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Victor Castillo is an independent television news reporter, field producer, camera man and editor based in McAllen, Texas United States of America. He specializes on immigration, drug trafficking and national security issues. He is bilingual (English/Spanish) and can work on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
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Colombia between reforms

27 Apr 2024  |  www.vanguardia.com
Colombia is undergoing significant reforms, including healthcare and pension changes. The healthcare system has faced chronic issues, leading to a new, more compact reform proposal. The pension reform has passed the Senate but awaits further debates. Political protests against President Gustavo Petro highlight the need for dialogue. The Ministry of Health's draft tariff manual faced backlash, and there is uncertainty about the new healthcare model for teachers. These developments are crucial for the country's future, aiming for a more equitable society.

Announced Energy Crisis

20 Apr 2024  |  www.vanguardia.com
Colombia faces an imminent energy crisis due to government inaction despite expert warnings. The reliance on hydroelectric power, which accounts for 62% of the country's energy, is problematic given the extended El Niño phenomenon. The crisis is exacerbated by the rejection of solar farm projects, delays in Hidroituango's turbine operations under EPM's management by former mayor Daniel Quintero, and lack of financial incentives for renewable energy investments. Recent measures by the Ministry of Mines and Energy are seen as too late, with continuous rationing expected. The article calls for sustainable, impactful actions and citizen responsibility to conserve electricity, noting a significant increase in consumption.

The Health System Crisis

06 Apr 2024  |  www.vanguardia.com
The archiving of President Gustavo Petro's health reform by the Senate's Seventh Commission has led to significant public order actions and interventions by the Superintendencia de Salud, affecting major health insurance providers like Nueva EPS, Sanitas EPS, and Compensar. This has caused widespread concern among patients and the community due to increased complaints and financial instability. The situation is exacerbated by statements from Aldo Cadena, former president of Nueva EPS, about the entity's inability to pay hospitals fully. The failure to pass the health reform is seen as a political victory but detrimental to society, leading to administrative reforms that may be more challenging to implement. The article also highlights issues in the selection process for a new health model for the Magisterio, raising concerns about transparency and fairness.

Welcome to the Pluxee Blog

01 Mar 2024  |  sodexo.com.mx
The Pluxee Blog introduces readers to Pluxee, a new brand offering a range of experiences. It covers topics such as the steps to create a business in Mexico, the importance of International Women's Day, the role of workplace incentives, the evolution of salary to include emotional wages, strategic management, the impact of fuel prices on daily life and the economy, legal aspects of food vouchers, superior benefits for employees, Valentine's Day gift trends, emergency car kits, the value of the UMA 2024, fuel management for fleets, and the importance of workplace well-being post-pandemic.

Tamaulipas, the capital of migrant kidnappings in Mexico

04 Jan 2024  |  vozdeamerica.com
Migrants traveling to the northern border of Mexico are victims of kidnappings in the state of Tamaulipas, a border area that is emerging as the capital of migrant kidnappings. Víctor Hugo Castillo reports from McAllen, Texas.

Who are the 'runners' of the border between Mexico and the US?

04 Jan 2024  |  vozdeamerica.com
The U.S. Border Patrol refers to migrants who cross the border irregularly and attempt to evade authorities as 'runners.' These individuals are aware they do not qualify for any immigration process and therefore try to avoid inspection points.

Number of Migrants Surrendering at the Southern US Border Increases

03 Jan 2024  |  vozdeamerica.com
The number of migrants irregularly crossing the southern border of the US and surrendering to authorities continues to rise. The U.S. Border Patrol notes an increase in individuals attempting to evade law enforcement. Víctor Hugo Castillo reports from McAllen, Texas.

Mexico dismantles migrant camp at its northern border

29 Dec 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
The Mexican government has largely dismantled a migrant camp in Matamoros while President Andrés Manuel López Obrador claims to maintain a good relationship with the U.S. government on immigration issues. Víctor Hugo Castillo reports from McAllen, Texas.

Two migrants die crossing the Rio Grande between Tamaulipas and Texas

22 Dec 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Two migrants drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande from Tamaulipas, Mexico, into the United States, highlighting the dangers of irregular migration. Víctor Hugo Castillo reports from McAllen, Texas.

Migrants recount the kidnapping they suffered on Mexican territory

14 Dec 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
The United States Department of State has reported extremely high rates of kidnapping in Mexico, which significantly affects migrants. Víctor Hugo Castillo spoke with some survivors, whose testimonies may be disturbing to some viewers.

The Health of Teachers

21 Oct 2023  |  vanguardia.com
President Petro announced the cancellation of a healthcare service contract for public school teachers due to corruption in the contracting process. The contract, worth over $13 trillion for a 4-year period, was for services managed by Fomag and Fiduprevisora. The National Health Superintendency reported high complaint rates for the teachers' healthcare service, exceeding those of the worst-performing health providers. A high-level government summit with various ministers and the director of ADRES discussed a new contracting system to improve service quality. The Health Minister's announcements on the elimination of SOAT and ongoing reforms in Congress suggest a complete restructuring of healthcare services in Colombia. Active involvement from all stakeholders is crucial for the successful implementation of the new model and to ensure improved healthcare for all citizens.

