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  • Brief News and Views August 22, 2019

    August 22, 2019:
    • Road Work,
    • Tire Spikes on Road,
    • Feminist march in SMA,
    • NY's METropolitan Opera looks for singers in SMA,
    • Mexican court says cocaine use is legal?,
    • Pacific Coast prepares for incoming hurricane,
    • Preventative prison: inmate waits 17 years for trial,
    • Entire Police Force Arrested,
    • Amazon rainforest on fire.

    New Road Work
    For ongoing projects, see also: ICYMI: In Case You Missed It August 22, 2019.
    Corner of the Correo y Recreo
    IMPORTANT Thursday, August 22, SAPASMA will work as a replacement for the cover and the well of the visiting well located at the corner of the Correo y Recreo streets. Please schedule your transfer times and consider alternate routes. Thanks for your understanding.
    Closure of Calle Guadalupe Mujica
    The Municipal Government, through the Directorate of Infrastructure and Public Works in coordination with Municipal Transit, informs the population of the road alternatives due to the closure of Guadalupe Mujica Street in Benito Juárez Park for work in the Baeza Bridge. With all these improvements and actions in urban planning and infrastructure, they will allow San Miguel de Allende to reach the next level for the benefit of citizens.

    The actions that will be carried out in this area will be the restoration, de-development, removal of parts and the restructuring of the vaults of the arches of this bridge, so that the circulation of this section will be closed from this Monday, August 19 for more than 60 days until the end of the work.
    Work In The Bridge Of Baeza (Guadalupe Mujica Street) Begins With Total Closure Of The Street (sp).
    We continue working on the recovery and maintenance of our historical heritage. After 14 years we will recover our #ParqueJuárez . All together #SanMiguelDeLaGente !

    Back to San Miguel de Allende, he finds 'flat tires' at the junction of Juventino Rosas
    #Precaucion Last night, driver finds "flat tires" at the junction of Juventino they use them to force motorists to stop.

    This morning, motorists returning to San Miguel de Allende on the road that connects Guanajuato, they found a surprise: "Tire-tires" on the road. The flat tires (tire spikes or Caltrops) are cross nails or rod pieces placed in such a way that they look like a “mat”, which they use to pass over ...
    Back to San Miguel de Allende, he finds 'flat tires' at the junction of Juventino Rosas (sp).

    Feminist march in San Miguel de Allende to eradicate gender violence.
    After the multiple disappearances, rapes and aggressions against women nationwide, a feminist march is promoted in San Miguel de Allende on Saturday, August 24, starting from the Benito Juárez Park towards the Main Garden to demand justice but without violence.
    Feminist march in San Miguel de Allende to eradicate gender violence..

    NY's METropolitan Opera will arrive in San Miguel de Allende to find new Opera singers
    This year, #SanMigueldeAllende , in #Guanajuato , will host the auditions where the
    @MetOpera to look for young talents who participate in their productions in #NuevaYOrk and the world.
    On November 8, the executives of the Metropolitan Opera National will arrive in San Miguel de Allende to find the new voices that will lead the Metropolitan Opera House in New York (MET).
    NY's METropolitan Opera will arrive in San Miguel de Allende to find new Opera singers.

    Mexican court says cocaine use is legal -- for two people
    In a landmark ruling, a court in Mexico City has said two people should be allowed to use cocaine legally.

    The ruling means the unnamed pair can use, but not sell, small amounts of cocaine, according to Mexico United Against Crime (MUCD), an NGO that filed legal papers in the case as part of its strategy to change the country's drug policy. ...

    The order was delivered in May but will now be reviewed by a tribunal, according to AFP.
    In a statement, MUCD emphasizes that the ruling will only be enforced if it is upheld by the tribunal, and underlines that it does not legalize cocaine.
    Mexican court says cocaine use is legal -- for two people.
    See also: Is recreational cocaine legal in Mexico?

    Mexico’s Pacific Coast prepares for incoming hurricane
    For today, an area of ​​instability with a high probability of hurricane development will be located off the coast of Colima and Jalisco, while a low-pressure channel will extend from the northwest to the west of the country. On the other hand, tropical wave No. 31 will travel over the southeast of the national territory, such meteorological systems will cause the following potential for rainfall, which will be accompanied by lightning and possible hailstorms. Precipitation forecast for today August 21, 2019 ...
    Mexico’s Pacific Coast prepares for incoming hurricane.

    Preventative prison ‘an atrocity,’ says inmate after waiting 17 years for trial
    Two México state men who have been held in prison for 17 years while awaiting trial will soon be released, a judge ruled on Monday.

    Judge Felipe Landero Herrero ruled that Daniel García Rodríguez and Reyes Alpízar Ortiz, who were arrested for a murder in 2001 but never went to trial, will be released while the legal process continues. They will be required to wear electronic geolocation bracelets and check in with authorities every 15 days.
    Preventative prison ‘an atrocity,’ says inmate after waiting 17 years for trial.
    See also: After 17 years in pretrial detention, they prepare their release (sp).

    Entire Police Forces Continue to be Arrested in Mexico
    The arrest of a town’s entire police department in Mexico’s state of Chihuahua reflects just how insidious police corruption continues to be in the country, with governments at all levels seemingly unable to make any real difference.

    Fifteen police officers from the municipality of Madera, Chihuahua, in northern Mexico, were arrested on August 15 during a joint operation by state and federal agencies, the Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office reported.

    Madera’s police commander was among those arrested. Identified only as José Luis M. M., he had apparently provided protection services to drug traffickers in the area and obstructed the work of local authorities.
    Entire Police Forces Continue to be Arrested in Mexico.

