Researchers from the University of Guadalajara's Coast Center, and from other national institutions, have discovered a new mud turtle species that inhabits the rivers on western Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta.

According to Jaime Torres, director of natural reserve Estero El Salado, this turtle had been noticed before, however, its defining characteristics hadn't been studied until recently. The species, 'clearly different' from the other twelve registered in the region, is in danger of extinction. 

Here's the abstract for the research paper presenting the new species:

The genus Kinosternon in Mexico is represented by 12 species of which only 2 inhabit the lowlands of the central Pacific region (Kinosternon chimalhuaca and Kinosternon integrum). Based on 15 standard morphological attributes and coloration patterns of 9 individuals, we describe a new microendemic mud turtle species from the central Pacific versant of Mexico. The suite of morphological traits exhibited by Kinosternon sp. nov. clearly differentiates it from other species within the genus Kinosternon by a combination of proportions of plastron and carapace scutes, body size, and a large yellow rostral shield in males. The new species inhabits small streams and ponds in and near the city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Unfortunately, natural populations are unknown so far. The habitat is damaged by urban growth, and only one female is known. The available information would suggest that Kinosternon vogti sp. nov., is one of the most threatened freshwater turtle species. An urgent conservation program is necessary as well as explorations in the area to find viable populations of the species.

 

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Source: Species New to Science blog & Vallarta Independiente (spanish)

On May 31, 2018, Puerto Vallarta will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its induction as a municipality and 50th of its elevation to the category of city - and it promises to be a gala affair!

But first, a little history...

The village which was to become Puerto Vallarta was founded in 1851 by Guadalupe Sanchez, an enterprising boatman from Cihuatlán, who established a trading post on the banks of the Cuale River to supply salt to the mountain gold and silver mines, whose minerals were transported to this coast for shipping.

Sanchez originally called Puerto Vallarta "Las Peñas de Santa María de Guadalupe" to commemorate his arrival on December 12, the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. In 1911, the people of Las Peñas asked the government of the state for the status of municipality, and finally on the 31 of May, 1918, the State Congress decreed to the formation of the municipality, changing the name to Puerto Vallarta to honor an important governor of the State of Jalisco, Don Ignacio Luis Vallarta.

Since then, every year in May, the people of Puerto Vallarta have gathered together in El Centro to celebrate the municipality's anniversary. But this year's celebration promises to be bigger and better than ever as Puerto Vallarta celebrates 100 years!

To commemorate this historical milestone, the municipal government and members of the private sector have organized a week-long celebration that includes: commemorative and cultural events, artistic and culinary exhibitions, concerts and dance performances, sporting events, parades, fireworks, and more from May 25-31, 2018, most all of which are free and open to the public. Click HERE to download the schedule of events in .pdf format.

Read more about Puerto Vallarta's history.

Source: Banderas News

The 2018 Mexican Beach Volleyball Open is set to take place at Playa Camarones in downtown Puerto Vallarta from May 25 to 27. Some of Mexico's best volleyball players from 18 states will be competing in the tournament's three categories.

José Ángel Cárdenas, Aldo Miramontes, Paulette Cruz and Vanessa Virgen will be the main players of the Mexican Open Beach Volleyball Open, scheduled from May 25th to the 27th in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Juan Carlos Razo, director of the tournament, said that Cárdenas was a youth champion last year and from there he excelled to win the gold medal of the Central American and Caribbean Championship, for which he said that this Open has become a hotbed for the development in the sport throughout Mexico.

For this occasion there will be 104 couples representing 18 states of the Mexican Republic, which will compete in free category, youth 14-15 and 16-17 years, who will seek the honors and the best prizes of a prize of $100,000 pesos to distribute.The Mexican Open Beach Volleyball Open will serve as preparation for many who will participate the following week in the tournament at the National Olympiad based in Chihuahua.

This tournament is part of the festivities for the 100 years of Puerto Vallarta as a municipality, and beach volleyball, Razo said, is linked to the history of the city, because the first tournament held in Mexico was in Puerto Vallarta in 1989.

Source: Vallarta Daily

The Norwegian Bliss is a cruise ship for Norwegian Cruise Line, which entered service in April 21, 2018. The ship was built by Meyer Werft in Papenburg, Germany. It has a schedule of debuting in Alaska in June 2018, and is designed for improved energy efficiency to meet Alaska's environmental regulations.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s brand new cruise shipNorwegian Bliss has docked at the Puerto Vallarta Maritime Terminal. This vessel became the largest passenger ship to transit the Panama Canal during its inaugural journey from Germany a few weeks ago and is expected to debut in June 2018 with an itinerary for Alaska and the Caribbean.

The Norwegian Bliss was built by Meyer Werft (one of the major German shipyards based in Papenburg) and its hull artwork was designed by Wyland (the world’s leading marine life artist). It has 20 decks, 2,038 staterooms and capacity for 4,000 passengers. It features an innovative Observation Lounge, studio staterooms for solo travelers, spa suites, 2-bedroom family villas, entertainment, aqua park, ocean loops, spa, thermal suite and other stunning common areas. More than 80% of the rooms have sea view, while 40% of them have their own balconies.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

On the occasion of the centennial celebrations, the Expo Centenario is now underway in Puerto Vallarta, an event where you'll be able to enjoy food tasting, floklore dances, artisanal showings, among others. The expo will run through June 3rd next to the Puerto de Luna Hotel, where Francisco Medina Ascencio and Fluvial Vallarta avenues meet.

It's expected that a large amount of local and tourist visitors will attend the expo, to celebrate the one hundred years of Puerto Vallarta as a municipality of the state of Jalisco. Ramón González Lomelí, PV's Mucicipal Tourism Director, announced there's a series of activities planned for the double anniversay celebrations, 100 years as a municipality and 50 as a city.

The festivities are taking place according to plan, so in addition to the long list of cultural events that have been going on over the past few months, there will be one that will allow the public to celebrate with a traditional fair. This event will also work as a preamble to Mayo Fest, which will star on Saturday, May 26th and will include a series of free shows on a stage constructed by the Malecón Lighthouse.

Conzález Lomelí commented that there are over 13 countries confirmed to participate, plus the presence of several artisans from Puerto Vallarta and the region. These cultural samplings will be in their own booths, properly installed and branded, to allow for visitors -both local, national and international- to enjoy without any hassle.

Read more about arts & culture in Puerto Vallarta.

Source: Vallarta Opina (Spanish)

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