CANCUN - A dream I saw with open eyes

News4u-Travel Desk- After about 36 hrs of back breaking air travel, I a tlast landed at Cancun. Checking into a hotel, I tried in vain to grab a few winks. However the jet lag kept me awake as I kept thinking of the excitement in store for me.

With the first glimmer of the morning light I got up, dressed and went outside. The hotel itself was standing on a lagoon with crystal clear water caressing it from all sides.

Yes, Cancun is the blessed child of mother nature, There are white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, small hotels and expansive resorts. Its a rare combination of nature and man made luxuries for those who love to enjoy life and yet thirst for some peace of mind.

My mind was full of the Mayan Civilization, I had read so much about. Since the Mayan Calendar became the most talked about news item, I had been craving to have look of it at close quarters.UNFCC gave me a rare chance to be in Cancun and there I was charmed by whatever I saw.

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Situated on the coast of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Cancun rests along the shores of the turquoise blue Caribbean. This south east Mexican site was specifically designed to be one of the worlds most vibrant tourists destinations.

With an endless variety of activities and amenities, surrounded by lush extensive natural reserves Cancun is heaven for the tourists. A visit to Cancun is the perfect opportunity to experience the wonders of nature, ranging from exploring jungles to the world’s second largest barrier reef.

Cancun, with its almost 5000 archeological sites,overwhelms you with the history of ancient Mayans. An ancient culture whose influence is felt and revered even to this day.

I felt very close to the people of Cancun. The most surprising thing I experienced there was that no body looked at me as a stranger , a foreigner. May be because Mayan culture and civilization seems to be just an extension of the Indian Civilization. The temples, the painted murals with mythology woven into them, the Mayan trinkets, pots and pans,the knowledge of astronomy, mathematics and inspite of all these, an attraction towards the black magic, felt so familiar that I became one with the hustle and bustle of the Cancun.

From Cancun one can visit some of the greatest ruins in the world such as ‘Chitchin Itza’, recently named as one of the new seven wonders of the world. Then there is Tulum, just a drive away.

Along the shores of Cancun a multitude of water sports and other recreational activities await the tourists. Adding to this natural setting is a world class infrastructure including over 25 marinas and water sports, manned by expert guides and professional operators.

Deep sea diving, wind surfing, para -sailing and catamarans are some of the sports that make Cancun much sought after destination for tourists. The Cancun beaches invite you to walk through the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve beneath the watchful eyes of Macaws, Loucans and flamingos.

The streets of Cancun are no less attractive with 2000 shops, boutiques and stores with merchandise ranging from local artisan craft to haute couture. For your tired body there are spas equipped with most modern facilities.

The Golf Courses of Cancun are a treat to the sports lover, bringing in this game’s greatest names to the superb links. For those who love to dance there are discos with world renowned musical acts that take the stage in Cancun’s lively bars.
There are hotels, big as well as small to cater to the needs of the tourists with breath taking views of the water, now tranquil and now lashing at the shores.

I loved Cancun’s multifaceted persona. Yes, Cancun is alive and kicking even when you are lost in deep sleep. Its a dream which I saw with my eyes open. I lived that dream for a full week taking away its memories for as long as I live.

AMIT

CANCUN

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Muslim raping of women epidemic in refugee camps

News4u-News Desk-Raping of female refugees has become epidemic at the Muslim-dominated refugee centers in Germany, according to a new document released in that country.

According to this document posted in German by Pamela Geller on her website, women are “assigned a subordinate role” and unaccompanied females are treated as “fair game.” Many of these women, according to the document, are fleeing “forced marriage” and/or “female genital mutilation.”

The consequences are numerous rapes and sexual assaults. Even prostitution.

A report by France24, confirms the same tragic situation in Calais, France, where 3,000 migrants from the Middle East and Africa are crowded into a tent city awaiting passage to Britain.

“I’m surrounded by men,” the 22-year-old Syrian woman, Milad, told France24. “I don’t know anything about most of them. I don’t speak their language, I don’t know where they’re from and what they’ve lived through. So I have to be on my guard.”

She made the trip with her uncle Yasser, and they are trying to reach his brother, a physician living in London.

