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Egyptian conductor performs in Mexico

Egyptian conductor performs in Mexico

Egyptian conductor Hisham Gabr has earned global recognition for his work with a variety of international orchestras. Recently, Mexican residents had two opportunities to enjoy live performances from Gabr, as he visited the country in May 2013. 

According to Ahram Online, Gabr performed a wide range of music in Mexico on May 10 and May 12. The performances included works from Mozart and other world-renowned composers that helped make them enjoyable for classical music aficionados around the nation. 

Who is Hisham Gabr?
Gabr was born in 1972 and has performed extensively at the Cairo Opera House over the past few years. Meanwhile, Gabr has also collaborated with numerous orchestras in the past, such as the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra and Astana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Additionally, Gabr appeared with a Mexican orchestra during his recent performances, giving attendees opportunities to watch local musicians as well. 

More music is becoming available throughout Mexico
While Mexico has garnered global praise for its music, more residents and those who live in the U.S. and send money to family members back home may have varying musical preferences. Thankfully, Spotify, a music streaming service, is now readily available across Mexico and could have far-flung effects on the area. 

BBC notes that Spotify, which already has 24 million users worldwide, launched its service in Mexico in April 2013. As more people purchase smartphones, the need for Spotify and other music streaming services has increased among consumers, which could make Spotify a top choice for those in Mexico. 

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) stated that Mexico is the 16th largest digital music market around the globe, and as such, the nation may significantly benefit from Spotify. If more Mexican residents invest in smartphones over the next several years, consumers could use Spotify to listen to music on their mobile devices without delay. 

Mexico's digital music market has grown significantly in the past few years, a trend that may continue as new technologies are unveiled. IFPI officials noted that this market has grown 17 percent since 2008, and the figure could rise further thanks in part to Mexico's ongoing recovery from the economic downturn of the late 2000s. Many countries were negatively affected by the recession, but more Mexican residents could spend money on music downloads and performances as the nation's economy improves. 


Colombia prepares for World Cup qualifier matchup against Peru

Colombia prepares for World Cup qualifier matchup against Peru

The Colombian national football team will look to build on its recent success during its upcoming matchup with Peru. The contest, which will take place on June 11, 2013, pits two squads against one another that have posted relatively positive results in the World Cup qualifiers thus far.

In its most recent match, Colombia battled Argentina to a 0-0 draw in the South American qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup. While Argentina remains on track for an automatic qualifying berth, Colombia moved into second place ahead of Ecuador based on goal differential.

Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina told The Associated Press that both his squad and the Argentine team played a hard-fought, even match.

''We had lots of possession[s] and [Argentina's players] had chances to score [as well],'' Ospina told the news source.

Peru poses challenges for Colombia
The Peru national squad, currently sixth in the standings, has built momentum in some of its recent matches. In its last contest, a matchup against Ecuador, Peru sealed a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal by forward Claudio Pizzaro.

To earn a place in the 2014 World Cup, South American squads must finish in the top four spots in the qualifiers. Each of these squads receives an automatic berth in next year's tournament, which makes it more important than ever for Colombia to be prepared for its contest against Peru.

With 20 points after 11 games, Colombia remains five points behind Argentina in the overall standings. However, the Colombian squad has an amazing opportunity with a strong showing against Peru.

Home-field advantage important
To date, home-field advantage has played a crucial part in various squads' success in the World Cup qualifiers. According to BBC Sport, home teams are 30-9 overall in the competition so far, a trend that Colombia hopes to capitalize on during its next match.

Entering its upcoming match against Colombia, the Peru national team has gone 20 consecutive contests without a road victory. Because Colombia is closing in on its first World Cup spot since 1998, this team has plenty to gain if it plays well against Peru. However, the Colombian national team must stay focused on its immediate goals to play well against a competitive Peruvian squad.

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Colombia faces Argentina in FIFA World Cup qualifier

Colombia faces Argentina in FIFA World Cup qualifier

On June 7, 2013, the Colombian and Argentine national football teams will face off for a chance to clinch a spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This match promises to be exciting, as both squads have plenty to play for in a contest between two of South America's top teams.

Whichever team wins will be guaranteed a spot in the World Cup, but nothing is likely to come easy for either squad. Football fans worldwide could see plenty of action when the Colombian and Argentine national teams take the field. 

