Mexicali

PGJE investigates kidnapping of a man from Sonora in Mexicali

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017

In relation with the kidnapping a young man in front a tire shop located on Boulevard Lázaro Cárdenas in Mexicali’s Colonia Independencia, the Attorney General’s Office is investigating the case and detected the victim’s vehicle abandoned at Plaza Nuevo Mexicali shopping center. The victim is Ezequiel Machado Molina, 22 years old, who was forced him to get out of his car at gun point, and he was abdcuted in a white pick up. It was reported that relatives went to the Public Ministry to file a complaint, informing that the young man is originally from Hermosillo, Sonora. The crime was reported around 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, on Lázaro Cárdenas boulevard, between the streets of Río Culiacán and Río San Lorenzo, Colonia Independencia. In relation to this crime, two vehicles were found in the parking lot of a Chinese food restaurant, a white Dodge Ram pick up truck, and a gray Nissan Maxima, both with plates of the State of Sonora.   Source: SSPE...

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Baja California

Mexico to launch tender for Baja California link-up

Posted by on Dec 15, 2017

Mexico’s energy ministry is to launch the country’s first tender for the financing, installation, maintenance, management and operation of a transmission line linking Baja California state to the U.S. national grid. “The tender will be launched in January 2018, including the publication of bidding rules and the contract model. Bidders are invited to present their economic and technical proposals in July, while the winner will be announced in September”, the ministry said. This will be the first transmission project to be tendered to a private company based on the reformed electricity law and the government’s broader national electricity development plan launched in June. The winner will be selected based on lowest cost offering, as contractual payment to the successful bidder will be included in the subsequent transmission tariff, and will be paid directly by the energy control center Cenace, the ministry said. Upon contract expiration, all transmission assets will go to the state. The project includes two converter stations and an approximately 500kV direct current, high-voltage transmission line stretching approximately 1,400km, the largest of its kind in Mexico. The energy regulatory commission is also drawing up rules for...

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World News

What does US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital mean?

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017

Donald Trump’s abandonment of decades of US policy has set him at odds with the rest of the world and could have far-reaching consequences. In a move condemned by most of the world, Donald Trump has announced the US will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. What does his move mean for the key players? The peace process This has been in effect at death’s door since the former secretary of state John Kerry’s peace mission ended in failure in 2014. But the international community – apart from the US – is united in saying recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is disastrous for any hopes of reviving meaningful talks. The status of Jerusalem is one of the pivotal issues that diplomats and peacemakers have said must be agreed between the two parties in negotiations. The Palestinians They will see Trump’s announcement as the end of their hopes and demands for East Jerusalem as a capital of a future independent Palestinian state. Although few Palestinians want a return to violence, many will feel that diplomatic efforts have got them no closer...

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National

Ten years into Mexico’s deadly drug war, lawmakers give the military more power (LA Times)

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017

As reported on the San Miguel Times on Friday December 15, Mexico’s Senate approved the Law of Internal Security, a security legislation that sparked sharp protests from human rights associations and citizens all over the country. Thousands of protesters marched against it. Hundreds of human rights groups implored lawmakers to reject it. Even the United Nations warned of its dangers. But on Friday, Mexico’s Congress hastily approved the Law of Internal Security, which gives the military broad new powers and solidifies its central role in the country’s drug war. President Enrique Peña Nieto is expected to sign the legislation despite criticism that it could fuel more violence. In many ways, the measure enshrines into law what has been happening in practice for more than a decade. It was late 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderon launched Mexico’s war on drugs by sending thousands of troops to his home state of Michoacan… Click here for full article on the LA Times Source: LA...

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Amazon becomes Mexico’s top online retailer in 2017

Amazon becomes Mexico’s top online retailer in 2017

Dec 17, 2017

Mexico this year, helping to grow the country’s nascent e-commerce market by a third, according to a report by market research firm Euromonitor International. The world’s largest online retailer will generate $502.2 million in Mexico sales this year compared with $243.9 million last year, the Euromonitor report said. Its findings were based on trade surveys, market studies and data research. Online sales still account for slightly over 3 percent of all retail sales in Mexico, where shoppers fear credit card fraud and are often paid in cash. Internet shopping represents nearly 12 percent of all retail sales in the United States. Argentina’s MercadoLibre Inc (MELI.O) registered an increase of nearly 90 percent from 2016, Euromonitor said, but was still seen slipping to second place with some $489.2 million in sales. MercadoLibre did not comment on the Euromonitor figures but said its Mexican sales rose 82 percent in the third quarter. In third place was Wal-Mart de Mexico WLMEX.MX with $258.9 million in projected online sales, or growth of about a third. Wal-Mart de Mexico did not respond to a request for comment. Amazon, which formally launched in Mexico two years ago, made a push to expand its customer base in October by introducing a cash payments system. The U.S. company declined to comment on the Euromonitor data, saying it does not release sales figures. Euromonitor excluded consumer-to-consumer sales sites, such as eBay, in its analysis. The firm forecast the Mexican online market would be worth $7.1 billion next year, rising to $14 billion by 2022....

