Bus accident kills 2, injures 41 in Baja California

Bus accident kills 2, injures 41 in Baja California

May 31, 2017

The second fatal bus accident in a week has taken the lives of two students in Baja California Sur. Just days after a Chiapas crash that killed 17 people, a bus carrying students from a teacher training college in Tijuana went off the Transpeninsular Highway yesterday afternoon in Mulegé. One student was killed and 42 were injured, one of whom died today in a La Paz hospital. The latest reports indicate that the vehicle’s brakes failed, causing it to strike another vehicle and leave the road, falling into a ravine. The accident occurred on a stretch of the highway known as La Cuesta del Infierno, or Hill from Hell, about 15 kilometers from Santa Rosalía. The students were traveling from the Escuela Normal Fronteriza in Tijuana to attend a sports and cultural event with their counterparts at another school in La Paz. Of the 42 injured, eight were reported in serious condition early this morning after being transferred to La Paz. Faulty brakes have been suspected in a number of accidents in the past few weeks. In one case last Sunday, a serious accident was avoided after Federal Police on the Mexico City-Puebla freeway observed a tractor-trailer gaining speed while smoke poured from its rear tires. After the driver indicated with hand signals that he had no brakes, the police escorted the truck to a runaway ramp 10 kilometers away. By using emergency equipment the police were able to prevent a collision by warning away three other vehicles — a truck carrying tanks of gas, a double-semi and a bus full of tourists. The tractor-trailer without brakes hit the runaway ramp at 160 kilometers an hour and rolled over before coming to a stop surrounded by some of its cargo, 15 tonnes of paper. The driver crawled from the cab...

Sergio Haro: Empty space that might never be filled again

Sergio Haro: Empty space that might never be filled again

May 31, 2017

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA THE BAJA POST/EDITOR   Sergio Haro Cordero, journalist, photographer and editor, loyal to his principles, he developed a journalistic style which showed the naked truth of many people and issues, uncompromised and with no poses or mannerisms, he simply showed things AS THEY WERE. Informing and showing the truth about uncomfortable issues for the power and (as he showed a few days ago) other journalists of trends which are not “in the sane channel as Sergio” was the path of his pen and lens, always trying to reach the core of matters, without “beating the bush”, pragmatic, honest, something that many of us would like to even resemble a tad. Tuesday noon at his work desk, the appointment that we all have some day, arrived then for Sergio and he surely must have faced with that special smile of his, with that sarcasm kind but firm which he gave to things and matters, that lightness with which he faced the harshest and dangerous issues which he used to document. There are journalists (or whatever they claim to be) which depart and leave gaps which are filled easier than they think, there is someone who could really fill the empty space Sergio leaves, but it won’t be soon and as a matter of fact might never...

Congress representatives Cruz and Gonzalez support Colonia Lazaro Cardenas

Congress representatives Cruz and Gonzalez support Colonia Lazaro Cardenas

May 31, 2017

Lazaro Cardenas Union community was where the Second Medical and Social Assistance Brigade which was headed by Congress representatives Gina Cruz and Exaltación Gonzalez and with help of state and city Government, offering rabies shots for home pets, donation and planting trees attention and information about drug addiction problems, pregnancy an autism. The Federal Representatives granted community members received financial aid to pay electricity and water bills, home improvement material packages, handicapped and working mothers, there were birth certificate registration services and other services which were absolutely free. Both Federal legislators expressed that they intend to be ever closer to people, in order to get acquainted with their needs and problems, so they organize and carry out these kinds of events at least once a month to be updated with such necessities and problems, finally Exaltacion Gonzalez announced that within one month rehabilitation of streets and a vehicular bridge will start, since it has been continuously required by community...

Cliff Divers Train at Famed Arch of Cabo San Lucas

Cliff Divers Train at Famed Arch of Cabo San Lucas

May 30, 2017

A summit of a particular nature took place where the Gulf of California meets the Pacific Ocean: cliff divers Jonathan Paredes of Mexico and America’s David Colturi dived at the famous Arch of Cabo San Lucas. With their aesthetic dives from up to 24m into the ocean, the athletes joined forces and flexed their muscles towards the 6-time champion Gary Hunt from England prior to the most unpredictable season in Red Bull Cliff Diving history. Ever since they qualified for the World Series in 2012, they’ve been battling side by side and are aiming for the 2017 overall title under the most contrasting pre-conditions: one as 2016’s runner-up and the other returning from a gnarly injury. In awe of the beauty of the natural rock formation also known as ‘lands end’, the 27-year-old ‘style master’ pulled off a series of immaculate dives and proved to be ready to better his personal best from the previous season. “It’s my first time here in Cabo San Lucas. This place is amazing for cliff diving,” says the runner-up from 2016, “I’m super happy to be back in Mexico.”   Born and bred in Mexico City, Paredes lives and trains mainly in his wife’s hometown Madrid, Spain, but returns to his roots on a regular basis to recharge and make use of the country’s natural cliffs like the ones in Cabo San Lucas. With the 2017 World Series only 5 weeks away, the preparation for dives from up to 27m and impacts of 85km/h is mostly about fine-tuning what has been worked on during the off-season. “I tried a new dive a couple of weeks ago, which I’ve been working on from 10m all winter and I’m going to give my best this year for sure,” explains the diving perfectionist, ”my expectations are bigger than last year. I want to fight for the title again, against Gary. I’m ready for the season.” L.A. based Colturi on the other hand, spent most of his winter with rehab training after he had to withdraw from the World Series and undergo shoulder surgery last October. His comeback is planned right down to the last detail and does not leave room for...

Uber drivers in Tijuana face assaults, robberies, guns, physical and sexual aggressions

Uber drivers in Tijuana face assaults, robberies, guns, physical and sexual aggressions

May 29, 2017

“My shift ends in about an hour. I stop work at 10 pm,” said Daniel my Uber driver in Tijuana. “It’s not drunks that concern me, it’s the crime.” I’m a frequent Uber client and I usually have casual conversations with my drivers. My go-to questions are how they are doing and how much longer they plan on working. “I am in a WhatsApp group of Uber drivers,” continued Daniel. “Like a week ago, one of my partners picked up a passenger, an Uber cash client. He drove him far, some place near La Presa, and there he got ambushed by a white truck. They stole his car, took his phone and his money, stripped him of his clothes, and left him on a dark street.” An Uber driver was killed by two gunshots to the neck and chest on March 30th at around 11:15 pm, newspaper Zeta reported. José Humberto Félix Méndoza, the young driver of 28 years of age, had been working for Uber only for three days. He picked up two American tourists in front of Papas & Beer in Rosarito and was on their way to the luxury condos Club Marena where the tourists were staying, when a car approached them and started shooting. The passengers ducked and were unharmed. “Just picked up the client, dropping him off nearby,” Vicente, another of my drivers got on the radio as soon as I got in the car. “I’m talking to my Uber partners; it’s dangerous out there. We all follow each other on GPS and keep in constant touch. I am usually in Rosarito, where it’s safer. I try not to drive in downtown Tijuana, much less at night.” It was the first time I saw an Uber driver communicate on a radio. Despite being early in the afternoon, Vicente seemed jumpy. Ironically, he felt safer in Rosarito where the Uber driver was murdered, than downtown Tijuana. “Before picking you up,” continued Vicente. “I had to deny a customer because he had a five-star rating. We are suspicious of the five-star customers, it means that the account is new and potentially dangerous. You have 4.8 stars, another driver probably gave you...