How does Colombia stack up against Argentina?
Colombian midfielder Freddy Guarin told FIFA that his team is confident about its chances against Argentina. While Guarin acknowledged that qualifying matches are never easy, he stated that the Colombian national squad has been playing at a high level lately and hopes to stay focused during its upcoming match.

"Of course it is not easy [to compete in] qualifying matches, but with all that, we are working at a level that we can respond against any team," Guarin told the news source. "[Argentina] will come out [and] attack, as always."

Ahram Online points out that Colombia was ranked seventh in FIFA's overall standings for May. However, the national squad may face an uphill battle against Argentina, a team that was rated third overall in these rankings.

What to expect from Colombia and Argentina
Colombia could use a very different approach against Argentina when the teams face off in Buenos Aires.

According to, Colombian football coach Jose Pekerman expects to make several lineup changes, using an aggressive group of players to help spark his team's offense. Pekerman's lineup is likely to include strikers Teo Gutierrez and Radamel Falcao along with defensive midfielder Edwin Valencia.

Additionally, Argentina will be without defensive midfielder Fernando Gago for the contest. Gago had partnered with defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano to provide support in the middle, but the Argentine squad will look to Lucas Biglia to serve as a viable replacement.

Argentine forward Lionel Messi may also be absent during the matchup against Colombia. Alejandro Sabella, Argentine football coach, has yet to confirm whether Messi will be able to play, as his presence could noticeably affect both squads.

Plenty is at stake for the Colombian and Argentine national teams in this World Cup qualifier, and the matchup could be action-packed, making it a memorable game to watch for football fans around the globe.

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Periodista brinda honores a histórico arquitecto mexicano

Pedro Ramírez Vázquez fue el autor intelectual de varios edificios, entre ellos algunos en la Ciudad de México.

Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, arquitecto mexicano que falleció el 16 de abril de 2013, tenía un estilo propio que se exhibió en una amplia variedad de estructuras. A pesar de ser construidos en la era posterior a la Segunda Guerra Mundial, el Museo de Antropología en el Bosque de Chapultepec y el Museo Amparo de Puebla en la Ciudad de México son dos de los edificios que han resistido a la prueba del tiempo y continúan inspirando a los arquitectos de todo el mundo.

Elena Poniatowska, periodista de renombre mundial y novelista, tiene planes para honrar a Ramírez Vázquez en un futuro próximo. Según el diario Los Angeles Times, Poniatowska recientemente compartió sus pensamientos y opiniones sobre Ramírez Vázquez con un diario mexicano para así poder ayudar a otros a entender su impacto en los residentes mexicanos y los que viven y trabajan en los EE.UU. y realizan enviar dinero a sus familiares y amigos en casa.

Durante su vida, Ramírez Vázquez ayudó a transformar la cultura mexicana a través de sus proyectos. Incluso fue nombrado el líder del comité organizador de los Juegos Olímpicos de 1968 en la Ciudad de México y ayudó al país a reforzar su reputación global.

¿Cómo ha influido Ramírez Vázquez a los ciudadanos mexicanos?
Como arquitecto de mediados del siglo 20, Ramírez Vázquez tuvo un impacto sustancial en los residentes mexicanos. Sus creaciones han servido a muchos empresarios mexicanos, ciudadanos y funcionarios del gobierno en los últimos años.

Por ejemplo, el New York Times informa que Ramírez Vázquez diseñó la sede nacional del Partido Revolucionario Institucional, la cual sirvió al partido, que gobernó el país hasta el año  2000. Asimismo este grupo encargó a Ramírez Vázquez hacer numerosas estructuras de gobierno durante su vida.

Además, Ramírez Vázquez fue un líder político por un corto período. Se desempeñó como secretario de los asentamientos humanos y obras públicas  entre 1977 y 1982, y sus logros han impactado significativamente a muchos residentes mexicanos.

Luis M. Castañeda, profesor de Historia del Arte en la Universidad de Syracuse, señala que Vázquez tuvo gran impacto en la comunidad arquitectónica. También dijo que él es uno de los muchos profesionales de la arquitectura que ha sido influenciado por Ramírez Vázquez. En una entrevista realizada en el  2012, Castañeda señaló que Ramírez Vázquez llevaba muchos sombreros, refiriéndose a que el artista asumió múltiples responsabilidades, para así asegurar que todas sus creaciones cumplieran con criterios específicos.

