joaquín García, a 50 year old male, was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport, according to the California attorney general’s office.

Mr. García is the self-proclaimed leader of “La Luz del Mundo” (The Light of the World) a Mexico-based church with branches in the U.S. that claims to have over 1 million followers.

The so-called “Apostle of Christ” has been charged with human trafficking and child rape, California officials announced yesterday, Tuesday June 4th. With him, 24-year-old Susana Medina from Oaxaca, was also arrested and another person named Azalea Rangel Melendez, remains at large.

In Mexico, this news came as a huge surprise, since just a few weeks ago an opera concert was held as a tribute to García at the iconic “Palacio de Bellas Artes” in Mexico City, the main cultural venue in the country, which by the way, generated much controversy because in a secular state such as Mexico, the use a public place should not be used for that purpose according to the Constitution. The play was “The Guardian of the Mirror,” broadcasted on social networks and screened outside the “Bellas Artes” Palace, with the church’s followers in the audience. “La Luz del Mundo” denied that it was an homage and said the opinions expressed in social networks were not promoted by the institution.

Around 1,000 worshippers gathered at the headquarters of La Luz del Mundo in Guadalajara, Jalisco, to pray for García as he was held in Los Angeles on a $25 million bail. García faces 26 counts of felony charges that range from human trafficking and production of child pornography to forcible rape of a minor. The charges detail a series of disturbing allegations involving three girls and one woman between 2015 and 2018 in Los Angeles County.

This Christian church considered by many a sect, was founded in 1926 by García’s grandfather. It has been the subject of child sex abuse allegations for years but authorities in Mexico have never filed criminal charges.  According to its website, “La Luz del Mundo” has more than 15,000 churches in 58 countries and its followers must adhere to a strict moral code in exchange for the promise of eternal salvation.

García “the apostle of Jesus” —a former minister in Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California before becoming the church’s leader — allegedly forced his victims, all of them members of the church, to sexually touch themselves and each other. One of his co-defendants also allegedly took nude photographs of the victims and sent the pictures to García. He also required its victims into performing sex acts by telling them that refusing would be “going against God”, authorities said. Witnesses have mentioned that in 2017, after some women wearing “as little clothing as possible” had completed an erotic dance, García expressed: “Kings can have mistresses and an apostle of God cannot be judged for his actions”

The attorney general’s investigation began in 2018, prompted in part by a tip to the state’s Department of Justice through an online clergy abuse complaint form. David Correa, a spokesman from the church’s headquarters, has declared: “We categorically deny those false accusations. We know him personally and he is an honorable and honest man.” They claim the accused Naasón Joaquín García has always behaved lawfully.

Martí Batres, president of the Senate and Sergio Mayer president of culture, from MORENA. Legislator Rogelio Zamora Guzmán from the Partido Verde, Jaime Rodríguez Calderón “El Bronco” and Héctor Yunes Landa from the PRI.

According to religious affairs expert Elio Masferrer, many accusations had been made against the leadership of the Mexican sect, but they had a great ability to handle the “political lobby” and political parties and its members gave them full impunity. Many politicians are being linked to this cult, amongst them:
Sergio Mayer president of culture, Martí Batres, president of the Senate and legislator Rogelio Zamora Guzmán from MORENA. From the PRI, Javier Duarte and Jaime Rodríguez Calderón “El Bronco” and from the Partido Verde Ecologista de México (PVEM) (Green Ecologist Party of Mexico) Senator Israel Zamora, who arranged permission for the event that  took place at the “Palacio de Bellas Artes”.

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June in the Riviera Nayarit Means Beach, Sun, and Fun


The Riviera Nayatri CVB has announced the destination’s June 2019 calendar of events, which will take place in different locations along the coast of the beautiful state of Nayarit.

Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit – The Riviera Nayarit continues to reconfirm its status as the ideal destination for event tourism thanks to the sheer number of great activities that take place here year round. This month, Mexico’s Pacific Treasure is hosting musical, sports, and cultural events as part of their tourism offer.

“In the Riviera Nayarit we continue to focus on events as part of our promotional strategy, because not only do they allow us to contribute to the destination’s economic spillover, but it also positions us as leaders in meetings tourism, incentivizes the arrival of visitors to our hotels, and, above all, it offers a wonderful gamut of activities for vacationers to the region,” said Marc Murphy, managing director of the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Riviera Nayarit’s June lineup of events includes:

8th National Congress for Mexican Regional Dance (June 6-9)
The Riviera Nayarit will host the 8th National Congress for Mexican Regional Dance from June 6th through the 9th; this event is organized by Veltour travel agency together with the Diplomados de Danza Regional Mexicana (Regional Mexican Dance Graduates) to promote tourism, particularly Mexican folklore and culture. Host hotel Reflect Krystal Grand in Flamingos-Nuevo Vallarta is expecting over 600 participants from dance schools in Guanajuato, Michoacan, Mexico City, Guerrero, Oaxaca, and Sinaloa. The event is open to the public.

59th San Blas International Sport Fishing Tournament (June 27-29)
The Historic Port of San Blas is set to welcome the 59th San Blas International Sport Fishing Tournament from June 13th through the 17th at the Marina Fonatur. The event’s main organizer is the Tepic Sport Fishing Club. Participants will compete in three categories: Sailfish, Marlin, and Mahi-Mahi. This tournament is considered the best of its kind in the Mexican Pacific, and one of the top ten best events of the year in the Riviera Nayarit. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Battle of the Saints in Mexcaltitán (June 29)
Among the most iconic traditional ceremonies are the patron saint festivities for saints Peter and Paul on the Island of Mexcaltitán, the birthplace of Mexicanness. The celebration includes a pilgrimage emulating the Mexicas or the Aztecas, who left Aztlán to establish the great city of Tenochtitlán.

Sayulita Pee Wee Surfing League (TBD)
Sayulita will be hosting the surfing league for minors, which seeks to encourage new talent in a sport that has produced so many great examples on a national level. The league is presented by Ramos Shapes, Sunset Bungalows, and Los Rudos SurfShop under the competition formats established by the World Championship Tour Top 33 via the World Surf League (WSL), the ISA (International Surfing Association), and the Nayarit State Surfing Association (ASENAY), with the support of the local surfing clubs from the different host destinations. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

The Riviera Nayarit offers easy connections to most major U.S. and Canadian cities through the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, making it the ideal destination for unforgettable summer getaways full of fun-filled events. For more information, visit RivieraNayarit.com.

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