    Wildfires are burning around the world. The most alarming is in the Amazon rainforest.
    But perhaps even more alarming are the wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, the world’s largest tropical forest. It’s an area with torrential rain that almost never burns on its own, yet the blazes have burned for more than two weeks, growing so intense that they sent smoke all the way to São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city.
    Wildfires are burning around the world. The most alarming is in the Amazon rainforest.

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  • Brief News and Views August 13, 2019

    August 13, 2019:
    • $280 million allocated to La Cieneguita Bridge and El Pípila Glorieta,
    • Simone Biles Smashes Records,
    • Not Closed, Not Extorted,
    • Risks for Mexico’s Public Transport Workers,
    • The logic of the mad,
    • Ajijic’s Regata de Globos,
    • SAT seizes 10% of profits to Interjet for tax debts,
    • Signal inhibitor in CEFERESO affects neighbors,
    • Practicing for St. Michael’s,
    • The oldest book written in the American Continent Is a Maya guide to Astronomy.

    #AVISO IMPORTANT: Neighbors from the Centro zone, it is reported that work is being done to repair the leak in the main driving line. For this reason there is a lack of water.

    $ 280 million is allocated to San Miguel de Allende to build bridges in La Cieneguita and El Pípila
    There are 280 million pesos that the Consultative Council for the Follow-up and Application of Payroll Tax will allocate to San Miguel deAndende for the creation of two important projects: the construction of the Cieneguita bridge and the depressed bridge of the Glorieta del Pipilla.
    $ 280 million is allocated to San Miguel de Allende to build bridges in La Cieneguita and depressed El Pípila (sp).

    Simone Biles Smashes Records
    On Saturday at the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championship in Kansas City, Missouri, the five-time Olympic medalist made history, becoming the first gymnast to land a double-twisting, double somersault dismount from the balance beam in a match.

    She did herself one better on Sunday, becoming the first woman to perfect the triple-twist, double-flip move in her first pass on floor.

    Simone Biles Smashes Records, Drives Fans Wild With Triple-Double During Floor Exercise.

    Not Closed, Not Extorted
    "Through a statement, La Coronela, La 21 Única and Los Milagros bars in #SanMigueldeAllende They say that they ARE NOT CLOSED and that nobody has extorted them but that if they know of someone who does, they will report it immediately @franciscozea @Notimex"

    Risks for Mexico’s Public Transport Workers Growing in 2019
    Two public transport vehicles were robbed and then set ablaze in Mexico City due to the failure of workers to pay extortion fees, illustrating how public transport workers and their passengers are on the frontlines of extortion-related violence in Mexico.

    On August 1, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced that criminal groups were extorting the city’s public transportation workers, Milenio reported.

    The same day, the state’s attorney general declared that investigators had identified two criminal groups responsible for extorting, robbing and burning buses, according to Excelsior. The first group is led by Miguel Ángel N, alias “El Monterrey,” who reportedly has a history of extorting and killing bus drivers. The second unnamed group is said to attack buses entering the capital from neighboring Mexico State.
    Risks for Mexico’s Public Transport Workers Growing in 2019.

    The logic of the mad
    The artist is undoubtedly mad -- or, at least, mentally tormented.

    His name is Jorge. Most of us know him as the disheveled young man who wanders the streets of Barra de Navidad in search of work -- machete in hand and a middle distance stare that sees what the rest of us miss. Or maybe what he sees is simply not there in our restricted frame of reference.

    We compliment ourselves by labeling what we see as reality. Jorge sees something different.
    mexpatriate — in the key of steve the logic of the mad.

    Ajijic’s Regata de Globos

    This annual hot air balloon event using paper lanterns has been held every September since the 1960s.

    Families and businesses spend up to a couple weeks preparing hot air balloons made from colorful paper, in shapes and characters that sometimes reach several stories high.

    It’s a fun family event that’s highly anticipated and sometimes more than a little dangerous ...
    Ajijic’s Regata de Globos.

    SAT seizes 10% of profits to Interjet for tax debts
    The Tax Administration Service (SAT) seized the Interjet airline and appointed an intervener “charged to the cashier”, as part of an intervention procedure for the payment of tax debts generated between 2013 and 2017.

    On June 27, the Decentralized Collection Administrator decreed the procedure and ordered the intervener to withhold 10% of all Interjet income to cover the payment of pending taxes.
    SAT seizes 10% of profits to Interjet for tax debts (sp).
    See also: Interjet obtained definitive suspension against debt with the SAT and avoided the embargo (sp).

    Signal inhibitor in CEFERESO affects neighbors, ask for support
    Neighbors of the upper part of San Miguel de Allende have denounced for several weeks that they are suffering from the lack of signal in equipment of all the companies, they reproach the responsibility is of an antenna placed in the CEFERESO and of the C4.

    Colonies such as Infonavit La Luz, Insurgentes, Itzquinapan, Landeta, Valle del Maíz, La Luciérnaga, Jardines and some communities in the area have suffered from a lack of signal on their cellular equipment since the last days of June.

    In a consultation with the Telcel company, they said they had no problems in their signal, they argued their reports point out that a signal inhibitor was recently installed in the CEFERESO as well as in C4 an antenna was placed to avoid recording the Public Security actions of the Municipality.
    Signal inhibitor in CEFERESO affects neighbors, ask for support (sp).

    Practicing for St. Michael’s
    Rehearsal for the festivities of St. Michael’s feast day which comes up in late September, have started in SMA . The rehearsal procession is itself long and fascinating laced with symbolism, including the dead, Jesus’ crucifixion buddy and a bullish master of ceremonies, who was not long for this world either.

    The procession starts near the bus station in the neighborhood of Las Cuevitas (the caves). There the indigenous dancers and mojigangas (large paper mache puppets) started their trek. They danced up to the church of St. Michael’s (la Parroquia). Dancing is how the indigenous pray and they did so at the cross left behind by the Jesuits when they were forced to flee Mexico in 1767.
    Practicing for St. Michael’s.

