Ministry of Tourism Promotes Cuba Destination in Mexico

Tourism Advisor of the Cuban Embassy in Mexico, Xiomara Martinez, met this Thursday with about twenty tour operators to whom she explained a plan to market Cuban destinations.

The advertising program will begin on the 23rd in Veracruz, will continue in Puebla and Toluca, and will close on the 27th in Mexico City where it is estimated that more than 250 tour operators from all over the country will attend.

In these places there will be presentations of tourist destinations with the assistance of a Cuban delegation of tourism representing the Ministry, hotels, Palco Group among others, which will participate in these events as part of the program My Authentic Cuba.

There will be presented, the official said, the tourist attractions in the different specialties including congresses and legendary city destinations, everything as part of the celebrations for the 500 years of the foundation of Havana, which makes the offers more attractive.

The Mexican Association of Travel Agencies will be at the center of all scheduled events.

AMAV is an organization that works with the aiming to join and to represent the Mexican travel agencies in all its modalities, as well as other companies related to the tourist activity.

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CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019: Group A Preview

The 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off with two North American and two Caribbean teams in Group A. Mexico is the clear favorite, but the other three teams should not be overlooked. Will Cuba and Martinique break through to the quarterfinal or will Canada finally deliver on their long-promised resurgence?

SCHEDULE

Saturday, June 15

Canada vs Martinique, 7:30 PM ET

Mexico vs Cuba, 10:00 PM ET

Wednesday, June 19

Cuba vs Martinique, 8:00 PM ET

Mexico vs Canada, 10:30 PM ET

Sunday, June 23

Canada vs Cuba, 6:00 PM ET

Martinique vs Mexico, 8:30 PM ET

Cuba

FIFA Rank/Elo Rating: 174/129

Odds of winning: Dark Horse

Cuba has enjoyed relative success at the Gold Cup, reaching the quarterfinal round three times (2003, 2013, and 2015). After not qualifying in 2017, the Leones del Caribe finished in sixth place in CONCACAF Nations League qualifying with impressive wins over the Dominican Republic and Grenada.

The last two Cuban Gold Cup squads were solely comprised of domestic players, making this year’s team a bit of an outlier; eight of the 23 players are on the rosters of clubs in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Panama. Cuba is led by young attacker Luis Paradela (Universidad SC) who has five goals in six international appearances, while maintaining a similar strike rate at the club level in Guatemala’s Liga Nacional. Sandy Sánchez (Don Bosco-Jarabacoa) will be the likely number one at goalkeeper, having earned 13 caps. Thirty-one-year-old midfielder-defender Yasmany López (Ciego de Ávila) provides a veteran presence on the squad with 29 caps.

Cuba plays Mexico in its first match, which gets the hardest test out of the way early. The defense has struggled to prevent dynamic dribblers from slaloming through their compact final third (particularly against Haiti), but most teams would find it difficult to stop El Tri’s attackers. Manager Raúl Mederos’ side will head into the second match confidently in control of their own destiny or harshly subdued on the heels of a demoralizing loss.

Martinique

FIFA Rank/Elo Rating: Ineligible (Not a member of FIFA)/89

Odds of winning: Dark Horse

Les Matinino earned a spot in the Gold Cup by finishing CONCACAF Nations League qualifying in third place. The country’s best finish in six competition appearances is a 2002 quarterfinal showing. Martinique is not eligible to qualify for the World Cup, as they are not a member of FIFA, so the Gold Cup is essentially their biggest competition.

The bulk of the roster is comprised of players from the two dominant sides in the Martinique Championnat National (top division), Club Franciscain and Golden Lion FC, with an infusion of talent playing abroad. Defenders Jordy Delem (Seattle Sounders), Jean-Sylvain Babin (Sporting Gijón), and Samuel Camille (Tenerife) comprise a very serviceable defensive line. Domestic striker Kévin Parsemain has 34 goals in 51 caps, and will be expected to be the attacking linchpin; he finished as one of co-leading goal scorers at the 2017 Gold Cup with three tallies. There’s also the trio of players based in France – Wesley Jobello (Gazélec Ajaccio), Joris Marveaux (Gazélec Ajaccio), and Kévin Fortuné (Troyes) – who are still integrating into the squad, but could make an impact.

Martinique’s mission is to advance out of the group, which will likely require at least four points. If they’re able to secure a draw against Canada in the tournament’s opening match, it would set the tone for a brutal fight for second place.

