Want to delay death? Then swim, dance, or get on court.

Want to delay death? Then swim, dance, or get on court

Swimming, racquet sports and aerobics are associated with the best odds of staving off death, and in particular of reducing the risk of dying from heart disease or stroke, scientists said on Tuesday.

Enthusiasts of winter swimming warm up on the bank of the Yenisei River ahead of their weekly bathing session, with the air temperature at about minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit), in the Siberian town of Divnogorsk, Russia November 18, 2016. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin
Enthusiasts of winter swimming warm up on the bank of the Yenisei River ahead of their weekly bathing session, with the air temperature at about minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit), in the Siberian town of Divnogorsk, Russia November 18, 2016. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

In a study of various types of exercise and their risk levels, the researchers found that participation in specific sports showed significant benefits for public health, and urged doctors and policymakers to encourage people to take them up.

While the research, published in the British Journal and Sports Medicine, showed no added advantage for people who favor running and football or rugby, independent experts said this was purely due to the design of the study.

“This study must not be misinterpreted as showing that running and football do not protect against heart disease,” said Tim Chico, a consultant cardiologist at professor at Britain’s Sheffield University who was asked to comment on the findings.

The study analysed data from 11 annual health surveys for England and Scotland carried out between 1994 and 2008, covering 80,306 adults with an average age of 52.

Participants were asked about what type and how much exercise they had done in the preceding four weeks, and whether it had been enough to make them breathless and sweaty.

Exercise included heavy domestic chores and gardening; walking; cycling; swimming; aerobics, gymnastics or dance; running; football or rugby; and badminton, tennis or squash.

The survival of each participant was tracked for an average of nine years, during which time 8,790 of them died from all causes and 1,909 from heart disease or stroke.

Overall, compared with respondents who had not done a given sport, risk of death during the follow up period from any cause was 47 percent lower among those who played racquet sports, 28 percent lower among swimmers, 27 percent lower among dance aerobics fans and 15 percent lower among cyclists.

In death from heart disease and stroke, the study found racquet sports players had a 56 percent lower risk, with 41 percent for swimming and 36 percent for aerobics, compared with those who did not participate in these sports.

Chico said the study did find that both runners and footballers had a lower rate of death from heart disease. “Although this was not ‘statistically significant’, many other studies have found that runners live longer and suffer less heart disease,” he said.

“I will continue to tell my patients that regular physical activity (including running) is more effective in reducing their risk of heart disease than any drug I can prescribe.”

(Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)

Written by: Kate Kelland – Reuters

The Peril of Purchasing Ejido Land: Insight and Tips.

The Peril of Purchasing Ejido Land: Insight and Tips

November 28, 2016

If you are considering buying a property in Mexico and wish to navigate around the possibility of it being Ejido land, begin by contacting an experienced real estate agent who is knowledgeable about the process.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – One question looms large over many property investors looking to buy in Mexico; “Is this home or property attached to ‘Ejido’ (agricultural co-op) land?”

And it’s a fair question, especially given the plight of stories surrounding Ejido conflicts and expropriator actions – most recently in Tulum where long-time ‘owners’ and operators were informed that their properties may, in fact, not be their own, but that of an Ejido.

Ejido Land Transfers: A Brief History

The Ejido (agricultural) reform program began after the 1910 revolution in order to redistribute power and land to rural communities and peasants. Passed down from generation to generation, Ejido (pronounced eh-hee-do) land represented approximately 50 percent of Mexico, including coastal property on which many resort properties and coastal villages currently sit.

Prior to 1992, investing in Ejido property was difficult, if not impossible, as state laws prohibited the transfer of communal land. Land owners, ejidatarios, were permitted to rent portions to third parties but not sell it outright. Consequently, many investors and buyers entered into loosely-worded rental agreements, which later came back to haunt them.

1992: A Solution – ‘Regularizing’ an Ejido Property

To meet the needs of both Ejido sellers and buyers, in 1992, the state began establishing regulatory policy which permitted the legal transfer of Ejido land – a process called “regularizing” – opening the door to confident investing and secure property ownership.

Simply put, the new laws allowed Ejido co-operative owners to convert their communal, jointly-held property to private property, which could then be transferred to a buyer.

