Former Mexican President Vicente Fox will present his new book in Dallas, Texas

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox will present his new book in Dallas, Texas

Feb 17, 2018

According to the Dallas Morning News, former Mexican President Vicente Fox will visit the city of Dallas next week for a series of public events on democracy, resistance, U.S.-Mexico relations and to promote his new book. Fox’ new book is called Let’s Move On: Beyond Fear and False Prophets. In it, the often-blunt Fox, an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, explores U.S.-Mexico relations and the North American Free Trade Agreement. Fox was president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, but his profile in the U.S. began to rise again when Trump started his push for the U.S. presidency. In tweets and videos, some laced with profanity,  Fox has taken Trump on for believing Mexico would pay for the border wall and has poked fun at his weight, his hair and for having “a ton of flaws.”  In one video, he said: “When you became the president, you didn’t become the boss of your people. They became the boss of you.” Click here for full article on the Dallas Morning News Source: Dallas Morning...

Grateful Dead song-writer and internet activist John Perry Barlow dead at 70

Grateful Dead song-writer and internet activist John Perry Barlow dead at 70

Feb 11, 2018

John Perry Barlow, a lyricist who co-wrote dozens of songs for The Grateful Dead, died on Wednesday at the age of 70. A post on the website of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group Barlow co-founded in 1990 to promote freedom of expression in digital media, said that he “passed away quietly in his sleep.” Barlow contributed lyrics to many Grateful Dead songs from 1971 until the group disbanded in 1995 following the death of frontman Jerry Garcia. Barlow usually collaborated with singer/guitarist Bob Weir, but also co-wrote with keyboardist Brett Mydland. Among the tunes he helped compose were “Cassidy,” “Heaven Help the Fool,” “Looks Like Rain” and “Mexicali Blues.” In addition, Barlow wrote dozens of songs with Weir for Bob’s various solo projects....

Meet Mexico’s not-so-Mexican delegation to the Winter Olympics

Meet Mexico’s not-so-Mexican delegation to the Winter Olympics

Feb 10, 2018

Three of the four competitors have another nationality and another has not lived in Mexico for 10 years. In any case, they form the largest delegation from Mexico to the Winter Olympics since Salt Lake City 2002, when there were also four athletes. THE AMERICAN SARAH SCHLEPER The 38-year-old skier will participate in alpine skiing and is an American by birth, so she competed for that country in Nagano 98, Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010 without winning medals. Pyeongchang 2018 will be her fifth winter games, although the first for Mexico. In 2011 she retired, but in 2014 she returned to the activity after marrying her Mexican-born husband, Federico Gaxiola, and obtaining nationality in April of that year. RODOLFO DICKSON, THE MEXICAN WHO DOES NOT SPEAK SPANISH The Mexican-Canadian Rodolfo Roberto Dickson Sommers, who will also compete in alpine skiing, was born in Puerto Vallarta on July 11, 1997. At nine months old he was abandoned by his biological parents and at three years was adopted by a Canadian couple, who took him to Ontario. From the age of six, Roberto started skiing and now with 20 years of experience he has competed as a Mexican in various tournaments around the world, as well as training in countries such as Canada, the United States, Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. FROM CALIFORNIA, ROBERT FRANCO The Mexican-American Robert Franco, who will compete in freestyle skiing, was born in 1993 in Sacramento, California. He obtained the nationality from his father, who is Mexican, while his mother is American. Franco has lived all his life in the United States. He is the youngest of four brothers and his mother’s language is English, so he does not speak Spanish perfectly. According to the world ranking, Franco is number 25 in freestyle skiing. MADRAZO, THE RESIDENT OF MCALLEN Germán Madrazo, a 43-year-old skier from Querétaro who will participate in cross-country skiing, has no other nationality but has lived in McAllen, Texas for more than 10 years, with his wife and triplets. During his career, he has paid for all his expenses for both trips to competitions and training, as well as being a runner and...

