FIFA fines Mexico as Hernandez asks fans to stop homophobic chant

06/20/2018 Reuters

Soccer StadiumMexican striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country’s football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, on a day when FIFA once again fined the Mexican football federation for their fans’ misconduct.

FIFA slapped the Mexicans with a CHF 10,000 fine for what it called “discriminatory and insulting chants” during their surprise 1-0 win over Germany on Sunday.

Mexicans have long shouted a slang word for a male sex worker at games, which gay rights groups argue is homophobic.

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Ole, Ole! Urals brewer pins hopes on Mexicans to drink bars dry

06/20/2018 Reuters

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A tiny Urals brewery has produced special beers for each of the four World Cup matches taking place in Yekaterinburg and is counting on thirsty Mexicans to come to the rescue after making rather too much for Uruguayans and Egyptians.

Each tournament beer produced by Melody Brew is made with two types of hops with flavors inspired by the teams – for example ‘El Dorado’ for Peru, who play France on Thursday, and ‘African Queen’ for Senegal, who face Japan three days later.

The labels feature the flags of both sides, with spaces for fans to write in the score as a souvenir.

Chief brewer Alexei Saburov is keen to dispel the notion that Russians are only interested in vodka.

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Mexico face disciplinary case over homophobic chant

06/18/2018 Reuters

Soccer StadiumWorld soccer’s governing body FIFA has opened a disciplinary procedure against Mexico after alleged homophobic chants by Mexican fans during their World Cup win over Germany on Sunday.

Mexico fans have long shouted an insult that gay rights groups argue is homophobic at keepers taking goal kicks.

“Further updates will be communicated in due course,” said FIFA. “As proceedings are ongoing please understand we cannot comment further at this stage.”

The Mexican football federation (FMF), which has repeatedly appealed to fans to stop the chant, was sanctioned 12 times for homophobic chanting during the World Cup qualifying campaign, receiving warnings for the first two offences and fines for 10 more.

Tropical Storm Bud heads for resorts at Baja’s southern end

06/14/18 The Washington Post

hurricaneTropical Storm Bud continued to weaken as it neared the southern end of the Baja California peninsula and its popular resorts on Thursday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Bud’s maximum sustained winds lessened to 45 mph (75 kph) as it moved over cooler waters, a big drop from the 130 mph (210 kph) winds it had as a Category 4 hurricane Tuesday.

Forecasters said the storm was likely to lose more force, but it was still expected to be a tropical storm when it reached the peninsula’s southern tip Thursday night. Bud was then projected to cross over the Gulf of California as a tropical depression Friday and make a second landfall on the Mexican mainland Friday night.

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Hurricane Bud Strengthens to Category 3 Off Mexico Pacific Coast

06/11/2018 The New York Times

hurricaneHurricane Bud strengthened to a category 3 storm on Monday about 265 miles (426 km) off the Pacific coast of Mexico, the Miami-based U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

With maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, Bud was moving northwest at about 7 miles per hour, the centre said. The heart of the storm is expected to remain considerably offshore.

While the storm may strengthen on Monday, it will likely begin weakening on Tuesday, the centre said.

The storm is expected to generate 3 to 6 inches of rain in southwestern Mexico, the centre said, warning of possible flash floods and mud slides.

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Seven mine workers missing after accident in northern Mexico

06/06/2018 Reuters

mineRescuers were searching on Wednesday for seven workers who went missing in at a gold and silver mine in northern Mexico after a dam filled with liquid waste collapsed, authorities said.

The accident occurred on Monday in the La Cieneguita mine operated by Minera Rio Tinto and Pan American Goldfields. Waste from the dam swept away machinery, vehicles and various workers, said Mexico’s environmental prosecutor, Profepa.

“Up until now we do not know how much (residue) was spilled,” Profepa said in a statement.

The agency added that it had begun inspecting the mine, located in the northern state of Chihuahua.

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UPCOMING EVENT | One Month Out: New Perspectives on the 2018 Mexican Election

Mexican Elections (002)WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 1:00-2:15pm

WHERE: 5th Floor, Wilson Center

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On July 1, 2018, Mexicans go to the polls to pick a new President and a new Congress. Throughout the campaign, there has been a clear front-runner, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), who on his third attempt to win the presidency appears to have cracked the code on how to convince Mexico’s voters that he offers an opportunity for positive change rather than a threat. AMLO’s Morena party may also be heading towards a congressional majority, raising the possibility that he will be able to enact an ambitious legislative agenda.

The next month will continue to see intense campaigning among the four remaining candidates. For voters who are unhappy with the status quo, that is a compelling and attractive prospect, and the polling numbers show that AMLO has been successful thus far in persuading voters across the demographic spectrum that he offers the best chance for meaningful change. The other candidates have turned their attention to attacking AMLO and his Morena party at every opportunity; yet, nothing has reduced his support from the Mexican electorate. Join us for an in-depth analysis of voting trends and the platforms of the candidates.

Speakers
Carlos Heredia
Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)
Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

María Amparo Casar
Professor-Researcher, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)
Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Juan Pardinas
General Director, Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO)
Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Moderator
Duncan Wood

Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

For more information on the 2018 Mexican elections, visit our Elections Guide.

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