Que Pasa in Cabo?

BY: DAVID FLORES

More money for repairs. Jose Tapia, director of the national disaster fund (Fonden) has confirmed that just after election day, (June 7, pay attention!) he will mail us a substantial check to continue replacing lights along the fourlane and in San Jose, Cabo San Lucas, and the surrounding rural communities.

The money will also be used to continue repairing those schools damaged by hurricane Odile last September. Both Fonden and other federal agencies such as Fonatur, the national water commission, the ministry of communications and transport, and the ministry of agricultural and urban development, will be here after June 8 to tour the area and assess the damage. Federal agencies are banned from dropping money on communities or announcing new investments with great fanfare during elections, less they appear to be buying votes.

We’re going to be famous! Bill Boyce’s“Destination: Baja Sur” which will air on NBC Sports Channel, Pursuit Channel, WFN and Wild TV, will begin shooting this month at the Buenavista beach resort on the East Cape. The show will be followed by Jimmy Nelson’s “Extreme Fishing Adventures” which currently airs on The Sportsman Extreme Fishing Adventures Channel, announced Marc Kane.

Then July 8th thru 12th, Dan Hernandez will bring his show, Sport Fishing with Dan Hernandez, along with his annual tournament, to Buenavista beach resort. Dan’s show airs in more thqan 450 cities across the nation and is on Comcast Sports Network in California.

What about that yacht! Yacht M5, the sloop-rigged super yacht launched in 2003 and formerly known as Mirabella V was in town, that’s who. Costing an estimated $50 million, the M5 is the largest single-masted yacht ever built. She was originally part of a fleet of super-yachts owned by Joseph Vittoria and used for luxury private charters. All the Mirabellas, including Mirabella V, were subsequently sold. Mirabella V was designed by Irish-based, New Zealand born yacht designer Ron Holland.

Historically, yachts over about 75 feet long were built with more than one mast in order to divide a vessel’s sail area into smaller and more-easily handled units, however today’s technology has improved reliability of both larger sails and spars and simplified their handling, allowing Mirabella V to be constructed with the largest mast and largest jib of any sailing craft ever built.

M5 is now owned by Rodney Lewis, a Texas based billionaire oil and gas man. We don’t know anyone who was offered a ride. Sigh.

We’re going to be famous! Rich would be niceer but that could follow. Bill Boyce and Brian Solomon have gone into cahoots to produce a TV show featuring Los Cabos and parts north of us on the peninsula. Boyce is an experienced producer of outdoor, fishing oriented shows, and Solomon owns Solomon’s Landing restaurant.

The show has already been picked up by NBC Prime Time, and the guys are syndicating it on nearly a dozen more outdoor oriented channels.

Even though they’re plowing ahead with filming, they’re still looking for more advertisers to hop on board, so if you want your business to appear on the show, swing by Solomon’s Landing right on the marina front and chat up Brian.

Los Cabos film fest goes small sclreen. The Los Cabos Film Festival will welcome TV shows into the traditional development forum they call Cabos Discovery where TV producers will be invited topitch their shows to industry players.

The film fest will also present a panel showing case studies with strategies and challenges in the transition from film to TV production, as well as alternative funding sources. The fourth edition of the Los Cabos Film Festival runs November 11-15. Stay tuned.

Surf’s up!  This June 9-14, the Los Cabos Open of Surf will hold its 3rd annual competition at the Costa Azul beach in San Jose. This year the event will be a World Surf League (WSL) Women’s QS6000, as well as a WSL Men’s and Women’s Pro Junior Event. I think that means it’s a big damn deal.  The main event site will be the world-famous surf spot, Zippers, located at Costa Azul, in San Jose. For more information, look up: http://www.worldsurfleague.com

Nobu Hotel two years out. In 2017 Los Cabos will get our first Nobu resort. Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa is a Japenese  celebrity chef  known for his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with South American (Peruvian) ingredients.  His company, Nobu Hospitality, has announced construction of their Nobu Hotel Los Cabos in collaboration with RCD Resorts. RCD is a Mexican based timeshare company. The resort will be located on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas, and will be Nobu Hospitality’s ninth hotel. The 200-room property is the second joint property between Nobu Hospitality and RCD timeshare peddlers. Robert DeNiro is also a partner in this venture. The first Nobu Hotel opened in 2013 as a boutique hotel within Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Nobu Hospitality was recently named one of the 25 Most innovative brands by the Robb Report. Yada, yada, yada, tooty snooty.

Some hotels still closed.  According to Enrique Turcott, president of the local Hotel Ass., there are nearly 3,000 hotel rooms still under repair after hurricane Odile damaged them. Turcott says the slow movement is mostly due to waiting for the insurance companies to pay up.

