With films like "Exit Through the Gift Shop" providing a glimpse into the world of graffiti and street art, the medium is becoming more legitimized and prominent artists are gaining increasing popularity across the world. 

One such artist is Claudia Walde (known as MadC), who has created art all over the world – including Mexico. In a recent interview, MadC describes how the Internet has changed graffiti styles all over the world, as artists become inspired by what they see online and incorporate those shapes into their letters. 

When it comes to graffiti in Mexico, two well-known Mexican graffiti artists are Efren Diaz Pacheco (Panik One) and Elisa Estrada (Rank), who use words and images as a means to express the human condition. 

Panik One is a young Mexican graffiti artist from Pais de las Maravillas, Distrito Federal, Mexico. In his work, he modifies the urban landscape with his graffiti art; he also creates his own body graffiti which he sprays onto the human skin. Rank is a young female Mexican graffiti artist living and working in Acapulco who started out creating graffiti when she was only thirteen years old. 

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Blackbaud – which offers an array of cloud-based and on-premise software solutions, as well as related services – recently announced that more than 70 nonprofits are now using its comprehensive solution for managing arts and cultural organisations.

"There is nothing comparable to this product," said Doug Perry, a customer at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and organisation that uses the software. "Decades of experience in meeting both the business needs of the organisation and their constituents' expectations have been fused into one web- and revenue-aware product that consistently impresses and improves our ability to perform these critical functions."

Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, Blackbaud operates not only in the U.S., but also in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the U.K. With its fundraising, eMarketing, social media, advocacy, constituent relationship management (CRM), analytics, financial management, and vertical-specific solutions, organisations have been able to raise more than $100 billion each year.

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With its breathtaking views, Monte Albán is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, having been inhabited by for roughly 1,500 years by the Olmecs, Zapotecs and Mixtecs. 

Readers of The Guardian recently submitted “life changing travel tips” for exotic locales across the world. One such reader highlighted the Zapotec ruins in Monte Albán, Oaxaca. The reader describes the ruins as “truly awe-inspiring,” complete with magnificent views from every viewpoint. 

The winning tip came from a contributor who commented on the Amazon rainforest in Manu, Peru, where the reader described her experience at a natural oil spring. Other locations with travel tips include: 

To see all tips, visit Readers' travel tips: life-changing trips.

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ICANN, an Internet governing organisation founded in 1998, has named Rodrigo de la Parra as its vice president for Latin America and Nigel Hickson as its vice president for Europe.

Rodrigo de la Parra

De la Parra was previously regional liaison for Latin America for the company and is a respected telecommunications expert. Before joining ICANN, De la Parra was director general of prospective regulation and director general for international cooperation of Mexico’s Federal Commission of Telecommunications. He has also served as the Mexican representative to ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee and a member of the Consultative Committee of NIC.mx, Mexico’s ccTLD.

Nigel Hickson

With more than 30 years of regulatory and other experience, Hickson has held various posts with the governments of the United Kingdom and Bermuda. Prior to joining ICANN, Hickson led teams at the UK’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on global ICT policy and regulatory issues.

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Mexico has seen a steady increase in demand for electricity over the past decade, which has in turn, created a need for the expansion of power companies. Over the next ten years, Mexico’s Energy Secretariat predicts that electricity consumption will grow by 3.3 percent. 

One such company jumping in to fill this demand is POWERVAR Mexico, a subsidiary of North American based POWERVAR, Inc., which is responsible for all sales and services in Mexico. The worldwide provider of power protection solutions recently announced that it is opening a new office location in Mexico City, Mexico, to address the nation’s growing need for power. 

The investment in Mexico City coincides with the company’s desire to expand its global reach. 

"We have high expectations for the success of our new operation in Mexico. Our strategic approach is to place sales and support facilities where our OEM partners conduct business, just as we have in other regions of the world. POWERVAR is prepared to meet the growing demands and global expansion of our business partners," said Tom Gornick, POWERVAR's Vice President of Sales.

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Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa & Nature Park, located in Riviera Maya, was awarded a Green Globe High Achievement Award for its environmental conservation efforts. 

This is a particularly significant honor, as this award is given to just six hotels across the world.  Other hotels receiving the honor include: Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa, Bali (Asia / Pacific), Club Med Djerba La Douce, Tunisia (Africa), Hotel Concorde Berlin , Germany (Europe), Mövenpick Dead Sea, Jordan (Middle East) and Bucuti Beach Resort, Aruba (Caribbean).

In 2011, Hacienda Tres Rios received their third consecutive Green Globe Certification for superior environmental performance. The property is designed and operated by Sunset World and met 96 percent of the 320 indicators examined, which was the highest percentage received worldwide.

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Raphael Lescuyer, a recent university graduate who attended school in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, speaks to his experience in the city. In addition to the rich culture and history of Puerto Vallarta, Raphael details the lasting friendships he's made while in Mexico, stating that it really does feel like "home."

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Frequent traveler to Puerto Vallarta speaks about his travels to the city and his love for the art, culture, food. He praises Puerto Vallarta as a charming city with a wealth of activities for travelers, from walking along the Malecon to relaxing on the beaches. Courtesy of the City of Puerto Vallarta. 