    The oldest book written in the American Continent Is a Maya guide to Astronomy
    The Grolier Codex sometimes referred to as the “Sáenz Codex” or the “Maya Codex of Mexico” is a screenfold book fashioned from bark paper, coated with stucco on both sides and painted on one side. Ten painted pages survive of a twenty-page book; formerly there were judged to be eleven pages but two fragments are now considered to come from the same page.

    The lower portions of the pages are badly damaged by moisture, eroding and staining bottom of each page. The greatest height of any of the surviving page fragments is 18 centimetres (7.1 in) and the average page width is 12.5 centimetres (4.9 in).

    Several of the pages (pages 4–6) are still attached to each other, The lost pages would have been the first eight and the last two.
    The oldest book written in the American Continent Is a Maya guide to Astronomy.

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  • Brief News and Views August 12, 2019

    August 12, 2019:
    • AMLO bank approved,
    • Interjet Airlines Joins TSA Pre-Check,
    • 3 subjects arrested,
    • Celaya: FSPE conduct operations,
    • Criminal violence reaps at least 25 lives this Saturday,
    • "Protected Witness" testified against El Carrete is gunned down,
    • Sanmiguelenses join and support artisans who defend the Tenango plagiarism,
    • ICYMI: In case you missed it ...,
      • Stirling Dickinson Escuela de Arte art exhibit,
      • August and September Street Closures,
      • La Pulga Flea Market August 18.

    AMLO bank approved will compete with private banking
    The good news is still around the poorest sectors of Mexico and it was announced that the Bank of Welfare will begin to work for the people instead of the National Savings and Financial Services Bank (Bansefi), this, with the In order to provide better economic policies to the people, remember that President AMLO had been announcing this measure days ago.

    This new banking entity will have as main initiative the functions of social banking , to facilitate procedures such as the acquisition of credits, savings and financing in optimal conditions and of course a large platform at the technological level that provides more comfort to the user when making Your transactions
    AMLO bank approved will compete with private banking

    Interjet Airlines Joins TSA Pre-Check
    Interjet Airlines, one of the fastest-growing airlines in North America, announced effective immediately, it has joined the Transportation Security Administration’s TSA Pre-Check program to offer passengers traveling from the U.S. to Mexico, expedited screening from all of the airports it serves.
    Interjet Airlines Joins TSA Pre-Check

    3 subjects arrested with weapons, drugs and address list
    #SanMiguelDeAllende On Saturday night, three subjects identified as Carlos, Máx and “El Charras” were arrested in Colonia San Rafael, the latter had been designated as leaders of a criminal group
    The events happened on the night of this Saturday, August 10 in the San Rafael neighborhood. "Max" and "El Charras" were reported in several narcomanta as alleged leaders of a criminal group.
    3 subjects arrested with weapons, drugs and address list (sp).
    After an operation in which a vehicle that tried to escape was secured, three subjects were arrested with weapons, substances with their own characteristics of drugs, money and a list of names and addresses. It is presumed that the detainees participated in the incident where two police officers were killed.
    SMA Municipal Police stop "el Max", "el Charras" and Ricardo "N", names written on the July blanket (sp).

    In Celaya elements of the FSPE conduct operations of proximity and social contact in establishments and shops
    The Ministry of Public Security of the State, through the State Public Security Forces (FSPE), launched a Social Proximity Operation with shops and establishments from Celaya, in order to provide information on the measures preventive against extortion and at the same time offer the tool that represents Code 089 of Anonymous Complaint to directly attack this type of crime.
    In Celaya elements of the FSPE conduct operations of proximity and social contact in establishments and shops (sp).

    Despite official speech and arrests, criminal violence reaps at least 25 lives this Saturday
    Two and a half months after Governor Diego Sinhue Rodríguez declared the full restoration of the rule of law in the communities of Villagrán and Celaya where the Cartel of Santo Rosa de Lima had its seat, when laying the first stone of a police training institute in the area, Guanajuato lives a revival of violence that impacts the municipalities of the huachicol triangle.

    The week that ends began with the visibility of the increase in extortion in the city of Celaya, which led to a protest by merchants and entrepreneurs in small, which was dismissed by the mayor of Panama Elvira Paniagua; the situation quickly escalated when two attacks on a tortilleria and a distributor of construction materials took place that claimed the lives of 4 people at the beginning of the week.

    However, this weekend there were at least 24 other people killed in clashes between security forces and criminal groups, but also in executions and mass attacks, with the largest number of victims concentrated in the municipalities of Yuriria and Irapuato. In addition, the finding of a head inside a cooler was recorded. The victim was a woman in San Luis de la Paz.
    Despite official speech and arrests, criminal violence reaps at least 25 lives this Saturday

    "Protected Witness" testified against El Carrete is gunned down
    Israel Uriostegui, 23, was killed by unknown subjects who shot him six times in the back; The young man was a protected witness of the Attorney General's Office (FGR) when he testified against Santiago Mazari Hernández, alias 'El Carrete', leader of the Los Rojos criminal group.
    Protected Witness testified against El Carrete is gunned down

    Sanmiguelenses join and support artisans who defend the Tenango plagiarism
    With info from Ana Solís TENANGO DE DORIA, HGO.- A road that surrounds the Sierra Gorda and more than 5 hours of road from San Miguel de Allende take us to Tenango de Doria, a municipality in the state of Hidalgo who recently put his name on the lenses of the world to ...
    Sanmiguelenses join and support artisans who defend the Tenango plagiarism

    ICYMI: In case you missed it

    What's Happening
    DiscoverSMA
    QuePasaSanMiguel
    Lokkal Events
    SMA FAQ Events

    Stirling Dickinson Escuela de Arte art exhibit
    What: Stirling Dickinson Escuela de Arte art exhibit.
    Where: University of Guanajuato art gallery San Miguel campus.
    When: Grand opening was August 9. Exhibit continues through August 31.
    Stirling Dickinson Escuela de Arte art exhibit.

