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2 Mexican moviemakers receive Heineken/Tribeca grants

New York, Apr 18 (EFE).- Mexicans Yolanda Cruz and Rodrigo Reyes are the recipients of the 2014 Heineken VOCES Grant, presented by the Dutch brewer in conjunction with New York's Tribeca Film Institute. The grant winners were formally presented at an invitation-only event hosted by Heineken coinciding with the Tribeca Film Festival. Cruz, who has now made seven documentaries, won the grant in the Narrative category to make "La Raya," which will be her first feature film.

2 Mexican moviemakers receive Heineken/Tribeca grants

New York, Apr 18 (EFE).- Mexicans Yolanda Cruz and Rodrigo Reyes are the recipients of the 2014 Heineken VOCES Grant, presented by the Dutch brewer in conjunction with New York's Tribeca Film Institute. The grant winners were formally presented at an invitation-only event hosted by Heineken coinciding with the Tribeca Film Festival. Cruz, who has now made seven documentaries, won the grant in the Narrative category to make "La Raya," which will be her first feature film.

Mexico and France write "new page" in bilateral ties

Mexico City, Apr 10 (EFE).- Mexico and France committed themselves on Thursday to writing "a new page" in their relationship during the first day of French President François Hollande's visit to the Aztec nation. With an eye toward initiating that new phase, top officials of the two countries on Thursday signed 42 accords to increase cooperation in different sectors, including education, health, sustainable development, public safety, finance, aeronautics and energy.

Mexican singer Thalia says her new album brings out "inner child"

Mexico City, Apr 10 (EFE).- Mexican singer Thalia said her new album, "VivaKids," aimed to bring out everyone's inner child and make people forget about the daily grind. "My idea is to bring out the inner child that my generation has inside, which does not go to sleep because of so much angst over the day-to-day routine. With so much going on, you start tuning out emotions and surprises," the 42-year-old singer told reporters. "VivaKids," which comes with a DVD of animated drawings, features songs like "Vamos a jugar," "En un bosque de la China" and "El piojo y la pulga."

Mexico prepares for Holy Week influx of U.S.-based Mexicans

Mexico City, Mar 28 (EFE).- Mexico's Government Secretariat launched Friday a special operation to accommodate an influx of U.S.-based Mexicans visiting their homeland for the Easter holiday. Close to 300,000 Mexicans living in the United States are expected to arrive for Holy Week, the secretariat said in a statement. Authorities will provide help and information on reliable travel routes, places to rest and relax, and places where medical, mechanical and touristic aid can be obtained, the official note said.

Mexico's top crime-fighter to resign

Mexico City, Mar 17 (EFE).- The head of Mexico's National Security Commission is stepping down after a little more than a year in the post, the government said, confirming press reports. Manuel Mondragon will officially announce his resignation on Tuesday, Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said on Twitter. Osorio Chong, the No. 2 official in the Mexican government, said he accepted Mondragon's request "to withdraw from the operational field and become part of strategic planning tasks."

Mexico's Inbursa to acquire Standard Bank Group's Brazil unit

Mexico City, Mar 15 (EFE).- Grupo Financiero Inbursa, the bank controlled by Mexican multi-billionaire Carlos Slim, said it had agreed to acquire the Brazilian unit of South Africa's Standard Bank Group for approximately $45 million. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval in Brazil, Mexico and South Africa, Inbursa said in a filing with the Mexican Stock Exchange.

Mexico says in talks with China to form infrastructure fund

By Rodrigo Campos NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mexico and China are discussing creating a joint fund for investments in infrastructure projects in Latin America's No.2 economy, Mexican deputy finance minister Fernando Aportela said on Tuesday during a visit to New York. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto last year announced his government expected to see more than $300 billion in public and private spending on infrastructure in Mexico between 2013 and 2018, around a third of it in telecoms and transport.

Mexican poet Jose Emilio Pacheco dies

Award-winning Mexican poet Jose Emilio Pacheco died Sunday, officials said. He was 74. "We regret the passing of Jose Emilio Pacheco. Our sympathies to his family and friends," Mexico's National Culture and Arts Council said on Twitter. President Enrique Pena Nieto also paid tribute. "A great representative of our (Spanish-language) literature has passed away. Mexico will miss the great writer Jose Emilio Pacheco. May he rest in peace," the president tweeted.

Vogue to publish Frida Kahlo book in February

Mexico City, Jan 24 (EFE).- Vogue magazine announced that in February it will launch in Mexico and Latin America a book on the life and cultural contribution of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, which will include a series of photos and biographical sketches by a number of reputable authors. The editorial director of Vogue for Mexico and Latin America, Kelly Talamas, said that the book "Todo el Universo. Frida Kahlo: el Mundo Mexico" (The Whole Universe. Frida Kahlo: the Mexico World) is a joint project of the magazine with the Frida Kahlo Museum and the Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
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