"Pensar en él como alguien que diseña edificios es no tomar en cuenta todos los papeles que interpretó," Castañeda dijo al periódico. "Él no era de la construir modelos y bocetos de los dibujos, sino que fuera él quien asegurara la comisión del presidente."

Sin embargo, muchos residentes mexicanos pueden recordar Ramírez Vázquez debido al Museo de Antropología, que es sin duda su logro más importante.

"Sin lugar a dudas, eso por esto que será recordado " Miquel Adriá, director de la revista Arquine arquitectónico, dijo al diario. "Él tuvo éxito en la proyección de la  forma moderna en muchos aspectos que se han encontrado en la arquitectura mexicana."


Los legisladores mexicanos están revisando las estrategias para atraer a los jubilados estadounidenses

Líderes mexicanos quieren que la economía del país prospere y están considerando varias iniciativas para incrementarla.

Líderes mexicanos quieren que la economía del país prospere y están considerando varias iniciativas para incrementarla. Por ejemplo, el Sun Herald informa que varios legisladores mexicanos están evaluando facilitar los límites de propiedad de la tierra para así atraer más jubilados estadounidenses al país.

La costa mexicana es una bonita zona escénica que es atractiva para muchos de los residentes de la nación. Sin embargo, esta área se encuentra actualmente disponible para su compra sólo para residentes mexicanos, pero la nueva legislación podría dar a los no ciudadanos oportunidades para invertir en estos bienes raíces de calidad.

Ambientes relajantes y sin estrés en México, son ideales para los jubilados estadounidenses, asegura el colaborador Barry Golson de la AARP The Magazine, quien recomienda la región de Puerto Vallarta para los jubilados norteamericanos. Esta zona ha sido un destino turístico muy popular desde hace años y sigue siendo un punto muy atractivo para los visitantes mexicanos que quieren disfrutar de la belleza y la cultura de la nación.

No sólo, Puerto Vallarta alberga numerosas playas de primera clase, sino que el comercio es un gran atractivo. Ya que son conocidos la vasta cantidad de bares y tiendas de curiosidades que se pueden encontrar en Vallarta. Golson pone énfasis en que la zona está llena de flores y plazas coloridas que ayudan a que el  lugar sea un paraíso maravilloso para los jubilados.

Jubilados estadounidenses podrán apreciar la belleza de México
Peter Glass, un ex ejecutivo de Procter & Gamble, vive con su esposa, Charlotte, en Puerto Vallarta. El matrimonio es uno de los muchos que goza del encanto de la región, lo que hace que sea un destino diferente en comparación con otros lugares de retiro de todo el mundo.

"Es un soplo de aire fresco proverbial," Peter Glass dijo a una fuente de noticias.

La belleza natural de México ayuda a que el país se diferencie de muchos otros en todo el mundo. Asimismo, los ciudadanos del país pueden beneficiarse significativamente si hay más jubilados estadounidenses viviendo en la zona.

Los dueños de empresas mexicanas podrian ver sus ganancias aumentar rápidamente, a medida que más jubilados puedan gastar el dinero en varias tiendas en toda la región. Además, los dueños de restaurantes mexicanos podrían mejorar notablemente sus ventas en períodos cortos de tiempo, gracias en parte al apoyo que podrían recibir de los jubilados estadounidenses.

Mientras tanto, los dirigentes mexicanos están revisando constantemente soluciones para ayudar a aumentar los ingresos de la nación. Si bien muchos países han luchado para recuperarse de la recesión económica de finales del decenio de 2000, los legisladores mexicanos  están dedicando el tiempo necesario para asegurar que los residentes del país y los que trabajan en los EE.UU. y realizan enviar dinero a sus familiares en casa, se beneficien de las reformas legislativas en los próximos años.


Cinco de Mayo: a popular celebration around the globe

Cinco de Mayo: a popular celebration around the globe

Cinco de Mayo is a wonderful holiday that enables many people to learn about Mexican heritage and culture. May 5 marks the annual holiday, and those who plan to attend Cinco de Mayo celebrations may send money to friends and family members to get ready for these festivities. 

