Sí Here Business Report

Edition #1 : September 25th, 2017
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Deadly Earthquake Could Cost Mexico US $10 Billion, One Percent of Its GDP from panampost.com : Mexico

The September 19 earthquake that hit Mexico could cost the country up to one percent of its Gross Domestic Product, according to an estimate by the United States Geological Survey, with the impact of the damages reaching as high as US $10 billion. Jaime Reusche, an analyst for Latin America and Mexico at Moody’s, said that despite the earthquake, they are still forecasting a growth of 2. 1 percent for 2017 and 2. 5 percent for the year after.

Puerto Rico faces tough choices in restoring power supply from marketplace.org : Puerto Rico

The entire island of Puerto Rico is still without power today in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Local officials said it could take months to repair the damage and restore full service. And it won't be easy. The utility was already around $9 billion in debt before the hurricane and had filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. Now, there's a big repair bill and the problem of deciding who gets power back first. Puerto Rico's economy can't recover unless the businesses it depends on have electricity. But should they get priority over, say schools or residential areas?

Aspen Needs Mexican Tourists - They’ve been staying away, and ‘Trump is the No. 1 reason.’ from wsj.com : Colorado

My company runs four ski areas, two hotels and more than a dozen restaurants in Aspen and Snowmass, Colo. At peak season, we employ roughly 4,000 people. Foreign visitors are crucial to our business—and we have a problem. Last year visitation to Aspen by Mexicans dropped 30% compared with the 2015-16 ski season. Bookings for 2017-18 aren’t looking much better. There are multiple reasons, but the xenophobia radiating from the Oval Office ranks at the top. As the head of the Mexico City public-relations firm that promotes. . .

Eight themes from the report Ad Age Hispanic Facts In 2017 from mediapost.com

The annual “Ad Age Hispanic Fact Pack” just came out and it provides an interesting snapshot of the Hispanic market in the United States. Aside from celebrating the best Hispanic advertising work and the top players in the industry, there are always thought-provoking nuggets of data that provide deeper insights into trends in the Hispanic marketplace.

Colombia’s musicians step in to take Puerto Rico’s reggaeton crown from elpais.com : Colombia

Led by artists such as J Balvin, the country is breathing new life into the blend of hip hop and Caribbean music

Former BBC Worldwide exec is taking the reins at mitú, a digital media company focused on the Hispanic audience from techcrunch.com

Chalk up another coup for digital media hiring as the media company mitú, focused on digitally distributed content for Hispanic audiences, has managed to score the longtime entertainment executive Herb Scannell as its new chief executive.

Pandora Reveals Top Latin Genres by City (And No. 1 Is Not Reggaeton) from billboard.com

Christian music tops the list in New York and Miami; cumbia sonidera and rock en español reign in L. A.

Sunday political talk shows barely cover Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico from mediamatters.org : Puerto Rico

The entire island is without power, a dam is in danger of bursting, and Sunday political talk shows talked about it for less than a minute

How Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Threatens to Choke Idaho’s Dairy Industry Magazine from politico.com : Idaho

In short, the Magic Valley’s dairy boom is a contemporary rural American success story—the kind that President Donald Trump railed as a candidate is too often missing across the country. Unemployment here was less than 3 percent this summer, about as good as it gets, and optimism should be high. Yet on dairy farms, among both owners and workers, a sense of dread hangs in the dry southern Idaho air.

These Four VCs Share How They Find Diverse Founders To Invest In from fastcompany.com

There’s more than one way to identify promising women and LGBTQ founders and founders of color, many of whom are solving problems others aren’t even thinking about.

Chilean startup ComparaOnline raises $14 million for its financial education tools for Latin America from techcrunch.com : Chile

now backed by private equity firm Bamboo Capital Partners and the International Finance Corp. , the investment arm of the World Bank Group, pitches financial educational tools to consumers in Brazil, Chile, and Colombia. For now, the company is focused on informational services for car and travel insurance, consumer loans and credit cards. These businesses are all new to Latin America, but are growing quickly in the region.

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO from skift.com : Latin America

With its IPO on Wednesday, Despegar became the world’s seventh-largest online travel company by market cap. Its bosses talk a good game. But its major markets may have near-term hiccups ahead.

Sanctuary Family Comedy In Works At ABC, Immigration Projects Hot from deadline.com

Written by David Feeney (New Girl, 2 Broke Girls) and to be directed by Christine Gernon (Speechless, New Girl), the comedy revolves around a hard-bitten husband and empathetic wife who butt heads over the chaos created when they provide sanctuary for their undocumented nanny and her family — and come to learn, if their marriage survives, that the differences both families have aren’t as significant as their similarities. Feeney and Gernon executive produce for 20th Century Fox TV.

PR Hispanicize Wire Offers Free Releases for Companies Helping Victims in Mexico, Puerto Rico & Caribbean from hispanicizewire.com

Latino-owned and operated Hispanicize Wire, a multimedia press release distribution service targeting the U. S. Hispanic market, announced that the company will offer free services to companies, organizations and government agencies that are aiding victims from the earthquake in Mexico City, Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean in general. The complimentary services will be available through Friday, September 29 by emailing newsroom@hispanicizewire. com.

A Mexican TV Network Used a Simpsons Episode to Criticize a Competitor’s Sensational Earthquake Coverage. re Frida Sofia from slate.com : Mexico

According to Regeneración, TV Azteca trolled Televisa on Thursday by broadcasting the 1992 Simpsons episode “Radio Bart,“ in which Bart tricks the good people of Springfield into believing that an orphan boy named Timmy O’Toole is trapped down a well. Much like Frida Sofia, “Timmy” is covered extensively by Kent Brockman’s Channel 6 News, earning the prayers and sympathy of the entire town—prayers and sympathy that turn to outrage when Bart’s prank is revealed. The episode, which has been named among the Simpsons’ 10 best, featured one of the show's most memorable songs, a Sting-Krusty benefit song entitled, "We're Sending Our Love Down the Well. "

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Special Section: Mexico's Earthquake

Mexico earthquake death toll rises to 320 from abc7.com : Mexico

Five days after the deadly magnitude 7. 1 earthquake, the hulking wreckage of what used to be a seven-story office building is one of the last hopes: one of the few sites where searchers believe they may still find someone trapped alive in Mexico City.

Facebook donates $1 million to aid victims of catastrophic earthquake in Mexico from money.cnn.com : Mexico

The tech giant said in addition to its gift to Cruz Roja Mexicana, a branch of the International Red Cross, it is working with the United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, to waive fees on donations made on UNICEF's Facebook page.

Mexico City Sport Director Says No Major Damage to Estadio Azteca in Earthquake from bleacherreport.com : Mexico

Contrary to initial reports, the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City did not sustain significant damage as a result of the magnitude 7. 1 earthquake that hit Central Mexico on Tuesday. In a since-deleted tweet, Emilio Leon of Fox Sports (via USA Today's Kevin Spain) shared a photo of the Azteca's exterior, which appeared to show a fracture.

Phoenix Trade Office Damaged By Mexico City Earthquake from fronterasdesk.org : Arizona : Mexico

But the most recent temblor damaged the interior of Phoenix’s third-floor trade office located in the San Angel neighborhood in the southwestern part of Mexico City, Ahlers said. “What we know of, is that there is basically cosmetic damage,” Ahlers said. “But of course, we’re still gathering information to see whether there is any further damage to the structure that would cause the office to close for a time. ”

Telemundo Airs Special for Disaster Victims In Puerto Rico and Mexico from adweek.com : Mexico

elemundo will host a four-hour special to support the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico across all affiliates on September 24.

Univision and Telemundo To Raise Funds (Separately) for Mexico and Puerto Rico from billboard.com : Mexico

Univision and Telemundo have announced the dates of their telethons in order to raise funds for survivors of the earthquake in Mexico, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and also for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the U. S. In fact, many expected a union between both networks in solidarity with all Latinos.

Mexican Grand Prix organisers determined to have race as planned after earthquake from espn.com : Mexico

Mexican Grand Prix officials say there is no concern over the status of this year's race, which they now believe has added importance after the devastating earthquake that hit the capital this week.

PR LBI Media Creates Fundraising Site to Help Victims of Mexico Earthquake from hispanicizewire.com : Mexico

LBI Media, the fastest growing, minority owned Spanish-language broadcasting company in the U. S. announced today that it has established a fundraising site to support the relief efforts for the victims of the Mexico earthquake. The web site to make donations is www. youcaring. com/TodosConMexico.

PR Telemundo’s Don Francisco And Celebrities Join Forces In 4-Hour Prime Time Special For Mexico And from prnewswire.com : Mexico

Hosted by International Media Icon Mario Kreutzberger, "Don Francisco," the Four-Hour Special Airing Live from Miami, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Houston and Los Angeles, will Feature Celebrities to Help Raise Awareness and Funds for the Recovery of Mexico and Puerto Rico Victims with the Red Cross Through www. elpoderenti. com/cruzroja and 1-800-596-6567

Are the two Mexican earthquakes connected – and are more on the way? from theguardian.com : Mexico

Two earthquakes have hit Mexico within two weeks, both occurring on the Cocos tectonic plate. But are they related, and could Mexico face more tremors?

Uber Helps Mexico Earthquake Efforts with Free Rides from nearshoreamericas.com : Mexico

Uber is today (Wednesday) offering free travel to more than 600 collection centers, hostels, and hospitals in Mexico to aid in the earthquake rescue efforts.

Mexico Tourism Board: 'Mexico is Still Open For Business' from travelpulse.com : Mexico

According to a short statement released by the Mexico Tourism Board, both international airports in Mexico City and Puebla are fully operational and attractions in Puebla, Morelos and Mexico City are open and ready to receive visitors, despite damages being reported.

WTTC sets up task force to help Mexico recover from earthquake from wttc.org : Mexico

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) sends heartfelt sympathies to the people of Mexico City, Morelos and Puebla who have been affected by the tragic earthquake on Tuesday, 19 September.

In quick follow to Mexican earthquake, a new tourism campaign from travelweekly.com : Mexico

Mexico's secretary of tourism, Enrique de la Madrid, was en route to Tourism Expo Japan, aka JATA, when news reached him that a strong earthquake had shaken Mexico City. He landed and, as quickly as possible, returned home.

Is It Safe to Visit Mexico After the Earthquake? (Video) from travelandleisure.com : Mexico

Travelers should check directly with their hotel or rental, as many buildings escaped the earthquake relatively unscathed. Most tourist destinations, including museums and restaurants, are still open, according to the Mexico Tourism Board.

A Mexican TV Network Used a Simpsons Episode to Criticize a Competitor’s Sensational Earthquake Coverage. re Frida Sofia from slate.com : Mexico

According to Regeneración, TV Azteca trolled Televisa on Thursday by broadcasting the 1992 Simpsons episode “Radio Bart,“ in which Bart tricks the good people of Springfield into believing that an orphan boy named Timmy O’Toole is trapped down a well. Much like Frida Sofia, “Timmy” is covered extensively by Kent Brockman’s Channel 6 News, earning the prayers and sympathy of the entire town—prayers and sympathy that turn to outrage when Bart’s prank is revealed. The episode, which has been named among the Simpsons’ 10 best, featured one of the show's most memorable songs, a Sting-Krusty benefit song entitled, "We're Sending Our Love Down the Well. "

Mexico City Quake Jolts Complacency Over Code Enforcement from nytimes.com : Mexico

Although the new codes now rank among the world’s best, their enforcement is deeply flawed and uneven, according to interviews with scholars, officials and building inspectors. Building inspections have essentially been outsourced to a network of private engineers who are hired and paid for by the developers, creating conflicts of interest that can undermine even the best standards.

Quake scares tourists from Mexico City's trendy heart from au.news.yahoo.com : Mexico

Tourism to Mexico City was dealt a harsh blow by this week's deadly quake, scaring off visitors and resulting in thousands of hotel cancellations in a central zone that is normally the buzzing, trendy heart of the city.

