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Ballet star’s dreams coming true

13 DAYS AGO
Ballet star’s dreams coming true

Tapatio ballet star Isaac Hernandez is on the verge of realizing one of his most sought-after goals: bringing the English National Ballet company to Mexico.

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Entertainment Guide - March 14, 2020

13 DAYS AGO
Entertainment Guide - March 14, 2020

EMPO Sinfónico

Adventurous music fans might be curious to see how two completely distinct musical genres – classic electronic songs played by a symphony orchestra – combine in practice. 

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‘Living Blood’ fest accents roots of Mexican identity

13 DAYS AGO
‘Living Blood’ fest accents roots of Mexican identity

Ajijic’s seventh Festival Cultural Sangre Viva celebrates Mexico’s ancestral roots with a program of diverse activities running Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15.

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‘Cine Music’ show to benefit San Juan Cosala music school

27 DAYS AGO
‘Cine Music’ show to benefit San Juan Cosala music school

Christy Caldwell’s dream of bringing young Mexican talent onstage with her will be realized on Sunday, March 8 at the Auditorio de la Ribera in Ajijic.

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Ribera Arts Review - March 22, 2020

6 DAYS AGO

Community cultural events

All events at the Centro Cultural Ajijic, The Antigua Presidencia de Chapala and the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo in Chapala have been suspended until further notice.

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Ribera Arts Review - March 14, 2020

13 DAYS AGO
Ribera Arts Review - March 14, 2020

BRAVO! Theatre

“The Book of Will” continues at BRAVO! Theatre. This is the story of William Shakespeare’s friends, who after his death gathered the pieces of his plays together and put them into folios which were formally printed into his plays.

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At the Movies - March 22 2020

6 DAYS AGO

The Met Opera streams HD Live free

Every day for the duration of New York City’s Metropolitan Opera closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series will be made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each ...

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At the Movies - March 14, 2020

13 DAYS AGO

Honey Boy

From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams; and deal with his mental health.

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Columns

Releasing sea turtles at Campamento Tortuguero: Volunteers work hard to save turtles and educate kids

-1 DAYS AGO
Releasing sea turtles at Campamento Tortuguero: Volunteers work hard to save turtles and educate kids

Jalisco’s famed Río Caliente boils to the surface in the Primavera Forest and flows into La Vega Dam. It then flows back out as the Ameca River and meanders all the way to Puerto Vallarta (230 kilometers away), entering the Pacific Ocean at a place called Boca de Tomates, or “The ...

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Trekking along the Path of a Thousand Rocks

6 DAYS AGO
Trekking along the Path of a Thousand Rocks

My friend Jorge Monroy, one of Mexico’s best-known watercolorists, grew up in the town of Ejutla, located about 100 kilometers southwest of Guadalajara. “In the area,” he told me, “there’s a small mountain called El Narigón, The Big Nose, on top of which they hav...

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Making our shrinking brains grow, recovering memory and the crucial difference between hope & expectation

2 MONTHS AGO

Forget New Years resolutions.  Most folks trash them by February’s end. Contemplate these facts a moment: Our brains shrink approximately one half a percent a year. 

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Temporada de lluvias: Diverting a flash flood and getting ready to ‘eat with a big spoon’

6 MONTHS AGO
Temporada de lluvias: Diverting  a flash flood and getting  ready to ‘eat with a big spoon’

This article was originally published in the August 14-20, 2004 edition. Allyn Hunt is a former editor of this newspaper.

Nacho Hernandez sat on his muddy horse staring across his milpa at the salto of dark red runoff slashing through a carefully planted field of corn. He snorted and swore.

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Coronavirus & internet overload?

6 DAYS AGO

Yes, I know the coronavirus is not a computer virus, but some of the tech news outlets I follow have mentioned some possible effects coronavirus (Covid-19) could have on the internet.

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How the internet may change in the next decade

2 MONTHS AGO

As we enter the decade of the 2020s it seems a good time to reflect on how over the last two decades the internet changed the face of society as this computer network transformed from a novelty for techies to an absolute necessity for everybody.

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VIEWPOINT: Twitter, the good, the bad and the ugly

6 MONTHS AGO
VIEWPOINT: Twitter, the good, the bad and the ugly

To aging tech naysayers Twitter might seem nothing more than a stream-of-nonsense outlet to bolster the egos of self-centered celebrities and non-entities alike.

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Zapotillo Dam opponents find support from key federal official – but not Mexico’s president

7 MONTHS AGO
Zapotillo Dam opponents find support from  key federal official – but not Mexico’s president

Mexican Environment Minister Víctor Toledo appears to agree with many experts that the stalled Zapotillo Dam in north-eastern Jalisco is an unviable project that should be scrapped.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - So Long, Farewell ...