Ecuadorian authorities investigate prosecutor's murder

04 Oct 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Ecuadorian authorities have charged two suspects with the shooting murder of prosecutor César Suárez in Guayaquil. The suspects were arrested last Wednesday by the police. The report comes from Quito by Néstor Aguilera.

Incomprehensible Facts

23 Sep 2023  |  vanguardia.com
The author, a medical professional with 45 years of experience, expresses difficulty in understanding human nature's capacity for evil, citing historical and recent examples of violence and brutality. In Colombia, ex-military personnel have confessed to murdering innocent youths, presenting them as guerrillas killed in combat, affecting over 6,000 families. The author also condemns the use of children by terrorist actors for crimes and sexual exploitation. Internationally, the author criticizes Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing repression by the Cuban regime. The piece suggests that while mental disorders may explain some of this behavior, society must work to prevent evil through knowledge, compassion, and collaboration, emphasizing the power of individual commitment to create a more understanding and just society.

The new 'factory of the world'

09 Sep 2023  |  vanguardia.com
China's economic slowdown, driven by President Xi Jinping's internal policies favoring a more orthodox communist approach and exacerbated by geopolitical tensions, has led to capital flight and factory relocations to nations like Vietnam, Malaysia, and India. India, now the world's most populous nation, is emerging as a potential new 'factory of the world' as it adopts its ancestral name 'Bharat' at the G20 summit, signaling a break from its colonial legacy. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, India has seen significant modernization and socio-economic changes, attracting over $80 billion in investments in 2023, particularly from the United States. Despite challenges such as inequality and sustainability, India is poised to become an increasingly important global player in political, economic, and military spheres.

A Giant in Trouble

02 Sep 2023  |  vanguardia.com
China, once the driving force of global economic growth with sustained GDP increases over 12% for two decades, is facing a crucial moment in its financial history. The construction sector, which accounted for about 30% of the economy, has collapsed, triggered by the Chinese government's regulatory changes. This led to the bankruptcy of major construction firms, including Evergrande, which has debts exceeding $300 billion. Additionally, the manufacturing and export sectors have declined, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and economic tensions with the United States. China is now shifting towards relying more on its domestic market for growth amidst these challenges.

Regional Elections

26 Aug 2023  |  vanguardia.com
With regional and local elections 60 days away, it is crucial for future leaders to prioritize regional well-being over political interests and personal ambitions. The text discusses the need for metropolitan integration to address urban chaos caused by individual municipal administrations, citing Bogotá's 1954 unification as a positive example. It highlights critical issues such as the failed Metrolínea project, the waste management challenges at El Carrasco, and the vulnerability to the El Niño phenomenon due to inadequate water supply and wastewater treatment. The article calls for decisive action and effective decision-making in the upcoming elections to guide the region towards a future of progress.

The Dark Chapter of Odebrecht

19 Aug 2023  |  vanguardia.com
The Colombian Attorney General's report on the Odebrecht case has revealed a complex bribery scheme involving over 80 billion pesos, affecting presidential campaigns, including those of Juan Manuel Santos and Óscar Iván Zuluaga. The Odebrecht scandal, which emerged in 2014, has swept across Latin America, with the Brazilian Operation Car Wash uncovering extensive bribery networks. High-profile arrests in Peru, including former presidents, highlight the widespread corruption. In Colombia, the involvement of Grupo Aval in the scandal raises further questions about corporate corruption. The case underscores the need to combat corruption and ensure transparency in both political and business spheres.

Peace and Stability

12 Aug 2023  |  vanguardia.com
Global tensions and imminent conflicts raise concerns about the possibility of a third world war, with critical hotspots from Europe to Africa and Asia demanding an urgent international response. The Russia-Ukraine conflict has escalated alarmingly, marking the first major aggression in Europe since World War II. Poland has increased its military presence on the Belarusian border to counter Russia, while Moscow's nuclear threats heighten fears of a catastrophic escalation. In Africa, the recent coup in Niger has prompted calls for military intervention, and the presence of Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group underscores Russia's geopolitical interests. Asia faces its own tensions as China threatens Taiwan's independence. The international community is urged to prioritize peace and stability over national interests and geopolitical objectives, especially given the presence of advanced nuclear weapons.

