Dave Lewis, President Unilever Personal Care, shares why Mexico's sustainable economy, commitment to free trade and the Mexican people are… key to Unilever.
Mexican boxer Oscar Valdez shares some of his training secrets at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Valdez won the silver medal in boxing's bantamweight division at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadaljara, Mexico
Federico Torres, Director of Press and Social Communications for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, reflects on the success of the international sporting event. Mario Vázquez Raña, president of the Pan American Sports Organization, has commented that the 2011 Games in… Guadalajara were the best games in the history of the Pan American Games.
This video details the Mexican Stock Exchange's recently launched Sustainability Index, which evaluates member companies using three sustainability pillars: environmental, social and ethical. The Sustainability Index includes 26 companies, such as CEMEX, Alfa, Kimberly-Clark and WalMart Mexico. In… 2012, companies like Alsea, Grupo Televisa and Minera Frisco could possibly join the Sustainability Index.
Mexico’s growing middle class is making its presence known at the cash register. Canadian Dale Wishewan noticed that Mexico City mall lobbies were filled with people dressed in Abercrombie and Fitch while eating at McDonald’s and Starbucks. Today more than 60% of Mexicans are considered middle class,… making between $6,000 and $25,000 per year.
“There is this middle class that wants North American brands,” says Wishewan, chief executive of Booster Juice, a juice and smoothie company. He quickly made a deal with a local investor. Today, there are five Booster Juice locations in Mexico and another five are scheduled to open in the next two years.
The 50 peso ($3.70) price of smoothies from Booster Juice would have been out of reach for most Mexicans a few years ago. However, as the economy recovers from the 2008 recession, more Mexicans are turning to more expensive North American brands.
Until recently, Mexico was mostly relying on trade with the United States. This trade skyrocketed after the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994. By 2008, 88% most Mexican exports were sent to the United States. After the recession, Mexico had to decrease US exports by 6.1%.
Since 2009, Mexico has been working on rebranding efforts to establish a trade relationship with Latin America, Asia, and Europe. The economy grew 5.5% in 2010 and Mexican exports to Latin America grew 56%.
Mexico also takes security very seriously as gang violence is a concern of many foreigners.
“We could have kept a low profile and lurked in the bushes but we went the other way,” says Bradford Cooke, a Canadian mining executive. “All our trucks are branded, they usually go two at a time, and our drivers are all wearing our maroon and blue uniforms. Our stance is we are members of the local business community and we belong there, not the organized criminals.”
Mexico, in recent years, has made a conscious move towards implementing and insisting on recycling practices as an instrumental part of everyday Mexican life. Eduardo Martínez Hernández, president of the Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico AC (Anipac), has… stated that Mexico’s plastics market is on the rise. The plastics industry is anticipated to increase by double figures by the beginning of 2012. Martínez said in an Anipac press release, “The industry will grow 9 percent this year, despite the fact that in the past four months it has suffered a slowdown because of the difficult economic climate.” The country has seen an impressive increase in the reliance on recycling in Mexico.
Martínez urged the municipal, state, and federal governments of Mexico to stay on the path of advocating recycling in Mexico. The insistence on recycling as an important ecological move for Mexico is marked by the fact that 17 percent of all waste in Mexico in the last couple months has been recycled. Martínez stated, “In Mexico 3.8 million tones of plastic garbage are discarded every year…but only 1.3 million tones of it are recycled.” He went on to say, “A culture of garbage separation should be taken for granted by Mexican society but we’re getting there gradually.”
Tucked away and virtually unknown by the global tourist community, Holbox Island, sequestered in the middle of the pristine Caribbean Sea just 26 miles northwest of Cancun, is a natural safe haven for the world’s largest known fish, the whale shark, pelicans, many exotic birds, and pink flamingos. Less… than 1,000 individuals inhabit the beautiful island, making it a veritable sanctuary for a variety of different animal and plant species. The isolated Holbox Island, located near the northeastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula, features 21 square miles of stunning shallow waters, sandy beaches, and jungles. In addition, the island is nearly car free and the locals rely on transportation by foot or golf cart. There’s a beautiful naturalistic simplicity of living on Holbox Island that’s both refreshing and intriguing to visitors.