    August and September Street Closures
    During the weeks of August and September, there will be partial and total closures in some roads, derived from the application of the “Maintenance and conservation of streets” program
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    Monday 12 to August 17 CLOSURE OF STREETS: Street: Hernández Macías, section: Mesones a Canal. Street: Canal, section: Hernández Macías to Zacateros. Rehabilitation work in the drinking water network and tap replacement.

    The Municipal Government, through the Directorate of Infrastructure and Public Works, informs the public that due to the remodeling work carried out at the Obraje Bridge (next to the Vasconcelos school) , which involve the regeneration of sidewalks and railings, the vehicular stream, the integration of LED type luminaires and quarry columns; vehicular traffic (cars, public transport, motorcycles, bicycles, vans) will be kept completely closed.

    It should be mentioned that, only, pedestrians and people with disabilities may transit, and for the knowledge of the population the following road alternatives are provided for people who live or have a business in that area:
    • Calzada de la Luz
    • Calzada de la Presa
    • Calzada de la Aurora
    • Camino al Obraje
    The works have been developed since Saturday, August 9 and are expected to conclude on Monday, August 19.
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    ANNOUNCED ROAD ALTERNATIVES FOR CLOSURE OF CIRCULATION FOR WORK IN PUENTE DEL OBRAJE (sp).

    La Pulga Flea Market August 18
    Sunday July 18, 11 am - 3 pm, Salón Los Pinos, Salida a Querétaro #145.
    Since 2011. Free admission.
    La Pulga Flea Market San Miguel

    Thematic Evening, Santuario Felino Rey Ashoka, A.C. August 22nd
    “Thematic Evening” Fundraiser for Santuario Felino Rey Ashoka, A.C.
    Thursday August 22nd, 5 to 8pm Aldama 9, (former Posada Corazon)
    Dinner and Lecture MX$700
    Benefits go to fill the needs of the cats at Santuario Felino Rey Ashoka, A.C.’s 2 facilities
    Thematic Evening, Santuario Felino Rey Ashoka, A.C.

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  • Brief News and Views August 1, 2019

    August 1, 2019:
    • Simplified Telephone Dialing,
    • What's Happening This Week in SMA?,
    • Transit Agents denounce retaliation,
    • Police infiltrated by organized crime,
    • Writers' Conference & Literary Festival,
    • How Many Police do we need?,
    • Living without water: El Salvador,
    • Split Apart by Deportation: US Family Begins a New Mexican Life in San Miguel,
    • New SMA Photograph Book,
    • Hear the Wedding Bells?,
    • Giant sandwich for ‘Torta Fair’.

    Mexico Simplifies its Telephone Dialing Rules
    Service prefixes are no longer required.

    The fundamental change to the telephone dialing rules happening on August 3rd 2019 is the removal of service code prefixes associated with calling domestic long distance numbers (01) and calling Mexican cell phones from Mexican land lines (044, 045). Also, the confusing need to add the number ‘1’ when calling a Mexican cell phone from overseas is also being eliminated.
    Mexico Simplifies its Telephone Dialing Rules
    See also: The definitive guide on the new telephone dialing system in Mexico

    What's Happening This Week
    What's Happening This Week in San Miguel de Allende (DiscoverSMA)
    QuePasaSanMiguel (Atención)
    Lokkal Events

    SMA Transit Agents denounce retaliation for protesting
    By " #traidores " and by " #rebelarse ", Transit agents of #SanMigueldeAllende they say they started to be #víctimas of reprisals by Director Samuel #Mercadillo ...
    @SeguridadGto
    Transit elements of San Miguel de Allende, decided to continue their protests "working" wearing a white bow with pink that would represent their disagreement with the way they are working. Yesterday they went out to the streets like that and those who asked them about him, told them they were doing their job ...
    SMA Transit Agents denounce that Mercadillo retaliates for protesting (sp)

    There are police infiltrated by organized crime
    GUANAJUATO, Gto. - (OEM- Reportx). - Governor Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo revealed that there are several municipal police corporations that are infiltrated with organized crime, which report the activities carried out by the authorities.

    In this regard, the state leader stressed the importance of the Reform to the Criminal Code, article 222-A of the Local Constitution or better known as an initiative that sanctions the crime of " hawk ", to be approved, as he said he will give them greater tools to fight crime.

    He said that the leaking of information by municipal police is one of the activities that were detected, so he said that with the Law against “Halconeo” he will punish those who carry out this activity.
    There are police infiltrated by organized crime (sp)
    See also: In Guanajuato the hawk will be punished with up to 13 years in jail (sp), and, 'Halconear' is a crime from today in Guanajuato and will be punished with up to 13 years in prison (sp).

    Writers' Conference & Literary Festival
    Registration Now Open!

    Announcing the 2020 Keynote Speakers for the 15th Annual Conference

    The Writers’ Conference is excited to reveal the keynote speakers for our February 2020 event. Registration for the 15th Annual Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival is now open. The dates are February 12 to 16, 2020.
    Writers' Conference & Literary Festival

    How Many Police do we need?
    Organizations like the UN and the IRC have a range of recommendations but, ideally, the police to civilian ratio in any city with a population of over 100,000 should be approximately 180 to 225 police officers for every 100,000 people.

    The population of the municipality of San Miguel de Allende is estimated at 180,000 which means that we should have between 324 and 405 officers.

