Tropical Storm Lidia aims for Los Cabos BCS

Tropical Storm Lidia aims for Los Cabos BCS

Aug 31, 2017

Tropical Storm Lidia formed off Mexico’s Pacific coast Wednesday as authorities warned the Baja CaliforniaPeninsula to prepare for high winds, heavy rain and a dangerous storm surge along a shore that includes the twin resort cities of Los Cabos. A new tropical storm, Irma, also formed far out in the eastern Atlantic but forecasters said it did not pose an immediate threat to land. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Lidia was expected to approach the southern tip of Baja California on Thursday night. It said some strengthening was expected and the storm “still has the opportunity to be near hurricane strength” before landfall. Mexican authorities posted a tropical storm warning for the southern part of the Baja peninsula. A hurricane watch also was issued. Lidia had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) Wednesday night. Its center was about 160 miles (255 kilometers) south-southeast of the peninsula’s tip Wednesday evening and it was heading north-northwest at 7 mph (11 kph). The hurricane center said the storm was dumping heavy rains over southwestern Mexico and could produce total accumulations of as much as 8 to 12 inches across much of Baja California Sur state and western Jalisco, threatening flash floods and landslides. Tropical Storm Irma formed over the far eastern Atlantic Oceanand was predicted to become a hurricane Thursday. It was on a general path that could bring it near the eastern entrance to the Caribbean Sea by early next week. Irma’s center was about 545 miles (875 kilometers) west of the Cape Verde Islands. Maximum sustained winds were 65 mph (100 kph) with higher gusts. It was heading west at 12 mph (19 kph), and no coastal watches or warnings were in effect. Source: ABC...

New Frida Kahlo – Diego Rivera opera in the works

New Frida Kahlo – Diego Rivera opera in the works

Aug 31, 2017

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo will be the protagonists of an upcoming opera which has been tentatively called “The Last Dream of Frida and Diego”, expected to premiere in 2020, reports eluniversal.com.mx. The production will be a co-commission between the Fort Worth Opera company, the San Diego Opera, the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin and DePauw University; with music composed by Latin Grammy winner Gabriela Lena Frank, and written by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz. The creative team traveled to Mexico to visit key locations in Mexico City, such as the Templo Mayor, and to talk a bit about the progress of their work, which proposes a final dialogue between Frida and Diego. During a press conference at the Manuel M. Ponce Room of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico, the composer explained that the world premiere will be in Texas, but they hope that, in time, a Mexican company becomes interested in the opera. For his part, Nilo Cruz claimed the cast and the rest of the crew haven’t been decided yet, but they want to cast, at least, artists with Mexican – or Latin American – descent. “My music is very dramatic and the opera proposes a very intimate encounter between Diego and Frida. To me, music is like Mozart with lyrics. We have a lot of work ahead of us. I want to create an opera that cannot be easily labeled,” said Frank. It still unknown whether the production will have an orchestra or an ensemble. The opera is set in Mexico City in 1957, during the celebration of the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead). Diego Rivera is walking on a cemetery, yearning to reunite with his deceased Frida. The Catrina lets the painter know the muralist is looking for her, and, reluctantly, Frida agrees to meet Diego and lead him towards the world of the dead. “In 24 hours, Frida and Diego will relive their tumultuous relationship through their paintings, reminding the love, passion and even the pain that once joined them,” according to the press release. When discussing the vision of Mexico and the stereotypes related to the artists, the Day of the Dead, the Mictlán – the underworld in Aztec mythology – and characters such as La Malinche,...