Bucaramanga Dressed in Mourning

08 Jul 2023  |  vanguardia.com
The city of Bucaramanga is in mourning following the death of 21-year-old Daniel Felipe Ibáñez, whose passing has led to chaos in the city through blockades, aggression, intimidation, and theft. These acts of vandalism are not seen as expressions of solidarity but rather as a cause of anxiety and rejection, even by the victim's family. There is a concerning trend of citizens resorting to violence to demand justice, especially when the facts are still under investigation. A report by Vanguardia indicates that 40% of Bucaramanga's citizens attempt to take justice into their own hands. The situation has also brought scrutiny to the actions of Bucaramanga's Traffic Directorate, with 70% of citizens believing traffic officers exceed their authority. The implementation of body cameras for traffic agents is suggested to improve transparency and the institution's image. The text highlights a societal issue of mistrust, with 46% of people in Bucaramanga believing it is impossible to trust others, and emphasizes the importance of teaching values like tolerance, respect, and peaceful conflict resolution to build a better future for the city.

Rethinking the Way We Transport Ourselves

24 Jun 2023  |  vanguardia.com
March has been the most polluted month of 2023 in the Bucaramanga metropolitan area, with air quality reaching harmful levels for sensitive groups due to particulate matter from Venezuelan and local forest fires. The majority of pollution is attributed to personal vehicles and motorcycles, contributing to 73% of the carbon monoxide emissions. The article questions how to change transportation habits, noting that motorcycles and illegal 'mototaxis' are the most popular modes of transport. It suggests improving public transport and promoting alternative methods like cycling, which is currently chosen by only 1% of the population, despite the construction of bike paths. The upcoming elections present an opportunity to make air pollution a central campaign issue.

Artificial Intelligence and the Future

27 May 2023  |  vanguardia.com
Artificial intelligence (AI) has rapidly gained prominence, with OpenAI's ChatGPT bringing the technology to the mainstream since its launch in November 2022. The sector has seen a surge, with 13 companies becoming unicorns, valued over $1 billion, often within a year. AI's potential is vast, from answering complex questions quickly to discovering new antibiotics against deadly superbugs. Bill Gates predicts that AI assistants will soon negate the need to use search engines like Google, potentially disrupting digital giants such as Amazon and Google. As the fourth industrial revolution unfolds, both companies and workers must adapt to new realities, with AI poised to take over tasks in finance, data processing, and insurance brokering.

Acquired Growth Hormone Deficiency and its Evolution with Growth Hormone Application in an Adult Golden Retriever

15 Mar 2023  |  dialnet.unirioja.es
A 7-year-old spayed female Golden Retriever with severe hair loss, dry and discolored remaining hair, temporal muscle atrophy, and apathy was diagnosed with acquired growth hormone (GH) deficiency. Despite treatment with levothyroxine and normal thyroid and adrenal hormone levels, the dog's condition did not improve. Further evaluation including IGF-1 measurement, xylazine stimulation, and computed tomography of the sellar region revealed a GH deficit and a pituitary adenoma. Treatment with growth hormone resulted in notable hair regrowth, improved cognitive attitude, and increased IGF-1 levels after two months, emphasizing the importance of comprehensive diagnostic approaches and specialized veterinary care in managing complex animal health issues.

We have made progress in Health

08 Jan 2022  |  vanguardia.com
Colombia's per capita GDP is less than half the global average, yet it allocates 7.2% of its GDP to health, with an annual value of 325 dollars per person for medical care. Despite this, Colombia's healthcare system is ranked 22nd out of 180 countries by the WHO, surpassing Germany, Sweden, Canada, the USA, and China. A recent survey shows a 78.7% satisfaction rate with EPS healthcare providers, with over 80% willing to recommend their EPS. Colombia has achieved universal health coverage for its 50 million citizens. The last government made significant progress by enforcing compliance with technical, financial, and quality standards, leading to the liquidation of 11 EPS and the expected liquidation of six more. The country's hospital network did not collapse during the COVID-19 pandemic due to government measures that doubled ICU bed capacity. The author urges to defend these achievements and cautions against proposals to hand over health management to state bureaucracy.

Reflections for an Election

13 Nov 2021  |  vanguardia.com
The 13th edition of the Cifras y Conceptos survey, which polled 1,544 leaders in Colombia, highlights the need for solutions to inequality and corruption, identified as top priorities. The upcoming presidential and congressional elections will take place during the post-pandemic period, with the full impact of the virus still unknown. The pandemic has exacerbated inequality and poverty, potentially erasing two decades of social progress. Colombia requires political renewal with transparent and committed leaders, avoiding individualism and populist proposals. Proposals such as a 50% payroll subsidy by the state and a two-year amnesty from payroll taxes are suggested to promote employment among youth. Additionally, the article calls for incentives for new businesses with government-backed seed capital and a platform to facilitate and promote them. To combat corruption, the article recommends tripling penalties for state embezzlement and eliminating house arrest benefits. The hope is that these concerns will be addressed in the upcoming elections.

Why are we increasingly unhappy?

06 Nov 2021  |  vanguardia.com
Society is experiencing high levels of stress and depression, exacerbated by the pandemic's challenges such as mobility restrictions, personal protection, fear of illness, grief, and economic instability. Despite modern tools for a better life, happiness is lacking. Tal Ben-Shahar, a Harvard professor, suggests happiness is not found in perfection but in generosity and kindness, as demonstrated by a study where spending money on others increased happiness for longer than spending on oneself. The pursuit of perfection is a major cause of unhappiness, and accepting oneself is crucial. The pandemic highlights the importance of helping others for mutual benefit, echoing Ana Frank's sentiment that everyone has something to give.

