Hi, my name is Canucka and I have an addiction to the news. On a daily basis I read news from the national papers of Mexico, the local papers of Quintana Roo and the international news from Canadian news sources. I started reading the Mexican news as a way to improve my Spanish, but I find now that I am very interested in following ongoing stories and knowing what is happening in my community. On the days I have less time for reading, I will give up the international and national news, but I always find a way to at least catch up on the headlines of Cancun and Quintana Roo. Luckily Twitter and my Google reader keep it simple for me, I can sort the news based on category and read all the headlines, clicking further on the stories that interest me. I tried to take a "news free day" yesterday as I was feeling a bit world weary, but of course the headlines caught my eye and I cheated, but just a little! Feeling better today, I've delved into the "noticias" (news) and thought I would share a few of the stories I found.
1. Mexico Says Death Toll is Falling- Reuters and other sources are reporting that the number of people killed in cartel violence in Mexico is 25% lower in the first three months of the year than it was in the last three month period of 2008. It's still significantly higher than the previous year, with 1600 murders reported between January and March 2009 and 850 deaths between January and March of 2008, but any reduction in the number of casualties has to be seen as a positive step forward.
2. US and Mexico working together to fight drug cartels- Officials from both sides of the border are in meetings in Cuernavaca to discuss plans and coordinate efforts in the battle against the drug cartels and the violence at the border. It seems that talks are progressing slowly, no formal actions have been takien though both countries have the desire to stop drugs from entering the United States and guns and money from entering Mexico.
3. Cancun police have new reasons to stop drivers- Starting April 15th, Cancun police officers will be directed to stop cars carrying three or more men, cars with polarized windows and cars with out of state license plates with the intention of preventing deliquency and crime.
4. Canadian tourist drowns in Tulum- A sad story from Tulum this week, a Canadian man has lost his life in the Caribbean Sea. According to Noticaribe, the man's widow has said that he was intoxicated and entered the water in a restricted zone. Please, respect the sea, watch for red flags and posted warnings and do not drink and swim, tragedies such as these can be avoided.
5. Cozumel protests the extraction of sand for the beach recovery project- It comes as no surprise that the beach recovery project has hit another snag. The proposal for the project has sand being dredged from the north end of Cozumel, but environmentalists and local politicians are protesting the move, saying that the environmental impact has not been thoroughly studied or discussed. 80% of the sand required for replenishing the beaches of Cancun and Playa del Carmen is supposed to come from the Cozumel area. The protests will add yet another delay to this huge undertaking.
6. Mexico fires second coach in a year- With yet another loss under the belt of the national soccer team of Mexico, the organization has fired Sven-Goran Eriksson, the man they had hoped would revitalize the program. Eriksson was dismissed after the 3-1 loss against Honduras and no new coach has been hired. The Mexican Soccer Federation plans to have a new trainer in place before the next World Cup qualifying match in June. (eta: Just announced, the team has hired Javier Aguirre to replace Eriksson).
That's just a taste of what I've been reading today, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the issues. Love the news? Hate the news? Bored to tears by the news? Let me know what you think!
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