“We have 80% of the hotel rooms operating, while 20% are still closed,” said Turcott.

“Some insurance companies, like ACE, have stated that they are pulling out of this market”, said local insurance agent Bob Jankovics.

Most of the still closed hotels have come to agreements with their employees, who are still being paid even though the insurance companies are not pitching in money for that anymore. 

The Hiltons do Cabo. That would be Paris and Nicky Hilton, who attended Brook Brinson’s wedding on the Pedregal beach last week. Brook is Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Kim Richards’ daughter.

Dying daddy Monty Brinson could not attend as he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and had to stay back home. Brooke and Kyle Richards and cousin Barron Hilton were also present, giving Los Cabos a lot of publicity on social media and in the grocery store tabloids. Thank you Brooke, Kim, Paris and Nicky! We look forward to having more peeps like you! (That didn’t sound too sincere, did it?)

Mexico loses satellite. A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite blew itself all to smitherings shortly after its launch, and our $300 million satellite blew with it. Total loss. The latest fiasco to hit Russia’s troubled space industry, points to how their Soviet-era glory has been tarnished by a series of launch failures.

The Ruskies are blaming it on a problem involving steering engines about eight minutes into its flight 97 miles above Earth. Yes, it probably be would be difficult to get a repair team out there in a hurry. The agency said the rocket and Boeing-constructed satellite did not reach their planned orbit and almost all of the debris from the two burned up falling back to Earth. However, authorities in eastern Siberia still searched for debris.

Russia’s space program has seen a string of launch failures in recent years as the program has been hampered by a brain drain and a steady erosion of engineering and quality standards. “It seems that the Russian space industry is disintegrating with cosmic speed,”

Mexico’s new Centenario satellite was a project that was supposed to put us on the vanguard of space technology while improving telecom services for the next 15 years. It was supposed to provide 3.5G data, voice and Internet access to the country. The full system was to consist of three satellites, two ground sites, and associated network operations. Mexico now plans to launch its next communications satellite, the Morelos 3, with American aerospace company Lockheed Martin at Florida’s Cape Kennedy, not the cut rate Russian job. No word yet on if the Ruskies are going to give us back our $90 million we spent on that crappy launch.

Major bummer for this guy. An American citizen has just been sentenced to 199 years in prison in Manzanillo, which is on the mainland of Mexico. A federal court judge has sentenced him for operating a child pornography network and for possession of a gun. Gary Michael Feroglia was arrested in 2010 after federal police tracked him down using evidence found among the thousands of pornographic images he had distributed by email. In one photo of a young girl there was an embroidered crest on a piece of clothing, which investigators tracked down to being that of a school in Manzanillo. The girl’s mother, who had reportedly consented to the photos being taken, was also charged. She was sentenced to nine years in jail for the corruption of minors. Authorities found more than 100,000 images and 207 videos in Feroglia’s possession when he was arrested. In March 2010, they said, the accused had sent out more than 40,000 child pornography images by email..

At the sentencing Feroglia was also fined US $106,000. Just how is he supposed to come up with that money? Making license plates? Maybe selling dirty pictures again? You will note that he was arrested in 2010 and just sentenced. He was kept in prison for five years before being found guilty, a common practice in Mexico.

Feroglia is also wanted by U.S. authorities after he violated the terms of his release from prison in 2004, after he was charged in Mountain View, California, with selling child pornography and possession of narcotics. He served two years before he was given a conditional release. Bet he wished he had stayed in California where this sort of thing seems to be a slap on the wrist. And just what is California going to do about his being wanted again there, file the paperwork in a safe place and look him up in 2214?

 Since we’re talking dirty pictures. Turns out Monday is a good day for those. The interesting but not necessarily useful fact was a result of a look at Mexican traffic on the pornographic website Pornhub, which 338 million Mexicans visited in 2013. Apparently some Mexicans went back for another look-see, as there that’s more than twice the number of people living in this county.

The study, riveting by all accounts, was undertaken by El Universal after obtaining the statistics from the site’s owner, which claims to be the world’s most popular porn site, with 14 billion visits last year. Daily visits by Mexicans totaled 920,000, putting it in eighth place in terms of visits by country. Residents of the capital city represented 23% of the total, but visits by region were roughly in line with the population.

The report goes on to point out that people from Baja California Sur spent the most time on Pornhub, at 9:46 minutes.

Mondays may be popular because many people access the Internet from work. Nielsen, the ratings company, has found that 25% of working adults admit to viewing pornography on a computer while at work. Furthermore, 70% of all online pornography access occurs between 9:00am and 5:00pm, according to a report by Forbes.

But getting back to the more titillating stuff, statistics show that Mexicans like Mexicans. That category was the most popular among visitors from this country. Second was mature women, presumably Mexican viajitas. ,