Quake Threatens to Cause Flight From Mexico City’s Hip Neighborhoods from nytimes.com : Mexico

When Fernando Bustos moved to Mexico City years ago, he had no doubt about where to live. The Roma and Condesa neighborhoods – sidewalk cafes, hip restaurants, thriving art and music, storied architecture – had captured his imagination.

Mexican peso hits 2-week lows on quake-related concerns from reuters.com : Mexico

The Mexican peso fell to two-week lows versus the dollar on Thursday as news of extensive damage and human toll across central Mexico in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake revived concerns about the economy slowing further.

Deadly Earthquake Could Cost Mexico US $10 Billion, One Percent of Its GDP from panampost.com : Mexico

The September 19 earthquake that hit Mexico could cost the country up to one percent of its Gross Domestic Product, according to an estimate by the United States Geological Survey, with the impact of the damages reaching as high as US $10 billion. Jaime Reusche, an analyst for Latin America and Mexico at Moody’s, said that despite the earthquake, they are still forecasting a growth of 2. 1 percent for 2017 and 2. 5 percent for the year after.

PR FIBRA Macquarie México Provides Update on Its Portfolio Following Recent Earthquake from businesswire.com : Mexico

FIBRA Macquarie México (FIBRA Macquarie) (BMV: FIBRAMQ) announced today that inspections of its 30 industrial and 10 retail properties in the greater Mexico City and Puebla vicinity have determined that none have major structural damage. A limited number of properties have minor damage which is not expected to cause any material operational issues for FIBRAMQ’s customers.

PR Western Union Supports Mexico Earthquake Relief Efforts from businesswire.com : Mexico

Company Offers Fee-Free Money Transfers and with the Western Union Foundation Provides US $30,000 to Save the Children Foundation in Mexico

PR A.M. Best Comments on Impact to Insurance Industry Following Central Mexico Earthquake from businesswire.com : Mexico

While A. M. Best expects Mexico insurers to experience elevated claims activity following a magnitude 7. 1 earthquake that struck near Mexico City on Sept. 19, 2017, conservative retention levels by primary insurers and well-placed reinsurance coverage should help mitigate industry losses.

PR Taylor Devices Announces That Its Dampers Helped Protect The Torre Mayor Building In Mexico City from prnewswire.com : Mexico

The Torre Mayor building was completed in 2003 and was the tallest building, at 57 floors, in Mexico City when constructed. It is now the third highest building and utilizes 98 large Taylor Devices' dampers for seismic protection; 24 of these dampers are rated at 600 tons output force each and the remaining 74 (dampers) are rated at 300 tons output force each. These dampers can be seen through the glass exterior of the building in many photos. [Picture attached]

PR Bachoco Announces No Material Damages and Reinforces its Commitment with Communities Affected by Earthquakes in Mexico from prnewswire.com : Mexico

Industrias Bachoco S. A. B. de C. V. ("Bachoco" or "the Company") (NYSE: IBA; BMV: Bachoco), Mexico's leading producer and processor of poultry and other food products, announced today that there are no material damages in its facilities after the earthquakes of September 7th and 19th, 2017, that occurred in the southern and central regions of Mexico and continues its normal operations.

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Special Section: Puerto Rico's Hurricane

Puerto Rico: 11 years in recession and now no electricity from money.cnn.com : Puerto Rico

The total extent of the damage isn't known yet, but the visuals are telling: Roofs blown off, flooded streets, shattered windows, debris and remnants of palm trees strewn about. It was the strongest hurricane to hit the island since 1932. Estimates of the financial toll are likely to start coming in over coming days. But the price tag will be large.

Puerto Rico debt problems confound hurricane recovery from marketplace.org : Puerto Rico

How do you get an already beaten-down economy back up and running when there's literally no electricity? By mid-day Wednesday the entire island of Puerto Rico was without power in the wake of Hurricane Maria. There's massive flooding and damage to buildings, public infrastructure and the power grid. And the ramifications are going to play out over the long economic term.

Puerto Rico’s bondholders worried after Hurricane Maria turns out lights from marketwatch.com : Puerto Rico

Debt oversight board had rejected a $9 billion restructuring deal this summer

PR The PepsiCo Foundation Gives $2 Million To Help Communities In Mexico City And Puerto Rico Recover from prnewswire.com : Puerto Rico

$1,000,000 to the American Red Cross for recovery from the earthquake in Mexico City and for relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean after Hurricane Maria. $1,000,000 to the Pan American Development Foundation to rebuild greater disaster-resilient communities in the Mexico City area and Puerto Rico.

Why would anyone in Puerto Rico want a hurricane? Because someone will get rich. from washingtonpost.com : Puerto Rico

How tax breaks and a quasi-colonial status make the island vulnerable to disasters.

Chubb sends claims executives to Puerto Rico from bnamericas.com : Puerto Rico

Global insurance giant Chubb said it was working proactively in Puerto Rico to facilitate claims processes following Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico flights resume after Hurricane Maria from money.cnn.com : Puerto Rico

A handful of flights are returning to Puerto Rico, two days after Hurricane Maria battered the island. The largest airport there, Luis Muñoz Marín International, reopened to some commercial traffic on Friday. Aerostar Puerto Rico, which manages the airport, said it suffered only limited damage.

The Storms Moved On. The Caribbean Islands Fear the Tourists Might, Too. from nytimes.com : Latin America

In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, cruise ports and airports throughout the Caribbean are closed, beachside bars are flooded and, on many islands, tourists are absent. And the risk of a far longer term ripple effect looms, threatening the region’s ability to rebuild: Without a steady influx of cash from tourists, businesses suffer, employers cut back and local residents lose jobs; workers on especially hurricane-stricken islands could move elsewhere for opportunity, denting the local economy further.

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Media

Telemundo says it beat Univision, is now #1 Spanish-language broadcaster from fiercecable.com

cites Nielsen data that places it as the number one Spanish-language television network in the weekday 8 p. m. –11 p. m. primetime block among adults 18–49 and adults 18–34. The network also says it ranked among NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox during the season and outperformed all cable networks, except ESPN, in key demos.

Sunday political talk shows barely cover Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico from mediamatters.org : Puerto Rico

The entire island is without power, a dam is in danger of bursting, and Sunday political talk shows talked about it for less than a minute

A Mexican TV Network Used a Simpsons Episode to Criticize a Competitor’s Sensational Earthquake Coverage. re Frida Sofia from slate.com : Mexico

According to Regeneración, TV Azteca trolled Televisa on Thursday by broadcasting the 1992 Simpsons episode “Radio Bart,“ in which Bart tricks the good people of Springfield into believing that an orphan boy named Timmy O’Toole is trapped down a well. Much like Frida Sofia, “Timmy” is covered extensively by Kent Brockman’s Channel 6 News, earning the prayers and sympathy of the entire town—prayers and sympathy that turn to outrage when Bart’s prank is revealed. The episode, which has been named among the Simpsons’ 10 best, featured one of the show's most memorable songs, a Sting-Krusty benefit song entitled, "We're Sending Our Love Down the Well. "

Former BBC Worldwide exec is taking the reins at mitú, a digital media company focused on the Hispanic audience from techcrunch.com

Chalk up another coup for digital media hiring as the media company mitú, focused on digitally distributed content for Hispanic audiences, has managed to score the longtime entertainment executive Herb Scannell as its new chief executive.

PR Herb Scannell Named CEO of mitú, Leading Latino Digital Media Company from prnewswire.com

Scannell brings to the company a track record of successfully launching and scaling some of the most enduring franchises and innovative platforms in youth entertainment. During his tenure at Nickelodeon, Scannell oversaw the launch of iconic properties, including Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and Rugrats, all of which became multi-billion-dollar global licensing powerhouses. Nickelodeon under Scannell was the top-rated network in cable for 10 straight years. In addition to his role at Nickelodeon, Scannell was the Vice Chairman of MTV networks and oversaw adult brands Spike and TV Land, among other businesses.

Inclusivity Is Key Concern for Audiences, Reveals New Univision Study from variety.com

Univision Communications, Inc. has announced the results of a consumer attitude survey it conducted as part of an initiative to close the diversity gap in entertainment. The “Storytelling Unbound” research project was a national survey of approximately 2,000 film and TV consumers consisting of adults 18-49 with samples of Hispanics, African-Americans and Asians.

The USA Today Network spent 2 weeks in a helicopter to map the U.S./Mexico border from poynter.org

Last October, the editor of the Arizona Republic/azcentral stood in the press pit at a presidential rally for the Republican candidate. All around Nicole Carroll, people chanted "Build the wall, build the wall. ""I really felt in that moment, listening to that, you can think whatever you want, but our job is to help you have the information you need," she said.

Hurricane Maria: Radio station loses roof but stays on air from miamiherald.com : Puerto Rico

Normally, Rubén Sánchez would not interrupt a live interview with as prominent a newsmaker as Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. But Wednesday was anything but normal.

Univision and Telemundo To Raise Funds (Separately) for Mexico and Puerto Rico from billboard.com : Mexico

Univision and Telemundo have announced the dates of their telethons in order to raise funds for survivors of the earthquake in Mexico, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and also for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in the U. S. In fact, many expected a union between both networks in solidarity with all Latinos.

Univision, reVolver Ink Podcast Partnership from allaccess.com

UNIVISION COMMUNICATIONS INC. is teaming with reVOLVER PODCASTS to create exclusive Spanish-language podcasts. Under the partnership agreement, reVOLVER will create custom content for UNIVISION leveraging the latter's brands and talent. reVOLVER co-Founder STEPHEN HOBBS is joining UNIVISION as VP of Audio and Experiential Initiatives to develop shows to be included on UNIVISION's UFORIA digital platform.

Univision partners with reVolver, adds Hobbs in new VP role from mediamoves.com

As part of the agreement, reVolver co-founder Stephen Hobbs joins Univision as VP of Audio and Experiential Initiatives “to maximize content and revenue opportunities between both companies. ”

Charo Henríquez hired at NYT from mediamoves.com : New York

The New York Times has tapped digital media pro Charo Henríquez to join its new training unit aimed at making the paper’s entire newsroom learn how to “think digital” for more effective storytelling.

Univision CEO Holds Town Meeting at Texas Station Honoring ‘Selfless Dedication’ Of Employees from adweek.com : Texas

Univision CEO Randy Falco held a town hall meeting at the network’s Houston station, KXLN, to show support for employees who both covered and were affected by Hurricane Harvey as well as Hurricane Irma in Florida.

Michelle Albán leaves Telemundo from mediamoves.com

Michelle Albán, VP of Corporate Communications for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, is leaving the company after nearly 15 years.

PR EstrellaTV to Premiere 17th Season of ‘Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento’ from hispanicizewire.com

EstrellaTV, the fastest growing, minority owned Spanish language broadcasting network in the U. S. announced today that it will be premiering the 17th season of the country’s longest-running and most successful talent competition show “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento. ”

Univision is trying out WhatsApp to distribute news and information during hurricane emergencies from niemanlab.org

Meet your audiences where they are — in Univision’s case, preparing to weather a major storm, or evacuating in a car with only a phone in hand.

García named Elle magazine Editor-in-Chief from mediamoves.com

Nina García has returned to Elle after 9 years – but this time, as the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. She’ll report to Hearst Magazines Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles.

Without sleep and little food, Puerto Rico's weather service forecasters carry on from cnn.com : Puerto Rico

Stuck in their offices, lacking sleep, food and water and unable to check on their families and friends, the staff at the National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, remains focused on saving lives.

