Successful Performance of Litz Alfonso Dance Cuba Ballet in Mexico

The National Auditorium in this capital was full of dance, music, luxury voices and good scenery, with the show ÂíCuba Vibra!, by the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba ballet.

It was a rainy night but it was worth getting wet to see the professionalism of the Cuban company, which has taken the island's culture to different countries.

The program started with the piece 'De tierra y Aire', to later make a tour of the Cuban history and culture, but also with a lot of universality.

The Spanish dance was represented with flamenco, but all eyes was put on the Cuban dance, with Afro in particular, and a generous audience with such good art was excited.

The colophon was the Lizt Alfonso choreography entitled 'Se armo la rumba', where the dance company, star dancers, a group of musicians and important singers, among them pianist Pedro Sureda for Cuban chords, and guitarist Carlos Ernesto Varona for Iberian notes, participated.

Buleria, seguidilla, cha-cha-cha, mambo, rumba, conga, bolero, feeling, were rhythms and dance steps that make the heart vibrate in the National Auditorium, located at the Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City.

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Octavio Paz, His Legacy to Become Mexico's Artistic Monument

Mexico, Aug 9 (Prensa Latina) Mexico will formally declare the work of intellectual Octavio Paz as a national artistic monument, in an effort to protect its legacy, it was informed.

Secretary of Culture Maria Cristina Garcia stated that the declaration in this regard will take less than a month.

In a categorical way, she said, the legacy of Octavio Paz is not at risk and will be kept alive in the country.

She recalled that the poet left settled in a testament that his patrimony should be maintained in the country, which would prevent even if appeared an heir to the widow, Marie-Jose Tramini, he could take that legacy out of Mexico.

So far, she added, there is no list of the patrimony of Octavio Paz and Marie-Jose: 'Once we have the testamentary succession we can start the work to make an accurate survey of what exists, but it is definitely guaranteed that this legacy remains in the country', she pointed to information of legal proceedings in the opposite direction to the Mexican patrimonial interest.

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López Obrador: No time to lose

Andres Manuel López Obrador says there is no time to lose to transform his country. After being elected President of Mexico July 1, he announced the first 13 reforms that he will send to Congress and that will mark the beginning of his government. But questions remain as to the situation he will be faced with when he assumes the presidency on December 1st.

The Mexico that López Obrador is to inherit is a country where violence, impunity, poverty, strained diplomatic relations, a weak economy, and cases of corruption have generated a crisis of unprecedented dimensions.

To offer just a few examples, from December 2012 to May 2018, 119,393 intentional homicides were recorded in Mexico, and there are currently 37,435 persons registered as disappeared.

According to a report by the National Human Rights Commission, from 2012 to 2017, 25 recommendations were issued relating to serious human rights violations. The killings of journalists reached a record figure with 44 cases documented under the current government, and a total of 117 recorded since 2000.

This is the scenario that the next government of the Republic will face, in addition to the consequences of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the virtual bankruptcy of the Mexican state-owned petroleum company, PEMEX, and a human rights crisis that transcends borders.

The measures presented last Wednesday by the President-elect represent some of the legislative priorities of his government, and an attempt to address many of these problems.

Among other areas, included is a reform to end public officials’ – including the president – exemption from prosecution and other privileges, and an announced law to allow recall referendums to revoke their mandates.

López Obrador explained that the reform to end privileges and immunity means that the President can be tried for electoral crimes and corruption, for which he is also requesting increased sentences, as well as for the theft of fuel.

The leader of the MORENA Party stated that he will undertake changes that will make it possible to streamline the public administration structure, as part of an announced austerity plan that also includes reducing the salaries of high-ranking officials and eliminating pensions for former presidents.

“Everything to do with the republican austerity plan and fighting corruption will have priority from the first day of the new Congress,” López Obrador added.

He also reiterated that he will seek to revoke or modify the educational reform undertaken by the current government, and establish the right to free public education at all levels of schooling.

“The consultation mechanism will be established by law for the revocation of mandates and will remove obstacles in all citizen referendum procedures, that must be binding in nature, with the purpose of enforcing participatory democracy,” he noted.

López Obrador secured a landslide victory with electoral pledges relating to the elimination of the profound corruption that plagues the country, which has also been hit by increased violence and weak economic growth.

This will be a huge challenge and not only for him, but also for his cabinet, which he has already begun to shape with the inclusion of different political and economic figures, who should, in his own words, work together on a common project that raises Mexico beyond what it is today.


- Regulatory law on maximum wages
- Creation of the Secretariat for Public Security
- Abolition of impunity and privileges
- New serious offences: corruption, fuel theft and electoral fraud
- Budget and Income Law
- Transfer the General Staff to the Secretariat of National Defense
- Revoke decrees on water privatization
- Revoke educational reform laws
- Incorporate the right to higher education into Article 3 of the Constitution
- Revocation of Mandate
- Remove obstacles to Referendum
- Reforms on increasing the minimum wage at the border
- Adjust the administration to an austerity plan, without layoffs of lower level workers

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Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba to Perform in Mexico

Havana, Aug 2 (Prensa Latina) With Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba (LADC), Mexico will vibrate, said that country''s Ambassador to Havana, Enrique Martinez, a few days before the presentation of the company in the National Auditorium.

