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New Consular Procedures Office for Haitians inaugurated in Tijuana

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017

Since Monday, July 17 Haitians who come to or are in Tijuana (Baja California, Mexico) will no longer have to worry about transmitting their requests and receiving their documents issued by the Embassy of Haiti in Mexico which is at 3 hours of fly… With the permission of the Mexican Chancellery, an office located at # 1111 boulevard in the city of Tijuana is open to all Haitians citizens who can now carry out all the consular formalities such as passport, legalization of documents, proof of identity, mandate etc., from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at this consular offices. The office was inaugurated by the Ambassador of Haiti to Mexico Guy Lamothe and Ambassador Miguel Diaz, Director General of the Caribbean and Latin America of the Mexican Chancellery. In the presence of Regional Migration Delegate Rudolph Figueroa, Honorary Consul of Haiti Enrique Watanabe Munoz, Secretary of Tijuana Town Hall, Ambassador Lamothe reiterated the Haitian Chancellery’s desire to be close to its fellow citizens who are have arrived in Tijuana for almost a year for some, while providing them with a service that...

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Travel & Leisure

Are you planning a diving trip to La Paz, Baja California Sur?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017

Located about an hour and a half drive from Cabo San Lucas and serviced by the same airport is the resort destination of La Paz. La Paz faces the Sea of Cortez/ Gulf of California. It has an outstanding reputation as a resort destination and one of the best diving destinations in the Baja Peninsula. Marisla Seamount, or El Bajo is one of the dive sites that is accessed from La Paz. This site has three peaks that reach up to just 60 feet below the surface. It is considered one of the best sites in the world for hammerhead sharks. Hammerheads are frequently seen on this site and have only been sited swimming clockwise around the seamounts. Amber jacks and tuna are some of the large marine life found here. Los Islotes is also close to La Paz. The waters around these islands are teeming with sardines. Over 200 California sea lions make the islands their home attracted by that delicious food the sardines are to them. Sea lions are very playful and will frequently check out the divers to see what’s up....

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World News

Liu Xiaobo dies at 61: China says awarding Nobel Peace Prize was ‘blasphemy’

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017

Beijing — China said on Friday that awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo amounted to “blasphemy” and lodged protests with several countries, including the US, for making “irresponsible statements” on the death of the prominent dissident. Liu, China’s best-known human rights prisoner, died on Thursday at age 61 following a battle with liver cancer. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate who spent his last eight years as a prisoner of conscience died at a hospital in Shenyang, China. He was granted medical parole in June after receiving his diagnosis in prison, but China did not let him seek treatment abroad despite Liu’s wishes and international pressure. File image of Liu Xiaobo. CNN-News18 Liu’s death led to international criticism of China’s handling of the issue. The leader of the Norwegian Nobel committee Berit Reiss-Andersen said the Chinese government bore a “heavy responsibility” for Liu’s death. Answering a barrage of questions on Friday over the death of Liu, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China had lodged protests with “certain countries” for interfering in its “judicial sovereignty”. “Liu is a prisoner who was sentenced to...

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Environment

Ecological baths will be installed inside Bahia de Loreto National Park

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

The director of the Loreto Bay National Park, Alejandro González, said that portable ecological baths will be installed onsite, in order to strengthen the care and protection of the ecosystem. “In that sense, he commented that, due to the recurring problems with latrines located on Coronado Island, several meetings were held with tourism service providers, civil society organizations, local authorities, and the National Park Directorate, where the situation was analyzed, and viable solutions sought”, he said. For that reason, necessary agreements were established and it was decided to remove the latrines to give way to the adaptation of a space where visitors and providers of tourist services will be able to locate the portable ecological bathrooms. “This way we will stop contaminating Coronado Island and other natural attractions located within Bahia de Loreto National Park”, he added. Gonzalez ended up declaring that he is only waiting to complete the corresponding procedures, to make way for their adaptation and start with the installation of these ecological bathrooms. With information of El Sudcaliforniano...

