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Mexican Company Finds A Genius Way To Use Avocado Seeds To Create Biodegradable Single-Use Cutlery

It seems that people are slowly but surely beginning to understand the terrible impact our actions can have on earth. And one of the biggest and most environmentally harmful human marks we have made is with plastic. From plastic bags to straws, single-use plastic is one of the biggest causes of pollution in our oceans and soil. While there are plenty of ways you can reduce plastic in your daily life, there is a need for a bigger change, that involves changing the linear economy to a circular economy, and…

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Why Silicon Valley needs more visas

Henrique Dubugras Photo courtesy of Flickr/jvoves While it might sound counterintuitive, immigrants create more jobs and make our economy stronger. Research from the National Foundation of American Policy (NFAP) has shown that immigrant-founded billion-dollar companies doubled their number of employees over the past two years. According to the research, “WeWork went from 1,200 to 6,000 employees between 2016 and 2018, Houzz increased from 800 to 1,800 employees the last two years, while Cloudflare went from 225 to 715 employees.” We’ve seen the same growth at Brex. In just one year…

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Mexican mob burns detective to death in child abduction scare

Three other men taken captive in incident in state of Hidalgo with video posted online shows mob beating man in town square A mob of about 100 people in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo doused a detective with gasoline and burned him to death, according to local officials. The Hidalgo state prosecutors office said the crowd attacked local police in the town of Metepec on Thursday and took the detective and three other men captive. They severely beat the men and burned the detective after dousing him with fuel.…

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Five dead following shootout in Mexico City’s ‘mariachi’ plaza

Gunmen dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire in the tourist spot, say witnesses A shootout at a Mexico City plaza famed for its live music bars left three men and two women dead, officials said on Saturday, a day after gunmen said by witnesses to be dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire with rifles and pistols. Eight others, including one foreigner, were injured in the incident at the Plaza Garibaldi in the capitals historic downtown, the city prosecutors office said in a statement, without disclosing identities of any of the…

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Trumps Trade War Is Killing American Blue Jeans

Victor Lytvinenko is thumbing through emails on his iPhone trying to find the one that best shows the damage the global trade war has already done to his little, decade-old American jeans company. The 37-year-old — dressed in a black t-shirt, rolled-up blue jeans and a pair of Stan Smiths — eventually looks up after finding the message. It’s from a customer in Scotland who’s apologizing for canceling an order worth tens of thousands of dollars. The reason? The shop owner balked at paying an additional 25 percent tariff the…

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Neymar hits out at campaign to undermine him after acting accusations

Brazil coach Tite tried to calm the furore over Neymars histrionics against Mexico, after the forward claimed the criticism was designed to put him off his game After another controversial match in which he was accused of diving and feigning injury, Neymar insisted the hum of talk around his behaviour was just opponents trying to put him off his game. Juan Carlos Osorio, without mentioning Neymar by name, had made clear he felt his antics and fake fouls had been responsible for Mexico losing their rhythm as, after a promising…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama last 1) Brazil It is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. win over Serbia and they look capable of raising things further. thumping win over Argentina. A meeting with Spain in the last eight looks likely and Zlatko Dalics side cannot be ruled out of doing something special. 3) Belgium Whether or not they really…

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Americas Southwest Border Is Not Out of Control

President Donald Trump’s vision of the U.S. southwestern border verges on the apocalyptic. “Caravans are heading here,” he claims. “Deadly ravages of drugs, gangs and crime [are] pouring across our border,” while legal loopholes allow in murderers and thieves who have “transformed once-peaceful neighborhoods into bloodstained killing fields.” Never mind the studies showing that illegal immigrants commit crimes at rates less likely to be incarcerated than people born in the U.S. And ignore, for the moment, the Drug Enforcement Agency’s own put it this week, look instead at the historical record of…

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US on brink of trade war with EU, Canada and Mexico as tit-for-tat tariffs begin

Jean-Claude Juncker pledges retaliation as EU companies face 25% tariffs on steel and 10% on aluminiumTrump imposes tariffs business live The United States and its traditional allies are on the brink of a full-scale trade war after European and Canadian leaders reacted swiftly and angrily to Donald Trumps decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium producers. The president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, promised immediate retaliation after the US commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, said EU companies would face a 25% duty on steel and a 10% duty on…

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Mexico Has an Olympic Ski Team and Their Outfits are Awesome

Mexico has sent two Alpine skiers to the Winter Games in PyeongChang and their outfits, a tribute to the ‘Day of the Dead’, are pretty sweet. They were designed by Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe, 59, who designed them and has represented Mexico in six Winter Games. Prince you say? That’s right. According to the Washington Post, his family reigned over a principality in what is now the northeastern of Baden-Württemberg in Germany until the early 19th century. Although he spends most of his time in Europe, he is eligible to…

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Lakes of mercury and human sacrifices after 1,800 years, Teotihuacan reveals its treasures

When archaeologists found a tunnel under Mexicos birthplace of the gods, they could only dream of the riches they would discover. Now its wonders from jewel-eyed figures to necklaces of human teeth are being revealed to the world In 2003, a tunnel was discovered beneath the Feathered Serpent pyramid in the ruins of Teotihuacan, the ancient city in Mexico. Undisturbed for 1,800 years, the sealed-off passage was found to contain thousands of extraordinary treasures lying exactly where they had first been placed as ritual offerings to the gods. Items unearthed…

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At least 217 dead after powerful earthquake hits central Mexico

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake is deadliest to hit country in more than 30 years and has brought down buildings in the capital, Mexico City Emergency crews and volunteers are digging through rubble with their bare hands in search of trapped survivors after a powerful earthquake Mexico earthquake The earthquake also appeared to have triggered an eruption of Mexicos Popocatpetl volcano. In Atzitzihuacn on the slopes of the volcano, a church collapsed during mass, killing 15 people, Puebla governor Jos Antonio Gali said. Authorities said at least 54 people died in…

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Mexican laborer: we were told Texas ride that killed 10 would be air-conditioned

Adan Lalravega, who fainted during the sweltering ride in a tractor-trailer, describes hearing children begging for water: People were despairing Adan Lara Vega said he was told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the United States would include an air-conditioned truck ride. Instead, the 27-year-old Mexican laborer climbed with his friends into a pitch-black, metal tractor-trailer compartment that lacked ventilation a deadly oven that would

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World Cup qualifier: USA draw with Mexico after Michael Bradley wonder goal

A superb strike from Michael Bradley gave the US a bonus point in the quest to reach next years World Cup and a big psychological boost A superb strike from Michael Bradley gave the US a bonus point in the quest to reach next years World Cup, and a big psychological boost. A squad still finding their feet under Bruce Arena shrugged off a dismal history at the Estadio Azteca to claim a draw on Sunday night, looking liberated by the lack of pressure that comes with limited expectations. The…

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Hotel California owner says Eagles’ trademark claim is ‘baseless’

The company behind the hotel in Baja California flatly denies trying to mislead travellers into thinking it is linked to the famous band The owner of a Mexican hotel being sued by the Eagles for using the name Hotel California has called for the case to be dismissed. Hotel California Baja, the company which runs the Todos Santos hotel in Baja California, said the band long ago waived its trademark rights, having waited four decades to assert them since releasing the song Hotel California on a 1976 album with the…

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