3 YEARS AGO

I had planned on writing a nice, lengthy, last column worthy of the place I’ve had the pleasure of living in for the past two years.

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A midwesterner moves to Mexico - Packing Up

3 YEARS AGO

The wool coat looks worse for the non-wear. It is wrinkled from being unworn and crammed in the back of a closet for two years; dotted with dust and dog hair from a dog that departed the family a year ago; in need of a lint brush that can’t be found in the pile of things to be thrown away, don...

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Quelling the beast

-1 DAYS AGO

Fear seems to have taken a mighty grip on lakesiders this week.

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Once upon a Quarantine

6 DAYS AGO
Once upon a Quarantine

After waking up Wednesday morning and brewing a potent dose of coffee, I scrounged in the closet for the day’s attire.

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What to do while you shelter in place

-1 DAYS AGO

Social distancing. Lockdown. This is a painful treatment, even for somebody who is an introvert.

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Let’s celebrate something

6 DAYS AGO
Let’s celebrate something

The “Roaring Twenties” are the only decade in American history with a nickname. They started in 1920 until the roar ended in 1929. While we try to reconcile our distrust of 2020, let’s look at some of the history-making 1920 events that deserve a centennial celebration this year.

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Expat Living

Roman Catholic services can continue, archdiocese says

6 DAYS AGO

The Archdiocese of Guadalajara has stated that RomanCatholic churches will continue to perform Masses, although the service should be suspended if there is indication of contagion.

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Guadalajara Living - March 14, 2020

13 DAYS AGO
Guadalajara Living - March 14, 2020

ECOLOGY FESTIVAL

Guadalajara’s Parque Mirador, overlooking the Huentitan Canyon on the northern edge of the metro area, is hosting its first Ecology Festival Sunday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Scheduled activities include live music, an art exhibition, gastronomy zone, crafts for sale, ...

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City Living - January 25, 2020

2 MONTHS AGO
City Living - January 25, 2020

Dragon dance

Sunday, January 26, experience the Chinese New Year with a presentation of the dragon dance, and other rituals, by the students and professors of Kung-Fu Dragón Inmortal, one of the most acclaimed Kung Fu schools in Guadalajara. The Chinese New Year falls on Saturday, January 25...

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City Living – March 16, 2019

1 YEAR AGO

American School race

Think green – the sixth annual Eco Race and Green Market are scheduled for Sunday, March 31 at Guadalajara’s American School Foundation. Everyone is welcomed to this event meant to raise awareness about conserving the planet’s resources. Expect to learn a lot ...

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Benito Juarez gets the ‘cold shoulder’

-1 DAYS AGO

The Chapala government cancelled its annual ceremony commemorating the birthday of distinguished Mexican president Benito Juárez, scheduled for Saturday, March 21. 

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Olympic dreams put on hold

-1 DAYS AGO

This week’s announcement that the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan are postponed until next year came as a blow to local sailing champ Elena Oetling Ramírez who had only recently qualified for the first time to compete on Mexico’s team.

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Laguna Chapalac - March 28, 2020

-1 DAYS AGO

Lakeside closes up shop

In a drive down the highway from West Ajijic to the center of Chapala and down some of Ajijic’s main streets on Wednesday, March 25, between 5 and 6 p.m. it seemed almost every store except for grocers, pharmacies and a couple of eateries, were closed.

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Laguna Chapalac - March 22, 2020

6 DAYS AGO
Laguna Chapalac - March 22, 2020

Lake Chapala Society

Lake Chapala Society President Carole Wolff has announced that the Ajijic organization will be temporarily be suspending all its programs, activities, events and services, including its libraries, until “the level of contact with others is safer.”

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 28, 2020

-1 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 28, 2020

Village & Covid-19

Normally at this time in March, the tourists and snowbirds are trickling northward as fundraisers and community events are winding down, ending the high season at a leisurely pace.

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‘Tis the season to be scammed

2 MONTHS AGO

At this time of year, as the snowbirds return and tourists are everywhere, it’s paradise … for scammers.

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North Banderas Beat - March 14, 2020

13 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - March 14, 2020

La Cruz murals

Colectivo Tomate is an organization created in Puebla in 2004, with a mission to inspire action for social transformation. In 2009 it created the Ciudad Mural project, which aims to generate an encounter and connection experience between people through dialogue and art. The project i...