Mexico

FIFA Rank/Elo Rating: 18/17

Odds of winning: Favorite

Mexico enters the tournament as the top seed, under the leadership of newly hired manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino. El Tri has won a record seven Gold Cup competitions, most recently triumphing in 2015, and routinely enjoys strong fan support with a decided home field advantage. The program – having once again failed to advance past the Round of 16 at the World Cup – is in a state of flux, caught between relying on the serviceable old guard and integrating young talent. This isn’t the strongest Mexican side, but the expectations have been and will always be winning the Gold Cup.

As one would expect, the roster is comprised of talented players from Liga MX and abroad. Experienced mainstay veterans will carry the side through the group stage; physical striker Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy), captain Andrés Guardado (Real Betis), and Héctor Moreno (Real Sociedad) are included in the 23-player roster. However, Mexico was hit with the injury bug and will be without the services of dynamic attacker Hirving “Chucky” Lozano (PSV Eindhoven) and midfielder Marco Fabián (Philadelphia Union). Additionally, Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC), Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez (West Ham), and Jesus Corona (Porto) are also skipping the tournament for various reasons. Martino is unperturbed,telling ESPN, “The important absences that we have... opened the door to see some young players that we wanted to see.”

Despite worries about the tenacity and fluidity of the attack, Mexico looks primed and ready for the Gold Cup. They defeated Venezuela, 3-1, and Ecuador, 3-2, in pre-tournament friendlies, with Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey), Carlos Rodriguez (Monterrey), and Roberto Alvarado (Cruz Azul) looking ready to be serious contributors.

Canada

FIFA Rank/Elo Rating: 78/66

Odds of winning: In the Running

John Herdman’s squad stormed through Nations League qualifying with a 4-0 record, easily reaching the Gold Cup. Canada remains the only nation other than Mexico or the United States to capture the tournament, triumphing in 2000. While this is probably not their year to return to the winner’s circle, don’t be surprised if Les Rouges make a push for the semi-finals and springboard into a strong showing in World Cup qualifying.

Canada can rely on a few different players to score goals and won’t be locked into any specific playing style. Lucas Cavallini (Puebla), Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City), Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), and 19-year-old talent Jonathan David (Gent) can keep pace with dynamic CONCACAF attacks, whether through possession or Route 1 counter attacking; if caught on the right day, Beşiktaş striker Cyle Larin can add target man abilities off the bench. The defensive group is less reliable and relatively inexperienced, with MLS defenders Doneil Henry and Mark-Anthony Kaye playing key roles. Goalkeeper is a mild question mark, with Waking the Red noting that number one Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade) will likely split time with the rapidly improving Max Crépeau (Vancouver Whitecaps).

This is a team that absolutely should advance, but Canada has a history of failing to meet expectations in a most dismal fashion. They have the benefit of playing Cuba in their third group play match, which could require three points. Avoiding Mexico in what could possibly be a must-win scenario is in every CONCACAF team’s best interest, so look for this side to pull off four-to-six points and advance from the group.

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Trump Threatens More Tariffs On Mexico Over Part Of Immigration Deal

Washington: President Donald Trump said on Monday the United States had signed another portion of an immigration and security deal with Mexico that would need to be ratified by Mexican lawmakers.

He did not provide details but threatened tariffs if Mexico's Congress did not approve the plan.

"We have fully signed and documented another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico, one that the U.S. has been asking about getting for many years. It will be revealed in the not too distant future and will need a vote by Mexico's legislative body," Trump tweeted.

"We do not anticipate a problem with the vote but, if for any reason the approval is not forthcoming, tariffs will be reinstated."

Last month, Trump threatened 5% tariffs on Mexican goods. The duties would increase every month until they reached 25% in October, unless Mexico stopped illegal immigration across its border with Mexico.

On Friday, the tariffs were called off, after the United States and Mexico announced an agreement on immigration. The joint communique issued by the two countries provided few details.

Critics have said there have been no new major commitments to slow Central American migrants crossing into the United States.

A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Mexican president says country will 'overcome' Trump threats, urges national unity

Trump says he will introduce punitive tariffs on June 10 if Mexico does not halt the flow of illegal immigration from Central America to the United States, battering Mexican financial assets and hurting stocks worldwide.

It is the biggest foreign policy test to date for President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who during his six months in power has consistently sought to deflect Trump’s barbs and avoid embroiling himself in confrontations.

Lopez Obrador predicted the Trump administration would rectify the tariff threat and said that Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard would be in Washington working to convince the U.S. government that Trump’s measures were in neither country’s interest, and that Mexico was making progress containing migration.

Trump said on Thursday he would ratchet up tariffs unless Mexico stopped people from illegally crossing the border it shares with the United States. The plan would impose a 5% tariff on Mexican imports starting on June 10 and increase monthly, up to 25% on Oct. 1.

