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News for the Week of June 27, 2016

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Cozumel Arrivals: 17 Ships this Week
6/26 - Numbers improve this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals show 17 ships registered to dock for the last week of June 2016. This is 6 more than the number of ships last week and 3 less than the "20 in port" which marks a "high season" number. As the Summer season gets underway for 2016, an estimated 51,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 3.6 million dollars behind in the local economy.

High season for cruise ship arrivals typically runs from November 15 - April 15 each year with the remaining 7 months of the year considered "low season."

This week Puerta Maya pier will be host to 11 ships docking there, 3 ships will dock at TMM/SSA International pier while Punta Langosta pier will see 3 arrivals and the downtown San Miguel pier will have -0- arrivals with passengers tendering in.

This week begins with 4 ships docking on Monday, 3 on Tuesday, 3 ships Wednesday, 3 on Thursday, 2 on Friday and then Saturday will bring 2 ships in port and Sunday will see -0- ships in port.

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Quintana Roo Leader of Teen Pregnancies in Mexico
National statistics for prevention of teenage births in 2015 put the state of Quintana Roo in first place of teen pregnancies nationwide, with 96.4 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 19. According to La Jornada, the State of Quintana Roo in the Yucatan Peninsula is where more women come from to visit Mexico City to interrupt pregnancy in a legal manner.

According to Areli Sánchez Flores, Director of the non-profit “Service for Sexual Education and Health, adolescent pregnancy has a multifactorial problem: lack of comprehensive sex education, inadequate information, and gender and culture. "If no one makes a contribution to this dilemma, the rate of pregnancies among young women will rise” stated the official. He added that there is an important gender gap that has to be worked on. Women's education is still limited and this is the main blame for pregnancies in youth.
Quintana Roo Not in the Top 10 for a Smoke Free Environment
Quintana Roo is not among the 11 institutions that have joined efforts with the Convention frame of the World Health Organization (WHO) against the fight of smoking, said Juan Zínzer Sierra, President of the Mexican Council Against Tobacco (FCTC), in an interview with the Quintana Roo news.

While there is an advance at the national level, strategies for smoking prevention in Quintana Roo have not been sufficient. In the Southeast States, Tabasco is the only State that has been recognized by their campaigns and their measures against this addiction. As of now, 40% of the country has smoke-free enclosed public places. Some of these States are Morelos, State of Mexico, Baja California Sur, Northern Baja California, Sinaloa and Tabasco, among others. The official said that the most important thing should be to remove the advertising of tobacco since this is a measure to promote the damage caused by the consumption of tobacco. In the framework of the worldwide “No tobacco day”, he said that no progress has been made in the past five years. On the contrary, the law initiative for the Tobacco Control that would make Mexico "#LibreDeHumo” (smoke free) has stopped.

This year the campaign calls on Governments to prepare their laws and adopt new measures of neutral and generic packaging, as Austria, United Kingdom, Great Britain and France did, and the first approach in these measures in Latin America is Chile. According to the national survey of addiction in 2015, in the last 20 years the prevalence of smoking has gradually declined slightly more than 5%.
Cozumel's "Fundadores" Beat "Delta Airlines" at Football
Cozumel continues to strive as being known as the "Island of sports", after performing successfully, the exchange of sports among the "Fundadores" of Cozumel against the international "Delta Airlines" team.

A sports clinic was held aimed at children and young people who are active in the Municipal Youth and Children's Football League. The activities were carried out at the “Independencia" sports complex in which members of the international team of Delta Airlines presented to about 30 Marines, messages of motivation, as well as the experiences that football has given them since they joined the project. A practice took place where the players showed their skills with the ball, while the crowd applauded this important event which was considered as an exchange of International affairs.

During the game, both teams showed an excellent level of play. The “Fundadores" reached victory with a score of 4-3 against “Delta Airlines". The teams committed themselves to plan an International Tournament next year on the island.
INAH Rescues Cozumel's Mayan Ruins
“An investment of approximately 800,000 pesos will be spent in the "rehabilitation" of some Mayan ruins in Cozumel this year”, stated Adriana Velázquez Morlet, Associate of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). Although the exact details are limited, there are several ruins in decline.

The work will begin throughout the East Coast’s archaeological sites with just cleaning out the weeds adjacent to ruins of '' Castillo Real '' near the lighthouse of Punta Molas and others located along the way. This and other ruins are located at the edge of the jungle and people can come to visit them. There is no protective boundary and this contributes to the deterioration along with natural decay and neglect.

Maintenance work will be done first on “Castillo Real” since it is the site needing more attention and then they will try to do the same with the rest of the smaller sites that are in that same area such as “El Caracol” at Punta Sur ,which is sectioned off so that visitors cannot touch it .
The City Meets Regarding Another Marine Terminal
Organizations of civil society, academics and people associated with the defense of the environment, asked the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) to conduct a public meeting on the project "Bank Beach Maritime Terminal" promoted by the Port Authority (IPA) of Quintana Roo, in order to know more about the project element details about the construction and the anticipated impacts, as well as measures to mitigate them.

This cross-sectoral group made a call to Semarnat saying that they will not authorize more works of this type in a destination that is already saturated and that a new infrastructure would cause the beaches, reefs, the ecosystems, the quality of life of the inhabitants of the region, as well as the tourist destination to suffer greatly.

