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Chepe Express offers new Copper Canyon luxury travel experience in Mexico
According to Mundo Ejecutivo press: “A new incarnation of the train known as El Chepe is now offering a premium travel experience to tourists visiting northern Mexico and in particular Chihuahua´s Copper Canyon. The Chepe Express started operations last month on the 653-km railroad that links the capital of Chihuahua with the Pacific Coast city of Los Mochis-Sinaloa, via the Tarahumara Sierra. What differentiate the 6-car Chepe Express from El Chepe trains that have run on the line since its inauguration in 1961 are its luxury reclining seats, a bar and lounge with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, a double-story restaurant car, a terrace and Wi-Fi internet service. The train is divided into executive and tourist classes, and unlike regular services, Chepe Express only makes 2 stops: one at “El Fuerte”, a magical town in Sinaloa and the other at “Divisadero”, one of the most popular places to experience the beauty of the Copper Canyon. The Express departs daily at 6:00am from Creel and arrives in Los Mochis at 3:05pm. The return journey departs at 3:55pm and arrives in Creel at 12:55am. A full roundtrip costs approximately $262 U.S. dollars in Tourist class and $420 U.S. dollars in Executive class. The prices for a one-way trip are $187 U.S. dollars and $300 U.S. dollars for Tourist and Executive class respectively.”   The more information, please refer the website at https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/chepe-express-offers-new-travel-experience-in-northern-mexico/
Logistics
Taxify now available in Mexico through Google Maps
Google Maps announced the addition of Taxify to the platform, allowing users to get a taxi, with information on the estimated cost and time in which it will arrive at the destination beforehand. The server reported in a statement that users can see this new function when searching for a destination on the platform. It explained that users will need to select “Directions” and open the trip service in the tab next to “Automobile, Public Transport, Walk or Bike Route”, later the tab will show information about the proximity of a Taxify, as well as the estimated rate. Once the trip is selected users may click “Open in app”, which will lead them to the Taxify application to complete the trip reservation. “Having Taxify as part of the transit options on Google Maps will make it easier for users to decide the best way to get around the city, as they will have quick comparisons between estimated arrival times and fares, which help people save time and money” said Taxify Product Manager, Dmitri Pivovarov. The option to book Taxify is available on Google Maps in more than 20 countries, including: Mexico, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Hungary, Iraq, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Nigeria, among others.
Logistics
Mexico to add 1.5 million new seats in direct flights in 2018
Mexico´s global air connectivity continues to grow at an impressive rate with the addition of 1.5 million seats on direct flights to several destinations in 2018, according to Mexico´s Tourism Board. The increase is expected to result in a total of nearly 30 million seats by the year´s end. The growth will allow the world´s 6th most visited country to keep up with strong demand. A record-breaking 10.6 million tourists visited Mexico during the first quarter of 2018, representing an increase of 12% in comparison with the same period of the previous year. Mexico´s air connectivity strategy aims to increase the number of tourist arrivals from markets such as: China, Japan, South Korea, the Middle East and India. Notable new air routes in North America include: Boston- Mexico City, Chicago- Guadalajara, New York- Mexico City, Philadelphia- Mexico City, Sacramento- Los Cabos, San Diego- Puerto Vallarta, San Francisco- Cancún, San José- Los Cabos and Vancouver- Mexico City. Mexico added 2.6 million seats over the course of 2017 to reach 28 million seats overall.