Speaking at his regular morning news conference, Lopez Obrador said he believed Trump would understand that the tariff threat was not the way to resolve the matter, and stressed that Mexicans had united behind his government.

“I tell all Mexicans to have faith, we will overcome this attitude of the U.S. government, they will make rectifications because the Mexican people doesn’t deserve to be treated in the way being attempted,” Lopez Obrador said.

Exports to the United States of goods from avocados to cars and televisions are vital to the Mexican economy. Mexico sends around 80 percent of its exports to the United States.

Mexico’s main stock index fell more than 2% after opening, and the peso currency was down 3% against the dollar.

Since taking office in December, Lopez Obrador has urged Trump to help him tackle migration by promoting economic development in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, where most of the migrants apprehended on the U.S. border come from.

A veteran leftist who won a landslide election victory in July 2018, Lopez Obrador has shied away from foreign policy entanglements, preferring to leave diplomacy to Ebrard.

Though Lopez Obrador again stressed the need for diplomacy on Friday, he has in the past offered pointed criticism of Trump over migration policy. He was adamant that he had the support of Mexicans living both in Mexico and the United States.

Lopez Obrador in early 2017 likened Trump’s attitude toward migrants to Nazi Germany’s persecution of Jews.

In a letter responding to Trump’s announcement on Thursday, Lopez Obrador called Trump’s policy of America First “a fallacy” and accused him of turning the United States into a “ghetto” that stigmatized and mistreated migrants.

Mexico has yet to receive a reply to the letter, according to Lopez Obrador, who said he would hold news conferences at the weekend about his government’s progress.

Trump’s tariff move rattled investors who feared worsening trade friction could hurt the global economy.

Reporting by Dave Graham and Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Susan Thomas and Alistair Bell

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Trump Imposes 5% Tariff on All Mexican Goods Until It Solves Border Issue

The tariff is set to begin on June 10, unless Mexico somehow solves what Trump has called an emergency at the border.

President Donald Trump, in yet another example of foreign policy by tweet, said Thursday the United States will impose a 5 percent tariff on all goods coming from Mexico starting on June 10 until illegal immigration across the southern border is stopped.

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"The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied, at which time the Tariffs will be removed," Trump said on Twitter.

In a statement issued by the White House, Trump said the tariff would increase to 10% on July 1, 15% on Aug. 1, 20% on Sept. 1 and to 25% on Oct. 1.

"Mexico’s passive cooperation in allowing this mass incursion constitutes an emergency and extraordinary threat to the national security and economy of the United States," Trump said in the statement.

"Mexico has very strong immigration laws and could easily halt the illegal flow of migrants, including by returning them to their home countries," he said.

This declaration comes as a surprise as the United States, Mexico, and Canada are currently in the midst of ratifying a new NAFTA deal that would update trade rules among the three countries. Dubbed the USMCA deal, to update the 25-year-old NAFTA, it had just been sent to the Mexican Senate where it was expected to be ratified easily. 

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said he foresees no difficulties in getting it passed.

Mexico is one of the largest trading partners for the U.S. and according to the Office of the United State Trade Representative, trade between the two countries was estimated at US$671 billion dollars.

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Cuba defeated Mexico in the opener of Challenger in Havana

Cuba defeated Mexico 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-21) in the opening match of the Norceca Challenger Men's Volleyball Tournament that began on Thursday at the Coliseum of the Sports City.

The hosts outscored their rivals widely in attacks (50-26), while in blocking the difference was 7-4 and in services 4-2.

Left-handed opposite Jesús Herrera was the top scorer of the match with 16 points, followed by corner players Osniel Mergarejo (14) and Miguel Ángel López (11), and blocker Roamy Alonso (11). For Mexico, the only in double digits was Gonzalo Ruiz (11).

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Cuba presented a starting line-up of players barely 21 years of average age, with the exception of Libero Yonder Garcia, which outperformed Mexico in size and potency, and increased their rhythm of play in each set. They had some lack of coordination at the beginning, but those who played in the Argentine league with those who stayed at home are already in harmony.

This event, which gives a place to the winner for the Grand World Qualifying Final to the League of Nations with in Slovenia from 3 to 7, will have its second day on Friday with the clash between Mexicans and Puerto Ricans.