    The government will not release exact numbers, but our sources within the Presidencia tell us that we have roughly 100 to 120 officers.
    How Many Police do we need? (Observatorio Ciudadano Facebook)

    Living without water: the crisis pushing people out of El Salvador
    Just after 6am, Victor Funez fills a three-gallon plastic pitcher with water from a tap in the cemetery, balances it on his head and trudges home, where his wife waits to soak maize kernels so she can make tortillas for breakfast.

    Funez, 38, stops briefly to help his daughter with some homework before heading back to the cemetery with the pink urn. This load fills large plastic milk and juice bottles used for drinking throughout the day.

    The tap is the family’s only source of water, so Funez makes the journey along the dusty dirt road 15 to 20 times each day.

    “My husband’s job is to fetch the water so I can do the housework. It’s like this every day, all day,” said Bianca Lopez, 46. “We can live without electricity – we have candles and lamps – but water, that’s essential.”
    Living without water: the crisis pushing people out of El Salvador

    Split Apart by Deportation, US Family Begins a New Mexican Life in San Miguel
    This month, while many Americans were readying a worldwide protest against the separation of families, the jailing of migrants in camps, and the deaths of migrants in US custody, American citizen Alena Orwin was packing her and her three children’s suitcases. The young family’s destination was San Miguel de Allende, where they ...
    Split Apart by Deportation, US Family Begins a New Mexican Life in San Miguel

    New Book of San Miguel Photographs Captures the City’s Variety
    A day, a week, maybe even a year, would not be enough time to stroll through every single space in San Miguel de Allende, to discover all the traditional flavors, climb every rooftop, and try each cocktail in the city’s bars and restaurants, never mind understand the city’s culture. Dozens of books ...
    New Book of San Miguel Photographs Captures the City’s Variety

    Hear the Wedding Bells in San Miguel?
    San Miguel de Allende has witnessed the love of more than 800 couples who have married here. The state of Guanajuato has been a favorite destination, with San Miguel being one of the most popular places in the state.

    Roughly 19 weddings take place, each week in San Miguel, yielding over 800 weddings per year!
    Hear the Wedding Bells in San Miguel?
    See also: 800 couples chose San Miguel to say yes (sp)

    Mexico makes giant sandwich to kick off ‘Torta Fair’

    Mexican chefs have created what they say is the world’s biggest “torta” as thousands gather for an annual event celebrating the traditional sandwich.

    Sandwich makers from across the country took less than three minutes to assemble the 236-foot (72-meter) creation in Mexico City, featuring a variety of fillings from ham to rib meat to seafood.
    Mexico makes giant sandwich to kick off ‘Torta Fair’

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  • Brief News and Views July 31, 2019

    July 31, 2019:
    • Interjet cancellations and delays due to restructuring,
    • National Guard deploys,
    • Police and transits still fighting,
    • Is SMA Less Safe Than a Year Ago?,
    • Huachicol hit generates rebound of other crimes,
    • Pirate Penned the First English-Language Guacamole Recipe,
    • Plant-Based Diets Recognized by Diabetes Associations,
    • ‘Why go back to the U.S.?’ This divorced retiree left L.A. for Mexico — where he found love and halved his cost of living.

    Interjet cancellations and delays due to restructuring
    The airline @interjet He informed that cancellations and delays of his flights will continue on Wednesday, July 31.

    Interjet has canceled 27 flights and delayed another 11, affecting 5,470 passengers, Profeco reported .

    In a bulletin, the federal agency reported that on Tuesday 17 flights have been canceled and another six delayed; Yesterday were 10 flights canceled and another five delayed.

    The airline said in a statement that flight delays and cancellations is 4 percent of its published itinerary, due to an operational restructuring, which will continue to affect until Wednesday, July 31.
    Are you going to travel in Interjet? There are cancellations and delays due to restructuring (sp)

    The ultra-low-cost airline Interjet cancelled 10 domestic flights in Mexico, affecting 1,557 passengers, according to the consumer protection agency Profeco.

    Six of the cancelled flights were scheduled to leave from Mexico City, and the other four from Oaxaca, Mérida, Chetumal and Culiacán.

    Numerous other flights were delayed, including international flights from Mexico City to New York, Havana, Bogotá, San Salvador and Chicago, affecting 659 passengers. According to sources who spoke with the newspaper Milenio, a total of 30 flights were delayed on Monday.
    Interjet flight cancellations affected 1,500 travelers
    See also: Interjet cancels 10 flights affecting 1,557 passengers.

    For the second consecutive day , Interjet users report on social networks that their flights are not leaving on time, due to lack of personnel according to employees of the airline itself.
    Interjet leaves its users stranded for a second day (sp)

    National Guard performs deployment in the square
    National Guard provides in a "fun" way information about drugs, today they were in the tianguis of #SanMiguelDeAllende.

    This morning the Ministry of Public Security together with the National Guard deployed the first joint operation in the "Placita" on Tuesday in order to ensure security for citizens and vendors. ...

    The Ministry of Public Security together with the National Guard have unified efforts to intensify their deterrent routes together to deal with the commission of the crime to safeguard the integrity of the people of San Miguel.

    During the day, elements will be kept on foot in the “Placita” to ensure that trade activities are carried out peacefully.
    National Guard performs deployment in the square (sp)

    Police and transits are still fighting
    The peaceful manifestation of the elements of the SSPTMYPC continues, municipal transit elements report that they have not received attention from the authority, so they have placed a badge that represents their “peaceful manifestation”. ...

