1. On September 8, 2017, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off Mexico’s Southern Coast. This was the strongest earthquake recorded in the last century. At least 90 people have died in the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced that humanitarian aid, healthcare access, and the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure are the government’s primary objectives to assist earthquake victims.
2. Ricardo Monreal, former Senator and governor of Zacatecas, announced that he might be leaving the National Regeneration Movement party, known as MORENA. The announcement comes after Monreal’s loss in the polls to Claudia Sheinbaum, the newly-elected coordinator of MORENA’s organization in Mexico City. Sheinbaum will likely become Morena’s candidate for governor of Mexico City in the 2018 election. Monreal will make an announcement in the coming days.
3. Arely Gómez González, head of the Secretariat of the Civil Service (SFP), announced the discovery of 6.7 million USD worth of irregularities in a contract between an Odebrecht subsidiary and an employee of Mexican Petroleums (PEMEX). In a statement, SFP has initiated sanction proceedings as it reiterated its commitment to the reinforcement of control mechanisms in order to prevent and sanction conduct that infringes the law.
4. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) recently published the 2017 Educational Panorama report. According to report, only 17% of adults have received higher education in Mexico. The Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) highlights Mexico’s high proportions of students pursuing higher education in STEM related fields. Mexico’s education reform promotes the pursuit of technical school job training while simultaneously completing their university studies.