China begins naval drills as North Korea warns of NUCLEAR WAR

China begins naval drills as North Korea warns of NUCLEAR WAR

Dec 17, 2017

According to the Sunday Express, the live-fire drills will last for four days, and are being conducted just off the coast of North Korea in a show of strength amid world war 3 fears. An area spanning 276 square kilometres has been declared off-limits to all but military vessels during the intense drills. The scale of the drills, including how many ships are participating, is not clear. Chinese warships also took part in a major drill in the East China Sea last week, while its air force has also conducted high-level drills. he US, South Korea and Japan also held joint military exercises this week in a show of strength designed to put pressure on North Korea. The three nations teamed up in the hope of persuading North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to abandon his aggressive programme of nuclear missile testing. However Kim responded with further threats of nuclear war. Pyongyang branded Trump administration plans to impose a naval blockade on the state “extremely dangerous”. It said cutting North Korea off would be another “big step” towards nuclear war, as the flurry of military activity continued. The US has responded to North Korean aggression with aggression of its own, holding huge military drills throughout East Asia, and using incendiary language that has riled Kim Jong-un. As China holds its own tests, it could be a sign its attitude has come still closer to that of the US. However one expert says China’s own instincts could be the key to resolving the crisis.   Click here for full article on https://www.express.co.uk/...

U.S. military forces practice for an invasion of North Korea

U.S. military forces practice for an invasion of North Korea

Dec 17, 2017

According to Newsweek, the United States Military has conducted joint training operations with South Korean forces to practice removing nuclear weapons from North Korea in the event of war, according to reports.. Citing military sources, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that the “Warrior Strike” exercise took place north of Seoul between Tuesday 12 and Friday 15 December. Hundreds of soldiers from both sides took part in the training to remove weapons of mass destruction from the North. The training exercise comes amid escalating tensions between North Korea and its perceived enemies, with Russia and China also conducting air defense drills against the rogue state this week. President Donald Trump has previously stated that the United States will use “fire and fury” and “totally destroy North Korea,” while also referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as a “madman” and “little rocket man.” Click here for full article on Newsweek...

Ten years into Mexico’s deadly drug war, lawmakers give the military more power (LA Times)

Ten years into Mexico’s deadly drug war, lawmakers give the military more power (LA Times)

Dec 16, 2017

As reported on the San Miguel Times on Friday December 15, Mexico’s Senate approved the Law of Internal Security, a security legislation that sparked sharp protests from human rights associations and citizens all over the country. Thousands of protesters marched against it. Hundreds of human rights groups implored lawmakers to reject it. Even the United Nations warned of its dangers. But on Friday, Mexico’s Congress hastily approved the Law of Internal Security, which gives the military broad new powers and solidifies its central role in the country’s drug war. President Enrique Peña Nieto is expected to sign the legislation despite criticism that it could fuel more violence. In many ways, the measure enshrines into law what has been happening in practice for more than a decade. It was late 2006 when then-President Felipe Calderon launched Mexico’s war on drugs by sending thousands of troops to his home state of Michoacan… Click here for full article on the LA Times Source: LA...

Mexican senate passes Law of Internal Security

Mexican senate passes Law of Internal Security

Dec 16, 2017

On Friday December 15, Mexico’s Senate approved a security legislation that sparked sharp protests from human rights advocates concerned that it could encourage abuses by the armed forces in their deployment against drug cartels. After a 71-34 vote (3 abstentions), on Twitter, Mexico’s Senate wrote in Spanish: “The Law of Internal Security has been approved in the general and in the particular.” The ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and some members of the center-right opposition National Action Party (PAN) backed the bill. Known as the Law of Internal Security, the bill establishes rules for the military’s role in battling drug gangs, a conflict that has claimed well over 100,000 lives in the last decade. The military has been mired in several human rights scandals, including extra-judicial killings of suspected gang members and the 2014 disappearance of 43 students near an army base. Supporters of the legislation say it will set out clear rules that limit the use of soldiers to fight crime. Rights groups are not convinced, saying the bill empowers security forces instead of improving the police and could usher in greater abuses and impunity. The United Nations, Amnesty International, and Mexican human rights organizations have all criticized the bill. However, the bill then returned to the lower house of Congress, where its passage was expected to be a formality. After a 262-25 vote, Mexico’s Congress approved the Law of Internal Security, a law that enshrines the use of the army in the country’s long war against drug cartels. Source: El...