    The badge is a red and white bow that they will wear next to the corporation’s badge, as a symbol of the struggle for their labor rights.
    Police and transits are still fighting

    Is San Miguel de Allende Less Safe Than a Year Ago?
    Why this huge spike in homicides? We are about an hour and a half drive from Santa Rosa de Lima, a small village near Guanajuato City, which, until earlier this year, was known to me only as a maker of fairly mediocre majolica. I now know that it is also the home of the leading gasoline-stealing gang in Mexico. The abandoned mines behind and underneath Santa Teresa have held – and may still hold – a great deal of stolen gasoline. There have been several shoot-outs between government troops and local residents this year as Mexico’s new president has sought to eliminate the very wide spread theft of gasoline. These efforts seem to be succeeding. However, this has left the Santa Rosa gang in need of “employment.” The very prosperous economy of San Miguel de Allende holds much interest.

    A seldom discussed story here is that over the last 10 years or so most businesses have had to pay protection money to another gang. This has been a tragedy and has forced more than a few small businesses into bankruptcy. Now, the two gangs are fighting over the protection money business with much human fallout. The sadness of all this is beyond words. In the last two weeks, two teenagers were shot at a taco stand and innocent bystanders were also hit, one killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    Is San Miguel de Allende Less Safe Than a Year Ago?

    Huachicol hit generates rebound of other crimes
    CELAYA, GTO. JULY 30, 2019.- Mayor Elvira Paniagua Rodríguez said that the coup to Huachicol has generated a rebound in other crimes in the municipality, such as extortion and vehicle theft. Recognizing that Celaya car theft has increased more than 101% from one year to the next, the President referred to the Timon Coup of the state government, against a criminal group dedicated to fuel theft. ...

    Therefore, Elvira Paniagua indicated that a restructuring of the security strategy was made.
    Hit the huachicol generates rebound of other crimes (sp)

    The Pirate Who Penned the First English-Language Guacamole Recipe
    FOR ALL THE PERCEIVED GLAMOUR of piracy, its practitioners lived poorly and ate worse. Skirting death, mutiny, and capture left little room for comfort or transformative culinary experience. The greatest names in piracy, wealthy by the day’s standards, ate as one today might on a poorly provisioned camping trip: dried beef, bread, and warm beer. Those of lesser fame were subject to cannibalism and scurvy. The seas were no place for an adventurous appetite.

    But when one gifted pirate permitted himself a curiosity for food, he played a pioneering role in spreading ingredients and cuisines. He gave us the words “tortilla,” “soy sauce,” and “breadfruit,” while unknowingly recording the first ever recipe for guacamole.
    The Pirate Who Penned the First English-Language Guacamole Recipe

    Plant-Based Diets Recognized by Diabetes Associations


    Plant-based diets as the single most important, yet underutilized, opportunity to reverse the pending obesity and diabetes-induced epidemic of disease and death.

    The American Diabetes Association itself is also now on board, listing it as one of the dietary patterns acceptable for the management of the condition, but the Canadian Diabetes Association has really taken the lead. “Type 2 diabetes…is considered one of the fastest growing diseases in Canada, representing a serious public health concern.” So, they’re not messin’ around, recommending plant-based diets for disease management “because of their potential to improve body weight and [blood sugar control, as well as heart disease risk], in addition to reducing the need for diabetes medications.” They use the Kaiser Permanente definition: “a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy…and eggs, as well as all refined and processed [junk].”
    Plant-Based Diets Recognized by Diabetes Associations

    ‘Why go back to the U.S.?’ This divorced retiree left L.A. for Mexico — where he found love and halved his cost of living
    Fred Uriarte found love twice in Mexico.

    First with the country itself, then with a Mexican woman he met at a party.

    It’s a far cry from his life in Los Angeles right before he left for Mexico in 2015. The 66-year-old former aerospace management professional had recently gotten a divorce and sold his home and was temporarily living at his sister’s house while he figured things out. “It was kind of depressing. Here I am 60 years old, living in my sister’s spare bedroom with my belongings in an 8-by-10 storage unit.”

    Then a friend invited him to visit her in Akumal, Mexico — a little town about 25 miles from Playa del Carmen, a popular tourist spot on the Caribbean. “She was living in this condo on the beach. You walk in and there are sliding glass doors that look at the water. Her backyard was the Caribbean,” recalls Uriarte, who’d always dreamed of a house on the beach. It was on that day he decided the next chapter of his life would be in Mexico, where he’d spent two years of his childhood.
    ‘Why go back to the U.S.?’ This divorced retiree left L.A. for Mexico — where he found love and halved his cost of living

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  • Brief News and Views July 30, 2019

    July 30, 2019:
    • August and September Street closures,
    • Protesting San Miguel police call for dismissal of senior officers,
    • National Guard Arrives in SMA,
    • Murders grow 268% in SMA,
    • World Friendship Day 30th July,
    • Guanajuato must be prepared to receive them: They will manage 4 thousand houses for migrants,
    • Punta Banda: From Scandal To A Diverse Paradise.

    August and September Street closures
    New #cierres partial and total in #calles of #SanMigueldeAllende for August and September. Here all the info for you to look for alternative routes.
    During the weeks of August and September, there will be partial and total closures on some roads, derived from the application of the “Maintenance and conservation of streets” program that runs the infrastructure and public works management, at like the San Miguel de Allende Potable Water and Sewerage System ... [Listed closings start July 29; click through for all of the details].
    Street closures for SAPASMA, Infrastructure and Public works in SMA

    Protesting San Miguel police call for dismissal of senior officers
    Municipal police in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, are demanding that Mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal fire the department’s leadership.

    On Sunday, officers protested outside police headquarters to demand the dismissal of their bosses as well as the implementation of a new security strategy that guarantees their safety.

