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Santander offers ATM withdrawals without the need for a card for Mexican customers
The Santander bank has introduced a new mobile app that allows users to access their bank accounts without the hassle of inserting a debit card into a cash machine, joining the ranks of Bancomer (which introduce a similar feature in 2017) and other banks around the world. Santander representatives explained that with the push of  new buttons on a smartphone screen, users will receive a reference number and password, which they will then be able to type in to an ATM to access their bank account, adding a measure of personalized security. The bank said the service can be used at any of its 8,700 ATMs throughout Mexico, each of which have been updated to include a special button to access the feature, in conjunction with the Santander “SuperMóvil app”, granting customers the ability to make as many transactions as desired up to a daily limit of approximately US $257. Representatives highlighted that there is no extra charge to use the card-less feature and that so far, over 64,000 customers have used the new service.   Source:https://www.eleconomista.com.mx/
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No more English instruction in Oaxaca schools, only indigenous languages
The Oaxaca local of the CNTE teacher’s union has announced that it will implement an alternative education plan in this Mexican state that eliminates English language instruction. Section 22 leader Eloy López Hernández and spokesman Wilbert Santiago explained that the CNTE´s curriculum stipulates the teaching of indigenous languages rather than English and puts an end to teachers´ grading of students, who will instead evaluate their own educational progress and that of their peers. The plan also proposes that two teachers work with each class – one who provides academic instruction and another who teaches extracurricular courses. López and Santiago said that copies of the CNTE curriculum will be distributed to 13,500 public schools in all 570 municipalities in Oaxaca.   Source:https://oaxaca.quadratin.com.mx/
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Meet the Aspiring Youth Startups at the Taiwan Expo 2019 in Indonesia
The U-start Plan of the Youth Development Administration, Ministry of Education has selected 8 companies from 599 startups in Taiwan to exhibit at the Grand City Convex in Surabaya during September 26 to 28 this year. The outstanding teams include fields in software systems (XBEACON), medical systems (ADVMEDS), e-commerce marketing (PICSEE & WAVE), games (YOHO), speakers (TOKU&GAWA), food and biotechnology (HOMIYA & AGRITECH), showcasing the entrepreneurial and high education training achievements. The U-start teams aim to cooperate with local partners and explore business opportunities in the Indonesian market. Business partners in the ASEAN countries are welcome to participate in the U-start Demo Day during 13:30 to 15:00 on September 26 at the Taiwan Expo Stage. Five selected entrepreneurs (Yoho, Toku & Gawa, PicSee, AdvMeds and AgriTech) will deliver pitches about entertainment, social marketing, healthcare and eco-friendly agriculture, giving you a brand-new experience and insight of Taiwan’s innovative products and services. The U-start Plan is one of Taiwan's first campus Angel Fund. U-start cooperates with incubation centers in colleges and universities to assist the youth in starting businesses. Since 2009, it has been promoted for 10 years and assisted more than 2,300 startup teams. A total of 886 startup teams received subsidies, of which 599 established companies. Their markets have expanded throughout Europe, America, South Africa and Mainland China. Many of the mentored U-start startup teams are glowing from all walks of life. In recent years, many ASEAN countries have invested in startups due to their rapid economic development and the rise of the middle class. According to the Google and Temasek Report 2018, Southeast Asia’s internet economy reached US$72 billion and would grow to US$200 billion by 2025. Indonesia is the largest and fastest growing internet economy in the region, reached US$27 billion in 2018 and is poised to grow to US$100 billion by 2025. There are more than 7,000 startups in Southeast Asia, and 80% of them are located in Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam; Indonesia ranks first in the region and third in the world with over 1,600 startups (more than 800 active companies). According to the Taiwan Startup Ecosystem Report 2018, there are many outstanding startup teams in Taiwan that have attracted global attention. The survey shows that the main reasons for starting a business include: seeing favorable market opportunities (35%), developing good products and services (33%). The top targeting overseas markets for Taiwanese startups are China (55%), Southeast Asia (30%) and the United States and Canada (10%). Visitors can have one-on-one meeting with U-start entrepreneurs during the Taiwan Expo 2019 in Indonesia and explore business cooperation opportunities together. For more information about meeting the aspiring youth startups or the U-start Demo Day, please contact Ms. Jenny Liao (jenny@taitra.org.tw), Project Manager of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.
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Netflix will celebrate Mexican Cinema Day
For the second year in a row, the “National Day of Mexican Cinema” will be celebrated and this time digital platforms like Netflix, Cinepolis Klic and Apple TV will join this festival. The Mexico´s Ministry of Culture revealed through a press release that the streaming service Netflix has prepared a collection of 20 Mexican feature films as part of the activities to commemorate the Mexican cinematographic industry. From August 12th to September 16th, national film lover will find this collection of movies under the title “Celebremos el Cine Mexicano.” To access this collection, users can enter Netflix.com/CineMexicano.   Source:https://www.eluniversal.com.mx/
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Amazon inaugurates its largest distribution center in Latin America and is in Mexico
Alfredo del Mazo, Governor of the State of Mexico, along with Luis Correa, Director of Operations of Amazon in Mexico and several other local officials and leaders of the community of Tepotzotlán, opened the new center of the e-commerce company. Amazon´s new facilities have almost 100,000 m2, and are part of one of the four buildings that the company owned by Jeff Bezos has in the State of Mexico. Together, the buildings represent a total investment of more than USD $125 million. Inside this new center, essential processes take place so that each one of the orders made from the website in the country is attended faster so that the delivery can be made as soon as possible to the customer. First, a receiving process takes place in which all products arrive at the center to be scanned and thus generate an inventory; a fun fact is that objects are organized according to their time of arrival, so on the same shelf there can be toys, books, videogames, etc. Having another building allows the company to generate a much faster customer service, but also to offer a wider range of products available. “Our objective is to bring more new products. Our selection now is of 50 million things to choose from, but nationwide we can bring much more and keep growing. As the demand and the need increases, we´re going to improve in speed and efficiency,” concluded Correa.   Source:https://elfinanciero.com.mx/

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