The promoters of the public information meeting highlighted that it is required to prepare a detailed scientific study to determine the effect that would happen on the current physical barrier if a new pier was created and the transit of cruises in the Northwest area of the island. This is the area where conch larvae develop (Strombus gigas) and is also breeding grounds of eagle rays (Aetobatus narinari) each winter. They noted that this could also affect deposits of sand to beaches of Quintana Roo due to a large movement of sediments. This action has been demonstrated by the loss of beaches that has affected destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Cozumel, to the point that the Federal Government has had to implement a program of restoration of beaches.

Those who align themselves with this statement requested to Semarnat and the Government of the State of Quintana Roo, the emphasis of conservation of one of the most valuable ecosystems of the world here in Mexico.
Discovery of a Strange Noise in the Sea That Can Reach Space
Normally, the ocean floor in the tropics is very quiet and that is what British scientists expected to find when they set out to study the Caribbean Sea, but what they discovered was something very rare. "Instead of finding a quiet ocean floor, we found large and unexplained fluctuations," stated BBC News researcher Chris Hughes of the University of Liverpool.

The objective of the study was to analyze the variations of masses in the oceans and so the Hughes team used existing models to study the currents of the Caribbean. Soon, then realized that didn't work. "Since this cavity is open, the sound radiates outward and that is what you hear." The scientists reviewed the readings of sea levels and pressure of the seabed from 1958 until 2013, as well as the tides and measurements taken by satellites of gravity in that area, it was discovered that these oscillations were not the product of a mistake, but they were happening in real life. The oscillations generated a sound very similar to the of electrical vibration, at a rate so low that it may not be captured by the human ear, but so powerful that might be detected from space by the Grace of the NASA satellite.

The sound of this great wave, known as the wave of Rossby, travels from East to West through the Caribbean Sea. "Since the Caribbean Sea is partially open, it causes an exchange of water with the rest of the ocean" The tour lasts about 120 days and when it disappears on the West Coast it appears in the Far East to pass through the region. The study published in Geophysical Research Letters indicates that this wave interacts on the ocean floor, making the buzzing sound. Hughes explained that "when you breathe, it creates a buzz, the Jet of air becomes unstable and excites wave resonant sound that fits in the cavity of the buzz. Since this cavity is open, the sound radiates outward and this is what you hear." The expert pointed out that in a similar way, this is what happens in the Caribbean. Studying this phenomenon will serve to predict floods in the region. "Because the Caribbean Sea is partially open, it causes an exchange of water with the rest of the ocean, allowing us to 'hear' the resonance with instruments to measure the severity," he added.

And the reason that this only occurs in this part of the planet, is due to three factors: "is a relatively small watershed, the wave passes through the region, and most importantly, that the current of the West makes for instability," according to the resulting resonance which becomes buzz.

Understanding how this phenomena works allows us to predict how oceans will respond to climatic variations in the future.
Mexico: Journalists Under Siege as 2 More Die
6/24 - Less than 24 hours after the death of a journalist in Oaxaca, a reporter in Tamaulipas state has been killed by a group of armed men. She is the eighth journalist killed in Mexico this year.

On the morning of June 20, journalist and teacher Zamira Esther Bautista, 44, was shot while in her car outside of her home in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas state in northeastern Mexico. According to Proceso, Bautista was a freelance journalist and teacher, but had covered the social section in newspapers El Mercurio and La Verdad de Ciudad Victoria. A cartulina left with the journalist attempted to link her to members of a criminal group in the city, according to a statement from the state government. The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) explained that these types of notes are common in the city and state “as means of seeking to discredit citizens and justify ‘the settling of accounts.’”

Proceso reported that she was killed at 6:30AM:as she was entering her car to go to shool to her teaching job. It reported that seconds later a group of armed men in another car drove up and shot her. Bautista’s murder comes just one day after that of Elidio Ramos Zárate, who was killed in Oaxaca reportedly while photographing a robbery in-progress at a convenience store. Zárate had been covering the intense confrontations between police and teachers in that state.

Teachers in Oaxaca have been protesting reforms for about a week. On June 19, violence came to a head as police tried to clear a roadblock in Nochixtlan where authorities would later say 6 were killed. Ramos Zárate was killed in nearby Juchitán. Ivonne Flores, editor of El Sur, said in an interview with Radio Fórmula that a group of masked men threatened Ramos Zárate and other co-workers on June 18 in order to stop them covering the violence, according to Animal Politico.

The journalist reported that there are no conditions for working in the state of Oaxaca. “We are exposed to all (…) and we cannot do our work, we cannot freely take a photo, cover material as it should be done, to keep society informed,” Flores said, according to Animal Politico.
Proceso also reported that with these cases "more than 15 journalists killed in Tamaulipas since 2010 to date, and about 17 are missing. Tamaulipas is the only state in Mexico where organized crime groups have banned journalists from writing about violence and crime.

In 2015, Mexico saw an attack against journalists every 22 hours, according to the annual report from freedom of expression organization called "Article 19 Mexico" which left more than 400 journalists affected.

The other reporters killed this year are: Manuel Torres (May 14), Francisco Pacheco Beltran (April 25), Moses Dagdug Lutzow (February 20), Anabel Flores Salazar (February 8), Reinel Martinez Cerqueda (January 22 ) and Marcos Hernandez Bautista (January 21).

Source: By Teresa Mioli Proceso & Journalism in the Americass
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April 15, 2016 (Most Recent) Comprehensive Mexico Travel Warning
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