Energy
What’s New in Solar Energy Research in 2018
Solar energy is one of the most diverse forms of energy on the planet and it can be used for a variety of things. This includes but not limited to electrical power, heating and cooling, water heating, industrial process heat, cooking, transportation, fuel production and even environmental clean-up. We receive it directly as radiation which carries no mass with it and is of the highest power. From direct sunlight or radiation, we are able to convert it to many other forms for our everyday use. (for details please see Chapter 1 of Principles of Solar Engineering, 3rd Ed. By D. Yogi Goswami, CRC Press). Sunlight however is not perfect, as it is only available during the day time where the sky is clear with no obstruction from the rain or clouds. We also get indirect forms of solar energy through channels such as wind, biomass, ocean energy, hydro…etc. Fossil fuel is also an accumulated form of solar energy, which has been consumed and depleted. Thus, research continues to look into these three goals for the future. 1. Increase the efficiency of conversion to other forms while reducing the current cost. 2. Store energy more efficiently to reduce the costs. 3. Find new ways to convert solar energy to useful forms. Since electricity has established itself as the default and preferred form of energy for almost all of our needs, a major push has been made to increase the efficiency on the conversion of electricity and cost reduction. There are two main methods for converting solar energy to electricity – photovoltaics (PV) and solar thermal power (commonly known as CSP, which stands for concentrate solar power). The present trend in researching on PV, it is focused on using earth elements including: Cadmium, Tellurium, Gallium, indium, selenium…etc. Silicon is still the main material used in making solar panels; however, it is not quite resourceful. Since the cost of PV in the last 10 years have continued to drop, CSP sales have not been so competitive. In general, CSP has two big advantages over PV: 1. It uses the same thermal power conversion as the conventional thermal power (fossil fuel or nuclear based) and can be integrated with existing power infra-structure easily. 2. It uses thermal energy storage which is about one tenth of the cost from battery storage. The essential part of complete use of solar energy is its savable nature of sunlight that is stored and available for later use. There are many ways of storing solar energy, including batteries, thermal energy storage, pumped hydro, compressed air…etc. The primary objective is to increase the amount of energy stored to batteries. Thermal energy storage (TES) is by far the cheapest way. The trend in electrochemical energy storage is the potential increase in Supercapacitor storage. Supercapacitors can deliver rapid discharges with low storage capacity. Research is carried out for increasing Supercapacitor energy density, aiming to bring it close to the battery energy density. Another research on storing solar energy is by using it to generate hydrogen from water. Hydrogen could later be used in producing electricity in a fuel cell.
Energy
Expected Profit Growth For Energy Sector Is Enough To Make You Gasp
Let’s take a look at the current trend that is happening in the world today. The price of oil continues to climb higher and second quarter earning seems to be promising. Energy companies as a collective seems to be on track to increase earnings by as much as 139.8%, according to research firm CFRA. Crude oil is still the de facto determinant that influences all oil stocks; price for U.S. oil grazed $75 a barrel this past week, which marked the highest cost since 2014. Major oil-producing countries are keeping supplies from swelling, while supply constraint pops up in Iran, Libya and Venezuela; at the same time, producers are driving down the costs of production. Among IBD's industry groups, U.S. exploration and production are in the top 20 of 197 groups. Energy's expected profit growth is predicted to be the best by far of all business sectors, with the materials sector falling in at number 2. Financials and information technology are forecast to profit by about 21%. Technology, however, still remains the market's big profit engine, and is currently headed for the seventh quarter in a row in which it has placed as one of the top three sector; in addition, it sees an eighth quarter with double-digit growth. Telecommunications is also seeing an increase by 15.2%, industrials by 14.1%, consumer discretionary by 13.4%, health care by  9.9% and consumer staples at 7.4%. The S&P 500 as a collective is predicted to do well, and the CFRA sees another strong quarter of 19.5% growth. Historically, quarterly growth ends up 3.5 to 4.5 percentage points higher than initial estimates. That might put final earnings up 23%, on par with the 23.3% increase recorded in the first quarter. "We expect this will be the second quarter in a row for earnings growth of greater than 20%, something that hasn't been recorded since 2010 (a result of a rebound in earnings off recessionary declines)," Bell wrote in a June 28 report. "This time the robust growth rate is a reflection of strong sales growth and reduced tax rates from the new tax policy." Revenue for the S&P 500 is expected to increase 8.9%. Materials is forecast to grow sales 30.3%, energy 19.7%, health care 14.7% and technology 11.4%. Consumer staples and utilities are the only sectors expected to report a decline in sales.

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