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North Banderas Beat - February 29, 2020

27 DAYS AGO
North Banderas Beat - February 29, 2020

Veg Fest

The second edition of Vegfest Bucerías will be held in the Bucerias centro plaza Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29.

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La Manzanilla Memo - March 01, 2020

13 DAYS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo - March 01, 2020

Bocce Ball Tournament

A few weeks after hosting an elegant dinner dance in late January, the Bocce Ball Committee and aficionados of the sport donned shorts and t-shirts to face off in the 6th annual Bocce Ball Tournament on February 15.

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La Manzanilla Memo – February 15, 2020

1 MONTHS AGO
La Manzanilla Memo – February 15, 2020

Otra Vez

Last November, a little thrift store named Otra Vez opened its doors to the residents of La Manzanilla and became an instant hit with both the Mexican and expat communities.  Operating solely with donations and dedicated volunteers, it is now in its second year with no signs of slowin...

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 22, 2020

6 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 22, 2020

Four years ago, a small team of big-hearted Canadian and Americans decided they wanted to give something substantial back to the community.

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Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 07, 2020

20 DAYS AGO
Barra de Navidad & Melaque Journal - March 07, 2020

Nao Santa Maria

The Barra de Navidad marina has been proudly hosting one of the most stunning sailboats townsfolk have ever seen up close.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - March 07, 2020

20 DAYS AGO

El Salado

Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro last week signed a decree to increase the size of the protected area of El Salado marshland by 23 percent.

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Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 22, 2020

1 MONTHS AGO
Puerto Vallarta Bulletin - February 22, 2020

Chili Cook-off

The eighth annual Puerto Vallarta Chili Cook-Off is scheduled for Saturday, February 22 at Parque Parota (in front of Hotel Puerto de Luna and across the street from the Fiesta Americana Hotel).

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Mexican Lifestyles

When to tip – and not to tip

2 YEARS AGO
When to tip – and not to tip

Tipping is woven into the fabric of Mexico’s social culture, chiefly because of its informal, cash-driven economy.

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Looking Back: A review of August news from the last 50 years

2 YEARS AGO
Looking Back: A review of August news from the last 50 years

In this monthly series, we republish a few of the headlines from our August editions 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago.

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Coronavirus vs. the flu

6 DAYS AGO
Coronavirus vs. the flu

Although their symptoms are similar, the coronavirus differs from flu in that there is no widespread immunity to it – the only people likely to have immunity are those who have already had it.

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San Blas: moving gently into the modern age

2 MONTHS AGO
San Blas: moving gently into the modern age

The Pacific Coast town and port of San Blas has been itching for a tourist boom ever since the opening of a speedy toll road from Tepic almost three years ago.

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Take your taste buds to Istanbul

2 MONTHS AGO
Take your taste buds to Istanbul

A new Turkish kebab restaurant, Estambul, has opened in a prominent location in Plaza del Sol, Guadalajara’s first shopping mall, which marked its 50th anniversary last year.

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Starbucks swapped for ‘Mexican market’ eatery in popular city restaurant zone

3 MONTHS AGO
Starbucks swapped for ‘Mexican market’ eatery in popular city restaurant zone

It’s not often that a Starbucks closes its doors to make way for a more traditionally-focused cafe. But that’s exactly what has happened on Avenida Guadalupe in Colonia Chapalita.

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New book explores little-known twists of US-Mexico fights & friendship

1 MONTHS AGO
New book explores little-known  twists of US-Mexico fights & friendship

A remarkable English-speaking historian and author is in our midst – “the real thing,” as one commentator put it – and residents of Ajijic and Guadalajara have a chance to witness him present his latest publishing project on its official release date, Sunday, March 8, in Ajij...

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The Trojan horse that keeps people locked into adversity under the guise of security

9 MONTHS AGO
The Trojan horse that keeps people locked  into adversity under the guise of security

“Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the US Border Around the World” by Todd Miller. Verso: London/New York, 2019.

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Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

1 YEAR AGO
Weathering the calor: avoiding heat stress

As Guadalajara and Jalisco enter into their warm season, typically between April and June of each year, residents and seasonal visitors should take precautions to avoid heat stress.  What’s more, the University of Guadalajara’s Institute of Astronomy and Meteorology reports that eve...

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Winter warning: Catching a cold, getting the sniffles is all too easy here

1 YEAR AGO
Winter warning: Catching a cold,  getting the sniffles is all too easy here

Returning snowbirds should not be fooled by the warmer winter weather in this region. Big swings in temperature can play havoc with a person’s health and bring on cold symptoms in a flash.