Mexico among the world’s most important economies: Forbes

Mexico among the world’s most important economies: Forbes

Aug 31, 2017

Mexico would consistently be among the select group of major nations in size of economy, territory and consumption, writes Alejandro Legorreta… There are several ways to measure our relevance as a country worldwide, and in almost any area we are a “heavyweight”. Culture, tourism, biodiversity, economy and many other variables allow us to be a country where, if we take our enormous challenges seriously, we can make a big leap forward, towards the progress that many of us are imagining and working on. If we divide all the countries of the world in percentage, Mexico would consistently be among the select group of 5 and 10% of most important nations in size of economy, territory, consumption and population. By 2030, our population will be larger than that of Russia and our GDP per capita is greater than that of Brazil, China or India. Together with India, Mexico is one of the emerging countries with the highest estimated growth in its workforce and middle class for the following decades. Perhaps this large domestic market and its dynamism is an important factor to explain the interest of so many companies to enter Mexico and to be able to participate in our market. For example, a button: A few weeks ago, Amazon launched its “Amazon Prime Day” in Mexico, making us one of the 13 countries in the world (the only emerging one, along with India) where Amazon has a local service. This fact makes clear that our buying power is growing. In addition, Mexico is an attractive destination for producing goods: we have the 12th place as exporters, and the second emerging after China, and we export $374 billion USD, the equivalent of Brazil and Australia together. Mexico is globalized and, within the global value chain, is the country with the most trade agreements in the world, and the nineteenth largest recipient of foreign direct investment, with recent success stories, such as the seven rounds of energy reform, in which was committed nearly $50 billion in a difficult context, with low oil prices and low investment in the sector, a clear sign of investor confidence. In geography, we are also privileged, thanks to the border with...

Mexico, the 11th largest coffee producer in the world

Mexico, the 11th largest coffee producer in the world

Aug 31, 2017

In the 2016-2017 period, Mexico ranked 11th among the largest coffee producers worldwide, with 1.6 percent of global production and positioning itself in 12th place at international level as an exporter, according to Marcos Gottfried, CEO of Expo Café 2017. During the announcement of the exhibition that will be held from August 31 to September 2 in Mexico City, the director said that last year, 3.5 million coffee bags of 60 kilos were produced in México, and 717,336 hectares of coffee were harvested mostly in Chiapas, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Puebla and Guerrero. Gottfried also pointed out that the average of coffee consumption in the country reaches 1,600 kilograms, and according to the Mexican Association of Coffee and Specialty Coffee, Mexico will achieve a higher number of coffee shops in the country, rising to 70,000. He recalled that in 2016, world coffee production grew at an average annual rate of 2.7 percent, which meant a global harvest of 153.3 million 60-kilogram coffee bags; 56.3 percent of Arabian variety and 43.7 percent robust. Marcos Gottfried recognized that this industry generates a large number of jobs, as an example in 2009, 12 thousand coffee shops were operating in Mexico and 59 thousand people were employed by those establishments; while in 2013, the industry integrated the coldbrew businesses, along with coffee bars and coffee shops, by that year, a total of 144,259 people were employed by a coffee related business. Gottfried concluded that the final consumer currently has a wider knowledge of the origin, the type of grain and the different ways to prepare coffee.” During its 20th edition Expo Café will offer exhibitors and visitors the opportunity to do business, as it will have a large number of producers and suppliers showcasing their products and services....

State Educational System delivers new library in Tecate BC

State Educational System delivers new library in Tecate BC

Aug 30, 2017

TECATE, Baja California.- The State Educational System (SEE), made the official announcement of the construction of a new school library in this city. The delegate of the SEE in Tecate, Mario Alberto Benítez Reyes, explained that the work delivered consists of the construction of a space that will be used as a school library featuring air conditioning, blacksmithing protection and a bench area, with an investment of 295 thousand pesos. The delegate thanked the parents for their commitment and support to make this possible, as this facility will improve the children’s level of education. He also said that it was the instruction of State Secretary of Education, Miguel Ángel Mendoza González, to promote actions that benefit the local community. Finally he emphasized how important it is to promote the habit of the reading among children. Monica Palomares, delegate of the General Secretariat of Government in Tecate; Elsa Griselda Ponce, head of preschool; Ignacio Aguayo, responsible for the area of ​​Normativity and Investment were present at this ceremony....