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....

Baja California Sur must develop earthquake prevention culture

Baja California Sur must develop earthquake prevention culture

Sep 23, 2017

La Paz, Baja California Sur (BCS). Taking into consideration the magnitue of the earthquakes that have occurred in the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Mexico City, a call was made to the society of Baja California Sur to establish protocols of civil protection to this type of natural phenomena, in order to build a culture of prevention in case of earthquakes. At the time, Deputy Alfredo Zamora Garcia expressed before the State Congress, the need to promote information campaigns on the measures that should be taken at a given time “to prevent human losses” but also to generate awareness about what to do before an earthquake. He assured that it is time to start a prevention campaign in Baja California Sur to publicize the types of measures that must be taken in the different areas of every day life. He also recalled that in 1995 the first earthquakes of the present era were felt in the region, with this type of phenomena occurring regularly in 2008 and 2009, later during 2013 and 2014; and more recently just 2 days ago in San Jose del Cabo. There is an important culture of protection from phenomena such as storms and cyclones, as a result of past experiences. “Today the residents of Baja California Sur have that great culture of prevention that has allowed us as a society to avoid the loss of human lives in the latest hurricanes,” he said. “We must be prepared, not only on the hurricane issue, but in case of a major earthquake as well, “he concluded....

Heading to San Diego this weekend? Prepare to wait at busiest US border crossing

Heading to San Diego this weekend? Prepare to wait at busiest US border crossing

Sep 22, 2017

The busiest border crossing in the United States will close this weekend to the more than 40,000 cars that pass through it daily to Mexico. The closure between San Diego and Tijuana for work on a $741 million expansion project presents a monumental headache for border businesses, workers, tourists and Christopher Enjambre. His band, Minor Gems, plays gigs in Tijuana. “It’s already hectic now, so … damn,” he said, shaking his head in disbelief. “It’s going to be crazy.” Travelers have been enduring hours-long waits on the Mexican side of the border to enter the U.S. with the constant addition of security measures since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Frequent crossers, like Enjambre, 28, of Chula Vista, south of downtown San Diego, worry they will now face long lines on both sides, making trips through the San Ysidro crossing intolerable. The expansion is believed to be the largest renovation of a crossing along the nearly 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border. It has been in the works for years to ease congestion and boost cross-border commerce. Photo: Gregory Bull, AP In this Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 photo, construction continues on a new curve along California’s Interstate 5, as it approaches the border with Tijuana, Mexico, in San Diego. The San Diego to Tijuana border. U.S. officials are warning people to avoid driving to Baja California from 3 a.m. Saturday until noon Monday, hoping to ease what is feared will be a massive traffic jam on the U.S. side as Mexico-bound cars are detoured to the much smaller Otay Mesa crossing to the east. “Don’t even think about going across in a vehicle,” said Jason M-B Wells, executive director of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce. “It’s going to be a standstill.” Wells and other business leaders want people to cross on foot and are planning a festival with live music and food trucks to greet those who do. San Ysidro’s pedestrian crossing, where 22 inspection lanes into the U.S. were added this summer, will be open in both directions. Vehicles from Mexico into the U.S. also can cross. Leaders in Baja California’s tourism industry are concerned about the disruption that could continue well past the weekend as...