PR Univision Network, Undisputed Leader with Hispanics, is Set to Finish the 2016/2017 Season as the No. 1 Spanish-Language Network for the 25th Consecutive Time from businesswire.com

Ranks as the No. 1 Spanish-Language Network in All DaypartsUnivision Also Rounds Out Top Five Broadcast Networks, Regardless of Language, for the 14th Consecutive Season

#NBCLatino20: The Beat Reporter, Stephanie Medina from nbcnews.com

She writes for a hyperlocal newspaper that has attracted attention from coast to coast. She and her fellow reporters tackle subjects including the long commutes faced by high school students, gentrification, and the human cost of deportation. She is part of a news team has interviewed everyone from mayors to mural artists.

NALIP Latino Media Fest will take place at the AMC Century City 15 on September 26-27 from sefijaonline.com : California

The 2017 NALIP Latino Media Fest will take place at the AMC Century City 15 on September 26-27. The first annual Latino Media Fest is presented by Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo and additionally sponsored by FOX Inclusion, MPAA, Labo Digital, El Rey Network and venue sponsor AMC Independent.

Mexican TV Is Interfering with Rural Broadband in California from motherboard.vice.com : California

Indigenous peoples living on tribal lands are some of the most underserved people in the US when it comes to broadband. Many tribes share similar barriers no matter where they are in the country. But one group of tribes in southern California is using every tool it can think of, including using television spectrum to broadcast internet wirelessly. Unfortunately, they've run into one totally unique hurdle: TV channels are bleeding over the border from Mexico, and eating up their spectrum.

Pay-Per-View Party Crackdowns Target Latino Bars from thedailybeast.com

I spent a night with pay-per-view boxing investigators, who are told to target ‘Hispanic/Latino restaurants’ for their unauthorized watch parties—and ignore chains like Hooters.

HOLA! USA celebrates 1st Anniversary from hispanicad.com

HOLA! USA is enjoying a first full year of publishing targeting affluent U. S. Hispanic women.

PR ¡HOLA! TV joins Sling TV’s ’Best of Spanish TV’ lineup from prnewswire.com

¡HOLA! TV is now available in Sling TV's "Best of Spanish TV" for $10 per month when purchased on a standalone basis, or $5 per month when combined with a "Sling Orange" or "Sling Blue" subscription. Sling TV provides the most robust Spanish-language solution at an industry-leading price through its standalone and add-on programming packages and services, tailored to English-dominant, bilingual and Spanish-dominant U. S. households.

Meet the Four Women Leading NBC News’ Digital Diversity Coverage from wwd.com

NBC News is betting on a handful of diversity-focused verticals to broaden its digital audience. In recent years, the outlet has launched NBC Latino run by Sandra Lilley; NBC Asian America, led by Traci Lee; NBC Out, the company’s LGBTQ vertical, headed by Brooke Sopelsa, and NBC BLK, a vertical focusing on black America, run by Amber Payne.

PR Telemundo’s ’Todos Unidos’ Prime Time Special Adds The Support Of Jennifer Lopez, Chyno, Kate Del Castillo, Luis Fonsi, Rafael, Prince Royce, Alejandro Sanz, Roberto Tapia, Thalia And Daddy Yankee from prnewswire.com

Telemundo announced more top Latin music stars will join "Todos Unidos" (All Together), the network's television special hosted by international media icon, Mario Kreutzberger, Don Francisco, airing this Sunday, September 24 from 7-11 pm / 6-10 CT, in support of the victims of the recent natural disasters in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida. The live broadcast to be produced from Miami, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Houston and Los Angeles and airing simultaneously across Telemundo, the cable network Universo and the Telemundo Internacional Cable Channel in Mexico, will feature performances by Chyno, Elvis Crespo, Luis Fonsi, Ricardo Montaner, Ednita Nazario, Justin Quiles, Roberto Tapia, Noel Torres and Yuri. In addition, Jennifer Lopez, Miguel Bose, Kate del Castillo, Larry Hernandez, Rafael, Prince Royce, Alejandro Sanz, Thalia and Daddy Yankee will join to bring a message of hope in these moments of solidarity. To help collect funds for those affected donors can contribute to the Red Cross through www. elpoderenti. com/cruzroja and by calling 1-800-596-6567.

Univision names Núñez Regional News Director, ups Godinez to AND at KDTV from mediamoves.com

Effective today, Univision has promoted Carolina Núñez to VP, Regional News Director, responsible for the company’s newsrooms in the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento, Fresno and Bakersfield.

PR Telemundo Phoenix Names Hector Lagunas As Multimedia Journalist from broadwayworld.com : Arizona

Telemundo Phoenix / KTAZ announced today that Hector Lagunas has been named Video Journalist for Noticiero Telemundo Arizona for the station's weekday newscasts at 4PM, 4:30 PM, 5PM and 10 PM. The newscast is also simulcast on Telemundo Tucson / KHRR. Today is Hector's first day with Telemundo Phoenix and he will be making his on-air debut on Monday, September 25.

PR NBCUNIVERSAL OWNED TELEVISION STATIONS APPOINTS STACY OWEN PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF NBC BAY AREA AND TELEMUNDO 48 from nbcuniversal.com : California

NBCUniversal Owned Television stations, a division of NBCUniversal, announced today that Stacy Owen has been named President and General Manager of the Bay Area NBC and Telemundo-owned stations, KNTV and KSTS. In this role, Owen will lead NBCUniversal’s local television stations that serve English and Spanish-speaking viewers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Peruvian investigative journalism site launches initiative to promote use of transparency law among journalism students from knightcenter.utexas.edu : Peru

In its two years of existence, Peruvian site Convoca has produced investigative reports based on the law of transparency and access to information that were internationally awarded and even motivated a legislative change in Peru. Now, Convoca will use its expertise to help train the next generations of investigative journalists who will monitor those in power in the country.

In Mexico, ‘it is the state, not the cartels, that poses the biggest threat to journalists’ from cjr.org : Mexico

Journalists arrange pictures of slain Mexican colleague Candido Rios during a demonstration in Mexico City on August 24, 2017. Rios, 55, was the tenth journalist murdered in Mexico this year, and one of more than 100 killed since 2006 in a wave of violence that has made the country one of the most dangerous for the press.

Telemundo Airs Special for Disaster Victims In Puerto Rico and Mexico from adweek.com : Mexico

elemundo will host a four-hour special to support the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico across all affiliates on September 24.

PR LBI Media Creates Fundraising Site to Help Victims of Mexico Earthquake from hispanicizewire.com : Mexico

LBI Media, the fastest growing, minority owned Spanish-language broadcasting company in the U. S. announced today that it has established a fundraising site to support the relief efforts for the victims of the Mexico earthquake. The web site to make donations is www. youcaring. com/TodosConMexico.

PR Telemundo’s Don Francisco And Celebrities Join Forces In 4-Hour Prime Time Special For Mexico And from prnewswire.com : Mexico

Hosted by International Media Icon Mario Kreutzberger, "Don Francisco," the Four-Hour Special Airing Live from Miami, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Houston and Los Angeles, will Feature Celebrities to Help Raise Awareness and Funds for the Recovery of Mexico and Puerto Rico Victims with the Red Cross Through www. elpoderenti. com/cruzroja and 1-800-596-6567

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Marketing

Alma DDB Will Help MillerCoors Enter Mexican Import Market from adage.com

MillerCoors has picked Alma DDB to handle creative duties on Sol, a Mexican brew that the company is taking over from Heineken. Alma's selection strengthens MillerCoors ties with DDB Worldwide, coming two months after DDB Chicago won Miller Lite creative.

Eight themes from the report Ad Age Hispanic Facts In 2017 from mediapost.com

The annual “Ad Age Hispanic Fact Pack” just came out and it provides an interesting snapshot of the Hispanic market in the United States. Aside from celebrating the best Hispanic advertising work and the top players in the industry, there are always thought-provoking nuggets of data that provide deeper insights into trends in the Hispanic marketplace.

That's guacward! Georgia Love and Lee Elliott appear in blatant sponsored post for Mexican food from dailymail.co.uk

Just in queso you didn't know I Mexican't deal with being back from overseas! I don't even wanna taco bout it!' - Thursday, the reality TV couple perhaps earned a little payday by appearing in a sponsored Instagram post for 'One Night In Mexico'. Lee uploaded an image of himself and Georgia chomping into a taco at home with the box of endorsed product clearly in the foreground.

Trump Is Using Targeted Facebook Ads To Reassure Supporters He Will Build The Border Wall from buzzfeed.com

The personal Facebook pages of the president and vice president are running dark post ads that promise "A WALL (NOT A FENCE)," while asking for donations.

Mr. Cartoon Designed This Bottle of Tequila - It's For Dia de los Muertos, But You Can Buy It Now from urbandaddy.com

The legendary West Coast tattoo and graffiti artist designed a bottle of Cazadores Blanco for Dia de los Muertos, and it hits stores today. Famous for inking Snoop, Dre and Eminem among other celebrities, and for designing the Cypress Hill logo, obtaining Cartoon's work typically is pricey with a long-waiting list.

PR Patrón Tequila Unveils ’The Patrón Experience,’ One of the First Brands to Create a Hand-Held Augmented Reality Innovation from prnewswire.com

Powered by Apple's New ARKit on iOS 11, Platform Introduces Patrón Extra Añejo and Gives Consumers a New Way to Enjoy Tequila, Virtually

Denver tortilla factory finds its way to 'Sesame Street' from 9news.com

Raquelitas Tortilla Factory will make its world debut on the popular kids show during the upcoming season when the program will also introduce a new muppet who's obsessed with food. The character will serve as a foodie tour guide and show kids around the world exactly where the food comes from -- and not just aisle six of the grocery store.

PR McCann Worldgroup Named Network of the Year At Latin American Effie Awards from prnewswire.com : Latin America

The network won a total of 21 awards -- 4 Golds, 6 Silvers and 11 Bronzes, plus 14 finalists, from 6 agencies in 8 different markets across the LATAM region

PR Macy’s Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Renowned Actress Gaby Espino from businesswire.com

A series of events at six stores across the country will bring to life the rich legacy of achievement and entertainment of Hispanic Americans in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month

Gustavo Dudamel's Hispanic Heritage Ad With 'Elena of Avalor' Characters: Watch from billboard.com

“Music is my life. ” the L. A. Philharmonic music director tells kids in the promo, which starts airing today (Sept. 22) in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. "The most important thing is that I have a chance to share with people. ”

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Entertainment

Grammy Watch: 'Despacito' A Contender? Why Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber Could Be Nominated from billboard.com

“Despacito” has been more successful than any single this year, based on chart reign and streaming numbers; it is generally well-liked, even after months of airplay, and it's culturally important, as the longest-leading Hot 100 song sung primarily in Spanish of all time. Yet there’s a real chance that “Despacito” is shut out of the major categories at the 60th annual Grammy Awards next January — and potentially, snubbed from the ceremony altogether.

Christian Nodal's 'Probablemente' Hits No. 1 on Regional Mexican Songs Chart from billboard.com

Plus, Yandel’s latest album “#Update” debuts at No. 2 on Top Latin Albums.

Killing of 'Narcos' scout resurfaces Escobar trademark feud from money.cnn.com

Pablo Escobar, one of the world's wealthiest and most notorious drug lords, met his end nearly a quarter-century ago, but his legacy continues to cast a shadow over the Netflix drama "Narcos. "

Pandora Reveals Top Latin Genres by City (And No. 1 Is Not Reggaeton) from billboard.com

Christian music tops the list in New York and Miami; cumbia sonidera and rock en español reign in L. A.

Camila Cabello's 'Havana' Breaks at Pop Radio: Why It Represents Her Artistry from billboard.com

The song starts at No. 38 on the Pop Songs chart, aided, programmers say, by the ubiquity of "Despacito. "

Comedienne Maria Costa Signs Deal with New Video Streaming Platform MUNDOFLIX from latinheat.com

MUNDOFLIX, the new SVOD (Subscription – Video on Demand) video streaming service has partnered with Oro Entertainment to distribute Viva America, a variety special written by and starring Maria Costa. Viva America, which debuts on October 20, 2017, captures the best of this multi-talented actress, writer and comedic dramatist. In addition, MUNDOFLIX will also distribute Costa’s docu-series which will follow her every move while on her national comedy tour.

