President Calderón Announces Support for Tortilla Industry

Mexico City.- Earlier today, President Felipe Calderón launched the new tortilla chain,  Mi Tortilla, in order to strengthen and continue to support the country’s small and medium businesses, since they create jobs for Mexicans.

At the Francisco I. Madero Esplanade at the official Los Pinos residence, the President declared that this program consists of providing financing to acquire new machinery, train workers and incorporate them into this network of tortilla factories.

“It also involves strengthening a key sector for Mexicans, namely the corn and tortilla production chain. Because, by helping small-scale tortilla producers, we are also boosting the incomes of millions of Mexican families who depend on this product, tortilla, for their daily sustenance,” he explained.

Accompanied by Economy Secretary Gerardo Ruiz Mateos, the President said that the Mi Tortilla chain aims to provide 400 credits at the beginning of the program. By the end of 2010, it will have provided over four thousand credits for a sum of over 500 million pesos.

“And the goal for 2012, when I finish my term as president, is to ensure that at least 20% of the corn grinders and tortilla factories, in other words, one out of every five, will have benefited from the various forms of support and financing provided by the Mi Tortilla Program,” he said.

He remarked that these tortilla factories will be equipped with solar heaters, which will help reduce micro-businessmen’s electricity consumption by up to 30%. He added that despite last year’s economic crisis, his government made a firm commitment to small producers, supporting nearly 80,000 small and medium businesses and providing credit for nearly 85 billion pesos.

“And you know what? We’re still doing that. Government will continue to provide loans for the country’s small and medium businesses to enable them to start up, modernize or re-open their business. In government, we are making every effort to ensure that there are affordable prices for Mexican families,” he said. In this respect, he said that his administration is using a valid market mechanism to regulate the price of tortillas to prevent abuses. He also instructed the Federal Consumers’ Bureau (PROFECO) to prevent and punish all kinds of irregularities. “Because you can and should play fair with consumers. At the same time, you can use mechanisms such as Mi Tortilla to reduce costs for producers so that they do not affect consumer prices or product availability,” he explained.

‘Treasure of the Haunted Hacienda’: The Palo Alto Bilingual Adventure Series Begins with the Mystery of the Haunted Hacienda

The first book in the bilingual Palo Alto adventure series by B. Palma, “Treasure of the Haunted Hacienda: El Tesoro de la Hacienda Embrujada” (published by AuthorHouse), tells the story of four young friends who unearth the secrets of Hacienda Palo Alto and reveal how its ancient tragedies still haunt the present.

Written in two languages, side-by-side, “Treasure of the Haunted Hacienda: El Tesoro de la Hacienda Embrujada” is an ideal tale for children in bilingual classrooms and children from adjacent cultures who wish to understand the differences between their backgrounds and to read about them in their desired language. Besides its format, this tale is also one that is sure to capture the imaginations of students and readers ages 10 to 16 with its intricate plot derived from real historical events.

B. Palma’s story begins when 11-year-old Juanita Reyes returns to the Mexican countryside to care for her sick grandmother. Juanita reunites with her childhood friend Pedro, her cousin Juan’s stepson. Along with Luis, a young neighbor, and Rafael, the son of the owner of the nearby Hacienda Palo Alto, they explore its ruins. Rafael laments the hacienda’s former grandeur before it was sacked and burned after the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The massive ruins of the great hacienda overshadow the outbuildings that have been Juanita’s family’s home for centuries. They are intrigued by tales of how the two families have been intertwined for generations and how the destruction of the hacienda struck both with equal pain and tragedy. Their curiosity about how their ancestors were killed defending the payroll gold, and the mystery of what actually happened that terrible night, leads the young friends to discover the secret that the old walls had held captive for almost a century. A newborn foal and a black Spanish stallion play important parts in the story.

Entertaining and educational, “Treasure of the Haunted Hacienda: El Tesoro de la Hacienda Embrujada” is full of adventure, bravery, imagination and rich cultural history that every young reader will appreciate.