Nicolás Vives, Cuban coach, pointed out that "the team played quite well, a little bit of anxiety, normal when playing for the first time in front of their audience like in a season, but then they adjusted. Although we met in the blockade we had to do the same in the counterattack while in the serve we still lack the frequency that we know will be improving and in general all were delivered. Mexico is a young team, some have faced us, but they play well because they do it a lot. "

The central Roamy Alonso, among the double-digit scorers, said that "obviously missing Mexico fundamental players, without underestimating the effort of those who are here, did not exceed our level, but in reality we focused on our team to do the actions that we have trained. I think Puerto Rico is in a similar situation and we also hope to win."

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Sergio Herrera, technical director of Mexico, said that "for times my team had good actions, but we played against a very powerful rival, very worked, even so, we bring some players that we have premiered internationally, they did not look so bad, they did interesting things, I think that if we had played in the first set like in the other two maybe we would have achieved something else, that was our objective ".

His captain Gonzalo Ruiz declared that "we are happy with the work we did, because we have very young colleagues who had the opportunity to integrate the selection and this was our first game of the season. We always want to win, but we have to keep going and the next game has to be better".

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US: Private Border Wall Halts After New Mexico Town Protests

Around half a mile of the steel fence sprang up over the Memorial Day weekend on land owned by American Eagle Brick Co. 

A U.S. group building what it claims is the first private wall on the Mexican border said Wednesday it had stopped construction after a New Mexico town ruled the project lacked necessary permits.

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Sunland Park, New Mexico, Tuesday ordered the We Build the Wall group to stop erecting the steel barrier on private land in an area that the group calls "ground zero for illegal drugs, migrants and human sex slaves coming across." Sunland Park is located in the southeast corner of New Mexico, on the Mexican border and about 9 miles northwest of El Paso, Texas.

Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea said the landowner submitted a building application, but it was "incomplete" and the matter had been referred to the city's municipal court.

"The city ordinance only allows a wall up to 6 feet tall and this far exceeds that," Perea told reporters.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, said the wall did nothing to enhance border security or deal with the humanitarian crisis on the border.

"To act as though throwing up a small section of wall on private land does anything to effectively secure our southern border from human and drug trafficking or address the humanitarian needs of the asylum seekers and local communities receiving them — that's nonsense," she said in a statement.

The group on its website, in describing its mission, says: "If the Democrats won’t provide the funding for what the American people voted for in 2016 then we the people will."

The group's list of members of its advisory board and various committees and operations includes Erik Prince, the former Navy SEAL who founded the convicted private security firm Blackwater; former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach; and former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo, among others. It has raised over US$23 million on its GoFundMe page and vowed to resume construction.

The wall is allegedly being built in order to close a gap between fencing on the El Paso, Texas section of the border where many Central American families have been entering the United States to seek asylum.

In the same area, a paramilitary group released videos in April showing its members illegally stopping hundreds of unauthorized border crossers.

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Mexican President Says Won't Increase Gasoline Prices

Mexico, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) The price of fuels in Mexico will not increase beyond the inflation index, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reiterated this Tuesday in his morning press conference at the National Palace.

Supported by the Treasury Secretary, Arturo Herrera, who carried the weight of the explanation, the president ratified that his government's commitment to prevent public prices from rising beyond the line of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) will remain unchanged, even if in relative terms they increase somewhat.

Based on graphs and statistics, the Treasury Secretary showed that what currently happens is that entrepreneurs have increased profit margins and that affects the consumer and should not be.

He said current prices are above one dollar a liter but may be lower because the state has done nothing but redistribute the 4.5 percent inflation in energy so that public prices do not skyrocket as is happening with the decision of entrepreneurs to increase their profits.

In this regard Lopez Obrador warned of the injustice being committed by the owners of the gas stations despite the conclusion that the government is fulfilling its commitment not to increase the price of fuels and electricity and announced some of the measures they can take to prevent it.

I call on concessionaires and distributors to act responsibly, not to be abused because we are following up on this issue. We are making efforts so that prices do not increase, and throughout this year there are not going to be any, there are no gas stations as there were before, in nothing, neither gas nor electricity, but that all help and support.

I repeat the call to concessionaires to review their profit margins, not to think we are not observing the behavior of the management of their prices to the consumer, so we make a fraternal exhortation, a friendly call. There are companies that manage up to 500 gas stations, and we call on them to help us.

We also ask consumers to help because we are going to spread the word about which gas station sells the cheapest and there is already an application on cell phones so they have the list at hand in every city and on Mondays here we will dedicate a minute to inform and put on screen which stations sold the most expensive and cheapest.

He warned that it would be a first stage to achieve fair prices without abuses, and then we would stay there, but if this mechanism is not understood to work, then we would think about creating a group of sales stations in the country, enough for those stations to sell at a fair price.

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