Milad said she wonders how some women accomplish this journey on their own.

“They must be very brave,” she told France24.

They’ve pitched their tent alongside the camp’s minority community of Syrians – most of the other residents are from African nations such as Eritrea and Sudan.

When Yasser leaves to buy food from one of the makeshift shops, he says, “The Syrian guys look after her while I’m gone. She can’t come with me.”

“All I can think about is keeping her safe,” he says.

At night, they take turns staying awake in case someone attacks them.

These are not isolated cases, the German document reports: “Women report that they, as well as children, have been raped or sexually assaulted and are exposed.”

“These are the people who are going to be released into society after they’ve traumatized their fellow refugees,” Geller commented. “These are savages. Imagine what they’ll do to non-Muslim women in Germany, France, U.K., etc.”

Germany expects to take in nearly 1 million Muslim migrants this year.

“Remember,” says Geller, “these are the same ‘refugees’ who threw the Christians off the boats to their deaths during the Mediterranean journey a few months back.”

Faustine Douillard, a social worker for the NGO France, Land of Asylum, visits the camp at Calais every day to advise those claiming asylum in France.

“I have to go through the men to speak to the women,” she says. “They don’t know their rights, and that makes them very vulnerable.”

Some, she says, are forced to take on male “protectors,” who demand sexual favors in return.

This is also the reason why so few Christians are going to the refugee camps. These camps are not safe for Christians, said Lord George Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, in a statement last week, confirming earlier reports by WND that Christians are targeted for brutality in the refugee camps. As a result, persecuted Christians in Syria and Iraq who have been forced out of their homes by ISIS and other jihadist groups are hiding in churches and in the homes of other Christians.

McCaul calls Obama plan ‘reckless’

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul calls the migrant crisis in Europe “tragic” but said he can’t support Obama’s plan to allow 10,000 Syrians into the U.S.

Rep. McCaul, R-Texas, called the plan “reckless and dangerous.”

He had previously called it a potential “jihadist pipeline” into the U.S. from one of the Middle East’s most notorious jihadist battle fronts.

Mexico considers taking Syrian refugees

At the same time, Mexico is considering its own open-arms policy toward Syrian refugees, with several high-level officials urging Mexico’s president to take in 10,000 from the war-torn country and jihadist hotbed.

Other nations south of the porous U.S.-Mexico border have already opened their doors for people fleeing the Middle East. For instance, Venezuela announced last week it will take 22,000 Syrian refugees, a huge number for a country of its size.

Hungary completes razor-wire fence, arresting migrants

Tensions were rising at the Hungary-Serbia border Tuesday where migrants were congregating and finding a new razor-wire fence preventing them from crossing into Hungary.

CNN reported that migrants eager to cross into Hungary now face not only the razor-wire fence, but authorities ready to incarcerate them.

The Hungarian government has now “plugged the final hole” in its fence at the Serbian border, the news agency reported. And beginning Tuesday, anyone caught climbing the razor-wire fence faces up to three years in jail.

“We call this as a temporary fence. Obviously it is … a must decision (rather) than a nice decision,” Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said.

Hundreds of refugees pushed up against the fence on Tuesday, chanting “open, open, open,” Time reported. Hungarian police officers stood ready as the crowd in the no-man’s-land between Hungary and Serbia became increasingly angry.

The closing of Hungary’s border has put pressure on Serbia to the south, where migrants are now holed up unable to cross into Hungary on their way to Germany and other wealthy welfare states.

“The Hungarians never told us that they will close the border,” Serbian Social Affairs Minister Aleksandar Vulin told the Associated Press as he toured the border area Tuesday. Serbia is insisting the border, and entry to the European Union, stay open.

Hungary has said it will process asylum claims for those who present themselves at official checkpoints but so far none have been accepted, according to Kovacs, a spokesman for Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Orban has been clear that he believes most of these people are migrants, not war refugees, and has openly said he expects few claimants to be allowed through.

Time reported that along the road from the border crossing, clothes, blankets and backpacks lay discarded in the tall grass and ditches. “For months this has been a thoroughfare for refugees who made it across the border from Serbia undetected by Hungarian police. Most headed directly for western Europe,” the magazine reported.

