Cop kills innocent woman in Chicago

Cop kills innocent woman in Chicago

Dec 27, 2015

A Chicago police officer responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday accidentally shot and killed a 55-year-old woman, who was among two people fatally wounded, police said late Saturday. Relatives said Bettie Jones lived downstairs from Quintonio LeGrier, the 19-year-old subject of the initial call to police, who also was killed by the officer. Officers who responded to the call “were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon,” the Chicago Police Department said in a brief statement. “The 55-year-old female victim was accidentally struck and tragically killed,” reads the statement, which extends “deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.” The shooting happened around 4:25 a.m., police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office and family members said LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student, was pronounced dead at a hospital at 4:51 a.m. and Jones, a 55-year-old mother of five, died at a different hospital a short time later. Both LeGrier and Jones were black, the medical examiner’s office said. Police did not immediately disclose the race of the officer, nor how long the officer has been with the department or the officer’s current work status. The shooting comes amid a federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department launched after last month’s release of police dashcam video showing white officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. Officials have said the federal investigation will look into patterns of racial disparity in the use of force, as well as review how the department disciplines officers and handles misconduct accusations. LeGrier’s father told the Chicago Sun-Times he had invited his son to a family holiday gathering before the shooting but the younger man chose not to go. Antonio LeGrier said when he returned to his second-floor apartment early Saturday, his son appeared to be a “little agitated.” The elder LeGrier said he heard loud banging on his locked bedroom door around 4:15 a.m. and that his son said, “You’re not going to scare me.” He said his son tried to bust the door open, but he kept him from doing so and called police. The father said he called Jones, who lived a floor...

Shocking testimony of a Syrian Catholic searching for Sanctuary

Shocking testimony of a Syrian Catholic searching for Sanctuary

Dec 14, 2015

This is the testimony of Noel Hannouch, Syrian citizen who was not allowed into Mexico, even though he had a valid passport and tourist visa, issued by the Mexican Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, as THE BAJA POST informed recently, he miraculously escaped from ALEPPO, which is the biggest city in Syria, where the extremist terrorist group NOUSRAT burned down his business and threatened to murder him, because he is not a Muslim. As a matter of fact Noel is a Catholic, he went to the Syrian Government looking for protection, which he briefly got and then fled to Lebanon where he obtained a tourist visa from the Mexican diplomatic representation in Beirut, and so he decided to fly to Mexico City, here is his shocking testimony: “I flew in Aeroflot (Russian airline) from Lebanon to Greece, then to Moscow and from there to Havana where I boarded an Aeromexico flight to Mexico City, where, even though I had everything in order, Migration National Institute (Inami in Spanish) didn’t allow me into the country. On November 24th, 2015, I arrived in Mexico City at 8 30 AM, from Havana in an Aeromexico flight, l went to the checking control and was told by the official woman to follow her to the holding room”. “When I asked her why should I do so, she said that my passport is Syrian and told me to just wait, and I waited for three hours, after that time passed, I was questioned by an official of immigration for three minutes, he only asked me why I was coming for and I said I was traveling for a twenty day visit to Mexico City”. “I had a reservation at the Grand Hotel in Mexico City and I had cash money in my pocket for the amount of eight thousand US Dollars, and he asked me what plans did I have and I told him I wanted to visit Guadalupe Shrine of Tepeyac. He didn’t say anything and sent me back to the holding room again and I waited for another three hours”. “After three hours passed I was taken to a deportation room, which had a dirty mattress on the...

Mexico is the U.S. most important strategic partner

Mexico is the U.S. most important strategic partner

Dec 13, 2015

Michael C. Camuñez president and chief executive of ManattJones Global Strategies, a national consulting firm that helps U.S. companies invest and do business in Mexico; and U.S. assistant secretary of Commerce from 2010 to 2013, wrote the following opinion piece for the LA Times, highlighting the important role that Mexico plays in the U.S. economy. He claims the post of ambassador to Mexico is vital to U.S. security and commerce, but two senators are holding up Roberta S. Jacobson’s appointment. The Paris and San Bernardino attacks are a reminder that we must control our nation’s borders, naturally including our 2,000-mile border with Mexico. Lawmakers in Washington give lip service to this imperative, but that’s about all. If they were serious about border security, they wouldn’t treat the nomination of a U.S. ambassador to Mexico like just another partisan game. Effectively managing the U.S.-Mexico border is not simple. It’s not a question of building a wall, as some have called for, but of supervising a complex web of security, law enforcement and commercial concerns that total half a trillion dollars a year in bilateral trade. The trick is securing the border while not destroying one of the most productive economic relationships in the world. Although Americans may assume that ambassadors are just figureheads, that’s certainly not the case for our chief of mission in Mexico City. The U.S. ambassador and her team coordinate the entire national security and commercial apparatus of our government at post in Mexico. Each of our security agencies — from the Drug Enforcement Administration to the CIA — are represented at the embassy in Mexico City. So are the departments of Agriculture, Commerce and Transportation, among others. The ambassador participates in binational joint planning and other coordinating meetings that directly affect the border. She is also plugged in to national security briefings in Washington on an almost daily basis. It’s been six months since President Obama nominated Roberta Jacobson, the current assistant secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, to serve in Mexico. A career civil servant — not a political appointee — with deep expertise in the region and fluency in Spanish, Jacobson is among the most highly qualified people...