It´s official, Chiefs-Rams set to play in Mexico City this year

It´s official, Chiefs-Rams set to play in Mexico City this year

Feb 10, 2018

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday the Kansas City Chiefs will play the Los Angeles Rams in Mexico City next season. “Over the past two seasons, we have seen the extraordinary passion that exists for NFL football in Mexico,” Goodell said in a statement. “We are excited for another memorable event at Estadio Azteca as the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs head to Mexico City in 2018.” The date and time for the game will be announced later this offseason. On the heels of successful games in Mexico in 2016 and 2017, the NFL and Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism announced a three-year agreement in November to play regular-season games in the country through 2021. 77,000 fans attended November’s New England Patriots-Oakland Raiders game in Mexico City this season. The game in Mexico is the fourth international game confirmed for 2018 — three games will be played in London next season, too. “Southern California and Mexico share strong historic and cultural ties and this game will provide an opportunity to celebrate the special connection between these two regions,” Rams owner Stanley Kroenke said. “It is great to be participating in the NFL’s international games again and working with the league to grow the game abroad. Mexico has one of the largest NFL fan bases in the world and we are excited to bring Rams football to the millions of fans there.” For the Chiefs, it’ll be the franchise’s first regular-season game in Mexico. The team played a preseason contest in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1996. “We are thrilled to be a part of the NFL’s international initiatives once again, and we are excited to face the Rams at historic Estadio Azteca this fall,” said Chiefs owner Clark Hunt. “The support for the NFL in Mexico has grown significantly since our initial trip in 1996. We look forward to returning to Mexico and connecting with a new generation of fans this season.”...

Carnival of Ensenada celebrates 100th edition this year

Carnival of Ensenada celebrates 100th edition this year

Feb 6, 2018

The Festival of Ensenada in Baja California, will celebrate its one hundred edition this year. Costumes, music and entertainment, will be part of this celebration under the motto “100 years of history and joy”, where 200 thousand attendees are expected. In a press conference, the delegate of the Secretariat of Tourism in Ensenada, Héctor Rosas Rodea, said that new cultural and artistic activities will be offered as part of this special edition. The general director of the carnival, Rodolfo Lizárraga, said that with an extensive calendar of events, the carnival will offer parades, dancing shows, and feature presentation of more than twelve regional artists such as Explosión Norteña, Voz de Mando and Sonora Dinamita, among others. “For six days, the carnival will be held on the coastal boulevard, in front of the civic square, from February 8 to 13, begin withning as every year with the burning of bad humor and ending up with the award to the best comparsas (entertaining groups),” he said. Lizárraga indicated that in addition to the celebrations that are scheduled within the carnival, Ensenada will offer a wide array of activities for visitors to enjoy their stay. During this time of the year, many tourists come the Ensenada for the sighting of the gray whale, as well as to enjoy the local gastronomy and oenology. Source: Gob. del estado de Baja...

Netflix and Univision fusion to produce the drama series “Tijuana”

Netflix and Univision fusion to produce the drama series “Tijuana”

Feb 2, 2018

Netflix and Univision’s Fusion Media Group have teamed to produce at least five more series in English and Spanish following the success of their first scripted co-production, the crime drama “El Chapo.”The next wave of the partnership kicks off with “Tijuana,” a Spanish-language drama series set to begin production in April. Sticking with the “El Chapo” model, the series will air on the Univision in the U.S. before streaming worldwide on Netflix.Set in the Mexican border town, “Tijuana” begins when a presidential front-runner is gunned down in the streets. As reporters of a local newspaper seek answers to the assassination, they uncover a web of corruption that puts their lives in danger. “This is a critical time to be talking about what journalists around the world face every day in the pursuit of the truth, particularly in Mexico,” said Camila Jimenez Villa, CEO of FMG Studios. She noted that “Tijuana” features a couple of strong female characters and an ensemble cast. Casting is now underway for the series, which will be shot in Mexico City and Tijuana. “El Chapo” producer Daniel Posada will serve as a showrunner of “Tijuana” along with series creator Zayre Ferrer. FMG Studios’ content production unit, Story House Entertainment, and Netflix will co-produce the series. FMG and Netflix are also partnering in two additional Spanish-language scripted series as well as two English-language docu-series in tandem with Univision’s English-language cabler Fusion. “Netflix is a great match for us as we seek to co-produce series that are relevant to us but can transcend and resonate beyond Mexico and Latin America,” said Jimenez Villa. “This expansion of our relationship with Netflix reaffirms the value of the content we’re producing,” she said. Jimenez Villa said Fusion is boosting its spending on productions with the hopes of having 200-plus hours of original programming in English and Spanish by 2020. FMG’s programming ambition is good news for the Latin entertainment community. “We’ll continue to bet on up and coming creators that truly represent a broad spectrum of stories, characters and experiences, with a particular eye on female and multicultural showrunners, writers and directors,” said Jimenez Villa. Season one of “El Chapo,” which chronicled the rise and fall of the notorious Mexican drug lord now...