The “Paseo de las Animas”, Merida’s new tradition

The “Paseo de las Animas”, Merida’s new tradition

Oct 23, 2017

To live the path followed by the souls in the “Dia de Muertos” celebration, the living ones make this tour from the City’s General Graveyard to one of the most emblematic parks in the Historic Center… ALEJANDRO AZCARATE VARELA (THE BAJA POST CONTENT MANAGER).-The Dia de Muertos is a celebration full of meaning and symbolism, all dedicated to those who aren’t among us anymore but, according to the Mexican tradition, they come to visit us once a year. In the spirit of this Mexican belief, TYT brings you a short explanation of the meaning of symbolisms on the “Paseo de las Animas”. (Photo: Google) In recent years Merida has been the host of a special event previous to the “Hanal Pixán” dates, the “Festival de las Animas” (Spirit’s Festival). The festival lasts 7 days, in which take place several traditional events in the Historic Center, like vaquerías, serenatas, tours around the General Graveyard, the traditional altars and the always popular “Paseo de las Animas”, which is the principal activity of the festival. (Photo: Google) The Paseo de las Animas is like a parade in which people meet in the General Graveyard, all dressed in the Yucatecan traditional clothes and with a skull painted all over the face to simulate being the souls that will come this year to our world. Then all together they walk to the San Juan Park, where there are other activities. Mayor Mauricio Vila leading the Paseo de las Animas (Photo: Google) All along the path followed by the souls, there are music, altars and people representing the traditional “Catrina,” the Mexican personification of Death, as a skeleton dressed up as a 19th century Mexican high-society lady. (Photo: Google) As the principal part of this year’s “Festival de las Animas,” the “Paseo de las Animas” will be held Friday October 27 at 8:00pm. TYT team hopes that you decide to participate in the “Paseo de las Animas” and keep enjoying the activities of the festival this week. By Alejandro Azcárate Varela for The Baja...

Wheat growers will receive their financial aid payments in December

Wheat growers will receive their financial aid payments in December

Oct 23, 2017

The payment for targeted revenue, and profitability support to wheat growers will take place in December, said Federal Congressman, Exaltación Gonzalez Ceceña, after meeting with the Chief Director of the Commercialization Service Agency and Agriculture Market Development (ASERCA in Spanish), Alejandro Vazquez Salido. The Federal Lawmaker from Baja California pointed out that there were about 60 thousand hectares (248 thousand acres) sowed with wheat in the Mexicali Valley during the last agronomical cycle for wheat, by around one thousand 800 farmers in 2017. It is important to say that in order for the farmers to receive the profitability support , they have to fill out an application in the Agricultural Development Support Center (CADER, in Spanish) that corresponds to their farm and it is important that the wheat growers to meet this requirement. The aforementioned meeting occurred in Mexico City on request of a wheat growers group from Mexicali Valley who have trusted Gonzalez to be their lobbyist, seeking to achieve an increase in the price of wheat, while ASERCA director said that the SAGARPA (Mexican USDA of sorts) payment of these two concepts are priority issues due to the severe crisis by which the farming productive sector in the Mexicali Valley and all over...

George W. Bush: “Bigotry seems emboldened” in Trump era

George W. Bush: “Bigotry seems emboldened” in Trump era

Oct 23, 2017

According to Yahoo News, in a rare public speech on Thursday October 19, former US President George W. Bush blasted the state of discourse that has marked President Trump’s first nine months in office. “Bigotry seems emboldened,” Bush said in his opening remarks at the Bush Institute’s Spirit of Liberty event in New York City. “Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication.” “We’ve seen our discourse degraded by casual cruelty,” the former president continued. “At times, it could seem like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization.” Bush did not mention Trump by name. But his comments came just three days after the president falsely suggested that neither he nor former President Barack Obama had called to offer their condolences to the families of fallen soldiers. And the 43rd U.S. president — who was among those who strongly condemned the violence that erupted during a white supremacist rally in August in Charlottesville, Va. — seemingly had Trump’s “America first” doctrine in mind. “We’ve seen nationalism distorted into nativism,” Bush said, warning that “bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed.” He continued: “Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children. The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.” Though they are both Republicans, Bush and Trump are far apart when it comes to how they speak about racial and religious minorities. To read the full article on Yahoo news click here....

Highway that connects Sonora with Baja California to be concluded this month

Highway that connects Sonora with Baja California to be concluded this month

Oct 23, 2017

The Murguía-Estación Coahuila highway in the Mexicali Valley is 95 percent complete and is expected to be completed by the end of this month, the Communications and Transportation Ministry (SCT) reported. The director general of the SCT Center in Baja California, Alfonso Padrés Pesqueira, indicated that this work will conclude the El Faro-Murguía-Estación Coahuila road section, which connects the state of Sonora with the state of Baja California. He said that this road has a traffic of more than 6,641 vehicles a day and its construction will benefit the inhabitants of Carranza, Plan de Ayala, Estación Coahuila, Mezquital and Murguía. He noted that the budget allocated for this work includes the modernization of 5.7 kilometers of road that was extended to 12 meters wide, in addition to the adequacy of a bridge and horizontal and vertical signage. Finally, Padrés Pesqueira explained that in the last five years 22.1 kilometers have been modernized, 224 and roads have been rebuilt in the Mexicali Valley to provide safe conditions for those traveling to the Valley....

40,000 thousand citizens came out to clean up the city of Mexicali

40,000 thousand citizens came out to clean up the city of Mexicali

Oct 23, 2017

On October 22, almost 40 thousand people participated in the sixteenth massive operation of clean and reforestation ‘Mexicali Queremos Verte Bien‘, organized by the civil association Todos Somos Mexicali. This annual one-day event is organized since 2008 to improve the quality of life of those who live in the city, encouraging greater and better citizen participation. During its ninth edition it gathered 39 thousand 166 volunteers, who rehabilitated spaces in different areas of Mexicali and its Valley. “People of all ages, members of 104 neighborhood committees, 200 public and private organizations, and 100 educational institutions at all levels participated this year”, said Guillermo Galván Sariñana, president of Todos Somos Mexicali. Mayor Gustavo Sánchez was there too, and staff coordinated by the Mexicali City Hall facilitated and operated machinery that allowed maneuvering debris and accumulated garbage. From 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, they removed 5,000 square meters of graffiti and planted 1,100 trees in different parts of the city. They also removed banners and old ads that generated visual pollution. “The cleanest city is the least dirty, however there are those who continue to litter and that is why we have to come out and clean their mess.” Eight and nine year-old children have been participating actively in these tasks, and they will grow up with this sense of social participation they will become better citizens, it is all part of the civic culture that we want to create, “said Galván Sariñana. “We will continue to urge citizens not to throw garbage, not to litter, not to violate Municipal Regulations in any sense and generating awareness among the population, inviting them to participate in these activities, ” the president of Todos Somos Mexicali concluded. Source: Ayuntamiento de...