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Peter and Lyn, travelers celebrating 25th years of traveling to Puerto Vallarta, recommend the city as a place with something for everyone. They discuss Puerto Vallarta as a safe, friendly place with a variety of activities involving eating, dancing, adventuring, and relaxing. Other featured travelers praise the city for its beauty, cleanliness, and the friendliness of the people. Courtesy of the City of Puerto Vallarta. Visit mexicotoday.org for the latest on Mexican economy, tourism, culture, environment, and Mexico & the World

Last year, Mexico produced a record number of cars and light trucks.

According to the Mexican Automobile Industry Association (AMIA), 2011 production increased 13% from 2010, resulting in 2.56 million units. Additionally, 2.14 million vehicles were exported; this was the first time auto exports hit the 2 million mark, and was a 15% increase from 2010. Domestic auto sales grew 10% to 905,886 units in 2011, though they still remained below the level set in 2007, prior to the recession.

In December 2011, auto production grew 5%, auto exports rose 16%, and domestic sales grew 10%, when compared with totals from December 2010.

Eduardo Solis, the head of AMIA, said that automotive production in 2012 could be similar to 2011. There are warning signs, however, that economic trends in Europe could affect Mexico’s key export markets in the United States and South America. This could affect Mexico’s overall automotive output.

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Healthcare Resources Puerto Vallarta's Pamela Thompson speaks about Puerto Vallarta's growing reputation as a destination for medical tourism and a place with a high quality of life. Puerto Vallarta's medical tourism industry provides state of art equipment, inexpensive services, bilingual physicians and low waiting times for patients. Courtesy of the City of Puerto Vallarta. Visit mexicotoday.org for the latest on Mexican economy, tourism, culture, environment, and Mexico & the World news.

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After attending a 2 day forum in Puerto Vallarta, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization, Taleb Rifai, compliments the city's people and event management of the forum. He comments on Puerto Vallarta's stunning image and charm that makes travelers feel at home. Courtesy of the City of Puerto Vallarta. Visit mexicotoday.org for the latest on Mexican economy, tourism, culture, environment, and Mexico & the World news.

Thanks to the collaboration between two environmental groups, one of the world’s largest landfills – the 927 acre Bordo Poniente Landfill in Mexico City – is now closed. 

According to the partners at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), this initiative will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate clean energy, and create lasting jobs. 

At its peak the landfill processed hundreds of garbage trucks that delivered 12,000 tons of waste per day. However, thanks to aggressive recycling and composting efforts by Mexico City, that figure was recently cut in half, and then eliminated altogether. 

The partners at C40 and CCI estimated that landfill methane could generate over 250 GWh, or enough power for an estimated 35,000 homes in Mexico City, during the first years of operation. Globally, the closing of this landfill represents one of the largest reductions of GHGs associated with solid waste. 

Further economic benefits will come from the creation of both short- and long-term local jobs for contractors, service providers and qualified labor in the construction, operation and maintenance of the landfill gas capture system.

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With 2012 being the Year of the Maya, there has been constant buzz revolving around the current “end of the world” prediction associated with the end of the Maya Calendar on December 21, 2012. The calendar encompasses a 144,000-day cycle or "b'ak'tun" that began on the Maya day of creation 5,200 years ago. 

To set matters straight, researchers have been pointing out that the end of the "b'ak'tun" should not be synonymous with an apocalypse. 

With attention being drawn to the Maya ruins, CNN asked Jeff Morgan, Executive Director of the Global Heritage Fund, to recommend the most notable Maya sites in Latin America to travel to. For those with a keen interest in the Maya culture, why not commemorate the beginning of a new era at the location of an ancient pyramid or temple? Three out of five of the recommended Maya sites are located in Mexico: Chichen Itza, Tulum, and Palenque.

Chichen Itza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, has origins that can be traced to the 5th century AD. Showcasing the architectural styles of the Maya and Toltec people, Chichen Itza’s ruins contain the well-known El Castillo (the Castle) pyramid as well as many monuments for travelers to take in. 

The Tulum ruins, also located on the Yucatán peninsula, are home to cliff ruins facing the Caribbean Sea waters and boast a large number of cenotes (deep natural pits or sinkholes).

Last on the list, Palenque sits in the midst of a jungle with several sites to behold such as pyramids, a temple, carved stone walls and an ancient burial site.

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Denso Corporation plans to build a new plant in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico, said Hikaru Sugi, President of Denso International America. Sugi made the announcement at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

The plant will manufacture heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units with the Denso Corporation, hoping to produce additional products at this site in the future. The $57 million facility will employ about 400 people when it opens in October 2013.

This will be the third plant for DNMX, which also has a facility in Guadalupe City, Nuevo Leon.

Denso currently manufactures a variety of automotive products at its two existing plants, including instrument clusters, climate control panels, and system control components such as variable cam timing and oil control valves.

The announcement comes shortly after the company said it will open a research and development office in the Silicon Valley of California, and expands its operations in Southfield to house labs for battery cooling and in-dash technology engineering.

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