Ejido Land Transfers: Due Diligence and the Right Real Estate Agent

Despite the historical conflicts associated with Ejido property purchases, it is now possible to invest with confidence and security.

The regularization process, while seemingly complicated, requires a marginal investment of time and patience. These steps include:

• property surveys
• title checks
• buyer and seller identification process
• land reclassification (if necessary)
• title insurance
• procedural applications and certifications (with multiple state agents and departments)

If you are considering buying a property in Mexico and wish to navigate around the prospect of Ejido land, begin by contacting a real estate agent who is knowledgeable about the process. Do not try this alone.

First Humpback Whale sightings of the season in the Riviera Nayarit.

First Humpback Whale sightings of the season in the Riviera Nayarit

Between 500 and 600 humpback whales will swim in the waters just across from the coastal villages of the Riviera Nayarit on their way to Banderas Bay.



November is coming to a close and the first humpback whale sightings of the season in the Riviera Nayarit are already pouring in. These gigantic cetaceans have begun to arrive at Mexico’s Pacific Treasure after their long migration from the freezing waters of the North Pole and will spend the winter playing in Nayarit’s subtropical waves.

The following four months will be filled with one of nature’s most astounding displays, which will be best appreciated mainly in the area of Banderas Bay where these majestic mammals come home to year after year for their mating and calving season.

During their long swim they can be sighted from the different coastal villages along the more than 186 miles of beaches in the Riviera Nayarit.

Whale sightings are one of the most popular tours for both locals and visitors, thanks to their mating rituals that include vocalizations, or “songs.” Humans can only hear part of these songs, as they aren’t able to hear the lowest of the whale frequencies. The rituals also include body slams by the males to impress the females and the most spectacular movements of all: the breaches.

An adult humpback whale can measure anywhere from 40 to 50+ feet in length and weigh between 30 and 40 tons. They breach throughout the year, but they do so much more in the wintertime, which is why these breathtaking jumps—when they practically clear the water with their enormous bodies—are more likely to be seen during their time in Banderas Bay.

As mere onlookers it is our duty to respect their space and place ourselves in the hands of experts in order to see the whales. This is why the Riviera Nayarit Conventions and Visitors Bureau highly recommends its visitors to take tours that have been vetted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat, by its acronym in Spanish).

Written by: Riviera Nayarit

Mexico economy posts fastest quarterly growth in two years.

Mexico economy posts fastest quarterly growth in two years

Mexico’s economy posted its fastest growth in more than two years as services picked up by the most since 2011 even as industrial output was sluggish, official data showed on Wednesday.

A farmworker picks strawberries at a farm in the town of San Quintin, Baja California March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rafael Blancas
A farmworker picks strawberries at a farm in the town of San Quintin, Baja California March 25, 2015. REUTERS/Rafael Blancas

Mexico’s gross domestic product grew by 1.0 percent in the third quarter compared with the prior quarter MXGDPQ=ECI, according to seasonally adjusted data from Mexico’s statistics agency, in-line with estimates in a Reuters poll.

It was the fastest quarterly expansion since the second quarter of 2014.

The industrial sector grew 0.1 percent from the April-June period. Weak demand in the United States for Mexican-made goods has weighed on Latin America’s second biggest economy.

Mexico’s agricultural sector grew 2.0 percent, the data showed, while services grew 1.4 percent, the fastest quarterly expansion since the third quarter of 2011.

Upwardly revised quarter-on-quarter data showed the economy grew a slight 0.1 percent in the second quarter compared with a previously reported contraction.

In annual terms, the economy grew 2.0 percent compared with the same period last year MXGDPY=ECI, in line with forecasts.

