September 19, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Rescue teams were searching Thursday for an estimated 68 people believed buried in a mudslide after multiple storms battered large swaths of Mexico, killing nearly 100 people nationwide and leaving thousands stranded or homeless. While much attention was focused on tourists caught in the Pacific resort of Acapulco, grimmer reports emerged from villages in that hard-hit region of Guerrero state, which were largely cut off from aid and may have suffered large-scale devastation.
September 17, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities launched operations Tuesday to rescue tens of thousands of stranded tourists from Pacific resorts such as Acapulco, as deadly twin storms dissipated but the floods they spawned continued to inundate vast parts of Mexico. Almost the entire nation was experiencing storm-related weather, a meteorological phenomenon that authorities labeled of “historic” proportions. The remnants of what had been Hurricane Ingrid battered the Gulf Coast, including Veracruz state, while Tropical Storm Manuel dumped torrential rain on the Pacific Coast, a two-pronged weather attack not seen here in more than 50 years.
June 25, 2013 |
The second annual Surf Open Acapulco gets underway next week on the punchy Mexican beach break at Revolcadero Beach. The only question now: Will they get big waves? The July 2-7 event, hosted by the Fairmont Acapulco Princess will feature surfers from 12 countries who will compete for $100,000 in prizes. The contest is sanctioned by the Assn. of Surfing Professionals (ASP). Considered a good training ground for up-and-coming talent, the competition has four-star status, giving young surfers a chance to establish a name on a global scale by earning points to compete in the ASP six-star and prime-rated events.
May 14, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Univision intends to remain the king. The nation's largest Spanish-language media company, Univision Communications, on Tuesday said it has made a financial investment in the planned El Rey cable channel owned by Hollywood director Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures. El Rey, which means "the king" in Spanish, is expected to launch in December and target male Latinos under 35 with English-language programming. El Rey becomes the second planned English-language network to capture Univision investment.
April 11, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - Debate is intensifying over armed vigilante patrols that have sprung up in crime-plagued sections of rural Mexico, particularly in the state of Guerrero, where some patrols joined forces this week with a radical teachers union that has been wreaking havoc with massive protests, vandalism and violent confrontations with police. The two groups, on the surface, would appear to have little in common. The vigilante patrols, typically made up of masked campesinos , are among dozens that have emerged in the countryside in recent months, purporting to protect their communities from the depredations of the drug cartels.
February 16, 2013 |
ACAPULCO - Four days after the rapes of six Spanish tourists here, Erick De Santiago sat at his beachfront bar, with its commanding view of the blue expanse of Acapulco Bay, and posted a question on Facebook. If you could describe Acapulco in one word, what would it be? The responses came rolling in from his followers, as contradictory and tragic as modern Mexico itself: "Paradise. " "Sadness. " "Magic. " "Terror. " "Hope. " "Death. " De Santiago, a gregarious bar owner and nightclub manager, is also the president of Habla Bien de Aca, or Speak Well of Acapulco, a 2-year-old group of local business owners trying to balance the city's litany of harrowing drug-war headlines with reminders of its enduring charms.