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New Consular Procedures Office for Haitians inaugurated in Tijuana

New Consular Procedures Office for Haitians inaugurated in Tijuana

Jul 21, 2017

Since Monday, July 17 Haitians who come to or are in Tijuana (Baja California, Mexico) will no longer have to worry about transmitting their requests and receiving their documents issued by the Embassy of Haiti in Mexico which is at 3 hours of fly… With the permission of the Mexican Chancellery, an office located at # 1111 boulevard in the city of Tijuana is open to all Haitians citizens who can now carry out all the consular formalities such as passport, legalization of documents, proof of identity, mandate etc., from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at this consular offices. The office was inaugurated by the Ambassador of Haiti to Mexico Guy Lamothe and Ambassador Miguel Diaz, Director General of the Caribbean and Latin America of the Mexican Chancellery. In the presence of Regional Migration Delegate Rudolph Figueroa, Honorary Consul of Haiti Enrique Watanabe Munoz, Secretary of Tijuana Town Hall, Ambassador Lamothe reiterated the Haitian Chancellery’s desire to be close to its fellow citizens who are have arrived in Tijuana for almost a year for some, while providing them with a service that meets their aspirations as a new community that already enjoys the support of the federal and regional governments of Mexico and the State of Baja California. The Haitians of Tijuana applauded the initiative to open a “oficina de tramites consulares” and already dream of a Haitian consulate in this border state of Mexico. In the presence of a strong Haitian community of at least 4,000 members, it will generate a whole series of requests from the latter. According to the authorities of the city of Tijuana, more than 17 Haitian-Mexican children have been born in the past 7 months and we should expect in the medium term a growing demand for birth certificates, passports and information for all kinds of formalities....

There are allegations that Haitians sell drugs in Mexicali

There are allegations that Haitians sell drugs in Mexicali

Jul 21, 2017

“Desperation would be one of the causes for some members of the Haitian community in Baja California to start selling drugs”, according to an activist and member of the board of the State Council of Attention to Migrants, this is the situation in Mexicali. His name Jose Javier Lopez, who is also a Baja California Opera professor, and he has been conducting an investigation among the Haitians that are currently living in shelters. Unfortunately Lopez found that these poor people are living in subhuman conditions in two of these shelters, mainly due to the extremely high temperatures and lack of air conditioning. This situation has been made known to the state authorities in order for them to provide these migrants with better living conditions and the opportunity to work legally so that they do not have to engage in illegal acts. Apparently, several cases of Haitians dealing drugs on the streets of Mexicali have been reported. “Despair, particularly in Mexicali, where sometimes they don’t even have anything to eat, is what makes these people turn to illegal acts. We are reporting this situation to the competent authorities hoping they will take action on this matter,” López concluded....

Mine-hunting dolphins will be used to herd the Vaquita Marina

Mine-hunting dolphins will be used to herd the Vaquita Marina

Jul 21, 2017

Mexico announced several moves on July 4th to help support the vaquita porpoise. The creatures—also known as the panda of the sea due to its black-rimmed eyes—have undergone rapid decline in recent years. The announcement signals renewed efforts to save the diminutive creatures, including a permanent ban on fishing methods that put the creatures at risk and deployment of dolphins to help round up the remaining vaquitas for protection. The vaquita is the smallest cetacean in the world, measuring just five-feet long as adults, and are only found in the northern reaches of the Gulf of California, the stretch of water that separates Baja California from Mexico. And these tiny creatures are in trouble. The most recent census of the animal shows there may be only 30 individuals left in the wild, Erin Blakemore reported for Smithsonian.com earlier this year. The shy porpoises aren’t directly hunted, but are caught and drowned in gillnets—panels of mesh designed to allow only the fish’s head through, trapping the creatures underwater. But like all cetaceans, the vaquita breathes air, making the gillnets deadly. The nets are set to trap another endangered species, the totoaba. This fish’s swim bladder is used in Chinese medicine to make a soup believed to boost fertility—and demand has skyrocketed in recent years. Though the Mexican government has attempted to control the use of gillnets in this region in the past, even instating a two-year ban on gillnets in a large swath of the bay in 2015, organized crime and illegal fishing for totoaba has kept pressure on the vaquita. Without further intervention, the creatures could go extinct as early as next year, according to the World Wildlife Fund. The declining situation led Mexico to announce a permanent ban on gillnets in the area, Reuters reports.   Click here for full article on The Smithsonian Source: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navy-use-dolphins-track-down-worlds-most-endangered-porpoise-180963908/#M5ougJrR1100CyCp.99...

