La Paz Tidbits

Mexican state will cover internet gaps

posted May 11, 2019, 8:01 PM by Hernando Cortez   [ updated May 11, 2019, 8:03 PM ]

Internet for all in Mexico
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Saturday the government would bring internet to remote areas of the country and that current concession holders should “stand aside” if they cannot do the job. In a campaign-style speech to hundreds of supporters in El Nayar, a municipality in the western state of Nayarit, the veteran leftist said companies were not bringing internet to the remotest areas because they were only interested in profits.
"With all due respect, what are we going to say to the companies who have had the concessions and who haven’t connected the country? Stand aside, because the government will have its company to connect all Mexicans with internet," he said. Lopez Obrador, who has pledged to ensure the whole country has internet, did not elaborate further, and a spokesman for the presidency could not immediately be reached for comment.

Since taking office in December, Lopez Obrador has sought to give a bigger role to the state in the economy, causing nervousness among influential sections of the business community. America Movil, the company controlled by business tycoon Carlos Slim, has long dominated the telephone and internet market in Mexico. The company’s principal competitors in telecoms are Spain’s Telefonica and U.S. firm AT&T Inc.

Mexico Internet access

According to Mexico’s national statistics agency, as of 2018 74.3 million people in Mexico above the age of six used the internet in Mexico, or 65.8% of that portion of the population. Around 18.3 million homes, or 52.9% of the total, had fixed or mobile internet access, the agency said.
Source: Reuters

6.2 earthquake in La Paz area

posted Sep 26, 2012, 5:19 PM by Hernando Cortez   [ updated May 11, 2019, 7:31 PM ]

A powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico ‘s Baja peninsula Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake’s epicenter was 47 miles (75 km) north of La Paz, Mexico, USGS said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Five more tremors magnitude 4.8 or less until shortly after midnight here in La Paz. The magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, on Tuesday 17:45hr.

It caused some panic, but local officials said there were no reports of damage or injuries. The quake’s epicenter was located 46 miles (75 km) north of La Paz, Mexico, and was centered in the Gulf of California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
School are suspended across the state on Wednesday while officials examined sites for damages. Some other public buildings would also be closed today,  Wednesday for checks.

A magnitude 6 earthquake is capable of causing severe damage. Five more tremors, magnitude 4.8 or less, followed the bigger quake, all clustered north of La Paz.

La Paz capital of the state of Baja California Sur

posted Jan 21, 2012, 6:20 PM by Hernando Cortez   [ updated May 11, 2019, 7:29 PM ]

The Endless Construction
La Paz, the heavenly capital of the state of Baja California Sur, lies in northwest Mexico. It is one of the main cities of the southeastern Baja California Peninsula region and is located 220 km (136 mi) north of Los Cabos and 1464 km (907 mi) south of Tijuana. The average year-round temperature is 24º C (75º F).
This important tourist destination has a wide array of natural attractions, such as the beautiful islands of Espiritu Santo and Cerralvo, which are ideal places for scuba diving. While scuba diving you can see marine species like hammerhead sharks and giant manta rays. La Paz also offers many idyllic places to go camping or do ecotourism outings, including Puerto Balandra and the Sierra de La Laguna Biosphere Reserve. In addition, you can visit La Paz’s impeccable beaches, such as El Tecolote and Pichilingue, where you’ll find the main port. Along the coast you’ll also see fabulous marinas with excellent facilities. The marinas host prestigious sporting events like the La Paz Goldcup Sportfishing Tournament.
What’s more, in La Paz you’ll see many important edifices of historical and cultural importance, such as the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de la Paz, the Natural History Museum and Las Californias Library. At night, you can enjoy the city’s bars, discos and restaurants. As for the cuisine, you can indulge in exquisite Baja California-style seafood and fish dishes, such as grilled lobster with butter, fish tacos with a tasty sweet and sour sauce and clams cooked in their shell, which are added to soups and other delicious regional dishes.

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