En una reunión privada con agentes de la Patrulla Fronteriza, Alejandro Mayorkas admitió que el Gobierno saldrá perdiendo con la actual crisis fronteriza si los migrantes continúan cruzando. "Es insostenible, estos números no pueden continuar", enfatizó.

Un buen samaritano salva niñas de 8 y 2 años que fueron abandonadas a su suerte tras cruzar la frontera de Reynosa a La Joya, pero otro migrante vio que "se iban quedando atrás" y las guío en la travesía. "Les di agua, porque se venían ahogando", cuenta.

The Black Seminoles, known as Los Negros Mascogos in Mexico, settled in Nacimiento de Los Negros, Mexico, in 1849. Descended from African American slaves who escaped to Florida before making their way further south, the community celebrates Juneteenth

A family celebrates Juneteenth in Mexico — where their Black ancestors first found freedom

07 Oct 2021  |  NBC News
The article discusses how Corina Torralba Harrington and her family celebrate Juneteenth not in Texas, where it originated, but in Nacimiento de los Negros, Mexico, where their Black Seminole ancestors settled after escaping slavery. The Black Seminoles found freedom in Mexico long before the Emancipation Proclamation. The article highlights the lack of awareness about the history of Black Seminoles in the U.S. education system, as experienced by Harrington and her cousin's daughter, Ashley Rodriguez. It also touches on the social justice movement and the personal connection felt by Black Seminole descendants. The story delves into the history of the Black Seminoles' migration for freedom and their struggles. It concludes with efforts by Harrington and Rodriguez to preserve and teach their family's history and culture, including the Gullah language spoken by their ancestors.

Con la cooperación de la Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza (CBP, en inglés), trabajadores de la industria manufacturera en México se trasladan a Estados Unidos para recibir la vacuna contra el COVID-19 y luego regresan a su país.

En un albergue de Reynosa, en México, Víctor Hugo Castillo para la Voz de América, encontró una historia que bien ilustra el significado de “sentido de dignidad”

En la frontera sur, han comenzado los traslados -entre Reynosa (México) y McAllen (Estados Unidos)- de migrantes que pueden ahora, por razones humanitarias, presentar sus solicitudes de asilo ante autoridades estadounidenses.

Entre Reynosa, México y McAllen, Texas, avanzan los traslados de migrantes que por razones humanitarias pueden presentar ahora sus solicitudes de asilo ante autoridades estadounidenses.

Estados Unidos actualizó su alerta de viaje a México al advertir de un riesgo máximo por inseguridad en 16 estados.

Una directriz anunciada por el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de Estados Unidos revierte una política del gobierno de Donald Trump.

Mientras la población migrantes aumenta en campamentos improvisados en la frontera del lado mexicano, también crece la presencia de organismos humanitarios dedicados a la atención médica

Mientras Estados Unidos avanza en la aplicación de la vacuna COVID-19, la región de la frontera sur está recibiendo vuelos internacionales desde México.

Los agentes policiales en Centroamérica no están exentos de amenazas, y algunos toman la arriesgada decisión de emigrar con su familia de manera irregular a otro país.

Aproximadamente 500 migrantes fueron capturados el miércoles por la Patrulla Fronteriza en La Joya, Texas, justo la noche antes de la visita a McAllen del secretario de Seguridad Nacional de Estados Unidos, Alejandro Mayorkas.

Patrulla Fronteriza encontró abandonados a dos pequeños hermanos hondureños a la margen del Rio Grande. Víctor Hugo Castillo nos explica que este caso muestra que los padres siguen exponiendo a sus hijos a grandes riesgos

El tráfico de personas en un problema grave que no solo se ha identificado en la frontera sur de Estados Unidos, sino también en los diferentes países que atraviesan los migrantes.

Actions Against Unfulfilled Promises

25 Sep 2021  |  vanguardia.com
In Santander, Colombia, many municipalities are facing water shortages despite past promises of sufficient water supply. The rural areas are particularly affected, with only 32% coverage. Failed projects like the Mesa de los Santos aqueduct, which lost over 29 billion pesos due to poor planning and corruption, exemplify the issue. The treatment of sewage is also problematic, with only 10% of wastewater being treated. The article recalls the case of former governor Richard Aguilar, who is under investigation for embezzlement, and the unfulfilled road solutions he promised. Public administration and control entities must take action to prevent these issues, and businesses are encouraged to participate in solutions through the 'Obras por Impuestos' mechanism, which allows them to cover up to 50% of their income tax with the development of community-impacting projects.