With capacity for around 10,000 spectators, the Coliseum of the Mexican capital will host on August 9 the show 'Cuba Vibrates!' covering Cuban popular music and dances from the second half of the 20th century to the present.

In Martinez's opinion, the event realizes a wish that helps to further strengthen bilateral relations, because Mexico and Cuba are like a couple in love, and love is demonstrated, he said.

According to the founder, director and choreographer of the group, Lizt Alfonso, 'Cuba vibrates!' brings together the best moments of several shows such as 'Force and Compass,' 'Elements,' 'Wings,' 'Life,' 'Friends' and 'Heartbeat,' acclaimed in many countries' theaters.

Through fusion style and live music, LADC perform in 'Cuba vibrates!' a tour of those rhythms that have made history on the island from the 1950s to the present.

So the choreographies have cha-cha-cha, mambo, rumba and conga, in perfect harmony with Latin jazz, swing, rock and roll and flamenco, among many other styles.

Despite having performed in several cities in Mexico, LADC has never danced in the capital and its director considers a challenge to rise to a stage as prestigious as the National Auditorium, although she is very happy to represent Cuban roots.

This show is very special because it shows who we are, where we come from and how that distinguishes us from the rest of the companies in the world, said Alfonso.

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Mexico’s Juan Luis Barrios became the first man athlete to win eight gold medals in athletics at the Central American and Caribbean Games as three records fell on the opening day of track and field action at Rafael Cotes stadium in Barranquilla, Colombia, on Sunday (29).

The defending 10,000m champion was content to sit and follow a pedestrian pace early in the race, as eight of the nine contenders covered the first half in 15:23.

With less than a mile to go, Guatemala’s Mario Pacay moved to the front and took Barrios with him as the duo separated themselves from the chasers. Pacay led at the bell, but Barrios found an extra gear with 250 metres to go and went on to win in 30:07.49, his eighth individual gold medal, to become the first male athlete to achieve such a feat.

“This marks the end of my track career,” said Barrios, a two-time Olympic 5000m finalist. “I never knew that I would achieve so much when I first competed in El Salvador (2002) as a teenager. I am grateful to the Colombian people. I love their joy of live and the passion they show in their everyday life.”

The Central American Games marked the start of his international career. A 1500m gold in El Salvador in 2002 paved the way for two 1500m-5000m doubles at the 2006 and 2010 Games. Four years ago, he claimed the 5000m-10,000m double at home in Xalapa.

Barrios’s successful track career also includes five Pan American Games medals.

Only two other athletes have won eight gold medals in the history of the Games: Cuba’s Ana Fidelia Quirot and Cuban-Mexican Liliana Allen, but none has won more than five individual titles.

A three-time gold medallist in previous editions, Puerto Rico’s Beverly Ramos was aiming to break Mexico’s dominance in the women’s 10,000m. Ramos led from the start and a 3:12 split in the third kilometre allowed her to gain a comfortable 40-metre lead over her closest chaser, Mexico’s Patricia Sanchez.

At the half-way mark, covered in 16:28, Ramos was on course to break Mexico’s Adriana Fernandez’s 20-year old Games record by more than a minute. She continued to enjoy a comfortable lead until the final lap. The faster pace and the solo running in hot and humid conditions took their toll on Ramos, who slowed down to a jog in the final 250 metres. Sanchez was inspired when she saw the lead had shrunk and overtook Ramos on the homestretch to clinch gold in 33:41.48, the first Games record in Barranquilla. Ramos fell to the track after crossing the line in 33:46.99.

Cuba’s 2012 Olympic silver medallist and 2015 world pole vault champion Yarisley Silva became the first athlete to successfully defend her title as she cleared 4.70m on her first attempt, 10 centimetres higher than her previous record set in Xalapa 2014. Silva opened with 4.40m and then cleared 4.60m. She called it a day after setting the second record of the championships.

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Fourteen men and nine women who have competed at 100m at previous editions of the CAC Games have won either Olympic or World Championships medals. The first round and semifinals of the women’s and men’s 100m lived up to the rich history of the region as the crowd was treated to fine sprinting on Sunday.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Cejhae Greene was the fastest in the men’s heats with a wind-aided 10.02 (2.4m/s). He came back two hours later and set a personal best and Games record of 10.00 in the second semifinal, faster than the 10.06 set by Churandy Martina in 2006.

Jamaica’s 2012 Olympic 4x100m gold medallist Nesta Carter showed solid form with a comfortable and wind-assisted 9.92 (2.1m/s) to win his heat. All finalists ran 10.10 or faster to enter Monday’s race for the medals.

Jamaica’s Jonielle Smith (11.22) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Khalifa St Fort (11.31) dominated the women’s semifinals. Monday’s final features two-time Games champion Tahesia Harrigan of the British Virgin Islands and could well see the Bahamian Chandra Sturrup’s 20-year Games record of 11.18 erased from the record books.