Sanctuary Family Comedy In Works At ABC, Immigration Projects Hot from deadline.com

Written by David Feeney (New Girl, 2 Broke Girls) and to be directed by Christine Gernon (Speechless, New Girl), the comedy revolves around a hard-bitten husband and empathetic wife who butt heads over the chaos created when they provide sanctuary for their undocumented nanny and her family — and come to learn, if their marriage survives, that the differences both families have aren’t as significant as their similarities. Feeney and Gernon executive produce for 20th Century Fox TV.

Denver tortilla factory finds its way to 'Sesame Street' from 9news.com

Raquelitas Tortilla Factory will make its world debut on the popular kids show during the upcoming season when the program will also introduce a new muppet who's obsessed with food. The character will serve as a foodie tour guide and show kids around the world exactly where the food comes from -- and not just aisle six of the grocery store.

Free E-Book Uncovers How Latinos Have Shaped Hollywood - AMPAS from remezcla.com

As a companion piece to their wide-ranging screening and panel discussion series From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles 1967-2017, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has just released an eBook by the same name.

Gustavo Dudamel's Hispanic Heritage Ad With 'Elena of Avalor' Characters: Watch from billboard.com

“Music is my life. ” the L. A. Philharmonic music director tells kids in the promo, which starts airing today (Sept. 22) in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. "The most important thing is that I have a chance to share with people. ”

Jonás Cuarón To Adapt Dreamer's Manuscript As TV Series from latinheat.com

Jonás Cuarón (Gravity, Desierto) is working with journalist Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, a “Dreamer” and a DACA beneficiary to turn her upcoming book, Undocumented America into a TV Series. Cornejo Villavicencio, one of the first undocumented students admitted to Harvard’s undergraduate and Yale’s Ph. D. programs, has written several essays for The Atlantic, The New Republic and The New Inquiry and Interview Magazine.

Josh Kun explores how Latin American musicians and composers influenced and transformed Hollywood movie music from latimes.com : California

As Los Angeles musician Alberto Lopez told it in a Highland Park cafe last week, his great uncle’s name was Juan and he was an influential jazz arranger best known for his work starting in the 1930s. To succeed in the American music business, though, early on he, like many others, felt compelled to make a concession.

Latin Artists Are Dominating In The US And We Got The Proof To Back It Up from buzzfeed.com

Yo! We need to talk about how Latin artists are DOMINATING the game in 2017. And WE. GOT. RECEIPTS! Pandora just released data on the top Latin artists most played throughout the year in six of the biggest US markets: New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Houston, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Manuel Turizo Signs With Sesac from billboard.com

At 16, the entertainer has released three major songs including "Vámonos" (Let's Go) and "Baila Congo" (Dance with Me). The single "Una Lady Como Tú" has received more than 280 million views on YouTube since March and has been streamed over 9 million times on Spotify. The song entered Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart and last week rose 46-39.

Paramount TV Latin America Gets Latam Rights to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ from variety.com : Latin America

Eight Primetime Emmy Award-winner “The Handmaid’s Tale” will soon be available in Latin America, thanks to Paramount Channel Latin America, which grabbed the exclusive Pay TV and VOD rights for the show in the region.

Searching for true Latino representation on TV from santafenewmexican.com

Even in these politically correct times, the representation of Latin and Hispanic people in the media remains something that should not earn applause. As a bilingual Mexican-American I have yet to find a television show that contains a character that represents me or even contains a character with any similar physical characteristics. Latinos seem to be grouped into five main archetypes: the Mexican-Latin American princess (known to some as MAP or LAP ), the cholo (the thug), the Latin lover, the maid and the bitch-or-bastard, depending on whether we are talking about a woman or a man.

Selena National Museum of American History Exhibit from popsugar.com

The universe has opened up and given us yet another Selena gift. Vivala first reported the Smithsonian added the late Tejana singer to the ongoing American Enterprise exhibit at The National Museum of American History in Washington DC on Sept. 12.

Streaming has pushed Latin music into the mainstream from economist.com

For radio-loving Latin Americans, streaming is a natural fit

What Univision's Mesmerizing El Chapo Has That Other Tales of the "War on Drugs" Don't :: T from pastemagazine.com

But for me, the standout feature is an ethos or attitude or I don’t know what to call it, but it’s limited or missing from most U. S. productions about the lives of gangsters or the “war on drugs. ” (The Wire is the most obvious exception that I’m personally aware of. ) And it has to do with the way the government is portrayed in relation to the cartels. It’s taken as a plain and well-known fact that the Mexican government manipulates, colludes with, and profits from the cartels. Corruption that would be a gigantic actionable dirty secret in the States is right out in the open in El Chapo, with even the president and U. S. DEA agents having open conversations about how to manage the cartels to their own advantage.

Young singer Kali Uchis builds her brand along with her music from sfchronicle.com

Kali Uchis is dedicated to the art of authenticity. As a bilingual, American-born Latina, the 23-year-old singer is carving out her own space in a traditionally male-dominated industry. She’s a writer and producer with Millennial-grade Internet literacy, who recognizes the significance of building a hit banger and a personal brand in tandem.

PR ’Entre Nos: Part 2’ Starring Rising Latino Stand-Up Comics Premieres On HBO LATINO® On October 13 from prnewswire.com

Riding on the success of Entre Nos: Part 1, comedians Vladimir Caamaño, Frankie Quiñones and Shayla Rivera will take the stage in the 30-minute stand-up comedy show Entre Nos: Part 2 when it premieres on Friday, October 13th at 9:30pm EST exclusively on HBO LATINO®. In the hilarious English-Language special, the three comedians are joined by host and comedian Ben Gonzalez at Los Angeles' El Portal Theatre for a laugh-out-loud night of stand-up. Directed by Joke Yanes and Adolfo Nowake, Entre Nos: Part 2 will air across all of the channel's platforms including HBO NOW®, HBO GO®, HBO On Demand® and affiliate portals.

PR DishLATINO and Eugenio Derbez Deliver ‘La Gran Sorpresa’ to Everyday Latino Heroes during Hispanic Heritage Month from businesswire.com

New digital videos feature series of surprises to recognize those who exemplify the hard work and determination embodied by DishLATINO’s “Sigue Haciéndola” campaign“Sigue Haciéndola” campaign continues to give U. S. Latinos an outlet to express their pride during Hispanic Heritage Month - DishLATINO brings the immigrant story to life through partnership with Immigrant Archive Projec

PR Downtown Boys 'Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)' Video Released via Univision from broadwayworld.com

The video pits emotionally charged live performance footage of the Downtown Boys against a children's birthday party in Brooklyn with piñatas fashioned after hot-button political signposts and eventually breaks out into a food fight.

PR Hispanics can enjoy Bollywood movies on ZeeMundo.com from prnewswire.com

From September 29 through October 1 starting at 5 pm PST/ 6pm MST/ 7 pm CST/ 8pm EST/, hispanic audiencces will be able to enjoy the exclusive online streaming of one of Bollywood's blockbuster films, "Tanu y Manu se Casan" (Tanu and Manu Get Married). ZEE Mundo, the TV channel dedicated to Bollywood movies, invites you to watch the film online from any mobile device for free at www. zeemundo. com. Viewers will also have the chance to share their opinions and interact during the movie.

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Immigration

Foreign Entrepreneurs Would Have Benefited From This Rule—The Trump Administration Wants to Rescind It, So We Sued from immigrationimpact.com

This policy, called the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER), would permit foreign entrepreneurs to grow startup companies in the United States. There are stringent requirements to qualify under the rule. Foreign entrepreneurs would need to demonstrate a “significant public benefit to the United States” and “substantial potential for rapid growth and job creation. ” Entrepreneurs who benefited from the rule would only be permitted to stay and work temporarily in the United States.

California attorney general Xavier Becerra sues Trump administration over border wall construction from usatoday.com : California

The lawsuit says the border wall "threatens the state of California's economic, procedural and sovereign interests and will harm the state's natural resources. "

Urgency Builds for a Solution for Dreamers: US Businesses Step Up, American Donors Fund DACA Renewals from americasvoice.org

Nearly 800 American Business Leaders Call for Congress to Pass Dreamer Legislation: An updated letter released today and calling on Congress to “immediately pass the bipartisan DREAM Act – or similar legislation – that gives Dreamers the permanent legislative solution they deserve,” features the signatures of nearly 800 leaders of American business.

How Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Threatens to Choke Idaho’s Dairy Industry Magazine from politico.com : Idaho

In short, the Magic Valley’s dairy boom is a contemporary rural American success story—the kind that President Donald Trump railed as a candidate is too often missing across the country. Unemployment here was less than 3 percent this summer, about as good as it gets, and optimism should be high. Yet on dairy farms, among both owners and workers, a sense of dread hangs in the dry southern Idaho air.

Apple CEO Tim Cook's views on immigration and DACA from cnbc.com

Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Wednesday that immigration is the "biggest issue of our time," and that his company is pushing extremely hard on immigration reform.

Walmart, Target join call for 'Dreamer' legislation from reuters.com

Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp and PepsiCo Inc on Wednesday joined an expanded group of nearly 800 companies calling in a letter for U. S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation, according to organizer FWD. us.

After a Longtime Member Is Deported, NYC Teamsters Becomes a 'Sanctuary Union' from billmoyers.com : New York

Teamsters Joint Council 16 has said it will not assist federal immigration authorities in deporting its members.

Lawsuit: ICE detention center paid imprisoned workers less than $1 per day from money.cnn.com : Washington

Washington state's attorney general is going after what he calls illegal payment practices at this ICE detention facility in Tacoma.

Sanctuary Family Comedy In Works At ABC, Immigration Projects Hot from deadline.com

Written by David Feeney (New Girl, 2 Broke Girls) and to be directed by Christine Gernon (Speechless, New Girl), the comedy revolves around a hard-bitten husband and empathetic wife who butt heads over the chaos created when they provide sanctuary for their undocumented nanny and her family — and come to learn, if their marriage survives, that the differences both families have aren’t as significant as their similarities. Feeney and Gernon executive produce for 20th Century Fox TV.

Motel 6 Is Probably Not the Only Company Tipping Off Immigration Agents from citylab.com

Since the story was picked up nationally, Motel 6 faced a storm of criticism, and the company released an official statement about the practice of giving information about guests to ICE on Thursday

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Trade

U.S. Commerce chief: U.S. content falling in Mexican, Canadian imports from reuters.com

U. S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday a new study by his department shows that U. S. value-added content is declining for manufactured goods imported from Mexico and Canada, arguing that this required tougher rules of origin in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Push for Nafta Overhaul May Fall Short, U.S. Negotiator Says from nytimes.com

The top United States trade negotiator said Monday that it was unclear whether Canada, Mexico and the United States could reach a deal to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement within the ambitious timetable set by the Trump administration.

In China, consumers can buy Mexican avocados with a mouse click from mexiconewsdaily.com : Mexico

Chinese consumers can now purchase fresh Mexican avocados online thanks to a partnership between e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and ProMéxico, a federal agency that promotes international trade and investment.

European Union faces questions from Irish farmers over Mercosur trade deal from express.co.uk : Latin America

BRUSSELS was today facing serious questions about its proposed trade deal with a group of South American countries after Irish farmers warned it would have a “devastating impact” the EU cattle industry.

Push for Nafta Overhaul May Fall Short, U.S. Negotiator Says from nytimes.com

The top United States trade negotiator said Monday that it was unclear whether Canada, Mexico and the United States could reach a deal to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement within the ambitious timetable set by the Trump administration.