San Miguel del Río is the only municipality in Oaxaca that has been free from Covid-19

12 Jul 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
San Miguel del Río, a municipality in the Sierra Norte of Oaxaca, has successfully avoided any Covid-19 infections among its 400 inhabitants. The community has implemented strict measures such as closing its borders and setting up sanitary checkpoints, which have been in place since last year. These measures have been maintained despite the state's epidemiological traffic light system changing to green. The municipality's low population density and mobility have contributed to its success in preventing the virus's spread. Local authorities, including the municipal secretary Irene Bernardino López Cruz and the municipal trustee Bernardo Ramón Vásquez Romero, have been vigilant in enforcing these rules, which include restricting entry to non-residents and mandating health protocols for any visitors.

Official from the State Investigation Agency executed in Oaxaca

29 Jun 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
Omar Chepetla, the Director of Investigations at the State Investigation Agency (AEI) of the Attorney General's Office of Oaxaca (FGEO), was shot and killed by a heavily armed group near the agency's facilities in the state capital. The incident occurred when Chepetla was traveling in an official vehicle, which was intercepted by unknown individuals who opened fire, causing his immediate death. Security forces in Oaxaca City responded to the scene, cordoned off the area, and began searching for the perpetrators. Chepetla had a degree in Business Administration and served in the Federal Police for 29 years before joining the AEI in September 2019, where he worked until his death. The Attorney General's Office has stated its commitment to firmly applying the law against those responsible for the crime.

Reward Offered for Juan Vera Hernández, Accused in Acid Attack on Saxophonist

28 Jun 2021  |  la-prensa.com.mx
The State Attorney General's Office of Oaxaca issued a search notice for Juan Antonio Vera Hernández, implicated in the attempted femicide against Oaxacan saxophonist Elena Ríos. A reward of one million pesos is offered for information leading to his capture. Vera Hernández is the son of Juan Antonio V.C., the intellectual author of the September 2019 attack, who is incarcerated in the Tanivet prison. Following the notice, Ríos demanded justice from the current prosecutor, Arturo Peimbert Calvo, on social media.

Sanitation workers in Oaxaca's capital go on strike

28 Jun 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
Sanitation workers in Oaxaca de Juárez have initiated a strike to demand the repair of two garbage collection machines and the provision of supplies such as masks, hand sanitizer, soap, and gloves to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic. The strike has led to the accumulation of waste at the garbage ramp near the Central de Abasto, turning it into an open-air dump and disrupting vehicle traffic, with no response yet from the municipal authorities.

Emergency Declared Due to Heavy Rains in Seven Municipalities of Oaxaca

26 Jun 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
The National Coordination of Civil Protection announced the end of the Emergency Declaration issued on June 22, 2021, for seven municipalities in the state of Oaxaca due to severe rainfall on June 15 and a river flood on June 16, 2021. The declaration was for the municipalities of Guevea de Humboldt, San Juan Cotzocón, San Pedro Comitancillo, Santa María Guienagati, Juchitan de Zaragoza, Ciudad Ixtépete, Santa María Xadani, and Asunción Ixtaltepec. No supplies were authorized for the municipalities declared in emergency, according to the guidelines of the Fund for the Attention of Emergencies.

Journalist murdered in Oaxaca had precautionary measures from DDHPO

18 Jun 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
Gustavo Sánchez Cabrera, a journalist murdered in Oaxaca, was under the protection of the Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists and had precautionary measures from the Defensoría de los Derechos Humanos del Pueblo de Oaxaca (DDHPO) since last year. Following his murder, the DDHPO initiated an investigation and requested the Fiscalía General del Estado de Oaxaca (FGEO) to conduct an independent, prompt, and impartial investigation to clarify the facts and prosecute the material and intellectual authors of the crime. The FGEO has started an investigation into the homicide, which was reportedly committed by individuals on a motorcycle in Tehuantepec.

Guelaguetza 2021 is canceled due to Covid-19 risk

16 Jun 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
For the second consecutive year, the in-person Guelaguetza 2021 event in Oaxaca has been canceled due to health conditions related to the pandemic, as confirmed by the state governor, Alejandro Murat Hinojosa. The decision prioritizes mitigation and prevention measures for Covid-19. Despite Oaxaca being in a green traffic light status with 47,479 confirmed Covid cases and 3,822 deaths, the governor emphasized the importance of protecting the health of Oaxaqueños and visitors during the holiday season.

Canada and Denmark take the Triathlon World Cup in Huatulco

13 Jun 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
Canadian Tyler Mislawchuk and Denmark's Alberte Kjer Pedersen won the Huatulco Triathlon World Cup. The event in Oaxaca Bay was the last stop before the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, indicating a high level of competition. Mislawchuk, the favorite, achieved his second consecutive gold in Huatulco, with Brazilians Manoel Messias and Miguel Hidalgo completing the podium. Mexican David Nuñez was the top Latin American, finishing fourth, ahead of Spain's David Castro. In the women's race, Pedersen took first place, followed by the USA's Kirsten Kasper and Austria's Lisa Perterer. Mexicans Claudia Rivas and Cecilia Pérez were defined as the national representatives, finishing 11th and unable to complete due to injury, respectively. The event was attended by officials from various Oaxacan sports and tourism organizations.

