7up distribution suspended in Mexicali: Grupo Gepp

7up distribution suspended in Mexicali: Grupo Gepp

Sep 25, 2017

MEXICALI, Baja California (GH) The company responsible for the distribution of Seven Up announced that it will stop distributing this soft drink in its 2-liter presentation in Mexicali and its surrounding area for a an indefinte period of time. Through a press release, the Gepp Group indicated that they are taking the isolated incident that occured on September 17 very seriously. One person died and several were intoxicated when it was verified that the drink contained methamphetamine. The bulletin points out that the main concern of the company is the health and integrity of its consumers and therefore, are fully cooperating with federal and local authorities in the investigation. To support the investigation and extreme precautions, it was decided to suspend the distribution of 2-liter Seven Up in Mexicali and its surroundings on a temporary basis. The release states that Grupo Gepp and Seven Up base their actions on ethics and transparency, following strict processes of quality control to produce all its beverages, always using safe ingredients and complying with the Mexican regulations....

The problem of human trafficking continues in Tijuana and Mexicali

The problem of human trafficking continues in Tijuana and Mexicali

Sep 25, 2017

“During 2017, only 14 cases for the crime of human trafficking in its different forms have been reported in Baja California, according to the records of the investigating authorities”, said the director of the Binational Red Hearts Foundation (Fundación Red Binacional de Corazones AC), Alma Tucker. In the framework of the International Day Against Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women and Children September 23rd, (Día Internacional Contra la Explotación Sexual y el Tráfico de Mujeres, Niños y Niñas) it was revealed that the UN elaborated a national diagnosis on the situation of human trafficking in Mexico, placing Tijuana and Mexicali under the spotlight regarding this problem. In a press release, she expressed the discontent of civil associations, such as the one she leads, in the absence of a clear strategy to reduce and eradicate Sexual Exploitation and People Trafficking, ensuring that there is a lack of budget and political will to address the issue. In a period of time between 2011 and 2017, a total of 262 cases have been registered in the state of Baja California. Although the General Law to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Trafficking in Persons was instituted in Baja California back in 2011, for the protection and assistance to victims of these crimes , it has not generated the expected impact. Tucker underlined that active campaigns are needed both for the location of victims and for prevention of these crimes, such as in 2012, when the City of Tijuana conducted a large campaign that was able to release a total of 100 victims. The activist said that this problem continues and it is necessary to raise awareness among authorities of the three orders of government along with the civil society, on the negative consequences that this crime brings, such as the separation of families, and the total destruction of the victim’s lives. Alma Tucker made a call to the authorities to address the problem, and come up with solutions....

A home in Tijuana is a refuge for deported U.S. veterans

A home in Tijuana is a refuge for deported U.S. veterans

Sep 25, 2017

They call it the bunker. From the street in this working-class neighborhood, people passing by the two-story house can look through the window and glimpse a peace sign and various iterations of the Stars and Stripes. The formal name is emblazoned in English on a banner above the entrance: “Deported Veterans Support House.” It’s a meeting venue, crash pad, information hub and hangout for a distinct group: U.S. military veterans expelled from the very country they served. Most came to the United States as children and became permanent legal residents before joining the military. But after returning to civilian life they committed crimes that led to deportation. Advocates for immigrants say there may be thousands of deported veterans now scattered across the globe. Hector Barajas, who founded the support house four years ago, has identified 350 deported U.S. veterans born in more than 30 countries, including India, Italy, Mexico and the nations of Central America. Scores have passed through the support house. The veterans there speak English like Americans, reminisce about school days back in the United States, watch U.S. sports on television and share war stories. Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July are big holidays for them. All have families in the United States. Many veterans carry wallet-sized snapshots of sons, daughters, siblings and grandchildren from whom they are now separated. Still, the vibe at the house is not self-pity or regret, but repentance for missteps and a quest for redemption. The veterans are well aware that there is little sympathy in the U.S. for ex-convicts. But they argue that they have done their time, paid their debts to society, and are now serving what amounts to life sentences — permanent banishment from the country they regard as home. Click here for full article on the LA Times Source:...