As U.S., Mexico talk tougher on NAFTA, worries grow in Texas from dallasnews.com : Texas : Mexico

It wasn't NAFTA that persuaded Anurag Kumar to base part of his tech company's offices in Mexico, but it sure helped. Kumar liked that Guadalajara, the western Mexican city where a majority of his staff would set up shop, was young, cosmopolitan and had a plethora of hungry, highly educated, English-speaking developers looking to break into the city's booming tech scene. Setting up an office for his Austin-based software development company, iTexico, in a North American time zone would cut costs but keep an ease of communication and travel.

As Trump threatens NAFTA, Mexico looks to Latin America for trade from money.cnn.com : Mexico

So Mexico is building backup plans this year. It's doubling down on free trade and turning toward allies in Latin America, who are also changing their own tune on trade. This year, for the first time, 94% of goods moved tax-free across borders in the Pacific Alliance, a trading bloc that includes Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru. Formed in 2011, it accounts for half of all trade in the region and covers about 200 million people.

Mexican foreign minister says 'life after NAFTA' possible from reuters.com : Mexico

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Friday that investors were growing optimistic about a favorable outcome to talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, even as he suggested that Mexico could bounce back if the negotiations collapse.

Phoenix Trade Office Damaged By Mexico City Earthquake from fronterasdesk.org : Arizona & Mexico

But the most recent temblor damaged the interior of Phoenix’s third-floor trade office located in the San Angel neighborhood in the southwestern part of Mexico City, Ahlers said. “What we know of, is that there is basically cosmetic damage,” Ahlers said. “But of course, we’re still gathering information to see whether there is any further damage to the structure that would cause the office to close for a time. ”

US Threatens to Impose Oil Embargo on Venezuela Unless Democracy Is Restored from panampost.com : Venezuela

All sanctions against Venezuela are on the table for the United States, according to US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. She said if Venezuela doesn’t move to re-establish democratic order, the Trump administration may take more severe measures than the sanctions it has already imposed.

Peru: Agro-exports likely to exceed US$6 billion by end-2017 from andina.com.pe : Peru

Peruvian agro-exports will surpass US$6 billion in 2017 paving its way towards reaching US$10 billion by 2021, Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Jose Manuel Hernandez projected Thursday. According to the cabinet member, agriculture sector currently registers an increase in foreign sales.

Peru: Export prices up 7.6% in July 2017 from andina.com.pe : Peru

Peruvian export prices expanded 7. 6% in July 2017, over the same month last year, thus maintaining the positive rates recorded since August 2016, Central Reserve Bank (BCR) reported on Sunday. Growth was underpinned by higher metal prices, which offset the price decrease for fish meal.

Superfoods Peru sees US$138 million in Asia Fruit Logistica from andina.com.pe : Peru

The 70 Peruvian firms participating in this year's Asia Fruit Logistica trade show in Hong Kong would have secured US$138 million in business contacts, Peru's Exports and Tourism Promotion Board (PromPeru) reported Monday.

South America flat steel import prices stable as buyers fear corrections from metalbulletin.com : Latin America

Import prices of flat steel into South America remained largely unchanged this week, with most buyers waiting on the sidelines due to the volatility in China.

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Tourism

Aspen Needs Mexican Tourists - They’ve been staying away, and ‘Trump is the No. 1 reason.’ from wsj.com : Colorado

My company runs four ski areas, two hotels and more than a dozen restaurants in Aspen and Snowmass, Colo. At peak season, we employ roughly 4,000 people. Foreign visitors are crucial to our business—and we have a problem. Last year visitation to Aspen by Mexicans dropped 30% compared with the 2015-16 ski season. Bookings for 2017-18 aren’t looking much better. There are multiple reasons, but the xenophobia radiating from the Oval Office ranks at the top. As the head of the Mexico City public-relations firm that promotes. . .

Travel to Hispanic countries up 57 percent from eturbonews.com

New Data shows that this year, the number one visited Latin American destination is Mexico, followed by Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. This data comes from online travel company, CheapOair

Where Tourism Thrives in Mexico, Bloodshed and Poverty Are Blocks Away from nytimes.com : Mexico

The bloodshed here has not targeted tourists and has mostly occurred out of their view, in the poorer quarters of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, the main towns in the municipality of Los Cabos. Much of it stems from a battle among criminal groups for control of trafficking routes in the Baja California Peninsula and for dominance of local criminal enterprises, particularly the drug trade servicing tourists.

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO from skift.com : Latin America

With its IPO on Wednesday, Despegar became the world’s seventh-largest online travel company by market cap. Its bosses talk a good game. But its major markets may have near-term hiccups ahead.

In quick follow to Mexican earthquake, a new tourism campaign from travelweekly.com : Mexico

Mexico's secretary of tourism, Enrique de la Madrid, was en route to Tourism Expo Japan, aka JATA, when news reached him that a strong earthquake had shaken Mexico City. He landed and, as quickly as possible, returned home.

Peru elected as UNWTO Executive Council member from andina.com.pe : Peru

The 22nd World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly designated Peru as its Executive Council member for the 2019-2021 period. The international meeting was held in Chengdu on September 11-16.

The Storms Moved On. The Caribbean Islands Fear the Tourists Might, Too. from nytimes.com : Latin America

In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, cruise ports and airports throughout the Caribbean are closed, beachside bars are flooded and, on many islands, tourists are absent. And the risk of a far longer term ripple effect looms, threatening the region’s ability to rebuild: Without a steady influx of cash from tourists, businesses suffer, employers cut back and local residents lose jobs; workers on especially hurricane-stricken islands could move elsewhere for opportunity, denting the local economy further.

Mexican President Says New Maya Theme Park Will Be Better Than Anything in the U.S. from travelandleisure.com : Mexico

The park will be named Amikoo, which means friend in the Mayan language, and it is expected to cost $840 million, Agence-France Presse reported. Rides and attractions will make reference to Maya characters and mythology, and the park will be appropriately situated along the Riviera Maya, on the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula.

Move over Disney, Mexico plans $840 million Mayan theme park from hindustantimes.com : Mexico

The park, dubbed Amikoo - or ‘friend’ in the Mayan language - will have rides and characters based on Mayan mythology.

Mexico Tourism Board: 'Mexico is Still Open For Business' from travelpulse.com : Mexico

According to a short statement released by the Mexico Tourism Board, both international airports in Mexico City and Puebla are fully operational and attractions in Puebla, Morelos and Mexico City are open and ready to receive visitors, despite damages being reported.

Colombia’s Avianca Cancels 116 Flights amid Pilots Strike from laht.com : Colombia

Colombian airline Avianca canceled 116 domestic flights on Wednesday in the face of a strike by half of its pilots.

Hilton Continues to Build Latin America Portfolio from meetingscanada.com : Latin America

In the 12 months ending June 30, 2017, Hilton signed 30 new deals, maintaining a pipeline of more than 70 properties in Latin America; and opened 15 new hotels, including six that debuted this year in Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay. The company’s current portfolio in Latin America includes nine brands,

After Maria and Irma: Caribbean Tourism, Island by Island from nytimes.com : Latin America

After two major hurricanes tore through the Caribbean in less than two weeks, some of the most idyllic — and tourism-dependent — destinations have been devastated. Ferocious storms are nothing new to these islands, but Hurricanes Maria and Irma were some of the most powerful Atlantic basin storms ever recorded.

PR Exclusive Tequila Experience Includes Private Plane to Tequila and Tasting at Mexico’s Oldest Tequila House & Lunch Among Agave Fields From Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit from prweb.com : Mexico

A new Tequila Experience from Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit allows travelers to explore the making of Mexico’s finest spirit – tequila – inclusive of a private plane to Tequila, exclusive tasting at Mexico’s oldest tequila house, lunch among the agave fields and more. The experience is available exclusively for guests of the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit as part of the Velas Spirited Experiences Series which also includes an Over-the-Top Wine Getaway to Ensenada at Grand Velas Los Cabos.

Quake scares tourists from Mexico City's trendy heart from au.news.yahoo.com : Mexico

Tourism to Mexico City was dealt a harsh blow by this week's deadly quake, scaring off visitors and resulting in thousands of hotel cancellations in a central zone that is normally the buzzing, trendy heart of the city.

Is It Safe to Visit Mexico After the Earthquake? (Video) from travelandleisure.com : Mexico

Travelers should check directly with their hotel or rental, as many buildings escaped the earthquake relatively unscathed. Most tourist destinations, including museums and restaurants, are still open, according to the Mexico Tourism Board.

After Irma, Cubans Are Ready to Get Back to Business from americasquarterly.org : Cuba

Major tourism sites in Havana and elsewhere are back to normal after Hurricane Irma. Visitors would help the rest of the country recover.

WTTC sets up task force to help Mexico recover from earthquake from wttc.org : Mexico

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) sends heartfelt sympathies to the people of Mexico City, Morelos and Puebla who have been affected by the tragic earthquake on Tuesday, 19 September.

Puerto Rico flights resume after Hurricane Maria from money.cnn.com : Puerto Rico

A handful of flights are returning to Puerto Rico, two days after Hurricane Maria battered the island. The largest airport there, Luis Muñoz Marín International, reopened to some commercial traffic on Friday. Aerostar Puerto Rico, which manages the airport, said it suffered only limited damage.

PR Penn Capital Management Co. Inc. Invests $5.30 Million in Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. (PLYA) Stock from weekherald.com

Playa Hotels & Resorts NV is based in the Netherlands and operates hotels and resorts. The Company owns, operates and develops all-inclusive resorts in beachfront locations in vacation destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. It owns a portfolio consisting of more than 10 resorts located in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

Heading to Mexico? Busiest US crossing closing this weekend from cnbc.com : California : Mexico

The busiest border crossing in the U. S. will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico. The U. S. government is finishing the final phase of a $741 million expansion of San Diego's port of entry. U. S. officials are warning people to avoid driving to Baja California from 3 a. m. Saturday until noon Monday, hoping to ease what is feared will be a massive traffic jam on the U. S. side.

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Diversity

PR Victor X. Cerda of V-me Media Inc. appointed as member of the FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity from prnewswire.com

"I am honored to have been selected by the FCC to support this very important diversity initiative," Victor Cerda said. "I look forward to working with the FCC in empowering disadvantaged communities and minority businesses looking to enter the media industry," Victor Cerda said.

PR Aflac Lands at No. 23 in LATINA Style’s List of 50 Best Companies for Latinas to Work from prnewswire.com

This makes the 18th time that Aflac has appeared on this list. According to LATINA Style, the annual LATINA Style 50 Report is the most respected evaluation of corporate America's career advancement opportunities for Latinas in the country.

Meet the Four Women Leading NBC News’ Digital Diversity Coverage from wwd.com

NBC News is betting on a handful of diversity-focused verticals to broaden its digital audience. In recent years, the outlet has launched NBC Latino run by Sandra Lilley; NBC Asian America, led by Traci Lee; NBC Out, the company’s LGBTQ vertical, headed by Brooke Sopelsa, and NBC BLK, a vertical focusing on black America, run by Amber Payne.

Women Make Slight Gains In Big Law Equity Partnership: Report from bol.bna.com

Women of color, including Black, Asian and Latina women, represent two percent of equity partners and three percent of non-equity partners.

These Four VCs Share How They Find Diverse Founders To Invest In from fastcompany.com

There’s more than one way to identify promising women and LGBTQ founders and founders of color, many of whom are solving problems others aren’t even thinking about.

Health systems turn to chief diversity officers to promote inclusive workforce from modernhealthcare.com

Hill is one of a growing number of executive suite officials dedicated to the promotion of diversity and inclusion at healthcare organizations. Hospitals and health systems are hiring chief diversity and inclusion officers to ensure the topics are a strategic priority from the C-suite down to front-line staff. Providers argue that as they care for a larger and more diverse patient population\u2014both inside and outside the hospital setting\u2014a diverse workforce will help them better care for patients.