As well as the impressive wildlife that exists on the island, it’s also known for its extraordinary dining options and rich cultural history. Holbox Island includes colorful and unique seafood restaurants, as well as a variety of charming hotels for visitors. Tourists who embark on the journey of visiting Holbox Island can partake in a number of activities on the island including kite boarding, snorkeling, whale shark diving, and bird watching. Holbox Island is also recognized by the Mexican government as the only port to offer individuals the opportunity of whale shark diving.
Cozumel, the largest Caribbean Island and busiest cruise port, is often overlooked as a great place for retirement in Mexico. However, the… island is known for being a very safe, beautiful, and peaceful place.
“Cozumel is the safest place to visit in Mexico, and is most likely much safer than the city where you currently live,” says Ric Hajovsky, who lived on the island from 1977 to 1990. He and his wife returned to Mexico for a job, but have recently returned to Cozumel for retirement in Mexico.
Cozumel is also home to a number of beautiful natural wonders. Naturally, the Caribbean Sea and white beaches are a must see. However, the island is also home to the Great Mesoamerican Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Sea turtles, giant lobsters, and green eels are only some of the rich wildlife that can be seen near the reef. Tourists who prefer to stay dry can visit the seafood shacks and palapa-shaded restaurants along the coast. Turtle tours are also available.
Presidente Intercontinental Cozumel Resort and Spa is one of the most popular hotels on the island. When the hotel was completely destroyed in 2005 by Hurricane Wilma, everyone worked very hard to restore and reopen the resort. The resort reopened in late 2006 and featured new furnishing, whirlpools tubs, and other updated amenities. Hotel workers also worked to resort Mayan ruins and indigenous plant life.
The island is also known for contributing to the tolerance and peace in Mexico. In 2009, Cozumel was recognized by the International Committee for the Banner of Peace, a United National affiliated organization founded in 1935 to preserve humanity’s cultural wealth and celebrate the unity of diversity. In 2010, the Committee for 100 Cities for Peace recognized the islands efforts at promoting tolerance and peace in Mexico.
As one of the largest food and beverage companies worldwide, PepsiCo operates in more than 200 countries – with its largest international operations in Mexico and the United Kingdom. …
According to a recent Seeking Alpha article, the company has historically delivered healthy returns to its shareholders. For example, in 2011, the company’s dividend increased for the 39th consecutive year, from $1.89 to $2.06. This represented a 9 percent increase. Despite struggling global economies, PepsiCo reported solid results for the third quarter of 2011 – with revenue jumping up 13 percent, and operating profits up 7 percent.
PepsiCo makes more than just the popular beverage; its product portfolio now consists of many different brands, including Tropicana Juice, Gatorade, Lay’s Potato Chips, Diet Pepsi, Doritos, and Mountain Dew.
Earlier this month, Miami played host to Art Basel – a festival focused on all things related to design, fashion, art and music. As part of the festival, Craig Robins, CEO of Dacra and co-founder of Design Miami, was honoured by Montblanc at its 20th anniversary Culture Arts Patronage Awards for… his long-time support of the arts. As a Miami Beach native, he has been “at the forefront of city’s cultural and architectural resurgence for more than 25 years.”
He was honoured alongside an impressive list of winners from 12 countries, including: Yoko Ono (Japan), His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales (United Kingdom), Her Majesty Queen Sofia (Spain), Liao Chang Yong (China), Yoyo Maeght (France), Harald Falckenberg (Germany), Chung King Fai (Hong Kong), Andree Ruth Shammah (Italy), Young Dal Yoon (Korea), Aurelio Lopez Rocha (Mexico), and Valery Gergiev (Russia).
While the importance of preserving ancient traditions and indigenous languages has been noted in textbooks, there’s something else that’s worthy of preservation: seeds.
Despite what you may think, preserving seeds native to a certain locale is crucial to maintaining cultural identity and contributing to food supplies.
To tackle this challenge in Mexico, Guadalupe Ortiz founded Canasta de Semillas (Basket of Seeds) in 2002. The organisation is “committed to recovering, investigating, producing, gathering and distributing seeds of native varieties of vegetables.”
"We need to reclaim our seeds in order to ensure food security and face the challenges of climate change and the emergence of new pests," said Ortiz.