American travelers warned about meth-laced soda in Mexicali

American travelers warned about meth-laced soda in Mexicali

Sep 24, 2017

PHOENIX — Health professionals in Arizona are warning those traveling to Mexico to be aware of possible contaminated 7Up beverages in the Mexicali area. The contaminated soft drinks caused seven people to become ill and has killed one person, according to the Attorney General of Justice of the State of Baja California. Mexicali is located about 240 miles from Phoenix and 124 miles from San Diego, just south of the California border and Interstate 8. According to a Banner Health news release, medical toxicologists and physicians are on alert after reports surfaced that methamphetamine was found in 7Up drinks originating in Mexicali. Baja California’s Health Department officials said health authorities have removed the products from shelves. Chris Barnes, spokesman for Dr Pepper Snapple Group, reassured that no 7Up products in the United States have been contaminated. The company distributes 7Up in the United States.   “None of the 7Up products sold in the U.S. are affected by the issue being reported in Mexico,” said Barnes. “Dr Pepper Snapple owns and licenses the 7Up brand only in the U.S. and its territories. We do not market, sell or distribute the brand internationally.” The Baja attorney general’s office announced on its Facebook page that an investigation is underway in order to figure out how the drug made its way into the soda. Dr. Daniel Brooks at Banner Health cautioned anyone traveling to Mexico. “It is important to check that the seal for any food and drink consumed is still intact and shows no signs of tampering,” Brooks said. Some side effects of drinking contaminated sodas are burning of the esophagus and stomach, vomiting and a fast or irregular heartbeat, according to Banner Health. In July, the U.S. State Department alerted travelers to Mexico about possible tainted or counterfeit alcohol that could cause sickness and blacking out. That warning came in the wake of a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigationsurrounding a Wisconsin woman’s death that raised questions about drinks being served in all-inclusive resorts in Mexico....

Manatees hold on in face of danger from man and nature

Manatees hold on in face of danger from man and nature

Sep 24, 2017

We all heard about the effects that hurricane Irma had on the coasts of Florida and the Caribbean islands, but we don’t think about the effects it had on the animals that can’t run away the storm. As Hurricane Irma charged up Florida’s west coast Sunday afternoon, it sucked up water along the way, draining waterways and bays. As a result, two manatees found themselves stranded on now-dry land just north of Sarasota. At the beginning when they were found by some people it was believed that they wouldn’t survive. But it turns out the manatees didn’t need the storm surge after all. Between law enforcement officials and a group of citizens, the manatees – stranded, of course, in Manatee County – were rescued and carried back into deeper water, According to Fox News. (Photo: Fox News) General Information of Manatees In 2001, activists, academic groups and civil society organizations participated in the rescue of 19 manatees after being trapped by the water drop due to extreme heat at Laguna de San Juan in Chiapas. This fact set the precedent so that every September 7 is celebrated in Mexico the national day of this species, which according to myths and legends are related to sirens. These mammals belonging to the order of the sirenians are the largest herbivores in the ocean and there are three types of species in the world; the Amazonian, the African and the Antillean, and all of them are in danger of extinction. Historically the distribution of the ‘mermaids of the Caribbean’, as they are also known, that are found in Mexican waters, covered the waters of all the Gulf of Mexico. Nevertheless, due to the danger which these mammals face, today they only are found in rivers of Veracruz and in the Caribbean coast of Quintana Roo. (Photo: La Verdad) The Caribbean manatee has a great agility in the water which allows it to make jumps, twists, turns and somersaults. They are very peaceful and do not have natural predators, so their vulnerable status as a species is due to the human being. Description of the animal: Manatees are between 3 and 4 meters in length. Its weight ranges between...

Mexico makes list of top five countries with high-quality low-cost health care

Mexico makes list of top five countries with high-quality low-cost health care

Sep 24, 2017

Mexico made a recent list of the top five countries for low-cost high-quality health care, according to medicaldaily.com. Until the U.S. is ready to part with our massive military and widening waistlines, the country has little hope of making the list of top countries for health care. Our privatized system has yet to live up to the affordability of socialized, single-payer systems, no matter how user-friendly our website is. For a nation that so routinely dominates, the truth is we may have to take a page out of other countries’ books for once. International Living released a list of countries ranked according to the efficiency of their health care system and how well they make for retirement destinations. Here are the top 5: 5. Mexico Medical tourism has ballooned south-of-the-border because of the United States’ increasingly high prescription drug costs. Health insurance costs roughly $300 per year in Mexico, with private plans costing more but still far less than what its neighbor to the north charges. Despite its recent status as the most obese country in the world, Mexico only ranks a handful of places below the U.S. in life expectancy, with female life expectancy still exceeding ours. And if for whatever reason you find yourself in the hospital in Mexico, be grateful you’re only paying $35 for the night, not $1,700 like you would in America. 4. Costa Rica Costa Rica barely edges out the U.S. in its life expectancy, at 76.8 years, but manages to do so with one-seventh the per capita expenditures and a dual public/private system that ensures all citizens can get coverage. Known as caja, the public system of health care in Costa Rica is constantly being upgraded with new equipment, technology, and educated personnel. Retirees, or pensionados, are entitled to full coverage on medical services provided the beneficiary has a monthly income greater than $1,000, whether it’s from Social Security, disability benefits, a pension, or a similar source. There are no caveats or restrictions set on people because of their age or pre-existing conditions. 3. Malaysia The public health care system in Malaysia isn’t available to foreigners, but their private system may be just as good. Under the system, doctors’ visits cost $16 and dental appointments cost $9. Their per...