Mexican and American children breach border wall with pink seesaws

Marje Pelayo   •   July 31, 2019   •   876

Sunland Park, New Mexico, United States (July 28, 2019): Children and adults playing on seesaws along the Us-Mexico border. | Courtesy: Kerry Doyle / Reuters

Fluorescent pink seesaws were fitted on a frontier fence along the US-Mexico border to symbolically bridge the divide and encourage both children and adults to play.

The seesaws were installed by Ronald Rael, a professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley.

He received the the support of Colectivo Chopeke in Ciudad Juarez which shared his goal of connecting both sides “as a recognition of the actions that happen in one side and have a direct impact on the other,” Ronald wrote on his Instagram page.

A video of the children playing was taken in Sunland Park, New Mexico courtesy of Kerry Doyle. REUTERS

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Mexico’s mighty Popo volcano blows under starry night sky

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2019

Mexico’s majestic Popocatepetl volcano erupted early on Tuesday (August 13) morning, in a dramatic show of ash, water vapour and gas under a canopy of stars.

The dramatic eruption at 5:43 am local time (1143 GMT) spewed ash followed by incandescent rock.

Shortly after sunrise a new plume of ash and gas emerged from the snowcapped crater, reaching some 1,000 metres (3,200 feet) into the blue sky.

Popocatepetl is 5,426 metres (17,802 feet) tall and is the second highest mountain in Mexico and the fifth highest in North America. – REUTERS

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Armed robbers in Mexico steal $2.5 million in gold coins

Robie de Guzman   •   August 7, 2019

Courtesy: Reuters

Armed robbers broke into a Mexican government coin manufacturer on Tuesday (August 06) and filled a backpack with more than $2 million worth of gold coins from a vault that had been left open, security officials said.

The daylight robbery was the latest high-profile crime to hit Mexico City, where crime has increased during record lawlessness plaguing the country.

Two people, one wielding a firearm, broke into a “Casa de Moneda” branch in the morning after throwing a security guard to the ground and taking his gun, Mexico City police said.

One of the robbers then went to the vault, which was open, and filled a backpack with 1,567 gold coins, police said.

The coins, known as “centenarios,” have a face value of 50 pesos, but trade for 31,500 pesos ($1,610) apiece, according to Mexican bank Banorte. That makes the total value of the haul at least $2.5 million.

The coin was first minted in 1921 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain, according to the central bank.

Production was suspended in 1931, but the coin was re-minted beginning in 1943 due to demand for gold coins.

One side bears Mexico’s coat of arms, with an eagle perched atop a cactus, and the other features the capital’s iconic Angel of Independence monument backed by the majestic Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl volcanoes.

The coins, 37 mm (1.46 inches) in diameter, have a gold fineness of 0.900, or 90% purity.

Mexico is suffering from record murder levels that have made the capital, long regarded as a relatively safe haven, increasingly prone to violent crime. (REUTERS)

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19 Filipino sailors held in Mexico for alleged drug law violation

Robie de Guzman   •   July 30, 2019

Nineteen Filipinos and three Polish nationals who work as sailors of a Cypriot-flagged vessel have been detained in Mexico for allegedly violating the country’s law on illegal drugs.

In a report received by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Philippine Embassy in Mexico said the vessel, UBC Savannah docked in Altamira Port was held on July 27.

The DFA said Embassy representatives were able to speak with seven of the Filipino seafarers currently detained for questioning.

“The group is generally in good spirits, and informed the Embassy representatives that their families have been informed of what happened,” the department said.

Embassy officials are also in close coordination with Mexican authorities and the law firm representing the ship’s crewmembers.

“At this point, no formal charges have been filed against any seafarer,” the DFA said.

The department assured it is ready to provide aid, including legal assistance if necessary, to protect the Filipino seafarers’ right to be heard in court.

“However, should they be found to be guilty by the proper court of the charges against them, they have to face the legal consequences of their actions,” it said.

“The public is likewise reminded that the Philippine government, under the leadership of the President Rodrigo R. Duterte, expects all Filipinos to follow the laws of their countries of destination,” it added.

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