Charlie Sheen is apparently moving to Rosarito, Baja California

Charlie Sheen is apparently moving to Rosarito, Baja California

May 26, 2016

Charlie Sheen has purchased three adjacent homes in the town of Rosarito in Baja California, Mexico. The deal went through within the last six weeks and Sheen is believed to be gearing up for the move. According to the Daily Mail Online, Charlie Sheen is turning his back on the United States to live in a quiet retirement community in Mexico. The controversial star – who last year revealed he is HIV positive – plans to check out from fast-paced Los Angeles life after buying three homes next to each other in the sleepy town of Rosarito in Baja California, Mexico. The deal went through within the last six weeks and Sheen, 50, is believed to be gearing up for the move, according to real estate agent Scott Weier, who brokered the deal. Charlie Sheen, pictured with real estate agent Scott Weier earlier this month, has purchased three properties in the small Baja California, Mexico, resort town of Rosarita The deal went through within the last six weeks and Sheen, 50, is believed to be gearing up for the move, according to Weier, who brokered the deal. Pictured above is a kitchen in a display home just like Sheen’s new home Sheen bought three properties and is expected to live in the middle one, using the empty houses on each side as a privacy barrier. Pictured above is a bedroom in a display home just like Sheen’s new home Weier told Daily Mail Online: ‘It’s just a humble little three-bedroom house, around 2,700 square feet. It wasn’t too expensive. ‘He told me he’s planning on living here full time, he’s tired of the rat race of the United States and his life the way it is. He wants to do something a bit different. He’s looking for a change. Compared to what he has in Los Angeles it’s very humble and simple. ‘He’s certainly not coming here to impress anyone with a huge mansion on the ocean.’ A town of 140,000 people, Rosarito is located 30 minutes south of the US border and is popular with tourists. It is billed as one of the most popular retirement locations among American citizens by the Mexican...

PedWest lanes San Ysidro – Tijuana to open July 15

PedWest lanes San Ysidro – Tijuana to open July 15

May 25, 2016

Border crossers walking into San Ysidro from Tijuana can expect some relief this summer with the opening of the new PedWest entrance. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, U.S. and Mexican federal officials on Thursday May 19 ended weeks of uncertainty over the start date for the new inspection lanes, announcing that they will begin processing pedestrian crossers on July 15. The announcement was made in a joint statement by the U.S. and Mexican governments and sent out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors initially will process only northbound crossers, but the facility eventually will also be open to southbound pedestrians, the statement said. The new entrance was designed with 12 lanes: 10 northbound lanes and two reversible southbound lanes that can be used for northbound traffic at peak demand times. Part of the $741 million reconfiguration of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the entrance is a critical piece of infrastructure for some 25,000 pedestrians who cross from Tijuana to San Diego each day. At peak crossing periods, waits can stretch for two or three hours at the existing outdated facility located east of the car lanes. The U.S. General Services Administration, which is building PedWest, originally had planned a June 28 opening, but a funding snag on the Mexican side forced a delay. The opening date remained uncertain for weeks, and was a subject of extensive negotiations between U.S. and Mexican officials. The delay was cause for concern on both sides of the border who called attention to the situation, including the Baja California Tourism Secretariat, the Smart Border Coalition and San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce. Last month, members of an 80-member binational delegation led by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce urged a prompt resolution during a visit to Mexico City. “The decision on the PedWest opening shows how smart advocacy by local stakeholders can be effective in making projects a priority and can lead to positive outcomes on infrastructure investment,” said Will Ostick, the U.S. Consul General in Tijuana. At full build-out, the San Ysidro Port of Entry will include a new 20-lane eastern facility scheduled for completion in 2019. Construction...

MONITORING AIR QUALITY: Air Pollution in Mexicali

MONITORING AIR QUALITY: Air Pollution in Mexicali

May 23, 2016

The use of air monitors in Mexicali has been a low priority since 2008 by government.  Monitors have been working but then not working for one reason or another for the lack of money to maintain and run them is the reason given.  But the real reason is government needed money for fireworks shows, all for the bang, bright lights showering/raining down with color heavy metals forcing the public to breathe. According to government public health is not important.  Government does the talk but not the walk.  According to Secretaria de Proteccion al Ambiente – SPA began two weeks ago monitoring the air with 3 new monitors.  Gifts from the U.S. EPA and California’s EPA, and now functioning at SPABC14 (Cobach) and UABC PPM 2.5 monitor – see link: http://www.spabc.gob.mx/dependencia/gestion-ambiental and at SPABC19 (CESPM) a PPM 2.5 monitor next week says, Raúl Tovar Jefe de Departamento de Calidad del Aire and one monitor type PPM 10 later this year to be installed. The new reason for delay, the Mexican’s custom (Aduanas SAT) did not want them allowed into Mexico.  The Secretaria de Proteccion al Ambiente web site – First, Air Quality; Second, Air Quality Index – AQI; Third, Legal Framework; see link: http://www.spabc.gob.mx/item/view/id/50;   The source of air pollution comes from but not limited should be monitored as a hazard to public health.  “Normas” set are too high to protect the public health:   FIREWORKS – Cheap thrills with toxics consequences to public health.  See link www.backcounrtyattitude.com/tox_fireworks.html   Bonfires; aggravates air pollution especially during the holidays compounded by air inversion; “The air is dark and asthma is deadly along the Mexico border” see link: https://www.revealnews.org/article/the-air-is-dark-and-asthma-is-deadly-along-the-mexico-border/   Tires burning; Aggravates air pollution for the metal. The combustion of tires produces dense black smog that deteriorates visibility and covers the soil.  Emissions from the open burning of tires include pollutants such as particulates, carbon monoxide (CO), Sulphur dioxide (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and volatile organic compounds (VOC).  Other dangerous pollutants are polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), dioxins, furans, hydrogen chloride, benzene, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), and metals such as arsenic, cadmium, nickel, zinc, mercury, chromium, and vanadium with serious consequences to public health. See link: https://books.google.com.mx/books?id=yK7c1_tyNyMC&pg=PA326&lpg=PA326&dq=burning+tires+emission+in+Mexicali&source=bl&ots=QokwrczZE1&sig=b123LWnL1x7WomiiMkPpmWELGGY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjN_43Zm7zMAhVCn4MKHc2CCggQ6AEIGzAA – v=onepage&q&f=false   Vehicle...