Now that won’t be possible.

“We don’t like building fences, but up until we are able to reinstate border control on the natural border/green borders of the country, we have no other choice.”

Registration and entry to Hungary will now be possible only at two assigned entry points, he said.

Hungary also planned to build a fence along its border with Romania, Norbert Domotor, spokesman for the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told CNN on Tuesday, although he said construction had yet to begin.

refugees pie chartA new poll found few Americans want to accept more Syrian refugees into the country.

YouGov’s latest research shows that, in principle, few Americans (21 percent) disagree with the idea the United States should provide refuge to people fleeing war or oppression in their home countries. Fifty-two percent say the U.S. should provide refuge, though Democrats (65 percent) are much more likely than Republicans (39 percent) to say the U.S. should shelter people fleeing war or oppression.

When it comes to Syrian refugees, however, few Americans feel the U.S. should take in more of them.

Only 26 percent of the public believe that the United States should take in more than the current 1,500 refugees, while 30 percent think the U.S. should take in fewer and 19 percent are happy with the current levels of refugee admission. Nearly half of Republicans (48 percent) think that the U.S. should take in fewer Syrian refugees, and even Democrats are divided between the 39 percent who think more Syrians should be sheltered and the 38 percent who believe that current levels are either acceptable (17 percent) or too high (21 percent).

Serbian camps empty out

Authorities captured a record 9,380 migrants crossing from Serbia into Hungary on Monday, according to Hungarian police. That’s nearly double the previous record of 5,809 migrants set a day earlier.

Yet throngs of refugees, carrying everything they had on their backs, kept walking along the fence Tuesday, trying to find a way through.

Lebanon refugee camps infested with 20K jihadists

At least 20,000 jihadists have infiltrated Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon and are plotting to enter Europe, a senior official warned Monday night, according to the British newspaper the Mirror.

Lebanese Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said he fears Islamic State radicals make up at least 2 percent of the 1.1 million Syrians living in camps across his country.

And he warned of a covert jihadist “operation” to get across the Mediterranean and into Europe. His warning came as David Cameron made a whistle-stop tour of refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan yesterday to try to win back public support on the Syria crisis, the Mirror reported.

“My gut feeling is they (ISIS) are facilitating such an operation. To go to Europe and other places… From Turkey to Greece,” Bou Saab said.

“You may have, let’s say, 2 percent that could be radicals. That is more than enough. We have had that also with our camps here – you find 2 to 3 percent of them.”

The stark warning comes as Britain prepares to take 20,000 of the Syrians from the very same camps, following huge public demand for action.

It will pile more pressure on ministers to ensure the people helped by the aid program are properly vetted before they arrive.

Lebanon is one of the key areas for British aid programs after being overwhelmed with more than a million Syrian refugees since the bloody civil war began.

Bou Saab is closely involved in education programs for the Syrian kids living in the sprawling tented camps.

The minister even revealed militants have already launched raids on Lebanese soldiers from inside the refugee camps.

“When the Lebanese army were kidnapped in Lebanon, the people who kidnapped them came out of the camps,” he said.

“We had them in camps in Lebanon and we were taking care – and all of a sudden they came out of the camps.

“They went against the army, they kidnapped the soldiers and they took them to the mountains.”

Bou Saab also had words of warning for David Cameron over his desire to oust brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad from Syria.

The Lebanese minister said booting out Assad could leave a dangerous vacuum and plunge the whole region – and potentially the whole of Europe – into further chaos. WND

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Strong quake hits Mexico, Guatemala; 3 dead

News4u-News Desk- A magnitude-6.9 earthquake on the Pacific Coast jolted a wide area of southern Mexico and Central America on Monday, killing at least two people and damaging dozens of homes.

The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at 0453 IST on the Pacific Coast 2 kilometres north-northeast of Puerto Madero, near the Guatemala border.

It initially calculated the magnitude at 7.1 but later lowered the figure to 6.9.

Firefighters spokesman Raul Hernandez said at least two people died in their homes from collapsed walls in the Guatemalan town of Pati, in the border province of San Marcos.