On May 5, 1862, a Mexican troop of 4,500 soldiers faced 6,000 French militants at the Battle of Puebla. Under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza, the Mexican force defeated the French army, and Cinco de Mayo honors those who fought for Mexico's freedom.

Myriad celebrations are held around the globe to commemorate the Mexican army's victory at the Battle of Puebla. For example, The Associated Press reports that ballet folklorico dancers will help Mexican-Americans celebrate the holiday in Houston in 2013, while New York City will close parts of Spanish Harlem and Queens for various street fairs throughout the day. 

"It's very similar to how Irish-Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day," Jody Agius Vallejo, a sociology professor at the University of Southern California, told the news source. "One way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day."


Journalist honors historic Mexican architect

Journalist honors historic Mexican architect

Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, a Mexican architect who passed away on April 16, 2013, had a style all his own that was showcased in a wide variety of structures. In the post-World War II era, the Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park in Mexico City and Museo Amparo in Puebla are just two of his buildings that have withstood the test of time and continue to inspire architects around the globe. 

Elena Poniatowska, a world-renowned journalist and novelist, has plans to honor Ramírez Vázquez in the near future. According to the Los Angeles Times, Poniatowska recently shared her thoughts and views on Ramírez Vázquez with a Mexican newspaper to help others understand his impact on Mexican residents and those who live and work in the U.S. and send money to family members and friends back home. 

During his life, Ramírez Vázquez helped transform Mexican culture through his projects. He was even appointed the leader of the organizing committee for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City and helped the country bolster its global reputation. 

How has Ramírez Vázquez affected Mexican citizens?
As a mid-20th century architect, Ramírez Vázquez had a substantial impact on Mexican residents. His creations have served many Mexican business leaders, citizens and government officials over the years. 

For example, The New York Times reports that Ramírez Vázquez designed the Institutional Revolutionary Party's national headquarters, which served the group as it ruled the country until 2000. This political party also commissioned Ramírez Vázquez to complete numerous government structures during his life. 

Additionally, Ramírez Vázquez was a political leader for a short period. He served as secretary of human settlements and public works from 1977 to 1982, and his accomplishments significantly impacted many Mexican residents. 

Professor notes Vázquez had big impact on architecture community
Luis M. Castañeda, a professor of art history at Syracuse University, said that he is one of many architecture professionals who has been affected by Ramírez Vázquez. In a 2012 interview, Castañeda noted that Ramírez Vázquez wore many hats, taking on multiple responsibilities to ensure that all of his creations met specific criteria. 

"To think of him as somebody who designed buildings is not to take account of all the roles he played," Castañeda told the news source. "He wasn't the one constructing the models or sketching the drawings; he was the one securing the commission from the president."

However, many Mexican residents may remember Ramírez Vázquez for the Museum of Anthropology, arguably his most prominent achievement. 

"Without any doubt, that's what he'll be remembered for," Miquel Adriá, director of the architectural magazine Arquine, told the news source. "He succeeded in projecting in modern form many aspects that we had found in Mexican architecture."


Energy reform is a hot topic in Mexico

Energy reform is a hot topic in Mexico

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has made energy reform a top priority for the near future. According to The Washington Post, Peña Nieto and other Mexican leaders are reviewing various solutions to help enhance the nation's energy segment. 

Since taking over as president in December 2012, Peña Nieto has sought ways to help the country boost its revenue. While Mexico is still the third-largest source of foreign oil for the U.S., Peña Nieto will embark on a massive system overhaul during the summer that could deliver long-lasting rewards to Mexican residents and those who work in the U.S. and send money to family members south of the border. 

"This is about a practical reform that will allow for the introduction of new technology, which we lack, and accelerate the growth of our energy resources in order to lower electricity costs for Mexican families and businesses, and give us a more dynamic energy industry," Peña Nieto told the news source. 

Peña Nieto looks to accelerate energy industry growth
Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), the largest oil company in Mexico and Latin America, significantly affects Mexico's economy. As part of the nation's energy reform efforts, Peña Nieto may help Pemex reduce its taxes to ensure that the firm can effectively support the country and its citizens. 

