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Vicente Fernández, ‘El Rey’ of Ranchera Music, Dies at 81

Vicente Fernández, the iconic Mexican singer, actor and film producer whose mighty baritone voice helped elevate Mariachi music to an art form, died early Sunday morning at a hospital in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was 81 years old. Fernández recorded more than 50 albums, sold more than 50 million records and appeared in more than 30 films.

Jalisco Gets Green Light for Avocado Exports to US

Mexico’s Agriculture Department has reached an agreement with U.S. authorities on a working plan to allow avocados from Jalisco to be exported to the United States as early as April 2022. For almost 25 years, only avocados from one western Mexico state, Michoacán, have been allowed to enter the U.S.

Illegal Fireworks Shop Explodes in Mexico, Killing 6 People

An illegal fireworks shop blew up in Santiago Tenango, Puebla killing two children and four adults and injuring an undetermined number of people, authorities said Tuesday. Ana Lucia Hill, the health secretary for the state of Puebla, said the blast occurred late Monday, and the force of the explosion turned brick walls into heaps of rubble.

Mexico Plans to Give Booster Shots to People Over 60

Mexican officials announced on Tuesday that they have reversed their previous position against giving coronavirus booster shots and are studying a plan to administer third doses to people over age 60. The government also long resisted vaccinating minors, but recently relented and began administering shots to youths between 15 and 17 years old.

3D Printing of Blood Plasma May Speed Up Wound Healing

New research by RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences suggests that effective wound healing may be aided by replicating a crucial component of our blood. This study explores extracting platelet-rich plasma from the blood of a patient with a complex skin wound and manipulating it through 3D printing to form an implant for tissue repair.

Warning Labels Have Not Affected Junk Food Sales

More than a year after Mexico’s food warning label law took effect, sales of junk food and sugary beverages have not declined significantly, according to a market research and a business group. In fact, sales of unhealthy products have increased in some cases.

Mexico-US Air Travel Market Has Recovered 92% of Traffic

While most international travel is still suffering the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mexico-United States market is almost back to 2019 levels. By October 2021, the airlines operating routes between these two neighboring countries had recovered 92 percent of their traffic.

Mexico Seeks to Export Avocado from Jalisco to the US

On Sunday, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader) announced that the government of Mexico seeks to negotiate with the United States to accept the export of avocado from the Jalisco region. The Secretary of Sader, Víctor Villalobos, reported that his US counterpart, Thomas Vilsack, has shown interest in the matter.

Travelers Exploring New Destinations, Extending Stays

The theme of this year's Tianguis Turístico, Latin America’s largest tourism industry event, was 'The new tourist, changes in behavior due to the pandemic.' At the conference, Airbnb co-founder, Nate Blecharczyk said that a revolution in the way we travel is taking place in countries around the world - including Mexico.

Mexico Visitor’s Permit No Longer Guarantees 180-Day Stay

Many aspects of immigration policy have been changing over the past few years, and length of stay for visitors appears to be one of them. More and more travelers have been reporting that, instead of the customary 180 days on a visitor’s permit, they were allowed 30 or fewer days to complete their travels in Mexico.
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