Regionally, Canasta de Semillas is working to create five seed reserves to be distributed to seven community seed banks, each of which will receive 100 to 200 seeds from 20 different plant varieties.
While seed saving, preservation and exchange are ancestral Mexican family farming practises, the work of Canasta de Semillas is taking the effort to a new level – generating food supplies and helping to ensure that crops are more resistant to the effects of climate change.
Buddy Holly’s thick-rimmed, black glasses have been dubbed by many as “rock’s first great fashion statement,” paving the way for many other legends to adopt a signature style of their own. However, what some may not know is that his iconic frames were inspired by fashion in Mexico City. …
Holly, a Lubbok, Texas, native with 20/800 vision in both eyes, went without glasses for years, for fear of tarnishing his rebellious reputation. That changed after Holly visited J. Davis Armistead, who was determined to find a solution for the rocker and was inspired by Phil Silvers on "The Phil Silvers Show," who wore heavy black frames to reinforce his character’s attributes.
Armistead knew instantly that these hip frames would be a perfect fit for the singer. Familiar with fashion in Mexico City, Armistead traveled there to get two pairs of frames: one in black, and one in amber. As we all know, Holly chose the black, and the rest is history.
Even after Holly’s tragic 1959 death in a plane crash, the frames carried on, creating a fashion sensation adopted by many, long after his passing.
Former University of California professor Louis Montrose was recently named the International Photographer of the Year for two of his portfolios: one depicting life in painted village in Burkina Faso, and the other chronicling the Dia de los Muertos Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico. …
Montrose is currently featuring several of the photos from the Dia de los Muertos Festival on his website. These include photos of children with painted faces partaking in the event. His site also includes other photos from Mexico, with an entire portfolio dedicated to the country.
As part of the award, Montrose will be given:
A unique showcase at the exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society in summer 2012 £1,000 prize Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium 5.5 and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 software
A Plastic Sandwich personalised leather iPad portfolio case, complete with iPad2, and a Lexar Professional 600x 32GB CompactFlash memory card + Lexar Professional Dual-Slot USB 3.0 card Reader
Photographers from approximately 90 countries submitted images for the 2011 contest. In addition to the grand prize, entrants from 20 countries received individual category awards. The winning images can be viewed here: http://www.tpoty.com.
Evergreen wreaths. Pinecones. Miniature rosemary trees. This time of year, these are the types decorative accents we start to see popping up in grocery shops. However, it’s a little known fact that one of the season’s most popular holiday plants, the Poinsettia, isn’t from the… North Pole – it’s from Mexico. This native Mexican plant is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, a former American Minister to Mexico who discovered it in 1828.
While Poinsettias look great near Christmas stockings, or as part of a centerpiece, their flowering patterns are sometimes disrupted when placed in the home. To keep your plant healthy for the holidays and beyond, a recent Examiner article gives a little background about these tropical plants and how to care for them.
When cultivated, plants generally begin to flower if they experience darkness for more than 12 hours; if Poinsettias experience light for more than 12 hours, they grow without flowering. However, when we have them in our homes, the natural cycle of growth can become disrupted.
To keep your Poinsettia looking healthy year-round, keep it on a warm, south-facing windowsill, where it will get the natural daylight required. From April to January, make sure it gets plenty of water and feed. During the spring months, move the plant to a less sunny location, and reduce the amount of water it receives.
Follow these steps and who knows, your Poinsettia could just make it to Christmas 2012!
According to "The Evolving Workforce" survey conducted by Dell and Intel, Mexico, China and other developing economies are shifting to server virtualisation faster than the United States and the United Kingdom.
"The virtualisation rates are lowest where there are the highest legacy systems," said Bryan Jones, director of European marketing at Dell. He continued, saying that developing countries find it easier to be innovative by creating new systems, because there are no legacy systems in place.
As such, the U.K. is falling behind when it comes to technological innovations, due to restrictions on what employees can download, and what types of software they can use.
According to the survey, 83 percent of Mexicans and 76 percent of Brazilians believe that it’s good when "technology and the Internet to allow [them] to do business in different ways," compared with 43 percent of U.K. workers and 46 percent of U.S. workers.
Regarding technology in developing economies, Bryan Jones commented, "Organisations that provide technology freedoms and flexibility will not only be seen as desirable places to work, but at a competitive advantage."