The civil defence office in the Mexican state of Chiapas reported on its Twitter account that one man had been killed in Huixtla by a collapsed wall.

Hernandez reported damage in at least 30 homes in Guatemala, as well as landslides and toppled utility poles.

There were reports of power outages and rock slides on some roadways in Guatemala.

Photos posted on social media sites and published by the Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre showed buildings with huge cracks across their facades in San Marcos, and one which apparently suffered a partial collapse.

In Chiapas, where the quake was centred, panicked people poured into the streets and the Red Cross said it was treating some frightened adults and children.


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Chili pepper farming originated in Mexico

News4u-Features Desk- Farming of chili peppers, the most widely cultivated spice crop that have conquered cuisines around the world, was born in central-east Mexico, says a study.

The researchers relied on genetic, archaeological, linguistic and ecological evidence to discover the hotspots where farmers first cultivated Capsicum annuum, the most common kind of chili pepper, the study added.

“Identifying the origin of the chili pepper is not just an academic exercise,” said Paul Gepts, a plant scientist at the University of California, Davis.

“By tracing back the ancestry of any domesticated plant, we can better understand the genetic evolution of that species and the origin of agriculture - a major step in human evolution in different regions of the world,” Gepts said.

Genetic material from dozens of samples of farm-raised and wild chili peppers seemed to point to northeastern Mexico as the origin of domestication for C. annuum, the researchers found.

But the scientists also looked at archaeological evidence for the peppers and ecological predictions of where the plant might have grown in climates of the past.

The results of the study appeared in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Mexico, Germany to ratify UN arms treaty

News4u-News Desk-Mexico and Germany’s foreign ministers announced at a meeting in Mexico City, that their countries would ratify the international Arms Trade Treaty.

The treaty, the first regulating the conventional arms trade estimated at around USD 60 billion a year, will take effect after 50 countries ratify it, a process that could take up to two years.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted the ATT in April. Mexican Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade and his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle, for talks aimed at boosting ties on Saturday, said they would ratify the treaty on behalf of their countries.

“I would have liked a more aggressive scope” of the treaty, said Meade, but “increasing restrictions to prevent (arms) falling into the hands of those who should not have them is a good step.” The treaty aims to force countries to set up national controls on arms exports.

They would also have to assess whether a weapon could be used for genocide, war crimes or by violent extremists or organised crime gangs before it is sold. Westerwelle was on his third official visit to Mexico as foreign minister. He said Germany’s “political strategy” sought “much closer” ties to the Latin American country.

Germany is Mexico’s largest trading partner in the European Union, and its fifth largest trading partner in the world, with commerce worth USD 18 billion in 2012.



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5,000 cave paintings discovered in Mexico

News4u-features Desk- Archaeologists have found nearly 5,000 cave paintings made by hunter-gatherers in a northeastern Mexico mountain range where pre-Hispanic groups were not known to have existed.

The yellow, red, white and black paintings depict humans, deers, lizards and centipedes, suggesting that the groups hunted, fished and gathered food, according to the National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH).

They also painted religious, astronomical and abstract scenes and most of the images are very well preserved. The archaeologists were not able to date the 4,926 paintings, but they could conduct chemical and radiocarbon analyses to try to determine how old they are.

The ancient artwork was discovered in 11 different sites in the caves and mountain gaps of the municipality of Burgos in the state of Tamaulipas, which borders the United States.

More than 1,550 images were painted in one location dubbed “The Cave of Horses.” “It’s important because with this we were able to document the presence of pre-Hispanic groups in Burgos, where before we said there were none,” said archaeologist Martha Garcia Sanchez of the Autonomous University of Zacatecas.

The paintings were made by at least three groups known as the Guajolotes, Iconoplos and Pintos.

There is evidence that other groups moved around the San Carlos mountain range, such as the Cadimas, Conaynenes, Mediquillos, Mezquites, Cometunas and Canaimes.

“These groups escaped Spanish control for almost 200 years,” Garcia Sanchez said. “They fled to the San Carlos mountain range where they had water, plants and animals to eat. The Spaniards didn’t go into the mountain and its valleys.”



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