B. Palma grew up in the Mexican countryside, as did her husband who lived on his grandfather’s 17 haciendas. Many of the tales in her books are based on true events and some actually happened to her and her husband. They still ride daily. Palma holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in education, specializing in the Montessori system of education, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She currently owns and directs two Montessori schools in Mexico City and has earned accolades for her work as an educator. Other books in the Palo Alto adventure series include “Lucifer,” “The Monarch Mystery,” “The Secret of the Tarascan Ruins” and “10 Horses and a Pony” (all published by AuthorHouse). For more information, please visit the Palo Alto adventure series website at http://www.paloalto-bilingual-adventures.com/.

Viva Wyndham Redesigns Guest Rooms at Maya Resort

All-Inclusive Resort Company Continues To Meet Client Demand and Enhance Properties to Demonstrate its Commitment to Providing Guests with Unforgettable Playacar, Mexico and Viva Wyndham Experiences

MIAMI, /PRNewswire/ — Viva Wyndham Resorts announces the redesign of its guest rooms at its Maya Resort and the creation of a new room category, the Honeymoon Suite, at the Azteca Resort. The redesign and addition at two of its most popular all-inclusive resort properties located in Playacar, Riviera Maya, Mexico demonstrate Viva Wyndham Resorts’ commitment to responding to guest feedback and to providing magical vacation life moments and memorable Mexico and Viva experiences.

The redesign of the guest rooms at the Viva Wyndham Maya include the Superior Plus rooms which have been appointed with contemporary decor, including white walls with new modern artwork, a glass top built-in desk with white wood finishes, white bedding with ocean blue accents offering a serene setting, and a flat screen television. The stunning bathrooms feature a marble vanity with a countertop sink, full-sized mirror and glassed-in, marble shower. The Superior Plus rooms also feature balconies with either a gardenview or oceanview.

Additionally, the Superior Deluxe rooms feature Caribbean inspired, contemporary decor, including tall built-in headboards with an interior light, tranquil ivory and light blue bedding, a modern rattan chair, marble floors, a flat screen television and balconies. The beautifully appointed bathrooms feature a marble vanity with a double sink, marble walls and a Jacuzzi tub.

The Viva Wyndham Maya Resort also is now offering Family Rooms. The Family Room is two connecting rooms and now when guests book the room, kids 17 years of age and younger are permitted to stay in the connecting room allowing parents to be next to their children while still enjoying some privacy. Additionally, the Family Rooms now feature Wii and Xbox games included in the all-inclusive price.

The Viva Wyndham Maya Resort, known for its endless array of exciting activities for families and groups, features four restaurants offering a tempting array of cuisines in a variety of spectacular settings. Guests can enjoy unlimited non-motorized sports such as sailing, fishing, windsailing and snorkeling, or learn new sports with free group lessons on diving, tennis, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing. Guests also can rejuvenate at the exclusive, full-service Renova Spa.

The Viva Wyndham Azteca has created a new oceanfront room category, the Honeymoon Suite. The beautifully appointed rooms are larger than the Superior guest rooms and offer 456 square feet and modern decor, including marble floors, white and orange bedding and fabrics with contemporary yet rich wood furniture, an entryway with a seating area for two, a king size bed, a flat screen television built into the wall, an open Jacuzzi tub with marble and glass walls, and a separate vanity area.

The Viva Wyndham Azteca is small enough to offer an intimate, tranquil escape and grand enough to offer an assortment of activities and amenities. Guest can choose from complimentary non-motorized sports and optional excursions such as scuba and golf on a championship course. Guests also can enjoy a selection of dining options including two cocktail lounges and three restaurants. Additionally, as part of the all-inclusive package, guests can enjoy the dining, activities and entertainment of its sister property, the Viva Wyndham Maya at no cost.

The Viva Wyndham Maya and the Viva Wyndham Azteca are located on the breathtaking Mayan Riviera on the east coast of the Yucatan and are situated on stunning white sand beaches. Both resort properties are located two miles away from Playa Del Carmen which offers incredible shopping, swimming and nightlife. Additionally, guests can explore other nearby sites such as the Mayan Reef, the second-longest barrier reef in the world which offers world-class diving just offshore, and the Mayan ruins Tulum or Chichen Itza.

  For Reservations:  1-800-WYNDHAM or visit http://www.vivawyndhamresorts.com/

  About Viva Wyndham Resorts:

Viva Wyndham Resorts features all-inclusive properties throughout the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Mexico. Viva Wyndham Resorts’ multilingual staff, tropical settings, extensive amenities and thorough entertainment line-up ensures guests a truly customized vivid all-inclusive experience. As part of the brand’s passion for life, it strives to protect all the resort’s surrounding environments and cultures by implementing green programs throughout its resorts. For reservations or more information, call 800-WYNDHAM or visit http://www.vivawyndhamresorts.com/.