Federal and state resources for 10 million pesos from the “PROSOFT Fund” granted to boost ICT in Baja California

Federal and state resources for 10 million pesos from the “PROSOFT Fund” granted to boost ICT in Baja California

Dec 12, 2015

To strengthen the introduction of information technology (ICT) to local businesses and increase their productivity and innovation, the PROSOFT program granted state and federal resources for an amount of 10 million pesos to 14 different companies and organizations; as instructed by Governor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid to boost the ICT sector and integrate it with other economic sectors. Carlo Bonfante Olache, Secretary of Economic Development explained that the Secretariat of Economic Development is recognized by the National Ministry of Economy and has provided funds, in addition to the contributions made by participants to multiply resources, which total amount increased last year’s sum, when there were 6 million pesos available. To further develop the sector’s competitiveness, its ability to innovate and search for new market niches, this program will be permanent despite situations with the public administration and the secretary highlighted the coordination with the Delegation of the Ministry of Economy in the state. Among the beneficiaries are: the 2015 ICT Cluster of Baja California; the National Chamber of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology (CANIETI); the General Insurance Protection; H & J Precision Tools of Mexico; the Mayaquing Agribusiness Incubator; Christmas Business de Mexico, Rodriguez & Co. Customs Agency and the Industrial Development Commission of Mexicali among others. Meanwhile Noé Roterán Sáenz Estrada from the ICT Cluster of Baja California thanked the support given to this strategic sector, and said he hopes the support and cooperation will increase in order to take advantage of the geographical location of the state, the human capital and cooperation networks that are already established. Economic Development Undersecretary Alfredo Babun Villarreal and the Director of Regional Development Ivan Martija Zarate were also present at the event. Finally, Secretary Bonfante Olache congratulated the participants recognizing the contributions made through their business activities to benefit their sector and the entrepreneurial community of Baja California....

Four reasons why foreigners should retire in Mexico

Four reasons why foreigners should retire in Mexico

Dec 11, 2015

Retirees living in Mexico enjoy a low cost of living, warm climate, natural beauty, modern infrastructure and one of the most intriguing cultures in the world. Many airports throughout Mexico offer short, direct flights to the United States, making it easy to return home or to have visitors. The low cost and high quality of Mexico’s health care system also attract many retiring Americans. The dream of retiring south of the border is far from a new concept. The Yucatan Peninsula has over 50,000 foreign residents, and with over 1 million North Americans living in Mexico, it is clearly not a fad. 1. Real Estate Developments for Retirees Many real estate developments have been built throughout Mexico specifically for American retirees. Oceanfront developments in Costa Yucatan, 20 to 45 minutes from the cosmopolitan city of Merida, offer luxurious amenities at a fraction of the cost of the same in the U.S. As of 2015, a three-bedroom oceanfront condo in the San Diego area costs around $3.5 million with $35,000 in annual property taxes. A comparable property just south of the border in a specially designed retirement community can be had for as little as $99,000 with only $100 in annual property taxes. Examples can be viewed at www.thereserveatcelestun.com , www.petensisal.com , www.kinuh.com. 2. Thriving Expat Communities Many traditional tourist destinations in Mexico not only welcome travelers but also cater to American retirees. Costa Yucatan, Merida, Puerto Vallarta, Lake Chapala, San Miguel de Allende, Baja California, Riviera Maya and Costa Maya are among the most popular with Americans. These areas provide a wide range of real estate options, from modest housing in good neighborhoods to high-end gated communities with 24-hour security. The economies in these areas are driven by North American tourists and retirees. Most businesses have English-speaking employees, and restaurants usually have menus printed in English. Adding more familiarity, most Mexican cities have stores found in the U.S. such as, Home Depot, Office Depot, Walmart and Costco. 3. Affordable Quality Health Care Certainly one of the largest factors for retirees to consider when moving abroad is the availability of quality health care. Many are surprised to find the health care system in Mexico is...