Political gain must not take precedence over life

12 Jun 2021  |  vanguardia.com
The right to health, linked to the right to life, has been constitutionally recognized in Colombia since the 1991 Constitution, as per a tutelage ruling by the Constitutional Court. Despite this, political interests of strike promoters have violated this right during the severe peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nelson Alarcón, a public teacher and former president of Fecode, admitted the strike has political motives aimed at winning power in the 2022 elections. As a doctor with over 40 years of experience, the author expresses pain over the indifference and lack of humanitarian sense, highlighting the 16 months of tireless work by health personnel against COVID-19. The author condemns the radical sectors for orchestrating the current crisis, as claimed by Diana Perafán, an indigenous leader. The author calls for sanity and reason, criticizing the social unrest during the pandemic and urging political leaders to seek power through democratic means, warning that the current approach is leading to widespread rejection by Colombians.

Warehouse with supplies allegedly from Morena discovered in Oaxaca

03 Jun 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
Dozens of supplies were found in a warehouse and a private vehicle in the municipalities of Santa Lucía del Camino and Oaxaca de Juárez. The supplies are allegedly from the political party Morena. The discovery was made after a phone complaint, leading state police to secure the location. Witnesses reported seeing people unloading bags of supplies from the warehouse. Additionally, Flavio Sosa Villavicencio claimed that a van was transporting supplies from the PRI in Colonia Jardín, but a video confirmed that the van did not contain any supplies. Authorities have not yet made any official statements.

PRI candidate for mayor in Oaxaca attacked by gunfire; his daughter was injured

19 May 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
Hugo Jairo Hernández, a PRI candidate in Mariscala de Juárez, Oaxaca, was attacked by gunfire during his campaign, resulting in serious injury to his daughter. The attack occurred on May 19, 2021, around 9:15 AM. Three armed individuals wearing balaclavas emerged from a gray Toyota truck and opened fire before fleeing. The candidate's daughter suffered severe internal injuries and was rushed to the hospital in Huajuapan de León, where she is fighting for her life. The FGEO has launched an investigation, and the municipal police have provided protection for the victims. The identity and motive of the attackers remain unknown, but Hernández has stated he will continue his campaign undeterred.

Protests in Oaxaca Demand Search for Missing Persons

10 May 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
On Monday morning, relatives of missing persons marched in Oaxaca City to demand the federal and state governments establish and implement the State Commission for the Search of Missing Persons. The protesters, who started from the Santo Domingo de Guzmán Temple and concluded at the Zócalo, are part of a national movement to enforce the law on missing persons passed in November 2019. They are calling on the State Attorney General, Arturo Peimbert Calvo, to create the conditions necessary for these actions and are also demanding the presentation of the missing persons alive and punishment for those responsible for enforced disappearances.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca detained for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  elsoldedurango.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the Morena party mayor and current candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, was arrested by the State Attorney General's Office along with some police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared on March 26 after protesting and filing formal complaints against Lizbeth N for alleged public resource diversion. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance has called for urgent action from the Mexican state, and the head of the Human Rights Treaty Division at the UN, Ibrahim Salama, has called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the disappearance.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca detained for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  elsoldetoluca.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the mayor from the Morena party in Oaxaca and a candidate for municipal presidency of Asunción Nochixtlán, was arrested for her alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared near the municipal palace of Nochixtlán after protesting and filing formal complaints about the alleged diversion of public resources by Lizbeth N. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance has issued an urgent action requirement to the Mexican state, and Ibrahim Salama from the UN has called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the disappearance.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca arrested for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  elsoldeirapuato.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the mayor from the Morena party in Oaxaca and a candidate for municipal presidency of Asunción Nochixtlán, was arrested for her alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared near the municipal palace of Nochixtlán after protesting and filing formal complaints about the alleged diversion of public resources by Lizbeth N. The disappearance, which occurred on March 26, is considered the first case of state-enforced disappearance in Mexico's 4T era. Alongside the mayor, municipal police officers and officials from her council were detained and transferred to Mexico City. The United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances issued an urgent action requirement to the Mexican state, and Ibrahim Salama from the UN called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the disappearance.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca arrested for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  elsoldeorizaba.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the Morena party mayor and candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, was arrested for her alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared on March 26 after protesting and filing formal complaints against Lizbeth N for alleged public resource diversion. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance issued an urgent action requirement to the Mexican state, and Ibrahim Salama from the UN human rights treaties division called for a thorough and impartial investigation. The Oaxaca government has been searching for Uruchurtu without success, leading to the arrest of Lizbeth N and several municipal police officers and officials.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca detained for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  elheraldodechiapas.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the Morena party mayor and current candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, was arrested by the State Attorney General's Office along with some police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared near the municipal palace of Nochixtlán after protesting and filing formal complaints against Lizbeth N for alleged diversion of public funds. This case, which occurred on March 26, has been considered the first case of state-enforced disappearance in Mexico's 4T era. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance has issued an urgent action request to the Mexican state, and Ibrahim Salama from the UN has called for a thorough and impartial investigation.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca detained for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  elsudcaliforniano.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the mayor from the Morena party in Oaxaca and a candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, was arrested along with some police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared near the municipal palace of Nochixtlán after protesting and filing formal complaints about the alleged diversion of public resources by Lizbeth N. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance has issued an urgent action requirement to the Mexican state, and Ibrahim Salama from the UN has called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the disappearance.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca detained for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  elsoldetlaxcala.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the Morena party mayor and current candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, was arrested by the State Attorney General's Office along with some police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared near the municipal palace of Nochixtlán after protesting and filing formal complaints about the alleged diversion of public resources by Lizbeth N. The United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances issued an urgent action request to the Mexican state, and Ibrahim Salama, head of the human rights treaties division at the UN, called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the disappearance.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca detained for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  diariodequeretaro.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the Morena party mayor and current candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, was arrested by the State Attorney General's Office along with some police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared on March 26 after protesting and filing formal complaints against Lizbeth N for alleged public fund embezzlement. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance has issued an urgent action requirement to the Mexican state, and the head of the UN human rights treaties division, Ibrahim Salama, has called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the disappearance.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca detained for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  elsoldecuernavaca.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the Morena party mayor and current candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, was arrested by the State Attorney General's Office along with some police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared near the municipal palace of Nochixtlán after protesting and filing formal complaints about the alleged diversion of public resources by Lizbeth N. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance has issued an urgent action requirement to the Mexican state, and Ibrahim Salama from the UN human rights treaties division has called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the disappearance.