    The protests started after two officers were killed in a shooting last week. Dissident police say the deaths were the result of a policing strategy that sends only one or two officers out to respond to calls, exposing them to greater risk.
    Protesting San Miguel police call for dismissal of senior officers
    See also: San Miguel Times Protesting San Miguel police call for dismissal of senior officers

    National Guard Arrives in SMA
    “As of tomorrow the national guard will be working 100% together with the authorities of #SanMigueldeAllende ": @VillarrealGTO in a group @ImagenInfoBajio, 105.9 FM. The mayor appreciates his presence and denies false rumors about alleged lack of coordination.

    Today, there was a meeting between Mayor Villarreal and Colonel Jesús Téllez of the National Guard. Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 30th, members of the National Guard and municipal police will begin working together in San Miguel, “to safeguard the integrity of the people of San Miguel.”
    National Guard Arrives in San Miguel Tomorrow
    See also: Noticias con Valor English The National Guard arrives in San Miguel

    Murders grow 268% in SMA
    Violence has skyrocketed in San Miguel de Allende , proof of this is that during the first half of this year, the investigation folders for manslaughter increased by 269 percent , compared to last year, according to the latest report of the Executive Secretariat of the National Public Security System (SESNSP). ...

    In this regard, the mayor of San Miguel de Allende, Luis Alberto Villarreal, has commented that the executions in this municipality are account adjustments between criminal groups mainly dedicated to drug trafficking and has minimized the insecurity crisis that the city is experiencing ...
    In a year, murders grow 268% in San Miguel de Allende (sp)


    World Friendship Day 30th July
    World Friendship Day, also known as International Day of Friendship takes place on 30th July.
    See also: Why is International Friendship Day celebrated on July 30? (sp)

    Guanajuato must be prepared to receive them: They will manage 4 thousand houses for migrants
    After managing a first package of 50 houses for low-income families, José Guadalupe Bárcenas, president of the Association of Workers Without Borders 20-30 , affiliated with the Organization of Nations Together , it will manage with the federal government the construction of some four thousand homes for Guanajuato migrants deported from the United States.

    The leader of migrants in the neighboring northern country, reported that he recently attended the Union Congress , where he seeks authorization to manage housing for deportees who arrive in Guanajuato and do not have a place to live.
    Guanajuato must be prepared to receive them: They will manage 4 thousand houses for migrants (sp)

    Punta Banda: From Scandal To A Diverse Paradise
    In 1995, as an immigrant to Ensenada from Oakland, California, I was invited to be a partner in a leading Ensenada law firm. The firm had power of attorney for three of Mexico’s most powerful banks. Including Bancomer, whose investment strategy was aggressively seeking foreign investment; this policy was exemplified by their marketing to international real estate buyers in the form of “bank trusts,” the only guarantee for ownership rights available to foreign property owners.

    Bancomer contracted our law firm to conduct a title search to insure a trust contract. The developer, Carlos Teran, had signed a joint venture agreement with the “ejido” (a farming cooperative), which had illegally taken possession of the land to be developed. Ejido lands are regulated by the government agency RAN, which determines the legitimacy of lands being classified as ejido land (as opposed to private or government properties).

    Someone at RAN adjusted the map at a time Teran started his development to include the Punta Banda peninsula. A false report of title was issued, with the intent to defraud the foreign buyer into believing the ejido had the legal right to transfer title.
    Punta Banda: From Scandal To A Diverse Paradise

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  • Brief News and Views July 26, 2019

    July 26, 2019:
    • Biblioteca's page (schedule),
    • 'Faux guacamole' raises alarm,
    • National Guard arrived at SMA and was evicted,
    • Complaints of the SMA Police,
    • “We are all guilty of violence”: Luis Alberto Villarreal,
    • Firearms from US used in 7 out of 10 high-impact crimes and rising,
    • It will change the way you bring labor lawsuits,
    • Security forces arrest 6 narcos believed to have been part of documentary,
    • Mancera administration under investigation for altering crime rates,
    • New video of the confrontation in Independencia.

    Biblioteca's page (schedule)
    Teatro Santa Ana and Sala Quetzal schedule April 3 - 9.
    Biblioteca's page (schedule)

    'Faux guacamole' raises alarm
    From horsemeat labeled as beef to tilapia passed off as grouper, fraud has long plagued the food world. Now, taco lovers are crying foul over the discovery that their guacamole might not be what is seems.

    First uncovered on social media and reported in Chilango, the magazine that covers Mexico City, some taco stands in Mexico are substituting “calabacitas” – a bright green mexican squash – for pricier avocados in the famous dip. Once boiled and blended up with a holy combination of ingredients – tomatillo, cilantro, garlic and jalapeno – it can be hard to tell the difference.
    'Faux guacamole' raises alarm for taco lovers as avocado prices soar
    On the other hand, via Avocados from Mexico Calabacitas and Avocado To-Go Tacos

    National Guard arrived at SMA and was evicted
    Unofficially, it was reported that at the beginning of July, elements of the National Guard arrived in San Miguel de Allende as it happened in other municipalities of Guanajuato.

    These, requested a place to stay, the municipality provided the space in some premises. It was reported that two days later, municipal authorities asked the elements to withdraw from the place, since they would occupy the space. Therefore, the elements of the Guard National, they decided to withdraw from the municipality and not continue with the coordination, because there was no support from the Municipal Government.
    National Guard arrived at SMA and was evicted (sp)

    Complaints of the SMA PolicePolice of #SanMigueldeAllende They send a statement and point out that General Eddy and his people put them at risk: 'If we protest, we lose the job, it is better to lose our lives"

    The Public Security elements ask for “more security” and “greater protection” to carry out their work by taking care of the streets and citizens of San Miguel de Allende. “They are sending us to the slaughterhouse and they are not doing anything, they just ask us to ...
    Expired vests, short arms with few bullets, insults, bad strategies and 'bad commands', the complaints of the SMA Police

    “We are all guilty of violence”: Luis Alberto Villarreal
    During an interview with the local radio, the mayor of San Miguel de Allende expressed the comments of many people are made with human misery, said he has strategy and intelligence to fight crime, however, he stressed, all other murders have been account adjustments, even where two young people died as collateral victims, the goal was a person with a criminal past.
    “We are all guilty of violence”: Luis Alberto Villarreal (sp)

    Firearms from US used in 7 out of 10 high-impact crimes and rising
    An estimated 200,000 guns are smuggled into Mexico every year.