He took justice in his own hands, now he will do 25 years in jail

He took justice in his own hands, now he will do 25 years in jail

Jul 21, 2017

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA THE BAJA POST/EDITOR Desperation and lack of trust in the Law Enforcement authorities, provoked that three people tortured and beat an alleged house robber to death and cause severe injuries to his alleged accomplice is two of the three men who attacked the suspect criminals were sentenced to 25 years and 13 years respectively while there is no mention about the third attacker, according to Baja California State Attorney Office information. One of them, identified by the Attorney’s office as ALEJANDRO “N” took justice in his own hands that is why he will do 25 years in prison for qualified homicide and aggravated assault, against Francisco Javier Alonso Velarde and José Gerardo Moreno, the first one is the dead victim, everything happened in  Ciudad Morelos, Mexicali Valley. ALEJANDRO and two other people blamed Francisco and Gerardo for breaking an entry into ALEJANDRO’s father and violently robbed him so he and two other men looked for the alleged robbers and found Gerardo, took him to a house where they tortured and beat him until he admitted his guilt and revealed his accomplice name and whereabouts. As soon as they found Francisco Javier they bet unconscious both men and abandoned them in an empty lot in a community called La Panga, Francisco had severe injuries in face and skull and died shortly after that. While ALEJANDRO was sentenced to 25 years in prison, his alleged accomplice, Raul Roman, after a process that is technically known as abbreviated trial, was sentenced to 13 years, this a regretful matter, sad end for two men who thought it would be easy to take justice in their own hands, driven by rage and desperation they wound up as homicides and locked up for a lot of time, this must become a “wake up call” for police authorities and the Oral Justice System to try to do a better...

2 Houses Caught Fire in Tijuana Near U.S-Mexico Border

2 Houses Caught Fire in Tijuana Near U.S-Mexico Border

Jul 20, 2017

Crews extinguished a fire that damaged two houses in Tijuana, near the U.S.-Mexico border, Wednesday afternoon, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The fire broke out in the Canon Zapata area of Tijuana, close to Otay Mesa and San Ysidro and to the south of Pacific Gateway Park, sending thick smoke into the air. The fire started just before noon, the Tijuana Fire Department said. Two people lived in one of the homes that caught fire. The residents weren’t there at the time of the fire. The other house damaged in the fire was abandoned.   Tijuana fire crews battled the flames and were able to put the fire out within 15 minutes, according to the department. Social workers are currently trying to find a place for the two residents whose home was damaged, said Tijuana Fire Department officials. There were no injuries, and the scene was cleared....

San Miguel de Allende rises as a new art district in Mexico

San Miguel de Allende rises as a new art district in Mexico

Jul 20, 2017

Muros en Blanco is an initiative that since 2013 has painted a total of 70 murals through San Miguel de Allende as part of these innovative art festivals featuring 3 to 5 artists per edition. In this sense, San Miguel has effectively been turned into an art district, transforming life and the environment of all residents, thanks to murals of countless themes and genres. Walking through the streets of the Colonia Guadalupe in the “dark side” of San Miguel, you feel as if you have broken through a youthful, indomitable, free art center that explodes and overflows with motivation and all thanks to an initiative taken up by Graffiti World. Graffiti World is an organization that has worked very hard not only to transform the aesthetic environment of what previously was considered a dangerous neighborhood, but to ultimately change the social fabric, and the geogaphic location into a “safe place to take a walk”. As you stroll down the streets of Colonia Guadalupe, you can see a collection of the most impressive murals made up to date; check out an interview with Roberto Gutiérrez, curator and organizer of the Muros en Blanco festival, about the consequences, goals and achievements of this social phenomenon in San Miguel. Click here for full article...

Joint investment: 60 million pesos to pave Mexicali streets

Joint investment: 60 million pesos to pave Mexicali streets

Jul 20, 2017

Paving Mexicali streets is a challenge that every City Council in Mexicali has faced, for Mayor Gustavo Sanchez the project is of huge relevance, so the announcement of a 60 million pesos investment, with 50% of City resources and 50% State funds, for this works that are something that Mexicali has been waiting for decades and now it will become reality, the project was announced in Colonia Luis Donaldo Colosio, a popular section of the Mexicali. Sanchez Vazquez thanked Governor Kiko Vega because the State Government also looks towards Mexicali to support the State capital as it has already done with the other four cities of Baja California in order to improve and beautify their streets “together we can make Mexicali come along great” finally said Mayor Sanchez...

Ninety two million pesos investment to condition the BRT System

Ninety two million pesos investment to condition the BRT System

Jul 20, 2017

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA EDITOR/THE BAJA POST The Public Works Commission of the 22nd City Council of Mexicali approved 92 million pesos to finish conditioning the Palaco corridor for the BRT (Bus Rapid System), now the issue has to be brought up to the next Council Session, in case it is approved it would be applied to install intelligent traffic lights, boarding stations conditioning and other details to leave the BRT System ready, said the President of the aforementioned Commission, Alejandro Martinez Estrada. HE said that, if approved in the city Council Session this Friday, the conditioning works might start in August or September to “step on the gas pedal” so that the BRT System could be ready as soon as possible with a financial output of 73 million pesos of Federal resources and 19 million 880 thousand of municipal funds to amount a total of 92 million 880 thousand...