El Chapo’s extradition to the U.S. has been approved by Mexican Foreign Ministry

El Chapo’s extradition to the U.S. has been approved by Mexican Foreign Ministry

May 21, 2016

Mexico’s foreign ministry has granted two requests to extradite the imprisoned leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, to face trial in the United States. The drug lord’s lawyers can still appeal the decision, which could at least postpone his extradition for weeks or months more. The ministry released a statement on Friday saying it has accepted a petition to try the drug lord in a Texas federal court for the crimes of criminal association, drug trafficking, organized crime, the illegal possession of firearms, homicide, and money laundering. The statement said the ministry has also greenlighted extradition to a federal court in Southern California to face charges of conspiracy to import, possess, and distribute cocaine. “The US government provided sufficient guarantees that Mr. Guzmán Loera would not be subject to the death penalty if extradited and tried in that country,” the statement read. Extradition from Mexico, where the death penalty was abolished long ago, is prohibited in cases where the alleged criminal could be sentenced to death. Juan Pablo Badillo, one of Guzman’s attorneys, told Reuters on Friday that he will be filing multiple legal challenges against Friday’s announcement. Extradition has been hovering over Chapo’s head ever since he was recaptured in January this year, six months after escaping from the maximum-security Altiplano prison through a mile-long tunnel that began in his cell. His escape, 16 months after he had been captured amid great fanfare, was extremely embarrassing for the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto. Chapo was initially taken back to the Altiplano prison but two weeks ago was suddenly moved in a secret operation by the army and the federal police to a prison near the city of Ciudad Juárez, just over the border from Texas. The Mexican government said the move was due to “maintenance work inside Altiplano prison,” prompting rumors that the kingpin might have been close to another escape. Officials denied reports that it was actually part of a pre-extradition strategy. The prison transfer was, however, followed by an acceleration of the extradition process. Two days later, a Mexican federal court in Mexico City ruled in favour of granting the extradition requests. The ruling was later confirmed...

Dolphin activists demonstated against animal cruelty in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Dolphin activists demonstated against animal cruelty in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

May 21, 2016

“Delfines En Libertad” is a grass roots, non-profit group, existing on limited funds. It was founded by a collective of concerned and committed individuals sharing a common desire to see an end to animal suffering. The team incorporates an eclectic mix of experience, including researchers, biologists, ecologists, divers and campaigners. Following is information provided by this organization. Captive dolphins and other marine mammals carrying out ‘Swim-with’ tricks will perform the same trick from 10 – 60 times a day every day of the year Dolphinaria do not close for public holidays and dolphins do not get a day off!  That means they will be doing the same thing day in and day out! Dolphins’ body parts are utilised to create fairground style rides where they will pull tourists along with their fins or push them out of the water with their faces. Although dolphins are extremely strong animals, the tricks are completely unnatural and interaction of this kind would never occur in the wild. Maintained Hungry Dolphins are trained to carry out these tricks by a reward based system, they are fed a fish every time they successfully perform a trick. This means to ensure the dolphins will perform they must be maintained hungry. They are fed an adequate amount of food throughout the day but the food is staggered so the dolphins are desperate enough to perform the trick. Staff in interactive marine parks will tell tourists the dolphins carry out the tricks voluntarily but really they are just obeying an order so they can eat. Captive dolphins are kept in a state of perpetual hunger ! Exposure to Noise Dolphins have been scientifically proven to have extremely sensitive hearing.  No dolphinaria park takes this into consideration and dolphins and other marine mammals are exposed to extremely loud noises from morning till evening.  They are exposed to loud music, constant whistling, people laughing, shouting, children screaming, etc. Regular demonstrations have been taking place in Quintana Roo. These demonstrations are essential to raise awareness in the local area and to show dolphinaria that we do not support this type of money making business. And this Saturday May 7, at 6:30 pm, a massive demonstration against...