Mayor from Morena in Oaxaca arrested for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  elsoldeparral.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the mayor and current candidate for the municipal presidency of Asunción Nochixtlán from the Morena party, was arrested by the State Attorney General's Office along with some police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared near the municipal palace of Nochixtlán after protesting and filing formal complaints about the alleged diversion of public resources by Lizbeth N. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance issued an urgent action requirement to the Mexican state, and Ibrahim Salama from the UN human rights treaties division called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the disappearance.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca arrested for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  la-prensa.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the mayor from the Morena party in Asunción Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, and a candidate for re-election, was arrested along with some police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared on March 26 after protesting and filing formal complaints against Lizbeth N for alleged diversion of public funds. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance has called for an urgent investigation into the case, and the state government of Oaxaca has been actively searching for the activist.

Morena's Mayor in Oaxaca Detained for Disappearance of Activist

07 May 2021  |  elheraldodechihuahua.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the Morena party mayor and current candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, was arrested by the State Attorney General's Office along with some police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared on March 26 near the municipal palace of Nochixtlán after protesting and filing formal complaints against Lizbeth N for alleged diversion of public funds. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance has issued an urgent action requirement to the Mexican state, and Ibrahim Salama from the UN human rights treaties division has called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the disappearance.

Morena's Mayor in Oaxaca Detained for Disappearance of Activist

07 May 2021  |  elsoldelalaguna.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the Morena party mayor and current candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, was arrested by the State Attorney General's Office along with some police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared near the municipal palace of Nochixtlán after protesting and filing formal complaints about the alleged diversion of public resources by Lizbeth N. The disappearance, which occurred on March 26, is considered the first case of state-enforced disappearance in Mexico's 4T era. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance has issued an urgent action requirement to the Mexican state, and Ibrahim Salama, head of the human rights treaties subdivision at the UN, has called for a thorough and impartial investigation.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca detained for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  eloccidental.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the Morena party mayor and current candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, was detained by the State Attorney General's Office along with some police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared on March 26 after protesting and filing formal complaints against Lizbeth N for alleged public fund embezzlement. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance has issued an urgent action request to the Mexican state, and the head of the Human Rights Treaties Division at the UN, Ibrahim Salama, has called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the disappearance.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca arrested for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  elsoldezacatecas.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the Morena party mayor and current candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, was arrested for her alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared on March 26 after protesting and filing formal complaints about the alleged diversion of public funds by Lizbeth N. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance has issued an urgent action requirement to the Mexican state, and the head of the human rights treaties subdivision at the UN, Ibrahim Salama, has called for a thorough and impartial investigation. The Oaxaca government has been actively searching for Uruchurtu but has not found her. The arrest of Lizbeth N and several municipal police officers and officials, who are also allegedly involved, was carried out by the State Attorney General's Office, and they were transferred to Mexico City.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca detained for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  elsoldepuebla.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the Morena party mayor and current candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, was arrested by the State Attorney General's Office along with some police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared near the municipal palace of Nochixtlán after protesting and filing formal complaints against Lizbeth N for alleged diversion of public funds. This case, which occurred on March 26, has been considered the first instance of state-enforced disappearance in Mexico's 4T era. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance has issued an urgent action requirement to the Mexican state, and Ibrahim Salama from the UN has called for a thorough and impartial investigation.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca arrested for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  elsoldeleon.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the Morena party mayor and candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, was arrested by the State Attorney General's Office along with police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared near the municipal palace of Nochixtlán after protesting and filing formal complaints against Lizbeth N for alleged diversion of public funds. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance issued an urgent action request to the Mexican state, and Ibrahim Salama from the UN called for a thorough and impartial investigation into the disappearance.