Searching for true Latino representation on TV from santafenewmexican.com

Even in these politically correct times, the representation of Latin and Hispanic people in the media remains something that should not earn applause. As a bilingual Mexican-American I have yet to find a television show that contains a character that represents me or even contains a character with any similar physical characteristics. Latinos seem to be grouped into five main archetypes: the Mexican-Latin American princess (known to some as MAP or LAP ), the cholo (the thug), the Latin lover, the maid and the bitch-or-bastard, depending on whether we are talking about a woman or a man.

Finding workers in southwestern Minnesota an economic challenge as need for diversity in workforce grows from bemidjipioneer.com : Minnesota

When residents of the Upper Minnesota River Valley are surveyed on the challenges the region faces, the number one response is "a lack of jobs. ''"Absolutely against what all the data say,'' said Luke Greiner, regional market analyst with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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Ambicultural Latinas At Forefront of Crossover Trend from mediapost.com

This largely bi-cultural group will exert a strong influence on both Hispanic and mainstream American culture into the 21st century, as brands exponentially magnify their market for ethnic products.

Michelle Albán leaves Telemundo from mediamoves.com

Michelle Albán, VP of Corporate Communications for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, is leaving the company after nearly 15 years.

Under new leader, Latinitas expands in media, STEAM from elpasotimes.com : Texas

With a brand new executive director, Isis Portillo, the organization is setting its heights on offering even more opportunities for Hispanic girls.

Charo Henríquez hired at NYT from mediamoves.com : New York

The New York Times has tapped digital media pro Charo Henríquez to join its new training unit aimed at making the paper’s entire newsroom learn how to “think digital” for more effective storytelling.

García named Elle magazine Editor-in-Chief from mediamoves.com

Nina García has returned to Elle after 9 years – but this time, as the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. She’ll report to Hearst Magazines Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles.

Antonia Villarruel: The Latina who became a referent of herself from aldianews.com : Pennsylvania

Dr. Villarruel is the Dean of UPenn's School of Nursing, the number one worldwide, according to the QS World University Ranking. Her history is a testimony of the Hispanic heritage in United States.

Ana Hernández Ramos named Assistant News Director at WWSI from mediamoves.com : Pennsylvania

WWSI Telemundo 62 Philadelphia has tapped Ana Hernández Ramos as its new Assistant News Director. She’ll replace Damaris Bonilla, who was promoted to News Director and transferred to sister station WNEU Telemundo Boston.

#NBCLatino20: The Beat Reporter, Stephanie Medina from nbcnews.com

She writes for a hyperlocal newspaper that has attracted attention from coast to coast. She and her fellow reporters tackle subjects including the long commutes faced by high school students, gentrification, and the human cost of deportation. She is part of a news team has interviewed everyone from mayors to mural artists.

Young singer Kali Uchis builds her brand along with her music from sfchronicle.com

Kali Uchis is dedicated to the art of authenticity. As a bilingual, American-born Latina, the 23-year-old singer is carving out her own space in a traditionally male-dominated industry. She’s a writer and producer with Millennial-grade Internet literacy, who recognizes the significance of building a hit banger and a personal brand in tandem.

Comedienne Maria Costa Signs Deal with New Video Streaming Platform MUNDOFLIX from latinheat.com

MUNDOFLIX, the new SVOD (Subscription – Video on Demand) video streaming service has partnered with Oro Entertainment to distribute Viva America, a variety special written by and starring Maria Costa. Viva America, which debuts on October 20, 2017, captures the best of this multi-talented actress, writer and comedic dramatist. In addition, MUNDOFLIX will also distribute Costa’s docu-series which will follow her every move while on her national comedy tour.

Univision names Núñez Regional News Director, ups Godinez to AND at KDTV from mediamoves.com

Effective today, Univision has promoted Carolina Núñez to VP, Regional News Director, responsible for the company’s newsrooms in the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento, Fresno and Bakersfield.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Top Employer For Latin Women from fcauthority.com

Out of more than 800 corporations evaluated, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US LLC) was named 1 of the top 50 U. S. employers for Latin women. The results are from the annual report by the editors of Latina Style magazine, and this year FCA US ranked #12 out of the 50 companies to make the list.

Bolivian journalist delivers harassment complaint against former manager of state TV to President Evo Morales from knightcenter.utexas.edu : Bolivia

Bolivian journalist Yadira Peláez took matters into her own hands after she apparently felt an investigation into her complaint of sexual harassment was going nowhere.

Stingray Names Mariana Ferreira New Business Development Director, Latin America from billboard.com : Latin America

The Montreal based business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider Stingray has named Mariana Ferreira as business development director, Latin America.

The gruesome murder of a Mexican teenager is exposing the risks of ride-sharing apps from qz.com : Mexico

Last week, a Mexican college student disappeared after she got in a car from Cabify, a ride-sharing app similar to Uber, in the city of Puebla. On Friday, Sept. 15, she was found dead in a neighboring state.

Mexican state suspends Cabify ride app after woman killed from washingtonpost.com : Mexico

Officials in the central Mexico state of Puebla said Monday they have temporarily suspended the Cabify ride-hailing app after a female passenger was allegedly killed by a driver.

Violence in Mexico Boosts Demand for Women-Only Taxi Service from panampost.com : Mexico

Laudrive, a private taxi service created and operated by women in Mexico, has seen its demand increased by 60 percent in just one week after a young woman named Mara Castilla was murdered by a Cabify driver in the state of Puebla.

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Stories related to Mexico's Earthquake are in their own section above

Adventurous Asian Investors Are Buying Into Latin America from bloomberg.com : Latin America

Asian investors are getting more adventurous as bond returns in their own region tumble, spurring some to venture as far as Latin America -- an area with a track record of political instability and occasional defaults. "There have been a lot more dollar issuers from LatAm coming to Hong Kong and Singapore to market their deals," said Ben Yuen, chief fixed-income investment officer at BOCHK Asset Management, a unit of Bank of China Ltd.

Despegar Hints at Its Latin American Travel Strategy After Successful IPO from skift.com : Latin America

With its IPO on Wednesday, Despegar became the world’s seventh-largest online travel company by market cap. Its bosses talk a good game. But its major markets may have near-term hiccups ahead.

European Union faces questions from Irish farmers over Mercosur trade deal from express.co.uk : Latin America

BRUSSELS was today facing serious questions about its proposed trade deal with a group of South American countries after Irish farmers warned it would have a “devastating impact” the EU cattle industry.

Exclusive: AT&T weighs divestiture of Latin American TV assets - sources from reuters.com : Latin America

AT&T (T. N) is evaluating a sale of its pay TV operations in Latin America as it seeks to pay down debt following its planned $85. 4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc (TWX. N), people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Fintech Startups Attract Capital In Latin America from forbes.com : Latin America

The region’s fintech industry secured $186 million in venture capital investments last year, according to the Latin America Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) – with more than one-third going to startups. Deal count increased by 81%, with 38 transactions.

Hilton Continues to Build Latin America Portfolio from meetingscanada.com : Latin America

In the 12 months ending June 30, 2017, Hilton signed 30 new deals, maintaining a pipeline of more than 70 properties in Latin America; and opened 15 new hotels, including six that debuted this year in Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay. The company’s current portfolio in Latin America includes nine brands,

Latin American Skills Development Programs are Failing to Create Good Talent from nearshoreamericas.com : Latin America

Nations in the region are spending more than 5% of their GDP on education and skills development programs -- the same percentage as more developed nations -- but the results fall well short of their peers.

Paramount TV Latin America Gets Latam Rights to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ from variety.com : Latin America

Eight Primetime Emmy Award-winner “The Handmaid’s Tale” will soon be available in Latin America, thanks to Paramount Channel Latin America, which grabbed the exclusive Pay TV and VOD rights for the show in the region.

South American Countries Meet to Plan Route for Cross-Continental Railway from panampost.com : Latin America

The project, which will require some US $10 billion, would have a route of approximately 2,235 miles, according to initial projections.

Stingray Names Mariana Ferreira New Business Development Director, Latin America from billboard.com : Latin America

The Montreal based business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider Stingray has named Mariana Ferreira as business development director, Latin America.

The first-ever IOC Session in South America was an historic one for many reasons from insidethegames.biz : Latin America

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Lima, due to open on Wednesday (September 13), is the third time the "Olympic family" has met in South America in the last four years but in truth it is really making up for lost time. The only time they previously gathered in that continent was in 1979.

New Zealand eyes Latin American trade pact from fruitnet.com : Latin America

Trade minister says deal with Pacific Alliance would create jobs and provide a pathway to fast-growing markets

Korea-Latin American ICT Forum: Korea to Transfer Its ICT Competence to Latin America from businesskorea.co.kr : Latin America

Korea's information and communication technology (ICT) capability and the growth potential of Latin America will join forces to promote economic growth in the fourth industrial revolution era. Korea and 13 countries of Central and South America adopted the Busan Declaration on strengthening cooperation based on ICT in the era of the fourth industrial revolution. The Busan Declaration is a result of the Third Korea-Latin America ICT Ministerial Forum.

Argentina rapidly recovering as a world power in beef exports from en.mercopress.com : Argentina

Argentina, which a century ago became a world power on the back of its beef exports, is poised to re-enter the top 10 shippers, helped by the end of trade curbs, and a herd rebuilding from near-50-year lows.

Grab the Confetti: INDEC Says the Economy Grew 2.7% in the Last 12 Months from thebubble.com : Argentina

The INDEC statistics agency released its monthly report on the state of the economy yesterday, and surprise, surprise… the Macri administration got a new set of green numbers to add to its books since it says that Argentina’s economy grew by 2. 7 percent in the last 12 months, the highest number since 2015. It also says that 1. 6 percent of it took place during the first semester of this year. Moreover, the country’s GDP grew by 0. 7 percent during the second quarter of the year compared to the same period of 2016, marking the third consecutive quarter of growth.

Bolivian journalist delivers harassment complaint against former manager of state TV to President Evo Morales from knightcenter.utexas.edu : Bolivia

Bolivian journalist Yadira Peláez took matters into her own hands after she apparently felt an investigation into her complaint of sexual harassment was going nowhere.

Is Cañahua the new Quinoa? from aldianews.com : Bolivia

Cañahua, a little-known Andean grain that has a higher nutritional value than quinoa, is being introduced to the international market by Bolivia.

G.M. Workers Strike in Canada as Mexico Jobs Raise Tension from nytimes.com : Canada

It is the first strike at a Canadian auto assembly plant in 21 years. The roughly 2,750 unionized employees at the factory, in Ingersoll, Ontario, may have been emboldened because it builds the Chevrolet Equinox, a small sport-utility vehicle that is a sales success for G. M.

Chile Suspends Venezuelan Credit Line and Moves to Collect US $2 Million Owed from panampost.com : Chile

“This decision was made in light of the repeated breaches incurred by the Central Bank of Venezuela in defaulting on its payments during 2017,” a statement from the Central Bank of Chile said, “and the equity risks that this generated for the Central Bank of Chile. ”

Chilean startup ComparaOnline raises $14 million for its financial education tools for Latin America from techcrunch.com : Chile

now backed by private equity firm Bamboo Capital Partners and the International Finance Corp. , the investment arm of the World Bank Group, pitches financial educational tools to consumers in Brazil, Chile, and Colombia. For now, the company is focused on informational services for car and travel insurance, consumer loans and credit cards. These businesses are all new to Latin America, but are growing quickly in the region.

Colombia’s Avianca Cancels 116 Flights amid Pilots Strike from laht.com : Colombia

Colombian airline Avianca canceled 116 domestic flights on Wednesday in the face of a strike by half of its pilots.