(Reporting by Michael O’Boyle; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and W Simon)

Written by: Reuters





Buying property in Mexico is not an easy task, but if you are buying property in Puerto Vallarta you can make this task more feasible by surrounding yourself with the right professionals. These professionals should have the knowledge, experience and reputation to guide you smoothly through the process of purchasing new property here in Mexico. To start with, having a qualified Real Estate Agent on your team is of the outmost importance, especially if you want to secure your investment. However, you should be aware that here in Puerto Vallarta, Real Estate Agents are not subject to any regulation or legal requirements, like they are in the U.S. and Canada, and this makes it more easy for you to fall into the wrong hands when looking for a property.
So what are the differences between a Real Estate Agent in the U.S. and Canada, and a Real Estate Agent in Mexico?
Real Estate Agents in the U.S. and Canada must take certain training to get a license granted by the state government. Here in Mexico very few states have the same regulation and Jalisco and Nayarit are not among them. In the U.S. and Canada, the state governments hold a record for each agent, and this makes it easier to do a background check on the agent you want to hire. Also in those countries, if the Agent is dishonest or violates any rules, he can lose his license and can’t practice. In Puerto Vallarta, we have none of that, and this makes it easier for dishonest people to misrepresent themselves as Real Estate Agents, even if they have done bad deals in the past.
So how can I know if a Real Estate Agent in Puerto Vallarta has the required qualifications?
Since there is no regulation for Real Estate Agents here, there is practically no way to verify with certainty the qualifications of an agent. Asking for references would be a good start. Ask the agent directly what are his or her qualifications (Were they real estate agents in their country of origin? Do they work here in PV with an international company? How long have they been working here?). But you should know that in the end there is no legal way to verify this information. Something that might be useful would be to verify if they are members in good standing of association of real estate agents called “Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals” also known as AMPI. This association provides training and courses to their members and tries to harmonize the working practices of the agents.
And can I take legal action against a Real Estate Agent who provided false information or didn’t disclose relevant information on the property?
Yes, however Mexico is a country where what is signed in paper prevails. Whether you are buying or selling a property, so you should always try to have a contract signed where the liabilities of your agent are listed. This document will also help you in case you decide to press criminal charges for fraud against the agent, even if this agent works for a developer.
As the real estate market in Puerto Vallarta is experiencing some growth, the number of people who are acting as agents is also growing. Many of them are experienced, qualified and honest, and some of them are not. You should avoid dealing with the latter at all cost.
I want to thank my friend Harriet Murray, President of AMPI Puerto Vallarta, for her collaboration in writing this article.

Roberto Ortiz de Montellano is a Mexican-Licensed Attorney at Law with over twenty years of professional legal experience. He started his own practice in Puerto Vallarta two years ago. His areas of expertise focuses primarily on Real Estate Law, Business Law and Estate Planning. www.ortizdemontellano.com

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Two new convention centers coming to the Bay of Banderas.

Two new convention centers coming to the Bay of Banderas

Next Spring will bring some grand openings in the Riviera Nayarit: Grupo Vidanta will inaugurate its convention center in March 2017 and Bel Air Unique will open theirs in June 2017.


The Riviera Nayarit is a constantly evolving destination and, in order to fulfill the increasing demands of the meetings industry, Nuevo Vallarta’s Grupo Vidanta and Hotel Bel Air Unique Resort & Convention Center Vallarta in Flamingos are both building enormous new convention centers.

“This is great news for the destination,” commented Marc Murphy, Managing Director of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We’d like to extend our congratulations to both properties for their initiative and their vision in building these centers and adapting their outdoor areas to better host events. I believe we’ll have more tools than ever to promote this destination within this segment by 2017.”

The first to open will be the Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Convention Center, scheduled for inauguration in March 2017. It will have four main ballrooms with over 32,290 sq. ft. of space, making it the largest in the destination with a capacity for up to 2,400 people.

On each side it will have foyer areas with 14,316 sq. ft. of space and four small rooms. The huge complex will also offer several other rooms, meeting spaces, beach areas, terraces and the famous Santuario with 75,347 sq. ft. The Grand Mayan Playa boasts the largest space in this development with capacity for up to 3,000 attendees in a cocktail setting.

The Bel Air Unique, located in the Flamingos area, has begun a top-to-bottom remodel where it will increase their number of rooms from 215 to 480, add another five pools to the current one, and increase their restaurants from two to six, not to mention many other new amenities for their guests, among them, the Bel Air Convention Center, projected to open in June 2017.

The interior and outdoor convention areas for this hotel will be able to host up to 3,600 people simultaneously in the 33,906 sq. ft. of available area. The Gran Salón Bucerías will the largest ballroom with an area of over 15,000 sq. ft. and room for up to 1,600 people; it can also be divided into six smaller rooms. In addition, the center will have a foyer with over 8,000 sq. ft. of space and room for up to 860 people.