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News

Guadalajara goes quiet

-1 DAYS AGO
Guadalajara goes quiet

The normally bustling streets and plazas of Mexico’s second largest city emptied this week after Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro asked everyone to stay at home for five days in a voluntary measure designed to break the spread of Covid-19 during a “critical” phase.

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Hospital San Antonio reports no Covid-19 patients to date

6 DAYS AGO
Hospital San Antonio reports no Covid-19 patients to date

No patients presenting symptoms of the Covid-19 virus have sought consultation at the Hospital San Antonio (HSA) since the pandemic spread to Mexico, according the hospital’s director Jorge Alberto Calderón.   

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Quiet time on the boardwalk

-1 DAYS AGO

After receiving multiple reports that idle young people continue hanging out to socialize in the open park at the Ajijic waterfront, local police are now making regular patrol rounds along the Malecón area to prevent clustering that endangers public health.

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Recycling pickup suspended

-1 DAYS AGO

The Ajijic Recycling Committee has suspended the collection of discarded plastic, glass and cardboard as a step to protect the health of paid staff and volunteers who sort items at the Centro de Acopio warehouse.

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CORONAVIRUS NEWS BRIEFS

-1 DAYS AGO

Flights not suspended

At press time, no measures had been taken to suspend flights to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta from U.S. cities that have strict coronavirus containment measures in place, such as Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, say the airport’s operators, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pa...

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State governor extends Covid-19 timeout

1 DAY AGO
State governor extends Covid-19 timeout

Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro is asking citizens to prolong his voluntary stay-at-home measure until Sunday, March 29.

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Gas prices plummet

-1 DAYS AGO

The fallout between OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC leader Russia has kickstarted an oil price war.

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Mexico now in "phase 2"of coronavirus epidemic

2 DAYS AGO
Mexico now in

Deputy Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell said Tuesday that the epidemiological curve of the Covid-19 virus has entered “stage two,” meaning that person-to-person, or “community” cases in Mexico are now starting to be identified, as well as “imported” ones....

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The ‘Birdwoman’ of Bucerias opens up her home

6 DAYS AGO
The ‘Birdwoman’ of Bucerias opens up her home

Alcatraz Prison had its Birdman. Now the coastal town of Bucerias in Nayarit has its Birdwoman.

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Irish heritage Vallarta style by Murphy’s Irish Pub on the Malecon

13 DAYS AGO
Irish heritage Vallarta style by Murphy’s Irish Pub on the Malecon

Jon Murphy is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day warm-up event to help raise money for Puerto Vallarta charitable causes.

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OPINION: ‘Economic shock kills people’

-1 DAYS AGO

One constant in the kaleidoscope world of Covid-19 is that leaders are taking a lot of flack. In Mexico, a senator accuses AMLO of obsessing on his airliner raffle and whitewashing coronavirus.

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Tax in a world of pandemic

6 DAYS AGO

A name that did not even exist at the beginning of the year, Covid-19, has turned all of our lives upside down, in a matter of weeks. Folks, we are living in amazing times.

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The British Council marks a milestone

1 YEAR AGO

It’s been 75 years since the arrival in Mexico of the British Council, a quasi-autonomous non-governmental organization that promotes a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language, while encouraging cultural, scientific, technological and educational understanding and co-ope...

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Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

2 YEARS AGO
Inflation soars to 6.77 percent in 2018

Data released this week by the National Statistics Agency (Inegi) showed the consumer price index to have risen by 0.59 percent in December, leaving inflation for 2017 at 6.77 percent – the highest level since 2000, when the rate was 8.96 percent.

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Obituaries - March 28, 2020

-1 DAYS AGO
Obituaries - March 28, 2020

Annie (Leyla Ann) Sheahin-Linn     

Annie (Chahine) Sheahin, known as Leyla Ann Sheahin, passed away quietly at home in the arms of her devoted husband, Sunday, February 16, just five days before her 88th birthday, after a long and difficult battle with diabetes.

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Obituary - February 29, 2020

27 DAYS AGO
Obituary - February 29, 2020

Jimmy Barto

Virtuoso lakeside musician James Keith Barto died in his sleep Wednesday, February 19 at the age of 62.

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Mexico, US & Canada in Olympics soccer tourney

13 DAYS AGO

The 2020 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, to determine which men’s under-23 national teams from the North, Central American and Caribbean region qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games soccer tournament, will be held in Guadalajara from March 20 to April 1.

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Guadalajara soccer hero comes closer to home

2 MONTHS AGO
Guadalajara soccer hero comes closer to home

Mexican soccer fans have a top quality league of their own to enjoy and rarely take much interest in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States – often considered a “retirement home” and “final pay day” for once great, but now over-the-hill players.

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