President Launches Diconsa Mobile Unit Pilot Program

LiconsaZacatecas.- During the launching of the DICONSA Mobile Unit Pilot Program, President Felipe Calderón stressed Federal Government’s commitment to guaranteeing cheaper food for the country’s poorest families.

Accompanied by his wife, Margarita Zavala, the President declared that price stabilization means that there will be no shortage of food in Mexican households, particularly for families living in the countryside.

“Guaranteeing quality food at fair prices is a cause shared by all, above party affiliation and political situations,” explained the president, on tour of Zacatecas.

He said that 90 mobile units will supply basic products to 350,000 families in 1,450 localities throughout the country.

The President also thanked Congress for protecting social expenditure, particularly the funds assigned to DICONSA, at a difficult time such as the 2009 economic crisis.

“And we have strengthened DICONSA by investing in LICONSA, and organizing DICONSA not only to ensure that Mexicans with least will have access to products but also to prevent the action of speculators, who are precisely those that cause the greatest damage to those living with the greatest shortages,” he said.

During the event, which was also attended by state governor Amalia García Medina, President Calderón celebrated the 30 years of this Rural Supply Program, which directly benefits one out of every five Mexicans in the country.

“That is why we need to strengthen DICONSA, even in situations with greater price stability. And I can assure you that DICONSA has proudly fulfilled its commitment to Mexicans and to Mexico,” he added.

A propos of this, he reported that the price of Mi Masa maize flour will not be increased and remain at five pesos.

“And if we think that tortilla and the maize flour increasingly used to prepare it is the basis of Mexicans’ diet, I am sure that DICONSA is doing the country a great service by providing Mi Masa fortified flour,” he declared.

Big Wave Surf Contest In Todos Santos

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Press Release/January 22, 2010 From Baja Bound Insurance

I am really excited to announce that the Todos Santos Big Wave Contest will run this February for the first time in over ten years and Baja Bound is on board as a sponsor. You can check out more info about the event on our Todos Santos Contest page or by visiting the official contest website.

Enjoy!


Geoff Hill

Vice President, Business Development
Baja Bound Insurance Services, Inc.
750 11th Avenue, Suite 101
San Diego, CA 92101
1-888-552-2252 x303
www.bajabound.com

Las Alamandas Announces Winter Art Exhibitions

COSTALEGRE, Mexico,  /PRNewswire/ — Las Alamandas, together with Galeria Corsica, is proud to present the paintings of David Gutierrez in a delightful exhibition entitled “The Colors of Mexico,” exclusively at the Las Alamandas Gallery now through April.

Also now through April 2010, Las Alamandas Gallery is pleased to present the works of acclaimed Mexican potter Angel Ortiz Gabriel. David Gutierrez studied Visual Arts at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He was selected to be a part of the High Academic Qualifications at the San Carlos Academy sponsored by UNAM Foundation and Telmex Foundation. Over the past ten years, Gutierrez has participated in several workshops around the country and has had 7 successful solo shows and more than 20 group showings.

Hailed from Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico, Angel Ortiz Gabriel has been working with clay since he was 11 years old, and has mastered the art of Barro Brunido (burnished pottery) & Traditional Pottery. Gabriel studied with the famed Jorge Wilmot, an internationally renowned craftsman honored with many distinguished accolades. Gabriel himself has won many prizes over his years in perfecting the craft.

Founded in Puerto Vallarta in 2002 by Jean Pierre Renucci and Jose Villavicencio, Galeria Corsica presents some of Mexico’s top talent in the art community. In 2006, after becoming the most important art gallery in Puerto Vallarta, Galeria Corsica opened a branch in Los Cabos, where it has quickly become the most important art gallery in that region as well.
Highlighted by Alamandas’ signature bright colors, surrounded by gentle fountains and magically lit at night, the Las Alamandas Gallery showcases a revolving collection of artwork by various established and important new Mexican Arts and Crafts Masters.

For more information, please contact info@alamandas.com or www.lasalamandas.com.