The two outdoor spaces are the Las Tortugas Garden with over 8,000 sq. ft. of space for up to 860 people and the Playa de Chacala Area with 2,690 sq. ft. and capacity for up to 280 attendees. All the spaces can be set up in the auditorium, classroom, banquet and cocktail styles, among others.

Day of Revolution in Mexico



This week we celebrate the Day of Revolution on November 20th. This is one of the more important political holidays in Mexico, celebrating the overthrow of the Porfirio Diaz dictatorship and the resulting 10-year battle that ultimately changed the face of Mexico into the democracy we have today.
Politically, the promulgation of the Mexican Constitution of 1917 is seen by many scholars as the end point of the armed conflict. Economic and social conditions improved in accordance with revolutionary policies, so that the new society took shape within a framework of official revolutionary institutions,” with the constitution providing that framework. The period 1920–1940 is often considered to be a phase of the Revolution, during which power was consolidated and the revolutionary constitution of 1917 was implemented.
This armed conflict is often categorized as the most important sociopolitical event in Mexico and one of the greatest upheavals of the 20th century; it resulted in an important program of experimentation and reform in social organization. (Wikipedia) A fitting remembrance for today’s political climate. To celebrate this historic event, businesses, schools and government offices close on November 20th. There will be a parade through the main plaza of most towns including Puerto Vallarta. Typically children dress up as the revolutionaries, who have been bestowed street signs across the country, and it’s adorable. Many of the most famous names in Mexican history were a part of this national revolution including Poncho Villa, Emiliano Zapata and Venustiano Carranza.
Aside from the revolutionary festivities of this coming week, there are dozens of exciting events around town. Be sure to check out the Events Calendar on page 26.
I’ve had family in town for the past week so I’ve been out and about dining at our local restaurants (Margarita Grill has the biggest servings and delicious Coconut Shrimp, Lagostino’s the most potent Margaritas) and taking in the various sights. The i Madonnari festival on the weekend resulted in some stunning yet fleeting artwork. Good thing we all travel with a camera these days. Plenty to see and do (and eat and drink) – head out and explore this paradise, you won’t regret it!
Safe travels,

Mexico, five others to pursue TPP with or without U.S.

Mexico, five others to pursue TPP with or without U.S.

 November 19, 2016

Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo speaks during a news conference on the Brexit at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero
Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo speaks during a news conference on the Brexit at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Mexico’s Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Friday Mexico, Japan, Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore aim to continue with the Trans-Pacific Partnership with or without the United States.

“We determined that our countries will press ahead with this agreement independently of what Washington decides,” Guajardo said of the trade deal on Mexican radio from Lima where he is taking part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

The six nations are among 12 signatories of the TPP, which currently cannot take effect without the ratification of the United States. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump condemned the deal on the campaign trail, leaving its fate uncertain.

What about NAFTA?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will meet on the sidelines of an Asian regional summit in Lima, Peru.

They intend to speak to each other more frequently about their NAFTA strategy in the months to come, said the source, who declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the issue.

Trump, who takes office in January, says he will either tear up or push to renegotiate the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement, under which Canada and Mexico both send the vast majority of their exports to the United States.

“The two men will run through a number of scenarios in Lima and talk about how to address them,” said the source.

“They will hold more frequent talks on NAFTA in the coming months as the president-elect’s plans become clearer.”

The Mexican government later said in a statement that Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo will meet Canada’s International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland in Lima on Friday to discuss “issues of regional interest” in preparation for a meeting between Pena Nieto and Trudeau at the summit.

It did not provide further details on the leaders’ meeting.

Trump is working with close aides to decide who should get key jobs. His key transition officials do not yet have access to detailed briefing documents on national security and economic policy.

The source said it was too soon to say what, if any, common front Canada and Mexico would take to defend NAFTA, given neither country had any idea what Trump’s intentions were.

Canadian officials say that if Trump walks away from NAFTA, Canada could fall back on an earlier 1984 free trade deal with the United States.

There are no such options for Mexico, which Trump has also singled out over what he says is the problem of illegal immigration. Trump made building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border a central issue of his campaign.

Written by: Reuters



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