Cancún: Mexico’s preferred destination to celebrate the New Year

Cancún: Mexico’s preferred destination to celebrate the New Year

Dec 16, 2017

The beauty and the comfort of the internationally known Cancun hotel zone is on the top of preferences of the Mexican tourism market… CANCUN – Cancun, Madrid, Paris, New York and London are the five cities that Mexicans sought to vacation at this end of the year, said the administrative director of Expedia for Latin America, Carolina Piber. In a statement, she explained that at national level, the searches included Monterrey, Mexico City, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua and Villahermosa, informs the Notimex website. Photo: Cancun Beach Resort Condo “We realized a preference for destinations like Madrid, Paris, Vancouver and Toronto, traditional destinations like New York, Miami and Las Vegas are still in the ranking, but it is interesting to see that Mexicans have been looking for new cities,” she said. She also remarked that Mexicans usually leave their travel reservations for the last minute, however, according to an investigation led by Expedia.mx, the best time to buy a ticket for the end of the year trip is 14 and 20 days before the departure date. She mentioned that to save some money the loyalty programs that the majority of the airlines offer are a very good option to schedule flights; meanwhile booking a flight and hotel package at travel agencies or websites is a good option because a lot of hotels and airlines give special discounts though this platform....

Merry Christmas with a Mexican Flavor!

Merry Christmas with a Mexican Flavor!

Dec 16, 2017

Christmas time in Mexican culture is about our loved ones. That is why food plays such an important part of the festivities. It is a feast that begins in the eyes with its vibrant colors, through the mouth and soul with its lavish flavors.  Our celebrations aren’t complete without family and friends sharing a meal together ― and a few tequilas― to keep body and soul warm. Enjoy one of our favorite holidays the way we do, with the following ideas either on Christmas Eve ―Noche Buena― or Christmas Day. These Mexican Christmas food ideas will make your tummy happy!   Entrée. Mexican Christmas Salad or Ensalada de Nochebuena This salad is traditionally served at dinnertime on Christmas Eve. It has an amazing flavor and a beautiful combination of colors with its reds, greens, and whites. Although many variations exist, three main ingredients are at its foundation: beets, pomegranate, and jicama. Past these three, additions may include arugula or lettuce, carrots, apples, bananas, oranges or tangerines, and pecans or peanuts. Find this recipe here: https://www.recetasgratis.net/Receta-de-Ensalada-nochebuena-receta-10114.html   Tamales Tamales are at the heart and soul of every Mexican Christmas tradition and are considered a special holiday food. This amazing dish can be made from cornmeal masa and filled with a variety of meats, mole, cheeses, vegetables or spices. Some people prefer sweet tamales, which are made with sugar, and filled with fruits or jam, then wrapped in corn husks and steamed. Making tamales is definitely a labor of love as they take quite a considerable amount of time to prepare, but your palate will tell you it was very well worth the wait! Photo from: https://www.dondeir.com Find tamales recipes at: https://www.recetasgratis.net/busqueda?q=tamales   Pozole These is the ultimate remedy for the hangover and one of the most traditional Mexican soups. Pozole is made with chicken or pork, seasoned with chiles. It requires up to five hours of cooking time. Since this traditional food is made in large batches, it is a perfect food for large crowds and will leave everyone feeling full, happy and with a runny nose. https://www.recetasgratis.net/busqueda?q=pozole+rojo   Pechuga de pavo con relleno de nogada, pan de mole y salsa de arándano Turkey breast with nogada...

Catholic Church prays for peace in Baja California Sur

Catholic Church prays for peace in Baja California Sur

Dec 15, 2017

To pray for peace and families, victims of violence: at least one hundred priests from the five municipalities of the state of Baja California Sur and more than 300 people gathered in San Martin de La Paz parish, for a celebration led by the Bishop of the Diocese of La Paz, Baja California Sur  Miguel Ángel Alba Díaz. During the Eucharistic celebration (that took place three weeks ago, on Nov. 23), the Bishop invited to remain silent while on a screen the number of people killed in the last three years was being projected: “Between 2014 and 2017, about 900 people were killed due to the fury of human barbarism in Baja California Sur”. During the event, those present prayed for families “victims of violence”, for those who have lost their lives,” for all the innocent who have died violently and for the 900 deaths in the state”. Finally the Bishop invited all to follow him in silence on a procession around the temple with lit candles. The main reason for this celebration was the terrible murder of  lawyer Silvestre De la Toba Camacho. The Bishop said he would not release any further statements about it because society is tired of “sterile speeches” and needs the problem to be solved from the root....