    Firearms from the United States are used in seven out of every 10 high-impact crimes committed in Mexico, according to the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE).

    The SRE said in a briefing note that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a federal law enforcement organization within the United States Department of Justice, has confirmed that most guns seized by Mexican authorities come from north of the border.
    Firearms from US used in 7 out of 10 high-impact crimes and rising
    See also: US weapons, involved in 7 out of 10 high-impact crimes in Mexico: SRE
    (sp)

    It will change the way you bring labor lawsuits. Do you know how it will work?
    Conciliation and Arbitration Boards will disappear to become courts in charge of the Judiciary, going to trial will not be easy, they will choose to make agreements.

    The change has already begun in Guanajuato, and has been budgeted at most on May 1, 2022 for the labor courts to function in full.
    It will change the way you bring labor lawsuits. Do you know how it will work? (sp)

    Security forces arrest 6 narcos believed to have been part of documentary
    One of the men, Amid “N,” 37, is believed to be the local chief of the Sinaloa Cartel, which was once headed by convicted drug trafficker Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. ..

    Announcing the arrests on Twitter, Quintana Roo security chief Alberto Capella said the six men are believed to have collaborated with Canadian television network CTV on a documentary called The Narco Riviera. The film was about drug cartels in Quintana Roo and aired in early April.
    Security forces arrest 6 narcos believed to have been part of documentary
    See also: The alleged leader of the Sinaloa Cartel in Playa del Carmen is arrested (sp)

    Mancera administration under investigation for altering crime rates
    An increase of 73.9% of the incidence of high-impact crimes was hidden through the alteration of rates in the previous administration of Mexico City ...
    Mancera administration under investigation for altering crime rates

    New video of the confrontation in Independencia
    A new video on networks, allows us to hear that the confrontation between the armed men who were traveling in a black van and the elements of the San Miguel de Allende Police, were more than 50 detonations that were carried out on the avenue Independence. Some of those bullets hit the bodies of Valentín Vargas ...
    The new video of the confrontation in Independencia that reveals the robbery of the fallen policeman's weapon

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  • Nicolas Cage cancels visit to San Miguel de Allende and Mexico

    SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, GTO. Hollywooden actor Nicolás Cage cancels visit to San Miguel de Allende and Mexico #SanMigueldeAllende #NicolasCage


    Important notice

    With deep regret we inform you that Nicolas Cage, one of our international guests of honor, has been forced to cancel his visit to the festival due to medical indications, this is because he is going through an acute sinusitis that complicates him from flying to Mexico as planned to receive his tribute and offer a keynote lecture. The talented actor has production at the door and this has also influenced his team to endorse the medical opinion that prevents him from making the flight, as he is about to film his next film. Personally, Nicolas Cage, wishes to communicate that he feels very distressed and sorry for not being able to attend the Festival this time, but has promised to attend a new invitation to meet his audience. The rest of the activities will continue as planned.

    Guanajuato International Film Festival
    Organizing Committee

    (Google translation)


    With deep regret we inform that nicolas cage has been forced to cancel his visit to the festival for medical indications that prevent him from flying to Mexico for his tribute and offer his master conference.
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  • Freak Summer Hailstorms



    "That’s impossible! BBC News - Mexico hail: Ice 1.5m thick carpets Mexico's Guadalajara"


    A freak hail storm has struck Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most populous cities, burying vehicles in a deluge of ice pellets up to two metres deep.

    “I’ve never seen such scenes in Guadalajara,” said the state governor, Enrique Alfaro.

    Guadalajara, located north of Mexico City and with a population of around five million, has been experiencing summer temperature of around 31C (88F) in recent days.


    The Guardian Freak summer hailstorm buries cars in Mexico's Guadalajara

    Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, the governor of Jalisco, which Guadalajara is the capital of, said he'd never witnessed scenes like those he saw Sunday morning.

    "Hail more than a meter high, and then we wondered if climate change exists," he said on Twitter.

    The government of Jalisco has been working with the Mexican Army and Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque authorities to clean and remove hail from all public roads, the governor said, as well as support citizens whose homes were affected.


    CNN In pictures: Mexican city struck by rare massive hail storm

    BNO News Freak hailstorm hits Mexican city of Guadalajara

    The Mazatlan Post Video: After intense hail, Guadalajara wakes up to blocks of ice

    BBC Mexico hail: Ice 1.5m thick carpets Mexico's Guadalajara


    Overnight, here in San Miguel de Allende, around midnight we had a much smaller version of a summer hailstorm. I thought it was bad until I caught up on the news about Guadalajara.

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    But, worse in some parts of town: At midnight he rose in #SanMigueldeAllende a severe thunderstorm accompanied by hail that left severe shocks, in some areas reached half a meter of ice (Twitter translation.)


    Thus was swept away by the rain exhibition "Faces of our People" the facts in canal of Canal at the height of the bridge. Atypical image of our city. (Twitter translation.)


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  • Found Horse

    #AlMomento #SanMigueldeAllende a mare came, alone, to the fire station of San Miguel de Allende, ran down the boulevard of the Conspiracy in SMA, if someone recognizes it please contact 4155668193. It is sheltered. #ServicioPúblico #AnimalesSueltos
    (Twitter translation)

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