Colombia enjoyed its first gold in a hotly contested discus competition between two friends: Mauricio Ortega and Cuba’s defending champion Jorge Fernandez. A two-time World Championships finalist, Fernandez opened with 65.27m, his farthest throw in two years. The last to throw, Ortega ensued with a massive 66.30m, a Colombian record and only two centimetres shy of the South American record. Ortega backed it up with a 65.73m release in the fourth round, the fourth farthest throw of his career.

“I was competing with a friend and he pushed me to exceed my expectations,” said Ortega. “You can expect great things from Colombia at the Games.”

Venezuela’s Rosa Rodriguez claimed the first athletics gold with a 67.91m effort in the women’s hammer, an improvement from silver in 2010 and fourth in 2014.

Cuba’s Briander Rivero leads the decathlon after five events with 4179, 150 more than his compatriot, two-time world and Olympic medallist Leonel Suarez in his first decathlon in almost a year. 90 points separate third from fifth.

The second day of the tournament features eight finals, including 100m and 800m for both men and women. The local crowd’s attention will be focused on their local heroine, Olympic triple jump champion Catherine Ibarguen, who will contest the long jump final two days before her specialty event.

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Crime in Mexico City Is on the Rise

Mexico, Jul 30 (Prensa Latina) Mexico City (CDMX) registered an increase in violent crimes with 600 cases in the last six months, an average of 3.3 daily, according to data released.

According to statistics from the Attorney General's Office of the CDMX, the first semester of this 2018 has been the most violent, as 600 investigation folders were opened for the crime of intentional homicide.

The figure represents 66 percent more than that registered in the first semester of 2014, year in which 361 investigative folders for murders were opened.

For four years the trend of intentional homicides has been increasing, said the Attorney General's Office of the capital.

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Lopez Obrador Carries Out Field Work in the Lacandon Jungle of Mexico

Mexican President-elect Andres Lopez Obrador is conducting field testing today and tomorrow in the Lacandon Jungle, Chiapas and the Usumacinta Basin, Tabasco, as part of his reforestation project in the country.

If I'm just in the office I'm going to go back to technocrat', he told the press on Friday from his transition office in Rome, in the south of the capital.

Lopez Obrador asked for understanding in order to have a propitious environment in his dialogue with peasants, producers and indigenous people, who could be inhibited by the presence of the media.

He noted that his rural research requires speaking frankly to the people in these areas.

The next president maintains his campaign proposal to plant one million hectares of fruit and timber trees during his six-year administration.

I know the region, but I'm going to go again with the technicians, with the people in charge of the program, so that we can define the type of trees on the ground, how much land is available, how much land is available for small properties, how much is communal and how much is common. Ask, consult, collect people's feelings,' he added.

The Lacandon Jungle or also called the'Desert of Solitude' is located in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. The region is populated by the Lacandon Mayan people, hence its name.

The Usumacinta is the largest river in Mexico and Central America, which originates in the highlands of the Sierra Madre, Guatemala, and flows into the Gulf of Mexico, through the state of Tabasco, homeland of Lopez Obrador.

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Mexico: 43 Ayotzinapa Families Call On AMLO To Meet Lawyers

Parents of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students are calling on AMLO to move forward with the case and for the Supreme Court to create a truth commission.

Families of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students held a press conference on Wednesday asking that the Supreme Court work impartially in their case and calling on President-Elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) to meet with their lawyers to bring justice to the Iguala case.

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"We are afraid that the president will fold like the court, denying the request to create a special commission to investigate," the families said.

Family members asked incoming ministers, who will be sworn in along with AMLO on December 1,  to not bow before the interests of the current government, but to defend the separation of powers and judicial autonomy.

The supreme court was ordered to create a special truth commission to investigate the four-year-old case by a local level court in Reynosa in Tamaulipas state in early June. The high court has yet to move on the order.

Family representatives said at the conference: "Ministers must choose between two paths: to be complicit in the interests of the Enrique Peña government or to claim their independence and autonomy and ratify the commission."

In March of this year, the U.N. published the report 'Double Injustice: Human Rights Violations in the Investigation of the Ayotzinapa Case,' which revealed "a pattern of committing, tolerating and covering up torture in the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case."

According to the official hypothesis, Iguala police officers kidnapped the 43 students and handed them over to the drug cartel Guerreros Unidos, who allegedly killed them and incinerated their bodies.  

But relatives of the missing students say this hypothesis is a fabrication and accuse the government of planting evidence and torturing detainees in order to cover for high-profile politicians and members of the military.

Families of Iguala reminded the incoming ministers recently selected by AMLO that as a candidate in May he pledged to "form a truth commission and allow United Nations to participate to clarify everything."   

The parents of the disappeared asked the newly selected interior minister, Olga Sanchez Cordero, and the incoming sub-secretary of the government, Alejandro Encinas, who will be in charge of the case for the administration come December, to meet with their lawyers.

"It's a shame that 46 months have passed without knowing the truth and the government continues to fight against a resolution that orders an independent investigation," said Mario Patron, director of Centro Pro Human Rights.

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