Morena's mayor in Oaxaca arrested for the disappearance of an activist

07 May 2021  |  elsoldetijuana.com.mx
Lizbeth N, the Morena party mayor and current candidate for municipal president of Asunción Nochixtlán, was arrested by the State Attorney General's Office along with some police officers and municipal officials for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of Mexican-British activist Claudia Uruchurtu. Uruchurtu disappeared near the municipal palace of Nochixtlán after protesting and filing formal complaints about the alleged diversion of public resources by Lizbeth N. This case, which occurred on March 26, has been considered the first instance of state-enforced disappearance in Mexico's 4T era. The United Nations Committee Against Forced Disappearance has issued an urgent action request to the Mexican state, and Ibrahim Salama from the UN human rights treaties division has called for a thorough and impartial investigation.

Normal School Students Release Oaxaca Airport and Flights Resume

29 Apr 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
Students from the Normal School of Oaxaca agreed to remove the blockade at the international airport that had been in place since April 25, affecting an average of 2,000 passengers per day and resulting in 99 canceled flights. Juan Carlos Rivera Castellanos, head of the Tourism Secretariat, announced the resumption of all flights at Benito Juárez International Airport. An agreement was reached between the students and the state government, as announced by Francisco Ángel Villarreal, director general of the State Public Education Institute (IEEPO), with the representatives of the Coordinadora Estudiantil Normalista del Estado de Oaxaca and Sección XXII of the CNTE-SNTE. The agreement includes respect for the autonomy of Normal Schools, avoidance of imposed curricula, and a commitment to a humanistic approach to problem-solving without penal action against CENEO members. The IEEPO also commits to respecting the appointment of school directives and ensuring stable employment for graduates.

13 Municipalities Declared in Emergency Due to Forest Fires in Oaxaca

14 Apr 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
The National Coordination of Civil Protection issued an emergency declaration for 13 municipalities in Oaxaca affected by various forest fires. The affected municipalities include Cuilápam de Guerrero, Putla Villa de Guerrero, San Juan Lachao, San Juan Ozolotepec, San Juan Teita, San Miguel del Puerto, Santa Cruz Itundujia, Santa María Tonameca, Santo Domingo Tehuantepec, Santiago Astata, Santiago Ixtayutla, Santo Tomás Jalieza, and Villa de Tututepec de Melchor Ocampo. The declaration activates resources from the Emergency Attention Fund, which will be distributed to the communities through the personnel of the National Defense Secretariat.

Municipal police ambushed in San Pablo Coatlán, Oaxaca

04 Apr 2021  |  la-prensa.com.mx
A heavily armed group ambushed municipal police officers in San Pablo Coatlán, Oaxaca, resulting in the deaths of the Police Director José Carlos Sosa León and two subordinates, including a woman, Abdías Cruz Díaz and Elizabeth Juárez Contreras. The attack occurred as the officers were patrolling in their vehicle, which was later found burned with the bodies inside. The assailants used assault rifles, and multiple shell casings were recovered from the scene. The local mayor, Abraham López, has called for immediate intervention from state and federal authorities and requested protective measures from human rights organizations.

Yalitza Aparicio Involved in an Accident in Oaxaca

01 Apr 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio experienced a car accident in Oaxaca, which she reported on her Instagram account. The incident resulted in only material damages, and no injuries were reported among Aparicio and the four people accompanying her. Following the accident, she returned to the set of 'Presencias', a film by director Luis Mandoki.

Yalitza Aparicio Involved in Car Accident in Oaxaca

01 Apr 2021  |  la-prensa.com.mx
On April 1, 2021, Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio experienced a car accident in Oaxaca, which she disclosed on her Instagram account. The incident resulted in material damages but no injuries. Aparicio, known for her role in the film 'Roma', was traveling with four companions when a tire on their vehicle burst. Despite the scare, she confirmed that everyone was unharmed and even shared a photo with her companions smiling next to the damaged tire. Aparicio has recently returned to filming with the movie 'Presencias' directed by Luis Mandoki.

Governor of Oaxaca States Beaches Will Remain Open During Holy Week

25 Mar 2021  |  elsoldemexico.com.mx
Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa announced that beaches in the state will remain open during Holy Week. He has requested that municipal presidents keep these spaces open to allow both local and national tourists to enjoy them, with enhanced health measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing. While staying home is still considered the best option to prevent COVID-19 spread, the governor emphasized that the beaches will be accessible, urging visitors to take necessary precautions.
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