Colombia’s musicians step in to take Puerto Rico’s reggaeton crown from elpais.com : Colombia

Led by artists such as J Balvin, the country is breathing new life into the blend of hip hop and Caribbean music

Aggressive Expansion at Amazon Costa Rica Leads to "Top 5" Employer Status from nearshoreamericas.com : Costa Rica

Amazon Costa Rica is adding an additional 2,500 people to its 5,000-strong workforce before the end of 2017, making it a top-5 employer in the country, and a solid member of the local industry.

China opens Panamanian embassy, seeks expanded trade with Latin America from ticotimes.net : Costa Rica

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Costa Rica late last week and continued on to Panama over the weekend, where he inaugurated a new Chinese Embassy on Sunday as part of his country’s effort to expand its presence in Latin America.

Facio & Cañas tax practice enters alliance with Deloitte in Costa Rica from latinlawyer.com : Costa Rica

FaycaTax, the tax department of Costa Rican firm Facio & Cañas, has entered an alliance with Deloitte's San José office.

How Costa Rica’s cement market became a hotbed of intrigue from ticotimes.net : Costa Rica

Even the most casual reader of Costa Rican news in recent weeks has certainly wondered – what’s with all the cement? What is the #Cementazo, exactly, and why is it dominating headlines in the nation’s dailies and news broadcasts?

Scotiabank supports Costa Rica's largest real estate fund purchase from latinlawyer.com : Costa Rica

Sauma Abogados in San José and Hunton & Williams in Miami have helped Costa Rican real estate investment group Fondo de Inversión Inmobiliario Multifondos obtain acquisition financing from Scotiabank.

After Irma, Cubans Are Ready to Get Back to Business from americasquarterly.org : Cuba

Major tourism sites in Havana and elsewhere are back to normal after Hurricane Irma. Visitors would help the rest of the country recover.

Honduran journalist critical of irregularities in his town is killed by hitmen from knightcenter.utexas.edu : Honduras

Hitmen on motorcycles shot and killed journalist Carlos Williams Flores in the town of Tegucigalpita, Honduras on the afternoon of Sept 13.

Where Tourism Thrives in Mexico, Bloodshed and Poverty Are Blocks Away from nytimes.com : Mexico

The bloodshed here has not targeted tourists and has mostly occurred out of their view, in the poorer quarters of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, the main towns in the municipality of Los Cabos. Much of it stems from a battle among criminal groups for control of trafficking routes in the Baja California Peninsula and for dominance of local criminal enterprises, particularly the drug trade servicing tourists.

A New Bill in Mexico Could Make Bitcoin Transactions Illegal from panampost.com : Mexico

The most recent draft of the “Financial Technology Law” includes regulations of institutions dedicated to the purchase and sale of virtual currencies. It reportedly came as a surprise to many, as it wasn’t mentioned in the previous draft of the law released in March.

The gruesome murder of a Mexican teenager is exposing the risks of ride-sharing apps from qz.com : Mexico

Last week, a Mexican college student disappeared after she got in a car from Cabify, a ride-sharing app similar to Uber, in the city of Puebla. On Friday, Sept. 15, she was found dead in a neighboring state.

FR-EE's hyperloop proposal to revitalize transportation in mexico from designboom.com : Mexico

one of the competition winners, ‘mexloop’ designed by FR-EE, proposed to implement the hyperloop technology to alleviate current traffic problems in one of the world’s most congested cities — diminishing the travel time between mexico city and guadalajara to 38 minutes by traveling at a speed of over 600 miles per hour.

Mexican state suspends Cabify ride app after woman killed from washingtonpost.com : Mexico

Officials in the central Mexico state of Puebla said Monday they have temporarily suspended the Cabify ride-hailing app after a female passenger was allegedly killed by a driver.

Coca-Cola sucking wells dry in indigenous Mexican town - forcing residents to buy bottled water from independent.co.uk : Mexico

Natural supplies have run out in the indigenous town of San Felipe Ecatepec in the state of Chiapas, southern Mexico, meaning people must walk for two hours to fetch drinking water, one former local official said.

Water Supplies Run Dry Near Drinks Giant Bottling Plant in Mexico from telesurtv.net : Mexico

A report in Truthout says supplies are disappearing in San Felipe Ecatepec, an Indigenous town three miles outside of San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas.

Huachicoleros have turned to robbing trains instead of pipelines from mexiconewsdaily.com : Mexico

Up to 16 attacks a day on trains running between Veracruz and Mexico City

Mexico's Femsa Sells 5.24 Percent of Heineken for 2.5 Billion Euros from nytimes.com : Mexico

Fomento Economico Mexicano (Femsa) said on Monday it had sold a stake of 5. 24 percent in Heineken, the world's second largest brewer for some 2. 5 billion euros (2. 21 billion pounds).

Move over Disney, Mexico plans $840 million Mayan theme park from hindustantimes.com : Mexico

The park, dubbed Amikoo - or ‘friend’ in the Mayan language - will have rides and characters based on Mayan mythology.

Mexico’s 2018 Election Could Derail Its Oil Boom from oilprice.com : Mexico

Three years ago, Mexico opened its energy sector to private investments in a landmark energy reform that ended more than seven decades of monopoly of its state firm, Pemex. Now Mexico has begun liberalizing gasoline prices as well.

In Mexico, ‘it is the state, not the cartels, that poses the biggest threat to journalists’ from cjr.org : Mexico

Journalists arrange pictures of slain Mexican colleague Candido Rios during a demonstration in Mexico City on August 24, 2017. Rios, 55, was the tenth journalist murdered in Mexico this year, and one of more than 100 killed since 2006 in a wave of violence that has made the country one of the most dangerous for the press.

Thousands of Haitians find 'Mexican dream' near US border from dailyherald.com : Mexico

Jose Luis Millan found a new crop of star employees at an upscale Tijuana car wash where customers cross the border from the U. S. to pay up to $950 to have their prized possessions steamed and scrubbed for hours. They're never late, always hustle and come in on days off to learn new skills, traits that he says make them a model for their Mexican counterparts.

In China, consumers can buy Mexican avocados with a mouse click from mexiconewsdaily.com : Mexico

Chinese consumers can now purchase fresh Mexican avocados online thanks to a partnership between e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and ProMéxico, a federal agency that promotes international trade and investment.

CETYS University Discusses Innovation And Global Education In The US And Mexico Border As Part Of Its 56th Anniversary Celebration from prnewswire.com : Mexico

With a series of regional and international events, CETYS University, ranked among the top universities in Mexico, will celebrate the 56th anniversary of its founding from September 20 to 22 at its three campuses in Mexicali, Tijuana and Ensenada. Higher education leaders and influencers will discuss innovation in education and the construction of bridges between nations through international institutional partnerships.

PR SnapLogic and Softtek Partner to Accelerate Application and Data Integration in Mexico from prweb.com : Mexico

SnapLogic, the leader in self-service application and data integration, and Softtek, a leading global IT services provider dedicated to creating value through technology, today announced Softtek as a premier strategic reseller and implementation partner for SnapLogic in Mexico. Together, the two companies will drive digital transformation through connected data and applications, whether on-premises, in the cloud, or both.

Violence in Mexico Boosts Demand for Women-Only Taxi Service from panampost.com : Mexico

Laudrive, a private taxi service created and operated by women in Mexico, has seen its demand increased by 60 percent in just one week after a young woman named Mara Castilla was murdered by a Cabify driver in the state of Puebla.

Mexican President Says New Maya Theme Park Will Be Better Than Anything in the U.S. from travelandleisure.com : Mexico

The park will be named Amikoo, which means friend in the Mayan language, and it is expected to cost $840 million, Agence-France Presse reported. Rides and attractions will make reference to Maya characters and mythology, and the park will be appropriately situated along the Riviera Maya, on the east coast of the Yucatan peninsula.

Mexican Law Would Give Central Bank Oversight of Cryptocurrency Startups from coindesk.com : Mexico

The latest draft of the bill, according to reports from regional newspaper El Economista and Reuters, would clarify that cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are not legal tender in Mexico. Further, the legislation would give the Bank of Mexico, Mexico's central bank, the power to regulate firms working with cryptocurrencies.

Mexican greenhouse growers watching weather from thepacker.com : Mexico

Heavy rains in Central Mexico in July and August reduced supply and led to a more competitive market with higher pricing, said Jaime Garcia, general manager for Kingdom Fresh Farms, Donna, Texas, who added that this could affect the fall markets.

BASF acquires Mexican waterproofing provider from latinlawyer.com : Mexico

Caraza y Morayta Abogados has helped the world's largest chemicals producer BASF acquire Mexican waterproofing services provider Thermotek.

Mexico City's new airport breaks records with green bond offer from latinlawyer.com : Mexico

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York and Jones Day (Mexico) have helped the state-owned concessionaire developing Mexico City's new international airport issue US$4 billion in green bonds.

As Trump threatens NAFTA, Mexico looks to Latin America for trade from money.cnn.com : Mexico

So Mexico is building backup plans this year. It's doubling down on free trade and turning toward allies in Latin America, who are also changing their own tune on trade. This year, for the first time, 94% of goods moved tax-free across borders in the Pacific Alliance, a trading bloc that includes Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru. Formed in 2011, it accounts for half of all trade in the region and covers about 200 million people.

11 Guanajuato municipalities seeking mezcal protected designation of origin (PDO) from mexiconewsdaily.com : Mexico

Eleven municipalities in Guanajuato state are seeking to join the 963 already included in Mexico’s protected designation of origin for mezcal. The ambitious project was designed by the Center for Research and Assistance in Technology and Design of Jalisco State (Ciatej) and funded by the three levels of government, through a mixed fund known as Fomix, and the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt).

Heading to Mexico? Busiest US crossing closing this weekend from cnbc.com : Mexico

The busiest border crossing in the U. S. will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico. The U. S. government is finishing the final phase of a $741 million expansion of San Diego's port of entry. U. S. officials are warning people to avoid driving to Baja California from 3 a. m. Saturday until noon Monday, hoping to ease what is feared will be a massive traffic jam on the U. S. side.

As U.S., Mexico talk tougher on NAFTA, worries grow in Texas from dallasnews.com : Mexico

It wasn't NAFTA that persuaded Anurag Kumar to base part of his tech company's offices in Mexico, but it sure helped. Kumar liked that Guadalajara, the western Mexican city where a majority of his staff would set up shop, was young, cosmopolitan and had a plethora of hungry, highly educated, English-speaking developers looking to break into the city's booming tech scene. Setting up an office for his Austin-based software development company, iTexico, in a North American time zone would cut costs but keep an ease of communication and travel.

Mexican foreign minister says 'life after NAFTA' possible from reuters.com : Mexico

Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Friday that investors were growing optimistic about a favorable outcome to talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, even as he suggested that Mexico could bounce back if the negotiations collapse.

PR Banorte, leader in sustainability in Mexico: Carlos Hank González from prnewswire.com : Mexico

Grupo Financiero Banorte was included for the fourth consecutive year as part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Emerging Markets; thus confirming its status as the only Mexican financial institution to be part of this international index.

PR Exclusive Tequila Experience Includes Private Plane to Tequila and Tasting at Mexico’s Oldest Tequila House & Lunch Among Agave Fields From Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit from prweb.com : Mexico

A new Tequila Experience from Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit allows travelers to explore the making of Mexico’s finest spirit – tequila – inclusive of a private plane to Tequila, exclusive tasting at Mexico’s oldest tequila house, lunch among the agave fields and more. The experience is available exclusively for guests of the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit as part of the Velas Spirited Experiences Series which also includes an Over-the-Top Wine Getaway to Ensenada at Grand Velas Los Cabos.