GlobalPost reports that nearly 60 percent of Pemex's revenue currently goes into the Mexican treasury, and this total represents roughly 40 percent of the government's income. Meanwhile, Pemex earns approximately $100 billion a year in revenue, but the company could further increase its profits by receiving tax breaks from the Mexican government. 

The lack of competition among energy oil providers is a major consideration among Mexican leaders as well. Pemex has a monopoly in the country, and George Baker, a global oil industry expert, states that Mexico must attract foreign investors to increase its energy sector profits.

"If you only make Pemex more efficient in Mexico, that's not enough," Baker told The Washington Post.  

Former U.S. ambassador Tony Garza has encouraged the Mexican government to diversify its energy industry investments. By promoting competition among oil companies, more jobs could become available across the nation, which may deliver a substantial boost to the country's economy. Additionally, diversification could help keep electricity costs lower for Mexican business operators and citizens around the country and enable the nation to improve its revenue without delay. 


President Obama will discuss immigration in Mexico

President Obama will discuss immigration in Mexico

Building a strong partnership between the United States and Mexico is vital for residents in both countries, and President Barack Obama is increasing his efforts to improve relations between these nations. According to ABC News, Obama will visit Mexico on May 2, 2013, and discuss economic and immigration concerns with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

"A lot of the focus is going to be on economics," Obama told the news source. "I think we forget [Mexico] is a massive trading partner responsible for huge amounts of commerce and huge numbers of jobs on both sides of the border. We want to see how we can…maintain [an] economic dialogue over a long period of time."

In many cases, Mexican immigrants who are working in the United States send money back home to support their families. As the global economy continues to recover from the downturn of the late 2000s, new employment opportunities could become available in the U.S., which could lead more people to pursue jobs around the country. 

Meanwhile, U.S. officials are exploring options to improve their immigration system without delay. Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor for strategic communications at the White House, said that U.S. leaders are working closely with Mexican administrators to identify immigration issues and quickly remove these problems. 

"Mexico is an important partner in immigration reform given that we work with [Mexican officials] every day to secure our border," Rhodes told the news source.

The impact of Obama's visit to Mexico
Obama's trip to Mexico could have far-flung effects around the globe. By working with Peña Nieto to review immigration in the U.S. and Mexico, both countries can take steps to help their citizens. 

NPR reports that Mexico is the second-largest market for U.S. goods and services. During his visit, Obama and Peña Nieto will evaluate strategies to further improve the border between the U.S. and Mexico and deliver significant support to the global economy.

"If the Mexican economy is growing, it forestalls the need for people to migrate to the United States to find work," Rhodes told the news source. 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Thomas Donohue stated that roughly six million jobs are based on U.S. relations with Mexico. By taking steps to improve interactions between both countries, residents in the U.S. and Mexico could reap the rewards of gradual improvements to their local economies. 


Radio Personality Piolín Named a Xoom Endorser


“Piolín” recommends as the convenient money transfer service for immigrants living in the United States

SAN FRANCISCO, May 1, 2013 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a digital money transfer provider, today announced that Mexican radio personality Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo, has become an endorser for the company. Piolín is starring in a series of radio commercials for Xoom and, during his radio show, he provides live shout outs for, advocating how convenient, safe and fast it is to send money home to Mexico and Central America using Xoom.

“Piolín is truly a man of the people. Piolín has millions of Spanish-speaking fans of his radio show, with  a very strong influence in the Los Angeles community where his show is based,” says Julian King, Xoom’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development. “We are excited to be working with Piolín, as he shares our passion for providing immigrants with an innovative solution for sending money home.”

“I recently used Xoom to send money to Mexico, and I was amazed at the speed and quality of the service. No kidding! I told my friend who was driving, ‘I’m in the car and I’m sending money!’” says Piolín. “It’s companies like Xoom who, little by little, help our community to improve their lives in the United States. is very convenient and completely accessible to any member of the community through their smart phones, tablets and computers.”

Piolín’s radio show “Piolín por la Mañana” runs weekday mornings on more than 50 Univision and non-Univision affiliate radio stations in the Spanish language format and online.  Piolín is also known for his activism in immigration reform, and has often discussed his own experience of immigrating to the United States on his radio program. He resides in Los Angeles and engages in peaceful political activism for immigration reform.

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