Where Tourism Thrives in Mexico, Bloodshed and Poverty Are Blocks Away from nytimes.com : Mexico

The bloodshed here has not targeted tourists and has mostly occurred out of their view, in the poorer quarters of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, the main towns in the municipality of Los Cabos. Much of it stems from a battle among criminal groups for control of trafficking routes in the Baja California Peninsula and for dominance of local criminal enterprises, particularly the drug trade servicing tourists.

Palm Oil Company Violates Environmental Norms in Nicaragua from havanatimes.org : Nicaragua

The company, presumably linked to the Albanisa Nica-Venezuelan state partnership, maintains just under 8,500 hectares of the African Palm, threatening a fragile ecosystem.

Blackout Hits Flights In Panama, A Major Latin America Hub from ndtv.com : Panama

Thousands of frustrated passengers faced lines and clogged halls as harried airport staff struggled before blanked-out check-in screens.

PR Mary Kay Expands Latin America Presence With The Unveiling Of Peru Headquarters from markets.businessinsider.com : Peru

The multibillion-dollar beauty company officially opened its doors on September 1 and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 15 in Lima. With a 54-year history, and operations in nearly 40 countries, this expansion strengthens Mary Kay's already solid foundation in Latin America.

Peruvian investigative journalism site launches initiative to promote use of transparency law among journalism students from knightcenter.utexas.edu : Peru

In its two years of existence, Peruvian site Convoca has produced investigative reports based on the law of transparency and access to information that were internationally awarded and even motivated a legislative change in Peru. Now, Convoca will use its expertise to help train the next generations of investigative journalists who will monitor those in power in the country.

Montevideo Hosting Latin America and Caribbean’s Biggest Internet Event from laht.com : Uruguay

Lacnic 28-Lacnog 2017, the biggest Internet event for Latin America and the Caribbean and a forum where online security and privacy issues will be discussed, began on Tuesday in Montevideo with at least 450 participants from 32 countries.

Uruguayan Central Bank to Test Digital Currency from laht.com : Uruguay

The head of the Central Bank of Uruguay (BCU) announced on Wednesday a plan to explore the creation of digital currency.

PetroChina Americas Is Said to Review Venezuela Oil-for-Loans from laht.com : Venezuela

PetroChina advised its U. S. unit to avoid any involvement in future loans to Petroleos de Venezuela SA after the U. S. imposed sanctions on Venezuela last month, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Venezuela plans to abandon the dollar; greenback currently sells for 22.400 Bolivar from en.mercopress.com : Venezuela

Venezuela temporarily suspended the sale of U. S. dollars through its Dicom auction system, following an announcement last week that it was moving away from the greenback in response to U. S. sanctions. The United States in August prohibited dealings in new debt from Venezuela and state oil company PDVSA in response to the creation of a new legislative super-body that critics call the consolidation of a dictatorship.

Yet Another Airline Says Goodbye to Venezuela from panampost.com : Venezuela

Delta, one of the largest US-based airlines, officially shuttered its operations in Venezuela on Saturday, September 16, after its last Atlanta-Caracas flight.

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Two entrepreneurs create a Latinx Yelp from boyleheightsbeat.com : California

Looking for culturally significant, handmade crafts or a traditionally embroidered chal? Interested in beauty products inspired by horchata, jamaica and other typical Mexican flavors? Trying to find a restaurant where you can satisfy your cravings for artisanal tamales? Now you can find all these things on a new online platform. Shop Latinx comprises an Instagram page and a website that features small Latino-owned businesses looking to expand. Raquel García and Brittany Chávez, two young Latina entrepreneurs, started it to create a space for businesses to promote their products and services online. In less than a year, they have attracted 13,000 Instagram followers and more than 200 business listings on their site.

PR Vallarta Supermarkets Announces Customer Campaign To Aid Victims Of Recent Earthquakes In Mexico from prnewswire.com : California

As a result of the devastating natural disasters that have impacted Mexico and Puerto Rico, Vallarta Supermarkets has started a customer campaign to benefit the many people who have been impacted or displaced. In response to these natural disasters, Vallarta Supermarkets has partnered with the La Cruz Roja Mexicana and the American Red Cross to provide relief via monetary assistance for relief supplies. As part of this effort, Vallarta will match 2-1 customer donations up to the first $25,000.

G.M. Workers Strike in Canada as Mexico Jobs Raise Tension from nytimes.com : Canada

It is the first strike at a Canadian auto assembly plant in 21 years. The roughly 2,750 unionized employees at the factory, in Ingersoll, Ontario, may have been emboldened because it builds the Chevrolet Equinox, a small sport-utility vehicle that is a sales success for G. M.

PR The Latino Coalition Capturing the Momentum Summit Delivers Economic Growth Agenda for the Fastest from prnewswire.com : District of Columbia

The summit brought together leading executives, small business owners and government officials to discuss economic policies that can boost entrepreneurial opportunities. The one-day event provided entrepreneurs with a series of informative panels, key breakout sessions, procurement meetings and an opportunity to expand personal and professional networks. Attendees and speakers delved into topics ranging from the current federal regulatory conditions to international trade, and from immigration to the unfolding tax reform debate on Capitol Hill.

PR Georgia Power and Atlanta Braves celebrate Nuestra Cultura from prnewswire.com : Georgia

The new program is a community initiative created to educate, engage and celebrate the many contributions Hispanics and Latinos have made to the game of baseball through community service initiatives and presented in coordination with Georgia Power's longstanding Learning Power in-school curriculum. Through the new week-long program launching in classrooms this week, local elementary school students will have the opportunity to meet and participate in a Q&A with Braves players, coaches and staff about their childhood, career and interests.

Twins shift international focus more to Latin America from startribune.com : Minnesota : Latin America

While the organization will continue to scout amateurs around the globe, a greater emphasis is going to be made on Latin America, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said. “That’s an area we have spent a lot of time over the last year thinking about,” Falvey said. “The international landscape has changed. ”

Nevada quake lab tests new bridge design after Mexico quake from washingtonpost.com : Nevada

Scientists at a Nevada earthquake lab on Wednesday tested new bridge designs with connectors they say are innovative and created to better withstand violent temblors and speed reconstruction efforts after major quake damage.

La Paz Chattanooga recognizes Latino leaders at awards ceremony | from timesfreepress.com : Tennessee

La Paz Chattanooga held its sixth annual Latino Leadership Awards ceremony Monday morning at the Chattanooga Convention Center, recognizing Latinos and Hispanics for their career achievements and community involvement here.

Volaris launches nonstop, low-fare flight from Mexico City to San Antonio from mysanantonio.com : Texas

The Mexico City-based airline will fly passengers between the two cities daily, said Juliana Ramirez, Volaris ancillary revenue manager, in an interview Thursday. Introductory fares for round-trip tickets start at $205.

Taco Bell Made A Taco Out Of A Fried Egg, And It Is Delicious from kotaku.com

Taco Bell continues its grand tradition of wrapping things that are not tortilla shells around other things and calling them tacos with the Naked Egg Breakfast Taco. It’s a shimmering wonderland of breakfast grease, wrapped in a very firm fried egg.

How Black and Latinx Investors Can Step Up Their Game from peopleofcolorintech.com

I recently had the privilege to attend a special event at the Rutgers Business School, a demo day for Black and Latinx founders that had completed a pre-accelerator program. From The Black and Latino Tech Initiative(BLT) and CUEED Pipeline to Inclusive Innovation, there were a total of 26 graduates. By the end of the event, I was left with two conflicting feelings – a sense of empowerment and disappointment.

From Mexico To Mississippi: Why This Sofa Startup Is Now “Made In The USA” from fastcompany.com

Domestic manufacturing allows Burrow greater creative freedom and nimbleness to respond to customer feedback.

Mexican businessman pleads guilty to U.S. fraud charge from reuters.com

A former partner and part-owner of Mexico’s InvestaBank SA pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a U. S. charge that he and others fraudulently obtained $21 million in tax refunds from the Mexican government.

PR Millicom Starts Rollout of its NGTV Service in Latin America from prnewswire.com

Millicom International Cellular S. A. ("Millicom") announced that it has launched its Next Generation TV (NGTV) service, Tigo ONE TV, in Colombia, and the company plans to gradually deploy the service to all of its Latin American markets.

PR These LatinX Entrepreneurs are Changing the Food Game Through their Ingenious Businesses and Inventions from wearemitu.com

Part of being LatinX is having food as a love language. No matter your family’s traditions or where you grew up, one things can be certain: everything centered around food.

PR 7 ways Latino homeowners can avoid contractor cons from hispanicizewire.com

Latino families in Florida and Houston should stay alert for storm-chasing contractors who dangle fast and fraudulent home repairs that could cost thousands of dollars out of pocket, the nonprofit Coalition Against Insurance Fraud warns.

PR Bacardi Pledges $3 Million to Disaster Relief Assistance from businesswire.com

In the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, as well as the earthquakes in Mexico, Bacardi Limited and the Bacardí family commit US$3,000,000 for disaster relief and recovery efforts in the impacted areas.

PR NFL, Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Nationwide, Team for Seventh Annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards Presented by Nationwide from businesswire.com

Each award recipient will be recognized at a game or event in their local NFL market. With support from Nationwide, each recipient will select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation.

PR The Home Depot Foundation Increases Commitment to Mexico Earthquake Relief to $500,000 from prnewswire.com

The financial support will be provided through funding to local nonprofits and international disaster relief organizations such as Operation Blessing, Team Rubicon and TECHO. The Foundation committed the funds in addition to product that was donated previously by The Home Depot Mexico.

PR Honeywell Donates $400,000 Of Personal Protective Equipment To Aid In Mexico’s Earthquake Rescue from prnewswire.com

Honeywell, a global leader in safety products, has donated nearly 50,000 pieces of personal protective equipment to support volunteer emergency personnel digging through the rubble of city buildings toppled by the 7. 1-magnitude earthquake. Organized by Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship initiative, the donations from Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions include respiratory and hearing protection, protective eye, face and footwear, fall protection, hard hats and safety gloves.

PR Sharemoney Waives Transfer Fees to Mexico from September 22nd through September 24th from prnewswire.com

Any transfer to Mexico paid using debit card or credit card will automatically have the transfer fee waived. No promo code or additional effort is necessary to receive the waiver. Sharemoney sends its thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this devastating event.

5 Novel, Subversive + Unforgettable Works by Latinx Graphic Designers from eyeondesign.aiga.org

From book covers to album art; Rodrigo Corral to Rebeca Méndez.

PR Council of the Americas Announces Final Group Of Honorees Of The 23rd Bravo Business Awards from prnewswire.com

Council of the Americas (COA) released the complete group of honorees who will be recognized at the 23rd Annual BRAVO Business Awards taking place on November 3 in Miami. María Fernanda Mejía, senior vice president of Kellogg Company and president of Kellogg Latin America, joins José Ángel Gurría, Horst Paulmann, Fernando González, Ed Bastian, Andrés Conesa, and Jorge Pérez as the final member of this group of deserving honorees from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States.

PR Shaping the Bright Future of America: MBDA Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month from prnewswire.com

"This is a special time for our Nation and for the many generations of Hispanics and Latinos who have added so much to the fabric of America and to the forming of our national culture," said MBDA Acting National Director Chris Garcia. "Our diversity is one of the most beautiful things about America, and as a Mexican-American, I am especially proud to celebrate the numerous contributions of the Hispanic and Latino community. From government and education to business and entertainment and beyond, our culture is indeed helping to shape the bright future of America. I'm looking forward to a wonderful observance. "

PR Northwestern Mutual Survey Reveals Long-Term Planning Leads to Improving Financial Confidence Among from prnewswire.com

"Our research demonstrates that Hispanic small business owners know a personalized, holistic approach to financial planning is key to their goals today and tomorrow," said Chris Meece, director of Hispanic market strategy at Northwestern Mutual. "At Northwestern Mutual, it's our priority to ensure they have sound strategies for short- and long-term financial success, both professionally and personally. "